Straight away, as soon as I walked into Holly and Wez’s home when I first met them, I knew I had stumbled across the right kind of people to photograph.
“Come and see my fridge Gareth!” Holly basically frog marched me into her kitchen as soon as I walked through the door, totally random, but totally fantastic I thought.
As it goes it was a super fridge, all freshly cut kiwi fruit pictured all over it, anyway, the wedding…
I took to them both instantly, and knew straight away it was going to be a good one. Why I love photographing weddings so much could all be summed up at this very one, great friendly people up for some pictures is one thing, but the opportunity to shoot in my very own style of documentary wedding photography is just great, capturing every single detail all through the day. I see stuff that nobody will ever see unless I’m there taking the pictures, one of the images below is the moment when Holly’s mum walks up the stairs to where her daughter is getting ready, mum has a first glance of Holly getting her hair and make up done, I can not only see but feel the emotion pour out of her as Holly innocently asks does she look okay, I could see the intake of breath happen. It’s little bits and pieces like this that I hope seperates myself from other photographers, who just turn up and jump through the correct wedding hoops and motions, it’s about getting stuck in, absorbing the day and documenting it in a reportage wedding photography way.
The whole day was pretty emotional to be fair, there were tears at the church, that was a given, Wez is South African, and had a lot of family travel over for the big day, my word what a bunch, these guys know how to party, not only were half of them built like they could run through a brick wall without breaking stride, but boy could they drink, and below you can see a few examples of this 🙂
Wembury Church where they got married is a beautiful location, set on a hill overlooking the beach, the sun was out, it was all on.
Wez’s Grand mother who travelled over from South Africa unfortunately became ill, and had to sadly spend time at Derriford Hospital on their wedding day, but being who they are, and all credit where it’s due, they went to visit her at the ward in hospital after the ceremony, which was another emotional part, oddly enough the ward we all went to for the pictures was where Holly and Wes both met, life’s one big circle…
The speeches were great, that is, when Wez and and his best man Monty could wrestle them back from a few South African family member jokers who stole the speeches at the eleveth hour, couldnt help but chuckle at that one. 🙂
I was asked to do a picture of everyone in a heart shape with Holly and Wez in the middle, now, to be honest this isn’t my style, but i’m also not so far up my own backside to say no either. I didn’t hold much hope of me getting to the top of the balcony and forming this great montage of wedding goers, but, to mine and Montys amazement, in true regimental organisational style, there it was, a heart shape, with the happy couple in the middle, all ready to go.
The evening was taken up by my Prop Box which I bring to certain events as an additional extra, this again went down well with everyone, such a great focal point in the evening.
Holly is infectious and you can’t help but smile when you talk to her, Wez a true gentlemen, I got myself two new friends, good luck to them both, take a bow guys…it was a beauty 🙂
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