It rained. The sun shone. It rained again. The sun shone again. Etc etc…..
I travelled a two hundred and fifty mile round trip to Suffolk and back for this wedding yesterday and despite the inconsistency of the weather, it was worth every mile. John had come to me as he was looking for someone working mainly as a documentary wedding photographer and liked my reportage style. Victoria and John were just about the most fantastic couple I could ever hope to work for, it was almost as though I was doing them a favour just being there they were that laid back. They were great, their parents were great, the groomsmen were great, the bridesmaids were hot (and of course, great), the guests were great. I loved everything about this wedding and the people involved in it. And to top it off, the reverend conducting the service was not only great (he gave me the best seat in the house), but he was called John Wayne. Well, it’s spelt Waine but it’s pronounced the same, how good is that?!!
It was a strange booking for me as it was the first time I’d been booked as a wedding photographer outside of my usual ‘patch’ so to speak, but I set off from Surrey not long after 8am just to be on the safe side and even had time to stop off at a Tesco just outside of Ipswich for a, shall we say rather interesting cooked breakfast, before hitting the town of Grundisburgh at around midday. Grundisburgh was a town I’d never heard of before John first emailed me, but even the sat nav managed to find it ok although it did try to take me to another church some three miles away from the one I was supposed to be at…..
A pub start (always good in my book) followed by a church wedding, then it was back to John’s mum’s house for a marquee reception. And when I say marquee, I mean marquee, this thing was huge but it was still dwarfed by the grounds in which it sat, they were that big. My eyes must have lit up even more than the kids when I saw the amount of sweets on offer at the back of the marquee. In fact, they lit up that much that I have to admit to popping the jar off the jelly rings and putting a few in my pocket when doing some of the detail shots, but thankfully none of the youngsters running around actually noticed.
As followers of my postings will know by now, I love to talk about the weather. Yesterday had a good forecast but ended up being just plain bizarre. There were clear skies all the way up from Surrey and apart from a couple of drops of rain at the pub, it remained dry until the end of the ceremony, when there were a few spots again. Then it all went a bit weird. When we all got back to the marquee, the heavens opened. Then the rain cleared, and then it started raining again. You get the gist…..
Not that anyone cared, there was a three piece musical treat playing in the marquee and everyone was more than happy mingling inside to care about what was happening outside. As the meal was fast approaching, my time was done. I’d had a great day and headed back to Surrey on a high, but not before capturing one last shot of the rainbow that had appeared in the distance.
Here’s a few from the day, they can also be found on my Facebook page, so you can go and tag yourselves if you wish (Make sure you ‘like’ the page first….). And as always, please feel free to leave a comment below.