It's quite common for me to hear the words 'i don't like having my photo taken', in fact its almost a 'go-to' comment when you bring the subject up - and quite often its not actually true.
When i met the wonderful Alison and Simon however, i got the impression that it really was how they honestly felt; that the camera wasn't something that either enjoyed playing up to or being in front of. That's absolutely no problem at all, it's something i enjoy doing - trying to help people feel a little more at ease in front of the lens. If i can go some way to helping people deal with having their photo taken, then that is as much a reward as i need.
They had chosen a popular, stunning backdrop for their wedding - Sopley Mill towards Christchurch - and booked in for Mothering Sunday as the date for their celebrations. With a later ceremony they were afforded a bit more time to set everything up and take a casual approach to the day as a whole - it shouldn't be stressful, right!?
It is testimony to their delightful characters that all their guests were a pleasure to be around - there was a lot of love there that day, and rightly so. As the afternoon hazy sunshine poured through the upper windows of the mill and into the dining room, guests were treated not only to each others company, the lovely afternoon tea by Red Cherry and a view to while away the hours, but also the skills of an illusionist.
I still can't get over just how beautiful that day was, certainly when compared to the previous week... they deserved this stroke of good fortune.
Having had a tumultuous years prior to this one, i can think of nobody more deserving of the radiant sunshine we had on that day, the love of their friends and the good wishes for their future. I for one would like to wish them every happiness - 'Stand the course, the best is yet to be'. x
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