With August & September set to be my busiest months this year, the last few weeks have been choc-a-block with pre-wedding shoots and fitting them all requires the level of diary-management needed to organise the Olympics! And it’s not just me. Clients are so busy too; planning a wedding, working full-time and trying to keep some sense of normal life takes some planning!
So, when it came round to Jenny & Pete’s pre-wedding shoot and both our schedules seemed to be ‘plotting against us’, the only time we were both going to be free was the evening I got back from the Jasmine Star course. After 2 days of sensory overload, trying to get out of central London, 5 hours sat in the car with 3 closures on the M4 & a diversion through half of Somerset I was so tired by the time I arrived home I wondered how on earth I’d do it. “Don’t worry” I told my husband as I flew out the door “I’ll be fine…you know me…I’m like the Duracell bunny!”.
And of course I was fine. But not because I have incredible stamina or energy. Because I feed off the love my clients have for each other and the passion they have for their wedding.
Jennifer & Peter are due to ‘wed’ this weekend and for once, it’s a local wedding for me. When they first came to see me what struck me was the quiet, all-encompassing love they have for each other which is just….there. There is no fuss, no need for big shows of affection, they just ‘work’ together so perfectly.
Jennifer has the whole wedding totally under-control in a quiet, calm fashion and even though, when we met last week, there were a few finer details still not finalised, she is confident that all will be fine. And I just know, with her, it will be.
As we talked through the finer details of their big day what really struck me was her love for the people (and animals!) closest to her. I’m not sure how much I can say (as I don’t want to spoil any surprises) but Jenny & Pete’s big day will feature a lot of important people. People who are significant in their day to day life and people without who they clearly have such fondness and acceptance for. For instance, two of Jenny’s bridesmaids are pregnant, one so much so that I’m considering packing a kettle and towels in my camera bag! Does that phase jenny? No. Of course not! “If they’re there I will be very happy. If they need to lie down or sit down that’s fine. And if they’re not able to make it that’s fine too.” she told me. She’s like that Jenny…accepting and understanding.
There will be a first for me too. Jenny has a horse and on the way from the church to the reception we are going to be stopping off for some shots with him. I’m kind of scared of horses (stems from being thrown off one several times years ago…I still remember his name…Taddles!) but Jenny says he’s very nice and friendly so watch this space!
The sun was setting when I shot the image and this was the true colour…so warm and gorgeous….
What a find! A cornfield just out the back of their house…perfect!
I always like to ‘warm’ clients up to the idea of having photographs on their own….these two were great too.
LOVE this little series, especially the last one…makes me smile.
Jennifer told me that she used to play ‘Pooh-sticks’ on this bridge with her Dad when she was little….she loved my suggestion to re-inact it with the new important man in her life.
The closeness of the two of them makes this my favourite image.