I've been beyond bad at blogging this past year, what with the flat renovation that seems to have gone on and on. But I have stirred myself to tell you about a wedding I shot at the start of June because it was a bit different and more than a bit special.
I've known Katharine for what must be about 15 years so when she and her lovely husband-to-be Kris got in touch and asked if I'd like to shoot their super small and at that point secret wedding at Cromer in Norfolk I jumped at the chance. Googling the place revealed a lovely seafront and a long pier. Photographic jackpot!
The morning of the big day dawned dark and forbidding. An insidious sea fret so thick that the pier was no more than a murky outline crept down my neck as I hunted for locations. However, the forecast promised bright sunshine and so I girded up my lenses and hoofed it over to North Lodge Park for the ceremony.
Your average wedding party tends to be between 70 and 100 people (more than that and I start wishing for a megaphone and/or lassie to round everyone up). Katharine and Kris' day was 12 all in - just family, including Kris' crazy funny twins Imogen and Zachary. No fuss (or very minimal). Everyone turned up together. Beautiful outfits, glasses of fizz, buttonholes on and... the sun came out.
The (very bright) ceremony was held in the garden (and skyped for everyone back home). Hugely emotional and just so full of joy. Poor Imogen was so absolutely overcome (with happiness I should point out) that she spent the proceedings howling like a banshee. A quick legal repeat indoors with just Katharine's brothers and sister and it was time for lots of family shots in the garden. Thank goodness for Dee who marshalled the order with sergeant-majorly precision. Who knew there could be so many combinations - I learn something every day :-)
After that I dragged K&K off for some shots along the seafront and a bit of a breather. It's always lovely to watch the public at these times - everyone is so damn pleased for the happy couple. We wandered from the beach huts at one end back to the pier to rejoin the family. The light got prettier and prettier. Everything was very mellow.
I smiled all the way through that afternoon. I smiled all the way through editing. I hope you like the results x