A few weeks ago, I had the awesome pleasure of shooting the wedding of Victoria and Duncan in the village I grew up in - South Kirkby. Which has a Pontefract address and a Wakefield postcode - just to confuse everyone about where it actually is!
I love going through Kirkby. The sights always bring back memories. Lots of the places I remember have gone, but a few still remain. One of which was the church where I was shooting. Right at the bottom of my old street!
The day started with Bridal prep at the couple's home. I use the term Bridal prep loosely - I pretty much photographed everyone getting ready except the Bride. We even had a little birthday cake surprise!
The prep was complete chaos - everyone and everything was everywhere!
It was brilliant!
The time soon ticked on, so it was into the Roller and on to All Saints Church - where I've actually never been before! (Maybe I once went with school as a nipper, but I can't remember it.)
Duncan was waiting patiently at the altar, and pretty soon his Bride-to-be came swishing down the aisle. Looking absolutely radiant.
Proceedings got under way, and it wasn't long until little Mielle decided she wanted to get in on the action, so the rest of the ceremony was spent with babe-in-arms, until Victoria passed her over to the Vicar for her Baptism. And cold water on a baby's head only ends with more tears! Victoria soon dished out some magic mamma-milk to save the day.
I've got to say, one of the things I find most beautiful in this world is seeing a Mother feed her baby. Watching a Mother feeding her baby during the magic of her wedding day was absolutely sublime.
Things were soon wrapped up at church and it was on to the beautiful Hostel at Hooton Pagnell. Where eating, drinking, dancing, laughing and loving was the order of the day.
And a bouncy castle. Obviously.
I loved every minute of this wedding. Thanks for having me guys - you were both awesome!
Here are some images from their day.
Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory of the Royal Navy over the combination of both the French and Spanish fleets during the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805.
The Battle of Trafalgar by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield
Every year, close to the date, the Sea Cadets hold their Trafalgar Day Parade. My little Cadet missed it last year, so was quite excited to do this for the first time - especially since he's now got his new uniform!
We took the little monkey along, who got bored, frustrated and excited in the first 20 minutes - as only a 3 year old can do! But, he watched his big bro and walked his little legs off alongside the parade.
I had a proper proud dad moment watching my lad as he marched through the streets. To be honest, I was proud of everyone that was there and took part. They all looked amazing.
As usual, I took far too many photos. Here are my snaps from the day.
The Sea Cadets offer brilliant opportunities for kids. Check them out HERE.
Went out to the Rockley Engine House and Furnace for a bit of fresh air (and for Alfie to wear his new classic army pouches!)
I like Rockley. There's not much there, but the woods have cool trees, there's mega vines everywhere, there's a little stream, it's always quiet and the ruins are cool.
The furnace is from 1700 and the engine house is dated 1813, but reported to be older. The engine house once housed a pumping engine that kept the local Iron mines dry.
And it looks a bit like a castle with the castellated top - so kids love it!
Freddie's favourite part of the day was 'trampoline log bouncing'. And yep - he fell off. Laughing.
Here's some snaps.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Samyang 12mm, Fuji 35mm 1.4,
Some snaps from a little walk around the wharf area as the sun went down.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Samyang 12mm, Fuji 35mm 1.4, Fuji 56mm 1.2
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting the awesome little intimate wedding of Michelle and Richard over in Rotherham.
The day started with a little bit of Bridal prep at the Holiday Inn before we jumped into the cars and headed into Rotherham for Michelle to get into her dress. After wowing everyone in the house, Michelle and the Bridal party jumped into the Daimler and we battled the traffic through Rotherham centre to Clifton Park Museum. (Where I promptly got told off for taking photos in the reception - pesky museum rules!)
I whipped the camera away and went to check out the two rooms I was allowed to take photos in, the ceremony room and the waiting room - where I found Richard nattering away (and looking a little nervous!)
We were soon ushered into the ceremony room, ready for the Bride to make her entrance.
And she did. Looking radiant.
Richard smiled like the cat that got the cream!
The vows were soon said, kisses were had and smiles-for-miles were the order of the day.
After being kicked out the side door*, we headed down into the park for some photos before heading on to the pub, where food, drink, dancing and singing awaited.
Complete with the cutest little karaoke girl ever!
*Seriously venues - if you're going to run weddings like a conveyor belt, at least have some class rather than shipping the couples out as quick as you can! #rantover.
Thanks for having me guys - you were awesome!
Here are a few photos from their day.
Everyone has been stuck in the house for a few weeks - with non-stop runny noses, sniffles and all the other little general things that go round and round making everyone feel rubbish. So the other morning, while mummy was seriously under the weather, we tucked her back into bed and went for a little walk in the local woods - to get some fresh air back into the lungs.
The boys wanted to take their toy guns to run around with - but as you can see, Alfie went full on Assault Team Ginger...
Sometimes that bit of fresh air is all it needs to perk you back up. And it's always beautiful in the woods this time of year.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.