One of my favourite things, when I'm shooting a wedding, is watching the antics of the little guests.
Kids are awesome. And tiring. And then awesome again.
I've got 3 of my own, so I know how they can go from the cutest things on the planet one minute, to making you want to pull your hair out the next. There's a reason that people invented alcohol - and I'd wager a bet that a screaming 2 year old was behind it!
I love the little moments at a wedding - the ones that the Bride and Groom very rarely see until they get their photos back. That's what I like to do. I like to capture these little moments forever. Photos that can be shown in 10 years time when they think they're all grown up!
I love these moments - bridal prep where two sisters are like little Princesses getting ready for the Ball. Sneaking little selfies on their phones. Ceremonies where the kids are that bored that they haven't realised the hymn book is upside down. Outside the church where confetti wars are the best thing on the Earth for 5 minutes. At the reception where they can't manage any more food, but demolish the sweetie cart in half an hour flat. Sneaky fingers going for the wedding cake. Bubbles and balloons - these are two of the greatest inventions to keep a kid busy that have ever been made! The quiet moments, when two 10 year olds can sit in conversation like a couple of 50s housewives and two 15 year olds can chase each other around like they're 9 again. The dancefloor, where they let loose like the adults daren't, when sliding is still the best thing in the world and swirly dresses make awesome twirls like they see on TV.
They all catch me eventually, and I get the goofy grin or the embarrassed smile or the covered face or the squeal of laughter. Sometimes I even get a pose!
These are precious moments. Moments which can, and will, be cherished forever.
There's one thing that kids can teach us - and that's how to live. Now. In the moment. Live every second without a care about what's next. Cry out your frustrations for a few minutes, but then carry on being the King or Queen of your world.
We all need to live like kids sometimes.
But, don't worry if you don't have kids, or there's no kids at your wedding. After a few drinks down our necks, us adults soon shed the worry of adulting and start acting like kids again anyway...
Here are a few of those moments.
Towards the end of the wedding season last year I found myself heading down to Nottinghamshire to shoot the wedding of Amber & Simon.
The day started with a little bridal prep at Amber's grandma's house before heading to the register office and then on to the Clumber Inn. With a little stop off at Clumber Park for a few photos in between.
Did I mention the classic London bus? Oh yeah, everyone jumped on board to be ferried around in some bright red vintage awesomeness. I'm pretty sure Amber's dad wanted to drive it. (Like he used to!)
There was also Simon's classic Land Rover rumbling away in the bridal convoy.
The bridal prep was a quicky affair in the smallest kitchen I've ever photographed in. I think everyone in there stood on Amber's dress before we even got out of the house. Amber's gran kept us entertained by telling us all the old celebs that she used to fancy!
It was a quick jump over the road to the register office (literally across the road) and we headed inside to make the magic happen.
Vows were said, kisses were kissed and husband and wife walked out into the sunshine.
We loaded up the convoy and headed up to Clumber Park for a few photos and then on to the Clumber Inn to wine, dine and dance the night away in the marquee.
Thanks for having me guys.
Here are a few images from their day.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.