Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Amazing Golden Wedding anniversary celebration!

A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege of being asked to shoot a real landmark occasion - Beryl and Melvyn's Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration. 50 whole years! That is a magnificent effort!

Shooting weddings is one of my absolute favourite things in the world, being part of a couple's first moments together as they embark on a journey into the future and leaving them with amazing memories of their day. Being able to shoot a couple 50 years into their journey was a true privilege.

Beryl and Melvyn's family organised a real English garden party, hosted by Laura and Jim (Beryl and Melvyn's daughter and son-in-law) and if I hadn't been shooting it, I'd have been begging for an invite! I love a great family party and this was exactly what this was!

Original wedding photo's had been dug out along with other memories and provided nostalgic and amusing moments for everyone!

Guests arrived and couldn't wait to say 'hello' to the guests of honour!

A great time was had by all...

...well, nearly all....!!!

Boredom didn't last long however...!!!

Laura had asked if I would shoot some group shots as she didn't want to miss out on the opportunity of having all the family together in one place.

The lads were great at 'mean and moody'!!!

The wonderful hosts, Laura and Jim!

Champagne was on ice, as just like at a wedding, there were speeches!

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I felt truly privileged to shoot this celebration, everybody there, all the family and friends were so lovely and made me feel so welcome, that I really didn't want to leave!

Everybody was so relaxed (champagne will do that to you!) that it meant they were completely at ease with me shooting on the day and we got some great stuff. Sometimes trying to shoot a small event is more difficult than bigger gatherings, as it's hard to blend into the background, people notice you and don't relax, but everything about this party meant that guests were so relaxed that they didn't worry about my presence.

Thanks for inviting me guys and thanks for making it such an enjoyable day!

All the very best to Beryl and Melvyn - here's to many more years!

1 comment:

Jim said...

As one of the "wonderful hosts", it was a pleasure to not only see you again but also having you at the party. Utterly unobtrusive when necessary, but in total control of the groups shots, a top drawer performance all round. We'll probably book you for mine and Laura's Golden Wedding party. What's your availability like in 2052?