Mel & Simon got married. Old Down Manor, Bristol

March 8th, 2012

...or as I like to also call this blog post:
"pictures of some of my nearest and dearest friends"
Melissa and Simon are more than great friends of ours so it was an extra special privilege to cover this wedding for them.

I joined Simon and the boys for a pre wedding grill, followed by general suiting-up and then off to get some marriage.
Melissa and Simon are both Jehovah's witnesses and chose to have their ceremony at the Kingdom hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Thornbury.
The wedding ceremony was taken by the Father of one of my Brides who was also a bridesmaid along with my Jessica.

Melissa and Simon then went on to Old Down Country Park for their reception. This was before it was cool!
They found the cafe a couple of years ago and knew then wanted to have their reception there. It suited them perfectly.

Friend's weddings, as they are, are extra special aren't they? This was no exception with so many magical moments, from the great speeches with their hilariously awkward moments, songs written especially for the day and amazing live music.

If you're a long time reader, You'll probably recognise a few faces on here. Well, when one of your friends is a very handsome and talented wedding photographer it's only natural to want the best!
You'll also notice that there are a few more posed pictures on here than usual. I'm sure you and the WPJA will forgive me just this one time.

You may want to keep an eye on over the next few weeks. There is a huge and well deserved change on it's way.
Enjoy Melissa and Simon's wedding and look out for the example of best photo-bombing ever.

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  1. Albert Palmer March 8th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Wow Joseph - you've really outdone yourself on this one. Cinematic.

  2. Bianca March 8th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Wowzer.....AMAZING photos Joe! Mel and Si look SO foxy and you've captured their beautiful colourful day perfectly.

  3. Becca Dilley March 8th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Lovely - so light and airy!

  4. caroline March 8th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    such great-looking groomsmen. the third one down looks so editorial. this whole post is full of win.

  5. john day March 8th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Great work Joseph - that dusty walking shot! love it :)

  6. Brian Kraft March 8th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Fantastic! The little boy in the front row- haha! All excellent photos, but my favorite was the color shot of just her in the garden. WOW!

  7. Ashlee Taylor March 8th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Absolutely AMAZING photographs Joseph! I love everyone and I sure Mel and Simon will love these forever... really good job mate. And Mel you look stunning :) x

  8. Paul Fuller March 8th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Wow they are stunning Joseph, the close up black and white portrait of the bride is incredible

  9. Paul Krol March 8th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    terrific post! I particularly love your b&w's. Some really powerful images.

  10. Abi Daly March 8th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    What beautiful photo's! :) Mel looks amazing and it looks like it was a brilliant day! xx

  11. ALMA March 8th, 2012 at 10:40 pm nailed the portrait session big time!

  12. brooke March 8th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    looove the garden portraits and candids - beautiful stuff!

  13. Michael Wachniak March 9th, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Your sense of composition is absolutely amazing. Rad shots.

  14. Derrys March 9th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    beautiful captures. simply amazing

  15. Amber Hughes March 9th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Love the shot of the groomsmen walking towards the camera and the portraits following the ceremony... beautifully captured!

  16. Kellee Walsh March 9th, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Awesome work Joseph. Stunning portraits!

  17. Sam Gibson March 9th, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Really lovely Joseph. The couple portraits are superb, beautiful tones and atmosphere. And the evening shots are great too - love the smokey music ones... really well done!

  18. James Fear March 9th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Great set of images as always - too many to pick a favourite!

  19. Joanne Spencer March 9th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Freaking-Nora. These pictures totally blew me away, especially the 12th one down of all the groomsmen. You're one to watch fo' sho' Joseph Yarrow.

    If you're ever up Lancaster way - come visit our KH and say Hi! Would be great to meet you! :)

  20. Rob March 9th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Awesome work - love the dusty Reservoir Dogs shot!

  21. AdonyeJaja March 9th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    really nice work here Joseph. very well captured!

  22. Johanna March 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I always enjoy checking out your work, it's so beautiful. The portraits of them are killer as is the whole documentation of their day. :)

  23. Derek March 10th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Amazing wedding Jose, you really captured it and told their story beautifully!

  24. Daniel K Cheung March 11th, 2012 at 2:24 am

    If I had to pick just one, HAD TO, my pick would go to the black and white frame of Mel touching up her lipstick in the car.

  25. Melissa Roberts March 11th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    So wonderful we can not express how much we love our photos. We're so proud of our very talented friend and we so appreciate the effort Joe put in. Huge thank you!

  26. Andy Garfitt March 12th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Great set Joseph, really enjoyed looking through those, that it was a great day jumps out from every image. Particularly like the low key, bride, car, lipstick shot, cinematic indeed!

  27. Hannah March 15th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Fantastic images as ever Joseph. Captured the day perfectly

  28. Stephen Rotondo March 20th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Awesome set Joseph, that image of the guys walking with the dust kicking up is killer!

  29. Laura March 20th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    BEST photographer ever!! everyone should book you for their wedding!!

  30. Trevor King April 6th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Excellent work Joseph, really!!

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