Hampshire Wedding. Tom & Lauren

December 7th, 2011

Tom and Lau­ren then…
Although I swear by engage­ment shoots, some­times one just isn’t possible.
The day I met Tom and Lau­ren hap­pened to be the day that they got mar­ried. Coin­ci­dence, I’m sure.
No, it’s not how I usu­al­ly do things at all but this was­n’t a usu­al wedding.
[Dis­claimer: None of Joseph Yarrow’s wed­dings are usual.]
Tom and Lau­ren are both Jeho­vah’s Wit­ness­es and chose to get mar­ried at the King­dom hall of Jeho­vah’s Wit­ness­es in Brook­wood, Surrey.
Typ­i­cal­ly, I’m not a fan of shoot­ing in King­dom halls. Not because I’m opposed to the Wit­ness­es’ teach­ings (You might know that I’m one myself) but because the King­dom halls are very basic build­ings with few win­dows let­ting in nat­ur­al light. Brook­wood King­dom hall was a com­plete excep­tion. Win­dows every­where! I was in pho­tog­ra­ph­er heav­en (Anoth­er dis­claimer: Jeho­vah’s wit­ness­es do not believe in “pho­tog­ra­ph­er heaven”)
On to the wed­ding recep­tion; if I was spoilt by the  King­dom Hall, the wed­ding recep­tion was like being kicked in the shins.
The Cross Barn at Odi­ham in Hamp­shire is a beau­ti­ful barn based build­ing but lacked any nat­ur­al light­ing wor­thy of mak­ing me smile. Still, this obvi­ous­ly did­n’t damp­en the mood of the day, and I doubt any­one noticed the light. Just me. Mis­er­able old me.

Tom and Lau­ren went for an after­noon tea theme with some fan­tas­tic sand­wich­es, scones with jam and prop­er cream, old fash­ioned fizzy drinks in glass bot­tles, a sweet bar, and lots and lots of beau­ti­ful flow­ers and amaz­ing crock­ery and oth­er lit­tle details.
The mood of the day was fan­tas­tic and of course I was­n’t real­ly a grumpy so-and-so. I was just so spoilt!
It was actu­al­ly a bril­liant day filled with laugh­ter, mov­ing moments, VW campers and Bea­t­les and mak­ing of new friends.
So thank you for hav­ing me Tom and Lauren.
Please, I hope you enjoy your life together.
You may of seen me tweet a teas­er from this wed­ding yes­ter­day. If you don’t fol­low me on twit­ter, then please do, I’m nat­u­ral­ly very entertaining.

Thanks for reading.

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  1. Zoe December 8th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    ooooooooooooh!!!! L‑O-V-I-N‑G these!! Lucky, lucky cou­ple — to be so in love, have such a beau­ti­ful day — and such BEAUTIFUL Wed­ding pho­tos to hold and cher­ish from their Wed­ding Day <3

  2. Jimmy December 8th, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Love­ly wed­ding and great cov­er­age. I love the large b&w pic of the Bride

  3. Alyssa Schroeder December 8th, 2011 at 5:56 am

    These are gor­geous. I just love the first one of her get­ting ready and her por­trait after. So beautiful.

  4. Andrew Follan December 8th, 2011 at 8:41 am


  5. Alex Miller December 8th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Love it Joseph! Love it! You inspire me, my friend.

  6. James GIfford-Mead December 8th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Love your work joseph! Hope­ful­ly one day I can get up to your high lev­el! Stel­la work mate.

  7. Richard December 8th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Beau­ti­ful tones and the use of colour and the grains is very film like.

  8. Amber Wilkie December 8th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Beau­ti­ful work! Maybe I’m a weirdo but my favorite is the shot of her shoe through the limo.

  9. Albert Palmer December 8th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Top work Mr Y. That clot­ted cream pho­to is killer

  10. Robin Horton December 8th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Three words, fan flipin tas­tic, my fave is the shot of the bride from the bot­tom of the stairs, very high qual­i­ty images Joseph.

  11. Brian Kraft December 8th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Oh, yeah– you nailed that! Real­ly, real­ly nice work there, Joseph.

  12. Jessica December 9th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Beau­ti­ful. I real­ly like all the shots peek­ing… the bride in the back­ground, through the door­way and more. It’s all gorgeous.

  13. unique barn weddings December 9th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Beau­ti­ful wed­ding con­cept. Love pics.
    Thanks for shar­ing this to us :)

  14. Jared Tseng December 10th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Great work. That last shot is so beautiful!

  15. Lauren Pennington December 13th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    That’s me!!! Thank you so much for tak­ing such won­der­ful and pre­cious pho­tos for us Joseph. You cer­tain­ly lived up to every­thing we hoped for. Lau­ren xx

  16. Josh December 15th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Beau­ti­ful photos! 

    Lau­ren: Real­ly wish some of us in Wash­ing­ton could’ve joined you in per­son. Con­grat­u­la­tions again!

  17. Richard White & Family December 16th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    These are excel­lent cap­tions of mood, light and depth. All super fun which whisks us back to that momen­tous day. Best shot ? For me, Tom’s socks.…Outrageous. !

  18. Hannah Derry December 17th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Fab sto­ry­board of a very spe­cial day. Hub­by and myself were unable to attend due to a new­born baby so much appre­ci­ate this win­dow into Lau­ren and Tom’s day!!

  19. Matt & Aubr Myers December 18th, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Con­grat­u­la­tions Lau­ren & Tom. Beau­ti­ful cou­ple, fan­tas­tic set­ting! May you have Jeho­vah’s bless­ings. Con­tact us the next time you vis­it NY.

  20. Thomas December 19th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Superb pho­tographs of a beau­ti­ful wed­ding Joseph. Nice look­ing King­dom Hall too!

  21. Richard Ashton January 1st, 2012 at 9:24 am

    As the ‘father of the bride’ I have to make an impor­tant cor­rec­tion to Richard White’s com­ment. If he is refer­ring to the ‘blue’ socks — those are mine and I was in them. I sus­pect that Tom has only ever had grey socks!

    Com­ments are made about how beau­ti­ful Lau­ren looked on the day — agreed — but you should have seen her moth­er when she mar­ried me — stunning!

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