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.