I recently had the honour of photographing the wedding of one of my closest friends Andrew and his lovely wife, Hannah.
I have known Andrew (or Andy as he is known to most) since I was around 10 years old. My first memory is of him warning me of my new teacher Mr Uren, telling me he had the power to send unruly children to boarding school. He didn't of course and yet this first meeting with Andy turned into a friendship that would last.
We shared a love of WWF, Amiga 500 games and hip hop. I suspect growing up in the urban hood of rural Nether Stowey was the reason for that particular love.
Every Thursday evening I would help him with his paper round in the village, he'd take one side of the street while I took the other. We would then get to the house that every village has, the 'haunted' one and then egg each other on to see who would take the paper up the very long and shadowed path. I'm not sure how many papers we shoved in that hedge by the gate, but I can't remember ever hearing of a complaint.
Over the summer holidays we would cycle up on the Quantock Hills, up through Ramscombe to the top and then race down Crowcombe Hill all the way to the playing fields in Nether Stowey. Andy would inevitably win, except for the one time Eric Baker pulled out in front of us~ I swerved in time but Andy didn't. After turning (briefly) to check he got up I went on to win that race. He still reminds me of that to this day.
We lost contact for quite a few years after I went to university, but due to certain circumstances that I won't go into here, I got in contact with him again and it was like no time had passed at all. Andy has been through a lot in his life, yet you would never suspect it to meet him. I can honestly say he is the most reliable, resilient, kind and thoughtful friend that anyone could ask for. And I am fortunate to have a friend like him in my life. I am so glad that he has found Hannah and that they have such a beautiful family together.
It truly was an honour to not only be their photographer, but their guest for the day. The rain held off until everyone was sat down to eat, despite the fact that there was torrential rain just a few miles down the road. I got some great photographs, which isn't difficult when you are working with a couple that are so perfect for each other in every way.
It also helps that the Quantock Lakes where their reception took place is such a stunning location. The Quantocks will always hold a special place in my heart, so it is always a joy to go back there especially for a wedding such as this. Enjoy!
ReunionThis wedding also gave me the opportunity to catch up with my old friend Rob, who I hadn't seen for almost eighteen years. Also a rare chance for me to be included in the photos.