Paul & Miriam, Hylands House & Tollesbury Cruising Club
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wedding photography of Paul & Miriam, Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex, & Tollesbury Cruising Club.
Ok, this is a bit of a special one, because Miriam and Paul are our very good friends.
Right, Paul and Miriam are to say the least ‘a little out doorsy’ They both love sailing, Paul has been sailing since he was 5 and Miriam even lived on her boat for a time. They met at the cruising club and there was a sweepstake going around the club as to how long it would be before they got together.
Why am I telling you this? mostly because it’s sweet, but also because it might explain a lot of things to those reading!
So, to start with, the reception was held in a polytunnel, which ordinarily goes over the swimming pool. Miriam, a landscape architect, wanted to use local flora fawna for the table decorations, and neither wanted to spend an obscene amount of money! To decorate the Poly tunnel, Robin, Pauls Dad borrowed the spinnakers from some of their friends to use as decoration, and Miriam used grass and Cow Parsley as table decorations, sounds mad doesn’t it? Well, yes it is a bit, but that’s them to a tee! The end result looked pretty cool though…
I met Paul at the Tollesbury Cruising Club for breakfast at 8.15am. Yes, 8.15 am bleeurgh. Breakfast was great and it was a really nice start to the day. Paul got dressed and we got some photographs of him by Polo IV.
From there I took a quick jaunt across to their flat to get some shots of Miriam, whom we are used to seeing in Jeans or something ‘out doorsy’. Wow! she can really do elegant when she wants! I was gobsmacked, she looked lovely.
Photography was mostly candid, just some shots of Miriam getting ready along with detail photographs of her shoes, flowers etc. Flowers were supplied locally by Chris at www.calanthus.co.uk Miriam said she was great and I thought they looked very nice. (Come on, I’m a guy!!!)
It was about this time that unfortunately, the rain started. : (
the service was held at Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex. Which is a stunning spot for photography. Because of the numbers we had the service in the gold room, with new registrars!
Due to the rain and heavy clouds, light was a little scarce, to say the least, but I am really happy with the photography, under very difficult circumstances. (But hey, that’s what I get paid for) I have often said that a real photographer really shines when the weather is difficult and I think this photograph really proves it!
I have to include this picture of my two boys, Alex and Christian. Alex has my old snap shot camera, and shows a little promise, perhaps he ‘ll take over the business some day…
By now it was raining, proper British rain. At Hylands House, this isn’t real problem, photography was taken in the small ceremony room, which is gorgeous!
Favourite shot of the day was taken in the doorway to Hylands, which I have always loved.
Just as we left Hylands House, a ‘Guard of Honour’ with boat hooks and flags gathered at the front of the house, everyone braved the rain to see Paul and Miriam off!
Upon arrival in Tollesbury, we stopped at the Mud flats for a quick picture. This is where Miriam moors her boat, the Grey Goose. Needless to say it is incredibly special to her (even though it is essentially a swamp) and we all battled the wind, spitting rain and cold to get a few pictures. In spite of all this, Paul and Miriam didn’t let it dampen their spirits and looked as happy as I’ve ever seen them…
Then we headed on to the Cruising Club, for Pimms and photographs. And more Pimms.
Food was great and the atmosphere was lovely. A really great crowd of people, bought together by Paul and Miriam. Tracey and I met Pauls Cousins, Wendy & Paul and their kids, for the first time on Saturday and by the end of the evening, we’d arranged to go on holiday together!!!
After the speeches, everyone was coaxed on to the Mud Flats for a blessing by Rev. Tony, a vicar who runs a charity helping youngsters learn to sail in Tollesbury. This guy doesn’t look like a vicar, or sound like a vicar, he was absolutely bloody brilliant.
If you want a religious blessing to go with your civil ceremony, I would thoroughly recommend him, please give me a call and I will give you his details! “May your carbon footprint be small!”
Paul and Miriam had the wedding they wanted. The fact that it rained didn’t bother them a jot. Nor, did it bother their guests. I think it’s testament to Paul and Miriam that so many people went to the Mud Flats in the freezing cold to be a part of their day. .