It’s not often you get the opportunity to be a guest and the official photographer at a wedding, one might wonder how you might balance work and pleasure on such an occasion, but providing you follow the rule of allowing yourself a few drinks only after you’ve put the camera down, it’s a breeze. I had the enormous pleasure of documenting my brother in law Stuart’s marriage to Elisha in Christchurch, two people who I have grown to know and love very much. Someone asked whether I would be slightly uncomfortable with the responsibility but, as a wedding photographer, you grow accustomed to and comfortable with that responsibility. To capture friends and family that you know very well at a wedding made the whole job feel easier and more rewarding than my average wedding for many obvious reasons. I met Elisha at her parents home in nearby Bournemouth to document some of the ‘getting ready’ part of the day, before meeting the gents to capture some pre-wedding ‘male bonding’. Guests gathered as quickly as the wind speed was rising and it wasn’t too long before an excited Elisha pulled up outside in the Rolls. The ceremony was really special, blessed by lovely surroundings too. I am not sure how you could take a bad photograph inside the Priory, it’s only a ‘few trees down the isle’ short of a location fit for a royal wedding. I hope you enjoy a selection of their wedding photographs, filled with ‘moments’ caught that really capture the sense of joy that filled the air that day and the strong bond between family and friends. All the best for the future Stu and Eli, it really was awesome to capture your day. See you Sunday for lunch.