I seem to have gone to sleep one glorious summer evening and woken up on a chilly autumn morning. I stretch on my chair, eyes lost in the distance, listening to the wind and revisiting warm memories of the past eight weeks. Memories of a beautiful bride, a handsome groom, some glorious golden rings and flowers, lots and lots of flowers...
On 24th August, the sound of pounding rain woke me up and my heart sank - it was Emily and Calum's wedding day and although they say it's a sign of prosperity and good luck if it rains on your big day, as their wedding photographer I wasn't that enthusiastic. It meant that we couldn't do many shots outside their beautiful reception location, Woodlands Hotel in Leeds. However, by the time of the wedding, at noon, the sun had started to shine between white fluffy clouds.
The wedding images are still been worked on, and the happy couple has not seen them yet, so I can't give you a peek at any more than the bride's bouquet, which echoes the delicate colour scheme of baby pink and grey. I can tell you, however, that the bride looked dazzlingly beautiful next to her handsome groom, and they could have just as well stepped out of a movie! The large gathering of loving family and friends made also for some delightful group shots.
I mentioned flowers, lots of flowers... As my regular readers may recall, I won the 'Spring into Life' category of the Harrogate Flower Show's photography competition earlier this year. Thinking to try my luck again in the autumn competition, I had expected that my next email from Deb Wright, Projects Officer for the Harrogate Flower Show would simply let me know how I had fared this time around. So you can imagine the look on my face and the not-quite-printable expression that escaped my lips when, upon reading the email for the third time, it finally sank in that yes, really, she was asking me to exhibit in the VIP Lounge at the President's Pavilion, over the three days of the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.
We attended the first day of the Show, and the feedback so far has been great - I may share with you more in the next blog, when I have had a chance to discuss with Deb how it all went.
But the surprises didn't stop there. At the Show, I found out that my photo of Harewood House's Terrace had won the runner-up prize in the 'Beautiful British Gardens' category of the Autumn Photo Competition and was hanging there, as a canvas, with my name under it!
Until next time - I'll leave you with the new, panoramic version of the Leeds sunrise I photographed on the morning after our wedding, from our Bridal Suite balcony at The Queens Hotel. Enjoy. :o)