Ed and Jen get wed in Dorset
If I was to photograph my own wedding, sort of an out of body photographer if you like, it would actually be a lot of fun. I could boss myself around, take my time, use the locations I wanted to use and have photographs exactly how I wanted them. I would create the ideas and make it happen; easier said than done for most professionals I think, not just photographers – florist, cake makers, MUA, may all put some pressure on themselves. At least there is unending creative licence! If you are the owner of one of the areas most successful marquee companies and it’s your wedding – there may be that pressure and certainly more choices to make with regards to the finishing touches and details to make the entrance to your party spectacular. Ed Jenke is at the helm of DP Marquees – a local company who have showcased their marquees at most of my weddings this year and whose beautiful marquees grace events throughout the country. So Ed and Jen had to pull out all the stops for their own wedding.They did, and more…
To be invited to photograph the wedding of a supplier who works with photographers within their business, is indeed a huge compliment and I was so touched to get the call. That said, it doesn’t add any extra pressure for me – every commission is different and every commission I give my all – and that is the best anyone can do.I’ve photographed many photographers weddings and always go in with the attitude that everyone I photograph, irrelveant of their background, deserves to have my best. I think the only time I really got a little shaky was when I photographed the Queen for the RNLI a few years ago, bit of a heart in mouth moment…
I knew this was going to be a wedding with almost too many opportunities for me. Ed and Jen live on Dorset’s Crichel Estate, privately owned and not open to the public, this felt like an untouched chocolate box all to myself when we did the recce and they were both keen to utilise the opportunities available. It was very much a country wedding, but with some sass thrown in and Jen’s natural elegance allowed me some wonderful natural portaits. The fields of corn along the incredible avenue of trees leading to Crichel, had just been cut and I was there for the duration so knew, if we had sun, we had backlit evening opportunity.
Witchampton Church, was festooned with the most incredible arrangements from Jules Hosford – I mean breathtakingly quirky. Jen and the bridesmaids arrived in the back of the landy – in my mind the best way to arrive and during the service the Mother Ukes (do check them out) entertained as well as at the reception later.
Guests were treated to a trip back to the field in a tractor and trailor while Ed, Jen and myself explored the grounds of Crichel Estate. I probably spent more time than I would normally with a bride and groom but as the photographs were so important to them and we had the opportunity of such an incredible location, we took our time and made our way back to the field for the festival. Which is really what it was – Ed had planted yurts around the field for guests to stay in and the marquee was decked out, again under the eye of Jules Hosford with everything relevant to Ed and Jen’s lives.
It was one of those incredible English summer afternoons and I got my backlit photographs later in the afternoon and documented the day into the evening.
Although it was such a relaxed event, the amount of work that went into designing and planning this wedding was extraordinary. What more do you need than great friends, amazing food (The Wild Fire collective), a gin bar (Dorset Gin Box) and 29 fingers to move you onto the dance floor. It was a day full of love and energy which I hope reflects in the photographs. Enjoy South Africa Mr and Mrs Jenke..xx
Dress- Pascalis Ashley road Poole
Flowers- Jules Hosford floristry
Catering- The wild fire collective
Band- Mother Ukers and 29 fingers
Gin bar- Dorset Gin box
Marquee- DP marquees