A secret garden grown for a wedding - Influenced by John Singer Sargent

Eleanor and Angus met amongst paint brushes, a love for romantic artists, and the guise to share a studio. They set to grow a wedding from the grounds of a tired house vacated by departed grandparents. The work of two families coming together produced the vibrance of new life from a potting shed decorated with the dust and debris of previous generations. Where an old barn, once used to serve teas to members of the military - existing as a resting place for metal of the forty’s war effort; would now bear witness to a ceremony of peace and love, narrated by the groom’s father. 

The wedding was highly influenced by the work of John Singer Sargent. Soft, dream-like tones, vivid colour, summer twilight, the astral plane, a place between asleep and awake - all waiting to be decorated by British weather. It was a beautiful experience to discover Mr Sargent’s visions, and translate that into the photography for this wedding.

There is so much about these photos that I love; including the moments in the late summer downpour to take shots of the Ele and Angus in the greenhouse which gave birth to the botanical life that adorns every inch of the wedding. And there is so much about the wedding I love. A young couple with their son embracing the lifecycle of a garden that brought two families together, creating roots in the ground passed on by generations before them for this unique occasion.

This wedding is featured by Love My Dress

Dress: Halfpenny London - http://www.halfpennylondon.com/

Suit: David Green - http://davidgreentailoring.co.uk/

Rings: Noemi Klein -http://www.noemiklein.com






WHAT YOU CAN/T SHOW THE WORLD


Today (in about ten minutes) I will be sharing a wedding at Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione. Built in the 16th century, this would be
the first time the venue would host a wedding ceremony. I was very lucky to be asked to photograph such a unique event.

The photos from this wedding are some of the most personal I have taken. It was never my intention for it to turn out like that though. Inside the Palazzo we had this wonderful family living through this celebration. It was relaxed, informal and beautiful in its simplicity.

I take photos that, in many cases, would only be accessible to family members, or close friends. Obviously, this is a challenging thing to do because photography is so personal and subjective, and taking care to protect the privacy of the people I work with is paramount. The photos taken at this wedding are often of people at their most open and sensitive. I have spent a year and a half figuring how, what, and when I could display just some of them. I am really happy to finally share a tiny piece of this magical four day event because I think these photographs are beautiful, exciting, and completely true to the time and place.

// Link //

http://www.jamesallanweddings.com/anoshaoliver


NEW YEAR NEW THINGS // PART 1

A preview of what is coming to the site.

SPONGANO // ITALY

One of the first things I will be posting on the site and blog this year is a wedding at Pallazo Bacile. I’m pretty certain this is the only wedding that has ever taken place there. This was an immersive experience of southern Italy, and a juxtaposition of images run through this wedding. I went out thinking I would be photographing in a very structured way, but came back with something much more personal.

HASTINGS // ENGLAND

I met Hester and Nick at a friend’s party whilst bonding over the type of drink you’d read in a shock Daily Mail article, called Vlim. And as green as the drink itself, the beautiful pastures of southern England became home to one of the most perfect pieces of British summer I have photographed. 



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