Now here was an unusual situation. I couldn't sleep and got out of bed, early one Saturday morning, when, at six in the morning, my Facebook pinged an urgent message from my good friend, fellow photographer Lisa Gigante-Field. She was horribly sick and could I help her cover Greg and Tina's wedding? No photographer ever wants to call sick on a wedding. We'll turn up half dead, half-severed limbs dangling, on crutches, you name it. The show, after all, must go on. And we have committed. So I knew she must be tremendously ill. Sure, I can help, where is it? Portsmouth, she replied. A two hour drive. No problem!
But Lisa hesitated. Could she really let the couple down? It's a strange thing, but wedding photography is like no other business. You so badly feel you owe the couple, you are so involved in their day, in their happiness, and in capturing that as you promised. So Lisa hesitated. She would try and shoot the wedding. But just in case, could I hold out in case she pooped out? Sure thing. That's what we do, photographers. We help each other out.
Bravely Lisa tried to make it to the venue, but to no avail. The virus had her in its grip. And now it was too late for me to get there for the ceremony. Another good pro photographer friend, close to hand, Anthony Burdett-Clark stepped in to cover the ceremony, but couldn't stay any longer. And so it was I jumped in the car, to cover the rest of the day, foot down, whizzing my way down the M3 to Portsmouth.
That's right, let's raise a glass to the brave photographers... erm.. no that's not right. Let's raise a glass to the wonderful Greg and Tina who were the sweetest of couples, with the loveliest of close friends and family around them to celebrate.
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the lovely Meon Valley Country Club. Mother nature had been kind and offered up a beautiful sunny day.
And though only a few photos are posted here, I delivered something like 500 images from the day's celebrations! Well Lisa - and I - were very keen to show that no couple should miss out because their original photographer was struck down so ill. And who wouldn't have wanted to keep snapping with such a fun-loving, lovely family?!
But if we were lucky with the sunshine, we were also lucky with the sunset. And I was luckier still when Greg and Tina were happy to take a little walk with me and my studio soft box to grab a couple of romantic dusk couple portraits.
And then it was back to the golf club house for the party. And boy, what a swell party it was!