Gary & Irene

Monday, 8 October 2012
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We first met Gary at our little church in a small town in Hampshire. What are the odds of finding a friend who comes from my hometown in Borneo here in the UK? His wife Irene arrived from Kuching soon after. I found out that she not only spoke my lingo (a Chinese dialect called Foochow) but actually went to my high school and our parents have mutual friends. Now, that's what I call a 2 degrees of separation. We've become good friends ever since. In fact, Irene came along with me on our 24 hour adventure in Paris.

I was nervous, to say the least, on the days leading up to Gary and Irene's wedding. It has been more than 4 years since I've attended a wedding and given the task to assist in the important event. In the past, I've always told friends or family members that I'd only photograph on the caveat that they employ a professional photographer but this time, I was on my own. I was touched that they organized the wedding ceremony and reception near where I live so traipsing from one place to the next was a breeze.

Lil L had the time of her life. She had the honor of being the flower girl.  She managed to go on a carriage ride around town. Not the Lego ones that she has always played with but an actual horse with a fancy schmancy carriage. To the locals' delight, she did the Queen Elizabeth wave as they rode past the town center. A friend I bumped into ran up to me and exclaimed in disbelief, "I swear I saw Lil L in a carriage." "Umm....yeah..," I muttered. Her jaw dropped.

Thank you, Gary and Irene for the wonderful experience.

36 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures. Your daughter is adorable :)

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  2. My favourite is the picture with Lil L beaming from ear to ear with Gary and Irene. How cute is she?? Beautiful pictures - new career in the off?

    Irene looks beautiful as every bride should on her day. She must be delighted with her pictures - I would be.

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    1. Ah..no.... this is a wedding gift. I take my hat off to all the wedding photographers out there. I think it's far easier to take photos of sunset or sunrise :)

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    2. i think you have a lot of potential marlene, if these photos are anything to go by :)

      steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  3. Wow that is amazing coincidence.
    The photos are so beautiful! You did an excellent job and everyone looks very happy and just perfect. I think in years to come they will look back on your photos and the joy will continue to jump out!

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  4. Oh these pictures are amazing and really capture the wedding beautifully! You are such a talented photographer. You should really consider a career as one!

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    1. Kayin, I think you've just about made my day. Thank you!

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  5. I love the photos, and would be very interested to see Lil L and the Queen Elizabeth wave...

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    1. Cecilia, thankfully, I wasn't in the horse and carriage. I didn't know whether to be amused or horrified when this story was recalled later.

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  6. awe your daughter is so cute! what a beautiful wedding!!! xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  7. oh my! what a beautiful wedding! Love every single photo!
    Btw, I am hosting a Kat&Bee giveaway ;)
    xoxo
    Vicky

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  8. Lol!! I can't get over how absolutely happy your daughter looks in each photo. If you could capture "the joy of a child" perfectly in a photo, it would be that one where she's sitting beside a standing Irene & Gary.

    Congrats to the lovely couple and congrats to you for doing such a wonderful job with the photography!

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  9. Lovely - every last detail!! Little L in the tub is priceless!!!

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  10. These photos are lovely! Congrats to Gary and Irene! The look of joy in Lil L's eyes in the photo of her peeking over the bathtub is truly priceless :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  11. You really have the talent of a professional photographer ! And your daughter apparently fullfilled well her task too !

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  12. What do you mean? These pictures are just as good as any "professional" wedding photographer I've ever seen, if not better! You captured the wedding beautifully.

    Someone hand L the cutest kid of the year award. Not sure if it's because she's relaxed and herself when Mom shoots her, but she doesn't take a bad pic and her obviously charming personality comes through in every shot.

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    1. Maria, your comment just made me walk around all day with my chest puffed out. Thank YOU!

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  13. Wonderful! I'd hire you as a photographer in a heartbeat, you have a great eye, technical knowledge and you see things that others don't, these are wonderful much better than my average wedding pics.

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    1. Tabitha, I'm really humbled by what you've just said here. Thank you so much.

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  14. Marlene, you did such an incredible job! These photos are so stunning and the couple and Lil L all just look beautiful! :)

    xxTheresa

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  15. The photo's are amazing! Everyone looks gorgeous I bet it was a great day! Congrats to the happy couple! x

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  16. Little L is so full and life and so pretty - and very ready for the fancy schmansy drive-by! I see a model or actress in the making here! What a beautiful dress you friend has, it fit perfectly on her and how natural are those wheatsheafs, what a great idea. Beautiful photos you always take, so three dimensional and glowing.

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  17. Cute pictures! Kiss from France, Marie xxx

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  18. All the photos looks wonderful! I love how your daughter looks on the picture, so cute! It always excites me to attend a wedding ceremony, the solemn moment and the wonderful happy emotions makes my whole day in a good vibes.

    audrinajulia.blogspot.com

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  19. amazing photos! that must have been a great wedding!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  20. Lil L is such as angel! And Marlene, you are seriously good in what you do! I would be so happy with these photos!

    Wishing Gary and Irene a loving and fulfilling marriage!

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  21. Btw, I am curious as to what you wore on that day!! Do tell:)

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  22. Oops I guess I should have read this post before my comment on the other one. You my dear are one talented photographer. You've managed to capture the beauty of the day perfectly. These photos says it all. Ps- Lil L is so adorable in that tub, you really need to have that pic on your wall.

    Xx Jenee C.
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  23. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure the new couple are very happy with them!

    Wow, all three are so beautiful!

    oxo,
     
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  24. My goodness, these photos are beautiful and that of your little L in a bathtub is CUTE BEYOND WORDS.

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  25. Gorgeous photos! You could easily have an amazing career as a wedding photographer- these photos capture all of the happiness of the day. Congrats to Gary and Irene- they look so full of joy. Do tell Irene how gorgeous she looks:)

    Little L is the cutest. You can feel her excitement in these photos.

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  26. oh Marlene, these photos are absolutely divine! They capture the love and joy in the day so beautifully... you absolutely have an alternate career as a wedding photographer.

    I adore the photo of Little L - it's the cutest!

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  27. I love that photo in the bath, so cute!

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  28. These are stunningly beautiful, you did a wonderful job & should be super proud! You have such a good eye for capturing those really lovely natural moments & your talent really shines through here, these are better than a lot I've seen from professionals! I bet they were really thrilled with the results.
    Loved the story about Little L too & the photos of her are adorable! You should definitely get some of them framed!

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  29. Amazing pictures.
    And the ones with your daughter are particularly cute (the one where she is sitting next to the couple is hilarious actually. She was certainly having fun :).

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