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Nancy & Rich - Dunsfold Aerodrome

I know Nancy from my involvement in the Dunsfold Wings and Wheels Air & Motoring show and when she asked me to shoot her wedding I was thrilled. She and Rich are wonderfully fun-loving and laid back people and from the off it was clear that their wedding day was a departure from ‘the usual’.

Time is a commodity often lacking in wedding days, the limited hours are crammed with 101 things and although everyone has a superb time, the sense of haste and hurry is palpable. Not so with Nancy & Rich’s wedding. I began the day by visiting a quintessential greasy spoon, just round the corner from me in Deepcut, to photograph Rich’s final breakfast as a free single man. A more genuine and welcoming guy you’d be hard pressed to meet, Rich is known as ‘Pig’ by his friends and, although it’s down to his surname rather than his appetite, that didn’t seem to be wanting despite the momentous nature of the day! After watching Rich tuck away breakfast in short order, I headed over to Nancy’s house to shoot the preparations. With makeup done and hair fixed it was off to Guildford Register Office to do the deed. The ceremony was full of love, laughter and a few genuinely hilarious moments and, once the formalities were completed, we all made our way to Dunsfold for the reception.

What a reception! With a Caterham/Lotus kit-car day in progress those who were feeling brave were offered rides in the passenger seats as grinning petrolheads did their best to perturb coifed hairdo’s. Afterwards, there was plenty of time for guests to catch-up, relax and enjoy the newly-appeared sunshine. As I said above, most weddings feel quite tight from a time point of view, in contrast Nancy & Rich’s wedding felt like the perfect embodiment of a relaxing sunny Saturday. (With the addition of some rather nippy cars).

Shooting portraits on an airfield was an interesting experience. Dunsfold is actually quite a big, open, desolate space in some ways so we had to seek out the best spots quite carefully. Nancy & Rich are really into dog agility and so we thought it proper to include their three gorgeous dogs in the photographs! Complete with matching neckerchiefs and full of energy they were fantastic fun. I’ve never seen a dog bounce quite as high as Lucca. Dog meets cartoon rabbit would be a fitting description!

So, as you’ve probably gathered this was one of my most memorable weddings for a long time. It’s not every day that I get to meet my long lost brother - a chap called Phil who, despite my denials, actually looks a LOT like me (see here) - shoot pictures on the Top Gear Test Track and work with a couple who really got to the heart of what a wedding should be about. Family, friends and having a fantastically memorable time. Nancy & Rich were a pleasure to work with from beginning to end and couldn’t have been more welcoming. I love shooting weddings like this! Thanks to them both.

As ever, please find a selection of my favourites below. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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