CARLYE & TONY – TAPLOW COURT

Posted on July 24, 2016

Taplow Court wedding - bride and groom in the grounds

Hollie got in touch with me to photograph her sister Carlye’s wedding and when I spoke to Carlye it turned out our children go to the same school…

We live round the corner from each other so were able discuss how her plans were going at our children’s school summer fayre. I’ve never photographed a Buddhist ceremony before and San San Kudo (the drinking from cups) is symbolic in the sense of taking three sips from three different sized cups – the idea is that three cannot be divided in two making it a lucky number in Japanese culture.

Another key part of the ceremony is a Sanskrit scroll which is positioned centre stage and just behind the couple – it cannot be photographed. This provided something of a challenge for me during the declaration of marriage; I wanted to capture Carlye and Tony looking at each other so I had get in just the right spot and angle my lens slightly down in order to exclude the scroll from my shots.

Daughter Lollie sang brilliantly to end the ceremony and after lots of hugs and congratulations we went for a walk around the stunning grounds of Taplow Court before heading over to the reception venue. Son Charlie made the only (and very brief) speech at the reception “Thank you everyone for coming to my Mum and Dad’s wedding” – brilliant.

Taplow Court wedding - child and elderly person hugging

Taplow Court wedding - groom wiping his brow

Taplow Court wedding - boy peeking through window

Taplow Court wedding - guest holding beads

Taplow Court wedding - bride's hands with beads

Taplow Court wedding - guest fanning couple's son

Taplow Court wedding - buddhist ceremony with 3 cups

Taplow Court wedding - buddhist ceremony with 3 cups

Taplow Court wedding - buddhist ceremony with 3 cups

Couple just married at Taplow court wedding

Girl singing at wedding

Bride and groom walking back down the isle at Taplow Court

Relative hugging groom

Father and son hugging at wedding

Bride and friends laughing

Close up of bride and groom holding hands

Bride and Groom with children

Taplow Court wedding - son holding bride's dress

Taplow Court wedding - bride and groom and ornate umbrella poking into the picture

Bride and groom in front of Taplow Court

Taplow Court wedding - bride and groom kiss in grounds

Taplow Court wedding - bride and groom in grounds

Taplow Court wedding - kids playing in gardens

Tying balloon at wedding reception

Bride and little girl at wedding reception

Brode laughing with friend at wedding reception

Mobile phone picture of boy making wedding speech

Boy making thank you speech at parents wedding

Groom and son hugging at wedding reception