karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
On Friday, [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam and [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man aka [livejournal.com profile] hardcore_genki got married and probably should now change their names to pinkappleman and raggedy_jam as they now carry each other's names. :D I'm so happy for them not just because they are perfect together but also because it was such a perfect day.

The Happy Couple Emerge

All the guests be they friends or relatives from both sides got on really well and everyone had fun. I met many awesome people and all those wonderful drawings by [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam's artist friends in the wedding book made me feel almost a bit inadequate.
I also had a bit of a pang of envy during the reception when the DJ played some Rolling Stones and [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man's parents stopped mid-conversation to storm onto the dancefloor. My parents aren't that cool. :o(
Mentioning cool parents, one of my favourite shots is the one of [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man's dad channeling Cab Calloway during his speech:

Groom's Father's Speech

If you click on that photo and then on the link for the set, you can see all the photos from Friday and I wrote about it here.

I left just before 11 because I was knackered and had a headache from fuzzy vision.

Saturday was part 2 which involved drinks at the Pickerel, a visit of the Cambridge Folk Museum, a guided punt tour along the Backs and back, cocktails at The Snug and a dire dinner at Loch Fyne. Blog post here and photos via the following shot:

Cambridge Folk Museum

On Sunday I slept until noon, crawled out of bed, moaned and slowly got going and tackled the rest of the photos on my hard disk, publishing them on flickr, burning them on DVDs for the couple and their families and uploading highres shots for printing to photobox.

Dear [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam and [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man, thank you very much for inviting me and allowing me to be part of your happy day. I am really happy for you (and I'll see you tonight to pass on your present :D).
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
After their wonderful wedding day [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam and [livejournal.com profile] raggedyman invited many friends to an afternoon and evening of exploring Cambridge.
We started off at The Pickerel in Magdalene St. where drinks were drunk and tales from the day before recounted.

At the Pickerel

Our next stop was the Cambridge Folk Museum (where many of us had never been despite having lived in Cambridge for years) and it was quite interesting. It concentrates on everyday life in the region and displays everything from farming, household and artisan equipment to reconstructed kitchens and children's toys and (disturbing) dolls.

Cambridge Folk Museum

Outside, we put the happy couple in a modern version of the stocks:

Cambridge Folk Museum

After a snack at Subway (dinner was planned at 9), two guided punts took us along The Backs and back. The weather was still good (if a bit chilly) so this was a lovely way to spend a late afternoon. Our chaffeurs/guides punted us alongside in two punts and were really cool, friendly, chatty and funny and didn't talk as much bollocks as expected but actually talked to us rather than at us.

On a guided punt tour along the Backs

Then a hike across town where [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man checked with Loch Fyne they had received our order (this would become important later). We carried on to The Snug where we had to sit outside as there was no space inside. Cocktails and other drinks were had while chatting - and chattering as it was getting rather cold - so cold in fact we decided to go on walk back to the river, across Silver St. bridge and to the weir on the other side where Mike showed us what the rollers were for (getting punts from one level of the river to the other).

Back at Loch Fyne, we were seated in the back and then found out they had screwed up our order or rather, didn't know what to do with it. While at the Snug we had emailed an additional order of three (IIRC) so they had two orders, one for 18 and one for 3 people. Rather than assuming as they had been told that this was a combined order, they didn't know which one was the right one and didn't do any of it so we first had to order from scratch. (As we'd pre-ordered what should have happened was that we got there and were served pretty much immediately. One hour later, the starters finally arrived. Various people were happy with theirs (for example the squid) but my Norfolk crab soup was boring (there was no meat in the watery soup and the chilli on the bread that was served with it killed any crab flavour the soup might have had). My main was a whole grilled Lemon Sole and it was quite nice, although the fish was a touch over and the beans a touch under but the flavours were good. On the downside, at least two people's mains were actually cold. The general consenus was that nobody would go back (it was rather good about four years ago) but that probably won't make a difference to the place as it was crammed full, even when we got there at 9.

Many more photos on flickr.

After many good-byes I shared a taxi back with [livejournal.com profile] hardcore_genki and left them to get some well-deserved rest while I downloaded photos and watched Doctor Who.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
Today two of my best friends got married: [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man who's been a dear friend for 15 years and [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam who I've known since they started going out and it was fantastic.
The wedding was held at Hotel Felix in Cambridge and as it was such a nice day, the ceremony was in the garden in, fittingly, a gazebo. The disadvantage of this was that it was quite noisy with traffic, tweeting birds, binmen and, just as [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man was saying his personal vows, an ice cream van (which actually was rather appropriate). However, these issues only affected the audience and the official bit went along without a hitch. As the couple (now bearing each other's names in double-barrel fashion) emerged ([livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam in a beautiful, scintillating red dress and [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man in a more traditional morning suit with an appropriate top hat), their smiles couldn't possibly have been bigger:

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There were cheers and confetti from all sides as people mingled and congratulated the newlyweds and photos were taken.

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After lots of mingling and chatting, we were ushered upstairs where tables were laid out named after various cats (I was on Hector) with a great mix of people from both sides, friends and family) on each table and name tags, menus and tags designed by [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam. The menu consisted of a reasonable ham hock terrine (which could have done with a bit of either mustard or horseradish), a very well cooked piece of chicken with pomme boulanger and cabbage and a lovely choc mousse served with raspberry coulis, a hazelnut biscuit and creme fraiche. The slightly minty chocolate truffles served with the coffee were excellent. I usually can't stand mint chocolate but these had just the right amount of mint that left you with a clean, fresh taste in your mouth.

Then, the speeches: [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam's dad did a lovely, briefish speech on how much his kids meant to him, [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man and [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam about how much the other meant to them, Nayyar's Best Woman speech was lovely and kind while [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke's Best Man speech picked out more fun (and embarrassing) memories from their friendship. [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man's dad was last with more fun and "interesting" tales from Andy's youth and provided one of my favourite shots of the day:

Groom's Father's Speech

Then we were ushered downstairs again where we mingled on the terrace and in the bar while the upstairs was prepared for the reception.
That was good fun as well, the music wasn't objectionable (they had trained their DJ well), a cake was slaughtered and a buffet (which included some rather fine roast beef) demolished. Nobody kicked up a fuss, nobody got excessively drunk, nobody behaved embarrassingly.
I don't think it could have gone any better.
As I'm knackered, I'll close this with a shot of the first dance:

first dance

More photos on flickr. A lot more tomorrow. I was glad I wasn't the official photographer as I woke up with fuzzy vision and had two brief technology failures and the light on the dancefloor was so weak it was very hard to focus properly. :/

So, congratulations again to [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam and [livejournal.com profile] raggedyman. I am very happy that you are so happy together. Long may it continue.

ETA: The album with edited photos is now up on flickr.
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As I was finalising the photos, I came across this gem.

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These are just a few impressions, quickly processed on the laptop on the day/evening.


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I'm all done:
Flickr set
Photobox album for ordering prints
Nifty slideshow

When ordering prints, remember to choose an aspect ratio of 3:2 (e.g. 7.5x5") and deselect "Shrink to Fit".

Please pass on the links to friends and relatives.
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The flickr set has been updated. A choice sample pic )
I should be able to finish it off tonight.
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The first preview is here and the full flickr set is here, which will be updated as I go along. There will be a photobox album soon so people can order prints if they want.


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First of all, thank you all for your concern, I'm fine again, if a bit tired and rather grumpy my body wouldn't let me stay yesterday afternoon. As it turned out, the pain was soon gone and didn't return but it could have gone the other way, too so it was better to be safe than sorry. Thank you to those at the reception for your understanding.

The flickr set will be updated as I go along so please pass on the link. As with the other weddings, there will be a photobox album so people can order prints.
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I won't be providing prints (except those I've selected to go into the portfolio as part of the wedding present) so anyone who wants some can order direct from photobox:

Wedding Album

(these are the same photos as on flickr but these are the hires ones for printing)

They have a variety of sizes available and are reasonably priced, and the more prints you order, the cheaper they get.
IMPORTANT: make sure you select a 3:2 aspect ratio (6x4, 7.5x5 etc) or you'll get white borders or cropping.

There's also a funky slideshow.

[livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm and [livejournal.com profile] twentypence, please pass this link on to friends and families.
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Phew, that's done. As usual, all the photos are in the flickr set. There will be a selection in my wedding gallery on fotopic and also on photobox for ordering prints sometime in the next few days.

[livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm and [livejournal.com profile] twentypence, please pass on the link (and the future links) to your relatives and friends. I hope you like them.


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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Casual me)

Saturday was entirely taken up by [livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm's and [livejournal.com profile] twentypence's wedding:
- Detailed writeup
- Photo previews: One Two
- All photos so far (reception to come)
What a wonderful day! Much love and happiness for the glorious couple!

Sunday was taken up by sleeping, processing photos and watching Spooks.
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Covering run up to ceremony, after ceremony and part of mingling at Thorpe Hall. Still have many more to do.


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More on flickr
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was wonderful. Just a brief one, full writeup tomorrow.

The bride - as expected - looked absolutely beautiful and very happy indeed and the groom smashing in his grey suit and equally happy.

The ceremony (civil only) was short and to the point, very [livejournal.com profile] twentypence.

There was much faffing and milling about and taking of photos afterwards before moving on to the reception venue where after another wait the speeches happened and then finally the buffet was opened. By the time everone was starving so it was soon reduced to very little. ;o)

Then [livejournal.com profile] dj_slingshot opened the disco properly and the relaxed part of the evening started, with obviously the newlywed couple taking the first dance. There was much dancing and other sillliness afterwards and I got to DJ for an hour, too.

I took shitloads (over 500) of photos, of which 100odd will probably make it online. Of those, there are a few absolute stonkers, if I may say so myself. A tiny preview follows, a bigger one will be posted tomorrow evening and the rest as the week progresses and I get through them.


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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)
After a few delays and about an hour of agony due to stomach/bowel cramps caused by trapped wind, I'm finally back home.

It's been a fantastic weekend that involved meeting old friends, witnessing a wonderful handfasting ceremony with a good party afterwards, seeing various bits of Glasgow and the countryside, meeting new people and making new friends and a long and nice night out.

Thanks are in order:
Firstly, to [livejournal.com profile] rich_redcap and [livejournal.com profile] fithefairie for the invitation and assorted friends of theirs for making stuff happening.
And also to [livejournal.com profile] sublevel3 for crash and company plus [livejournal.com profile] lavindelf and her bloke [livejournal.com profile] fossilised for the tour of the countryside on Saturday. Meeting [livejournal.com profile] purplehez, [livejournal.com profile] anyanka_demon and Andy was great, too. And [livejournal.com profile] purplehez, we need to chat more about medieval music next time, ideally when we aren't drunk/tired. :o)

There will be a small photo preview later this evening.

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