I thought I'd take us on a ramble through Richmond Park this week, with the cutest couple of them all, Tim & Tash. Sometimes, all you need is a sunny Sunday and a stunning park to explore.. Oh, and a gorgeous couple like this helps too of course. Read through to see their "Nearly-Wed Q&A"
I know these guys from my years back in West London, and I was beyond chuffed to hear from them about their wedding photos. They are just as fun, easy going and grounded as I remembered them, and watching them together like this through the lens was so lovely.
We shot in Richmond Park, a place which means a lot to them both. Besides the fact they live nearby, the Royal Ballet School's White Lodge sits just in the background of some of these photos. Tash, the bride-to-be, is a trained dancer who also runs her own dance school.. it feels rather apt to have this iconic dance location to be nestled away in the background. We drove for what felt like an eternity, into the centre of the park; passed scores of runners, groups of mums with buggies, and families all exploring the space. It's enormity isn't its only charm..
The roaming herds of deer draw their own crowds, and seem strangely un-alarmed by the over-zealous tourists getting too close with their camera phones.
This park, though beautifully managed, retains a little of the wild. It feels much less manicured and finished than some of its sister parks in central London. The copses and woodlands don't feel placed or over managed, and the large expanses of ferns and greenery help to
lull you into the illusion that you have wondered into a wild oasis.
It's also big enough, that you can find quiet spots away from the more crowded walkways.
Which is what we did with Tim and Tash. Sitting amidst the fallen trees and leaf-broken sunlight, they slowly relaxed into the shoot. Sometimes I wish I could caption couple photos, and reveal what actually made them laugh! But perhaps, that's half the magic. Just seeing the emotion and not the narrative;
perhaps that fleeting second of laughter and chemistry is actually most beautiful in isolation from its trigger.
It doesn't matter what makes them laugh together, but the fact that they do (and these two laugh a LOT together) is what makes them work.
Quick Nearly-Wed Q & A:
Do you remember the first time you saw each other?
Tash: Yes, but you'll need a time machine to jump back to July, 2002. On the stage at Backwell School auditioning for Grease, Tim started chatting about the interesting trombone lines in summer nights and a romance was (slowly) born!
When did you first know you wanted to marry them?
T&T: We've always felt we would be together for rest of our lives. The marriage bit (or the proposal to be exact) was a bit overdue, but finally born from the realisation of happiness and security that a marriage would bring!
How did they propose?
Tim: In a slate shelter, covering from the rain by small tarn in the Lake District.
How did you react?
Tash: "But you just ate a banana?!" Blub blub blub "That's a yes by the way!"
What do you think makes you work so well as a couple?
T&T: We feel like we work because we're not the same as each other, we each have our skills and our weaknesses, but together we try to be the best team we can!
I'm so looking forward to shooting Tim and Tash's Bath wedding in August. It'll be wonderful to capture some of this irresistible chemistry in all their wedding day glow. You guys are such great fun, let's have this much fun next time round too!