Stormin' Normonton.

Lianne and Will. Normanton Church, Rutland. 26 July 2018

Who doesn't love a wedding? Months of tension and nerves, then a great release and waves of happiness, followed by buckets of drink and food swiftly polished off by the 'everyone-on-the-dancefloor’ moment.

That pretty much summed up Lianne and Will's big day. Their 1920's themed wedding was set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Normanton Church on Rutland Water. It's an amazing place and a fantastic photographic backdrop.

Now I don't do as many wedding shoots as I would like, but when I do I really enjoy them - mostly as I get some great clients (no Bridezilla's round here thanks) and you feel like you're part of the biggest day of someone's life. No pressure.

Thankfully, Lianne and Will were just fantastic and - accordingly - the bride's brief was really simple: just do what you do.

That, I could do. So getting the standard bride and groom + VIP shots in the bag, it was documentary-style a-go-go.

As ever with weddings, timings were tight but from the bride getting ready, via a rain-sodden race to the scenic ceremony then the stunning reception at The Tap and Kitchen in Oundle (check them out - lovely people, great food) it all came together beautifully, and despite the annoyingly grey weather, I'm delighted with the shots.

As were Lianne and Will (thankfully).

Down below you'll see some choice images from the day, so if you like dresses, small flower girls with wands, vintage Jag's and dancing then click on.

Tech Corner:

Sony A7r ii
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
Sony 55mm f1.8
Zeiss Batis 25mm f2.0
Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8

All shots edited in Lightroom with home brewed Fujifilm Provia 400X based film simulations.

Feeling Gravity's Pull.

Ok. Sunday. A day for lounging around, mowing the lawn and slamming in the lamb.

Or, if you live near Cookham like we do, it's also the opportunity to watch some insane locals take part in the Gravity Grand Prix - basically, a build-your-own kart time trail down a steep-ish hill in which one attempts to not die horribly in front of ones neighbours.

Run since 2007, the Grand Prix is driven only by gravity (huh) meaning a quick push and that's it. This means some karts with a little more, shall we say, 'engineering' get much better times down the course. For instance, the low profile handmade by yer actual Jaguar cars team did a significantly better time than the two naked blokes in a trolley surrounded by some cardboard.

It figures.

Still, none of this really matters as most of the fun is watching to see if anyone comes a cropper around the chicane (they did) and if any carts break halfway down (they do). Awards are given for fastest time obviously, but they're also handed out for Best Novelty Kart as well so everyone can be a winner.

It was our second year watching the Grand Prix and it seemed busier this time around. I also noted the appearance of a Costa van and a National Trust tent amongst the bar and the bbq indicating it's becoming a 'thing' on the circuit. Hope it doesn't spoil it.

My favourite kart this year was the John Player Special one (memories of the 70's and 80's Lotus cars I guess) but special mention to the little VW van you'll see in the pictures below, not least because post-race some idiot local kids nicked and trashed it. This is why we're not allowed to have nice things...

So, the perennial fun day out for all the family (including plenty of dogs for some reason) with thousands of quid being raised for Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local causes at the same time.

Check out some of the karts below and let me know your favourite...

Tech corner:

It was all about a quick telephoto - step forward Batis 85!