I like to take photos of things. Mostly peoples. Mostly pretty peoples, if I'm honest. But sometimes toys, or dogs, or maybe a tree. Y'know, interesting stuff.
I shoot a few burlesque shows, but that's just to kill time between photoshoots with models, where I can control the light and the pose and the magic.
My photos will have the tag "my photo". Otherwise, it's stolen from the vast wilderness that is the internet. I usually source pics from Model Mayhem, Flickr or We <3 it.
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For those poor unfortunate souls who don’t have me on Facebook ( and thus can’t see all the wedding photos ) here’s another wee handful for you!
invisiblemonsterx replied to your photoset “Sneak peek at my wedding photos. For those who don’t know my face,…”
AAHH oh my god you and Sophie have matching shoes? That’s adorable
we-arelike-young-volcanoes replied to your photoset “Sneak peek at my wedding photos. For those who don’t know my face,…”
Oh my god the matching Converse!!!
We all had matching shoes. Soph and I had matching Converse and Katie had Westwood’s that were the same colour:
My Converse were custom made…
I got to choose the stitching colour, body colour, fucking everything….and I even got them embroidered with the wedding date:
And they are manky because they are my everyday shoes right now. Rather than spend all that money on them and only wear them once, I’m getting actual use out of them.
I’ll get a replacement pair in a few weeks, so that I don’t totally destroy them…I’m pretty hard on shoes and they are often worn down to their nubs by the time I buy a new pair ahhaa.
The Converse were of course a minor nod to David Tennant’s Doctor Who. I mean, we didn’t want to go all theme-y with the wedding, but we did want little glimpses into us letting our geek flag fly.
Sneak peek at my wedding photos.
For those who don’t know my face, I’m the one with the glasses and the beard, usually standing next to the chick in the wedding dress.
Hows about, a wee photo frame ( slightly deep set box frame ), with both of our 5 things printed out ( actual computer printed, because my handwriting is a bag of dicks ) and stuck to the backing.
And Scrabble letters stuck over the top, with either
E C H O
MY VOICE IS AN ECHO
Because Echo - Hush Sound was our first dance song.
Well, one part of it. Since we’re doing the
Something you want / Something you didn’t know you wanted / Something homemade / Something chocolate
thing, I’ve had an idea for the HOMEMADE aspect.
Well, I’ve had half an idea.
See, for our wedding, we had to come up with “5 things you love about the other” and submit them to our registrar in secret, without the other knowing the 5 things.
So, I was going to make a thing, with *my* five things that I love about Katie!
I’m not sure what form it’ll take yet….I’ve seen some things on Pinterest, but nothing perfect.
( mostly I’m just writing this here so I have it written down and dont forget it in a hour….which I’m always likely to do )
Over the weekend, our photographer sent us this teaser of our wedding photos!
She says they are nearly finished, so it shouldn’t be too long until we see them all!
It’s been almost a month since we got married and we’ve still not recovered from it.
First day back at work after the wedding. Really don’t want to leave my little ohana. Here’s a #wedding load of #fujifilm #instax #210 photos. Of the 20 pack bought before the wedding, I think I’ve 2 shots left! #caseofthemondays
Currently editing the photos from our wedding photobooth. These are some of the out-takes…photos that haven’t made the cut and likely wont get edited into looking as pretty as the others.
But even the out-takes are awesome.
All in, I’d have to say the photo booth was a success, even if it didn’t actually work out as planned:
We had software to automatically take 4 photos and then upload them to Dropbox, so you could see your photostrip on your phone minutes after it being taken…But it failed on the night. So, manually taken 4 photos, and I’m joining them into a proper looking photo strip by hand!
Transcript below. WARNING! REAL NAMES ARE USED!
On behalf of my wife and myself, wait for applause to die down, I would like to thank you all for joining us today. I know that many of you have travelled a great distance to be here and that means so much to us. It’s great to see so many of our loved ones all at once and is quite overwhelming to see how pleased you all are that we have finally, wait for Katie’s cheer to die down, tied the knot.
Unfortunately, not everyone we love was able to make it here with us today, but we know they are either with us in spirit or we are in their thoughts and hearts, where-ever they may be. Most notable of all, Katy Perry who didn’t answer a single one of my several hundred pleading tweet. So, with them in mind, we’ll raise our glasses to our lost and absent friends and family.
( raise glass )
Today wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of a good many people. We have officially called in and used up all of our favours! My mum, for instance, has taken Soph off our hands so many times I the past few weeks. But to be honest, I think mum just wants an excuse to eat donuts and watch Finding Nemo! The literal least we could do is thank them in a speech. So, thank you all.
( sit down )
( stand back up )
But really, there are so many people to thank. I’d like to thank Katie’s mum, Margaret, for making me feel welcome into the family, and for raising such a beautiful, awesome and wonderful daughter.
I’d like to thank my mum and dad, for raising such a handsome, awesome, wonderful son.
To the parents! ( raise glass )
Ciara and Aileen, Katie’s sisters, delivered what I have been lead to believe was a very successful hen night, at least from what Katie remembers.
For the day-time mum and baby hen, and also for not disowning her during her Bridezilla tantrums, a huge thank you to the Yummy Mummies.
Not least because on both occasions I had the house to myself and managed to log some serious time on the Xbox!
It goes without saying that my stag was excellent, and to all who were involved, I feel we’ve got that Band of Brothers vibe going on now. Like, proper “you don’t know, man, you weren’t there!” Should ever an endless parade of robots attack the world, I know who I can count on. ( Barney stare point thingy )
To the stags and hens! ( raise glass )
A special note of thanks should go to Kevin and Finlay for doing all the official witness-y thing. That was cool.
The cake and sweetie bar, and a thousand other things that I couldn’t even hope to keep track of, lie squarely at the feet of Sophie. Not this one, that one. ( pointing ) Mama Soph we call her to try and alleviate confusion. She’s been a proper linchpin to this whole operation.
The ever wonderful Kath for taking photos. This may even be her crowning achievement, documenting the rarely photographed Steven. It feels so weird to be in a room of so many people that I know and love without a camera in hand, so… ( Fujifilm Instax snap )
So, a toast to Friends Like These! ( raise glass ) Hurrah!
And now the most important part of the speech, to the most beautiful woman in the room, a fact that would still stand even if Katy Perry had RSVP’d, my wife.
Katie, many people will say that we are rushing into this, that we should take our time to actually get to know one another rather than being caught up in this whirlwind romance.
It feels like only 11 years ago when we first met in my front garden, you with your hud-dud-duh broom and a single seater couch, me helping to tie that couch to the back of Alan’s car. Those who were there will remember the definite and visible spark between… ( pause, look longingly into Katie’s eyes ) the tiny wheels on the chair and Woodfield Road!
We’ve had many adventures together over the years, and now that our little ohana is unified in sharing the same name, I know we’re going on a million more! People seem to think that once you have kids, or once you get married, your life is over. They even call it “to settle down”. But from where I’m standing, this is only just the beginning!
I wake up every day knowing that there will be at least one, but usually more, memory making fun times before I sleep that night. Every day with you is an opportunity for greatness, and you don’t disappoint. I love you more and more with every passing minute.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how breathtakingly beautiful you look today. Even more-so than normal, which is quite a feat!
I know that you have put a lot of time, effort and heartache into making today perfect, Katie, and to look at you now, sparkling like a diamond, surrounded by those who love us, it’s clear that it’s all been worth it.
It’s been a long time coming, I know, and for that I am sorry. But I thank you from the bottom of my heart that you persevered.
If we could all be upstanding, with freshly charged glasses for the most important toast of all,
To Mrs Allen
( raise glass )
I tried to upload the video of my wedding speech last night ( with the transcript because I know I mumble a lot ) but it failed.
I’ll try again once Sophie has gone for her afternoon nap, which is about the only time I get on the laptop rather than my phone.
No one had ever told me that *receiving* gifts would be a difficult thing.
But opening all the cards and gifts after the wedding….was actually overwhelming. Which is quite a thing for me, since I’ve normally a heart of stone / no heart at all.
But seeing how well people “get” and understand Katie and myself…seeing just howusthe presents are, how apt and personal and just…..wonderful. Jeeze, I’m almost tearing up just writing/thinking about it.
And people who gave us money, to fund our honeymoon….to fund our first holiday abroad in 7 years…to fund Sophie’s first proper holiday….people have just been so generous. So, so, so generous.
And I know that no one has any money, which just makes it mean all the more that they found a means to gift us.
And the people who travelled up from London and surrounding areas, their being at the wedding was more than a gift enough. That they spent the money to come share our day with us…and then the cheeky ones who still bought us presents! Ya monkeys!
I don’t know. Maybe difficult isn’t the right word. Maybe I just associate emotion and difficulty since it’s generally almost impossible for me to express any emotion. It was the same on my 30th birthday. Just being surrounded by people who I love and who love me, and seeing how well they knew me, and….
Going to stop before I do actually cry. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express my thanks to everyone adequately, but in the coming weeks, I’m certainly going to try.
So, a funny thing happened yesterday…
I MARRIED MY BEST FRIEND!
This is a sneaky peeky of the photos and stories I have that will no doubt fill my blog over the next few weeks!
Katie and her sister have started taking stuff round to the hotel to drop off into our room.
The door to the honeymoon suite, the room well be staying in tonight and tomorrow, is broken. The handle is falling off and will not lock.
The in - house repairman has called in sick today.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to burn the cds with the music for the ceremony / dinner and the cd drive on the laptop stops working. It’ll read and almost write, but it doesn’t ever finalise.
Printing out my Groom’s thanks speech and the printer makes all the right noises, but just spits out blank pages. Like, it just forgot to use ink.
But hey - ho. In 24 hours time, the wedding will just be beginning. So, let’s Jack Fucking Bauer this.