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A Wedding in Reading, and the legend of the Forbury Lion

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A Wedding in Reading, and the legend of the Forbury Lion

The occasion: Sam and Den’s awesome wedding in Reading. 

The scene: Forbury Gardens, Reading. Home to the Maiwand or ‘Forbury’ Lion of 1889. An enormous and imposing beast (one of the largest cast-iron Lions in the world). Standing 20’ in the air atop the Maiwand War memorial, built to commemorate those British soldiers lost during the Battle of Maiwand on 27th July 1880 in Afghanistan.

According to local sources, (Sam, the bride) legend has it that sculptor George Blackall Simonds took his own life, hanging himself from the tail of his beast, when told his Lion had the gait of a domestic cat and not that of the King of the Jungle.

A sad tale, giving the park a sombre air. But what a place for photos!

All I needed was some gorgeous people, a cute 19th Century bandstand and some stunning late summer sun, and luckily that's what I got.

According to wikipedia, the Lion’s gait is perfectly correct and G. B. Simonds lived another 43 years after this cast-iron triumph. Phew

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Formal Wedding Photos, Boring? Not If You Make A List!

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Formal Wedding Photos, Boring? Not If You Make A List!

If you’re reading this then you’re either a newly engaged person planning your wedding, another photographer curious how I do things, or you’re an insomniac trying desperately to put yourself to sleep. 

Whoever you are, read on!

 

This is just a quick note about shooting formal shots on your wedding day. If my wedding clients want formal portraits or group shots then I always ask them to have a think about who they want included in them, and to make a list.

I know what you’re thinking, I’ve got plenty of lists to write thanks.

Well, it may sound boring, but not as boring as standing around at a wedding with no drink and starving because you didn’t have time to eat before the ceremony; while your mates who just got married decide on a photo by photo basis who is going to be in their group shots.

I have found that with a bit of forward thinking this little list speeds up the formal shots without compromising on the quality, plus means you didn't forget anyone on the day :)

That reminds me, venue visits, I visit every venue before your wedding day so I am completely familiar with it on the day. Read here for another part of my comprehensive service.

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