I've photographed twenty-five weddings in Australia this year and they've all been amazing. But this Sunday's wedding will be particularly special; because for the first time this year I'll be a guest!
The last time I went to a wedding in Australia without a truckload of camera gear in tow was in November last year, but on that occasion I was the best man. This meant that:
a) my outfit was chosen by the groom, and
b) I had a speech to deliver so I didn't really relax until around 9pm
This Sunday, however, I will be a bonafide guest with no responsibilities whatsoever except to witness two young lovers tying the knot and to enjoy the hospitality of Doltone House.
Oh, and to wear my new suit.
This day has been a long time coming. I've craved a made-to-measure suit for special occasions for years and a couple of months ago I finally visited P Johnson Tailors in Paddington for a fitting. The experience of being fitted was excellent and Patrick and his team were charming and engaging without a hint of a "ooh, suits you sir" in sight.
As I don't wear suits on a regular basis I had already decided that I wanted a neutral colour that I could easily build around. So I ordered a light grey suit in their tropical ultra lightweight fabric with dark tortoiseshell buttons and a notch lapel. For the lining I chose a neutral silver grey but added a colourful twist with camo piping around the pockets and my initials in bright orange to complement the orange Magdalena Velveska dress that Amy will be sporting.
I also ordered a made-to-measure shirt in white with a cutaway collar and mother-of-pearl buttons. As with the suits, the shirts can also be personalised with your initials, which is handy if you ever find yourself at a wedding of the big fat gypsy kind and need to work out which shirt is yours at the end of the night.
It goes without saying that I also needed a new pair of shoes to match the calibre of the suit, so I headed to Gucci where I chose a pair in black patent leather to add some flair to the softness of the grey suit.
And to complete the look I stopped by MJ Bale where I picked out a black knitted silk tie which will add a perfect touch of texture and character.
I can't wait to wear this ensemble on Sunday and it just so happens that I know the photographer so hopefully I'll get a nice souvenir photo!