Hello Dear Readers.
In my last (or should that say first?) blog, I left you with a teaser about some images from Monkey Island.
Now some of you may not be from around these parts and therefore may be a little unfamiliar with what Monkey Island is. Let me tell you; it’s not a zoo or an animal enclosure (unless you are referring to party animals), it is actually a beautiful hotel on an island in the middle of the River Thames, near Bray in Berkshire.
To get to the hotel you have to walk across a foot bridge. The image you see here is lower quality than I usually like but it was taken on my iphone with one hand whilst wheeling my camera case with the other, as I was leaving.
The occassion I was there to record was a 40th birthday bash. The beautiful Kirsty was celebrating her first 40 years of life with all her dear friends and she wanted to give them something, so a fantastic party was arranged.
The theme was ‘Hollywood’ and the happy guests came dressed for the red carpet. Kirsty wore a stunning blue outfit and took centre stage for the Oscars Awards. The event went really well. Everyone was laughing, then crying, then laughing again. Kirsty was a real star!
Amongst many of the desreving winners, both Kirsty’s father and son each climbed the steps to receive their Oscar to raptuous applause. Her father gave an emotional but hilarious speech, mentioning many of the memories that made him laugh (and cry)!
So as not to be left out, one of Kirsty’s friends who was unable to attend in person, was photographed with lots people using an image of her friend in the background. Here she is with two of the party animals, striking a pose familiar to the group! The photo was passed around and used so many times during the evening, with everyone making sure it was as though she was there. Wonderful!
Kirsty was presented with a stunning cake. Oscar was there too, standing proudly on the top step of the cake, with sparklers to help light the way. All in all, I must say that this was one of the best parties I have had the pleasure to document. The guests were so much fun, as was Kirsty. I was treated like a guest myself, not one of the staff. A nice and very welcome treat :o Thank you Kirsty, for being such a star!
My next blog posting will feature a slideshow, showing you a Christmas Party for Maidenhead Social Group and how your images can be put to music, like theirs.
Until then, please enjoy some of my favourite moments from Monkey Island: