One of the highlights of my job is getting to know couples during the run-up to their wedding. I get to hear all the ins and outs of a wedding before the actual day which really helps me feel close to the people and their plan. Louise and Justin are no exception to this rule. Recommended by a mutual friend I originally met Louise and Justin some time ago to talk about what they were looking for from their wedding photographs. We clicked immediately and I was delighted when they booked me for their Crazy Bear wedding. Some of you may have seen the pre-wedding shoot we held there in the summer – quite different than the crisp autumnal day a few weeks ago. Louise and Justin are two of the nicest people you’d ever wish to photograph. Relaxed, friendly, kind and a good giggle. Everything about this day was fabulous – the finishing touches, the incredible venue, the vows (not a dry eye!) and the amazing party that followed. I wish you both all the best in everything you do. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your day.
I absolutely love it when couples embrace a season in the colour and decoration of a wedding and that’s exactly what Sarah-Jane and Ben did. The leaves were on the ground and Lains Barn looked perfectly autumnal dresses in browns, creams, greens and oranges. Sarah-Jane was blissfully calm as she sipped champagne on the morning – lots of giggles and a few tears to kick start her day. The ceremony was beautiful and included the guests singing Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’. The finishing touches at this wedding were incredible – the fresh leaves that adorned the napkins, the picturesque cake take, the candle arrangements on tables. After some lovely, touching and very personal speeches (and a divine 3 course dinner!) Mr and Mrs Rogers took to the floor to perform a truly epic first dance. Thank you for a wonderful day, I enjoyed every moment.
You may have seen Victoria and Paul’s pre-wedding shoot from earlier in the year when we visited The Tor in Glasotonbury, Somerset. If you did you will know that Victoria and her family are childhood friends of my family so their wedding day was a lovely opportunity to catch up with some old faces and share their special day. The day kicked off on a farm in West Pennard where Victoria and Paul live. The girls were getting ready at Applebarn Cottage, a 4* farm stay complete with a hot tub in the garden and farm animal sound effects (seriously the cows kept Victoria up all night!) Then down the road to West Pennard church which has a long standing connection with Victoria’s family. After a lovely ceremony we all headed for Pennard House just down the road in East Pennard for a glorious drinks reception of mulled cider served in vintage teacups. Their reception was held in the former-stables and now a stunning venue. Thank you both for allowing me to photograph your special day – your attention to detail was fabulous and I enjoyed every moment. I hope Kenya is awesome, looking forward to catching up when you get back!
Craig and Alicja chose Bisham Abbey in Marlow to hold their wedding breakfast and party. After a beautiful service at St Peter’s in Marlow we all headed there keeping our fingers crossed for the blue sky to stay. I have to say they were incredibly lucky with the weather – after days of wind and rain the sky was blue and the sun shone for most of their day. Tables were adorned with mini bottles of maple syrup which represented Canada – Alicja’s home since she was a young child. The wedding toast was then shots of vodka to represent Alicja’s Polish heritage. After an amazing day we were lucky enough that the rain had stopped and we were able to go outside to play with some sparklers!! I hope Mauritius is treating you both well – enjoy the pictures!
As we all know, sometimes it rains in England, and Jo and Ross’ day was one of those. When I arrived at Jo’s Mum’s house the dark clouds were looming but Jo was bright as a button, her exact words being ‘You know, sometimes it rains’. Following a beautiful harvest-festival coloured church service Jo and Ross were whisked off to Denbies Wine Estate. Denbies is a beautiful working vineyard in the heart of Surrey. I knew they were bringing their beloved VW Campervan (affectionately named Dotty) with them and it was to be inside Dotty we would photograph Jo and Ross’ bride and groom portraits. I was giddy with excitement – whilst I would have loved to be amongst the vines I was just as happy snapping away in Dotty. After a lovely drinks reception, delicious meal and wonderful speeches, Jo and Ross ushered their guests to the wine cellar where they danced a very romantic first dance. Jo and Ross, I totally loved your wedding. Jo – the finishing touches you paid so much attention to gave me hours of exciting shooting plus you were an exquisite bride! Ross – I know you were dreading being in front of the camera but you were a superstar!
I adore Autumnal weddings, especially when we have a glorious crisp and sunny day. The sun was shining and Hannah and her maids (all 6 of them!) were smiling when I arrived at The Bull Hotel Gerrards Cross. It was here that Hannah was preparing herself for what would be a beautiful service at Denham Village church followed by an amazing reception at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. Hannah wore a chic Pelham dress from Ellie Sanderson. Heatherden is a lovely old manor house bang in the middle of Pinewood. There are reminders everywhere of the amazing films produced here. I ate my delicious supper sat opposite Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the James Bond films. Quite bizarre actually. Hannah and Charlie opted for a super chic French theme to their wedding after a romantic Parisian engagement and the finishing touches included hand made Eiffel Towers table name holders. Thank you guys for allowing me to document your special day. I loved every second.
Last week I met with Nicola and James whose Christmas wedding I will be photographing this year. The colour of the trees have turned, there are leaves on the floor and there is a chill in the air – certain signs that Autumn is upon us. Horsley Towers in Surrey is their chosen venue and we had a great time looking around the secret passageways and the absolutely stunning chapel. Really looking forward to the big day guys!
Very occasionally I am lucky enough to style my own shoots – it’s like planning a wedding all over again but much easier! Plus I don’t have the nerves of the big day nor do I have to smile for the camera. Instead it means that I get to work with lovely people in a relaxed and low pressured environment to create some beautiful images. For this shoot I teamed up with the US based photographer Julie Paisley and sure enough she brought some of that delicious Florida sunshine with her! Flowers designed and created by the fabulous Hot Flowers & Art, Wooburn Common, Bucks and the venue was the adorable Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire.
Over the past few years I’ve been really lucky to photograph many different locations along the River Thames but I’m always excited when it’s Marlow. If you scroll through my blog you will see that I shoot many weddings in this area which is just perfect because I love it there. Bisham Abbey is one of those places and I’m really excited about photographing Alicja & Craig’s October wedding there. We recently met to talk about timings and order of the day. We also took the opportunity to take a few shots to break the ice! They were both fabulous and totally relaxed. Alicja is a total natural in front of the camera and looks beautiful. I’m so excited about seeing her on her wedding day!
Mel and Josh pretty much chose the last summer day of the year to hold their wedding celebration at Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham. The sun was shining and the birds were singing as I made my way down on the morning of their beautifully sunny day. Preparations were well under way when I arrived and as you can see Melanie made a truly exquisite bride. Melanie’s father face as she walked down the stairs was a picture and from that moment he clung to her all the way to the top of the aisle. Such a sweet moment and really made me think of the symbolic importance for a man to literally give his daughter away. Following lots of laughter and quite a few tears Mr and Mrs Vickers lead us out to a champagne reception on the lawn in the lovely sunshine. Thank you both for allowing me to be there on your big day. I had a wonderful time and must admit that the Israeli dancing will go down as one of my favourite wedding moments of all time (along with one of the funniest best man speeches ever!)
I was really happy when, via the wonders of Facebook, Victoria messaged to ask if I would be interested in photographing her wedding. We’ve known each other a very long time but haven’t seen each other in years. It was absolutely lovely to meet her and her finace Paul earlier this week; we worked out we think it must be 15 years since we last saw each other. Their Halloween wedding will be taking place at Pennard House which means I get to go back to my homeland of Somerset. When discussing venues for their pre-wedding shoot I suggested The Tor and I was delighted when they agreed it would be fun. The Tor is such an iconic symbol of Glastonbury and the surrounding areas and I was so pleased they were willing to trudge to the top for the sake of their photos. We had a lovely time despite the wind and the influx of tourists. Really looking forward to the big day and very excited about Pennard House (what’s not to love about a bar in a horse stables – ace!)
When a couple meet by playing Jayne Eyre and Mr Rochester on stage, you know their wedding will be a fairytale. I’m pleased to say this wedding was exactly that. I arrived at Bix Manor to the sound of Champagne corks popping… Kate was a vision of calm, she personified the glorious bride. The wedding ceremony took place at All Saints church in Marlow, a lovely church nestled right next to the Thames, a beautiful spot for a wedding. After a lovely service (literally not a dry eye in the house) Kate and Ritchard were greeted by children from Kate’s school where she works as a teacher. One little girl told me ‘Miss Plummer used to be a teacher but today she’s a princess’. All of the name cards on the tables were written by the children in her class – what a fantastic and original idea. As always, Gary at Bix Manor looked after us incredibly well and after a wonderfully sunny drinks reception we all enjoyed a delicious dinner followed by some pretty amazing pavlovas! As you’d imagine, the speeches of two thespians were very entertaining, Ritchard’s being a self-penned rhyme. And it didn’t finish there – a ‘Chorus Line’ inspired first dance kicked of the evening celebrations. Kate and Ritchard I had a brilliant day with you and your lovely families, thank you. I hope Paris was suitably romantic and that Bali is even more so!
Some of you may have seen the recent pictures I took of Elle and Tom at their pre-wedding shoot. We met at Notley Abbey (one of my favourite venues in the South East) when they were viewing the venue for the first time, literally weeks before their wedding. Elle and Tom live in Singapore so the job of venue hunting was given to Elle’s mother. She couldn’t have picked anywhere more amazing. To top it off the day was bathed in lovely sunshine which meant they could get married outside – an incredible feat in England. If you have ever been to a wedding at Notley you will understand how amazing the walled garden is and just how lovely a wedding ceremony is there. Everything about this wedding was perfect – the dresses, the suits, the make up, the venue, the food, the flowers (by the amazingly talented Emma Lappin). Tom looked incredibly dapper and Elle looked like a princess – she literally took Tom’s breath away. Thank you so much Elle and Tom (and to your lovely friends and family) for allowing me to be involved in your special day and making me feel so welcome. I hope these pictures will help bring back some memories for you.
Lains Barn in Oxfordshire is a beautiful venue that I’m always excited to go back to. The barn itself has a genuine rustic feel with oak beams, cobbled flooring and huge wooden barn doors. This week I met with Sarah and Ben to talk about their wedding later this year. So exciting to be able to photograph the pre-wedding shoot for a winter wedding in the summer. Good luck with the rest of your prep guys, can’t wait for November!
One of my favourite things is Afternoon Tea. I love everything about it – the neatly cut sandwiches, the pastries to die for, the variety of tea, the sound of tea being poured and of course the scones with cream and jam. I was so excited when Sally and Tim told me this was the theme they had chosen for their wedding. The tables were delicately dressed with vintage teacups full of beautiful flowers and throughout the venue you could smell the baking pastries. Sally & Tim’s ceremony was intimate and very touching and included self penned vows which were very emotional. A beautiful day, a lovely couple, thank you again for allowing me to join you.
On the morning of Jude and Rob’s wedding the heavens were well and truly open. The sky was black and the rain was falling hard. As I left home I packed my wellies and raincoat (something I haven’t done once this year!) As I drove into Steventon House the rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun shone. My wellies stayed in the car! After a lovely ceremony Jude, Rob and their guests were treated to a champagne reception after which the 3 of us headed off for some portraits. Thank you both for being great (especially Rob, I know how much you were (not) looking forward to the photos!) Jude your Dads speech was fabulous, what an entertainer!
Last weekend saw Jackie and Mike getting married at Taplow House Hotel. A beautiful country hotel with stunning grounds. Jackie, looking incredibly glamorous, was calm and collected as her 17 year old son walked her up the aisle to give her hand in marriage. A lovely ceremony was followed by a drinks reception on the lawn. Jackie’s choice of finishing touches was amazing – the attention to detail was second to none. Following the wedding breakfast we all headed down to the cellar to watch Jackie and Mike take to the floor for their first dance. A lovely lovely day, thank you both for being such a fab couple.
Desree kicked off her day in a suite at The Crowne Plaza, Marlow with her sister and sister-in-law to be; parked at the front of the hotel was the VW campervan that would drive the wedding party to the ceremony (complete with vintage bunting). A beautiful ceremony was then followed by the hottest drinks reception of the year (poor chaps were melting in their suits). Then we headed off to the river in the pro gold buggies (thanks Rob for the lift) for some more intimate shots. Highlights included the tiger socks (most embarrassing groom nickname of all time!!) and the crazy Choccywoccydoodah cake. If you haven’t seen their cakes before check them out. Insanely fantastic. Desree and Paul thank you so much, you were both superstars.
‘Heavy and Constant Thunderstorms’ was the weather forecast for Amy and Alex’s wedding day. So as I headed for her parent’s house I was keeping everything crossed for at least a little sunshine. Their reception was to be held at The Oratory Prep School which boasts some incredible grounds, it would have been a travesty to enjoy them from inside. The weather held it together for a beautiful church ceremony at St Mary’s in Streatley. A gem of a church. The couple travelled in style, their chosen waggon being a cream VW Beetle (www.lovebugweddings.com) and the sun was shining. The reception was ace – think mini Hogwarts and you can’t go far wrong. I hope you are having a fabulous time in Australia you lucky things, thanks again for making me feel so welcome on your special day.
Catherine and Stuart’s wedding was at the stunning St Mary’s church in Beaconsfield followed by a breakfast at The Crowne Plaza in Marlow. It felt like we were at a destination wedding – the weather was incredible (the hottest day of the year so far), the grounds were stunning and we were right by a lake with (as I discovered when I got too close) a huge water feature. It was a really beautiful, personal wedding; their son Oliver who has just started to walk was there in a matching outfit to Daddy. Catherine and Stuart – everyone kept saying it but what a day. Thank you so much for allowing me to join you.
Wow, I can’t believe these beautifully sunny days are continuing – last July I was photographing weddings in the rain nearly every weekend! This week I met with Mel and Josh at the Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham. They did immensely well considering the fact it was the hottest day of the year. Coupled with the fact that I made them balance on a crumbly dead tree and sit in a pile of rabbit poo I think they did really well!
Fruit picking is quintessentially English and for most people incredibly nostalgic. Trudging through fields to find the best fruit, probably getting rained on at some point and of course the ‘One for me, one for the punnet’ rule my Grandad taught me at a young age. The smell at Peterley Farm was just delicious, fresh Strawberries ripe for the picking. The two chief pickers were Harry (4) and Grace (2). Harry took it very seriously scoping out each field and picking rapidly to fill his punnet. Grace didn’t really get to grips with the concept of fruit picking. She would pick a raspberry, put it in her punnet then immediately take it out and eat it.
I think I might be slightly addicted to The Crazy Bear. All of them (Stadhampton, Beaconsfield and London) have a truly electic mix of decor which means you can spend hours simply looking around. The toilet at the Beaconsfield one is completely decorated in mirrors – after a tipple too many you can spend ages padding your way around the walls to find the door handle. Everything is exquisite – Stadhampton has Champagne on tap, daily deliveries of Galway oysters, a cigar collection you might expect in Cuba and the reception desk is a red London bus. I met Louise and Justin there last week for a little run through their forthcoming winter wedding and to take a couple of shots. We had a lovely time (apart from the broken flip flop and the wasps nest!) Really looking forward to November!
If I could live anywhere it would probably be Bix Manor. It’s one of those places that in the right weather you could be in the French countryside and when the garden is in bloom and the Pimms is being passed around there really is no place like it. I visited a couple of weeks ago with Kate and Ritchard on a boiling hot Sunday afternoon to have a quick run through and talk about their day. I’m so excited to be going back again. Hopefully the beautiful weather is here to stay and we can spend some more time in the fabulous grounds. Check out the best garden ornament ever – the giant stag.
Last week I visited Harleyford Golf club with Desree and Paul to run through their wedding and take a few pictures. The weather was absolutely perfect and the sun was low and golden. Harleyford is a hidden gem – I have driven past many times but inside it’s like a community in itself. All perched on the bank of the river Thames – an amazing spot for a golf course and a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. Super excited about this special day – Desree and Paul have some awesome and very unique touches to their day that I cannot wait to see.
I’m always really excited about shooting a wedding at a new or different wedding venue so when Amy and Alex said they were getting married at The Oratory Prep School in Berkshire I was delighted. Amy’s mother is a member of staff there which is how the concept of holding a wedding party there came about. The grounds are absolutely stunning with neatly trimmed lawns, ornamental gardens, Georgian buildings, a pond and an overgrown woodland. Terribly romantic. This, coupled with the mini Harry Potter style dining hall, will make for a super cool wedding venue. Very excited about their big day later this year.
Literally all day on Friday it rained – non-stop. Black clouds filled the sky and as I left the house to meet Zoe and Michael I packed my wellies, waterproofs and umbrella. As I drove into Burnham the skies turned blue, the sun shone and it was like summer again. And boy did the sun shine. The lawn at Burnham Beeches is beautiful at any time but when you get the light just right it’s stunning. Here’s a little peek of Zoe and Michael.
As I’ve said before, photographing a friend’s wedding is a huge privilege and incredibly emotional. Last week I had the honour of photographing Kirsty and Ali’s wedding at Uplands House, a DeVere venue in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. I met Kirsty quite a few years ago as I know her brother Simon and I was delighted when Kirsty asked me to photograph her special day. After losing their Dad several years ago the honour of giving Kirsty away fell to her brother Simon and he did a truly spectacular job of stepping in. He literally clung to her all the way down the aisle and looked immensely proud the whole day. His speech was amazing, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house (including me!) A fabulous day, a couple so obviously in love. Kirsty and Ali thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day.
I first met Catherine, Stuart and their beautiful baby boy Oliver during a wedding fair at Bisham Abbey, Marlow. It was one of those moments when immediately you engage with a couple and you know you are right for each other. After exchanging details they left my stand and we agreed to chat soon – literally 5 minutes later they came back and asked to book me for their day. I was delighted – their wedding sounds right up my street. A few weeks later Catherine invited me to her home to photograph their son Oliver who is utterly adorable – such a smiley happy little chap. I can’t wait to see him suited and booted for the big day. Anyway this week the three of us met up at their venue, The Crowne Plaza in Marlow to discuss the finer details of their day and take some photos of them. As you can see they make such a lovely couple.
I first met Hannah and Charlie at a Guides for Brides wedding fair at The Compleat Angler in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. I was immediately struck by how involved Charlie is in the planning of their wedding and his involvement in choosing a wedding photographer. Since that day he’s often been the one to email with questions, talk about ideas and to arrange timings etc. It’s so nice to see a groom genuinely interested in the planning stages. Hannah and Charlie have chosen to hold their wedding breakfast and party at Heatherden Hall which is a beautiful manor house set right in the middle of Pinewood Studios. It’s pretty exciting when you get to Pinewood – signing in at the gates as if you might be a famous movie star. When you’re through, you see all of the movie theatres with enormous advertising boards. It’s a bit like being in Austin Powers. Then suddenly there is Heatherden Hall, home to many a Carry on Film in the 50′s. It’s a stunning manor house with beautiful oak panelled walls and enormous chandeliers. The grounds are to die for – a lake, amazing huge trees, beautiful flowers and neat lawns. Hannah and Charlie were ace and I’m super excited about their October wedding.
One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is seeing different interpretations of the wedding theme. Some weddings are grand, some more intimate; some are very formal, some are relaxed. Every type of wedding is wonderful in it’s own way and it’s always fascinating to see the stamp that a couple will put on their own day to reflect their personalities. Many wedding ideas are so fabulous that they are used time and time again at weddings and it’s always great to hear the same trusty readings in a church or a singalong to Jerusalem, which is such a popular hymn at weddings (quite rightly – it’s a classic). But I have to say that Joanna and Iain had so many fabulous, individual, original finishing touches at their wedding that all day I was constantly surprised. When I first met them I was immediately struck by how relaxed and chilled out they were about getting married and the wedding day itself. They both emphasised the fact that they wanted it to be an informal, fun event. They certainly hit the jackpot. The vintage inspired/bohemian/garden party/flower power/tea party theme was absolutely fabulous. This combined with it being the hottest day of the year really meant it wasn’t a wedding to forget. I was absolutely delighted to be part of it and admittedly had to prize myself away from the fabulous vintage pizza van (Pizza of Dreams) to get myself home. Joanna and Iain, I wish you all the very best in the future you are a wonderful couple.
This week I met with Elle and Tom at Notley Abbey. Thus far we have had an email relationship which is quite unusual but considering they live in Singapore it’s been pretty tricky to meet up. It was actually the first time either of them had seen Notley Abbey as well – Elle’s Mum had amazingly found and booked the venue in their absence. As you’d imagine they were utterly delighted and now even more excited about their big day. Elle and Tom were totally unfazed by having their picture taken and as you can see they both look amazing. I can’t wait to see them both suited and booted ready for their new life as Mr and Mrs Wilks.
Last weekend I photographed the wedding of Madelein and Jean-Philippe at Tylney Hall in Hampshire. I met Madelein at her sister Chantelle’s wedding when she married Andrew at Pennyhill Park in Surrey last year. Tylney Hall is a beautiful hotel with fabulous landscaped gardens, perfect for a traditional summer wedding. Added into the mix of this fabulously English occasion was South-African Madelein and French Jean-Philippe and their two lovely children Annabel and Leo. Parisian best man Pierre must be acknowledged, he was sporting a tiger t-shirt and aviators (literally the coolest best man of all time). The sun was shinning, champagne corks were popping and self-professed romantic Jean-Philippe couldn’t keep his eyes from Madelein. A truly lovely day, thank you Mr and Mrs Boitel.
Photographing any newborn is special but it’s particularly special for me when I get to photograph my friend’s babies. Dominic was born just under two weeks ago and he really is cute. Typical boy, he took ages to go to sleep and was fighting it for ages. But when he did finally drift off he looked so cute all cuddled up and was a superstar during hat changes. Congratulations Stew and Alex on his arrival, I look forward to taking some more pictures of him.
What a fabulous way to start my wedding season! I loved everything about Sarah and David’s wedding – from the second I stepped through her parents front door on the morning of their wedding I knew it was going to be a special day. Sarah’s dress was incredible and the bridesmaids dresses matched perfectly. I could write a list as long as my arm of the things I loved: the order of service, the biscuits for guests after the ceremony, THE dress, David’s speech (very cute), the cake (made by Sarah’s sister Lydia), the stationary, the favours, the table centres. Everything was just fabulous. Congratulations Sarah and David and thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day.
Photographing a baby can be a very time consuming affair with lots of cuddles, rocking, shhhhh-ing and whispering…. the complete opposite to photographing toddlers which is often chaos from start to finish! I was lucky enough to photography beautiful Benjamin a few weeks ago who really is a beautiful boy – amazing blue eyes, lovely skin and cute little skin creases. He was really good, very patient and finally went to sleep for me. I am delighted with the pictures.
Last week I met with Sarah and David who are getting married at Hunton Park in April. Hunton Park has some beautiful grounds with plenty of opportunity for photographs – including some sweeping steps and a fountain.
I love Christmas and I love weddings; put the two together and I am in absolute heaven! In December I was lucky enough to photograph Rebecca and Stephen’s wedding at the stunning Beaumont Estate. Rebecca’s attention to details was fabulous with a huge sweetie table, a gingerbread house and the most fabulous festive favours for their guests.