Natalie & Michael decided to take their vows at Langtons registry office in Hornchurch a few days before their big celebration in Dorset. With just a handful of close relatives, this was very much an intimate & personal ceremony and it was really beautiful to play a…Read More
Boreham House is just wow! What a spectacular venue to get married in, everything is grand & finished to the finest detail, from the staircase to the decor, this is certainly a dream venue for a wedding. David & Victoria celebrated their whole day in this stunning mansion, and I was there capturing it all, from the getting ready, the vows, the breakfast, the laughter, the dancing, the romance, and the fireworks!
I discovered that me & David went to the same primary school for the first year, and that my dad rescued his sister from a locked bathroom… such a coincidence & so very random!
Here are a few of my favourite moments from their beautiful wedding.
Sneak preview for Sophie & Toby now on the blog! This lovely couple tied the knot at Little Channels in Chelmsford, Essex on Sunday 26th May. Sophie got ready at home & had the most lovely reaction from her dad when he saw her for the first time, all ready for the big day (he said he wouldn’t get emotional, but I definitely saw tears!). They celebrated the rest of their day at the venue with all their close family & friends. They had a travel theme & vintage styling, enjoyed some heartfelt speeches & then partied the night away.
Mary & Immy celebrated their beautiful wedding at Woolston Manor Golf & Country club recently, and I had the great pleasure of capturing all the events of the day. What I will always remember from this wedding is the dance floor! In a word, it was epic!! Immy crowd surfed to a couple of banging energetic asian drummers (eternal beats) whilst Mary was spinning in her stunning dress & the atmosphere was electric.
Sneak preview below, whilst the beautiful couple enjoy the rest of their images in private :) x
Rarely do you get to work with a wedding dream team, in a perfect location with beautiful weather! I'm in love with this boho woodland shoot styled by wedding planners Monet Events at The House, in Essex. The dress has a special meaning behind it, Brides do Good donate their proceeds to ending child marriage, promoting safe education and protects against early marriage, which is a incredible movement in the wedding industry.
With a striking colour palette of vibrant pinks, burgundy and beautiful greens, and boho inspired styling, this shoot is one that really stands out, and it’s lovely that an Essex Wedding Magazine have featured it this month.
Special thanks to all of the suppliers who made this shoot possible;
Creation & Design Monet Events
Nicky for her creative & stunning flower arrangements Natures Flowers
Big thanks to Alison, for her support & letting us use her beautiful venue https://www.thehousethevenue.co.uk
I was delighted to be asked by Hitched to take part in their ‘Ask the Experts’ series recently. Hitched held a live Q&A for couples to call in with their supplier related questions. Planning a wedding can be quite an overwhelming experience, so this was a great way for couples to reach out to a variety of suppliers & fire away all of the questions they had & receive honest answers.
Here are the questions which came up during my slot;
1. “First look” photos – to do or not to do?Read More
Sian & Ryan have waited a long time for this day, as they had to work it into Ryan’s navy schedule, amongst other things. They tied the knot at The Friern Manor & it was the most beautiful mild & sunny November day. Keeping the navy theme going, the colour scheme was navy & gold, and it worked out beautifully. Sian was a busy bride to be leading up to the wedding, planning ahead for all the final details of the day, she also made the bouquet & cake herself.
Sian & Ryan decided to break tradition & have a first look. Shortly before the ceremony they met & exchanged gifts, Ryan saw Sian in her dress for the first time and they shared a beautiful moment together. The rest of the day unfolded simply & elegantly, with some heart felt & hilarious speeches, ending with smiles & laughter on the dance floor.
Here are a few sneak previews of their beautiful wedding.
My first wedding back from maternity leave & it was so much fun! Sam & Andrew went for a cult film theme & managed to get in touch with Bill & Ted’s film producers & lead actors (yes - including the gorgeous Keanu Reeves himself!). The cast made a video message straight from Hollywood for Sam & Andrew, wishing them a brilliant wedding… and a brilliant wedding it truly was.
Sam made her own bouquet out of broaches & I love that it was so unique & different. The whole day had such a great atmosphere, and the love between Sam & Andrew is beautiful. Smoke bombs in the rain, a message back to Keanu Reeves & co certainly make this a memorable event.
Sam & Andrew - I hope you love these, thank you for having me… be excellent to each other always :)
I’ve been meaning to blog this one for a while now, but having a baby sort of got in the way!
Let’s talk Houchins… I first visited Houchins earlier this summer to prepare for an upcoming wedding & plan ahead for my portrait shots. The grounds are truly exquisite… this venue has a undeniable charm & i can see why brides fall in love with this special place. It is spacious, yet everything you need is close by, tastefully decorated, all on a beautiful plot of land. The close knit team behind it all are on top of their game, nothing gets missed & everything runs like clockwork. It doesn’t have that formal feel you would expect for such a popular wedding venue, it has a rustic/country/chic vibe, something a little different from the ‘norm’, which I personally love.
On to the fabulous couple in my images - Katrina & Jonathan. I literally smiled whilst editing their photo’s… these two are so full of fun & they have the cutest relationship. I knew I was going to enjoy their wedding when I found out the theme was based on GIN! I met with them a couple of years before their wedding & Katrina showed me her Pin Interest mood board, lots of sage green/rose gold/bright & airy inspirational ideas for her day - it’s safe to say Katrina totally pulled this off!
Katrina got ready in the bridal suite with her mum & close friends. The ceremony took place outdoors at the Loggia, I set up a confetti tunnel for them to walk through after their ceremony & it worked out beautifully. The rest of the day simply unfolded &Read More
It was great to be back at The Barn recently to photograph Kelly & Aston's beautiful day. The barn is a 16th century grade ii listed building in Great Tey, and is so full of charm & warmth. Aston treated Kelly to a stay at Milsom's, a quaint hotel in Dedham. Kelly & her bridesmaid's spent the morning relaxing, drinking champagne, exchanging gifts & getting ready. Kelly's dad was overcome with emotion when he first saw her in her dress, and it was a really beautiful moment to capture. One of the best parts of my job is capturing those moments you wouldn't usually get to see.
The bridal party made their way to The Barn, where Aston was patiently waiting with his best men. It was one of the hottest days of the year, they were blessed with beautiful weather, despite the weather forecast! They made their vowels in front of all their guests at the top of the barn, on the balcony.Read More
I had the great pleasure of photographing Claire & James wedding recently, at Greenwood's Hotel & Spa in Stock, Essex. Whilst the weather wasn't on our side, we managed to sneak outside for 5 minutes to capture some portrait shots... you can't tell from these images just how cold it was on the day, it was freezing! however Claire & James were great sports & pulled it off beautifully.
Claire enjoyed a relaxing spa day the night before, and got ready in the bridal suite at Greenwood's Hotel. They tied the knot in the new Garden Suite, and enjoyed a fantastic 3 course wedding breakfast, with plenty of speeches & laughter, in a room full of love & support for the happy couple.
Below are some of my favourite moments from their special day…Read More
Right from the start, I knew Jess & Joe would be a pleasure to work for, they made every effort to make me & my second shooter feel welcome. I was quite excited about this wedding, a golden opportunity as a photographer to work at the famous Pinewood Studio grounds, where some of the greatest films have been produced. Heatherden Hall is a stunning Georgian Manor house with manicured gardens, nestled at the heart of Pinewood Studios.
Jess looked stunning in her dress, which she partly designed herself. Hair & make up was by Kate Pope, and Jess's pretty pastel pink rose bouquet was made by her aunty. Jess & Joe enjoyed a perfect summer's day with all their guests, they got married at a beautiful church in Windsor, and then enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast & fantastic reception at Heatherden Hall. Their first dance was to Mumford & Son's 'I will wait'... these two have got some awesome moves - Joe twirled Jess all around the dance floor, it was like a scene from Strictly Come Dancing. The rest of their guests all joined in & they danced the night away (highly recommend their DJ - Lovelight Entertainment)... the floor was jumping with so many of their guests cutting loose on the dance floor, the atmosphere really was sensational.Read More
I had the great pleasure of capturing this fantastic wedding at Milling Barn recently. Milling Barn has an undeniable charm, it's quite simply breathtaking. The barn was built in the 17th century, and is surrounded by acres of rustic countryside & a farm yard. I stumbled across the shop in the farm yard when I was choosing which areas to capture for the bride & groom portrait shots, the farm yard sell some beautiful pieces of home made/unique furniture.
Emma & Jonathan tied the knot on 6th August, in the pavilion on a perfect summers day. They had a traditional English ceremony, followed by a jewish blessing & left their ceremony, graciously walking out to tonnes of confetti & smiles from their excited guests. The clock was against us, as their wedding breakfast was not far away, so we quickly drove into the woods nearby for their portrait shots (in my beetle, Betty!) and made the most of the rustic forest nearby. A banquet style wedding breakfast shortly followed, with some heart warming, and funny speeches. Emma & Jonathan ended their night with a live band (the saxophonist was rocking) and a dance floor full to the brim of all their guests having the time of their lives.
A great day, a great wedding, and a fabulous couple.Read More
Keighley & Lee got married at Colville Hall, May 2017. Their wedding was spectacular, for so many reasons. Firstly, they are both firefighters who fell in love at work, which makes for the coolest love story ever! They had guards of honour attend their big day, and they were nicest bunch of people you could meet. It was so much fun capturing their group portraits.
Colville Hall is a medieval barn in White Roding, Essex. You are truly spoilt for choice at this venue, with a few stunning event spaces, and rural grounds, making it ideal for portrait sessions. Their contracted in-house catering team make a mean roast too.
I'll let the photo's do the talking... make a cuppa, sit back & enjoy :) x
I've been tracking Greenwood's garden suite project for a while now, so it was an exciting evening when Greenwood's finally finished building the new suite, and held their grand opening this week. Andrea McLean was their special guest for the evening, and she was joined by her partner Nick Feehey. Andrea opened the new suite by popping a huge balloon full of confetti/glitter (us Essex folk are never content with a standard cutting of the ribbon...).
The new suite looks spectacular, it makes the perfect space for a wedding, and seats over 200 people. I'm looking forward to all the weddings I have lined up at this beautiful venue.
Being a wedding photographer is like someone giving you a ticket, a front row seat to the best day of someone's life. Janine & Liad's wedding will be one I never forget, for many reasons.
This wedding was full of creative people, which made it all so personal & original. Janine's converses were designed & painted by Liad, the dress was made by Janine's mum, they had a full jazz band line up, lead by Liad's brother, who played lead guitar. They made messages in a bottle for the favours & their best friend was their best man & registrar, which made their ceremony all the more special.
They asked me if I could re-create an image which resembled a scene from Jurassic Park, not my usual style, but I accepted the challenge & it was so funny setting up an elegant birdal party & arranging everyone to run & scream... not your average day!
The night came to a close, after some brilliantly funny speeches (one of the guests actually cried with laughter - there was tears!), Janine & Liad had a planned dance routine & some of the bridal party jumped in & joined them (the guests were all pleasantly surprised & cheered them on). The Jazz band played through to the end & the dance floor was full to the brim, with smiles, laughter & everyone just having the greatest time.
A beautiful day, done in a beautiful way, and I got to capture every moment :)