“Sophie! We are blown away!!! These are PERFECT. Thank you so, so much. There are so many amazing ones. You captured my grandmother Shanna so perfectly, her looking at her great-grandson in the pram is priceless. My mum doing my dads pinhole. My girls getting ready. Me talking to Sam’s mum. All the photos of our families and friends. They bring back ALL of the wonderful memories of the day. I don’t think we’ve smiled so much in one day :-) and you’ve captured all of them.”
Tithe Barn Wedding, Petersfield
Ok you’d think I have better things to do on NYE than blog, but in all truth I’ve been saving this one up because it’s one of my most favourite ever weddings. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these two. We met in a bar in Wimbledon for our meeting, and I’m fairly sure we stayed well past just one drink! I clicked immediately with both Siobhan and Sam because they truly are two of life’s absolute treasures. They were married at the Tithe Barn, Petersfield, in September last year. Yes I know!…but sometimes it’s quite lovely to look back over past weddings and really look at the images I captured. It’s a lovely way to reflect, and to reach into those moments that gave me all the feels, rather than what might be perceived as the ‘hero’ shots of the day. If anyone knows me and my work, I always focus on the in-between glances, or certain expressions that a person has. That’s the tough bit, truly capturing the essence of the people in our lives, and pinning down that moment forever. It’s something I try to achieve at every wedding I shoot, which is what makes my job so fascinating, and challenging! This was a wedding where the people were truly themselves. Tears flowed, loving looks were thrown and many, MANY hugs were given. It was one I remember enjoying so much I wanted to keep hold of it as long as possible.
So back to the start, I began at Siobhan’s family home, meeting Wes their gorgeous dog first of all, and then a wall of happy faces followed, and I knew it was going to be a goodun’. Siobhan was so happy and relaxed and her sisters and Sam’s sister kept her nice and chilled until it was time to head to the barn. An anxious but excited Sam awaited the bridal crew, and the beautiful ceremony began. Siobhan’s Mother read the most beautiful piece (I think from The Velveteen Rabbit, but I will need Siobhan to confirm this!) and we all cried. There were moments when her Mum couldn’t quite get through it, and she glanced away from the guests only to catch my eye, which was also brimming with tears, so I smiled and she carried on. It was one of the loveliest moments of 2017 for me. A wonderful confetti line in the Autumnal surroundings of the Tithe Barn kicked off the reception, and we took our chance to wander the grounds for some quiet time. Sam and Siobhan’s guests were absolute legends. SO upbeat and fun, a total joy to photograph. After a few group shots the couple made their way into the wedding breakfast accompanied by New Order, Blue Monday which was quite possibly the best entrance I’ve ever seen. Bless them for being the BEST sports and doing it their way. We had some brilliant and heartfelt, but still funny speeches and a beautiful first dance, followed by some cracking dance-floor action. When it was my turn to say farewell I knew that I’d been very lucky to spend my last wedding of September (my 7th of that month!) with such awesome people. A big thanks also goes to Caroline at Perfect Peony Weddings who ensured everything ran smoothly and I know was a life-saver to the couple in the lead up to the wedding. I have been incredibly lucky these past 6 years, and each year I am invited to take part in people’s weddings, I have to pinch myself that I get to call this my job. My sincerest thanks goes to Siobhan and Sam, for being downright ruddy wonderful. I hope we always keep in touch, but for now (better late than never!), here are my favourites from your day. Lots of love xxx
“All I can say is wow. I knew the photos were going to be good having seen your previous work but oh my, nothing prepared me for how utterly awesome these photos are. You’ve truly outdone yourself. Simon and I can’t stop looking at them. We are so sad the day is done but so unbelievably glad it happened and you were there to capture it in such wonderful glory! Our comments consisted of: “oh I love that one” “oh that one’s great” “no that’s my favourite, no, THAT’s my favourite. Honestly we love them so much. Thank you!”
Surrey Garden Wedding
Lucy and Simon’s beautiful back garden wedding at home was up there with one of my favourites of 2017. Yes that’s right, I’m still sharing last year’s weddings because I shoot so many beautiful days and I find it SO hard to choose just a few to blog as well as running the business so please accept this, over a year later! This was a special wedding for me for a number of reasons, not least because my lovely fiancé came and joined me as chief ‘light stand holder’ for the dancing ;)! But mainly because I’d been lucky enough to meet and spend time with Lucy at her friend Sarah’s wedding where I’d been the photographer. It’s always nerve-wracking receiving enquiries before you’re due to meet a potential client, spending the day with them and waiting with baited breath hoping they will like what you do for others, so I felt very honoured when Lucy and Simon said they still wanted me! Yay! The wedding was held very close to my old home, where I spent many happy years, so in advance I knew it was going to be a good’un!
Lucy chose a bespoke Jesus Peiro dress, from the one and only Miss Bush Bridal for her stunning gown. She looked SO chic, beautiful and elegant, with such a beautiful up-do and classic natural make up. Being a bit of a stunner it wasn’t going to be difficult to turn her into such gorgeous bride, but I’m fairly sure she still took Simon’s breath away when she walked down the aisle, at the lovely and quaint St Thomas of Canterbury in East Clandon. We had PERFECT September weather, for which I was very grateful! The whole day felt relaxed, cheerful, full of the right sort of giggly tears and it was plain sailing from the word go. The dream. I have to pinch myself regularly that my job is to turn up and document days such as these.
After a brilliant confetti run taking over the whole of the lane, Lucy, Simon and I hopped into the car to Hatchlands Park to spend a bit of time alone (them, not me..ha!) and capture a few couple photos. We returned to a sun-drenched, flower-filled garden with the loveliest marquee and decor. The guests were in full swing enjoying the wonderful Two Many Cooks food (so wonderful they’re doing my wedding next year!) and the brilliant music from Shine On (who I am lucky enough to work with a few times, check them out, they’re on my favourites list!). After some candids we managed the all important group photos and one of my favourite things of all time…outdoor speeches! SUCH a lovely idea if you’re considering a more laid back wedding. I have to give HUGE credit to Simon’s speech. It was simply, incredible. He did a sort of rap/song/speech and the words and rhyming were outstanding, I’ve never been so impressed in all my 200+ weddings! His best man had some rather interesting things to divulge and it was a thoroughly enjoyable part of the day to capture. Not forgetting Lucy’s Dad who of course, brought on a few tears and many proud face moments
After the meal we had some dancing, and a confetti canon, which I still secretly hope all my couples organise, since it’s such a gorgeous addition to the first dance! I said my goodbyes knowing I was lucky enough to be seeing Lucy once more this Summer, at the lovely Louise & Greg’s wedding too. It was such a huge privilege to be a part of Simon and Lucy’s wedding day. Two absolutely lovely, funny, sweet people, TOTALLY made for each other and who made me feel like one of the guests all day. I have the fondest memories looking back at their photos, so I hope this snippet gives you an idea of what a lovely time we all had! Happy belated one year anniversary Lucy and Simon! I know the next year for you is a big one! :) Enjoy and thank you so much for having me along for the ride xxx
“All the emotions came right back! Sophie, your photos are an absolute wonder – we were so busy on the day that of course we couldn’t take it all in, and your photos have done just that for us. We will be looking at them for the rest of our lives. What a great gift you’ve given us! Thank you!!!!Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for not only giving us 750+ ways to remember our wedding, but also for being a really lovely person and so very easy and FUN to work with”
Stationers Hall Wedding
Ok, so I’ll admit blogging on time is not my forte. But I do have the excuse of loving my couples so hard that editing so many lovely photos means it’s REALLY hard to choose just a mere snippet of their day to show off. I try and aim for 80 images on my blog. There was no doubt that Mike & Mark’s day was going to blow that number, which of course I have. So I suggest three things, get a cup of tea/coffee/wine (which would be most fitting), grab some tissues, and prepare yourself to fall in love with two of the best people I’ve ever met. Michael and Mark.
Two AWESOME chaps. One BRILLIANT venue and one AMAZING riverboat ride. I think this blog may break the record for number of images containing hugs and/or tears, but I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed this much love at a wedding before so it was sort of impossible to avoid. We started at The Stationer’s Hall near St Paul’s where the couple chose to meet up discreetly ahead of their guests and head down the aisle together. I LOVED THIS! Tears flowed pretty much instantly, and they didn’t really stop. It was a beautiful, funny, heartfelt and of course emotional ceremony, followed by the quickest march to Blackfriars bridge to hop aboard the awaiting vessel. All morning the weather was looking a tad iffy, but we got the most incredible skies on that boat trip! Cue massively chuffed photographer. There were some speeches by a few of the Groom Pack and a move from Mark that I’ll never quite believe happened in such a tiny space – did I mention how ridiculously talented a dancer he is?! Champagne filled, we all headed back to the venue for some fun & games on the red carpet and awaiting paparazzi before taking our seats for dinner. I’ve now decided that all page-boys need to act as table planners with clipboard – and have totally stolen this idea for my own wedding in a few months time ;)
Speeches. Well, there were many, and they were brilliant, emotional and hysterical in equal measure. I may well have sobbed my little head off when Mike thanked me for what felt like an eternity and was probably the biggest highlight of my year, so thank you for making me go red and also totally mushy at the same time, Mike.
Things ran a little later than planned but I KNEW these boys had been planning something a bit special for their dance, so I had to stay and capture it. Poor Mark’s face when I said they were bringing it forward (originally was set to perform in an hour’s time) and had zero time to practice! Well thankfully my faith in them was justified because OMG. THE MOST AMAZING THING TO WITNESS AND ATTEMPT TO STAY FOCUSED AND PHOTOGRAPH AT THE SAME TIME. WHAT A DANCE. Mike and Mark were born entertainers, performers and downright born to be with one another. I have never and will never believe my luck when they chose me. Guys, I love you both with all my heart. I will go on stalking your lives on Instagram for as long as I am able, and will be cheering you on to have the best and happiest days together always. Thank you for making my third wedding of a weekend one I will NEVER forget. Here is your story as told by me… a few of my faves xxx