“I honestly don’t know how we can thank you enough for how asbolutely amazing you made our wedding day – you being there alongside us MADE the day – you kept us smiling & calm and captured the absolute best moments of what was truly the best day of our lives! The photos are STUNNING Sophie! “
Haberdashers’ Company Wedding
There are some weddings which will stick in my mind forever and Sarah and Chris’ is definitely one of them. Since they’re living in the States, I had a lovely call one day from Sarah’s mother, Martha, who essentially said I was so much like Sarah that she had to show her my work. All I can say is when I met the family at the Haberdashers’ Company Hall a few months later I couldn’t have been more flattered, Sarah quite frankly is the most adorable, beautiful, smiley and fun individual, EVER. Not to mention her brilliantly lovely family, her bridesmaids (best bridesmaids ever!?) and of course the wonderful man she chose to marry, Chris. And what a team Chris came with too…there was so much love in this wedding I am not convinced I was entirely ‘together’ for much of it!
Things kicked off at Sarah’s folks’ awesome home nearby, with Percy pigs, Bucks Fizz and happy people getting ready galore. I skipped off to the Hall down the road to meet Chris and his men, all looking dapper in their tuxes, learning how to do button holes (or ‘boutonnieres’ as the groomsmen called them), with great difficulty and giggles! Sarah had the most stunning flower-crown made for her by the clever lady in charge of all the blooms, Kenza from Peppermint Poppy, and I was SO impressed at how well it lasted – apparently long into the night and next morning I heard!
The ceremony was simply beautiful, filled with all of the tears, some lovely smiles and sweet moments in abundance. The weather thankfully held out as the guests enjoyed reception drinks in the courtyard of the very cool and modern Haberdashers’ Hall, whilst Sarah, Chris and I explored the surrounding streets of London for their couples’ session.
Sarah and Chris did a joint speech after an hilarious one by Chris’ best man, and a beautifully emotional one by Tony, Sarah’s father. Out came the desserts and on came the music for the first dance. Witnessing a dance floor go off the way Sarah and Chris’ did, is why I absolutely LOVE shooting the party! SO much passion, laughter and downright dodgy dance-moves; just the way I like it!
I will find it hard not to go on and on and I really struggled to keep this blog post to acceptable viewing levels, I could easily have included 200 images! Instead I chose to pull out my favourite moments, faces and of course Sarah’s beaming and infectious smile. Chris and Sarah, it was SO lovely to get to know you, I found you and your families so unbelievably loving and warm to be around, and I shall miss you loads. Keep in touch, and may you have the best of lives together <3 xxx
Phew, here goes nothing. So it’s the 1st of February and I know January is a month most of us like to see the back of, so I thought what better way to begin (with what also looks like sunshine, yay!) than to share my favourites from 2017. Looking back at the year, it’s tempting to choose your ‘best’ images, or the ‘hero’ shots, but I’ve always strived to pick images that made my heart sing, or brought me right back to the moment, than what others may perceive to be my best work. Wedding photography is a huge deal, it’s come such a long way from twenty odd 6×4″ prints in an album of mostly group photos and a few posed couples portraits. It’s become the way to document one of life’s most incredible feelings, joining up with the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your days with. And there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think, oh my word, how lucky am I?
I spent 30 long days with 30 wonderful couples, their brilliant friends, and their amazing families. I was pooped on by a goose, I fell off a dock getting onto a boat, I was chased by a mad pheasant losing my (very sweaty) shoes and had to ask the barman to go and retrieve them, I was kissed, I was hugged, I was cried over, I held hands, I ran to the car for emergency lip balm, I ate more Mini Babybels than ever before, I applied blusher mid-speeches, I fetched countless glasses of fizz, I carried enormous bouquets, I bribed small children into group photos, I was elbowed in the face on the dance-floor and trodden on more times than I care to remember, I found confetti in all of the places, I shot two same sex weddings which I cried (happy tears) at more than I’d like to admit, I ate incredible food, I had a bit too much at one wedding and had to get a taxi home after my hours shooting were up just so I could join the party, and I made some incredible connections. All of the above I have loved. On top of that I got to photograph and deliver 30 couples with photos they’ve told me they’ll treasure forever. I won’t even go into the ridiculous amount of cards and presents I’m given, the job is a gift in itself. It really is, and I don’t care how mushy all of this sounds, it’s all a hundred per cent true.
My couples are just incredible.
I will NEVER get tired of feeling excited before the day begins. It’s the best experience witnessing people marry and I am beyond excited to do it all again this year. Thank you, THANK YOU to all of the people who feature in this post, I have included images from all of my weddings, and I will treasure these moments just as much as the families in them hopefully do. 2017, you were one hell of a year for me, personally as well as professionally. I got through some difficult health woes, I made some wonderful friends, I watched my niece blossom into the sweetest two year old you’ve ever seen, I met the love of my life and 2018 has been looking so bright ever since it began. Thank you to my family, my best friends, and to my boyfriend, for being all I’ve ever needed. Ps I have a new logo, and you can thank him for that ;) Apologies if you’ve nodded off, go grab a tea/coffee/wine etc, here are my favourite 200 images from last year… xxxx
“Thank you so so much for being so wonderful on our wedding day from helping to iron my dress, to organising our (occasionally) challenging family members. Everyone has been telling us how fantastic you were, we already knew! It was so great to know you were around to capture our memories. Thank you so much, the photos are truly wonderful.”
Summer Farnham Castle Wedding
This was my third visit to the beautiful venue that is Farnham Castle, and I’m now convinced having shot my fourth last Autumn that this place has its own micro-climate, it’s always blessed with incredible evening light! So, back to Alice and Steve, I first met them for a drink in a pub in Guildford and I immediately clicked with them both knowing full well I wanted to photograph their day. Thankfully they chose and trusted me to be a part of what was an INCREDIBLE day, despite me being pooped on by an enormous goose-type bird half way through the day. (Note to self, do not wear white based dresses as a photographer) ;)
Both Alice and Steve got ready at the castle, and were married in the gorgeous and perfectly formed Norman Chapel. It was so intimate and relaxed, and definitely filled with emotion. A quick hop, skip and a jump down to the main steps and the couple were showered with confetti from head to toe…I love confetti (name me a person who doesn’t) but I genuinely believe one day I will break my neck going backwards down those stairs at the castle!! :) Thankfully I didn’t and the guests enjoyed the sunny and warm reception. We wandered off to make the most of the stunning grounds, and give Alice and Steve a little alone time before heading in for speeches. I think possibly my favourite moment was when Alice’s father held up her childhood teddy to narrate half of his speech with, I might have blubbed a tad at this point!
Once the heavenly food had been scoffed, everyone headed back outdoors to enjoy the most beautiful golden hour, giving Alice and Steve a chance to practise one of the finest first dance’s I’ve ever witnessed! The lifts were AMAZING!! I was most impressed and feel so grateful to have been there to capture it. I will always, ALWAYS have the fondest memories of this wedding, but mainly Steve and Alive themselves, it was SUCH a pleasure getting to know them, and was even lovelier to be able to catch up with them for coffee post wedding just to hand over their photographs. Here are a few of my particular favourites from one hell of a beautiful day in June.