“I don’t even know where to start! We just had the BEST day and that is largely thanks to you for making us feel so fabulous and relaxed throughout the whole thing! Honestly, during the bride prep you somehow managed to screw my head back on when it was hanging by a thread – offering me food, drink… ensuring people got their broaches… reassuring me the randomers were Registrars, not unknown guests! The list is endless, you thought of everything! To top it all off the photos are just incredible! You capturing my Grandad kissing my hand is so special! They bought tears to my eyes thinking about all the wonderful moments.”
Northbrook Park Wedding, Farnham
Ohhh how I love seeing the sun shining when I’m compiling a blog post of a very wonderful and sunny day. I have been SO desperate to share this incredible Northbrook Park wedding. Hannah and Jon are simply AWESOME. It was such a treat to head back to a venue I know and love, I only seem to photograph the BEST people there, so I know when I get another enquiry for this place I’m always giddy at the prospect of returning. Thankfully 2019 will see me head back again, more than once I hope!
So, back to the fabulous day in August last year. It was a complete surprise that I was to photograph a wedding whereby most of the guests were old school colleagues of mine, sadly I’m that much older than Hannah and her friends so I didn’t know them personally, but it was lovely to see a few familiars amongst the guests themselves. Hannah had an army of AMAZING girls support her. Such beautiful, caring, funny and sweet bridesmaids, who helped the day run smoothly. As for Jon, what a happy and handsome bunch of groomsmen to keep you going! He had two best men, who both delivered brilliant and heartfelt speeches, all of which, made me cry a lot of tears. Let’s not even mention what Hannah’s father and Jon’s efforts did to me! These were some of the best speeches I’ve heard at a wedding and kept everyone engrossed throughout. (Spoiler, there may be a LOT of speech photos in this blog post as a result!)
The weather was PERFECT. And just as they deserved. The light in the ceremony room is always gorgeous, but it shone as the absolutely beautiful Hannah came down the aisle in that dress, which I’m fairly sure took Jon off at the knees. Confetti went flying and hugs were given, including some truly special ones by Hannah’s Grandparents which I was so delighted to capture. The exit of the ceremony is one of my favourite parts of the day to photograph, filled with so much energy and love. We had the most chilled and tasty canapé filled reception thanks to the awesome caterers Kalm Kitchen, then Hannah, Jon and I wandered off to have a bit of quiet time around the grounds for their couples session. A quick game of Mr and Mrs kicked off the evening reception which quite frankly ‘went off’ from the first dance. There were no gaps on that dancefloor…it was definitely an epic one!! I could go on and on about this wedding, but I’ve pulled in a few more photos instead, so grab a cuppa, and have a flick through one of my favourite days of 2017. Hannah and Jon, I love you guys to BITS! You were and will always be one of my fave couples to work with, and I am so so grateful that you chose me to be your photographer! Here are my favourites from your day. xxx
“Thank you for our gorgeous wedding photos and your kindness and assistance on the day. We can’t stop looking through them and love the colours and joy that you have captured, Everyone looks radiant, despite the grey, rainy day! “
July Rainy Wedding at Canford School, Dorset
The last two days have felt like Spring (at last…it is April for goodness sake!) so of course I felt the need to share one of my rainiest weddings to date! Carita and David’s incredible day at Canford School in Dorset. It was July. It poured. ALL DAY. I really felt for them as I made my way across the country and I prayed it would cheer up, but little did I know that the venue I was about to be greeted by was so utterly beautiful inside, that it didn’t matter one jot that it was wetter than the sea outside. WHAT A PLACE!
Firstly I have to remark on how utterly gorgeous the beautiful and smiley Carita looked. Her dress fitted her to perfection, and I was equally blown away by how super smart David looked in all his Army regalia. I absolutely LOVE a Military wedding, who knew the ushers could be so blooming helpful!? ;) Well they were, a seriously top group of boys to help David and thoroughly great company to have around. And let’s not forget Carita’s girls! Truly lovely, caring and thoughtful bridesmaids, who looked stunning as well in their cute white dresses!
So we headed, in the rain, to the beautiful Canford Magna Parish Church, situated on the school site. It was a beautiful ceremony, filled with lovely Harp music played by their friend and plenty of those precious looks that I so love to capture. Of course it was still raining as they exited the church but that didn’t stop the almost hundred strong group of guests lining up for the confetti shot, nor did it prevent the magnificent Guard of Honour (sword and brolly arch!) by David’s colleagues. What I was not quite prepared for, was the next moment…two very prettily tressed wheelbarrows to escort the newlyweds to their reception at the main part of the school. What followed was possibly a moment I will never forget, when 6ft 7” (I think!) David attempted to sit down, he in fact bent the axle and effectively toppled straight out, much to mine, Carita’s and everyone’s delight. I pretty much nearly wet myself at this moment! Not remotely worried, David sallied forth pushing his new wife instead. Absolutely one of my favourite moments of 2017.
The speeches were hilarious as per, with some rather interesting photographs being shown around the room (!) and ended with a surprise from Carita to David, a brilliant Mariachi band who led everyone into the bar for the dance floor to take shape. Cue a music lovers dream, a 24 piece band!! They only went and played a well known Beauty and the Beast number for what was probably the finest first dance I’ve ever seen! There are definitely some perks to having such a great height, David lifted Carita with ease and it was an absolutely incredible way to begin the dancing. I left their day grinning from ear to ear that two people really do *make* a wedding. It doesn’t matter if it rains, it doesn’t matter if everything doesn’t go to plan, what matters is two people marrying each other and realising just how brilliant life is going to be. I am uber thrilled to be returning to Canford School for another wedding next Summer! Carita and David, you two were wonderful. I adored you both and I really hope we keep in touch. Thank you for having me…and here are some of my favourites from your very special day!! 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