Sunday, 4 August 2013

engagement shoot at hampton court palace, richmond-upon-thames

Jenna and Darren chose to have their pre-wedding photoshoot at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond-upon-Thames. It was a gorgeous summers day and, despite the crowds, we found some lovely quiet spots for photographs around the stunning formal gardens.

I first met Jenna & Darren at Jenna's cousins wedding last September, so it was a real pleasure to be asked to be their photographer as well. They are such a lovely, relaxed couple and I can't wait to photograph them both again this September! Here are a few highlights from their engagement session.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

wedding photography at monkey island hotel, bray

Emma & James first met whilst at studying at Aberystwyth university - so it is a time that is particularly important to them. So much so that they themed their wedding breakfast around a wonderful illustration of Aberystwyth university and surrounds - including all of the places and activities that were important to them during their time there.

Amongst all of the images on their table planner was a nod to Emma's other love - horses - which also played a part in their special day. Having a particular interest in photographing horses myself, I was looking forward to capturing the moment they arrived and left St. Andrew's Church in Sonning - a beautiful village on the edge of the river Thames - by horse and carriage. {cue me running alongside the horse and carriage for half a mile to get as many pictures as possible! :-)}

The wedding reception - and where Emma got ready - was held at Monkey Island hotel in Bray, a wonderful venue set in lovely gardens and accessed only by footbridge or boat. In the gardens were plenty of games and entertainment, along with a rather beautiful peacock who was more than happy to strut his stuff all afternoon! After the lovely wedding breakfast, speeches, and first dance, Emma and James headed outside to catch a relaxing evening boat ride up the river Thames - a perfect end to the day's coverage.

Congratulations again to them both on their wedding, we wish you all the happiness in your future together. Here are some highlights from the day:

Sunday, 21 July 2013

post-wedding photoshoot at hampstead heath and southbank, london

As a wedding and portrait photographer I am often involved in engagement shoots, weddings, and newborn or family sessions. However, it is so lovely to be contacted by married couples who want a photoshoot. Jessica & Chris contacted at the end of May with the possibility of doing a post-wedding photoshoot in London. Although they had married a couple of years ago, Jessica was keen to get back in her dress for some relaxed and informal portraits in one of their favourite local locations - Hampstead Heath. Despite scheduling a date in July, I still hadn't expected the weather to turn out so perfect - it was a gorgeous British summer afternoon - and there really was no better way to spend it than in one of London's finest parks. Jessica and Chris are a lovely relaxed couple - with a real warmth - and it was such a pleasure getting to know them as we walked, talked, and photographed our way from Hampstead Heath station to the top of Parliament Hill. After Hampstead Heath we headed back to their flat for refreshments and a quick change, then down to London's southbank for some sunset shots over the river Thames alongside some iconic London backdrops - most notably St. Pauls, Tate Modern and Millenium bridge. Here are some favourites from their session.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

wedding photography at horsley towers, surrey

Although based in Yorkshire, Mel and Chris chose to get married at All Saints Church in Banstead – a special place for Mel and her family, who are based in Surrey. Not only was All Saints the family church growing up, but Mel's sister Helen also had her wedding here. The close ties with the area added a wonderful personal touch to the proceedings, with many family and friends contributing to the day – from Mel's sister Imogen singing a solo in the service, her auntie playing the oboe, the fantastic church choir and live music (made up of 5 trumpeters, a violin, the oboe, the choir of All Saints, and friends from the local St. Cecilia Chorus!) and the rather scrumptious cake reception after the ceremony - all made possible by their fantastic family and friends.

After the ceremony and cake reception a vintage car (a lovely 1930s style Ford Model A) and routemaster bus took the wedding party to Horsley Towers, East Horlsey, where Mel and her bridesmaids got ready earlier that day. 

Sunday, 23 June 2013

country house wedding photography at latimer place, chesham

Last month we had the honour of photographing Farah & Rob's double wedding celebration - a fabulously colourful ceremony at Stanmore Mosque on the Saturday evening, followed by a country house civil ceremony at the gorgeous Latimer Place in Chesham the next day.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

engagement photography in windsor

Emma & James chose Windsor as the location for their pre-wedding photoshoot. There are so many lovely backdrops to use in this historic town - from cobbled streets, old castle walls, river, parkland, and - of course - the castle itself! The fading sun provided the perfect light for a romantic stroll through the town and onto the famous Long Walk leading up to the castle. Off to the pub to finish of course! :)

Friday, 15 March 2013

wedding photography at dumbleton hall, worcestershire

I can't help but feel that we were teased with a glimpse of spring last week - only to be thrown straight back into winter with some rather arctic conditions! Not to worry, I know it can't be far away - and my mind is already wandering into the spring wedding season. So to start the big thaw, here is the gorgeous wedding of Debbie and Tom that I photographed last May at the fabulous Dumbleton Hall in Worcestershire. Even as we drove to the venue we were treated to stunning vistas and some rather lovely hand-painted signs made by Debbie's dad. The ceremony took place at St. Peters Church in Dumbleton village - which basically sits at the end of the driveway from Dumbleton Hall. It really is a fantastic location and we certainly had the weather to go with it. Here is their day in all its warm, sunny goodness.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

engagement shoot at regent's canal, london

Michaela & David had their pre-wedding photoshoot around Little Venice on Regent's canal, London. It was great getting to know them both as we walked our way from Little Venice to Regent's park. Although the sun was in and out during our session, it turned out to be one of the nicest (and mildest!) day's we've had in quite a while*. I hadn't photographed here before, so it was good to find so many varied backdrops for photography - I will definitely be returning here at some point!

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

winter wedding photography at foxhills country club, surrey

When Alison & James made the decision to get married in January I don't think even they imagined the snowy scenes that would grace their big day - especially after the rather wet Christmas! Well, sure enough, a few days of heavy snowfall later and we were set for some rather challenging weather conditions - or so I thought. On the contrary, James and Alison (Ali is Australian and probably more used to warm weather!) took it completely in their stride. In fact, their relaxed outlook set a wonderful tone for the whole day and, combined with a wonderful group of family and friends, made it a wedding to remember.

The day started with the bridal preparations at their home in Wimbledon, followed by the ceremony at the local St. Mary's Church, a lovely traditional church which has existed on the site since the 12th Century. Afterwards we headed off to the beautiful Foxhill's Country Club in Surrey, where we were treated to even deeper snow and some stunning scenery. In fact, we got some wonderful portraits of the happy couple in the snow along the driveway leading up to the house. One of my favourite moments from the day, however, has to be watching Alison and her bridesmaids running around in the snow wearing their Union Jack wellies - there really was no stopping them! It was so much fun - thank you guys - and a real pleasure to be part of your special day.

As an extra special treat - be sure to check out the end of the blog post to see James and Alison's wedding film by Matt Cordy from Unique Wedding Productions, who were the official videographers on the day. It was a pleasure working alongside them and we would happily recommend them to our lovely bride and grooms!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

year round up: some favourite images from 2012

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!
Thank you so much to all of the wonderful people I have met and photographed during 2012 – I am so humbled to have been part of your special day or to be able to capture those beautiful moments. I also want to extend a big thank you to the fantastic people and vendors I have met or worked with during the year and, not least, to all of my friends and family for all of their support. I have so much appreciation for being able to do what I love - and I can't wait to get cracking on 2013! Lots of paths to explore this year, and plenty of new challenges. For now though, here is a collage of some of my personal highlights from 2012.