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.