Hanna and Jimmy had the most elegant and romantic wedding at Stoke Park Pavilion in Northamptonshire. They had created a day that felt like a Midsummer Night’s Dream and with it being on the longest day of the year, sublime weather and a gentle sunset, it really did feel like the midsummer just added to the occasion. I was lucky enough to stay just yards from the church at the most adorable B&B, The White House (seriously if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, the folk here and the accommodation is just amazing) and walked to her parents house where everyone was getting ready. While Hanna was getting ready being pampered by hair and makeup artist Carolanne Armstrong, her bridesmaids and I popped over to a disused petrol station and her sister bought her VW Beetle. The girls looked amazing, like something out of a movie scene. At their Richmond Park engagement shoot, Hanna sneaked me a look on her phone of her gorgeous Jenny Packham Eden Dress and seeing her Mum’s reaction to her all dressed and ready to go was priceless! Hanna and walked down to the church and was greeted by excited villagers who had gathered to see her arrive. After their gorgeous ceremony, Hanna & Jimmy were blitzed by confetti before they headed off to their reception in a classic car. Stokes Park Pavilion is the most stunning venue, it was a still, hazy afternoon. Lawn games were in full swing, The Showhawk Duo were playing an epic set and the bubbles were flowing. The marquee looked gorgeous, with homemade Limoncello as favours, and Sarah and her team welcomed the guests for dinner and hilarious speeches that followed. After their meal we went for a little wonder to catch the sunset before their epic choreographed first dance. Get ready to swoon, be romanced and smile your way through this thoroughly charming wedding day!
I recently worked on a food photography shoot with the fab team at The Ferry House Inn who have just recently won Kent Dining Pub of The Year in the Kent Taste Awards. Vic and Alex wanted to have some photos that showcase the quality of their amazing food and captured the rustic feel to their venue. Their chef worked away on canapés, starters, main courses and puddings, all of which looked like works of art! Alex is known his breakfasts and I loved the setting but the roaring open fire. What I love about everything they do is that they source their produce locally, the chalkboard in the bar shows you where everything is from. It is clear to see the quality of their food and the passion that goes into creating something that fills the whole team with pride. If you’ve not experienced it yet, they are set in glorious countryside, near an RSPB reserve, overlooking the water towards Faversham and you’ll have a glorious time. You must book though to make sure you have your prime spot at this gorgeous location!
I’ve loved the build up to Helen & Sam’s wedding day at The Hop Farm, lots of excited emails between us and learning about their plans of their dream day coming together. I arrived at Helen’s parents house at the same time as she arrived back from her hair dressers, there was lots of hugging in the street as I got to meet her lovely family. There was such a fizz of excitement as Helen and her four lovely bridesmaids got ready. I loved the moment that Helen’s wedding countdown app flashed up ’1 hour to go’, there was a big eeeek and an electric atmosphere! Helen set off to The Hop Farm in a classic car and I zoomed on ahead to see guests taking their seats and Sam and his best man, chatting await waiting for that moment! Helen was beaming as she walked down the aisle and their ceremony was just beautiful. They had a lovely drinks reception on the lawn, which was interrupted by muchos giggles when the whole bridal and groom’s party hopped onto the bouncy pillows. Their drinks were followed by a scrummy meal in the barn and the newlyweds came downstairs to cut their wonderful cake. I was in awe of it as they had baked and created this glorious naked cake themselves just before their wedding. They hit the dance floor and I opened up their photo booth, first time I have run one in an actual Oast, it was pretty cool! I always end up giggling at the antics that ensue in the photo booth, it really is a great giggle for creating some crazy memories. Look how wicked these guys looked, I might just love the bridesmaids dresses – my fave colour
Wonderful Whippy Wedding were undergoing a complete re-brand and when their chief purveyor of awesome contacted me and asked if I would help by shooting their new ranges, I was thrilled to be involved! Jennie is as sweet as a button and is the brains behind my gorgeous logo! In the run up to the shoot, we bounced ideas to plan the schedule as there were a lot of ranges to shoot. She wanted to create something striking and different and so each range had its own scene that we styled. I love working on commercial projects (you can find our more here), helping businesses capture their products in a quirky way. The shoot took place at Marleybrook House which was the prefect quirky backdrop for the shoot, with lots of quirky areas, each fitting for the ranges Jennie had designed. Jennie recently designed the stationery for our Neon tropics shoot which was featured on RocknRoll Bride here. I really, really love what she has created here and as well as these wicked ranges she also designs bespoke invites. To find out more about Jennie and her amazing stationery you can click here and here’s a selection of images from our super fun product shoot.
Roseanne contacted me relatively last minute to see if I would be free to join them for their intimate wedding ceremony at Wellington House, Canterbury’s Registry Office and to capture some group shots and a walking portrait session around Canterbury on the way to their restaurant for their celebratory meal. It sounded wonderful and I was delighted to be invited to be part of it. Their ceremony was just gorgeous with some lovely music throughout and they grooved their way out to Stevie Wonder, Signed, Sealed delivered with their family following with copious amounts of confetti! We hung out in some gorgeous gardens by the River Stour where we captured their photos and Rosanne’s nephew made her a daisy chain crown – super cute! The family headed off for the restaurant at Deeson’s while Roseanne, Dave and I took a stroll to Westgate Gardens. To the delight of many tourists, we walked up the busy city centre High Street and a French lady even stopped them for a photo! Once thing I love about Canterbury is all of the quirky side streets, old buildings which all have cute doors and windows and for me, make a perfect backdrop for photos. After we finished our stroll, Roseanne & Dave joined their family in the restaurant and I left them to celebrate and enjoy the rest of their day. It was really special to be part of their celebrations and I loved shooting their wedding in my old home city!
Emily and Ben had a dreamy wedding day at The Great Barn in Rolvenden, everything about their day makes me smile and I don’t know where to start with the words! They booked me nearly two years ago and along the way I have loved their excited updates about all their ideas, the beautiful decorations they were making and how much they were looking forward to their day. Their final Skype was so much fun, with their gorgeous little boy Archie joining in. I just love weddings with the little ones are already with us, seeing their love on the day and watching Archie see his Mum and Dad marry was so, so special. I arrived at a quintessentially Kentish countryside scene, Oast Houses and a cottage, sheep and fields, and a very excited wedding party getting ready with the help of Kim Henderson on hair. Emily and her girls were all in team onesies, supping bubbles and getting into their gorgeous mint and blush dresses. Archie was sleeping and the cuteness overload hit when I saw his shoes and outfit, he’d told me about his bow tie when we Skyped! We then set off to The Great Barn where everyone was being serenaded by mellow cello music, played by Emily’s Aunt. Emily and Ben met at The Brit School when they were just 16 and travelled and worked together for many years and so music was really important to them. I loved seeing Archie run down the aisle after a night away from Daddy, he was so pleased to see him (and the bouncy castle, causing much merriment saying loudly, in pauses, ‘when can I go on the bouncy castle’! Their ceremony was very emotional, they got me crying, when you’re zoomed in close with them, its so hard to not well up, man, I love weddings! As they turned to walk out, Stevie Wonder, ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ blasted out and they busted some serious moves coming down the aisle. Their friend had home baked scones which were in the orchards and everyone enjoyed them, bathed in warm sun. Their day was so relaxed and Ben had spread a lot of hay in the outside barn as they wanted really informal, relaxed group shots and I love what we did! We ambled off for photos with the two of them throughout the day, just grabbing moments, pressing pause to relax and spend time together. During their meal I set up some bunting in the long grass in the orchard and put some blankets in ready to step into the golden light. This was my favourite time with them as a family, messing around, giggling and just being the three of them, naturally and I am really proud of these images. Just before their first dance we larked about with some smoke grenades that just look magic through the trees and their mates came to join them. Then we hit the dance floor for their brilliant first dance to Ain’t no mountain high enough (you have to listen to it while you look at the picture, click here), and as dancers, there was an epic lift and I love the flow of Emily’s Teokath dress as she was spun in the golden sunlight cascading onto the dance floor. I left the guys boogying away, with my heart a’fluttering after being part of a true fairytale romance.
David and Claire had a wonderful wedding day at Wadhurst Castle on a warm day filled with sunshine, singing and smiles! They’d planned a really relaxed day for their family and friends, some of whom had travelled all the way from Scotland! I do love a Scottish Wedding, it reminds me of our happy wedding day every time! Claire arrived for a quick change into the most stunning tea length dress and the most stunning pair of glitter Louboutins while guests made their way to the secret garden for their ceremony. I love Claire’s reaction as she walked down the aisle and their super cute tartan clad son Elliot was their ring bearer. Their champagne reception on the terrace was gorgeous with music played by friends while the kids (and big kids) played with the lawn games. It is fair to say that the view from the terrace is just stunning as it rolls across The Weald and the relaxed speeches on the terrace were lovely. I loved the infographic that David put together about their story, he’s a very talented graphic designer and this came through in the Menu and Seating Plan too! Their meal was served by some nominated experts on each table, who donned some special attire for the job! I love the light we were bathed in during the early evening portraits under the gorgeous pink Camelia tree, so soft and golden! Their first dance was epic, look at Claire’s dress! Claire is a singer and surprised David when she joined the band and sang Don Henley’s Boys of Summer, it was sensational and I’ll always think of this moment when I hear it! You need to press play to their first dance, Happy by Pharell Williams while you look through this post as you can’t help but beam when you look at their happy faces
I was really looking forward to Nicola and Damian’s wedding day, over the year we’d got to know each other when they helped out by modelling at a shoot for me. When we chatted through their plans, they had crafted a really rustic, relaxed, countryside wedding and Chilham Village Hall was the perfect backdrop for their day. They have the best engagement story. They are both massive music lovers and Damian planned their engagement around the gig of one of their favourite bands in their hometown. Nicola was greeted by a VIP box, bubbles and a ring when they got to the Leas Cliff Hall and at that moment, Mumford and Sons came out to see if she’d accepted the proposal! How epic is that?! They wanted to create a festival feel for their day and local mega-band, Gentlemen of Few, gigged in the afternoon while everyone danced away in glorious sunshine playing the fete games outside. Their day was wonderfully coordinated by Laura at The Silver Sixpence Wedding Services, taking on a venue with no staff meant that the guys could relax and enjoy their day and leave it to Laura and it worked like a dream. I loved the bridesmaids dresses which were bespoke creations by the fabulous Abigail’s Wardrobe. One thing I will always remember is Damian’s reaction as Nicola came in to their ceremony, an uber cool dude reduced to tears and it is moments like this that make me love weddings, the emotion. You can plan everything but emotions can just bubble up and get the better of you. I had so much fun capturing their day and just love everything about it!
Back in May on a very wet and windy day I had a lot of bright, bold, colour popping fun. There is so much that I love about this shoot. I love the space to play, try out new ideas and just work for your own creativity on shoots. Jenny Sinclair who run wedding styling company, Bellaboo and Beau and I affectionally refer to her as my brain twin as sparks just fly when we cook up ideas and somehow we see into each other’s minds eye. We had been chatting about a different and statement shoot and Jenny said that she’d love to do a neon, tropical birds of paradise inspired shoot. She knew I am obsessed with birds, so I was in, without a flutter of a heartbeat! We knew we wanted to assemble an amazingly creative team to work up a dream on this concept and each person that was involved just brought it and totally nailed their part. I am going to weave in a little bit from each supplier so you can hear how they interpreted the concept and worked as a great team to create such a bright, bold, colour popping shoot. Finding the right backdrop was really important to us, we wanted something with a neutral, white, bright clean feel and Chunkez Boating Pool couldn’t have been more perfect. Shout outs to Nova Clarke’s Workshop, Rebecca Brown Make Up, Flowers by SP, Obsessions Salon, Sylvia’s Kitchen, Whippy Wedding, Nails by Debbie, Scotts of Margate, Chunkez Boating Pool, and our shoot assistants Leanne Benn and Ashley Charlotte.
I am so pleased it is so hot today, perfect for this shoot, now someone find me a pool and pass me a cocktail!
Where to start with Charly and Phil. What an epic couple! Charly got in touch after seeing Josie & Nick’s weddings over on Rock n Roll Bride and started to describe their plans and my heart skipped a beat. They were focused on crafting every tiny detail of their wedding from the crochet button holes and bouquets, the gorgeous table decorations and picking up some thrifty classics along the way meant they had a day that was brimming with personality and pretty! Charly is the brains behind a vintage lifestyle blog, LandGirl1980 and has a penchant for all things timeless and nostalgic and her and Phil and found rocking some stunning vintage threads. Charly got ready at the Chalk Lane Hotel in Tadworth and was driven in a classic Morris Minor to the church where Phil was waiting. Their reception was next door in Tadworth Village Hall which was a lush minty green colour and was decked out with a street party-esque feel – check out the details, every last but lovingly hand crafted and the guys even catered themselves with everyone rolling up their sleeves the day before to make their dream wedding a reality. We headed off out into the golden light for their photos together and stumbled across a lovely bluebell wood. When we got back we took a stroll around Tadworth near the train station before heading back in for cake (cutting) eating and lots and lots of dancing. Look at the love in these pictures, you can’t help but smile and I grin each time I look at them feeling blessed to be part of such a beautiful day with two people with very big hearts becoming husband and wife! Congrats guys