Getting to know Nick and Steph has been wonderful. We met at the start of last year in a snowy Canterbury for coffee and a chat about their plans. They had fallen in love with the charm of St Augustine’s Priory and liked that you could have your whole day in the historic setting surrounded by beautiful grounds. They wanted an engagement shoot when the poppies were in bloom and we met last year in Elham Valley for a glorious sunset and the poppies were everywhere! Steph and her bridal party were getting ready in the gorgeous bridal suite in the manor house when I arrived. I love the view across the hills and there were swifts swooping across the skyline. Nick was waiting in the chapel looking sharp in his grey tweed suit for Steph to arrive and they had a beautiful ceremony. There had been much discussion about the weather but the sun started to come out as the drinks reception started. Their reception looked gorgeous with a pretty mix of purples and rustic textures. The dance floor was packed after their first dance and I left them dancing away, but just before I did, we stepped out for a few evening shots in the gentle, falling rain.
Louise and Aaron are lucky enough to live close to one of my favourite stretches of coastline in Kent and I was over the moon when they said they wanted to head their for their engagement shoot. We timed it so there would be a low tide and it really is a low tide at West Bay the shore line almost looks like it meets the horizon! En route we stopped off at some pretty cornfields for a few shots and Louise said they were full of poppies last year. When we parked up at the beach, there was a wall by a house where a few poppies had self-sown and so they still made an appearance during their shoot. These guys are so super cute and we had such a giggle enjoying the last light like it was dancing on the rippling sand. Here’s a few frames from our shoot…
When lovely florist Joanne Truby Floral Design asked me to be part of her rebrand team, I was really excited. She wanted some shots to showcase her working behind the scenes and a few head shots that she could use on her site and in her marketing. She’d told me that she had the incredibly talented Becky Lord Designs was working on her new logo and website and we chatted about how she wanted the images to feel. Well, last Friday was the day of the big reveal and I must say, I am a little bit in love with Jo’s new site, it is just amazing and really captures her stunning flowers and everything she is about. You have to check it out by clicking here and here are a few of the images we captured during her shoot.
Fifi and James love Greenwich Park and wanted to meet up there for their engagement shoot. Its been so much fun getting to know them both since we first met, regularly adoring each other’s cats and kittens on instagram. When we met up it was one of those really wonderful evenings, warm golden sun, a gentle breeze and the park was quiet. It was the first time I’d been to this part of Greenwich and I was blown away by the views! I could see straight away why the guys wanted to meet here. We chatted about how their plans were coming together for their lovely winter wedding and I discovered Fifi has a love of photography, I noticed we noticed the light and landscape at the same time! Both of us clocked this tree at the same moment and giggled as we walked towards it teasing us on the horizon! It was worth the walk and you’d think it was somewhere in an arid area Africa, not on a hill poised over central London! I really can’t wait for their big day but for now here are a few frames from our time together in Greenwich.
To say I am thrilled and excited to see Lizzie & Bobby’s Wedding in Perfect Wedding Magazine is an understatement! I think it is something about seeing work it in print that is the most amazing thing. I get that feeling when I see prints and albums and I just love the images they chose from their day. What made it special was the team approached me in time for Lizzie & Bobby’s first anniversary and Lizzie emailed me to say how chuffed they were ‘Thank you so much for everything you did for us a year ago (nearly to the day!) and for all you’ve done the past year. It’s the perfect anniversary present to be reminded of our beautiful day.’ How lovely that their wedding was printed in paper in time for their paper anniversary! I was also super chuffed to be highlighted as the issue’s ‘Guest List’ photographer too.
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 and I left the guys boogying away to tunes by epic DJ Mighty Fine Entertainment. 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!