When one of your life long besties gets married, you know it’s going to be an emotional day.
I’ve grown up with Katie, we’ve been to band camp, played our saxes in America, left school, grown through uni, both qualified as teachers and always come together like no time has passed. I adore this girl. To. The. Moon. And. Back.
We’ve chatted about their plans for the gorgeous Quex Park and both Katie and Lewis wanted a really relaxed day full of family, friends and love and boy did they achieve that! Katie was getting ready at her Mum & Dad’s with two of my oldest school friends, her sister and niece and they were all being pampered by the fabulous style team combo of Jennifer Baker from Obsessions Salon and Rebecca Brown Make Up Artist. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful blooms that Emma Campbell Florist had created, I love the mix of textures and colours of the flowers and succulents. My brother, Andrew Dean Photography, was with Lewis and his Groom’s party second shooting his journey, which weave in so wonderfully to tell both their stories. Katie excitedly took me upstairs to show me her dreamy dress that she found at Teokath in Canterbury. When she was ready, I had to hold back the tears (pseudo-successufully) as her Dad, Andy, came into the lounge to see her for the first time. Katie is a Daddy’s girl, you can see how much they adore each other. Katie set off for Quex in a gorgeous VW Brides Camper and Marty matched their colours perfectly! When we arrived we waited in the bridal suit and I popped down to see the gorgeous outdoor ceremony area all set and ready to go.
As soon as their ceremony music started, Christina Perri’s A thousand years, I was using ever fibre of my being to focus and not cry, and I managed it enough to be able to see her glide down the aisle to stand at Lewis’s side. Their ceremony was beautiful and I loved the energy of the confetti shots as the walked up the aisle. Once their drinks reception was in full swing, we went for a wander for photos in the walled garden where I bumped into head gardner Martin (another BFF’s Dad) who let us into a greenhouse (thank you!) for photos with, what he informed us, was the tallest climbing geranium in Europe! It was also as hot as the surface of the sun so we headed back into the cool of the breeze in the garden for more photos before the group shots and dinner. Their speeches were wonderful and Lewis’s little best man, Charlie, who was sorely missed on the day had recorded a speech as part of the best man’s speech; there was not a dry eye in the house, it was beautiful. They cut their cake which I was in awe of as Katie’s Grandad had made and decorated it himself and used items from all of the generations of family wedding cakes, it was so special! At dusk we popped into the gardens armed with some smoke grenades to lark about and what a giggle it was. It was a still night and the smoke elegantly lingered, and with a gentle flash to backlight, we created a truly magical image that for me sums up the romance of their day. After their first dance, there was a lot of photo booth action before the finale of an epic firework display which was a spectacular end to a day I will treasure in my heart forever.
Love you guys so much, it fills me with pride to have captured your day, here’s to happiness, health, hearts full of love and forever and ever and ever after as your day was a fairytale xxx
Lucy and George are having a busy year with relocating from Melbourne to London and planning their wedding it is all go! We skyped a little while back and Lucy talked of their excitement about their engagement and their love of Paris and France. They are planning an intimate Chateau wedding for next year and used the opportunity of looking at their venue for us to fit in an engagement shoot. What I love about living in Ashford is that my house is a 10 minute walk from the International train station and the Paris is just 2 hours away so popping to Paris for a shoot is an easy day trip! We met at the Trocodero on one of the hottest days ever, it was 37 deg c and Paris was so bright and the Seine glistened in the afternoon sun. These guys have known each other from school and a chance meeting on a night out in Melbourne led to them getting together after they’d left school. I loved getting to know them as we ambled around Paris. After a Carousel ride, we jumped into a taxi and went to the Jardin du Rodin which was so lush and green, a real oasis and hard to believe you were in the city centre. One of the famous Rodin sculptures is ‘The Kiss’ and with an empty pond at the back of the museum, Lucy & George headed to the plinth for a kiss as a wink to the artist’s work. After we left the Jardin, we walked some backstreets with all of the shutters, Lucy wondered how I’d get them in shot as they were so high, and so I did a double exposure with the shutters. We finished the shoot at one of my favourite places, the gorgeous bridge, Pont Alexandre III and left the guys to enjoy the rest of the city break and we made tracks for the Gare de Nord. Special thanks to my assistant Lucy who helped out on the day.
I adored spending time with Paddy & Vic on their glorious wedding day at Ashdown House, a Public School in Forest Row. We met up on a rainy, brisk winters day and walked around the grounds with their dog Reggie showing us the route. The school is part of the fabric of their life, both teaching and living on site and set in the most breathtaking landscape I knew it was going to be a big day when it arrived. Their planner Jenny at Bellaboo and Beau had introduced me to them as she knew that they were looking for relaxed and natural photos. When the big day arrived, it was sweltering, glorious weather and everyone was super excited, especially one of their bridesmaids as it was her first time being a ‘maid. I loved Vic’s style, reminiscent of a super cute 60s bride, with shoes to die for, those yummy Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes. A short walk across the lane to the tiny school chapel led the bridal party to Paddy and the guests, who were serenaded with perfect opera, the Flower Duet from Lakme – total goosebumps moment. Music is really important to both of them with family playing in the ceremony and two fabulous bands during the day to get everyone toe-tapping. They had a relaxed drinks reception on the lawn before heading down to the rather grand LPM Bohemia marquee for afternoon tea. The marquee looked amazing, with long trestles tables packed full of all shades of purple florals elegantly designed by the fabulous Joanne Truby Floral Design. The place settings were laid out with wrapped up favours of books and Grandma’s cinder toffee and party bags packed full of fun for the kids. Then the VIP arrived. People ran, screamed with glee, jumped up and down and embraced. Reggie the Dog, complete with bow tie joined the reception after a little photo walk with the newlyweds! After muchos dancing, seriously epic dancing, we popped out for some night shots under the family tree they’d made and Paddy & Vic left the reception for honeymoon with a sparkler exit.
Tiff and Bright have such great chemistry and humour, I love seeing a couple’s connection bubble through during their engagement shoots. We met up on a sweltering evening at the Observatory in Greenwich Park and started to wander through the park, stopping for photos as we made our way down towards the Maritime Museum. When we were winding through one of the back streets, the monstrous floodgates were open and so we popped right down to the riverside. The view was totally amazing across to Docklands and over towards the city. The light was spectacular and we hot footed it back up to the top of Greenwich Park for a totally stunning sunset. I can’t wait for their wedding next week, we talked all about the Indian Street Food the are serving and it just sounds like it is going to be an amazing celebration with two families coming together. Look at this London Sunset, man oh man, I love this view in Greenwich!
Chris and Hannah had such an elegant, fun and gorgeous wedding day at Poundon House in Oxfordshire on one of the hottest Saturdays of the summer! I started their day with the Groom’s party at Poundon House and had the pleasure of meeting their fabulous florist, Love From Katie and what amazing colour popping blooms she created for them. Chris had gifts of ties and socks from Pink that he gave to all of the boys and they looked so smart in their morning suits. I then zoomed off to a nearby quaint little village where Hannah was getting ready at her Mum’s house with all of her bridesmaids. There was a real fizz of excitement as they got ready and I loved the colour of the bridesmaid dresses, their bouquets just popped against them even more! When we arrived back at Poundon House, the terrace was packed to the brim with guests and the building sense of anticipation for Hannah’s arrival. Their ceremony was beautiful with some lovely readings and a duo of a harpist and opera singer which was spectacular. After a thorough blitzing through a long confetti line, everyone enjoyed a relaxed champagne and oyster reception on the lawn and we captured some lovely group shots. There was a jazz duo screening everyone and Hannah’s Dad joined them for a fabulous guitar solo. As guests found their way into the grand marquee we went for a wander for their couples portraits, seeking shade to chill out in all the heat! Just after everyone was seated, I watched mother nature in awe, across the Oxfordshire hills. A weather front moving in, clouds rapidly moving in three directions, huge rumbles of thunder and then the most ferocious hail storm hit, we could see it move in, screams of surprise from the marquee, before it arrived where we were seeking cover on the terrace! And as quickly as it arrived, it was gone! Their speeches were fabulous and after their cake cut they hit the dance floor for their first dance with the band performing an acoustic version of Rudimental’s ‘Feel the Love’, it was such an amazing moment as everyone filled the dance floor with the newlyweds and it was literally bouncing as everyone sang and danced away. Just as I had finished capturing the dancing, one of Hannah’s sister’s ran up to me and said there was a rainbow outside and so we rushed out for a few shots before I left them dancing the night away!
Kerry and James love a walk on the beach and an ice cream so this idea formed the base of their engagement shoot. They are Ashford based so we hooked up and headed down to Hythe together for their shoot. We caught up about how their plans for their Christmas wedding at Lympne Castle is coming together and it sounds like it is going to be a very special day indeed. When we got to Hythe we were unsure about the weather and we watched a storm pass along out to sea while they had a classic ’99 from the ice cream hut. We all kicked our shoes off and went in for a paddle but James was a bit too much of a gambling man for the waves and it caused muchos giggling! When we walked back to the car to zoom down the coast, James remarked at how the evergreens covered in rain looked like glistening Christmas trees so I used them for a double exposure which looks so pretty! We popped down to the Fisherman’s Huts for a few more photos around the boats before the rain came inland and we went back to the car for cover! It was so much fun catching up with these guys and I can’t wait for their wedding!
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.