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Cotswolds Wedding Photography

A message to Sue and Jeremy … Please can I have the secret to raising such a lovely family?  The vibe between you all, between you and your friends and with James and his family is amazing.  It was such a treat to witness it at Louise and James’ gorgeous country wedding.  Adlestrop is a picture perfect Cotswolds village, made famous by the poet Edward Thomas – who apparently used to live very near me in Hampshire (I have been told this since by an infinitely more literate friend – and to think I could have had an educated conversation with the vicar about it!).  Louise got ready at her parents’ house, a minutes walk away from the church.

The day was run with military precision so the church bell tolled at 3.45 – in advance of Louise’s arrival at 4pm. It was the first time Adlestrop has heard it’s church bells for over 20 years.  The bridal party, and then Louise and her Dad had a tour around the village on a horse and cart before arriving at the church – the very same horse and cart Louise’s parents used when they got married 34 years previously (they were also celebrating their wedding anniversary).  Honestly, if any more heart strings could’ve been pulled, I think it would’ve tipped everyone over the edge!

After a lovely ceremony with some good rousing hymns (Jerusalem AND Bread of Heaven), the new Mr and Mrs Ayres, fishing confetti out of Louise’s cleavage, made the journey back around the village to the marquee in the horse and cart.  Canapés, Pimms, beers and wine flowed while the smells of an amazing barbecue wafted over the field.  Cracking speeches, cracking band and some absolutely cracking dancing.  One of my favourite things about a wedding is the excuse for cross-generational party.   At Louise and James’ wedding, all generations rocked the dance floor, from the oldest to the youngest.

Huge thank you to Louise and James – and their families and friends for making me feel so welcome.  A perfect English country wedding.

 

Solihull Wedding Photography

 

Liz and Mike are one of those couples you know are completely made to be together.   United by a love of life, adventures, hockey and Jägerbombs, their wedding was a photographers’ dream. Beautiful bride and bridesmaids, handsome groom and groomsmen, family and friends having a blast, tears aplenty – certainly from the bridal party and Mike’s dad, but also from a large percentage of the guests.   And every location perfectly matched each occasion!  Liz and the ladies (and brother Steve in his Superman pants) got ready at Liz’s family home – where she’s lived all her life – surrounded by photos of Liz and Steve growing up.  The church was in the centre of Solihull (opposite a good pub conveniently for Mike and the lads.  No Jägerbombs just yet!) and the reception at Fentham Hall, just outside Sollihull with the most amazing views of surrounding countryside.

When I took Liz and Mike’s engagement photos, we were chatting about the wedding plans – they were decorating the hall themselves (Liz was going home to finish sewing the table runners after the shoot) and guests were helping to clear the room between the meal and the dancing.  It sounded amazing but I thought at the time it could be quite stressful for them on the day.  It’s a tribute to Liz, Mike and their friends and family that I didn’t notice any stress on the day – at all!  The room looked amazing and everything worked seamlessly without anyone seemingly asking anyone to do anything!   Even reconstructing a shot of them both sitting on a gate – a shot that they’d taken when they first found the hall and planned to have their wedding there – was totally taken in their stride.  They were even united in their dislike of a lamb that photobombed them at the gate!

Liz and her mother did a speech before the meal – I hope they are recorded on a phone somewhere to listen back to.  And Mike’s speech was toasted with Jägerbombs – served in bomb-shot glasses – and a big hug with his Dad Vic, just in case anyone wasn’t in tears yet.   After a delicious meal (I think the main course was lamb!) and after a beautiful, romantic and swishy first dance, ties were ’round heads (as predicted!) and the dancing was underway.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Norrington for asking me to photograph your day.  It was an absolute treat to be part of it! x

 

 

 

 

Surrey Wedding Photography

 

‘It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.’  Wisdom from the Baird.  I’m not sure.  I like to think it’s a bit of both – probably to absolve myself of some responsibility at least.  Either which way, Emma and Richard had the most perfect wedding day.  She was the most relaxed bride and looked absolutely stunning in an Audrey Hepburn-esque lace overlay dress.  The sun was out and shining bright.  The day began in a beautiful church in the village Emma grew up, with a newly ordained, groovy vicar.  Everyone was delighted to get out of the heat of the sun for a short while to enjoy some cracking, traditional hymns and to watch Emma marry Richard.   A gorgeous yellow vintage Rolls Royce picked up the bride and groom and took them to Gate Street Barn – a gorgeous modern oak barn in the Surrey Hills a few miles from Guildford.  Guests applied suntan lotion, enjoyed Pimms and canapés while we had an amazing time exploring the gardens for our photo shoot. Surrey wedding photography, and a good barn wedding, is such a treat.  The Barn looked gorgeous with dusky pink roses on the tables and bunting and greenery on the ceiling.

Haileybury Engagement Photography

 

 

Let there be light!  At long last the evenings have got a bit longer.   So lovely to get this booked in the diary in the thick of winter when the short days seemed to be endless.  As the shoot was at the end of March, suddenly we could meet in the late afternoon and have time for a cup of tea and a shoot on a gorgeous sunny early spring afternoon.  Alex and Ben live and work at Haileybury College – a beautiful school in the Hertfordshire countryside.   Doing Haileybury engagement photography is such a treat.  The school dates back to the early 19th century and the buildings are steeped in history – although the reason for the grim reaper weather vain on the cricket pavilion remains a mystery!   Such a beautiful backdrop for an engagement shoot – and for a wedding!   It was gorgeous to meet Alex and Ben – and to try and get Ben used to the camera…!  I think I achieved my mission – even if it’s only for the big day itself!  So looking forward to seeing them again and meeting their families and friends at their wedding later in the year!  It’s going to be a corker!

 

Kew Gardens Wedding Photography

 

 

What an amazing choice of wedding venue Kew Gardens is – not only the location, just outside London in Richmond, and the gardens – beautiful at any time of year, but also the buildings – such variety,  and all providing me with so many amazing backdrops I was totally spoilt for choice.  Kew Gardens wedding photography really is a treat.  We had the gardens to ourselves from late afternoon onwards – and a golf buggy to ferry the bride and groom (and their photographer obviously!) to and from locations.  Karen and bridal party got ready at The Petersham Hotel with amazing views over the River Thames.  The wedding itself was in the beautifully light and airy Nash Conservatory.  This was followed by drinks in the more modern Princess of Wales Conservatory – at the time of the wedding there was a stunning orchid display (as if we didn’t have enough backdrops to choose from!).  Then dinner, speeches (I cried!) and some spectacular dancing in the Orangery.  To add to it all, was the chance to get to know Karen and Jim – both such lovely, warm people, with similarly gorgeous family and friends.  I was genuinely sad when I handed them their album that the process was over!  Thanks to Nav for being an amazing second shooter as ever!

 

 

 

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