Kelly & Joe's wedding...

Sometimes things just work out exactly the way they were supposed to.

A good friend of mine recommended me to Kelly after he was unavailable for the date - I honestly couldn’t have felt luckier; a wedding in the Lake District, right next to Lake Windermere!

The location was one thing, but this couple was another level, they were so kind, thoughtful and honestly were a dream to spend the day with. From the initial contact with kelly, I felt like we were old mates and following meeting up for a chat, a walk and a few tester photos, I just knew we were in for a brilliant day.

The couple, based on the South Coast, had chosen a wonderful venue - full of character and charm which would play host to a real close family and friends occasion. Kelly and the girls arrived the night before to settle in and then prepare, and the guys stayed nearby with family. Although the forecast had been erratic, to say the least, come the day there was nothing but blue skies and sunshine.

Everything went to plan, (including the quick reshuffle of ceremony location in the morning), and I know both the couple and guests were delighted with the way it all went. Even with a fantastic venue, I couldn’t resist taking a wander to the lake to see if we could grab a few shots by the lake and on my adventure I stumbled upon something that kinda summed up the day. I took a quick drive to a nearby roadside spot, which from the outside, looked like a shut down store with a pier out the back, as I popped my head round to see, a gentleman sitting on his balcony at the back of the properly asked if he could help me - when I revealed I was trying to find a secluded spot to take some photographs with the newly-weds he just said that was absolutely fine - so off I went to grab Kelly and Joe.

When we came back and started to access the pier, the man and his wife (who was previously inside), joined us on the pier and had opened a bottle of bubbly for the couple to have! Just that random act of kindness typified the day for me and I just felt so lucky to have been there to share their day.

The wedding was brilliant; Izzy, the couples’ Husky, walked Kelly down the aisle and was so well behaved all day - you’d have never known there was a dog in attendance at all. The ceremony was lovely, (if not a little warm, especially for Joe and the guys in their three-piece suits), and the wedding breakfast, speeches and evening celebrations were all fantastic too - keep an eye out for the hill rolling...

Congratulations Kelly and Joe!!

Harriet & Elliot's wedding...

When I first heard from Elliot about photographing his wedding day I was pretty excited - he’s a very keen photographer, so contact from him was pretty flattering. We met up for an engagement session over Lickey Hills in Birmingham and hit it off - they were both so relaxed and natural. Despite Elliot and I talking ‘shop’ quite a bit whilst we walked, I felt like an old friend as we chatted away.

Come the wedding day, I’ve never seen a more relaxed bride - I think there was a moment just before Harriet walked into the church where she looked slightly nervous - but she was soon laughing and smiling as she walked down the aisle of St Mary Magdalene church (Tanworth-in-Arden). Harriet and the girls got ready at her parent's house just a 10 minute drive away, and Elliot and the guys stayed over the night before at The Bell pub - right opposite the church - so there were no excuses for being late!

The whole day was fantastic - the weather was stunning, which helped make the reception a great occasion. Once wed, the wedding party traveled the short distance to Wootton Park, which was a beautiful venue and made for a brilliant celebratory venue - the food was superb and we were well looked after. Its a venue I’d certainly recommend any future bride and groom to look at - its so photogenic!

When the evening rolled around the couple had organized a stone-baked pizza oven to be set up and the team running that supplied fresh hand-made pizza to order - let’s just say they were kept busy!!

Here’s a taste of the day - congratulations again to the new Mr & Mrs Thomas!

Dress - Jesus Peiro, The Bridal Boutique | Suits - Young's Hire | Shoes - Boden | Hair & Makeup - Bride & Bridesmaids | Florist - Lisa Flowers Floral Design | DJ - Phil Colley | Reception Venue - Wootton Park

Sarah & Henry's wedding...

I was absolutely honoured to have been asked to capture this wedding; not only was the occasion absolutely superb, but I came away with some wonderful new friends. Sarah and Henry and honestly two of the nicest people I have dealt with and from the first moments I felt so lucky to have got involved.

Until recently, I had been working with Henry’s sister, (Vicky), who very kindly recommended me as a possible photographer for them to get in touch with, so the initial contact wasn’t totally unexpected. However, since that first email and subsequently meeting to discuss their big day, we have become good friends.

They’d chosen to wed at St Vincent De Paul RC Church in Altrincham and then had the reception at The Mere, Knutsford. Their wedding was amazing - it was the final one for 2018 for me (due to the birth of my daughter the week after), so I truly went out with a bang! The day started at Sarah’s parent’s house, where the bridal party gathered for breakfast and to get ready. As we arrived the bridesmaids were already well underway with Stephanie Swain, who did an amazing job of both hair and makeup for all the girls. We took our time to capture the morning and the details that were waiting for us.

Once the girls were half-ready and tucking into their breakfast, we headed over to The Mere to catch the guys getting ready. Henry, his best men and ushers were busy getting ready and the drinks were already flowing. Following a quick catch up, I left Hannah with them and headed back to the bridal party to catch the all-important dress shots!

Sarah looked absolutely stunning, (as did all the girls), as she came down to meet her father I think it’s safe to say he was pretty speechless. A few drinks and photographs and it wasn’t long before we headed out to the church to make sure everyone was going to be on time. St Vincent De Paul is a beautiful church, with so much light and space and the ceremony was brilliant. I’ve never seen a bride and groom smile and laugh so much at the altar; it was obvious how much they were enjoying the day. Once they’d been declared husband and wife we left for The Mere to celebrate and capture the occasion from there. The group shots (always a tricky one) were brilliant; everyone was more than happy to stand and take part making it easy for us, and once we’d got what we needed, everyone moved inside to eat.

Luckily, during the meal, Hannah and I kept an eye on the sunset, and just about got the timing right - we grabbed Sarah and Henry and shot off to catch the last of the sunlight - so glad we did as the shots were great. Bride and groom were more than happy to hang out, despite it starting to get a little chilly, and before we knew it the speeches and evening entertainment was upon us. Sarah and Henry’s first dance was to a wonderful song called Agape, by Bears Den - and what followed was a brilliant live set from a band called The Mac Bros.

The wedding was fantastic, one of the biggest we’d shot with around 180 guests, but everyone was so cooperative and happy to let us get what we needed. The wedding was certainly one of my highlights of 2018, and a wonderful way to finish wedding season for me.

Dress - Emma Beaumont | Suits - Whitfield & Ward | Shoes - Aquazzura | Hair & Makeup - Stephanie Swain | Florist - The Flower Lounge | Cake - Bloomsbury Wedding Cakes | Car - Classic Wedding Cars | Band - The Mac Bros | Reception Venue - The Mere, Knutsford

Andrew & Annie's wedding...

The first wedding I was ever asked/encouraged to photograph was for a close friend of mine. Nikki and Charles got married at Cliveden House, and Annie was in attendance that day (she’s Charles’ niece). Fortunately, she remembered us and got in touch to ask about our availability and I was delighted to say I was free and more that ready for their big day.

Amazingly, they’d chosen the same reception venue (Caswell House) as Ella & Stu, who I photographed a few months earlier - before this, I’d never had the chance to shoot at the same venue more than once, so I was really excited that I could try and capture their day in a slightly different way.

Annie and the girls stayed at an amazing cottage in the nearest village and so had a wondeful space to prepare ahead of the big day, from there they added the finishing touches at the bridal suite at Caswell.

The weather was fantastic, clear blue skies and warm summer sun - the wedding ceremony was held at St Marys Church in Bampton; as it turns out the church has featured in the TV series Downton Abbey, so was full of character and made for an incredible venue to get married in. The afternoon was back at Caswell and was another wondeful occassion, with guests all in the mood to party!

Dress - Maggie Soretto, Windsor & Eaton Brides | Suits - Kenneth Cole | Shoes - Carvela | Hair - Michelle Marshall | Makeup Artish - Zara Findlay | Florist - Friend of the Groom | Band - Detroit Soul Collective | Church - St Marys | Reception Venue - Caswell House

Ella & Stu's wedding...

Ella, Stu and I first met up in Richmond Park during April to discuss their June Wedding, we’d been put in touch with each other by Kiarna, one of Ella’s closest friends and a former colleague of mine. The meeting in the park was lovely, it gave us chance to meet, discuss their wedding plans and then get a few photographs of them together is a relaxed, beautiful location. Meeting up to talk about the big day ahead of time is something I really enjoy; it gives us all chance to ask questions and for the couple to get used to the way I photograph and ensure that they are comfortable with how I work.

When it came to their wedding they’d chosen one of the most photogenic locations I’ve been invited to shoot at - Caswell House. It s a stunning venue that can either act as an incredible reception venue or, as in Ella and Stu’s case, host a full day including ceremony.

Their whole day was fantastic, having the ceremony outdoors ended up being an excellent decision, as the sun really shone for them; the entire wedding party was in terrific spirits and couldn’t have been more accomodating. As if the wedding wasn’t special enough in itself, Stu and Ella took the opportunity during the speeches to annouce they were expecting their first child, so after this reveal, there was even more reason to celebrate!

I will leave you with some of the highlights from a truly fantastic day…

Dress - Sassi Halford | Suits - Slaters | Shoes - Prada | Hair & Makeup - Liz Anderton & Sarah Yeo | Florist - Witney Florist | Band - The Tommy Guns | Reception Venue - Caswell House