Swallows Nest Barn

One from the weekend – The ‘Pinwheel of colour’
Ali & Alex at Swallows Nest Barn

Swallows Nest Barn Wedding

It’s been a bit of a crazy few days with weddings in Essex, Warwick and yesterday, on a boat in central London. But, this is July and this is how weddings do. The weddings themselves aren’t overly tiring (although Fridays heat was something else) but the mountain of editing they bring means I won’t have any free time until November.

About this shot – So this is Ali and Alex at Swallows Nest Barn in Warwick on Saturday. The weather was changeable and a welcome break from the heatwave we’ve had these last couple of months. I call this shot the pinwheel of colour because the low sun and stormy clouds above gave us a magenta / blue cascade that visually moved in a clockwise motion to the green field, completing with the dried out field Ali was in. Their placement was deliberate to get give good contrast with his suit and Ali blew a raspberry at Alex without any direction from me. 😀

Woodhill Hall Wedding Photo

Woodhill Hall Early Preview
Siobhan & Robin

Sparkler photo at Woodhill Hall

Here is an early preview of Siobhan and Robins’ wedding at Woodhill Hall near Newcastle. I shoot weddings all over but I’m not usually this far up North, but it’s so worth the trip for the rolling countryside and laid back feel of the area. Everyone is so nice!

As this is an early preview I’ll write up their wedding in the coming months, but the venue itself, wow. A detached Georgian manor hour, uniquely decorated with its own prop hut so you can set the decor how you like it, lots of surrounding woodland, two day exclusive use, a fixed tipi on site…the place is crazy and for me, it was a world of photographic opportunity that I’m unable to compare it to.

Wedding party group photo at Woodhill HallWedding photo in the woods at Woodhill HallThe Dancfloor inside the Tipi at Woodhill Hall

Syon Park
Emma & Oli

Syon Park WeddingHere is Emma and Oli’s summer wedding at Syon Park.

This was a day full of life and ‘London lively’ – These two kept me on my toes all day and I loved Every. Second. Of. It.

I started at the Hilton and jumped between both of them during prep with Oli and his bestie riding their motorcycles to the ceremony inside the Great Hall while Emma arrived by car.

The Great hall is unlike anywhere I’ve attended before and the statues, along with the black and white flooring, were a beautiful sight to see when I got there.

 

After their ceremony we milled around the garden for a bit before heading over to the Great Conservatory via the Queens Walk where the rest of the drinks, photos and dinner service took place.

The Great Conservatory is huge and awe inspiring to look at from any angle; a perfect setting for a summer wedding with guests exploring the grounds at will.

But, as nice as the grounds were unless you fill it with the right people you’ve only 50% of a wedding. Their outrageous friends who were open, friendly and who wore their hearts on their sleeves really made this day complete.

From the friendly jibes between the groomsmen during prep to the chilled approach from the brides side through to Emma swigging champage from the bottle this was a perfect wedding for me to shoot.

The guests got smashed at the gin station, Emma and Oli were thrown in to air on the dance floor and I stayed until the end of the night where they had a sparkler send off aka – ‘It’s midnight, everyone is absolutely smashed, lets do a sparklers, what could go wrong’ happened. It was certainly a memorable wedding. As every wedding should be.

It was love and life unfiltered, the absolute best.

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The Old Sorting Office, London
Jess & Ali

If you cast your mind back to last Summer you’ll remember it was uh, a bit of a washout. I’m in my tenth year as a wedding photographer and up until Jess and Ali’s wedding I’d only had 1 rainy wedding!

Last summer I think I had about 7 rain filled weddings across July and August but if you’re worried about rain on your big day, Jess & Ali’s one is a shining example of why you shouldn’t let it play on your mind.

Everything took place in an around the Barnes area of London. With Jess and Ali being about 5 minutes away from each other I was able to bounce between them both before the ceremony which took place at St Mary’s Church.

We were doing ok up until the end of the ceremony when the heavens really did open but it didn’t dent anyone’s spirits. It’s not often you get a confetti throw involving brollies and it’s not often you follow an old orleans brass band 300 metres to the reception venue…in the pouring rain!

But here’s the thing. You can’t do anything about the weather and depending on who you are and what your outlook on life is you can fight it and lose or accept it’s a part of your day. Which is what everyone did.

In some ways it was the glue that helped hold things together. We were all sharing the experience and enjoying it. Jess and Ali’s reception venue was the Old Sorting Office (OSO Arts Centre). A social space with a large main room and side reception right in the middle of Barnes Green.

They had gazebo’s outside where there was ample room to shelter from the rain and because of the trees, we were able to do all the family stuff and couple shots without getting rained on (too much).

In the evening the rain did a major pullback and we were able to venture out for some more pictures and the rest of the evening kicked off spectacularly with their friends Tom and Ruben hitting the decks.

I stayed right until the end for this one, pretty much everyone was smashed, Jess threw her bouquet at the end of their exit line and I made my way home for some much needed zzzz’s after 🙂

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Southend Barns, Sussex
Hatty and Karen

On the blog today is Hatty and Karen’s wedding at Southend Barns in West Sussex. I’m typing this on a cold and rainy January day, my Westie is asleep on my lap meaning I’m in the most awkward typing position right now. Honestly, I’m TYping Liike THIss EVery timE He moves.

I first met Hatty and Karen a couple of years ago in London to talk about their day and we made sure to keep in contact leading up to the wedding itself. They were both equally excited about the whole thing, their stream of updates was great to follow and I was really looking forward to their wedding.

For prep, Karen got ready at The Blacksmith’s about 5 minutes away while Hatty used the suite at Southend Barns before all their guests arrived. It was great to be able to fly between them both and tell their story from the very start.

Once Karen arrived they had their first look in the gardens before taking turns in walking down the aisle and saying their I do’s in an emotionally charged ceremony and it really felt like everyone there was getting married too. It was as if we were all together as one.

We then ventured outside for photos and the reception went into full swing. We headed out the front to the fields and found a meadow of yellow flowers which, as it was a blustery day, added a sense of movement to their pictures. They were so chilled it was as if I wasn’t even there with the camera!

Southend Barns, as always, looked beautiful that day, the lights above the tables and the intricate attention to detail they had put into things really paid off. The weather was well behaved most of the day and even though it rained that night, it kept everyone in and on the dancefloor. Good times.

This was a special wedding for me in that I’m a firm believer that love is equal across all. It knows no boundaries, fears nothing and really does win through. Hatty and Karen’s wedding was one I’d looked forward to for months and afterwards, became one of the best weddings of the year for me.

We’re still in touch and long may we be…and long may I have more days like this.

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Vella, Switzerland
Victoria & Fabian

It’s always a special treat to shoot someone’s wedding outside of the UK. A new world of colour awaits and the scenery is both inspiring and challenging.

Victoria and Fabian’s wedding was in Fabian’s home town of Vella and I decided to do the 11 hour drive from Sussex down through France so I could enjoy the scenery as I went. I arrived a few days early too so I could explore!

I had this vision of blue skies, cows and rivers of chocolate but the first couple of days were really overcast and misty. When you’re in the mountains certain areas have microclimates and I was worried about the weather for their wedding. I couldn’t see more than 100 metres in front of me at certain points!

Thankfully though, come Saturday the weather had cleared up and I headed in to Ilanz where VIctoria and her bridesmaids were getting their hair and makeup done before heading back to Vella to get ready.

It was really nice to be able to bounce between Victoria and Fabian during prep. Vella is a small village and you can drive through the middle of it in minutes.

Once Victoria was ready I scooted over to Pleif Church where everyone was waiting and the service began .Afterwards there was a surprise sunflower arch waiting for them to walk through before the more formal family photos took place.

Coming up was the important bit. Victoria and Fabian wanted to capture the surroundings in their photos so I’d done a lot of pre wedding research about how to nail this part of the day.

It’s hard to appreciate the absolutely massive scale of your surroundings in a visual sense realtive to two humans in front of you. Big mountain range + tiny people. Getting the two to work together visually is tricky but we nailed it. We did almost lose Victoria down the mountain at one point and I almost passed out because even though I can run around perfectly ok at a wedding in the UK with the bouquet, a load of kit and other things… I assumed it would be the same here.

But at 1.2 kilometres above sea level there’s a distinct lack of oxygen and I hadn’t been there long enough to acclimatise. Doh!

We went into the old part of town as well as the fields for the more epic shots and then headed over to the Hotel Restaurant Central in Obersaxen.

I arrived there a fair bit in advance so waited outside for them to arrive, Victoria and Fabian were in a London Black cab with all the other guests arriving by bus. I first knew they were arriving as you could hear the horns tooting from around the corner!

We spent the rest of the day there, with some Chinese lanterns in the evening and dancing until around 4am. (I hit the hay at 3am, it was getting messy)!

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Wild Garden, The Hyde Estate, Sussex
Isolde & Alex

At the beginning of July this year I was catapulted into Izzy and Alex’s world. They were married at Worth Abbey in Sussex before heading to the Wild Park on the Hyde Estate in Handcross.

I was welcomed at the family home with everyone busy in one way or another before leaving for Worth Abbey.

If you’ve never been to the Abbey before it’s a huge cylindrical space, a bit sci-fi in its design and as such, swallows you up nicely. We had the ceremony, readings and a group photo of everyone outside before heading to the Hyde Estate.

It’s rare that I’ve seen a venue quite like this. Their four hatted tipi sat nicely on the riverbank, shrouded by tall trees making us feel cosy and in one place. But beyond this space there were many others, we went over the bridge to the garden for photos, there was woodland within easy reach for later and even for the family stuff we had the backdrop of the river within a few feet of the tipi.

One of the most standout things which made today so special was the genuinely sweet people there. The happiness of today was a beautiful thing and Issy and Alex were so funny it was infectious (without the rash).

Carefree ruled the day, we lost the bottom of the wedding dress due to a misplaced foot while on the swing and it was laughed off, the dress suffered a red wine incident, meh, who cares – and so on. It was a day when everyone was out to enjoy themselves and nothing was going to get in their way.

In the evening the floor went crazy, we caught the twilight for some extra photos and after 11 we had a silent disco until the early hours.

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Cripps Barn, Cirencester
Laura & David

It was great to be back at Cripps Barn this August for Laura and Dave’s wedding. From the word go the whole day was an absolute scream to be a part of, with most of their guests (as well as themselves) being from the Wirral there was a massive sense of love and community throughout the day.

Despite this Summer’s weather being more unpredictable than I’ve ever known it we were all safe this weekend!

Laura and Dave mixed up their day with a raffle for their guests after dinner along with a special ‘Brucie Bonus’, sparklers, inclusive games and what turned out to be a ‘Band of Mooners’ photo in an adjacent field.

Once the dancefloor started it never really stopped, we lost Bruce as some point but everyone who was thrown in to the air came down earth……eventually!

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Farbridge Barn, Chichester
Laura & Matthew

Hi everyone, I’m back. 2017 has been a crazy year with so many weddings that I’ve not written up any of them until now as I needed to focus on editing. I now have some free time so will be writing up this year’s awesomeness with a view to  keep you all warm this winter. Stay tuned, but with added brrr.

Laura and Matt’s wedding in early April (I said it had been a while) at Farbridge Barns was a thoughtfully planned, colourful and detailed day. I started at Laura’s parents and was lucky to have lots of space and light to work with while Matt and the guys were getting ready at Farbridge itself. I’ll not forget how awesome Dad’s playlist was in every room as I worked, or the free cake and the company of Laura’s family dog as well as, to some extent, the goldfish. Who I named Nigel.

As soon as Laura was in her dress I made like a crazy person over to Farbridge where the final touches were being put into place and there we waited for Laura’s arrival in a VW Beetle and everyone else via Camper.

I’ve always loved the light and styling in the Farbridge ceremony area and with Laura and Matt’s additional decor it set the stage for a pretty special chain of moments that led to their first kiss as a married couple.

Confetti followed as did photos outside in a ‘it just happened to be there’ rapeseed field which injected some bursts of colour into the background.

Good times.

After dinner we had a little bit more photo time, the bouquet went into orbit and we all got ready for their first dance.

The level of detail at their wedding was immense, it complimented

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