College Farm Norfolk Wedding

College Farm Norfolk
Laura, Adam…. and Jack Brock – Confetti Pony

Here is Laura and Adam’s big bash from early May at College Farm in Norfolk, there’s a lot of photos here, but there’s so many great ones I had to leave them in!

This was my first time at College Farm, it’s a wonderful country venue with several distinct garden spaces around it, the whole site is very secluded.

I started my day with Laura at Vicarage House just down the road in Great Hockham. It’s more of a mansion than your typical house though and there was a massive amount of space for everyone to get ready before leaving for the farm.

Once at the farm Laura’s father parked alongside the field of Alpaca’s and the bridal party started to walk down to the outdoor ceremony area where the guests were waiting for the blessing to take place.

This wasn’t a strictly human wedding party, we had several instances of floof as a part of the procession and once they were all in place Laura’s father rowed her across the lake down to an teary eyed Adam.

After the blessing I had the pleasure of being part of the most epic confetti experience I’ve ever had. Confetti was handed out en masse via Jack the confetti pony who stayed around for most of the reception and with 140 guests there was a LOT of confetti to be thrown. Honestly, I’ve never seen so much confetti in. my. life. With a confetti dump of the remaining amounts at the end. Perfect!

 

Laura and Adam wanted their reception to be like a village fete, so after the initial meet and greet with canapes along with some family photos at the back of the house the Fete was officially announced with a ribbon cut and everyone was treated to a Coconut Shy, Splat the Rat, Space / Pony hopper racing, Welly Wanging and a Ferret run along with other things.

Halfway through this Laura, Adam and family headed into the house for their legal I-do’s and then we went for couple photos, speeches (where Adam’s mum started rapping) and then dinner followed.

We were there for most of the night, the band killed it and everyone was high on life the rest of the night. A perfect, high energy and free spirited wedding full of love. As it should be x

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Wedding at the Gherkin London

The Gherkin, London
Laura & David

Weddings at the Gherkin, London

I love London weddings. Logistics can sometimes be a headache but from a creative standpoint (and once you’re there) you can find things, shapes, colours and perspectives which you can’t anywhere else and the contrast between country weddings is huge and something I love to embrace.

This is Laura and David’s wedding at The Gherkin. This was a top o’ the skyscraper gig with the view of London all around us on a crystal clear September day.

I started with a brief visit to Laura and her family at the Ned by way of Threadneedle Street before heading to see David and the groomsmen at the Slug and Lettuce opposing 30 St Mary Axe / The Gherkin.

Gherkin London Ceremony area

This was my first time at the Gherkin and I was taken by the sheer scale of the tower up close; I loved all the clean lines and glass. It allowed me to see in a different way while shooting.

We were at the very top of the tower and you need to switch lifts near the top to do the final leg up. Once there, you’ll find two levels accessible by stairs. The very top being for the ceremony and dancing with the lower level acting as the dining room.

Searcy's at the Gherkin

After the ceremony we headed down and out for photos and we really didn’t need to go very far at all as there was the imposition of The Gherkin, the neutral greys of the granite beside and enough space for a lovely falloff in to the background.

Dinner was the high standard that’s known from Searcy’s and this lead to some speeches, sunset photos and the evening do.

Some weddings lift your spirits in such a way as to be uniquely memorable and this was one of them. Both on an emotional level as well as the physical, being almost 200 metres up.

Laura and David were a dream to be around, always high spirited and just 100% genuinely lovely. Special thanks goes to Laura’s mum for the G n’ T at 8pm and for the chap who bought me a Guinness early on that made me feel so included. Small gestures of kindness are never forgotten, thank you, wherever you are 😀

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Aynhoe Park Wedding Venue Photos

Aynhoe Park
Bel & Victor

Aynhoe Park Wedding Ceremony

In early October I was fortunate enough to be shooting Bel and Victors wedding at Aynhoe Park near Banbury. If you’ve never heard of Aynhoe it’s a wedding venue turned up to 11 with an eclectic mix of decor throughout. On arrival a unicorn on a piano greets you and it just sprials on from there. It certainly has the wow factor. If you were have a wedding in the home and toy section of Harrods this is what it would be like, kinda.

It was important to Bel and Victor that they had someone there for the whole day as the evening photos were very important to them (a couple of their friends are DJ’s). I started at 10am with clay pigeon shooting before prep kicked off in advance of the ceremony due at 3, but I finished at 1.30am. It was a great run and a lot of fun!

Places for family formals at Aynhoe Park

As Victor is Canadian and Bel from Brazil the ceremony wasn’t your standard UK one, a lot of people took it in turns to give readings full of emotion and connectivity before Bel and Victor promised themselves to each other. Victor also loves the Sax so Bel had arranged a surpise Sax solo for the end of their ceremony. Due to the time of year we did the family photos in the main conservatory area and these worked out really, really well. (It was a bit windy for outside).

Their guests enjoyed dinner with a short speech being deferred to after the first dance and the evening took off straight after. The dancefloor was busy all night with the music being the best I’ve heard at a wedding thanks to two DJ’s cranking out the beats, lifting the roof of Aynhoe Park. Top marks.

Aynhoe Park Dancefloor

You can see many more images from the day below but first here is a list of the suppliers coming together and helping the day run so smoothly:

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Cripps Barn
Claire & Josh

There are certain weddings I’ve shot where I’ve felt I was always meant to be the photographer. With Claire and Josh I first met them at the Cripps Barn open day, they were being surreally walked around the barn virtually via Skype (they live in Australia) and in an odd co-incidence Claire used to be the wedding co-ordinator at another venue and recognised me. The deal was sealed right there!

And what a stroke of luck it was as their non stop, fast paced and massively fun wedding was a dream to shoot. Their day was in mid August and both of them got ready, along with their suporting cast at the Kings Head in Cirencester.

No stops were pulled in the decor of the barn (more photos below) and what really made the day shine was how carefree and full of fun everyone was. There were twists and turns along the way, Josh’s mum had arranged some singing waiters for them and nobody knew a thing about it. Usually the couple book them, so with Mum’s intervention the genuine surprise on their faces was perfect to witness and everyone got up and danced around the dinner tables.

Claire and Josh have this magnetism between them, always together, but still able to see evereyone else. Josh’s brothers were the groomsmen and the ‘Clements boys’ were great to have on hand for photos. In the evening there was a power cut due to a dodgy letter ‘E’ on an illuminated sign and during the gap between the generator spinning up the band went Acoustic, we all held up candles and carried on partying regardless.

Weddings like these remind me why I shoot. Genuine love across families, fun seeking personalities, free flowing tears and a couple who glue it all together make for a perfect day.

Here’s some more photos from their wedding:

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Woodhill Hall Wedding Photo

Woodhill Hall
Siobhan & Robin

Sparkler photo at Woodhill Hall

Here is 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!

A detached Georgian manor house, 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 Hall

It’s was great that both SIobhan and Robin got ready there as I could easily bounce between both of them and also get the guests arrival. They were married in the conservatory with their reception in the Elephant Garden.

We made good use of all the surroundings and there’s so much to take advantage of. A lot of the guests went for a wander in the fields and the reception area is seperate from the Tipi, so when that finished we went to a whole new space with it’s own garden for those who wanted some air during dinner.

Wedding photo in the woods at Woodhill Hall

The evening was crazy, bonkers and fun and as I was staying local I stayed later than I usually would.

I absolutely loved it there and can’t wait to go back!

Here are some more images from their day at Woodhill Hall:

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Mapledurham Estate Wedding

Mapledurham Estate
Cayley & Matt

My first venture to the Mapledurham Estate was for Cayley and Matt’s wedding in August which also happened to fall on one of the sunniest days of the year. It wasn’t until the evening the we had any cloud cover. If you’d like to know what the most challenging conditions are to shoot in it’s super bright sunny days in wide open spaces!

I started with Cayley at the Great House in Sonning before heading off to meet Matt and everyone else at St. Peter’s Church in Caversham. From there we all went via boat to the Mapledurham Estate where there was a open sided marquee awaiting us just outside the main house.

The Mapledurham Estate is famous for the 1976 film ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ although I didn’t realise it until I caught the film one Sunday afternoon and it’s also been the set for the Midsomer Murders and more recently the TV series Taboo with Tom Hardy.

This was a lovely day in the sun for everyone in an idyllic location, the evening turned messy thanks to a free bar but I don’t think anyone minded 😀

Here’s some more images from their day:

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May wedding in a Tipi

St Mathews Church and Bean Cottage
Esme & Nathan

Here is Esme and Nathan’s Tipi wedding on the grounds of Bean Cottage in Hampshire.

While Bean Cottage was their final destination, Esme, Nathan and all their family got ready at West End House in Froyle before leaving for their ceremony at St Matthews Church in Blackmoor where there were so many candles I almost caught fire!

They had a lot waiting for them at the tipi, with free roaming Alpacas, guests and sheep they arrived in a matching trio of red and white 2cv’s, photo booth, garden games as well as three different street food stalls for dinner.

This was a lovely late spring wedding with lots to explore and enjoy, here are some more photos from their day:

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Castle Durrow Wedding

Castle Durrow, Ireland
Anne & Nick

Here’s Anne and Nick’s September wedding at Castle Durrow in Ireland.

I love heading to the Emerald Isle for weddings, I love the local food, the Guinness and the friendliness of the locals. It’s like a calmer version of the UK!

Anne and Nick had their reception at the Castle, but their ceremony was at The Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix.

This was an Irish and Greek fusion wedding, so in the evening the dancefloor lit up and was crazy all the way through until 2am. I only just managed to keep up with everyone. From money being slapped on foreheads, to NIck being thrown into the air the party kept on going, large and loudright until the end.

Here are some more images from their day:

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Upwaltham Barns June Wedding

Upwaltham Barns in June
Stacey & Shane

Upwaltham Barns June Wedding

As it’s -7 out there right now I thought I’d show you Stacey and Shane’s wedding from the final day of June last year at Upwaltham Barns to reassure you that this cold is temporary and there is much better weather to come.

On the day we had clear blue skies and it marked the beginning of the summer heatwave that ended a month later. When it finally broke and the heavens opened I was shooting a wedding on a boat in London getting very wet.

But that’s another story, for another time.

So here we have the lovely Stacey and Shane, their day started apart with Stacey at Rubens Barn getting ready with her maids and for Shane, Benges Cottage 10 minutes away. It’s amazing just how many different places I’ve seen around Petworth that couples get ready in. You think it’s all fields but there’s lots of little places to stay dotted everywhere.

Upwaltham Barns Wedding Photographer

This wedding was a biggie with 145 guests spread around the grounds. There were garden games, the Moroccon snug provided extra shade to compliment the trees all the while a steel drummer was playing upbeat ambience to keep everyones tempo high.

Because of the heat we deferred most of the couple shots until after dinner as the lazy summer sun didn’t seem to be going anywhere and it also bought them more time with their guests. It was a more relaxed time of day too.

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