Gaynes Park Wedding Photography

Gaynes Park
Anna & Ben

Gaynes Park Wedding

Set against the backdrop of the parkland and farmland surrounding a historic country estate, Gaynes Park made a stunning stage for Anna and Ben’s wedding when they married at the modern barn-style venue in Epping, Essex. In such an idyllic location, it was hard to believe the motorway, Central Line and London itself were all within striking distance!

With a walled garden, an orangery and two barns, the stylish and imaginatively refurbished rural spot was also a gift for me as their photographer. The oak raftered roof of the barn the celebration was held in also provided a great background – this was the Mill Barn, with its mezzanine floor and gallery.

Gaynes Park WeddingThe joy of the day was obvious for everyone to see: while most people smile for the photographers at these occasions, in this case the wide grins really were natural and unforced.

Anna was already beaming as she sat in her rollers having her make-up done, and she didn’t seem to stopped smiling all day!

Her dress was a full-length sleeveless gown with a sweetheart neckline set off by a string of pearls, while her new husband Ben went for a smart three-piece suit rather than the more formal morning attire of top hats and tails.

Gaynes Park WeddingAs usual, a good mix of formal and informal shots makes for a good record of the big day, and Ben and Anna looked particularly happy and romantic photographed against the night sky and set against the flowers and long grass of the walled garden in glorious sunshine.

We captured plenty of lighter moments alongside the official portraits recording their day, like the one of a toddler “telling off” a grown up, and some of the day’s many laughs and hugs. There were also chances to catch close-ups of the details that tell their story  – from the canapés and buttonholes of Ben’s best man and ushers, to the bridesmaids’ dresses hanging from a tree and the festoon lights.

We captured the guests in a variety of posed and very informal shots throughout the day – and they clearly loved every second of Anna and Ben’s wedding as much as the couple themselves did.

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Surrey Barn Wedding Photography

Norwood Place Barn
Catherine & Alex

Barn Wedding PhotographyThere’s only so much a photographer can do at a wedding. I’ve often said to couples ‘You make the photos, I take them’ which has quite a ring of truth to it.

This is because as photographers we can’t force people into a photo. We can’t make the sun shine and we can’t decorate a venue to look greater than it is.

What we can do though is make the best from what we are given and if presented with two people very much in love ( who aren’t afraid to show it), a venue with character and grounds which sing at all hours of the day then boy can we deliver…and then some.

Barn Wedding PhotographyWelcome to Norwood Place Barn.

Norwood Place Barn is set way off the beaten track and full of charm.

They only host a few weddings a year and there is a lake opposite  with huge willow trees all around and within the bounds of the lake, across a bridge, there’s a little island with tall grasses and haunting woodland. Perfect for sunset photos.

Catherine and Alex were married at St Bartholomews church just down the road from the venue and it was one of the hottest days of the year too so everyone was outside enjoying the entertainment.

Barn Wedding PhotographyThe attention to detail inside, the table decor and flowers was beautiful. For me this was a barn wedding to beat all barn weddings before it.

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Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple Weddings

Mussenden Temple WeddingMussenden Temple

There are many venues I’d love to shoot at, one of which is Mussenden Temple. This is such a unique location with breathtaking views and intimate surroundings that you’ll make memories which last well beyond your wedding day.

The gardens at Bishop’s Gate offer the perfect backdrop for wedding photography, as does the rest of Downhill with Hezlett House being particularly unique.

Mussenden Temple is on my bucket list of wedding venues to cover. If you’d like me to be there for your wedding please get in touch.

Brighton Wedding Photography

Angel House, Brighton Bandstand and the Caribou Rooms Hove
Vic & Jared

Angel House Brighton WeddingGood, long term friends are hard to find. We meet many people on our way through life and some relationships endure more than others.

We’ve known V+J for the best part of 7 years now. Whilst we don’t see them as often as we should they’ve always been there for us, and us for them with Vic being a bridesmaid at our own wedding in May.

Angel House Brighton WeddingThey were married this year at 1 Angel House in Brunswick Terrace, Hove. This was the first wedding at Angel House and this lovely Regency building has been recently restored throughout by the owners.

V+J’s civil ceremony was hosted by Brightons legendary Mr Love and afterwards we had a drinks reception on the first floor and a surprise fly by that was watched from the beach.

The ceremony room was turned around for dinner and afterwards everyone headed off for an evening reception at the Caribou Rooms. This was decorated floor to ceiling ready for the evening guests to enjoy.

Angel House Brighton WeddingWe stayed until the very end, met old and new friends and it was great to be there for them both.

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Chelsea Registry Office Wedding

Kensington and Chelsea
Samala & Jay

Chelsea Resistry Office WeddingThe world-famous Chelsea Registry office in one of London’s smartest boroughs has, over the years, played host to the marriage ceremonies of thousands. The Independent dubbed it ‘still one of the hippest places to get married.’

Which it probably is. From there you can go anywhere!

Chelsea Resistry Office WeddingBased on the iconic King’s Road, the venue was also the setting for Sam and Jay’s Chelsea Wedding. It’s nice to be in London again. I do lots of country weddings and love the contrast between the urban backdrops and what I’m used to.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at The Phene, a clubhouse-style pub also in the heart of Chelsea and which can trace its heritage all the way back to the mid-1800s.

Chelsea Resistry Office WeddingWe also headed down the road to ward the Albert Bridge as it’s always nice there for photos.

Sam looked beautifully stylish in a long, white, sleeveless Riva Westenius dress with a dramatic V-shaped back.

The happiness of everyone involved was plain to see in the broad, unforced smiles that punctuated the whole day. It was a genuine delight to work with such a lovely couple, and to photograph a day that burst at the seams with joy in such an interesting venue.

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Oakley Court Hotel Wedding

Oakley Court Hotel
Daniel & Lieve

Oakley Court WeddingIt was a real pleasure being a part of the Daniel and Lieve’s big day, which took place in the grounds of the luxurious and Victorian Gothic Oakley Court Hotel, Berkshire, which boasts unrivaled views of the River Thames. Even though the weather was overcast on the day, the bride shone brightly with her beautiful flowery dress and unique button bouquet. The groom looked suave in his blue suit, and complemented the bride’s bouquet perfectly with his buttonhole.

Although he did forget his trousers, Daniel made up for it with Jeans and admittedly he fell on his feet with this as he looked even better.

Oakley Court WeddingThe hotel was the perfect angular backdrop to the initial artistic picture, where the balloons accompany the bride and groom – a fun shot that I feel encapsulates the couple’s energetic nature.
After dining in the exquisite, conservatory-style dining hall, the guests were welcomed aboard the steamboat sat on the River Thames, and were treated to live music from a fantastic band armed with some great pieces and a selection of jazz instruments, including a clarinet and a saxophone, and with a tipple in hand the guests continued to celebrate.

I feel the image capture the real essence of a true celebration. There were so many photo opportunities to capture the day; it was difficult to pick just a handful of my favourite photographs to showcase.

Oakley Court WeddingThe hotel itself and its grounds easily live up to and even surpass the high expectation it had built up. With the hotel’s magnificent 35 acres of land gracefully scattered with beautifully bright flowers, seen pictured with the bride and groom, water features and most unique of all, carefully sculptured wooden animals, it is easy to see why Oakley Court has quickly become a highly sought after wedding venue. It’s one that I always take pleasure in shooting.

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South Farm Wedding Photography

A Wedding at South Farm, Royston
Hazel & Ashley

South Farm RoystonWhen I was really young I used to be that kid who’d be dragged around flea markets and antique shops looking at well loved teddy bears with bits of stuffing hanging out of them, old records and monkey moneyboxes.

I remember that everywhere I looked there was something new, something interesting and cool.

South Farm RoystonWhen I was thinking about what to say of Hazel and Ashley’s wedding at South Farm this year that is what my mind cast back to. The level of detail, the things to see and to do reminded me of that time. This was further bolstered by the way South Farm is laid out, the Gypsy caravans , the Piglets, the sculptures and the gardens turned their wedding into a Photographers playground.

I was wandering around in awe saying to myself ‘This is beautiful’.

South Farm RoystonAfter their church ceremony, Hazel and Ashley went to South Farm for a blessing and their reception.

In the evening there were sparklers and we commandeered the Gypsy caravans for an epic shot involving 5 remote flashes 4 smoke bombs and two people in love.

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Latimer Place Wedding Photography

Latimer Place
Charlotte & Joel

Latimer Place WeddingHere is Charlotte and Joel’s wedding from August. This lovely couple said their vows at St John the Baptist Church in Pinner, Middlesex before traveling to their reception at Latimer Place in Chesham.

This was a very big wedding with over 120 guests and Pinner’s church is gorgeous inside.

After the ceremony we headed to Latimer Place and took some photos in the grounds before the guests arrived. There is a walk up the steps and along the hotel that was excellent for photos as well as a spot under some nearby trees. I did want to crash some long grass in the adjoining field but it seemed impossible to access, (something to work on next time).

Latimer Place WeddingCharlotte and Joel’s formals list was minimal, ( three group shots ) and this gave me a lot more time to be creative with flash and to have some fun with a Hadoken inspired shot.
For those of you who don’t know, a Hadoken shot is one that is inspired by the Street Fighter video games. Last year it was dinosaurs but I wanted to do something different this year.

As with all types of these shots I need to get the original photo right first and then rely purely on my ability in photoshop. It helps that I was a gaming freak in my teens so I know what works.

Latimer Place WeddingAlso new this year is that I’m adding a glossier studio look to my work for those who want it. I’ve always been a strong supporter of natural light photography and this in the mainstream is because flash is tricky to do right and do well.

Done right, it’s a very nice look and where I have the time I’ll set something up. Saying that, I’ll still use natural light most of the time but the flash work adds that little bit…extra.

Having the time is a key thing. At this wedding I had minimal group shots to do and that gave me OODLES of extra time to consider and take great shots of Charlotte and Joel.

When you have to set up flashes, test the lighting and so on it has to potential to suck time from the best planned days.

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Berkshire country weddings

A Farm Wedding in Buckinghamshire
Georgina & Will

Farm Wedding Photography‘I love cows’ was one of the first thing Georgina said to me over the phone when talking about her wedding. ‘My sister is painting cow table names and in the field next to the marquee all the cows will be there’.

And so they were.

Farm Wedding PhotographyGeorgina and Will said their vows at St Mary’s in the picturesque village of Leckhampstead in Buckinghamshire. This was a big farm wedding with 180 guests so as you would expect the church was packed with a few of the guests standing.

After the ceremony we went to the family farm in Akeley.

As you would expect the whole area is very good for photos, we went over to a small orchard for the shots of them both and covered the key family formals in the family garden whilst all the guests arrived across the road.

Farm Wedding PhotographySpecial mention goes to Sarah Spade, the Ukelele Lady who, along with two others provided great entertainment during the reception.

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Old Luxters Barn Wedding

Old Luxters Barn
Rachel & Joseph

Old Luxters Barn Summer WeddingThe last time (and the first time) I was at Old Luxters Barn it was in March and because it was cold and a little muddy we didn’t have the freedom to go to the vineyard or the woods across the road.

This time though things were different, here is Rachel and Joseph’s wedding.

Old Luxters Barn is an excellent venue whatever the weather, beautifully decorated and ambient inside it serves as a homely and welcoming place.

Old Luxters Barn Summer WeddingRachel and Joeseph used the cottage opposite to get ready in and everything took place here.

It was also nice to be working with Jay Archer again who was responsible for all the flowers, votives and table decor on the day. Jay is a rarity in that she sticks around for a good portion of the wedding rather than dropping off the flowers and leaving first thing. It’s good to have her onboard.

Old Luxters Barn Summer WeddingAs favors Joe brewed his own beer called ‘Hoppily Ever After’ and showed some images of the process from start to finish. It was strong stuff!

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