Old Kent Barn Wedding

The Old Kent Barn
Sarah & Adam

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Here is Sarah and Adam’s wedding at Barham Church and the Old Kent Barn. They chose September as their month and we struck gold with a beautiful Indian Summer day!

This was my first time at the Old Kent Barn and while I was covering the prep Laura was with the guys down the road before we all went to the church.

Old Kent Barn Wedding Photography

This was a long day for us as we were there until the end with an epic sparkler line and some cool night shots to finish the day. Even after the msuic stopped the guests were still singing in place of the DJ!

Old Kent Barn Wedding Photography

Here are some more images from their day at the Old Kent Barn:

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Iford Village Hall Weding

Iford Village Hall
Shelley & Scott

Iford Village Hall Wedding PhotographyOne thing I love to do is blog, to write up my weddings in a way that I saw them and in a way, to debrief myself of the day because so much happens. I’m a part of this 12+ hour rollercoaster of emotion that it always has a long term impact on me.

This year though I look back and realise I’ve not blogged since June. Mainly because I’ve been so busy. 2016 marks the most number of weddings I’ve shot and as I now stay later and deliver so many photos something had to take a back seat. As a result I’m now playing catchup.

So for those who follow me online, lurk in the background or whose weddings I’ve yet to shoot, apologies, but watch this space!

 

Shelley and Scott’s wedding was ace. They both live Sussex way, in Hove and with their wedding ceremony at the Brighton Bandstand it was easy enough for them to get ready just a few minutes walk away. I loved the eclectic decor of their home, HRH the queen Victoria was on show and all sorts of things that defined them were everywhere.

I rocked up to find Shelley with her makeup underway and I settled there for a bit before heading off to a nearby hotel for Scott’s prep before returning to Shelley for her final stages before walking to the Bandstand with them.

Iford Village Hall Wedding PhotographyBrighton Bandstand is a nice personable space but it does suffer if the wind is up, which was the case this time around so we used the restaurant underneath for the ceremony. It suited their numbers well and after we went for photos on the beach and used the Bandstand too.

Shelley and Scott booked a bus to take them and their guests to Iford Village Hall which is around 20 minutes away an is a typically cute village hall, in a sleepy village with a church nearby and a small row of houses. It was Idyllic, peacful and pretty all around. We didn’t see another soul there all day and I was very impressed because it seems to be the type of place everyone looks for but not somewhere everyone finds when they book their wedding.

It was beautifully decorated inside and a lot of the trinkets were from their home which made it particularly sweet. Teapots, porcelain figurines and polaroids of themselves all helped them to own the venue.

Iford Village Hall Wedding PhotographyEven though we had photos at the beach there was so much pretty it was rude not to take advantage our surroundings. So after tea we disappeared for 15 minutes to the church and the fields.

Their wedding was filled with the most important people and at around 30 guests it was intimate and cosy which was helped by the size of Iford VIllage Hall too.

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Upwaltham Barns Wedding Photography

Upwaltham Barns
Fliss & Alex

Upwaltham Barns Wedding Photography

I shot so many weddings last year I’m only really just getting around to blogging August – here is Fliss and Alex’s wedding at Upwaltham Barns.

They tied the knot near Fliss’ parents at St Andrews Church in Tangmere before heading to their reception at Upwaltham.

I was quite spoilt because we had a good two hours of reception time and as a result, were able to make full use of the grounds for photos without taking them away from their guests too much. The weather helped too and later in the evening just as the sun was low and warm in the sky we had a smaller session resulting in some really pretty and unique photos.

I stayed until the end of the night where they had a slightly dangerous sparkler send off and the day was done. Everyone had a lovely energy about them and it shows in the photos.

Here’s some more images from their day:

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Bingham Hotel Wedding Blog

The Bingham Hotel London
Bonnae & Mike

Here is Bonnae and Mike’s wedding at the Bingham Hotel in London. Overlooking the river Thames, this is a boutique Victorian townhouse and was a perfect setting for their wedding this Summer.

This was the first week of August and HOT, there was no escape from the sun but that wasn’t a bad thing as everyone was outside enjoying themselves.

Bingham Hotel Wedding

Bonnae got ready at the venue with Mike arriving later before saying their vows downstairs. This same room was turned around for dinner while we went ouside for photos and later in the evening had some photos by the river.

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Asia House Wedding Photography

Asia House & The Amadeus Centre
Clare & Sanj

Clare & Sanj at Asia House and The Amadeus
Ha, where do I begin with this one. Ok details. So here is Clare and Sanj’s wedding which took place at Asia House with their reception at the Amadeus Centre in London.

So those are the main details but here’s the real stuff. One of Clare and Sanj’s main requests from me was that they had a nice photo of each other as anything they had was taken years ago and we got plenty of them because of who they were and how much they gave me so much to shoot.

Good wedding photos are not just because of the photographer but the sum of the wedding itself. The couple, the guests, their personalities, the venue and so on.

I like to say to couples that the reality is I’m only 50% of the resulting photos. What goes on during the day, where people are emotionally, how much time I have to do everything and how I fit in with the crowd is paramount to what they’ll get at the end of the day.

Clare & Sanj at Asia House and The AmadeusEssentially I hold a mirror up to a wedding and go ‘This is what it looked like’ – I can’t tell fibs and make a wedding something it’s not. I’m fortunate in that the right couples book me and I’m given a huge amount of awesome each time.

At Clare and Sanj’s wedding it was clear I was welcomed and I had a lot of fun during prep as well as donning my seamstress hat to fix a small tear in Clare’s dress before heading off with them to Asia House where Sanj was waiting with his family greeting the guests on arrival.

I could tell Sanj was excited, as all great guys would be and because of the London traffic we had made sure we were there early. This meant there was a bit of a wait. It doesn’t help knowing the person you’re about to spend the rest of your life with is waiting downstairs!

Clare & Sanj at Asia House and The AmadeusThe ceremony went ahead, they kissed and we left for The Amadeus Centre where on arrival we took a 5 minute walk to Elnathan Mews which is one of those typically cute London back streets and had some photos there.

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A Couples Shoot by the Sea
Beth & Ben

Sussex couples shoot

Say hello to Beth and Ben whose wedding I’m shooting in around a months time at Cripps Barn in the Cotswolds.

They both live in Brighton though so we had a couples shoot there, under the pier, along the beach and at an orchard up the road.

Sussex couples shoot

I enjoy the exclusivity I get with a couple during a shoot. At a wedding you have a lot of distractions but when it’s just the three of us you can really focus on the couple and they can focus on each other!

Here’s some more images from their shoot!

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Old Finsbury Town Hall Wedding

Old Finsbury Town Hall
Dina & Laurence

I cover a lot of winter weddings with the cold and early dusk being perfectly suited to urban and city ones.

I’ve a particular soft spot for Old Finsbury Town Hall and was there for Dina and Laurence’s wedding a few days after Christmas.

I started with the boys at Laurence’s grandmothers before heading over to Dina’s parents.

The whole day was here with their Jewish ceremony involving all the family and when the ceremony reached the end they each had their own Chuppah glass to break.

We had confetti outside as well as family photos on the steps before going for a wander locally for photos. It was cold but the light was good, winter is often a really nice time to shoot in and it forces you to think outside the box.

Dancing and dinner followed and I stayed until the end of the night. It was nice later in the evening to have some more photos on the stairs, they’re so pretty at night.

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Winkworth Farm Wedding Photography

Winkworth Farm
Amy & Karl

Winkworth Farm Wedding
Welcome to Amy and Karl’s wedding at Winkworth Farm in Malmesbury.

I love this part of the country. Often I’m caught up in home counties but I do have a soft spot for heading further west and like to do so whenever I can.

Amy got ready at the family home just a few minutes away from All Saints Church in Garsdon. It’s in the middle of the countryside with fields all around and Amy’s father and Karl renewed the driveway leading up to the church especially for the wedding. It really made it stand out, like a new church!

Special mention also has to go to the vicars who held the ceremony who were quite frankly, amazing.

Ordinarily churches have rules regarding photography and I’m limited in what I can do, where I can be and what I can shoot. In some cases I’m not even allowed to shoot the ceremony itself and if I can it’s often only from the back of the church making it difficult to get a decent aspect.

In this case though, you know you’re on good ground when the vicar is walking around with a selfie stick taking their own photos. That’s material for me. both myself and for Ben from Foster Films. We didn’t expect to see something like that in our lifetime based on our past wedding experiences!

Winkworth Farm WeddingAmy and Karl’s wedding was at the end of May and looking at the weather outside right now (I’m typing this in June) anyone getting married in late April and May made a smart move! The weather was a bit hit and miss but…… changeable is good for photos most of the time!

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Hackney Round Chapel London Wedding

The Hackney Round Chapel
Becky & Andy

Hackney Round Chapel WeddingHere is Becky and Andy who were married at the Hackney Round Chapel.

I consider myself very lucky with Becky and Andy’s wedding, everything was turned up to 11 with there being so much to shoot, so much personality and pretty!

Hackney Round Chapel WeddingBecky was getting ready at their home in New Cross before I left to catch up with Andy at the Round Chapel.

Inside the chapel there’s a huge amount of space, you can fit hundreds in there and wherever I looked there was neat touches, paper cranes, flowers and lots of fairy lights, which for a photographer gives me a lot to play with as well as a huge amount of daylight that streams in through the windows too.

Becky arrived by Black cab before walking down the aisle to a patient Andy. The readings were very emotional bringing tears all round and there was a lot of love in the room between everyone.

After the ceremony we did the usual family and couple photos before heading to The Windsor Castle pub across the road for drinks and time out to allow the caterers to turn the space around for dinner and the evening do.

Hackney Round Chapel WeddingBefore the first dance Becky got changed into another outfit and burst back into the room, dancing with Andy straight away so the guests were caught off guard,  surprise and a great big dose of energy was there from the start which carried right on through until close.

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Stoke by Nayland
Ayasha & Matt

Stoke by Nayland Wedding

One of the nicest things about doing ‘what I do’ is that every day is different with no two weddings being the same. Ayasha and Matt’s wedding was like this, but turned up to 11.

Their wedding was at Stoke by Nayland Club in Essex and was a two day affair which involved a Mehndi ceremony at the lodges which preceeded their wedding at the main clubhouse.

Stoke by Nayland Wedding

This outgoing bunch were the collest to shoot for, they enbraced their wedding and enjoyed every minute of the day. Matt had the best sense of humor and got completely plastered in Turmeric during the Mehndi ceremony. There were fears at one point he would have a very yellow face the following day!

Fortunately this wasn’t the case and we had a bright and early start on the Saturday for their civil ceremony and their Muslim ceremony shortly afterwards.

Throughout the day it was really lovely to be there among their guests and nothing was too much trouble, we used the grounds and the lake for photos and after, settled down for dinner.

Stoke by Nayland Wedding

Matt is also a photographer and works very hard for charity. As a result, Ayasha planned to have his moustache shaved for the highest bidding table (something Matt was unaware of). She seemed to enjoy the process no end and it was one of the highlights of the day. One I won’t forget either!

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