Pennyhill Park Wedding Photography

Pennyhill Park Hotel
Eva & Ollie

Eva & Ollie

In August I was at Pennyhill Park to shoot Eva and Ollie’s wedding. It was my first time there and it’s a picturesque, sprawling hotel with some beautiful gardens, ornate features everywhere and is a perfect all in one location for a wedding.

I was lucky enough to have Ollie nearby for photos. It’s always good to get both sides of prep, even though with the guys there is less to shoot (the rings, buttonholes, pants, hairy legs etc…. as I sometimes feel the boys can be left behind. It’s their story too.

Eva & Ollie
On the brides side, Eva’s prep was a light and happy one, at least until ‘Hairspraygate’ (below)  where super strong hairspray was used to fix the makeup. Which is the wrong sort apparently!

I was there early enough to see the rehearsal too as we had a decent number of flower girls, ushers, bridesmaids and Pennyhill Park has a long walk down to the gazebo.
Eva & Ollie

After the ceremony we had a nice long period of time for the reception. It allowed me plenty of time to get all the shots I could possibly need as well as some cool portraits with the bridal party as well as making good use of the gardens. It was important for Eva and Ollie too as for the last few years they had both been living and working in Australia as doctors which kept them away from family and friends.

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St Enodoc Church Wedding Photography

St Enodoc Church, Daymer Bay and a Yurt
Dominique & Phil

St Enodoc Church Wedding

Certain parts of the UK have a special hold on my heart and Cornwall is one such place.

When my age could be counted in single digits Cornwall was a source of family holidays, tricking the Space Invaders machine to accept 2p’s at holiday camps in Camelford, pretending to be a rock climber in Tintagel and discovering jellyfish on Polzeath beach are moments that still hold a certain magic and nostalgia for me.

St Enodoc Church WeddingYet, despite this I’ve not been back to Cornwall since, at least not until Domi and Phil booked me for their wedding at St Enodoc Church in Trebetherick. From that moment I had been counting down the day to my return….

Their wedding started unusually with the boys surfing at Polzeath beach while Dominique got ready at her parents in Rock.

St Enodoc church is honestly the most beautifully located church I’ve ever shot at. The view of St Enodoc aligns perfectly with the Jurassic Cornish coastline that leads to Daymer Bay.

St Enodoc Church WeddingAfter the ceremony we headed back to Domi’s parents for a reception in a Yurt where the September sun kept us warm. The speeches took place outside followed by a Conga to the beach.

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Oakley Hall Hotel Wedding Photography

Oakley Hall Hotel
Kimberley & James

Oakley Hall Hotel Wedding
Sometimes I get the chance to shoot for friends and I’ve known Kimberley and James from the very start of my career as a photographer. It made the day all the more special to me to be shooting for them.

I’d never been to Oakley Hall Hotel before but it has some tricks up it’s sleeve photographically. The cottage at the end of the lawn is very reminiscent of the house from the movie ‘Up!’ and the whole venue is surrounded by corn fields which at this time of year proved to be a great backdrop for the couple shots.

Oakley Hall Hotel Wedding

As Kimberley and James were getting ready in the same place I could float between them to cover both sides of their story, the reception was adorned with the biggest floral decor I’ve yet seen at a wedding and it was beautifully laid out.

In the evening ‘The Deloreans’ knocked our socks off and as I now stay later into the evening where I can there was some serious moves and interpretive dance on the floor right until midnight. If you are looking for a wedding band they were one of the best I’ve seen this year. So much energy! See more of their stuff here

Oakley Hall Hotel Wedding

The dancefloor was never empty and it kept rocking all the way through until the end. It was such an epic day!

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The Gallivant
Daisy & Chris

Here in the UK I don’t get many seaside weddings, which is a shame as I really enjoy the different landscapes. I love my countryside but a seaside location and a sandy beach is something I’d like to do more of.

Daisy and Chris got married at the Gallivant on Camber Sands. The venue is directly opposite the sprawling beach of Camber and is a beautiful area for photos.

Daisy got ready in the accommodation on site and everything took place there. The seaside feel was present throughout the day and their dinner was in the adjoining marquee.

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Somerset Wedding Photography

A Stunning West Country Wedding at Standerwick Court
Sophie & Lewis

Country House Wedding Somerset

As each year goes by I’m still surprised by just how much I can achieve in one wedding day. At Sophie and Lewis’ wedding we were spoilt for choice as far as locations go with Standerwick Court being his parents home.

So that’s 10 bedrooms and 70+ acres with exclusive use to be creative in. One room had a Spitfire battle painted on all four walls….Painted on the walls. How cool is that?

Beckington church, where Lewis waited for Sophie to arrive was typically west country cute as well.

Country House Wedding Somerset

After the emotional ceremony they headed back to Standerwick Court in Lewis’ surprise transport of a horse and carriage, we stopped for photos, I was stung by nettles and my second Greg was with the rest of the guests being awesome.

A sweet marquee housed the reception dinner and after the final speech we partied hard until late with a few stops for shots at the folly and later, the outhouses where the moon popped out to greet us.
Country House Wedding Somerset

There was so much to say about their wedding that it would take away from the photos so I’ll stop, but leave you with this….

A great location and venue is brilliant but the right couple, friends and family are what made this wedding. These guys were out to party and they all did in their own way.

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A Couples shoot in Basingstoke

A Couple Shoot in Basingstoke
Cecilia and Tom

Engagement shoots in Basingstoke

In a garden I could only dream of owning, under the threat of rain and a strong east wind the photo gods shone down on Cecilia and Tom yesterday.

Since early morning it had been cloud, overcast and well, a bit poo until 5pm , then we were given this….

Engagement shoots in Basingstoke
Someone was looking out for us because as I’m typing this blog it’s quite predictably throwing it down out there. My dog Harvey is fed up that he can’t go out and chase cats (who let’s face it have more sense than to be waiting for him) but the upside is it gives me a chance to write up some of my work on the blog.

That’s May though, and I wouldn’t want it any differently. It’s my favourite month of the year. Everything comes to life! After the sun comes the rain, after the rain comes the sun…and so on it goes.
Engagement shoots in Basingstoke

Cecilia and Tom are blessed with a huge garden and everywhere was a canvas for great photos. I like to split up my couple shoots into two locations where possible. The intimacy of a tight frame is beautiful, but I like to venture outside where we can be swallowed up by the landscape too.

The no drama / drama thing makes for a good contrast in the images.

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Pangdean Barn Wedding Photography

Pyecombe Village Church and Pangdean Barn
Charlotte and Nick

Pangdean Barn WeddingOne of the biggest plus points of my job is being able to make friends with the couples I shoot. It doesn’t happen 100% of the time but a wedding becomes more personal when it does. It’s exciting to meet ‘your couple’ for the first time and a bit of a buzz when you ring their doorbell or see them across a noisy coffee shop.

You know you’re about to go on a journey with someone, you have no idea where it’s going to take you or what it’s going to be like…but you’ve a good idea already that it’ll be a blast and a time you’ll hold dear.
Here is Charlotte and Nick, they live in Haywards Heath but the wedding was at Pyecombe Village Church, Sussex and their reception was close by at Pangdean Barn.

Pangdean Barn WeddingNick got ready at home while Charlotte was at the family home near the church. Because of the close proximity to everything they walked to the church with the guys meeting up at the Plough at the bottom of church lane.

My wife, soulmate and second photographer Laura was with the guys, Pete (the videographer) and I was with the girls and we followed them on to the ceremony.

Pangdean Barn WeddingPyecombe church is pretty special inside, well lit and cosy. A cute church and one which matched Charlotte and Nick. It was personal.

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Surrey Couples Shoot

20 perfectly good reasons to have a couples shoot

Couples Shoot in BasingstokeGorgeous huh?

Above is one perfectly good reason to have a couples shoot (and below are the other 19). I used to call them pre-wedding, engagement, beloved or whatever shoots but in reality they all suggest being wedding orientated. Screw that. A bit like how valentines day shouldn’t be the only time you show affection to each other or how Christmas is the only time you see family.

Couples Shoot in BasingstokeA couples shoot is a wonderful way of getting closer together, to zone out, put your phones away and enjoy each others company.

With Kimberley and James above it was a sunny day, we strong-armed ourselves into a couple of fields for photos. Admittedly, the height of the rape-seed was deceiving from the road and I had my comedy moments pushing through it (imagine a dog jumping through long grass…that was me).

Couples Shoot in BasingstokeKimberley needed help getting into field two (there was some nettles) so James and I pretty much launched her over, she screamed, we laughed and the shoot continued.

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Village Hall Wedding Photography

Giving Keston Village Hall a run for its money
Gemma & Chris

Keston Village Hall WeddingTodays show and tell is from Gemma and Chris’s mid April wedding in Keston. The day started with Gemma at the family home and once ready, we all walked down the road together to Herberts restaurant for the ceremony. This was a small and personal affair followed by lunch and a trip back to the house. This day was far from over though as 2 miles away there was a village hall ready and waiting for a massive party to take place!

Keston Village Hall WeddingAt around 6pm everyone started to arrive at Keston Village Hall and soon it was packed out. A stage was used for speeches, there was dinner for everyone and the floor filled with dancing. As the hours ticked by there was stage diving, can canning, an attempt at a conga and one person fell down like a sack of spuds mid spin…which are all the signs of a really good night!

 

Keston Village Hall WeddingI totally loved the relaxed vibe a wedding like this brought. Due in part to Gemma and Chris themselves and all the lovely folks they have as friends. They really made the wedding what it was.

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Upwaltham Barns Wedding at Sunset

Upwaltham Barns
Isobel and Jonny

Upwaltham Barns WeddingHere are some shots from Isobel and Jonny’s wedding at Upwaltham Barns this April. They were married on a Monday which is uncommon, but their first date was on the 20th, Jonny proposed on the 20th of April and so it followed that the wedding date needed to be the same too!

Upwaltham Barns Wedding

They both got ready with family at Flintstone Cottages (nearby in Aldingbourne)  and this served as a perfect starting point for the day.

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