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.

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.

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)!

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.

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!

Cripps Barn Wedding Photography

St Peter’s Church Cirencester & Cripps Barn
Karina & Joe

Cripps Barn Wedding

Karina and Joe’s wedding at Cripps Barn in September was just a lovely wedding to shoot.

I had everything I needed, they both got ready next door to each other so I could cover everyone equall, inside the church the vicar was super cool and I had absolute free reign to go anywhere (and that means a lot), their reception was at Cripps Barn and it’s just gorgeous there and the dancefloor was packed all night.

What’s not to love?

What I will add is that all this meant nothing without these two and the way they were. I felt totally and utterly connected to this wedding as if I’d known them for years and I felt as equally wrapped up in the wedding as the guests were.

Sure, I connect with every couple, it’s almost as important to have that ability as it is to take photos. But every now and again you get something more out of the day and even now, looking back, I’m still romancing this particular wedding.

I just can’t explain it.

We had a lot of opportunities for photos as the weather was just so nice but it’s to be expected of September and in the evening the full moon was out for us too.

Tipi Weddings

A Tipi Wedding on the Family Farm
Liz & Mark

Tipi Wedding in Lancashire

Casting my mind back to May one of the biggest weddings of the year was Liz and Mark’s. They live in Lancashire, and had their wedding at St James’ Church in Brindle with their reception in a Tipi on the family farm down the road.

I started at the farm with Liz and family getting ready, I took in the views across the country and spent some time initially with the details before heading off to Mark and the boys at their home 5 minutes away.

It was here that I met Ralph, their Welshie and as a dog lover I was a bit smitten, he even has his own Instagram page: Ralph the Welshie.

I spent some time here before going back to the farm, and then on to the church. Chorley Church is gorgeous inside, it has the biggest stained glass windows. It’s as if one side on the church is made up entirely of glass! Liz walked in with her dad and with Ralph watching they said their I-do’s before heading to the Tipi through a wall of confetti!

Once at the Tipi there was lots to enjoy and check out with Liz and Mark having their very own Honeymoon tent! During the reception we had some photos around the farm.

One minute we were in a field of buttercups (where we were visited by a chicken or two), the next, the sweeping views across the gorgeous Lancashire landscape.speeches were read with food served shortly thereafter.

The Barbican Centre
Sarah & Ian

The Barbican had been on my radar for a while leading up to Sarah and Ian’s wedding. The post apocalyptic 80’s system built structure really floats my boat and sparks off memories of the old films they used to show at 6pm on BBC2.

They got married in the first week of February so the inside added a strong contrast to the cold and grey atmosphere outside. We were in a slightly surreal setting and such a beautiful one at that.

As a result of Sarah and Ian meeting on a bus they made up a replica front end as a backdrop for the ceremony and it looked really cute there. After a few readings the reception kicked off, photos and dinner followed.

We used most of the Barbican for photos and in the evening used the theatre area too. It was a different place at night!

 

It was an experience being somewhere like this. It’s such an unusual venue and I’m looking forward to going back!

The Banking Hall Wedding London

The Banking Hall London
Polly & Ben

It goes without saying that if I shoot a wedding on New Years Eve I’ll certainly be seeing in the new year with everyone there. What better place to do so that at someones wedding, (there’s usually a lot of free cheese around too).

This was the case last NYE when I was covering Polly and Ben’s wedding at the Banking Hall in London.

The venue is pretty much opposite the Royal Exchange in Cornhill so you couldn’t get any more London if you tried to.

It was black ties all round for their wedding and a lovely to experience to be a part of. Polly arrived with her family via London routemaster while Ben was waiting at the end of the marble aisle for her.

The venue is such that the walk to Ben was a long one and this started from the top of the staircase. The music played Polly in and they tied the knot a little past 4pm.

Straight after we had a big group shot on the stairs and some confetti outside before the usual photos and mingling took place.

Their band sang the night away as Polly and Ben danced together before the dj took over and saw the New Year in with a large number of confetti cannons fired from the DJ box when the clock struck midnight.

It was a lovely wedding and something that little bit more special because we saw in the new year with them.

Brompton Oratory Wedding London

Brompton Oratory and Ognisko Restaurant
Magda & Clarence

If you’ve never been to the Brompton Oratory in London you really should go. It’s beautiful. A church that is simply stunning, huge and open to the public pretty much any time.

This was the stage for Magda and Clarence’s wedding ceremony who in October said their I-do’s before heading off on foot with their family and guests to the Ognisko restaurant for the rest of their day.

I started with Clarence in Canary Wharf, he’s an avid cyclist and has several bikes of which he’s very proud. My wife Laura was with Magda getting ready and we followed them to the Oratory.

Truth be told, this is Laura’s couple. We’re both independant full time wedding photographers and as a result we rarely work together but when we do it’s amazng. (You can see her work here: www.lauraellenphotography.co.uk)

So all the pre wedding shots of Magda are Laura’s with the rest being mine. If you’d like to see more, head over to Laura’s site!

October is such a lovely time to get married, the temperatures and the light are pretty much perfect. It attracts more laid back couples and it’s a really colourful time of year.

Where Ognisko is situated was really convenient and we used the Mews nearby, there’s also a park which is directly accessed from the back of the restaurant as well as a nice mix of urban colour locally as well.