Brighton Bandstand Wedding

Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding
Hazel & James’s Roaring 20’s Wedding in Brighton

1920s-brighton-wedding-24Here is Hazel and James who were married in Brighton.

They had a Great Gatsby inspired wedding with multiple locations (in fact a record number of locations for me this year).

Bridal prep was in the Penthouse suite of Hotel Du Vin, complete with pinball table (on freeplay woot)!. All of the fascinators worn by the bridesmaids and Hazel were made by Hazel herself. The flowers were put together by the bridesmaids too.

Hazel and James tied the knot at destination number two which was St Mary Magdalene’s church in Upper North Street Brighton. A lovely, well lit church which was great for photos.

1920s-brighton-wedding-17From there we all walked to the Brighton Bandstand stopping briefly at a beautiful Art Deco doorway for a quick snap of them together (further down).

At the bandstand there was a drinks reception and photos before myself and the couple went in the wedding car to Brighton Royal Pavilion for photos in and around the grounds before some final shots in a nearby pub.

Havana Restaurant and Bar was our final port of call for the day where the party really kicked off.
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Once at Havana there was dinner, speeches and in the upper mezzanine level a mobile casino was arranged for them before all the girls danced a 20’s routine and Hazel and James had their first dance.

Their day was a unique and creative one with lots of thought and detail put into it. Even James’s suit was an exact replica of the worn in the film Great Gatsby.

Skibo Castle

Skibo Castle Weddings

Skibo Castle Wedding

Skibo Castle

There are many venues I’d love to shoot at, one of which is Skibo Castle. This fantastic and exclusive wedding venue can be found to the west of Dornoch in the Highland county of Sutherland, Scotland overlooking the Dornoch Firth. It is operated as The Carnegie Club, a members-only residential club, offering members and their guests accommodation in both the castle and estate lodges, and hosts a number of weddings per year.

Skibo Castle 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.

 

Kingscote Barn Wedding

Kingscote Barn
Sarah & Adam

Kingscote Barn WeddingAnd so I’ve arrived at Kingscote Barn.

Kingscote has been on my wedding venue wannabe hit list for some time now. A change of scenery for me and somewhere new to get creative. I’ve known Adam since we met at a catwalk show some years ago and we caught up again on a mini engagement shoot a few weeks before the wedding day.

Adam is an accomplished photographer himself so it was quite flattering, albeit slightly daunting to shoot for someone else in the same profession….I don’t know why, I guess it just is!

Kingscote Barn WeddingThe decorations, table layouts, flowers and food on the day were quite honestly some of the best I’ve ever experienced. I’ve really not seen much better, not in combination like this.

THIS was the place to be on Sunday the 22nd of September this year and if you weren’t here, I feel for you, really, I do.

A successful wedding isn’t just made up out of a great venue and supporting staff. It’s primarily about the people attending. (Although special mention goes to LA Wedding and Event Styling , Strawberry Field catering and Sorori Design Florist for being just cracking to work with… if you’re reading this, you guys were so nice to me, thank you. It’s really nice when people consider me).

Kingscote Barn WeddingThis was a wedding full of actors, performers, singers and sheep. So everything was in place for a kicking wedding, which it was. Make no mistake about it THIS was the place to be on Sunday the 22nd of September this year and if you weren’t here, I feel for you, really, I do.

Old Finsbury Town Hall Wedding

Old Finsbury Town Hall London
Rachel & Zach

Old Finsbury Town Hall
Years ago when I first started shooting weddings I found that each time I rolled up to a venue I had a twinge in the belly and a case of the butterflies.This was because I knew that if there’s one thing I couldn’t do…I can’t mess around with someones wedding or screw up…like, ever.

This is one of the most important days in someones life, the beginning of their journey and they’ve entrusted you to shoot it. That knowledge can run through you like a blade and boy does it keep you on your toes.

As the years rolled by it went away….until Rachel and Zachs wedding in December. You see, it was our first Jewish Wedding so I had to treat it like my first time all over again.

Sure I have more experience and confidence now and I can easily reassure myself in the knowledge that in general, everyone is going to be looking where you should be shooting. But still, a lot of things were new to me that had to be observed and recorded. Not just snapped but also in a way that conveys the journey two souls have made together up until this point and to reflect the feelings and emotions of the family too.

Old Finsbury Town HallOur day started at the Rookery hotel in Cowcross Street, London. I covered Rachel’s prep and Laura was at the Old Finsbury Town Hall (The Urdang Academy) awaiting Zach’s arrival and checking out points of interest for photos later in the day.

The order of things were different in that the formal photos were pre ceremony and in advance of the other guests arriving. Honestly, I’d do it this way at every wedding if I could do, it worked so well!

Then there was the Bedeken. This is a small ceremony in which the Groom checks the bride (to make sure it’s her) but only after signing and talking about the Ketubah. The Ketubah is a special type of prenuptial agreement and is considered an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation to the bride.

After the Bedeken the main ceremony started upstairs. I did a lot of research about this and was expecting Zach to be walked down the aisle by both fathers and Rachel by both mothers but this wasn’t the case.

I’ve realised that as with all weddings, each one can have slight variations to the proceedings.

Old Finsbury Town HallThe ceremony was beautiful, the prayers and the singing were enchanting leading up to the end with the braking of the glass and cries of ‘Mazeltov!’

From this point it all went crazy and everyone ran in to meet and congratulate them. It was an immense thing to be a part of.

After this the couple were danced downstairs to a private room for something to eat together alone, I took some more post ceremony photos and after a short reception everyone hit the dance floor for Simcha (Jewish dancing) before dinner.

Duke of Cumberland Arms Wedding

St Margarets Church Fernhurst and The Duke of Cumberland Arms Henley
Mimi & Joe

Duke of Cumberland Arms WeddingAck, well what can I say… last year I shot a lot of weddings and one of my favourites was Mimi and Joe’s.

They tied the knot in St Margaret’s Church (Fernhurst, West Sussex) last July with their reception being at the beautiful Duke of Cumberland Arms which is a beautiful 15th Century pub just down the road.

The lovely thing with the Duke of Cumberland is the views and the food. Joe has known the Head Chef Simon Goodman for many years so knew the food was going to be amazing (and it was). Each of the 65 guests could choose their starter and main which was then followed by an Assiette of Summer Desserts.

Duke of Cumberland Arms WeddingMimi wanted the Wedding to be romantic, but simple and elegant with beautiful flowers, alongside  beautiful scented Jo Malone candles and large vases…….pale apricots, creams and pink avalanche roses were on the tabletops and beautiful glass candlesticks with tall candles lighting up the dining marquees. You could smell the delicate scent of the candles everywhere and one guest commented… ‘it smells like Mimi’s home here’ – Mission Acomplished!

These days I’m haunting Pinterest, I love it there and now when I take bookings I’ll always ask if the couple are on Pinterest as it’s good to see their pins. It’s also great to get a feel for their wedding and the inspiration behind it.

Pictures can convey so much more that words and Mimi was great in having an active wedding board I could lend ideas from.

Mimi and Joe didn’t have any Bridesmaids as such but instead their daughter Evie and niece, Holly, 6 were flower girls, and wore beautiful silk chiffon dresses from Ilovegorgeous, which had a dusky pink satin ribbon tie and hand embroidered roses.
They had four pageboys – their son, Harry and their nephews, Tom, Charlie and Zak. They wore Ralph Lauren chino’s and white linen shirts and tank tops from Little Linens and little white converse!

Duke of Cumberland Arms WeddingI asked Mimi about her flowers and she said ‘The Flowers were from The Floral Emporium at Secrets, Milford. The flowers had a ‘hand -picked’ vintage and country feel about them, soft and pastel colours, and Karen and Vicky were absolutely incredible filling hundred of vases for me as well as doing large displays and made my amazing day beautiful and full of love!’

Other bits and pieces… Mimi got ready at the Spread Eagle Hotel, her dress was made by her Mother based on the combination of a few Philippa Lepley designs, the Band was the Alex and Phil Extravaganza, the cake was made by Joe based on a Peggy Porschen Cake which Kate Moss had at her Wedding – (a pyramid of 5 cakes) and I ran a photo booth in the evening!

Nonsuch Mansion KD Wedding

Nonsuch Mansion
Kat & Dan

Nonsuch Mansion London WeddingSummer seems like months ago and as things are now (a little) quieter I can catch up with the blogging.

Here’s Kat and Dan’s late July wedding at Nonsuch Mansion. I started off at their home in Earlsfield where Steph from Beauty Call was there to start off the makeup before finishing it at Nonsuch itself.  I wasn’t there for long before shooting off to the venue.

Nonsuch Mansion London WeddingOnce at the venue I nabbed the other details, jewellery, the grounds and the dress. (Which was from ‘All that Glitters’ in Wimbledon) and her shoes were from Dune.

Dan’s three piece was from Reiss and their flowers were supplied by Jay Archer who lately tends to be a complete blur whenever I see her, she works so hard. The table decorations were amazing and filled the room.

Nonsuch Mansion London WeddingMyself, I brought some balloons and a Triceratops. A Triceratops whose rampage could of been stopped had they of just thrown the bouquet at it. But who knew right?

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Nonsuch Mansion and the Holy Ghost Church Balham
Brigid & Geoff

Nonsuch and Holy Ghost Balham WeddingHi all! Here is Brigid and Geoff’s wedding from August.

They had their ceremony at the Holy Ghost Church in Balham, London with their reception at Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam. Brigid is a school teacher and with her sisters being bridesmaids I was certainly kept on my toes throughout the day! This certainly helped during the formals too (especially with the group shot).

In the morning I started with the guys in Loughborough Park before heading to the girls in Balham.

Nonsuch and Holy Ghost Balham WeddingThis was my first time at the Holy Ghost Church. It’s an impressive modern Catholic church with a lot of space to move around in for photos. After the ceremony we headed to Nonsuch Park on the vintage Routemaster bus where the days events unfolded. I noticed when there that all of Brigid’s class had written messages to her and these were dotted around everywhere.

It doesn’t matter how experienced someone is, when someone lifts you up like that and has confidence in you, you’ll do a better job.

Special mention must go to both of them for the confidence and trust which they openly showed me. It doesn’t matter how experienced someone is, when someone lifts you up like that and has confidence in you, you’ll do a better job. So thanks to you both if you’re reading this.

Nonsuch and Holy Ghost Balham WeddingHere are some more images from the day…

Ashdown Park Wedding Photography

Ashdown Park Wedding
Hannah & Ben

Ashdown Park Wedding
Today’s blog is about Hannah and Ben’s Summer wedding at Ashdown Park.

Their wedding fell on one of the hottest days of the year with everything taking place at the Hotel. The guys and girls got ready at different ends of the hotel with the ceremony taking place in the Summer House overlooking the lake and Ashdown Forest. The wedding breakfast and evening reception took place in the Richard Towneley suite (which is in the converted chapel).

Of note, Hannah’s grandmother made the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses from scratch. In all my years of doing weddings this is a first and it was the most stunning vintage dress too with wonderful detailing throughout.

Ashdown Park WeddingWhilst the makeup and hair was in full force in the girls room the guys were in the  opposing wing, in their dressing gowns biding their time. As with all prep shots I concentrated of the details and general bustle whilst also escaping and exploring the grounds for what I call ‘copy shots’. These are essentially the outdoor details, shots of the surroundings and such as often I don’t get the time during the rest of the day to do so.

After the ceremony at the Summer House there was a reception outside in the sun where everyone mingled before I went with the couple for shots amongst the grounds. There were so many nice places to go to it’s going to take me several weddings there before I’ve used all the great spots but one of my favourite place was behind the Chapel and the opposing courtyard. Lovely.

Ashdown Park WeddingAshdown Park is a very grand venue. The Summer House is an amazing place for an outdoor wedding because everything is in bloom and sets everywhere up with the most stunning backdrop. The large converted chapel complete with stained glass windows and the vaulted ceiling makes for a spacious and dramatic reception area.

fitzleroir Barn Wedding Photography

Fitzleroi Barn
Emily and Mark’s vintage wedding

Fitzleroi Barn WeddingThis was a wedding with vintage touches throughout. Emily and Mark chose to have their wedding ceremony at Arundel Town Hall in the Atherley Chamber with a reception afterwards on the roof terrace.

The Atherley room is always full of light and excellent for photography and the roof terrace is always a wonderful space to work in with stunning views of Arundel Castle and the fields rolling away in the other direction.

After the reception we all went to Fitzleroi Barn in Pulborough.

Fitzleroi Barn WeddingFitzleroi Barn is a lovely venue. It’s totally self contained and away from passing traffic. Weddings held here won’t be disturbed by anyone. The courtyard is an ideal size and was perfect for Emily and Mark’s guests. Everyone had space but were within easy reach.

During this time we made use of the gardens within to cover formal photos but for Emily and Mark we went a little further towards the round bales of hay set amongst the rolling Sussex downs.

At dinner each table had a roast and one member was given carving duty (complete with chefs hat and apron). Then there were speeches, the photo booth and lots of dancing.

Fitzleroi Barn WeddingThere were many lovely touches during the day, the flowers were amazing, the centrepieces in Fitzleroi Barn were potted plants such as Lavender and Sage which also acted as table names. There was also LOTS of bunting everywhere. It was really well put together and a lovely wedding to attend.

Buxted Park Wedding T-Rex

Buxted Park
Kimberley & Michael

buxted-park-t-rex-wedding-51Before I tell you about Kimberley and Michaels’ wedding at Buxted Park I’m going to use this opportunity to let you know that in the last 6 weeks we’ve had a MASSIVE site rebuild and upgrade.

We’ve moved from the .co.uk address to the more global .com, the site has now quadrupled in size (600mb to 2.4gb), it’s responsive and has been built from the ground up. We wanted the site to be more user friendly, informative and best of all have a bigger capacity for photos…we’re now on a dedicated server too so you can have the smoothest user experience possible.

We really like it and hope you do too!

So here is Kimberley and Michaels wedding. They were married at the Church of St Pancras in Kingston near Lewes with their wedding reception and evening festivities at the Buxted Park Hotel in Uckfield.

We did really well with the weather all day long and Kimberley brought her horse, Zambia too.

kimberley-and-michael-523-of-840It always seems an easy thing to do….in my head…photographing a bride, groom and horse but it’s never as easy as you think it will be. I found myself shooting on the fly and improvising as I went. With great results.

Then there was the T-Rex.

Now I’m always happy to take requests from couples and the Dinosaur Photobomb is very in at the moment so I jumped at the opportunity.

It helps to have a large number of the bridal party eager and ready to run for their lives (screaming) towards the camera too!

The actual T-Rex ‘meld’ took 6 hours to do. The top image right now is version 4.

I like being kicked out of my comfort zone with requests…as long as they aren’t spot colour shots or faces in wine glasses.

buxted-park-t-rex-wedding-63The Dinosaur Photobomb did give the unexpected benefit of teaching me more abilities in Photoshop which I can now carry on to other weddings (Brush jitters / Scattering / brush dynamics etc).

This was an awesome day, with amazingly cool people. Everyone was a star to be around…the first person on the dancefloor was Grandad (who’s 89), Michaels impression of a Monkey was something worth seeing on repeat, the wedding raffle, the Marryoke and there were some crazy guests running around the Orangery in pink wigs and red indian feathers from the photobooth. It was a fast paced action packed day!