Duke of Cumberland Arms Wedding

Hawkley Church and the Duke of Cumberland Arms
Lauri & Will

Hawkley Church WeddingPerched on a breathtaking hillside with commanding views, the sixteenth century Duke of Cumberland Arms isn’t just any old pub. With its flagstones and fires in winter, and its long, proud history, it’s hard to think of a more enchantingly perfect venue for Lauri and Will’s wedding day.

The ceremony itself took place in the gorgeous Norman Church of St Peter and St Paul, Hawkley. It dates back to 1865, and is made from local stone. It’s what I would call ‘A right proper old church’ – Lovely to look at, lovely to be in. It’s one of those cosy churches.

Lauri walked down the aisle in the most detailed Jenny Packham dress I’ve seen to date. The brocading was gorgeous and she carried a bouquet of white, pink and purple blooms, attended by an impossibly cute gaggle of bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys, while her groom was in his morning suit.

Hawkley Church WeddingWill and the guys were at the Hawkley Arms just a stones throw from the Church. If you’d ask me what I expected to see on the wall inside the pub…..a Moose Head wouldn’t of been the first thing I’d of answered… but there it was, staring at me.

Once at the Church Will looked thoughtful and, maybe, understandably, just a little bit nervous as all grooms should be!

Mark, the Vicar won my secret award of ‘Best Vicar of 2014’ as he said ‘I could do whatever I wanted’. This makes a difference, really. If you’re reading this and are getting married in a church always sound out your Vicar about photography. Some are really restrictive….but not Mark!

After the ceremony we nailed the formal photography on the church steps. Going back to how old the church was, it had a really wide staggered half moon step going on in front of the doors. Perfect for group shots.

The rest of the day was logistically simple. The church led to their reception at the Duke of Cumberland Arms where the usual mingling took place.

Hawkley Church WeddingWe used the lovely garden there for photos and dinner followed. Lauri is an accomplished chef so there were lots of surprises there. The kids had a tipi picnic outside and there were party games inside to keep them occupied.

For the grown ups there was a carvery but prior to that, the starters were served in terracotta pots and made to look like plants. (There’s a photo of this further down), very cute indeed.

Other foodies stuff was the nibbles but of special note were the chocolate brownies Lauri had made and I’d like to say this about them:

I’m pretty confident, that when my time comes to leave this beautiful planet, I will remember those Chocolate Brownies

I kid you not.

There was also warm, homemade doughnut balls, rolled in cinnamon sugar (proper ratios of sugar and cinnamon too) which were in endless supply along with ice cream.

Today…was a good day for my belly. By the end of it I felt like I myself, had been rolled in cinnamon sugar and hit with a spoon.

Jeremy's Restaurant Wedding

Jeremys Restaurant
Laura & Andy

Jeremy's Restaurant Wedding
Laura and Andy’s wedding a Jeremys Restaurant was a particularly warm and emotional wedding, filled with hugs, laughter…. and a Spitfire.

There was so much to photograph at Laura and Andy’s wedding, I hardly knew where to begin. Jeremy’s really is a spectacular venue, combining a lively, modern feel with the backdrop of a traditional English country garden. But also, we were allowed to use the Gardens of Borde Hill right next door for photos too.

Laura wore a beautifully understated sleeveless white dress with lace for the straps and at the top of the bodice. Her Dad and new husband went for traditional suits and waistcoats.

Jeremy's Restaurant WeddingOne of the highlights was the Spitfire display.

If you’re going to get a Spitfire to fly over and around your wedding it really helps to work at Gatwick.

I knew about this surprise, it was to follow right after the formals however you know, planes, never know where they are exactly when you’re on the ground taking photos but if there ever a memorable thing from the day is was the moment Laura shouted everyones attention and told them to look up to the skies.

Just as her hand reached out and up pointing to the blue sky…the Spitfire flew over, LOUD and LOW

It flew around for over ten minutes and was really nice to see. Much more than I had envisioned it.

Jeremy's Restaurant WeddingThe vine-covered walkway at Jeremy’s was a great romantic spot for taking some shots of Laura and Andy as Mr and Mrs, and, because I was able to be there all day I also managed to get a great image of the two of them against the inky night sky.

The reception was in the adjacent Marquee with shades of blue and as Laura and Andy go lots of National Trust gardens the table names were themed around them.

Royal Geographical Society Wedding

The Royal Geographical Society and St Barts Brewery in Smithfield
Wendy & Jack

Royal Geographical Society WeddingHere, let me introduce you to Wendy and Jack. You’ll like them a lot.

This dynamic duo made their vows at the Royal Geographical Society in London this October and had their reception at St Barts Brewery in Smithfield adjacent to the market there.

Wendy chose to get ready at the Montcalm in London City before leaving by cab for the RGS

Royal Geographical Society WeddingSometimes things go wrong at a wedding. Best laid plans can go to waste and despite your sincerest efforts stuff doesn’t go according to plan.

Wendy and Jacks wedding took a slight misadventure when a huge part of London was closed off due to a (SURPRISE!) protest march. So London being London on a Saturday it took Wendy’s cab 90 minutes to do 4 miles.

I was caught up in it too and at one point was SERIOUSLY considering dumping the car and using a Boris bike. I kid you not. A wedding photographer not turning up to the ceremony? Not. Going. To. Happen.

But I got there 10 minutes before Wendy’s cab. Result.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE : 0

TWO SAT NAVS AND A SCARED PHOTOGRAPHER : 1

So we were well and truly back on track. Wendy and Jack said their vows in the beautiful Royal Geographical Society building and we used the other room for family photos and some nice shots of the couple after.

With the protest over and the route sorted we headed to St Bart’s Brewery.

Royal Geographical Society WeddingI’d not been to St Bart’s before and it’s a lovely space, wooden flooring, nice bar….good beer and I loved the upper level.

Wendy and Jack had goody bags for the guest on each table. There were masks, conkers, toy planes and some plasticine for the ‘Mould the best Wendy and Jack’ competition.

We all went over to the Smithfield Market for some photos with the groomsmen and bridesmaids and then they all settled for dinner.

Afterwards, when it was dark, myself Wendy and Jack headed back over to Smithfield Market for some more couple shots and then they returned for their first dance. The tune to which was sung by their friend and it was Crowded House’s ‘Fall at your Feet’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.