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Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

Rosaria and Ben’s Lillibrooke Manor wedding took place on an extremely hot day in July, but that didn’t stop the day being full of love, laughter and some fantastic dancing!

I first met bride Rosaria at the Lillibrooke Manor wedding fair earlier in the year and we right away got on well. I then visited them at their home the following week and met her fiancé Ben (and cat Gigi!) and a few days later when they made contact and confirmed they wanted me to photograph their Lillibrooke Manor wedding I was thrilled!

Lillibrooke Manor is such a wonderful wedding venue with a great vibe, lovely staff and fantastic areas for photos I couldn’t wait to work there again.

The morning of the wedding started with a beautiful sky and it was lovely and cool as I made my way to Rosaria’s parents’ house where she was getting ready. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and Rosaria presented her bridesmaids with some gifts in the garden. Soon it was time for Rosaria to get into her dress and a super cute moment came when her flower girl saw the bride in her dress for the first time. It was like she saw a princess!

My second photographer Joel spend some time in the morning with groom Ben getting ready. We then met at the church and chatted to the vicar ahead of the ceremony.

Rosaria beamed as she made her way down the aisle on the arm of her very proud dad. The ceremony was full of smiles and love and some lovely readings.

Back outside in the sunshine it was time for confetti which I always love, then friends and family gathered around to congratulate the happy couple. The newlyweds would be travelling from the church to Lillibrooke Manor just the two of them in their own convertible mini. I knew it was important to the couple to have photos of them arriving up the beautiful tree lined drive at Lillibrooke Manor, so at this point I shot ahead to get into position. This worked really well and I was in place ready to capture that moment of them driving up together ready to celebrate their Lillibrooke Manor wedding.

After we did some group family photos it was time to take the bride and groom away into the lovely surroundings of Lillibrooke Manor. By now the sun was very hot so it was important I kept them in the shade as much as possible. I got some great photos but as the sun was so high in the sky and they were starting to get very warm I suggested we would also come out a little later in the evening when it was cooler to do some more photos.

Now it was time for me to pop into the great barn to take pictures of all the wonderful details before the wedding breakfast started. I feel it is very important to capture all the details no matter how small, as often these little things are what gets forgotten on a wedding day.

The speeches came after the starter and they did not disappoint! Rosaria’s family originate from Italy and she had a lot of Italian family in attendance. I was extremely impressed that when groom Ben made his speech he added some Italian to be able to include Rosaria’s travelling family. One part I loved was Rosaria making a speech, I just love it when a bride makes her own speech!

After the wedding breakfast it was so much cooler so I took 5 minutes outside with the bride and groom for a few more pictures of them together. I wanted to include their wedding balloons but the wind made it a bit tricky. Fortunately I got a shot in when the balloon’s weren’t horizontal!

Soon it was time for the first dance and I had earlier in the day been informed Rosaria’s Mum and auntie would be letting off confetti cannons as they danced. The great barn looked fantastic with the festoon lighting already, but adding in the confetti shooting into the air it was spectacular!

After the first dance the DJ played some Italian music and dancefloor filled up quicker than I have ever seen! The bride and groom in the centre were surrounded by circles of people dancing. In order to get a good view and shots of the action I jumped up on a chair. The newlyweds were then lifted into the air and at one precarious moment Ben was nearly dropped! Luckily he wasn’t.

I always like to get an evening photo of the couple, using a bit of creative lighting. Joel and I went off for a few minutes to scout out the locations and options. I decided on a white barn door near the main drive as the sky looked lovely as the sun went down. I think this worked really well and I was really happy with the outcome.

The rest of the evening was spent with the cake cutting, evening guests arrived, more dancing and guests chatting outside in the cool evening air.

Rosaria and Ben’s Lillibrooke Manor wedding was a fantastic day which I was thrilled to be a part of. It is fast becoming a favourite venue of mine and I cannot wait to photograph more weddings with fantastic couples here in 2019 and 2020.

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Spring Wedding – Buckinghamshire Wedding Photographer

Bethanie and Tom’s Spring wedding took place at the end of May, one of my favourite times of the year. The spring colours were still all over the place and the weather was starting to get lovely and warm.

I arrived in the morning at Bethanie and Tom’s home in Marlow where the bride, her mum and the bridesmaids were all getting ready. Sometimes bridal prep can be a stressful environment with nerves and emotions running high, but not here. Bethanie was so calm and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed.

Once everyone was in their dresses and make up had been touched up it was time for Bethanie’s dad to see his daughter. He came around the back and through the patio doors and the bride was unveiled by the curtain being pulled back by a bridesmaid. It was such a lovely moment.

I then made my way over to Saint Peter’s Church, which was just a few minutes away also in Marlow. There I met groom Tom and his groomsmen, just as guests started to arrive. A short while later guests made their way into the church and the bride arrived with her dad in a beautiful white London taxi.

The ceremony was full of love and laughter. My favourite moment was when the bride gave the vicar a thumbs up saying she was ready to get married. Once the ceremony was over I rushed ahead to get the newlyweds exiting the church. The path and arch at the end were so pretty I wanted to be sure I included them in this special moment.

Bethanie and Tom had arranged for a London route master bus to transport their guests to the reception venue. While their guests all piled on board we took the opportunity to pop down to the river Thames which was just at the end of the road. A little jetty made a lovely spot to do some pictures before it was time for the bride and groom to jump into their white taxi to make their way to the reception.

The reception took place at the RAF Officers Mess in High Wycombe. The building was so pretty with all the ivy on the outside and the London bus and taxi parked outside made it picture perfect!

A magician entertained the guests on the lawn while we did the group pictures, then Bethanie, Tom and I went for a little walk away from the crowds to do some pictures of just the two of them. It is really important to me I don’t keep the bride and groom away from their guests for too long, so I make sure I always plan ahead to know where to do the pictures and how to direct the bride and groom.

Bethanie and Tom decided they wanted to do a receiving line as guests made their way into the wedding breakfast room. This is really nice for pictures and lovely for guests to get a chance for a hug with the newlyweds. However, in my experience this can often take a long time and this was confirmed again today when groom Tom said to me ‘Is this over yet? I want to eat!’.

Once everyone had taken their seats Bethanie and Tom surprised them by making their entrance not through the doors but on the balcony above! It was a very grand moment.

After the wedding breakfast it was time for speeches. Bethanie’s dad had planned something very different and it was fantastic. Song books were distributed to the guests and he made his way over to a keyboard. The speech was interspersed with songs relevant to Bethanie and the guests sung along and got so involved it was so lovely.

Soon it was time for the evening party and it didn’t disappoint. After first dance I don’t think the dancefloor was empty the entire evening, and it was some of the most impressive dancing I have ever seen!

I popped outside to investigate the sun setting to see if we could do a quick picture but unfortunately and it was obscured by buildings and I didn’t want to drag the bride and groom too far away from the fun. I then investigated my options of doing something a little more creative using off camera flash. I kept an eye on the sky and once the sun set the sky was a beautiful dark blue colour. The building itself was too nice not to include in the picture and I liked the main door at the front. I got all set up and practiced my shot then asked Bethanie and Tom to pop outside for just a few minutes. The pictures turned out great and I was really happy with the outcome.

After this it was time for more dancing then it was time for me to say my goodbye’s. I had such a wonderful day at Bethanie and Tom’s Spring wedding and it was a pleasure to photograph.

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Tewin Bury Farm Wedding

Clare and Ben’s Tewin Bury Farm wedding took place on the last day of March, which was also Easter weekend. Both the bride and groom were getting ready at the venue which was ideal, this meant I could move between the bride and groom preparations and get pictures of both parties getting ready.

Tewin Bury Farm is a lovely venue which can host 3 weddings in one day. At first I expected we would be seeing other wedding parties throughout the day. However, all the sections are separate, and I only saw one glimpse of another bride and groom in the distance at one point during the day.

The ceremony was to take place in The Stable which was a beautiful intimate barn. The ceremony itself was full of laughter and love and Clare and Ben smiled their way through the whole thing. After the ceremony everyone headed outdoors for the drinks reception. Unfortunately it started to rain so everyone headed indoors! It didn’t last long and we were able to get the group pictures done then myself and the bride and groom went off into the gardens and surrounding area to do some couples portraits. One of my favourite shots from the day came at this time, when one of the bridesmaids collected up, then threw into the air Clare’s beautiful long veil. It floated down perfectly and made for a lovely shot.

Before the guests were called back in to the barn for the wedding breakfast I took some time photographing the barn and the details. Everything was beautiful and the colours were perfect. I particularly liked the dark red roses in the centre pieces which matched the bridesmaids dresses, I also loved the pine cone place names. Photographing all these small details are really important as I know from experience you forget these little things and it’s lovely to look back on.

After the speeches the barn was turned around again for the evening reception and I took some time setting up my lights ready for the cake cutting and first dance. The cake was cut in the middle of the dancefloor which is always the best place to do it. For me it means all the guests can circle around behind the couple and the photos can include the venue and beautiful space all around. Fortunately the wedding coordinators at Tewin Bury Farm already know this and the cake was put there and I didn’t have to ask. Amazing!

After the cake was cut it was straight into first dance. When I met up with Clare and Ben prior to their wedding to go through all the details of the day they mentioned they wanted a shot from the balcony in the barn during first dance. So once I had taken some shots down on the floor I hotfooted it up the stairs to get some shots from above. This is a great example of why it is so important for me to get to know the vision the bride and groom have for every wedding I shoot, as I then know the specific shots they want, and I can do my very best to make sure I get them.

The evening reception was fantastic and the dance floor always had someone on it. One shot I always like to do at every wedding is a night time shot using off camera flash. Nothing stood out to me right away as being a good location to do this so I took myself away for a few minutes to investigate outside. During the wedding breakfast it had poured with rain and now it was really dark outside and I liked how the outdoor string of lights on the barn reflected in the puddles. I set up my flash on a light stand and did some playing around to make sure it was right before getting the bride and groom outside. It is so important to get everything ready and then ask the bride and groom to come outside for just a few minutes, especially in the cold and dark! Getting this shot took only a few minutes then it was then time to get back to the party.

The live band really got the dancing going and it was great to photograph. One of my favourite moments was when bride Clare got up and sung with the band. This is another great example of why I stay late at weddings. If I had left a couple of songs after the first dance this brilliant moment would not have been captured.

This Tewin Bury Farm wedding was wonderful from start to end and it was a pleasure to photograph. It is a lovely venue to work at and the staff are fantastic which makes my job so much easier. This was fantastic for me as I was back there the very next day to photograph another wedding!

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Hedsor House Wedding

Samantha and Grant’s Black Tie Hedsor House wedding was my first wedding of 2018 with the new year still fresh on January 5th. Being a winter wedding in January would we have rain? Would we have snow?! Thankfully neither and it was a beautiful, bright and crisp winters day.

I arrived at Hedsor House where bride Samantha was getting ready along with her mum and bridesmaid. The bridal suite at Hedsor House is a dream with beautiful light and so much space. I enjoyed photographing Samantha’s beautiful Pronovias gown and Manolo Blahnik shoes a little too much I think! Shoe envy overload.

Bridal prep can often be chaotic, not today. Everything was so calm and flowed perfectly. It was soon time for Samantha to get into her dress and finishing touches were made to her hair and make-up. I could see only now the nerves show slightly, more excitement I think as it finally hit home the big day was here.

Samantha looked every inch a princess as she made her way down the beautiful staircase, below the chandelier and out through the front doors on her way to the church ceremony. Her beauty, style and grace perfectly matched the stunning surroundings of a Hedsor House wedding.

As Samantha and her Dad got into their car for the journey to the church I shot ahead to be sure I made it there before them. My second shooter for the day Paul had spent the morning with groom Grant at their home in Windsor before also making their way to the church.

As the wedding car drove up to St Andrews Church in Windsor the sun shone in the bright blue sky. Samantha was beaming as her father walked her down the path towards the church. At the church entrance Samantha was greeted by her flower girls and page boys who looked adorable in their dresses and suits.

The church ceremony was beautiful and full of love and laughter. Grant’s 3 nephews did a combined speech which was impressive and very well-rehearsed. The bride and groom had already told me they wanted to walk out of the church and straight to the car and off to Hedsor House. I made sure I was well ahead of them to capture them walking away from the church as newlyweds. This had to be one of my favourite moments of the day and their smiles said it all.

Back at Hedsor House we headed straight outdoors into the sunken garden for some couples pictures. The light was fading fast being the middle of winter so my second shooter Paul shadowed me with my video light directed at the couple. Having Paul there was invaluable in this situation. At one point Samantha’s veil took on a life of its own thanks to a gust of wind. These types of unplanned moments are often the best, giving the most natural reactions and smiles.

After some group photos indoors during the drinks reception it was time for the guests to make their way in for the wedding breakfast. As the main hall emptied I spotted Samantha and Grant taking a moment together sitting on the floor, drinks in hand. Another favourite moment from the day for me.

Given there were some very young guests in attendance Samantha and Grant had organised a neighbouring room to be transformed into a nursery. It was amazing! Full of everything to entertain the children while being supervised by professional child carers which meant their parents could enjoy the wedding breakfast and speeches with peace of mind the children were happy and well cared for. Such a lovely idea.

Prior to the wedding Samantha had informed me after the wedding breakfast and speeches there were some surprise fireworks and only a very small number of people were aware, groom Grant was not one of them! We decided they would use me as an excuse and after the final speech ended they would announce that all guests were needed outside for a photo. It was cold and pitch black and I knew I would not be popular, however it would not be long before it all became clear. The fireworks were beautiful and such a lovely addition, especially given it was a surprise for most.

Back inside it was time for first dance, to Cold Play’s ‘Something Just Like This’ and by the end of the song everyone was on the dancefloor.

During the evening party we took the opportunity to do a couple of night shots, inside below the beautiful glass dome, as well as outside in front of the beautiful house itself. As I said goodnight to Paul and he finished for the day I stayed on to get some dancing and party shots. Like most weddings it took a while to get going but when it did, it really did get going! Shoes were off, drinks in the air and a lot of lunging (one guest in particular!). Groom Grant along with his best man and friends did flying leaps and bride Samantha lay in the middle of the dance floor, this was my kind of party! Before I knew it, the music had ended and everyone was searching for shoes and starting to leave.

After saying my goodbye’s, it was time for me to head home to rest my aching feet. Samantha and Grant’s Hedsor House wedding was truly spectacular and it was an honoured to capture it. Even now when I hear ‘Something Just Life This’ from Coldplay it takes me back to this wonderful day.

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Trash The Dress Family Photoshoot

I was first put in contact with Sarah through Dani who is a bride who has booked me to photograph their wedding in 2019. Dani explained to me that Sarah and new husband Dave got married very recently and had booked a photographer to do a family photoshoot in their wedding outfits the coming weekend, however that photographer could no longer do it. After the family shoot they also wanted to do a ‘trash the dress’ style shoot with paint powder, with the newlyweds plus their two children Rhys and Ivy. I knew straight away this was right up my street!

We arranged to meet at Virginia Waters in Windsor by the lake to do the family pictures. As a bonus Dani who had put us in contact came along to help so it was lovely to see her again. It was such a lovely sunny afternoon and the lake was sparking, but it was still very chilly being early November. Sarah and the family looked amazing in their wedding outfits, I especially loved Ivy’s little leather jacket paired with her white dress. Sarah had explained previously she wanted to wear her black wedding dress for this part of the shoot as she hadn’t worn it on her wedding day. Instead going for traditional white, which she would change into for the paint powder fight. I just loved the uniqueness of the black dress Sarah chose for this part of the shoot.

The first location was teeming with people out walking, running and having a day out with their families so next we moved on to another slightly quieter location just the other side of the car park. While we walked over I had a chance to chat to Sarah’s son Rhys. It is really important to me to interact with children when I am taking their pictures, at family shoots as well as at weddings. They need to feel relaxed with me and not just see me as a stranger with my face hidden behind a camera most of the time. I really think this helped as Rhys was amazing at posing for me. Little Ivy was a complete natural in front of the camera and like any 2 year old didn’t keep still for long.

It was then time to jump into our cars and head over to Dave’s mum’s house where were we would do the trash the dress paint fight. Sarah changed into her white dress and we did some ‘before’ pictures with the paint powder ready in hand. I already knew Sarah had planned to get Dave first in the face and we had a little agreement that I’d give her a signal to go for it. It worked like a charm and Dave was the first to get covered.

From that point on it was complete madness and I was in my element photographing it. Paint powder was flying, everyone was running and as Ivy got some tipped over her head she announced ‘That wasn’t nice!’. More powder kept coming from Dani on the side-lines and their white dresses and shirts gradually disappeared as they got more and more covered in the multicoloured powder. It was in their faces, their hair, even their mouths. Eventually the powder ran out and it was time to get cleaned up. Sarah shook her hair in an attempt to get some of the powder out. It created a spectacular cloud that travelled across the garden. As a thank you for Dani’s help she received a paint covered hand across the face from Sarah. True friendship right there!

It was then time for me to leave as they showered and changed. This was my first trash the dress style shoot and I was honoured to do it for such a fantastic family.

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A Beautiful Elvetham Wedding

I was really excited the morning of Lauren and Ashley’s Elvetham wedding. I had got to know them well before their wedding and we had such a laugh at their engagement shoot a few months prior, that I knew today would be wonderful and full of smiles and laughter.

I arrived at Lauren’s parents house where the bride and her bridesmaids where getting ready. The conservatory at the back of the house made a perfect hair and make up area and the sun shone down. I took some time away to photograph Lauren’s Stella York wedding dress in the lounge. The shape of the dress and veil were stunning and her Christian Louboutin shoes were a perfect accessory. I had major shoes envy!

At one point that morning the family dog Sev decided to take a little break and lay down under Lauren’s wedding dress as the train was draped over the back of a chair. Maybe it was all a little too much for poor Sev having so many women in the house.

The time came for Lauren to get into her dress. The bridesmaids where already dressed and all rallied round to help. Lauren’s mum helped her with her jewellery and had to hold back the tears as it was now reality her daughter was about to get married. One of the bridesmaids noticed Lauren was tearing up and quickly grabbed a shoe box lid to try and dry them before her make up ran!

It was now time for me to jump in my car and make my way to The Elvetham to make sure I got there before the bride. Once there I met up with my second photographer Paul who bad been with Ashley during the morning. Groom Ashley looked calm and happy. That was until it was time for his bride to make her entrance and I could see the nerves show. Lauren’s face was full of love and emotion as he approached Ashley, such a special moment.

The ceremony perfectly summed up the couple I had go to know the past few months, fun, full of laughter and full of love.

After the confetti throw, a few drinks on the lawn and some photos with their families we headed off around the beautiful gardens for some couples portraits. A few rain drops twinkled in the sunlight but it didn’t matter, nothing could take away from Lauren’s wonderful smile.

It was then time to head inside for the wedding breakfast. The speeches came before the meal and they did not disappoint. The best men presented Ashley with a particularly embarrassing collection of pictures on a large to screen, which went down well with everyone except Ashley who buried his head in his hands.

After the cake cutting and an opportunity for a couple more couples portraits it was time for the first dance. One of my favourite parts of the evening at weddings is when everyone piles on the dance floor after the first dance and this was certainly the case this evening. The conservatory was decorated beautifully with lights and lanterns and the band The Indie Killers were very impressive.

Later on in the evening it was time for fireworks and sparklers outside. The late September air was chilly but the fireworks were so spectacular no one minded.

A little while later there was another opportunity to whisk the newlyweds outside for a few minutes for a night shot outside the beautiful building which was all lit up. It was then time to say our goodbye’s, pack up and head home. My feet hurt and I was starting to get pretty tired, but it didn’t matter as I was certain I had captured the story of Lauren and Ashley’s amazing day and I felt honoured to be a part of their Elvetham wedding.

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A Beautiful Spring Wedding

I had been asked by Ben Toms of Benjamin Toms Photography to help him out at this Spring wedding which would take place close to the long Easter weekend. I was thrilled when Ben asked and I happily accepted. When I received the details of the wedding I had to smile, this venue had the same name as my own wedding venue, Tudor Barn. It was not actually the same venue, however this was still a good sign!

As I arrived at Tudor Barn and sussed out its surroundings I was amazed at how such a quaint venue and its beautiful surroundings sat in the middle of the busy area near Eltham in South East London. A true little gem of a venue.

The air was chilly as guests started to arrive, I kept my fingers crossed the spring sun would grace us with its presence later in the day. It didn’t let us down! The groom, his best man and ushers arrived. The groom looking nervous and took himself away for a quiet moment as guests continued to arrive.

A short time later the bride and her father arrived in a cream and red Morris Minor Roadster, followed by the bridesmaids and flower girls. The bride looked beautiful and elegant in a Stephanie Allin gown, her make-up was perfection. The bride had done her own make up that morning, I was extremely impressed.

The ceremony room was upstairs at Tudor Barn, so the flower girls, bridesmaids and finally the bride and her father made their way up the stairs. They paused at the top as the wedding coordinator gave them in turn their cue to enter the room.

The ceremony was full of love and smiles. A lovely touch was everyone getting to their feet to sing along to some specially chosen songs by the bride and groom. One of the ushers played the guitar and a bridesmaid with a lovely voice got everyone involved.

Once the ceremony was over the newlyweds exited the ceremony room to cheers and applause. The brides smile lit up the room as she looked at her new husband. Back outside, to everyone’s delight the sun had now come out and the guests lined up to greet the happy couple with handfuls of confetti.

As the wedding guests drank Champagne and Pimm’s in the sunshine we whisked the bride and groom away for some couple’s portraits. The gardens just behind the barn were perfect for a Spring wedding, including a pretty bridge over the river with ducks and moorhens paddling around.

It was soon time for the wedding breakfast as guests were called back into the barn. The newlyweds were announced into the room to cheering and clapping which went on for what seemed like ages. Clearly this couple were adored by their family and friends.

After dinner came the speeches. By this time the poor groom had almost completely lost his voice, the bride stepped in to help her new husband complete his speech and thank you messages. They were perfect for each other!

Being just a few days before Easter the couple had organised an Easter hunt for all the children attending the wedding. The children were kept in the barn while the adults (some a little worse for wear at this point) sped around the gardens hiding soft toy carrots. When the children got the signal they were released! It was carnage for about 5 minutes while they ran as quickly as they could with their Easter buckets in tow collecting the carrots. Their rewards were Easter bags full of chocolate eggs and bunnies. I was a little envious!

It was then time for the first dance and the guests surrounded the dance floor. The dance was choreographed to perfection and they couldn’t have looked happier. As the evening went on and it was time for me to pack away, the grooms group of friends took their ties off and tied them round their heads. I knew at that point the rest of the night would be full of fun, dancing and celebrations. A great end to a brilliant Spring wedding.


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As I made my way into the city on the train the morning of the wedding I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. This was my first time photographing a city wedding, but as I got off the train at Tower Hill station I caught a glimpse of Tower Bridge and my nerves turned to excitement. From that point I knew being a London wedding photographer was going to be fantastic.

This wedding was slightly different as the bride and groom had already done their legal marriage in Australia, where they lived. The bride originates from London so they also decided to have a London blessing. Two weddings in 2 countries? I loved this couple already!

Both the bride and groom were getting ready at a nearby hotel. After spending some time with the bride and bridesmaids I went to find the groom. He was looking rather nervous and explained he was missing one of the groomsmen, his brother. Many phone calls were made to try and track him down. Opening a bottle of champagne helped calm the nerves. A little while later the missing groomsman arrived to the relief of everyone.

Another first for me at this wedding was that the couple chose to do a first look, this is where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Together we chose to do this a few streets down from the hotel, outside a rather grand looking building. I positioned the groom up some steps out of view and when I got the signal that the bride was ready around the corner I told the groom it was time. The look on their faces when they saw each other was magical. The groom was speechless and they embraced and kissed. On lookers from the wedding party as well as passers by applauded.

It was very important to the bride that we got pictures of them around the city, it was a busy Saturday afternoon and the streets were packed. This was going to be a challenge, but a good one. The buzz of being a London wedding photographer cannot be beaten. Finding space to take the perfect shot without tourists crossing your path, as well as the traffic and pigeons! At one point I was knelt down on a traffic island in the middle of Tower Bridge with the bride and groom opposite, traffic whizzing past us and cars and lorries honking their horns in congratulations. A slightly scary moment but well worth it for a great shot.

We then hopped in a taxi to make our way to the venue for the ceremony. The Anthologist bar was the perfect setting for the young hip couple with its modern interior and low lighting. The bride made her entrance with her mum and dad on each arm, then took her place on a small platform next to her groom. The bride and her family are Jewish, so within the blessing were some Jewish traditions. This was a lovely touch.

Once the formalities were over the happy couple and their guests ate, drank and danced their way into the night. It had been such a wonderful day and a fantastic experience for me. My aching feet were well worth it.

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It was an unseasonably warm late September day and the sun was already shining as I arrived at Hedsor House. A florist’s van was parked outside the main doors of the stunning venue which dates back to 1166. Being a Hedsor House Wedding Photographer I am so fortunate to have this amazing venue on my doorstep. Huge flowers arrangements were being ferried up the stairs, in through the entrance hall and into the ceremony room. Beautiful warm gentle light cascaded down through the glass dome in the ceiling above, people below busily prepared the room. A beautiful long cream carpet was rolled out down the aisle and it was being meticulously swept by 2 workers. I made sure I removed my shoes before going anywhere near the carpet!

I made my way up to the bridal suite and before I had even entered the room I could hear the celebrations beginning as a cork popped and the girls cheered. One of my favourite parts of being a Hedsor House wedding photographer is the immaculate bridal suite, high windows giving fantastic light and soft colours all around. The bride was sat at one end having her make up done, she looked relaxed and happy, her long curled blonde hair shined in the sunlight.

While I was photographing the bridal gown and having a conversation with the bride she explained this gown was actually her second one as the original had been stolen from the bridal boutique just a few days before the wedding. She was totally calm as she recalled the entire story. I was in awe of how laid back she was about the situation. She even laughed and said she preferred this second dress. An amazing bride!

A string quartet played from the gallery above, as the bride and her father walked down the aisle. The ceremony was beautiful and full of love. It was all too much for one young guest who took the opportunity for a little nap. After the ceremony the guests lined up outside the main doors to shower the couple in bubbles which sparkled in the beautiful afternoon sun.

During the drinks reception I was able to steal the newlyweds away for some portraits. The grounds at Hedsor House make for some lovely backdrops, including a sunken courtyard and a sprawling lawn with the gorgeous house in the background.

One special moment came when the string quartet who had played during the bride’s entrance gave a special performance before dinner. The guests clapped, cheered and sung as classic and more contemporary up-beat numbers filled the room.

One of my favourite moments of the day was the bride tossing her bouquet and the gallery made the perfect spot to do it with the ladies gathered below. The bouquet was launched and there was a melee and some squeals before it was eventually collected off the floor by one of the guests.

The choreographed first dance went off without a hitch with the groom lifting and turning his new wife effortlessly. A live band played their way into the night, guests danced and sang while a cocktail mixologist produced trays of spectacular colourful drinks. It was a fantastic day and I wish the happy couple all the best for the future.

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I was delighted when Catherine booked me for a family photo shoot. We discussed the types of pictures she liked and when she described some Christmas pictures with her daughters baking I knew this was right up my street.

When I arrived at Catherine and Chris’s home on a beautiful autumn morning I was met by 4-year-old Addison bouncing through the kitchen to greet me. She was full of energy and ready to go! 2-year-old Amber proudly showed me her Mini Mouse Christmas jumper, and both girls dived (quite literally) into the baking ingredients.

Once the clouds of flour had settled and we had all brushed ourselves off we headed out for a walk to a local duck pond. The low autumn sun glowed in the girls’ hair as they fed the ducks and played with bubbles.

One rather heart stopping moment came when Amber got a little too close to the edge of the pond and started to topple! Quick reactions from Dad Chris scooped her up and we all heaved a sigh of relief carried on.

The girls’ eyes lit up when I suggested playing in the fallen leaves, Amber gave me her biggest smiles of the day. Capturing the joy on their faces is what it is all about for me.

Christmas baking, feeding the ducks and playing in the leaves, I had an absolutely wonderful time! A great morning with a beautiful family.

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