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Dana & Eoin’s American Irish Wedding

Dana & Eoin are a wonderful couple – it would be hard to find two more generous, warm & welcoming people. Dana is American & Eoin is from Ireland – they met in New York City, got engaged in a proposal where the ring fell into a Lake & celebrated their wedding on both sides of the Atlantic.

The first celebration took place in Annapolis. Dana & Eoin chose to continue a family tradition and get married in the stunning US Naval Academy Chapel before a sunlight filled reception at Ogle Hall – just as her parents had done. Dana wore a beautiful long lace gown from Pronovias, paired with sparkly Badgley Mischka shoes. She gifted a pair of engraved cufflinks to Eoin and he included a touch of Irish influence with a thistle buttonhole. Before the ceremony, they passed a note through a doorway, staying hidden from each other. Dana shared a photograph with me of her parents standing in the doorway of Ogle Hall on their wedding day & I was happy to be able to recreate it both with Dana & Eoin, & also with Dana’s parents.

Special touches at the reception included a message in a bottle guest book continuing the Naval theme, & adorable advice for Dana from the children she taught. This included traditional wisdom such as “say I love you every day and hold his hand”, some supportive suggestions like “don’t be scared to kiss” & “get a puppy” and a the more unusual tip: “don’t wrestle with your dad at the wedding”! Golden evening light was perfect for portraits, before cutting the cake with it’s romantic dipping dancers and then taking to the dance floor to a live band.

                                                                   

The second celebration was a lively Irish celebration in the little village of Ballyvaughan near Galway Bay, where American & Irish flags flew against a blue sky by the ocean. The Burren Atlantic Hotel was filled with laughter, music & dancing as family & friends performed & sang traditional folk tunes. I was honoured to be there to capture both parts of the celebration – congratulations Dana & Eoin!

     

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2016 Wedding Highlights

At the start of each year I like to look over my weddings from the year before and remind myself of the special moments I’ve been privileged to capture. In 2016 I was lucky enough to travel and photograph weddings across two continents, witnessing colourful Bengali & Hindu weddings, traditional church services and intimate civil ceremonies. I was able to tell the story of close friends as well as finding new friends in couples who booked me.

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Wedding Venues

I photographed a huge range of venues in 2016, from schools decked with paper pompoms to marquees filled with bunting, soaring naval chapels to small local churches, grand manor houses to university college halls, pubs alive with music to brightly decorated hotel suites, small registry offices and even a boat on the Thames. Three of the wedding venues were chosen as the bride or groom’s parents had celebrated their marriage there, making the celebrations part of a family tradition.

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Wedding Rings & Jewellery

I like to find a way to capture something of the day when I’m photographing the rings, incorporating the colour theme,  wedding stationery or foliage. Rings included engravings, shaped bands, solitaires and eternity bands. Last year I particularly enjoyed learning more about traditional Indian wedding jewellery, photographing intricate golden tikkas, nathas and the mangala sutra. I also loved seeing grooms choosing special pieces for their day: from engraved cufflinks to pocket watches.

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Wedding Flowers & Cakes

I saw a variety of wedding flowers last year, from all white bouquets to deep red buttonholes, thistles and home grown flowers, with a relaxed rather than overly formal feel – including table arrangements in teapots! And in wedding cakes I saw lots of personal touches, from swooning dancers to super hero cake toppers, simple tiered white cakes to decorated towers of cheeses, gold trimmed icing to individual cupcakes.

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Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Choosing just a handful of groups to photograph gives you time to celebrate with your squad. And whilst I capture more formal group portraits my favourites are always seeing groups relaxed and laughing, enjoying themselves. Different shades or mix and match dresses were popular with my brides last year, whilst groomsmen attire featured tailcoats & pinstrips, kilts and ties of every colour! I like to see the different approaches bestmen take to keeping the groom calm and see the banter between friends – including kisses on the cheek & sneaky peeks under kilts!

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Little Touches & Little Guests

I love to see how couples make their wedding their own and am a huge fan of unique or quirky touches. Last year I admired beautiful henna designs, Venetian masks and bubble guns instead of confetti. Also a big hit were the groom’s socks with a hidden secret message, Charlotte Mills shoes with a silver sixpence in the sole for luck and wedding wellies! In the speeches there were surprise appearances from childhood toys and a groomsman dressing up as the groom to mass hilarity. One bride and groom passed a love letter before their ceremony and instead of a guest book asked friends to put a message in a bottle, while other couples asked guests to sign photo frames or canvas prints of their engagement photos. As well as these special little touches, there were also special little guests, some incredibly cute flower-girls and pageboys (including a pair of identical twins) with a range of bow-ties, braces, flower crowns and ear defenders!

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Wedding Portraits & First Dances

With all these beautiful venues I was lucky to have lots of incredible settings to photograph couples. From flower filled private gardens to riverside walks, carved arches to beautiful doorways, docks with pink sunset reflected in the water to winding woodland paths illuminated with fairy lights. I also enjoyed a range of dances, from secret first dances under the stars to choreographed masterpieces complete with confetti canons, brass band music to energetic ceilidhs, romantic slow dances to festival inspired silent discos.

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I loved all the weddings I was honoured to photograph last year, especially all the ways they were unique and personal. I feel so lucky to get to see the nerves and excitement, the blushes and laughter and most of all the pride and love of a wedding day. I’m excited about 2017 & if  you’re getting married this year, I’d love to talk to you about capturing your special wedding story.

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Dean & Alice’s English & Bengali Weddings

Dean & Alice are lovely friends of mine – Dean was an usher at our wedding and we discovered he also has a talent for wedding planning, he arrived the night before with his own clipboard! So when he and Alice decided to have not one, but two wedding celebrations I was so excited to see what they planned. I enjoyed both their English wedding at the beautiful Hampton Court House full of fairy lights & pompoms, and their vibrant dance-filled Bengali wedding at Manor of Groves. I tried to repay the favour of all the help Dean gave us, by running round lighting & replacing candles, filling bubble guns (which they used instead of confetti) as well as taking a few photos. Alice looked stunning with two beautiful headpieces, classic white wedding dress and heavily jewelled gold and turquoise dress, while Dean was handsome in a blue suit and gold embroidered outfit. I loved to see how the different cultural traditions were included and enjoyed every minute – congratulations Dean & Alice!

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You can see more of my wedding photography on my website, and if you’re looking for a wedding photographer for the UK or overseas I’d love to talk to you about your plans.

Lynsey & Sam’s Scottish Seaside Wedding

I love St Andrews and so was excited to work with Rachel Rose to photograph Lynsey & Sam’s wedding. Lynsey got ready in the Fairmont Hotel, wearing an elegant fitted dress with a beautiful back and combining Scottish thistles and English roses in her bridal bouquet. Lynsey & Sam met while they were studying at St Andrews University, and so they were able to get married at St. Salvator’s Chapel – a fifteenth century chapel owned by the university. It’s a striking chapel with pews that face each other – so every guest had a clear view of Lynsey as her proud father walked her down the aisle. It has gorgeous chandeliers and stained glass windows and is just across the courtyard from Lower College Hall where the reception took place. Being by the sea is one of my favourite things and so, for me, any couple who want their wedding photos on the beach is just perfect! There’s something so romantic about the vast expanse of sea and sky. After time on the beach, we headed back to Lower College Hall for drinks and the cutting of the cake.

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Rebecca & Patrick’s Blackheath Wedding Reception

I don’t normally photograph only the evening reception of a wedding – but when my friends Rebecca & Patrick’s photographer finished before the cutting of the cake or the first dance I was glad I had my camera with me at the Hare & Billet pub in Blackheath. Rather than giving a number of hours that I work, when I photograph a wedding I simply say that I’ll be there from bridal preparations through to the first dance – so there’s no stress if things run late. Sometimes the first dance gives some of the most romantic images of the day – and with such an incredible backless wedding dress I’m so glad I was able to capture them for my friends. Congratulations Rebecca & Patrick!

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You can see more of my wedding photography on my website, and if you’re looking for a wedding photographer in the UK or overseas I’d love to talk to you about your plans.

Chris & Sophie’s Emotional Wedding

I was happy to work with Phil Smith to capture this very emotional wedding. Sophie’s dad passed away and she said that she’d never get married without him there. However, when her partner Chris, father to her three children, proposed she decided to plan a wedding with many special touches to make it almost feel as if her dad was there. There wasn’t a dry eye in the church (mine included) when the Vicar explained the rings were being delivered as a sign of blessing from Sophie’s dad and a barn owl swept down the aisle with the rings. This was followed by the couple releasing doves before getting into a handsome horse-drawn carriage whilst their guests travelled to the Merry Fiddlers reception venue in a classic routemaster bus.

At the reception the attention to detail continued with a wishing well, giant illuminated LOVE letters on a sparkling dance floor and lots of mementos throughout the marquee, pub and garden. To eat there was a seafood stall, a hog roast, a traditional ice cream trike and an incredible cake table. And after a first dance to ‘All of me’, Sophie’s dad was remembered again as she danced with her brother, who had walked her down the aisle, to ‘Dance with my father again’. There was entertainment from some talented Irish dances before everyone joined the dance floor to celebrate. I was honoured to be a part of this beautiful and moving family wedding – congratulations Sophie & Chris!

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Wedding Highlights from 2015

It’s always lovely to be able to look back on the past year and 2015 had some wonderful weddings! From al fresco dining in Tuscany to windswept beaches in Scotland, woodland walks to horse drawn carriages, flower-filled marquees to chandelier adorned churches, weddings at home to London palaces – there have been so many special moments it’s hard to choose my highlights…

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Just some of the beautiful locations I was lucky to work in last year…

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I love the way black and white really captures the emotions of  a wedding day…

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A few of my favourite ‘finishing touches’…

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Special details that make each wedding unique and personal…

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From the bridal preparation to the walk down the aisle, the steal-the-show children to the party celebrations…

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2015 was a year full of beautiful colourful wedding flowers…

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I’m so grateful to have been able to capture special wedding memories for all of my couples…

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2015 was a great year, but I’m excited about what 2016 holds! If you’re getting married this year, I have limited availability but would love to talk to you about photographing your wedding.

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