Nicola is the first bride to contact me comparatively late in the day as a result of a negative experience with another wedding photographer. It is always so sad to hear when this happens but having been fortunate enough to be chosen as replacement I can honestly say the photographer was undoubtedly the one that lost out on this occasion – big time. There is a magic formula for wedding photography and it goes a bit like this: Beautiful bride (both inside and out!) + fantastic style x photographer’s aesthetic = visual delight. This was one of those weddings, it reminded me of visiting a new country for the first time and you just can’t stop taking pictures because everywhere you look there is something beautiful.
Arriving at Channels in time for Nicola and her bridesmaids preparations I caught a glimpse of fresh spring flowers spilling over teacups and out of teapot spouts and knew there and then that I was going to love the style of this wedding. Climbing an old wooden staircase I quickly found myself surrounded by the paraphernalia of preparation and made a beeline for Nicola’s stunning ivory, ankle length 50’s style belted wedding dress and bright red shoes. Her bridesmaids wore matching 50’s lace prom dresses in a range of what I could only think of as ice-cream colours. Daniel and his groomsmen wore navy single breasted jackets with straight leg trousers and, one of my favourite details, silver tie clips with each man’s initial’s engraved.
Flowers were provided by Arcade Flower Boutique and were a huge part of this bright, fun, visually exciting wedding. Tulips were everywhere in the same ice-cream style colours as the bridesmaids dresses and Nicola’s bouquet and flower crown were delicious splashes of colour against her choice of pastels for clothes and table decorations. Pink, orange, red all bundled up into a truly gorgeous bouquet not to mention all the additions to table decorations, buttonholes, flower crown and bridesmaid bouquets!
The ceremony itself took place outside with a small gathering of close friends and family, after which Nicola and Daniel grooved their way back up the aisle to Queen’s legendary ‘Another one bite’s the dust’ in a shower of confetti (I love a bride with a sense of humour). After some fun photo’s with ushers and bridesmaids (during which Biscuit the cat made a very popular appearance!) I finally got the couple to myself and we headed to the white London taxi cab Nicola had hired from Taxi Wedding Company as a surprise to collect Dan and his groomsman that morning. If you have spent as much time searching wedding blogs as I have you will be familiar with the difference between styled shoots and real weddings. As a photographer styled shoots obviously allow a lot more creative control where real weddings challenge us (in a good way) to work with whatever the couple have arranged. Well this was one of those rare occasions that LOOKS like a styled shoot but was in fact a real wedding and I don’t mind saying that these are some of my own personal favourite pictures that I have taken thanks to Nicola’s amazing styling skills.
I left the wedding as guests were heading into the sumptuously decorated barn where bunting and fairy lights dripped from every rafter, the table decoctions reminded me of a vintage style mad hatters tea party with old suitcases, crockery, mason jars and mini chalkboards. I can only imagine how long it took to put together and have said more than once that this bride would make a damned fine a wedding stylist should she wish. The immense effort and creative skill that went in to Nicola and Dan’s wedding blew me away and I hope these pictures are a testament to that.
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One of my favourite things about being a wedding photographer is the way in which I walk into a room at the start of the day able to count the faces I recognise on one hand but walk away at the end feeling like they are my own friends and family. Never has this been more true than with Amy and Michael’s beautiful autumnal wedding at Epsom College three weeks ago.
I met with Amy and her six beautiful bridesmaids at her parent’s house in nearby Leatherhead. I arrived to the sound of good music, a beautiful new born baby’s gurgles and just the right amount of champagne being cautiously but gratefully sipped. The girl’s danced around the kitchen barefoot (but with immaculate hair and make-up) whilst the father of the bride and two of his friends took in the serendipitous autumn sunshine and fresh air next to the vintage bridal cars. I later found out that the tradition of getting ready at this house is long standing and it is easy to see why.
After a short drive to Epsom College (in a vintage 1950’s Zepher with animal print seat covers!) we arrived to find Michael and his brother/best-man David waiting at the altar. The Chapel of St Luke benefits from an upper balcony overlooking the congregation as well as some truly stunning stained glass windows that cast colourful beams of light across the chapel. Amy walked down the aisle on her father’s arm wearing a beautiful gown by Justin Alexander and carrying a stunning brooch bouquet made by her oldest friend and bridesmaid Nina Katherine (soon to be on Etsy).
Drinks and the Groom’s speech were held in the Main Hall of Epsom college after which guests were invited to take their sets in the Old School. With all three buildings just a short walk apart and set in stunning grounds, Epsom college made a beautiful back-drop to Amy and Michael’s wedding throughout. Food was served and further speeches from the best man and father of the bride had the guests laughing, gasping and crying in all the right places. After a quick ballet lesson from some of the younger guests it was time to cut the cake, beautifully made by the mother of the groom and accompanied with a personalised knife engraved by Culinary Concepts of London.
Thanks to the provision of ‘dancing shoes’, available in a range of sizes, celebrations carried on well into the night with a guest appearance by the bride herself on vocal’s for live band The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Four generations of Amy and Michael’s friends and families came together for this one special day to help them celebrate and I am so grateful to them for inviting me to be a part of their day.
(PS Extra thank you’s go to David, best-man, grandparent herder and all round fountain of knowledge. Matt, who made a fantastic MC and general good time-keeper. Nina, for nailing the whole brooch bouquet thing first time, (I have already been asked for your details!) Michael’s Dad for rescuing me from the train station when the cab’s failed me. Amy’s parents for their kindness and support before the ceremony.)
The first time I photographed wedding for someone I did not know I was surprised to find, that by the time of the speeches, I was as moved as I would have been had this ben the wedding of two close friends. One of the most amazing things about being a wedding photographer is the joy and honour of learning so much of a couples history, not only together, but before they ever met. Fortunately this has never faded.
Sophie and Paul’s wedding was touching in many ways, not least because of their wonderful, kind and welcoming family/friends. I first heard from Sophie in late January 2014 (although she and her husband Paul had been planning this wedding since January 2013!) Having chatted on email about her plans it was clear to me from very early on that this would be a very big day indeed.
The bridal party spent the night before the wedding at the Mercure Hotel where Sophie also prepared for her ceremony. A short drive away at the absolutely beautiful St Mary’s Church Paul, his best man, ushers and guests began to gather in the morning sun. Accompanied by her father and two bridesmaids Sophie walked down the aisle looking radiant in a stunning dress by Jolliffes of Marlow. After the ceremony we took advantage of the beautiful church grounds with a variety of photographs of the bridal party.
Arriving back to the hotel, together with all 78 guests, I snuck upstairs to take a look at the main reception venue. Sophie and Paul chose classic Penguin books titles for both table names and guests seating. Coloured with the same aqua-green as worn by bridesmaids and ushers they were the perfect compliment. I particularly liked the romanic touch of two instead of one iconic penguin holding flippers. Flowers were provided by Amie Bone and complimented both the church and reception venue beautifully.
Sophie and Paul had thoughtfully provided activity packs for the youngest guests and it seemed many a happy hour was spent playing with bubbles, writing cards and trying to work out how to use ‘old-fashioned’ disposable camera’s. After the traditional speeches and cake cutting Sophie and Paul danced to ‘The wonder of you’ by Elvis Presley for their first dance as husband and wife.
Having met Lynsey through a mutual friend a few years ago I was delighted when she asked me to be her wedding photographer this summer in London. Both she and her husband share a long-term love of music, together with the style and culture that come with this, so I knew from the start this would be a right up my street (almost literally!). The ceremony was held in the Council Chamber at the formidable Camden Town Hall with five beautiful bridesmaids in matching dresses made by Handmade by Holly Crow and six official ushers (and many more stylish chaps supporting!) Lynsey wore Justin Alexander from Josephine Bridal together with a stunning headpiece by Joan Brown Vintage. Dan wore a classic mod-cut suit and the same paper flower button holes made from sheet music as his ushers. A serendipitous find on Etsy according to the bride.
Soon after the ceremony, guests were whisked away by a classic vintage route master bus to the nearby vintage style gastro-pub The Prince Albert in Camden. Having met Lynsey and Dan here previously to discuss their wedding plans I was eager to see it again with that all important personal touch that only a wedding can bring. From the mason jar’s of baby’s breath (matching both bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets) tied with white ribbons to the travel themed centre-pieces, Lynsey and Dan’s wedding was what all weddings aim to be – quintessentially them.
It was a joy and a pleasure to be part of this wonderful day and I hope you enjoy some of my personal highlights below.