One week in April, we escaped to blue skies, a trip with no emails, just my husband and I. Some Arabic was learnt, pronunciation attempted, some photos were taken and our pockets were emptied. We ate and we wandered, for a few days we stayed, we were still for a moment and these memories we made.
Essaouira & Marrakech | Morocco on film, with my tempremental Contax 645.
Tomorrow morning I’m heading to Provence for a three-day film photography workshop with Feather & Stone. You’ll be glad to hear that they’re going to teach me how to shoot film properly. I’m back to the office on Monday 23rd with a bag full of film and hopefully, a sun tan.
We are thrilled to have had a few very lovely features in some of our best British bridal magazines over the past couple of months.
You & Your Wedding’s current September/October issue features the beautiful Matt & Jess whose wedding at The House Meadow I photographed last September. Their outdoor humanist wedding was picture perfect.
You & Your Wedding have also released a Real Weddings special and asked me for some advice on having your autumnal wedding photographed. I love the soft light of autumn and all of those rich hues, so I was very chuffed to have one from Sam & Lizzie’s wedding as a double page spread.
It’s always exciting to see our work in print and it makes an especially sweet keepsake for our couples to hold onto in the years to come, so thank you to all the editorial teams for all of these pretty features! It really means a lot.
There are an insanely busy few months ahead for us both as we approach August and September. Emma Jane is getting married not once but twice (to the same handsome man) and I am travelling to Sweden to witness it all between five of my own weddings to photograph. September also sees a French Field Trip with Feather & Stone photography whose film work is pure magic. If you might be interested in joining us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with them, here. I think there may well be room for just one more person.
I’m off to Bordeaux this morning for a wedding at Chateau Rigaud tomorrow and still haven’t packed yet… better get going!
On a Wednesday in late summer, when the sky was grey then blue, Tim & Phammy planned a party, and from Aus to France they flew. Chairs were set in the garden, friends and crates of local wine, with his best suit and her new dress all pressed and looking fine. The sun came out as they said their vows, the birds in the trees began to sing, they held hands and smiled at each other, sealed their promises with two rings. We were all so happy on that day, family and photographer alike, the sun bids goodnight, she serenades him with a song and we all get a tear in our eyes.
I cannot thank Tim & Phamy enough for having me photograph their wedding. I met them for a drink and a chat in Brisbane last year and I knew that I’d be gutted not to have won them over. They planned all they could and then exhaled and relaxed, letting go on the day to just let it all play out. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
I’m so thrilled to have had this wedding featured over on 100 Layer Cake, which has a little detail from Christine on her planning process too. Thanks to the ever stylish 100 Layer Cake ladies for the beautiful feature!
I’ve been grounded for the past fortnight with local London weddings for my return to One Marylebone (my all-time favourite London venue) and one this weekend at Dartmouth House in Mayfair. Emma Jane has been to Aberdeen and back for a beautiful wedding and the sun has occasionally made its appearance too and so have we on Hampstead Heath. It’s been a good start to June on all accounts…
A beautiful weekend on the French Riviera, in the mountainside village of Eze, a couple in love stand beaming and blushing, amidst their families and all of their friends. We dined and we cheered, Nouvelle Vague filled the air and a bride shone her smile cheek to cheek. The sky stretched proud over St Jean Cap Ferrat, three shades of blue I could see, champagne was drunk and kisses exchanged as the sun set slowly in the sea…
Thank you so much to this most beautiful pair for allowing me to photograph their incredible wedding weekend. From Friday night’s festivities to Sunday on Paloma beach, it was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Thank you too to Kerry, Jennifer & Sarah for their help planning and coordinating this wedding. You won’t find better wedding planners on the French Riviera than Lavender & Rose Weddings.
This weekend we’re back to the south of France not far from Cannes for a wedding at Chateau Castellaras in Mougins with those Lavender & Rose ladies. It’s my first time there but my second trip to back to France for weddings in two weeks, which means another chance to entice my freckles out of their winter hibernation. Emma Jane is heading to a wedding at Chateau Rigaud in Bordeaux for her second time also and she’s sounding pretty excited. We’re very lucky, very busy girls indeed.
In between shooting, editing, emailing, meeting and blogging, I also do a little bit of instagramming too. You can check out some sneaky previews of my most recent wedding days and a little bit of our daily pretty also, if you’re that way inclined…
A wedding in September, in a field beneath a tree, a couple stands amongst their friends, and vow into the breeze. To love one another and to cherish, to have and to hold forever tight, the band sings stay with me, I’ll stay with you, and we’re warmed by the sunlight.
A more perfect day I could never have dreamt, so I framed these memories, of that late summer day, of Matt and of Jess, and their glorious, humanist ceremony.
The hugest and most heartfelt of thank yous, to you Jess & Matt, for having me with you, crying my eyes out through your beautiful ceremony. It really was perfection.
This most gorgeous of weddings is also featured on the splendid Style Me Pretty, right here. Thank you to the ladies there too, for their very kind words and for all of your very sweet comments.
This weekend I’m off to photograph two lovely, lovely weddings. One for the exceptionally talented Phirefly Philippa & the other for a couple tying the knot in their sixties at the elegant and understated, Frederick’s in Islington. Cameras at the ready, it’s going to be a beautiful weekend!
Two teenage sweethearts fall in love, at fifteen they share their first kiss. They promise to be together forever and pledge to stay true to this. Fast forward ten years, a ring she now wears, a wedding at Sheldon Manor they plan. On the twenty-third of June, another kiss is had and a lady makes a husband of her man. It rains and it showers and umbrellas are opened, as are the hearts of these two. We smile and we swoon because we’re all pretty privileged, to witness Clare & Rich say that they do…
A ginormous thank you to you, Clare & Rich for having me photograph your gorgeous wedding. From the moment I got your enquiry I was excited about your plans and on the day, you made me feel like I’d known you forever. You are the bee’s knees. Thanks too to You & Your Wedding for featuring this Cotswolds wedding in your May/June issue.
One cool, cloudy day in September, Alana & Anthony were wed. I boarded a flight for their wedding in France, it was going to be rad, they had said. For an intimate outdoor wedding, from Australia they all flew, she beamed and she laughed and she didn’t stop smiling and Anthony was pretty chuffed too.
Alana & Anthony’s French wedding was also featured in the Cosmopolitan Bride Australia’s Best of Real Weddings, 2013! Thank you to Franki Hobson and the team for the feature and for kindly posting me this bumper issue, too.
Things in London have taken a much needed turn for the brighter, with the return of the sunshine this week. Trees are finally starting to blossom, legs are seeing some sunshine and I have taken to doing all of my admin in the garden.
Tomorrow, I’m off to photograph the very gorgeous Greg & Lindsi get married at Nutfield Priory and this weekend Emma Jane is getting fitted for her wedding dress. Four months and counting!
On September the twelfth, on a hot day in Spain, Fatima & Andy held their wedding and she took his name. With smiling and laughter and all of their nearest, the boldy stood up, declared each other their dearest. Emma Jane was present, freeze-framing memories aplenty, that September afternoon in the year twelve and twenty…
It’s weddings like these that have us longing for the sunshine, the shedding of clothes and the sipping of champagne. Thankfully our summers will feature all of those things, with a trip to Morocco for me and India for Emma Jane. We’re also lucky enough to be photographing weddings in Sweden, Crete and France and possibly even trips back to Tuscany and Sardinia for some dolce vita in the upcoming months. We’re both looking forward to lens flare and crickets and dinners alfresco.
One day in October, in the centre of town, Amy & Duncan got ready, arrived and said vows. Before friends and their family, their loved ones and mates, they made a promise of union and an unending date. They kissed and we clapped, a tear may have been shed, they drank and they laughed, as do newlyweds. An evening of celebration and of wishing them well, my hundred or so favourites, their short story they tell.
Thank you both hugely for being beautiful to photograph, for wearing spats and a killer dress, for being in love and for choosing me.
The past week has been a busy one of editing and meetings, album designing and accounts… there’s always plenty to do when you’re self-employed and the quieter, colder months of the year are no exception. There was a wedding at Petersham Nurseries and one by Em at the lovely Nonsuch Mansion for the gorgeous Erica & Jay, a family portrait session and the standing by of a new arrival. Elijah’s expecting a sister…
Up next is a bright and beautiful wedding in Spain photographed by my newly engaged and oh-so-talented Emma Jane. Think blue skies (think hard), palm trees, a beautiful bride and a rather dashing groom.
The May & June issue of You & Your Wedding magazine is very exciting as it features quite a few of my photos, both weddings and portraits.
I got to meet the magazine’s new editor Maxine Briggs and spent a little while photographing her around her office. She’s very lovely and will no doubt do a tremendous job in heading up one of our favourite titles.
I was also asked to photograph Peta who has the enviable title of editor-at-large and her very stylish fashion assistant, Alison.
It’s always lovely for my clients to have something else to hold onto after the wedding and Clare & Rich’s Cotswolds wedding was an absolute detail-fest, just perfect for You & Your Wedding. Their beautiful wedding will be blogged soon, I promise!
Lastly, on the right, my Danish bride Kristina Style Fig, was interviewed about how her dashing groom Baljit, surprised her on their wedding day by giving some of his speech in Danish. I was there and it was brilliant.
Thanks as ever to the team at You & Your Wedding for these features and for sending me a copy in the post too. It’s always so exciting an honour to have my work gracing their pages.