A good English country pub in the autumn plus a super duper couple makes for a right good knees up! Jo & Chris had their entire wedding at The Bell in Ticehurst and I fell in love with it as a venue - nooks and crannies, roaring fires, good ale. Wedding perfection. I am posting way more images than usual as as hard as I tried I couldn't whittle it down anymore. Mainly because this wedding was just so incredibly brilliant. Just like the couple.
I've spent a lot of time in Oxfordshire but never did I know it was so stunningly beautiful. Arriving at Hambleden, after driving through the gorgeous Marlow, I was so struck by his gorgeous village I had to stop the car to walk around it a little bit (good job I was a few hours early!). After bumping into the boys at the church, I headed up the hill, through windy trees and rolling hills to find Carolyn at Old Luxter's Barn where they'd be having their reception later on. Old Luxter's Barn is my kinda place - an independent vineyard is a stunning location selling local wares.
Carolyn met Jim outside the church before their ceremony (which, unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to photograph) and then we headed back up to the barn as the night set in. The mist and the low light created such a beautiful atmosphere and was perfect for those first moments alone as man and wife. They then partied into the night with a ceilidh!
I was lucky to work with the wonderful Rosie Powell who was on film duty and the film is just incredible! Check her out.
It's been a while since I blogged - the reason is simple, there's just been too little time to prioritise it! But as the year winds down I've been busy choosing images for blog posts and what better wedding to kick off with than this one! I still stay in touch with Michael and Gordon and they both have such busy lives as actors in Germany, I wish them some downtime to spend together some time over the festive period!
You may have felt like I've blogged this one already because I've been constantly posting images from it for the past few months! I can't tell you how much fun I had with these two and they clan on one sunny Monday in July. Their wedding was just beautiful, all about their friends and families and possibly the most emotional ceremony I've shot.
The boys got ready at Drakes (where the whole wedding was held) and we did some couple shots before the ceremony so they had more time with their friends later. You can read more about their wedding (including all suppliers) on the feature on Rock'n'Roll Bride here or see what they had to say about me here.
Second shot by Robbins Photographic.
I love The Londesborough, nestled away in the back streets of Stoke Newington it's a cosy little corner pub that tends to attract laid back couples. The staff and food are always incredible and if you're looking for a London venue I wholeheartedly recommend it. Nansi and her girls got ready together at Hotel 41 in Victoria before she joined her beau Sean at St Josephs on Highgate to be wed. Nansi is English but met Sean in Brooklyn where they both live. Their English/Amercian fusion wedding was just beautiful.
Birling Gap and Beachy Head are one of my absolute favourite parts of Sussex so when Tim and Sarah booked me for their wedding at Birling Manor I was really excited. Birling Manor as a venue is incredible, so much space, character and just loved the whole vibe about the place. Tim and Sarah married in June this year at a church in East Dean before heading to the Manor to party. Loved it.
It's amazing where time goes. I can't believe this wedding was way back in October. October is such an amazing time to get married - there's a lovely smell in the air, the air is crisp and the leaves are turning. Loved that Ben & Mel had orange feature in their wedding, something you don't see often and they did it so well.
So last August I shot a beautiful wedding, laced with amazing tones of yellow and a couple so in love they could do nothing but grin all day. When I arrived at their ceremony venue my jaw dropped, there's something about The Chantry that is just magical - it makes me want to just grab a backpack and head to New England and photograph little white wood chapels! I'm so lucky to be shooting again there next month but when I had an enquiry for another wedding there last week I went to point them at this post and actually found that although images were included in my end of year round up posts I never actually blogged this wedding which is a crime as it was beautiful!
So check out Emma and Rom's amazing humanist wedding at The Chantry with a reception at Emma's parents in Isfield, near Lewes. Romain is French so this wedding was a French/English fusion wedding and love that French men walk their Mum down the aisle before they get married!
I knew the lovely Marisa already as we had met on a photography workshop. She is having her big wedding party later this month but her and her hubby Ed did the 'legal bit' before their move to Turks & Caicos (jealous, me? Never!) and asked me along to document it. It was such an pleasure to be part of their personal intimate day, thanks for having me guys! Marisa & Ed married at Brighton registry office with just a handful of family and their gorgeous daughter. They then headed to Riddle & Finn's on the beach to celebrate - perfick.
Back in January a gorgeous couple stood in the rather magnificent Church of St Joseph in Highgate and got married. They then partied with their family and friends in the rather brilliant Clissold Arms. And here's some photos to tell their story... You can also see more on Imogen's wedding musings on her blog here.
I actually have no idea how to begin writing this post. I think I'll just start from the beginning!
So a bit of a back story about Sassy & Ian's wedding. Anyone who follows Rock'n'Roll Bride will have seen this cautionary post about having your photographer friend shoot your wedding. Wellll.. if you look at the photos below you might see someone familiar or two. Yes, Sassy and Ian were the couple in that post and the whole reason for them renewing their vows were because she wanted some kick ass photos to treasure forever. No pressure for Neil and I then!
So we all met at Heathrow airport and, me and Neil pulled up our flight socks, and we all hopped on a plane across the world! I have only ever travelled to Europe so flying this far was a pretty big deal to me and I was a bit weirded out watching the little inflight thing that tells you what countries you're flying over.
What followed was a couple of hazy, fun days with very little sleep in Bangkok. I think arriving at the roof top speak easy bar will be etched in my mind forever, it was definitely one of those moments when you just take a deep breath and realise something inside your heart has just been opened.
We then flew to Surat Thani to then get our connection to a boat which will whizz us across Chieow Laan Lake. Chieow Laan Lake was my kinda place - it was created to provide an ethical and sustainable source of energy when tourism in southern Thailand increased. I honestly felt like I had just arrived in paradise as we sat drinking a beer on that boat, driven by our super cute designated driver for the trip! We were also joined by our tour guide for the trip - a humorous and kindly soul who made our trip even more magical.
We arrived at our destination, some floating raft houses. Words can't describe this place - there's a few hours of electricity per day and the toilets are all ethical self flush type things. There's a small dining/cafe area where you can buy rum for peanuts and where people serve you banquets of amazing Thai food in abundance. You wake at 5am where you roll out of your bed into the massive expanse of warm limestone lake for a swim, and in mine and Chris's case, having a quick chat with the morning flurry of baboons.
You then board a boat where they give you wildlife tours and throughout the days, jungle treks and various exploring. We used all this time for the first few days to scope out where Sassy and Ian were going to say their vows and have photos.
Which brings me to the renewal itself. At 5am Chris and I sneaked into Sassy and Ian's room to catch them having their morning cuddle before we joined Neil by the lake for photos while the sun came up. In the days leading up we commented how the weather was perfect, hot but breezy and cloud passing. But on the morning of the renewal the sun pounded down.
Monks arrived for their Buddhist blessing and I'm going to let the images take over from here but before I do I want to say that in all my time shooting weddings I have never seen a love that touched me so much as Sassy & Ian's. I just about held it together for the reading (don't look up Emma, just don't look up) but lost it and blubbed my way through the rest of it. It was such a huge honour to be a part of something so amazing for such an incredible talent in the wedding industry and her wonderful hubby.
I also have to say what an immense pleasure it was working alongside Neil and Chris. Both are incredible, professional and wonderful people.