winter

Wedding // an atmospheric winter wedding at Old Luxter's Barn in Hambleden, near Henley-upon-Thames, Oxfordshire

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.

Wedding // a cinema ceremony at the Duke of Yorks, Brighton

When I met Lee & Amy for their consultation they said 'I'm afraid we won't be as cool as your other couples'. Errrrr... hello! Their wedding was immense - a ceremony in one of my favourite venues - the Duke of York's cinema, one of the oldest cinema's in the country. And then they had a reception at The Basement which is an art and theatre venue in Brighton. They told me they had just fallen in love with the exposed brickwork and basement feel. I could see why!

I think it's fair to say this is one of the most difficult weddings I've shot lighting wise as their wedding was in November and both venues had little natural light and a lot of red (any photographer will tell you that's tough!) but I'm really happy with the end set of images!

Amy's dress is from Ghost, isn't it incredible?!

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Wedding // A beautiful rainy city winter wedding in Wandsworth and a reception in a London Leon

I shot my last wedding of the year last Saturday and this week I've mostly been editing and reflecting on what an incredible year it's been. I'll be doing a blog post before the years out but in the meantime I want to share this amazing wedding with you. I have so many weddings to blog from this year. But this winter wedding is possibly the one I'm most proud of - the light was tough, it rained all day but I couldn't be happier with this set of images. I think what makes them is Ebba's amazing smile. It didn't come off her face all day and her happiness is infectious! Just looking at these images makes my heart sing.

This is my favourite type of wedding - no expensive frills, down to earth and a couple just so clearly in love.

Despite the rain hammering down, Ebba insisted we all get the 37 from their flat to Wandsworth Town Hall. She was an absolute picture on the bus in the dress her and her mum made (yep, you heard that right!), her red heels and her mile wide red lipped grin - I loved her for it, she looked like a movie star! Ebba is Swedish so it's not customary for her to not see her groom beforehand so her and John spent the morning together - I say that, Ebba got pampered while John went out for sandwiches and sushi!

They were married in the amazing council room at Wandsworth Town Hall - a huge red room with a high ceiling and circular seating. A hired bus took them and their guests to a Leon restaurant in St Pauls - I love Leon so this got a massive thumbs up from me. Not only do they do amazing wholesome food the buildings are so airy with their exposed brickwork and light walls.

Popcorn kept the guests happy before their amazing feast was served, throughout which there were speeches from pretty much everyone - a Swedish tradition!

Massive congratulations to Ebba & John and hats off to you for pouring yourselves into your day, resulting in an absolutely amazing wedding x

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Ceremony Venue - Wandsworth Town Hall

Reception Venue - Leon St Paul's

Hair and make - up - Lucy St John