The change of the seasons is one of the reasons why I couldn’t live in a warmer country. The delicate way in which spring emerges from the cold clutches of winter to deliver vibrant greens and paper white blossoms, its just incredible, throw in some morning sunshine and you have all the makings of a beautiful shoot. For anyone who hasn’t been, Stowe gardens offer 250 acres of splendor to amble around, you can cover the main features in about an hour at a casual pace if you fancy a weekend jaunt – good scrabble word. Sarah and Andy will be married in a few months and i’ll be there to capture that too, cannot wait. In the meantime feast your eyes on all the fun we had last weekend where I was terrorised by a roguish swan, he had anger in his eyes and fire in his belly – true story.
I remember the advert with Rhod Gilbert in it as he declared his ignorance toward the presence of vineyards in Wales, here I state my own, I had no idea you could grow vines in Surrey. The day actually started at Wotton House, which looks like an intriguing venue in itself, they were setting up for their own wedding and it looked like they had thrones in the ceremony room. I began with a stroll through the vast greenery that is the grounds at Wotton House before venturing indoors. Im so glad we had time to capture Ximmy on her own before setting off, she was just stunning and her red bouquet so striking. Ahoa met us at the hotel which is such a sweet thing to do, Im pretty sure the idea of a ‘first look’ came from the American market, its great to see its crossed the pond, the looks on their faces are always priceless. Cue the Honda Civic wedding car, and on to Denbies Wine Estate.
The rest of the day had just about everything, laughter, selfies, cake eating competitions, you name it. Ahoa and Ximmy, it was a pleasure. I’m so glad you loved the photos, I feel I’ve done a good job when at least one person cries when looking at them – tears of joy of course :)
We’ve received the photos and they are fab! We really enjoyed the slideshow. Made us both laugh… and she cried a little :) Thanks again for capturing and sharing our big day with us.
This has to be my new favourite place, if you’ve never been to Iceland, just book it. Most of my jaunts are centered around what I can eat while im there, Iceland however was predominantly centred around adventure, glacier hikes and northern lights. It turns out Iceland has some of the best restaurants i have ever eaten at, forget the main courses, you could just eat the freshly churned butter until the end of time. I once saw Carluccio put fresh butter in his coffee and couldn’t believe my eyes, upon trying it, I instantly realised why – its amazing. The scenery in Iceland would make any wedding truly epic, huge mountain ranges and endless fields of snow, a crisp white canvas. Here’s a few photographs that tell some of the story.
It was at gas mark two at Chicheley Hall in Northampton a few weeks back, colour, laughter, chocolate cake, we had it all and Ive been dying to share this wedding with the world. With a house as grand as this you wouldn’t expect two plastic pterodactyl’s to be lurking in the grounds…but there they were. Ordinarily you might think that they’re not exactly wedding material, but it was Jon and Emma who told me they were there! I love the shots we got with them, it was crazy dark under the trees, but i really like how moody they’ve come out. The section of trees was hidden at the back of the main gardens and provided a perfect place to take shelter from the sun and then blow out some highlights and get some gnarly colour from the trees. The shots of them together are gorgeous, i wish i could pull off a dickie bow, there is something effortlessly cool about them.
The area used for the ceremony was turned around for the breakfast, its such a great space, the arches make an awesome natural frame. The huge windows at either side of the venue create beautiful light in the room, being such an open white space the light bounces off everything and looks fantastic. Enjoy my lovelies, this was a special day, thanks to Jon and Emma for letting me be there x
Within seconds of meeting Richard and Alana i knew this was going to be a brilliant wedding. The ceremony took place in Ealing Green, West London. With the church preparing for harvest festival it was aptly decorated with signs of plenty which provided the most colourful of back drops for this wonderful ceremony. The lovely Jen conducted the service for Richard and Alana, a dynamite lady with a tremendous sense of humour, im particularly happy with the shot of her laughing outside the church, it was a shoot from the hip moment and came out rather well!
With all the guests pouring in all the nervous tension was dispelled by the general merriment and laughter, you could feel the love. As soon as Alana entered and made her way up to Richard both were beaming, it was one of those real ‘awww you guys!’ kind of moments – brilliant. Just across the way from the church is the most fabulous garden which is fronted by a war memorial, the grand gates made a perfect setting for the group photographs before disappearing round the corner for some more intimate shots. Photographing these two was so easy, so many smiles, you just cant help but come over all romantic (don’t tell my partner)
Now then, the most important part – the cake. As a proud supporter of all things cake im happy to say this one was a belter, classically English with a real touch of class. I digress. We then ventured to the Chiswick Moran Hotel, which is also in West London, but a stones throw from the church. The dining room was beautiful, decorated with gorgeous wild flowers in jam jars and packets of seeds as favours, in its own closed off area with a bar too, always good so you don’t get wandering guests. A genuinely classy hotel for anyone who is looking for a venue in West London, I think they conduct ceremonies and civil partnerships there also. The day was finished with much laughter and some superb dancing it has to be said – thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome, it really was a pleasure to be a part of.
Sanctum on the Green – we meet again!
I love this place, its intimate, quiet, cosy, friendly…and has iron maiden gold discs all over the place – it adds to the charm. I think its owned or associated with the bands producer or record label, who knows, or quien sabes as they say in spanish (im learning-slowly). When you meet a bride to be who is also a wedding blogger you know the day is going to be awesome, and Dani didn’t disappoint. Hand made decorations, flowers everywhere, a considered colour palette and little touches here and there which flow with the theme and maintain a strong sense of the couples style. Theres a few outstanding recollections from the day, but one in particular will stay with me forever. Dani and her bridesmaid were pondering how one of those old school perfume bottles worked – you know, the ones with the puffy pump bit on – this one was full of some sort of body glitter i think. Anyway, after squeezing the end multiple times it was suddenly realised that there was a valve to release the built up pressure, it was agreed that releasing the valve would solve the problem. A tsunami of a glitter based substance exploded out of the bottle and covered everything in a three foot radius, most notably it was all up the bag that the wedding dress was residing in which had only be zipped up a few moments earlier – you know that look when you realise how close you were to disaster but then just how funny the situation is? – rolling around laughing ensued.
Not even the rain could dampen spirits, the ceremony was outdoors and bloody typical it decided to rain. But no-one cared, everyone was too busy crying at how lovely everything was – did i cry? – look, maybe, i had something in my eye! ok! a really nice touch was how the rings were kept in a small container and passed around everyone in the ceremony before finding there way to the front. Just around the corner from where the ceremony was held is a little tucked away area which is nice and secluded for some shots of the couple. I’m not a fan of contrasty light falling on the bride and groom, however we needed to cheat in order to get that lovely back lighting, placing them both in the shade of a tree blew out the background nicely. Settings wise it was probably around iso400 at f2.8 1/80, ill dig out the files if you really want to know.
The laughter continued with the group shots which saw the boys donning umbrellas and bouquets much to everyone’s amusement, fair play. The girls were in fine voice too re-making a photograph from their childhood with some general larking with heart shaped umbrellas. One fine idea from the wedding breakfast was that Dani and Mark had their own table, i thought this was a brilliant idea, they could spend some quality time together and address the entire room at the same time, plus the table looked brilliant, look at the pretties! The speeches were a riot which saw Mark end his with a song he’d written just for Dani! it was lovely, I’ve never seen so many happy tears.
Following this i managed to have a 10 minute conversation with the man in charge of the chocolate fountain, imported he said, from Europe he said, can i eat it i said. Sweet treats kept everyone going through the evening, crepes, doughnuts, a 5ft cake! this wedding had everything and it was a delight to be there to document it all, big love to Mark and Dani x
The second wedding at cruck barn this year didn’t disappoint, the rain tried to weave its way through some overcast august skies, but thankfully stayed away for the most important outdoor photographs. Id never been to St Marys in Shenley Church End, inside is exactly what you’d expect from a church of that era, but the tree lined pathway leaving up to it as an absolute gem of a spot for pictures. I do love that about Milton Keynes, it gets alot of stick for having very little in terms of inspirational architecture and too many roundabouts, but there are so many little pockets like this to be found. The church is incredibly secluded and you feel like you’re in a separate world cut off from the rest of the city, what better way to make you feel calm before being married.
As you’ll see from the pictures the boys donned the traditional Scotsman’s attire true to the families heritage, the full outfit does look incredibly smart. After the service the three of us stayed behind to make use of the light streaming through the trees – such a gorgeous spot. It was a great opportunity to get some epic shots and mess around with the tilt-shift. To Cruck Barn. Kevin & Stacey were game for a laugh and emerged with two huge helium filled balloons – hilarity ensued. Trying to jump in heels it turns out is quite hard, not speaking from personal experience you understand. As normal the temptation for the boys was just too much, and in the middle of the pictures started lifting up Kevin’s Kilt, there was plenty of leg on show…and sometimes a bit more, much to everyone’s amusement.
Currently the venue has scaffolding re-enforcing the structure (it is rather old) but with some creative navigation through some bushes we still managed to get some excellent photographs. The evening was rounded off with a perfect wee dance routine, luckily i spun around just in time for Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli give the verdict.