Photographing in grand old architectural gems such as the Holland Park Synagogue, one of the oldest in London, is always a treat. This was one of my first outings with my new XT2 Fuji cameras and the light was beautiful to work with. I'd never witnessed a Bar Mitzvah before so it was a fascinating insight into another culture.
Sarah and Simon chose to become Mrs and Mr at Cornwell Manor, a hidden gem of a venue which was formerly a hunting lodge set in the heart of the Cotswolds. A late afternoon ceremony allowed for the rains to pass and the afternoon was spent outside in the sunshine. A proper English country garden wedding.
With Alfred Cointreau, the 30-year-old scion of the Cointreau empire in town, Soho House Group decided to have an in-house bar competition in the Library Bar at Shoreditch House for it's leading mixologists. The challenge was to introduce Cointreau, the 160 year old family run brand into a new an exciting drink to be judged by Alfred himself.
Everyone loves a beautiful confetti shot - If you follow my instagram account you'll know I am a HUGE fan of confetti shots. The colour, the smiles, having everyone in your wedding involved in the moment as they welcome you as husband and wife for the first time. It's a truly magical moment. However with several venues and churches now vetoing traditional confetti here are my top 10 alternative confetti ideas...
Julia arrived on foot for her stunning simple Marlebone wedding to Jamie. They took their vows at Asia House, before hopping aboard the wedding bus to Primrose Hill for a walk in the park and some dancing in the street. All followed by a deliciously Greek reception in the family-run Lemonia.
I joined the fabulously fun GumGum crew for some colourful and fresh London event photography as they brought Cannes to London this June on board the luxurious Erasmus yacht with DJ Sako Mano and some of France's finest champagne.
This is something I get asked a lot by my clients. The answer of course will depend on numerous factors, from where you're getting ready to the size of your wedding. Here are my top reasons I would recommend a second shooter:
For the second year running Perrier Jouet became the champagne sponsor for Masterpiece London creating a beautiful interior for the Terrace which they transformed into an elegant bar area for visitors to enjoy for the duration of the fair.
Following some late night drinking and travel talk over new year I rather impetuously signed up to join some friends in Nepal for part of their adventures in the himalayas. I've never travelled to that part of the world before and was excited to discover the spirituality and grandeur of Nepal and it's people.
I spent the May bank holiday nestled in the Surrey countryside, surrounded by green English forests capturing the beautifully bijou wedding of Kirsty and Iain. Their wedding was held at theCain Manor, a stunning Elizabethan mansion. The day was glorious so guests spent much of it outside in the beautiful gardens.
A truly internationally inspired London wedding fusing English, Indian and German styles for Jenni and Wolf. The ceremony took place against the captivating backdrop of the Asylum Chapel in Peckham's Caroline Gardens and a champagne fuelled vintage reception followed the I Do's at Brixton East 1871, a converted 19th century furniture warehouse, complete with live jazz and personalised cocktails.
So You're Getting Married....but you've never planned a wedding or large scale event before. Where to start? I know there are plenty of bridal planners, blogs, wedding advice websites out there so I'm not going to go into loads of detail but what I am going to offer is some advice from a photographer's point of view and the ways in which you can help me to take the best wedding photographs for you. Having photographed well over 200 weddings over the last 7 years I have a good sense of what works and what doesn't and how the small details that will make the day flow better for both you and your guests.
The final part to a wonderful three day wedding; a post-wedding brunch in the grounds of the stunning Chateau Bordaisiere with a delicious spread of French pastries and fruit and the opportunity for the guests to explore the grounds in the sunshine.
Now living in New York having moved to be with Bryan, Niamh wanted to have her wedding in London. The ceremony was an intimate family gathering in Mayfair with drinks reception at The Connaught before a short break and rejoining for a large sit down feast at the extraordinary Petersham Nurseries - one of my favourite wedding venues in London. As darkness fell the candles lit the glasshouses and the most lavish floral displays.
Josh and Sim were married at a poolside ceremony at Josh's mother's beautiful Ibiza villa at the end of the summer with an outdoor reception in the garden as the sun set over the hills. Her portrait shots were taken at the breathtaking Hacienda Na Xamena at one of the highest points of the island.
A very English country wedding for blogger Hattie West and Olly at her home in Sussex. A traditional church ceremony followed by a garden drinks party with steel band entertainment before a lavish meal in the marquee and dancing until late. Featured in Tatler & Rock My Wedding.
Part two of this Huntsham Court wedding in Devon for which food played a massive part of the planning for Paul and Laura. Also check out their enormous talent for details from the bridesmaids hairpieces to the intricate and personalised table decorations.
The pre-wedding Friday night black tie evening for Paul and Laura ahead of their wedding at Huntsham Court the following day. A beautiful sunset followed by a lavish banquet all carefully thought out in it's display. Amazing flowers throughout this wedding and personalised details created by the couple.
It was a wonderful treat to have the opportunity to return to the magical Chateau de la Bourdaisiere for Marlie and Kevin's multi national outdoor garden ceremony in France. And my favourite floral designs yet.
Having worked with Leo for many years professionally when she asked me to cover her English Country Garden wedding at her grandmother's last home in Somerset I was thrilled! Pretty and summery with a touch of Scotland with a ceilidh as a nod to Doug's heritage.
After 2 years in Glasgow and frequent trips up there since I was 18, Scotland holds a special place in my heart and I jump at every opportunity to work up there. This was a castle wedding near Edinburgh in late summer - absolutely freezing but clear and crisp.
A grand ceremony at the impressive Warwick Church followed by a rather blustery departure to Olivia's family home where her sister was married only a couple of years ago. A fusion of English, South American and a few drinking games thrown in and a rather impressive first dance. Oh, and Olivia MADE her own dress!
Langley Park has only recently opened up as a wedding venue with Michael and Fliss being one of the first couples to get married on the gorgeous estate in the Cotswolds. The estate has it's own cute little church so just a short walk from the main house for the ceremony although they chose to race off for a quick spin after the ceremony to ensure a proper arrival to their reception.
A Tuscany garden wedding surrounded by vineyards for two absolutely special people. Even a brief spell of rain couldn't dampen the spirits. An outdoor ceremony followed by drinks reception on the lawn and then a traditional Tuscan menu served around the pool.