Louisa and Gary's winter wedding in Glasgow followed by reception at the grand Mar Hall near Loch Lomond.Read More
This was Clare and James' gorgeous winter wedding party at the grand Ill Bottaccio in Kensington, London. It was a crisp bright morning and I walked across Hyde Park to the studio where the girls were getting ready. The late ceremony meant that it got dark soon after the wedding but there was enough time to get a few shots on the street before the party got started. I have known Clare's family for about 10 years and so it's always such a joy and a proud moment to be so closely involved in a wedding like this.Read More
Engagement shoot in GuildfordRead More
Wedding at Almonry Barn in SomersetRead More
Thanks to everyone who has been following my blog for the last few years - I really appreciate all of the support. I wanted to announce that I have a brand new website and blog (currently featuring one of my weddings from my recent trip to New Zealand) up and running which I would love for you to check out. It's been a long time coming and a real labour of love. When you are so close to the work you have created it can be hard to stand back and objectively create something that represents you, your brand and your personality but it's often the first thing that people get to see as an introduction to me to I hope it is memorable and reflective of the passion I have for my work. It's been amazing looking back over some of the beautiful weddings I have been to, the wonderful people I have met and the incredible destinations I have visited. It's part of an exciting new beginning and I look forward to great things happening this year! I hope you enjoy it.
Helen Abraham Destination Wedding Photographer
I had the wonderful privilege of second shooting for the very talented international wedding photographer Nisha Ravji back in January and February in New Zealand. She got in touch with me back at the start of 2013 and floated the idea of us working together, which we have subsequently done in both London and New Zealand now. She has taught me so much both about life and photography and she continues to inspire me daily. When she told me about this wedding I jumped at the chance to second photograph for her - Ryan and Annelise are obviously absolutely gorgeous, the wedding took place in Annelise's family garden and it was like a fairytale. Such a fun wedding to photograph and I love shooting outdoors - beautiful light, space and the atmosphere is just so relaxed.Read More
Nick and Cat were guests at a wedding a shot a number of years ago at Swallows Oast in Tunbridge Wells for Katie and James. I hadn't seen them since the wedding and so for our first meeting was happy to travel down to Tunbridge Wells to meet and photograph them at the pub where they first met whilst working as students, The Beacon. It's great to do an engagement shoot for a couple at a venue that really means something to them and it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning as the grounds were stunning, plus the pub itself was quirky and as a location was a great contrast to the more natural outdoorsy shots. I can't wait to shoot their English country garden wedding at Mountains Country House in Hildenborough.
A couple of summers ago I was both guest and photographer at the wonderful wedding of Nick and Pip in Somerset and had the pleasure of sitting on a table with both a friend Lisha and also newly engaged couple Charlie and Tetyana. Now, Lisha is one of my biggest supporters, for which I am eternally grateful! I've covered a number of weddings recently on the back of her glowing reference and she didn't hesitate in recommending me to Charlie and Tetyana there and then. Following the wedding I picked out this sweet moment between them from the wedding:
Disappointingly I was already booked for their full wedding in the Ukraine this month but I was able to join them for the more intimate ceremony at the absolutely stunning Temple Church in central London (which is featured in The Da Vinci Code); one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London.
The warden closed off the church to the visitors and there was an incredible sense of calm and quiet anticipation in this vast space as Charlie waited at the end of the intimidatingly long aisle. There was pure joy in their faces and it was very emotional to have been a part of such a wonderful occasion. And Charlie and Tetyana were the perfect couple to photograph after the ceremony; so happy, easy and relaxed with one another.
I try to vary my locations for engagement shoots as much as possible. Every couple is different and I want to ensure that each engagement shoot represents them as much as possible. Columbia Road was particularly busy on this day but we snuck off down some side streets initially until Tim and Sophie were more relaxed in front of the camera then we braved the crowds and went shopping for some flowers, stopping for a few oysters on the way. They were great in front of the camera - very relaxed and natural and fun to be with. Wedding pictures now here.
It is definitely one of the perks of my job to be able to travel for work. It gives me such joy to know that I can pack up my camera bag and work anywhere in the world. This year I have done a handful of destination weddings for UK based clients and am looking forward to doing more next year. Chris and Judith chose to marry in France, away from their family homes in Belfast and Glasgow. They found the beautiful Chateau de la Ligne just outside Bordeaux and brought over 60 close friends and family (Chris is one of 9!). From the outset they made me feel so welcome and comfortable and I honestly felt like one of the party - and I think this benefits the photography as by the time of the wedding I knew exactly who everyone was and they were all far more relaxed in front of the camera. It was lovely to be able to capture both the boys and girls and all the family getting ready across the chateau before they went down to the village church for the ceremony which was conducted by their local priest who also came over from Belfast. After the ceremony canapés and champagne were served on the lawn before a meal served in the cool orangerie. They surprised their guests with fireworks over the vineyards as the sunset, and then they were surprised by a video link with Chris' brother who was unable to attend the wedding because he was on tour with his choir in Canada. At this point I slipped off to bed but the laughter continued long into the night.
See the engagement photos here.
Every wedding is unique and beautiful but occasionally a wedding is truly spectacular for other reasons. Judith is a friend of Hannah whose wedding and engagement I photographed in Glasgow a couple of years ago. Having seen my work she contacted me when she got engaged. I was charmed by her immediately and as she told me more about her plans for her wedding in a beautiful chateau outside of Bordeaux. I jumped at the chance. As Judith and Chris live in Belfast we didn't have a chance to meet in advance of the wedding but they kindly invited me to stay for a couple of nights before the wedding so that we had a chance to get to know each other and do the engagement shoot. The Chateau De La Ligne was nothing short of spectacular with vast grounds surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye could see. My room was in the tower of the main building with a cool breeze and stunning views. I had the most wonderful few days and because the wedding was relatively small I had the chance to meet and get to know many of their lovely family members and was made to feel very much a part of the party throughout.
Wedding picture to follow!
Gorgeous Julia and Pete asked to do their engagement shoot in Camden where Julia used to live and where they used to 'court'. We met at 7pm but it was still muggy and hot and everyone was on the streets and in a great mood, not least Julia and Pete who are the most smiley, lovely couple. Julia is a pilates instructor which is why she looks so A-mazing! I love engagement shoots; I get to wander round new parts of town and get to know a couple in a much more relaxed environment. We started off at Camden Town tube and pottered along the canal up to Primrose Hill and near to where I live.
Their wedding in September is at Kensington Roof Gardens. I haven't been there for years but I'm sure it will be a fantastic venue not least because there are pink flamingos up there!!!
For some reason I seem to end up getting a lot of event managers as my clients. I am going to take it as a compliment as these are people who know what they want and how to make it happen! Che was no different - she made her decision to book me as we sat around her kitchen table last year discussing the wedding. They had the brilliant idea of doing the engagement shoot at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park at the end of last year - I had never been but it was great fun and an amazing location for a shoot. I don't do many weddings in central London so it's always a bit of a treat to have one on my doorstep that I can take the tube to! Richard and Che were married in Knightsbridge at The Jumeirah Carlton Towers Hotel. The whole event was managed so excellently by Jayne and Errols from Perry's which in turn made it a very stress free day. Nothing was too much trouble for them and it makes a huge difference to have a planner on hand to manage events. The flowers by Ramels, dancefloor and backdrop by Everything Covered. The cake was by Crumbs and Doilies and the lovely videographers were from The London Wedding Film Company. The toastmaster was Howard Robbins. It was my first Turkish wedding and it was brilliant to see some new traditions. The bride and groom were piped and drummed in, making two turns of the dance floor before doing their first dance - very quickly the entire wedding were on the dance floor. Towards the end of the evening the money pinning ceremony took place - which is kind of as it sounds. There is something wonderful about a community supporting newly-weds at the start of their lives together in that way.
I was just writing up a blog posting for Che and Richard's recent London wedding when I realised I hadn't written a post about their engagement shoot! And this is one definitely worth mentioning because of the unusual and creative location they chose for their shoot; Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It was the most glorious, blue-sky day and we got there early before the crowds. I had never been before but Che and Richard are big fans and were joined by the rest of their family for a day out. They were a whole lot braver than me and impressively went on the biggest roller coaster in the park for the sake of my photographic demands! It's not open again until November of this year.
Back when I was 18 I was offered a place to read English at St Andrews university but I ended up choosing English and History of Art at York, at the time I didn't know how heart-wrenchingly beautiful Scotland is. But hindsight is a wonderful thing! I never made it up to St Andrews for a visit so this September I was so happy to have the opportunity to finally visit Scotland's first university. I arrived the evening before to attend the rehearsal and meet Mark and Emma for the first time. I was overwhelmed with how lovely the area was and St Salvator's Chapel was just stunning. Emma was radiant and as you can see from the pictures didn't stop smiling all day. She beamed her way down the aisle and the service was one filled with laughter and love. After the ceremony the guests headed back to Carphin House where the bridal party were staying for canapes and champagne. The weather stayed so fine that everyone was able to stand outside on terrace and enjoy the views over the hills of Cupar.
As the sun was setting and most of the guests had departed I took Emma and Mark off for a quick walk around the grounds for some final pictures. They didn't stop chatting and laughing the whole way around. I am sure they are destined for a very happy future together and I'm grateful to have been a part of a very special wedding.
Lynn: "Stephen and I have an idea that we thought we would run past you... My mum has a friend who works for the BBC and when I was younger she introduced me to the BBC prop store - you may have heard of it? It's the most amazing place, it's basically a warehouse with aisle after aisle of clutter, things from various tv programmes and films. It also has a costume department with everything from ball gowns and tuxedos to flapper dresses and flares. It reminds me a lot of the underground part in the ministry of magic from Harry Potter! What do you think of shooting there?" Me: "Well, yes - of course! What's not to love about shooting in a prop department?!"
Here are the results of that shoot a couple of months ago.... a truly beautiful and very much in love young couple and I very much enjoyed shooting their wedding in October. A blog posting to follow of the wedding pictures.
Ok, so I have been very rubbish at writing my blog recently. So much has been happening from starting a book project in Eastern Europe to many, many weddings, the launch of a new beer brand amongst other things, so... I am going to start from the last job of the year and work my way backwards trying to catch up on all the amazing things I have been shooting and lovely people I have been working with. Saturday was the last wedding of 2012 for me and it was just a taster of the full event in Cyprus in July. Nathalie and Demetris tied the knot officially at Marylebone Town Hall in front of their gorgeous little boy Oscar, and a handful of family and friends. I caught them as they came out of the ceremony and went with them for a few pictures at the rather grand Landmark Hotel just across the road.
I've known Nathalie for about 7 years now and photographed her pregnancy with Oscar and look forward to working with her on her gorgeous new online boutique Youchka.
Nathalie looked utterly ravishing in Dolce & Gabbana white lace, and was stylishly cool about not everything running exactly to plan. I absolutely cannot wait for the big event in the summer.
Every now and again, a wedding comes along that the wedding gods have really smiled on, and everything falls into place most perfectly. This seemed to happen for Anna and Robbie. A beautiful, quirky couple with a charming little girl, they married on Loch Fyne at isolated historic Ardkinglas House that was so gorgeously styled it felt like a fashion shoot. The sunshine unexpectedly came out at the right times and enabled them to marry outside under the open sky surrounded by only close family and friends. The day really felt quite magical and it was a privilege to have been part of it. After supper everyone donned wellies and coats and headed down to the edge of the loch to pass The Quaich, a two-handled cup containing whisky that was passed round the guests allowing them to propose individual toasts to Anna and Robbie to wish them well.
You can view the full album here - the password is Robbie's surname.