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Cotswolds Wedding Photographer - Archie and Philippa get married at Charlton Park Estate

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Sometimes everything just goes incredibly well at a wedding and it's visually very spectacular.  This was a wedding I had really been looking forward to.   Their ceremony took place at their family home on the front lawn, the ceremony was open air with the stunning backdrop of the house.  A whole gaggle of children (I lost count) and dogs accompanied Phili down the aisle.  After the ceremony guest walked over to a reception in front of the main house.  A highlight being the wing walker performance (Phili had for a short time held the record for the youngest wing walker in the world - amongst her many other achievements!).  The final stop was the teepee marquees in the woods filled with flora and fauna.  I don't think the day could have been any more perfect - at home, filled with family, friends, children and dogs and a glorious summers day.  I was literally in my element.

Wedding Planner: Albion Parties //  Marquee: LPM Bohemia  //   Catering: Essential Party Ingredients  //  Production: Sound Artist Management   //  Florist: Miranda Fairhurst   //  Videographer: Reel Vision   //  Invitations: Pemberly Fox  //  Venue:  Charlton Park Estate

London Wedding Photographer - Kate and Matt's Hampstead Wedding at the Pergola Hill and Garden and Lauderdale House

London Wedding Photographer - Kate and Matt's Hampstead Wedding at the Pergola Hill and Garden and Lauderdale House

I had two almost simultaneous enquiries for this same date in July and had to make a decision but Kate made a very convincing argument as to how much fun and how beautiful a wedding at the Pergola Hill and Garden would be.  Having photographed a styled shoot there before I knew what a fantastic setting it was and so it was decided.

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Oxenfoord Castle wedding photography ~ Nicola & Michael's Edinburgh Wedding

Oxenfoord Castle wedding photography ~ Nicola & Michael's Edinburgh Wedding
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.
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Olivia & James' English Country Garden Wedding~ Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Olivia & James' English Country Garden Wedding~ Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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!
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Suffolk Couples Shoot at the Nordica Photography Workshop

Suffolk Couples Shoot at the Nordica Photography Workshop
A few months before Christmas I had the pleasure of joining a number of fantastic photographers for a workshop with the very inspiring destination wedding photography guys, Nordica Photography.    They led us through a shoot in gorgeous autumnal sunshine with a real couple and spent two days sharing a wealth of knowledge and experience about the wedding photography industry.  Two days of talking about wedding photography - what's not to love?!
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New Website!

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.

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www.helenabrahamphotography.com

New Zealand London Destination Wedding Photographer
New Zealand London Destination Wedding Photographer

Helen Abraham Destination Wedding Photographer

BRIGHTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY || Hotel du Vin Wedding, Brighton || HAYLEY + RYAN

After my travels in New Zealand I am in the process of catching on all the wonderful weddings I photographed at the end of last year.  Hayley and Ryan decided to marry in the hotel where they were engaged; the Hotel Du Vin in Brighton.  Hayley was getting ready in the gorgeous top suite of the hotel and the ceremony and reception happened next door in the Pub du Vin.

Hayley found me through a mutual friend Emily whose wedding party I photographed at Shoreditch House , London earlier in the year so it was great to catch up with her on the day.  It was one of the windiest, rainy days imaginable and so we didn’t make it down to the beach unfortunately but the hotel itself had a fantastic atmosphere.  I love a pub wedding!

NATASHA + ANDREW | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY - AUCKLAND

NATASHA + ANDREW | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY - AUCKLAND
In my quest to add a few more destination weddings to my list of those around Europe and Scotland I jumped at the chance to have the opportunity to visit and photograph some weddings in New Zealand with my good friend Nisha Ravji.  When she messaged to say she had found a wedding for me to shoot I was over the moon.  After chatting over Skype Tasha and Andrew, both jockeys now living and racing in Macau, they booked me for their outdoor wedding at Belsaas Estate; a kiwi fruit orchard near Auckland. I’ve shot all sorts of weddings but I have to say that these two were quite possibly the most relaxed couple I have photographed!  The whole day and the photography went so smoothly.  Maybe it’s something about being in the outdoors – and not facing the craziness of the British weather (the last wedding I did before leaving the UK was in a horrendous downpour and gale force winds!).   I’ve now got a real taste for destination wedding photography!
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Temple Church Wedding Photography || An Intimate London Ceremony

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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.

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Dillington House Wedding Photography || Sophie & Tim's Wedding in Somerset

Sophie has quite a talent for under promising and over delivering.  At our first meeting (see engagement shoot here) she talked me through the details of the wedding venue and whilst it sounded lovelyDshe described it as a conference/education centre and so I was overwhelmed when I arrived.  It helped that it was a glorious day, but Dillington House has fabulous grounds and has the grandeur you would expect of the former Somerset home of George III's Prime Minister, Lord North. They had also told me about the fancy dress element so I was intrigued as to how that would play out but this has to have been one of the most highly detailed and well planned out weddings I've attended.  Sophie and Tim's attention to the finest detail was impressive.  Each table, spread across 4 different rooms within the house, had it's own theme including The Great Gatsby, Royalty, Birds and the Bees and Fairy Tales and every guest had come prepared to dress up after the ceremony according to their table.

After the humanist ceremony in the barn all guests went off to change and reassembled at the back of the house for lawn games with the bride and groom making a grand entrance as a Bumblebee and White Peackcock - looking absolutely fabulous.  I was so impressed at the effort everyone made to fully embrace the dress code and it made for a wonderful spectacle.

(Engagement photos from Columbia Road Flower Market here).

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