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It's always fun to shoot at a new wedding venue and I'd been looking forward to photographing a wedding at South Farm in December when Natalie and Paul booked me last minute for this summer. With a picturesque outdoor setting for the ceremony, an Asian tuk tuk on standby as the getaway vehicle and gorgeous grounds this was a pretty dreamy wedding to photograph - not to mention how beautiful Natalie looked.
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.
So you've chosen your date and found a fabulous venue, the next task is to consider the timeline of your day. As most new brides and grooms have never organised a gathering for 100+ people this can be the most daunting part of the planning. Having been been to hundreds of weddings so can help you with designing a timeline which will make the most of the day from a photography perspective.
Following on from the morning Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Holland Park Synagogue the guests reconvened for more elaborate festivities at the fabulous Sumosan Twiga. Organised by Foxes Events and with the event spanning the three floors of the restaurant, guests moved from cocktails and canapés on one floor, to the most delicious spread of sushi on the next and finally into the basement club until the early hours.
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 the Cain 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.
A festive August wedding with intimate ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall and Islamic ceremony at home in Kensington followed by a bright, entertainment filled summer evening.
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 intimate London wedding at Islington Town Hall in the Lord Mayor's Parlour followed by a cosy reception in a local pub in Clapton for Sinead and Alice.
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.