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The gentle light on the morning of this shoot was absolutely perfect for portraits – I say it all the time, but film is amazing at softening and illuminating skin and so flattering, hence why it’s just a brilliant choice for wedding photography, so shooting film and in such beautiful January light and I was in utter rapture!  There was even a hint of spring visible in places with a little blossom and lambs tails on the trees and snowdrops just starting to push their way out of the ground.  Louise & Robin were one of the two winning couples of my London engagement shoot competition I ran whilst exhibiting at the Quintessentially Atelier at Claridge’s last November.  The couple chose Battersea Park as the location for their shoot as it has been an integral place where their relationship has grown over the years and I love how seeing how happy and in love they are!

Engagement shoots are a really great idea as they get a couple more accustomed to being in front of the camera with each other, plus it’s an experience that is really personal to them before the hectic activity of the wedding plans gather pace.  Get in touch with me if you would like your own London engagement shoot, as there are so many incredible locations to choose from in this amazing city.

I was so excited to get my hands on the current February/March issue of You & Your Wedding magazine because there is a double feature of two very different wedding celebrations for the same couple that I shot last year.  Ashlee and Miguel’s Bristol city chic wedding and their beautiful fine art destination wedding in rural Spain (view the wedding here).  I’m still amazed at Ashlee’s constant calm demeanour at planning two weddings, one a full on destination wedding on consecutive weekends.

There’s nothing like seeing your work in print and all the hard work and attention to detail that went into both of those weddings have really paid off.  Having your wedding accepted to be published online or in print is such a fabulous extra momento of the day that you can keep and parents absolutely love it!Spanish wedding feature you your wedding magazine

I’m extremely passionate about printing images and investing in a photograph album for your wedding or other special celebration is something I highly recommend.  You can look back at your photographs time and time again and relive the joy and love you felt.  An album contains the very best parts of the day, combining the style details; the flowers, dress, stationery etc and also the joy and emotions you and your loved ones felt.  A stylishly designed and crafted photograph album presents your photographs at their best and provides a wonderful and timeless record of your wedding for you and for future generations.  Remember that when the wedding is over, the only thing that remains are your photographs.  As time passes by, your memories of the day will start to fade, so it makes huge sense to ensure the photographs are preserved beautifully!

I supply overlay matted albums by family owned company Queensberry Albums to my clients.  Only available within the industry, Queensberry Albums are well known as producers of the highest quality hand made photograph albums.  Based in New Zealand, they supply their beautifully crafted albums to discerning photographers all over the world.  With a wide choice of album cover options, an introduction trace page and images printed on a choice of tintoretto art paper or lustre photographic paper, the albums are a seriously stylish addition to your home.  There are different size options available too, so a smaller version makes a perfect surprise for parents too!

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The album shown here of a beautiful destination wedding I shot last year in Spain is a 12″ x 12″ matted album covered in eggshell micro leather and embossed with the bride & groom’s first names. The images are printed on tintoretto paper, a lightly textured, watercolour type paper and the clean, minimal page design style is perfect for my style of photography.

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As soon as this Barnsley House wedding photography booking was confirmed, I was so excited, as it was one of the very rare occasions when a couple decides that all the hullaballoo of a big traditional wedding just isn’t right for them and that they would rather make things an intimate and more informal affair and elope, plus I absolutely adore Barnsley House.  Every time I go there I discover something new.  The hotel, nestled deep in the Cotswolds is so quintessentially English, but with a subtle contemporary style and as I’m sure I’ve mentioned on previous posts, has absolutely phenomenal gardens.  So, on a cloudless morning on one of the very hottest days of the year back in June, I photographed (and bore witness too!) Lawrence & Nicola’s almost secret wedding ceremony. They had told their families of their plans, but very few other people knew, so it was such an honour to have been asked to document the occasion.

The couple said their vows in the gated Temple Garden, amongst the fragrant and delicate summer blooms, before we walked through the grounds to photograph some portraits. Lawrence & Nicola, both designers, especially liked that I shoot environmental scenes too, as I think it sets the scene for the wedding story as a whole, so whilst they sat down in the shade of the temple to eat their wedding breakfast, I left them alone and wandered off to find bumblebees on buddleia, stand for a while under the very welcome shade of the laburnum walk and then admire the effortless beauty of such an elegant, English country house.

Bridal Gown:  David’s Bridal  |  Bride’s Shoes & Accessories:  John Lewis  |  Florist:  Sasha Towler | Groom’s Suit: House of Fraser  |   Venue: Barnsley House Hotel & Spa

This weekend I exhibited my wedding and event film photography at a winter atelier by Quintessentially Weddings at Claridge’s Hotel.  The stunning ball rooms were full of amazing brands and sumptuous floral displays, plus visitors were treated to fashion shows, champagne, cocktails and canapes.  It was a really amazing event and a great opportunity for brides considering booking a film photographer for their wedding to be able to come and see my work, in such a beautiful and relaxed setting.  I ran a prize draw to win a London based engagement shoot and met lots of fantastic brides, grooms and planners.  It was such a fun weekend I was little sad to pack up the stand and head home, not before taking my lovely helper for a little champagne in the Claridge’s bar though!

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