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The magnificent Bradley House in Wiltshire was the setting for an intimate winter wedding on a Sunday afternoon for a beautifully chic French bride and her English beau.  The wedding day stylishly mixed the couple’s nationalities with morning suits, afternoon tea, champagne and calissons d’Aix.

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It may look warm and sunny, but let me assure you this lasted for little more than an hour and then the blustery chill of a storm moved swiftly in!  I think this Bradley House winter wedding was one of my coldest ever and the bride and groom portraits outside were the fastest ever shot before we returned inside with numb fingers to the warmth of the house!

The whole day was a real family affair with everyone lending a hand and perhaps the most relaxed bride ever.  I arrived to find her offering everyone a glass of champagne and helping her grandmother cut some flowers, completely unfazed by the excitement and activity.  I loved how the bride eschewed colour to warm up her winter wedding and fearlessly went for a white bouquet of white anemones, roses, gypsophila and ivy as it looked so beautifully cool and elegant.

The bride loved my clean, but traditional style of photography, particularly black & white as it suited her french sense of style and although when we first met at the Quintessentially Weddings atelier at Claridge’s, she told me she was feeling very anxious about being photographed, she soon relaxed for her bridal portraits.  A beautiful full skirted tulle gown by Sassi Holford and professional hair & make up will really help the most nervous of brides to feel more confident in front of the camera!

The couple said their vows in a traditional ceremony at the village church directly next to the house, before returning to a champagne reception,followed by a traditional English afternoon tea and speeches.

Dress: Sassi Holford  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Venue: Bradley House  |  Florist: Flowers by Passion  |  Caterer: Eat5Star  |  Flower Girls Dresses: Monsoon  |  Band: The Hipcats

In November I spent eight magical days in beautiful India.  The warm sunshine and light-infused colours of enamelled tiles, saris, flowers at golden hour and buildings painted in chalky pinks and oranges made everywhere a visual feast.

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I travelled around India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ taking in Delhi, Agra, the pink city of Jaipur and India’s most holy city Varanasi on the banks of the enormous River Ganges.  When people who’ve been to India describe it as indescribable I now know what they mean, as it’s unlike any culture I’ve ever experienced.  Its a bombardment of every sense and a photographer’s dream.  There is so much to photograph along every step of the street that it is an overwhelming feeling of wanting to capture so much and my 24 rolls of film was me being selective!

It was really wonderful wandering around meeting people who were largely happy to be photographed and the warm yet gentle light there was beautiful and great for photography.  I would say to anyone who is curious about visiting, but feeling a little nervous as I was, then go on an organised tour depending on the level of comfort and support you need.  I travelled to India with Exodus in a small group of 15 British and Americans and it felt great to be looked after so well by Bali our local guide who headed the tour and took away the headache of co-ordinating travel and accommodation – he even got us into a wedding with 600 guests!

It was a pretty intense schedule of a different hotel every night and two nights spent overnight on a sleeper train, but it was an excellent intro to this magical and amazing country and I’ll remember the excitement at seeing the white marble of the Taj Mahal illuminated in the misty sunrise forever.  I absolutely loved the trip and can’t wait to go back.

Tour Company: Exodus  |  Tour Leader: Balvinder Singh

wedding ideas magazine july 2016 barnsley house weddingwedding ideas magazine july 2016 barnsley house weddingwedding ideas magazine july 2016 barnsley house weddingwedding ideas magazine july 2016 barnsley house weddingNearly a year ago I was at Barnsley House on one of the hottest days of the year, photographing the beautifully private wedding ceremony of Lawrence & Nicola.  Just myself and the couple in the Temple Garden so I felt hugely honoured to be there – I was one of the witnesses too so multi-tasking!  The elopement is featured in the July 2016 issue of Wedding Ideas magazine, out today, so very excited to see it in print.

It’s great to see the shoot I did with Sweet Pea PR and styled by Louise Beukes of Lynda Athey’s beautiful stationery featured in the June issue of Perfect Wedding magazine.  We all had such a fun day in South East London shooting Lynda’s new wedding invitation suites.  If there’s something I love, it’s beautiful luxe stationery!

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One Monday morning last year, Andrew took Henni away on a surprise trip to the Pig Hotel near Bath to propose with a fake engagement ring, as Henni concedes she’s possibly too high maintenance to choose a real ring for!  They spent the day sipping champagne and sitting in the hotel’s beautiful gardens, then returned to London the next day to pick out a real ring.  The couple chose Fulham Palace for their engagement shoot as it’s close to where they live and they’ve enjoyed a few summer afternoons when the flowers are in full bloom wandering around the peaceful grounds.

Andrew says he’s applauded for tying a unicorn down and that Henni is cute, intelligent and the funniest girl he knows.  He knew he’d found the right girl because his friends prefer being with Henni to him!  Henni says she honestly can’t remember what she did before she met Andrew, “He treats me like a queen and is the kindest, most caring, loving and loyal man I could ever have hoped to meet. He’s my best friend and I can’t wait to be husband and wife!”