I first went to visit Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean in August in preparation for Nafiseh and Julian’s wedding and fell in love with this venue. The beautiful grounds holds so many opportunities for stunning photographs and I had every thing crossed that they would be blessed with lovely weather. However, things don’t always go to plan and the heavens opened for the majority of the day. Its the one thing you can’t plan.
However, Nafiseh and Julian embraced the weather and didnt let it spoil their special day. This intimate wedding was full of joy and cheer and when we got a window of opportunity we darted out to get some shots outside.
As usual, here is a selection of my favourite photographs.
A centuries-old retreat hidden in the River Thames, Monkey Island Hotel offered the perfect setting for Tracy & Mike’s July wedding. Accessed only by footbridge or boat and surrounded by elegant gardens, the sun was shining for this lovely couple. I first met Tracy and Mike in May and loved their relaxed approach.
From the romantic blush pink theme, out door ceremony and drinks reception to the relaxed atmosphere from start to finish, this wedding is a true reflection of a glorious Britsh summer wedding.
Here is the story of this beautiful day.
This gorgeous wedding at Stanway Barn has got to be one of my many favourites from 2013. Jen and Ben where do I start! From the moment I met this couple it was very obvious they were head over heels in love and I felt like we had been friends from the first time I met them. Jen and her mum planned every last last detail for a the vintage themed wedding Jen had dreamed about and what a wonderful job they did.
This June wedding was a glorious day, with the sun shining, pimms flowing and beaming bride and groom. Their happiness just lit up the room and I think you will agree can be seen throughout this entire collection. Their welcoming family and friends were a delight to photograph and I loved every second.
Here is they story of Mr & Mrs Townsend.
This May saw my first destination wedding take place at Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura, Portugal. To say I was a little bit excited would be an understatement. With a fabulous couple, beautiful venue, lush weather – what more could a photographer ask for!
Sian & Mike had planned the day perfectly with the help of the fabulous Simplicity Events Limited. From the clean, crisp, white decor, amazing musicians, glorious food to the running of the day itself everything ran smoothly and resulted in a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends. It really was a pleasure to fly out to shoot their wedding and I know Sian & Mike will have a long and happy life together.
As usual a small selection of some of my favourites from their special day. Please feel free to share or comment, I love to hear your feedback.
On this occasion I was second shooting for my fellow photographer Lindsay Jopson at The Greenway Hotel. Located on the outskirts of the Regency town of Cheltenham, this 16th Century luxury Elizabethan Manor House oozes charm with its warm Cotswold stone exterior draped in ivy. It is the picture of English country side and perfect for a spring wedding.
It is fair to say it was Milly and Toby’s main priority was to have a fun filled day and as always a pleasure working with Lindsay.
Here are a few of my favourites . Enjoy
Egypt Mill is situated on the edge of the historic market town of Nailsworth and this 16th Century Egypt Mill on the riverside made a perfect location for Claire & Andy’s wedding in February. Claire & Andy were no strangers to my work and Claire got in touch immediately to get their date in the diary. For February the weather behaved its self and we managed to use all the beautiful features outside to get some wonderful photographs.
A lovely wedding, and a super couple in Claire & Andy with fab family and friends. I hope you have a long and happy life together.
Here is a few of my favourites from your special day.
Cripps Barn, situated close to the village of Barnsley, is the perfect wedding location for weddings all year around. It certainly suited Mark & Laura’s winter wonderland theme perfectly.Positioned at the end of a wood in a dell, the barn’s flagstone floors, huge open fireplace, wooden beams, gorgeous surroundings and friendly staff ensured not only a beautiful location but that the day ran smoothly and efficiently.
I first meet Laura & Mark earlier this year and hit it off with them straight away. As a couple they complimented each others personalities perfectly and both were really down to earth, genuine people that you can’t help but warm too. I could tell they were totally in love and been looking forward to their big day all year. Their family and friends were just as welcoming and I left the wedding smiling because it truly was a magical day.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Potter,here is the story of your day.
Meet Ben and Lydia. What I love about this couple is that I knew their wedding would reflect their personality perfectly and it sure did. They opted to have a handfasting (also known as a Pagan wedding) and I felt really flattered that Lydia asked me to capture their big day. I couldn’t wait to photograph the details of the handfasting and to see my wonderful friends become Mr & Mrs Weir.
They chose to have a three day event held at Yurt Camp in Devon. The camp was wonderful and offered a great atmosphere from the off set. Many of the guests were excited to be staying in Yurt and our expectations were exceed with the luxury of the accommodation in the woods.
My favourite part of the wedding was the ceremony. In the woodlands with the midday sun shining through the trees, family and friends gathered in a circle to watch the couple make their vows (which they wrote themselves), exchange rings, share cake and mead, the Handfasting itself (loosely binding the hands of the couple), blessings and jump the broom stick. The ceremony felt intimate and really special.
Here is the story of their magical day.
Today I would like to share another fantastic wedding at Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham. I feel rather lucky that I got to photograph this gorgeous venue twice in one month and for a fabulous couple, Jenni & Neil.
I first met Jenni & Neil in 2009 when I started working at Professional Photographer magazine and have been friends ever since. When they asked me to photograph their wedding I felt really honoured and a little nervous too as Neil is one of the most talented photographic retoucher that I know. I knew Jenni would have thought of all the little touches for the decor and fell in love with her yellow, country colour scheme and attention to detail. I waited a year to see all her hard work pay off and on the day of the wedding it really did. Everything looked, sounded and tasted amazing!
Blessed with great weather on the day, the venue looked gorgeous and the sun shone without a cloud in the sky. The day couldn’t have been more perfect for a more wonderful couple! Surrounded by fantastic family and friends Jenni became Mrs Puttnam. Here is the story of their spectacular day.
It’s great when people have a strong idea of what they want from a shoot. Rachael & Tom choose to have their engagement shoot in Bristol using the left over art work from the See no evil graffiti festival as an urban backdrop. The location was perfect for them and allowed for a shoot tailored to suit their personality. Rachael is a wedding journalist and used this opportunity to see what all the fuss is about with engagement portraits and to do a write up for her column in Unique Bride magazine. Check out Rachael blog www.petticoatsandpeeptoes.com and keep an eye out for the article.
These are a few of my favourites from the shoot.