People often ask me if I ever get bored of photographing weddings. The simple answer, thankfully, is no and do you know why? Personality. Of course, every wedding has different elements that reflect something of the couple getting married. They can often be found in the personal touches (obviously) like handmade decorations or in the food and drink or in the evening entertainment but I truly believe that there something that goes deeper than surface level decoration that makes every wedding totally unique and meaningful. It’s all about people. The couple getting married, their wedding party, their parents and family, their friends, the suppliers they’ve chosen to ‘produce’ and be present on their day… everyone involved brings an offering of themselves to the table and it’s that unique mixture of talent, personality, purpose and love that make weddings like no other occasion we celebrate.
Becki and Paul’s wedding was a beautiful cocktail of all of the above in the stunning settings of St James’s Church in Bramley, parts of which date back to the twelfth century, and Ufton Court near Reading. Green Parlour created a feast for the eyes with regards to the wedding flowers, in particular the individually bespoke buttonholes that looked fantastic against the boys’ waistcoats and suit jackets. Oakwood Events and The Wild Fork catering team were fantastic as always and all the guests thoroughly enjoyed all of the décor and delicious food and drink that was served throughout the day. During the service, Becki’s mum read one of her favourite childhood books as an alternative reading, which was clearly very touching for Paul and Becki. When the newlyweds walked down the aisle as husband and wife, they were serenaded by didgeridoos and drums that reflected a family tradition of Paul’s. And at the reception, photos of their parent’s weddings and grandparent’s weddings made you realise that this day was bigger than just Becki and Paul – it was about the union of two families with many talents, so much personality and so much love.
Michelle and Larry’s wedding was a more intimate affair with a select number of friends and family at Ufton Court for the ceremony and reception. Again, so much love and effort had gone into the decorative details of the day that everywhere you looked there was something to admire and look at. Oakwood Events were on a roll that weekend with the barn décor and Total Hospitality produced so much delicious food that no one went hungry all day. As well as the fab garden games provided by Ufton Court, the drinks reception was full of edible treats for the guests to enjoy. The bride and groom provided a generous sweetie table and Daisy, the vintage ice cream van, made a stop off in the afternoon to the great delight of the adults as well as the children. Clearly, Michelle and Larry had thought carefully about their guests and how best to help them enjoy the day. The atmosphere was so relaxed and comfortable that it felt more like a family gathering than a wedding, which in my opinion is quite an achievement and something to be proud of. It was an absolute delight to capture.
Michelle & Larry // Ufton Court
Venue Ufton Court
Flowers Green Parlour
Venue Styling Oakwood Events
Ice creams Daisy Icecream Van
” Mazel Tov”
When couples tell me that they want an outside wedding in the UK, my honest opinion often goes along the lines of ‘good luck with that’ or ‘are you sure?’ or ‘have you thought this through?’ You’d be surprised but it seems people forget that we live in one of the most unpredictable climates around when planning a wedding! If they have their hearts set on a ceremony out in the open, then I do encourage them to spend as much time planning for an alternative, undercover plan B ceremony as well as plan A so that they are not absolutely heartbroken if the heavens open and it literally rains on their parade. But sometimes, now and again, the Lord smiles down on us with his sunshine grin and gives us a corker of day, unrivalled by our Mediterranean friends further south. Leo and Emma’s stunning wedding at Wasing Park was one of those days. I still can’t get over how brilliantly the sun shone, how warm the day was and how the grounds of Wasing Park looked so picturesque, especially writing this now, in the official summertime of Great Britain with dull, grey clouds outside my window.
The delicious blooms courtesy of the fantastic White Horse Flower Company smelled and looked heavenly from the girls’ bouquets to the table centres. So much colour, so many lovely smells and, in the words of White Horse Flower Company owner Lindsey Kitchin, ‘big blousy arrangements – the bigger, the better!’ I couldn’t agree more. And to make the flowers look even better, both sides of the wedding party scrubbed up extremely well and looked gorgeous. Emma’s styling suited her down to the ground and her stunning wedding dress by Suzanne Neveille is definitely a favourite of mine – just check out the photos if you don’t believe me. Leo’s bespoke suit looked impeccable and together, they looked like they had just stepped out of a magazine shoot.
One very clever thing I observed about Leo and Emma’s day was the balance they managed to achieve with having a large number of guests but somehow still managing to create an intimate, emotional atmosphere that made you almost forget there were 120 people there with you. I could feel the emotion and meaningfulness of the day; there were happy tears, sad tears and so much laughter, there were smiles to capture everywhere! Leo and Emma’s families were clearly very proud of them and the newlyweds reciprocated that love by incorporating many family traditions into their day. From the Jewish blessing after the civil ceremony to the Jewish dancing after the first dance and not forgetting Leo’s Great grandfather’s sword that was used to cut the cake. Leo and Emma’s wedding was the coming together of two individuals who completely adore each other and by doing so, brought together two families who will be joined together from now on and everyone was very happy about it.
Venue Wasing Park
Flowers The White Horse Flower Company
Food Galloping Gourmet
Wedding Stationary Russet & Gray
Brides Wedding Dress Suzanne Neville
I’m always honoured to be chosen by friends to photograph their wedding. It’s affirming in a way, that they understand my work, appreciate it and trust me to take care of their wedding just like I would with any other couple. This is especially the case with Patrick and Naomi because Patrick has worked at the National Wedding Show for a number of years, has a keen eye for detail and knows what he likes.
The wedding was in the Rearsby area, north east of Leicester, and not far from Melton Mowbray (for all you foodie fans, that’s the home of the pork pie). I love that now, as a wedding photographer, I get to explore more of the UK than I ever have before and who knew, it’s beautiful! The scenery was full of rolling hills and valleys, farmland and stunning yellow fields of rapeseed – very quintessentially English. The church service was held in the gorgeous local village church of St John’s in South Croxton and what a beauty it was. Half of our wedding ceremonies are held in old churches and they can be very dark and difficult to photograph. But St John’s was the complete opposite, there seemed to be light streaming in from all angles. Definitely one of our favourites; beautiful, stunning architecture and so much light!
You’ve probably heard it before but just because you’re getting married, doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Your wedding day should reflect you as a couple and not Pinterest. Weddings are such a fantastic opportunity to put to good use the talents, skills and creativity of your family and friends. A big shout out has to go to Aunt Anna who made one of the most beautiful wedding cakes – such skill and talent! Honestly, if you’re planning a wedding in Leicestershire and you want her to make you the most stunning cake ever, get in contact as I have her number! Family and friends were also responsible for making the wedding favours and decorations, for setting up the reception the night before/morning of the wedding, providing the drinks for the bar, making the wedding video… and much, much more. So much creativity and love in one place – it helped make my job so much easier.