Drinks Reception at Marylebone Town Hall

Drinks Reception at Marylebone Town Hall

Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. Every single part of them so here’s an idea that one couple used to have the best value drinks reception in all of London. Rose and Rohan are New Zealanders currently living in London and they wanted a super low key but fun wedding. They booked me for just a few hours for their wedding at Marylebone Town Hall, one super rainy October afternoon. I met them at the venue, shot the ceremony and some pictures inside and then confetti on the steps – the usual kind of thing.

They bought some bottles of champagne and disposable flutes and held their drinks reception right there, on the steps of the Registry Office. It was the cutest thing. I love working with laid back couples and this pair must be right up there with the most relaxed I’ve ever shot. I have to say, it was super fun and proves that you don’t have to have a fancy venue to have a wedding. I should point out – They did only have a handful of guests and they did head to a nice restaurant afterwards.

Funny but I always seem to wind up here with you. Nice to know somebody loves me. Funny but it seems it’s the only thing to do. Run and find the one that loves me …

Preston Court Outdoor Festival Wedding | Holly + Simon

Preston Court Outdoor Festival Wedding | Holly + Simon

When the lovely Holly and Simon first got in touch about their ‘festival/boho-y type wedding’ at Preston Court in Kent, I might have let out a small yelp in the office. I’d been wanting to shoot a wedding there forever. It’s such an insanely beautiful and fun wedding venue and one of the few in the UK that is currently licensed for an outdoor ceremony. I have to say it did not disappoint one little bit.

The grounds and the barns are super pretty, as is the tiny island that you get married on after you’ve crossed over a precious little bridge. But what’s really wow factor about Preston Court are the antique organs inside one of the barns. They are incredible backdrops for photos and then there’s a working Victorian Carousel that Holly and Simon led the way to after dinner so all guests could spin around on it. Someone please invite me back!

We move towards THE STARS, And all we touch becomes ours. Let’s keep warm until it’s day …

London Warehouse Wedding | Tien + Kenzo

London Warehouse Wedding | Tien + Kenzo

When Tien and Kenzo first got in touch about booking in the photography for their London Warehouse Wedding at Dilston Grove in London, here is what they said. ‘We love your style of photography. A really good mix of awesome highly editorial group shots coupled with some really great reportage style ones. In my head, I would like to shoot all the couple and group shots before all our guests arrive so we can spend as much time having fun with them as possible. We want our wedding to be a helluva party.’

Well that sounded perfect to me. So I went to where Tien was getting ready with her bridesmaids and my second shooter, Sam met up with Kenzo and his groomsmen. We all came together at the amazing Dilston Grove and started with group shots and their portraits. This did make everything after that point very relaxed and they could spend all their time with their guests. It also did make me wonder why more weddings don’t run this way?! ( Big thanks to Laura at Devine Bride – their wedding co-ordinator)

 

It’s the way that you know what I thought I knew, It’s the beat my HEART SKIPS when I’m with you …

 

Artist Residence London Wedding | Lucy + Jacob

Artist Residence London Wedding | Lucy + Jacob

When you work for a supercool chain of hotels, trying to find the perfect venue for your wedding might be quite difficult. You might have pretty high standards, but luckily for Lucy, her bosses at the Artist Residence suggested that she held her wedding reception at their London Hotel. In fact they gave over the entire place to Lucy and Jacob for the day.

So when it came to doing portraits, not only did we have the surrounding streets of Pimlico to play in, we also had ALL of the hotel bedrooms. The decor and the light in all of them was so great but my favourite shot has to be with the blue shark print. You should have seen us all squashed into a bathroom to take it. Totally worth it though!

On the wrong side of the road, ‘tween the leaves and the VELVET SNOW, I got lost in your eyes …

Usk Castle Wedding | Charlotte + Will

Usk Castle Wedding | Charlotte + Will

I travelled not too far into Wales to the beautiful Usk Castle where Charlotte and Will hosted their summer wedding. Charlotte’s family live nearby in the village and she got ready at their home. Will is from slightly further afield, the US and his friends loved spending the day in a real life castle. Their outdoor ceremony was perfectly personal with friends supporting them and the huppah as their celebrant conducted a hand fasting and they read out their own vows.

Charlotte is very much a vintage queen and happened upon her antique wedding dress at a car boot sale of all places. Costing a mere £50, you’d think she would have just snapped it up but true to her own unique style, she bartered them down to just £30. It was even a perfect fit and looked sensational on the wedding day. Now, if I could give an award to the best page boys ever at a wedding, it would have to be to these gorgeous brothers.

Dance with me, I want my ARM ABOUT YOU. The charm about you will carry me through to Heaven …

Lauderdale House London Wedding | Grace + Deri

Lauderdale House London Wedding | Grace + Deri

Sometimes I get booked for just a few hours to cover a wedding. I quite like the short and sweet approach, (like Grace’s short and sweet wedding dress). Not everyone wants all day, beginning to end photos and as I charge by the hour, the time I spend shooting a wedding is entirely up to you. You might be wondering, what does short coverage look like? You can still end up with a fair few images, think about it, the middle part of any wedding is the busiest!

Grace and Deri wanted me to start at their wedding ceremony which was held at Lauderdale House in Highgate, North London. They had it for a couple of hours so we popped over to the park for a stroll about and some photos in the flower beds. I also joined them at The Peasant pub for the wedding reception and left as they all sat for dinner but not without taking a portrait of them inside the pub. Its interiors are pretty damn cool.

I can’t seem to drown you out long enough, I fell victim to the SOUND OF YOUR LOVE. You’re like a song that I ain’t ready to stop, I got nothing but you on my mind …

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