When Hannah and Justin first got in touch about their wedding at St Etheldreda’s and The Crypt in London, they told me “Neither of us liked the fairytale summer wedding idea so we decided to go for something a bit different by having our wedding in the winter in the slightly gothic atmosphere of the Crypt”
The ceremony was at 4pm so everything felt cosy and as it was just before Christmas, very festive too. They share a love for old Fred Astaire movies and I have to say the bride was most definitely giving Audrey Hepburn vibes. Her look was so reminiscent of her and indeed she even wore the same Givenchy perfume that was created especially for the original Audrey.
The whole day was all about good old fashioned romance and who doesn’t love a big old dollop of that in the depths of winter?
The lovely fellow wedding photographer, Rebecca Carpenter posted in our Facebook group that she was heading to Las Vegas with her husband to renew their wedding vows and was looking for a photographer. As chance would have it, I was going to be in LA at the same time and usually pop up to Vegas for a few days. So I put myself forward and luckily she liked the idea.
They had a drive through ceremony in a pink Cadillac at The Little White Chapel because Britney had got married there. ‘Elvis’ was on hand to serenade them and I cannot tell you how much fun it was. Teaching Elvis how to do boomies on his phone might just be a life highlight for me!
We did some shots around the chapel and then jumped in their convertible with no particular plan but then in the most serendipitous manner we found ourselves on the road that leads to the Seven Magic Mountains. It’s normally packed with selfie takers but we had it all to ourselves. It was all truly magical so thanks for agreeing to have me along Rebecca + Jon, you two lovers are the best!
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …