The dance floor photos at any wedding have to be some of my absolute favourites. When all the official business is done, those pesky speeches are over with – you can just kick back and party with your best people. They are also the most fun to edit, I never know quite what I’m going to get and I love seeing the layers to the action in post production.
Let’s sway, you could look into my eyes. Let’s sway, under THE MOONLIGHT, this serious moonlight…
If I’m there for your party, then expect to find me right in the middle of the action. It’s a little known fact that I was a club photographer for dance music magazines, so I’m very much used to dealing with the crazy lighting and people flinging their limbs about.
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!
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 …
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 …