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 …

Chiddingstone Castle Wedding | Jacqueline + Greg

Chiddingstone Castle Wedding | Jacqueline + Greg

It was so lovely to return to Chiddingstone Castle in Kent recently for the wedding of Jacqueline and Greg. It’s such a quirky venue and a perfectly romantic setting for a classic big white wedding. This pair met when Greg was backpacking in Australia and the one condition for Jacki to relocate to the UK so they could be together was that her dog Mia would be coming too.

So of course Mia was big part of the wedding day as Dog of Honour and she seemed to love all the fuss and attention, even the confetti! It was so hot that the Australians were complaining about it so it was quite a relief to go into the castle’s impressive Great Hall for the wedding breakfast and speeches. This pair are a lot of fun and so was their wedding day although I’m sure that Mia slept for most of the next day.

Pardon the way that I stare, there’s nothing else to compare. The sight of you leaves me weak, there are NO WORDS left to speak …

Gildings Barn Wedding | Tom + James

Gildings Barn Wedding | Tom + James

Gildings Barn in Surrey was the venue for James and Tom’s big outdoor wedding a few weekends ago. I first met this pair when Tom was Best Gay at his friend Ellen’s Wedding up in Hackney this time last year. His speech was one of the funniest I think I’ve ever seen so I was looking forward to seeing them all again and to shooting their own wedding.

This was one of those all out country weddings with miles of bunting and flowers in jam jars. The Mums have been sewing and growing like demons and it all came together for this glorious sunshine filled day with a gorgeous outdoor personal ceremony at the heart of it. It was all very relaxed.. well until the ceilidh when everything got very active!

Forever can never be long enough for me, to feel like I’ve had long enough with you. FORGET THE WORLD now we won’t let them see but there’s one thing left to do ..

Standlow Farm Festival Wedding // Ness + Mugs

Standlow Farm Festival Wedding // Ness + Mugs

When Ness and Mugs booked me for their wedding at Standlow Farm in the Peak District, I had to confess that it is a part of the world I don’t know very well. But their wedding sounded very lovely and I do adore having new places to explore. They very much wanted a festival feeling to the wedding and the Farm let them take it over for the entire weekend. This is one well travelled couple and so their wedding brought in all kinds of elements from all over the world, including an interlude with an African Dance Class that got all the guests re-energised after dinner.

 

Ness and Mugs are incredibly warm people and when I spent time with their families and friends I could see that this was something that ran throughout everything that they do. The wedding was a wonderful gathering of all their favourite people and they had quite the best dance floor I’ve seen in a long time. So much love, energy and compassion at this wedding. Mugs’s Gran Sylvia and I had a great chat before she hit the dance floor and out all the young ones to shame. I was super sad to leave but this is a stunning part of England and I’m so happy that we got to go out into it and make images.

Can you hear me calling out your name? You know that I’M FALLING and I don’t know what to say. I’ll speak a little louder, I’ll even shout. You know that I’m proud and I can’t get the words out …

Chafford Park Festival Wedding // Laura + Joseba

Chafford Park Festival Wedding // Laura + Joseba

This has been the year of the Festival Wedding for sure and on the August Bank Holiday I headed to the glorious Chafford Park in rural Sussex for the very lovely Laura and Joseba’s wedding. This is quite a new venue but it is perfect if you want somewhere you can make your own for the weekend, the accommodation is terrific and you can opt for tipis or the barn for your reception. This was such a fun wedding, I knew it would be. The couple met in Ibiza where the groom was DJing

 

and his family brought with them some of the Basque wedding traditions. When the couple exited the ceremony, Joseba’s friends and family were lined up with scarves for them to walk under, then they had confetti and that was followed by a musician and dancer from Barcelona. As you can see Laura was quite pregnant and along with Joseba’s look for the day, I couldn’t help but think of Kill Bill 2. I loved this wedding and as we left, guests were dancing while the groom played a set and the pizza van was churning out delicious pizzas.

Ten days of perfect tunes, the colours red and blue. We had a PROMISE MADE, we were in love …

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