A Wedding at St Stephen’s in Hampstead {Laura & Daniel}

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Laura and Daniel were married on what was supposed to be a very, very rainy day early in August, but somehow the locations and timing worked out beautifully: it rained during my entire journey to Laura’s Mum’s house, where the girls were getting ready, and then stopped for the ceremony, family and couple photos. Then we headed to St Stephen’s in Hampstead (the most incredible deconsecrated church, which is now used for weddings and other functions), where the guests were able to stand outside in the cool, eating canapes and drinking champagne while listening to an awesome celtic band before the evening formalities started. And then it literally began to rain as my second shooter (Ellie Gillard – thanks for being awesome, Ellie!) and I walked out of the venue later that evening. It couldn’t have been more beautifully timed! I’m so happy that Laura and Daniel got to have the wonderful wedding day they envisioned!

And extra thanks to Rachael from Serendipity Weddings for being wonderful and super organised on the day!

 

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An Elopement in Cambridge {Naomi &Eric}

King's College Cambridge river wedding

Naomi and Eric are American, but they live in Cambridge in the UK. A couple of months ago we did their engagement photos around some of the big London sights, but for their wedding, they decided to do an intimate day with just the two of them (and me!) in the town where they’ve been so happy the last couple of years.

This was my first ever elopement, and I can’t explain what an honour it was to be asked not only to tag along and take photos, but also to be a witness to the ceremony itself! Oh, and I also got picnic and cake! And a punting river tour, and a guided city tour, which were incredible. Suffice it to say I now know a lot more about Cambridge than I do about anywhere else!

Naomi and Eric started out getting ready at their home, hiding from each other all morning, and after a “First Look” on the stairs, we hurried off to the registry office, and then onto gallivanting around Cambridge! Here’s what we got up to:

A Victorian Steampunk Wedding {Madeleine & Edward}

Victorian gothic wedding photo

 

Late last autumn I photographed Madeleine and Edward’s engagement session around Highgate cemetery, and I was so taken with their awesome sense of style (and Madeleine’s awesome hair!) that I knew their wedding would be something really special. The theme was steampunk-Victorian, and everyone looked so incredible that I was almost sad not to be dressed up, too (as it turned out, it was one of the hottest days of the summer so far, so I was relieved not to be in layers!). The ceremony was held at white gothic mansion Strawberry Hill House, with the reception following at the phenomenal Kew Bridge steam museum, where an amazing time was had by all!

Madeleine and Edward, thank you SO much for having me along to capture your day, and all the details and moments that made it amazing!

Thanks also to my lovely friend and second shooter, Heline Bekker!

The Edwardian Scientist Bride {Styled Shoot}

Edwardian steampunk bride

 

Some time ago, I was invited by Gwenda Jeffs (with whom I’ve done an absolute ton of shoots), to join a group she was setting up, called “Coocouture: The Unconventional Wedding Collective“. Everyone involved shares a love for the more unconventional side of the wedding industry, and the aim is to create epic inspirational shoots based on alternative genres…and boy, are we having fun doing just that! I’m thrilled to be the photographer for this group – the gorgeous, way-out stuff the others come up with is genius!

Our very first shoot was themed “The Edwardian Steampunk Scientist Bride”, and these might be some of my favourite photos I have ever taken! Now that it’s been featured on Bespoke Bride, I can share it with you here.

Skip to the end to see all the fabulous suppliers involved! (Except, please don’t actually skip :-))

Oh, and there’s also a short film by the wonderful Skinny Boy Weddings, which shows some great behind the scenes stuff, too – be sure to watch it!

 

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Engagement photo shoot in London {Naomi & Eric}

Beautiful engagement photos

Naomi and Eric are completely adorable. They first contacted me to do a pre-wedding shoot for them around London, but I ended up being booked to photograph their elopement in Cambridge later this month, too! Naomi and Eric are both Americans who have been living in the UK for a while, but after their wedding they’re going back home, so they wanted to have some great photographic memories of Cambridge, where they live, and London, because, well, it’s LONDON. :-)

We started off the afternoon at Peggy Porschen’s darling pink cupcake shop near Victoria, and then hopped on a tube and went over to South Bank for the rest of the shoot. The light was gorgeous and so were Eric and Naomi, so a beautiful time was had. :-)

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A Twin Peaks-inspired Wedding shoot at Cirque Le Soir

London wedding theme twin peaks

 

When Lau from French Made London asked me if I’d like to be part of a Twin Peaks-themed Wedding shoot she was organising, I had some rather mixed emotions! As you know, I’m always super keen for anything quirky, crazy or different, and it doesn’t get much more crazy than Twin Peaks…but at the same time, I had to admit that (ssshhh) I was rather afraid of Twin Peaks! You see, my older sister used to watch it on tv in the 90s, and sometimes I’d come in to see what she was doing, and the bits I saw absolutely terrified me! Okay, so I was an impressionable pre-teen, but I never really got over the idea that Twin Peaks was too scary to watch. And so, if I did this crazy-cool shoot, I’d have to watch a bit to get the feel for it again!

Luckily it wasn’t as terrifying twenty years later, so all’s well that ends well! Thanks, Lau and everyone involved, for making me get over my fears! Maybe in twenty years’ time I’ll be ready to do an American Horror Story shoot (the only other tv show that has ever terrified me!). :-)

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Wormstall House Wedding {Rachel & Nick}

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Rachel and Nick’s wedding day was supposed to be – according to the weather reports – chucking it down all day, but luckily no one believes in those reports, so aside from an odd hour or two during the afternoon, the sun shone valiantly throughout the day! And the rain and dampened lawns certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, least of all Rachel and Nick’s! I love it when a couple is so excited to be getting married, that nothing else matters.

The reception was held at the gorgeous Wormstall House near Newbury, which is filled with stuffed animals and birds and books and fun knick-knacks, and is generally just a photographer’s paradise!

My second shooter for the day was my fab friend Heline Bekker.

Clerkenwell, London Wedding at the Museum of the Order of St John {Mandy & James}

Wedding photo London Clerkenwell

 

Remember Mandy and James from their fun engagement session? Well, they got married this month! Their ceremony was at the gorgeous Museum of the Order of St John in the most beautiful room, and then after gallivanting around Clerkenwell for some fun group and couple photos, we walked over to The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, picking up wedding guest stragglers – and forward-thinking ones – who’d gone ahead to sneak in a pint or two at some of the pubs along the way! Basically, a LOT of fun was had by all; it was rather hilarious seeing guests coming out of the woodwork at every pub we passed!

The whole wedding day was incredibly fun, thanks largely to Mandy’s super awesome bridesmaids (one of whom convinced Mandy to climb into a shopping trolley, and then squeezed in, too), and the fact that M& J are great people with lots of fun friends, too! The dancing area had TWISTER, which just about made my day – unfortunately I left before it was utilised by anyone other than babies, but I hope some epic fun was had!

Mandy and James, thank you so much for inviting me to photograph your wedding! xx