Shwetha and Phillip were married on a chilly February day with just their closest friends and family present at the ceremony at the Chelsea Registry Office. The rain kept threatening, but every time we were about to move back inside or run back to the car the sun came out, so we managed in those brief moments to get some beautiful garden portraits done (in between all the “Oh no, it’s raining, let’s run over there and take shelter…oh, wait, it’s stopped; quick, there’s the sun! Pose!!” moments).
Later in the evening there was a big party for all their friends at the uber-cool Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green (you know it’s cooler than you are when the place doesn’t even have a name outside :-)), where there were some hilarious speeches and awesome dance moves – including what is now probably my favourite first dance song choice of all time – “You Never Can Tell” (you know, the one from the dance competition in Pulp Fiction). So good.
I’m SO excited to share this wedding with you!
When Anja told me she’d been following my work for years, and that she was a little devastated when I moved to the UK, because she’d planned on asking me to be her wedding photographer one day, I was so honoured (and more than a little intimidated!). But I’m so thankful that when “one day” arrived, and Anja and Mike were planning their wedding, that she still wanted me to photograph it for them! Obviously I wasn’t about to say no to being flown out from the UK for a gorgeous farm wedding (and being able to visit my family and friends in the process!). I’m so touched that they did that, and thrilled that they had such an exceptionally gorgeous wedding, too.
Today I get to share a fantastic shoot with you that I did last year with my usual partner-in-crime, Gwenda Jeffs from Fearless Florals. The shoot has since been featured on Marry Me Ink, one of my favourite UK wedding blogs (it combines weddings and tattoos, what’s not to love?), so here it is in all its peacocky steampunk glory!
I just got back from South Africa yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to take a proper look at my photos from Anja and Mike’s wedding at Florence Farm last month! So here are four to tide them over until I get the full blog post up.
Mandy and James are getting married in April in the Clerkenwell area, so for their engagement photos we decided to have a wander around the area, so they could show me where everything will be happening on the wedding day, and also to find some good spots for the wedding pictures. We had to postpone once because of the tube strike, but the quiet, sunny (albeit freezing) Sunday we ended up with was absolutely perfect! It was such a beautiful area to shoot in – I’ve never done a London engagement session in such peace and quiet. I can’t wait for the wedding!
This shoot was the brainchild of the ever-fabulous florist and stylist, Gwenda from Fearless Florals. She envisioned an alternative take on the classic English country house wedding, and with some fabulous suppliers on board we brought it together beautifully! Here’s what Gwenda had to say:
“Red, violet, lime and nectarine were chosen for our palette. I used colourful roses, carnations, gladioli and alstroemeria to create two quite different bouquet styles, one a simple domed posy, the other a stat. Feathers were an integral park of the styling throughout the shoot, including the stunning stationery created by Kate (complete with a line drawn image of the facade of the venue) and the exceptional cakes and sweet treats by Renza and the mouth-watering fudge by Sioban.
“You guys are so cute!” is what I kept saying to Christian and Shannen the whole day (and probably a hundred times more just to myself, so they wouldn’t think I was creepy or obsessed). But seriously, they are! SO CUTE. Shannen didn’t stop smiling the whole day, and Chris wasn’t far behind. It was so plain to me how much in love they are, and I might have choked up a little during Chris’ awesome speech about how fantastic Shannen is. Add to that the fact that he baked the wedding cake himself (!!!!), and I think Shannen’s found herself a keeper.
A bunch of really fun guests, a Jenga drinking game, some adorable kids, a great venue and delicious food made this wedding an incredible one with which to start off the year! Way to set the standard, guys!
My second shooter was my fab friend Heline Bekker.
Shelley is a photographer in South Africa, so when she and her fiance Garith were out in the UK on holiday in late October, they asked me to take some couple photographs of them. I love these “just because!” sessions. I suggested the Borough Market area near London Bridge, because I’d wanted to photograph there for ages, and Shelley and Garith were more than willing, so it was all umbrella canopies and colourful wall spotlights and cool urban backdrops for them! Gorgeous. Shelley, thank you so much for asking me to take your photos – from one photographer to another, I really appreciate it!