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!
Because I’m going to South Africa today (eeek!), here’s a quick one (or two) from Shwetha and Phillip’s wedding on Saturday.
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!
It’s that time again! My 2013 round-up of some of my favourite wedding photos, engagement photos, and other pictures I’ve taken this year! It’s a pretty big post… turns out I had a lot more favourites than I thought. Which, of course, is good, and I can’t complain!
Thanks to all the wonderful people in these photos who made my job really easy this year, by just turning up and being fantastic clients from the get-go! My photos wouldn’t be half as good if you didn’t look so awesome in them. And I wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun as I did in 2013 if you all weren’t so damn fun to work with! So here’s to continuing friendships and hoping that my 2014 couples are just as lovely!
And some of my previous roundups:
Best of 2012
Best of 2011 Part 1
Best of 2011 Part 2
Best of 2010 (complete with my old logo!)
I love the “mod” 1960s look. Think Twiggy, with those big eyes and even bigger eyelashes, all skinny legs and short dresses. I’ve never photographed a wedding in this style, but I wanted to, so when I mentioned it to Gwenda from Fearless Florals, she pulled her usual genius styling out of the hat and just made it happen! We knew immediately that we had to shoot it in Brighton, the setting of such mod classics as Quadrophenia, and since Brighton is one of my favourite cities in the world, that worked out well.
At the time we were unable to find a wedding dress supplier who specialised in the 60s look, so ebay (via Gwenda) had to oblige for the wedding and bridesmaid dresses, but we got some fantastic other suppliers involved, including ice cream parlour Scoop & Crumb, who supplied us with the ice cream goodies for the dessert table, as well as allowing us to shoot in their upstairs room. Lucie from Wonderland Bakery made all the other cakes (doesn’t the one with the cherry on top just fill you with happiness?), and make-up artist Sjaniel Turrell cleverly did her own make-up and Gwenda’s, and they were my models for the day!
I wanted a bit of an editorial, fashion edge to this shoot, since the mod look so easily lends itself to that, so lots of angled poses were the order of the day. It was ridiculously windy (though at least this time no veils escaped and had to be rescued from nearby fields), but we had an absolute blast. Passersby on the pier kept assuming Gwenda and Sjaniel had just got married, and kept congratulating them! Eventually they just said thank you, and kept going. Ha. People of Brighton, you’re awesome.
Madeleine and Edward are two wonderful, creative individuals who do things their way. With their love of Victoriana and Steampunk, their wedding next year at Kew Bridge Steam Museum and Strawberry Hill House is going to be centred around that style (eeek! So excited!), and of course their engagement shoot had to fit in with the theme! Not that it required much dressing up on their part, as they pointed out, because this is how they like to dress anyway. I love the whole Victorian feel, so I was thrilled, and even more so when they suggested doing part of the shoot in the Highgate cemetery, which is one of the most beautiful in North London. Of course, we were nearly rained out, but we fought back bravely (and had some coffee to wait it out), and in the end we got some gorgeous autumny shots. Even Edward’s cello and Madeleine’s huge book of Chaucer survived!