Category Archives: Weddings

North London Wedding Photography – Stephens House Wedding {Priya & Darshan}

Just a few from Priya and Darshan’s winter Stephens House wedding last year. I was just with them for a couple of hours, as they decided last minute to get a photographer for their close-family-only legal wedding ceremony at Stephens House & Gardens. Their big Indian wedding was the following weekend, and that was being photographed by Darshan’s old friend, the super talented photographer Sachin Khona. But since Sachin wasn’t available for the registry office ceremony, he referred me to them – thanks, Sachin!

It was a lovely autumn day, and the weather totally played along (yay!). For some reason I always seem to photograph at Stephens House wedding venue in autumn (see Kat and Nick’s fabulous black and orange Halloween wedding), but what I love about that is the deep red ivy on the white walls of the house overlooking the huge gardens. I always get my couples to do their confetti shots in front of that ivy, because it makes such a pretty backdrop! And in fact, Priya and Darshan went back and did two lots of confetti shots so that they could have both flowers and bubbles! Plus, with such an intimate wedding, their confetti aisle wasn’t very long. πŸ™‚

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Kent Wedding Photography – Preston Court Wedding {Tor & Paul}

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One of the most gorgeous and unusual wedding venues in Kent (or in the whole of the UK, really!), I’d been dying to shoot at the beautiful Preston Court wedding and events venue ever since I moved to the UK. Thanks to the lovely Debs Ivelja asking me along to second shoot with her last summer, I finally got the chance to shoot a Preston Court wedding, and it did not disappoint! Tor and Paul were the brilliant couple whose wedding it was, and I loved every minute with them and their wonderful, welcoming family and crazy fun friends.

I started the day with Paul and his family at his parents’ home, where he and his brothers had all grown up. I absolutely love photographing my couples getting ready in their homes or in a family home, because everything in the background of the photos will have a special meaning to them, and getting dressed for your wedding somewhere that means something to you is just that extra bit special. Paul’s mum was keen for me to get a photo of the three brothers in the same spot as they took their annual “first day of school photo” every year while the boys were growing up, and I loved that.

Then it was off to the ceremony, which was held in St Mildred’s Church, which is on the grounds of Preston Court, and another thing I absolutely love about the venue. How lovely to have the church ceremony you’ve always wanted, but not have to drive off to another venue afterwards! And if you don’t want to use the church, Preston Court has other outdoor and indoor options for your ceremony too.

After that it was photos and craziness on the vintage carousel (which I admit was the thing I was looking forward to the most!), and finally, wonderful heartfelt speeches and my favourite, kickass crazy fun dancing! Yay! Oh and also, Tor wore a beautiful Jenny Packham wedding gown, which I ADORED, since Jenny Packham is one of my favourite designers. I had my eye on one for my own wedding, but unfortunately it never happened. So I get to live vicariously through my brides now!

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South London Wedding Photography: One Friendly Place Wedding {Rosie & Ben}

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I was so excited when Rosie and Ben booked me to photograph their One Friendly Place wedding, because I’d wanted to do a wedding there for so long! It’s a really cool warehouse style venue in Deptford, perfect for a quirky South London wedding (or any quirky, fun London wedding photography really!). It’s also linked to The Roost wedding venue, where I’ve photographed before, and is just as full of offbeat charm and different rooms filled with crazy art pieces and mismatched furniture – so stylish!

Ben and Rosie’s wedding day was exactly the type of wedding I love to photograph. When I arrived at Rosie’s house, her bridesmaids were making toast and cutting the bouquets down to size, and just generally having a fun, chilled morning with their best friend. I felt welcome immediately! Then it was off to their church for the ceremony, where the choir Rosie’s involved with performed and led the congregation in the exit song!

After the ceremony, I got run over by Rosie and Ben in the fastest run confetti exit I’ve ever seen – it was so funny; they came running down the street at me, I snapped away furiously, and then I just ducked as they ran over me (I mean, they didn’t trample me or anything; they ran on either side with their hands over me :P). It was hilarious, and actually turned out really brilliantly, because I think their confetti photos are some of the most dynamic I’ve ever taken, and they love them too! So yay!

After that we all headed off to One Friendly Place wedding venue in Deptford Bridge, south London, which totally lived up to its reputation and was awesome. We popped out to the roof to do the couple photos, and the sky was just amazing – black clouds over the city, swoon. All the hearts for eyes.

Rosie and Ben look so happy and giggly in all their photos, and that’s all them – they had The Best Time on their wedding day, and it really shows – and so did all their guests! Thanks for having me and Heline (my second shooter) along, you two! And feeding us your epic food! YUM.

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London Wedding Photography: Duke’s Head Wedding, Putney {Jennie & Scott}

Dukes Head Wedding riverfront | Putney Wedding South London

 

I absolutely adore these two! First off, when Jennie first contacted me about photographing her wedding to Scott at The Dukes Head wedding venue pub in Putney, she was incredibly excited about every single thing, and every email she sent me between then and the wedding day (and since) was just bubbling over with enthusiasm. I’m always super excited about weddings, but Jennie’s excitement was just infectious! She and Scott have been together since high school – over half their lives, as they pointed out in their speeches – so their wedding day was about celebrating that love and commitment in true “Scott and Jennie” fashion. So Scott wore jeans and a jacket, while Jennie (aka the craft queen) went to town with pink dye and glitter! She bought a plain white dress and dip-dyed it pink and sparkled it up; she made the sparkly heart belt to go with it, as well as her cat-ear headdress (atop her kickass pink mohawk!) and all the paper bouquets! The girls got a pink taxi to the venue, and then following the ceremony Scott and Jennie did TWO confetti exits – one for flowers and one for bubbles! Confetti is my favourite thing at a wedding (well, one of them), so this was made for me!

After some strolling up and down the Putney riverfront – which fortunately was dry; the following weekend I was in the area and the entire street was caked with mud! – for photos (thanks for giving me time to get so many lovely ones, you guys), we went back to the Duke’s Head pub for a “help yourself” dinner inΒ  the downstairs bar – all very chilled out and relaxed, just like Scott and Jennie. I don’t think I’ve met a less stressed bride ever – Jennie, you’re awesome! Plus we bonded over our mermaid leg tattoos πŸ™‚

Oh and of course, Jennie also made the caketopper figurines of herself and Scott – so cute!

Thanks to my partner in crime, my second shooter Heline Bekker!

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London Wedding Photographer: Same-sex Bingham Hotel Wedding, Richmond {Alessandra and Eva}

Bingham Hotel Wedding

Just a few from this gorgeous same-sex wedding I photographed last year, second shooting for my friend Paola De Paola Photography. Ale and Eva are an Italian couple who live in London, and they had a lovely, personal wedding which was partly in English and partly in Italian. The speeches were in Italian, but were so emotional that I was tearing up even though I had no idea what anyone was saying – I swear, you just have to show me a person crying and I’ll cry too! πŸ™‚

The whole wedding was held at the Bingham Hotel wedding venue in Richmond, and the weather was absolutely perfect for all the traditional garden games that the brides’ families had organised as a surprise! And, of course, for photos in the evening sun. πŸ™‚

I loved Ale and Eva’s matching but not identical wedding dresses, and they both looked so beautiful and so happy. I didn’t have to do anything but point my camera and them and click, and they just looked amazing. Having fun is THE most important thing to get great wedding photos! (she said for the millionth time ever). πŸ˜› Thanks, Paola, for inviting me along to this wonderful wedding!

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