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Skinner’s Hall, London Wedding {Annmarie & Adam}

September 19, 2013

 

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Annmarie and Adam were married last month in Highgate (where the total highlight of my wedding life was Annmarie and her bridesmaids arriving in rickshaws – you know, the London ones with a bicycle on the front, pedalled by men with legs of steel), and we then boarded two red London buses which took us to the lovely Skinner’s Hall for the reception. I had so much fun at their wedding, from singing along to N’Sync while the girls got ready, to singing along to Annmarie’s Scottish relatives’ renditions of, well, a verse and chorus of every song they could think of after dinner! Apparently there was a lot of singing, which is just the way I like it. :-)

There was also some of the most fun dancing ever. Thanks, Adam and Annmarie, for asking me to shoot your wedding day!

Wedding at St Ethelreda’s Church & The Fence in Farringdon {Kate & Rich}

August 28, 2013

When I rounded the corner and saw St Ethelreda’s church tucked away between two much more modern buildings, I understood why Kate and Rich had chosen this church to be married in. Just round the corner from the busy Farringdon station, inside its peace and beauty was worlds away from the construction going on just a few houses down! Their ceremony (accompanied by the most fabulous 5-person choir I’ve ever heard) was then followed by a relaxed, intimate gathering at The Fence, just round the corner.  No speeches, no formalities: just a lovely, happy party of friends and family sharing drinks, food and love. It was so lovely to be a part of. Thank you so much, Kate and Rich, for asking me to capture your day for you.

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Camden Pub Wedding {Isla & Lauren}

August 11, 2013

Lauren and Isla were married (although it’s still called a civil ceremony, but whatever, it’s married to me!) on yet another of the boiling hot days London has been rejoicing (read: melting) in this summer! They held the ceremony at Marylebone Town Hall, and then we trundled off in a big red London bus to a gorgeous little pub in Camden, called The Prince Albert. Lauren and Isla wanted a very chilled, relaxed party for their reception, and they achieved it beautifully! I was also a little bit overexcited about their decor and details – the book geek in me LOVED their love-themed Penguin book cover table names, the word nerd bit of me adored their scrabble wedding cake and place-names, and the ridiculously awesome invitations made me very happy indeed (note: there are Virginia Woolf in-jokes). Also, Lauren had Harry Potter shoes. Achievement unlocked, and Wedding Managed.

 

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Guildford Wedding at Home {Tara & Michael}

August 2, 2013

About a year ago, I participated in an auction for Oxfam on ebay, where I donated my wedding photography services to the highest bidder. It’s been a long time, but Tara and Michael’s wedding day finally came around! They had a traditional church ceremony at St Mary’s in Guildford, followed by the loveliest afternoon reception in Tara’s parents’ backyard. The hot weather cooled down just for them, and everyone chilled out in the garden, drinking champagne and homemade cordials. One of my favourite parts was that, because each table was served a joint of lamb, a la Sunday Roast, one person per table was designated Official Meat Carver – and they were given a chef’s hat and apron to prove it! Awesome.

 

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Barn Wedding at Tewin Bury Farm, Hertfordshire {Fiona & Ian}

July 29, 2013

Fiona and Ian had a sunny, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky wedding during our recent heatwave. On the up side, since they had been certain it was going to rain, even the heat was welcome, and it meant that everyone could fully enjoy the outside games: jenga, a coconut shy (!), and of course, space-hopper racing! Tewin Bury Farm is an absolutely gorgeous location, and Tythe Barn, in which Fiona and Ian held both their ceremony and reception, is a stunning old 14th century building with enough crooked beams to delight my heart. The day was beautiful from start to finish, with tears of joy aplenty, a super fun bridal party, and crazy-dancing guests. Congratulations, Ian and Fiona. Your wedding was beautiful, and doing so much of the decor yourselves was completely worth it. :-)

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Wedding at The Royal Berkshire Hotel {Lucy & Simon}

July 11, 2013

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Lucy and Simon were married a few weeks ago at the lovely St Michael’s church near Ascot, with a reception following at the Royal Berkshire Hotel. I was second shooting for Kathryn Edwards on this one, and I’m so glad she asked me, because it was such a beautiful, love-filled, happy day. Lucy looked amazing in her Pronovias gown, with the most epic sparkly shoes, and I loved the pale blue bridesmaid’s dresses! I started off the day with Simon and his groomsmen at the hotel before we headed off to the church, so for once I have no photos of the bride getting ready and all her paraphernalia! Nice to mix it up a bit. :-)

Villa Baroncino, Italy Wedding {Louise & Brian}

May 21, 2013

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There are so many things I need to share about Louise & Brian’s wedding. Most of which are pictures: so many joyful moments, so much love, so many happy tears, and so much beauty! But other things, too: the excitement of all the guests at being able to come to Italy and share a week-long holiday with the couple they love; the way every person there welcomed me like I was part of the party; Louise and Brian themselves, and their sense of utter fun and silliness (which I appreciated, being silly too); an amazing fun bridal party; the song from “Love Actually” making me tear up as bridesmaids walked down the aisle; everyone singing along to “That’s Amore” like it was the best song in the world during the cake-cutting; Brian and his best men cooking breakfast for the girls on the morning of the wedding (and including me in it!); the amazing many-coursed reception dinner; the crazy dancing…and much, much more.

South African Garden Wedding {Loren & Jono}

April 15, 2013

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I met Loren years ago when we were in Community Theatre together. So I was very excited when she asked me to shoot her wedding in Johannesburg last month! The trip coincided beautifully with another wedding I attended as a guest (that of my best friend), so everything worked out perfectly – even if I don’t want to set foot on a plane again for at least a month! :-)

I was really pleased to find out, a few weeks before this wedding, that the decor was being done by my lovely and talented friend Eve from Splendid Affairs. I’ve really missed working with her since I emigrated, so it was wonderfully serendipitous! In fact, everything about this wedding was made up of lovely coincidences – it turns out I’d met two of the three bridesmaids before, as they’re both friends of friends!

The day was just beautiful, with a late afternoon ceremony overlooking the dam at Toadbury Hall, photos in the sunset, and a fantastic party on the veranda afterwards. Loren and Jono, thanks so much for asking me to capture your wedding!

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