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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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.
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
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!
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.