Some time ago, I was invited by Gwenda Jeffs (with whom I’ve done an absolute ton of shoots), to join a group she was setting up, called “Coocouture: The Unconventional Wedding Collective“. Everyone involved shares a love for the more unconventional side of the wedding industry, and the aim is to create epic inspirational shoots based on alternative genres…and boy, are we having fun doing just that! I’m thrilled to be the photographer for this group – the gorgeous, way-out stuff the others come up with is genius!
Our very first shoot was themed “The Edwardian Steampunk Scientist Bride”, and these might be some of my favourite photos I have ever taken! Now that it’s been featured on Bespoke Bride, I can share it with you here.
Skip to the end to see all the fabulous suppliers involved! (Except, please don’t actually skip :-))
Oh, and there’s also a short film by the wonderful Skinny Boy Weddings, which shows some great behind the scenes stuff, too – be sure to watch it!
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Naomi and Eric are completely adorable. They first contacted me to photograph a pre-wedding session for them around London, but I ended up being booked to photograph their elopement in Cambridge later this month, too! Naomi and Eric are both Americans who have been living in the UK for a while, but after their wedding they’re going back home, so they wanted to have some great photographic memories of Cambridge, where they live, and London, because, well, it’s LONDON.
We started off the afternoon at Peggy Porschen’s darling pink cupcake shop near Victoria, and then hopped on a tube and went over to South Bank for the rest of the photo session. The light was gorgeous and so were Eric and Naomi, so a beautiful time was had.
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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!