I’m so proud and happy to share this shoot with you! My lovely friend Gwenda (whose flowers and decor you’ll have seen on my blog many times) had the brilliant idea of organising a South African themed wedding shoot, using only South African wedding suppliers who now live in the UK, to create a little piece of “home” wedding loveliness! She says it better than I can, so over to her!
Annemarie and Romain live in London, but because they’re both French they naturally held their wedding a few months ago in France. They contacted me because they love London, especially Shoreditch and its surrounds, where they love and spend a lot of time, and they wanted some fun, quirky photos of themselves in their wedding attire there! I, of course, love graffiti and old walls and dilapidated buildings, so the area they picked was spot on!
Since I shot these last month, Hossna has given birth to twin girls! So exciting! Congratulations, you two!
This magical shoot was dreamed up by fellow wedding photographer, Fiona Campbell, who asked me to take part. Naturally I wasn’t about to say no to a trip into the Cotswolds to shoot and stay overnight at the gorgeous Owlpen Manor, which also has the reputation of being one of Britain’s most haunted buildings…
We had a three-part for the shoot: firstly, to shoot a quintessential English country house wedding, with a sweet bride in white, calligraphy stationery, vintage china and lovely garden flowers. But an evil temptress in red (part two) stalks the gardens, attempting to ruin the bride’s perfect wedding! And finally, a mad queen who haunts the Manor is sent into a jealous rage by the beautiful bride, and tries everything to stop the wedding from taking place in her garden.
Last month I travelled into Kent to document the gorgeous wedding of Melissa and Cliff. Melissa is American and Cliff British, but since they live in the States they decided to have their wedding here, with a small reception for their American friends and family once they got back home. The reception was held at the beautiful Kent Life, a heritage farm and function venue, which I absolutely fell in love with! Melissa’s wedding gown was stunning, and with her bridesmaids in their mismatched cream/gold/silver dresses I couldn’t stop photographing them! Everything about this wedding was so lovely.
Special thanks to Jo from Kent Life for her amazing organisational skills and taking care of us so well!
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!
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.