It’s that time again! My 2013 round-up of some of my favourite wedding photos, engagement photos, and other pictures I’ve taken this year! It’s a pretty big post… turns out I had a lot more favourites than I thought. Which, of course, is good, and I can’t complain!
Thanks to all the wonderful people in these photos who made my job really easy this year, by just turning up and being fantastic clients from the get-go! My photos wouldn’t be half as good if you didn’t look so awesome in them. And I wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun as I did in 2013 if you all weren’t so damn fun to work with! So here’s to continuing friendships and hoping that my 2014 couples are just as lovely!
And some of my previous roundups:
Best of 2012
Best of 2011 Part 1
Best of 2011 Part 2
Best of 2010 (complete with my old logo!)
I love the “mod” 1960s look. Think Twiggy, with those big eyes and even bigger eyelashes, all skinny legs and short dresses. I’ve never photographed a wedding in this style, but I wanted to, so when I mentioned it to Gwenda from Fearless Florals, she pulled her usual genius styling out of the hat and just made it happen! We knew immediately that we had to shoot it in Brighton, the setting of such mod classics as Quadrophenia, and since Brighton is one of my favourite cities in the world, that worked out well.
At the time we were unable to find a wedding dress supplier who specialised in the 60s look, so ebay (via Gwenda) had to oblige for the wedding and bridesmaid dresses, but we got some fantastic other suppliers involved, including ice cream parlour Scoop & Crumb, who supplied us with the ice cream goodies for the dessert table, as well as allowing us to shoot in their upstairs room. Lucie from Wonderland Bakery made all the other cakes (doesn’t the one with the cherry on top just fill you with happiness?), and make-up artist Sjaniel Turrell cleverly did her own make-up and Gwenda’s, and they were my models for the day!
I wanted a bit of an editorial, fashion edge to this shoot, since the mod look so easily lends itself to that, so lots of angled poses were the order of the day. It was ridiculously windy (though at least this time no veils escaped and had to be rescued from nearby fields), but we had an absolute blast. Passersby on the pier kept assuming Gwenda and Sjaniel had just got married, and kept congratulating them! Eventually they just said thank you, and kept going. Ha. People of Brighton, you’re awesome.
Madeleine and Edward are two wonderful, creative individuals who do things their way. With their love of Victoriana and Steampunk, their wedding next year at Kew Bridge Steam Museum and Strawberry Hill House is going to be centred around that style (eeek! So excited!), and of course their engagement shoot had to fit in with the theme! Not that it required much dressing up on their part, as they pointed out, because this is how they like to dress anyway. I love the whole Victorian feel, so I was thrilled, and even more so when they suggested doing part of the shoot in the Highgate cemetery, which is one of the most beautiful in North London. Of course, we were nearly rained out, but we fought back bravely (and had some coffee to wait it out), and in the end we got some gorgeous autumny shots. Even Edward’s cello and Madeleine’s huge book of Chaucer survived!
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!