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Woburn Abbey Sculpture Gallery Wedding Photography: Kate & Stephen, September 2011

A Saturday back in September saw me photographing the wedding of Kate and Stephen who I first met back in March for their (very cold) pre-wedding shoot in St Albans.  Their venue, the magnificent Sculpture gallery at Woburn Abbey.  After an early meet with Stephen and his best man and grooms-men, a meeting with the […]


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A Saturday back in September saw me photographing the wedding of Kate and Stephen who I first met back in March for their (very cold) pre-wedding shoot in St Albans.  Their venue, the magnificent Sculpture gallery at Woburn Abbey.  After an early meet with Stephen and his best man and grooms-men, a meeting with the delightful registrar (who was also the brides Aunt) we waited for Kate’s arrival and entrance.

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The sculpture gallery at Woburn is a lovely venue – gorgeous light through the large windows and a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs.  The grounds surrounding are equally as photogenic and proved ideal for some great pictures of the bride and groom before we rejoined the main party at a drinks reception inside.

 

 

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Whilst the main body of wedding guests took a trip around the adjoining safari park, Kate and Stephen had a quick spin into Woburn itself, which was hosting it’s annual oyster festival, before heading back to the safari park to  join the rest of the guests for their reception (which is coming up in part two).

 

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London Bridal Portraits: Mayfield Lavender Farm

A hot and sunny July day saw me driving down to Surrey to meet some fellow wedding photographers who are also listed on the UK Wedding Photographer website at Mayfield Lavender for a day of shooting bridal portraits using some very talented models. Anyway, I digress, which wasn’t the purpose of this post – I […]

 

A hot and sunny July day saw me driving down to Surrey to meet some fellow wedding photographers who are also listed on the UK Wedding Photographer website at Mayfield Lavender for a day of shooting bridal portraits using some very talented models.

Anyway, I digress, which wasn’t the purpose of this post – I wanted to share with you some of the images I shot. Firstly, we have the lovely Claire.

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Despite that demure start, Claire soon had lots of fun running around, twirling the skirts of the fantastic dress she was modelling.

 

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Time for a couple of B&W photographs- loosing the colour of the field really highlights the textures of the lavender and the wedding dress.

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We were fortunate in being joined by Scott as our sole ‘groom’ for the day – whilst bridal makeup was adjusted and hair arranged, I borrowed him for some quick portraits – grooms are just as important as brides and they often get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of an actual wedding.   This was also a slightly nostalgic shoot for me as I had lent Scott the Harris Tweed suit that I used to wear at school whilst doing my A-Levels  – sadly it doesnt fit me anymore (I must have had a late growth spurt!) but I think it looked really good on him and suited the slightly vintage feel of the following photographs.

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Hair and makeup adjusted, we were joined by another bridal model, Ellie for a few more shots.

 

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including in some much needed shade, providing relief from the scorching sun.

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I have to say a big thanks to our makeup team for the day who were the extremely talented Lakbinder & Karen – thank you both for your behind the scenes work to make our models look stunning.

This was a pretty successful day, both photographically and also meeting and networking with like minded souls.  I always enjoy networking with other wedding photographers – we chat, share stories, swap ideas, but days like this are especially important for us. Why? Shooting with other photographers and working on concepts and images allows us to build a rapport and trust which can be beneficial should we ever need to ask that individual to second shoot with us or to even step into our shoes if (God forbid) we were unable to shoot a couples big day due to serious illness or a dire emergency  (knowing that in that dire  situation you can say to a couple that you have a replacement that will fulfill their expectations is a little consolation and it is always good to be prepared).  I always like to make sure my wedding couples know that I have thought of contingency plan should the worst happen.

 

 

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Essex Wedding Photography: Dan & Lucy’s wedding Part 2: Great Prestons Reception

Having left their beautiful church wedding at All Saints in Stock, Essex, the wedding party made haste to Great Prestons, a grade II listed Queen Anne farmhouse set in the beautiful Essex countryside. A champagne reception awaited the guests at the relaxed and fun garden party reception that awaited everyone.   The marquee was decorated […]

 

Having left their beautiful church wedding at All Saints in Stock, Essex, the wedding party made haste to Great Prestons, a grade II listed Queen Anne farmhouse set in the beautiful Essex countryside.

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A champagne reception awaited the guests at the relaxed and fun garden party reception that awaited everyone.

wedding recption at Great Prestons

 

The marquee was decorated by the bride & groom, whilst food and the wedding cake were supplied by Limeberry Catering.

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Whilst the reception was in full swing, and guests were being entertained with some music, I took the opportunity to take the bride and groom away for a portrait session –  something I do with all my couples – just a quick 15-20 minutes alone, uninterrupted by guests to get some beautiful portraits for their wedding album.  The metal doors of a barn in the adjoining farmyard provided the backdrop for some of these, as well as the structure providing some much needed relief from the bright sunshine we were blessed with.

 

Then it was back to join the party, assemble a few relaxed group shots we had elected to save for the reception and capture lots of candid photographs of people enjoying themselves, before the bride and groom joined everyone for their wedding breakfast.

 

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Some entertaining speeches were followed by…

the cutting of the cake and….

the first dance.

 

I have to confess I really enjoyed shooting Dan and Lucy’s wedding – they are a delightfully easy going and relaxed couple, with a great group of family and friends – it was an absolute pleasure to work with them on recording their wedding day.

If you have a wedding enquiry & would like to discuss your plans and covergae for your wedding day, please contact me

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Essex Wedding Photography: Dan and Lucy’s Stock wedding Part 1

You may remember Dan and Lucy from their engagement photographs at Hylands House, Chelmsford earlier this year. I have been itching to post the full set of images from Lucy and Dan’s wedding at All Saints church, Stock, Essex and party at Great Prestons for several weeks. However, an extended honeymoon for this lovely couple […]

 

You may remember Dan and Lucy from their engagement photographs at Hylands House, Chelmsford earlier this year. I have been itching to post the full set of images from Lucy and Dan’s wedding at All Saints church, Stock, Essex and party at Great Prestons for several weeks. However, an extended honeymoon for this lovely couple delayed me doing so – after-all the bride and groom have the privilege of seeing the images first.   So we go back in time slightly to early June. A bright summers day saw me capturing the bridal preparations, wedding dress and a gorgeous pair of Kurt Geiger shoes.

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Stock weding bridal preparations and flowers

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This was followed by a short drive through the lanes of Essex to Stock and the lovely All Saints Church to meet our groom and the rest of the wedding party awaiting the arrival of the bride.

All Saints Church Stock interior prior to wedding

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Brentwood bride arrival for All Saints Church wedding

The cool interior of the church provided some relief from the surprisingly hot sun and the light filtering through the windows was perfect for capturing some beautiful black and white photographs of the wedding ceremony.

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Brides procesional for All Saints Church wedding

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recesional following All Saints Church, Stock wedding

Some formal photographs of the key groups and a few more candids of guests and our lovely couple.

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and then it was off to nearby Great Prestons for the wedding breakfast and reception… (see Part 2).

Bride portraits before she leaves

 

If you were a guest and would like to view a gallery of this wedding please visit this page.

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Essex Wedding Photography: Lucy & Dan’s Stock wedding – a little taster

  I had the pleasure of being part of Lucy and Dan’s lovely wedding day earlier in June. Following a lovely ceremony at All Saints Church, Stock, Essex they had a delightful reception and party locally at Great Prestons.  Here is a little taster of their day…     I am looking forward to their […]


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I had the pleasure of being part of Lucy and Dan’s lovely wedding day earlier in June. Following a lovely ceremony at All Saints Church, Stock, Essex they had a delightful reception and party locally at Great Prestons.  Here is a little taster of their day…

 

 

I am looking forward to their return from honeymoon and posting a more photographs from their wedding day.

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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer: A roadtrip for a union between France and Wales under an Oak tree

  So the beginning of June saw me travelling down to the Gower peninsula in Wales to photograph the wedding of Hertfordshire couple,  Ludovic and Zoe.  This delightful couple actually got married the day before and the following day chose to have a blessing under an oak tree on the beautiful Penrice Castle Estate in […]


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So the beginning of June saw me travelling down to the Gower peninsula in Wales to photograph the wedding of Hertfordshire couple,  Ludovic and Zoe.  This delightful couple actually got married the day before and the following day chose to have a blessing under an oak tree on the beautiful Penrice Castle Estate in the company of all of their family and friends who had travelled from far and wide to be there.  We also saw one of the hottest days of 2011 thus far for this Welsh-French union with temperatures topping 26 degrees Celsius – making this a glorious outdoor wedding and a delight to photograph.  Below are some of the highlights of the day.

 

Ainsi le début de juin m’a vu voyager vers le bas à la péninsule de Gower au Pays de Galles pour photographier le mariage des couples, du Ludovic et du Zoe de Hertfordshire. Ce couple délicieux se marie réellement le jour avant qu’et le jour suivant ait choisi d’avoir une bénédiction sous un arbre de chêne sur le beau domaine de château de Penrice à la compagnie de tous leur famille et amis qui avaient voyagé être de loin et au loin là. Nous également avons vu un des jours les plus chauds de 2011 jusqu’ici pour cette union Gallois-Française avec les températures principal 26 degrés de Celsius – faisant à ceci un mariage extérieur glorieux et un plaisir pour photographier. Sont ci-dessous certains des points culminants du jour.

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The bride and groom have made copies of their photographs available for download for all of their guests. Please follow this link, and enter the ‘Access code’ and when prompted the password you will have been provided with by the bride and groom.  These downloads are suitable for printing up to 5×7 inches.

 

If you have a wedding enquiry, or would just like to book a portrait session for yourself or your family, please contact me here.

 

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Hertfordshire Wedding Photography: A roadtrip to the Gower Peninsula for a Welsh:French wedding – a taster

The beginning of June saw me on the highways and byways driving down to Wales – to be exact, the Penrice Estate, near Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula for the wedding of Ludovic and Zoe.  Here is a little taster for those impatient to see the results of their delightful wedding day in this beautiful […]


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Hertfordhsire Wedding Photographer goes to WalesThe beginning of June saw me on the highways and byways driving down to Wales – to be exact, the Penrice Estate, near Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula for the wedding of Ludovic and Zoe.  Here is a little taster for those impatient to see the results of their delightful wedding day in this beautiful setting….

 

Le début de juin a vu moi sur les routes et les chemins détournés entraînant une réduction au Pays de Galles – pour être exact, le domaine de Penrice sur la péninsule de Gower pour le mariage de Ludovic et de Zoe. Voici un petit goûteur pour ceux impatients pour voir les résultats de leur jour du mariage délicieux dans ce bel arrangement….

(I really hope my French translation is word perfect… if its not I will fall back upon the excuse that I used Babel Fish).

 

 

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A celebrity best man, a world record holder, some Thunderbirds gags and a Kent church wedding

This is quite an old one, but I wanted to breathe some life back into it after re-vamping the site recently and loosing a specific portfolio section to show past work in.  So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you our celebrity best man, a world record holder (world’s loudest scream) and a fun wedding in […]


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This is quite an old one, but I wanted to breathe some life back into it after re-vamping the site recently and loosing a specific portfolio section to show past work in.  So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you our celebrity best man, a world record holder (world’s loudest scream) and a fun wedding in Tenterden, Kent.



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A chance meeting and a wedding in Essex…

I loved shooting the wedding below. Why? Quite simply, this is one of the nicest couples I have ever had the privilege to shoot – they and their guests are what made this wedding great.  I actually met the bride on the train – an overheard snatch of conversation bemoaning the fact they hadn’t found […]

 

I loved shooting the wedding below. Why? Quite simply, this is one of the nicest couples I have ever had the privilege to shoot – they and their guests are what made this wedding great.  I actually met the bride on the train – an overheard snatch of conversation bemoaning the fact they hadn’t found a wedding photographer they liked to cover their big day. One ‘Excuse me, here’s my card’ and an apology for earwigging (of course), a cup of tea at their house (they make a great cup of tea) to discuss plans and there we were, ready to photograph their wedding day.

On the day itself, Waltham Abbey in Hertfordshire and flowers and bridal preparations were my first stop.  Then it was across the border to Epping in Essex to meet with the groom and best man for a fun little pre-wedding shoot.  Afterwards it was back to Hertfordshire for a wedding breakfast and some fine speeches.

 

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Grooms pre-wedding shoot in Epping

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Epping registry office wedding ceremony

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Essex wedding breakfast speeches

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Bridal Photography at Essex Wedding Venue, Ingatestone Hall

Bridal portraits during your wedding are very special. They are all about style and elegance, capturing the grace of the wedding dress, alongside the beauty of the bride. I recently had opportunity to capture some lovely bridal portraits during a test shoot at Ingatestone Hall, Essex.  In the first series, I think that what makes […]

 

Bridal portraits during your wedding are very special. They are all about style and elegance, capturing the grace of the wedding dress, alongside the beauty of the bride.

I recently had opportunity to capture some lovely bridal portraits during a test shoot at Ingatestone Hall, Essex.  In the first series, I think that what makes these images special is that our model, Deona is wearing her own wedding dress – she commented how much she enjoyed wearing it again. Portraits such as this can often be overlooked during the hustle and bustle of a wedding day. These portraits show just what can be achieved with just short period of time – just 10 or 15 minutes on your wedding day is enough to capture some beautiful bridal photographs before rejoining your guests, knowing you have captured some images that will last a lifetime.

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Bridal portraits at Essex wedding venue

Bride preparing prior to wedding at Ingatestone Hall

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For our second series, we moved outside with Jenny – again in her own beautiful dress with it’s flowing skirt to capture some figure in the landscape shots using the surroundings of our venue for the day.

 

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Why the art of street photography is akin to reportage wedding photography: and why formal photographs can be a good thing

Every now and then I enjoy spending some time wandering around various parts of London observing my surroundings and the people within them.  Recently, I was due to meetup with some fellow wedding photographers in the evening, so thought to myself ‘why not spend a few hours pounding the pavements, watching the world go by […]


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Every now and then I enjoy spending some time wandering around various parts of London observing my surroundings and the people within them.  Recently, I was due to meetup with some fellow wedding photographers in the evening, so thought to myself ‘why not spend a few hours pounding the pavements, watching the world go by and capturing some candid shots of life in London in 2011.’

Here are some of the results, all taken around Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Liverpool Street.

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Taking candids on the street is excellent practice for weddings – you need to be quick to capture a fleeting moment before it has disappeared but at the same time need to retain an eye for composition and timing. Candid images like these are very relevant to modern wedding photography – many couples now shy away from very formal posed photographs and prefer to go for reportage style images. Personally, I like to strike a balance when shooting a wedding and make sure key formal setup shots of groups etc are captured. Not to say a wholly candid wedding is wrong, more to say ‘think ahead to the future,’ when the record of these groups of people not only might have sentimental value but also compliments the informal nature of the reportage wedding photographs. My approach to this therefore is to suggest that my couples think of several key posed group shots that they would like recorded, and then to capture these in a relaxed and fun manner, keeping the whole process short and sweet, allowing everyone to get on with the main purpose of the day – celebrating the wedding.

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A summer wedding with a distinctly East meets West flavour

I was contacted by this lovely couple through Facebook, having been at Uni with the groom about 12 years ago.  It was great to make his re-acquaintance and meet his future wife during their pre-wedding shoot, and an absolute delight to travel to shoot their intimate wedding last summer.  This was an international affair, with […]


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I was contacted by this lovely couple through Facebook, having been at Uni with the groom about 12 years ago.  It was great to make his re-acquaintance and meet his future wife during their pre-wedding shoot, and an absolute delight to travel to shoot their intimate wedding last summer.  This was an international affair, with guests from Eastern Europe, Russia and the bride’s family making the trip all the way from Uzbekistan.  The day started off pretty normally (as weddings go) – the bride had found a fantastic vintage style wedding dress, there was a lovely vintage car. Later in the day saw some traditional Uzbek wedding costumes and food at the wedding reception. Here are a selection of my favourite photographs, telling the story of this couple’s lovely wedding day.

 

Photos of groom from wedding

Brides arrival in vintage car

 

Vintage wedding - exchange of wedding vows

 

Leaving the registry officeGroup shots following the wedding ceremonylovely bridal flowers and vintage dress

bride and groom escaping in the classic car to their wedding reception

 

reportage style shots of the wedding recption

 

traditional costumes and best man giving a speechpre-speech revison and bride and groomcutting the wedding cake - London wedding photographer