This wedding was SPECTACULAR! I cannot thank Bea and Ben enough for having me as their photographer. The joy, happiness and fun of the weekend left me with the biggest smile on my face for weeks!
Arriving at Chateau de Queille is like stepping into some magical world. Everyone slept in either the castle or in medieval tents down by the river. Each person seemed to have brought their own sense of creativity to the weekend. Whether it was gathering flowers in the meadow to decorate the tent and make the bouquets or to the talented bride Beatrice Perry designing her own dresses as well as the bridesmaids dresses.
The musicians came from far and wide and were the most wonderful and eclectic mix. They serenaded the guests as the party walked through the woods to the ceremony. This took place in the most idyllic spot overlooking the chateau and was conducted by Beatrice’s brother. There were wonderful readings in French and English, including Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. After the ceremony the champagne was brought out and everyone toasted the bride and groom. As temperatures soared all anyone could do afterwards was strip off and float in the cool shade of the river while munching on refreshing watermelon.
When the golden light descended on the day we made our way to the Pavilion where a delicious supper awaited us. Speeches were made and the traditional French croquembouche wedding cake was cut. Finally, of course there was music & dancing! But! This was no ordinary music. This music empowered dancing that shook every bone in your body, that rattled your senses and left you crying out for more! However, I will let the photographs take you on an adventure of one of the most fabulous weekends of 2016.
I met Claudio & Elena originally in Paris when they told me about their wedding that would take place in a small naval town just north of Santiago de Compostela. The ceremony was late in the day at 6pm (to avoid the heat) and in the most beautiful cathedral, La Parroquia de Castrense de San Francisco. Afterwards everyone jumped in their cars and we went on el Pazo de San Tirso for the reception, then dinner & of course lots of dancing. An amazing Spanish wedding!
“We looove the pictures!! It was wonderful having you as our photographer. Our families loved them as well 🙂 Thank-you!”
na Spanish wedding in Ferrol in the north west of Spain
Destination weddings are special, weddings in Italy are really special. The olive groves, the pizza, the “bonjourno’s”, the fresh tomatoes, the sun, the wine…. and not forgetting of course, all your closest and bestest friends together for four days in the most beautiful of locations Petrolo .
“Struggling to put into words how incredible these pictures are. WOW. You couldn’t have timed those sunset ones any better… They are out of this world. Thank you, thank you for totally capturing our special day we’ve been so excited to see just a few and these are absolutely incredible . You are amazing and so talented 💋💋💋💋😘😘”
Thursday evening.. pizza night!
Friday started small with a trip to the local town for the official stuff to happen. This was a two part thing with an all important gelato & a coffee stop in between. Then on for a delicious lunch washed down with some locally made limoncello.
Returning to Petrolo preparations were underway for the ceremony and the evening celebrations.
The ceremony took place underneath an ancient fur tree. There were readings, friends played music and then the exchanging of rings. Afterwards the party started with drinks around the fountain then dinner, speeches, the most glorious sunset photographs and of course dancing ….. all night long!!!
It is always a pleasure to jump on the Eurostar and head to Paris. Now nearly two years since I left but it is still as timeless as ever. I spent a wonderful morning with this newly wedded couple on their honeymoon in the capital d’amour!
Michael & Annabel, Annabel & Michael! Wow, what a wedding! It was a particularly favourite of 2015 as the first wedding that I ever photographed “properly” was to Nick & Lucie and Lucie is Annabel’s older sister. So a huge compliment to be asked back and wonderful to see lots of familiar faces.
It was actually due to Lucie that the wedding took place in France at this utterly superb location, Chateau La Durantie. She had actually suggested it to Annabel as an idea way before she had even got engaged! What made this wedding even more special was arriving a few days early and having the time to get to know everyone individually not to mention doing zoomba classes and being part of the bridal shower! It was all incredibly special. Thank-you so so much A&M for having me as your photographer – it was the best!
The absolute hippest wedding of 2015 was certainly with Anna & Ben last October. The day started at the trendy Myla & Davis for hair. I then went on to discover the ever awesome venue Brixton East 1871 – a warehouse in south London. It had been decorated with flowers, bought from Simon at Brixton tube and amazing willow hoops created by a friend of the brides mother. I then flitted between Ben at the pub and Anna while she got ready in her exceptionally cool crop top dress from Rime Arodaky. The button holes and bouquets were done by Jam Jar flowers and the amazing cake was created by Clare at Pop Bakery.
The touching ceremony, great speeches, delicious food and the energetic and endless dancing into the night really marked what an incredible day it was. Especially that moment with LCD Soundsystem playing “all my friends”!!!!
A September wedding on a cricket pitch in the heart of the English countryside. Glorious sunshine, a tense rugby match (Wales v England as were the bride and groom), hilarious speeches, fantastic dancing thanks to Motown Gold & DJ Jimi Needles and working along side Eight Wood studios as the Videographers. It really was the most fabulous day.
Jack and Harriet were married on a very wet day in May this year. I arrived in the morning with Harriet and her gorgeous bridesmaids before heading onto the church to meet Jack. After the service we headed onto a wet moor and into a magical woodland before heading to the reception. So much detail and thought had been put into the day. A beautiful cake, hilarious speeches, delightful music, sweet children with Pippin the dog running around and a gun of confetti during the first dance. So..voila the photos! PS These were my favourite brides shoes i’ve seen this year!
Last September I headed over to Paris to photograph a Canadian/French wedding, being able to speak both French & English was definitely a benefit! It was a gorgeous September day that felt like mid summer and I met James and Edith directly at the Eglise Saint-Médard in the 5th where they were married surrounded by friends and family. We then all jumped in taxi’s and headed up to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont where amongst the many crowds, on that sunny saturday afternoon, we found some sheltered glades to take photographs. The reception was in the Rosa Boneur café looking out over the park and after some last photographs on the bridge I left them to enjoy their evening. A last mention is the dress was by the incredible bridal designer Stephanie Wolff , love her work!
We are all guilty of it, some more than others. Our world is digital from your phone, Ipad, to your computer so we must remember to PRINT! It’s so quick and easy with online companies that deliver to your door. You are then at liberty to frame your photos, proudly display them or even create a album so you can really see the colours and can be transported back to that day, that moment. I have had a few orders for photo albums during 2014 but I want to do more for 2015. I have decided on using the company Folio who source their material locally and hand make each individual album with silk or leather covers. They are beautifully constructed with flattened folding in the middle of the pages so you don’t even see a crease. Bring back Printing is what I say!