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!!!
People always used to ask me, what do you want to specialise in with photography? Really I didn’t know, anything that I could get work in really. I wanted to make my website available for any opportunity. Fashion perhaps, it’s creative and I knew that photographing people was/is still a definite interest. Food, not really. Landscapes, no, I grew up in the Lake District and although very beautiful for me it missed some key components- eyes, nose and a mouth. In other words, a living being. Therefore portraits became my interest. People: old, young, fat, thin, boys, girls, men, women. Anyone with expression and my enthusiasm would ignite!
In 2006 I lived in Mexico for five months. My purpose there was to work in an orphanage in Guadalajara. Working with children was magical. I felt like I was doing something, even if it was a small contribution, for humanity. If I had been ten years older I would have adopted one of them, David, not a very Mexican name (he also had blonde hair) but he was wonderful. I would sit for hours with him trying to make him eat or holding his hand as he cried and cried while sitting on the toilet. It was very hard to leave in the end.
Therefore my recent sejour in Cambodia reopened my eyes to the magical fun of children and confirmed my suspicions. Yes, this is who I want to capture, children. I want to have fun with these innocent, ethereal and divine creatures!