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This wedding made my heart sing! Katy and Paul had a festival themed wedding at Berryfields Farm near Peterborough… I knew from the moment I started talking to Katy a year or so before the wedding, it would be one to remember and I wasn’t wrong. The day was filled with a whole lot of fun and laughter, from the coconut shy to the sack races to the amazing music, wherever I looked there was something good going on to photograph! Katy and Paul went to so much effort to plan a wedding where their guests would be entertained and it all paid off. It helps when your wedding guests are all fantastic people too – I felt so welcomed in to this fabulous bunch of people and it really makes my job the best thing in the world to witness such joy.

It has to be said, the most magical part of this day was the absolutely perfect wedding ceremony. Katie Matthews from Humanists UK led such a wonderfully funny and emotional ceremony – I had tears in my eyes for a lot of it and the rest of the time I was laughing out loud. You can’t ask for more than that really can you? And one of their lovely friends stood up to do a reading and instead led everybody in song!

To Katy and Paul – thank you for having me along to document your special day. I wish you both all of the happiness in the world, you really do deserve it :)  Here are a few photos that I hope sum up the day. xxx

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It’s that time of year when I like to reflect… 2016 has made a bad name for itself but I like to look at the positives. I’ve spent the last couple of days going through all of the wedding photos I’ve taken over the last year and picked a few of my favourites. So nice to see so much love and joy all in one place.  I’ve had the pleasure to travel all over the uk to photograph these weddings (and a bit further!)  I will never stop appreciating how different everyone’s wedding days are and how much thought goes into making each and every one unique.  A massive thank you to all of my clients who have chosen me to capture their memories. It’s been an absolute blast :)

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When Cat and Neil first got in touch about photographing their wedding, I was so excited to hear about their plans to get married on the edge of a beautiful bay, surrounded by mountains. I have never been to Montenegro before so it was a true adventure and I spent days beforehand scouting the locations and keeping my fingers crossed for good weather.

They are both keen travellers so it made perfect sense for them to get married in a spot which held wonderful memories for them – and it was certainly worth the effort!  I myself got married abroad so I know how nerve-racking it can be to arrange a wedding from a far – but Cat and Neil really kept their cool the whole time and it was so lovely to get to know them both in the lead up.  They arranged for all of their guests to meet at a central location in Kotor and surprised them all with a boat trip to a quiet jetty on the edge of the bay. The ceremony was held in English and in Montenegrin – though to be honest but biggest memory of this part of the day was concentrating on taking photos without falling into the sea! What followed was a wonderful afternoon of cruising around the bay on the boat and then a delicious feast at the Galion restaurant and finally a night of partying at Dojmi.

I think it is testament to how lovely both Cat and Neil are that so many people made the effort to travel so far. They were so considerate to their guests and spent so long in the planning to make sure everyone who came had a good time. And I think it is fairly safe to say that everyone had an amazing time! I certainly did :) Thank you so much Cat and Neil for choosing me to join you on your big adventure, I will never forget it :)

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I love capturing emotion at weddings and this one had plenty of it – whether it’s love, laughter or happy tears – it is such an honour to be witness to this. I first met Lucy and Neil over a year before their big day and they had very clear ideas from the start of their plans. They wanted a day filled with family & friends, a fun, relaxed affair where their guests could bring their dogs and their children could run around barefoot. As a photographer, this is the best possible brief to be given – to photograph such honest happiness is a real pleasure.

They had a wonderful outdoor ceremony at the Blue Pigeons in Worth, Kent and continued their celebrations there for the rest of the day. The warm summers evening meant that they could party outside long into the night. Their whole family contributed to the amazingly colourful hand made decorations – hours spent making beautiful paper flowers and brightly coloured pom poms. I could go on and on about how well everything came together on the day but the most important factor in all of their plans was the abundant amounts of joy. I guess this isn’t something you can plan – this is something that just happens. And often it is the true surprise. You can never predict how you will feel on the day of your wedding but if you manage half as much joy as these two wonderful human beings then you are winning. Thank you so much Lucy and Neil for choosing me and for trusting me to capture your day. :)

 

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Anna and Ruiaridh had a wonderfully laid back, intimate wedding in Brighton, East Sussex. They had a lovely ceremony in Brighton Pavilion then took all of the their guests back to their gorgeous flat in Hove. It’s such a perfect idea to have a wedding reception back at home but no one seems to choose to do this on their wedding day. Anna and Ruairidh invited just the right amount of guests to make such a simple idea work really really well. The atmosphere was fantastic, everyone spilling out onto their roof terrace to enjoy canapés and champagne in the sunshine. And the location was perfect for a quick wander down to the beach for a few lovely portraits of the two of them.

One thing I love about weddings is that no two couples ever plan the same kind of day. Weddings are about celebrating your love for one another surrounded by the people who you care about the most. And doing it in a way that suits you both and reflects your personalities. I think Anna and Ruairidh absolutely nailed it.

 

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Weddings don’t get much more fun than this… Zoe and Mark know how to have a good time and they wanted their wedding day to be no different. It’s taken me a little while to get around to blogging this beauty of a wedding and words still fail me as to how to describe how much love I have for these two.

Initially, Zoe told me that she was a little bit anxious about having an ‘official photographer’ at her wedding as it was going to be so intimate and laid back. I told her that my favourite approach to photographing weddings is to try to blend in as a guest and make everyone feel at ease by not being intrusive or bossy. I’m so glad she trusted me because I had so much fun joining in and capturing all of the fun elements they put into their day. Barn Drift in Cley, Norfolk was the perfect spot to host their day, so many wonderful spots for photos and so picturesque… I could go on and on about the beautiful hand made decorations including some wonderful signs which were hand painted by Mark’s Dad. Or the amazing flowers or the tipi, or the ice cream van or the fantastic weather – But really, what made this wedding truly special was just how obviously happy and in love Zoe and Mark are.

I remember them both saying that one of their highlights of the day was going off for a few photos of just the two of them in front of a beautiful sunset – then returning to their party to discover all of their guests in full on funny as hell fancy dress! I am such a fan of wedding parties when everyone lets their hair down and properly celebrates how happy they are for the newly wed couple. Zoe and Mark had a party that will go down in history.

Credits:
Amazing wedding venue: Barn Drift
Flowers to die for: Constance Rose
Best wedding DJ ever: Disco Wed

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