Claire & Lewis, an English Garden inspired wedding with Greens and hints of Copper at Houchins, Coggeshall.

Claire & Lewis, an English Garden inspired wedding with Greens and hints of Copper at Houchins, Coggeshall.

English Garden Wedding, Whites & Greens with hints of copper, Bride wears Pronovias.

Claire & Lewis chose the stunning Houchins for their wedding back in August. Claire prepped in the beautiful farmhouse with her bridesmaids and her Mum and Lewis got ready at home with his Groomsmen before their ceremony under the marquee in the gardens. The couple chose a neutral colour palette with hints of copper which worked in harmony with the venue and its rustic feel with a contemporary twist. After enjoying drinks and canapés we made the most of the surroundings and shot some gorgeous portraits followed by a few group shots with Claire and Lewis’s friends and families. You’ll see from the images that the speeches were awesome with all the emotion you’d want and a wig thrown in for Lewis for good measure! Houchins is also perfectly placed for fabulous sunset portraits, and, we were lucky to get a beautiful one that evening so we headed out for a further session as the August sun went down. We finished the day off with a Sparkler tunnel and I’m pretty sure Claire, Lewis and their guests partied hard for the rest of the night! Congratulations you two, what a gorgeous wedding and a pleasure to work with local suppliers who contributed beautifully to the day!

Supplier Love:

Venue: Houchins, Coggeshall

Brides Dress: Pronovias

Florist: Hannah Louise Flowers

Hairdresser & MUA: Zoe @ Knot your average Bride

Cake: Little Lucy’s Bakery

Caterer: Limeberry Catering

Band: Three Mile Hill

Groom dressed by: Anthony Formal Wear

Bridesmaids: ASOS

Videographer: Philip Smith Visuals

10 on 10 November

10 on 10 November

After a chaotic end to the Summer, we’ve sped towards Autumn at lightning speed! The change in season means I’m home a bit more often on the weekends and we’ve had some gorgeous Autumn weather so walks around the village and pumpkin picking have been on the agenda! This is my favourite time of year for lots or reasons, but mainly because I can spend more time with the kids at weekends but I also love the nights drawing in and the colours this season brings and, obviously that we’re on a countdown to Christmas! Just also have to give credit to my eldest daughter, Grace for the first photo here of our Grandson Isaac since she took it with my little Fuji!

Head off round our gorgeous blog circle to the fabulous Evelyne in Philadelphia!

Emma & Liam, a Rustic, Barn Wedding in August at Blake Hall, Ongar.

Emma & Liam, a Rustic, Barn Wedding in August at Blake Hall, Ongar.

Gorgeous pinks for a rustic, barns & bowties, summer wedding. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer

Emma & Liam were wed in August at the always beautiful Blake Hall in Ongar. I’ll remember this wedding as being one filled with warmth and laughter, both families certainly knew how to have a good time and the couple themselves were very much in love and needed no direction from me when it came to their portrait sessions as they just spent the whole day adoring each other! A gorgeous ceremony in the Hay Barn where the light is beyond perfection and an array of lawn games and an awesome magician entertained the couples guests and made for utter job perfection for me! After dinner, the speeches continued the fabulous mood, with everything you’d want, tears, laughter and the right amount of embarrassment for the Groom! I left them to party the night away having had such a fabulous day!! Congratulations Emma & Liam, what an utter honour to document your beautiful day!

Amber & Chris, an Ely Cathedral service with a DIY, Boho Farm Wedding Reception at Bedinghams Farm

Amber & Chris, an Ely Cathedral service with a DIY, Boho Farm Wedding Reception at Bedinghams Farm

Ely Cathedral with a DIY, Boho Farm Wedding Reception, Bride wears Willowby by Watters. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.

Amber & Chris’s wedding was, well quite simply, a huge treat for me and everyone of their guests! The couple met whilst studying Music at York University and their love of music featured heavily during their exquisite wedding ceremony. This was the second time I’ve been lucky enough to photograph a ceremony in a cathedral and Ely didn’t disappoint - the sense of celebration was awesome as the couples friends (whom Amber had sung with) gave a spine-tingling performance before the newlyweds headed off back up the aisle. It also happened to be Ely Pride that day and the city was full of colour and celebration as guests threw confetti and we shot a few portraits with the imposing cathedral as the backdrop. Guests all hopped aboard the very cool vintage bus to head to Amber & Chris’s reception at Bedinghams Farm to enjoy lawn game and scones with cream and jam before sitting for some incredible food from Carpe Diem. There was such an incredible sense of family present, with jam favours made with love by the Brides Mum, the cake made by one of the Bridesmaids (who just so happens to be a fabulous pastry chef!) and many photographs of loved ones. The weather stayed on our side all day and rain stayed away until the evening but it didn’t stop Amber & Chris or their guests tucking into delicious crepes! What a gorgeous day and an absolute pleasure to document!

Supplier Love:

Venue: Bedinghams Farm, Ely

Florist: Thyme on St Mary’s, Ely

Cake: Maxine Eddleston

Caterers: Carpe Diem & La Crepe Franglaise

Musicians: Ely Cathedral Girls Choir & Eboracum Baroque

Groom dressed by: Moss Bros

Brides Dress by: Willowby by Watters

Bridesmaids dresses by: ASOS

Kyla & Dave, a Vintage Railway Wedding at East Anglian Railway Museum. Bride wears Lillian West.

Kyla & Dave, a Vintage Railway Wedding at East Anglian Railway Museum. Bride wears Lillian West.

A vintage Railway wedding at East Anglian Railway Museum. A red & light blue colour palette and a Lillian West gown. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.

When Kyla & Dave got in touch about their wedding, it sounded all kinds of awesome and I’d been wanting to shoot at the East Anglian Railway Museum for ages, so lucky me! Kyla and her girls prepped at her Mum’s house which was only a short drive from the beautiful village church where the ceremony was held, and where she grew up. I captured them doing their final touches and Kyla opening pressies from her husband to be - Tiffany earrings and a gift box with a photo of a Scottish Fold Kitten, a cat that Kyla had always wanted, he’d brought her a kitten!! (To a crazy cat lover like me, this was just the best thing ever!!). All the village residents had been collecting and drying rose petals all summer to use for confetti which wasn’t the only fabulous diy touch as, Kayla’s Dad had designed all the stunning order of service and table plan, and Kayla’s Mum make the amazing cake (complete with a little nod to Dave’s favourite video game Zelda!). After the lovely service, all the guests headed off to the reception whilst I followed Kyla and Dave to the viaduct in Chappel, just around the corner from the Railway Museum as they had their eye on it for some portraits, and having used the viaduct a few years ago, I knew how amazing it was! Kyla was such a great sport climbing a step ladder to get up into the viaduct but I think you’ll agree it was totally worth it! We then headed off to the Railway Museum where the guests were enjoying drinks and canapés on the platform! The shed where the reception was being held looked incredible, decked out with trestle tables decorated with greenery, stunning red Protea flowers and railway paraphernalia, and of course, the gorgeous table plan depicting Kyla and Dave’s favourite place. The couple had chosen to have picnic food and let me tell you, this wasn’t ordinary picnic food, it was a box of delicious, traditional English summer food, followed by Scones with cream and jam - perfection! After some great speeches, the guests were treated to rides on the mini steam train whilst enjoying the evening sun and I took Kyla and Dave off for a few more portraits to make the most of their incredible venue! Afterwards, the party hit full swing when the band came on and everyone tucked into tempting pizza! Such a fabulous day!

Supplier Love:

Venue: East Anglian Railway Museum

Florist: Di Barnes

Hairdresser: Tarnia, Tony & Guy, Chelmsford

Cake: Kayla’s Mum

Caterer: Fuud

Band: Cosmic Balloon

Groom Dressed by: Ted Baker

Brides Dress: Lillian West

Bridesmaids Dressed by: Hobbs

Kate & Mark, a Rainy, Riverside Wedding in Stratford Upon Avon.

Kate & Mark, a Rainy, Riverside Wedding in Stratford Upon Avon.

A rainy, riverside wedding at Stratford Upon Avon Boat Club. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.

Kate & Mark’s big day was my annual outing to Stratford Upon Avon this year! It’s funny how I’ve shot in this gorgeous place at least once a year for the past three years so I was very happy to be back! Kate & Mark’s day was very much a family affair, both chose to prep at home (Mark in their home and Kate at her Mum’s) and to hold their ceremony in their local church. The morning dawned bright and warm and it was glorious all the way through the church service and still held out for the new Mr & Mrs once everyone had arrived at The Boat Club on the river through Stratford Upon Avon. The couple had decked out a gorgeous marquee and guests enjoyed drinks and canapés by the riverside! We’d got all their group shots in the bag when an almighty black cloud came out of nowhere complete with thunder and lightening, so, we ditched the planned portraits for an early wedding breakfast whilst the weather did its worst! As luck would have it, the rain had slowed to something more workable after everyone had eaten and so we ventured out for a little portrait session utilising some fab puddles and an umbrella, it just goes to proove that the weather wont stop proceedings and can be used to our advantage to get some lush portraits! Yes to rainy days! After some fabulous speeches, the sun came back out and everyone basked in a glorious summer evening, dancing and eating pizza before we left the party to head home! Thanks so much for having us Kate & Mark, it was an absolute pleasure to document your wonderful day!

Supplier Love:

Venue: Stratford Upon Avon Boat Club

Florist: Rose Hamson

Hairdresser: Gemma Clarke

MUA: Lucy Cook at The Glam Room

Cakes: Made by Marks Mum

Caterer: The Wild Oven

Band: Cat McTigue & Snapback

Groom dressed by: The Henley House

Brides dress by: True Bride at The White Boutique

Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club

Bridesmaids dresses by: Little Mistress at House of Fraser

Kaye & Chris, a Boho, Back Garden Tipi Wedding, Bride wears Willowby by Watters

Kaye & Chris, a Boho, Back Garden Tipi Wedding, Bride wears Willowby by Watters

Kaye & Chris & their boho, back garden tipi wedding! Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.

Kaye and Chris were another of my summer scorchers! They chose to hold their wedding in Kaye’s Dad’s back garden, and, when you see how beautiful it was, you’ll know why! When we arrived, it already had a very informal and relaxed feel with the Tipis and the stunning aisle already set up and looking so perfect! Its not every wedding where the Groom and his entourage get dressed outside simply because it was so hot everywhere else! Kaye prepped in the house and looked breathtaking in her backless Willowby by Watters gown, then she walked down the aisle (created by enormous crates of flowers, grown with care months before the big day by her Step-Mum!) and the couple had the loveliest of ceremonies. A very hot afternoon followed with such a lovely festival vibe, guests enjoyed simply delicious food and some really good speeches! As the evening set in, the kids (and the big kids!) kicked a football around and there was some bubble blowing but when the band got started, the party really got into full swing! Kaye & Chris, your wedding was simply a delight to document and I wish you a wonderful future together!

Supplier love:

Venue: Kaye’s Dad’s house!

Florist: Frankies Florist

Hair & MUA: Katie Binns

Cakes: Chris’s Mum

Band: Electric Groove

Groom Dressed by: Moss Bros

Brides Dress: Levana by Willowby by Watters

Bridesmaids Dressed by: ASOS

Katie & Dan, a fun-filled, Gin inspired Wedding at The Long Barn, Newton Valance. Rustic with a Contemporary Twist. Bride Wears Maggie Sottero

Katie & Dan, a fun-filled, Gin inspired Wedding at The Long Barn, Newton Valance. Rustic with a Contemporary Twist. Bride Wears Maggie Sottero

Katie & Dan, a fun-filled, Gin Inspired Wedding at The Long Barn, Newton Valance. Rustic with a Contemporary Twist. Bride Wears Maggie Sottero.

Well, what can I say about Katie & Dan?! A spectacular wedding with decor details that were an absolute feast for the eye, these guys seriously know how to have fun! Another wedding beautifully documented by my associate extraordinaire, Sarah , I’m going to let Katie & Dan tell you their story in their own words, then, you can devour the gorgeous images!

“Katie and Dan’s story begins at one of Shoreditch’s finest establishments and most prestigious events: the Granby Street bi-monthly house party. Their eyes first met across the not so crowded room (the night was still young in house party terms) whilst Dan was playing a competitive game of beer pong. At the time Katie was dressed in a Salwar Kameez, having come from a Pakistani-Caribbean fusion wedding. Whilst most men may have given Katie and her unusual house party attire a wide birth Dan must have found her mysterious and intriguing as he came over to talk to her. Katie was impressed by Dan’s ability to hold a half decent conversation while simultaneously looking after his friend Nick, who would walk past them every 2 minutes holding a new form of alcohol and loudly slur “shots!” Katie thought the conversation had gone well having only managed to accidentally offend Dan and his Chinese heritage on one occasion. Therefore, she was slightly disappointed when they both left the party and he had not asked for her number. How unfortunate it would have been if the story had ended there…

          Luckily for Katie, Dan only played hard to get for a brief amount of time and he later managed to acquire her number from a mutual friend. For their first date he took her to a cocktail bar where they consumed 8 cocktails and 8 shots between them. Similarly, on their second date they drank Sale e Pepe's wine store dry. On proceeding dates they continued to get to know other, largely over alcohol and occasionally food was involved too. Katie’s good friend Claudia once asked her “how do you know you like him, you are always so drunk?” If asked now she would answer: “I just make sure I am always drunk” … after all they say that no great love story ever started with an orange juice…”

Supplier Love:

Venue: The Long Barn

Cake: Jemima Cakes

Videographer: Dom Balls Events

Florist: Lily Lupin

Hair & MUA: Tamara Tott

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero

Lucy & Michael, an English Manor House Wedding at Parklands, Quendon Hall. Bride wears Ellis Bridals. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer

Lucy & Michael, an English Manor House Wedding at Parklands, Quendon Hall. Bride wears Ellis Bridals. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer

Blush Pink, English Manor House Wedding at Parklands, Quendon Hall. Bride wears Ellis Bridals.

Lucy and Michael were wed in July during the crazy heatwave we had this Summer! They chose Quendon Hall as their venue and it looked glorious in the Summer sun. Everyone got ready in the morning at the venue, Quendon is big enough to house everyone without the worry the Bride and Groom will bump into each other! After a lovely ceremony, guests enjoyed the sun in the grounds and the kids enjoyed dipping their feet in the fountain on the lawn, whilst I took the newlyweds off for some portraits. After their meal and speeches, we were treated to some stunning evening light which we took advantage of with a second round of portraits before a confetti canon First Dance started the party off with a bang!

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Preece, such a gorgeous day!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Parklands Quendon Hall

Hairdresser: Sophie Jackson

MUA: Amelia Bethany Smith

Cake: Cakes And

Musician: Tom Ryder

Groom Dressed by: Ted Baker

Brides Dress: Ellis Bridal

Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS

Florist: Janet Preece (Groom’s Mum)