Mhairi & Tom

Mhairi & Tom

A wedding in two parts! An intimate ceremony followed by a reception aboard a boat!

Well, what can I say about Mhairi & Tom?! They are an infectiously happy pair (just look at all the smiling!) and the kind of people who make you feel good about everything just by being in their company.  I found this out when I first met up with them to hear their plans, and they sounded amazing. Talk about having a wedding just the way they wanted to do it!! 

They were married on a very hot Thursday afternoon in Colchester in a intimate by emotional ceremony with just their parents and grandma in attendance.  I found Tom and Mhairi a lot of fun when we went of to shoot a few portraits and were up for anything!

The following Sunday I met them at their sailing club to capture them hopping in a sail boat to sail up the estuary to Maldon to surprise their guests who were waiting aboard the SB Hydrogen - hows that for an entrance?!  Once all aboard, we set sail up the estuary for a couple of hours to enjoy the incredible weather. Guests enjoyed a few cold drinks, some delicious canapés whilst they chatted and looked through photo albums!  When we got back in the quay, we settled down to pie and mash as a storm thundered above us!  As the day was turning out to pretty much perfect, the rain stopped just in time for us to head off for some portraits, and our luck continued! There happened to be a visiting steam fair at the park on the quayside and the rain had chased the crowds away so we had the entire fair to ourselves! Thanks to the staff at the fair who were extremely gracious letting us hop on and off rides to take our portraits!  You could'nt make it up!  After capturing the first few songs from the awesome band, I left the newlyweds to dance the night away, and left feeling on cloud 9!  I often can't believe that this is my job, I'm so lucky, and days like this quite simply sum it up for me.  I get to photograph wonderful people celebrating love in so many different ways! Congratulations to Mhairi and Tom and I wish you all the very best for your future together!

Supporting Cast

Venue 1: Greyfriars, Colchester

Venue 2: SB Hydrogen, Maldon

Hairdresser: Claire at Luxurious Hair & Beauty

MUA:Claire at Kalos Beauty

Cakes: Made by a friend

Caterer: Top Sail

Band: Three Mile Hill

Grooms Outfit: Coes of Maldon

Brides Dress: Kelsey Rose, brought second hand from Ebay

Brides Shoes: Converse

 

 

Emily & Stephen

Emily & Stephen

Elegant, White and Green, Diy, Village Hall wedding

 

I met Emily and Stephen last Autumn in Shoreditch for a Pre-Wedding Shoot, which, they quite frankly rocked and after chatting with them about their plans, I knew their wedding promised to be not only a stylishly cool affair, but also unique and personal due to all the things they were doing themselves.  The morning of the wedding, Emily and her Maid of Honour, Charlotte were prepping in a quaint little cottage a few miles from the church and we found Stephen at the local pub along with most of the guests!  After the ceremony, in a very pretty church everyone walked to the village hall to start the party.  Emily had a very simple colour pallette and did her own bouquet and flowers with lots of gorgeous greenery.  The decor in the hall reflected this with simple white drapes, trees and greenery in bottles on the tables. It really was quite perfect.  Aside from that, this lot really knew how to party and were up dancing before they'd even sat down to eat! The live music really was fabulous and after a hilarious set of speeches, they were all up on the dance floor, I doubt wild horses would've stopped them!  So, here they are, a very pretty set of images, thanks to Emily's wonderful styling but also I think they convey what lovely, fun people Emily and Stephen are - they are certainly loved a great deal by their family and friends and are clearly very much in love with each other! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wright, you sure threw a hell of a wedding!

Supporting Cast

Venue: Chichester Hall, Witley

Florist: Emily, the Bride!

Hairdresser: Brooke Spooner, Vanity Lounge

MUA: Grace Edwards

Cake: The Crumby Bakery

Caterers: The London Pie & Mash Company  &  The Tinder Box

Musician: Nathan from Tailored Entertainment

Band: AJ Lewis

Brides Dress: Trisa by Pronovias

Brides Accessories: Veil from Etsy

Tables & Chairs & Crockery: Classic Crockery Hire

White Draping: Bows Hire

10 on 10 June

10 on 10 June

So this month has literally flown by in a blur of weddings but we still managed to squeeze in a four day mini break in Norfolk over the girls half term holiday so the last 5 images of my 10 in June are my favourites from then.  The first five from the beginning of the month I feel were us really embracing the beginning of the warmer weather, enjoying our favourite outdoor seafood restaurant, enjoying the glorious spring blooms on our doorstep, and me, definitely enjoying the return of late evening sunshine!  Thats it now, come on Summer we've missed you so!

Follow our inspiring blog circle by heading off to feast your eyes on the wonderful Evelyne Lourenco's month. She's usually based in Philadelphia but she's been off on some travels...!

Kayleigh & Ed

Kayleigh & Ed

Spring Brights, Rustic wedding at Blake Hall, Essex

High School sweethearts, Kayleigh & Ed were married this Spring after 14 years together!  They chose the always beautiful, Blake Hall in Ongar to hold their wedding.  Kayleigh has a passion for flowers and really did an amazing job with her choices, the vibrant colours really creating a striking look and with the gardens at Blake Hall in the full throws of Spring, the whole day was spectacular!  These two really were very much in love and they smiled and laughed their way through the ceremony and their portrait session too - perfection for me!  I'd like to say thanks to Blake Hall for making us feel welcome as always (and their delicious food!) and it was great to work alongside videographer Tony Davies for the day - much fun had by all!  Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Willshire, what an absolute pleasure it was to document your wedding! 

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar

Florist: Flowers by Kate Thomas

MUA: Carla Brooks

Cake: Maxine Orriss at The Sweet Berry Bakery (amazing woodland cake!)

Caterer: Waters Edge Catering Company

Videographer: Tony Davies

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero 

Brides Accessories: Veil - Jonata by Elizabeth Dickens  Shoes - Winslet by Benjamin Adams

Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast

Grooms Outfit: Anthony Formal Wear

Coral & Trevor

Coral & Trevor

Rustic Spring Grey & Peach Wedding at Maidens Barn

Coral & Trevor were wed at the lovely Maidens Barn in, Essex.  I'd had a wonderful pre-shoot with them and their lovely little girls last Autumn so I was really looking forward to the big day!  Coral wore Maggie Sottero with shoes by Pink Paradox with Trevor dressed by Grooms Room.  Corals bridesmaids wore a very flattering peach colour and the lace theme fitted perfectly throughout and the florals were simply divine - the bouquet, a crescent shape 'thrown together' style by the always amazing Springfield Florist.  The day was very much a family affair and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone - such a pleasure to document weddings like this!  Congratulations Mr & Mrs Sowter, you kicked off the year so beautifully!

Supporting Cast

Venue: Maidens Barn

Florist: Springfield Florist

Hair: Michelle Walker

Make Up: Debbie Lloyd

Cake: Baked with Love

Groom & Groomsmen: Grooms Room, shoes by Next

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero

Brides Shoes: Pink Paradox

Bridesmaids Dresses: Chi Chi Clothing

Flower Girls Dresses: RJR at Debenhams

Magician: Darren Delaney

 

 

10 on  10 April

10 on 10 April

This month has delivered a couple of new arrivals!  We brought our new Ragdoll baby home, he's a seal mitted boy who just had to be named Hooper since he's Chief Brody's sidekick!  Also in March, 13 Years after witnessing my sister give birth to my eldest nephew, I was lucky enough to be present, and document the very swift arrival of my youngest (and probably last!) nephew. Parker takes our nephew count to 8!  Such an emotional and unforgettable day, I'm so thrilled to have been able to capture his birth story for my brother and sister-in-law, who was an absolute warrior! The other images of choice are just my favourites from in-between with second photo in being our one and only niece among all those boys!

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E Family have a Spring Shoot

E Family have a Spring Shoot

Essex Family Documentary Portrait Shoot in the Park

Another of my returning clients, I love these guys - they are always up for trying something new and the kids energy knows no bounds - winning combination for portraits with personality!

The M Family Spring Mini's

The M Family Spring Mini's

Spring Family Portrait Shoot in Essex Park

I first photographed this little trio last summer so it was just lovely to see them again, they've grown!  I love that by shooting outdoors (or indeed at home), without the confines of a studio,  I can always get my little customers to relax very quickly and enjoy exploring their surroundings.  Guaranteed to capture Portraits with Personality - after all, I truly do believe, Real is Awesome!

The W Family at Marshalls Park

The W Family at Marshalls Park

Essex Spring Family Portrait Shoot

So finally, it looks like we've seen the back of Winter and Spring, is definitely in the air!  This lovely trio helped me kick off 2017 Portrait season in a lovely, quiet little park in Braintree and come on, are they not just the most gorgeous family?!

Baby E turns 1!

Baby E turns 1!

Family At Home Lifestyle session for Baby Girls 1st Birthday

I can't express how much I love shooting 'at home' sessions for families with babies and younger children and none more so than when its for returning clients like this lovely lot who were celebrating a certain little girls First Birthday!  Young children in their own environment relax into the session so quickly and provide an element of chaos from their unpredictable natures thats hard to replicate.  Each session is different and I love to see where they lead!

Spring Mini Shoots - Sunday 12th March

Spring Mini Shoots - Sunday 12th March

Spring Mini Shoots - natural Children & Family portraits shot at an outdoor location

Hello!!  Thanks for coming over!  For those of you not familiar with Mini Shoots - here's a quick explanation.  You choose a time slot by clicking here to head to the booking page, turn up at the meeting point (to be confirmed - I'll email you exact details the week before) looking fabulous in your Spring attire, I photograph you and your children in as many different poses and scenarios as we can fit into 20 minutes!  Its fast and its fun!  Feel free to bring along any favourite toys, your best silly faces and dance moves and we'll get those giggles captured forever!  

A week later (in time for Mothers Day!), I'll email you a link to your online gallery where you'll have somewhere between 50 and 100 images to choose from.  Included in the price of the Mini Shoot is 5 High Resolution, digital images to download - yours to print, share and create gorgeous gifts with.  You can also opt to purchase any extra images you might like directly from your gallery including digital downloads, prints of all sizes and finishes and various wall display options.

If the weather is bad on the day of the shoot - we'll need to use the back up date of 19th March - this is why I state it is very important you are available on both dates - whilst we can wish for a gloriously sunny Spring day, the UK weather doesn't always comply!!

The cost of the Mini Shoot + 5 Fully Edited, High Resolution Downloads is £80 - thats a saving of £75 off the regular price!!!

If you have any questions about the Mini Shoot, feel free to get in touch!  Really hope to be photographing your family soon!

10 on 10 February

10 on 10 February

A little of what we got up to in the last month....went into London to see a Star Wars exhibition and spend a little time just me and the husband for our 12th wedding anniversary, it was freezing.  Ava turned 10 so we partied the weekend before (twice!) and ate out after school on the actual day and it was freezing. Florence kept out the cold with her fox hat because, yes, you've guessed it, it was freezing! The cat found the warmest spot in the house and rolled around in it.  She wasn't freezing.  Hurry up Spring!

Pop on over to Kuala Lumpur (where I suspect it's marginally warmer than the UK!) to glimpse a little of the life of the remarkable Min Mohd!

Autumn Portraits with The Charles Family

Autumn Portraits with The Charles Family

A Family session on a stunning Autumn day

The Charles Family wanted an Autumn shoot, hoping for a crisp, clear day so they could dress up in stylish layers and get some colourful shots and we totally lucked out!  It doesn't have to be the middle of Summer to achieve great outdoor portraits.  Autumn lends the most wonderful light and as the sunsets earlier in the day, you don't have to wait until late evening to capture the perfect golden hour!  I love it when larger family groups come along to a session, its really sweet to see the relationships between siblings, cousins and each family unit so, if you are thinking about enquiring, why not ask Mum & Dad or maybe the in-laws if they want to join in?!

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Robyn & Ian

Robyn & Ian

A gothic inspired autumn village hall wedding.  Bride wears her Mother's vintage dress.

I first met Robyn & Ian last Spring when I shot their pre-wedding session and from the beginning they came across as very much in love and with very definite ideas about how their wedding was going to be.  Robyn had a magnificent Pinterest board with the theme, in her words 'Wild, gothic literature with a moody and dark colour scheme' and yet it was still such a thrill when I arrived at the hotel on the morning of the wedding to see the dresses and the incredible flowers and it just got better as the village hall was quite simply breathtaking. 

I think though my favourite images are Robyn putting on her dress - her Mum's dress from her 1980's wedding had been beautifully re designed and Mum's reaction was so wonderful, as was Robyn's best friends! So many happy tears at that point!

Robyn & Ian met at primary school in Year 3 so they really are childhood sweethearts, such a perfect love story!  They had involved so many of their friends on the day, it was such a wonderful, warm atmosphere at was plain to see not only their love for each other but everyone at their wedding were just so happy for them.

I think I'll stop there and let the imagery speak for itself.  I'm sure you'll agree that Robyn and Ian did a remarkable job bringing their together their vision and that wonderful little village hall was transformed perfectly!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Rotherwick Church & Rotherwick Village Hall

Cake: Hannah Duncan at Oh My Crumbs

Caterer: Canapes by Yo Sushi, Wedding Breakfast by Big Pan Paella and Evening Food by Mission Burrito

Musicians: Etham Basden

Grooms Outfit: Simon Dowling

Bridesmaids: Choice of their own dress for a bohemian look

Brides Dress: Bride's Mum's dress, re-designed by Nortier Shallows

Brides Shoes: Handmade vegan ballet shoes

Flowers: Silwood Park Nurseries, Ascot

10 on 10 January

10 on 10 January

10 on 10. My family documented in photography 

I had to opt out on last months 10 on 10 and really missed participating with this incredible blog circle.  We've all been pretty poorly this month, but luckily recovered just in time for the Christmas festivities, still, we've stayed in the warm, and spent a lot of time with the ones we love.  The girls have played beautifully together with new toys and its been bliss to stay in bed late, watch old films in our pj's while we puzzled over what day it actually was!  Then, before you know it, its January and already Christmas seems like a distant memory.  So all thats left is to wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year!  

Now, pop on over to Breanna Peterson in Alaska and follow the blog circle to see what the last month has looked like!

Lucy & Tony

Lucy & Tony

A champagne gold Autumn Wedding with a hint of Wales, hosted at Maidens Barn, Essex. Bride wears Justin Alexander & Jenny Packham.

I met Lucy & Tony in late summer to shoot a pre-wedding session with them and I knew their wedding would be alot of fun - they are both very warm, bubbly people who had a wonderful sense of ease with each other.  The wedding day dawned unseasonably warm but the colours of the season were still predominant, perfectly matching Lucy's champagne gold colour scheme.  I headed to The Saracens Head, Dunmow where the Lucy and her bridesmaids were prepping, they were already in full party mode!  Tony had left Lucy surprise gifts which had them all in floods of tears and howling with laughter - lucky girl had Kate Spade handbag, some incredible looking macaroons and, a trip to Paris (didn't that boy do well?!).  Meanwhile, the boys were getting ready at the couples home, where even their pet tortoise got in on the act!  Then, it was all off to the beautiful Maidens Barn, nestled deep in the heart of rural Essex.

Lucy and Tony's ceremony was, well, just joyful - look at their faces! These are two people very much in love.  Once they were Mr & Mrs, we went off for a little stroll around the grounds to get a few portraits.  They were both really relaxed, partly I think because we'd had that practice run but mostly because they were simply very much caught up in the moment and so I adore what we captured together in that time.  Then we moved onto a few group shots, again, this wonderful lot made it very easy and thoroughly enjoyable - I love the character in some of these captures!  

After dinner (might I add the food is always top notch at Maidens Barn!) we went straight into speeches, and these were rollercoaster speeches, hilarious to emotional and right back to hilarious again. Then the real partying ensued.  This bunch know how to party - that dance floor was hit hard from the very start and I'm pretty sure they carried on way after Id said my goodbyes!  

Bravo Mr & Mrs Hardy, what a lovely day for a very lovely, warm and welcoming bunch of people!

Supporting Cast

Bride's Hotel: Saracens Head, Great Dunmow

Venue: Maidens Barn, High Easter

THE Dress: Justin Alexander

Brides Shoes: Jenny Packham

Rings & Brides Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Groom & Groomsmens Outfits: Ted Baker Lizard at Moss Brothers

Hair: Albina Colella

Make Up: Jenni DeFalco

Flowers: Springfield Florist

Cake: Egg & Moos

Bridesmaids Dresses: Biba Dresses

Videographer: Three Cheers Media