Jennie & Giorgos, A blush pink, Spring Barn Wedding at Blake Hall, Ongar

Jennie & Giorgos, A blush pink, Spring Barn Wedding at Blake Hall, Ongar

Blush Pink, Spring Barn wedding at Blake Hall. Bride wears Maggie Sottero.

Jennie & Giorgos met at Uni when Giorgos gallantly got Jennie a chair when she arrived late to a lecture!  After 3 years together, Giorgos took Jennie back to Parliament Hill where they had their first date and, over a picnic surrounded by the views over London, he proposed! The couple chose the always beautiful Blake Hall to celebrate their wedding and Jennie opted for a Blush Pink colour to compliment the Spring gardens.  The couple were surrounded by family and friends from far and wide so there was a very joyous feel to the occasion, with a lot of laughing and some hilarious speeches (accompanied by some embarrassing photos in the Best Mens' speeches!).  An absolute pleasure to document a really beautiful day! Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Georgiou!

Supplier Love:

Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar

Florist: Fantasy Flowers

MUA: Amy Lawrence

Cake: Annie Bakes

Harpest: Caroline Hall

Groom & Best Men dressed by: Dyfed MensWear

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero

Brides Shoes: Dune

Bridesmaids Dresses: H & M

 

10 on 10 July

10 on 10 July

So, June has sneakily slipped into July right under my nose! I struggled to choose just 10 for the past month as we've not only been in Italy for half of it (so I have hundreds of photos of course!) but we've been having a heat wave since we got home and theres been plenty of photo ops - the girls have been outside late into the evenings enjoying the magical summer light.  Now we're all counting down until school's out so we can really get stuck in!

Please follow our lovely blog circle over to the lovely Krisit Burton to see what the last month has looked like for her in the States!

Jessica & Jason, Dove Grey & Greens with Classic Simplicity at Gaynes Park, Epping. Bride wears Pronovias.

Jessica & Jason, Dove Grey & Greens with Classic Simplicity at Gaynes Park, Epping. Bride wears Pronovias.

Classic simplicity with Dove Grey and Greenery at Gaynes Park.  Bride wears Pronovias.

Jessica and Jason had a simply stunning wedding day at Gaynes Park in May.  The couple met through friends at a bar and after 9 years, Jason planned a surprise trip to the Amalfi coast where, he hired a yacht, read poetry and then proposed (followed by a private dinner in a cove! Who said romance is dead?!).  Jess's style was so classic and simple, choosing dove grey for her bridesmaids with a lot of greenery in her florals, sometimes less is just SO more! On the day the weather was outstanding and guests enjoyed the gardens whilst tucking into canapés and pimms, listening to Dotted Crotchets (who played a very memorable Teenage Dirtbag!) before being treated to a delicious meal by Galloping Gourmet.  All the after dinner speeches were hilarious with lots of encounters of Jess and Jason's youth being retold and we were lucky enough to get a glorious sunset which we took full advantage of!  The evening kicked off with cake cutting, a donut wall, pizzas and popcorn and these guys sure knew how to party!  What a wedding! Congratulations to Jess & Jason, what a day to remember!

Supporting Cast

Venue: Gaynes Park, Epping

Florist: The workroom Florist

Hairdresser and MUA: Emma Dallimore

Cake: Spooned LDN

Caterer: Galloping Gourmet

Musicians: Dotted Crotchets

Band: OJ's Soulband

Grooms outfit: Reiss suit with Russel and Bromley Shoes

Brides Dress: Pronovias

Brides Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaids: Jarlo

Videographer: Philip Smith Visuals

Adventures in Tuscany

Adventures in Tuscany

If you follow my personal ramblings on this blog, you'll know the hubster and I often frequent Italy, he proposed to me in Venice (many moons ago!) and we've been lucky enough to visit Italy several times since, just the two of us.  We adore this country, the food, the people, the stunning cities and countryside.  Anyway, we've been saying for a while that we'd take the girls out there, Florence wanted to see Florence so we booked flights last year.  This was a bit of a dilemma for me, as I have a lot of Summer weddings this year to give my attention to and the only gap I had was in June, which meant taking them out of school.  I know this is can be a bit of a heated topic but honestly I'm firmly in the camp of believing that, as responsible parents, we should be able to make our own decision about allowing our kids to experience everything we can offer them.  I could only offer them this trip in term time, and so it was then or not at all.  I certainly felt the weight of this decision in the weeks leading up to it but these ten days, introducing them to another culture, trying new foods, learning about Italy's rich history made it totally worthwhile.  Not to mention that we spent quality time together as a family, which is a bit of a cliche but any of you with growing children will know that barely a weekend goes by when at least one of them is off with their friends (as they should be) but they grow so, so fast and they made memories that I hope will stay with them their whole lives and I know I don't have many summers left with them all together.  This to me, is priceless.

We stayed in a beautiful lodge in the tiny little village of Ghizzano, that first image is the view from the front garden!  There were woods and a lake on the grounds and obviously an amazing swimming pool.  My girls are not water babies at all (having had years of swimming lessons to no avail!) but they were in it every day and came home able to swim (another life skill learned that they wouldn't have done had they been in school!).  We were close to Pisa and Florence, both around 45 minute drive away, close to some fabulous little restaurants and markets so the hubby could indulge in his passion for cooking.  We also visited the stunning walled towns of Volterra (where the Italian scenes in New Moon were filmed if you are a Twilight fan!) and St Gimignano.  Looking through these photos we also seem to have eaten a large amount of Gelato! 

I shot all of these photos on my new Fuji XT-1 after deciding not to lug one of my Nikon beasts to Italy with me anymore (I love you D750 but you weigh a tonne and you hurt me!), and it is a little gem!  Not at any point did it disappoint, packed a mean punch dealing with those very sunny days and basically delivered everything I asked of it!  Grace (my eldest) took a few of the photos of Florence (our youngest) on it, and found the dials very user friendly (not to mention her flare for great framing is really coming along!) and I think I'll have to watch it as she's got her eye on it now!  If you see me this Summer at a wedding or portrait session, I'll probably have this little baby round my neck in addition to the big guns as its bloody awesome!

Incase you want to know where each location is, I'll list them in order for you!

Ghizzano, St Gimignano, Florence, Pisa, Volterra.

Now all thats left is to find some wall space in my home to hang some of these beauties (easier said than done!).

10 on 10 June

10 on 10 June

I've been pretty busy with work this past month but we've been gearing up for our holiday too so the girls and I have been busy shopping for new outfits which included a couple of lunches!  We took our little grandson Isaac for his first haircut at the Barbers, where he sat very still but did not look impressed! Though he looks super cute with his big boy hair now!

Hop on over the pond to the lovely Kristi to see what her month looked like!   

Laura & James. A rustic, blush pink, Spring wedding at Blake Hall, Essex.

Laura & James. A rustic, blush pink, Spring wedding at Blake Hall, Essex.

Rustic, Blush pink Spring wedding at Blake Hall, Essex. Bride wears Clifford Burr.

Laura & James met 6 years ago at work and, after James proposed the night before whisking Laura to Vienna they chose Blake Hall to tie the knot!  Their wedding was the epitome of Spring, with delicate pinks and pretty wild flowers in mis-matched vases and gorgeous displays in milk churns.  The gardens at Blake Hall added to the tone of the day by being in full Spring bloom, with pink blossom trees and carpets of yellow daffodils!  The ceremony was in the beautifully lit Hay Barn, and afterwards guests were treated to drinks and canapes on the lawn whilst we snuck to the walled garden for a few portraits.  After a pie and mash dinner, came some hilarious and touching speeches before the guests got stuck into a Gin bar!  Dancing to "The Weekenders" ensued and I stayed to capture some dance floor antics before leaving the newlyweds and their lovely family and friends to party the night away! 

Supplier Love:

Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar

Florist: Halo Blossom

Hairdresser: Abbie Hair

Cake: Cake Cuisine

Musicians: Oakwood String Quartet

Band: The Weekenders

Grooms Outfit: Ted Baker

Brides Dress: Clifford Burr

Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club

Bridesmaids Dresses: Chi Chi

Kate & Olly. A Rustic DIY Spring Wedding at St Nicholas' Church Chawton & Chichester Hall, Witley

Kate & Olly. A Rustic DIY Spring Wedding at St Nicholas' Church Chawton & Chichester Hall, Witley

Rustic, DIY Village Hall wedding! Spring Pinks, Bride wears Pronovias

Kate and Olly kicked off 2018 for me and what a cracking start to the years weddings it was too!  Set in the quintessentially British village of Chawton (where Jane Austen spent the last years of her life), they had a gorgeous church ceremony where Olly and his entourage looked very fetching and Kate and her girls equally stunning and they exited to an Arch of Swords! En route to the reception we stopped off at The Devils Punch Bowl, a national trust park where we did a few portraits amongst the heather.  The couple chose the lovely Chichester Hall in Witley to hold their wedding reception and, it looked simply stunning with drapes, greenery and rows of trestle tables that enabled their guests to throughly enjoy and share the food.  After some truly great speeches, I left them to really let their hair down and party the night away!  Thanks so much to Olly and Kate for having me along to document their day and huge congratulations to you both!

Supplier Love

Venue: The Chichester Hall

Florist: Orchard Flowers

Hair and MUA:  Arabella Hewitt

Caterer: Gourmet Hog Roast Company

Brides Dress: Pronovias

Brides Veil: Jenny Packham

Bridesmaids Dresses: Chi Chi London