Crikey, its 2019!! Time for another round of my 10 favourite personal images from the last month! Obviously it was Christmas, which is just my most favourite time! Even though my kids aren’t little tots anymore, Florence still is very excited for the big fella to visit on Christmas Eve and somehow that seems to make each Christmas more poignant. Plus work slows down enough for me to be able to breath it all in and just spend some quality time with my gang which is what I cherish the most. So, here’s a quick glimpse into the last month for us! Follow our awesome blog circle by heading off to the gorgeous Kayla Maltese and her family in Guam!!
TWO ZERO ONE EIGHT, You were an absolute blast!
The year we saw the Beast from the East, that epic Summer heatwave and football, well, it almost came home didn’t it!? 2018 saw a lot of outdoor ceremonies, a lot of sweaty dance floors, some incredible sunsets and more than a few tiddly guests drinking extra champagne to keep cool! I continue to be humbled by such warm welcomes from families who invite me in and chat to me like I’m an old friend whilst I document a day they’ll talk about with affection for years to come. I’m privy to hilarious stories told by childhood friends, I watch Dad’s proudly embrace their little girls and give them away to their nervous, waiting grooms and I get the best view in the house as those vows I’ve come to know so well are spoken and promised. After 6 years, it still makes me excited to get home and see what Ive captured, I still feel its such an honour to be witness to all the love and friendship and well, just bloody goodness that’s in the world, and I still get teary eyed (though I have found the perfect make-up finishing spray that spares everybody my mascara streaked face!). So thank you. Thank you all who’ve trusted me to capture your stories and thank you to so many of you who’ve recommended me to your friends - it’s so lovely to see you again at those weddings! I’d also like to thank my amazing little team, who I couldn’t do this job without! Uber talented, intuitive and downright marvellous humans, Lesley-Anne, Sarah and Nic are the epitome of team work. With Sarah associating for me this year and shooting full day weddings with the help of Nathalie, on dates when I was already booked meant that I could grow my business even more and, meant I had some epic images to edit and deliver for several very happy clients! Ladies, you rock! And lastly, my own love, my husband, my biggest champion. He continuously has my back, takes it on the chin when I become a non-entity at weekends, listens and nods whilst I bend his ear about the latest photography kit (even though he doesn’t have a Scooby what I’m talking about!), has total skills at ensuring our three daughters don’t start world war 3 on Saturdays and cooks me a mean roast when I have a wedding hangover on a Sunday! I’ve actually lucked out on all counts. Anyway, I think I’ve rambled on enough now, so onto my faves!!! p.s. there’s a lot!!!
Chloe & Martyn, a Traditional Wedding with a Modern Flavour at Fennes, Braintree with Bridesmaids in Blush Sequins and Groomsmen in Blue. Bride wears Essence of Australia
Traditional Wedding with a Modern Flavour at Fennes, Braintree with Bridesmaids in Blush Sequins and Groomsmen in Blue. Bride wears Essence of Australia. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.
Chloe and Martyn met at work whilst Chloe was at University and he whisked her off to Rome for a rooftop proposal (how’s that for romance?!). They were wed in September at a venue very local to me, in fact, their church is pretty special as its where my own parents were married, so I loved documenting their beautiful ceremony! Chloe prepped at Fennes with her gorgeous bridesmaids and Martyn and his Groomsmen got ready in the lovely little cottage on the grounds. With only a 2 minute drive to the church it was a very smooth operation to get over there for the ceremony! Guests made the most of the lovely gardens at Fennes in the Autumn sunshine before heading into the marquee for some very emotional speeches before dinner. As it was such a beautiful day, Chloe and Martyn were up for a few early evening portraits and theres a few quirky little spots hidden from the actual grounds of Fennes that I love to use as it offers varied backdrops to the afternoon shots in the gardens! Bonus!! After cutting their fab cake, our Bride and Groom hit the dance floor! What a beautiful wedding to document, so massive thanks to Chloe and Martyn for having us along for the ride!
Venue: Fennes, Braintree
Florist: Ivy Rose Florist
Hairdresser: Carly Williams Hair
Cake: Little Lucy’s Bakery
Musician: Roxy Searle
Groom and Groomsmen Dressed by: French Connection
Brides Dress by: Essence of Australia
Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses by: ASOS
Videographer: Diamond Films
Madeleine & George, a fun-filled wedding at Hedingham Castle with bridesmaids in dusky blue and grey. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.
Fun-filled wedding at Hedingham Castle with bridesmaids in dusky Blue and Grey. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.
Madeleine & George were wed back in September at the stunning and historic Hedingham Castle in Essex. Hedingham Castle offers everything you’d need, room to prep, stunning surroundings for your ceremony and a gorgeous marquee to party the night away in! My awesome associate Sarah shot for me on Madeleine & George’s big day and I throughly enjoyed editing her images - just check out all the gloriously happy faces - this is one couple totally and utterly in love! Huge congratulations to Madeleine & George and thanks so much for having team Three Flowers document your awesome wedding!
A chic, Autumn, London Wedding at The Ecology Pavilion, Mile End. Bride wears Enzoani. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.
Bradly & Eleanor met whilst students in London and it took Bradly 9 years to propose which he did on his birthday, he joked he had to ask twice as Eleanor was so shocked!!
From the minute I arrived at the hotel where Eleanor and her entourage were prepping, they made me feel extremely welcome and clearly Eleanor was going to make a stunning bride in her gorgeous Enzoani gown with its incredible cape veil. The ceremony was just around the corner at a lovely little church, tears flowed and there were some really touching readings. A big London bus then took all the guests on into Mile End to the really lovely Ecology Pavillion. The couple had decorated it beautifully with lots of greenery, hanging vines, fairy lights and flowers in jars. They’d incorporated thistles for a little nod to the Scottish and as Eleanor has both Indian and Jamaican heritage, they’d opted for Indian food and Jamaican rum cake! It was a glorious Autumn day and we got some stunning portraits in the tiny little haven hidden in London’s East End. After guests were treated to what I have to say was the most amazing food, came some top speeches, emotional and funny from Eleanors Dad and some hilarious anecdotes from Bradly’s brother! After a few dances and some enthusiastic sparkler waving, I left them to party the night away! Two genuinely lovely people uniting two equally lovely families, it was a pleasure to document your wonderful wedding Eleanor & Bradly!
Venue: Mile End Ecology Pavilion
Florist: Lillies of Wanstead
Brides Dress & Veil: Enzoani
Caterer: Shimla Food
Hairdresser: Robert Bell
MUA: Lauren Barker (Bradly’s Cousin)
Cake: Maria Oyin (Eleanor’s Friend)
Bridesmaids Dressed by: Hobbs
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!
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
Videographer: Philip Smith Visuals
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!
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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!