Louisa & Steve at Longstowe Hall

Louisa & Steve at Longstowe Hall

A Glamorous Black Tie & Gold Wedding at Longstowe Hall

Upon reading how Steve proposed to Louisa, I had a good idea of what their wedding would be like! (On a balcony in Verona overlooking Juliet's balcony FYI!) and thought it would be stunning but classic.  We met up with the girls briefly in a nearby hotel and then I followed them to the gorgeous (and very 'Downton') Longstowe Hall so the boys could take over the room.  The venue didn't disappoint with stunning gardens, a gorgeous marquee and the ceremony on an island in the lake.  The girls continued to prep in the very airy rooms and Louisa looked just stunning in her Justin Alexander gown.  After a wonderful ceremony with the amazing Scintillo Quartet setting the atmosphere, we explored the gardens for a few portraits.  After dinner, we were treated to some, quite simply, brilliant speeches, the Best Men did not hold any punches (poor Steve!). The newlyweds and their guests then danced the night away to the fabulous sounds of Master Blaster!

Congratulations to you both - we had a blast documenting your beautiful day!

Supporting Cast

Venue: Longstowe Hall

Florist: Mulberry Flowers

Hairdresser: Steph McGinty

MUA: Elly Moyser

String Quartet: Scintillo Quartet

Band: Master Blaster

Grooms Outfit: Jack Bunneys

Brides Dress Designer: Justin Alexander

Dress Shop: George James Bridal

Brides Shoes: Manolo Bhlanik

Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS

Videographer: Storybox Films

 

 

10 on 10 September

10 on 10 September

Another month done and the summer is over.  Autumn is my favourite season and I can feel the chill in the evening air but I'm sad this year that Summer is done - I've been so busy with weddings, its just flown by.  I've shot a few in distant locations this year and, half way through August I had another that needed a weekend stay, so we all went.  The girls were very excited about having their own hotel room and room service too and it meant we were all together.  The day after the wedding we went to Warwick Castle - impressive in size and history, as a War of the Roses geek its somewhere that Ive always wanted to visit.  The girls loved it, especially the historical maze in the grounds (fourth image down - they are being weighed to see which one is a witch!).  Florence had a birthday and turned 7 so we went to her favourite trampoline centre, Jump Street with all her friend, out to dinner at TGI Friday and shopped til we dropped! They are all back at school now and the house is quiet again.

Follow our blog circle around by heading to my talented friend Colie James in Colorado!

At Home with Baby D

At Home with Baby D

An at home lifestyle session to celebrate a 1st Birthday

Back in July I spent a morning with this gorgeous little family.  To commemorate a very special 1st Birthday, Baby D's Mum and Dad wanted to document them together at home and at their favourite park.  I adore doing these sessions, so simple and yet so meaningful, especially in the years to come.  As a Mum of three, I know these moments are fleeting, so don't hesitate to book at 'At Home' session, just to document the day to day moments, because, if not now, when?

Autumn Mini Sessions - Wednesday 25th October

Autumn Mini Sessions - Wednesday 25th October

Autumn Mini Sessions - natural Children & Family portraits shot at an outdoor location

Hello!!  Thanks for coming over!  For those of you not familiar with Mini Sessions - 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 Autumn 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!  

7 - 10 days later, 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 10 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 26th October - this is why I state it is very important you are available on both dates - whilst we can wish for a wonderful Autumn day, the UK weather doesn't always comply!!

The cost of the Mini Shoot + 10 Fully Edited, High Resolution Downloads is £100 - thats a saving of £135 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!

Lizzie & Daniel at Houchins, Essex

Lizzie & Daniel at Houchins, Essex

A Boho, Barefoot, DIY Wedding at Houchins, Essex

The lovely Lizzie and Daniel chose the relatively new, but definitely cool, Houchins in Coggeshall to host their wedding.  These two couldn't have been more laid back about getting married, they carried off a boho, uber trendy day with effortless ease as the only thing that was important to them was that their beautiful family was united in celebration, their dog even came along!.  Lizzie's immediate family flew in from New Zealand so I think this added to the sheer happiness in the air! Now, Daniel proposed to Lizzie by secretly setting up fairy lights in some woods near his Mum's house, hanging bags from the trees containing poems and gifts all about their journey together - most thoughtful proposal ever?  The pair wrote their own vows which had pretty much everyone tearing up and was such a personal touch to the ceremony.  Lizzie did all the flower arranging and all of the decor on the tables and their eldest daughter contributed by designing the running times! I just adored the girls flowers - something so beautiful about an unstructured bouquet.

 It was an extremely hot day, bit of luck that Lizzie and Daniel had planned to serve their guests Hadleys Ice cream! They were even kind enough to do one for us - let me tell you, that salted caramel ice cream was quite possibly the tastiest ice cream I've ever had! Bravo Hadleys!  The post dinner speeches were truly heartfelt and and after cutting their cake (made by Lizzie's Mum), the newlyweds gave us another 20 minutes just as the sun went down spectacularly over the purple borage and golden corn, finishing off the day with the last of Lizzie's wish - some amazing sunset portraits!  A true amalgamation of family and friends coming together to create one sublime wedding.  Congratulations to Lizzie and Daniel, wishing you a wonderful, happy future with your gorgeous little girls!

Supporting Cast:

Venue:  Houchins, Coggeshall

Brides Dress: Stephanie Allin at The Bridal Lounge

Brides Shoes: Mother Nature - she was barefoot!

Flowers:  By the Bride

Cake: Brides Mum

Ice Cream: Hadleys

 

10 on 10 August

10 on 10 August

The past month has been busy - the girls broke up from school for Summer (though you would'nt think it was Summer by the awful weather we've had in the last two weeks!), I turned the big 40 and Lee also had a birthday.  Ava has turned our back garden into her dance studio and has spent many hours out there perfecting her routines! Lee wanted to go into London for his birthday so we drove into the city and visited the Natural History Museum - we fancied seeing Hope, the new Blue Whale in the entrance hall after watching a documentary on how they replaced the Diplodocus with her, she was awesome!  Head on across the pond to the marvellous Colie James to see what the last month looked like for her!         

Becca & Joel at Fennes, Braintree

Becca & Joel at Fennes, Braintree

Boho chic Fennes, Essex Wedding, Blush with a hint of Copper!

Ah, Becca & Joel.  What can I say about this gorgeous pair?! They were a lot of fun, so relaxed and just so lovely to be around! Becca's styling was right up my street, she wore an amazing embellished, boho-chic dress by Lillian West and had little touches of copper in the decor.  They also had a fabulous drippy cake adorned with delicious looking macaroons from Neighbourhood Bakes - Loved it! The couple were so generous with their time and we did two portraits sessions - they had such a sunny day so it was nice to get a second round in when the light was more flattering!  Highlight of the day had to be the huge gust of wind that took Becca's veil straight off her head and into the face of Joel's Dad who was one of their witnesses - totally set the tone of the day and my cheekbones actually hurt by the end of the day from smiling so much!  How lucky am i!?  Congratulations to you both, you lovely pair! I wish you a future full of happiness, I'm sure thats what you're going to get!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Fennes, Braintree

Brides Dress: Lillian West at Abigails Collection

Brides Shoes: High Street, customised with Swarovski crystals

Brides Accessories: Abigails Collection

MUA: Danni Hooker

Hairdresser: Gigi Hammond

Grooms Outfit: Burberry and Hugo Boss

Florist: Sophie at Ivy Rose Florist

Balloons: Party Inspiration, Braintree

Cake: Helena from Neighbourhood Bakes

Bridesmaids: Little Mistress

 

Ellie & Neil, a Pre-Wedding Shoot

Ellie & Neil, a Pre-Wedding Shoot

An Essex Sunset Pre Wedding Family Shoot

I met up with Ellie & Neil on a sweltering June evening so I could meet their two little girls and quell any nerves about getting their photos taken before the big day in August.  They are lucky enough to live a few minutes walk from some very pretty countryside and so we made the most of that, plus some incredible evening light! The girls were wonderful, very happy to relax and have fun with me and Ellie & Neil were not bad either!!  I think you'll agree what a gorgeous bunch they are and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to capturing their festival wedding at the end of the Summer!

Sarah & Allan at Old Brook Barn

Sarah & Allan at Old Brook Barn

Gorgeous Old Brook Barn Summer Wedding with Greys & Lilacs

My first visit to Old Brook Barn was for the glorious wedding of Sarah & Allan in mid-June.  I think "hidden gem" is the perfect term for this venue, with a beautiful barn, a perfect meadow and incredible food from Limeberry Catering, I really hope I'll be back soon!  Sarah & Allan's wedding day was blisteringly hot but this meant they could take advantage of the lovely grounds and hold their ceremony outside - perfection!  Sarah looked stunning in her Enzoani gown and Allan cut a dashing figure too in a grey suit by Abigails Collection.  Their wedding party were really a lot of fun and we got some great group shots amid lots of laughter!  I've mentioned the food already, but it was so good it needs mentioning twice - fabulous meal!!  After the (fabulous!) meal, came some emotional speeches, tears & laughter - I just adore speeches, hearing childhood stories and teenage pranks and capturing wonderful reactions to those!  After dinner we were treated to some wonderful evening light and we made the most of that and popped into the meadow opposite the barns to get a few more portraits.  Can't beat a Summer evening!  We left Sarah & Allan to enjoy the awesome 6 String Makeover & DJ Sparks and party the night away.  Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wainwright on your cracking wedding day!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Old Brook Barn

Brides Dress: Enzoani

Florist: Megan Martin at The Willows

Bridesmaids Dresses: Debut at Debenhams, Flower Girls Matchimony

Grooms Suits: Abigails Collection, Colchester

Hairdresser: Tara Johnston

Caterer: Limeberry Catering

Videographer: Colebridge Films

Band: 6 String Makeover

10 on 10 July

10 on 10 July

So Summer.  So far, so good! We've been treated to some incredibly hot weather - if you live in the UK, Summer does'nt always equal sun!  The girls have two weeks left until the end of the school year and I'm looking forward to lazy mornings, late evenings, great sunsets and celebrating a milestone birthday for me (I've been ignoring it for months, but now its upon me, I'm going to embrace it and welcome in a new decade with open arms!).  We've already taken advantage of our gorgeous fields and had sunset walks before the harvest comes, we loved our annual school fete where the girls got in the festival vibe and had their faces painted and sparkled! And our pool has been out for weeks now, getting more use than all the other years put together I think and Grace has terrorised the boys next door with the water gun!

Please do go visit with the fabulous Breanna Peterson in Alaska and follow our incredible blog circle around to see what the past month has looked like across the world!

Rob & Bronwyn at Norwich Cathedral & Kimberley Hall

Rob & Bronwyn at Norwich Cathedral & Kimberley Hall

Elegant Norwich Cathedral & Kimberley Hall Wedding, Bride wears Katrine Mogenson dress

I can't tell you how excited I was at the prospect of shooting a wedding at Norwich Cathedral when Rob & Bronwyn booked with me and it didn't disappoint!  What an incredible place! Topped nicely off by their reception at Kimberley Hall a few miles out of the city centre - guests hopped on an open top bus to take them there! A perfect mix of stately and contemporary with an extremely helpful team running the show, I hope to shoot there again soon (thanks for having us Kimberley Hall - your fabulous lounge was just the ticket for our tired feet during the wedding breakfast!).  Bronwyn stunned in a one-off dress designed by Katrine Mogenson, so, so perfect and Rob cut a handsome figure in Hugo Boss.  The whole day was expertly ran by Softly Events, the tables looked stunning, the weather was incredible, the band kicked off the party perfectly and I have to say the cake smelt like heaven!  What a day! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Bailey, we loved documenting your fabulous wedding!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Kimberley Hall, Wymondham

Planner: Softly Events

Florist: Libby Ferris Flowers

Hairdresser: Laura Howard

MUA: Kirsty Barton-Grimley

Cake: Sassa's Bespoke Cakes

Caterer: Mackenzie-David Events

Band: The Joe Ringer Band

Grooms Outfit: Hugo Boss

Brides Designer: Katrine Morgenson

Brides Shoes: BHLDN

Bridesmaids Dress: Seraphine Maternity

Mhairi & Tom at Greyfriars & SB Hydrogen

Mhairi & Tom at Greyfriars & SB Hydrogen

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