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)

Kate & Eddie, a Boho, Festival, Back Garden, Summer Wedding. Bride wears Charlie Brear. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer

Kate & Eddie, a Boho, Festival, Back Garden, Summer Wedding. Bride wears Charlie Brear. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer

Kate & Eddie got in touch last year to see if I was free to document their wedding, which, sadly, I was booked up for.  Luckily for them though, 2018 was to be the year that the awesomeness that is Sarah joined team Three Flowers as an associate photographer!  Having already second shot for me for a couple of years, I knew she'd be invaluable as a lead shooter and I'd then edit her shots in my signature style.  Team work, nailed!  Kate & Eddie's day dawned during that mega heatwave we had in July, and also on the day of England's word cup quarter final (you'll see some epic guest reactions here!) so it was absolute perfection for a wedding in Kate's parents back garden at their farm.  The humanist ceremony took place under an exquisite floral arch by Tangle & Thyme whilst the guests looked on from hay bale seating and afterwards guest enjoyed fabulous food from Alice McLaren Catering whilst they soaked up the rays and roared England into the World Cup Semi! Now if thats not Summer Wedding perfection, I don't know what is!  Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs Costelloe, and thank you so much for having Sarah along to document your day, I know she had an amazing time and I certainly loved editing it for you! 

Supporting Cast:

Florist: Tangle & Thyme

Marquee: Chelmer Marquees

MUA: Gemma Cornell MUA

Caterer: Alice McLaren Catering

Brides Dress: Charlie Brear

Amanda & Richard, a glamorous, blush pink and sequin, Stock Brook Manor Summer Wedding.

Amanda & Richard, a glamorous, blush pink and sequin, Stock Brook Manor Summer Wedding.

A glitzy, glamorous Stock Brook Manor Wedding, Bride wears Sophia Tolli & Jimmy Choo.

Well, what can I say about Amanda & Richard's wedding?!  The couple chose Stock Brook Manor to host their celebration and the day just happened to co-incide with a certain England World Cup Quarter Final and, it turned out to be slap bang in the middle of the crazy heatwave we had this Summer! I'm not sure if those two factors led to the huge party atmosphere that day, as I suspect Amanda & Richard just know how to show their friends and family a really great time! And boy, did they! With stunning florals from Luxe by Little Tin Shed, Amanda in a an exquisite Sophia Tolli gown and Richard in a tux, they'd certainly set a glamorous scene, and, after a sun drenched outdoor ceremony, the party started to the amazing vocals of Che Chesterman of X-Factor fame.  The newlyweds gave me some time after the ceremony for a few portraits on the golf course and in the grounds before they all headed upstairs for food and some very emotive speeches! Then the real party started! It was such a pleasure to see so many people hitting the dance floor hard from the very first song and Amanda and I literally had to drag Richard from the dance floor for some sunset portraits (and boy I'm glad we did as you'll see, their perfect day, ended with some perfect golden light!).  A truly memorable day Mr & Mrs Burling, I think your happiness shines through in these images!  Thanks so much for having us!

Supporting Cast;

Venue: Stock Brook Manor

Florist: Luxe by Little Tin Shed

Hairdresser: Chloe Farr

MUA: Hollie V Make Up

Cake: Sidhu Bakes & Cakes

Musician: Che Chesterman

Band: Tony Roberts

Groom and Groomsmen Dressed by: Antony Formal wear

Brides Dress: Sophia Tolli

Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaids Dresses: Maya on ASOS

Videographer: James Boyce at Inline Film

 

Beth & Scott, a relaxed, fun-filled wedding at Ratsbury Barn. Bride wears Mori Lee

Beth & Scott, a relaxed, fun-filled wedding at Ratsbury Barn. Bride wears Mori Lee

Rustic June wedding at Ratsbury Barn with mini-golf, lawn games and a cake made by the Bride! Beth wears Mori Lee.

Beth and Scott's wedding was back in June, somewhere at in the middle of this Summer's heatwave!  They chose the gorgeous backdrop of Ratsbury Barn to have their ceremony, and it was beautiful - outdoor in the barns doorway with family and friends looking on.  Afterwards they enjoyed the stunning weather and played crazy golf and other lawn games before a relaxed buffet meal and sharing their incredible wedding cake (made by the talented bride!) for dessert.  I was in my element with the grounds as they made from some astounding portraits though Beth and Scott made it a genuine pleasure by simply being themselves.  Around late afternoon, we all moved onto the evening party which was held in a family friends garage (though more like aircraft hanger!) and had been artfully decorated by the couple, along with an outdoor bar and pizza oven! Once everyone was settled (and after a few more sunset portraits in a nearby field) the celebrations was started by The Normans and after some dance floor action, I left the newlyweds to party the night away!  No sit down meal, no formal speeches, just two families and their friends coming together to celebrate love in exactly the way Beth and Scott wanted! Gorgeous!

Supporting cast:

Venue: Ratsbury Barn

Florist: The Garden Room

Caterer: Barberskews Catering

Brides Dress: Mori Lee

Brides Veil: Ian Stuart

Bridesmaids: Jarlo

Groom dressed by: Moss Bros & Ted Baker

Band: The Normans

Cake: Beth (the Bride!)

10 on 10 August

10 on 10 August

10 on 10, here again!  The end of July was all about Ava - she left primary school and join Grace in High School in September.  I was dreading it if I'm honest, I was an emotional wreck when Grace left so knew what we were in for - its a heady mix of pride, disbelief and nostalgia and knowing that she's growing up so fast now and I can't press pause!  We've still been enjoying the longest, hottest Summer since 1976 in the UK but the week Lee has taken off to have a few days out together, the weather has turned! My two best friends brought me a day in a beach hut for my birthday so we enjoyed that, had the most amazing seafood lunch delivered to us before the heavens opened and we had to make a mad dash to the car! We've also been to a theme park for a couple of days, rode some serious rollercoasters, stayed in a very cool hotel and got soaking wet in the rain again!  It's been a pretty busy month!

Head over to the lovely Kayla Maltese in The Netherlands to follow our blog circle!

The Evans Family; A family portrait session on and around Tower Bridge, London

The Evans Family; A family portrait session on and around Tower Bridge, London

Visiting from the USA, the Evans family in a portrait session in London.  Essex Documentary Family Photographer.

I was thrilled when Megan contacted me last year to say her and her gorgeous family were having a holiday in the UK and she'd love to capture some memories of them all on their travels by having a portrait session with a famous London landmark as a backdrop.  The day itself was during this crazy heatwave we've been having this Summer so it was really warm and very busy but I thoroughly enjoyed shooting these as I saw London through new eyes!  I've been over that bridge and on the Thames countless times so I guess I took it for granted but it was really cool to be able to shoot portraits at such iconic landmarks and I actually went home and told my girls how lucky we are to live so close to such an amazing city!  Megan, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph you all!

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