Last month I had the pleasure of catching up with Tony and Lucy who's wedding I shot a couple of years ago. They have a new addition, a beautiful little daughter and I cant tell you how special it is to be asked to capture yet another huge milestone in the lives of such lovely people. The rumour that us small business owners do a happy dance when our clients love what we do, when they book us just once, let alone again and again, is true! I'm not blasé about my job, I love it and I know how lucky I am. Anyway, enough waffle, have a little look through what we captured (over two dates as baby M was a little sad on our first try!) and, if you think you'd like me to tell the story of your family, in the comfort of your own home, drop me a line!
After a little sabbatical, 10 images on the 10th is back! Its been a funny old Spring so far here in the UK, it just doesn't seem to want to begin! Our middle turned 11, I brought her her first camera which made me as happy as it did Ava! It's snowed, a stupid amount of snow (we don't cope well with snow in the UK!) and the schools closed so we've been cooped up in the warm quite a bit. Ava also had her last 'World book day', they don't celebrate it at High School, and she rocked the Dorothy look! Grace cut off nearly 40cm of her hair to donate to a charity that makes wigs for children suffering from cancer, all her idea, so we are super proud of her!
Now you've visited my little part of the world, head on over the pond to the lovely Kristi Burton and follow our wonderful blog circle!
Back in the Autumn I got together with the gorgeous ladies at Starry Eyed Weddings to photographer their Village Hall Wedding concept. Working in the wedding industry, I often hear about how pricey weddings can be but there are ways you can throw the wedding of the year without breaking the bank!
Once you've found yourself a perfect village hall, get in touch with Starry Eyed Weddings, they have many different design concepts to suit but for this shoot they used one of their trademark, personalised banners, a whole load of festoon lights, bunting and vintage lampshades to create a cosy yet colourful atmosphere!
The on trend trestle tables were supplied by Anthology Table Hire and were decorated with boho lace runners and mismatched vases and bottles filled with in season country flowers and foliage arranged by Louise at The Botanical Shed. Louise also did the incredible wild, unstructured bouquet - my current favourite style!
The amazing Linda at Gather & Feast cooked up little picnic baskets of delicious treats including chicken ham and honey mustard pies, sweet chilli sausage rolls, greek salad with orzo pasta and roasted vegetable tarts. Anthology also have this fabulous A Frame table, perfect for desserts and to show off your wedding cake! Ours was supplied by Lauren at FrenchMade, a beautiful mini stacked cake with a pop of colour.
For some outdoor fun, we had the gorgeous Winnie along! She's a 1970s vintage caravan who's been lovingly restored and she's perfect for a photo booth or a backdrop to your wedding photos!
Working with all these talented creatives could give you the most epic wedding for the budget of your dreams!
STYLING/CONCEPT by Starry Eyed Weddings – https://www.starryeyedweddings.co.uk/
FOOD by Gather and Feast Events – https://www.gatherandfeastevents.co.uk/
FURNITURE from Anthology Vintage Hire – https://www.anthologyvintagehire.com/
WEDDING DRESS by Vintage Trousseau – https://www.vintagetrousseau.com/
SUITS from https://www.anthonyformalwear.co.uk
CAKE by French Made – https://www.frenchmade.co.uk/
GUESTS DRESSES from https://www.facebook.com/EllaPopShop/
HAIR & MAKE UP by https://www.laurahaleigh.com/
VENUE: WILLINGALE VILLAGE HALL – http://willingalevillage.uk/willingale-village-hall/
FLOWERS SUPPLIED BY https://thebotanicalshed.wordpress.com/
Personalised frame by Stitch & Sketch
A Gin & Sparkle Christmas Wedding at Houchins Farm, Bride wears Maggie Soterro
The lovely Gemma and Jez met through mutual friends (the polite way to say a set up!) and Jez got down on one knee on Christmas Day 2016 starting the Christmas theme! Having shot at Houchins in the Summer, I knew how fabulous it would look for a Winter wedding too. The couple chose to incorporate their love of Gin and brilliantly used different bottles for their centrepieces. Coupled with a bit of Christmas sparkle, Houchins looked as fab as I thought it would!
This wedding was so fabulous to finish up such an amazing year, Gemma & Jez had really considered all of their guests and everyone got involved in the kids disco and a bit of limbo dancing (wedding limbo should definitely be a new tradition I think!) before they themselves hit the dance floor and the party really started. This was the best way to kick off the festive season, such a warm family on a very cold day! Mr and Mrs George, I truly wish you both a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations!
Venue: Houchins Farm, Coggeshall
Brides Dress: Maggie Soterro
Brides Headwear: Lisa Designs
Brides Cape: Jenny Packham
Bridesmaid Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Flower Girls: Monsoon
Grooms outfit: Moss Bros
Florist: Jades Flower Design
Hairdresser: Sarah Bishop
MUA: Nadine Rigby
Cake: Brides Mum
Musician: Daren Francis Acoustic Performer
DJ: Stephen Meier
A Wintery Family Documentary Shoot at Hylands Park
I photographed this lovely bunch two days before Christmas, proof indeed that it doesn't need to be the middle of Summer to get gorgeous, vibrant portraits! I've done several sessions recently where three generations have come along, and its just so lovely to see and capture the different bonds between family members. If you are considering a shoot like this, don't put it off any longer, I promise you its painless (you might even enjoy it!) and you'll have priceless images of the most important people in your life all in one frame! Get in touch for available 2018 dates!
December has been a month of winding down work wise and winding up to Christmas! Ava had her last Christmas school disco - she'll be in High School with Grace by the time Christmas rolls around again. Big sis did her hair. The girls are in their jammies in most of these photos and that pretty much was the mood over the festive period, we ate lots of goodies and watched lots of films but we did get out to the park for a breath of fresh air which definitely blew away the cobwebs - its freezing here!!!
Follow our lovely blog circle around by heading across the pond to the lovely Colie James to see what her month looked like!!
Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer - My Faves from 2017!
That's it. I've finished all my weddings for 2017 and my goodness what a year! Yet again I've been blown away by all the wonderful, kind and welcoming families I've met, shed a few tears and laughed along with some hilarious speeches. I can't tell you how grateful I am that 32 couples have put their trust in me and had me along to document their most special celebration. In a world where bad news can dominate the headlines and social media, I have the best job in the world and spend my workdays capturing exactly what love looks like! I'm constantly reminded of what really makes the world go round and I can't think of anything I'd rather do. So thank you, to those who make that a reality for me. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and that 2018 brings you nothing but happiness! Much love, Charlotte x
Modern Rustic Winter Wedding at The Granary Estates.
Rachel & Jon held their wedding at the stunning Granary Estates in Suffolk on a chilly November Saturday. The couple were at school together but didn't get together until a chance meeting five years ago lead to Jon finding Rachel on Facebook and asking her out! They were engaged at sunrise on a coastal path in Ibiza after Jon took Rachel there pretending to capture footage for work.
The wedding was a very stylish affair with the couple embracing the season and going with simplistic, natural colours to compliment their surroundings, and, they finished their day with a bang - a fabulous confetti cannon during their first dance really got their guests in a party mood!
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wiggins, what a treat to capture your beautiful day!
Venue: The Granary Estates
Stylist: Elizabeth Hall
Hairdresser: Kelly Ward
MUA: Amelia Bethany
Cake: Emily Jane Cakes
Caterer: Elizabeth Hall
Band: Dreamwave Events
Florist: Clare Jones Floral Design
Vintage Hackney Wedding with Foliage Hoops, Foliage Bouquets, Bridesmaids in trousers and an Italian Feast. Bride wears Halfpenny Bridal.
Máire & Max opted for a half day coverage of their intimate London Wedding back in October, and so once they were wed at Stoke Newington Registry Office, I caught up with them at the beautiful, 19th Century Round Chapel in Hackney for their reception.
The couple both have Italian heritage and after getting engaged on a trip around Italy, they opted to have an Italian sharing feast consisting of dishes that were family favourites. Máire & Max also own their own distillery where they make Gin and an Italian style bitter aperitivo spirit and this was served alongside the stunning array of food.
There was a real nod to the season too, with autumn leaves used to label each dish and the bouquets and button holes were 100% foliage with the inclusion of autumn berries, simple and stunning!
I was very spoiled with the glorious architecture of the Round Chapel, loved the symmetry and the exquisite tiling on the floor of the hallway where I took the opportunity to capture some portraits of the stylish pair before heading on up to the gallery to finish up. After a few group shots, the wedding party sat to eat and we stayed to capture their speeches and their first dance as a newly married couple.
Simplistic, yet uber-stylish, Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Chater, a beautiful celebration and a pleasure to document.
Venue: The Round Chapel, Hackney
Florist: Penelope Mercer
MUA & Hair: Natalie Young (Friend)
Cake: Bride's Mum
Band: Chief O'Neil Irish Band
Groom Dressed by: Jennis & Warmann UK
Bride's Dress: Halfpenny Bridal
Bridesmaids Trousers: ASOS
Modern Rustic, Romantic Autumn Wedding at Gaynes Park, Essex. Bride wears Maggie Sottero.
Kate & Paul first met aged 6 at Primary School, then after going their separate ways for Senior School, they were reunited 24 years later on Facebook via a mutual friend! Paul surprised Kate by popping the question whilst on holiday in Southwold, their favourite place in the UK (you'll notice their tables were named after significant places to them!). Kate and Paul were both so relaxed about their wedding, when I met them before hand and even on the day itself and they'd really brought something of themselves to the proceedings with a really funny Order of Service and a poem about how they met sent out to the guests. Because they were so very chilled, Kate and Paul were a dream to work with and our portrait sessions just rolled so easily, helped along by the fact that Gaynes Park has SO many gorgeous photo opportunities! The last shot of the day, with sparklers was their own idea and they were such great sports standing in a pitch black car park whilst I ran around them like a looney with a firework!!
Kate & Paul - loved your weddings guys, you absolutely killed it!!
Venue: Gaynes Park, Epping
Planner: Mediterranean Occasions
Hairdresser & MUA: Light Box Studio
Cake: Lucy Collingwood (Kate's sister)
Musician: Acoustic JJ
Groom dressed by: Vintage Suit Hire Company
Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast
Autumn Mini Sessions - Fun Filled Family Portraits in the Essex Countryside
We were SO lucky with the weather on this years Autumn Mini Sessions, pretty much everybody who came had been out and brought gorgeous hats and coats and nobody needed them in the 23 degree heat! I adore doing Mini Sessions, I see so many faces and we have to work quickly but that always adds to the fun I think and little people don't have time to get bored or tired so I end up with tonnes of fabulous images! Here's a handful of some of the gorgeous families and little ones who joined in the fun this year! Thanks so much to you all for coming, you all rock!!
A rustic barn wedding with a contemporary twist, Bride wears Pronovias
The lovely Liz & Sean were wed at the glorious Blake Hall back in September. These two met at work where Sean is a Designer and Liz and Illustrator (check out the stationery - all designed by the talented pair!) and got engaged in Italy's beautiful Sorrento after a near miss at the airport when the ring set off the security alarm!!
They'd decorated the barn with blush pink and white and in a style to suit the rustic setting, their own design stationery giving it all a modern, contemporary twist! Liz stunned in her elegant Pronovias gown and I seriously had shoe envy over her lush Jimmy Choo's! They were both naturals when we took them for a few portraits and I adore what I shot for them!
We had such an amazing day shooting for Liz & Sean - their families and friends were so welcoming and the speeches mirrored the warmth everyone felt for them! A perfect day for a really lovely couple, congratulations Liz & Sean, you guys rocked!
Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar
Florist: Ivy Rose Florist
Hair: Carly Williams
Cake: Kellys Cake Boutique
Groom & Groomsmen dressed by: TM Lewin
Brides Dress: Pronovias
Brides Shoes: Lucy by Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids dressed by: Coast
The perfect Hen Party Celebration at The Railway Barn, Essex styled by Starry Eyed Weddings, Flowers by Bloomin' Wild Flowers with food by Linda Hamilton at Gather & Feast.
Essex is quietly making its' mark on the wedding scene with new, exciting venues and suppliers! We all know that hen parties have moved on, but here right in the heart of Essex The Railway Barn based in New Hall Vineyard is hosting a Pinterest worthy hen party package with Essex based wedding stylists, Starry Eyed Weddings.
Get together with your best friends and enjoy a boho gathering with decorated tipi, delicious grazing platters from resident caterer Linda Hamilton 'Gather & Feast' and your choice of English wines from the vineyard!
Starry Eyed Weddings created the look after being inspired by the current Australian romantic bohemian wedding trends, bringing this to Essex in the vineyards' beautiful, relaxing surroundings. Hayley and Lorna from Starry Eyed Weddings would love brides to be and their guests on the day, to treat the experience as a truly 360 degree event- with attention to detail, an all encompassing event where the setting, the food and outfits all come together making the day a very unique experience.
To enhance your experience, opt to include some fun extras. Choose from garland making, festival hair and make up and wine tasting.
'We knew Essex brides-to-be wanted something different without the bling and they were fully ready to embrace new trends and venues and experiences'
With Prices starting from just £45 pp this truly would be a hen party to remember!
For more details contact Hayley at Starry Eyed: email@example.com
Three Flowers Photography
Haleigh Maskall Hair & Make Up
Styling- Starry Eyed Weddings
Food- Gather & Feast/Linda Hamilton Catering
Setting The Railway Barn & New Hall Vineyard
Hannah Coward- Whittaker
10 favourite images from the previous month
My favourite time of year is upon us and its been a very busy few weeks! I just adore Autumn and the run up to Christmas makes me feel happy and wistful at the same time as I'm always reminded of my own childhood. Because I've been so busy with weddings this year, my 40th birthday came and went without me stopping for breath so my wonderful husband treated us to 5 days of bliss on the Amalfi Coast in Italy at the beginning of the month. That incredible view you can see is of Positano, too pretty to be believed even when you are actually there! The rest of the month has flown by with more weddings, our annual village 'scrump' where we gathered up a record crop of apples, sloes and blackberries, (only stopping for a few leaf throwing fights) and then a very chilly visit to the pumpkin patch to prepare for the girls favourite, Halloween! I've actually included 11 images this month just because I couldn't whittle it down anymore and I'm pretty sure nobody will mind me bending the rules!
Now, off you pop to see what Kristi Burton has been up to this month (she's usually across the pond but I have a feeling she's also been in Italy!)
Its the second time I've met with the lovely M family - the first time being last Autumn when their gorgeous third son arrived and so it was a pleasure to be returning to mark that first birthday milestone! The older boys proudly showed me their lovely garden and we did some racing, jumping and leaf throwing before heading into the house for a few more!
I have lots of lovely families who return to me every year, or when they have a new arrival and it really is a privilege to watch them grow and capture these little everyday moments. I have literally thousands of photographs of my own children and yet I still feel I could have captured more. Now my eldest is about to become a teenager, I feel that more keenly that ever. Those days of baby and toddlerhood are heady and full and can be mundane, routine but they'll be gone before you know it. I can see the beauty in the everyday, so let me capture that for you and your family. A family shoot truly is an investment for your future as a beautiful photograph can evoke such memories of a time when life was hectic but hearts were full.
"These are the days. The time is now." - Van Morrison.
Why not give the gift of photography to a loved one this Christmas with a Gift Voucher?! These can be redeemed anytime in 2018 and put towards a full portrait session, prints & digital images or can be used against one of my Mini Shoots. Contact me for more details!
A romantic, rustic Barn Wedding at St. Paul's, Bentley Common, and Blake Hall. Bride wears Pronovias.
Katie & David are childhood sweethearts having been together since 6th form! David proposed to Katie during a break in the Lake District where, on a walk, he devised a set of questions with the answers to go into a code breaker that ultimately spelled out his proposal! How cute is that!? The wedding was on a gloriously hot, sunny Sunday in August and I met Katie and her girls at her Mum's house where they were busy prepping. Katie's Mum had the most beautiful garden with her own little vineyard (which Im more than a tad jealous of!) so, not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I hung her stunning Pronovias gown there to capture it. The ceremony was at the very quaint little St Pauls Church in Bentley Common, chosen by the couple as Katie's family have traditionally married there, then it was onto the lovely Blake Hall in Ongar for the reception. I adored the flowers that Katie had chosen, particularly her flower crown and the greenery and muted colours suited the barn down to the ground. Blake Hall's garden was resplendent as always and we used it to our advantage to get some stunning portraiture once the sun had begun to dip round. I also loved the little bottles of homemade gin on the tables (as did the guests!) and it clearly got them in the mood for some really funny speeches followed by dancing the night away! What a gorgeous day, congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Marchant!
Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar
Florist: Halo Blossom
Hairdresser & MUA: Elegant Times Beauty
Groom Dressed by: Reiss
Groomsmen Dressed by: Next
Brides Dress: Pronovias