Kate & Jonathon, Greens & Whites for an Elegant Easter Wedding at Gate Street Barn.

Kate & Jonathon, Greens & Whites for an Elegant Easter Wedding at Gate Street Barn.

Kate & Jonathon, Greens & Whites for an Elegant Easter Wedding at Gate Street Barn. Bride wears Watters. Essex Documentary Wedding Photographer.

Kate and Jof lucked out with their big day as it fell on the mini heatwave we had over Easter weekend So Gate Street Barn was looking all kinds of fabulous in under clear blue Spring skies! Though to be fair, Kate and Jof did such an awesome job with choosing the decor, it would’ve looked incredible no matter what the weather was doing! With gorgeous on trend foliage filling the venue and simple yet oh so elegant table settings, this wedding ready is a dream! Little touches like the favours of olive oil, hand picked by the couple at Kate’s Dad’s house in France, finished off the look to perfection. After the wonderful ceremony, I took the newlyweds off for a walk around the grounds of Gate Street Barn, where we lucked out with a Bluebell carpeted wood (even if I did step straight into a bog trying to get to it - with open toe sandals on!!) and the resident cows came over to say Hi! The guest enjoyed delicious canapés and drinks in the gardens whilst we cracked on with a few group shots before everyone headed into the barn for dinner, followed by some top notch speeches! We finished up with a few bonus sunset portraits in the driveway before Entree got the party started! Thanks to Kate and Jof for having me along, it really was a pleasure to document your stunning wedding!

Supplier Love:

Venue: Gate Street Barn

Brides Dress: Watters

Bridesmaids Dresses: TFNC

Florist: Ivy Florence

MUA: Melissa Oldridge

Band: Entree

Caterer: Pesto Food

Videographer: Ash Videography

Groom Suit by: Moss Bross

10 on 10 June

10 on 10 June

Spring has been pretty full on with documenting my client’s lives and weddings so I’ve had to bow out of the last couple of months, I’ve missed it!! We’ve had a mixed bag of weather but have had a few adventures of our own! We stayed at Alton Towers (one of the UK’s largest theme parks - not a patch on any in the US but still a lot of fun!) for a couple of days, we’ve attended several events that our little village holds annually, we’ve managed to get to the beach once already and the girls have made the most of our longer evenings and dancing on the deck in the garden (I love that they still do this - I’ve got photos of them dancing on the deck when they were little tots!). Anyway, I digress! I’m so happy to be a part of this fabulous blog group again, and I thoroughly recommend you head over to the fabulous Evelyne Lourenco and check out what the past month has looked like for this uber talented group of photographers!!

Stacey & Ashley, Spring pinks for a Rustic, Beatles inspired Barn Wedding at The Channels Estate, Essex.

Stacey & Ashley, Spring pinks for a Rustic, Beatles inspired Barn Wedding at The Channels Estate, Essex.

Spring Pinks for a Rustic, Beatles inspired Barn wedding at The Channels Estate.

Stacey & Ashley were wed in April and they chose the gorgeous Channels Estate near Chelmsford, Essex as their venue. Stacey had her heart set on an outdoor ceremony as Channels is set up beautifully for this, and, though it rained during morning prep, it cleared up in time for everything to work out as planned and cuddled up in blankets provided by the thoughtful bride, the guests enjoyed a very emotional ceremony with vows written by both the Bride and Groom.

After the ceremony (and a glass of champers!) we headed out into the grounds to take a few portraits!

Stacey & Ashley love to party hard, and that really came across during the speeches, which were everything you’d hope for, emotional, hilarious and, to get the party going, each guest was given a shot once the speeches were over! They’d also booked an incredible 5 piece brass band as a surprise, who made their entrance half way through the First Dance and the party really did ramp up then! These guys know how to hit the dance floor! I topped the night off with Ashley and his boys in the garden whilst they enjoyed cigars, something of a tradition for them and his mates couldn’t help themselves but give him a friendly throw in the air to finish things off!

Supplier Love:

Venue: The Channels Estate

Florist: The Orchid Room

MUA: Jamie Attfield

Hairdresser: Sarah Wade

Cake: Godminster

Band: Brass About

Grooms suit: Hugo Boss

Brides Dress: Wed2Be

Brides Shoes: Dune

Bridesmaids Dresses: Debenhams

Lucy & Adam (& Nora the cat!). A Winter wedding with Bridesmaids in Hunter Green, Groomsmen in Navy and Winter Meadow Wildflowers.

Lucy & Adam (& Nora the cat!). A Winter wedding with Bridesmaids in Hunter Green, Groomsmen in Navy and Winter Meadow Wildflowers.

Hunter Greens and Navy Blues for a Winter Wedding. Bride & Groom include their cat!

January I think gets overlooked for a wedding! My lovely hubby and I got married in January and yeah, it was cold but we had the most glorious, crisp, winters day and embraced the best parts of Winter! Lucy and Adam had the same idea, also wanting to tie in the date with the birthday of Lucy’s late Mum so they would feel close to her on the day. Such a beautiful tribute don’t you think? They’d also told me plenty about their beloved rescue cat Nora and they really wanted to include her in the day, which, being a fellow feline lover, I was thrilled about and we made sure to stop off at their home after their gorgeous church ceremony to take some portraits with their fur baby.

The couple had chosen a golf club close by to hold their reception and they’d really thrown their personalities and favourite things into the details! Each table represented something different and they’d laid out hats, masks and all kinds of thoughtful gifts for their guests!

After very emotional speeches (and a hilarious slide show by the best man!), these guys didn't hesitate to hit the dance floor! Such a fun, happy wedding to document and I think you’ll agree, January looks gorgeous on Lucy & Adam!

Supplier Love:

Venue: Sandford Springs Golf Club

Florist: Rabbit & The Rose

Hairdresser: Hannah Hair Design

MUA: Kimberley Dredge

Cake: Lucy’s Granny and Sharon Child

Brides Dress: Wed2Be

Birdes Shoes: Kurt Gieger

Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast

10 on 10 March

10 on 10 March

It’s been a lovely start to the year, I’ve had just a handful of weddings to keep me out of trouble, Ava turned 12 and we had some extremely unseasonably warm weather - it felt more like late Spring, so we took advantage and headed to the coast where we ate fish and chips, played the penny slots and walked the longest pier in the world (that wasn't without quite a bit of complaining though!). The weather is back to grey and cold now though but Spring doesn't feel far away!

To follow our awesome blog circle, first head on over to the lovely Kristi Burton to see what her month looked like!

Nathalie & Kieron, An Autumn Barn Wedding at The Granary Estates.  Champagne Golds and Greenery with Groom in Navy Check.

Nathalie & Kieron, An Autumn Barn Wedding at The Granary Estates. Champagne Golds and Greenery with Groom in Navy Check.

Autumn Barn wedding at The Granary Estates. Champagne Golds and simple Greenery.

Having shot an Autumn wedding at The Granary Estates before, when Nathalie and Kieron first told me about their plans, I was really excited and knew their wedding would be a beauty! Nathalie chose an exquisite gown by Pronovias and they kept their colours simple with some stunning greenery - the flint barn itself needing not a lot of dressing up to make it beautiful. Kieron had his suit handmade and chose a navy check - which worked perfectly with their colour scheme. Talented Kieron also made the very cool neon sign for their guests to take selfies with!

The ceremony took place just as the afternoon sun was beginning to set and filled the room with the most stunning light, which, we then took advantage of straight away by taking their portraits as it slipped over the horizon - I think it was one of the best Autumn sunsets I’ve ever shot in - magical!

After dinner, came some really wonderful, moving and hilarious speeches and then we shot outside (with some of the braver guests!) to do a sparkler tunnel! Nathalie and Kieron chose to have one of The Granary Estates fabulous confetti canons during their first dance and then their guests hit the dance floor where I’m sure they partied the night away long after I left them to it! Mr and Mrs Bates, it was an absolute pleasure to document your stunning wedding, thank. you so much for letting me be a part of it!

Supplier Love:

Venue: The Granary Estates, Woodditton

Cake: Jessica Bakes

Groom dressed by: Antony Formal Wear

Brides Dress by: Pronovias

Bridesmaids Dressed by: ISSA

Florist: Nathalie’s Mum

Hannah & Andrew, an Autumn Church Wedding with reception at The Barn Weddings. Bridesmaids in Duck Egg Blue.

Hannah & Andrew, an Autumn Church Wedding with reception at The Barn Weddings. Bridesmaids in Duck Egg Blue.

An Autumn Church Wedding with Rustic reception at The Barn Weddings, Great Tey. Muted blues and pinks, Bride wears Wed 2 Be.

Hannah & Andrew were wed back in October on the most glorious Autumn day! Hannah had said to me that she was hopeful for ‘Power Clouds’ on the day, which made me chuckle as I’m fond of a good cloud myself (and will be calling them Power Clouds from now on Hannah!) and, she got her wish!! Hannah and her girls prepped at the gorgeous Marquis of Cornwallis in a lovely suit before heading off to St Mary’s in Capel St Mary to meet Andrew and the boys who’d prepped with beer in hand at The Case has Altered pub! After a really beautiful ceremony, guests were treated to a London bus ride to The Barn at Great Tey and I followed the newlyweds to the viaduct at Chappel en route for a set of gorgeous portraits in the Autumn colours. Halfway through a delicious dinner, I noticed the sunset was looking pretty awesome so we slipped away for another 20 mins of portraits in the glow of golden hour. After speeches, the very talented Sister Sax kicked off the party and I left the new Mr and Mrs to dance the night away with their loved ones! A perfect Autumn wedding and a pleasure to shoot alongside Tony Davies Films again, thanks so much Hannah & Andrew for having me along to document it!!

Supplier Love:

Prep Venue: Marquis of Cornwallis, Layham

Venue: The Barn Weddings, Great Tey.

Florist: Jades Flower Design

Hannahs Dress: Wed 2 Be

Hannahs Shoes: Rainbow Club

Bridesmaids Dresses: JJS House

Andrews suit: Coes

Cake: Bakealicious

Hairdresser & MUA: Tori

Videographer:Tony Davies Films

Musicians: Sister Sax and Tia Eagle

10 on 10 January

10 on 10 January

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!!

Best of 2018....

Best of 2018....

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!!!