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

Adventures in Tuscany

Adventures in Tuscany

If you follow my personal ramblings on this blog, you'll know the hubster and I often frequent Italy, he proposed to me in Venice (many moons ago!) and we've been lucky enough to visit Italy several times since, just the two of us.  We adore this country, the food, the people, the stunning cities and countryside.  Anyway, we've been saying for a while that we'd take the girls out there, Florence wanted to see Florence so we booked flights last year.  This was a bit of a dilemma for me, as I have a lot of Summer weddings this year to give my attention to and the only gap I had was in June, which meant taking them out of school.  I know this is can be a bit of a heated topic but honestly I'm firmly in the camp of believing that, as responsible parents, we should be able to make our own decision about allowing our kids to experience everything we can offer them.  I could only offer them this trip in term time, and so it was then or not at all.  I certainly felt the weight of this decision in the weeks leading up to it but these ten days, introducing them to another culture, trying new foods, learning about Italy's rich history made it totally worthwhile.  Not to mention that we spent quality time together as a family, which is a bit of a cliche but any of you with growing children will know that barely a weekend goes by when at least one of them is off with their friends (as they should be) but they grow so, so fast and they made memories that I hope will stay with them their whole lives and I know I don't have many summers left with them all together.  This to me, is priceless.

We stayed in a beautiful lodge in the tiny little village of Ghizzano, that first image is the view from the front garden!  There were woods and a lake on the grounds and obviously an amazing swimming pool.  My girls are not water babies at all (having had years of swimming lessons to no avail!) but they were in it every day and came home able to swim (another life skill learned that they wouldn't have done had they been in school!).  We were close to Pisa and Florence, both around 45 minute drive away, close to some fabulous little restaurants and markets so the hubby could indulge in his passion for cooking.  We also visited the stunning walled towns of Volterra (where the Italian scenes in New Moon were filmed if you are a Twilight fan!) and St Gimignano.  Looking through these photos we also seem to have eaten a large amount of Gelato! 

I shot all of these photos on my new Fuji XT-1 after deciding not to lug one of my Nikon beasts to Italy with me anymore (I love you D750 but you weigh a tonne and you hurt me!), and it is a little gem!  Not at any point did it disappoint, packed a mean punch dealing with those very sunny days and basically delivered everything I asked of it!  Grace (my eldest) took a few of the photos of Florence (our youngest) on it, and found the dials very user friendly (not to mention her flare for great framing is really coming along!) and I think I'll have to watch it as she's got her eye on it now!  If you see me this Summer at a wedding or portrait session, I'll probably have this little baby round my neck in addition to the big guns as its bloody awesome!

Incase you want to know where each location is, I'll list them in order for you!

Ghizzano, St Gimignano, Florence, Pisa, Volterra.

Now all thats left is to find some wall space in my home to hang some of these beauties (easier said than done!).

10 on 10 June

10 on 10 June

I've been pretty busy with work this past month but we've been gearing up for our holiday too so the girls and I have been busy shopping for new outfits which included a couple of lunches!  We took our little grandson Isaac for his first haircut at the Barbers, where he sat very still but did not look impressed! Though he looks super cute with his big boy hair now!

Hop on over the pond to the lovely Kristi to see what her month looked like!   

Laura & James. A rustic, blush pink, Spring wedding at Blake Hall, Essex.

Laura & James. A rustic, blush pink, Spring wedding at Blake Hall, Essex.

Rustic, Blush pink Spring wedding at Blake Hall, Essex. Bride wears Clifford Burr.

Laura & James met 6 years ago at work and, after James proposed the night before whisking Laura to Vienna they chose Blake Hall to tie the knot!  Their wedding was the epitome of Spring, with delicate pinks and pretty wild flowers in mis-matched vases and gorgeous displays in milk churns.  The gardens at Blake Hall added to the tone of the day by being in full Spring bloom, with pink blossom trees and carpets of yellow daffodils!  The ceremony was in the beautifully lit Hay Barn, and afterwards guests were treated to drinks and canapes on the lawn whilst we snuck to the walled garden for a few portraits.  After a pie and mash dinner, came some hilarious and touching speeches before the guests got stuck into a Gin bar!  Dancing to "The Weekenders" ensued and I stayed to capture some dance floor antics before leaving the newlyweds and their lovely family and friends to party the night away! 

Supplier Love:

Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar

Florist: Halo Blossom

Hairdresser: Abbie Hair

Cake: Cake Cuisine

Musicians: Oakwood String Quartet

Band: The Weekenders

Grooms Outfit: Ted Baker

Brides Dress: Clifford Burr

Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club

Bridesmaids Dresses: Chi Chi