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.

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

Kate & Olly. A Rustic DIY Spring Wedding at St Nicholas' Church Chawton & Chichester Hall, Witley

Kate & Olly. A Rustic DIY Spring Wedding at St Nicholas' Church Chawton & Chichester Hall, Witley

Kate and Olly kicked off 2018 for me and what a cracking start to the years weddings it was too!  Set in the quintessentially British village of Chawton (where Jane Austen spent the last years of her life), they had a gorgeous church ceremony where Olly and his entourage looked very fetching and Kate and her girls equally stunning and they exited to an Arch of Swords! En route to the reception we stopped off at The Devils Punch Bowl, a national trust park where we did a few portraits amongst the heather.  The couple chose the lovely Chichester Hall in Witley to hold their wedding reception and, it looked simply stunning with drapes, greenery and rows of trestle tables that enabled their guests to throughly enjoy and share the food.  After some truly great speeches, I left them to really let their hair down and party the night away!  Thanks so much to Olly and Kate for having me along to document their day and huge congratulations to you both!

Supplier Love

Venue: The Chichester Hall

Florist: Orchard Flowers

Hair and MUA:  Arabella Hewitt

Caterer: Gourmet Hog Roast Company

Brides Dress: Pronovias

Brides Veil: Jenny Packham

Bridesmaids Dresses: Chi Chi London

10 on 10 May

10 on 10 May

After last months unseasonal snow, this month is been unexpectedly hot!  We've had some lovely evenings and the blossom trees are in full bloom! My dad turned 70 so we had a big family meal in a hotel in town and I took portraits of my girls and all my nephews and niece as a  gift for him (thats my little bro with his youngest!).  I've also got stuck back into weddings and the last pic this month is my wonderful friend, second shooter and general partner in crime, Lesley-Anne, waiting in the wings to have a bite to eat!

Whizz on over to  Alaska to see what the fabulous Breanna Peterson's month looked like!!

Spring Mini Sessions

Spring Mini Sessions

So, Spring Mini Sessions were awesome!!  I mean, it was more like a July day weather wise, but everyone who came along were great sports and the kids were amazing!!  I'm planning on doing another Mini Session day in August during the Summer Holidays so Ill be getting a date out very soon for those!  In the meantime, here's some of my favourites from the day!! Bravo everyone, you rock!

At home with baby M

At home with baby M

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!

10 on 10 April

10 on 10 April

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!

Boho, Festival, Village Hall Wedding styling ideas!

Boho, Festival, Village Hall Wedding styling ideas!

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!

Supplier Love:

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

Gemma & Jeremy, a Gin Inspired Christmas Wedding at Houchins

Gemma & Jeremy, a Gin Inspired Christmas Wedding at Houchins

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!

Supporting Cast:

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

Caterer: Splinters

Musician: Daren Francis Acoustic Performer

DJ: Stephen Meier

 

Winter Family Portraits at Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Winter Family Portraits at Hylands Park, Chelmsford

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!

10 on 10 January

10 on 10 January

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!!

Best of 2017

Best of 2017

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

Rachel & Jon, A Chic & Stylish, Modern Rustic, Winter Wedding at The Granary Estates

Rachel & Jon, A Chic & Stylish, Modern Rustic, Winter Wedding at The Granary Estates

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!

Supplier Love:

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

 

Máire & Max, a Vintage, Botanical Hackney Wedding with an Italian Feast at The Round Chapel.

Máire & Max, a Vintage, Botanical Hackney Wedding with an Italian Feast at The Round Chapel.

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.

Supplier Love:

Venue: The Round Chapel, Hackney

Florist: Penelope Mercer

MUA & Hair: Natalie Young (Friend)

Cake: Bride's Mum

Caterer: Capish

Band: Chief O'Neil Irish Band

Groom Dressed by: Jennis & Warmann UK

Bride's Dress: Halfpenny Bridal

Bridesmaids Trousers:  ASOS