Lizzie & Daniel at Houchins, Essex

Lizzie & Daniel at Houchins, Essex

A Boho, Barefoot, DIY Wedding at Houchins, Essex

The lovely Lizzie and Daniel chose the relatively new, but definitely cool, Houchins in Coggeshall to host their wedding.  These two couldn't have been more laid back about getting married, they carried off a boho, uber trendy day with effortless ease as the only thing that was important to them was that their beautiful family was united in celebration, their dog even came along!.  Lizzie's immediate family flew in from New Zealand so I think this added to the sheer happiness in the air! Now, Daniel proposed to Lizzie by secretly setting up fairy lights in some woods near his Mum's house, hanging bags from the trees containing poems and gifts all about their journey together - most thoughtful proposal ever?  The pair wrote their own vows which had pretty much everyone tearing up and was such a personal touch to the ceremony.  Lizzie did all the flower arranging and all of the decor on the tables and their eldest daughter contributed by designing the running times! I just adored the girls flowers - something so beautiful about an unstructured bouquet.

 It was an extremely hot day, bit of luck that Lizzie and Daniel had planned to serve their guests Hadleys Ice cream! They were even kind enough to do one for us - let me tell you, that salted caramel ice cream was quite possibly the tastiest ice cream I've ever had! Bravo Hadleys!  The post dinner speeches were truly heartfelt and and after cutting their cake (made by Lizzie's Mum), the newlyweds gave us another 20 minutes just as the sun went down spectacularly over the purple borage and golden corn, finishing off the day with the last of Lizzie's wish - some amazing sunset portraits!  A true amalgamation of family and friends coming together to create one sublime wedding.  Congratulations to Lizzie and Daniel, wishing you a wonderful, happy future with your gorgeous little girls!

Supporting Cast:

Venue:  Houchins, Coggeshall

Brides Dress: Stephanie Allin at The Bridal Lounge

Brides Shoes: Mother Nature - she was barefoot!

Flowers:  By the Bride

Cake: Brides Mum

Ice Cream: Hadleys

 

10 on 10 August

10 on 10 August

The past month has been busy - the girls broke up from school for Summer (though you would'nt think it was Summer by the awful weather we've had in the last two weeks!), I turned the big 40 and Lee also had a birthday.  Ava has turned our back garden into her dance studio and has spent many hours out there perfecting her routines! Lee wanted to go into London for his birthday so we drove into the city and visited the Natural History Museum - we fancied seeing Hope, the new Blue Whale in the entrance hall after watching a documentary on how they replaced the Diplodocus with her, she was awesome!  Head on across the pond to the marvellous Colie James to see what the last month looked like for her!         

Becca & Joel at Fennes, Braintree

Becca & Joel at Fennes, Braintree

Boho chic Fennes, Essex Wedding, Blush with a hint of Copper!

Ah, Becca & Joel.  What can I say about this gorgeous pair?! They were a lot of fun, so relaxed and just so lovely to be around! Becca's styling was right up my street, she wore an amazing embellished, boho-chic dress by Lillian West and had little touches of copper in the decor.  They also had a fabulous drippy cake adorned with delicious looking macaroons from Neighbourhood Bakes - Loved it! The couple were so generous with their time and we did two portraits sessions - they had such a sunny day so it was nice to get a second round in when the light was more flattering!  Highlight of the day had to be the huge gust of wind that took Becca's veil straight off her head and into the face of Joel's Dad who was one of their witnesses - totally set the tone of the day and my cheekbones actually hurt by the end of the day from smiling so much!  How lucky am i!?  Congratulations to you both, you lovely pair! I wish you a future full of happiness, I'm sure thats what you're going to get!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Fennes, Braintree

Brides Dress: Lillian West at Abigails Collection

Brides Shoes: High Street, customised with Swarovski crystals

Brides Accessories: Abigails Collection

MUA: Danni Hooker

Hairdresser: Gigi Hammond

Grooms Outfit: Burberry and Hugo Boss

Florist: Sophie at Ivy Rose Florist

Balloons: Party Inspiration, Braintree

Cake: Helena from Neighbourhood Bakes

Bridesmaids: Little Mistress

 

Ellie & Neil, a Pre-Wedding Shoot

Ellie & Neil, a Pre-Wedding Shoot

An Essex Sunset Pre Wedding Family Shoot

I met up with Ellie & Neil on a sweltering June evening so I could meet their two little girls and quell any nerves about getting their photos taken before the big day in August.  They are lucky enough to live a few minutes walk from some very pretty countryside and so we made the most of that, plus some incredible evening light! The girls were wonderful, very happy to relax and have fun with me and Ellie & Neil were not bad either!!  I think you'll agree what a gorgeous bunch they are and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to capturing their festival wedding at the end of the Summer!

Sarah & Allan at Old Brook Barn

Sarah & Allan at Old Brook Barn

Gorgeous Old Brook Barn Summer Wedding with Greys & Lilacs

My first visit to Old Brook Barn was for the glorious wedding of Sarah & Allan in mid-June.  I think "hidden gem" is the perfect term for this venue, with a beautiful barn, a perfect meadow and incredible food from Limeberry Catering, I really hope I'll be back soon!  Sarah & Allan's wedding day was blisteringly hot but this meant they could take advantage of the lovely grounds and hold their ceremony outside - perfection!  Sarah looked stunning in her Enzoani gown and Allan cut a dashing figure too in a grey suit by Abigails Collection.  Their wedding party were really a lot of fun and we got some great group shots amid lots of laughter!  I've mentioned the food already, but it was so good it needs mentioning twice - fabulous meal!!  After the (fabulous!) meal, came some emotional speeches, tears & laughter - I just adore speeches, hearing childhood stories and teenage pranks and capturing wonderful reactions to those!  After dinner we were treated to some wonderful evening light and we made the most of that and popped into the meadow opposite the barns to get a few more portraits.  Can't beat a Summer evening!  We left Sarah & Allan to enjoy the awesome 6 String Makeover & DJ Sparks and party the night away.  Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wainwright on your cracking wedding day!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Old Brook Barn

Brides Dress: Enzoani

Florist: Megan Martin at The Willows

Bridesmaids Dresses: Debut at Debenhams, Flower Girls Matchimony

Grooms Suits: Abigails Collection, Colchester

Hairdresser: Tara Johnston

Caterer: Limeberry Catering

Videographer: Colebridge Films

Band: 6 String Makeover

10 on 10 July

10 on 10 July

So Summer.  So far, so good! We've been treated to some incredibly hot weather - if you live in the UK, Summer does'nt always equal sun!  The girls have two weeks left until the end of the school year and I'm looking forward to lazy mornings, late evenings, great sunsets and celebrating a milestone birthday for me (I've been ignoring it for months, but now its upon me, I'm going to embrace it and welcome in a new decade with open arms!).  We've already taken advantage of our gorgeous fields and had sunset walks before the harvest comes, we loved our annual school fete where the girls got in the festival vibe and had their faces painted and sparkled! And our pool has been out for weeks now, getting more use than all the other years put together I think and Grace has terrorised the boys next door with the water gun!

Please do go visit with the fabulous Breanna Peterson in Alaska and follow our incredible blog circle around to see what the past month has looked like across the world!

Rob & Bronwyn at Norwich Cathedral & Kimberley Hall

Rob & Bronwyn at Norwich Cathedral & Kimberley Hall

Elegant Norwich Cathedral & Kimberley Hall Wedding, Bride wears Katrine Mogenson dress

I can't tell you how excited I was at the prospect of shooting a wedding at Norwich Cathedral when Rob & Bronwyn booked with me and it didn't disappoint!  What an incredible place! Topped nicely off by their reception at Kimberley Hall a few miles out of the city centre - guests hopped on an open top bus to take them there! A perfect mix of stately and contemporary with an extremely helpful team running the show, I hope to shoot there again soon (thanks for having us Kimberley Hall - your fabulous lounge was just the ticket for our tired feet during the wedding breakfast!).  Bronwyn stunned in a one-off dress designed by Katrine Mogenson, so, so perfect and Rob cut a handsome figure in Hugo Boss.  The whole day was expertly ran by Softly Events, the tables looked stunning, the weather was incredible, the band kicked off the party perfectly and I have to say the cake smelt like heaven!  What a day! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Bailey, we loved documenting your fabulous wedding!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Kimberley Hall, Wymondham

Planner: Softly Events

Florist: Libby Ferris Flowers

Hairdresser: Laura Howard

MUA: Kirsty Barton-Grimley

Cake: Sassa's Bespoke Cakes

Caterer: Mackenzie-David Events

Band: The Joe Ringer Band

Grooms Outfit: Hugo Boss

Brides Designer: Katrine Morgenson

Brides Shoes: BHLDN

Bridesmaids Dress: Seraphine Maternity

Mhairi & Tom at Greyfriars & SB Hydrogen

Mhairi & Tom at Greyfriars & SB Hydrogen

A wedding in two parts! An intimate ceremony followed by a reception aboard a boat!

Well, what can I say about Mhairi & Tom?! They are an infectiously happy pair (just look at all the smiling!) and the kind of people who make you feel good about everything just by being in their company.  I found this out when I first met up with them to hear their plans, and they sounded amazing. Talk about having a wedding just the way they wanted to do it!! 

They were married on a very hot Thursday afternoon in Colchester in a intimate by emotional ceremony with just their parents and grandma in attendance.  I found Tom and Mhairi a lot of fun when we went of to shoot a few portraits and were up for anything!

The following Sunday I met them at their sailing club to capture them hopping in a sail boat to sail up the estuary to Maldon to surprise their guests who were waiting aboard the SB Hydrogen - hows that for an entrance?!  Once all aboard, we set sail up the estuary for a couple of hours to enjoy the incredible weather. Guests enjoyed a few cold drinks, some delicious canapés whilst they chatted and looked through photo albums!  When we got back in the quay, we settled down to pie and mash as a storm thundered above us!  As the day was turning out to pretty much perfect, the rain stopped just in time for us to head off for some portraits, and our luck continued! There happened to be a visiting steam fair at the park on the quayside and the rain had chased the crowds away so we had the entire fair to ourselves! Thanks to the staff at the fair who were extremely gracious letting us hop on and off rides to take our portraits!  You could'nt make it up!  After capturing the first few songs from the awesome band, I left the newlyweds to dance the night away, and left feeling on cloud 9!  I often can't believe that this is my job, I'm so lucky, and days like this quite simply sum it up for me.  I get to photograph wonderful people celebrating love in so many different ways! Congratulations to Mhairi and Tom and I wish you all the very best for your future together!

Supporting Cast

Venue 1: Greyfriars, Colchester

Venue 2: SB Hydrogen, Maldon

Hairdresser: Claire at Luxurious Hair & Beauty

MUA:Claire at Kalos Beauty

Cakes: Made by a friend

Caterer: Top Sail

Band: Three Mile Hill

Grooms Outfit: Coes of Maldon

Brides Dress: Kelsey Rose, brought second hand from Ebay

Brides Shoes: Converse

 

 

Emily & Stephen at Chichester Hall, Witley

Emily & Stephen at Chichester Hall, Witley

Elegant, White and Green, Diy, Village Hall wedding

 

I met Emily and Stephen last Autumn in Shoreditch for a Pre-Wedding Shoot, which, they quite frankly rocked and after chatting with them about their plans, I knew their wedding promised to be not only a stylishly cool affair, but also unique and personal due to all the things they were doing themselves.  The morning of the wedding, Emily and her Maid of Honour, Charlotte were prepping in a quaint little cottage a few miles from the church and we found Stephen at the local pub along with most of the guests!  After the ceremony, in a very pretty church everyone walked to the village hall to start the party.  Emily had a very simple colour pallette and did her own bouquet and flowers with lots of gorgeous greenery.  The decor in the hall reflected this with simple white drapes, trees and greenery in bottles on the tables. It really was quite perfect.  Aside from that, this lot really knew how to party and were up dancing before they'd even sat down to eat! The live music really was fabulous and after a hilarious set of speeches, they were all up on the dance floor, I doubt wild horses would've stopped them!  So, here they are, a very pretty set of images, thanks to Emily's wonderful styling but also I think they convey what lovely, fun people Emily and Stephen are - they are certainly loved a great deal by their family and friends and are clearly very much in love with each other! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wright, you sure threw a hell of a wedding!

Supporting Cast

Venue: Chichester Hall, Witley

Florist: Emily, the Bride!

Hairdresser: Brooke Spooner, Vanity Lounge

MUA: Grace Edwards

Cake: The Crumby Bakery

Caterers: The London Pie & Mash Company  &  The Tinder Box

Musician: Nathan from Tailored Entertainment

Band: AJ Lewis

Brides Dress: Trisa by Pronovias

Brides Accessories: Veil from Etsy

Tables & Chairs & Crockery: Classic Crockery Hire

White Draping: Bows Hire

10 on 10 June

10 on 10 June

So this month has literally flown by in a blur of weddings but we still managed to squeeze in a four day mini break in Norfolk over the girls half term holiday so the last 5 images of my 10 in June are my favourites from then.  The first five from the beginning of the month I feel were us really embracing the beginning of the warmer weather, enjoying our favourite outdoor seafood restaurant, enjoying the glorious spring blooms on our doorstep, and me, definitely enjoying the return of late evening sunshine!  Thats it now, come on Summer we've missed you so!

Follow our inspiring blog circle by heading off to feast your eyes on the wonderful Evelyne Lourenco's month. She's usually based in Philadelphia but she's been off on some travels...!

Kayleigh & Ed at Blake Hall

Kayleigh & Ed at Blake Hall

Spring Brights, Rustic wedding at Blake Hall, Essex

High School sweethearts, Kayleigh & Ed were married this Spring after 14 years together!  They chose the always beautiful, Blake Hall in Ongar to hold their wedding.  Kayleigh has a passion for flowers and really did an amazing job with her choices, the vibrant colours really creating a striking look and with the gardens at Blake Hall in the full throws of Spring, the whole day was spectacular!  These two really were very much in love and they smiled and laughed their way through the ceremony and their portrait session too - perfection for me!  I'd like to say thanks to Blake Hall for making us feel welcome as always (and their delicious food!) and it was great to work alongside videographer Tony Davies for the day - much fun had by all!  Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Willshire, what an absolute pleasure it was to document your wedding! 

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar

Florist: Flowers by Kate Thomas

MUA: Carla Brooks

Cake: Maxine Orriss at The Sweet Berry Bakery (amazing woodland cake!)

Caterer: Waters Edge Catering Company

Videographer: Tony Davies

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero 

Brides Accessories: Veil - Jonata by Elizabeth Dickens  Shoes - Winslet by Benjamin Adams

Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast

Grooms Outfit: Anthony Formal Wear