Kentwell Hall is a stately home in Suffolk, the origins of which date back almost a thousand years. As a child, I attended school trips to ‘Tudor Days’ and more recently have attended Halloween nights there. It is, however, the first time I have attended or photographed a wedding there. The building, grounds and gardens are absolutely beautiful and we were very lucky with a bright and sunny day. It was a laid back and intimate wedding and a pleasure to photograph. Thanks for having me Abi and Gareth!
I met Emma and Craig at Amy and Darren’s wedding last year, they are a lovely couple and I jumped at the chance of being able to photograph their big day. They were both very laid back and made my life easy. I haven’t had so much luck with the weather recently but we had a beautiful, hot day. Barnston Lodge is a private house with a marquee in the grounds and the gardens are stunning. The cover photo below was taken just as a dramatic orange moon came out, I used a little flash to make the couple stand out. With the willows and the tall trees silhouetted behind I feel like this could almost be a scene from the deep south of the US.
This was my first time back to a venue in a long while and what a lovely venue to go back to! Set on Mersea Island in some beautiful gardens (and they really are beautiful, it’s like something out of a childhood novel) surrounding a lake. We didn’t have the best weather, with some heavy rain during the day, but it didn’t dampen the mood at all and it made for some fun pics.
I don’t think Suzy and George’s families could have possibly made me feel more welcome at their wedding! Set in Suzy’s parents beautiful family garden, the whole day was relaxed and fun and was a pleasure to photograph. We were lucky with great weather too and I don’t think I could have asked for a more photogenic crowd.
What a location for a wedding, set against the stunning backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, with the dusty peaks of Greek Islands across the bay in the breathtaking Kempinski Hotel; Natasha and Darren knew how to marry in style. I was over in Turkey for 3 nights and on the first day got invited out on a boat trip with all the wedding guests. They really made me feel like part of the family and I appreciate that hugely. So I started off getting to know everyone with some photos out on the boat, cruising through the most beautiful bays with stops to jump in the crystal clear water and cool down. The wedding was the next day in the evening and didn’t disappoint, as ever I will let the photos do the talking.
Louise and Clayton are probably one of the most genuine and kind couples you will meet. I used to work with Clayton way back in the day in what feels like another lifetime for me! They put a lot of effort into the details (check out the lego table plan and the cake!) and the day as a whole. We didn’t have a lot of luck with the weather for most of the day, with downpours and strong winds but it was all made up for with the most beautiful evening light and sunset. That combined with the amazing grounds of the Three Rivers (they let us race around in golf buggies) made for some really nice shots.
I love village hall weddings, there is something about the simplicity of them and they always end up being really fun. I have known Conny and Laura for many years, I don’t know many couples that are so easy going and happy, as you will see from the photos, they never stop laughing and it was such a pleasure to photograph their big day. A big thanks to Will Stedman who helped me out and did an excellent job. Jupiter Ray provided the musical entertainment for the evening, we seem to keep running into each other at weddings, they are an amazing band, check them out here.
The Fitzleroi Barns are in the middle of the stunning South Downs countryside; both the venue and surroundings are so quintessentially English. We struck gold with the weather, which turned from predictions of dark cloud and rain to gorgeous sunshine. Add this to the beautifully colourful fields around the venue and you have a recipe for a very picturesque wedding indeed.
Vicki and Charlottes wedding was my first of the season and it was a great one to start. They were both very laid back and made my life easy. I’ve know them both for a while and it was one I have been looking forward to. This was my first same sex wedding as a the primary photographer and it was a pleasure to photograph. As usual, I will refrain from waffling on and let the photographs do the talking!
Louisa and Aydin’s wedding has to be the most unique wedding I have photographed. Set two days before Christmas in Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire, they had transformer cars, birds of prey and light sabres. Mix that with a great venue and Christmas decorations and you get a really cool wedding indeed!