Houchins is a new wedding venue just opened this year and I was very impressed. It’s a converted farm with some beautiful grounds and surrounded by corn fields. This was one of those weddings where everything goes right. A fun, good looking couple, a great, relaxed vibe, good lighting and a great venue. It’s times like this when I love my job!
This was my first Hindu Wedding and what an experience! Rekha and Adam are a super laid back (and by super laid back I mean they only organised the cake and evening food for the wedding two days before the big day!) and fun couple. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good traditional English white wedding, but it was a breath of fresh air to experience something so different. All the colour, the decor and the traditional customs were a treat to photograph. I want to do it all again! The below photograph was taken as a combine harvester was out in a wheat field near Priory Hall at sunset; we were very lucky with the timing as the dust almost made it look like a sandstorm out in a desert.
I don’t think you could pick a venue with much more history than the Cambridge Union Society for a wedding. It was founded in 1815 and is the oldest continually operating debating society in the world. It has had some of the most illustrious guests in the world from Winston Churchill to the Dalai Lama to Clint Eastwood and is a very beautiful building. When Carrie and Steve showed me around I was very excited about their wedding and it didn’t disappoint. It was a very laid back affair full of fun and laughter. It was the first wedding where I have seen afternoon tea as the main meal (my favourite!) and definitely the first where I have seen a quiz as part of the schedule!
I absolutely loved every day I spent in Canada. I was overwhelmed, not only by Nick and Jens family’s generosity and friendliness, but by everyone I met out there. I spent 10 days catching up with friends, hired boats, watched a baseball match, hiked through the forest, swam in waterfalls and watched the highest tide in the world (up to 12 metres!). Jen and Nicks wedding was a beautifully hot and sunny day in Fundy National Park, it was very laid back and fun and a day I will never forget. Not a bad back drop for photos either!
I grew up several minutes down the road from Layer Marney Tower so I can’t believe that this is the first time I have photographed there, as it’s a stunning venue. Carli and Joe definitely know how to throw a good party! The dance floor didn’t clear all night and there was all sorts going on from giant helium balloons to 10 person human pyramids. It was great fun to photograph.
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.