It seems like another lifetime ago that I first met Rachel. We met in training to be police officers, which is what I did many years back before I got into photography. Coincidentally enough, I had met Tom many years back too, through a mutual friend before they got together. They got married at the Fennes which is a beautiful venue in Bocking; I have been there several times and will never tire of the lovely grounds. The image below seemed to be one of those times where everything just comes together – the full moon causing it to be very light, the clouds and stars and the stunning lake and fountains. I am very pleased with how it came out, it almost has a Disney feel to it.
Tattersalls in Newmarket is one of the leading auctions for race horses in the whole of Europe and makes a beautiful and unique venue for a wedding. I had met Jenni and David at a previous wedding I photographed and I knew their wedding would be a fun and laid back day. They didn’t stop smiling all day and certainly made my life easy.
Sorina and Craig asked me to fly up to Scotland and photograph their wedding after seeing my photos from Vicky and Doidge’s wedding last year. I was excited by the prospect and it didn’t disappoint. The venue is called Maryculter House Hotel and is a castle on the outskirts of Aberdeen. As you can see below the scenery around the Hotel is a stunning backdrop. Aberdeen’s weather is notoriously bad and out of the few days I was there it pretty much rained continuously. We were extremely fortunate to have a beautifully sunny day on the day of the wedding (this seems to have happened a lot this year – maybe I’m a good luck charm?!).
I could almost walk to this wedding as it was so close to me, it was a real pleasure to photograph a wedding on my own doorstep. Set in a family friend’s beautiful garden in a marquee, Nicola and Ben opted for a laid back and really fun wedding. The marquee was decorated amazingly, everyone was very welcoming and it was a great wedding to shoot.
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!