Amy & Cabe. At home.

What does home mean to you? After several house moves already this year, I now know it’s not about the actual ‘dwelling’, but who you’re with.

Amy and Cabe chose to marry in the gorgeous church at the bottom of Mum’s garden. Super special! I knew it would be a good day as soon as I woke up (we just get a feeling us photographers we do…)

Amy may have had to turn around en route to the church to get her flowers, but that was the only hiccup of the day. They were lucky to have a super relaxed Vicar who appears to have bombed a few of the pictures…I suspect he enjoyed himself too.

It was a heartfelt day and looking through my lens it was very clear that Cabe has got it bad. He really loves his Amy and it shows. In a world where social media distracts from the here and now, it was lovely to have a day that was all about what’s truly important, with those who matter most.  I wish you both all the best for your future together, and many happy times to come. Epic first dance too!

 

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What going on here then? Ben & Cassie at Holkham Hall that’s what!

A Thursday Wedding you say? Why the hell not? Ben and Cassie pulled out all the stops and threw a pretty darn classy day for their guests. They married at a beautiful church, the steeple being visible from their cosy cottage in the village. Pretty idyllic really.

We had a cool vicar who forgot to get the organist in place, so he set the tone for the hymns providing some amusement along the way! The church was decked out beautifully by the ever talented Roz Hamilton (a real team effort this Wedding) http://www.hamiltonfloral.co.uk. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with flowers now having seen her work several times.

Ben and I have worked closely together for several years now, we were a tight team and it was bloody lovely to see us all together again for a happy occasion.

We had a fly away veil almost lost to Holkham forever rescued by a kind passer by, whilst the park deer watched with mild curiosity chewing on the grass.

Holkham pulled off an epic show and made us all feel super welcome, the room was super pretty and made a cracking stage for some emotional speeches and a sweet first dance.

Ben and Cassie, thanks for having Esther and I along for the ride. It was an absolute privilege to be trusted with your special day, one I won’t forget in a hurry. Ben, I still think you’re punching buddy…….but you know I love you. Despite all my breakfasts you ruined over the years:)

Huge thanks to the immesuarably gifted Esther Wild for second shooting and giving me lots of yumminess to choose from check her out at http://www.estherwildphotography.com

MUA http://www.amandasteedmakeup.co.uk

Venue http://www.holkham.co.uk

Flowers http://www.hamiltonfloral.co.uk

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Pitchforks & Pimms

Last Saturday took me to another Wedding ‘at home’, which seems to be quite fashionable of late! Rather bloody lovely too.

Becca got ready at home with her girlfriends surrounding her, overlooking the garden where the party would happen later on. Chaps bustled back and forth carrying cables, flowers and ice as the morning developed. A short drive to a beautiful church with a super friendly Vicar set the tone for smiles all round. Roberts smile was pretty huge waiting at the aisle for Becca. Several Christmas’s all at once (or maybe a new Tractor delivery perhaps?)

Becca’s dress was absolutely stunning and I’m very jealous of her dinky waist! Cracking choice of frock Mrs. I think Robert’s face said it all really. So, a day of firsts for me, a text to ask someone to trim nose hair, and a veil stuck on a diesel tank. Yup, you read that right. We had a fab guitar playing best man for speeches, rather original and incredibly funny. 10 out of 10. Becca and Robert have a fab group of friends behind them which made for a superb party, but enough of me waffling on, have a look for yourself.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs Hirst, may you always be this happy.

Huge thank you to the talented Patrick Watson Photography for second shooting and getting our Bride into (and out of) the Tractor….www.patrickwatsonphotography.com

Epic hair from http://www.christieshairdressing.co.uk. Proper up ‘dooooooos’

Flawless MUA skills from Stephanie Alexandra Makeup (IG stephaniealexandramua91)

 

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Top Secret Vow Renewal – Helen & Chris

Who said romance was dead? Certainly not Chris! Months of meticiclous planning finally came to fruittion yesterday. Celebrating twenty five years of marriage, Chris pulled off an absolute corker of a surprise for Helen, planning a vow renewal in front of family and friends at the same church they were married at.

Great attention to detail shone through, with Helen’s bouquet even being an exact replica of her Wedding Day flowers. It was a beautiful, heartfelt service which was an absolute honour and privilege to document. Chris and I work together, and whilst I knew he had empathy by the bucketload, I had NO idea he was sooooooo romantic. Hats off Chris, you really pulled it out of the bag.

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Dan & Kate: ‘timeless’ – synonyms: lasting, classic, enduring, perpetual, abiding, unfailing, immutable, everlasting.

These two are pretty darn cool together, that’s easy to see. With some extensive wanderlusting and exploring under their belts, they really do come across as the best of friends. Dan and Kate threw a pretty spectacular day for their family and friends, with some of the best flowers I’ve seen in a few years. The smell walking into the church was beautiful!

They’re a handsome couple right? I’m totally in love with Kate’s choice of dress, real art deco chic. This pair gave me a bit of a shock starting a chat group titled ‘photoshop’ after Dan had an incident with a table and some glasses…..I’ll now refer to Dan as Mr. Bump…..

A stunning church and a short walk to an equally epic barn made for a splendidly British affair indeed. Also, my first Bride to have been for a run on her Wedding Day……why oh why????????

The weather teased me all day with some moody clouds hovering, but luck was on our side and the light positively dreamy in the early evening. Have an amazing Honeymoon you two, enjoy your blog and have a great time exploring another Country, after all, isn’t that what life is all about? A whole world to see, and what better than doing that with your best buddy by your side. Bliss.

A huge thank you to a special support crew, our wonderful driver Jason and the immeasurably talented Patrick Watson for second shooting – (www.patrickwatsonphotography.co.uk)

Venue: http://www.thetythebarn.co.uk

http://www.themanorweston.com

Flowers: http://www.thegreatlittleflowercompany.co.uk

MUA: http://www.katieburtmakeup.co.uk

Hair: http://www.katiejanewhitlock.co.uk

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Elin’s Christening & First Birthday

Today was Elin’s Christening AND First Birthday party, a stroke of genius and a parenting win there from Laura and Tom!

Elin took well to being the centre of attention for the day, the Priest got a few funny looks but she took it all in her stride. As usual Laura’s attention to detail shone through, and whoever made the lemon cupcakes needs to give me a call…….:)

Laura and Tom, enjoy your blog and I hope the big tidy up wasn’t too bad! X

Here’s to doing it your way.

Duncan and Michelle decided early on that their Wedding Day would be firmly focused  around the people who matter most, and it would happen in the place they love the most. It was no mean feat transforming their pad into a Wedding reception venue. When we first met I advised them to go bonkers with fairy lights. I bloody love little twinkly lights and throw them around all over the place at home…Michelle didn’t disappoint!

A 4pm ceremony in December is enough to strike fear into any Photographer’s soul. Especially when it starts to rain too. Yup. Rain on your Wedding Day. I don’t think they noticed and it certainly didn’t change anything. Except the Church Ceremony that is. They were VERY lucky to have a super cool Vicar who let us turn the church into a mini studio and throw confetti around inside. Oh, and we could play with flash. Pretty unheard of. I’ve not felt that welcome in a church before that’s for sure.

Despite the temporary loss of the fish and chip man….(true story) I think these two should be very pleased with themselves. They made their Wedding Day all about them, their children and closest family and friends. Celebrating at home in familiar surroundings should be done more often. It made for a very relaxed Wedding Party. Until the now famous barman took over that is……..SHOTS!!! 🙂

Congratulations Duncan and Michelle. Thanks for having me along for the ride. Huge thanks to the talented Joshua Patrick Photography  for being my wingman and throwing lights around stained glass windows. Couldn’t have done it without you! x

 

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