Amy and Matt had their informal wedding at the fab Stoke Newington Town Hall with a reception at Clapton Country Club in London last summer. I love London weddings - there are so many awesome venues for a fun and relaxed day. Clapton Country Club is one of my faves!
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Quirky and alternative wedding ceremony readings, from David Bowie to Doctor Who. A list of my some of my favourite wedding reading.,
Sheffield has always been my home away from home, since my cousin went to University there it’s always held a special place in my heart. When Hannah and Luke got in touch and told me their wedding reception was at 92 Burton Road I was so excited, it’s perfect urban venue for the fun and foodie wedding they had planned.
Nancy and Lusea got married in an amazing blank canvas warehouse venue called the Old Dairy in the heart of Hackney in London and it was one fun and colourful shindig. When they first got in touch and we discovered we had a mutual love of hamsters, tattoos and Disney we knew we were going to get on like a house on fire. With enough balloons worthy of a feature in Up, neon details and all of the inflatables I felt like I'd walked into my own personal wonderland.
Bek and Tim got married on chilly but beautiful Spring day in Dublin. Yes folks, I got to go to the land of Guinness, and a place special in my heart since it’s where most of my family hail from - Ireland! I love pub weddings, and a proper Irish pub like the Storehouse was an amazing setting. In the heart of Temple Bar with beautiful brickwork, and colourful graffiti back drops a-plenty on it’s neighbouring streets. I danced my socks off and laughed a lot too, it was so much fun.
Happy 2019! PRIZES TO BE HAD WHEN YOU BOOK ME AS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
January means New Year and newly engaged couples, and that means prizes! Yes folks. Prizes.
All couples who book their wedding photography package with me in January for their 2019/2020 wedding will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following:
1st prize: Free wedding highlights film added to photography package, includes a second shooter (basically the best prize yeah?)
2nd prize: £150 off wedding any package
3rd prize: £100 off wedding any package
All other couples that book with me but don’t get lucky in the draw will receive a £20 print credit added to their final wedding gallery, yes, everybody wins!
I love shooting in London, and the industrial setting of Clapton Country Club is probably one of my fave places for party fun times. With a late 4pm ceremony in November that meant it got dark quickly and the party started sooner, going on until well past 1am because Phil bribed the band to stay later (legend). Being fans of good food, music, coffee and beer it was basically my own wonderland too and I was so glad I was there till the not so bitter end (unless you count the beer, the best of ways of course).
If you love festivals then you’ll love this DIY festival wedding!
When Tom and Helen decided they wanted to get married they knew they wanted to do it differently, and they succeeded and then some with their 2 day extravaganza. It was a super fun festival wedding, with wildflowers everywhere and an epic DIY photobooth that was a car spray painted gold. YES.
Choosing a photographer can of the most important wedding details. In the digital age we live in it often feels like there is a never-ending list of options. This means that selecting a photographer can be a bit overwhelming, so how can you choose?
When it comes to planning your day you have probably got naff all clue where to start. Although I haven’t yet been engaged myself, I’ve had plenty of experience in seeing couples (and my friends) panic, usually because they have so many people telling them what they should (and shouldn't) be doing the second they get engaged. But wedding planning doesn’t have to be that way (and I promise I'm not telling you what to do).
Right as promised earlier this week, here is wedding number one fresh on the blog. Let's rewind to August, in the beautiful wilds of Scotland, at Knockengorroch Farm, where two lovely people had a festival wedding like none other I'd attended before.
Happy New Year everybody, I know I'm a week late but it's taken a while to sink in. I'm seeing so many amazing 2017 round up's from my wonderful wedding photographer pals, and I am sitting here thinking about all of the things I really should have got around to. Like posting my best of 2016. And blogging something, anything at all.
Last Summer Lauren + Clayton had a beautiful DIY outdoor wedding at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds. With Pimms and a bouncy castle on the cards I knew it was gonna be a really relaxed fun summers day.
Lucy and Damien got married last autumn at the spectacular Chateau Lasfargues, which is a stunning venue in in the Lot et Garonne region in South West France. I loved photographing at Chateau Lasfargues, it was a total dream to shoot in. The surroundings are completely stunning and the building is so pretty. They chose to elope to France for the nice food, wine and weather and because it meant they could have a holiday with everyone they love too. Even when things didn't go to plan, like all that unexpected rain, everyone was super relaxed and having so much fun all day.
Thinking that you may need a second photographer included in your photography package? Two is better than one right? The answer totally depends on you, the size of your wedding and what you want covered, and what is possible with the time and venue(s). I usually work alone but I'm always happy to add a second shooter onto any of my wedding photography packages.
What if it rains on my wedding day?
I photograph a lot of outdoor weddings, having the freedom of getting married pretty much anywhere you want these days is so liberating – from a tipi in an open field to on top of a mountain. Even if you aren’t planning an outdoor wedding, the thought “what if it rains?!” on your wedding day may still be on your mind. After all, this is the UK and our weather is nothing but unpredictable.
No matter what time of year or where you plan to marry there’s a chance it might rain. Take it from me, rain on your wedding day doesn’t mean disaster. Personally I think a rainy wedding can make for some really fun photos, plus I am a big fan of rainbow umbrellas. Not only this, overcast rainy days can create some really beautiful light - seriously. Cloud cover is wonderful, because it's basically like a magnificent soft box making tones look super dreamy. Or even better, a dramatic stormy sky, I'll take that over harsh sunshine any day!
Not convinced? Read on for my top tips on how to roll with the rain.
Plan for it
If you are having an outdoor ceremony or reception that isn’t under cover then have a wet weather contingency. If you can move it indoors, do that. If it’s in a tipi/marquee/tent check with your supplier about the flooring options in case of bad weather.
If you are dead set on staying outside during the ceremony or for any other part of your day then just buy a ton of lovely looking umbrellas and just go with it. Get some colourful wellies for yourselves and tell your guests to bring a pair just in case. That way everyone can stomp about happily. If we need to do group shots indoors I'll work out the best place to do this, and if there isn't enough natural light I always have lighting equipment with me for any situation. If you didn't bet on rain use anything that's handy and head inside like my bride Lucy below.
Whether it rains or not, you are still getting married and your wedding will still be a bag load of fun. You’ve prepared with umbrellas and wellies and everyone is going to have a good time. Grab your brolly and get out in it! You might get a bit wet but you’ll also have some really lovely photos to show for it. Or you could just wait for the rain to pass and go stomp about in the puddles barefoot like Emma. And you see that sky right? OOOLALA.
Trust your wedding suppliers
As a professional photographer I can work in all kinds of conditions, sunshine, snow, rain – bring it on. I know how to deal with the elements, and like I said above overcast rainy days have lovely light to work with. A good wedding supplier won’t blink an eye at the prospect of rain so just chat to them to ensure they are happy come rain or shine. I’ll always keep an eye on the weather and if we need to move group/couple shots to a different point in the day then it's important to be flexible about that. If indoors is all we can do, then trust me we can still make something awesome.
Have fun with it
Remember when you were a kid and stomping in puddles was the best thing ever? Channel that mindset – you’ll have an absolutely amazing time if you do.
I turn up raring to go whatever the weather, so whilst it might be easier said than done, try not to panic if the heavens open. I've done this before.
A few months ago I shared a few photos from Kirsten & Dan's pre-wedding woodland photography shoot. And this week I'm super excited to be heading off to photograph their relaxed wedding on the Greek Island of Skiathos.
Tim & Bec are eloping to Ireland next year and since we all hail from Birmingham we met up last week for a pre wedding photography shoot (and some beers). I bloomin' love shooting in Digbeth and it's ace for a few drinks too! Tim and Bec love hanging out and going to gigs in Digbeth so it was the obvious choice for an engagement shoot.