Jacynth got ready for her wedding in the home she grew up in.  Her parents still live in Newton Ferres, and I fell in love with their stunning house.  It’s on a sunny cliff overlooking the water surrounded by a beautiful garden that her parents have lovingly cared for over the years.   One of the best parts of a bride getting ready in a family home is being surrounded by so many family heirlooms, like her parents wedding photos.

The ceremony was held at their local church and then afterwards everyone headed over in a vintage bus to Shilstone House, near Ivybridge in Devon.  Shilstone House is a stunning Georgian Manor House that feel really different from many of the wedding venues that I’ve seen.  Since it’s still a family home, there’s still a lot of comfort and personality to the house. It’s perfectly situated on the Devon Hills, and there is just loads of sunlight, which is perfect for photography.

The thing that made this wedding the most fun was of course the people.   Jacynth and Dan’s friends and family are really fun people to photograph and be around.  They made shooting this wedding so easy and I spent so much time laughing.  From the “Michael Jordan” appearance to figuring out new ways to use top hat’s, they were a dream to photograph.

Thank you so much for having myself and my second shooter, Siobhan, apart of your wedding day!

The church services was held at Holy Cross Newton Ferrers. The wedding breakfast and reception was held at the beautiful Shilstone House in Devon and that incredible cake you see was made by Edible Essence (and I can promise you it tasted just as good as it looked).

 

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On a Friday morning, I met up with Lucy and Laurie in the fantastic Kew Gardens in London for the engagement photos.  We really enjoyed shooting in their conservatories and it was the perfect backdrop for Lucy and Laurie’s style.

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On the day of the wedding, when I popped into the Shanri-La Hotel in the Shard to photograph the bride getting ready, I noticed that Rachel wasn’t able to move very well.  It turned out that earlier that week, Rachel took quite a bad fall.

I can imagine how Rachel must of felt, spending months putting together the perfect wedding to only be injured the week of her wedding.  I can’t help but admire her, her friends and family who all rallied around Rachel to make her comfortable and make the wedding day still happen.  So you may notice a little crutch sticking out of her wedding photos, but if you didn’t see that, you would of never known she was injured.  She looks stunning on her wedding day, straight out of a movie.

They held their wedding ceremony in Borough Market.   This is the first time I’ve ever photographed or even heard of a wedding taking place in Borough Market, and I’m so excited that I had the chance to photograph there.   I love the stunning architecture and the fact it still quite feels like the market.

After the ceremony, everyone headed up to Roast for drinks, canapés and loads of dancing.  Roast looks down onto Borough Market, and I loved how open the space felt and how many colours were reflected in the glass.  It photographs really well and is a great place to hold a wedding.  I especially love the area it has around it, even in the pouring rain there would be plenty of place to photograph a wedding party.

During the rest of the evening, it became so obvious how much all of Alasdair and Rachels friends adored them.  Friends flew from around the world to be apart of their celebration and everyone throughout the night raved to me how much they adored them as a couple, how awesome they have been together.

For me, this is exactly what a wedding is about.  At the end of the day, it’s all of your favourite people coming together in the same room and celebrating the best things in life.  Rachel could have been more seriously injured, and I’m so thankful that she wasn’t.  Her and Alasdair are awesome together and I know they’ll have a long and happy marriage surrounded by loads of friends and family.

It was such a pleasure to photograph this wedding! Thanks for having me be apart of it!

 

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So I’ve decided to bite the bullet and put together a promotional “about me” video for my website.  This year is the first year out of the many I’ve been in business that I’ve made an active effort to get in front of the camera instead of just being behind it all of the time.

I decided have part of the promotional film at Botany Bay as I’ve often seen photos of it’s beautiful white stone cliffs and just thought it was stunning.  I wanted a location that had stunning scenery, great light, and lots of movement. I’m also one to do some crazy stuff while I shot, so I knew I’d be happy to go into the water, which would look good on film.

I knew I would have to photograph “something” while being filmed.  The amazing Anna Pumer and her parter Thomas volunteered to be my models for the evening.  Anna is a fellow wedding photographer and I’m so glad that I gotten to know her and Thomas through this awesome job.  They are both so easy to photograph and Thomas is fantastic at making Anna laugh.

I’m working with the fantastic Iris from Filmwerkstatt, and I’m really excited about what we’re putting together.   I can’t wait to add the video to my site! Very exciting! For now, here’s a little sneak peek of what the video looks like via some of my photos.

And here’s a little behind the scenes of our shoot.  Thanks to Iris for making the trip out to film on this pretty, although quite out of the way beach.  I can’t wait to see what the final film will look like!

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Last weekend I met up with Amy and Mandish at one of my favourite hidden London gems, the Pergola and Hill Garden hidden away in Hampstead Heath.  It’s a great little spot, hidden away in the giant park that is a bit hard to find if you don’t know where to look.   We used the engagement session as a chance to practice having their photos taken before their wedding day, it’s a great exercise, and it can be a chance to know that you are ok at this “photo” thing after all!

Thanks Amy and Mandish for meeting up with and checking out this awesome little spot! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

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