Wedding at The Dairy on Waddesdon Manor {Kelly & Paul}

It feels like it’s straight out of a fairytale and definitely doesn’t feel like England yet just 50 miles from London lies the incredible Waddesdon Manor.  Built as a weekend residence by the Rothschild family, Waddesdon Manor channels a grand French Style that feels more Versailles than Buckinghamshire.  And with that incredible backdrop, The Dairy on the grounds of Waddesdon Manor is the perfect venue for a wedding.

The name “The Dairy” is a bit misleading, as this isn’t any normal farmyard building.  Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild commissioned it to house his prize-winning herd of cattle on the grounds of the estate, it was heavily influenced by Marie Antoinette’s farm at Versailles.  Sitting on a small lake, surrounded by willow trees, the Dairy is one of the most unique and quirky buildings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a wedding in.

I can totally understand why Kelly and Paul fell in love with it for their wedding.  They loved how idyllic and naturally beautiful it felt.  They wanted it to feel relaxed but elegant and romantic, and wanted to emphasise this feeling with their florals of loose greens and decorations.

After the knot was tied and their speeches said, I stole Kelly and Paul away from their wedding for a few minutes. We then popped up to Waddesdon Manor for photos.  I wanted to wait until a little later in the day for their photos, once the tourists had left, and once the light was just right.  And boy was it worth the wait, Waddesdon was incredible backdrop for a wedding photo session. To add the cherry on top, Kelly and Paul’s were such naturals in front of the camera and were so awesome at making each other laugh.

Kelly and Paul- Thank you for having me be apart of your incredible wedding.  You guys were so much fun to hang out with on the day and it did really feel like I was photographing a wedding for friends than just being hired to be there.

A quick shout out to one of my favourite florists, The Great Little Flower Company.   You can also see more about weddings at Waddesdon Manor on their site.

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The Incredible Wedding of Sarah Elabdi and Jack Garratt

I’ve never photographed a wedding quite like the wedding of Jack Garratt’s and Sarah’s Eladbi.  Wedding might not even be completely the right word.  It was more of a wedding merged into epic musical event.

It was their tie to the music industry that caused Jack and Sarah to meet in the first place.  Jack is an musician and Sarah was interning at a London record label when they crossed paths. So it was their London wedding brought their relationship in full circle.

For their ceremony, they found the upper floor of what is now Eat Native on Southwark Street.  With an incredible floral circle backdrop, Jack and Sarah read their personal vows to each other and had an intimate ceremony was lead by a close friend.  After they tied the knot and made everything official, Jack and Sarah and all of their guests were lead down to the reception by a brass band playing Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life”

Jack and Sarah aren’t your traditional couple, so of course they didn’t pick a traditional wedding venue. Because of their music industry connections, they were lucky enough to have their wedding reception at the amazing OMEARA, which on a normal night you can find gigs from some incredible artists from around the world.

Naturally a big part of Jack and Sarah’s wedding was music.  Even during the speeches, Jack’s mum played the harp with Jack singing a surprise song to Sarah.  Afterwards there was two sets of live music throughout the night from many of their wedding guests featuring a lot of their favourite songs.

On top of the live music all evening, there was relaxed and fun handheld food with no seated dinner, a magician making the rounds, a audio guest book in a vintage telephone booth, showings of Jack and Sarah’s favourite Pixar films, an incredible desert bar baked by a GBBO winner.

Sarah and Jack- Thank you so much for having me and my assistant be apart of your amazing wedding!  It was so much fun to photograph and I definitely know I’ll never see another wedding like it.  Being able to witness such incredible music live was definitely one of the highlights of my year!

The Star Suppliers!

Audio Guest Book: The Big Red Box 

Drinks: Seedlip 

Desert Bar: Frances Quinn 

DJ: Pat Nazemi 

Logo Design: Franz Jeitz (Fudgegraphics)

Wedding Venue: OMEARA LONDON

Flowers: Hattie Fox, That Flower Shop 

Magician: Gareth Kalyan 

Wedding Planner: Rebecca Uttley of My Golden Ladder 

Late Night Pizza: Baz & Fred 

Bridal Hair: Victoria Ralph

Wedding Dress: Limor Rosen 

Grooms Suit: Casely-Hayford 

Ceremony Location: Eat Native

Video: GattMoff 

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Katelyn’s Senior Portrait Session in London

During their summer holiday, the Katelyn’s family stopped off in London to see the sights. They thought this was the perfect chance to have senior portraits taken of their daughter, who was just about to enter her senior year of high school in the States.  Having her portraits done in london would mean her senior portraits would be totally different to all of her classmates!

We first stopped off at Tower Bridge to make sure we had an “iconic” London backdrop as a part of her shoot.  From there, we walked past some of my favourite spots in East and Central London.

I don’t get the chance to do as many of these sessions as I would like, senior portraits aren’t very common in England.  I love showing families around London during the senior portrait session and taken them to my hidden photo spots.  It’s a great way to see the city and come away with something that’s totally unique to you and your visit.

 

Stylish Senior Portrait Session in London England Senior Portraits with Tower Bridge in London England

Stylish Senior Portrait Session in London England London England Senior Portraits

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Wedding Photojournalist Association Award for Ying and Alex’s Wedding at Botley’s Mansion

Earlier this year, I was able to join the Wedding Photojournalist Association.  This organisation curates its members to ensure they have the best documentary wedding photographers from around the world.  So in order to join, my portfolio has to be reviewed by a panel for high standards and to show that it I took a documentary and photojournalistic approach to photographing weddings.  So it was very exciting to be able to join!

Just this last month, I photographed the wedding of Ying and Alex at Botley’s Mansion.  Their friends were so much fun and the dance floor was on fire! I love that the guys picked up both the groom tossed them around the dance floor.  This image was happened so naturally and I’m so glad Ying and Alex had me there to photograph it.

For those techie people, this image was shot with a Sony A9, with one on camera and one off camera flash and the awesome 18mm Zeiss Batis Lens.

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Lucy & Laurie’s Wedding featured on “Love My Dress”

When I first started shooting weddings back in 2009, I fell in love with the Wedding Blog “Love My Dress”. It was just the most incredible collection of stylish weddings with a little bit of a vintage touch.  I made it a goal to one day see my photography worked featured on this blog.

Since then, Love My Dress has only gone from strength to strength, and although this isn’t my first feature on this incredible blog, I still get a thrill seeing my images featured on there. Thank you Lucy and Laurie not only having the most stunning woodland wedding, but also being so willing to have your wedding featured. Do check out the beautiful blog post on Love My Dress today!

Love My Dress did a fantastic job on this blog post and I really love how they put the whole thing together!

 

Love My Dress Wedding Feature

 

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