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The Walled Garden at Cowdray & Fitzleroi Barn Wedding ~ Rachel & Joe ~

A Walled Garden at Cowdray AND Fitzleroi Barn wedding I hear you say?  Yep that’s right!  Rachel & Joe had their ceremony at the Walled Garden at Cowdray and then went on to Fitzleroi Barn for their meal and reception celebrations and what a fabulous time of celebration they had!  The weather was amazing, extremely hot and sunny all day, but the cold drinks & booze were flowing and everyone had such a good time.

Rachel got ready with her girls in the morning in a little cottage in Petworth.   Jane of Wedding Hair at Home did Rachel’s gorgeous up do plait with flowers and pearls intertwined.  Her dress was a custom made by Helen at Buttons and Bows in Cranleigh.  Rachel told me she was so lovely, helpful and great at dealing with her last minute panics (of which there was definitely more than one!).  The jewellery was Rachel’s late Granny’s… such a lovely touch.

The boys got ready down the road at House on the Brook and the lovely Helen of Helen Cawte Photography captured all the fun of the morning there and followed them onto the gardens until I arrived.  Joe’s suit was Ted Baker and I loved the hip flask gifts he got the boys – full of course with his favourite tipple!

The gardens looked stunning anyway but added to all the glorious blooms already there were the exquisite floral displays arranged by Angel Like Flowers.  Breath-taking floral arches and banners and the bouquet is still one of my favourites ever to photograph at a wedding.

The ceremony was beautiful, really heartfelt and moving and we stayed on afterwards for drinks, confetti and a few photos then carried on the celebrations at the Barn a bit later.

Everything about their day was so relaxed and fun, just my kind of couple.  We’re still regularly in touch now almost a year later and they wrote me a lovely testimonial you can see on my Good Vibes page.

Now to select just a few photos to show you – I took so many that this bit is the hardest thing about writing a blog post…..!  A few is never going to happen is it 😉 …

 

If you like what you see and want to get in touch to see if I’m available for your big day too then please drop me a line…

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The Palace of Westminster Wedding ~ London Wedding Photography

The Palace of Westminster is, to me, quite a big deal of a place to photograph a wedding in and I’ve been really lucky enough to capture two there now.  I’m always interested our British history and heritage these days, fascinated by it in fact and Westminster is definitely steeped in plenty!

Carol & Pete began their big day at the equally prestigious Oxford & Cambridge Club on Pall Mall and I joined Carol and her girls in the Diamond Jubilee Suite to capture all the excitement of the morning.  Their hair and make-up stylist Andrea and her assistant did an absolutely wonderful job, everyone looked amazing and Carol’s hair in particularly looked so stunning – those curls – definitely fit for Pinterest and not a hair extension in sight!  The flowers from Window Flowers were really pretty too – tulips and roses, two of my favourite blooms!  I loved Carol’s gorgeous dress from Love Me Do, she looked beautiful in it and took everyone’s breath away and got lots of whoops and cheers on the way to the House of Commons, as true to London’s traffic congestion dependability there was a road closure just outside Westminster and a little walk along Parliament Square was necessary right at the end!

Once we cleared the stringent security procedures I went to capture Pete and the boys who were busy greeting all the excited guests and eagerly waiting in the Jubilee Room for Carol and her Dad’s big entrance.  The ceremony itself was lovely.  They had two wonderful readings and after they said ‘I do’ we headed outside for some photos in the New Palace Yard then took a long stroll through the palace (with hundreds of tourists in tow!) and had a couple of stops for more photos until we reached the South Terrace and Churchill Rooms for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast.

I loved being a part of their celebrations and had such a great time with all their family and friends.  The champagne and laughter flowed all day!  The food and service was impeccable, the speeches a giggle and the scenery (despite Big Ben being covered from top to toe in scaffolding!) was so grand.

It just leaves me to thank Carol & Pete for booking me to photograph their fantastic Palace of Westminster wedding… and wish them tons of good luck for their future in Canada!

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Upwaltham Barns Beautiful Autumnal Wedding

Upwaltham Barns is such a beautiful venue to shoot at any time of year.  But for me, Autumn has to be the most colour-rich season and such a delight to photograph.  All those delicious deep reds and warm sumptuous oranges and of course pumpkins galore!  Laurie & Katie really did not scrimp on the details of their big day which as well as being Autumn themed was based on their love of birds.  Their ring bearer was even a stuffed bird called Grahame!

I loved being a part of their big day at Upwaltham.  Katie looked so stunning and took everyone’s breath away with her beautiful flower crown.  In fact all the flowers were so pretty – lovingly put together and arranged by Rose Cottage Flowers.  I’ve photographed a few weddings now where Kerry has been the florist and she never fails to impress with her creations.

Katie’s hair & make up was fabulously applied and styled by Charlotte from Polka Dot Hair & Make-up.  I love working with Charlotte she really is so lovely and laid back and a delight to have by your side on your wedding morning.

Laurie & Katie’s friends and family welcomed me and I had a great time with them all and capturing all the fun, love and laughter of the day.  In the evening they chose to not really have a first dance but just get everyone up on the dance floor with them – they all threw some great shapes!  Oh and I loved Laurie’s dad’s spectacular home-made doughnut wall!  Wow…!  I just found out co-op’s doughnuts are vegan so I think I might have to indulge in a couple myself over the coming weekend … well I can’t eat most Easter eggs so doughnuts it’ll have to be!

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them.  If you know anyone getting married this Autumn please share this with them and let them know I’m currently offering some pretty good deals on late September, October and November 2018 weddings!  Contact me for more information.

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Beautiful Back Garden Marquee Wedding ~ Itchenor, West Sussex

I love a marquee wedding in a back garden and Catherine & Peter’s last summer was no exception.  It was a truly beautiful day, we were blessed with the most amazing sunshine all day!  I am also a massive fan of any nautical themed weddings or weddings that take place by the sea.  Surrounded by boats and water is ideal for me, I love it!  Catherine & Peter had a lovely ceremony in the local church at Birdham then went onto Catherine’s Uncles’s back garden for the marquee reception.  The day was incredibly laid back and so much fun.  I loved meeting all their friends and families and celebrating with them all.  I was devastated not to be able to shoot one of Catherine’s sister’s wedding later this year as I was already booked.  They had a delicious BBQ, a fabulous ceilidh band for the evening, Mum made the cake and the stunning flowers were by a family friend, Violet & Wolf.  We also had a fabulous sunset which I was able to quickly snap the happy couple in again before leaving them to dance the night away.

I love shooting back garden marquee weddings, the more laid back the better.  So please give me a shout if you’re getting married or know someone that is under canvas in their garden or a field!  I’d love to hear from you…

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Welcome to the World ~ Unobtrusive Birth Photography

There is nothing more magical than photographing a birth.  Those intimate moments just before your little one enters this world are so intense and so full of absolute raw emotion. It’s impossible to take it all in though, you have to totally lose yourself in the moment and let yourself go to the wave of contractions.  You have to concentrate on your breathing, meditation and the inevitable pushing.

But… to have photos of it all afterwards, captured in an unobtrusive & natural way is just so so special and something I was honoured to have been able to do for my friend Chirssi and her husband Bradley just over a year ago.  Chrissi chose to have a home birth with a Doula present and of course her husband and then me with my camera!  I was nervous at first as I didn’t want to get in the way but they have since assured me it was actually a pleasure having me there and it was such an amazing experience for me too.  For me, it was the moment Bradley took Chrissi’s hands during the final few contractions and channelled all his energy into helping her push that was just incredible…

Birth is a true miracle and I must admit to shedding a few tears myself as Mum & Dad met their beautiful baby girl for the first time.

I had 3 caesarean sections which I like to refer to as c-births.  My babies were well and truly stuck, back to back, almost 13 lb and for one reason or another, although I knew what I needed to do, my babies and the midwives and doctors I was surrounded by had other ideas.  This does not mean to say they weren’t miracles too as they certainly were to us.  Witnessing Chrissi’s natural home birth helped heal some of the wounds I still carried about not being able to deliver my 3 naturally though.  I am honestly so grateful to have had this experience and been present for this amazing moment in their lives.

I would love to capture more births so if you like what you see and would like me present during the last stages of labour to capture your little one’s big day (or night – they pick the time, not us!) then please get in touch to discuss prices and plans.

For now I will leave you with these beautiful images and a little quote I found about birth by Virginia Di Orio… and this can refer to c-births too if you knew that’s how it had to be for your baby to be delivered safely into this world.  Much love to all mum’s and their birth stories… x

Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump
her lungs to inhale
and her hand to pull back from fire
So she KNOWS when and how to give birth…

 

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