The last wedding of the year for me was a flying visit to Cambridge and the glorious church of Our Lady of English Martyrs for Catherine and David’s blessing. When I turned up to the church, my brain kicked into full technical mode, working out the best way to photograph the church and do justice to it’s splendour as well as work out the best way to cope with the typical cold and grey day outside – winter weddings are always tricky, even the simplest things at a summer wedding can become significant challenges in the darker months. My head was in full boring techno-mode when David and Catherine turned up – normally I’m with the bride for the preparations and I get to see the gradual build up to the day.Â But when Catherine arrived looking absolutely stunning in her dress, my breath was taken away. No more technical brain! (And just so David doesn’t feel left out, he looked pretty suave as well!) Look with charm and grace t’boot, perfect couple for such a lovely setting. It is part of David’s family tradition to be married at this church and it’s lovely to see this tradition carried on. Father Raf officiated the service, a true gent and refreshing change to have someone point out the best opportunities for photographs rather than give you that disappointed glare and read you the riot act! It all cane together for a charming and heartfelt service. We even managed a few group shots outside with out feeling the cold! OLEM Cambridge wedding photography.
Beaumont Estate wedding photography
Special thanks go to Matt’s staff – Minion One and Minion Two (or ushers to the rest of us – I suspect they may repay that compliment in due course!) and to Tina’s Maid of Honour, Simon. Here are a few of my favourite images from Beaumont Estate wedding photography.
I love the energy and connection these two have for each other – they couldn’t keep their eyes off of each other and couldn’t stop smiling all day. South Farm was the ideal backdrop for them, intimate, stylish with a huge heart. Here are some ofÂ my favourite images from the day. Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs. Job well done! South Farm winter wedding
Organising a wedding in three weeks is no mean feat – organising a stylish, relaxed and fantastic wedding in three weeks is even harder. But Katy and Rico managed to do that and make the whole thing completely effortless on the day. They even managed to organise a gap in the blustery autumn weather and have a sunny, warm day. Now that really is organisation! The wedding ceremony was held at Wandsworth Town Hall, one of a few between the wars/art deco style town halls built in London that provides a great backdrop for any civil ceremony. Walking into the ceremony room, Katy was greeted by all the guests holding sunflowers, like walking into a field of yellow. After the ceremony, Katy and Rico drove off in Katy’s father’s 1970 Mercedes sports car (very cool car and I’m very jealous!), as the guests made their way to the reception at Cambridge Cottage, Kew GardensÂ by a single decker route master bus. Kew Gardens wedding photography never disappoints – Cambridge Cottage itself is a simple, elegant and stylish venue and the gardens themselves need little introduction, beautiful all year round. The speeches were a particular highlight for me, Katy’s father more than adept at public speaking with a pitch perfect introduction to the wedding; Rico’s father’s speech was deeply touching and heartfelt as was Rico’s speech (still rivers run deep). And Rico’s best man rose to the challenge of only a few days notice for an hilarious and well placed speech, a fine art even with plenty of notice.
Congratulations to Katy and Rico!
Great to be back at Priory Hall, Hadleigh. The last time I was here was for the wedding of Sophie and James and this time it was to photograph Sophie and James’s little boy, George. How cool is that! So lovely to see families growing and a real privilege to photograph it all as well. George was a real little superstar, cool as a cucumber and quite a suave fella for a toddler (he must get that from his Mum …). It was great to have the gardens at Priory Hall all to ourselves and a bit of a trip down memory lane for Sophie and James. It gave us plenty of opportunity to use all the different corners of their well worked and looked after estate. Everyone says it must be difficult photographing kids but in reality I have the easy part of the process – big thanks must to go the parents (usually the Mums) who stand behind me doing star jumps and jumping-jacks, pulling funny faces and waving an assortment of noisy and bright coloured toys. That’s not something they mention in the mother-to-be brochures. Then again, I wonder how Sophie would have reacted if I had mentioned to her as she stood in the gardens of Priory Hall on her wedding day, elegant in her amazing wedding dress, that in a couple of years time, she’d be jumping up and down trying to make her little boy smile. As you’ll see, she did a fantastic job and managed to make it all look so effortless when she’s in the photos herself. Mums …they really don’t get enough credit!