Grace’s christening has left me feeling very festive, seeing Charlene & Ryan’s family and friends come together to celebrate.
Folkingham Church in Bourne is in the most beautiful setting, you can see the church from miles around on the way in to the village, and it has pride of place on the hill next to Folkingham village’s square.
Seeing a new family so happy makes me fall in love with my job all over again!
I wonder who will be wearing this christening dress in 50 years’ time, and how many generations will share the same fabric?
As I write this, I can still smell the heady lavender tones of Hitchin Lavender fields, and perhaps the lavender will reach you across your screens too. I was thrilled when Madeleine & Tom suggested Hitchin Lavender for their pre-wedding shoot, it is hard to believe such a place is in Britain, it looks like somewhere from the pages of a travel magazine! Not to mention, I will be flying to Spain to be their destination wedding photographer in September, far atop the mountains of Granada, Andalucia. I have to keep pinching myself!
We waited for the flowers to be in full bloom and arrived early at the lavender fields to avoid the rush. The rolling hills create the perfect back drop as the purple meets the sky, and the fields look never-ending. The three of us spent an hour walking through the rows and picking lavender, and Madeleine was even stung by a bee, poor thing!
Aside from me suggesting where Mads & Tom should stand, I feel like they did all the hard work for me, by being so wonderful and they looked fantastic. We moved between a few locations to get as much variety as possible in the pictures, and when we were done we headed to nearby Hitchin for a coffee and a bite to eat. It was the perfect opportunity to talk about their wedding and to get up to speed on their plans.
Madeleine & Tom were absolutely fantastic to photograph, they were so relaxed in each others’ arms, I could not be more excited for their wedding in Spain this September!
To keep up to date on when the lavender is in bloom, take a look at Hitchin Lavender fields’ website: www.hitchinlavender.com
Everything about yesterday was deeply personal for these two, from Kayleigh’s grandmother’s veil wrapped around her flowers, to them hiding their cats (in fondant form) at the back of their wedding cake.
Chris did a double take when he saw Kayleigh walking down the aisle, and you can see why, she looked stunning in her vintage inspired, lace-backed dress.
Have a fab time in Mauritius, here’s a photo to keep you going while you are away! These lamp posts outside Toft Country House Hotel near Bourne made for the perfect, dramatic backdrop!
I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Hannah & Paul’s wedding on Saturday at Sissons Farm Equestrian Centre Peterborough, and I don’t think I stopped smiling for one moment.
We started the day listening to Disney songs, half-way through the reception I went all the way up in a cherry picker to take a photo of all 120 guests, and we finished the wedding with a raucous Ceilidh.
I hope you both have a wonderful honeymoon, and I can’t wait to share more of these photos!
Rain definitely didn’t stop play yesterday at Oakham Castle, although we did attempt to break the 100m sprint world record as the heavens opened while everyone was enjoying a drink outside!
I had the pleasure of returning to Oakham Castle, a fantastic 12th century building, to see Natasha & Mark become Mr & Mrs Taylor.
They battled through thunder and lightning that was strong enough to shake the roof of the Felix Hotel Cambridge, before this glorious sunshine. Everyone was outside armed with umbrellas and confetti before the rain had stopped – the whole while with these smiles on their faces.
That’s my kind of couple!
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Taylor!
ELLY + MAGNUS
Til hamingju! (Congratulations, in Icelandic, for those of us not fluent!) Sunday was a beautiful day for a wedding in Hitchin.
Sunday at Milling Barn was the stuff of folklore. Boundless joy and love shared by friends and family, including so many of Magnus’ Icelandic relatives. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much.
A side note for moments after this photo:
Elly is a true English rose, I even blurted this out while we were taking these pictures, to which Magnus responded ‘what about me!?’ – this sums up everything I love about these two.
Cathie & Kelvin kept saying how perfect the day had been at Woodhall Manor, how beautiful the view was and how gorgeous the skies were, that they were so lucky. One of Kelvin’s best men, Jason, wasn’t able to be at the wedding, and had watched via Facetime while a friend read his speech.
BUT THEN –
Minutes after our walk in the field when we took this picture, a huddled group ran in to Woodhall Manor, with JASON! Cue hugs and tears!
Cathie & Kelvin’s wedding was a scorcher, which was perfect as they had the most stunning outdoor ceremony. The couple got married beneath a dovecote (complete with doves), and Cathie narrowly missed having her dress ‘dirtied’ by one of said doves!
The whole day was very relaxed, all 130 guests sat on the grass and listened to the speeches, drinks in hand.
That really topped off an incredible day at Woodhall Manor in Suffolk! Thank you so much for having me Cathie & Kelvin.
I first met Kirsty & Jason in 2014 when I was photographing their best friends’ wedding, so when Kirsty emailed asking about wedding photography it took me all of 0.025 seconds to get very excited! In March, Kirsty & Jason were married at The Woodlands, at Hothorpe Hall.
The morning of the wedding was full of giggles and clinking glasses of prosecco – I really enjoy bridal prep as it’s such a personal and intimate time to share with all the girls. Kirsty had hints of all things Disney running through the wedding, my absolute favourite being the gorgeous Cinderella-blue bridesmaids gowns with beautiful beaded shrugs. Both Fathers wore kilts in the Help for Heroes tartan, an idea which I thought was so touching.
Kirsty travelled in style to The Woodlands, in an amazing pink vintage Vauxhall, and kept Jason waiting just long enough at the top of the aisle. We were fantastically lucky all day with the temperamental British weather, so we made the most of the woodland and took a walk down to the stream to get some romantic couple’s pictures.
Great tip for a wet-weather wedding – rain does not stop play. Have a picnic blanket on hand and put this underneath your wedding dress, so if it is wet underfoot you can still go to the best photo locations and keep your dress safe!
The evening was full of laughs, with Jason’s best man/brother, and father, bringing along props for their speech, and Kirsty’s sister made a touching movie trailer-style video about their love. They had thought of everything, there was a sweet cart and retro photo booth, and not to mention their stunning 3-tiered cake, with caramel dripping decadently down each tier. To top it all off, the couple braved the rain once it was dark to come outside and get a dramatic night time photo. This was another prime opportunity to use a sneaky picnic blanket – once it is tucked under the dress you would never know it was there!
Feast your eyes…