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Shari & Neil - Cliveden & Hedsor House, Bucks

Shari & Neil were married at Hedsor House, near Taplow in Buckinghamshire, back in September. You’ll be seeing a fair bit of Hedsor over the coming weeks as, after wanting to shoot there for years, I had two weddings there within the space of a few weeks! Hedsor House is one of the best wedding venues in the country. In 2011 The Times placed it at no. 2 in its list of Top Regal Wedding Venues and last year it was chosen as Tatler’s ‘No. 1 Top Venue’ and Vogue’s ‘Dream Venue’. In short it’s a simply outstanding location for a wedding! Shari & Neil both work in the events industry and it really showed, everything was meticulously put together.

The day kicked-off across the road at Cliveden (an astonishing building in its own right) with Shari’s bridal prep and the pageboy and flower girls having a thoroughly good time. Despite being a wedding rife with emotion, it also felt extremely relaxed, which is a testament to Shari and Neil and a testament to their day. Following Cliveden, it was off to Hedsor for the main event. The wedding ceremony itself concluded with a bit of a surprise. A la ‘Love Actually’ a previously smuggled in gospel choir, the fantastic Gospel Singers Incognito, sprung from the mezzanine and launched into a spot of Bob Marley. It was ridiculously cool.

The day ended with an amazing fireworks display and lots of dancing. All in all, pretty much what a wedding should be! My thanks to Shari & Neil for having me and for being such superb clients and thanks also to Rob Sambles for coming along to assist. Below are a selection of my favourites. It was hard to trim this wedding down to size as I loved so many of them. Enjoy!

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Tony Hart on the RMW Love Lust List!

Rock My Wedding has, in the space of a few short years, risen to the top of the UK wedding blog pile. They’ve made their name on quality and regularity. They run a site which is always chock full of fresh content and the care with which that content is selected and presented gives the blog a curated feeling. It’s become a real beacon in our industry. Last year the good folk at RMW launched the Love Lust List. The ‘LLL’ is a directory of some of the finest wedding suppliers in the land. Organised by region and category the LLL allows for only 10 businesses per category per region and as such features some extremely choice wedding suppliers indeed.

I’m telling you all this because I’m chuffed to say that I’m now featured on the Love Lust List under the ‘Photographers, South-East’ category which confers the ’Rock My Wedding Seal of Approval’. Woohoo!

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This is pretty exciting news from my point of view, and in the coming days I’ll be featured on the front page as part of the ongoing ‘Rock My Wedding Rates…’ feature. So, for now, just thought I’d give you a quick update to let you know. There’s more to come this week in the form of a wedding to blog AND a Image of the Week post so keep your eyes peeled!

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The Giving Gallery - In Support of EduKenya

The Giving Gallery is a fantastic concept that I wanted to share with you. It's the brainchild of American photographer Tony Hoffer of Hoffer Photography and essentially it's a curated collection of stunning photographic work that's available to purchase as canvas wall art. Photographers ‘donate’ their work with all proceeds going to charity.

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The Giving Gallery supports EduKenya, a non-profit organisation that works to improve conditions for those living in the abject poverty of the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya through education and local support. The gallery has some tremendous work, donated by some immensely talented photographers and I urge you to visit the website and like their page on Facebook and also to have a look at the excellent work of EduKenya as well.

Tony Hoffer is not only a truly gifted photographer, but also a guy of real quality and his work developing the gallery (in association with Rawfolio) is to be applauded. If you’re looking for some work for your walls, or know someone who would love a photograph for Christmas, then I recommend you have a look. Each image is reviewed before submission so the standard is fantastic and there’s some extremely novel and varied work on display. I’ve just sent in my submission, ‘The Long Walk in Winter’ which you can preview below.

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Image of the Week - A Stolen Moment

Our Image of the Week picture this week is one of my favourite two or three images from the past few years. It’s one of those golden moments that played out perfectly.

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This photograph was shot last year at Jojo & Tom’s wedding at Cripps Stone Barn in the Cotswolds. The Stone Barn is a fantastic venue but from a light point of view it presents its own unique challenges. In certain areas the light is simply majestic, and then at other times you’ve got to work hard to get the best from it. Where the wedding breakfast is served in the Dutch Barns the photons cascade in, bathing the guests in gorgeous window light, and likewise, the Stone Barn itself, which is used for ceremonies has a fantastic half-wall of windows. However, running down the centre of the venue there is a walkway that extends from one end of the building to the other. It’s fantastic looking but as it’s essentially a tunnel, it tends to create very backlit situations. An opportunity and a challenge.

This image was shot following the speeches in a little bit of downtime before I took the Bride & Groom away for portraits. Despite being mid-June (the summer solstice no less) the weather was doing that distinctly British thing and, for the most part… raining! Jojo & Tom had just heard a truly raucous, hilarious and moving set of speeches and as their guests finished coffee/dessert etc they stepped away for a quiet moment. People often ask me whether this image was posed or staged. In fact, it was 100% organic. I’d been preparing lighting for the first dance and as I walked back into the Dutch Barn I saw them stood near the door. Anyone who remembers from when I blogged their wedding will recall that Jojo & Tom are a sickeningly handsome pair and this, plus the fact that they have the rare quality of being truly comfortable in their own skins goes a fair distance to addressing questions of a staged photograph!

Prior to photographs like this there is often a strange feeling. It’s hard to describe but it’s almost like a sense of foreshadowing. A truly unique, unprompted moment might just be about to happen in front of me! This is the exact reason that clients hire me and it’s always a rush when it starts to play out. It doesn’t always eventuate, but when it does, such as here, it’s deeply satisfying. It sounds odd, but of all the photography I’ve ever done, these moments are most closely comparable to wildlife photography. You’re literally ‘stalking’ the moment. That might sound a touch creepy (trust me, there’s no hiding in bushes involved!) but it’s a similar sensation. As the picture begins to come together, I want to position myself ‘just so’ - ready with the perfect framing, accurate focus and appropriate exposure in anticipation of the decisive moment. However I want to do all this surreptitiously, without drawing attention to myself or interrupting the moment in any way. As soon as the subject becomes aware that they are indeed, the subject, the opportunity is lost.

These many small decisions were made and balanced, quietly, in the few seconds between spotting the possibility and clicking the shutter, about 20m or so from the couple. All the while trying to seem interested in something other than the Bride & Groom. Tom was leaning on the open door, chatting to his new wife, and while that in itself made a great frame, it really crystallised when Jojo closed the space between them and they kissed. That instance is reflected in this image.

There’s so much I love about this photograph. Compositionally it just works. The geometry of the arm around the neck and the arm leaning on the door, the vertical lines mirrored in both the flagstones and the door frames, the isolation of the subjects in the window. From an exposure point of view this shot depended on their proximity to the light. If they’d been set further back then they would have been far more backlit and a silhouette would have been more applicable. That would make for a nice shot, and I got something similar at Steph & Neil’s wedding earlier this year, but the romance in this image is in the closed eyes, the half visible face and the relaxed poses. All subtleties that would have been lost in a backlit image.

For the techies and photo geeks this image was shot on the 5DIII with the EF 135L at f/2.8, 1/320th and ISO 3200. There’s an interesting addendum to those details. The 135L is my favourite lens of all time - the reasons why I’ll explain in another post. This image, possibly my favourite shot of 2012, was shot on the 135L no less than 10mins before it slipped onto the very same flagstones. I’ve had lenses take a tumble before, sometimes you get lucky and other times not so much. This time I wasn’t so fortunate. While the lens was intact, having only fallen 2-3 feet, the autofocus motor was shot and it needed a visit to Canon for repairs. I’m glad to say that it’s now back to full health! I ended up shooting the portrait session that followed without the 135L. I’m not one for superstition, but over the course of a year I shoot tens of thousands of frames with the 135. I see a sort of serendipity in the fact that this lovely frame was created just moments before the same lens knocked itself out! There’s some sort of poetry hiding in there.

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Cheynne & Donna - Blake Hall, Ongar

Cheynne & Donna were married at Blake Hall near Ongar in late September. It’s been a busy couple of months because it feels like ages ago! I came to know Cheynne & Donna through Cheynne’s sister Kelly, whose marriage to Danny I photographed back in June 2012. They are all (both Cheynne & Donna and Kelly and Danny) quite lovely people.

There’s nothing quite like a wedding for getting to know people fast, especially when it’s your job to document the day. After photographing two Edmonston wedding I feel like I know these guys particularly well. Cheynne and Donna chose a small ceremony with only their closest friends and family in attendance and then, come the evening, threw the doors open for a big party. Kelly & Danny did something similar on their wedding day and both resulted in beautifully intimate, personal occasions. The depth of sheer love and feeling between Cheynne & Donne was abundantly clear and there were moments during the wedding where the air simply crackled with intensity and emotion. To be entrusted with photographing a wedding like this, so loaded with gravitas, remains a genuine thrill. It was electric.

The weather was meant to be glorious, but it didn’t behave itself and as the ceremony itself approached there was a certain amount of back and forth as we tried to figure out whether indoor or outdoor was going to be the order of the day. Eventually showers forced us inside, but photographically I had no complaints as the window light mixing with the mood of the barn made for simply outstanding light. I’ve said it before, but speeches tends to be the part of the day that I find most moving. This bunch of families really know how to give good speeches. I’ve heard Cheynne’s father Cleve speak twice now at weddings and on both occasions he’s judged the mood to perfection. Cheynne is a wonderfully down to earth guy, frank and straightforward, but when he stood up to give his speech there was poetry in the words and fine oration in the delivery. It was pretty special.

My thanks to Cheynne & Donna for their warmth and hospitality, photographing a day like this is a true privilege. As usual, below is a curated selection of my personal favourites from the day. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment!

Finally, a shout out to Sinead Carey of PaperGrace. Sinead was Kelly’s bridesmaid back in 2012 and in the course of a single year she’s built a company from scratch specialising in fantastically stylish wedding stationery. Not to mention she’s a lovely person and catching up with her was a real treat. If you need a Wedding Stationer, check out PaperGrace!


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Image of the Week - Flowergirls Framed

It’s been a while since we’ve had the Image of the week feature, but as the season is slowing down now, it seems like a good time to revive it. The premise is simple, I choose a photograph from a past wedding that I feel is particularly strong and discuss how and why it came to be. This week, we’re going to take a look at this image from Jess & Chris’ early August wedding.

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This one, for me, sums up what wedding photojournalism is all about. That is to say, documenting the events of the day in a way which goes beyond a simple record of who, where, when and why. This moment could have been shot very differently; with the little flower girls running, shot tight and straight on, with the bush to the left of the frame as the background. It would have made a perfectly lovely shot, but the same moment, photographed this way, becomes an infinitely richer and more arresting image.

This photograph was taken from inside Jess’ parents’ house. I’d just popped in to check on the progress of the bridesmaids and grab a couple of quick shots of the confetti being prepared. As I returned I stopped to photograph one of the bridesmaids who was doing her makeup by the light of the window. Jess was outside, seated for her own hair and makeup, under the lintel of the summer house. Initially I began to compose a photograph using the diamond shaped leading in the window to frame Jess and, as I did so, the two bridesmaids wandered into the shot. Occasionally as a photographer you find yourself in a situation where you can almost feel a really interesting shot coalescing around you. This was one of those. To begin with, the kids just stood with their backs to me, watching Jess’ makeup progress. That in itself would have made a lovely image but the bridesmaids were stood in such a way that I couldn’t frame them and Jess cleanly in different diamonds.

After a few moments of quiet contemplation they turned and dashed out of the right of the frame and in that brief moment I was lucky enough to get the shot you see above. I love the juxtaposition of seated, thoughtful, nervously excited bride alongside happy, rushing, carefree flowergirls. It’s about stillness and motion. The sense of movement came off nicely, thanks to their stride pattern, the sway in the hair and the leading girl being in midair at the point of capture. Finally, the leading in the window gives this image an extra something and helps to reinforce a sense of story-telling. It reminds me of framed vignettes, or the individual cells of a comic strip and instills it with an air of narrative that’d be devoid in a straight up portrait of the kids running. It’s one of my favourites from Jess and Chris’ wedding and even the season itself.

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TWIA - Regional Wedding Photography Finalist

Carl & Tills’, whose wedding I shot in Brighton in August, were kind enough to suggest that I enter the Wedding Industry Awards. I found out today that I have been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Photography category for the South East and London Region. Which is rather exciting! Many thanks to all my clients who were kind enough to vote on my behalf, I’ll keep you updated on how I progress!

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Emily & Tom - Forde Abbey, Chard

One of the real highlights of my job is the many interesting locations I get to visit and shoot. Emily & Tom’s wedding certainly falls into that category. Emily is also one of the most organised brides I’ve ever met. I first met her and Tom way back in September 2011! They were at Exeter University a few years behind myself and I was recommended to them by our mutual friend, Katie Stotter - cheers Katie!

When I’m shooting locations far from home, I tend to make sure I’m in the area the night before at the latest, to minimise the chance that bad traffic or roadworks can play a nefarious part in my role on the day. Emily & Tom were married at the lovely St Michael & All Angels Church in Rampisham, Dorset before heading over to Forde Abbey on the border of Somerset for their reception. Emily kindly insisted that I stay with the Groom’s party and found us a truly brilliant B&B - the wonderfully named Higher Kingcombe Lodge. I don’t generally stay with the wedding party in situations like this as the last thing I want to do is step on toes or have people worrying about hosting me, but the guys were fantastic and it was great to get to know everyone a bit better. I was even invited along to the spectacular post-rehearsal lunch at Tom’s parents house. I was astonishingly well looked after, my thanks go to Emily & Tom, their families and the Groomsmen for making me so welcome.

Rampisham church has to be one of my favourite’s this year. It’s a simply stunning setting nestled in one of the truly rural parts of the country. Perfect. The boys had opted for top hats and tails - a traditional look that you don’t see often enough these days - and Tom looked the archetypal English gent. In fact, this was in general, an archetypally English wedding. I’ve photographed a couple of very English weddings this year and although that’s not been the overriding intention, there’s something rather excellent about watching tradition pass off so stylishly and comfortably in a modern world.

Rev Linda Wilcock was fantastic at Rampisham Church and my thanks go to her for trusting me to do my job in a relaxed and discrete manner. Following the ceremony we headed to Forde Abbey to get the party started. The weather the previous day had been inclement to say the least - driving around Dorsets’ lanes in heavy rain and thick fog felt a bit like the start of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (less the singing) - but on the wedding day itself we were rather lucky. Drinks and photographs outside, some lovely light at times and an interesting sky!

Forde Abbey is a extremely handsomely situated. Unlike certain places, they don’t host hundreds of weddings a year and yet there are great big indoor spaces for receptions and amazing gardens that’ll rival just about anywhere. It also has a marked feeling of seclusion that’s rather rare; it didn’t feel as if the outside world was pressing in on the intimacy. From a photographer’s point of view, the beautiful cloister has a special place in my heart. The colour of the stone is something else and the combination of light, colour and foliage made for a unique portrait location. In the evening the guests had a couple of hours of casino time after the wedding breakfast, prior to Emily & Tom treating us to some silky moves on the dance floor! Later they departed through a tunnel of family and friends before being waved off into the night.

This has turned into a bit of a long post I’m afraid, but there’s simply a lot of people to thank. Particular mention must go to Charlotte Byrne for co-ordinating the day and to chef Nick Holt of Dorset Fine Dining. Tom’s father runs Capreolus Fine Foods and sourced much of the food so the grub was, unsurprisingly, superb.

Last but not least, Emily & Tom. You guys were MEGA. Below are a selection of my favourites from the day.


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Tills & Carl - Brighton College

Occasionally you meet people in life who have so many nicknames, versions and variations on their given name that you end up at a bit of a loss as to what to actually call them. Rebecca Heasman (née Tilley) is one such person! I met Carl and Tills way back in May last year and despite feeling like I really got to know them both, I’m still not entirely sure what I should be calling Becky. She goes by Bex, Becky, Rebecca, Becca, Tills and probably many I have yet to hear! Anyway, for the purposes of this blog I’m going to refer to her as Tills. Carl unfailingly uses this one and as ‘Heas’ doesn’t roll of the tongue in the same way, and it’s nice to hang on to something from before the wedding day, Tills it shall be!

Carl & Tills were married at the magnificent Brighton College in mid-August. They got ready a few miles away at the Kings Hotel on the seafront where Tills had a lovely big suite before heading over to the College. Their day was unique in that it featured two ceremonies. The Chapel at Brighton College is stunning, but it’s not licensed for marriages and as such Carl & Tills opted for a civil ceremony in the Hordern Room before moving into the Chapel for a blessing. I’ve seen this structure a few times before, but it’s always enjoyable to photograph something that’s slightly out of the ordinary. As readers of this blog will know, I love the periods that happen between the main ‘chapters’ of a wedding and the format of the Carl & Tills’ day leant itself to this.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, with masses of coastal fog and drizzle that occasionally became rain, however in true British style that didn’t dampen spirits! Brighton College has some superb indoor areas and between the Great Hall and the Sixth Form Common Room there was plenty of space for people to enjoy themselves despite the weather. After speeches the three of us jumped in a cab and headed to the seafront for some portraits. While the west end was quite still, strangely the bandstand side of the pier was blowing a gale! I really enjoyed this wedding day, Carl & Tills are wonderfully warm people and they’ve got some fantastic mates. My thanks to them both for having me on their day and for being wicked to work with. An extra thanks to Claire Thackway from Brighton College for being a great help throughout the day. As ever, here’s a selection of my favourites.


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Jessica & Chris - St John The Baptist, Wonersh

Jess & Chris live in South Africa and Chris is of Swedish descent, but their wedding, on a wonderfully sunny day in early August, had a unmistakable and quintessentially English feel about it. Wonersh’s lovely St John The Baptist and the adjoining walled garden was the setting for their nuptial celebrations and as you’ll see, quite a fantastic setting it was too.

We started off at Jess’ parents home before heading into Guildford for hair at Koko’s in Tunsgate. From there it was back to Jess’ parents home in Wonersh for makeup and the final stages of bridal preparation. I think you’ll agree Jess looked quite superb in her dress. Like a wise chap, Chris had decided that the Red Lion in Shamley Green was the ideal place to get proceedings underway and I met him and his groomsmen there before we all made our way to church. Chris and Jess are both serious endurance athletes/adventurers (despite the fact that they’ll pooh-pooh any such suggestion) and prior to a pint and sandwiches at the pub, Chris had begun the day with a ‘light’ 5 mile(ish) jog. Now, I’m not a runner and I recognise that 5 miles isn’t exactly a marathon, but this was the man’s wedding day! I was disturbed and impressed in equal measure.

Following the wedding itself, we moved into the Walled Garden which sits beside St John’s. Jess and Chris’ and both their families had gone to great lengths to transform what was previously an empty field into a simply outstanding reception venue. An open sided marquee bedecked with indoor trees, separate cake and refreshment tents and a children’s tent for the smorgasbord of ridiculously cute kids. Both the band and speeches were also particularly memorable. Chris, his best men and Jess’ father Ian are all fiercely intelligent and their ability to bend words to their will was quite something to behold. Befittingly, many tears were shed! The band for the evening, Saloon Star had been built up as quite the event and they didn’t disappoint. Top-draw multi-instrumentalist performers, great musicianship and crowd-pleasing knowhow of rare quality! Jess & Chris also happen to know some wicked dancers!

Jess & Chris were a delight to work with, and despite being adamant ahead of the day that they were ‘useless in front of the camera’ I’m sure you’ll agree that they look like they thoroughly enjoyed themselves! My thanks to everyone involved, and a special word to Jess’ mum Wendy for her extremely thoughtful thank-you phone call. As always, here’s a selection of my favourites - there’s a fair few, but I think it’s a wedding that deserves it!


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Preview: Emily & Tom - Forde Abbey

This weekend I was in Dorset & Somerset to photograph Emily & Tom’s wedding in Rampisham and their reception at the amazing Forde Abbey. More to come, but here’s a quick preview to whet the whistle.

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Wedding Fairs - Autumn 2013

The autumn wedding fair season is approaching and I’ll be attending two fairs this October.

Sunday 6th October 2013 - Englemere Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JR

Sunday 20th October 2013 -
Northcote House, Taplow, Bucks. SL6 0HX

Fairs are a great opportunity to meet me, see some of my albums and get a feel for my coverage without any pressure to commitment. I’ll be about all day, from 11am to 3.30pm and would love to meet you if you’re planning your wedding. 2014 is filling up faster than any previous years so if you’re considering booking me, come along and say hello!

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Charlie & Nat - St John's Churt, nr Farnham

I met Charlie while at University in Exeter and we quickly came to realise that we’d pretty much spent life up until that point narrowly avoiding one another. We’d gone to school’s that played sport against one another, had a number of mutual friends and generally been much closer than the average six degrees of separation, yet we’d never met. Charlie’s also a photographer and has shot a variety of great work including The Ride Across Britain, some fantastic equine photography and being an adventurous sort, all manner of expeditions and escapades.

I first met Nat when we all sat down together over dinner to discuss wedding photography. As a soon to be qualified doctor, Nat is clearly the brains of the outfit. That said, she also has a ridiculous appetite for adventure, Charlie and her met on a Raleigh International expedition to Borneo and then together they spent time in New Zealand climbing mountains and surfing waves. Basically, they’re a perfect pair.

I covered the full day for this one, from Nat’s getting ready at the lovely Collier’s Farm in Fernhurst, through the ceremony at St John’s Church in Churt and then back to Charlie’s parent’s house in Hindhead for a particularly memorable reception. I always like to make note of fantastic people I’ve run into in the course of my work and particular thanks must go to two people I met during this wedding. First off Tania Stephenson-Oliver of TSO Bridal Beauty who was wonderfully professional and lovely to work with. Tania’s one of those make-up artists who is not only great at the core elements of her job but also great at all the ancillary stuff like being a calming and reassuring presence throughout the morning. Basically she looked after Nat like a true pro.

Next up, my thanks to Rev. Tony Whitaker at St John’s. Tony was brilliantly inclusive from beginning to end, allowing Charlie & Nat to have their ceremony their way, all the while retaining the solemnity and reverence that’s appropriate for church weddings. From a photographer’s point of view Tony was fantastic, he trusted me to work in my own discrete manner and was helpful throughout.

Nat & Charlie really went to town with their wedding reception. The setting was perfect and everything looked so well considered and appropriate. When I saw Charlie a few days prior to the wedding he was calmly building the bar and assured me (despite the seeming evidence to the contrary) that everything would come together in good time. He was right of course. From welly wanging to bunting to fire pits and the evening noodle bar the whole wedding was a testament to Charlie & Nat’s can-do attitude. Basically it was awesome! It really could have been a multi-day event because there was almost too much good stuff to fit into a single day!

I’m going to shut up in a moment and let the pictures do the talking. Here’s a selection of my favourites including a few informal groups I shot on my new Polaroid 195 Land Camera. My thanks to Charlie & Nat for having me, it was a genuine pleasure to shoot for you and share your day. Cheers guys!


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Steph & Neil - Stone Barn, Cotswolds

Steph & Neil’s wedding was my second visit to the Stone Barn in as many years. It’s a little bit out of my usual stomping ground, but it’s a fantastic venue and ever since shooting Jojo & Tom’s wedding in 2012 I’ve been keen to go back.

I’ve been very much looking forward to blogging this wedding as it is one that will live long in the memory. Steph & Neil are both really relaxed and their day very much reflected that. They allowed plenty of time to enjoy themselves, their guests and the astonishing weather - at the time it was the hottest day of the year I believe. The day began at Cats Abbey which is literally a stone’s throw away on the other side of the A40. The morning progressed in a wonderfully casual fashion, upstairs on the mezzanine Steph and the bridesmaids getting hair and makeup done while below the boys watched the deciding Lions test match (and I endeavoured to avoid the scoreline!). Above all there was a palpable sense of calm and contentedness - fine weather, great location, fantastic party on the horizon, what could be better!?

The wedding itself was lovely and as Steph & Neil had asked for only limited coverage of the ceremony it was really nice to be able to soak it all up a bit more than normal. Stone Barn is an incredible structure and although it conducts civil ceremonies there’s something unmistakably Church-like about it when a wedding ceremony is occurring. Following the ceremony we emerged into glorious sunshine for some of the best confetti I’ve experienced in ages. A huge long tunnel of family and friends, wonderful light and guests eager to throw!

Neil & Steph’s first dance needs particular mention. It became clear during the toasts that Neil has something of a penchant, and ability when it comes to the matter of fancy dress. A long line of Neil’s suitably impressive former costumes was revealed to us during the slideshow section of Best Man Mark’s speech/character assassination. Some were funny, some apt (note Neil’s more-than-passing resemblance to Boris Becker) but all were fantastically well done. So, when Neil tipped me the wink to let me know that the first dance might include some ‘costume changes’ I was expecting big things. Oh how it delivered.

With no particular song to call their own, Steph & Neil had explained to me that they’d decided to go with the zeitgeist and chosen Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams. As the first dance approached Neil disappeared and Steph was sent onto the dancefloor solo. As the awesome Ambassador Band vamped the intro and the guests looked on in heightened anticipation the mood built to fever pitch…. and then… the circle of guests parted and Neil emerged. Clad in a fetching velour jacket the man of the moment calmly donned a Daft Punk style helmet that he’d not only acquired but also customised (with red LEDs) to read ‘STEPH’ before confidently boogieng out to meet his beautiful Bride. The crowd went NUTS.

This recollection may sound like melodrama or mere enthusiasm but seriously, I can’t emphasise enough how awesome this scene was. I’ve never seen a wedding congregation go as bonkers for a first dance or the Bride & Groom enjoy it so much. The energy was intense and had me grinning like a maniac; I’ll remember it forever!

Steph & Neil were fun fun fun and simply great people to work for. Big hearts, yet fiercely intelligent and uniquely gifted when it comes to throwing a massive party! My thanks to them for being truly awesome.

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Novana & Kenny - Oakley Court, Berkshire

Novana and Kenny’s wedding at Oakley Court was an interesting change from my regular wedding coverage. For a start their day included a Chinese Tea Ceremony, a wedding tradition that I’ve never photographed before. Essentially the Bride and Groom take turns to serve tea to their respective parents and other important wedding guests and in exchange are presented with gifts. In practice however, the ceremony is full of subtleties and a symbolic language all its own - frankly it was fascinating! I know the traditional English wedding ceremony like the back of my hand, but trying to keep one step ahead of proceedings with the tea ceremony was an interesting reminder of life in my early days as a novice wedding photographer. Despite extensive research, I didn’t have the cumulative experience and muscle memory that I’ve developed over years of shooting western ceremonies and therefore it was an exciting challenge that had my senses fully alert in anticipation of the next element!

I cover a lot of small intimate weddings, but this wedding was particularly intimate, with only around 20 guests. Additionally the day didn’t feature an evening/dancing section which meant that instead we focused a little more heavily on creative portraiture than is typical in my photography. Oakley Court is a stunning setting right on the Thames and it lent itself fantastically to portraits. My thanks to Novana & Kenny for being fantastic to work with, I’m sure you’ll agree that Novana’s dress is something special, and also a big thank you to the staff at Oakley Court for being superb. It may not look it, but this was the hottest day of the year (at the time) and it was exceedingly humid all day. Still what an improvement on last year’s summer! As ever, below you’ll find a sequence of my favourites.


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Helen & Dominic - Northbrook Park, Farnham

I met Helen & Dom at the Farnham Maltings wedding fair back in September. Helen’s mum Angela is a photographer in her own right and therefore their choice of me as their wedding photographer represented a vote of confidence but also the additional pressure of being watched at work by a peer! Thankfully I received a lovely email a couple of weeks back saying that they were “absolutely THRILLED” with the outcome. The email even included an attached photograph of Dom checking out the photos on an iPad while on honeymoon in Kenya. The wonders of technology!

As a couple these guys are fantastic. I get on really well with all my clients, but there are some people that I feel almost miffed to not know on a personal level! Helen & Dom are just the warmest, most friendly people you could hope to meet and it’s been really great getting to know them. The love between them is palpable and their wedding was a fitting testament to a manifestly strong relationship.

Helen & Dom’s wedding took place in June. They were married at Rowledge Church and then headed back to Northbrook Park in Farnham for their reception. Northbrook has quickly jumped to the top of my personal list of favourite venues. It’s literally got everything, including some amazingly pretty gardens, loads of indoor areas in case of rain, the best wedding breakfast space - bar none - that I’ve ever come across (the light is wonderful!) and even on site cottages that are perfect for before or after the wedding. As is usually the case with my photography, the coverage started in the morning with Helen’s bridal prep and ran all the way through until the close of play. This was a good thing as it meant I got to witness not only a really moving weeding, but also some ridiculously accomplished and assured ‘Gangam Style’ from Dom’s dad!

My particular thanks obviously to Helen and Dom but also to Angela. Thank you for putting your collective faith in me and letting me follow my eye and shoot as I saw fit. I’m really glad to hear you loved the pictures!

As ever, here’s a mix of some of my favourites from the day. These are all shot on the 5D Mark III on a variety of lenses including the 17-40L, 35L, 50 f/1.4 and the 135L.

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Nicki & Jonny - South Lodge Hotel

It’s the busy season so the blog has been suffering. I’m going to make a concerted effort over the coming days to catch up! First off, Nicki & Jonny’s fantastic day from back in early June.

After a couple of really gorgeous days, the weather was looking highly promising for Nicki & Jonny’s wedding at South Lodge Hotel near Horsham, but come the day itself the morning brought with it bucketfuls of exceedingly heavy rain! While Nicki & Jonny got ready, we all watched the weather with fingers crossed and breath baited as Cassie, South Lodge’s wedding planner and Mark the toastmaster, calmly prepared for both the possibility of an indoor or outdoor ceremony. With little more than half an hour to go, the skies cleared and the sunshine appeared. Outside it was!

Blessed with some really fine weather for the rest of the day, Nicki and Jonny’s wedding was great fun - relaxed, full of love and genuinely uplifting. They’re also a properly hot pair so photographing them seemed pretty straightforward! I’ve enjoyed shooting at South Lodge on both occasions I’ve worked there. Much like at its sister hotel Lainston House, the quality of service and the professionalism of its staff really shines through. Not to mention that the grounds are beautiful and off-roading in the golf buggy is always good fun!

My thanks both to Nicki & Jonny for being simply excellent people and to South Lodge for being such a cracking venue. Now, enough chat, time for some pictures!


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Helen & Mark - Cain Manor, nr Farnham

Having photographed the weddings of a few couples from amongst this particular ‘crowd’ I really feel like I’ve come to know them well, and made some good friends amongst them. I met Helen and Mark at Nancy & Rich’s wedding last year and in simple terms, they’re just lovely people with great families and fantastic friends. The day began at Helen’s parent’s house for Bridal preparations, followed by a stop at the pub with the Groom and Groomsmen before heading off to Church just round the corner in Farnham. A word of thanks to Reverend Karen Richardson at St Thomas on the Bourne for being so friendly and welcoming. Photographers sometimes meet hostility in places of worship, and, regardless of the rules laid down, what I always remember is the tone. My aim is always to be as discrete as possible while still doing my job and Karen was great in this regard. Relaxed, kind and fair.

The reception took place at Cain Manor, a location I’m coming to know really well after shooting there a a few times in the past. The weather was fantastic, the speeches poignant and hilarious in well-considered measure and the dancing was a thing of wonder. Phil Bryant, I’m looking at you - funky chicken is served! My very best congratulations to Helen & Mark, thanks so much for having me and for being exceptionally good fun.

As always, here’s a selection of my favourites, all shot on the 5D3 with a mixture of (mostly) primes.

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Nicki & Jonny - Sneak Peek

On Friday I shot Nicki & Jonny’s wedding at Southlodge. We had a fantastic day and there’s plenty more to come, but after a quick flick through, here are a few to get us started!


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Ryen & Marcus - Fentafriddle, Trebarwith

Ryen & Marcus’ kicked my 2013 season off in style a few weekends back with a fantastic wedding in Kernow. The 1st thing you have to know about these two dudes is that they have the same hairdresser. As you can imagine, coifed perfection! The 2nd thing you need to know is that Ryen made her wedding cake on the morning of the wedding, while seemingly completely and utterly chilled-out. I’ve never seen that before. Seriously impressive combo of nerve and skill!

In all seriousness, they were just lovely people to be around and I had a blast shooting the day. Fentafriddle is positioned on a wonderful rolling hillside overlooking Trebarwith Strand and the view is simply amazing. Given it’s sea-facing position the wind can be quite strong, but every time I’ve shot a wedding there the weather has been glorious. Ryen & Marcus’ day was wonderfully still throughout and the sun shone for the vast majority. The day was hugely relaxed with the photographic emphasis on photojournalism, but during the creative session we also (quickly) shot a roll of film. I say quickly because, as is so often the case with weddings, things were running a touch long and we were butting up against sunset and a fast-approaching absence of light! I’ve been considering introducing some medium format film to my creative portrait sessions for some time, so many thanks to Ryen & Marcus’ for being open to the idea. It was fun to use the 500c/m in the heat of a wedding!

Anyway, time for some pictures. As always, here’s a selection of my favourites:


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Charlotte - Spring 2013

A couple of weekends back Charlotte and I wandered over to a lovely spot in the village we live and shot some portraits. The sky was fairly grey, but flowers were in bloom and it felt like SPRING! Here’s a few of my favourites. My thanks as ever to Charlotte for being a (largely) uncomplaining hottie who lets me take her photograph.

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Afterwards, to celebrate (I’m not sure what we were celebrating), we had an ice-cream from a Mr Whippy van with a hilarious Italian National Anthem chime. Mmmm!


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Preview - Marcus & Ryen @ Fentafriddle

The 2013 season got underway on Saturday down in Cornwall. Here’s a brief hors d’oeuvre from Marcus & Ryen’s awesome Fentafriddle wedding. Main course serving soon!


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Kio - Baby Photography

I occasionally shoot other subjects, aside from weddings. It’s partly out of interest, and partly because I believe that variety keeps my eye in and helps improve me as a photographer. Above all, I enjoy the diversity. These were shot last year for some lovely people from my girlfriend’s side of the family, and as anyone who has had me shoot for them on a friends/family basis will tell you, are long overdue. I tend to be rather slow getting to any personal work! Apologies to all and sundry on that front, I humbly beg forgiveness.

I bring a similar approach to children’s portraiture as I do to weddings, preferring to let kids be, largely doing their own thing rather than endlessly posing and contriving situations that they wouldn’t sit still for anyway. I also like to shoot in environments children know and are comfortable with. For little ones that often means home. We are all at our best when we relax. Anyway, here’s a few favourites from the session which was in honour of Kio’s first birthday:

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Jenny & Andy - Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth

Here’s one from late last year - Jenny and Andy’s intimate wedding at Hartsfield Manor in Surrey. This was my first wedding after getting back from a wonderful holiday (the first in ages!) but thankfully there was no chance of post-holiday blues as Jenny and Andy were just immensely good fun and reminded me how much I love my job.

The focus of my coverage has always been documentary photography, but I always say to brides that, if they’re up for it, it is worth spending half an hour during the wedding day to take some relaxed portraits. I call this window of time the ‘creative session’ and basically it’s an opportunity for me to take a little more control than I do for the rest of the day, and make the most of what a venue has to offer. Often it involves going outside in the cold. It can be hard to brave the cold in a gorgeous strapless dress, but Jenny was an absolute trooper and was totally onboard with the “30 minutes now is worth it in the long-run” school of thought!

I never make my couples devote time to things they don’t want to, but a short period of time spent on portraiture, come rain or shine, is (IMHO) time well spent! I’ve never once had a bride look through her photographs and say ‘wow, these are nice but it sure was cold!’, the cold/rain/snow tends to be forgotten pretty quickly once the pictures are in hand.

Hartsfield Manor has a wonderful staircased entrance hallway and so stepping into the cold was only necessary on a couple of occasions, for the rest of the day everyone was busily enjoying good wine, fine food and the company of their nearest and dearest. I had a fantastic time, I particularly enjoy photographing relatively intimate weddings like this, and my thanks go to Jenny & Andy for choosing me and then being such great people to work with.

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Upcoming 2013 Wedding Fairs

Over the coming weeks I will be exhibiting at a couple of wedding fairs. 2013 is getting fairly booked up now, but there’s still spaces (particularly in the winter months) so if you’re on the lookout for a wedding photographer and were considering my work, do come along and say hello. I’ll have lots of full weddings to show you, beautiful new sample albums and my portfolio in large format.

Sunday 17th February 2013 - Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

Sunday 24th March 2013 -
Hedsor House, Taplow, Bucks. SL6 0HX

Above all, it’s a good chance to meet me face to face and ask me any questions you may have. The wedding fairs run from 11am to 3.30pm and I’ll be there all day. I hope to see you at one, the other, or both!

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Diana & Colin - Lainston House, Winchester

Diana & Colin were married on a lovely warm day in early October at one of the most gorgeous venues I’ve ever worked at. Diana & Colin live in New York, but are originally from near Winchester, so it was a return to home for their nuptial vows. They are two of the smartest, most intelligent people I’ve ever met, true polymaths and interested in everything - such an exciting couple to work with! Diana is utterly stunning and looked astonishing and I’ll not deny it, by the end of the day, I had a total man-crush on Colin. If anyone’s seen I Love You, Man, Colin is Jason Segel.

Lainston House was a bit of an unknown quantity for me prior to this wedding. I’d heard of it and knew it was one of the Exclusive Hotels group but that was about it. Frankly, it’s possibly the gem in the crown. It’s beautifully proportioned, ridonculously picturesque and with the superbly high level of service that comes with all the Exclusive Hotels.

Diana & Colin knew what they wanted, but they were also extremely relaxed. They pretty much left me to do my thing, always something I enjoy. The day begun with Diana getting ready on one side of the hotel with Colin and the boys on the other. Impressively one of the bridesmaids had given birth to her first child just a few days prior yet was on-hand to do a fantastic job attending Diana. Impressive commitment! The wedding ceremony itself took place in the rather unique Dawley Barn with its wrought iron beams and gorgeous brickwork and then afterwards everyone spilled out into the almost summery warmth for a long, chilled outdoor reception. So often wedding receptions are cut short - to the day’s detriment in my opinion - with the result being a sense of rushed tension rather than an enjoyment of the relaxed euphoria that goes hand in hand with having just tied the knot. Diana & Colin got this part of the day wholly right, with bags of time, and games on hand to make sure relaxation didn’t become boredom. It was perfect.

The evening consisted of some of the best speeches I’ve ever witnessed, fabulous dancing from the bride and groom, hilarious (and I do mean extremely amusing) dancing from one of the ushers and the best bacon rolls known to man. There’s quite a number of pictures in this post, I simply found it particularly hard to cut down. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them. Feel free to leave a comment, it’s good to talk! Have a great weekend!

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Happy Clients! - 2012 Wedding Photography Testimonials

Anyone who has ever asked me about my work has likely been told of the roller coaster of emotions that I experience over the course of an individual commission. From the excitement of a new booking, through the anticipation of preparation, pre-game nerves, the adrenaline of the day itself, post-game euphoria and then later the satisfaction of a completed edit in which all the hard work, vision and individual decisions coalesce to form the finished article.

There is, however, another stage. Another cycle of nerves and fulfilment. After delivering the finished set of images, the wait for the clients approval. Photography is a subjective topic and although I never sign off on a wedding edit without having fully met my own personal standards, there’s always a shred of doubt until you hear back from a happy client. There’s nothing better than hearing that you’ve pleased your Bride & Groom, it’s just massively rewarding. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to receive some incredibly thoughtful thank you messages, testimonials and emails from my clients. Here are a few from 2012:

Hampton Court House Wedding, Bridesmaids

“Just a quick note to say WOW! Colin and I were brought to tears (of happiness!) by your photos. They so beautifully captured our day and the emotion we felt, it was as though we were living the day again. You have a real talent and the photos were just beautiful. Thank you.“

Diana & Colin - Lainston House, Winchester




“All the photos look fantastic, and are exactly what we were after, thank you so much, they are fab!”

Lisa & Iain - Northcote House, Ascot


Wotton House Wedding Bride & Groom Portrait


“Firstly thank you so much for the great job you did on the day, everyone was very complimentary and it was better than me and Jenny could have hoped for. Secondly we are very happy with the photos, again they're exactly what we wanted and everybody loves them. They capture the day perfectly. Thank you again for the beautiful photos.”


“I know Andy already has, but I just wanted to say thank you myself for the photos, and for your work on the day. The photography was so important to us, and I was really (really) nervous about having my photo taken, but you made us feel as relaxed as possible, we genuinely enjoyed having you there and working with you. We sent the website link to our friends and a few people have told me they cried looking at the photos (and not just our mums!) which I thought was really lovely and shows how much they enjoyed them.”

Jenny & Andy - Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth


A bride enjoying a giggle at her Stone Barn wedding nr Aldsworth

“The pictures are AMAZING thank you so so much!!!!!!!”

Gemma & Luke - Southlodge, Horsham



“I just wanted to say thank you again for all of your help on our wedding day. You were absolutely fantastic, and all of our guests were very complimentary. If there is anything I can do for you with a reference of endorsement please do let me know.”

Ellie & Matt - Cain Manor, Farnham



“We've looked through all the photos - AMAZING! Thank you so much for doing such a brilliant job. It was a wonderful day and going through the photos really brought it back to us! You had quite a few compliments - lots of guests commented on your magical ability to be everywhere at once, and remain virtually invisible at the same time! My friends Julia and Iain, who are already married, said they wished they'd had you for their wedding! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did.”

Amelia & Leon - The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


Frimley Hall Hotel Wedding, Bride Signing The Register


"Thanks, we had a great time on honeymoon and a wonderful wedding day topped by the most wonderful photographs. We are absolutely thrilled, Thank you! We have shared the link and received many, many compliments on your behalf."



"Tony, just wanted to echo Cathy's comments and say what an amazing set of photos you delivered, we were blown away by them and couldn't have asked for better."

Cathy & Pete - Islington Town Hall & The Snooty Fox



“We absolutely love our wedding photos and everyone who has seen them has been so complementary and said how wonderful they are. My sister said they are some of the best wedding photos she has seen (and she's been to quite a few weddings!) We thought you were fantastic on the day, especially considering you were there right from me getting ready in the morning till the very end, and apart from the group shots obviously, we didn't really notice you (in a good way!). We are really grateful to have such lovely photos to complement our memories of the day and we will definitely treasure them forever.”

Natalie & Joe - St John Fisher, Merton & Private Garden Wedding, Effingham

Bridesmaids at a Stanhill Court Hotel wedding play in the gardens


“We've had a first look through and the photos are fantastic. We had an amazing day, everyone has commented how much they liked your method of getting involved and how non intrusive you were.”

Gemma & Rob - Wotton House, Dorking



“We had a look at the photos yesterday and were so excited. I am so happy with them they look stunning so thank you very much! It was a pleasure to have you there on the day.”

Emily & Paul - Brighton Bandstand & The Terraces



“We had a wonderful day thank you - and thanks for your hard work on the day.  We really appreciated it.  Although I wanted to look through the photos when we got back late last night Kieran convinced me to wait until this morning when we had recovered from our long journey home!  And I'm glad I did because we've had a great morning looking at all 400 of them. They are fabulous.”

Jennie & Kieran - Leeds Castle


Guests at a Snooty Fox wedding relax

“We have looked at all the pics. What can I say other than fantastic!! Everyone who has seen the pics so far have been blown away and have made comments on how they hadn't even noticed you'd taken pics, clearly so at ease with your presence they were. I am so happy that we made you our choice for our wedding photographer! I would recommend you in a heartbeat to anyone who needed a photographer to capture their day perfectly!”

Jay & Michelle - Stanhill Court, Crawley



“Tony, the internet in the atlas mountains is pretty weak! its taken us all day but we have finally got through the album, We LOVE the photos you have done such an amazing job.”

Jojo & Tom - Cripps Stone Barn, Aldsworth


Royal Military Academy Sandhurst wedding congregation on steps of Old College

“Tony, what can I say? The photographs are absolutely f****** amazing! Thank you so much.”

Alexander & Narishta - Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst



“We saw the pictures last night when we got back and we have to say they’re amazing! Really, really pleased with them so thank you so much. We and my parents got so many questions about whether we already knew you as they thought you were one of our guests that offered to do the photography! A wonderful reflection of how comfortable you made us feel and honestly we couldn’t have wished for a better person to take the pictures of our special day.”

Kelly & Danny - Monkey Island, Bray-on-Thames


Bridesmaids at a Monkey Island wedding in Bray-on-Thames

“Incredible, words can't really describe how beautiful and emotive the pictures are for me. They have brought back so many highlights and happy memories from the day (and some forgotten moments!!!!!). The preview of your shots have got me so excited - I can't wait to see the rest. Its what I wanted captured of our day but is so much better then I imagined :-) Made me well-up. I love the pics of you with Phil, they really made me and Rich chuckle :-) Everyone was so complimentary about you on the day and the comments we're starting to get over the photos are just lovely. You're an amazing photographer.”

Nancy & Rich - Guildford Register Office & Dunsfold Park



“I just want to reiterate what I said to you on the day; I (and we!) was so pleased that you photographed our day. Whilst you were obviously there in a professional capacity, it was really important to us that you also felt relaxed and comfortable, and I really hope you were. The whole day was truly fantastic and you were also part of making that day special - I can't say thank you to you for helping to make our day exactly how we had hoped it would be. If I can write any sort of testimonial just let me know and we'd be more than happy to recommend!”

Lisa & Tom - St Michael & All Angels Church, Pirbright & Brooklands Hotel

A bride and groom celebrate at Dunsfold Park


“As you can imagine we have been over and over the pictures and along with everyone else are thrilled with the results, the slideshow captures the day from start to end and we are over the moon with what you have done for us. We cannot recommend you highly enough.”

Adam & Karen - St Nicholas’ Church, Pyrford & Foxhills, Ottershaw

Upwaltham Barns wedding, bride and groom go for a walk.

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Ellie & Matt - Cain Manor nr Churt, Farnham

Ellie & Matt’s wedding at Cain Manor in Churt nr Farnham was one of the happiest I can recall. Ellie is an old mate from Uni days and truly a great friend. I’d shot at Cain once before, for Jane & Simon’s wedding back in 2009, and it was really nice to return. I was fairly new to wedding photography the first time around and it felt like somewhere I wanted to revisit and see how I’d progressed.

I like to think I’ve got pretty good at being comfortable in an otherwise ‘girls-only environment’ on the morning of a wedding, and the whole process is usually pretty relaxed while being plenty of fun. It’s mostly about finding the right line between courtesy and light banter, but above all it’s about putting people at their ease. I’ll often crack a joke about my deep knowledge of makeup which I’ve gathered purely via the action of osmosis…. what?! It’s true! However, when you really know the bride, it’s always easier to know where that line stands. On the morning of Ellie’s wedding we chuckled a lot! Her bridesmaids were fantastic and it was great to finally meet her sister, Abi, who I’ve felt like I’ve known, third-hand, for years.

One of the great things about venues like Cain Manor is the proximity of everything. It’s secluded and spacious without key areas feeling remote from one another. Ellie & Matt were the model of punctuality, but as if to add to the nerves of the day, the M25 decided to be foul and throw a traffic jam in the path of one half of the Best Man duo. The half, sod’s law determined, that who was entrusted with the Orders of Ceremony. For Ellie & Matt this resulted in a squeaky bum ‘hold-short’ as the big moment approached. While I felt their pain, it made for a great photographic opportunity. The consulting of watches, the nervous glances and the heightened anticipation makes for great documentary material! Thankfully everyone made it in time and after a short delay things got underway. I’m happy to report that all nerves have subsequently settled!

Despite being late September, the weather was largely fantastic and the skies beautiful. My abiding memory of Matt & Ellie’s day will be a throughly fantastic time had by all. No pretence, just the right level of ceremony, but above all a desire to have a truly memorable time with friends and family. I left their wedding feeling seriously energised about my job. This is, undoubtedly, what it’s all about.

Anyway, time for some pictures. As usual, these were all shot on the 5DIII, with the exception of the overhead of the Bride & Groom walking down the aisle (this was a remote 20D). A collection of lenses were used including the 35L, 50 f/1.4 and 135L. If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave them in the comments at the bottom of the post, it’s good to talk!


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Amelia & Leon - Lincoln's Inn

Yesterday I launched my newly refreshed 2013 Wedding Photography Portfolio and today I’m sharing a wedding that features a couple of times in that portfolio, including the opening image. This post is the first in a series that will bring the blog up-to-date with the remaining 2012 weddings that I have yet to share.

Amelia & Leon were married in late September at the wonderfully picturesque Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. I had to do my reading here to discover the exact nature of an organisation, that previously, I’d only briefly heard of. Lincoln’s Inn is one of the four surviving ‘Inns of Court’ - essentially professional associations of barristers. Amelia’s father is one of the society’s Benchers, and as such is extended certain privileges, amongst which, access to the beautiful Benchers Lawn which sits in the shadow of the Inn’s Great Hall.

I know Amelia from school days but we’d lost contact over the years, so it was fantastic to receive an email from her in December 2011 enquiring about wedding photography. Leon is a native kiwi but has been over here for sometime and is quite simply a fantastic bloke. A lovely couple with a clear vision for their photography.

The Chapel at Lincoln’s Inn is one of the most interesting I’ve ever worked in. Huge and beautiful and unusual for featuring no central aisle but rather two off-centre ones. Amelia walked in on her father’s arm up the left aisle (as you face the altar) and walked out down the right aisle with her new husband. I enjoy such idiosyncrasies! Unfortunately the chapel was very firm on limiting photography during the ceremony itself so I had to content myself with shooting Amelia’s entrance, the signing and the exit. Nonetheless, a fantastic location for a wedding! The light streaming in through the huge window at the rear of the chapel as Amelia entered was something of uncommon beauty.

Amelia & Leon emerged into glorious autumnal sunshine and after a drinks reception on the Benchers Lawn, we stepped into the Old Hall for a finger buffet tea. Speeches seemed all the more impressive given the venue and as a setting for dancing and a party the Hall was pretty special!

As you’ll certainly notice, Amelia & Leon are seriously hot stuff and photographing them was a privilege. The Undercroft beneath the Chapel is one of the richest locations I’ve ever worked in, I literally could have spent three hours happily shooting the multiplicity of angles it offered. Sadly, we didn’t have that long (!) but the opportunity to photograph there, with such a knockout couple, was a lot of fun.

My thanks to Leon & Amelia for a superb day and for being such superb clients. As I mentioned previously, Amelia walking up the aisle gets my current portfolio underway, so if you enjoy these, take a wander over to the main website and have a browse.

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2013 Wedding Portfolio Online!

My 2013 Wedding Photography Portfolio is now online and ready to preview. It is simply 100 images that encapsulate my style and approach. It took a while to put together; reducing 80k images down to the pure essence of my work was a considerable challenge! My thanks to Charlotte, my fantastic girlfriend, for helping me to be brutal and honest in equal measure. She knows most of my brides by name now despite only meeting a few!

2013 is beginning to fill up, so if you’re on the hunt for a Surrey and Hampshire wedding photographer, or know of someone who is, then take a look at the full portfolio here and if you like what you see, drop me a line.

2013 Wedding Photography Portfolio
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