Loz & Poz’s Vineyard Wedding

 13th Jul 2017

Wow, wow, WOW, these guys…

I’m not even sure where to start with Loz & Poz’s B-E-A-UTIFUL vineyard wedding last month.

It took place at the gorgeous Court Gardens Vineyard in Ditchling. A stunning venue nestled in the south downs and the perfect setting for a relaxed outdoor wedding.

From the cute and unique wedding favours (all books by the Penguin publishing company, carefully collected during Laura & Paul’s wedding planning, and a nod to their New Zealand engagement), to the personal and heart-warming ceremony over-looking the vineyard. From the heartfelt speeches, (that made me cry! Thanks guys!) to the fabulous reception, I could just talk and talk about how perfect this day was. As a photographer you are always observing and my, MY, was there a lot to see! Laura & Paul did not stop laughing all day, I think it’s very clear from their photographs how they feel about each other. You could feel the love from each and every person who has the pleasure of knowing these guys and sharing such a wonderful day with them. We were absolutely spoilt with sublime places to shoot, and Laura & Paul completely embraced my ideas. A truly splendid couple to work with.

It was a true pleasure to be part of Laura & Paul’s special day. Here’s a little snippet of what I saw…

 

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Mark & Jade’s Woodland Wedding

 23rd Jun 2017
The Paper Mill, Hawkhurst

Mark & Jade’s small and intimate wedding took me back to my favourite venue… The glorious Paper Mill in Hawkhurst, not least because…. I got married there last year! So, for me, it was a dream to be back there.

Mark and Jade had decided to have a teeny tiny wedding, with just family attending. Oh, and of course, showcasing a rather glamourous floral collar handmade by Jade, their beloved dog Bailey. So, they booked me for a few hours to capture their gorgeous ceremony before they all went off for a meal.

The day of the wedding was super hot! The woods were cast in stunning dappled sunlight and Mark and Jade had decided that rather than Mark be waiting ‘at the alter’ so to speak, they would meet in the stunning period house and then walk through the woods and down into the glade for their ceremony together.

So, we got a few shots of them at the house and then ambled along past the barn and into the woods. Jade looked utterly stunning and clearly the hay that had been lain down to mark their path through the woods thought so too as it felt the need to attach itself to her beautiful train! Ahh the joys of a woodland wedding!

Their ceremony was just gorgeous, and everything looked so stunning as they said their vows under the wooden gazebo built in a clearing in the woods. After the ceremony, we wandered back up to the barn where Mark, Jade and their families enjoyed some bubbles and canapes before I stole them away so we could get some shots just of the two of them. (Although Bailey couldn’t resist jumping into a few of the shots – she didn’t like o be away from them!) The Paper Mill is an incredibly beautiful place to get married, and the photographic opportunities are vast. I love woodland weddings so I was in my element.

After the shots of the two of them we went back up to the barn for their group shots and then they went on to the Queens Hotel for a fabulous wedding breakfast…but not before feeding the resident donkeys a couple of carrots!

Here are a few of my favourite shots from their special day.

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Laura & Paul

 8th May 2017
Pre-Wedding shoot at Stanmer Park, Brighton

Laura and Paul are getting married in June and so we recently got together for their pre-wedding shoot.

They decided to have their shoot at the very beautiful Stanmer Park, Brighton as since they got together they have enjoyed many a walk around the beautiful woodlands. Both keen cyclists, they have also done a few cycle routes around the park too! Although Laura & Paul booked me last September we had decided to wait till this time of year as Laura really wanted there to be bluebells in the shoot. It was tricky trying to plan the perfect time as they can be quite un-predictable due to the weather but after a few shots elsewhere in the woods we drove to a spot Paul was familiar with from cycling, pulled up and ventured into the woods to be greeted by a sea of bluebells! Yippee! Our mission was complete. We had such a great shoot and Laura & Paul were so awesome to photograph, they pretty much just laughed through the entire thing! I’d like to say that’s because I’m hilariously funny but I think it’s more that they are incredible happy together and so at ease in each other’s company. I’m so, so excited about their up and coming wedding and just had to share some pics from their shoot.

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DIY Photo Booth Wall

 30th Mar 2017
Building a photobooth wall

I do love it when a plan comes together. What’s even better is when you also have an incredibly talented sister with her own workshop and a trade card for the hardware wholesalers…

For my wedding, I had decided to have a photo booth wall. I’d seen it before on good old Pinterest and I’m lucky enough to have people around me with the creativity and skill to make it happen. Afterwards I got to thinking about how I could have something like this to use within my business. The photo booth wall I had at my own wedding was HUUUGE! And clearly not something I could easily transport around so I needed to re-think the design in a way that meant I could take the wall apart and transport it in sections, and then easily and quickly bolt together once at the location.

And who did I know that could help me with this task? None other than my amazing sister. As a successful upholsterer in London, I knew she would know a thing or two about how we could go about making the wall, so I was delighted when she shared my excitement and enthusiasm for the project. Many phone calls and chats later (I’m pretty sure she never wants to hear me talking endlessly about different wallpaper designs ever again) and we were ready to begin the construction.

So, on a very cold and snowy February day, off we skipped to the wholesalers to get all things needed to construct my wall. I was able to upcycle the frames from the old wall so all that was needed was some MDF, some screws and hinges, wallpaper and paint. I’m quite sure that I was pretty annoying taking pictures of the ENTIRE process. But as a little sister, isn’t it my job to be annoying?!

Here’s how it went down;

Firstly, we gathered our materials…

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Lou & Suzy’s Seafront Shoot.

 27th Feb 2017
Location photoshoot on Hove seafront

It’s always fab when a location shoot is booked and on the day of the shoot the sun shines brightly! That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy a moody, cloudy sky, there’s a time and a place for that, but when the location is Hove beach huts on a crisp February day with a couple of personal trainers I had envisaged something bright and colourful.  So imagine my glee upon waking up to glorious sunshine! YAY! The weather gods were shining down on us!

It was rather chilly on the seafront when I met Lou & Suzy, but we braved the cold and the wind to amble down to the seafront where the brightly coloured beach huts stretch as far as the eye can see.

Here’s a little selection of some of my faves. 

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