When your wedding co-incides with Pride, it seems Pride welcomes you with open arms. When Rachel + Carl went to have a peek at the parade shortly after saying their vows at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, in central London, they stopped traffic, posed for selfies, and got a huge round of applause. Love is Love, after all.
I spotted Cees a mile away. On the morning of his pre-Christmas wedding to Becki he chose to take part in Newcastle’s weekly Park Run with his groomsmen… dressed in a bright orange suit and Santa hat. It wasn’t so much a nod to his Dutch heritage, more of a screaming statement ramped up to 11.
The crisp air was a freezing but perfect start to a beautiful day, filled with the sort of low winter sunshine that warms the midwinter soul.
Becki + Cees married at Newcastle’s Mining Institute, followed by a reception at the always welcoming Summerhill Square. Becki’s silver bespoke gown and cloak by Diva Designs was a showstopper, and it was a relief when Cees changed out of his orange suit for the ceremony.
If you spend your free time drinking in pubs with your mates, you might as well get married in one. With a pint. And your mates. And even a pub quiz.
That’s what Clare + Will did when they got married in October at one of my favourite places, North Shields fish quay. It’s a place packed with character, history, fishing boats, and a shed-load of hungry seagulls. With stunning views over the Tyne the pub, How Do You Do, suited this laid-back, fun, stylish, and wonderfully warm couple down to the ground. Their furious beating of the piñata bride and groom Lego heads, and an enthusiastic first dance to The Proclaimer’s 500 Miles, was something I’ll never unsee or see again! We had a blast. Thank you so much xx
Jennifer + Andy – AKA Jendy – are living proof that rain does’t have to spoil your wedding day. Their day at The Garden Station, in Langley, near Hexham, was themed around a British music festival, so it is perhaps appropriate that it was a mudfest, with rain falling from morning until night. But, oh my goodness, what a blast! All of the guests had a brilliant time (although a little soggy at times) and no-one cared less about the weather. Jen’s winged Sophia Webster shoes and Sarah Seven dress were the only casualties of what was a triumph of a day.
I’m slowly catching up on blogging our summer weddings. Look out for more beauties soon…
We almost didn’t shoot this wedding. With a September already jammed at the seams, it took all of Andy’s charm to persuade me that shooting four weddings in one week in two countries was perfectly manageable – and I’m so glad he did! He married Holly at the beautiful Lord Crewe Arms, in Blanchland. It was a wonderfully warm day where everyone came together to celebrate the love of one very special couple. Their love for each other, and from all of their guests, was palpable. Thank you for asking (insisting!) us to be part of it. The memories of chasing the sun at the end of the day, to be rewarded with that beautiful sky will stay with me (but let’s forget the bit where Kelly ripped her trousers…)
“It’s impossible,” said pride.
“It’s risky,” said experience.
“It’s pointless,” said reason.
“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.”
There’s beautiful brides and there’s Rachael. Looking like a goddess in her Grecian-style Anna Campbell dress, she married Chris on a glorious day in August at the always beautiful Brinkburn Priory. They sourced individual touches from Esty and Ebay, and had the most divine dessert table by the Master Cakesmith that you ever did see. It’s a feast for the senses. Enjoy.
Hair: Tina Elliott Styling
Make-up: Dani MUA
Florals: Lavenders Blue
It’s always flattering to be asked to shoot a wedding in France, but even more so when the bride happens to be a damn fine wedding photographer who has previously photographed the same venue, Chateau de Clerbise, near Bordeaux . No pressure there, then…
But when the wedding turns out to be as laid back, fun, and as filled with warmth as this one you really can’t go wrong. Apart from the bit when the heavens opened. And they really, really did.
Congratulations Frankee + Mark. LGFU.
Ilana + Todd married in the pretty damn gorgeous surroundings of Delbury Hall, in Shropshire, last month. It was a laid-back affair that oozed style, warmth, and a whole load of fun. Oh, and a few sheep.
It was an absolute joy to shoot your beautiful wedding, and thank you for asking us to be part of your day. We hope you have an amazing belated honeymoon. xx
The West Mill, in Darley Abbey, Derby, is one of those venues that inspires. Stripped back, industrial, with bare brick walls and streaking light, it’s a venue that every bride and groom can make their own for the day. When Gemma + Pete asked us if we’d like to shoot their wedding there we couldn’t get down the A1 fast enough. On the day itself they were fun, gracious, and warm to the core – it was a pleasure to spend time with them and their families. And a big thanks to photographer Ellie Bond who hung out with us for the day. 🙂