Great Fosters Wedding

Great Fosters Wedding

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Last year Jo and Luke got in touch with me to enquire about photographing their Great Fosters wedding. I had photographed her brother Jon’s wedding at Northbrook Park a few years ago – speaking of which it was excellent to see Jon and Laila and have a catch up! I arrived nice and early at Jo’s parents’ beautiful house in Cobham where she got ready. Thankfully the weather was glorious and slightly cooler than the crazy hot weather a couple of days before, which was apparently the hottest day on record in the UK in nearly a decade! There was such a lovely atmosphere of excitement and anticipation and as always, time flew by.

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We then made our way over to Christ the Prince of Peace church a short drive away in Weybridge. From a photographers point of view it is a really nice, modern church with great light, so that was brilliant. After the ceremony it was off to Great Fosters for the wedding reception. It is a stunning setting with beautiful grounds and gardens. Fair enough to say it is a wedding photographer’s dream venue! I particularly like shooting weddings at Kew Gardens, but I must say that this is right up there at the same level.

With the fab weather most people enjoyed the drinks reception outside and we then jumped into the family/group photos before heading inside for the reception. A magician entertained the guests with some amazing and at times hilarious tricks, including the ever amusing sight of hypnotising one of the guests!

After speeches we popped outside for a couple shoot. It’s a real bonus in the middle of summer having such long days which meant we could happily schedule in the couple shoot after dinner and speeches. Clouds had somewhat set in but as always, and I do seem to be pretty lucky, the sun broke through moments before the start of the couple shoot meaning we had beautiful “golden hour” light to work with. My favourite type of light! I have said it before but it is worth repeating. Great photos are not only determined by the photographer’s technical and artistic skills alone. The couple also contribute in terms of what they “give back” to the shoot. Well there was no shortage of that here as Jo and Luke were as natural and expressive as I could ever wish for, giving me moment after moment to capture.

Then it was time for cutting the cake, tossing the bouquet and the first dance, after which casino tables opened providing guests with loads of fun and entertainment. That wrapped up a beautiful Great Fosters wedding with a really, really lovely couple who looked absolutely stunning!

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If you are planning a Great Fosters wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your photography requirements.

Northbrook Park Wedding Photography

Wedding at Northbrook Park

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Last year Liam and Lauren got in touch with me to enquire as to my availability to shoot their wedding at Northbrook Park. Having shot there numerous times before and the fact I really enjoy working there meant it was great to be available. It’s a difficult venue to beat on a nice sunny day and being in the countryside, offers a real sense of peacefulness in beautiful surroundings.

I arrived nice and early with my assistant and kicked off photographing Lauren’s bridal preparation. Always looking to push my images, I am happy to say that one of the getting ready shots below is one of my all-time favourites!

Soon enough it was time for the ceremony is the Vine Room, after which we made our way outside for some group photos and then onto a quick couple shoot before joining everyone for the drinks reception, which included some croquet on the lawn.

The Orangery was beautifully decorated as always and everyone sat down to a delicious afternoon tea and some of the funniest speeches I have heard in a good while! Liam’s speech was especially entertaining and had everyone in stitches. I had to stop myself laughing too loud!

It was really a lovely laid back day and after the cake cutting, first dance and capturing photos of people having fun on the dancefloor is wrapped up another highly enjoyable wedding at this venue, with a very nice couple!

If you are planning a wedding at Northbrook Park, please contact me for a friendly chat about your photography requirements.

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Engagement Shoot in Cardiff

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When Darshika and Himesh booked me for their upcoming Hindu and Civil wedding, they were very keen to have an engagement shoot in Cardiff. I had never been to Cardiff and I had heard that it is lovely, so we pencilled that in! A few weeks ago we met up in a slightly cool but sunny Cardiff and spent a good few hours wandering about, taking photos and having a good chat about the wedding plans.

It really is a beautiful city and we took a nice stroll through Bute Park, stopping for photos as and when. Time flew by and we slowly meandered our way back into the city for a very delicious lunch. I am now a Wok to Walk convert and wish they would open up more restaurants!

We then headed out to Caerphilly Castle where we made it just before closing time, but we had enough time to get a great series of shots, both inside and outside the 13th century castle, before wrapping things up.

Now, after their engagement shoot in Cardiff, I am really looking forward to the Civil and Hindu wedding coming up with this fantastic couple!

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Funke & Olivier’s Northbrook Park Wedding

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I have shot plenty of weddings at Northbrook Park and regard it as one of my favourite venues. So needless to say I was delighted to be available to shoot Funke and Olivier’s Northbrook Park wedding! The interesting thing about shooting weddings at Northbrook Park is that each one is very different. That may sound obvious, but the people, the decorations and the array of weddings I have shot there, ranging from Hindu weddings, to Muslim weddings and English weddings means each one is beautiful and unique for its own reasons.

What really amazed me on the day was Funke and Olivier’s amazing taste and attention to detail in terms of styling! I have included some pictures showing this below, but you must take a look at the wedding cake picture! Well, it’s not merely a cake, but a beautiful cake on a very large table with all sorts of other delicious treats too! The pastel coloured flowers were everywhere and combined with a gorgeous looking and very nice couple meant I had a fabulous time capturing their special day.

All in all it was a fabulous day and we got to do two short couple shoots, listen to some moving speeches and enjoy some fabulous food. It was a real pleasure working with Funke and Olivier!

If you’re getting married at Northbrook Park, please contact me to discuss your requirements. I have vast experience of the venue so you are in very safe hands!

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Kew Gardens Wedding Photography

London Wedding Photography at Kew Gardens

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Eman and Rupert got in touch with me last year regarding shooting their wedding at Kew Gardens. As a London wedding photographer I get to shoot at all sorts of venues in and around London, but Kew Gardens is right up there on my list of favourites, not to mention the fact that it is about a ten minute drive from my home!

We met up a couple of months earlier for an engagement shoot in Central London and to have a good chat about the big day in more detail. It’s always great to get to know each other before the wedding day and to get some lovely romantic pictures.

Soon enough the big day arrived and I made my way over to Kensington for Eman’s bridal preparation coverage. I love walking in to all the buzz and excitement during this part of the day. I usually start off photographing all the details then just document things as they unfold. Time flew by and before I knew it I hopped into my car and raced down the A4 to Kew Gardens which was just a short drive away.

Eman and Rupert’s ceremony took place in the beautiful Nash Conservatory – a stunning building with loads and loads of lovely natural light. After a ceremony which included some touching readings, we all made our way outside onto the lawn for the drinks reception. Thankfully we didn’t have to use the wet weather indoor option, the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which in fairness is pretty good as well!

We then hopped on the provided golf buggy and whizzed about for a couple shoot. With Kew being as massive as it is we didn’t venture too far but still managed to get a fantastic variety of pictures before returning to the drinks reception.

The reception was held in the Orangery and as always, it looked amazing. After all the guests had found their seats, Eman and Rupert entered to rapturous applause before settling down for a delicious meal. What followed were some highly entertaining speeches, cake cutting and the first dance. One of the reasons they booked me for their wedding photography, was to have some dramatic night time couple portraits. This is always a great way to end coverage of a wedding! I do a quick scout about and come up with a few concepts, then invite the couple outside for a quick ten minute session. Very well worth the effort!

That wrapped up another thoroughly enjoyable wedding at Kew.

If you are getting married and searching for a London wedding photographer, please feel free to contact me for a chat about your plans!

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