The gorgeous Wedding Cake was made by Gemma’s Mum!
Gemma and Phil are lovely, fun and creative people. On their LOVE shoot we went for a stroll around the beautiful Virginia Waters park and Phil slipped into the conversation that he was also a photographer! The pressure of photographing anyone’s wedding is immense, but when it’s another photographer’s wedding, the pressure is really on. You know that they will be watching (and critiquing) your every move. I needn’t have worried though. Phil and Gemma were both so relaxed and wonderfully chilled on their wedding day and they really trusted me to do my job – which was brilliant and such an honour. The whole day, and everyone involved in it, was a complete joy to photograph from start to finish.
Gemma and Phil had such a beautiful, vintage-inspired, English Country wedding I’ve listed all the info at the bottom of the page, just in case anyone needs it!
Enjoy the photos and please do leave your comments, I love to know what you think! x
The gorgeous Wedding Cake was made by Gemma’s Mum!
Hair (and also Maid of Honour) Annita Pullinger – My Signature ID
Bridal shop used was Leoni Claire in Brighton – Leoni Claire Bridal Boutique
Gemma’s stunning dress was Justin Alexander 8569
Pretty Shoes were Rachel Simpson’s Esme: Rachel Simpson Shoes
Make up by Natasha Wiggins
Car – Finest Wedding Cars
The beautiful flowers were by Hannah Best at The Tea Set
Cake Toppers – Love on Top (Kate Swinscoe)
Reception Venue – Blackstock Barn
Music and Photobooth – Discofever
Invites and order of service: Yellow Blossom Designs
For Father’s Day this year I organised a gorgeous and unique gift illustrated by the wonderful Blanka Biernat. Her work is absolutely delightful and she does personalised illustrations of couples, children, families – and they make brilliant gifts. We nearly had tears from Mr Watson! Must try even harder next year!
Find out more about Blanka and her work, here:
This was one of my all-time favourite Love Shoots EVER! Louise and Dean were both really nervous about having their photos taken, especially as we had decided to do it in one of London’s biggest and busiest parks! To try and make them feel more at ease I suggested that we just go for a walk and see how things go. But not quite happy with that, I came up with the idea of them throwing Holi powder at each other (inspired by the Sony Ericsson mobile phone advert). They LOVED this idea and jumped at the chance. It also meant that the focus of having their photo taken was off and they could just relax and enjoy the moment. And to top it off we managed to find a very beautiful spot of long grass in Hype Park with very few people around and the sun shone perfectly!
Oh my gosh. How this wedding makes me dream of warm summer days and Don Draper! Fiona and Ben created a stunning, chic and beautiful wedding. I felt very honoured to be able to capture it for them. Here’s a few of my favourites from their day.
It seems strange writing a blogpost about rain when it’s so sunny out, but I’ve been looking through the Jon and Holly’s wedding photos over the past few days, I had completely forgotten that it rained all day! Many people would have been thoroughly disappointed that it rained all day, but not Jon and Holly. Holly even said it suited their very English, quite shy personalities.
Of course, everyone wants sunshine (apart from photographers!) on their wedding day – but if you’re getting married in the UK then it’s a very real situation. Holly and Jon’s wedding seemed effortlessly able to side step all of this in April and their day panned out without a hitch. Most of this came down to the fact that they had a beautiful venue. A venue that – come rain or shine – worked.
Cripps Stone Barn near Burford on the Oxford/Gloucestershire borders is a beautiful converted stone barn, tucked away in the rolling English countryside. Not to be confused with it’s more famous sister Cripps Barn a few miles over. This venue has it all – a gorgeous setting, wonderful outside space, stunning barn/ceremony room and the most amazing food. And from a photographers point of view, it had really lovely light throughout. Win win!
Holly said about the day: “We chose the venue based on a number of factors (not least the amazing food!) but we were determined not to make people travel between venues on the day as that’s always a proved a bit of a logistical nightmare for us in the past… plus with getting married so late in the day we wanted to maximise the drinking and dancing rather than the driving element! The ‘one venue’ solution was so handy when the weather turned sour, and actually the pouring rain on the beautiful wide windows and the view of the wind-swept fields only added a kind of natural beauty. It was a thoroughly British wedding in many ways (bunting, roast lamb and a very self-conscious bride and groom) so the weather just fitted in nicely. We always were of the opinion that we’d expect the worst and hope for the best, so we’d never become too reliant on the sun. And when the clouds did roll in, I can honestly say I didn’t notice, I was so caught up in everything to care, and the atmosphere in the barn was so warm and friendly it felt just as joyful as the brightest summer’s day. After all, as the saying goes, you sometimes just have to make your own sunshine.”
What I loved about their day was that it was completely about them and what they wanted. There was no first dance or cake caking, simply because they didn’t want to. Noboby felt awkward about it or missed something. It was a beautiful, relaxed and happy day – just what Jon and Holly wanted.
Holly and Jon booked me last year, as my relaxed, reportage style really appealed to them. Both had already mentioned that they hated having their photos taken, but on their pre-wedding shoot I managed to persuade them that there was nothing to worry about. They both looked awesome – and I think they even enjoyed themselves!
Holly and Jon both got ready at the The Whitesheaf Inn in the sleepy Cotwolds village of Northleach. They had planned a laid back morning, with the ceremony at 4.30. The wedding had lots of fun, creative details, both big readers they went for a vintage Library theme. Bundles of Penguin books and postcards graced the tables, as well as lots of fun dressing up props which a friend had made for them.
Jon had bought a letterpress with a friend and hand printed and designed the Order of Service and menus. They looked awesome!