A Destination wedding in Portugal - Camelia & Tim

Well, what can I say about this wedding! It was all kinds of amazing and I feel so lucky I got the opportunity to capture it. 

When Camelia first contacted me about her wedding in Portugal I was extremely excited about the chance to document a destination wedding. It was a personal goal of mine, since becoming a wedding photographer, to travel as part of my job, and the fact that I got to see that dream come true was incredible. Now I am itching to photograph more weddings abroad, and see as much of this beautiful planet as possible, through my eyes and my lens...

Camelia and Tim got married at the stunning Quinta, Vintage Wedding  venue near Sintra, Portugal. It was the perfect location, up in the mountains,  but with gorgeous views of the atlantic ocean. The venue itself is a charming historical estate surrounded by the most beautiful gardens and for weddings,  is decorated in a vintage, eclectic style with unique pieces of furniture and details. 

I turned up the day before the wedding and immediately hit it off with the Tim and Camelia  - they were so warm and friendly and not only did I get on great with them, but all their friends and family. The day after the wedding was lovely and chilled and I was warmly welcomed into their post wedding celebration party to enjoy a BBQ and a few drinks before heading back to Lisbon airport for my flight home. 

The couple added their own twist on an already unique venue, decorating the outside of the building with brightly coloured balloons, which certainly gave an element of juxtaposition to the wedding setting. 

The whole day was amazing, sunny, family oriented,  and the wine flowed like water! It is definitely a wedding I will remember and I can't thank Tim and Camelia enough for getting to photograph their beautiful day.

Here a selection of my favourite images. I tried to cut them back more but it was impossible...

Polly & Dave

So, it's starting to get pretty dark and cold, as we drift into winter, so I thought I would share a nice pretty, light and summery wedding from this year...

Polly & Dave's wedding took place on a glorious day in the middle of June, at the lovely Barton Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire. The whole day was so beautiful and relaxed, I felt like I was a guest at their wedding, with the added honour of documenting their day.

There were so many beautiful aspects to this wedding, such as the ceremony in the orangery, the stunning bouquets and centrepieces featuring the most amazing peonies, and last but certainly not least, polly' utterly incredible, lace Pronovias gown. Oh, and those his and hers CAKES!!! OMG!

Thanks for having me guys!

Tori & Ed Wedding

I first met Tori & Ed back in early 2016 - they were the kind of couple that I instantly got on well with. We had coffee and teas whilst they told me all about their wedding plans and I knew it was going to be a good one. Fast forward 1 year to their wedding at the gorgeous Haughey Park and it was even more beautiful than I imagined it to be... From the stunning flower bouquets, the stationary,  right through to the impeccably decorated rustic venue, the couple really put a personal stamp on their wedding style. 

Tori wore the most amazing Maggie Sottero gown and looked every inch the princess. Ed scrubbed up pretty well too in a sharp grey suit. ;)

Thank you for having me guys. Here are some of my favourites from the day....

Thank you 2016

I was going to call this blog post "best of 2016" but in all honestly it's hard to pick favourites, instead this is just a thank you to all of the lovely couples who trusted me to photograph the most special days in their lives and for the fantastic opportunities I have been given. I have also included a few of my own personal shots and memories for good measure...

This collection isn't about epic locations, killer shots or pretty details - all of that stuff is fantastic, of course it is... but without people - there are no weddings. For me, that is one of the most important things to remember. I love it when my clients tell me how they have enjoyed looking through all the photos of moments they didn't realise had happened - whether that be their family and friends having fun, bits of the wedding they did not see, facial expressions, and all the little in-between moments. These are the moments that make a wedding what it is.... not the expensive cake, the beautiful dress, the amazing shoes, or the epic location - The people are what truly make a wedding day. 2 people in love and all of their families and friends gathered there to celebrate with them. I am so grateful to each and everyone one of you who let me capture your day through my eyes and do the love I absolutely love to do. I wouldn't be where I am without you! 

As 2016 almost draws to a close, I am already looking forward to the amazing weddings and personal events I coming up next year! 

Katie & James

I have been eager to blog this wedding ever since I shot it back in June. 

In the very early stages of my photography journey, a handful of the photographers I most look up to gave me the most valuable piece of advice that I still carry with me to this day - "find your ideal clients". That does by no means have to be clients with the most money, the most extravagant weddings, the best designer suppliers, it means finding couples that you can relate to and who relate to you - who 'get' what you do creatively.

When Katie first emailed me I was on holiday in Cornwall and I think I did a happy dance in my chair - I just had to photograph this wedding, not only because it sounded completely awesome, but Katie came across with such warmth and a girl I would get on really well with. In person that couldn't have been truer, and the exact same goes for the lovely James. (He even likes the same bands as me!)

The wedding itself was such a fun filled day, and despite the weather being rather damp in places, it certainly didn't spoil the day one little bit. The staff at Bawdon Lodge Farm were amazing and considering the venue had flooded from torrential rain the day before they did an incredible job working through the night to get everything looking perfect for the big day.

Katie and James's wedding had beautiful details, great music, gorgeous cakes that looked too good to be eaten, the most stunning bouquets, and bloody good looking bridesmaids and groomsmen - but above all that it had heart and that was the element that resonated with me the most. Family was well and truly at the center of this wedding and you could feel the love in the room. Everyone made me feel so welcome, and by the end of the night when I reluctantly packed up my kit and made my way out into the rain I felt like a guest and a friend,  rather than a photographer. 

Anyway, here are some of my favourites from their day. I tried to keep this blog post shorter, but I just couldn't...