1st April 2014

Micklefield Hall, Hertfordshire: Wedding Open Day 19th April 2014

Invite to Micklefield Hall wedding fayre

For all those loved-up couples looking for wedding inspiration and a quintessentially elegant English setting, look no further! On Saturday 19th April from 11am-4pm I will be showcasing my work at Micklefield Hall, a stunning Hertfordshire country house venue, as part of their Wedding Open Day. Set in 350 acres of lush countryside, this promises to be a really inspiring and interactive occasion, with so many ideas for all aspects of your wedding.

I have shot a number of weddings at Micklefield Hall, all of which have been uniquely fabulous in their own right! The house and gardens really do provide a beautiful backdrop to weddings of all sizes and, in addition to the current venue offerings, this October will see the opening of a 16th century barn conversion which we’ll be able to sneak a peek at, courtesy of the venue owners Jamie and Anna Rankin.

The Open Day will give couples a real sense of the many options available to them, including the summer marquee which will be styled for a wedding, as well as many of Micklefield Hall’s hand-picked suppliers offering samples of their high-quality services.

Brides can also treat themselves to a complimentary mini makeover by makeup artist Jules Cardozo-Marsh and hair stylist Lorraine Newark…all of this can be enjoyed with a cocktail in hand whilst listening to the live entertainment…it really does sound like a great day out!

Check out their website for more information about the venue. To apply for your exclusive e-vite, just email invite@micklefieldhall.com.

Come and find me to say hi and to discuss any of your wedding photography needs – it would be great to see you there!  I’m also doing a little talk on ‘Top Tips for your wedding photography’, where I will be telling you a few little secrets on how to get the best out of your photography.

In the meantime, please take a look at the pictures below of weddings that myself and my second photogapher, David, have photographed at Micklefield Hall…

 Micklefield Hall Wedding ceremonies in the Grotto by the pond

Black and white image of pond, ceremony and seated guests

Bride and Groom in pagoda during ceremony with vase of flowers in foreground

Black and white image of bride and groom outside by pond

Black and white image of bride and groom outside laughing

Bride and groom on bench in gardens

Bride and Groom walking through gardens photographed from behind

Bride and groom in gardens holding hands

Indian lady playing boules outside marquee

Ariel crowd shot outside of wedding party

Floral decoration on posts in garden

Interior of marquee with tables dressed

Interior of marquee with dressed tables and floral decorations

Interior of marquee with guests at tables

Interior of marquee with blue ceiling drapes, wedding cake in centre and guests sitting at tables

Exterior of marquee at night with pink lighting and guests outside

11th March 2014

A Springtime Wedding Show at Easton Grange, Suffolk

A sunny Sunday in Suffolk was on the agenda on the 2nd March and a stand at the Easton Grange Wedding Open Day. Nestled in picturesque countryside, Easton Grange is a recently refurbished country barn wedding venue comprising both contemporary and traditional buildings (dating back to the 16th century), in a wonderful riverside setting. Spring was really in the air for all the couples who came to visit and the whole event was a very relaxed and enjoyable occasion.

Our stand was in the main ceremony hall; a perfect light-filled room and additionally fantastic as we had the pleasure of listening to the dulcet tones of the very talented harpist – and even put in a few requests (Daft Punk no less!). It was lovely to meet a range of brides,  grooms and parents, chat about their wedding plans and witness their excitement as ideas started to take shape. Everybody seemed to enjoy the opportunity to browse and chat whilst sipping fizz and sampling the fine canapés provided by in-house caterers Galloping Gourmet – the duck rolls were divine!

As there was only a select group of suppliers the atmosphere was one of camaraderie. It was especially wonderful to meet the talented Jane of Myrtle and Mint Florists with her amazing floral creations and also Charlotte from The Bridal Lounge showcasing her stunning bridal dresses.

Have a look at some of the pictures of the day below….

Welcome drinks and waitress

Two shots of suppliers' stands, with tiered wedding cake, cheese and grapes

Two shots of Galloping Gourmet chef preparing canapés

Detail shot of The Bridal Lounge stand, with shoe and jewellery on a small stool

Lady playing harp

Two shots of tiered wedding cake with flower decoration and two mannequins in wedding gowns

Front shot of florist Myrtle and Mint stand display

Two shots of visitors browsing and chatting to suppliers

Detail shot of floral table centre display in shades of pink

Gentleman in white tuxedo playing electric keyboard

Stand with screen displaying moving image, for videographer

Front shot of tall, white, tiered wedding cake with pale white flower decorations on front and cupcakes in foreground

Two shots of flower decorations, in a cream jug and one on a stand

Tray with various canapés and dipping sauce

close-up shot of canapés including mini-burgers, duck spring rolls with dipping sauce and mushroom tartlets

Interior shot of reception barn with timber ceilings and guests milling about

Shot of Amelie's Kitchen Wedding cake supplier with different cakes on cake stands and floral signage behind

Interior shot of people in reception barn with dressed tables, timber beams and sunlight through window

Identical twin little girls talking to supplier, photographed from behind

Four mannequins wearing white wedding gowns

Recipe for love signage with romantic words

Some of the friends we made:

Florist : http://www.myrtleandmint.com

Dresses: The Bridal Lounge, www.thebridal-lounge.co.uk

Pianist: Nick Raison, www.nickraison.co.uk

Film: Camera On Films, www.cameraonfilms.co.uk

Cakes: Krumblies, http://www.krumblies.co.uk

Amelie’s Kitchen, http://www.amelies-kitchen.co.uk

Other photographer: Sara Thomas, http://sarathomas.co.uk

1st March 2014

Katy & Ben: A match Made in Chelsea

Forget Millie and Professor Green, Katy & Ben were the loved-up stars of Chelsea last summer! They tied the knot at the historic Wren Chapel, part of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and their nuptials were lit up by blazing sunshine and blue skies – perfect conditions for this sophisticated London wedding.

The proceedings commenced under the impressive domed ceiling designed by Sr Christopher Wren, with images of cherubs and angels (painted by Sebastiano Ricci in 1714) gazing down on the bride and groom. The atmosphere was uplifting as the chapel choir sang, surrounded by beautiful flowers carefully arranged by Ron, one of the Chelsea Pensioners. Katy’s mother proudly walked her down the aisle to the groom, who was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his glamorous bride.

Katy was resplendent in a floor-length white dress, by Caroline Castigliano, cleverly incorporating a gorgeous lace bolero, and tastefully accessorised with pearl drop earrings and a simple yet stunning pearl necklace. Katy’s hair was styled by Michael Van Clarke and her make-up by Jenna West.

There was a very feminine theme to this wedding, with the five bridesmaids wearing elegant, floor-length soft pink satin dresses. Attention to detail was picked up in the pink ties of the groomsmen and the bridal bouquet, which featured pale pink rosebuds nestled amongst the white – artfully designed by Wild About Flowers.

The newlyweds departed for their next destination in style – in a blue 1952 vintage Rolls Royce (provided by Lord Cars) for a suitably glamorous arrival at One Great George Street, Westminster, where the next part of their celebration took place. The guests’ ride was quintessential London – a couple of traditional Red Route Master buses – in which they sipped on the couples’ home-made ‘Fisher’s lemonade’ and got into the party mood!

The whole day was expertly crafted by the talented team at Flutterfly Events, led by Erika Unbehaun and executed by the charming and creative Nadia (Weddings by Nadia). So much thought went into the design of the reception, from the London-themed table settings to the cute macaron favours by Anges de sucre, the ever-entertaining photo booth supplied by Picture Blast and the original white bespoke letterbox into which guests could pop a note. A quirky caricature picture of the happy couple was also on display for guests to sign as a memento. The traditional tiered wedding cake was a stunning centrepiece, designed by  the Abigail Bloom cake company and accentuated the floral decorations in the grand dining room.

After the wedding feast it was time to make merry on the dance floor. A jazz band from the Royal Academy of Music played first then made way for ‘Hot Rocks‘ who really got everyone into dance mode! All in all, a wonderful celebration of love, London-style, and a wedding to remember!

Bride in front of gold statue in Central London

Groom and groomsmen outside the Wren Chapel, Chelsea

Groom in morning suit leaning against pillar

Side by side detail shots of bridal bouquet and buttons on back of wedding dress

Bride holding bouquet of white flowers with bridesmaids dressed in pink in background

Mother of bride wearing a hat and matching cream outfit

Bride at entrance of chapel, surrounded by bridesmaids dressed in pink straightening her veil and dress

Bride walking down the aisle with mother and bridesmaids

Elderly female guest dressed in yellow holding order of service and singing

Black and white shot of bride and groom sitting next to each other during the service

Detail shot of wedding guest's leg and traditional kilt

Groom putting the wedding ring on bride's finger at the altar and priest conducting service

The newly married couple walking down the aisle together smiling, with Wren chapel ceiling above them

The wedding party gathered outside the chapel

Bride and groom kissing outside the chapel, with gold statue behind

Black and white shot of bride and groom from behind, holding hands leaving the chapel

The black Rolls Royce wedding car

Bride smiling getting into the car

Four shots of guests inside and outside the London Routemaster wedding buses

Signage of 'One Great George Street'

Three shots of a bottle with retro straw, bridesmaid holding bouquet and detail of buttonhole

Three shots of guests at the wedding reception laughing, taking photos and holding drinks

Detail shots of framed seating instructions and pink floral table decorations

Four detail shots of mini frames, letter tray, initial stamps and caricature canvas signed by guests

Side by side shots of a white postbox with bride and groom's name and an easel with a caricature of the bride and groom

Black and white ariel shot of wedding party looking up with confetti falling from above

Black and white shot of bride and groom looking up in front of staircase with confetti falling on them

Ariel shot of bride and groom looking up as confetti falls from above

Bride and groom kissing in front of staircase with confetti falling around them

Black and white shot of bride and groom smiling with confetti falling behind them

Groom looking up into confetti falling from above and smiling

Interior shot of reception room with painted ceiling, lights and tables

Side by side shots of table decorations, candles and place settings with London landmarks

Detail shot of table name 'St Pauls', decorations and candles

Four tiered wedding cake on table in reception room

Detail shots of wedding cake including bride and groom and edible flowers

Detail shot of place setting with cutlery and macaroon favour

Basket with white flip flops for guests

Three shots of guests dancing with hands in the air

Bride and guests wearing giant novelty glasses

Black and white shot of bride and groom surrounded by guests on the dance floor

Black and white shot of happy couple dancing in front of band

Detail shot of candelabra with low burning candles

 

 

11th February 2014

Sombreros in Surrey – a springtime wedding at Loseley Park

It’s not often you come across men sporting sombreros in Surrey, but in May 2013 the gardens of Loseley Park were full of them, in honour of a couple who hold Mexico dear to their hearts….

Gerry and Anya first met when Anya took up a post for an international company in Mexico.  Fast forward and they’re tying the knot, twice – one wedding bringing England to Mexico and the second, bringing Mexico to Surrey!

Anya set her heart on the former Nonsuch Palace of Henry VIII, Loseley Park – built in 1562, still home to the More-Molyneux family and famed for its beautiful gardens – as the venue for their Anglo-Mexican union.  And what an inspired choice, with this Elizabethan Palace as the backdrop and ancient Surrey parkland surrounding them.  Despite the flowers being late in arriving last May due to the harsh winter weather, we found a perfect corner of the garden in full technicolour bloom for some photos of the happy couple.

Paying homage to his homeland, Gerry was in a traditional charro suit which he had made especially, wearing it with flair and panache and setting the tone for the Mexican-themed day – coupled of course with his trusty sombrero! Many of the guests entered into the spirit also sporting sombreros, which added even more colour to the day – and provided a good talking point too!

After the ceremony and meal, the festivities really kicked off with the arrival of a traditional Mexican Mariachi band.  Gerry and other members of his family got up and joined in the singing, much to the delight of the wedding party, but the highlight was when he sang a love song to his bride…such a romantic gesture and the fact that it was in Spanish only added to the charm – me not understanding it was irrelevant!

There were so many lovely touches to the day, with the Mexican theme and colours appearing in various different visuals…and edible forms. The cake was an artful and quirky invention involving layers of cupcakes, each decorated with either a sombrero, a red rose or a cactus, with the bride and (Mexican charro wearing) groom on top! So clever and totally eye-catching.

The celebrations continued apace, with more singing and dancing through the night – a true celebration of the two cultures joining together.  It was brilliant to be a part of, and you could really feel el amor in the air……

Detail shot of Loseley Park signage on wall

Exterior shot of the front of Loseley Park

Bride holding bouquet of red roses and smiling

Black and white shot of bride and groom sitting in chairs during the ceremony

Bride looking at groom and smiling during ceremony

Shot of guests at ceremony from behind, with blue and white sombrero on mans back

Wedding ceremony in the gardens with bride and groom standing in front of celebrant and guests seated behind

Groom and bride outside with guests, groom holding sombrero

Bride and groom holding hands smiling and walking across the lawn

Portrait shot of little boy smiling wearing a black and gold sombrero

Detail shot of groom's jacket cuff and traditional silver buttons

Groom smiling wearing traditional charro suit in venue

Bride and groom smiling in doorway of venue holding champagne glasses and bouquet

Bride and groom holding hands walking through the formal gardens of Loseley Park

Groom kissing bride in flower garden with sombrero shielding her face

Bride with bouquet holding grooms hand standing in flower garden

Black and white shot of bride and groom in formal gardens laughing and holding hands

wedding cake with mexican groom and bride on top and colourful cupcakes decorated with sombreros, cactae and roses on stand underneath

Side by side shots of the wedding cake topping with Mexican groom and bride, and cupcakes decorated with sombreros, roses and cactae on cake stand

Table name 'Mexico' with flag image, next to floral table decoration in red, white and green

Groom singing song to bride, accompanied by Mexican man playing the trumpet

Three members of the Mexican band playing guitars in traditional costume

Mexican band in traditional costume playing guitars and trumpet at the reception

 

Side by side shots of bride listening to groom and smiling, and groom singing

Black and white shot of bride and groom dancing looking into each others' eyes