ONE WEEK to go!!!
Just ONE WEEK until Bindi & Maarten tie the knot + get married and I am sooo super excited, I can’t wait to capture this next step in their journey together.
A few weeks ago we caught up in Hampstead Heath for their ‘pre wedding’ pictures and had such a gorgeous time, beautiful setting and perfect weather :-)
Joanna + Joe
Ahhh oh my goodness, this is SUCH a super sweet + SUPER cute LOVE STORY!!!!
I met Joanna in late December 2018, she had just moved to London to follow her dreams and during our session mentioned a great guy she had been chatting to + was meeting later that evening, joking “ha! imagine I meet the love of my life here”
No less than three months later she messages me to share the most exciting news that she’s engaged!!! I was soooo super excited and we caught up in Greenwich in late April to create amazing engagement pictures <3 So fun + so exciting!!!!!!
It’s been a week of adventure, of love, fun, laughter, new places, beautiful golden hours, little people sass + checking out angles on a site visit ahead of next weeks commercial photo shoot for an amazing lovely client!!!
So!! This week!! last Saturday I met Amy & John at Kensington Gardens Cafe to explore the Italian Gardens and create pre wedding, engagement pictures for them - they marry in September + I can’t wait!! Our ‘pre-wedding’ sessions give us the opportunity to become a little more familiar with each other, with me directing you + also standing back letting you both be cheeky to each other and chat away as if I wasn’t there + it’s also great for you guys to be together in front of the camera. .
It’s TOTALLY NORMAL to feel hesitant, to even hate having your photo taken, although please don’t say that too loudly or I’ll ask for a pound (£1 - if I had a pound every time someone said that…I should have started collecting them when I first started taking pictures…I’d be sipping cocktails, retired in Aruba by now lol) so it’s my job to help ease away those suspicions and feelings and help you enjoy the whole process so that when it comes to your wedding day you know what to expect and you feel more relaxed….I’ll be posting a separate blog post on Amy & John’s whole engagement + all the sessions mentioned here in the coming weeks :-)
On Sunday I met Bindi & Maarten (who marry in June!!!! + This is going to such a super special wedding!!!) at The Pergola at Hampstead Heath, it was an overcast afternoon and so luscious light and I just had to share this wide angle dramatic shot because I just love how you can see the structure yet to much of the greenery surrounding it feels as if it’s cushioning + hugging the building…..
Monday evening in Greenwich with Joanna & Joe….these guys!!! So late December I photographed Joanna on her new adventure + chapter arriving in London to pursue her acting career + telling me about this guy she’d met - well, hey presto!! They got engaged and Monday we captured their engagement pictures!!!! We also had a celebratory vino afterwards too!! :-)
Tuesday it was time to catch up with Flynn Austen, 15months young for his one year plus pictures. Crystal Palace Park was our destination + again the light was just gorgeous!! There was A LOT of laughter + A LOT of cheekiness from this gorgeous prince. He’s gotten so tall and just started walking so I’m sure by the next time I see him he’ll be running around all over the place!! :-)
and…so Thursday was a prep day, well it was an editing and prep day for this gorgeous shoot next week….I get to spend the afternoon picture taking in this very special and spectacular venue…..+ I’m super excited!!
I do feel truly blessed as I start my journey with lovely Amy, John, Bindi & Maarten and continue it with Joanna + Joe, Amy + Flynn, it really is magical and looking back on this it’s been pretty busy but it’s been epically amazing to connect with all this awesome souls and visit all the different venues - Heres’s to an awesome long weekend!!! Happy FRIYAY * SATURYAY & SUNDAY oh hold MONYAY too lol that doesn’t quite work lol Have a fab weekend + Thank you for allowing me to share and capture your journey and new chapters xx
and whilst I was in the zone + flying with productivity, I started a blog post and by 7pm was custard lol I had to step away + eat + get some fresh air :-)
This morning I’ve taught a yoga class + worked out, fuelled up on beans on toast and caught hold of the day! So now, I’m sharing a few favourites from the super cute wedding a couple weeks ago - I love the drama of Black & White images and these make me smile :-)
Happy HUMP DAY everyone! Enjoy the laughter + love below x
A lovely Hampshire Wedding…..
This morning I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding ceremony of a lovely friend of mine + his gorgeous bride in Hampshire! Such a treat + such a gorgeous blast of colour!! I’m super excited to go through and edit all the images but just wanted to share these two that jumped out at me immediately :-)
Also this week I wandered on down to The Goring Hotel in London (the most amazing corner of peaceful London) + caught up with an awesome friend just in town for a few days. The service and vibe here is amazing + I’ll definitely be popping back!!!
It’s been a great week of variety as yesterday I also captured the moment PPF in Croydon presented MIND Croydon with a cheque for £10,000 + this was so special to hear about all the fundraising and hard work that had gone in to raising the money and where it will be utilised.
Phew well as Friday draws to a close, I’m loving these Friday Night Confessionals and am gearing up for the weekend, have a great one! xx
SHE SAID YES!!!!!!!!
Ed popped the question to Stephanie on a chilly November morning in front of the main fountain in the Italian Gardens, London and it was so fun to capture this amazing moment for them both. Stephanie had absolutely no idea what was about to unfold and after she said ‘yes’ we spent some time creating gorgeous engagement pictures for them to cherish and look back on.
SUPER CONGRATULATIONS Ed & Stephanie, here’s to a lifetime of magical moments xx
Opening & Closing 2018 with love
To start and end a year with beautiful proposals is, for me, epic, delightful, heart warming, magical + a blessing. It bookends a year in the most romantic way but there’s something about coming full circle that I just love + I am super grateful for.
Jay & Sheena at Kew Gardens
Michael & Lauren in London
Wishing everyone a magical 2019 full of happiness, love, smiles + delight! xx
Farnham Castle - love the drama of the main room, first dance and a touch of smouldering smoke
Jon & Izabela's wedding at Farnham Castle was divine and I particularly love these shots from their first dance, swoshing, sweeping drama #love #weddingday
August 16th 2016 Destination Wedding: Florida * Happy 2nd (cotton) Anniversary Gilly & Jon!!
Rajan & Janaki June 16th, 2018
Oh...My....Goodness......I am SO EXCITED to share Janaki's & Rajan's wedding at Woolwich Town Hall. It was beyond beautiful!!! The interior of the town hall is spectacular and the colour and vibrance of the decor totally complimented the ceremony and post wedding pictures!!! <3
On Friday June 15th in the middle of the gorgeous Kent countryside, Tori & James tied the knot! Such a gorgeous day, so many special moments and attention to detail and beautiful colour scheme that I am thrilled to share a sneak peek from their day!!
A stunning colour scheme included soft minty/pastel green of the bridesmaids dresses with hints of white and pink in the bouquets and looked striking amongst the amazing outdoor space created for this special day.
A super relaxed afternoon ceremony in front of the most spectacular tree I think I've seen! Both Tori & James are fitness guru's and LOVE the outdoors so it made sense to tie th knot outside with all their family and friends.
Roof Top drinks and canapés followed the ceremony with an array of delicious cocktails and tons of laughter filling the air.
Congratulations James & Tori xx
A gorgeous Venue Visit with undulating views and the feel of nature was super fun with these two lovebirds!!!
TONS of laughter and awesome chatter - fitness tips (James was doing 2 mega spartan races over the weekend!!!) So I was gaining lots of amazing insight into nutrition and performance as they are both fitness pro's :-) I cannot wait for June + their wedding day!!!! xx
New Year's Eve 2017.......Kew Gardens, London.
Love was in the air!!!
When Jay emailed me explaining he was planning to propose to his girlfriend Sheena, I was so thrilled! I'm always hugely delighted to receive an email or call along these lines and this was extra special because I had met Jay through photographing two of his cousins proposals and engagement parties.
We set about making a plan! This past New Year's Eve had an invigorating briskness to the air (or a chilliness depending upon your sensibility lol) + Sheena had NO CLUE what was about to unfold when she and Jay walked along by the Plant House. I love the shock + delight in these images and afterwards we created some wonderful memories around the grounds...perfect overcast soft light mixed with a few sips of prosecco and fun + delight! xx
VERY excited my new postcards have just dropped
+ they are GORGEOUS...even if I do say so myself lol
I'm celebrating February and the month of love over on my Instagram page!!
I see so many forms of love every time I pick up my camera that I wanted to share this throughout February + each day I'm posting a new image + adding love to my 'instagram story'. From weddings across the spectrum to friendship - it's all pretty magical!
When you're one of the few to know a proposal is coming...(it's an amazing feeling!!)
Last February I ran a photography workshop + my student shared with me he was going to propose to his girlfriend. I was beyond excited!! I love the excitement and nerves of knowing a proposal is coming and the planning and the details and the ring and of course the "YES"!!
So fast forward many months from our conversation and knowing they are in New York City I smile wondering how things are going and IF anything has happen when I receive a photo and this message below!!!
I screen shot the message because I was smiling and beaming from ear to ear at the picture they sent me + the joy + excitement on their faces AND then because they asked if I would be their photographer right away!!
+ here I am writing this post to share with you just what that meant.
I see love in so many different ways every time I pick up my camera and photograph people, you can't not. Love varies day to day and person to person but it's there + it's magic + to be asked to be someones wedding photographer is pure brilliance. It's one of my most favourite things ever I LOVE WEDDINGS!!
To be asked to be their photographer right after their proposal is beyond memorable. Being in on a proposal plan is enchanting and thrilling all at the same time. To be trusted with that information on something so personal + something life changing always makes me tingle.
I've been writing 3 things I'm grateful for each night, not because I need to lift myself out of the January blues, although that would be an excellent way if I had them, but because it's important to remember and be appreciative of the people in our lives, the part we play in theirs + the footprints we leave as we go x