Erin & Roman – Wedding Photography at Shoreditch Town Hall, Hackney

One of my favourite things about wedding photography, is that every now and then I get the chance to take photographs for good friends and this was one of those occasions with Erin and Roman. During the bridal preparations at the stylish Hoxton Hotel, it turned out I’d inadvertently managed to gatecrash their very first date, so it made it all the more special to be in amongst the ceremony and festivities taking photos of the day unfolding.

After the formalities were completed at Shoreditch Town Hall guests dived into taxis to brave the all too familiar “summer” rain, making the short trip down to the Tab Centre on Hackney Road for the wedding breakfast. The couple had enlisted family and friends to prepare the venue the day before which included an amazing array of table decorations. After some emotional speeches, with Roman managing to leave his father in tears (of laughter recalling a story of where he had slipped on a sausage on a zebra crossing!) the tables made way for a dance floor, and bar, and much drinking and rejoicing was had till the end of the evening.

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Alison & Asher – Wedding Photography at Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich

My first local wedding, making the short drive across South London to leafy Dulwich, for another summer scorcher! Against all the odds this time, defying torrential weather reports of heavy rain throughout the day. Thankfully, the rain held back long enough for Alison and Asher to enjoy their wedding service at Christ’s Chapel, and sunny stroll through Dulwich village, to where they first met, at Alleyn’s School for the wedding festivities. Alison and Asher truely took full advantage of going back to their old school to throw an almighty party on the playing field, which hosted Ugandan drummers, a hearty hog roast, wedding speeches galore and a literal school disco which had fellow classmates, family and friends dancing into the early hours of the morning!

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Louise & Paul – Wedding Photography at East Close Country House Hotel, Christchurch

It was very much a case of deja vu at my first summer wedding this year, having taken photos at Paul’s sister’s wedding back in January. Louise and Paul couldn’t have timed the date and location any better with it being the hottest day of the year so far, down in sunny… wait, scratch that, blazing Dorset.

The day began with the bridal party preparing in one of the gorgeously decorated suites at The Mill, in Lymington. After the intricacies of Louise’s dress, with lace tie-ups, buttons and bow successfully navigated by bridesmaids and mum, vintage cars escorted the group in style down to the East Close Hotel for the ceremony and reception.

The wedding breakfast was a highly creative affair, with Louise and Paul naming tables after their favourite board games, going into amazing detail to craft place names to match playing cards from those very games. Another inspired choice was the magician who appeared in the early evening to impress guests with an array of card tricks, mind reading skills and the occasional sleight of hand with wrist watches being returned to bamboozled guests.

After Louise and Paul’s energetic first dance, backed by a live band, the rest of the guests teamed onto the dance-floor shortly afterwards pulling off some tremendous shapes and moves late into the night.

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Helen & Pascoe – Wedding Photography at York & Albany, The Prince Albert, London

My first wedding of 2013, was a local one for a change, venue hopping in around North London. Helen and Pascoe planned a small, intimate ceremony at the York & Albany opposite Regent’s park which was followed up with an evening bash down the road at The Prince Albert.

Late in the evening, after probably one of the most inventive best man’s speeches I’ve seen, which included a series of football managers seemingly congratulating Pascoe on his inspired choice of bride, the groom took to the stage with his band to see out the festivities.

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Becca & Charlie – Wedding Photography at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

One of the things I love about doing wedding photography, is the sheer unpredictability of the working day. One day you’re covering a wedding that feels like a mini-Glastonbury, and the next you’re in a Grade 1 listed stately home, up in North Yorkshire!

The listed building in question was Allerton Castle, just outside Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, and was home to Becca and Charlie’s wedding. In something of an other first the start of the day was spent with the top-hatted groom and his best man and woman getting to grips with the full size billiard table in the Billiard Room.

Unfortunately there was no shifting the rain here, so although the wedding party didn’t get to explore the gardens, the opulence of Allerton House made an amazing backdrop for the festivities – which included Charleston lessons from the swing band and a dance-off featuring a perfect rendition of the “david brent dance”!

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Lauren & Richard – Wedding Photography at Colley Corner, Reigate

My new found knack (or incredible luck!) at managing to keep the rain at bay came in very handy at Lauren and Richard’s outdoors wedding. Luckily, the now inevitable summer rain chose to come splashing down after the humanist ceremony had finished, with everyone safely seated inside a massive marquee tucking into the wedding breakfast.

Now that I’m able to drive (passed my test first time!) and this was a fairly local wedding, I was able to cover the groom’s side of the morning too. This involved a heap of bacon sandwiches being demolished, wedding speeches being fine tuned and watching England scrape a narrow victory in the Rugby World Cup.

There were lots of personal touches to this wedding, with family and friends having spent weeks converting a wild field near Colley Corner to host what felt very much like a wedding festival!

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Jenny & Stephen – Wedding Photography at Hollybank House, Emsworth

Jenny and Stephen’s amazingly detailed, and finely planned wedding reception almost came unstuck on the one thing that couldn’t be planned for… the weather! After a grim start, and about 4-5 hours of constant rain, the sun made a supremely timed appearance just after the church service at Thomas a Becket parish in Warblington. Thankfully, there was much more flexibility about where I could take photographs from during this particular service, and I was able to cover most angles… which involved having to run around the outside of the church to do so. Good job I was wearing trainers for this wedding!

A sunny reception was held at Hollybank House, Emsworth, where Jenny and Stephen had their finely decorated marquee set up on the lawn. After the round of speeches, and a special baked wedding pie were polished off, best man Rob da Bank kept the guests grooving until the wee small hours. Which was about the time I disappeared with a slice of carrotcake wedding cake!

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Hannah & James – Wedding Photography at St Andrews Church, Farnham

Another first when photographing Hannah and James’ wedding in Farnham… my first back garden marquee reception!

The day started off accompanying Hannah and her bridesmaids to a local salon where their hair was done, then back to Hannah’s parents house for some final preparations to the marquee, the bridesmaids, bride and family!

The wedding ceremony took place at St Andrews Church, in Farnham, and although I was only allowed to take photographs from a balcony at the opposite end of the church I was able to manage thanks to a rather long (and heavy!) zoom lens. After a gloomy morning the sun well and truly came out for the impressive garden reception at Hannah’s parents house.

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Becky & Jason – Wedding Photography at Shirehall, Hereford

This was my first ever visit to Hereford, for Becky and Jason’s wedding ceremony held at Hereford City Council Town Hall. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take pictures during the civil service ceremony, but I managed to get a few shots just before it started and at the very end. Afterwards the drinks reception and wedding breakfast was held at the Shirehall, which was just a short horse and carriage ride away for the bride and groom.

As well as the wedding festivities, it was also Becky’s Dad’s birthday, who not only received a caterpillar birthday cake but some Tina Turner memorabilia. As a Man Utd fan it probably compensated for having to receive a QPR shirt earlier in the speeches from Jason.

This has been the only wedding I’ve photographed (so far!) where the bride has worn personalised trainers. Another first!

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Listed in Wonderland Avenue

Wonderland Avenue is a new wedding website which aims to list only the best wedding photographers in the UK. The result being a handy directory for prospective brides and grooms looking for a photographer, safe in the knowledge that all those listed have been vetted by another professional. So, all that said, I’m very pleased to report that you can find me listed in their directory! You can see my page here.

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