Laura and Adam were married on a beautiful summer’s day in July last year at Chartridge Lodge in Buckinghamshire. It was an emotional one, with many a happy tear being shed and many a tissue required! I’ve put together a slideshow which I think sums up their day quite well; laughter, tears and lots of love!
After a week of snow blizzards and cold weather, I was relieved to make the journey to Dunglass Estate with the sun shining and not a snowflake in sight. The venue was looking beautifully spring like, surrounded by daffodils with baby lambs running and jumping in the field beside. I made my way over to the house where Rachael and her mum and sisters were getting ready. Everybody was so relaxed and calm; Rachael’s three sisters, her bridesmaids, were totally on top of any jobs that needed doing so Rachael was able to focus on getting ready and enjoy the morning. I popped over to the church and marquee to see them all set up and take a few shots and when I got back the girls were just getting the finishing touches to their hair and make up ahead of the most exciting part of bridal preparations - dress time! The bridesmaids buzzed around Rachael, each with a job to do, and she was into her dress and looking incredible in no time. After a few family photos, I left them so I could join the boys who were greeting the guests. Staff were handing out hot water bottles to everyone and cosy blankets lay on the chairs in the church - it might be have been spring but it is Scotland after all! It didn’t take long before the atmospheric little church was full of excited family and friends and John made his way to the front with his groomsmen, to await his bride. The sound of bagpipes in the distance soon let us know she was on her way. The ceremony was beautiful and personal and the church was the perfect setting. Rachael was the happiest bride and I don’t think I took a single photo all day where she wasn’t smiling! The newly married couple made their way out of the church for a moment alone while we organised everybody for the much anticipated confetti shot...I knew from chatting at their engagement session that both Rachael and John were looking forward to this. Thanks to the wonderful bridesmaids, it went smoothly and we nailed it! Rachael and John enjoyed drinks in the marquee with their friends and family before some group photographs and their couple portraits, which we got through really quickly thanks to the rain! They had very kindly arranged for me to sit amongst the guests for dinner so after some brilliant speeches we tucked into one of the best wedding meals I’ve ever had. I left them shortly after their first dance in the capable hands of their fantastic wedding band, Bleeker, ready to dance the night away.
Hair - Signature hair by Kirstie
Make up - Erin Stewart Makeup
Flowers - Carol’s Creations
Dress - LA Bridal
Shoes - Jenny Packham
Although I am based in Bedfordshire, I can often be found visiting family in Scotland and Wales and I am always happy to take bookings while I'm there. My most recent trip up north included a relaxed shoot for this family at their beautiful home near Dundee.
At home sessions are quickly becoming my favourite kind of shoots to do; spending time with families in the comfort of their own home and capturing the magic in the little things they do together everyday. Everything changes so fast, children grow in the blink of an eye and the things you do together one day have changed to something else the next - I love being able to record lasting memories of these moments that might otherwise be forgotten as we move on to the next age and stage.
Here are a few of my favourites from this session...
As I am sure you will agree, the first few weeks after having a baby are such a special time that pass far too quickly. It is such an honour to be invited into people's homes in the midst of it all to capture it. I often wish I could go back and relive those precious first days of my own children so a newborn lifestyle session is the perfect way to remember those moments when your memories become hazy with hormones and sleep depravation.
Little Winter was just under two weeks old when I did her newborn session. I was reliably informed she liked to sleep all day and party all night, but obviously it was far too exciting to have her photos taken and only when we had nearly finished did she finally drift off.
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Autumn is pretty much my favourite time of year for family shoots. I love summer; the lavender fields in bloom, sunshine, hazy days and sunsets in cornfields. And of course I love spring with its daffodils and bluebells and blossom and that magical feeling of the sun warming us up again after a long winter. Even winter is beautiful, especially when there is snow or frost and I love the colours that everybody's winter hats and scarves bring to a shoot. But for me, Autumn is really the best. The light is beautiful, the colours are amazing, its not too cold and everywhere just looks perfect! When I met up with the Robehmed family in mid November, the woods were looking their absolute best. As we stood under the leaves they were falling gently around us, we could not have asked for a better backdrop! Here are a few of my favourites from their session.
Steph and Andy were married in early July in the Secret Garden at Lodge Farm and held their reception in a tipi in the beautiful grounds. I was second shooting for Nikki's Moment's Photography and I have been looking forward to blogging about this wedding ever since as it was such a lovely day. I must admit it even had me planning a hypothetical second wedding to my husband! Steph and Andy had organised everything down to a tee and were so relaxed and happy throughout the day. Their ceremony was held in the Secret Garden, a special space hidden from the main garden and surrounded by trees. It was simply styled with white dreamcatchers which blew lightly in the summer breeze. The sun made a welcome appearance after the ceremony and guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn before making their way into the tipi for a delicious barbecue lunch. Everybody was eager to start dancing well before the first dance, which is always a sure sign of a great night ahead! Here's a little glimpse of their day...
I arrived at Jan and James' house at lunchtime on the 2nd August, when baby Owain was around a week old. His arrival was perfectly timed, especially given my plans to arrive in Edinburgh only two days previously. Jan and I have been best friends since we met at Primary school and James and my husband are cousins so this was a very special shoot indeed and I was delighted I was able to be there to do it and most importantly, meet Owain! I have so many favourites from our afternoon together which also included lunch, tea, cake and rather a lot of baby cuddles!
Laura and Lee were married back on the 20th May this year at The Cricketers, in Weston. The pavilion restaurant of this cosy country pub had been transformed beautifully; with jars of flowers by Blooms of Baldock filling every surface and bunting and twinkling fairy lights overhead it was the perfect romantic setting. The ceremony itself was personal and emotional and as packets of Kleenex were being found and shared around I learned an important lesson about being a wedding photographer - always keep the tissues handy! After the ceremony everyone headed outside for drinks and congratulations while the children had fun in The Play Den. Everybody gathered in the small marquee before dinner to listen to the speeches and some live music by a friend of the couple (who also sang Laura down the aisle) which was another lovely and personal touch. The sun shone all afternoon, waiting until everybody was seated for food before disappearing as the clouds rolled in and the rain arrived when it didn't matter anymore. The rain fell softly outside as Laura and Lee took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife, where they were shortly joined by their closest family and friends. A perfect end to a perfect day!