Reina + Dan | Relaxed Summer Wedding at Knebworth Barns | Hertfordshire Wedding Photography

I first met Reina and Dan at the end of January last year, when they booked me a mere 5 months before their wedding date! They are such a chilled couple, I knew their day was going to be relaxed and fun. When it arrived, the 7th July was a hot and sticky, mid-heatwave day. Reina and Dan had opted for an outdoor ceremony at Knebworth which was perfect in the sun. Their reception was held in the barns and guests enjoyed thai curry and watched the England World Cup game. They did a joint speech (which I loved - bridal speeches are awesome!) and Reina wore bridal converse embroidered with her new name. A beautiful , relaxed day for a lovely couple!

Katy + Mark | Linslade Woods Engagement Shoot | Bedfordshire Wedding Photography

I met up with Mark and Katy at their home in Leighton Buzzard at the end of November last year. They are getting married next month so we thought the gorgeous autumn colours would be a nice contrast to the bright spring palette of their wedding day. We had only spoken on the phone before so it was lovely to finally meet in person and we chatted for a while before we took a walk to Linslade Woods for their pre-wedding shoot. If they were nervous, you couldn’t tell as they seemed totally natural and relaxed in front of the camera! It didn’t take long for us to have some gorgeous shots of them together. Now its countdown to wedding time and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding day!

Lots of my couples worry about their engagement photos. They book me because they love my candid approach to weddings and quite often don’t like having their photographs taken so it seems daunting to head out just the two of you and me and my camera! I totally understand, I feel awkward having my photo taken too! It would seriously recommend braving it and not skipping your complimentary engagement shoot. Firstly, its a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a little before the big day. It might have been a while since we last saw each other or maybe the first time we will get a chance to meet. If you are nervous about having your photo taken it makes sense to try it out before your wedding so that on the day you don’t have to worry at all. We can also work out what sort of things work for you both so that by the time you do your couple portraits on the day we can get some lovely natural shots really quickly which leaves you with more time to enjoy the day!

Sarah + Tom | Marquee wedding in Shefford | Bedfordshire Wedding Photography

The summer of 2018 was glorious for weddings and luckily for Sarah and Tom, the 16th of June was no exception. Sarah, along with her Mum and bridesmaids, got ready at Capelli’s Hair Salon in Henlow with the wonderful Dollie Mixtures on hand for make up. I met them there before we all made our way to Sarah’s parents house for sandwiches and final touches. It wasn’t long before it was time to go - Sarah and her Dad were making their way to the church on the back of a steam engine and the others in an assortment of vintage cars and buses so they had to allow themselves plenty of time to get there. I took a particular liking to Sarah’s gorgeous classic fiat 500, you’ve probably seen it all over my social media! It might have taken a while but everybody made it to the church in time for the ceremony, including Sarah and Tom’s dog Henry! Their reception was held in a marquee on a friend’s farm which had been filled with flowers and plants. Their quirky table plan was gorgeous and looked more like a display in a garden centre! This wedding was just full of personal touches and I loved that they were able to include so many things that meant a lot to them. What a day, wishing you all the best for the future Mr and Mrs Smith!

Steph + Andy | Tipi wedding at Lodge Farm | Hertfordshire Wedding Photography

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...

Laura + Lee | The Cricketers, Weston | Hertfordshire Wedding Photography

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! 

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