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Babington House, Somerset

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The Church of St Margaret, adjacent to Babington House is a stunning is a Grade I listed building. I’ve been lucky enough to document weddings by candlelight there. It’s intimate atmosphere is  unique, and last summer I had the great privileged to document a private Christening there. With just their closest friends, this family had the most beautiful and personal ceremony, followed by champagne and cake in the gorgeous library at Babington House.

Flowers by Passion created delicate displays so fitting to the occasion, and I wanted to showcase the beauty of how they dressed the Church for this Babington House christening.

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Melbourn, Cambridgeshire

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Amy & Paul wanted to get married close to the water so Sheene Mill‘s position, right over the river, was perfect. This was a classic country wedding in the depths of Cambridgeshire, and their celebrations were very personal and poignant.

It had been touch and go all morning and with umbrellas at the ready, they forged on with their outdoor wedding. The storm gave way to glorious sunshine for their reception, and we walked in the meadows, Amy barefoot amongst the buttercups, in the last of the evening sun. Amy’s Sophia Tolli dress looked stunning, and Alison at Wildwood Floral Events created a romantic yet natural country feel to Amy’s bouquet.

Here I share a few precious moments from their celebrations.

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Amy & Paul’s Sheene Mill wedding team:
Venue: Sheene Mill
Amy’s dress: Sophia Tolli
Amy’s Shoes: Carvella
Hair and Makeup: Chelsea Lenton from Sitting Pretty
The Bridesmaids dresses and details: Dresses by Monsoon, necklaces by Glitzy Secrets
Flower girls dresses and details: Dress and shoes by Monsoon
The bouquets: Alison at Wildwood Floral Events
The Buttonholes: Made by the Bride’s mother
Groom’s suit: Moss Bespoke

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I met Tina some years ago when I lived and worked in Leicester. Since those days I have had the privilege to photograph her and her husband Lin when Tina was pregnant with their first child, and to meet and photograph Alan when he was first born. When his little sister arrived, I was overjoyed that Tina asked me to come to their London home to document little Isabel and the family.

These moments are so incredibly precious. Seeing how grown up Alan is now, and how much he loves his little sister was very special for me. I really love being able to capture such authentic family photographs, to preserve real moments for them to remember in years to come.

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If you want some authentic family photographs, do get in touch – I would love to help you remember these moments in years to come.

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Guildford, Surrey

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On what was surely one of the hottest days of the summer last year, Ingrid and Stuart celebrated their marriage in Guildford. Their intimate ceremony was right in the centre of town at St Mary’s Church, followed by a reception just a short drive up the hill at Greyfriars House. The views over the valley are breathtaking, and with the weather as it was the reception had an unending backdrop of brilliant blue and fluffy white clouds.

Ingrid & Stuart put a lot of effort into creating an elegant summer theme with touches of purple. Their team of trusted suppliers can be found below.

It was an absolutely joy to document their day, being close friends of close friends made it even more poignant for me. Here I share just a few highlights of the atmosphere they created.

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Ingrid & Stuart’s Greyfriars House wedding Team:
Venue: Greyfriars House
Ingrid’s dress: Maggie Sottero, Shalise
Ingrid’s Shoes: Rainbow Club, Jess
Veil: Richard Designs
Hair and Makeup: Amanda White
The Bridesmaids dresses and details: Two Birds bridesmaids
Pageboy: John Lewis
The bouquets, buttonholes and reception flowers: Florescence Floristry (Elise Ciampaglia)
Stuart’s suit: Austin Reed
Stationary: Here Comes the Bride Stationery (invitations, name cards/menus, table plan)
The cake: Alexander Taylor Cakes
Music: Rollercoaster Cocktail Band (drinks reception); Rollercoaster (evening)

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Most of us carry a camera in our pocket in the guise of a phone, and as technology has advanced and those cameras have got better, the phrase ‘the best camera is the one that you have with you’ has become more and more relevant. Every camera is a tool, and every tool has a job for which it is perfect. For me, accepting the limitations of this sort of camera gives me a lot of freedom in learning how to manipulate the few things I can – what I point my camera at (where the light is falling) and how I compose the image. There is such beauty in that simplicity.

I love Instagram and the story the images tell about my life. While these days I share more of my wedding work on there, my stream is punctuated with images that I take on the camera phone in my pocket – when I just have to stop and capture something that arrests or inspires me. It’s been a whole year since I last did one of these posts. The idea is that by sharing some of my favourite Instagrams with a little backstory, I can share a little more of my life with you.

January 2015

1501 one‘Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’
– Albert Einstein

This image was taken on a very cold morning out of a car windscreen, while visiting a dear friend in Amsterdam. The condensation on the window gave the vista a dream like feel, half there, half not. This trip was purely for me, to take some needed time out after a busy year, and this morning suited my contemplative mood.

1501 twoGoodnight, London Town #magicalevening

I have been lucky to spend more time in London of late, doing regular lifestyle shoots with the girls from Ruffles & Rockstuds. This view from the Golden Jubilee Bridges, which I pass on my way back to Waterloo Station, never gets old.

February 2015

1502 oneGetting lost in the now and the beauty of Winnall Moors #winchesterwalks #winnallmoors #explorationsaturdays

Jake & I have started ‘exploration saturdays’ (which next summer will no doubt will become sundays, or days when we are not at weddings): days when we go out and find a new walk, or a new corner of the gorgeous county of Hampshire to explore.

1502 two‘Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey.
At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.’ – Vera Nazarian

These trees, reaching out to one another reminded me of this quote…full of positivity and hope. I’ve been re-establishing my daily walk as the weather gets less wet, and I always end up captivated by the sky in the late afternoon. I’ve really noticed how different the clouds are near the coast. The skies are so much more beautiful here to my eyes, but I guess that’s because I feel so at home.

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