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It is a real treat to work with some of the wedding suppliers I love on styled shoots for their websites, and 2014 was a great year for that. I’ve selected a handful of images from five special projects that I worked on in 2014, which might serve a inspiration for my brides and grooms-to-be and perhaps introduce to you some of the suppliers I love and recommend.

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Flowers by Passion, based in the glorious Somerset hills, create the most romantic flowers and I have had the pleasure of working with them at many weddings. Jo asked me to photograph some of their bouquets for their new website, and to spend a day at the barns was a joy.

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Vicky Rowe {debut collection}

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Vicky Rowe is a dear friend of mine who I met back in 2010 when she was making cloche hats displayed in a fashion show I covered. In 2014, she brought out her very own range of unique intricately hand embellished wedding dresses evocative of the 1920’s and 1930’s but with a more contemporary feel for today’s bride. We had an incredible shoot at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. See more of the shoot here and please explore Vicky’s incredible creations on her site.

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Jo Barnes Vintage

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Jo Barnes creates beautiful bridal accessories, entirely by hand to her unique and award winning designs. In the summer of 2014, we met to capture her newest Pearl Collection of bridal accessories to coincide with the launch of her new website. Her pieces are of exceptional quality, and I really enjoyed wearing one of her bespoke creations on my own wedding day.

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Ruffles & Rockstuds {blog}

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I have known Hawke & Hughes, the London wedding planners behind the Ruffles & Rockstuds blog for some years. We have collaborated on shoots before their Hawke & Hughes brand, and so when they came to me asking if I would be involved in their style inspiration blog, I knew it would be a lot of fun. Here are a few of my favourite images from the shoots we have done last autumn and winter.

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A Gardener’s Year at South Farm {blog}

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I have been visiting South Farm regularly for the last four years to document their gardens, smallholding and kitchen recipes for their A Gardener’s Year at South Farm blog. Being very keen on growing my own vegetables and making delicious meals with them, I have very much enjoyed documenting from ground to plate at one of my favourite wedding venues. Here are a few moments from my visits this year.

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Marylebone, London

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On a silvery day in London town, just a few days before Christmas, I met with Erin & Alex. Over from Singapore for the holidays and some wedding planning, they made time to have lunch in a cosy cafe with Jake & I. Over the big wooden table, they told us of their plans for the summer.

Erin & Alex lived near Marylebone and Regent’s Park, and they wanted to walk their favourite streets, and visit their favourite book store, capturing a little of what they love in these images. Effortlessly stylish, Erin and Alex’s conversation and company was a joy and we are very much looking forward to their personal, elegant celebrations next year.

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 New Forest, Hampshire

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Being just on the doorstep of the New Forest, I have wanted to explore the quieter wilder corners ever since we moved here. This crisp December day, with frost still on the ground late in to the afternoon, made the woodland even more magical. Helen & Russ wanted a New Forest engagement shoot to return to the spot where Russ proposed, where he had led Helen through the trees to a bank on the river where he had laid stones asking his question.

Helen had been a bridesmaid at Laura & Drew’s wedding, and I jumped at the opportunity to document her and Russ’s celebrations. They are such fun, down to earth people and I know their wedding will be joyous.

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Babington House lake, Somerset

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A long way from the blissful 25 degree weather of their Abu Dhabi home, Sami and Tammy came to a wintery Somerset to make arrangements for their wedding next summer. I met them in the cosy bar of Babington House to warm up and get to know each other a little. We then set out around the lake to capture a few moments of them together in their busy schedule. Like me, Tammy loves the seasons, and enjoyed walking in the falling leaves with the light breeze nipping at our fingers and noses.

Whatever the weather, these two carry the sunshine with them. More than a joy to be around, they make you feel valued and appreciated. I think they are the sort who bring out the best in everyone they meet. They have put together a dream team for their celebrations next summer, and it was wonderful to spend some time together before their big day.

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