Jade and Tom’s Wedding

wedding portrait of bride and groom with confetti

On Friday 16th September last year, Jade and Tom tied the knot, and I was the lucky one allowed to capture their special day! This post marks their one year anniversary, congratulations to you both.

 

bride and groom kissing while friends cheer

Childhood sweethearts, these two have been together since Secondary School. What an achievement in itself! As well as this, all their friends, from their childhood that have seen them grow up together, helped create such a special day for them both.

4 bridesmaids react to seeing the bride on her wedding day in black and white

Mary Berry eat your heart out!

Naked Wedding Cake wit red berries on top

Bride vs groomsmen for the groom

Situated in the heart of Wiltshire. Wellington Barn provided the perfect backdrop, with acres of fields, beautiful views and a stunning venue to work with.

wedding sunset portrait with bride and groom

Make-up by Freya Pixie Makeup Artist

Hair Styling by Sian Hadden Hair Stylist


Wild wedding bouquets with a vintage filterBride throwing her bouquetwedding sunset portrait with bride and groom kissingBlue bride shoes inspired by sex and the city

Andrew & Pia – A year of marriage

It’s crazy to think it’s been a year since Andrew and Pia got married, a lovely celebration and a big day everyone had been waiting for. To mark their anniversary I wanted to look back on their happy day and see how their first year as man and wife has treated them.

 

Black and white bride and groom portrait

What was your favourite part of your big day?

Andrew: “When Pia walked through the door.”

Pia: “When I was standing there with Andrew, it was like I didn’t need to think about a thing. He also gave me a massive bear hug when they pronounced us as husband and wife which made me feel so safe.”

Do you have any advice you would give your past selves or anyone else about to embark on their own wedding?

Pia: “Don’t stress, at the end of the day everything will happen, and because you are marrying the right person you will have a lovely day whatever happens.”

Andrew: “Plan and make several lists in time order, also buy plenty of alcohol. Remember: you’re not marrying a cake!”

How has the first year gone by for you?

Andrew: “It’s been fantastic!”

Pia: “Nothing has really changed, just a sense of calming and a feeling of security and safeness.”

What have you learnt from each other in the last year?

Andrew: “Pia farts!”

Pia: “She can’t post that! What I have learnt is that it is possible to feel complete.”

What has changed since you’ve been married?

Andrew: “Nothing has changed, just a continuation of how it was before we were married, you just feel more complete. It’s the natural progression of a good relationship.”

Pia: “The ceiling needs painting Love.”

You did buy a cat, Eva, as a wedding present to yourself…

Andrew: [Chuckles]”Big mistake…”

Pia: “She is both of ours then – she’s crazy, lovable and fits in our home perfectly. We’ve been through some troubles since we’ve been married and if it was possible it brought us closer together, things have happened and we’ve been a huge support to each other.”

What advice would you give people about to celebrate their first anniversary?

Pia: “Don’t overthink everything, nothing needs to be perfect, keep things simple.”

Andrew: “Everyday is an anniversary.”

What were your favourite images from the big day?

Pia: “I have two; the one of George and I, even though he did drag me down the aisle, and Andrew and me hugging – we didn’t realise you were taking that and it just captured the feeling that in that moment all that mattered was Andrew and me.”

Andrew: “This one was mine”

Black and white bride and groom portrait

Photographing their special day was a pleasure and I wish them many more happy years together.

“You don’t need a camera anymore”

Yes, this is going to be one of those Phone vs. Camera debates – let’s sit tight, it’ll be over soon, I promise.

Now we all know that camera phones or “Phoneography” has helped me find my spark again, after a great workshop on phone photography I found myself reaching for my camera (after dusting it off) at every opportunity. However, there is this big stigma around phone photography.

These are my opinions and by all means let me know what you think.

Phone cameras are amazing, to me they help make the world a prettier place on a day-to-day basis – I’m excluding selfies from this equation. There is no harm in a little post on instagram after you’ve had a great day or you’ve forgotten your camera at the worst opportunity. To me it was great fun learning about all the things my phone could actually do.

This is where you hear the “but”. A phone was never designed to replace a camera in the way a photographer uses them, they were there to give everyone the chance to capture a shot at a moment’s notice. One experience I had photographing a wedding sticks out in my mind where someone with an iPad stood next to me and said, “this iPad makes that camera of yours redundant”. Now I am all one to commend technology and embrace change, however when you have a massive tablet in front of your face, you’re not enjoying the happy day are you?

Something else to bare in mind is the happy couple have paid for someone to capture their day, they do not want a photo (unless requested) of 20 iPhones capturing the big day too. I seem to be picking on apple a bit there, and I do apologise.

You cannot just waltz into a wedding prepared to photograph it and say to the bride “I left the camera at home today but it’s ok I have my phone” – she would throw the bouquet at you, and then demand a refund.

So what do you think? Should we all be selling our equipment off now and give up? I know I won’t be. As for him, I’m happy knowing that all the images that were taken on the tablet were blurry.

Andrea and Craig’s Wedding

Bride with little boy

It’s that time of the week again! I will be doing a shoot with the beautiful Abi soon so that’s something to look forward to, but in the meantime, I thought I’d do a throwback to last summer on my first wedding that I photographed on my own.

Thanks to the lovely Andrea and Craig Oxley who kindly put their trust in me to take the photos on their special day. This had to be one of the most nerve-wracking but enjoyable experiences I’ve had so far with my camera. Everyone listened and were so lovely and welcoming, pretty much what every photographer could wish for!

These few were just some little touches, also, a film themed wedding cake starring all their favourite films, how awesome?

 

flowers and rings for weddingwedding bouquet's side by sideFirst dance black and white wedding portraitFilm themed wedding cake topperColour first dance portraitHeart shaped wedding cake with film themes around the edge