So its been a very busy year this year and I’ve met lots of lovely Brides and lots of lovely Grooms however, there has been one extra special wedding this year as my Brother in-law Mark married my very special friend Ellie. It was a fantastic day and really surreal to be such a part of it and the official photographer.
So Mark and Ellie got engaged in June and set about organising a wedding for mid September about three months, in that time they set up a romantic, individual and memorable day, the sun shone and much fun was had by all. There were so many personal touches and quirks throughout, the pictures give you an insight into the effort and thought that went into things.
It started with an intimate ceremony for immediate family, the bride looked beautiful, the Groom scrubbed up well, the Sunflower button holes were one of the many lovely touches and my scrumptious nephew Dexter looked so sweet all dressed up as the page boy.
After the ceremony we went for Pizza at the site of Mark and Ellie’s first date, taking it back all of those years, I loved walking through the city following the wedding party. After the meal I took Mark and Ellie off for some shots in their home town and that was followed by the reception. We had a royal entrance, reminders around the venue of their journey, a children’s treasure hunt, fish n chips, and then a fair amount of dancing. Yellow was a themed colour through the day and that was reflective of the bright and positive day everyone had.
So as we welcome another Reynolds, I look back on this wedding with such fond and personal memories, obviously wishing all the love in the world to Ellie and Mark.
I’ve been manic recently so let slip on the amount of blog posts, but rest assured we have a series coming up so keep watching!
So several weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Jo and Lewis, Now Jo and Lewis are two lovely people which made for a great day and some really nice images.
The first thing that struck me about the day was how much fun the guests were having, laughter throughout the preparations, the day and long into the evening. There was some incredibly subtle, personal and amusing touches, from Lewis’s love letter hidden in the ring box, Jo’s pre planned treasure hunt for Lewis, personalised Cigars, Lewis’s iconic bag making an appearance in the best man speech and not forgetting Jo’s early morning bear shorts and that famous teapot pose!
There was a great contrast in the day, starting with the ceremony in Sheffield city centre and moving to Wortley Hall a quiet location in the Yorkshire countryside. Jo looked stunning in a dress handmade by her Auntie Marylyn another personal touch woven into the day.
Now the sure fire sign of a good wedding is often the state of the dance floor, this one was rammed full of people cutting shapes into the early hours, which says it all.
Its a massive perk of my job when you meet two lovely people and they make your job a pleasure, this was certainly the case I almost enjoyed the day as much as the guests. I wish Jo and Lewis a long and love filled life together.
So it’s been a busy couple of months and I have lots to share with you over the coming weeks.
I thought this totally relaxed, laid back and fun wedding would make the perfect feature to share with you this Friday Afternoon. Jess and Dan’s wedding took place on 24th August this year at Hill End in Oxford.
They went to Oxford Registry Office with very close family to have their legal service and to sign the register early in the morning.
Then they had a friend to perform the ceremony later that day in the pretty woodlands of Hill End, this was the venues first wedding ceremony, a truly beautiful place and likely to be a popular one for the future. A friend played her guitar while the family read some beautiful poems. The flowers were all grown by their families, especially for the day, the whole day was very personal for them both.
The Sun even popped out to say hello, so there was some epic skipping and tug of war going on along with some giant jenga and connect four.
An incredibly fun occasion in a really amazing beautiful place, I hope you enjoy looking through these pictures as much as I did taking them.
Welcome to this weeks blog feature, I’m going to take you back a couple of weeks to what was a scorching weekend in Bath. I had the pleasure of photographing Gemma and Will at the Assembly Rooms in one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. It was the hottest day I’ve ever photographed a wedding, the heat definitely bought out the smiles and the wedding was full of laughter and joy. Gemma as I got to find out is a detail person, this did pay off though as you could see how much had been considered and put into all of the small and intricate things through the day. The engagement in Paris stimulated a lovely French side theme to the day. Family was a key part of the day with people providing input throughout, my favourite was the wedding cake that Gemma’s Mum handmade, yummy and lovely. As it was so hot during the day we pushed some of the couple shots back until dusk, the setting and light were magical, the couple were certainly turning heads on their early evening stroll, a lovely day enjoyed by all.
How lovely to attend as a friend not a photographer
So this week I had the pleasure of attending the lovely wedding of my friends Amy and Ash, the big camera was left packed away at home. It was such a lovely, happy & fun day though I couldn’t resist but take a few snaps of the day on my I-phone which are below. From the confetti throwing, the champagne drinking all the way through to the early morning dancing at the silent disco, everyone had a great day. All the best to Mr & Mrs Smith x
So another week has passed and I’m still in the midst of the chaotic season, this week on the blog I have a little taster from a beautiful recent wedding of Caroline & Philip. The wedding took place nr Burton on Trent and was a lovely day. It started at St Mary’s Church, a particularly quaint and pretty Church, it was then a short walk to Dunstall Hall for the reception. Dunstall Hall is one of those venues that just makes you gasp, it’s a privately owned 18th Century Mansion, its stunning interior is matched by the incredible garden and views.
Caroline looked beautiful, with her dress perfectly complimented by the family jewellery, I also still have major Jimmy Choo shoe envy. Their son Sebastian was a very cute little page boy, the wedding party was a lot of fun and there was bags of laughter from start to finish.
I was made to feel very welcome by a lovely family whose day I very much enjoyed being a part of.
I feel so incredibly privileged to be sharing Stuart and Clair’s wedding with you all.
This homemade wedding has style in abundance, from the bunting, table plan, fancy dress chest to the road signs, Stuart and Clair made it all.
There was a lovely balance to the day, the ceremony was in Oxford and plenty of hustle and bustle, lots of tourists wanting to take their own pictures of the happy couple in Christ Church meadow. Even more attention from the crowds as Stuart’s fire crew lined the streets for a send off.
The reception was so relaxed, over on the outskirts of the city while guests sipped on their pimm’s and children ran free in the fields. There was some lovely attention to detail with a lot being constructed by themselves, Clair’s background in fashion obviously added to the style.
I particularly loved the personal gifts to each other on the morning of the wedding, overall very relaxed occasion, which was enjoyed by all,
The relaxed, family feel shines through in the images, as does their togetherness. These two really, really love each other and having the beautiful Evie looks like it just bought them closer
It was a real pleasure to photograph their wedding as I use to run with Rebecca when we where younger so to be chosen to photograph their special day was a real honour.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were very vintage indeed and Rebecca’s sister Katie did all the makeup for the bridal party
The wedding was so natural, authentic and fun. Although it probably helps when the couple that are throwing things together are so creative, a lot of effort had obviously gone into making the day run so smoothly. Rebecca’s veil is stunning and works perfectly with her elegant and vintage gown. And Mark looks every inch the dapper gent.
The venue also holds childhood memories for Rebecca as she use to run cross Country in those very same fields.
This week an extended blog feature on The H&P wedding
Right from the invitation being delivered I knew this was going to be a lovely, detailed and pretty darn cool wedding. It all started at Lawson cottage, Holly’s mums home, onto a lovely Church and then the reception was hosted at a beautiful setting in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside. Holly wore a vintage dress by Sotterro & Midgley with customised Irish lace straps from Gray’s antiques on Bond Street, which is where they got Holly’s engagement ring from, whilst Patrick wore a very smart Burberry suit.
There was so much of the day that was tailored to the wedding, HP had joined in and sent them a box of brown sauces, they’d then had their friends Toria and Ross from www.thelatenightsalon.co.uk personalised the labels with the ingredients of their day, these then went on the tables to accompany the meal and they also designed the invitation with the famous H&P logo. The marquee was decorated with bunting, paper lanterns and later on was the location of some of the funniest and heartfelt speeches I’ve heard. They also had fantastic help from family and friends in the build up, especially all the lovely flowers and plants carefully grown by holly’s mum and some that where pinched from her garden!
Other things that I loved from the day, a photo tent complete with a photo washing line, funky socks, outdoor games, hay bails, brightly coloured nails, some serious confetti throwing, the fire pit, the best hat competition and the family camper van.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Linda from www.illuminateweddings.com As much as Holly and Patrick enjoyed all the fun planning from filling the empty marquee at Huntsmill farm and creating the Dr Love tent, It meant that on the day they could relax knowing they where in the good hands of Linda to coordinate the day into the relaxed and fun filled day it was.
Throughout the day there was lots of laughter, fab music and some seriously good dancing!!!!
I really enjoyed myself and I could see all the guests did, all the best to Patrick and Holly for a long and love filled marriage x
Lucy and Matt were married in Oxford. Their ceremony took place in the heart of the oxfordshire countryside. The beautiful blue sky and sunshine really made the day that extra bit special. It really was amazing! The children were able to run about and play in the long grass along with the bride and grooms friend Chris who entertained the children and some adults with his balloon and animal shapes!!!
The Wedding season has just kicked off for me this year, I can not wait to take part in all the weddings I have coming up and to tell the story of the happy day rich in love.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Fiona, Ollie and their families. Ollie proposed on one knee on the London Eye and as they say the rest is history. Everyone made me feel very welcome at such a family orientated wedding, lots of children who played a game of wrap the mummy, great fun. I hope you enjoy looking through their wedding pictures.
So this week on the blog I’m going to tell you about a great experience I had this week.
It started with Eric McDonogh of Clever Business Websites inviting me along to his networking group Opendoorz, the session was a two year anniversary for the Oxford Group and to highlight such a grand occasion a special guest speaker had been arranged. Given my passion for sport and my near obsession with the recent Olympics I was pretty darn excited to find out that the guest was none other than Greg Searle. Greg Searle hadbeen one of the top media stories in the Olympics as 20 years earlier in Barcelona 92, along with his brother he had rowed to Olympic gold, fast forward 20 years and here he was again bidding for Olympic Glory, adding into the mix ten years of focusing on business rather than rowing it was no mean feat.
The day started at the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford, it proved a friendly and ambient location, I did my best mingling and actually got to speak to lots of interesting people, I enjoyed Champagne and a bit of high tea, I was made to feel extremely welcome, especially by Cathy & Sonia they run the business, given I was a guest they really did make me feel part of the day and went above and beyond to make me feel at home. Being honest having never really attended such an event I was sceptical about how much I would take away, the reality was far removed, I made some good contacts and unearthed a few opportunities as well.
The event was both professional and fun, there was some charity funds raised for Wolvercote Young Peoples Club and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Greg Searle did a fantastic session, his story is brilliant, a really unique life tale, he was honest and engaging, there was a lot of food for thought from the experiences he shared and I even got a hold of his medals afterwards.
Overall I laughed a lot, met some great contacts, felt inspired and changed some of my previous perceptions about the benefit of networking forums.
It’s been a really busy period lately, I’ve had more enquiries for weddings in the last three weeks then I’ve ever had before and I’m planning on launching the commercial site shortly, very busy but really exciting x
Lizzie and Steven were married at Lains Barn in Oxfordshire on a beautiful day in February, which created the most amazing light, which was a treat. There are some real personal touches in their wedding, from the wedding cake, rustic table centerpieces, twinkling lights, vintage bus and Lizzie’s grandfathers RAF pin tucked in her beautiful bouquet. The wedding really was such a lovely day everyone had made me feel very welcome including the Pugs, well it wouldn’t be right to leave them out!
At the start of the year I had the pleasure of working with Pam Edwards of Slice, a truly great and inspiring cake maker, her cakes and style are really unique but oh so pretty, the attention to detail is fantastic and as well as looking amazing I can guarantee the cakes taste beautiful.
Despite the very cold weather and the snow on top we had a fun day, filled with a lots of cake sampling throughout!
For those of you who have not come across Pam at Slice then I urge you to check out her very yummy and stylish cakes.
We’ve reached that stage in December where we start to look back at what we’ve been up to throughout the year that has been 2012. Before I start rambling on, let’s look back to what’s happened through a selection of my favourite images and projects of the past year.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody I have had the pleasure of working with this year, It really has been amazing from the Olympics to my Weddings and the birth of my niece and nephew it’s just simply been a great year.
This week on the blog is one of my favourite features, another lovely bride back in her dress, the beautiful Katie takes a step down memory lane talking about her wedding day and at the same time providing some lovely images.
Name - Katie Bentley
Date of wedding – 9th April 2010
Why did you choose the venue for the photo shoot? I’m a PE teacher, whenever people think of me, I think they usually think of my sporty hyperactive side!
Location of ceremony and reception? St Nicholas Church, Lincoln and my Mother and Father in laws back garden
What made you decide to get married where you did? We wanted it to be very personal to us, by having a marquee, it meant we could pretty much do what we wanted. Decorate how we wished, find the perfect caterer and have a free bar (very important to our friends!).
How long did you take you take to plan the wedding? 18 months
How did you meet? And how long have you been together? We met At school. We didn’t start dating until university, as my husband thought I was too geeky at school! Clearly I got cooler at Uni… We’ve been together for 9 years by the time we got married and almost 11 years now.
Tell me about the proposal? Totally taken by surprise. On holiday in Cornwall, camping in the cold and wet. We went to Padstow for the day. Hymie had booked us into Rick Steins restaurant and booked us the last two nights in our favourite hotel. All of which was a surprise on the day. At this point, I was just having a great day. Then we went out for a walk along the coastal cliffs, at which point Hymie gave me a kiss and got down on one knee. You couldn’t wipe the Cheshire cat grin off my face!
Why did you choose Krystina to do your bridal shoot? Because she’s a fab friend! Every week I see her photos on Facebook and think how amazing they are. I had such a great time and I feel really lucky to have taken part.
Who was your dress by and your accessories and shoes? Charlotte Balbier was the make of my dress. My necklace was a gift from my Mum and Dad on my 21st birthday. It’s a diamond heart, I knew I would wear it on my wedding day. It was a factor when choosing my dress. My shoes, in this shoot are my adidas trainers that I wear to teach in. Bright and overly enthusiastic, just like me!!!
What sort of flowers did you have? Roses, cream and pale pink.
What sort of decoration did you have? Everything was silver and pale pink to coincide with the dress and necklace.
Did you have any personal touches? We did almost everything ourselves, as we had a blank canvas with the marquee. One of the best things about the wedding was that we had a band but no DJ. In the times when the band wasn’t playing, we plugged our iPod in. It was great because, we had asked all our guests to suggest songs that they would like to hear. All night, the dance floor was packed because everyone loved the song choices. I love dancing, so having all our friends and family dancing the night away with us was perfect.
What were your special moments or highlights of the day? It Obviously was the actual getting married part. Aside from that, I have two very special moments. The first was with my Dad, when everyone else had gone to the church, we were waiting for the car. I suddenly realised that I didn’t have anything ‘borrowed’. My Dad, said, don’t panic and he went and found a St. Christopher that he’d been given when he got his first car. I popped it into my bouquet. The second was with Hymie. We both had said that we would meet up at some point during the evening reception to be alone and share our best points of the day so far. We found a garden swing outside and just took a moment. It was lovely, we could hear all the music inside and see everyone having a good time. It was a very surreal moment, sitting on a swing in your wedding dress and suddenly realising that you’ve just got married!
What was your biggest surprise of the day? Hymie had been to our school where we first met. In the school hall, there is an awards board with our names on it. We both got sports person of the year. He blew the photo up and used it to illustrate the fact that we were made for each other. It’s hung up on our wall at home now.
What advice would you give any other couples about planning your big day, or any tips? For the day itself? Make time to enjoy the fact that you’re getting married! It can be really stressful. But make time to go out for a meal together and remind yourself why you are getting married in the first place.
If you are a bride that would like to get back in your dress then please let me know, all the memories will come flooding back, together we will pick a location and theme to suit you and generally have a lot of fun.
Welcome to my Week In Pictures! What’s new with you? Well this is what’s new with me, a photo shoot with a gorgeous newborn baby, a bunch of mini footballers, a portrait shoot with the lovely lot at http://www.cleverbusinesswebsites.co.uk, a feature in the Oxford times and not to mention being featured on the critically acclaimed and genuinely brilliant Boho Weddings blog http://www.boho-weddings.com with one of my summer weddings, it’s all been going on here.
I have to say that I’m loving it, I’m really busy but the Christmas excitement is coming, the tree is up and I have much more fun to come this weekend. Starting with a bridal shoot on an athletics track can’t wait for that one, then to further get things in the festive spirit I shall be going back home to wonder the streets of Lincoln at their famous Christmas market. Looking forward to seeing my good friend Gemma, mulled wine here we come.
Still adjusting to the darker days, it feels like there’s a lot less time to get things done and to take photos and I seem to want to go to bed way earlier. Have a great weekend everybody.
A few months ago Adam and I traveled to picturesque Paris, I simply love Paris Maybe because it’s the way the streets twinkle at night and how the Eiffel Tower sparkles from where ever you are. I love being in Paris. Hand in hand, glasses of wine, long walks and lots of sight seeing and even bumping into a couple on there wedding day having some rather funny pictures taken!
I always carry a simple small camera around with me as a way to capture the beauty of each place I visit.
Here is a scrapbook of our journey, a few days in Paris
The right wedding fair for you and my beautiful niece
Well I hope you all have had a happy Halloween and are now looking forward to the fireworks tonight.
Things are all good with me, it’s been a busy couple of weeks, I’ve been doing some more work with http://www.cleverbusinesswebsites.co.uk to update my online client log in, fingers crossed the updated version should be there soon. I’ve also been getting into Google Analytics a fantastic tool enabling website analysis, I’m now borderline obsessed and now spend many an evening crunching through the stats of website access and referral, a special thanks to Eric for all his help on that one.
I attended a great wedding fair through http://www.guidesforbrides.co.uk last weekend, it was at the http://oxford-spires-hotel.four-pillars.co.uk and saw a nice amount of people through the door, I had two couples enquiring about 2015 which was pretty scary and always got to meet lots of different people, it never ceases to amaze me how every wedding is different, every couples dream is different to the next one. I’ve been thinking about the wedding fairs this week and chatting with a couple of colleagues about what the best type of fairs are for both suppliers and your happy couples, you tend to get either a large all-encompassing fair or much more smaller intimate fairs. For the Bride and Groom I think it depends at what stage you are, whilst a smaller fair may give you less people to meet and less choice it will still broadly give you a good indication of the types of things you will need to look at and it will give you much more time to chat to the suppliers. The larger ones are very useful if you are looking to get things planned quickly, if you want to get a real feel for differing styles and broadly make a commitment to some of the people in the room. If its early stages of the planning I think the smaller ones are going to be more useful, if you’re looking to get things tied up or it’s taking place soon then I’d go big . On a personal level I do both but I prefer the smaller ones, you get less people through the door so less opportunities but you get a lot more time to understand what people are looking for, they are more intimate and they seem to fit my style a lot more.
I was also forwarded a great link this week which I’ve pasted into the article Great Idea, it’s really interesting for a couple of reason, it’s an innovative yet simple idea, a new concept which undoubtedly we are going to see increasing in the UK, it’s in tune with what (in this case) woman want and it also really shows the importance of delivering the right experience. If your motivated to succeed, can understand your market and deliver an experience that matches, then you have got a great balance for a successful business, not many would of said you could build a £20m business from blow drying peoples hair.
I also was able to catch up again with my lovely baby niece Poppy last weekend, I’ve put some pictures below, I’m so proud of my brother and his wife they are adjusting really well and enjoying every day. Seeing people so close to you experiencing parenthood is an amazing thing, its definitely taken me back, it’s just a wonderfully unique, yet trying and tough experience all rolled up on a daily basis. Poppy was a dream to photograph, she has the most beautiful eyes that seem to follow you around, it’s amazing as well as at only a couple of weeks old you could see her exploring her surroundings, she was truly mesmerised by her own arm, I’m already looking forward to my next visit and some more special Aunty cuddles.
Right I’m off to prepare for a firework display, wish me luck…
As the intensity of the wedding season comes to an end, my work life begins to take more of a switch to commercial jobs. This week I have had a lot of fun working with Dominic, Ori & Pascal who are the team at Ue Coffee Roasters. So who are Ue well they are the UK’s only wood powered commercial coffee roasters. I was there to take some images for their revamped website by the talented Clever Business Websites and at the same time was lucky enough to be treated to a number of samples.
It was a really enjoyable job, the guys made me feel really welcome, they have a passion and approach which is reflected in how they work, where they work and how they talk about it. I tried to capture both what they do and their style in the images.
It felt to me like they have a unique proposition and combined with what they are able to give as a team I think they will continue to go from strength to strength. It also helps that the end product is by far the nicest coffee I’ve ever tasted.
If your in Oxford and want to sample it for yourself they also run an independent coffee shop called the Missing Bean, drop in and let me know what you think.
This week I also met my gorgeous baby niece for the first time, Poppy is simply beautiful and it was so nice to give her a cuddle. I’m now looking forward to a nice family weekend at home after some busy weekends working,
The sun was shining and what a beautiful day it was, pizza and wine to start the day off was a sign of things to come. The house was full of laughter and funny family stories were being regaled.
The day was made up of very many personal touches from the accessories being made by Alex’s close friend, Matt’s sister doing all the very tasty catering, my favourite was the coronation chicken, followed by the very yummy wedding cake which I’ll be sourcing the recipe for when they are back from honeymoon!
The contents of the allotment was brought into the venue to decorate the tables and to feature around the fire place, The tables were also decorated by all of Alex and Matt’s favourite things like tea cake and ballet shoes. Another of Alex’s friends made the decorations for the church, my favourite, story of the day was how the top tier of the wedding cake came about, Matt’s mother use to be famous for her fruit cakes and sadly she passed away a few years ago, when Alex and Matt’s sister where going through her belongings they came across one of her fruit cakes untouched and wrapped up, they saved it up and then savoured it on the day. It was symptomatic of the thought and love that had gone into the day.
The day was filled with good food, very emotional and funny speeches and great company, the day was so relaxed and everybody had a great night with some brilliant dancing and much drinking from Matt’s keg of ale. We even got to see Matt’s childhood handy work as his brother produced a one off copy of Matt’s Captain Supreme comic, the worlds greatest crime fighter!
The day couldn’t have been more perfect for two such lovely people, I’ve really loved getting to know them over the past months, they made me so welcome that at times I forgot I was there to be snapping away.
What a wonderful couple, I had the joy of photographing their wedding last week. What a pleasure spending the day in sunny Oxford with these two and their lovely family and friends.
The day before the wedding I went to meet them at the venue and I knew that I was going to love their wedding. We chatted, and even got them a feature on BBC radio Oxford.
The day started with a lovely family meal, there was some great conversation and a good bit of excited banter. The groom and the best man then arrived on a vintage Lambretta scooter, fully kitted out in top & tails.
The day itself was absolutely wonderful, at times moving, a lot of fun with some lovely personal touches, such as the home made tea cup candles for each and every guest, the photographic bunting, home made photo booth, polaroid guest book and the personal cake topper.
The speeches were started by Kate’s Grandfather then followed by Matt, which I have to say bought a tear to me eye, but the best man had everyone laughing again
Kate even kept up the great tradition (that I’ve not seen at a lot of weddings recently) which is the throwing of the bouquet, it had most of the girls up on there feet along with a few chaps.
Overall it was a lovely day, it had a unique feel and was very personal to the couple, it was filled with some real vintage gems, the hair of the bride was beautiful, the bridesmaids dresses and the jewelry which was also Kate’s something borrowed and blue.
Everyone was friendly, warm and welcoming and I felt really lucky to be a part of it.
I’ve not posted any updates for a couple of weeks, I’ve had a really busy run and then treated myself to a holiday, I have just launched a new website with the help of clever business websites, I’m really happy with it and the team there were fantastic to work with, diligent, helpful and creative, a great company to work with and thoroughly recommended. I’ve been busy at the Guides for Brides Eynsham Hall wedding fair, a lot of lovely brides through the door and some good potentials in the pipeline. I’ve also just received the latest Costwold Bride magazine, I have a double page featured wedding, I’m really happy to have been selected and have enjoyed working with the team from the magazine.
As I mentioned above I’ve also just returned from a lovely holiday in a small village called Dancevoir in France, I thought today I’d leave you with a selection of my favourite pics from the time away. Along with my twins, husband and some great friends we set off on a road trip to our little French retreat. After a long but good drive we arrived at our old farmhouse, a stunning old conversion and an orchard style garden. The village was beautiful it was an authentic, rustic French village, I loved all the different houses, the old fashioned window shutters. The people were very welcoming, the weather was hot and the time was very relaxing. Lots of cheese, red wine and laughs, later we returned, after a busy summer it was great to take stock and relax.
I’m back to it this weekend, I’ve got a very exciting wedding taking place in Oxford tomorrow, the couple are lovely and I think their style will make for some great images, keep an eye out x
Laura and Dave were married in beautiful Belfast. I’d not visited the city since I was a little girl and fell a little bit in love, especially with the Countryside.
Picture this if you will, A breezy but sunny day in the pretty gardens of Larchfield Estate, lavender blossom, the sun peeping out from behind the cloud, homemade lemonade and Mojitos flowing, instantly I knew this was going to be a great day.
The attention to detail was really impressive, it was clear that Laura and Dave had put some real thought into every area, often the elements that draw the largest response from the guests are the intricate features. The whole day was full of personality, from their personalised sweet bags, the guest questions, their footwear, even the cake topping miniatures were fantastic.
A particular favourite moment of mine was prior to going to the ceremony at the Brides house, watching the brides father learn how to tie his cravat, in the end he took out his laptop and used the power of you tube where he instantly found a specialist video.
The food for the day was provided by the very talented Yellow Door, it matched the wedding so well, blending contemporary and funky, certainly the first wedding where I’ve seen popping candy incorporated in the meal amongst a few other tasty treats
Congratulations Laura and Dave and wishing you all the love and luck in the future! Thank you for letting me be part of your day and lots of love to your friends and family for being so welcoming, happy and helping to make it a great day.
Part two of this wedding will be up next week as I want to focus on the suppliers, they where some of the best I’ve worked with so far and it got me thinking about what made them so good, I also think that these people need a little praise, so watch this space…
Well where do I start, it’s been amazing couple of weeks with the Olympics gaining, momentum into full flow and now over, as an avid sports fan I’ve enjoyed every minute I think we have done a fantastic job of hosting and it definitely feels like the country has been on a high. I got right into the swing of things, I started the week by taking my girls to Hyde park to join in all the fun, it was a nice event which mixed big screen viewing with introductions stations for children, the girls enjoyed it we all had a crack from playing swing ball, bowls, Gymnastic dancing, volley ball, followed by ,meeting the mens pursuit team.
Then for the real deal, (unlike someone below) I had a golden ticket for the athletics, Adam and I went down early to soak up the atmosphere and we were not disappointed, people talk about it being a great atmosphere and it really was, the park was brilliantly designed from the wild flowers growing around the stadium, to watching the cycling in a special section called the Park Live, with the beauty of the velodrome in the background, topped off with the athletics it truly was one of the most memorable day’s i’ve ever had, the noise was electric for team GB, we saw some great races and could hardly believe we where there, I hope you enjoy the pictures from the day as much as i did.
After some fun this week, I’m back into busy season on the work front, a series of weddings coming up, some more bookings for next year confirmed and I even picked up a lead whilst getting a taxi back from a night out, proving it always pays to be friendly it turns out the driver was looking for a photographer for his wedding next year!
Doesn’t time fly when your having fun, yes it’s been a whole year nearly since Adam and I got married in the lovely town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, It’s crazy to think a whole year has passed so quickly. You start reliving it all over in your head, the planning, the guests the dress, have I thought of everything? I really did have one of the best days of my life, it was everything we had hoped for and a little bit more, every time I think of the day my smile just gets bigger and bigger and those fluttery stomach feelings come back, I just had the best time and the fact I married my best friend and can now call him my husband is one of the best feelings in the world, and to have our girls as bridesmaids was so special I feel very lucky indeed.
I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from the day as I was not doing this blog at the time so it only seems fair they get a showing of there own. Our photographer was the lovely Kate Mather who was simply amazing. I also took a few pictures of the things I’ve collected and kept from our day as a good reminder including my favorite Polaroid album that the lovely Sam peeps did for us, thanks Sam xx
The one thing I have taken from my own wedding in terms of businesses, is that I put myself in the shoes of the Bride and Grooms, I learnt what it is like to be a Bride, the build up, the desire for everything to be perfect, the emotion, the laughs, those special moments that not many people see, it has made me think a lot about how I photograph weddings and what really goes into a wedding day. I try to listen and understand what you’re looking for and interpret rather than tell, the main aim is capture the moment and for it to be real, so for all those bride and grooms out there, hopefully I can put you at ease knowing how you both feel.
Once upon a time… two people got married in a secret Irish garden. So last weekend I had a trip to Belfast and photographed a beautiful wedding, the full story of Laura and Dave getting married will be up in three weeks when they are back from honeymoon and they have had a chance to review the pictures, I can’t wait to share this one with you, it was a great venue and the guests and atmosphere were fantastic, there were a lot of little details that really helped to make the day so great.
The countdown is on, I’m one of the many who is fully embracing the Olympics and as you will see it’s been a recent theme going on in the Reynolds household. Last week I saw the Olympic torch go past my house, so me and my girls hung out to see it, we also had a fancy dress Olympic birthday party to go too and my much-anticipated Athletic tickets dropped through the letterbox this week.
I know there are some detractors but for me it’s a tremendously exciting event. I’ve always loved sport and use to coach athletics in Oxford. I love the whole spectacle of the Olympics, the thought of competing for your country in your home country is a dream most of us will never realise. That said let’s get fully behind those who will, I’m also convinced it will inspire the younger generations to get outside, get active and try these events, I’m very much looking forward to it all happening in London.
I’m off on holiday tomorrow, I’m looking forward to some time relaxing in the sun with the family, my girls are very excited about going on an aeroplane I’m not expecting too much sleep tonight xxx
Starting with myself in my dress above, I thought I’d have one of those moments we all think about, yes I did it, I put my wedding dress back on this week, well with our first wedding anniversary only three weeks away, it seemed appropriate. I’ve had a couple of requests this week from people wanting to get involved, so have been putting some plans around the future shoots. If you’d like to revisit your dress then please just contact me.
My Adam and me had a short break away to see the Stone Roses, it was a great gig and at times surreal to be watching, there were some “interesting” characters and I did particularly feel for the gentleman who waited 20 years for the comeback and then proceeded to pass out 5 minutes before they came on. That said classic tunes and a 75,000 person sing along is a good experience, after making an amazingly quick exit on the park and ride, I did then manage to get the car stuck in the field we had parked in and burnt out the clutch in the process (I was in the bad books) we did though make it away in the end and had a couple of days in a lovely spa hotel, which was thoroughly relaxing.
Work wise it was a great week, 2013 continues to get busier, I confirmed 4 further bookings in a couple of days and love the feeling, it’s so nice when someone feels so comfortable with you and your work, that they trust you enough to capture the day that is so important to them.
I then finished the week of by baking gingerbread men and millionaires’ shortbread and dancing with my girls.
The 50’s charity shop wedding dress find is a little project I’m working on, so watch this space.
I had the pleasure of photographing a real talent a few weeks ago and he goes by the name of Nick Cope, he is in my opinion the best childrens singer/songwriter i’ve ever come across and my girls simply love listening to him, whether it’s live at one of his performances, which he does all over Oxford or one of his cd’s in the car, they are a must pack for a long car journey. I have to confess, I’m a bit of a fan too and know most of the songs.
Nick is going to be playing at the Edinburgh fringe Festival in August, I have helped him with some promotional material, so check him out especially if you are heading up there, if not you can follow his diary, find out where he is playing and gain some more information at http://nickcope.co.uk/
As I continue my ongoing project of getting brides to dust down their dresses, several years after their special day. This week I had the pleasure of photographing my friend Amanda in her wedding dress at the Oxford Playhouse, who were so incredibly accommodating as a venue. The Playhouse was a great setting for the shoot, the dark surrounds, history of the venue and the red seating provided a great backdrop against the beautiful dress and beautiful bride.
It turns out, it’s wedding season for the theatre, with Lisa Wood getting married in a few weeks and her manager who got married last weekend, good luck and congratulations to both.
Amanda Kelly married Bernard Grenville-Jones, at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, in December 2008.
I’ll give you a little background, I hope your sitting comfortably with a cuppa!
Amanda and her husband Bernard got married back in 2008 in Mandy’s home town in New Zealand , the venue was the beautiful church of the good shepherd in lake Tekapo, check out that for an incredible setting! The setting for the proposal was a Sunday evening at sunset in le Touquet, Paris Plage. Bernard got down on one knee and popped the question and as they say the rest is history. They even had a picture taken to capture the moment.
Mandy’s lovely dress was from Caroline Castigliano along with matching accessories, where as Berny’s suit was handmade by a local Oxford seamstress to the groom’s own design.
The newly weds were then whisked away by helicopter to capture the all important shots, that they now love and cherish. They then moved onto the reception at the reflections lakeside restaurant, they partied and danced long into the evening, ending the night as the new Mr and Mrs Grenville-Jones.
It seemed such a shame to leave that beautiful dress all boxed up, so we took a trip to the Theatre, well it only seemed fair!
Many thanks to the Oxford Playhouse and to Mandy it was a great day and as always lots of fun.
Church of the Good Shepherd in lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, New Zealand.
Well it’s been an interesting week, at times it’s been a hard week, Adam and I have both had food poisoning, for those of you who have children you’ll appreciate that 2 sick parents and 2 healthy children are not a good mix, it wasn’t long before they were climbing the walls but all in all they were very good. Before the poisoning happened we had a a great long weekend of double celebrations, it was my friend Gemma’s birthday, masks and all, and of course not forgetting the Queen herself having a knees up, good times had by all. We showed some of our best friends round our home town of Lincoln which they fell in love with and wanted to move their by the end of the weekend, well cheap house prices compared to Oxford! The kids all had a sleepover, they were all very excited followed by copious amounts of party food, a win win situation.
It’s my little brother’s wedding tomorrow, me and my girls are all bridesmaids, it doesn’t seem that long ago we were fighting over the TV control and just about anything else worth fighting over, that said I’m really excited for both the bride and groom, I’ve got the camera ready and I’ll be shooting from a bridesmaids perspective.
When I moved into my new house with Mr Reynolds miles away from both our families, I wanted to fill our house with pictures of them, I have a fascination for what it must have been like for our Grandparent growing up (in the olden days) and over the course of time have spent many hours sifting through bags of old photographs I have come across some beauties and immediately fell in love with this particular one, which I have stood up in my kitchen. It’s my nan on the far right (with the heart on her) stood at a street party to celebrate a celebration for the King, it’s just amazing to see her so many years ago doing what i shall be doing this weekend. That’s spending it with good friends, family and yummy food, it happens to be my very good friend Gemma’s birthday the same day as the Queen has done a 60 year stint, so it’s a double celebration.
As many celebrate the lengthy life and times of the Queen, in the Reynolds family we recently celebrated a new arrival, On the 7th May my first nephew was born and given the lovely name of Dexter Brian Reynolds, born on the same date as his Great Granddad was. I had the pleasure of giving him his first photo shoot at just six days old, he was a good little chap for me and I was loving the braces attire, very cute indeed. We are very proud of his Mum and Dad (Mark & Ellie) and wish them all the luck with the trial and tribulations of parenthood, I’m sure they will be fab.
So however you may be celebrating your weekend, have a royally good time.xxxx
So the country seems quite into this Jubilee thing, we have all turned into huge patriots, bunting is amassed on most street corners and a lot of folks are professing to feeling particularly proud to be British. In keeping with the theme, this week I have come across some people that I think are a great reflection of the Best of British. Folio Albums provide a collection of beautifully handmade vintage leather albums, they provide a large array of colours to choose from and they also deliver a great experience. Whether you are a budding bride or a budding photographer I would suggest this ought to be part of your collection.
Furthermore Folio have been embarking on a tour of the country, a reflection of their style, the aim has been to chat, meet, demonstrate and discuss, all from a rather well decorated campervan. I attended the Birmingham day it really was well put together day with a nice atmosphere. Stewart the founder was a great host, I got a sneaky peek at some rather trendy new album covers and as well as finding out about Folio it provided a nice platform to network with an array of lovely fellow photographers. This included Stewart’s “tour pall” Emma Case who along with husband Pete were able to provide some great insights into how they have built such a great reputation and successful photography business.
Overall a very enjoyable day, the sun shone which I hope it continues to do so for the long weekend and whilst many will raise a glass or two to celebrate the 60 years of our Queen’s reign, I think our Best of British is reflected in some of the great people and businesses out there, one of which is definitely Folio!
Mark and Amanda celebrated their big day at Eynsham Hall My favourite weddings are those where the bride and groom put their stamp on the day, it’s lovely when you can see the personality of the couple come through, in this case there were some great things scattered through the day which were personal to them, from the tiny table settings, the flowers, the cake, even the dress was finished off by the handy work of the bride herself. Mark wasn’t going to be left out either, he entered the day on a ride on lawn mower, what an entrance it was and they even had an official fly by from the lovely Mark Greenfield from Ultimate High, which went down a treat. I loved the fact that Amanda and Mark had not left any stone unturned, they had thought about things that were important to them and wove them into the day. Enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed being a part of the whole day.
I had the pleasure of seeing my dear friend Mark this week. Since he lives in Co Mayo, we only get to see each other about once or twice a year but it’s one of those friendships where we pick up where we left off. I met Mark at University nearly 10 years ago and as they say the rest is history.
Barbara Marks wife bakes delicious homemade cakes for her vintage tea room. Baked with the very best ingredients of local produce, while Mark runs the photographic studio, together they make a great team.
The tea room is based in the beautiful Kiltimagh. Many of her bakes take inspiration from a large treasure trove of cook books and local recipes, from a yummy chocolate and courgette cake to a tasty lemon tart. Barbara can provide cakes for birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, tea parties or local fairs. Any occasion can be catered for… it’s up to you!
The tea room has a wonderful array of cake stands and pretty vintage china to serve your cakes and listen to Barbaras favourite on the old music box
If you’re lucky enough to be planning an event, why not contact her for a chat over some cake.
I have to end in saying Happy Birthday to my beautiful twin daughters who are 3 today, it’s quite scary how quickly the time has gone, we’ve had a great week of peepa Pig world, farmer Gow’s and lots of cake.xx
Hello and welcome to my week in pictures, a midweek roundup of snap shots i’ve taken during the last week of my life and work, so enjoy.
Check out this little gem of a cafe, in bethnal Green I had the pleasure of tasting there yummy lemon drizzle cake. http://thegallerycafe.wordpress.com/
Finished my night in The Big Chill bar in Brick Lane, this is a unique and quirky venue found in the heart of London, you’d be a fool to miss it. http://www.bigchill.net/bar/?site=bar
Finished the weekend by watching the London Marathon, I got all emotional watching as It was five years ago I ran it myself, and you may just see me running the streets of london next year, watch this space!
My studio set up on Tottenham Court Road, doing a photo shoot for OAC. Thank you to Christiane and the team for making me feel so welcome.
Have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend, I’ll be in Co mayo photographing a wedding and then to Marlow on Monday at Bisham Abbey’s wedding fair. Take care xx
As both a Wedding photographer and a Wife, I realise every aspect of your special day is going to be very important to you, the hope is that everything goes perfectly and often the small details will have a huge impact, some businesses or individuals are able to leave you with great memories and feelings about working with them.
This week my blog is based on recommendations, I’ve really enjoyed taking the time to pull together and identify some people I’ve worked with or have used, who supply a range of services to make that special day. I’d have no hesitation in recommending any of the below.
The jolly vintage tea party hires out pretty china tea sets for your wedding, to make drinking a cuppa a real treat, take a look at there website and I promise you’ll love them as much as i do, if you are after a vintage twist and a classic British theme I really would recommend.
Cake sweet Cake, is run by the lovely Michaela, since meeting Michaela I’ve been really impressed with her creativity and her dedication, it also helps that the cakes are very yummy and stylish in deed, check her bakery out i promise you’ll not be disapointed.
Check out these beautiful handmade albums, each one is crafted and I believe their style is unparalleled, one of the mainstays of your wedding day will be your album, taking out your folio will make that experience a joy, each and every time if you already are the proud owners of a folio then you’ll know what i’m talking about and if not and you still have them just on a cd then where the heck have you been! http://www.folioalbums.com/
Emma Walkers flowers are simply lovely, Emma and Louise are a real treat to work with and make the most beautiful flowers, individual designs and a real contemporary feel make them shine, I used them for my own wedding back in July, take a peak.
I love gorgeous are the prettiest dresses for little girls I’ve ever come across, if you are after an individual design that is pretty but also classic, then you’ve come to the right place, here are my twins on my wedding day last year both wearing the Dorothy dress, i know I’m biased but they do look beautiful in the dresses. http://www.ilovegorgeous.co.uk/
This Saturday I’m photographing a super exciting wedding, the couple are great characters and I’m sure that is going to make for some great images, I’m particularly looking forward to the lawn mower entrance and scheduled fly over… very Top Gun!
So the week started with a little pre-Easter fun, making the most of the continued good weather my girls are I took to the garden to decorate and hunt down some eggs, after all the hard work we needed some energy so this was followed by chocolate bunny eating … yummy.
In preparation for a Bridal wedding shoot I have coming up in the next few weeks I’ve been doing some research back through family weddings looking at the evolving fashions, I’ve been able to dig out some delightful (and not so delightful) outfits, it’s created some great nostalgia for those who have helped me and often has led to some amusing tales about the day itself. Check out the grandparents for starters the 12 years between their respective wedding days and really different looks. Over the next few weeks I’m going to pick out some family favourites, being a child of the 80’s I can confirm there are some great shoulder pads in their
Newest addition to my photobook collection: I love this book and would definitely recommend.
Lastly I’m off to Barcelona this weekend, what a treat, it’s been four years since we last went and is by far one of the coolest and most bohemian places I’ve visited I can’t wait.
So this week has been a busy week, the sun is shining and it feels like we are into Spring, this means my twins are playing in their tree house well into the evening and loving it.
Last week I was celebrating my husbands birthday at the Cheltenham festival, it was Gold Cup Day and filled with glorious outfits a real mixture of fashions, I’ve got to say I was a fan of some of the tweed. I ate, drank and bet as much as possible, it took three hours to drive 40 miles along the Cotswold roads but it was all worth it.
I now have three weddings booked for 2014 with people seemingly getting more and more organised. I’ve also booked in for four further wedding fayres for 2012 and submitted a wedding to feature in Guides for Brides magazine
I’ve also been reading a book by Paul Arden, it’s really motivational and I would definitely recommend it. Roll on more sunshine for the weekend!
Welcome to the week in Pictures this week, I had a bike ride with my twin girls at Blenheim Palace, followed up by a visit to Paton Place, watched The Elves and the Shoemaker puppet show with my girls, exhibited at a wedding fair, indulged in some colourful macaroons and finalized plans for my next bridal photo shoot.
I spent Monday hanging out in one of my favourite places, Blenheim Palace x
I visited the Paton Place “the affordable vintage emporium” what a real find, anyone wanting a little vintage to brighten there day up, go and check it out.
What a treat for the family, a real old fashioned puppet show.
Thank you to all those Bride and Grooms that came out to visit me at this weeks wedding fair, it was lovely to meet you all x
I love the colours of these tasty treats.
I’m off to Cheltenham Races and finish up some projects. Have a great weekend!
Five years on since her wedding and making good use of the dress, it was a fantastic shoot in which I tried to capture her personality along with the memories that getting dressed up bought back. It was the first time since the day that Nicola had put the dress back on and it was a wonderful night, it was amazing just how happy Nicola became by getting the dress back on. The memories it seemed to evoke made it such an easy shoot, the emotion was really genuine and is definitely something I’d like to try again. The cake and Vino afterwards made it especially worthwhile!
Welcome to my blog all about my love for photography, I shall be devoted to bringing you all the latest updates and the bits you don’t see that go on behind the scenes, So sit back with a good cuppa and enjoy! xx