Monday, 29 October 2012


A few weeks ago I was back to my regular stomping ground at Taplow House Hotel.  Emma and Jonathan booked me to attend their marriage at St.Teresa's Church in Beaconsfield, followed by their reception at Taplow House Hotel.  I only live 5 minutes away from the church so St.Teresa's is a location I've worked at many times over the years.  My day started at Taplow to capture pictures of the make-up, dress, bridesmaids and parents, then I dashed over to Beaconsfield ahead of Emma to capture Jonathan with his ushers.  I'll never forget the service, as during the vows the priest fleetingly forgot his lines, it certainly brought some humour to what is often a very formal affair. I'd say 99% of the time it's normally the groom that stumbles with his lines during the wedding service! After a few group pictures at the end of the service, I followed the wedding convoy to Taplow House Hotel. I was under strict instructions to get some nice pictures of their cake, as they'd splashed out on one of the popular Choccywoccydoodah cakes from the famous Brighton chocolaterie. I stayed throughout the day to capture a mixture of reportage, formal and classic poses, followed by the speeches and dancing. 

Emma and Johnathan were an absolute pleasure to work with, both were so friendly and really appreciative of my hard work on the day. I must compliment both Emma and Jonathan on their wedding outfits. Emma's dress was the most stunning design, it was so easy to arrange, and the perfect weight to avoid being blown around in the pictures. Johnathan was dressed in a striking traditional tartan kilt outfit, very smart.

This particular weekend I attended three weddings, each for eight hours. By Monday I was truly exhausted and ready for a nice easy day of doing very little!

A big thank you to Melissa and Gabrielle at Taplow House for all this year's  recommendations.  Taplow House will be including some of the pictures from Emma and Jonathan's wedding in their brand new brochure.

I will be at the Taplow House open day with my portfolio on Sunday 4th November, see you there!

Enjoy your week!

Monday, 22 October 2012


The Borough of Runnymede is steeped in history dating back thousands of years. Runnymede is the site where King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. In 1215 A.D., many of the nobles in England, tired of losing their power and concerned by the tyrant-like behaviour of John, came together and wrote a document called the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in history. It guaranteed the people certain rights, and binds the king to certain laws. After writing the document these nobles forced King John to sign it on threat of civil war. Their intention was only to protect the rights of nobles; they did not particularly care about poor peasants. Nevertheless, in time, the rights established by the Magna Carta were also extended to commoners. Over the next few years there will no doubt be many events to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta being signed by King John.

Fast forward almost 800 years to 2012, Kirsty and Matt were married at The Runnymede Hotel in Surrey, a short stroll from where King John signed the Magna Carta on the banks of the River Thames. It's been probably five years since I've been to this lovely riverside hotel.  Kirsty and Matt offered up plenty of enthusiasm to ensure I got lots of great pictures on their wedding day. The riverside setting offered so many opportunities for pictures, and the hotel has also planted a large wild meadow area in the grounds. How very considerate for us photographers! Their civil ceremony was followed by drinks on the hotel lawns beside the River Thames, and with almost 200 guests invited I had to work fast to capture everyone. My most powerful voice is always needed for this number of guests, especially when it comes to organising the larger group pictures! In the evening they had a ceilidh band performing, which is always a great way to get all the various age groups up on the dance floor at a wedding. I have to say Kirsty and Matt performed probably the most energetic first dance I've ever seen as the band blasted out a fast upbeat number. I could not believe the show they put on as they covered the entire dance floor with their Viennese waltz; the energy and expertise they showed was quite something. Kirsty and Matt are both English but now live and work in Switzerland, where traditionally wedding couples will dance the Viennese waltz as their first dance.

This weekend I'm working at one of my absolute favourite venues, Hartwell House Hotel near Aylesbury.

The bookings are still going strong here right through till Christmas and beyond, so plenty more wedding blogs to follow!

Enjoy your week!