Monday, 17 December 2012


Kate & Dave were married last Wednesday inside the Great Hall at Hampden House. This was one of my smallest weddings of the year; they invited just their very closest eight friends and family to the ceremony. This made for a really nice and intimate wedding celebration. For us photographers it's always quite a challenge to come up with plenty of variety with just ten people. Thankfully with so many backdrop options this was not too much of a problem. Kate chose the most beautiful silver/grey dress; she coordinated her dress with an elegant matching fascinator and necklace. The men were all dressed in very smart dark suits with gold/yellow ties.

The day was so bitterly cold, we actually had a rare all-day hoarfrost. I was just praying I could tempt Kate and Dave outside for a few pictures in the winter wonderland conditions. Amazingly I went one better as I managed to tempt all of their guests outdoors. I knew I had to work fast as the temperature was a freezing -2c. I took the pictures of everyone walking on the lawns at Hampden; I think they all thought I was stark raving mad with my suggestion! After a few minutes of walking on very crunchy iced grass we all dashed back inside for the warmth of the log fire in the Great Hall. Once everyone had warmed up I took a mixture of informal and posed pictures using Hampden's stunning interiors, and of course their amazing Christmas tree. Kate and Dave both had really fun and warm personalities, and as a result their wedding was an absolute joy to photograph.

After the ceremony at Hampden House, the couple and their guests headed off to Hartwell House for the wedding breakfast. Both venues recommend me so I know each of these amazing locations very well! They really couldn't have chosen two nicer venues for their Christmas wedding.

December is as busy as ever for me; at the weekend I was photographing weddings at Taplow House Hotel and the Beacon Barn, Chesham Bois. Next week I'm attending two more weddings at Danesfield House and Weedon Chapel; blogs to follow.

Enjoy your Christmas!

Monday, 10 December 2012


Victoria & Nick were married last weekend at The Dairy, Waddesdon. The waterside venue looked superb in the winter sunlight, and the huge courtyard Christmas tree and blazing log fires really set the scene for one very magical wedding.

Victoria & Nick had seven bridesmaids and two pageboys at their black tie wedding. Having lots of children to the wedding created such a great party atmosphere, not to mention lots of fun picture opportunities throughout the day. The kids were great at posing for my camera; they also provided so many magical candid moments. They were well looked after; they had the most amazing selection of toys in the staffed games room to keep them entertained during the day.

Victoria's wedding dress was stunning to photograph. The fabric and hundreds of diamantes caught the light beautifully throughout the day.

My brief was to keep the photographs as informal as possible. In fact I was handed the shortest possible list of posed picture requests.

It was a very cold day, yet Victoria and Nick and their wedding guests were more than willing to come outside for a few pictures.   When it was time for my speciality floodlit night shots of the venue with the couple it was bitterly cold, the grass was totally frozen underfoot and the lake was starting to freeze over! Conscious of the fact Victoria was no doubt freezing at this point in her off the shoulder dress, I ran as fast as I could between the various backdrops to prepare my lighting and camera.

In the process I almost took a dunking in the icy lake as I finished my last picture; in future I'll go little slower when it's so dark next to water hazards! I almost called upon the spare suit back in the car for the first time ever! After my near miss and the few floodlit poses we then headed back into the warmth of The Dairy and the log fires, phew! The floodlit shots can be seen below; they were really worth the effort.

I stayed through till an hour after the first dance capturing the many moments that always help to create a true storybook of the day. Victoria & Nick's superbly choreographed first dance including dips and lifts was quite something to watch, wow! By the time I left the children were still firing on all cylinders racing around the dance floor. It's amazing where kids get all their energy from! I was truly exhausted and ready for the journey home and a relaxing Sunday off work.

The Dairy is one of the finest wedding venues in the home counties; working there is an absolute joy. Thank you to Claire and the team at The Dairy for recommending me for the past 12 years.

It's a busy time for weddings over the Christmas period for me; the blogs will follow in the coming weeks.

Enjoy your week!