Tuesday, 30 April 2013


Most of my weddings are at the venues that recommend me; I'm now the preferred photographer at ten venues. However it's always a nice treat when I get to work somewhere new to me, especially when it's at a truly stunning venue like Eynsham Hall in the Cotswolds! I'd researched the venue online when Rachel and Colin booked me to photograph their wedding, but nothing quite prepared me for how stunning this building was until I had my pre-meeting with the couple. The hotel has an abundance of period features which made for some truly fabulous backdrops on the day.

Historic Eynsham Hall is a magnificent Grade II listed mansion set in the heart of a 3000 acre estate in Oxfordshire. A grand driveway leads to the impressive Jacobean-style mansion and the ornate terrace gardens provide the perfect outlook; this amazing property is understandably regarded as one of Oxfordshires finest country houses. The hotel mixes the ornate traditional interiors with a modern fusion of interior design, and it really is the most wonderful location for a wedding.  

Rachel and Colin were really keen to include as many backdrops around the hotel as possible.  My favourite locations were the staircase, the arched stone mullioned windows, the Gun Room Bar and the fantastic exteriors.  Rachel said to me she was really enjoying having her pictures taken, and I took that as quite a compliment! I do try to make the pictures as fun as possible at every wedding I attend. I had both Rachel and Colin climbing up into windows and abandoning their desserts to make the most of the impending dramatic lighting conditions! We had only fleeting blue sky opportunities on the day, but we dashed outside on several occasions to make the most of the warming winter sun against the black clouds.  The Gun Room Bar was also a dream to work in; the amazing period features, high ceilings and big windows combined with the ultra contemporary decor were truly breathtaking! I can see why the hotel won the European Hotel Design Award a few years ago for this room. See the pictures below of the couple with their bridesmaids and ushers in the Gun Room Bar. I captured photographs at the wedding through until the evening dancing.

Rachel was wearing the most beautiful flowing wedding dress, and she looked so radiant and happy throughout the day. The bridesmaids dresses and the guys cravats really complemented the colour scheme superbly on the day with their rich purple fabrics. The wedding was a lovely celebration of a couple clearly very much in love one another.

Rachel and Colin have already posted a review on Google + saying how thrilled they are with the pictures!  Even the venue has asked if they can use some of my pictures for future marketing purposes.

Enjoy your week!





Monday, 29 April 2013


Laura & Will chose Chartridge near Chesham for their spring wedding a few weeks ago. I was so looking forward to taking some of the pictures amongst the thousands of daffodils that Chartridge have in their beautiful gardens, but sadly the cold start to the year and the rainy conditions scuppered that plan! I've never known the daffodils to come up so late in the spring, though we were ready to cheat and place lots of pre-cut blooming daffodils in amongst the dormant flower beds if the sun had come out! We managed a few pictures in the gardens before the guests got too cold and the rains arrived. Thankfully Chartridge has an abundance of great options indoors for pictures,  including the oak panelled room and the lovely staircase.

Laura had chosen stunning bright flowers for her wedding; a big bold splash of colour like this will always add a great wow impact to the day and the pictures. The same bright theme continued with the flower girls dresses, the guys' cravats, chair covers and table centres.  Laura and Will's easy going personalities made them a joy to photograph; they were up for all my suggested poses on the day. Their wedding day was filled with laughter and smiles from the family and friends they'd invited; this certainly made my job all the more enjoyable.

Chartridge dates back to the 1900's, the country house property has grown considerably over the years yet still maintains many of the original period features. The 25 acres of landscaped gardens are truly beautiful; it really is the most ideal wedding venue.
Over the past 10 days I've been busy photographing several weddings, including Eynsham Hall in the Cotswolds and Taplow House Hotel. The blogs will follow shortly.   

Enjoy your week!