Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Andrea and Moheb chose one of my favourite venues for their wedding gathering, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor. They were married the week before in Australia where they now live; the UK celebration was for all of their family and friends over here. In the run up to the day we had a mixture of Skype meetings and emails back and forth to discuss their photography requirements. How did we ever cope before the internet!?

The day was a mix of light clouds and lovely blue skies, perfect for photography. With no ceremony taking place I had a little more time than usual for my classic and posed pictures. I used many backdrops during the day to give Andrea and Moheb plenty of options for their album.

What really blew me away on the day was their amazing flower displays, by the very talented Tricia from the Flower Room in Great Missenden. The stunning combination of roses and lillies added a wonderful splash of colour to this fabulous day.

Andrea and Moheb were keen to capture some special pictures of the two of them up at Waddesdon Manor after the day's main events. I suggested a farewell aisle before they left in their stretch limo, which worked really well. Sadly within minutes of arriving at Waddesdon Manor the heavy rains arrived too! Thankfully the manor house has a very grand and bright portico entrance; this was just perfect for working in the now relentless rainy conditions!

Now it's back to Skype meetings and emails to Australia to organise their glossy coffee book style album.

These last few weeks have gone crazy with wedding bookings in my diary for next year! I can only guess that couples deciding 2013 was not for them are all booking en masse for 2014!

This week I'm photographing weddings in a country marquee setting and at Missenden Abbey; blogs to follow.

Enjoy your week!



Wednesday, 17 July 2013


Kayleigh and Michael chose Dorton House near Aylesbury for their wedding ceremony and reception. This was unknown territory for me; it's amazing after 23 years in the business that I always manage to visit 2-3 new Buckinghamshire venues every year!

Dorton House is in an area which once used to be the royal hunting grounds of Saxon and Norman Kings. The Grade 1 listed Jacobian Mansion dates back to 1596, and the bricks used to build the house were fired at nearby Brill Hill from locally sourced clay.

The property still retains many original features - Tudor chimneys and stone mullioned windows, highly detailed plaster ceilings, plus the most gorgeous Jacobean screen in the Saloon. The Clock Court, with its cobbled courtyard and stables was built about the same time as the house.

Dorton House is mainly used as a preparatory school, though it is available during the school holidays for marquee wedding receptions. What makes this venue so special is it has its own private chapel for wedding ceremonies within the lovely 30 acre estate, plus the wedding party get full use of the grand reception rooms in the main house. Not only did Kayleigh and Michael  use the chapel, they also had Michael's father who is a retired vicar carry out the wedding service.

We had glorious weather throughout the day, perfect for lots of outdoor picture options against the many fabulous backdrops. It's been a long time since I've seen so much laughter at a wedding; I can't tell you how much easier that makes things for me with the reportage pictures! Then in complete contrast there were many emotional tears shed during the excellent speeches. I stayed throughout the day to capture a mixture of posed, classic and reportage pictures, and my day came to a close soon after the first dance.

Probably my favourite pictures of the day were taken in the buttercup meadow in the early evening light; bright blue skies and blue bridesmaids' dresses against the yellow flowers made for some really great results!

Enjoy your week!