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Oh how I love couples who make a wedding their own! Everything about this wedding was exactly how my wonderful G & P envisaged it would be. The brief to their ultra-creative wedding stylist & planner, Charley Beard of London Bride, was “distressed elegance” – a sophisticated yet contemporary day full of beautiful design, delicious food, an East London vibe, and subtle hints of bride’s Scottish heritage. From the smallest touches of understated, soft and elegant – to the gold-foiled, oyster shucking, champagne-drinking, tartan-kilt-flying loveliness – G & P wowed guests with incredibly unique decor, hog roasts, Scottish whisky and home-made terrines served by golden candlelight, all finished off with a fervent hour of traditional Scottish dancing. It was ridiculous amounts of fun, it really was. So despite an 11-hour day of photographing such an incredible event, I didn’t want to leave the party and wanted more and so did my camera. It was such a joy to be there and to witness such a happy union (and possibly the happiest groom I have ever seen!). Here is a longer-than-usual post of my favourite imagery from the day – I wish I could have shown you more. Hop on over to Style Me Pretty and Charley’s blog to see their take on the day!

Dress & Veil: Halfpenny London / Shoes: Rupert Sanderson / Hair: Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection / Makeup: Mariam Jensen / Groom Bespoke Tailor: Cad and The Dandy / Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: MC Motors / Wedding Planning & Design: Charley Beard of London Bride / Florals: Flower Appreciation Society / Catering: Roast Hog / Oysters: Oyster Meister / String Quartet: Tyburn String Quartet / Ceilidh Band: Lochnagar Ceilidh Band / DJ : Wedding Smashers / Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery / Lighting: Peachy Productions / Red Buses: Routemaster Transport / Taxi: Black London Taxi / Cinematography: Ewan McNicol (family friend) of Lucid Inc. / Wedding Cake: Groom’s mother /

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As we are approaching winter, it seems timely to post an incredibly stylish wedding I had the pleasure of photographing earlier this year in Megeve, a quaint ski village in the French Alps. A wedding of only 45 guests, the bride and groom invited their nearest and dearest friends from all over the world to celebrate in a cosy and intimate affair full of mulled wine, lots of snow, beautiful winter sunshine and Michelin star food at the amazing Alpaga. As this was their wedding number 2 (having celebrated with both sets of families at Thanksgiving in NYC), the lovely K & R designed a laid back weekend with an informal and endearing ceremony officiated by a friend, with a live link to the groom’s mum in NYC via an iPad – dont you just love technology! All this was preceded by a hilarious “welcome” dinner for all the guests on the night before, where guests dined on traditional alpine food at La Refuge  and participated in lighthearted “roasting” of the groom. Thank you K & R for incredible memories! xxx

Stationery by Paper + Cup / Dress, hood, stole & belt by Le Spose di Gio bespoke / Bride’s shoes by Miu Miu / Groom’s tie & cufflinks by Lanvin / Groom’s suit by Dolce & Gabbana / Bride’s gloves by Vera Wang / Bride’s jacket by Delphine Manivet / Bride’s jewellery by Jenny Packham

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As featured on Style Me Pretty / Photographed on a mixture of film and digital

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A wedding in Dordogne

24 October 2013

This time last year this bride stole our hearts. More of this wedding photographed at La Leotardie coming soon.

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Photographed on film (Fuji 400H). 

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A little teaser of the wonderfulness that was this shoot in Paris in September. Photographed on film (Fuji 400h).

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Magazine Press

10 October 2013

So thrilled to be featured in this month’s You & Your Wedding magazine – grab yourself a copy and take a peek at one of my all time favourite weddings from last year, photographed at a very unique London venue – MC Motors in East London, all beautifully planned by Charley Beard of London Bride. Full wedding coming to the blog very soon!

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How do you ensure great photographs from your big day? Have a look at this little fun interview, where we discuss First Looks, Formal Group photographs and what to do in case of bad weather (full interview here).

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And who doesn’t love a groom in a sharp suit! Look no further for buttonhole etiquette from the ladies at YYW, with a beautiful floral arrangement by Jay Archer Floral Design from a winter wedding coming to the blog soon!

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A London Engagement Shoot

22 September 2013

A few months ago, I received a very excited email from a sweet couple in Indonesia, Yen and Alex. They had recently got engaged  and Yen was visiting London for her graduation ceremony – so they combined the two wonderful occasions by travelling through Europe and commemorating their trip with a fun pre-wedding shoot. I loved Yen’s enthusiasm – she designed all of her beautiful dresses, she had the most gorgeous Sophia Webster shoes, and she had hired the help of the wonderful Vony for hair & makeup (whose own post-wedding shoot will be appearing on the blog very soon!). Even though they had both spent time in London in the past, they wanted to experience London’s iconic landmarks, as well as incorporating some cute stop-overs like Peggy Porschen‘s adorable bakery in Chelsea.

To get the most out of their shoot I designed a very specific itinerary that matched Yen and Alex’s outfits to the right location and time of day. We split the shoot across 2 days, with the day session consisting of Abbey Road, Hyde Park, Peggy Porschen and Tower Bridge, and the evening itinerary consisting of Mayfair and Albert Bridge. For a grand total of 10 hours across 2 days,  we whizzed around London, visiting wonderful sights, eating the most delicious cakes and boating in Hyde Park. Thank you Yen and Alex for such a memorable couple of days together, big kisses (and a beautiful box full of lovely prints and other surprises) flying over to you all the way from London very soon!

Engagement sessions are a great way to celebrate your love for each other – they can be as relaxed or as creative as you would like them to be. I am always here to suggest that perfect location, or the perfect outfit, even if you are unsure of where we should go or what you should wear. If you would like your very own session, drop me an email for a full Portrait Brochure. xxx

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 All photographed on film / Fuji 400H / Kodak Portra 400

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It’s not often that I blog lengthy posts, but when an event like this comes along, it’s incredibly hard to narrow down my favourites from a day packed full of so much beautiful detail, heartfelt emotion, glorious colour and possibly the best wedding party ever. This was an event like no other – a mix of Hindu and Jewish traditions, a very touching and wonderfully funny ceremony, lots of big beaming smiles, and a bride and groom who were so in love – all taking place at the beautiful London Mandarin Oriental. Thank you to my wonderful D + A for having me document their fabulous day! Enjoy the post! xxx

*** Photographed on a mixture of Fuji 400H / Kodak Portra 400 / Ilford 3200 and digital ***

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… a timeless gift …

12 August 2013

When it comes to pretty packaging, I am very much of a mix between feminine and masculine. I love to combine clean minimal lines and understated typography with classic elements of delicate pastel shades, traditional letterpress techniques and stunning gold foil. All finished off with my favourite grosgrain ribbons for a beautiful and elegant presentation that is a joy to touch and hold, and most importantly, to open – to uncover the secrets within.

After many months of hard work with a wonderful design team, I am thrilled to announce that I will now be offering photography Gift Cards, in bespoke luxury packaging. Gift cards can be made to any amount of your choice*, with a personal message to your loved one hand-writted on letterpressed notecards. Each lavender-hued gift card is printed on luxury fine art paper and is encased in a bespoke white envelope, sealed with a branded gold foil sticker, all arriving inside a ribbon-tied box for safe-keeping.

Gift Cards can be used towards a whole range of services and products, such as engagement & anniversary shoots, wedding gifts, bespoke albums, Wall Art products and more. Please get in touch with your requirements and I would be glad to help in creating a truly memorable gift for that someone special.

* Gift Cards are available for purchase in any amount, with a minimum spend of £100.

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 As a film photographer, April, for me, is one of those funny months – unpredictable, quite often dark and cold, probably rainy at the most inapproprate times. But then, the sun comes out and I see the first rays of warm-yet-cold light, and all is well in the world – spring is here, making me excited for new adventires, new faces and the season ahead. One of those adventures was a super pretty spring forest inspiration shoot, styled so lovingly by Sara, the editor of one of UK’s best fine art blogs, Wedding Sparrow. I was truly honoured to be a part of something so special, surrounded by an incredibly talented team of such genuine and nice people. This was also my second shoot of the day, having been on a family session earlier that morning in a different part of the New Forest. The sheer excitement of seeing the most incredible coral and pink florals by Bo Boutique and Claire Pettibone dresses masked the aches and pains of a worsening-by-the-minute of my first ever bout of sinusitis. With the shoot over, I drove home with a big bag of film happily exposed in delicate spring light, and collapsed on our comfy sofa, surrounded by our two black kitties, dreaming of chocolate ponies, king protea flowers and velvet dresses. 

Styling by Wedding Sparrow / Florals by Bo Boutique / Claire Pettibone dresses by Exquisite Bridal Couture / Hair & Makeup by Deborah Bennett / Cake by Lulubelle’s Cakes / Stationery by LA Happy / Furniture by Sweet Dream Events / Sourcing by Toast Event Design / Model is Ellis Marples /

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