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Here’s to autumn…

7 September 2014


… and its beautiful rich palette….

Elegant Simplicity

22 July 2014


Phew, it has been a crazy few weeks! Working non-stop for 31 days, not a single day off, multiple weddings and portrait shoots, not to mention more driving / training / flying than I care for, I am glad to say I am finally entering a period of some R&R and of course, an editing mountain of biblical proportions. Nevertheless, they are all incredibly stunning and fun events, so it is always a joy to be working on the images and relive them in all their glory. Coming back to my other backlog of equally abundant proportions – blogging – I am so happy to finally reveal this elegant London wedding, which I have been dying to show for some time now.

S & E’s simple wedding was a mixture of English, Afghani and Dutch cultures, as evidenced by the beautiful details and the guests in attendance. As an homage to her mother (who was Afghani) the bride wore her mother’s beautiful vintage necklace. The florals were a mix of big beautiful poppy heads amidst classic red roses. Henna stands and beautiful wooden trinket boxes were also a nod towards the bride’s Afghani roots, and even the evening’s cuisine featured a contemporary marriage between classic Continental and traditional Afghani food.

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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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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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… groom style …

15 June 2013

A touch of groom style… nothing beats an elegant bow tie and a great pair of shoes for men’s wedding attire.


…. is never simple. It takes a true artist to find that perfect combination of soft whimsy and structured elegance. This stunning floral arrangement was made by the ultra-talented rising star of the wedding world, Jay Archer of Jay Archer Floral Design. More of this wedding coming soon!


Last summer I had a lovely invitation to photograph a dear friend’s wedding in Sicily. Their Sicilian event was held as part two of their celebrations, for all their Italian and other friends & family who couldn’t make it to the official wedding in Paris, myself included. D & P were the perfect hosts at an incredibly glamorous party, full of delicious food, elegant women in summer dresses and handsome men in sharp suits. Every so often, the deep tans, combined with the glitzy fashion and the typical southern European emotional flair reminded me of D&G’s recent campaigns – glamourous Sicily, that only those in the know will ever see. Emerald green seas, melting gelatos in giant brioche buns, warm welcomes and even warmer Sun, I came home with a big smile, bag full of film and a rather red “tan”. 🙂


A Chinese wedding must be seen to be believed! And wow, what a wedding it was! One of my favourite London hotels – Mandarin Oriental – served as a perfect backdrop to an incredible wedding filled with love, laughter and lots of nods to D+R’s rich heritage. For their civil ceremony, the bride wore a stunning Lusan Mandongus off-white lace dress with an Annasul Y sash, followed by an equally stunning red lace dress by the same designer for the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Accessories ranged from a beautiful pair of diamond drop earrings, to Chinese gold jewellery beautifully inlaid with the greenest of jade for the traditional part of the day. The entire venue was delicately scented by the bride’s favourite Jo Malone candles, and napkins were spritzed with linen spray. The catering staff had their hands full with a 10 course Chinese wedding breakfast, with an array of exquisite dishes entertaining the guests. Here is a small selection of my favourite images from a truly wonderful day. Dear D+R, thank you so much for letting me a part of your beautiful day. xxx


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… first dance …

12 December 2012

I love a pop of colour, I love pastels, I even love neon, yes neon… but NOTHING beats a simple black and white image.

My baby of choice, shot on Ilford 3200.

(full wedding coming up after the Christmas break)


… waiting …

26 November 2012

Last year has been a pretty crazy 12 months in so many ways… in good ways mostly. But even the hard days with their long nights, early starts and the intense wedding weekends have all culminated in some truly meaningful experiences and moments. Some of those moments were shared with my amazing couples and their unique weddings filled with love and laughter and so many incredibly memories. And now, wedding season well and truly over, I am finally catching up on my HUMONGOUS blogging backlog. I have shortlisted a few visually stunning and exquisite events for you all to look at, all coming up on this blog over the next few weeks… a wedding held at River Cottage, Home House, Mandarin Oriental, Hengrave Hall, to name just a few, as well as some fabulous engagement and portation shoots thrown in for good measure. A quick teaser for now, from a wedding at MC Motors, see ya all later! xxx



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