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Here’s to autumn…

7 September 2014


… and its beautiful rich palette….


Some things last a few minutes but feel like hours. And some things I wish never ended. When I met M & T for the first time, we barely noticed that 2 hours had passed as we drank cocktails, talked and laughed and got to know each other, whilst fantasising about their wedding. M works in theatre and T runs a brand agency, so both were very keen to showcase their personal style. Both were also excited to handcraft as many of the details as they possibly could. T designed their stunning stationery suite, mixing masculine monochrome with soft femininity of Italian art and architecture, and M used her artistic background to handcraft the guest favours – a range of intricate Venetian masks, with a different set for the men and the women.

Despite a date and a venue change, the gods of beautiful weddings decided that I was destined to photograph this wonderful occasion. When the day finally came around, the guests and I were in for a visual feast. With a party full of friends and family ranging from the design world to actors in the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the atmosphere was electrifying! I didn’t want to leave even when my time was up. I didn’t care that I had been on my feet for almost 12 hours or that my back was screaming for the sofa: I wanted to spend a little more time with my wonderful, warm and generous M & T.

And the icing on the cake? The most wonderful, tear-inducing thank-you text from the newlyweds on the day after the wedding, sent en route to their Italian honeymoon. I was and will forever be very much in love with my wonderful M and T.

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Aneta Mak Wedding Photography London

A love for all things French brought Marie-Claire and Luke together over 4 years ago, at a French language school in Paris. With Luke from Australia, and Marie-Claire from Puerto Rico and the States, a serene chateau nestled in Bergerac was the perfect choice for their wedding destination, considering their multi-continent families.

My first meeting with Marie-Claire and Luke was at their gorgeous  engagement shoot in Paris. Paying homage to Funny Face’s Audrey Hepburn, amidst the vintage landscape of Paris , it was an absolute pleasure to shoot the most in love couple ever. When it came to shoot the wedding at the secluded, sylvan grounds of La Leotardie, I felt immediately transported back in time! The vows — an emotional Catholic ceremony — took place in a historic church in the nearby village of St Georges de Monclard, where the bride was escorted down the aisle by her brother, and her mother, the matron of honor.

You can see more of the elegant details (designed by Mary Lee Herrington Celebrations) — the miniature clay sculpture wedding favors; the Puerto Rican-inspired wedding cake (which was a family effort), and other personal, bespoke touches — in the Style Me Pretty feature, “French Wedding in the Countryside of Bergerac” (Do check it out!)

Meanwhile, here are my favorite captures of that day. Enjoy!


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Photography: Aneta MAK | Wedding Dress: Priscilla Of Boston | Flowers: Amour De Fleurs | Reception Location: La Leotardie | Hair: Laura From Salon Julien David | Beverages: Vin Blan Rouge | Cape: Bespoke | Catering & Furniture And Linen Rental: Humblot | Church: St Georges De Monclard | Crescent Moom Photo Booth: A La Folie Creation | Favor Tote Bags: Custom Made By Bride’s Aunt | Groom’s Shoes: Carmina | Groom’s Suit & Tie: The Cloakroom | Invitations & Stationery: Bespoke Press | Makeup: Sophie From Bio Institut | Mother Of Bride’s Dress: Pia Du Pradal | Music: Epoq | Planning & Coordination:Jarretierre In The Air | Table Candle Holders, Poms: BHLDN | Veil: Twigs & Honey | Vintage Car: Sege Sotin | Wedding Design & Styling: Mary Lee Herrington Celebrations

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.

Bordeaux wedding

Photographed on film (Fuji 400H). 

 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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… summer …

19 July 2013

It’s finally here, summer that is. The Universe has clearly had enough of me complaining of rain and greyness and decided to reward us Brits with a beautiful Med-like summer. But, as with most good things, there is a twist. Our wonderful heatwave comes during my busiest 3 weeks of the entire year, with a shoot or a wedding almost every other day, not to mention an editing mountain the size of Everest. Shooting outside is wonderful, editing inside when the sun is shining is not. My willpower skills are being honed to perfection on a whole new level. So as I navigate through the work, the emails, and the sore back and feet, here is a teeny weeny taster of a fabulous New Forest shoot from a few months ago. Full post with a list of wonderful vendors involved going live in August. Photographed on film. 



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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.




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…. 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!


To celebrate the arrival of a little bubba for D+J only a few days ago, here is their wonderful wedding from June last year, hosted at the magnificent Hengrave Hall – a stunning Tudor mansion dating back to 1525 with plenty of character and history to satisfy the most avid of period-drama fans. Against an elegant and classic backdrop of white peonies and a layered Rosa Clara gown, D+J incorporated fun and colourful touches with a killer pair of blue Christian Louboutin shoes, personalised pastel-coloured favours made from vintage books, and a nod to D’s Polish heritage with vodka shots served by bridesmaids in traditional Polish dress, which led to all guests joining in to sing an old Polish folk song “Sto Lat” to wish the newlyweds “100 years of happiness”. You can read more about this fabulous wedding on Rock My Wedding




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