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One Friendly Place wedding, Greenwich, London – Anna & Mat sneak previews

Balloons (not just ANY balloons… ), a circus/skull cake, pizza van, bubble guns, goody bags with flying glider planes and parachute men, local beer, two brilliant bands, paper lanterns, giant light up L O V E letters made by the groom (impressive), pie, confetti cannons….  its fair to say Anna & Mat’s wedding day was awesome.

You may however notice one key thing missing – a ceremony.  That’s because they got married earlier in the year with just a few close friends and family members.  They then planned this, their ‘shomance’ wedding – one big party with everyone they love under one roof (and on it – that was the one place there was a breeze on what turned out to be an unbelievably hot day).   I rocked up at Anna & Mat’s flat where they were getting ready together – Mat was even doing Anna’s hair.  HE’S A KEEPER!   And I got to hang out with Hendrix, the second best dog ever, who gave me lots of attention and cuddles.  Always the best start to any day.

SO here are (quite) a few sneak previews for the happy couple.  Anna & Mat it was such a pleasure (apart from the sweating part, but we all did that!) and I love that it was impossible to do a straight faced photo because you didn’t stop laughing all day.  And why would you when you have a laugh as brilliant (read: dirty) as Anna’s!

Thank you for looking after me SO well.  I have made new friends in you both (and Hendrix) and I loved spending time with you and chatting to your friends and family who were really wonderful.  Lots of love xxxxx

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Julia MyattJuly 29, 2014 - 1:41 pm

What a fantastic idea, beautiful and totally in love with the balloon animals…………

Hope Street Hotel & Oh Me Oh My wedding, Liverpool – Emma & Shane sneak previews

Friday’s wedding… well I just loved it so much.  Emma & Shane have a wonderful long distance love story (which you can read about here) and anyone can see they are so totally in love, it was easy to get swept up in the romance.  You’d also be hard pressed to meet two more laid back people on their wedding day!   The weather was pretty spectacular, their friends and family were awesome and all the little touches that Emma and her sister Annmarie worked so hard on looked beautiful.  We got to shoot in lots of locations around Liverpool which was great, ending up opposite the Liver Building at rush hour – cue lots of beeping and people shouting ‘Congratulations!’.  : )

Add to all that an amazing supporting cast of suppliers that I know and love – two great venues Hope Street Hotel and Oh Me Oh My, the beautiful dress from Vicky at Isla Jean Bridal (who saved the day, just weeks before the wedding), an incredible cake from Laura’s Little Bakery and the inimitable Strange Case Collective on photo booth duty!   And not forgetting Verity & Thyme – creator of Emma’s stunning flower crown and bouquet.

Emma & Shane… congratulations and lots of love to you both.  I hope you enjoy these previews, safe travels back to Vancouver and we’ll catch up soon!  xxxx

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Papertwin DanJuly 13, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Love it. Love, love, love it.

Annmarie KewleyJuly 13, 2014 - 2:09 pm

WOW WOW WOW!! Amazing pics

Trisha NugentJuly 13, 2014 - 2:21 pm

These are beautiful photos.

Susan Angela CottageJuly 13, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Fabulous pictures…

Brenda FlynnJuly 13, 2014 - 3:05 pm

omg these pics r amazin congrats emma an shane enjoy ur life together x x x

Patsy BrennanJuly 13, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Wonderful pics, sign of a wonderful future,Good Luck xxx

Julie BurquestJuly 13, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Fab !! Stunning Xxxxx

Beverley RussellJuly 13, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Beautiful pictures you all look amazing xxx

Tasha KewleyJuly 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Breathe taking xx

carherine donovanJuly 13, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Ah love them claire, absolutely fab!!! :) ) xx

Sophie Strange CaseJuly 17, 2014 - 9:25 am

Oh Claire. Such beautiful pictures!!! xxx

Oddfellows wedding, Chester – Sarah & Jamie sneak previews

Sarah & Jamie clearly have connections to old Mother Nature because Friday was VERY grey and VERY wet.  And their wedding could not have been more perfect!

The stunning dress, the Jimmy Choos, a big red bus, the boys in blue, a cake of two sides, a raging debate that went on for hours (who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman? – I don’t know if it ever got settled), classic literature, a cute library card table plan and the best bride & groom cushions ever. Fact.

Mr & Mrs Bates, thank you for having me along, it was a wonderful day with a top bunch of people and I hope everyone stopped crying eventually.  Totes emosh!   Lots of love, enjoy these previews and catch up when you’re back from mini moon. xxxx

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Toby DanusiaJuly 8, 2014 - 7:48 am

What beautiful pictures – Sarah your dress is out of this world you hair is fabulous and you both look so so happy – Venue – place settings and cake are all unique.Congratulations and thanks for sharing – Love Toby xxxx

Mandy BeckJuly 8, 2014 - 8:28 am

Beautiful dress and what a beautiful wedding, gorgeous job of capturing it all hun x

Amy LeaderJuly 8, 2014 - 8:47 am

looks absolutely amazing !!! Echo Toby’s comments – you looked stunning and every touch was really unique…wishing you both very happy holidays and lots of fun, love and happiness as Mr and Mrs, love Amy xx

Kay CrayfordJuly 8, 2014 - 11:27 am

stunning pics as always Clare…amazing dress and cake !:) x

Dordogne chateau wedding, Chateau de Fayolle, France – Joanna & David sneak previews

A beautiful chateau in the Dordogne region of France, a stunning hockey-loving bride and a handsome plumber-by-trade groom (relevant info, see if you can spot David’s DIY), incredible weather, pom poms, dicky bows, a quick sneaky first look between the bride and groom, cornfields, an incredible croquembouche complete with fireworks and a dancefloor ‘Thriller’ en mass.  Quite simply one of the best weddings I’ve had the pleasure to shoot.

Joanna & David…. congratulations!  What a day – wow.  You and all your friends & family were so lovely and welcoming, not to mention totally up for a good time.  Have a wonderful honeymoon in the South of France and we’ll catch up when you return!  Lots of love. xxxx

An extra thank you to Janet, Gerry and the team at Chateau de Fayolle who looked after everyone, including me, like family.  Cannot wait to come back! xx

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Cassandra LillyJune 25, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Stunning photos! And looks like it was great fun too :)

Mandy BeckJune 25, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Gobsmacked! This must be THE most fabulous wedding ever!! Love the venue, the photos in the wheat field, love it all, you have THE BEST JOB! xxx

Simon DeweyJune 25, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Really great work Claire – your compositions are so clean, and the photos have real spirit

Amanda HaylerJune 25, 2014 - 2:53 pm

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

Claire PennJune 25, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Ah thank you so much Simon.

Andrea Ellison PhotographyJune 25, 2014 - 3:19 pm

“that” cornfield image……W.O.W. ….and all the rest of them…like WOW <3

Mary DevereauxJune 25, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Exceptional photography Claire, well done!

Samantha BellisJune 25, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Just stunning! Again! Beautiful venue and the cornfield photos…love!xxx

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Cognac vineyard wedding, France – Rachel & Craig sneak previews

Well… after two years of chatting to Rachel I’m (more than) a little sad that the big day is over, but I will always have such amazing memories of their wedding last week in the stunning Cognac region of France, amidst the vineyards.   So much laughter, joy and love.  Some very moving speeches and many happy tears.  And at the centre of it all, this incredible couple who after 11 years together are still utterly besotted with one another (and their adorable son – rightly so!).

Rachel & Craig, this was such a special wedding for me and that’s all down to you guys and your wonderful (and frankly, mad) family & friends.  Thank you.  I hope you had an amazing few days with everyone after the wedding and you’re looking forward to your honeymoon.  Enjoy these previews and we’ll catch up soon!  Much love.  xxxx

A little final shout out to Papertwin Weddings – ALWAYS a pleasure to shoot alongside these guys and I can’t wait to see the wedding film trailer.  Penn & Paper FTW!

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Andrea EllisonJune 24, 2014 - 11:48 am

ooh LOVE these …. and I LOVE that dress <3

Daniel ByrneJune 24, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Oh my. Good god.


Janet de BatheJune 24, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Lovely lovely photos.

Mandy BeckJune 24, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Oh I love these these if I could do it all again it would be there with you as my wedding photographer x

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Craig Anthony HolmeJune 24, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Amazing, every single one of them. We made the best decision of our lives when we decided to tie the knot……… very closely followed by picking you to capture our special day xxx

Anna BlakemoreJune 24, 2014 - 3:16 pm

So lovely! Xx

Samantha BellisJune 24, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Oh Claire they’re gorgeous! What a lovely setting <3 xxx

Zen BarryJune 24, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Fabulous Pennster… great work as always :)

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