A stylish Sefton Park Palm House wedding, Liverpool - Jayne & Karim

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As things get quieter for me in these winter months I actually start to miss shooting a little - as much as I love time at home and don't get me wrong, I do... especially a Saturday lie-in!  But I have been itching to shoot at Sefton Palm House for ages and it certainly did not disappoint on Saturday for Jayne & Karim's wedding... it's just the most incredible setting and the flowers by none other than Joseph Massie were a perfect blend of winter wedding meets tropical palm house.  Stunning.

Jayne had been telling me about the first time she and Karim met and how neither were particularly impressed with one another... but fast forward a few years... their paths crossed again and BOOM.  They are just SO good together, it's clear to see.  Both of their speeches brought more than a few tears to the room, their love for one another is so evident. 

It was the happiest of days... family, friends, laughter, music, smiles and dancing... lots of dancing.  A beautiful first dance, an amazing hora (pure joy) and then, right before I left... Karim's former boss... doing Gangnam Style.  Mr Ed Balls himself.  As a huge fan of Strictly I was unashamedly giddy.  The man has some serious moves. 

Jayne & Karim... it was simply wonderful.  You and all your friends and family were so much fun and so damn lovely.  Happy happy honeymoon... I hope you enjoy this small selection of previews and we'll catch up when you get back! xx

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A magical Volterra & Villa di Ulignano wedding in Tuscany, Italy - Kate & Taz

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So after weeks of travelling for destination weddings in France and Italy, I finally shot my last one on Saturday in the beautiful city of Volterra, Tuscany and the nearby Villa di Ulignano.  And what a wedding!  I sometimes have to pinch myself when I see some of the places I get to shoot and seeing the Town Hall in Volterra was one of those times.  The oldest town hall in Tuscany, it is absolutely breathtaking.  Add to that the beauty of the villa and I was pretty giddy. 

Kate and Tariq aka Taz booked me 18 months ago before they even had a venue though.  They wanted to get me booked in and I am so happy they did!  Two more lovely people you couldn't wish to meet... Kate is the quiet 'planner' and Taz the self-confessed joker and life & soul of this and (I imagine) any party.  And they compliment one another absolutely perfectly.  

The day ran like clockwork thanks to Francesca and Racquel at Wedding Italy (thank you for looking after everyone, me included!) and the band were none other than those ridiculously talented, cheeky chappies Brightlights who Kate found on this very blog.  

I also had partners in crime on the day - the lovely Yana who came along to second shoot (I can't wait to see your photos) and videographers Ben & Sam from Ben Walton Films... I will forever remember driving up the steep, bumpy dirt road to the villa... Ben flying the drone from the moving car... and both us and the drone trying to catch up with K&T in their little Fiat!  (Taz is clearly The Stig because they won!) 

Kate & Taz... thank you... for choosing me, for trusting me and for being so wonderful.  I had the BEST time.  You, your friends and family are amazing and had I not had such an early flight home the next day I would have absolutely stayed to party with you all!  

Anyway, enjoy these previews and we'll catch up soon.  Happy honeymooning and lots of love. xxxx

Umbrian destination wedding in Italy at Casa Bruciata - Allison & Mark

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I write this from Tuscany with some very limited wifi, hence the shorter than usual post.  Just keen for these guys to see their previews asap!

Casa Bruciata... tucked away in the Umbrian hills... surrounded by olive groves... an absolutely enchanting place. I was so thrilled and excited to be back there last week for Allison & Mark's wedding. 

Everything was beautiful... Allison's blush dress, the flowers and styling by Roberta Turco, the food (wow), the views and of course, the people.  Friends and family from Baltimore (and other places in the US I'm sure!) all flew over to celebrate with these two.  The atmosphere all day was just incredible. 

Allison & Mark... I hope you are enjoying your amazing honeymoon!  Enjoy these previews. :)  xxx

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A beautiful Scottish wedding in Santa Maria di Castellabate, Italy - Shyla & Craig

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"Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain."

I'm sat here at home having been in beautiful Castellabate and Santa Maria/San Marco quite a bit recently... for the Secret Retreat Italy workshop 2017, for a few days much needed holiday with Mr P and for the wedding of these two gorgeous humans with My Secret Italy.

After much deliberation given the weather forecast, Shyla & Craig's ceremony was delayed slightly... however Mother Nature decided to bless their ceremony with a torrential downpour anyway... just as Shyla walked up to the rooftop of the Torre Perrotti, overlooking the ocean.  Guests huddled under umbrellas... and under one big umbrella at the top of the aisle was the mayoress, a translator, Shyla's sister live on Skype from back home in Scotland, the happy couple and me.  

As soon as they said 'I do' and shared a first kiss... the rain stopped.  Blessing complete.  

Shyla, Craig and their guests were just not phased at all and by the end of the night when the rain returned... everyone just danced barefoot in the rain... not a care in world.  It was amazing. 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Farman... thank you for bringing the fun and for being so chilled out.  I absolutely loved your wedding, it was a pleasure to meet all your friends and family and especially beautiful little Sunny.  Enjoy these previews.  Lots of love. xx

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Beachside tower and hilltop destination wedding in Santa Maria di Castellabate, Italy - Sarah & Emmet

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Singing our hearts out to 'Despacito' in a minibus at 2am (some very dubious Spanish) on our way to Cliff Bar - just one fond memory I'll have of Sarah & Emmet's wedding. 

However there are too many to count... the beautiful view over the Amalfi Coast from Villa Sirio where Sarah got ready, the amazing little vintage Italian car, the ceremony with candle lighting and dancing to 'At last', the surprise prosecco at Bar Emma en route up to Castellabate, the beautiful vows, poems and speeches and the dancing (I'm looking at you Patrick!). 

My Secret Italy planned everything to perfection as always and I had my girls Chrissy & Chelsa from the Secret Retreat workshop second shooting with me which was wonderful. Thank you all. ️

Sarah & Emmet - thank you for trusting me and for being such great fun. And to your brilliant friends and family - it was so great to meet you all!  

Lots of love guys - enjoy the honeymoon, enjoy these previews and have a drink or two for me! xxx 

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