Waterfall Gardens wedding, Siggiewi, Malta - Jade & Reuben

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Quite often in this job I have to pinch myself.  Malta a couple of weeks ago was another one of those times.  

Not only because it's a beautiful island and venue... but the fact that I got to shoot the wedding of these two gorgeous people. I met Jade & Reuben at Ruby & Ash's wedding.  I was REALLY trying not to fan-girl too hard but I used to watch Britain's Next Top Model and from the very beginning of cycle 7 I was rooting for Jade to win... and those of you who recognise those distinctive freckles will know that's exactly what she did.

I had just started shooting weddings then (2011) and I can remember thinking I'd bloody LOVE to shoot her wedding.  So thank you universe or fate or whatever it was that brought us together.   I owe you one. 

The Waterfall Gardens at the Limestone Heritage Park are totally breathtaking... it's like something from a movie set.  (The less said about the journey there the better - I'm fully expecting a speeding ticket or two through the post and I'm amazed I got the hire car back without a scratch - Maltese drivers are mad bastards) 

Jade's beautiful beaded Art Couture dress was perfection with the lace-edged veil, the bridesmaids all looked incredible in a mix of mint and baby blue gowns and Reuben and the boys just looked cool as all hell. 

They said their vows in front of all their loved ones and a strangely water-less waterfall on their 10th anniversary (to the day!) and as they had their first kiss as husband & wife, the waterfall sprang into life.  Cue applause and excited gasps all around.  Not me obviously.  I was cool as a cucumber.  *clears throat* Obviously. 

Anyway these are just a small handful of my favourites from the day. 

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A beautiful, laid back Masseria Montenapoleone wedding in Puglia, Italy (with first look!) - Claire & Will

I have been DYING to blog these previews but I headed straight off across Italy from this wedding to The Secret Retreat and had no time at all. 

This was such an incredible wedding and it was in the most perfect setting... being back at Masseria Montenapoleone I felt pure joy with a tinge of sadness because the guys from the workshop last year weren't there. Apart from one. I was lucky enough to have my beautiful friend Lucy Woodrow Photography with me to help out.  Thank you. xxx

Claire & Will found me online and we'd only met briefly for a rather rushed coffee at Euston Station but when I saw them the day before the wedding it was honestly like catching up with friends. We chatted by the pool, beers in hand, and I met all of their loved ones who had travelled from all over the world to be there. 

That's what made the wedding (and I'm sure the days that followed) extra special, having everyone there... even baby Ari - just 7 weeks old so many of the family hadn't even met her.  I will admit to getting a bit of a lump in my throat when Claire said 'this is probably the only time we will ALL be together". 

And then Ari unleashed a 'punami'... and let's just say that Claire's beautiful mum won't be eating pesto in a hurry. :)

The wedding itself was perfection... the stunning Eliza Jane Howell dress, the room where Claire and her friends got ready - a cave FFS!, the first look (absolutely NO dry eyes) among the citrus trees, Claire & Will walking down the aisle together to be married by Claire's dad, Will's younger brother playing the piano as they made their way in (he practiced solidly for 6 months), the incredible brass band who walked everyone back up from the ceremony grotto, the wonderful food (always a highlight at Masseria Montenapoleone), Claire wanting so badly to get into the olive grove that she didn't even think twice about climbing the wall in her frock... and of course, Will's EPIC dancing.

A quick thank you to Giuliano and the team, especially Doriana, for looking after me & Lucy and keeping us hydrated!  We love you and will be back.

Claire & Will - what can I say... I'm sad it's over, I could have done it all over again the next day, even in that heat.  Thank you both for being so relaxed and trusting me implicitly, it was so much fun and I kinda missed you the next day!  I hope you love these previews.  Speak soon, much love xxx

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A beautiful Eymet wedding in the Dordogne region, South of France - Caroline & Conall

"C'e solo l'amore che mi da la forza di vivere! Allora vivi l'amore."  La Dolce Vita (1960) - Federico Fellini.

Why am I quoting an Italian film on this French wedding?  Well if you look closely at one of the shots you will see this quote.  That and the fact that it's really very lovely... "There is only love that gives me the strength to live! Then live love."

So I returned last night from my travels and I had the most wonderful time.  'Yes of course you did' I can hear you saying, '...it was France and it was beautiful and sunny and there's vineyards and fields of sunflowers and the bread/wine/cheese and and and....'.  And of course - for all those reasons I love France, adore the place,  but what made this trip special was Caroline & Conall and their nearest & dearest.  I fell completely head over heels in love with them all. 

I don't think I have ever felt more welcome than I did as Mary (Caroline's mum) greeted me at the door on Friday with a huge smile and a big hug.  We headed off to the local Mairie in Agnac for their intimate legal ceremony which was done by the local Mayor who was the sort of man you wish was your Grandfather... kind eyes, lovely smile. 

Once that was done it was all systems go for the wedding the following day which was to be a very personal ceremony in Eymet's beautiful Eglise de Notre Dame where they would be married again by a special priest, Caroline's Uncle who also married her parents and did her own christening.  That was followed by drinks at the very quaint Cafe de Paris and then back to Caroline's parents house, nestled among the cornfields, for the reception in a barn which they have spent the last year getting wedding-ready!

There were the two cutest page boys - the youngest was trying to look cross with me for taking his photo (I think) and inadvertently nailed 'blue steel'.  Amazing. 

Anyway Caroline & Conall are eagerly awaiting these images on their mini-moon so I will shut the f**k up. :)

THANK YOU guys!  For choosing me to document these special days for you, for trusting me entirely and for just being such an absolute pleasure to be around.  Love to you both and all your family and friends.  xxx

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A fairytale French wedding at Chateau Soulac, Dordogne - Rebecca & David

So I returned yesterday from France and the wedding of Rebecca & David.  And what can I say?  It was just the most beautiful wedding, in the most perfect setting, with the most wonderful people.  

I want to get these previews up for the happy couple before they head off back to Australia so I'll keep it short and let the images tell the story but suffice to say there was a lot of laughter, a few tears and an awful lot of love. 

Bec & Dave... thank you for asking me to be a part of your incredible wedding,  It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with you both, your girls and your brilliant family & friends.  Safe travels home and speak soon. Lots of love. xx

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Ciara & Gerard's beautiful wedding in Santa Maria di Castellabate, Italy

I had been looking forward to this wedding for months, I knew it was gong to be something special and boy, was it.  The incredible setting... 'twinkle town' Santa Maria di Castellabate, the bloody wonderful people... Ciara & Gerard and their friends and family, and the one and only Julie from My Secret Italy...  effortlessly (although I know how hard she works) waving her magic wand over everything, creating the most perfect day.  

We did a quick whistle-stop sunset shoot the night before the wedding, driving around Santa Maria in, frankly, the best car ever... cue PDAs, puddles and pissing off a couple of locals when we stopped in a side street briefly (had to be done though Gerard!). 

The day was amazing... starting with a proper wet shave for the boys with the most Italian looking (and possible ex porn star) dude ever, prep with Ciara (the calmest bride I've ever known!) and the girls, being led through the streets by a mandolin and guitar player, climbing the tower for a ceremony with the most spectacular views, all the readings from family members/friends, LOADS of confetti, delicious gelato from local legend 'Baffo', locals-a-plenty (a few even had teeth) kissing the couple and wishing them well, a reception and party at the beach that was like something out of a movie (well, it reminded me of 50 First Dates anyway), an absolutely fantastic band, incredible fireworks, dancing, singing into beer bottles (YES) and a lot of laughter, tears and love. 

Ciara & Gerard - I can't tell you how much I enjoyed spending time with you both and your loved ones. It will always be very special to me and I hope you will always be able to remember how special it was for you when you look through the photos.  Speak soon guys, lots of love. xxxx

I am already missing Santa Maria.  Roll on September and The Secret Retreat workshop!

Julie & Emilie - the My Secret Italy dream team - THANK YOU for looking after me!  Love you both. xxxx       

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