Intimate hand fasting, a boathouse & Moroccan tipi party - Katinka & Al

Katinka & Al got in touch just 3 weeks before their wedding and as soon as I read Katinka's beautifully written enquiry I KNEW I had to squeeze them in!

"We met by chance or perhaps the stars were all aligned for that moment of synchronicity. Venue: pub (not what you may think, early evening and barely a sip had from first pint).  Girl waits for late friend, her once fictional fantasy starts to materialise as tall dark handsome man walks up and asks to take one of the adjacent seats while he too awaits late friend.  Cupid's arrow strikes... further synchronicity later on, but we'll spare you the longer version (she likes to recount the blow by blow version with the twists and turns while he's for the short abridged - basically he leaves out the juicy bits). He's just taken a job as a stonemason on the island of Iona. She arrives some weeks later on the 1 by 3 mile island to a tiny hut (shed might be the less romantic description) with a suitcase, some art materials, a dog and much trepidation.

'I don't know how long I'm staying, shall we just see how it goes?'

As the Iona winds blew stronger into the winter months the couple were swept up into a whirl of romance that could not be blown away...  They left the island (not enough choice of pubs) and she managed to take a Scot south of the border to her Cumbrian homeland. Fast forward to today where the stars aligned to enchant, enrich (and exhaust) us with a fab 2 year old little girl called Orla.  The moral of the story: never ditch a friend for being late - wondrous things may come of it...."

From the intimate legal ceremony and lunch at a beautiful boathouse on the edge of a misty Lake Ullswater which I was privileged to share, to the humanist ceremony & hand fasting in the garden of Katinka's family home (under a beautiful yew tree) and the party in the most beautiful Moroccan marquee... it was an incredible day. 

Also?  These two have some serious style - to say I was obsessed with their shoes would be an understatement - as you will see from the numerous photos.  Al's suit was 'tweed but not too tweedy', exactly as he had wanted and Katinka's Alexander McQueen dress was so simple and SO perfect. 

Oh and Blue the dog looking sheepish?  That would be right after he had a nibble or two out of the wedding cake.

Katinka & Al - thank you for finding me and convincing me to shoot your wedding - it didn't take much.  I had the most wonderful day with you both , with your beautiful daughter and all your friends and family.  I hope you had a wonderful mini-moon in Whitby.  xxx

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The Ashes wedding, Staffordshire - Jemma & Matt

I've been itching to blog these!  I loved Sunday's wedding.... the fabulous laid back surroundings of The Ashes, the perfect Spring weather, Jemma's stunning Pronovias dress & lace shrug, the beautiful flowers, the travel themed details, the man in a bowler hat, the hymn-alternatives where everyone got up during the ceremony and sang 'All You Need Is Love' (and the fire alarm going off right in the middle), working with the gorgeous Tracey Christina Photography who came to second shoot (thank you!) and of course, the main event - the secret legends that are Jemma & Matt and their amazing friends and family. 

It was SUCH a fun day.  Thank you both for completely trusting me to do my thing and for being so utterly bloody brilliant.  :)  I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon and I can't wait to catch up when you're back. Lots of love. xxx

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A laid back Darwin themed wedding at Oddfellows - Julia & Chris previews

My Little Pony pyjamas (WANT), a 'signing the register' selfie, guest bake-off dessert table, utterly gorgeous florals and an exquisite dress designed by Chenca Williams for Ritva Westenius.  2015 started in style. :) 

Congratulations guys... it has honestly been such a pleasure to get to know you both over the last 18 months (or there abouts!) and Saturday was just wonderful.  Thank you for being such a joy to shoot. xxx

(Sometimes I feel a tiny bit guilty that meeting amazing people and having an awesome time at their wedding is my job. But it soon passes.)

A beautiful, stylish village hall wedding, Northamptonshire - Sarah & Richard sneak previews

Sarah & Richard... welcome home!  I'm sure you have a touch of the post-honeymoon blues so here's a little something to help ease you back in to normal life again.... :)    A preview of your beautiful wedding in the prettiest village hall I've ever seen and the greatest best man's speech ever I suspect.   I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I enjoyed shooting your wedding!  Lots of love xxx

Destination wedding - the secret garden chateau in the Dordogne, France - Ashley & Greg sneak previews

This is one of the most elegant weddings I've ever photographed.  A magical venue, just 10 guests, his and hers Louboutins, the cutest little ring bearer ever (their son), the most FUN bridesmaids and such an amazing couple. It was an absolute pleasure Ashley & Greg!  Congratulations guys, have a safe trip back to California and enjoy these previews!  xx