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 New York City anniversary shoot in the West Village - Chloe & Tom

I <3 NY

I really do... so getting to spend 8 days there shooting weddings was just incredible.  The weather was beautiful and I'm a little bit in love with New York in the springtime.  I've only ever been in winter and once in autumn and whilst I love the snow/autumn colours, I think spring is my new favourite.  

Chloe and Tom were out for Ruby & Rob's NYC wedding and as it's almost a year since their beautiful rustic barn wedding we decided to do a little anniversary shoot.  We had breakfast, we strolled and we chatted, enjoying the sunshine and beautiful surroundings.  It was just so lovely to see them both again and the West Village is one of my favourite parts of Manhattan (and a welcome break from the craziness of Midtown/Times Square where my hotel was - never again!). 

Until next time New York.  Chloe & Tom, same time next year? xx

Beautiful St Stephens, Hampstead & Devonshire Terrace wedding, London - Beckie & Ben

Saturday saw me back in London once again, this time for Beckie & Ben's wedding at not one but two incredible venues... St Stephen's in Hampstead and Devonshire Terrace.  There was prosecco ice pops (very welcome on what turned out to be a really hot day), beautiful bright florals and stripy table runners which looked AWESOME, the gherkin everywhere you looked and lots of laughter and tears. 

Funniest line of the day went to Ben's brother & best man Nicky who got quite emotional in his speech and said 'For god sake, I didn't cry this much in Marley & Me'. 

And cutest moment... when Ben surprised Beckie during his speech with an acoustic rendition of the Beatles/George Harrison song 'For You Blue'.... "I've loved you from the moment I saw you, You looked at me that's all you had to do".  Dry eyes = 0. 

Beckie & Ben - I had an amazing day with you both and your wonderful friends and family.  Have an amazing honeymoon pt. 1 and enjoy these previews.  Lots of love. xxx

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Beautiful Penpont House wedding in Brecon, Wales - Sarah & Shaun

I'm not sure what to say about Saturday without sounding too gushy... but balls to it.  It was one of my favourite weddings EVER... I am very lucky to have wonderful couples who always make me feel so welcome and like one of the gang but Sarah & Shaun took it to the next level somehow, as did their guests.  

The venue, Penpont, has made it straight in to my top 3 (if not the top spot) for it's sheer beauty and character... something new around every corner.  I was like a kid in a sweet shop.  

The weather was kind, the surroundings were perfect, the dress was breathtaking (Jenny Packham 'Bardot'... swoon), the food was absolutely incredible (www.cleverchefs.co.uk - aptly named) and the company was excellent - big shout out to table 7 and the very lovely Alex, Jennie, Andy & Helen in particular!  And on top of all this I had my brilliant second shooter Samantha Kay Photography along to help again, THANK YOU. 

On a side note, Shaun wins 'cutest wedding gift' award with a special t-shirt for the new Mrs Doyle, a box of goodies including every Valentine's/other cute card they'd sent to one another over the last 10 years and a little glass box of all her favourite biscuits (malted milk and party rings, naturally) in case she got hungry. 

Sarah & Shaun... thank you for choosing/trusting me and for giving up Glasto so you could have me!  I hope the photos make up for missing out on the mud for a year? You are an amazing couple, perfectly matched and I know you are going to have many happy years together. I couldn't be happier for you.  Not get your butts on that plane and have an amazing honeymoon. Ciao... lots of love. xxx   

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Mother fugding awesome Camp & Furnace wedding, Liverpool - Laura & Ross

Wow.  What a day on Saturday.  From the amazing Philharmonic Gospel Choir (coming downstairs in St George's Hall to hear them singing 'Say A Little Prayer' - goosebumps) to the two wonderful yet completely different venues, the stunning dress (and beautiful bridesmaids dresses) made by Laura's talented sister and mum aka Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride and the emotional, heartfelt & hilarious speeches.  Laura's Dad surprised her with a song - but he got some help with the singing part from a close family friend (with a beautiful voice!) who sang 'I loved her first'.  Not a dry eye. 

It. Was. Brilliant. 

AND I had the wonderful Kelly (the pretty half of Paul Joseph Photography) second shooting with me.  Thank you Kel. xx

Laura & Ross... you were bloody awesome.  Thank you for trusting me, for being so good together and for the many many laughs.  Lots of love and happy honeymoon!  xxx