Paris engagement shoot - Danielle & Scott previews

At the end of November I was lucky enough to shoot a Paris engagement shoot for this gorgeous pair.  I hadn't been for over 15 years so to say I was excited was an understatement.  I stayed in a little hotel in Monmartre, just around the corner from the Moulin Rouge and the Cafe de 2 Moulins which any fan of Amelie will know all about.  The hotel had a little courtyard garden and as I went to go to my room all I could hear was the sound of a local resident playing the most beautiful music on their violin.  I sat there for a good 20 minutes.  It couldn't really have BEEN any more Parisian.  I was in heaven.

It's an extra special place for Danielle & Scott (it's where he popped the question) and they visit often enough that Danielle actually knows her around Paris better than she does London!  We spent a day and a half exploring and covered a fair amount of ground but of course, there was so much we didn't get to do but I think you would need a week!

On day two we were also joined by the wonderful Vicky Farr MUA who was living and working in Paris for a month.  It was SO lovely to finally meet you Vicky!  I'm so glad you had time to spend the day with us, it was fantastic.  (Sorry most of these previews are from day one but there will be more!)

D&S... thank you for bringing me out to Paris, for showing me some of the most beautiful parts of the city and for generally being fantastic to work with (namely, not telling me where to go when I asked you to lie on the floor in the lobby of the apartment block you were staying in) and brilliant company.  I'm so excited for the wedding!  xxxx

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

Village fete style wedding, Gladstone's Library, North Wales - Lucy & Phil sneak previews

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness -  William Ewart Gladstone

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It's hard to really put into words how incredible Saturday was... I have probably never laughed or cried so much.  The ceremony was lead by Lucy's Godmother (and quite possibly the first female Bishop to perform a marriage ceremony in Great Britain) and that fact, along with the hauntingly beautiful choir from Lucy's school made it incredibly moving.  Both me and my second shooter, none other than the fabulous Andrea Ellison, were a bit of a mess by the end, along with most of the guests.

Then there was the location of the village fete style wedding reception - Gladstone's Library.  Somewhere less than a few miles from where I grew up and yet had never been, until Saturday.  And somewhere that Lucy was lucky enough to grow up and call home (well, the house in the grounds).

There were so many wonderful details... the bright coloured hand-cut confetti made by the beautiful bridesmaids, the little bags of bread given out to everyone so they could feed the ducks at the pond just round the corner from the church, the black cabs as wedding cars (best ever in my book), all the village fete style games (hook a duck, splat the rat, tin can alley, lucky dip, skittles, hula hoops), the handmade origami cranes, pom-poms, pies, a cake of cheese and a bouncy castle... I could go on.   OH... and an awesome flash-mob first dance to Farrell's 'Happy'.

And finally, the people.  Every last one.  I bumped into Judith, a dear friend to my Mum before she passed away, and someone I've not seen in over 20 years.  Also Carol the lovely Cheshire registrar was there on a rare Saturday off - and I once again told her that she married me & Mr P.  Apologies Carol!  : )   And of course the rest of the friends and family - all totally brilliant.  I would in fact like to steal all of Lucy & Phil's friends but in particular the bridesmaids who just made me smile all day long.  Oh and for Helen (Lucy's Mum) to please adopt me.

Which just leaves Lucy & Phil... two of the most chilled out, warm, lovely and fun people you could ever wish to meet.  This was without doubt one of my favourite weddings because of... well... everything.  So, THANK YOU both for choosing me to be your photographer.   I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon, enjoy these previews and we'll catch up soon.  Lots of love guys.  xxxx

The Great Hall at Mains wedding, Poulton-le-Fylde - Rebecca & Gary previews

Sunday was beautiful... everything about it.  The venue, the bride, the Stuart Parvin gown, the shoes, the church, the guests, even the weather... you get the idea.  :)   It was also FUN.  Fish & chips, Jenga, Cole Page doing his thing during the meal.  Non stop!    The star of the show for me though was Grandad Bob - every time he spoke (or sang - 'My Girl'... gulp) the room would be in tears.  Such a lovely man - seeing his proud face walking his granddaughter Rebecca down the aisle was wonderful. Rebecca & Gary - congratulations!  I hope San Francisco is sunny and wonderful and that the rest of your trip is too.  Thank you for a fabulous day, I hope you love these previews!  xxxx

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Coworth Park wedding, Ascot - Sally & Scot sneak previews

An intimate ceremony in a meadow and 5 course lunch with just their nearest and dearest and then late afternoon drinks and food with more friends and family and a party until the wee small hours.  It was a beautiful day and Coworth Park was the perfect setting.   After lunch Scot surprised Sally with a (frankly EPIC) video he'd made, telling her where they were going on their honeymoon - too many places to list!  It was emotional.  For both of them and for me!

Team S&S - thank you for choosing me to capture your special day... I loved being a part of it and your friends and family are all bloody lovely!  You were both so relaxed and fun and I was a bit sad to leave on Sunday truth be told!   Have an amazing honeymoon (Sally you definitely need at least 3 or 4 new dresses!) and we'll catch up when you return from your adventure. Hope you like these previews. xxx

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