People hardly notice us. We don’t set things up. We don’t work from “must have” lists. We don’t do what the venue tells us “everyone does.” We stay hidden in plain sight. It’s fairly intense for us, we work each situation and remain switched on all day. We’re always on the hunt for moments. A lot of the time our couples don’t realise we were there until they see the images.
“Hold the bouquet down. Be in the moment.”
There’s a quiet time after the confetti and before the food. Take that time for yourselves.
You only have one day and it passes in a blur.
I’m not the most prolific social media user but I do like Instagram. There’s no “experts” or opinions. It’s just about the image. Here’s the first of a – probably intermittent – series Top Instagram posts where I’ll share the 5 most liked images from the previous month.
Zia and Ady had a relaxed, fun, seaside themed Cotswolds wedding at the Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury. It was a glorious spring day with loads of sunshine. I started the day with Zia and the girls at a lovely little cottage on the edge of Tetbury while Carol met the boys at the barn. After the ceremony and the confetti walk all the guests gathered in the gardens for a drinks reception in the sun.
Kate & Jamie had a winter wedding at Clevedon Hall in January after meeting on Tinder. It was a leap year and Kate had Haribo rings, so after Jamie’s Dad joking about it, she got down on one knee after the washing up. He said yes. Of course the Haribo didn’t last long and a few weeks later Jamie presented Kate with a diamond.
I know, everyone says they are award winning but some awards count more than others. Fearless have over 15,000 entries. There are 6 award collections per year. This collection – the last for 2016 – only 89 images were chosen and only 6 photographers were from the UK. So I’m quite chuffed to be award winning. Not only did I win an award but also had another image in the runners up. Below are the images I entered.
Trereife House is a gorgeous Manor House near Penzance in Cornwall. It’s an amazing wedding venue set in its beautiful formal gardens. Tacita and Jan booked us as their wedding photographers because we are husband and wife and we work together as a team as they do. Jan grew up in Cornwall and it’s a fantastic place. Jan proposed on St. Michael’s Mount in Marazion and they were married a stone’s throw away in Gulval Church just outside Penzance. Trereife house with its beautiful gardens and marquee is a gift for us as you’ll see…
Robert and Andrew’s Pembroke College wedding in Cambridge was a day full of joy and emotion. Robert and Andrew had talked about getting married for ages. Eventually Andrew decided to do something about it and booked a surprise weekend in a very romantic Landmark Trust apartment in the tower of Canons Ashby house in Northamptonshire.
Mel and Ged met at work. Mel interviewed Ged for a job and after 3 years of working side by side and discovering that they were both Midsomer Murders fans – They entered the wedding breakfast to the Midsomer Murders theme – they finally got together in 2006. I asked them why they had chosen to have their wedding at Stone Barn. They told me they just loved the Cotswolds and wanted their wedding photos to reflect the area and time of year; Roaring fires, stone cottages and beautiful countryside. Stone Barn is an amazing place for us wedding photographers. I’ll let Ged tell you about the wedding…
Brympton House is a wonderful, romantic Somerset wedding venue. For wedding photographers it’s the perfect setting for a wedding. It is gorgeous inside and outdoors has stunning gardens. Elizabeth and Andrew’s wedding was one of our favourites from 2016. A luxury wedding in a beautiful church followed by a reception in a grand, historic house in the autumn with beautiful light, a beautiful bride and a handsome groom. Perfect.