When I was asked by my colleague Ryan Browne to help out with covering Bobbie and Prav's wedding in Cheshire, I was happy to say "yes". Asian weddings in general and Hindu ceremonies in particular are always such happy and colourful occasions. Also I don't mind travelling away from my usual "patch" - it's fun to shoot somewhere new. So I loaded the camera gear into the car and headed up the M40 and M6...
Great people, a great venue, and... typical English weather - well two out of three isn't bad! It didn't actually rain on Katy & Dean's wedding day, but it was that classic English mix of overcast skies with a hint of sunshine here and there. The couple would probably prefer wall-to-wall sunshine of course, but from a photographer's point of view a softer day is not necessarily a bad thing. It means people don't get hot and sticky, and aren't dazzled by the sun.
Many congratulations to Kim & Austin, who were married at the Church of Christ The King in Wimbledon Park a couple of Saturdays ago. When I met Kim and Austin last September to chat about their wedding plans I could tell that they were a relaxed and fun couple. I had a feeling that their wedding day would be equally unfussy - and so it proved to be.
There can't be many nicer places in the world for a wedding than the English countryside on a perfect summer's day - and that's what Kieron and Lauren were blessed with for their wedding day. The ceremony was at Banbury Register Office, and the reception in the grounds of parents' house in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Marston St. Lawrence.
If I had to pick one word to sum up this wedding I think it would be "joyful". Weddings are often stressful affairs - there is so much to organise ahead of the big day, and sometimes this carries over into the day itself - but John and Jason and their families and friends sailed through it all very happily, and a hugely enjoyable time was had by all.
With a winter wedding you always wonder if the weather is going to be on your side or not - fortunately for Maddie & Daniel's special day at The Elvetham in Hampshire the temperature was an unseasonably warm 15C and the sun shone from a clear blue sky most of the time! Some clouds rolled in later on, just in time to give me a dramatic sky for some spectacular sunset pictures - quite handy that!
The Park Hyatt in Dubai is a great venue for a wedding - located next to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in the heart of the city, but quiet and secluded. My clients, who live in Dubai, chose it as the location for their Christian wedding ceremony and reception, a couple of days after their spectacular African ceremony in the desert.
When I was asked to photograph an African wedding in the Dubai desert, I was (not surprisingly) happy to oblige! I enjoy photographing weddings whatever the location - but I love travelling, and shooting a different style of wedding is always fun!
A Surrey church wedding is always a pleasure to photograph. Although I don't mind travelling to shoot weddings, this one was very close to home, being in Shalford and Cranleigh which are only a few miles away. I could tell when I first met Lydia & Ian that they were the kind of people who pretty much take everything in their stride and enjoy life to the full - which was just as well as their wedding day was one of the wettest we've had this summer.
Harpreet and Tim's Syon Park wedding combined the best traditions of two cultures. Their Sikh ceremony took place in the newly-built Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall, followed by a civil ceremony in the Robert Adam-designed Great Hall at Syon Park.
I was delighted to help my colleague Steve Shipman photograph Nina and Ryan's London wedding at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall recently. I'm sometimes asked "what happens if you are unable to photograph our wedding for some reason?" The answer is that I belong to a network of photographers who all help each other out if any of us needs it. It's a good system, as in most cases there is someone available who can cover, even at short notice, which gives everybody peace of mind.