Justine & Ray’s wedding at St Lawrence Effingham & Woodlands Park Hotel

What’s the most important thing at a wedding?

Not the venue, the church, the flowers, the food (or even the photographer!) – but having all your family and friends with you to help celebrate the day. And that’s exactly what Justine and Ray had – parents, siblings, kids, cousins, nieces and nephews… and as a result it was a brilliant day.

The weather was being “British”, of course, but that didn’t matter – we were able to do some group photos outside the church and a few more at Woodlands Park, Surrey – and then we continued indoors with photos of the bride and groom. No problem! (more…)

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Aviator Hotel wedding Farnborough

Aviator Hotel Wedding Farnborough

I’ve photographed at lots of venues ranging from English country houses to London hotels to French mountain chapels to Caribbean beaches, but I don’t think I’ve ever shot a wedding at a venue quite like The Aviator Hotel in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Both inside and outside it has sweeping curves that seem to be both ultra-modern and have a touch of Thirties glamour as well.

Anyway it was the perfect location for S and J’s wedding (they’ve asked me to use their initials for privacy reasons).

S’s fabulous dress picked up the black and white colour scheme too. And with family and friends flying in from as far afield as Australia and the Middle East it was a suitably international affair. Plus I should give a big round of applause to S and J for their dancing skills – they had invested a lot of time and effort into learning a really skilful choreographed first dance, and it was a huge hit!


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Knepp Castle Horsham wedding photos – Juliette & Howard

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot alongside my good friend Ian Johnson, covering Jules and Howie’s wedding celebration in the grounds of Knepp Castle near Horsham. I call it a “wedding celebration” as they had already done the legal stuff at the Register Office – this was a celebration officiated by one of their close friends, followed by a party in a teepee-shaped marquee, all presented in their own very personal style.

It was one of the most relaxed and fun events I’ve photographed – the couple had clearly put a lot of effort into ensuring everyone had a great time – from the hog roast to the ice cream cart, to the vintage DJ mixing 78 rpm records, to the picture frames hanging in the trees for guests to get photographed in! (more…)

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Liz & Jonathan’s engagement shoot

I know I always talk about the weather when I post photos, but when you shoot outdoors most of the time as I do it’s an important topic! 🙂

Last Wednesday Liz and Jonathan came over to chat about their wedding day plans (they’re getting married at Hartsfield Manor in October) and we took the opportunity to do a quick “engagement” shoot just around the corner on Church Green here in Wonersh. I was hoping for a bit of sunshine, as there’s been some around from time to time this past week, but no such luck – in fact we had to dodge the drizzle at the beginning of our session!


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Sharon & Mark’s Guildford Registry Office Wedding

One of the things that’s fun about photographing weddings is that they come in all shapes and sizes – some are grand affairs with guests numbered in the hundreds, some are low-key, intimate family affairs, like Sharon and Mark’s wedding at Guildford Registry Office.

Everybody was relaxed and happy and the whole thing went off without a hitch – if you don’t count the occasional rain shower which has been such a feature of our summer this year!

After the ceremony we drove to Godalming and took some pictures down by the river Wey, before the wedding breakfast at “Bel & the Dragon“, in the old church on Bridge Street.


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Lucie & Andrea – wedding photography at The Landmark London

There were double celebrations on Sunday June 3rd this year – not only was the Queen celebrating her Golden Jubilee with a river pageant on the Thames, but also Lucie and Andrea were married at The Landmark Hotel in Marylebone!

We certainly had a much more comfortable time at the wedding, as some very unseasonal rain and wind made it a bit of an endurance test for those watching the pageant down by the river.

Lucie and Andrea’s wedding ceremony brought together both Jewish and Humanist elements, reflecting the traditions of both families – it was a great combination. After the ceremony, and giving the happy couple a chance to mingle with their guests for a while, we did family group photos and then some shots with the bride and groom on their own, all in the classical and elegant surroundings of the Landmark Hotel. (more…)

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Brympton wedding photos – Felicity and Mike

Taking wedding photos at Brympton is always a pleasure – the venue is just so perfect, with historic buildings and the lake and parkland to use as well.

Felicity and Mike were married there early in September – and the weather was just right, a few clouds around to provide shade but also plenty of warm sunshine – especially just when we needed it for the family photos and the private photo-session with the bride and groom.


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Brympton wedding – Suzanne and Duncan

Last Monday I headed down the A303 to Somerset to photograph the wedding of Suzanne & Duncan at Brympton D’Evercy.

Family and friends were out in force to share the day with them, at this most elegant and historic of venues.

I’m working on the edit at the moment, and will post some more pictures when that’s done, but I thought you’d like to see just a few as a “sneak peek” from the day… (more…)

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Joanne and Rob at Castle Combe

Oops, I’m getting a bit behind with my blogging – it must be summer! Busy editing, both stills and video, at the moment…

Anyway it’s a pleasure to post some photos from Rob & Joanne’s wedding at Castle Combe – a fantastic West Country venue – I was shooting with Gareth Cooper of GMC Photographic – thanks for having me along, Gareth! (more…)

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scenic photos – destination wedding Chamonix, France

This past weekend I’ve been in France, filming a destination wedding in the very pretty alpine town of Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, in the shadow of Mont Blanc.

The movie will be posted on my wedding films website, www.lumierefilms.co.uk, in a few weeks’ time when I’ve had a chance to edit it all together, but in the meantime I thought I’d post a few stills here as the weather was great and the scenery so beautiful…


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Susie and Dan’s wedding at Gosfield Hall

One of the joys of living in the UK is the way the weather changes – almost from minute to minute, sometimes! And even in the summer you can’t be sure if it’s going to be sunny or raining.

Susie and Dan’s wedding day looked as if it was going to be a wash-out – as I drove round the M25 to their home in Essex it was overcast and raining pretty solidly. In fact it didn’t stop raining until well after the wedding ceremony, which took place at St John’s Church in Danbury. Fortunately, as we drove to Gosfield Hall where the reception was to be held it started to clear up, and later on we even had a few rays of sunshine. (more…)

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Orangery Holland Park wedding – Mark and Lelanie

Orangery Holland Park Wedding – Mark & Lelanie

On Saturday 16th I took the train up to London to photograph the wedding of Mark and Lelanie, in conjunction with my colleague Lloyd Dobbie, at St. George’s Campden Hill, Kensington, and afterwards at The Orangery in Holland Park.

The run of fine weather that we’ve had recently continued and the sun was shining for most of the day – it felt like June not April!


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Sunshine at the Swan Hotel, Bedford

Here in the south-east of England we’ve been having an unseasonal mini-heatwave, with hardly any rain for the past month and many days of blue sky and sunshine.

It was just such a day on Saturday April 8th when Andrew Dobell and I travelled up the M1 to Bedford to photograph the wedding of Nat and Rob.

The ceremony and reception were both held at the historic Swan Hotel in the middle of Bedford, right by the Great Ouse river which flows through the town – and which of course has plenty of swans on it! (more…)

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Spring wedding at Fulham Palace

Finally, it seems that Spring has sprung! Last Saturday the sun was shining and cherry blossom was starting to make an appearance, as I drove up to Hammersmith to shoot a wedding in conjunction with the estimable Mr. Lloyd Dobbie.

Jo and Tristan’s ceremony took place at Holy Trinity Church, Brook Green, and the reception was held in the elegant surroundings of Fulham Palace. (more…)

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