Jeremy got in touch with me back in April. He and his girlfriend Kelsey had recently moved to London from Washington DC, and he was planning to propose to her in Hyde Park. The proposal was a surprise and he wanted the special moment captured unbeknownst to Kelsey.
Jenni and Ed are two of the kindest easy-going people you could possibly meet. They are getting married later this year in the beautiful West Dean Gardens in West Sussex, where I photographed Rebecca and David's wedding last year (who have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary!). Jenni and Ed opted to have an engagement photoshoot prior to their wedding day to get used to the camera and also to have some casual portraits together.
Priscilla and Reyton decided to mark their wedding anniversary with a photoshoot in London. They got married three years ago in Brazil and were celebrating with a trip to London, Scotland and Ireland. They wanted to include some of the most famous London landmarks into their photos, so Westminster was the obvious choice for our location. Early morning ensured that we avoided the crowds (sort of!), and that we had beautiful soft light. We started off at the Big Ben, captured some blossom in the St.James's Park, crossed the Westminster Bridge and then took a cab to the Tower of London.
Cheryll and Bernard lived in London for 10 years before they relocated back to Malaysia. They love the city and come back here regularly to visit friends. This time around they decided to have some photos taken for sentimental reasons, and also because Cheryll had a beautiful dress with her, so why not?! We decided on Primrose Hill as the location for their portrait photoshoot to keep it colourful and bright. The weather was absolutely perfect, and with the warm sunshine it felt like summer. We wandered the streets in search of blossom and beautiful light.
Tiago and Rei chose Notting Hill for their engagement photos. I love love love this part of London! With its beautiful architecture, cute cobbled mews and vibrant colours it's a perfect backdrop for a pre-wedding photoshoot in the city. We met early in the morning to ensure we didn't have to battle the tourists, and took a leisurely stroll along the Portobello Road, turning left or right when we fancied. Tiago had his much loved film Leica with him, and also took photos as went along. Poor Rei had to pose for both of us :) Tiago and Rei got married two days after in an intimate ceremony. I wish them much love and happiness!
32 beautiful weddings later I have finished my 4th year as a wedding photographer. Wow, time flies! I have seen a lot of weddings. 110 in fact, and yet I still feel very privileged to be part of every single one. Along with family and friends I share one of the happiest days in a couple's lives. I see and photograph parts of the day which most of the guests don't get to see - the excitement and chaos of the morning before the ceremony, first tears when nearest family first see the bride in her dress, nerves and anticipation on both sides just before the bride walks into the church, intimate moments throughout the day and fleeting moments that very few notice. Thank you to all my couples for putting enough trust into me to capture one of their most important days for them. I will never tire of love and happiness I see at weddings.
Perhaps it is a little bit symbolic to write a post on the first of May. The blog has been quiet over the last few weeks as I've been taking my holidays before the start of the wedding season, but this month it well and truly kicks in with 6 beautiful weddings to come. After a winter break I'm looking forward to photographing again, seeing my couples and capturing celebrations they have of the love that they share. I'm really excited about the season of 2014, which starts with a country wedding this Saturday.
What a story I've got for you in my first post of 2014! Jason got in touch with me at the beginning of December saying that he was going to propose to his partner Lana on their upcoming trip to London from Washington, and whether I would be up for capturing this special moment for them. The plan was for it to be a complete surprise to Lana. Jason didn't want her to know that I would be photographing the actual proposal. Talk about pressure! In our consecutive e-mails we were putting together a very precise plan of how everything was going to happen. It was felt like a huge conspiracy and was good fun!
Tania and David live in Essex by the sea, and I asked them to come to London at 7:30 am on a Sunday. We all had to get up at the crack of dawn, but it was so worth it! Quiet sleepy London streets were bathing in beautiful soft light, and were a perfect backdrop. We also went through St.James's park towards the Buckingham Palace, where David proposed, and it was lovely to properly see the park almost without any tourists. Tania and David are getting married at Gaynes Park in September
I first met Alex and Roy last year in a cosy London cafe to chat about their wedding day. Fast forward a couple of months and this time we met for their engagement potoshoot. We spent a couple of hours wandering the pretty Kensington mews, talking about photography and their wedding plans, searching for blossom in Hyde Park, and admiring the colours of Neal's Yard in Covent Garden. I loved spending time with and photographing these two))