Sophie & Adam – two of the most warm and welcoming people you could meet, had a wonderful wedding at Grittenham Barn back in August & invited us along to document it.
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Brookfield Barn, a brand new wedding venue, both in terms of it being the first wedding I’ve photographed there, but also in that it only opened a year or so ago! It’s very exciting to have such a great new venue right on my doorstep!
I was there for the wedding of CJ and Luke, it was a date I felt I had highlighted on my calendar for a long time, as CJ first contacted me straight after I’d photographed Katie & Jason’s Barn wedding.
One of CJ’s 13 Bridesmaids, (yes you read that right! one-three. thirteen!) was Katie’s sister, so CJ had seen my work, loved my style and wanted me to be their photographer. When I get enquiries like that, they’re always super exciting – as I know some of the crowd already, and it becomes as if I’m just photographing a friends wedding, which is a pretty special thing to say.
I first met Liv back in 2012 at Heather & Tim’s Wedding – where she was the maid of honour & was immensely helpful throughout the day – especially during the group photos! So when her email dropped into my inbox enquiring If I’d be able to be her wedding photographer, I was massively excited! Knowing the crowd & some of the family already, I knew it was going to be a relaxed, fun & friendly day – one that would be immensely fun to document!
Jess & Chris got married at the stunning Rumbolds Barn, near Billinghurst in Sussex. It’s a venue I’ve heard great things about for a long time, but not one I’d had the pleasure to work at until their wedding. And it did not disappoint! It’s a really lovely space with beautiful gardens & a fantastic lake.
Jess & Chris planned their entire wedding remotely – as they’re based in Germany (Chris is a designer for Rolls Royce – which explains the ultra luxury wedding car, further down!) But the remote planning didn’t show on the day – everything went perfectly & every little detail was perfectly considered.
Jessica and Hugh’s Sussex wedding is another autumn corker! Jessica and Hugh wanted both the groom and bride’s morning prep covered so they booked both Heather and I to photograph their special day.
Regular followers of the blog might remember Jessica and Hugh from their engagement session in Brighton in the summer, where they brought their energetic boxer dog Squid along to join in the fun. And Squid was also a special guest at the wedding – complete with a bow tie collar.
As another year draws to a close I like to spend a little time reflecting on all that’s happened. 2014 has been really good to me, with weddings taking me far and wide, from my hometown of Brighton up to the stunning the Peak District and on to Lancashire.
I’ve been luckily enough to shoot some fantastic weddings and have met some amazing people. So I thought I’d round up the year with some of my favourite images from 2014. A huge thank you to all my 2014 couples and all the very best for 2015. And to all my 2015 couples – I’m really looking forward to working with you this year!
Jess & Chris’s wedding was a lot of fun! – Full to the brim of gorgeous moments. Their wedding was incredibly special for me on a personal level, as I went to college with Jess a fair few years ago (we both studied Photography! & Jess always got better grades than I did!!) – so when she asked If I’d photograph her & Chris’s wedding It was an easy decision. The personal connection also meant that I had more than a hint of nervousness & a lot of excitement going into their wedding day!
But I needn’t worry, as between the incredibly welcoming people – Jess’s family were just so immensely relaxed – a complete pleasure to be around in the morning!, their insanely beautiful locations – The Sussex barn is a cracking venue! & the brilliant atmosphere they had created – It was a great wedding to be a part of!
Vintage bus, DIY details galore, Jam & Scones + Jess made her own dress – This wedding had it all!
I started the day in Hellingly at Jess’s parents house, then we all boarded the wedding bus to the beautiful St. Peter & St. Pauls Church, before everyone moved onto the lovely Sussex Barn, Hellingly.
Heather & Tim are rarely in the UK, but after getting to know them a little bit over the internet, it was such a thrill to join them for their wedding, I’ve photographed a handful of Grittenham Barn Weddings & they’re always awesome!
Heather & Tim’s was the epitome of what weddings are about – A chance to celebrate, catch up with old fiends and have a great time, Friends and family alike contributed in a variety of ways to infuse character and charm throughout the day! From the chef, to the bartender, to the serving staff – everyone had a personal connection to Heather, Tim or their friends – a fantastic thing to witness!
I’m always treated amazingly well by my clients and their guests, and H&Ts wedding was no exception – I arrived a little earlier to the bridal preps than I was expected, So early Heather hadn’t returned from the Hairdressers yet, but I was welcomed & treated to breakfast with the family (Thank you!!)
Louise & Craig got married earlier in the year, at the fantastic Barn at Bury Court, it’s a venue I’ve had the privilege of working at many times before – I believe my first wedding there was about 2009! Time flies!!
It’s always a lot of fun to get back there & after shooting Louise & Craig’s engagement I knew their day was going to be special & filled with fun. Sadly Kane, their beautiful dog couldn’t make an appearance, (although a random dog from the nearby offices wandered in during the reception, so the dog lover in me was satisfied!) but it was a great day none-the-less, filled with smiles, laughter & tons of happiness!
Bury Court Barn looked absolutely beautiful as always, and Louise & Craig really know how to throw an amazing party, it helped that all the groomsmen and ushers were all up for a great laugh – Thank you to L+C, so much, for having me along to document your beautiful day!
I started with Louise & the girls at The Bush Hotel, Farnham:
After meeting them, hanging out with them for their engagement session & getting to know them over the course of a year – Kate & Lincoln’s Pangdean Barn wedding was a day that couldn’t arrive quick enough for me – every time I saw that Kate had visited my website (My web stats show a lot of visits from San Francisco, I don’t know anyone but K&L in SF!) the anticipation increased just that bit more! So even though the weather was not kind (massive understatement), it was still a brilliant, beautiful day filled to the brim with emotion, excitement & fun.
I started the day briefly with Lincoln in the pub. Mainly as I’d already been to see Kate, when the bridesmaids, in various state of preparedness, ran away like startled deer – albeit way more glamorous!