A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling from Sussex up to Aylesbury, to photograph Lizzie & Duncan’s wedding.
Loving a good road trip I took a meandering route through Suffolk for a family photography session on route.
I’d been looking forward to their wedding ever since skyping with Lizzie & hearing all about their plans – they wanted a wedding that was part garden party, part festival – all the things I love in a wedding! & with their talented, creative, bunch of friends providing lots of the entertainment, decoration & indeed food, I knew it was going to be a cracking day.
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.
This personal connection also meant that I had more than a hint of nervousness & a lot of excitement going into their wedding day!
I first got to know Emily and Stuart when they were the Bridesmaid & Usher at a previous wedding I’d shot (the lovely Kate and David, who in a wonderful role reversal were Bridesmaid & Usher today!) so I knew their wedding would be a lot of fun – and I knew a lot of their friends too, so it was great to catch up with them again! Newick Rugby club sure know how to have a good time!
Emily and Stu took over a field in West Wittering (A cute seaside town, on the Hampshire side of Sussex) and had chosen a circus theme for their reception – they had a marquee set up to look like a big-top, hula hoops, plate-spinning and a circus tent cake. Emily even arrived at the church in the most amazing clown-themed car!
Everything a wedding should be – family, friends and a lot of fun!
I had the ultra talented Heather Wilkinson helping me out at this wedding!
Kate & David got married earlier this year in Newick, a lovely little village in Sussex. Newick is a village I’d driven through more times that I can remember, but had no clue how lovely the community contained within was!
Fortunately that all changed at Kate & David’s wedding – Lovely is an understatement – from beginning to end, this crowd knew how to have fun!
Photographing Kate’s bridal preparations, at The Chequers,Maresfield, was a surreal experience in itself, as 3 of the four people in the room were my clients, all of whose weddings were rapidly approaching! In addition to Kate there was Emily, Kates’ lovely bridesmaid & Jeni, an immensely skilled make up artist. So I was certainly feeling the pressure to be on my best behaviour otherwise I would have been in for a few months of awkwardness!
Jen & Will’s wedding took place at Dodford Manor. They surrounded themselves with the people they love (including Nic & Will, who’s wedding I shot a few years ago!) & had an amazing day filled with Asian & Iranian influences, a healthy splash of Anchorman & the wonderfully unpredictable British weather (amongst other things!)
I knew they were going to be good fun to work with, after their engagement session, and knowing some of their guests from previous weddings I knew it was going to be a relaxed, fun day. Admittedly, The weather tried to put a damper on plans, but no amount of cold & rain could contain J&Ws (& their guests) enthusiasm & happiness! Onto the story –
As I’d stayed in the same hotel as them the night before, I popped in to see the boys, who were busy writing their speeches!
Dani & Mark tied the knot at Buxted park – a lovely venue in sussex I’d been to a few times before, but never for a wedding! It’s a lovely hotel surrounded by gorgeous Sussex countryside, with a ton of great outdoor space, & a fantastic orangery (think big conservatory!) – which is bright & a really great space for parties!
Having not met D&M before their big day I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it & I was blown away! Two sweet, creative people (Mark made their rings!), a wonderfully emotional jewish wedding ceremony, a day filled with fun, loads of fabulous details & beautiful weather – which helped enormously during the outdoor ceremony!
Becca & Dave’s wedding back in July, was all about family & friends, with everyone contributing to make their day amazing & unique! – It took place in Becca’s parents garden in an amazing marquee that had been decorated with literally miles of bunting & looked fantastic! A friend of the family made the dress, the catering was provided by someone Becca used to waitress for & Jill, Becca’s godmother made the (beautiful!) cake! Truly a team effort & the love for B&D was obvious! Was a lot of fun to be a part of!
Nic and Will’s stunning Notley Abbey Wedding received alot of media coverage, including a wonderful feature on the popular wedding blog Rock My Wedding. Nic wrote a wonderfully detailed account of their special day, and on the subject of wedding photographers, she had this to say:
“(Simon’s) pictures have such an ethereal feel and captured the relaxed, fun vibe of the day perfectly. It also helped hugely that he’s SUCH a brilliant person, someone that we could feel completely at ease being a major part of our big day, and he definitely didn’t let us down. We couldn’t have been happier with the results…”
The entire article is well worth a read if you’re planning your own Notley Abbey Wedding.
Nic and Will celebrated their very special day at the inimitable Notley Abbey on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire borders, the venue is such a chic and sophisticated location, but also incredibly relaxed and not too formal, so it was the perfect venue for Nic and Will to celebrate their wedding. The house has such a long history of incredible parties – owing in no small part to it’s former life the home of renown socialites Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh – Previous guests at this incredible venue are said to include King Henry the VIII and in more recent times, Marilyn Monroe – So to say Nic and Will were in good company in their venue choice is a complete understatement.
After their engagement session it was obvious their wedding was going to be amazing, They’re both so relaxed & easy to get along with. Nic is an avid reader of Rock My Wedding, (which is where she found me actually!) and whilst she took lots of inspiration from there (details galore!), it was still a hugely personal and intimate celebration; a lovely, relaxed day, brimming with character & personality! A day that was all about fun & friendship, a day that was amazing to witness!