Natalie and Chris Engagement Session- Dunraven Bay, Wales

Dunraven Bay Engagement, Southerndown I met Natalie and Chris for their Dunraven Bay engagement session one Sunday evening. We’d been in contact for months but only managed to find the time to meet just 4 weeks before their wedding! These two are from Taunton and came up to spend the day in Wales so we could have their engagement session at Dunraven Bay. Dunraven Bay is such a gorgeous place for an engagement session. It’s on the coast, with striking cliffs, huge rocks and when the tide is out there’s sand too. But there’s also a hidden walled garden and ruins on top of the cliffs too! We were so lucky the gardens were in full bloom at this time of year. I had such a great time on this Dunraven Bay engagement session. I truly do have the best job, even after just a couple of hours with these two, I felt like we’d known each other for years. The wedding at Combe House Hotel in August is going to be...

Mr & Mrs Canning- Bluebell Vineyard Wedding, West Sussex

Mr & Mrs Canning- Bluebell Vineyard Wedding, West Sussex Mr & Mrs Canning had the most gorgeous day for their Italian inspired wedding at Bluebell Vineyard in West Sussex. Hannah and James met a long time ago when James was being set up with her best friend Emma (now bridesmaid!). Hannah accompanied her as wing woman but when James and Hannah were introduce, they fell for each other instead! They’ve been together almost 9 years and James proposed whilst on holiday in Tuscany. They both really enjoy their wine, so after some wine tasting James popped the question! Wine was a big feature of their wedding day too. They married at Bluebell Vineyard in West Sussex which was the closest thing they could get to Tuscany without leaving the UK. The girls got ready at Alexander House Hotel & Spa and drove to the church in an old fashioned white taxi. Hannah’s brother walked her down the aisle to James who was waiting for her. The ceremony was so beautiful and emotional for everyone. The church grounds were perfect for confetti in the aisle of trees before heading down the road to the vineyard for their reception. The vineyard has beautiful grounds, an outside bar and a marquee that you can totally make your own. The guests enjoyed the July sunshine  before sitting down for the wedding breakfast and speeches. After dinner, I managed to take Hannah and James into the vines for some portraits away from their guests just as the sun was setting in the distance.  The evening brought crazy dancing, so much cheese and even more wine!...

Ashleigh & Lucie Sunset Garden Engagement Session- Otterbourne, Hampshire

Otterbourne Garden Engagement, Hampshire I had the best garden engagement session on a Sunday evening in Otterbourne. Ashleigh is a gardener and has worked on this glorious garden every week for the past 10 years. He is now a friend of the owners and they kindly let us use their garden for their engagement session! Ashleigh and Lucie also brought along their adorable dog, Noski, who comes to work with Ashleigh so knows the garden well. She was off playing with the garden owners dog too! The gardens are beautiful with a river running through the middle, a field out to the back and gorgeous flowers everywhere. It was a pleasure to get to know Ashleigh and Lucie during this garden engagement session. They’ve had an amazing 10 year relationship so far and it’s clear they are each other’s rocks. They get married at the end of September at Tithe Barn and I can’t wait to capture it...

Mr & Mrs West- St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles

St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles, Dorset I can’t begin to tell you just how excited I was to finally get to photograph Kate and Mike’s St Giles House Wedding! St Giles House has such a rich history and you can feel it as soon as you go inside. The house fell into a state of disrepair following the second world war but Lord Shaftesbury and his family have focussed the last 8 years on restoring it to it’s former glory and also adding in some quirky features along the way. During the restoration, they’ve kept tonnes of the original features, including exposed brick work and beams, original wallpaper and the ornate gold framed oil paintings too. But this decadent venue has a hidden secret, downstairs in the old wine cellar is a nightclub! Complete with wine barrel DJ booth and LED lighting running along the entire ceiling. Since the current Lord Shaftesbury did a stint of DJ-ing in New York, this was the perfect thing to do with St Giles House’s cellar.  And the perfect place for your wedding party to end! Kate and Mike chose to marry at this amazing venue and it suited them perfectly. The girls got ready in the Japan Room upstairs whilst Mike and his groomsmen put the finishing touches to downstairs and welcomed their guests. The ceremony took place in the dining room, with exposed rafters and walls covered in oil paintings. It was a truly magical setting! Drinks and canapés were had overlooking the grounds before sitting down for dinner in the grand library. Dusk came and brought  a gorgeous sunset...

Mr & Mrs Dowding- Holm House, Cardiff

Holm House Wedding What an absolutely glorious day we had for Hanne and Marc’s Holm House wedding in Penarth at the start of July. This pair tied the knot amongst their closest friends and family, most of whom had travelled from Sweden to be there! Hanne met Marc in London 10 years ago when she was travelling the UK with some friends. They decided to attend a festival where Marc’s band happened to be playing. They got talking outside the Camden venue where he invited Hanne to their next gig in London. “The rest is history! Two years later I moved over from Sweden and we have lived together since!” Marc proposed in the sweetest way; at home in their PJ’s with their dog on Christmas Eve! Hanne and Marc’s wedding was the first wedding that Hanne and her bridesmaids had been to, even as a guest! But you’d never have guessed as everything was organised perfectly. They had chosen a minimalist but oh-so-elegant theme of plain white and greenery which worked so well with Hanne’s sustainable wedding dress from Reformation! As it’s not traditional in Sweden, Hanne didn’t have her dad walk her down the aisle. Instead, Marc met her at the bottom of the stairs and they walked into their wedding ceremony together to Etta James – At Last. They married under a natural wooden arch covered in greenery in Holm House’s ceremony room which is filled with natural light. After the ceremony we took a stroll down to Penarth Pier and stopped in the gardens and on the stoney beach along the way for some photographs....