Mr & Mrs Bray- Snowy Wedding- The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton, Cotswolds

Living in the UK, you don’t expect to have a snow on your wedding day, let alone in March! The first wedding of the year at The Old Lodge in Minchinhampton Common was one I will never forget. Katie let me know a few days before that we were expecting snow on her wedding day. Little did we know how much snow we would actually get! I travelled down the day before to be on the safe side and the snow was already thick when I arrived. It was nicknamed ‘The Beast from the East’ and it certainly lived up to it’s name in the Cotswolds! These two met at work, when Katie was freelancing at a design agency that Wes worked at. ‘I didn’t know at the time but Wes had a rule that he wouldn’t get into relationships with people from work! We went on a road trip around Scotland. Wes proposed at the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye. We’d had a great day visiting whisky distilleries and eating oysters so this topped it off perfectly.’ Katie and her Maid of Honour were already at the venue when I arrived, setting up the room in preparation for tomorrow. Thursday night was when the beast really hit The Old Lodge hard. Waking up Friday morning the entire place was covered in snow, up to 3 feet in some places! Emotions ran high as panic set in about whether guests would be able to show up to the wedding due to weather! Luckily all the bridesmaids and parents arrived safely which put Katie’s mind to rest. Helpful...

Rounding up 2017!

This year truly has flown by but it’s been a total pleasure to share with all the wonderful couples who booked with us this year. Thank you to my wonderful couples who have trusted me to capture their incredible wedding days this year. 2017 has been truly special as it’s the first year I’ve thought:   ‘Yep, I can do this forever.’ This year saw Honeydew Moments take on it’s first Indian wedding (second shooting with Sheetal Varsani) and organise 2 epic styled wedding shoots with some talented suppliers too. It was also a huge achievement for us to have also been nominated for the Best of Welsh Wedding Awards for the categories ‘Best Photographer’ as well as ‘Best New Business’. It was completely unexpected but we ended up walking away with second place in Best New Business 2017! I feel honoured and privileged to have experienced each and every wedding day this year. Each wedding day has been different: we’ve had tipi’s, quaint churches, huge barns, grand manor houses and even castles! We’ve also had very windy days, rainy days and glorious sunny days too. Huge thanks to my wonderful assistants and second shooters this year: Siobhan, Leesha, Sheetal, Nisha, Lauren, Cammy and Josie too. You guys make my job so much easier, way more fun and you even listen to my crazy ramblings all day! The thrill I get from every wedding is amazing and I can’t wait to challenge and push myself further as I throw myself into 2018! Next year brings plenty more engagement sessions which I’m really excited for. It also brings my first dabble at destination...

Mr & Mrs Kidd- The Italian Villa, Compton Acres, Poole Dorset

The Italian Villa Lara and Tony chose the stunning Italian Villa at Compton Acres in Dorset for their winter wedding venue. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Split over three floors plus all the gardens to explore too, it was a magical setting. These two have been engaged for 19 years and 3 kids later they finally decided to tie the knot! The girls got ready at the nearby Sandbanks Hotel with a balcony overlooking the wintery Dorset coastline. The girls had their make-up done by the talented Claire Bowring and their hair done by a close friend. Lara’s eldest daughter did the hairdressers hair for the wedding too! Lara wore Kurt Geiger wedding shoes called ‘Lara’s Jewells’. These shoes were totally meant-to-be for this bride. The Italain Villa ceremony room was stunning, they chose to decorate with lots of flowers, including a gorgeous floral archway at the top of the aisle. Despite the late start to the ceremony, it was lovely and enjoyed by everyone, including the 15 bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys! Lara walked down the aisle to Songbird by Fleetwood Mac. The couple’s children got up to stand with them for the exchange of rings and the first kiss which was a lovely touch. The December air was brisk but the drinks reception was outside to take in the beautiful gardens that the Italian Villa has to offer. There was no snow at this Christmas wedding but they did have a snow machine during the confetti! The sun was starting to disappear so I stole the newlyweds for a walk around the Japanese gardens and...

Mr & Mrs Jones- Court Colman South Wales

Court Colman Manor These two chose to marry in the grand Court Colman Manor. They didn’t need to look anywhere else, they knew right away this venue was the one for them. The manor is a gorgeous country house nestled at the bottom of the Garw Valley in South Wales. Danielle and Richard matched their colour theme to the ceremony room in Court Colman perfectly! The blush pink chair bows looked beautiful against the pink decor. The pair met almost ten years ago in a ‘very terrible nightclub’ (Danielle’s words not mine!) and have got two adorable young children, Abigail and Ben who both played a big part in the wedding day. Abi was the sweetest flower girl and Ben the youngest of the Groomsmen! Richard proposed by the gorgeous beaches of Southerndown, overlooking the cliffs. He got down on one knee and with the children in the pram, asked Danielle to be with him forever. “Of course I cried!” The girls had their hair and make-up done in the morning. Abi was enjoying the attention and Danielle’s nerves were starting to appear. They got to Court Colman and unbeknown to him, Danielle’s dad stopped the car right outside the windows which looked directly into the ceremony room! Luckily, he moved the car quickly and we had told Richard to face away from the windows just in case. Abi and Ben walked down the aisle and Abi stayed cuddled up with her dad throughout the ceremony which was adorable. Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, the stag party were carrying on the drinking games from the stag do...

Mr & Mrs Piddington- Forest Lodge Hotel, Lyndhurst, New Forest

Forest Lodge Hotel sits on the edge of the gorgeous market town of Lyndhurst within the New Forest. Previously it was a Georgian Dower House of the Notherwood Estate. Now it’s a beautiful venue perfect for a wedding! Kate and Adrian met online, they had their first date after Kate had made sure Adrian liked dogs- as Kate is a dog minder! They had their first few dates in local pubs which inspired their wedding theme. Each table was a pub name where they had been on a date. They also had favours which were drinks coasters you could pop on top of your drink when you left your drink unattended. After many a pub date, Adrian proposed in the deserts of Fuerteventura! Annie, Kate’s mum, was hugely involved with the DIY aspect of the wedding. She made all of the flower bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, Kate’s wedding dress, the table decorations, not to mention the wedding cake too! Kate had told her bridesmaids about her hand-made wedding dress but they didn’t know Annie had also made a glorious navy velvet cape complete with fur hood too! The Ceremony The ceremony room at Forest Lodge was beautifully set up with autumnal pumpkins lining the aisle. Kate walked down with her proud father with her hooded cape up. The couple’s friends and family came from all over, including Germany, to see their wedding. After the ceremony we stole some moments in the sunshine outside before the dark grey clouds started to come over. Luckily, there was a rainbow just at the right time! The Reception The Forest Lodge...

Mr & Mrs Vessey- Hereford Christmas Military Wedding Photography

This wedding actually wasn’t meant to happen in 2016 at all! Hannah and Ben brought it forward by a whole year to just a week before Christmas. Hannah and Ben had just 3 months to plan the wedding whilst Ben was off sick with a broken ankle. Although you would never know, as every little detail had been thought of and the whole day was just brilliant. The couple’s guests gathered at the Barrels pub in the centre of Hereford before the ceremony in Hereford Town Hall. Hannah arrived in a white jaguar with a very proud father who walked her up the aisle to an instrumental of Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Hannah chose seven bridesmaids and two adorable flower girls, all in different styles of purple and lilac dresses. Sometimes your bridesmaids don’t always need to match each other and this was one of those cases. Their reception was held at the function room of the MFA Bowl in Hereford and it was magical! I met Hannah and Ben at the venue a few months previously and they told me their plans for the reception room but I never expected it to look as amazing as it did! Fairy lights were strung up on the dark wooden beams, mistletoe was hanging in every doorway, Gypsophila and red berried holly adorned the centrepieces and silver sparkles glinted from every table- the room was a winter wedding wonderland. “We didn’t want a big fancy formal wedding so we opted for low key and minimal fuss.  The wedding was a week before Christmas so we really wanted to incorporate a festive feel to the...