I didn’t hesitate in saying “yes” when Klem and Jamie asked me to be their Oxford documentary wedding photographer. After all, to shoot in such an historic and beautiful university city like Oxford is an absolute privilege and honour.
So following on from the intimate family meal the evening before, it was now time for the Ashby Manor House wedding day itself. In the previous post I spoke about the amazing history of the house itself. So it’s certainly a fantastic and interesting wedding venue in Warwicksire, and close to the Northamptonshire border.
The granduer of the interior and rooms of the house make for a beautiful backdrop for the wedding preparations. And given the size of the house it was possible for the bridal party and groomsmen to avoid one another ahead of the wedding.
The grounds and gardensare enormous and offer so much potential for an Ashby Manor House wedding. Sinead and Fungai had space for a big marquee next to the house, places for a band to play, a terrace for cocktails and drinks and for a saxophonist space to also play.
So there was a hive of activity as things were set up in the gardens during the morning. All perfect for my non-traditional wedding photojournalism approach. However, the groomsmen had the right idea and quickly decamped to a pub just down the road in the village, for a refreshing liquid lunch.
The wedding ceremony itself took place next door to the house, in the neighbouring church The Blessed Virgin Mary and St Leodegarius. This is conveniently placed with gateways into the grounds of the house and with a private churchyard entrance.
Inside it was all beautiful and historic anquity, giving a beautiful air more than fitting for a wedding ceremony. Of course, it was packed to the rafters with Sinead and Fungai’s family and friends.
After the wedding ceremony the beautiful grounds of Ashby Manor House made for a perfect setting for the cocktails and music that followed. From the iconic Lutyens Bridge to the idylic lakes, an Ashby Manor House wedding is without a beautiful setting for any wedding day.
Music was provided by an African band which the guests certainly enjoyed – especially the children who provided almost as much entertainment with their dancing to the music.
The wedding breakfast, speeches and toasts took place in a large, light and airy marquee that was erected in the gardens besides the main house. Guests were also entertained by some traditional Irish dancing – to represent Sinead’s part Irish roots too.
The dancing continued with the traditional wedding disco, plus the fantastic house music saxaphonist, until the guests went outside to enjoy some fireworks late on – a great way to end this Ashby Manor House wedding day with a bang!
Without doubt it was a beautiful wedding day in the beautiful setting that is Ashby Manor House. I’m sure you’ll agree from the small selection of photos that follow, Sinead and Fungai had the perect day.
If you’re thinking of having an Ashby Manor House wedding in Warwickshire, or think my relaxed, storytelling & non-traditional wedding photography approach would be a great fit for your wedding day, then I’d love to hear from you.
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When Sinead and Fungai booked me to be their wedding photographer at Ashby Manor House on the Warwickshire Northamptonshire border they offered me a unique proposal.
The night before the wedding day they were having an intimate family meal at the venue and invited me to attend to document the evening’s gathering. How could I refuse? After all, I was staying locally that evening so it would be a fun and unique way to spend the night before the wedding after.
A fun same sex wedding in the Vale of Glamorgan
It’s not everyday you photograph a wedding that’s also being featured as part of a TV series. However, that’s exactly what I faced with Dianne and Kathy’s the Bear Hotel Cowbridge wedding in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales.
A Mature Wedding Story
This small and intimate Maybridge Community Church wedding down in Worthing, West Sussex was different from your average wedding in a number ways. After all, it’s not everyday you get asked to be the wedding photographer for a couple who are in their 70’s – as Elisabeth and Pete were.
So when Nicola and Jamie told me they were having a Southwark Cathedral wedding and then a boat trip down the River Thames, to a rowing club in Putney for their evening celebrations I just knew I had to be their wedding photographer.
After all, being a London wedding photographer I was excited by the prospect of capturing so many iconic London locations as a wedding backdrop.
Indian Wedding Photographer in Croydon, London
How I came to be Inderdeep’s London Indian wedding photographer for his Sikh Maiyan Celebrations is slightly unusual. I had a number of years before documented his sister’s baby shower celebrations, so his mother reached out to me to see if I was available for his actual Indian wedding ceremony. I was and she went ahead and booked me but unbeknown to her, the father of the bride had also booked another wedding photographer.
Tanya and Steve were having a low-key and intimate wedding at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire. As part of this they wanted a Northamptonshire wedding photographer who would blend into the background, capture all the natural moments from the day and simply allow them to enjoy their wedding day as they should – with their friends and family.
I love a Highdown Vineyard wedding. As a wedding photojournalist I’ve shot there a number of times and it’s without doubt one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex. So when Sienna and Phil asked me to be their wedding photographer there, I just couldn’t wait to get started!
I previously shot Andrea and Nick’s Nigerian Wedding Blessing at St Anselm’s church in Tooting Bec in the London Borough of Wandsworth . So as a Wandsworth wedding photographer it was great to be back there again a week or so later for their formal wedding day, before moving on to Wandsworth Town Hall for the evening celebrations.
When Andrea and Nick told me they were planning a traditional Nigerian wedding blessing a week before their actual wedding day, at St Anselm’s in Tooting Bec, London, I just knew I had to include that in the wedding photography package I offered them.
After all, as soon as I think of traditional African weddings I immediately think vibrant colours, song, vibrant colour, dance and, did I mention, vibrant colours – everything that my documentary wedding photography approach would love to capture.. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
Arad & Brian’s Same-Sex Wedding
As a wedding photographer I was delighted to be chosen for Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding, as a result of being found on Instagram by Arad. Arad a keen photographer and lover of photography himself knew he wanted a very candid and storytelling approach to his and Brian’s wedding day – and it was my natural wedding reportage photography on Instagram that led him to me. The wedding was going to be split between the wonderful Pump House in Battersea Park and at the cool Bluebird Restaurant on the Kings Road in Chelsea. As a London documentary wedding photographer they really were London wedding venues I dream of shooting at.
The Wedding Day in Ferndown, Hampreston and Stapehill
I came to be the wedding photographer for Ellie and James’ wedding down in Dorset simply because James is the son of Steve – who is often my second photographer when I require one at weddings. So it was one of those rare occasions where I was meeting the bride and groom for the first time on the wedding day itself.
Gemma & Chris’ do-it-yourself backyard wedding in the heart of England
Yes, I’m still catching up on a number of previous weddings here on my blog. When Gemma married Chris it was a truly beautiful day on what I can only describe as an archetypal rural English wedding in pretty Northamptonshire.
I’ve actually known Chris for almost 30 years now, although we hadn’t really seen much of one another in the last 15 years or so. So it was an absolute honour and thrill to be asked to document his and Gemma’s wedding in the village of Nether Heyford – where Chris had spent his childhood growing up and still a community he has very strong ties to.
So I knew it was going to be a very special wedding day.
Bridal Preparations at home in Abington, Northampton
My day started early, as it usually does, turning up at the couple’s home in Abington, Northampton where Gemma and her bridal party were preparing for the wedding day ahead. As is always the way with bridal preparations there was so much happening – which is fantastic for me a documentary wedding photography who captures all those natural moments and genuine emotions.
With excited children, emotional family and fun loving bridesmaids there was never a dull moment to be had and so many great decisive moments for me to document.
Wedding at St Peter & St Paul Church, Nether Heyford
Without doubt the village church of St Peter & St Paul in Nether Heyford is a stunning and very traditional location for an English rural wedding. Lying in the heart of the village, surrounded by old sandstone cottages and in leafy shadows of surrounding trees, part of the church dates back to the 13th century.
To be allowed to marry in this historic parish church, you must either be part of the parish or have some other legally recognized connection with it. Of course, Chris’ family had a long standing connection with the village, which meant he and Gemma were one of the lucky ones to be able to get married here.
With the church packed to the rafters with friends and family there was an excited anticipation as Gemma was escorted up the aisle by her father. Chris and his best men looked on with a mixture of pride and happiness, which was to set the tone for the rest of the wedding ceremony.
Smiles, Hugs and Kisses
Rings exchanged, first kiss enjoyed and wedding register signed, the newly married couple proceeded out into the afternoon countryside sunshine, where they were quickly surrounded by excited and emotional guests.
As a wedding photojournalist this is a great time for me to document some tender moments and heartfelt emotions. Lost in the moment of post-ceremony bliss, I go unnoticed and capture some truly beautiful and natural wedding photography.
A Rural Backyard Marquee Wedding Reception
Gemma and Chris were in the fortunate position of a family friend who owned a small meadow just down from the church, which made for a great location for a marquee wedding reception. With great views of the surrounding Northants countryside, hay bales and beautiful rustic diy decorations and details, it was a truly stunning backyard type setting for the evening reception.
The speeches were the traditional mix of tears and laughter, particularly as the groom paid a moving tribute to his late mother, Olive, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the house or, rather, marquee, including myself!
The remainder of the afternoon was a great time for kids to have fun with the hay bales and explore the meadow, whilst the adult guests do what adult wedding guests usually do, drink and make merry.
First Dance and Country Dancing
With a hog roast slowly cooking outside and evening guests arriving it was time for the romantic first dance. As Chris serenaded his beautiful bride around the marquee’s dance floor, friends and family, looked on with happiness – after all these years, Chris had finally found the woman of his dreams.
With the cake cutting done, it was then onto some fabulous country dancing that really got both the marquee and evening in full swing. From the smiles and grins on everyone’s faces, it was clear this was a great way to start the evening celebrations.
As is usual for the evening dancing, I love to get right into the frenzy of the dancefloor and shooting with a slow flash on my camera, in order to swirl those lights and get a real feeling of the mood and movement.
Nether Heyford Wedding Photographer
As I’m sure you’ll agree from the above photos and small selection of wedding photography that follows, Gemma and Chris had a truly wonderful English rural wedding with a personal touch of a DIY backyard wedding.
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As a wedding photographer I’m so lucky to visit so many beautiful wedding venues around the country. Highdown Vineyard, nestled cosily on the slopes of the South Downs, in-between Worthing and Littlehampton in West Sussex, is easily one of the most beautiful. I also count myself very fortunate to have photographed a number of weddings at Highdown.
So when I met up with Crystal and Dom, 6 months earlier on a cold grey day in south west London, and they told me they were having their wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard, I knew I had to be their wedding photographer.
A Sussex Wedding Photographer
In fact, the reason Crystal and Dom had contacted me about being their wedding photographer was because they had seen some of my previous Highdown Vineyard wedding photography whilst visiting this most beautiful West Sussex wedding venue.
So once they had booked me, I couldn’t wait for their wedding day to come around. And when the day came around I definitely wasn’t disappointed. The sun was shining beautifully and I found myself down on the Sussex coast, ready to shoot the bridal preparations at Crystal’s parents in the seaside town of Bognor Regis.
I have to confess I’m still a kid at heart and the merest mention of the seaside gets me all excited, so I arrived early in Bognor Regis and enjoyed a light breakfast looking out across the beach and sea beyond. I just knew this was going to be an idyllic wedding to remember.
Bognor Regis Wedding Preparations
I’d agreed to meet Crystal and the bridal party at a hair salon called Lotus Styling in Bognor Regis town centre. As you’d expect everyone was really excited for the day ahead and the salon itself was a really cool setting, with Banksy graffiti on the walls and woodland murals. As a documentary wedding photographer I couldn’t fail to get some great shots of such a fantastic hairdressers.
One hair was styled and veils in place, it was back to Crystal’s parents home for the bridal preparations ahead of the wedding ceremony. Of course, the excitement continued as more family members and guests arrived, including the flower girls.
Getting Ready at Home
Everyone by now knows I love the preparations part of the day – be it a bride or a groom – it’s always a time of laughter, nerves and, yes, the occasional tear. I see it my job, as a documentary wedding photographer, to capture all these natural moments, genuine emotions and real stories. And Crystal’s wedding preparations lived up to expectations.
Preparations done, it was then time to get down to the delightful West Sussex coastal village of Pagham for the wedding ceremony itself, at the stunningly beautiful and historic St Thomas à Becket parish church, or often simply referred to a Pagham Church. I say historic, as there has always been a church on the site going back 1300 years to the 7th Century Saxons. The current church is much the same as it was 800 years ago and is largely considered to be one of the best of its kind. I will say it’s definitely one of the most beautiful churches I have shot a wedding at. It’s the perfect English rural wedding setting.
Pagham St Thomas à Becket Church Wedding Ceremony
Inside the spacious and airy church, Dom was waiting nervously for Crystal to arrive. He’d certainly brushed up well since I’d last seen him a month or so before for the pre-wedding portrait shoot in Richmond Park, in south west London. He definitely cut a dashing and handsome groom along with his brothers-come-Best Men.
Crystal arrived with a huge and dazzling smile on her face – could there be a more fitting example of the blushing English bride? The wedding ceremony was the expected mix of smiles, laughs and, at the end, a very entertaining and carefully choreographed dance to a particular hymn, which made it all huge fun.
A Quiet & Touching Wedding Moment
Once the wedding ceremony finished, it was out into the beautiful grounds of the church and some glorious Sussex sunshine. After mingling with guests for a while, Crystal then took herself away to spend a quiet moment at the resting place of her grandmother, Patricia, who was buried in the churchyard where the wedding had taken place – such a lovely and touching connection.
Highdown Vineyard Wedding Reception
The wedding reception took place a few miles away at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard, where I’ve shot weddings before – so I knew it was a fantastic Sussex wedding location. Such a beautiful setting makes life as a wedding photographer that much easier. The vines are a wonderful backdrop for portraits, the lawns a great spot for games and mingling and the buildings and marquee fantastic for eating, drinking and dancing – none of which were in short supply on Crystal and Dom’s day!
The speeches were full of emotion – both laughs and tears in equal measure. Then as the sun set and the band entertained dancing guests inside, the groomsmen sneaked outside to enjoy a wedding cigar and reflect on the day.
This was also a perfect opportunity to try out a new “toy lens” I’d gotten hold of. I’m always looking for a new and unique way to document a wedding day. The SLR Magic 50mm lens is definitely a quirky and imperfect lens that captures unique images. I’d much rather capture a perfect moment than worry about technically perfect photos. The cigar image above, was one of a few images captured with this interesting lenss
I’m sure you’ll agree, from a small selection of the wedding photographs that follow, it really was the idyllic wedding day I promised it would be!
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I first met Claire and Nick in a coffee shop at Clapham Junction railway station in South West London. One of the first things they said to me was, “we hate posing for photos, we always end up looking like idiots.” For such a handsome couple this was an amusing thing to hear, but as a natural storytelling wedding photographer who prefers to capture real moments – rather than over pose or set up wedding photos – it was music to my ears.
The couple were getting married at Gatton Hall near Mertsham in Surrey, but the morning started off at Claire’s parents home near Leatherhead in Surrey, for the usual bridal preparations. As always there was plenty of excitement as the girls got ready and as Claire is a producer with a well known TV property show she was able to call in colleagues to film the day too.
I was also impressed to discover that Claire’s dad was also a former professional football player for Exeter City – and his finest moment coming when he played against Liverpool in the FA Cup and had to mark a certain Kenny Dalglish. It never fails to amaze me the people I meet through being a wedding photographer!
The wedding ceremony actually took place at St Andrew’s Church near Gatton Hall. This is a somewhat small and unusual church, with the congregation seated side on facing the aisle – but it was definitely extremely pretty and full of character. Nick was already there and admittedly looking very nervous – as most grooms do ahead of the wedding ceremony.
Once the ceremony was over it was off to the nearby Gatton Hall, which is a stunning mansion house situated in the grounds of Gatton Park and the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. The views of the surrounding countryside and Surrey Downs are breathtaking. In fact the gardens themselves were designed by the 18th century landscape architect Capability Brown – often referred to as England’s greatest ever gardener.
The speeches were particularly emotional, as Nick and his brother/best man paid tribute to their mother who had sadly passed away many years before. It was clear that there was a special bond between Nick ad his brother – who had travelled with his family all the way from Australia.
A beautiful summer’s evening ensured guests could spend time out in the gardens, enjoying the views until the evening before the band struck up for the evening and the dancing could start in earnest.
Claire and Nick’s wedding was most certainly an enjoyable one from start to finish, and I’m sure you’ll agree from the following small selection of photos from the day they looked great too!
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Michelle and Sally’s same sex wedding was a fun and delightful mix of home comforts in New Malden and a historic wedding venue in Kingston, Surrey.
I arrived at their home in New Malden in the morning to find Sally preparing flowers, whilst workman were putting the finishing touches to a small marquee in their back garden, which would host the wedding reception later in day. Michelle, who is South African, also had family from South Africa staying with them – so there was a definite busy and cosmopolitan air to the morning preparations.
Both the brides-to-be seemed remarkably relaxed ahead of their, even with more and more family and friends arriving at their New Malden home. It was already clear that the wedding was going to be a fairly relaxed and informal affair.
The wedding ceremony itself took place at the delightful Old Court House which is part of the Guildhall in Kingston. With its wood paneling and high benches it definitely made for a grand wedding setting. It’s no surprise its one of the best wedding venues in Surrey.
After the ceremony it was up to Richmond Park for a quick sprint through some more formal posed portraits and group shots. Although I am a documentary wedding photographer, who specialises in real moments and genuine emotions, I still understand that most couples will also want some traditional portraits shooting, so I’m always happy to oblige.
It was then back to their home in New Malden for what our American friends would call a backyard wedding reception – with the house and small marquee in the garden providing the setting for the post-wedding celebrations.
With catering firm Rhubarb providing tasty food and spectacular service, the wedding reception was a really intimate and relaxed affair. The weather also played its part with some glorious late afternoon sun bathing the marquee in glorious light.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable wedding to be a part of and I’m sure you’ll agree from the small section of wedding photos that follow , it truly was a memorable same sex wedding in Surrey.
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Northampton Wedding Photography
When Erinna & Rob asked me to be the wedding photographer for their wedding up in Northampton, I was absolutely thrilled. I had known Rob since we were both about 5 or 6 years old but I hadn’t seen him in about 10 years or so. So not only was it a great privilege to document their wedding day but it also meant I got to catch up with a number of (not so) old faces from the past.
The Street Photography Wedding Photographer
As a street photography wedding photographer, Annique and Lee’s wedding day in Waltham Abbey, Essex, was a fantastic day for unobtrusively capturing some great candid and natural moments. My street photography approach to weddings really does allow me to document the emotions, the humour and the real stories that happen when a couple can simply concentrate on their day – and this really was the case with this Waltham Abbey wedding in Essex.
Street Photography Wedding Photographer
Being Tanya and Nathan’s documentary wedding photographer, at their wedding at the Barns at Hunsbury in Northampton, came about as a result of my wedding photography. Unbeknown to me, Nathan had been following my personal street photography from afar.
In one of those funny quirks of fate that life sometimes throws up, he mentioned my street photography to a fellow work colleague who turned out to be my uncle. Long story short, as a result a few messages passed between myself, uncle and Nathan and before I knew it I was booked to shoot Tanya and Nathan’s wedding at the wonderful Barns at Hunsbury – but not before I’d hooked with Nathan to shoot some street photography one Saturday in London.
Wedding Morning Preparations
As usual I arrived early on the wedding morning at Tanya and Nathan’s home in Northampton. As anyone who follows me regularly, I love this part of the day. Everyone is still relaxed so there’s plenty of laughter and fun but, of course, apprehension for the day ahead can start increasing, leading to nerves and sometimes a few tears. Tanya’s bridal preparations were no exception. It was slightly unusual in that I had never met Tanya ahead of the day itself. However, I think it would be fair to say that we really clicked and definitely had a good few laughs together about things. I think it helps that I carry my sense of humour through a wedding day, it keeps people more relaxed.
The Barns at Hunsbury in Northampton
It was the first time I have shot a wedding at the Barns at Hunsbury. It’s in a lovely setting with a really rural feel without being out in the middle of the countryside somewhere. So it’s no surprise that it’s considered one of the best wedding venues in Northampton.
As I expected the wedding ceremony was full of laughs. Tanya looked gorgeous in her dress and even Nathan scrubbed up well and I definitely loved the brown tweed jackets!
It’s Just How Kids Are
I love weddings full of kids! Maybe I’m being selfish, but as a documentary wedding photography I love all the crazy fun, spontaneous moments and a suit emotions they can create on the day. It’s these kind of moments that make great photos for a couple’s wedding story. So with plenty of kids at Tanya and Nathan’s wedding it was such a fun and enjoyable wedding to cover and a real one to remember!
Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer
I’m sure you’ll agree, from the small selection of Tanya and Nathan’s wedding photography that follows, it was a perfect day from start to finish. If you are getting married at the Barns at Hunsbury and are looking for a Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. Equally, if you’re getting married elsewhere and enjoyed my award winning documentary wedding photography approach then do get in touch!
I can be called on 07920 422144 or you can send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you