Family photography at Fairlight

What a gorgeous family. I met Vikki, Harry and their children for a family shoot at Fairlight - one of my favourite places.
We hunted for pretty stones and big pebbles, looked for pirate ships and approaching storms.
We also celebrated Vikki and Harry’s engagement - their beautiful wedding at Crowhurst Park is coming soon to the blog.

Family photography at Alexandra Park

Family photography sessions always make me feel warm and fuzzy inside!

We went for an autumnal walk at Alexandra Park on an unseasonably warm day, though the park was filled with beautiful yellow and orange tones in the trees.

Elijah even bought his Santa hat so we could snap a Christmas card for them x

Wedding at Hastings Registry Office - Carla & Adam - Part One

Ceremony Venue: Hastings Registry Office
Reception Venue: The Cake Room


Carla and Adam’s celebrations are so unique and full of joy and colour, I’ve decided to blog their day in two parts.
Their first ceremony was held at Hastings Registry Office with their eldest child very proudly presenting their rings and playing the part of big brother!
The sky and sea were both perfect azure blue, providing the best backdrop Hastings can offer for confetti and portraits.
The Cake Room is such a stylish setting for an informal reception, and that cake is just stunning.
Part Two at Bodiam is coming soon - a really special celebration in an apple orchard…

Wedding at The Pilgrim's Rest - Jack & Gian-Luca

A beautiful day with a mixture of sunshine and rain, British and Italian culture.
Following a short and sweet ceremony in the opulent Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall, we headed to The Pilgrim’s Rest opposite Battle Abbey, a cosy venue filled with pockets of gorgeous light.

Ceremony: Hastings Town Hall
Reception: The Pilgrim’s Rest
Flowers: La Collina Gardens
Food: La Bella Vista
Harpist: Fiona Hosford
Suits: Dapper M

Portraits: Amber ii

During busy wedding season, I like to have a couple of personal projects in the pipeline.
This shoot was simple and not strictly planned ahead of time.

We agreed a time for the shoot the day before in a flurry of excited messages; Amber would wear whatever she fancied that day, and we decided to find the sunflower field at the edge of the woods I had heard about…

We found it, thanks to a man and his dog. It was worth the hot and sweaty trek up hill! When we emerged out of the woods, an open quiet field of sunflowers did indeed greet us; the last few of the season still in bloom.

Amber is a free spirit, so open to creative ideas and generous with her willingness to be part of something a bit different; and she kicks absolute ass.

PS: Amber wears no makeup, except her lash extensions.
No blemishes etc have been removed, this is a woman in all her natural glory, as all women should feel they can be on camera.

Wedding in Folkestone, Kent - Sarah & Rich

“We need some bubbly don’t we?!” cries a bridesmaid.
Oh yes! Bridal prep is one of my favourite parts of the day.
Excited giggles with your girls never gets old does it?
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Following a morning tipple at The Hydro Hotel in Folkestone, Sarah and Rich were married at Sarah’s family church in the heart of town, followed by a relaxed reception.
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A beautiful bride with the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen, and a handsome groom with adoring eyes for only she…

Scotland

It was autumn when we visited the Cairngorms in Scotland last year for a friend’s wedding. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to share some snaps from our short trip.

I knew I would like Scotland, but I truly LOVED it. My dad’s side of the family is from this part of the world, and myself and my husband both felt truly at home.

There is something really special about being among the freshest, quietest air, knowing that very few people live between the miles and miles of mountains you drive past.
We only had time for one long walk, and I am not sure these photographs do it justice.

I absolutely left a piece of my heart in Newtonmore. If you happen to visit and need a place to stay, I heartily recommend The Dower House in Newtonmore. Our hosts were so friendly and welcoming, the house itself is beautiful and you’ll not find a better, bigger breakfast anywhere!

Moody skies, towering mountains, a ravine, fauna, and a shop window I was obsessed with feature here.

Until next time Scotland…

PS: If any of you fancy an elopement in the Scottish highlands, let me know ;)

Wedding at East Dean & Friston - Niki & Paul

Niki & Paul had a scorcher of a wedding day!
Niki and family prepared for the day in the house she grew up in, just around the corner from her family church where she married Paul to start their married life together.
Their delicate colour scheme of burgundy was so soft and pretty, and I was obsessed with Niki’s detailed dress and the way her veil caught the light.
I think it really shines just how much they mean to each other too xx

Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Church, Eastbourne
Reception: East Dean & Friston Village Hall
Camper van: Lola The VW Campervan
Bar: The V-Dub Cocktail Bus
Dress: Mori Lee, Champagne & Confetti

Wedding at The Chantry - Jaz & David

Jaz & David were married at The Chantry, followed by a reception at The Cartlodge, Horam Manor Park. I loved the rustic and pretty feel of their flowers, bursts of yellow and green perfect for summer. Their reception had a relaxed, festival feel with lawn games, Otti & The Voices on music, ice cream from Di Pola's and scrumptious food by The BBQ Project.

These two were so sweet and in sync. So much so, that on realising Jaz's locket was empty, David wrote a simple note to say 'I love you'... 

Ceremony: The Chantry

Reception: The Cartlodge

Flowers: Fat Robin Florestry

Dress: Bridal Garden Studio

Catering: The BBQ Project

Ice Cream Cart: Di Paolo's

Band: Otti & The Voices

Engagement at Pett Level

For Jack and Gian-Luca's engagement session, they wanted to visit a quiet spot on the beach. I could think of nowhere better but the stunning backdrop at Pett Level. The sea was so warm, we got in and paddled, me up to my knees trying not to let my brand new camera get wet. So worth it though!

Jack is a designer from Leeds, he and I bonded over our love for art, fashion, photography, and beautiful print publications. Gian-Luca is the incredibly talented head chef at Bella Vista in St Leonards, Gian-Luca hails from Manfredonia and his love and skill for fine Italian cuisine ensures a special treat for diners. 

I can't wait for their wedding at Pilgrim's Rest, Battle next week...

Walk at Birling Gap, East Sussex

After a very hot summer's day a few weeks ago for the wedding of Nikki and Paul at East Dean and Friston Village Hall, I decided to take the scenic route home.
As I wound my through Birling Gap, the most beautiful sunset was happening in my rear view mirror.
Naturally, I decided to jump out of the car and take a few photos as the sun burnt bright red and orange over the cliffs.
It was so incredibly peaceful, the sea was calm, and a very welcome breeze was whipping over the cliff edge. My dad used to take my sister & I here for walks when we were younger, looking up towards the lighthouse on the cliffs brought back many memories. I was really pleased to capture it's silhouette against the sky, as a few walkers were coming over the hill.
Well worth a visit whether you're local or not, The Seven Sisters and Birling Gap is one of the most scenic walks in East Sussex.

Wedding in Henfield, West Sussex - Sarah & Ivor

Sarah & Ivor were married in front of close friends and family at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Henfield, East Sussex.
Their sweet service followed with portraits at The Tanyard, a gorgeous little spot in the heart of the village.
Sarah led the way down the path as everyone relaxed, chatted, and basked in the lovely warm weather with their loved ones now newly married...

Camber Sands - Windswept

Intimate portrait sessions are some of my favourites, just us and the camera and a stunning backdrop.
Camber Sands is perfect for scanning the horizon, walking in the sand, and movement from the long grass. 
I love Hayley's style, she has a vintage twist and I love how her red dress pops against the neutral tones of the beach. Hayley was one of my Bride's last year, and wore a stunning satin gown, with dainty embellished shoes, and a vintage style veil for her day. It's always fun to see how people bring their personality into their style, whether for a wedding or a portrait session.
If I can, I introduce a prop or two to the session, which can be as simple as gypsophila and fauna, it can help bring an editorial tone to the shoot.

We were hoping for golden hour, plenty of soft, gold light towards sunset - but the weather had other ideas! While it was overcast, the light we were given instead was beautiful and even, enhancing the pretty and neutral tones of the beach. 

Get in touch, let's find a lovely quiet place to wander and make you feel fabulous!

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Engagement shoot at Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells

One of my favourite things about engagement shoots is discovering new lovely places.
Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells is a public park that looks like a National Trust property!
It even has its own Grecian folly and sweeping staircase, which you can see below.
Sarah & Rich are such a sweet couple, I can't wait to photograph their big day next month.