Wedding in the Cotswolds - The Matara Centre


An absolutely stunning wedding full of Aumtumnal goodness!
Lisa & Gareth’s wedding celebration was inspired by their love of travel, and the Japanese garden at the Matara Centre in Tetbury, provided the perfect backdrop.
The day was a mixture of sunshine and showers, but the colours and joy of the day really shine through.
Their tree planting ceremony was a perfect symbol of the two growing together and planting roots in one of their favourite places.
Their celebrations were topped off with a very big surprise (even to me) FIREWORKS!

Venue: The Matara, Tetbury
Flowers: The Flower House Studio, Hastings

CHANEL

Every now and again, you’ll find me snapping away at home at about 10:30pm because something inspires me from nowhere!
Last Friday, I finally decided to photograph my favourite pair of shoes.
My one and only vice is designer shoes - and I like to think my amazingly stylish Grandmother was guilty of passing that on to me.
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I found them in a vintage shop in Hastings Old Town called The Wardrobe quite a few years ago now.
They weren’t just any shoes, they were CHANEL shoes, and they looked far too small for my feet!
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I decided to try them on anyway in the delusional style of a fashion addict, and I had a true Cinderella moment when they fit…so obviously they had to come home with me…
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RIP Karl Lagerfeld, who gave inspiration to so many of us.

Crowhurst Park Wedding - Vikki & Harry

A beautiful Autumnal wedding!
It was such a cold day but we had beautiful sunshine which worked perfectly for Vikki & Harry’s portraits.
A delicate colour scheme of ivory and gold was simply stunning, it complemented the gold mirror and wallpaper details of Crowhurst Park perfectly.
I love the personal touches they chose for their day, Vikki’s bouquet featured her Grandmother’s brooch, and they displayed their family/engagement shoot photographs above the fireplace.
A sparkler exit was the perfect way to end their day…

Wedding at Bodiam - Carla & Adam - Part Two

Hands up who misses Summer?! Well enjoy this sun soaked, colourful explosion of a truly special and intimate summer wedding.
Following their first celebration at Hastings Registry Office, their second celebration was truly unique and personal. See the images in Part One on the blog right here.

An unbelievable setting in an orchard at Bodiam, Morris Dancers leading the way to the ceremony site.
Their eldest son bound their hands together, their friends officiated and read aloud beautiful words.
Every single guest was totally relaxed and happy - throwing themselves into the festivities that meant so much to their friends.

Venue: The Hub, Bodiam | The Original Hut Company, Bodiam
Shout out to the fab Boss Morris Dancers, Hastings who led the guest procession and really entertained us all!

Highlights from 2018

2018 has been such a lovely year - such gorgeous weddings I’ve been a part of.
Here’s a small snippet featuring some awesome moments.
Thank you so much to all my couples, I really think you are smashing xx

All the joy | All the love | All the details

Hastings Etsy Christmas Market

I get to meet some pretty talented people, and photograph some pretty cool things!
The Hastings Etsy Team ran an Etsy Christmas Market, featuring locally made gorgeous gifts.
It was incredibly successful, there were queues out the door to get in!
Well done to everyone involved, same time next year?

Letters from Emily
The Little Party Bird
Truffle Witch
Rachel Mammone Paints
Prickle and Stitch
Thom Kofoed
Rock Betty
Mumma Bear’s Den
Designs by Lucy V
What the Pigment
Electric Monster
Rebecca Marsters Jewellery
The Silvery
Goldcrest Crafts
Jasmine Harper Jones
Tiny Treat Boutique
Flollie Pop Designs
Berry Winter Designs
Mave & Flo
Black Doodle Studio
Sea Whistle
Om Pom Pom

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 - 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.