Welcome to Kate and Dan’s beautiful vintage wedding at the Queen’s Hotel in Cheltenham.
It’s hard to put in to words how special Kate and Dan’s wedding was on Saturday. It’s always emotional hearing a couple promise to be with each other through all the tests of life but even more so when you know that couple have already honoured their promises before they even said “I do”!
Kate and Dan have been together 23 years and have two absolutely beautiful daughters together. Ava, their youngest, and I bonded right from the first meeting and she was a total star on the day. Paris is every bit the intelligent, beautiful woman her proud parents bragged she was! If you only met these two girls you’d know all you need to about Dan and Kate.
Kate first found my work when a blogger pinned an image of mine and she hunted me down from there…..only to find that I actually only lived up the road….fate!!
As I mentioned they chose the beautiful Queens Hotel in Cheltenham for their celebration but wanted to take in a few fave spots so we all jumped in their amazing wedding car from Kushi Cars and pootled around town. First stop an antique shop they love, next a pizza restaurant that used to be a music venue where they attended their first gig and finally the record shop where Dan spends many hours searching for treasured vinyl.
Just as the evening guests arrived and night started to set in they surprised their guests with an incredible Chinese Lion Dance….it utterly blew my mind!!
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Jess and Guy had an amazing, romantic Winter wedding in Oxford….my home city!!
It’s not often I work so locally so it was really lovely to head over to the dreaming spires for their gorgeous, romantic Winter wedding.
Not many people opt for a Winter wedding but I have to say it suited the feel of their day perfectly and we couldn’t have hoped for better weather.
I for one love a Winter wedding….mostly because I too had a Winter wedding. There is something special about that Winter light that I just adore.
Jess had a gorgeous bespoke dress from The Couture Company Designer wedding gowns (isn’t it a dream!!!) and accessorised with my some butterflies in her hair from my lovely Sister in Law over at Liliia by Vikki Lafford Garside and a shawl and gloves she knitted herself!!
Guy opted for a beautifully fitted tuxedo. I always say not every man can pull off a tux but Guy certainly did!!
These two lovebirds met in Oxford and despite living many miles away now chose to come back to the city to celebrate the friendship and love that began there. They were married at Oxford Town Hall (isn’t it stunning!) and then headed over to the quirky art space The Jam Factory for their celebration.
We of course headed off for couple shots which included grabbing an ice cream as a nod to Guy’s beloved grand mother who sadly couldn’t make the journey over from the States. Then they danced in the street to a busker with a sense of humour (think bridal march followed by the death march!!).
After a delicious meal they hit the dance floor with aplomb…..choosing to Lindyhop to their amazing band The Black Sheikhs (seriously….check them out!!!). It was a day full of tears of joy and just an utter outpouring of love that it made me feel extra lucky that in a week where the news has been dominated by a show of anything but love I get to be part of something so special!!
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So it’s that time of year where I take a few moments to reflect on the previous year’s adventures. When you are in the year you are going from awesome moment to awesome moment with no time to really take everything in so it’s really nice (and a little bit of a big job) to pop this year’s round up together.
Here’s some amazing things I got to see this year…..in no particular order…..
- A zip lining best man
- A groom in a gold suit….I shit you not!!
- An amazing vow renewal in the woods where everybody cried….including me!
- A groom with leopard print boots….oh and his bride wore leopard print shoes…..Ummmm yes!!
- The AMAZING work being done by Childreach to rebuild the schools damaged by earthquakes in Nepal.
- Two incredible tea ceremonies…Chinese weddings rule!!
- My first ever typhoon in Hong Kong
- A traditional Nepalese blessing where we were welcomed with open arms in to a families home and got to learn about their culture.
- Darth vader playing beer pong!!
- A back to the future Delorean….which if you know me you’ll know I LOVED!
- A bride popping out to feed her lamb during the reception….as you do!!
- Two of my couples new addition’s to their family in all their cuteness
- Shot two incredible shoots with some of the most talented bods in the wedding industry.
- Had the honour of speaking to 100 (ish) photographers at the SNAP photography festival….it was both terrifying and life changing! Thank you to everyone who turned up to hear me blab on!
- Two of THE best grooms reactions EVER!!
- Some excellent moves on the dance floor
- Beloved pets, beautiful babies and crazy kids!
Plus much much more!!!
I want to say a huge thank you to all the couples who have welcomed me in to their families and lives for that one amazing day. Because of you I get the honour of doing a job that I love so much and trust me I don’t take this lightly.
I know there’s a lot but I would LOVE it if you took a little look through my gallery by clicking the image below!! (If you spot yourself or someone you know why not even give it a little share!!
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Fi and Ben at got married at the spectacular Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. As it was my first visit I was truly taken aback at how beautiful it was and how amazing the grounds were….especially if you went off the beaten track a bit!
These guys first found me when their friends booked me for their Mexican themed big day. I knew that their wedding wouldn’t be exactly traditional despite the grand setting.
When I saw Ben I was totally in love with his amazing gold suit! Any groom who can rock a gold suit wins everything for me!! It was definitely a first and I’m not sure if I’ll ever have another groom in a gold suit again!!
These guys opted to have the beautiful Mango (the owl) deliver the rings….which every photographer worth their salt will tell you is a tough thing to photograph particularly in an atmospheric and moody venue. But both Mango and I did our bit and I’m pretty pleased with the result!!
They finished up the night rocking out to their friends band in style! These guys weddinged like pro’s!!
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This was the big day, the day the wonderful Chrissie and Pete said “I will like only your face until one of us dies”. They held their wedding in the land of books, Hay on Wye….simply because they love it there. They chose The Globe to be the base for the day, starting with tea and cake before the ceremony at Booths Books.
Chrissie sported an amazing dress customised by her friend….it was so Chrissie….no other dress could have been better!
These guys utterly adore each other and you can see it pouring out of them like rays of sunshine!! I dare you not to smile looking at these photo’s! Impossible huh!!
I urge you to take a moment to look through these and feel the love…..and if you can….have a little listen to The Lovecats by The Cure as this was their song and it sums up everything about the day!
Be sure to keep an eye on Rock n Roll Bride Magazine for more from this wedding…..
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