London couple Amy and Terry were married in October after a romantic picnic proposal on Primrose Hill and a one year engagement.
They wanted a day that was fun and laid back and managed to create a wedding that felt effortlessly cool and relaxed.
They are a couple, who make you feel instantly at ease and I just knew that their wedding day was going to reflect their personalities in the nicest of ways.
Amy and Terry are the type of couple who have no idea how gorgeous they are and were concerned about looking awkward in front of the camera. When their wedding day came, it was a case of the exact opposite and I ended up with the job of editing down a huge selection of shots that captured a pretty amazing day.
They had their wedding ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall, Hackney, East London with it’s beautiful interior, balcony and high ceilings. Their guests were whisked off in a vintage route master bus with a good supply to bubbles to keep everyone refreshed, to their reception at The Easton Pub in Clerkenwell, where there was a warm welcome waiting.
Meanwhile, I jumped in a London black cab with the bride and groom to take a few couple shots of them together around the streets of East London. It was time well spent and we laughed our way round the cobbled streets while I generally got them to squish into any picturesque alcove or doorway around Clerkenwell I could find for a smooch, and there were a lot!
Hand in hand and beaming, with Terry now wearing a smudge of Amy’s red lipstick, the newlyweds made their way back to their guests at The Easton for a full on party. After an amazing feast, speeches that had the exact right balance of sweetness and hilarity, there came dancing to the beats of DJ Anna who had the whole pub on their feet, with their arms in the air, seeing the wee small hours in in style.
Congratulations Terry and Amy, what a perfect wedding!
Some lovely words from the bride and groom themselves:
"We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect photographer.
Jen was kind, open and patient from the time we had a 45 minute chat to discuss our plans for the day, right through to reassuring me a few days afterwards when I got a case of post-wedding anxiety!
On the day, it was like having another friend at the wedding. She made us feel entirely comfortable, was keen to make sure we got the images we wanted and suggested plenty of others. She took the time to learn all of our VIP wedding guests by name, and they all commented on how relaxed she made them feel.
The final photographs are, quite simply, better than we could have ever dreamt of" Amy&Terry x
Aaaahhhh Portugal! I have been meaning to share this wedding for a while and on grey October day here in London, just looking at Emily and Nuno's wedding photography again, I can almost feel the warmth of the sun from their glorious wedding day on my skin...
Emily and Nuno's story is one of romance. They found each other in London at the time when they both were ready to find their soulmate and were inseparable from the first time they met. They have travelled the far flung corners of the world together and who know where their next adventures may lead them.
I love destination weddings and in the heart of the beautiful Mafra Valley in Lisbon, Portugal, Emily and Nuno were married in one of the most truly breathtaking wedding locations I have ever seen. Quinta de S'ant Ana, is an idyllic working farm estate, with traditional Portugese yellow, ivy coloured walls, wine cellars and baroque chapel with bell tower. Quinta de S'ant Ana is nestled amongst it's own vineyards and forests of eucalyptus , I can smell it's beauty on the warm air.
Emily and Nuno's wedding was effortlessly beautiful in so many ways, from the dress, to the veil, to the bride and groom themselves. It was a day filled with sunshine, romance and don't even get me started on the wine tasting..... Take me back to Lisbon so I can re live it all again please.
Our daughter recently turned two...
In amongst the excitement over the balloons, the assembly of a teepee at midnight and the regrettable decision we made to give her chocolate for breakfast, I took a moment to think what that means to me as a Mother...
In the blink of an eye, she has gone from my tiny baby to a little girl, with her own mind and sense of humour. She makes me burst with pride and is kind and loving and funny. She has brought out a strength in me I never knew I had, any parent that has lived through the sleep regression can tell you that, but at the same time, I have never felt more vulnerable!
I want to hold on to every moment, to slow everything down. As time hurtles on ruthlessly, I know that I need to capture as many moments as I can before she grows up and replaces our cuddles with her independence.
I can keep lock of her hair from her first big girl haircut and take a million family photographs but how do I save the sound of her little voice as she sings to herself in the morning and the warm smell of her after a nap? I will have to just hope that my memory saves the details and breathe her smallness in for as long as I can.
I want to share with her the importance of self acceptance and to celebrate peoples differences without prejudice. I want her to be rich in love. I want her to be strong and yes, dare I say it... independent, but I also hope more than anything that she will be lucky enough to experience the level of love that I have for her and some day, when she's ready... become a Mother herself.
On a fresh and sunny Sunday morning, in Fulham, London, we made the most of the beautiful morning light and spent a couple of hours taking some family photographs of the lovely Heidi, Tom and Annabelle at Bishop's Park. In between jumping on crunchy leaves and giggling at the ducks that is.
Little Annabelle made me smile the minute I met her for her family photo shoot. With a head full of beautiful curls, a taste for adventure and a cheeky giggle, Anabelle had us all in stitches.
Sometimes the idea of a family photo shoot can be a bit daunting. The idea of just being in front of the the camera can have some Dad's running for the nearest exit but Annabelle chuckled and cuddled and clambered and the smiles came naturally to everyone.
By the end of our photo shoot we all had muddy knees, cold noses and achey tummies from all the laughter, but it was worth it.
I love photographing families and children and this photo shoot with this totally gorgeous family was no exception. Thank you Heidi, Tom and Annabelle for spending a Sunday morning with me, capturing your memories. It's such a pleasure when you have lovely families like this as clients. A walk in the park... Quite literally!
A couple of weekends ago, on a snowy February morning, I made my way to North London to photograph little Alayna’s 5th birthday party. I love photographing children’s birthday parties and was expecting it to be fun. I was not disappointed!
Two beautiful rooms rooms at the Adam & Eve, Mill Hill, London, were chock full of balloons, magic tricks and a seriously impressive birthday cake made by the amazing Katie's Cakes. The venue was so pretty that I even managed to squeeze in a few fine art portrait shots of the birthday girl and her lovely family.
The children were mesmerised by a rather fantastic and hilarious Mr Marvel magic show that included everything a 5 year old could want including magic tricks, party games and bubbles topped off by a disco with a snow machine!!!
Needless to say, everyone had so much fun that we were all in need of a little nap afterwards!
I can’t think of a more fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon than dancing with a room full of enthusiastic five year olds and their energetic parents, throwing shapes around the dance floor while covered in foam! Now... where did I put my glow sticks?