GROUP SHOTS DON'T HAVE TO BE BORING

Sometimes group shots are formal. Sometimes they are not. The choice is completely yours. If you want group shots of your family and friends for the mantelpiece, then we can make it happen.

The most important thing is to make sure you have built time into your wedding day so that we have sufficient time to do your group shots. If you are not sure how much time to leave, please ask me before you pin down exact timings with your venue. I will happily give you a bit of guidance.

So if you are thinking about whether or not to include group shots in your wedding day, here is a bit of inspiration.

ADRIAN & SAFFRON'S TUDOR BARN WEDDING

Tudor Barn Belstead Wedding Photographer

A Game of Thrones Themed Wedding! That was the dream of Saffron and Adrian. So they made it happen! And here it is, a Tudor Barn Belstead wedding with a little nod to Game of Thrones! Saffron and Adrian started the day with a traditional church ceremony at St Lawrence's Church in Manningtree. Then headed to the Tudor Barn in Suffolk for their Game of Thrones themed wedding reception. Sword fights, fire breathers, white walkers, a horse and carriage, minstrels, medieval banquet, a fire pit, hog roast, fireworks, his and her matching crowns, they packed it in!

Saffron & Adrian's Awesome Suppliers
Ceremony Venue - St Lawrence Church Manningtree
Reception Venue - The Tudor Barn Belstead
Horse & carriage - The Ostler Carriage Company
Florist - Buds Flowers
Banquet caterers - Smugglers
Props - Medieval Banquet Hire
Fireworks - Dynamic Fireworks
Wedding planner - Natalie Solanke

If you are looking for a barn venue with a modern twist then definitely check out The Tudor Barn Belstead. And for some more modern barn style wedding inspiration, take a look at Victoria and David's Autumn Houchins Wedding.

EMMA & MICK'S SWYNFORD MANOR WEDDING

Swynford Manor Wedding Photographer

Emma and Mick's Swynford Manor Wedding was a very memorable day for me. I had been looking forward to photographing my first wedding at this recently renovated Cambridgeshire venue. It has a wonderful luxurious decor and feel to it. We were treated to some beautiful spring weather, sunset and sparklers after dark! Superb day!

Capturing your guests truly enjoying themselves on the dancefloor is something I love to do. Don't miss my forty perfect dance moments captured at weddings during my travels in the UK and Overseas!

Emma and Mick's Awesome Supplier List
Makeup artist - Dani Rose
Hairdresser - Angel Cox
Florist - Tollys Flowers
Bridal Gown - Essence of Australia
Bridesmaids dresses - Sorella Vita
Groom's Suit - Moss Bros
Wedding car - Bentley Spur (Wallis & Sons – Cambridge Wedding Cars)
Ceremony Venue - All Saints Church Cottenham
Reception Venue - Swynford Manor
Caterer - Swynford Manor
Band - Get Carter
Venue decorator - Covers By Gill
Videographer - White Dress Films

CHARLOTTE & RICK'S MOOR HALL WEDDING

Moor Hall Wedding Photographer

In the autumn, I returned to Aveley in Essex for another Moor Hall Wedding. This time it was the turn of Charlotte and Rick to get married. It was a beautiful day for so many reasons. Their three children were superb all day long, making me smile and laugh out loud. Not for the first time, there were familiar faces in the crowd. Guests from previous weddings as well as couples who have come to me for family portrait shoots too. It is becoming quite a regular occurrence. I owe many thanks to everyone for their continued support, kind words and for recommending me to your colleagues, friends and family.

For more Moor Hall Wedding inspiration, check out Victoria and Charlie's Spring wedding.

Charlotte and Rick's Awesome Supplier List
Florist - Flowers by Tracy
Hairdresser - Vanilla Rooms Hornchurch
Bridal Gown - Lottie Lew
Bridesmaids Gowns - Bromley Brides & Debenhams
Groom's Suit - Jack Bunneys
Wedding cars - PL Taxis
Caterer - Relish
Cake baker - Boutique Cake Studio
DJ - Love2Groove
Videographer - Spotlight Weddings

JAMES & RACHEL'S ISLINGTON TOWN HALL WEDDING

Islington Town Hall Wedding

I always look forward to an Islington Town Hall wedding.  The ornate town hall set amongst the urban streets contributes to a very modern, cool atmosphere. Rachel and James had a relaxed intimate wedding at Islington Town Hall in November. Following, we headed to The Chapel Bar with their friends and family for their chilled out after party. Of course, being in London, we travelled on a traditional double decker red bus. Congratulations again to Rachel and James. 

From the city to the beach, for something a little summery check out this engagement shoot on Mersea Island Beach.

James and Rachel's Awesome Supplier List
Makeup artist - Lisa Weal
Hairdresser - Sami Page
Bridal Gown - Monsoon
Bridesmaid's dress - Monsoon
Groom's Suit - Anthony Formal Wear - Billericay
Ceremony Venue - Islington Town Hall London
Reception Venue - The Chapel Bar
Caterer - The Chapel Bar
Cake baker - The Chapel Bar

40 Perfect Dance Floor Moments

A friend asked me recently how many weddings have I photographed. It dawned on me that I didn't actually know the answer but it wouldn't hurt to work it out. So I looked back and was surprised when the total came to 140! I have witnessed 140 couples get married across the UK and beyond. That is pretty cool!

With that in mind, it feels like a great time to pick out some of my favourite moments, starting with the dance floor.  For any couples who can't decide whether or not to have a photographer stay for the first dance and beyond, right here are 40 reasons why you should. Forty moments captured on camera from first dances with Elvis to brides getting their feet wet, to beer pints being spilt or guests doing the caterpillar! I love them all!

These are memories that everyone should have captured of their wedding day. Be sure to tell your family and friends to not be shy. Dance like no one is watching!

Get in touch to tell me about your wedding plans and to book your date in my diary.

VICTORIA & DAVID'S HOUCHINS WEDDING

Houchins Wedding Photographer

Victoria & David's Wedding at Houchins marked my second visit to this modern Essex barn venue in Coggeshall. It's become a firm favourite of mine. There was so much to love about their wedding. Bagpipes, kilts, an incredible 4 tier silver wedding cake, giggly flower girls, the bride singing to the groom and some superb trouser splitting dance moves! Congratulations again to Victoria & David.

Credit where credit is due. Check out Victoria & David's awesome supplier list at the end of this blog post.