Anya & Steven's Wood Farm Barn Wedding, Suffolk

Wood Farm Barn in Suffolk is an incredible venue for a wedding. I hadn't photographed there prior to Anya and Steve's wedding day, and I loved discovering this gorgeous location which offered so many opportunities to Anya to personalise it, and for me to really take advantage of the stunning countryside when photographing their day. 

This is what Anya said about her choice of venue when we talked prior to her wedding,

Our venue was the beautiful Wood Farm Barn on the Benacre Estate, located just outside Southwold. It was the perfect 'blank canvas' to personalise and style, to create our vintage seaside themed day. Our styling and decoration included: - Vintage games in Edwardian stripy sun shelters hired from Vintage 78 DJs Matt and Annabel - coconut shy, skittle alley and hook and duck in an old tin bath. We also hired a vintage sesaide 'peep board' from Matt and Annabel - We created 'Anya & Steve's lucky dip bran tub' using an old galvanised tin bath. We wrapped retro toys like chattering teeth and slinkies in brown paper and twine and invited our guests to have a dip for a prize.

We also created a guess the number of sweets in the jar competition by filling a large Kilner jar with retro sweets and asking our guests to guess the number of sweets for the chance to win the whole jar

We reconditioned two vintage table football tables in the bar area, which was a nod to the Euro 2016 match of England v Russia, that was played on our wedding day!

We hired deckchairs and vintage sofas & armchairs from Vintage Mischief and Ophelia Weddings and arranged these in the area outside the main barn, along with faux antique patchwork quilts and picnic blankets, for people to relax on

Charlie from Ophelia weddings drew lots of chalkboard signs for us, including an amazing 'order of the day' door made from an old door, and I painted lots of signs for outside the barn, using wood from an old cupboard door, scaffolding plank, and even an old mirror back, bought from Vintage Mischief  We hired a beautiful old vintage trade bike from Vintage Mischief and arranged flowers in the basket

My parents collect lots of old soda siphons, ale flagons and ginger beer bottles, so we used these around our venue for styling. Denise from The Garden Gate used some of her own jars and bottles - and some of our vintage jars and bottles including Frank Cooper Marmalade jars, ginger beer bottles and Tate & Lyle tins - to arrange the flowers for the tables. We arranged the jars and bottles of flowers on stacks of old hardbook books and Penguin books

We created a kids' colouring table to keep the children entertained, with Tate & Lyle tins filled with crayons and Mr Men colouring books

We hired vintage lampshades from Vintage Mischief and hung them from the trees/barns with ribbon and lace

My mother in law wired lots of jam jars for us which we hung in the trees with battery tealights, so the twinkled beautifully in the evening

We bought small stripy windmills and placed them wither side of the path leading up to the barn - they went perfectly with our vintage seaside theme - A family friend of our's, Edwina, made lots of beautful fabric bunting for us which we hung on the outside of the barn buildings and the gate leading to the entrance of the barn. She also created some amazing map bunting for us using old ordnance survey maps from the places Steve and I are from - Birmingham and Suffolk -We had a card and gifts table outside the main barn, which we styled with an old vintage suitcase, vintage tablecloths and vintage letters hired from Ophelia Weddings, spelling out 'Cards' - Vintage 78 DJs, Matt and Annabel, created a guestbook table for us with an old typewriter and saucy seaside postcards so guests could leave messages for us

We collected lots of vintage props, painted old picture frames and also hired some dressing up props from Vintage Mischief to create a photobooth in the evening for guests to strike a pose with vintage props

Steve and my brother created a family tree of my and Steve's families, which we displayed in the bar area with old family photos we collected from both sides of the family

We styled our outside area with two old ladders that we displayed old family wedding photos in vintage frames on, as well as a 'washing line' of childhood photos of Steve and I, and herbs in old terracotta pots and Tate and Lyle tins

We arranged cocktail accessories on the bar in vintage teapots and Tate and Lyle tins - including flamingo swizzle sticks and retro cocktail umbrellas - We had a travel and maps theme running throughout our day: our tableplan was a world map and we named our tables after places we have been together- our table names were vintage postcards from these places and we used vintage luggage labels for the placenames; our guestbook table was styled with a 'vintage travel' theme including an old globe, saucy seaside postcards and an orginal typewriter'; we used vintage suitcases around the venue for styling and for our cards & gifts table; some of the bunting created by our family friend Edwina was made out of old ordnance survey maps from the Midlands and Suffolk (where Steve and I are from)

As part of the drinks we had served from our bar area, we provided three cocktails with names relating to Southwold (where our wedding was) and our vintage seaside theme: 'Sole Bay Spritz' (Aperol Spritz) served in a crystal wine glass, 'Suffolk Bramble' (Bramble) served in a vintage teacup and saucer and 'Southwold Sea Breeze' (Sea Breeze) served in a champagne saucer - We also had ales served from pumps including some Adnams ale, Sadlers ale from the West Midlands (where Steve is from) and some home brewed ales from our Usher Tom, who makes a lot of his own ales. We named these after things related to my and Steve's life and also to our vintage seaside theme. One of our ales was called 'Nasha's Hop Dog', after my dog, Nasha, who came to our wedding

Nasha, my dog, wore a beautiful floral fabric collar created by Kate of Daphne Rosa

Anya wore a custom designed dress by Sabina Motasem's 2016 collection, which is now called the Anya Dress, and her flowers were from The Garden Gate in Southwold.

After the ceremony, Anya and Steve took their guests to the beach where they were served ice cream from a bike by The Ice Cream Bike Company 

The whole day was beautiful, and Anya and Steve put so much work into it! I hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoyed photographing this very beautiful vintage style wedding.

Leana & Scott's Nonsuch Mansion Wedding

When Leana and Scott approached me to photograph their wedding at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam, I was thrilled! I'd photographed Leana's brother's wedding two years before, and had such a great time, and I knew that Leana's wedding would be equally fun and beautiful. I wasn't wrong! Leana got ready at Nonsuch Mansion, in Cheam, a gorgeous Georgian manor house in Nonsuch Park in Surrey, and had the most fantastic team helping her prepare for her big day, with Sharon Roberts doing her hair and Tania Stephenson Oliver doing her make-up. She looked incredible, and I know that Scott struggled to stay composed when he saw her walk down the aisle! Her dress was by Essense of Australia (the same designer as my wedding dress!) from The Secret Design House in Surrey, and was utterly perfect.

Leana's blush pink bouquet perfectly complemented the softness of her dress and veil combination, and were from local florist Boutique Blooms

Leana and Scott got married in a really lovely, personal service at their local church before heading back to Nonsuch Mansion for their reception. The meal was amazing (check out the images on my instagram!) and the evening party was just so much fun!

Leana and Scott are currently on their way back from their honeymoon in Bali and Singapore and I know from their facebook posts that they've had the most amazing time - I can't wait to share more photos with them, but for now, here are a few of my favourites from their day.

 

Rachel & Chris' Globe Theatre Wedding

When you're a historian and history teacher, and you're marrying someone who shares your love of Shakespeare, then where better to get married than The Swan at The Globe on London's South Bank? Rachel and Chris chose The Swan at The Globe as they had some of their first dates at The Globe, so it had this added significance as well. Rachel and Chris also love bridges - their first kiss was on a bridge, and Chris chose a bridge in Paris as the perfect location when he proposed to Rachel - so you'll see that their tables were named after famous bridges, and we really loved making use of the Millennium Bridge during their couples' shoot (my favourite bridge to photography around in London)

Rachel and Chris' day was just perfect, from the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere during getting ready, to the emotions of the ceremony, through to the speeches (5 in total, each one touching, sincere and also amusing in turn), through to the fantastic party afterwards, but my favourite part of the day was when I was able to take Rachel and Chris off in the evening, between their meal and first dance, for some extra photos of just the two of them - as the sun set on London, we had a sneaky 20 mins to ourselves, and London gave us some utterly gorgeous light for these photos.

Reportage Photography - The Candids

When you look back after your wedding day, you might remember the excitement and nerves you felt on your way to the ceremony venue, or the way your hands shook as you walked arm-in-arm with your dad down the aisle. You might remember how terrified you felt at the thought of getting nervous giggles as you say your vows (if you do, don't worry - people will think your shoulders are shaking with emotion, not laughter, trust me ;) ) You'll perhaps remember a few moments during the speeches when your new husband said the most romantic thing he's ever said before, or the first dance when it's just the two of you and the guests melt into the background. But there is so much more that will just escape your memory - the excitement on your bridemaids' faces when they see you in your dress, completely ready, for the first time; the way your grandmother's eyes welling with tears as you walk down the aisle; your best friend laughing during the speeches; your best man and his wife kissing during the first dance, caught up in the romance of the day. These moments are what makes the day so very special, and these are the moments I love photographing. The little moments that make the story of your day. 

I got married 11 years ago next week (4th June 2005) and I still remember vividly the thought on waking the next day, of wanting to be a fly on the wall, seeing everything that I'd missed from the day before, and wanting to re-live the day all over again. That feeling is what motivates me on your wedding day, I want to give you the photos that will make you feel like you can, at any time, re-live your day again.

90% of the photographs I take on the day of your wedding are reportage or journalistic style photography, capturing the true moments that make your day unique, and will bring back not just memories but the feelings of the day every time you look back at your photos, in the days, weeks and years to come.

These are the moments that I love most about wedding photography.