Becky and Jesse, Kingscote Barn

I met Becky nearly 2 years ago when she was a bridesmaid for a couple of friends whose wedding I photographed. When she got in touch a few weeks later and asked me to photograph her own wedding to Jesse I was delighted.

Becky and Jesse chose the beautiful restored 17th century Kingscote Barn in the Cotswolds as their venue, with it’s stunning countryside views and scenery. Becky wore an elegant Jesus Piero gown and carried a beautiful pastel coloured bouquet by Jacaranda Flowers of Nailsworth. Jesse looked very dapper in a grey made-to-measure suit by Marc Wallace and teamed it with a skinny tie in a vintage floral print. Their four bridemaids wore pretty pale pink dresses from Coast.

The Kingscote Barn is an amazing wedding venue and literally a photographers’ dream- the nearby cornfield made an awesome backdrop for Becky and Jesse’s portraits and the couples’ eye for detail in their planning made my job a delight!

Thank you so much Becky and Jesse for inviting me to be part of your special day xxx

 

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Laura and Luke’s Wedding at Cockington Church, Torquay, Devon

Laura and Luke married in July at Cockington Church followed by a reception at The Livermead Cliff Hotel in Torquay, which offers stunning sea views over Torbay. Laura chose a beautiful long-sleeved lace dress while the groomsmen and the couple’s 3 year old son wore blue suits.

We chose the secluded rose garden at Cockington Country Park as the perfect location for Laura and Luke’s portraits. Guests were treated to a BBQ, icecream van and tonnes of pic’n’mix to munch on. Thanks Laura and Luke for a fab day xxx
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Thanks to Anna Storm Design for 2nd shooting for me x

Georgie and Craig – Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, Devon

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When Georgie contacted me nearly 2 years ago saying “I’ve just seen you on Rock My Wedding and love your photos, they are beautiful” I just KNEW that I wanted to photograph her wedding day (and I did a little happy dance!) When I found out she was getting married at Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon I did a massive, crazy happy dance!

Georgie and Craig met at a gig and both share a love for live music, travel and Devon. Their wedding day was as amazingly beautiful as I had hoped; stunning sea views, mis-matched sparkly bridesmaids dresses and the most delicious cakes I have ever tasted. Guests relaxed in deckchairs and were treated to a BBQ, ice creams and a selection of homemade cakes.

Their wedding reflected their laidback personalities and was an absolute pleasure to photograph. Thanks again Georgie and Craig for choosing me to photograph your special day xxx

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Sam and Dan’s Wedding at East Soar Outdoor Experience, Devon

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Sam and Dan married at East Soar Outdoor Experience in late May. The farm boasts stunning views of the South Devon coastline, many quirky barns, cute animals and camping on site for guests. Sam and Dan had hoped to have their ceremony outside, however in true British fashion the weather was appalling. I’m talking rain, more rain, mist, fog and wind! Despite the weather not being as Sam and Dan had hoped, their spirits were not dampened and the day was absolutely amazing!

The ceremony took place in an intimate barn, with a log burner and tonnes of fairy lights giving it a real cosy feel. Sam wore a vintage lace dress and carried a bouquet of wild flowers. After the ceremony guests were treated to food in a huge, light filled barn with wooden palettes displaying Sam’s photos and sketches adorning the walls.

The day ended with a disco, toasted marshmallows on the fires outside (once it stopped raining!) and guests tucked into the delicious wedding cake with edible daisies on it! Yum!

Congratulations Sam and Dan xxx

Are you planning a wedding in Devon? Check out East Soar’s website here
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Hannah and Jared’s Wedding at Shilstone House, Devon

My first wedding of 2016 was Hannah and Jared’s at Shilstone House in Devon. I was really looking forward to this wedding for two reasons; firstly because it was my first of the 2016 wedding season and I couldn’t wait to get snapping again after the winter break, and secondly because I went to school with Hannah and many of the guests were old school friends whom I hadn’t seen for 15 years! (giving away my age there!)

Hannah and Jared chose the beautiful Shilstone House in Modbury as their wedding venue. Their ceremony took place in a lovely light filled barn, followed by drinks and canapes in the grand house. Finally guests made their way over to the marquee for a hog roast followed by a traditional Devonshire cream tea (jam or cream first? I can never remember!)

Hannah and Jared booked Plymouth based band The Sound (who were awesome- I highly recommend them!) as the evenings entertainment.

An amazing day for a truly lovely couple. Thank you so much for inviting me to share your special day x

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Anja and James’ Wedding at Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall

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My final wedding of 2015 was Anja and James’ at Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall. The couple were blessed with a gloriously sunny day for their Autumnal themed wedding in late September.

Whilst bridal preparations took part in the grand house at the top of the hill, guests arrived via ferry across the River Tamar and were then carried up to the house in little golf buggies.

The ceremony took part in the house with drinks and canapés served to guests afterwards in the stunning courtyard and gardens. Whilst guests made their way down to the orangery Anja, James and myself hopped into a Landrover for a little off-road drive to explore the grounds and take some portraits with the stunning scenery the venue offers.

Afterwards guests enjoyed food and drinks in the beautiful orangery followed by a live band.

Thank you Anja and James for a fantastic day xx

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Floral Ideas for your Wedding Day

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What is it about a bunch of beautiful flowers that makes everything seem a bit better? Its a cold, wet and windy winter’s day outside. Having just endured 45 minutes of what can only described as ‘half term soft-play hell’ with the twins I arrive home to be presented with a bunch of daffodils. I’m instantly smiling and life seems a little brighter. They are yet to flower, another reminder that Spring is a while away yet, but I pop them in a vase on my mantle piece and await their sweet yellow colour in the same way that I patiently await Spring time. I feels like it been raining forever.

That’s the thing I love about flowers, they bring happiness, love and life. I’ve been looking at my Daffodils and my left-over-from-Valentines-day Peonies and thinking about all the beautiful florals that I photographed last year and I thought ‘why don’t I write a little post about flowers’. So here are a few of my favourite photos of flowers from the past few years, along with a few tips on how you can make the most of florals at your wedding:

                             1. Be bold! this is the one day of your life when you can go flower crazy! Even if you aren’t that keen on flowers choose ones that suit your taste to add some colour and texture to your venue. These beautiful coral Peonies make a real statement and I love the way they have been used to decorate the chairs.

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                            2. Do something a bit different. Rather than the traditional single floral decoration in the centre of the table why not collect a range of different sized andshaped vases and fill with single flowers like Melissa did below:

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                             3. Use wild flowers- this was a big trend in 2015 with many brides opting for the ‘straight out of a meadow’ look and personally I wish I had done something similar at our wedding. I love the relaxed bohemian look of wild flowers and Becky’s bouquet below was stunning and suited her style of wedding perfectly.

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                    4. Don’t forget the groom! Foliage was another big trend in 2015 with many brides and grooms opting for just greenery. I really like the textures in Sam’s button holedesign and James’ mix of berries, leaves and florals suited his Autumnal wedding perfectly.

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5. Get personal! Add a personalised badge to your bridesmaids bouquet:

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6. Keep it simple. I love that Clare choose a stunning powder blue Hydrangea to compliment her bridemaid’s dresses. The maids’ ivory Gypsofilia completes the look perfectly.

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Check out the link below for more amazing florals:

http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/floral-decor-ideas-for-weddings/

 

Credits

http://www.busbyandfox.co.uk/p/flowers

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Goodbye 2015….Hello 2016!

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I remember sitting down this time last year and thinking ahead to 2015. We had just moved to Devon and the year ahead seemed unclear. I’m the sort of person who likes to have a plan, or a rough plan at least! We didn’t have a house to call our own, ours jobs were uncertain and we had just said goodbye to our friends in Swindon and moved back to the sea. Twelve months later our lives have completely changed. We have bought our very first family home, it’s by no means perfect in fact it needs a heck of a lot doing to it but it’s peaceful, has a lovely secluded garden and it’s ours! Both of us are doing jobs that we love and are full of exciting opportunities ahead and we have made some amazing friends. More importantly, we have been absolutely blessed by the support of our families.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing families and couples this year. From relaxing new born shoots at home, family shoots in the sand dunes and awesome weddings which capture the relaxed and laid back Devon lifestyle. I have LOVED every minute.

I am so excited to see what 2016 brings. I have got some amazing weddings booked and I am almost fully booked for this summer.

 Happy New Year xxx

A few of my favourite family and new born images from 2015……

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And some of the beautiful weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing………

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Clare and Mark; Hare and Hounds Wedding, Westonbirt

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Today I’m taking you back to a sunny day in late August. It had rained all week and many places in the UK were still experiencing rain and thunder storms on the Saturday of Clare and Mark’s wedding. So it was an absolute blessing that the sun shone all day long for Clare and Mark, enabling them and their guests to enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Hare and Hounds Hotel in Westonbirt. “This is exactly as I imagined it” said Clare as she looked out at her family and friends enjoying cocktails and playing lawn games.

Clare and Mark chose a powder blue colour theme for their special day with Clare’s bridesmaids wearing spotty knee length dresses to compliment Clare’s simple yet elegant bouquet. The deckchairs scattered around the lawns enabled guests to relax and watch the game of cricket that Mark and his groomsmen enjoyed before the dancing began!

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Becky and Ben’s Beautiful Teepee Wedding

Becky and Ben married on a hot sunny day back in July. Their ceremony took place in All Saints church in Brixham, followed by a relaxed teepee reception held in Becky’s parents’ garden. Becky wore a stunning gown by Anna Cambell and her hair was braided into a fishtail plait creating a stunning bohemian look.

The bride and groom chose a secluded cliff side location in Berry Head Country park to have their portraits, followed by a relaxed meal and plenty of dancing to The Shrine Band.

Becky and Ben included loads of cute little personal details as seen in the photos below. Enjoy!
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Thanks to Josh from Iska Media for second shooting :)
 

 

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