Crazy little thing called Vogue…


I’ve been keeping this shoot a little bit of a secret since way back in April! And as you can probably guess, it ended up being pretty bloody special!

Earlier this year, the wonderful Helen from Willow and Bear decided to put together this dream of a shoot. And to say we had the best team of suppliers would be a massive, massive understatement!

Helen and Emma had created the most beautiful florals – not one but FOUR bouquets, with dried and fresh flowers everywhere. Jasmine and Ed were our incredible models for the day. They were totally up for all of mine and Kieran’s suggestions! Jasmine’s dress had been made ESPECIALLY for the occasion by Nicole at Elise Designs which totally blew me away! And the lovely Sonia did the most incredible job on Jasmine’s hair and make-up. What an absolute vision she was.

The shoot was at Norton Conyers, just outside of Ripon. It’s a wedding venue I’d not been to before but what a hidden gem it is! Even though we were only half an hour from Harrogate, it felt like we were somewhere in France! We were mainly in the orangery (bloody love that word.. so fancy!), and had free roam of the gardens too. The weather was super sunny, so we decided to start the shoot inside until the sun was a little less harsh. That’s what I love about shoots like this – you get the luxury of ‘time to play with’ which isn’t always the case on a wedding day!

Everything was just beautiful. The setting, the dappled light, our gorgeous models. We were totally spoilt for choice for places to take photos too! We started with some portraits of the lovely Jasmine, who, I have to say, is just an absolute dream to work with. She is such a natural model in front of the camera, that Kieran and I could just snap away quite happily without having to give much direction whatsoever! She’s one of those people who is just as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.

We tried to make sure we had lots of lovely photos to show off each and every supplier who had put their all into this shoot. Lots of photos with the incredible flowers, some without to really show off the dress, and a few close ups of Sonia’s amazing job on hair and make-up. We were also lucky enough to have some beautiful jewellery from Kitty Joyas, hair crowns from Rachel Chaprunne, as well as shoes from the one and only Diane Hassall. What a team!

After some portraits of Jasmine, we certainly couldn’t forget about our lovely groom for the day – Ed! These guys are SO easy to photograph it’s insane! They have so much chemistry. I’m fairly sure they could look at each other and smile for hours and hours. Just an absolute dream.

After a spot of lunch we headed out into the gardens for some more portraits, where Helen had put together a little sweetheart table for Ed & Jasmine to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea! They tucked into some heavenly chocolates from York Cocoa Works, and macrons from Florian Poirot.

What better way to round off the day than for Jasmine to chuck the bouquet! Sure, there wasn’t the traditional crowd of single ladies there to catch it, but she did have me and Kieran taking some pretty epic photos. What more could I bride want at her wedding!?

Fast forward a few months, and I’m sat doing a bit of editing whilst watching the telly (classic multitasking I’d say!). I get a message from Helen telling me that the shoot is going to be featured in, yep, you guessed it, Vogue. Like actual British Vogue!! I could NOT believe it!

There was definitely a part of me that thought it was all just a bit too good to be true. I mean how many photographers actually get to say they’ve been published in Vogue?! So until I had the printed copy in my hand, I didn’t really tell anyone the big news. Not even my family! But now I guess we can say that the cat’s finally out of the bag. And I’m SO PROUD! It feels pretty bloody cool. I will be forever finishing my sentences with ‘oh by the way I have a photo published in Vogue’. (Don’t worry, I absolutely will not be doing that!!!)

I couldn’t be more grateful to every single person involved in this shoot! I have to say the biggest and most special thank you to Helen. She organised this whole thing, and the shoot wouldn’t have even happened in the first place if it wasn’t for her. Never mind being published!

I already can’t wait for the next time we can all work together. If it’s even half as good as last time I know we’re in for something special. Love you guys – you’re the BEST!