A perfect evening in Notting Hill

I knew that a shoot in Notting Hill would be just heavenly. I didn’t expect JUST how much I’d love it!

SO. Bit of a back story. First met this gorgeous couple at a styled shoot last summer organised by the super talented Burtons Photography. It rained the entire time but somehow Sarah & Liam still managed to look amazing. Almost a year later, now husband and wife, I met up with them in the most picturesque, instagrammable street in the whole wide world, and we smashed out some epic snaps.

Earlier that afternoon, I’d been having a bit of a wander around Notting Hill. I’d found some really nice places, but so much of it was heaving with crowds of tourists. I just wasn’t really feeling it. I decided to Google something ridiculous like ‘the most instagrammable place in Notting Hill’. Low and behold, on just about every website, the number one suggestion was St Luke’s Mews. I thought that because it had been such a popular outcome that it would also be full of crowds. How wrong I was! There was not a soul to be seen!

I met Sarah at the tube station and we wandered up together. I was so excited to show her this little gem I’d found. A girl after my own heart, I know she loves those Instagrammable backdrops just as much as me..

Liam was coming straight from work bless him, so in the meantime Sarah & I had a big catch up, explored a little and got some cute snaps of her in front of all these beautiful houses.

Poor Liam has had enough photoshoots this year to last I lifetime, but bless him he was on top form and got out that killer smile for the camera! These guys are just the most incredible couple to photograph ever ever ever. I don’t even need to tell them what to do! They just are how they are with each other!

After a brief appearance from the one and only George Osbourne (who it turns out actually lives on the same street), it was time for us to part ways. I am SO grateful to these guys for taking the time to do this shoot with me. Honestly the photos I had imagined in my head just don’t even match up to the ones we got.

Just to top it all off, the sun shone for the entire evening, and not even a hint of rain (unlike last year!)

'Thanks to all my fans..'

Ohhhh what can I say about Zoe & Harry except thanks for being so amazing. I knew as soon as I met these two in Skipton last year that their wedding would be incredible to photograph. After their engagement shoot on Ilkley Moor earlier this year, the wedding day was finally upon! I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited for a wedding!

I met Zoe & her beautiful bridesmaids at home on the wedding morning. After a bra-related-emergency that I reaallly won’t go into (you’re welcome Aleks 😉 ), the girls were ready and raring to go! Once we arrived at the church in Addingham, Harry was waiting patiently at the end of the aisle for his bride.

It was hard not to get a little emotional when Zoe walked down the aisle. She looked absolutely breathtaking. What a truly stunning bride.

Once the “I do’s” were complete, everyone made their way to the beautiful Tithe Barn. Let’s face it, if you’ve just got married, you’ve got to travel in style. That’s just what Zoe & Harry did. Arriving at the barn in a bright blue McLaren 570s was the perfect way to make an entrance!

Everyone was in such high spirits for the entire day, and even the group photos (which can sometimes be a chore!!) were an absolute dream. Zoe & her bridesmaids were just so wonderful to photograph. Harry and his groomsmen were equally as handsome! And of course, the photos of Zoe & Harry were just the cherry on top of the very enormous wedding cake. These two are just INCREDIBLE to photograph. I mean, just look at them! They are truly the most beautiful couple inside and out, and two of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

One of my favourite moments from the day was during Harry’s groom’s speech. He was just about to say thanks to all his family and friends for coming to the wedding, but accidentally thanked his ‘fans’! Everyone in the room was in stitches and Harry just rolled with it 🙂

After the first dance, everyone hopped onto the dancefloor and it was completely buzzing for the whole evening (which is what I like to see!!). Some of the groomsmen brought ice lollies onto the dancefloor which was certainly very random but very well received! Everyone was just having the best time and I was honestly sad to leave.

Zoe & Harry – yours will be a wedding that I’ll never forget. You are the most special couple and it’s just been the biggest pleasure getting to know you both over the past 12 months. I am one very lucky photographer indeed.

Off to the sculpture park

It was such a lovely day when I met Pete & Bekki at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park towards the end of last year. It’s always a nice treat to get out of Harrogate and go somewhere I’ve never been before!

It seems like forever ago that the trees were all orange and beautiful so it’s really lovely to look back through shoots like this.

Pete and Bekki were so natural in front of the camera. We had a wander around the park stopping every now and then to get some shots of the two of them. We were absolutely spoilt for choice with the most incredible views and a stunning sculpture everywhere we looked!

This week is the week of the big wedding which means I’ll be heading up to my favourite place in the world.. the Lake District. Pete and Bekki’s wedding will be absolutely amazing, but it’s going to be an extra special day for me as it’s my 100th wedding! I’m so excited to be celebrating such a milestone! Here’s to the next hundred!!!

By the waterfall

I expected nothing less from Rebecca when she told me she wanted her pregnancy photos by a waterfall!

Having photographed their engagement shoot this time last year, followed by their incredible wedding in August, it’s safe to say I’ve come to know these guys pretty well by now. It’s been an absolute honour to photograph such precious moments in their lives, and with their baby girl due in the next couple of weeks, it doesn’t get more special than that.

Rebecca & Kyle have always been the most amazing people to photograph. They are so natural in front of the camera. They’re not afraid to get their hands dirty. And most importantly, they’re not afraid to jump in rivers.

I met these guys in Malham, thinking it would just be a cheeky 20 minute walk to the beautiful waterfall at Janet’s Foss. After a crazy drive from Harrogate and ONE WHOLE HOUR OF WALKING LATER we were still no closer to finding the bloody thing. Thank goodness the walk was actually half decent and we were able to get some cute snaps en route!

Once we finally arrived, it was just the most perfect backdrop for these guys. I had no doubt in my mind that we’d all end up going for a paddle, just as we’d done for their engagement shoot at Study Royal last July.

I absolutely love photographing these guys! They are just a dream. I’m so excited for them to enter this next exciting chapter in their lives!!

Out of 'Principal'

It has to be said that The Principal in York is now one of my favourite wedding venues!

I knew from when I first met these two that their wedding was going to be gorgeous. Bridal prep was super chilled out and lovely. It was so special to see Natalie getting ready and becoming a bride! And with her bestie Milly by her side the whole time for moral support.

We were all spying on the boys arriving from the bridal suite, and very soon it was time for the big moment! Natalie was ready in her dress, the room was set out beautifully, and the guests were all seated and ready to go.

After the all-important ‘I do’s and a mountain of confetti, all the guests gathered on the stairs for photographs. Now, I have to just take a second the talk about these stairs at The Principal. I know I sound ridiculous, but this staircase was just the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! Just look at the photos.. honestly I’m in love! With a staircase!!

Once the group photos were finished, there was another little surprise for the bride and groom. Natalie’s mum had booked a wedding car in secret to take them to York Minster, which was where Natalie & Alex met for their first date! We hopped in the car, and whilst there were SOOOOO many tourists at the minster, we managed to get some lovely photos of the happy couple.

After some amusing speeches from Alex, his best man and new father-in-law, everyone got their dancing shoes on. Natalie & Alex had prepared the most GORGEOUS first dance – it really was beautiful.

These two really are such a wonderful couple, and it’s been a pleasure to capture such a lovely story. And now I get to relive it all again when maid of honour Milly becomes a bride herself in 2020!

Married at home

It doesn’t get much more special than getting married at your home surrounded by all your closest friends and family. Well that’s just what Amy & Ollie did. And what a wedding it was!

This was one of those days that I just wish I could relive over and over again. I have never smiled so much when editing a wedding! I’ve never seen such a proud father as I saw in Amy’s dad. Something that really stood out to me at this wedding was just how many close friends and family were present. Ollie mentioned it briefly in his speech how lucky they were to still be so close to all their friends from home. It really was lovely, and just goes to show what a special couple these two really are. Friends and family are clearly such a huge part of their lives and that just totally shone throughout the day.

When I arrived at the house on the morning of the wedding, everyone was bustling around getting the finishing touches ready for the guests to arrive. Amy and her bridesmaids were all getting ready upstairs which was great as we could spy on everybody arriving!

If I had to describe this wedding in just one word I think I would choose ‘emotional’. It was such a beautiful moment when Amy presented her bridesmaids with gifts and handwritten letters just before the ceremony. Absolutely everyone was in tears and Amy still had to open her present from Ollie! Once Amy was in her dress, we headed downstairs to show her dad. Oh my goodness me, what a moment. I have never seen such an emotional reaction. It was honestly magical. I was in tears, Michelle the wedding planner was in tears, all the bridesmaids were crying!

When Amy walked down the aisle with her dad the whole room just lit up. What a truly beautiful bride she was. Helen, Ollie & Amy’s celebrant, delivered a really beautiful service. Once the ‘I do’s’ were done, it was time for a glass of fizz!

All the wedding guests gathered outside the home and welcomed the newlyweds with a whole load of confetti! Luckily the weather held out for a few hours of mingling in the great outdoors!

Once everybody was seated for some amazing food, it was time for the speeches. As you can imagine, the father of the bride delivered the most emotional and beautiful speech! He was just bursting with pride for his daughter and it really was so special to listen to. No father of the bride speech is complete however without some embarrassing moments! Amy’s dad decided to bring out the big guns with some embarrassing baby photos which got everyone laughing. Although I must admit Amy was a very cute baby!!!

After everyone had enjoyed some delicious food, a vintage bus came to take everybody to the evening reception! We all headed to The Fleece in Addingham and everybody got their dancing shoes on! I am always a very happy photographer when all the guests totally go for it on the dancefloor.. and boy did they go for it!!

What a wedding. The biggest thank you to Amy & Ollie for allowing me to capture your special day. You guys are a truly amazing couple and I’m so pleased I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know you both 🙂

Doggie heaven!

Emily & Tom’s wedding at Broughton Hall was just my idea of heaven.

Having done a business shoot, family shoot and engagement shoot with Emily by the time the wedding rolled around, it’s safe to say we were pretty well acquainted by then! It was lovely arriving on the morning of the wedding and meeting all of Emily’s bridesmaids. Everyone was so chilled out, and to make things even better we were joined by three crazy doggies!

Emily & Tom had opted for a very boho style for the wedding, with so many homemade little touches. It really was beautiful. I’ve always considered myself quite a creative person, but I can safely say that Emily really does put me to shame! She owns her own business creating pet accessories and her work is just amazing. Every time she puts something on Instagram I’m just blown away by her creativity! She had put so much time and effort into all the little touches for the wedding day. The bunting, place settings, table plan. She had even made her own cake toppers that perfectly represented her, Tom, their dog Margo and the cats Ronnie & Reggie!

Once Emily & the girls were ready to go, we headed downstairs where Tom was patiently waiting with his groomsmen. During the ceremony, there was one little surprise for all the wedding guests. Emily & Tom’s dog Margo walked down the aisle carrying the wedding rings!! It was unbelievable – it was like she’d waited her whole life for this moment!

Once the ‘I do’s’ were all wrapped up, the newlyweds were greeted by all their wedding guests.. and a whole load of confetti! There was a ‘pimp my prosecco’ bar that everyone got well and truly stuck into. The kids were in heaven with all the lawn games to play!

One of my favourite parts of the wedding day was during the speeches. Emily’s Dad did the most wonderful speech. There was a particularly funny moment when he recounted one parents’ evening when Emily was in primary school. The teacher had become quite concerned that Emily had started to underperform all of a sudden. It later transpired that her big brother Rob had told her that she simply didn’t need to do any work that year!! It was absolutely hilarious and just about brought everyone to tears!

After everyone had consumed what seemed like a mountain of incredible food, there were still more treats to arrive! Outside there was a little ice cream tuk tuk for all the guests to enjoy! It certainly made for some amazing photos. And the ice cream wasn’t bad either.. so I heard…

It’s safe to say that Emily & Tom’s wedding was just heaven for me. Everything just had such a beautiful, personal touch. I like to think if I ever got married it might look a little something like this!

Back in the autumn..

It seems like FOREVER ago that autumn was here. I thought I’d do a bit of a cheeky throwback as this weekend these two will be celebrating their wedding!

When I met up with these guys back in October, we did some pre wedding photos at their beautiful home near Ilkley. I just LOVE autumn photo shoots. The colours are just incredible and we really were spoilt for choice for where to take pictures!

You can’t have much more of a personal wedding than Amy and Ollie will be having. This Saturday, all their closest friends and family will be gathering at their home to see them tie the knot! Lucky old photographer here will be in her element!

These guys are such a wonderful couple and they were just so lovely to photograph. To make the shoot even better they invited along their crazy puppy Maisie!! She was the craziest, funniest pup ever and I just LOVE having dogs along to a pre wedding shoot!

It’s safe to say I am SO excited for Amy and Ollie’s big day. Not only will they be getting hitched in the most beautiful of surroundings, but I hear there will be lots of brownies. Let’s face it. What more do you need at a wedding?!

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Sausage dog at Rudding Park!

When I arrived at Rudding Park in Harrogate on the morning of the wedding, Ellie just looked so radiant. Liam had delivered some red roses to her that morning and she was just glowing! What a romantic that boy is! Ellie was getting ready with her sister, Mum and mother-in-law to be. It was a super chilled out morning. That was, until the flower girls and page boy arrived haha!

Once the kiddies were dressed and ready to go, it was time to get the bride into her dress. And what a dress! A stunning Enzoani gown from the Harrogate Wedding Lounge. It suited Ellie down to the ground. She looked unbelievably beautiful.

We headed down to the ceremony room, and the lovely Liam was ready and waiting for his bride. First to walk down the aisle were the flower girls and page boy. They didn’t get off to the best of starts when they walked the wrong way bless them, but they made up for it in cuteness overload by carrying a sign that said ‘Uncle Liam here comes your bride’! Awwwww! Then came Ellie’s sister Alice in the most STUNNING gold dress! And then of course the beautiful bride with her dad by her side.

Liam shed a little tear when he saw his bride walking down the aisle. The ceremony was lovely. A really personal service. Ellie’s godparents also shared a reading that they had written themselves.

We were very lucky with the weather on Ellie & Liam’s wedding day. It had been forecast to rain all afternoon but we did not see one drop of rain the entire day! All the guests came outside to throw confetti at the newlyweds. Once we’d done some photos, there was one very special guest still to arrive at Rudding Park… WINNIE! Winnie is Ellie & Liam’s sausage dog and he is just the sweetest little thing in the world. Everyone was so buzzing to see him and he’s just such a poser! I wish every wedding had a token pooch!

It was then time for the speeches, and Ellie’s dad went for the classic ‘embarrass your daughter’ approach to reveal her childhood nickname.. EGG! And what a coincidence that her new initials after marrying Liam were to be E.G.! Liam wasn’t exempt from the embarrassing stories however, as his best man decided to mention the time that he bought the wrong turkey at Christmas! It was absolutely hilarious!

After I had finally dragged myself away from the donut wall, it was time for the first dance. It was such a fun evening as Ellie & Liam had organised a dressing up box and so many of the guests got involved! There was a lot of crazy dancing to round off the night.

All in all this was just such a brilliant wedding at Rudding Park in Harrogate. I just totally fell in love with these two the second I met them. They have hearts of gold and it was such an honour to be part of this incredible day.

Easter fun!

Easter weekend this year seems to have been the perfect time to get married! The second of my Easter weddings was Emma & Jim. These two picked the most beautiful of venues to tie the knot.. Wharfedale Grange in Harrogate!

Photographing bridal prep was a lot of fun. I’m not sure this has ever happened before, but the girls were all pretty much ready about 2 hours before the ceremony! We were all just chilling out and eating Pringles! What more could you want as a wedding photographer?! Once the crisps were devoured, the girls moved onto the fizz. Sitting on the balcony at Wharfedale Grange surrounded by fairy lights wasn’t a bad spot to have a cheeky drink before the wedding!

After the all-important wedding ceremony, all the guests headed outside for some fizz and canapes to enjoy the Yorkshire sunshine! To make the most of the Easter weekend, Emma & Jim had organised an Easter egg hunt for the little ones at the wedding! It was the cutest thing to watch as all the kids ran wild around the garden hunting for eggs!

One of the highlights of Emma & Jim’s wedding for me was after the speeches. Don’t get me wrong, the speeches were awesome! But Anna, Emma’s sister, had organised a little surprise for the newlyweds. The best man was finishing up his speech, saying what a ‘happy’ day it had been, and how he hopes Emma & Jim will have a long and ‘happy’ marriage, when all of a sudden the song ‘Happy’ starts blaring through the speakers! One by one, guests started to get up, and all came together on the dancefloor in a routine that Anna had taught them all! Emma & Jim’s reactions were just priceless. It was amazing. I can’t believe they pulled it off so well! Hats off to Anna for such a lovely surprise.

As if there weren’t enough highlights at this wedding, Emma & Jim had organised a sparkle bar! “But what’s a sparkle bar?!” I hear you cry… WELL.. a sparkle bar is when you sit in a chair, and lovely people put glitter all over your face! And for those of you who watched my Instagram story on the day, you will have seen that OF COURSE I got my face covered in glitter too! And most of my camera equipment too haha!

The wedding was rounded up with some crazy dance moves, then it was time to head home. What a wedding! Emma & Jim, you guys absolutely smashed it.

When I sent Emma & Jim their finished photos, it put the BIGGEST smile on my face when I woke up to their thank you message!..

“OMG OMG OMG!!!!! These pictures are AMAZING and I could cry with happiness!! (Infact I did a little!) You have captured our day perfectly and I will forever be eternally grateful! THANK YOU!!! I can’t believe how many outstanding images you have captured from the day. You have captured everything which amazes me and I just don’t know how you did it!

I am going to look at them again tomorrow (and probably the day after that, and the day after that…. ) so I can process it properly.

I am lost for words at the moment and I really dont know how I will ever be able to thank you enough. Most of the day was a blur (a very happy blur) so to have these lasting images of our perfect day is wonderful! “