This lovely couple were married in beautiful autumnal setting of an inn-hotel in the Cotswolds.
I love going to weddings as a guest. Until recently, it wasn't often I was invited merely to look (rather than to stand behind the camera). It's even more special when the bride is a cousin you've grown up with, who wrote you letters in rainbow felt-tips and taught you English slang while racing up the hill to the ice cream van.
I spent most of the day taking pictures of my family - the bride and groom had their own very good photographer - but I couldn't resist the first dance.
This is Nicky. He used to be in the Forensic police, making tiny 3D models of crime scenes. He eventually left the city, the job, got married: followed God's calling a took a job first at Wickes, and now in the building industry. Forced to reconsider his identity being defined by his career, he's stepped up into the identity his faith provides.
He's been doing woodworking for two years.
His home is always open to others: him and his wife have taken in individuals who have been stuck for a place to live; frequently host a homegroup of a dozen (or more) of us, unfailingly feeding us all. They're part of my extended church family here, and are a huge part of why I felt welcomed when I came to a new place, a new church.
This couple have been together longer than I can remember. They were one of the first to refer my photography to their friends. They're dear friends of our family, and James did a smashing job as usher at my sister's wedding a couple of years ago.
Needless to say, it's a delight to be photographing their wedding this coming June (even if it is all the way up in Newcastle...). We met up in a muddy field in Essex somewhere to catch up, and get these adorable pre-wedding shots.
James' killer quote of the day: "It's not a true wedding unless there's a broken limb or two..."
This should be fun.
Wedding season is coming up! I'm only doing three officially this year, but I've managed to squeeze two pre-wedding shoots and a friend's wedding into the last two weekends.
It would have been rude not to share.
These two met in Oxford, so we thought it would be nice to revisit a few of their old haunts during the pre-wedding shoot. I was jokingly talking about this other shoot I did when I got the bride-to-be to climb into a tree... and they got very excited, and asked if they could please have a photo in a tree! It turned out to be the cutest of the lot.
I'm sure you'll see a few more weddings ones from me before the summer is out,
If you're into sustainable fashion at all, I've started a blog all about that (and completely unrelated to either weddings or photography...)