US Wedding Blog features Nicola and George’s wedding

So chuffed! I was contacted last week by American based wedding blog Bridestea (which specialises in multicultural weddings), requesting to use some images from nicola and George’s recent wedding at Hatfield House. I was delighted to send them a selection - ALL of which they used (some by my assistant for the day Annamarie Stepney). I think the images look fantastic - head over there and have a look for yourself - click here

A beautiful Indian/Greek wedding at Hatfield House

Nicola and George are both doctors and as a consequence, their wedding was meticulously planned down to the last detail. Nicola is Greek and George is Indian, so although George had an Indian blessing ceremony beforehand with his family, the wedding itself was all-out Greek Orthodox - and what fun! The wedding ceremony took place at a little church I’ve been driving past for years, imagining it to have a sleepy little congregation-  not a bit of it! 150 guests (and a choir) crammed themselves in there on a day when the temperature reached 31 degrees. After the ceremony we all drove to Hatfield House’s Old Palace, where the celebrations really got going!

There was no time to take any portrait shots of the couple before the wedding breakfast so we took some time out from the reception later (when it had cooled down a little) and got some stonking images in the beautiful grounds. Thanks to Annamarie Stepney for assisting and second shooting on the day. Here are some of them….

These are the ‘crowns’ which Nicola and George wear during the wedding ceremony - the guests sign the ribbons…

Nicola’s Maid of Honour from Crete, Stavroulla - Amy Winehouse, anyone?

Pre-wedding shoot with Tanya and James

Tanya and James are having an English/Indian wedding at the end of July at a beautiful venue in Teddington called The Landmark Arts Centre, which was originally a huge church. We met a couple of weeks ago to get some great images of the two of them together and for me to do a venue recce at the same time. I loved the dress Tanya was wearing - it was so colourful and elegant and she’s a natural in front of the camera. The shoot itself took place at Teddington Lock and the surrounding areas but come the day of the wedding I’m thinking of taking them a little further afield for their portrait shots - they’ve set aside TWO HOURS for me to capture them together - before the wedding ceremony - heaven! Thanks guys, you’re really spoiling me and I can’t wait….

Pre-wedding shoot with Shelley and Kevin

Shelley and Kevin were originally going to have their session in Cambridge but the weather forecast a couple of days before was saying rain - I rang them and suggested Hertford - a place nearby but which also has undercover areas if the need arose. So, the day of the shoot came and predictibly, it was a scorching hot sun and a clear blue sky! Nevertheless, Shelley and Kevin absolutely loved their shoot and having both lived in Hertford some time ago, they weren’t expecting to find as many nooks and crannies as we did. The first place we shot at was the County Hall, with its beautiful arches and natural light, followed by a stroll into town utilising a derelict car dealership, a subway and a bicycle park for locations, among other things!

We stopped halfway in a hidden gem of a tea room and had an old-fashioned pot of tea between us with tea leaves and everything - marvellous! Here are some of their images….

An educational pre-wedding shoot with Claire and James!

Claire and James wanted to have their photographs taken in the historic university city of Cambridge, so last Saturday I boarded a train and enjoyed a relaxing journey through the countryside. One thing I’ve never done whilst shooting in Cambridge is gone punting on the river Cam - but Claire and James were more than up for it - James taking the helm with steering us along. And it was so worth it - the images in the punt are beautiful! If you’re a couple whose wedding i’m shooting this year, why not think of doing something a little adventurous too? It’s great fun and makes for some really brilliant images!

Here are a selection of Claire and James’ images - they’ve already chosen the faves for their disk but tell me they had a very difficult job to narrow them down - and that’s what I like to hear!