It doesn’t matter how busy I am with weddings in June, I refuse to skip elderflower season! I have tried my hand at elderflower delight – but the best thing I have done with these cute little flowers is to make what is now a mandatory yearly tradition; elderflower champagne!
This brew is one of my favourites and is such a great summer drink. I have not seen it at a wedding yet but you can make large quantities of this and could be the ideal drink to keep guests happy! At the time of writing the flowers have long since vanished, to be replaced by another useful crop, the elderberry. However, if I can inspire some people to make this for 2019, then it will have been very worthwhile.
It all begins foraging fully bloomed elderflowers heads…
… then the elderflowers are removed with the tines of a fork…
… and a lot of sugar is added! I was shocked when I started home-brewing at how much sugar goes into even a dry wine. This is mostly converted to alcohol by the yeast in the brewing process and the remainder gives the brew its sweetness.
Lemon zest and juice adds flavour and acidity…
… and we use a hydrometer to make sure the amount of sugar is correct. Once it’s fermenting away, we check to see when it is almost finished before we bottle it…
… and the fermentation continues in the bottle to give the champagne its necessary fizz!
Here’s to all my lovely couples who have got married this summer! Thank you for having me as your photographer and for making this year, and especially this summer, so amazing.
This year I have been fortunate enough to photograph lots of weddings at venues I haven’t worked at before, and I was very excited to be shooting Hannah and James’s reception at Greenway in Devon. I am also a huge Agatha Christie fan, so Greenway was definitely on my “bucket list”! I had already met Hannah and James previously and knew that theirs would be an amazing wedding to photograph.
They thought it was important to be married at church, so the ceremony took place at the beautiful Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Denis Catholic Church in Torquay. Yet Hannah and James wanted to mix the traditional with something different. Their mutual love of the 1920s, combined with the Agatha Christie setting, produced an amazing art-deco effect for their reception. They gave it all a colourful, modern twist with the flowers and bridesmaid dresses, and everything worked so well together. Enjoy!
Hannah’s dress, shoes, bridal headpiece and the bridesmaids’ dresses were all from Pirouette in Exeter.
Hannah’s makeup was by Browella in Torquay.
The sleeves on Hannah’s bridal dress were designed bespoke by Sarah Goodies at Pirouette with a 1920s twist, and each sleeve was hand-beaded for the perfect art-deco look.
Everything at Hannah and James’s wedding worked so well together and the flowers and the bouquets, provided by Fiesta Red, were absolutely stunning!
The cake was provided by Torquay bakery A Piece of Cake.
I hope my photos show off the fact that Hannah’s brother could just dance!
Thank you Hannah and James for letting me photograph your amazing day and the beginning of your married life together!
This was my first wedding at Lupton House and it was an absolute joy; beautiful, elegant and featuring a wonderful couple in Rosa and Oliver. Rosa grew up in Brixham and misses the sea now that she lives in London, so it was amazing for her to get ready at Maypool Cottage, which couldn’t be closer to the sea! Lupton House was perfect for these nature lovers, with its beautiful Italian gardens, and they styled it perfectly with flowers and ivy. In the latter half of the day, Rosa donned a stunning flower crown and the speeches took place outside on the lawn. It really was the perfect venue and couple for a glorious spring wedding!
Rosa’s makeup was by Millie at Bliss Hair and Beauty.
Rosa’s elegant shoes were by Rainbow.
Rosa’s exquisite dress was by Jesus Peiro. I absolutely love it!
The gents’ suits were by Oliver Brown of Chelsea.
Everything at Rosa and Oliver’s wedding worked so well together! This stunning cake was by Lisa Sallis of Boho Cakes.
Rosa’s bouquet by Les Fleurs was so beautiful. I thought that the hanging ivy looked so good with Lupton House as the setting!
I think I might be too nervous to give a speech myself, so it was amazing that Rosa’s nephew did! The speeches were excellent and it was great that they were outside on a lovely May evening.
The sparklers and props helped to create some amazing scenes late in the day! Thank you so much to Rosa and Oliver for letting me photograph your wonderful wedding; it was such a joy!
One of my favourite parts of a wedding is when the newlyweds, having finished their first dance, beckon their friends and family onto the dance floor to join them for anything from a friendly disco to an all-out rave! The dance floor holds so many possibilities; brides letting loose, amazing lighting effects – as well as brilliant expressions and dance moves! As a documentary wedding photographer, I love being able to provide photos of fantastic and spontaneous moments that I hope my couples will always look back on with a smile.
A particular highlight of the dance floor is the bride letting her hair down. There’s certainly nothing “blushing” about these brides!
The main thing I like about the dance floor is that involves people laughing and moving spontaneously and naturally. They’re usually too busy experiencing joy with their friends and family to think about the photographer capturing them at their most fun – and this really does make for the best photos! I always tell my couples that their favourite shots will probably be those when they’re not posing for portraits but simply enjoying spending time with their friends and family. Hopefully this post will illustrate the best of natural, fun documentary photography!
One of the other brilliant aspects of the dance floor are the lights. Different lights provide different effects, including sharp lines, hazy glows and dashed lines that look sparkly, all of which I can use to create colourful lines framing the subject.
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I was so excited to be photographing Emily and Ray’s wedding; they told me that they were planning a rustic, fun and relaxed day and the venue, Westcott Barton in Devon, looked stunning. It turned out to be every bit as good as I hoped.
Firstly, the weather was fantastic and showed the superb gardens of Westcott Barton at their best. Secondly, Emily and Ray’s idea for their wedding worked so well with the venue. It had a laid-back, rustic feel all of its own and looked amazing with Catkin Bloom‘s complementary flowers and friends and family’s home-made decorations.The sign, bunting, table-runners and cake were all made by talented aunts and mums, and they looked fantastic. Blue Fizz Events helped plan, organise and coordinate the day, allowing Emily to relax and enjoy it! It was so laid back and enjoyable; they really did an amazing job.
All of this added up to a wedding that looked and felt absolutely incredible!
Emily’s make-up was by Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry.
Emily’s dress was from Champagne and Charlotte Bridal Boutique. Unlike many brides, Emily loved all of the dresses! However, she instantly fell in love with her amazing Stephanie Alinn dress and she looked incredible in it. Emily’s beautiful hair was styled by Megan from Bob’s Hairstylist.
The gents’ suits were provided by Suits Direct.
Emily and Ray’s wedding sign was made by Ray’s aunty Vicky. It’s now a permanent fixture in their garden!
Emily and Ray’s cake was made by Emily’s aunty Becky and the decorations were all provided by friends, family and Emily herself. The home-made items were so good and fitted the rustic feel of Westcott Barton perfectly. The butterfly on the cake symbolised Emily’s grandfather, who sadly passed away shortly after she became engaged to Ray.
Emily wanted meadow flowers to complement her rustic wedding and provided Cath from Catkin Blooms with the pink, blue and green colours that she wanted. The resulting bouquets, centre-pieces and milk-churn arrangements looked fantastic and fulfilled Emily’s wishes perfectly!
Emily had seven bridesmaids so opted for a multiway dress from Debenham’s to suit them all. They all looked amazing!
Emily told me that Rachael from Rhubarb and Cream Catering was brilliant and was to thank for the wonderful and delicious food!
All of the guests had a blast with The Remarkable Photobooth!
DJ and lighting were provided by Flybase Discotheque. They kept the dance-floor packed, which provided me with some great photo opportunities!
I really do have the best job in the world! Thank you Emily and Ray for letting me photograph your amazing wedding and my first in North Devon!
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I first met Caroline and Dale at Em and Joe‘s wedding, which I photographed in 2015. I remembered them as a lovely, fun couple (especially on the dance-floor) so I was absolutely thrilled when I was given the opportunity to photograph their wedding.
It proved to be very true to them; great fun, with their friends and family central to the day. It began at their home with Caroline’s immediate family, bridesmaids and close friends, before driving to All Saints Church, Torquay, for a beautiful church service. Then we all moved to Bickley Mill in Devon for the reception. Anyone who has read my blog before may know that I love Bickley Mill, and its neutral interior really allows couples to make it their own. Caroline and Dale decorated it with amazing autumnal flowers and decorations that meant something to them, so it was not only beautiful but it was personal to them, too.
As a documentary photographer, I aim to capture emotions as well as people. It makes my job all the more enjoyable when I attend weddings where everyone is so natural and close with one another. Caroline and Dale said that they are not showy people but I think that this makes for the best photography. Their love for one another, their family and their friends was evident in so many natural moments (and I could not possibly fit them all in this post) that I would not have had them be more “showy” for the world!
Caroline’s make-up was by Polished, a recommendation from her cousin. The effect was stunning but natural; people commented on the day that she looked like the best version of herself; I’d have to agree!
Vita from Flower La Vita was the first person to make Caroline cry when she arrived with the flowers!
Caroline’s wedding dress was from The Bridal Box in Torquay. She tried one dress (hated it) tried a second and loved it! Her mum burst into tears when she saw her, so she knew that this had to be the one. The Bridesmaids’ dresses were from Janes in Torquay.
Vicki from Vanity Fayre has been Caroline’s hairdresser since she was six. Even before their engagement, she started asking Caroline about what hair she would like on her wedding day!
Flower La Vita provided Caroline’s stunning bouquet, as well as the centrepieces and buttonholes. The inspiration came from Dale’s autumn proposal to Caroline in Cockington, which must have looked beautiful! Caroline’s favourite colour is orange as well, so the result was a gorgeously warm autumnal arrangement. Caroline told me that Vita of Flower la Vita was exceptionally accommodating in creating her perfect bouquet.
The rustic place holders and table numbers were made by Dale from an old Christmas tree.
The wedding favours, traditional sugared almonds from Gibraltar, were courtesy of Favours for You.
Dale’s mum made their wonderful cake. The warm colours of the fruits went perfectly with the autumnal colour scheme.
The DJ was from Bespoke Disco, who played “It Must be Love” by Madness for Caroline and Dale’s first dance. And there was further “madness” on the dance-floor shortly afterwards!
There was some really great dancing at this one! Thank you Caroline and Dale for allowing me to share in your fantastic wedding; it really was a pleasure!
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Jazmine and Harley have been together for 12 years and their beautiful spring wedding at Buckland-Tout-Saints demonstrated their long-felt love for one another. Their relaxed, natural and family-orientated wedding was simply so easy to enjoy and admire. The grounds at the Buckland-Tout-Saints Hotel were magnificent and the beautiful interior was simply styled with Angela’s Wedding Flowers. Guests choosing beef from the menu were treated to meat from Jazmine’s father’s dexter cows. There was a one-man-band for entertainment, a sweet stall for the children and, later on, my very first sparkler exit!
This was Jazmine and Harley’s celebration of the best things in their life; their love for their friends and family, their son George and each other.
This lovely naked cake was provided by the ever-brilliant Konradi Cakes.
The suits were from Jonathan Hawkes in Exeter.
This very cute flower girl dress was from Monsoon.
Jazmine’s hair was styled by one of my lovely former brides, Carmen Hawkins of Airheadz Hair and Beauty!
The fantastic table-plan, place names and wedding invitations were provided by Nessa Noelle.
The wedding favours were Lindt bunnies. Harley proposed to Jazmine following an Easter egg hunt the year before, so it was a fitting (and delicious) touch!
All of the flowers, including Jazmine’s beautiful bouquet, were provided by Angela’s Wedding Flowers. Jazmine and Harley said that Buckland-Tout-Saints did not need much in the way of additional decoration, allowing Angela’s arrangements to steal the show!
Music was provided by excellent one-man-band Harry Quick.
The dance-floor music was provided by Devon DJs. I love doing long-exposure light trails on the dance-floor around people who are really starting to let their hair down.
What a lovely moment to end on; George well and truly tired after an amazing day! Thank you for reading my blog; if you would like to leave a comment, please feel free to do so below. And if you are looking for a wedding photographer in Devon or Cornwall, please feel free to check out my packages or get in touch. Thank you Jazmine, Harley and George for allowing me to photograph your wonderful wedding!
I knew that I would love photographing Amber and Arron from the first moment I met them. They were such a lovely happy couple and their wedding certainly reflected their personalities. It was also a testament to their planning, as they did it all from Bristol by email or by seeing numerous suppliers in a single trip south. They had a bit of trouble deciding on a venue, until they visited the Bickley Mill Inn in Devon, which they fell in love with.
I also love The Bickley Mill; it’s not only a beautiful venue but its neutral colour scheme also makes it very versatile, allowing couples to make the space their own. Amber and Arron wanted a shabby-chic wedding but, the quality of the venue and the floral arrangements were so good that, to quote Amber, it ended up “more chic than shabby”!
Amber’s hair was by Andrew Hill Salon in Newton Abbot.
Amber’s Wedding Dress was from A Class Brides in Bristol. They added straps to an initially strap-less dress to ensure that Amber had the perfect one! The lovely pastel-coloured bridesmaid dresses were from Do You Believe Bridal in Newport and her shoes were from Paradox London.
Amber’s make-up was by Harriet Lucille Beauty.
This is the moment when I informed the bridesmaids that, whilst they were clearly panicking that they could not zip Amber’s dress all the way to the top, it actually already was…
The wedding cars were provided by Roaring 30s. Ever since she was a little girl, Amber had always wanted a vintage wedding car. So when she booked Bickley Mill for their wedding, she decided to stay elsewhere the night before, purely so she could have her dream wedding car!
The ties and pocket squares were provided by Swagger and Swoon. They sent Amber and Arron numerous colour samples to ensure a perfect match with the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Amber told me that she was struggling to decide on a bouquet so she left Hollyhocks with just some pictures and ideas… The result is spectacular! Amber loved her bouquet so much it is currently in the process of being preserved by ‘the flower preservation studio’.
Credit must go to Hollyhocks once again; their flowers and arrangements were absolutely beautiful.
Their lovely wedding favours were from I Should Coco in St. Ives.
Amber and Arron’s cake was a real family effort; Amber’s aunt made the top fruit cake, her mum made the cupcakes, Amber iced them and her nan helped put it all together!
They managed to keep Dylan and Mo from Bravo Singing Waiters a surprise from everyone so the response and atmosphere were amazing!
Thank you for reading my blog! If you would like to leave a comment, please free to do so below. And if you are looking for a wedding photographer in Devon or Cornwall, please feel free to check out my packages to get in touch. Finally, a big thank you to Amber and Arron for allowing me to photograph their fabulous wedding!
Cockington is my favourite place in Torquay, if not in Devon! – it’s perfect for walks, tea, foraging for wine-making and of course, weddings! Therefore I was delighted to shoot Rachael and Tobi’s intimate ceremony there recently. This lovely couple were big on travel, so I was honoured that I could help make this trip extra special for them! They were joined by their best friends and I love being able to capture small, intimate occasions such as this one. The weather was meant to be awful, but wasn’t – hence the best man carrying the bride’s umbrella!
Rachael’s stunning wedding dress was purchased from a charity shop (originally by Chi Chi London) and is an absolute triumph! Her simply beautiful wedding bouquet is from The Artisan Dried Flower Company, which I recognised straight away, having admired them myself on Etsy. I am a huge fan of dried flower bouquets; they can not only be kept forever but look amazing.
Rachael’s gorgeous shoes were by Papaya at Asos.
Thank you to Rachael and Tobi for inviting me to join your wonderful wedding. I love photographing weddings at Cockington Court so much that I offer a special Cockington Court package! If you would like to leave a comment below, please feel free. And, if you are interested in booking me as your wedding photographer, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Chelsie and Jose non-traditional, 1920s styled wedding was a blast to photograph! The whole wedding took place in one stunning venue, Worden House in Devon, where they stayed for the whole weekend. This meant that both Jose and Chelsie could spend time with their siblings, parents and nieces in a close, intimate environment; something that held additional significance for Jose, whose family had travelled from Spain.
This was a wedding filled with so much laughter and happiness. Jose and Chelsie believed that the 1920s dress code would help people relax and let their hair down, which it certainly did. I also think that the joy of the day had a lot to do with this amazing couple and the personality that they and their families imparted into the day. Thank you both for continuing to make mine the best job in the world!
Chelsie’s hair was styled by Charlotte from Floc in Kingsbridge and her makeup was by Melissa Rowden. Both suited the 20’s theme perfectly and Chelsie was very pleased with the natural look.
Chelsie’s adorable nieces looked the part in their beautiful flower-girl dress from Monsoon.
The bridesmaid dressed were from Boohoo and fitted the 20s theme to a T! The wedding was made possible with support and help from their families, and a special mention should go to a very organised maid of honour; Chelsie’s sister. Sigourney took on the role of wedding planner, travel agent for the stag- and hen dos, and chef!
Jose did not understand the word “wedded” during the vows. I am sure he does by now! Chelsie also made a mistake during her vows, but as she was not speaking in her second language, has much less of an excuse! The ceremony was so full of joy and was a real pleasure to photograph.