Confetti Moment

Most vicars or church wardens that I have come across are happy for guests to throw natural rose petals as confetti at Bride and Grooms when they leave the Church.

But when the bride and groom comes out of the Church they are the first people to leave so no one has had a chance to line up yet.

I use moment this moment as a great opportunity to take some just married portraits in a couple of pre-arranged spots in the Chuchyard before heading back into the Church via a side door. It is such a lovely moment to be with the bride and groom who have literally just become man and wife and are so happy!

Meanwhile the ushers are organising the whole congregation into a line and handing out baskets of colourful confetti so that when the bride and groom re-emerge through the main exit for the 2nd time they are liberally sprinkled with sweet smelling petals.

This tradition started in Italy where flowers or rice grain were thrown on the happy couple to signify prosperity and fertility.

In the images below, Hermione and Benjie come out of the Church ahead of their friends and family and we walk around the church for some informal portraits while the confetti line is organised by their ushes and bridesmaids. They then they re-emerge and walk down their avenue of friends and family who shower them in petals.

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Cool Columbia

It’s taken me 17 years to get to Colombia. And that’s because, like most British people, I used to associate it with drugs and violence. So when, 17 years ago, my then boyfriend & 1 spent a year travelling in South America, the only country I wouldn’t go to was Colombia.

For all this time my now husband has wanted to go to Colombia. With a significant birthday looming (plus the fact so many friends have now safely been) I finally said yes.

We just spent two weeks travelling around Colombia with its large ethnic mix and psychedelic colours. We arrived in the city of Medellin, (formerly home to infamous drug Baron Pablo Escobar and now one of the funkiest cities in the country) through the coffee region further south, (Solento, Filandia) full of cowboys and hikers; on to Cartagena, a pretty heritage site on the coast with fabulous salsa bars; Finishing in a tiny Carbibean-flavoured island called Providencia in the north.

We flew everywhere in planes varying in size – the smallest being an 18-seater. Most flights cost about £50 and saved taking rather hairy bus rides.

We had a little bit of everything In Medillin : from recent history & culture from our guide Vicente taking us through Barrio (neighbourhood) Moravia, explaining how it’s evolved from the shadows of the ‘mountain of rubbish’ slums, where thousands of country folk fled during the troubles, into a thriving neighbourhood with its own football club. Or taking the cable car up to Santo Domingo for a birds eye view of the patchwork roofs below; Climbing the elevator to Commune 13 to see the remarkable transformation of this former no-go zone where teenagers now perform street dance at the top of the stairs while graffiti artists display their talents on any available surface; We moved around easily on The Metro, which is, our guide points out, immaculate. No one litters these air-conditioned over-ground trains because of what they represent : hope and optimism.

Then onto Solento in the coffee region where we took a muddy 5 hour hike up to a house filled with humming birds and played pool in a hall that has stayed the same for fifty years. Then a bit of r and r in Caragena where we ate incredible ceviche, drank rooftop cocktails and tried to pick up a bit of salsa (the government lays on free salsa lessons like aerobics in public spaces which anyone can attend!)

And finally onto a bit of beach and snorkelling in Providencia, a tiny unspoilt island off the North Coast. (NB Fly, don’t take the catamaran from San Andres unless you like throwing up) We swam with turtles and worked on our tans whilst chatting to locals in creole – this used to be a British colony. Our taxi driver was one of 34 children. Many of the islanders are Rastafarians and the pace is relaxed.

Colombia still has issues. Just the day we got home three bombs exploded at police stations in the north including the city of Barrangquilla. Several police officers were killed. According to the Foreign office advice on Colombia, ‘a temporary ceasefire between the Colombia government and the national liberation army (ELN) ended on 9th January 2018. The ELN has since renewed its attacks …and further attacks could take place.’

They have an expression in Colombia, not to ‘dando papaya’ which which in slang means don’t give a thief the chance to steal. So we wore backpacks zipped up or on our fronts and we didn’t have any issues. The foreign office agrees : ‘Despite the high levels of crime, most visits to Colombia are trouble-free.’ 30th January 2018

In fact, in my experience, For all it’s tough rap, you are more likely to get a cuddle with a chihuahua than experience a real life episode of Narcos in current day Colombia. I didn’t see any drugs (though there was a big cocaine haul uncovered while we were there) but I saw hundreds of pampered pooches. Poodles with ribbons in their hair; French bulldogs in exotic coats and English bulldogs strutting their stuff. Furthermore, furry pets have access to all areas including on planes, on motorbikes, and in handbags.

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Jimmy and Sid

I’ve recently photographed incredible folk duo, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith for their impending third album.  Jimmy is marrying my cousin Emma shortly and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding.

Jimmy and Sid are one of the finest talents to hit the British folk and accoustic scene in recent years with their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation and incredible storytelling.  They are, quite simply, a breath of fresh air.

Their critically acclaimed second album ‘Night Hours’ was released in 2016 and described by the Guardian as ‘an impressive set. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists.’  It’s a heartfelt, haunting album and I loved it!

The songs themselves are always centre stage, combining original material with some traditional ballads.  Jimmy and Sid bring their creations to life with stunning musical arrangements and sweet vocals. I can’t wait for the next album to come out.

For more information about Jimmy and Sid’s music please visit  www.jimmyandsidduo.com

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Hermione and Benjie

I have been lucky enough to photograph some friends’ children marrying recently.   Hermione and Benjie’s wedding last Summer was one such and it was a beautiful day to be a part of. The wedding was at their stunning home in Somerset where they’d cleverly installed a Marquee inside a barn.  The sun shone all day and night; Hermione looked stunning in her wedding dress made by the very talented Emma Victoria Payne; the ceremony was perfect and the speeches terrific.

Flowers were done by the very talented Baz –  stunning wild flowers which were perfect in the country setting.   www.flowersbybaz.co.uk/contact

Hair by Louise Always and and make up by Lucy Davis

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Leonie and Andy at the Tithe Barn on the Symondsbury Estate

Leonie and Andy at The Tithe Barn on the Symondsbury Estate

Often when I photograph a wedding the most rushed part of the day is after the bride has put her wedding dress on and before the wedding ceremony begins.

But at Leonie and Andy’s wedding in October last year, not only did we have amazing weather but we had enough time to do some stunning portraits on the beach before the ceremony with Leonie and their little daughter Eva.

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Higher Orchard Wedding Receptions - Perfect wedding location!

I recently did a Wedding Photo-shoot at Higher Orchard, a stunning new venue for Wedding Receptions near Sherborne in Dorset. This is a beautiful, private location with lake, lovely gardens and wonderful views set in the magical Dorset countryside.

If you want a country house wedding, but don’t have a country house, then this is the place for you.

Hosts Fiona and Roger Potter could not be more empathetic or relaxed. As well as offering their amazing gardens, they can also provide an architect-designed cottage for the bride and groom to stay in, secretly concealed behind a log façade.

With acres of fields in which guests are welcome to camp and a flat lawn for a MQ, the Potters have everything you need for a truly stylish country wedding.

Many thanks to :

Susan Hinckley from Parham House Brides for supplying the beautiful wedding dress : ‘Rosabella’ dress by Suzanne Neville – made of Italian Matt crepe with hand appliqued embroidery. It has a sweetheart neckline and soft fishtail shaped skirt.

Thanks too to Astaires for kindly lending us a morning suit; Gemma and Matt & my daughter Jessie for modelling plus Ignacious & the Potters, and Milly the Labrador!

Also thanks to Elouise Abbott for makeup and Helen Cass for hair design.

Finally, a Big thanks to Emma Urquart from Brompton Buds for the fabulous bouquet and the Potters for making us all feel so at home.

To contact Higher Orchard please visit higherorchard.co.uk or call Fiona or Roger Potter on 01963 220 773 or 07708 842 553 or Auriole Potter on 07864 692945

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Charlotte and Dan's Wedding

Charlotte and Dan’s wedding at St Audries Park in Somerset was a wonderful day with much love, laughter, music and croquet!

Charlotte, the lovely bride, looked stunning with her hair done by Racehl Drakely, from Clara Mann Hair Designs.

The ceremony took place in the idyllic St Etheldreda’s Church, a short sunny walk from the impressive Manor House and in full view of the resident herd of deer.

The guests enjoyed canapés in the Victorian Orangery, followed by a sit-down wedding breakfast in the banqueting hall.

Charlotte’s brother played the flute as the guests took their seats, passing by the lovely tree seating plan.

We were blessed with a lovely sunny day and Charlotte and Dan took full advantage of St. Audrie’s Park’s manicured lawns with an evening game of croquet before the dancing kicked off.

"From the moment we met you we felt you were going to be the right photographer for us and you proved us right.  You're awe-inspiring, creative, imaginative, passionate and unique.  We cannot thank you enough for capturing our day in the way that you did.  Your professionalism and dedication made your participation in our day as successful as it was.  Thanks to you we will always be able to share and reflect on our happy day through your images." Charlotte & Dan.

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Venue : St Audries Park Manor House (http://www.audries-park.co.uk). This is about 10 minutes from my studio!

 


Hannah and Jonathans wedding at Hornsbury Mill

Hannah & Jonathan, August 2016

Hannah and Jonathan couldn’t have picked a better day for their wedding in August, 2016. The sun shone all day the vintage car behaved impeccably and the grand piano Hannah had installed for the afternoon was played to perfection by their friend Alastair.

None of the guests got lost between the Church and the venue, the fabulously friendly Hornsbury Mill, and the peacocks even posed for us! They even had a doggy bag of wedding cake, a gorgeous pavlova made by their friends Tareg and Leota to take on their honeymoon at The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall.

'They were serenaded throughout the day by the wonderful sounds of the Melegari String Quartet' - www.melegaristringquartet.co.uk

Hair and makeup - www.lisawant.co.uk

Florist - Suzy Cage at www.bloomingdivine.co.uk

Piano provided by Dixon's Piano Services - www.dixonspianoservices.co.uk

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Scarlett and Tom, August 2016

Scarlett and Tom had a stunning country wedding at Cothelstone, next to where I lived for many years. I’ve known Scarlett since she was a teenager when she used to babysit my little girls so it was such a joy for me to be chosen as her and Tom’s wedding photographer.

Scarlett and Tom held their reception in a beautiful marquee on the banks of Cothelstone lake www.thelakesideweddings.co.uk and inspite of changeable weather were able to walk from Cothelstone Church, where their ceremony took place, through the lovely parkland to the marquee. The settting was completely idyllic, complete with a pair of swans on the lake!

Scarlett’s dress was by Sassi Holford (is that right) and hair was done by Hair by Lianne Arden (Hair by Lianne on facebook).

Their brilliant band was called Blue Juice and you can find them www.functioncentral.co.uk

Scarlett and Tom said...

'It was such a pleasure and comfort to have Emily as our photographer. She was thoroughly professional whilst being a really relaxed presence throughout the day. We wouldn't have known she was there! Her effortless friendliness helped to capture the happiness of everyone involved in our day perfectly and the prints were as wonderful as we could have hoped.'

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Bingo in Malta!

I had a great trip to ‪#‎Malta‬ in February and enjoyed spring sunshine and the warmth of the Maltese.

I stumbled across this Bingo game in a fishing village on the way to the airport! Valetta is a real gem and the perfect place for a weekend away.

We stayed at the wonderful ASTI GUEST HOUSE where the fabulous Annie (who is 83) made us feel part of the family!

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