Monkey Valley Resort Cape Town wedding

Monkey Valley Resort Cape Town Wedding

Where do I start with this one? Tracey, originally from Cape Town and now living in the Cotswolds with Alexis, very kindly asked if I'd be willing to fly over to South Africa for their destination wedding. Obviously not a hard one for me to answer! The main question that sprung to my head was please be a date that i'm free and luckily for me I was :)

When Tracey and Alexis sent me a link to the Monkey Valley Resort an immediate smile spread across my face. Set in a beautiful forest, it has a rustic-chic feel with an unrivalled view of Noordhoek beach and nature reserve.

The day after I arrived I was invited to a pre-wedding South African style braii, a bbq on steroids basically! My initial observations were that there is a distinct hierarchy and certain people have their roles to play to create a spectacular evening. Basically the hospitality was immense. and rather than being the wedding photographer I quite literally felt like a member of the family! I won't bother mentioning the wedding day as it was just a pleasure to capture  and so nice to reminisce whilst editing it. Don't take my word for it just have a little look below. A big thank you to Andrew Morgan, a wedding photographer from Cape Town, for helping me on the day. I was fortunate enough to have a few days either side for a holiday and to see the draw dropping Cape Town scenery and did I mention a post wedding braii :) A big thank you once again to Tracey and Alexis for putting your trust in me to come over and capture your amazing wedding day. If you'd like me to capture your destination wedding you can find me here.

 

 

 

 


Puro Beach Marbella wedding

Puro Beach Marbella wedding

It was basically start to finish laid back fun in the Spanish sun at Puro Beach Marbella; the setting for this destination wedding. I was asked if I would come over by Valerie and Nick who hail from Holland and Australia respectively and now living in Tasmania together. Obviously one of those i'll check my diary moments for me :). Their amazing hospitality started the day before the wedding, I was invited to attend a pre wedding day bbq at Valerie's dad's villa. Little did I know that within 15 minutes of arriving I would be dragged up to dance with the Spanish entertainment. Certainly one way to break the ice. Hopefully it wasn't filmed and will never arise, nobody wants to see that. The day was just pure laughter and the first time ever that i've seen a bride cut the bottom of her dress off so she could practice some skipping, limbo and throw some shapes on the dance floor without restriction. All I can say is what a legend, though ladies please do not try this at home :). Or is there a trend to follow?


Soho Farmhouse wedding

Soho Farmhouse wedding

This can only been described as an absolutely ‘magic’ Soho Farmhouse wedding , one of the Cotswolds most exclusive countryside venues.
The wonderful Sami and Mike (a superstar magician) headed over from New York to celebrate their special day alongside 140 of their nearest and dearest family and friends. I initially chatted to the couple on Skype and even then I could see how in love these two were. There was such tender emotion throughout the day mixed with immense laughter and fun. The day started with the lads doing a spot of shooting and ended with a packed dance floor and guests feeding each other desserts with 5 feet long forks! Now that was an experience to witness :) (to witness it for yourself please see below!)
A big thank you to Aga Tomaszek for helping me on the day, Green Biscuit wedding films and also event planner Hannah Trevaskis from Soho Farmhouse. Sami and Mike thank you once again for having me along to capture your special day :)

Norton Hall Cotswolds Wedding

Norton Hall Cotswolds Wedding

A beautiful sunny day welcomed me to a fabulous Norton Hall Cotswolds wedding. This was my first time photographing at Norton Hall and on arrival I was impressed with what I saw, a great backdrop everywhere I looked. It was obvious to see from the outset that Lucy and Martin were two very popular people and it took me all of ten seconds to realise why. I hadn't met the couple though I was made to feel very at home, firstly by Martin (known to his friends as Bertie) at the Churchill Arms where he stayed with his groomsmen the night before. Then I headed over to the venue with the ladies who carried on the hospitality.

The joyous nature continued all the way through the day, which was a pleasure to capture throughout. An emotional but at the same time fun ceremony, great entertainment, awesome speeches and some top moves on the dance floor made my job an easy one. Just see the images below and you can witness for yourselves.

A big thank you goes to Anna (wedding planner) from Golden Pineapple who recommended me to the lovely couple.  I also have the privilege of capturing her wedding at the same venue very soon :). Others that played their part were the London Essentials who helped make the day such a fantastic atmosphere throughout. It was also ace working alongside Gary (Videographer) from Gorgeous Films.

For the fellow camera geeks out there. This was all shot with two Nikon D850's with the 24 1.4, 35 1.4 and 85 1.4 lenses. With the Nikon SB910 flash to light the dancing.

Lucy and Martin thank you once again for having me along to capture your very memorable special. If you're interested in myself capturing your Norton Hall Cotswolds wedding please contact me here.

 


Chateaux Rigaud Wedding

Chateau Rigaud Wedding

This Chateau Rigaud wedding was an absolute joy from start to finish. Even the thirty nine degree heat couldn't stop Laura and Philip having the most amazing wedding. A stunning venue close to the famous French town Saint Emillion, famous for its wine if you couldn't guess. These two super lovely and super chilled people headed over from Dubai, though both originate from Ireland. It's fair to say that the Irish craic lived up to all expectations. They even shipped over their own priest father Michael who entertained from the outset right up to the last dance when taking over the bands microphone to give his rendition of AC/DC's "You shook me all night long". Obviously achieving legendary status in the process. See the photos below to see what a great destination wedding this was. Laura and Philip thank you once again for putting your trust in me and i'm sure our paths will cross again hopefully some day soon :)

Those who helped make this day so good were especially the guests who travelled from far and wide and the very talented wedding vendors: venue -  Chateau Rigaud hair - Moira Borg, make up - Ariana Rose, band - The shuffles, also a shout out to Peter Hughes who helped me on the day along with Rodolphe of Best Day Productions on video.


Grittleton House wedding

Grittleton House wedding

This was my first wedding at the stunning Grittleton House. An absolute Cotswolds gem.

Built in 1660, this venue is steeped in history and was even the home of Grittleton House School until 2016. However, I’m glad this is now a venue as it truly is a Cotswold-wedding gem.
Photographing this wedding was an absolute pleasure. From a photographers point of view I was completely spoilt for choice with the breathtaking architecture and beautiful gardens. As well as being in a truly picturesque setting, I also received a very warm welcome from the couple. Nina and Steve were completely nerve free and certainly knew how to relax and have fun on their wedding day. I’m fact, it didn’t really feel like work for me at all as I spent most of the day laughing along with this vibrant couple and their fun loving family and friends. What a party! You can see some of these moments in the photographs below. Nina and Steve, thank you again for having me along to capture your special day.
I’m excited to say that I’m already going back to Grittleton House later in the year. And as always, it was lovely to work alongside Mr and Mrs Productions on video.

For the photographers out there, this was captured using two Nikon D850's with the 24, 35 and 85 1.4 lenses. The dance shots using a few Good AD200's which are great.