A Crondon Park Wedding

Well, after many set backs and reschedules, on Monday Tania and Mark finally had their big day. 
And what a day! 

They were married at the beautiful Crondon Park in Stock.

Mark was nervous and emotional as he waited for his lovely, very soon to be wife. 

But Tania didn’t keep him waiting for long.

Then finally, in front of all their nearest and dearest, these two legends finally tied the knot… And sealed it with a proper kiss! 

After the ceremony, the kids were keen to goof around a little.

And they weren’t the only ones!

How about this for a family photo?

Tania didn’t want to be away from their guests for too long but we did get 15 minutes to take a short walk around some of Crondon Park to get these shots.

And this one, which I think is my personal favourite shot of the whole day.

Before long it was time for the wedding breakfast and the speeches. This is what it looks like when the Best Man lands a zinger during his speech! 

The evening soon came and it was time for Tania and Mark to have their first dance while their guests whooped and cheered.

And then… Party time! 
Some dance moves are so big that they can’t even fit into the frame!

This is what happened when these two crazies realised that my camera flashes worked remotely!

And just like that, it was time for me to leave Tania and Mark with their guests, but what a day it had been.

That’s all for this little sneak peek, folks.
I’ll add one or two more pictures from this day to the Facebook and Instagram pages as I edit them, so feel free to follow along over there. 

Big thanks to all at Crondon Park and to all of Tania and Mark’s lovely guests for making me feel so welcome and taking such good care of me.

Mostly though, huge congratulations to Tania and Mark.

An Islington Town Hall Wedding

Natalie and Jonathan were originally scheduled to get married on Christmas Eve last year and got to within 3 days of the wedding… and then Boris pulled the plug.
Thankfully though, on Friday, at the very impressive Islington Town Hall, their wait came to an end and these two legends finally tied the knot!

The day began at The Hilton Hotel in Islington where Natalie and her girls were getting ready, enjoying a few glasses of bubbly and having a lovely time. 

As the dress went on things got a little emotional and Natalie’s Mum was taking it all in.

With Jonathan and all of the guests in the hotel bar, and the girls in their dresses ready, it was almost time for the bride to make her big entrance. Not before her Dad came up to the room to escort her down though. It’s fair to say that he was blown away by the sight of Natalie in her dress.

And then it was time, all eyes were on Natalie as she made her big entrance.

And Jonathan was delighted to see his beautiful bride.

At these moments, I also like to focus on the guests as well as the couple. Look at these three reactions!

Soon enough, it was go time and we were at Islington Town Hall. Natalie was escorted down the aisle by her very proud Dad and greeted by her even prouder groom.

The ceremony was very sweet and emotional - and sealed with a kiss! 

Then just like that, we had ourselves a married couple.
Natalie, Jonathan and their guests posed for pictures on the stairs outside the Town Hall.

One of the joys (and challenges) about city weddings is that you’re usually taking pictures in busy, traffic heavy areas. You don’t often have a great deal of control over your surroundings and that can make it challenging to get the shots you wanted for the couple. However, what an opportunity for some unique, creative shots. Natalie and Jonathan wanted an urban city vibe to their pictures and chose Islington Fire station as a location for their couple’s shots.

I thought it would be great to incorporate a famous London red bus in one of the shots but something more interesting than just taking a picture of them by a bus.  So as I was stood on the opposite side of the street I slowed the shutter speed on my camera down and waited for a bus to drive through. As the bus was right in the middle of the scene I took the shot. The slow shutter speed meant that the moving bus was blurred and the stationary couple remained sharp and in focus through the window of the bus.

I really like this shot!

Soon we were at the last venue for the day. The Boundary rooftop bar in Shoreditch…

…Where the drinks kept flowing.

Right before it was time for me to leave, there was a lovely sunset over the rooftops of East London so I quickly stole Natalie and Jonathan away from their guests one more time for a quick sunset shot.

That’s all for this little sneak peek, folks.
I’ll add one or two more pictures from this day to the Facebook and Instagram pages as I edit them, so feel free to follow along over there. 

Big congratulations to Natalie and Jonathan and thanks to all of their wonderful guests for taking care of me all day and for being great fun to spend a day with (especially Natalie’s Mum Christina who even toasted me at  the end of the night - that’s never happened to me before!)

A Langshott Manor Wedding

Like so many couples this last 18 months, Josie and Ollie had been forced to postpone their wedding.
In fact, yesterday was 5th time lucky for these two!
I’m delighted to say that good things do indeed come to those who wait though, and yesterday - in the beautiful setting of Langshott Manor in Horley, these two wonderful people had the wedding of their dreams.

I spent the morning with Josie and her girls as they got ready, chatted, laughed and drank some extra strong Mimosas. They also enjoyed peeking out of the window to watch as the guests arrived.

When Ollie and his boys arrived, he had one of them hand deliver a rather lovely wedding day gift to Josie. ‘First Day, Yes Day, Forever Day’. Ollie is a smoothie, huh!?

Before long, it was go time. Ollie was nervously awaiting his bride, but he didn’t have to wait too long before she appeared and was proudly escorted down the aisle by her Dad, Martin. 

A beautiful and emotional ceremony followed and was sealed with a kiss and rapturous applause from all of Josie and Ollie’s guests.

And then a very special (and very good) boy arrived to share the moment - an extremely excited Woody was super keen to celebrate with his Mum and Dad, and he even dressed up for the occasion! 

Josie and Ollie’s guests were keen to pelt them with confetti and well, I love a good confetti shot so I was super happy to line everyone up and let them do their thing!

All of the excitement was getting a little bit too much for Woody and it was time for him to head home for a nap - but we managed to sneak off to a quiet area of Langshott Manor for him to get a few cuddles and spend a few minutes with Josie and Ollie before he headed off. I might have snuck a few cuddles with him too…

Shortly after, I was hanging out of a second floor window grabbing this shot of the happy couple and all of their guests.

Now then, let me introduce you to Cindy. Cindy wanted to take a ‘third wheel’ picture with Josie and Ollie and she absolutely  smashed it!

The happy couple and I left their guests to enjoy some drinks and some lawn games while we took a little walk around the gardens at Langshott Manor for some couple’s pictures.

Oh, and having mentioned lawn games - let me quickly show you what a man that brags ’I’ll get at least four out of five of these’ and then scores a zero looks like.

Time was flying by and soon it was time for the first dance and any couple that picks Luke Combs as their first dance are my kind of couple!

One thing that is true at most weddings is that the later into the evening it is, the more ‘lubricated’ people become and the more fun group shots become, but also the more outrageous the photobombs become. This might be my favourite photobomb ever!

It soon became time for me to leave Josie and Ollie and all of their wonderful guests to it, but as always, I asked if they fancied a few night time shots before I left.
I especially like the second one. To get this one I just asked them to stand in the window and put a flash behind them (the room itself was completely dark). I then said to ’just cuddle up and be all cute and stuff’ and I ran outside and took some shots while the room was lighting up like a rave!

That’s all for this little sneak peek, folks.
I’ll add one or two more pictures from this day to the Facebook and Instagram pages as I edit them, so feel free to follow along over there. 

Big thanks to all at Langshott Manor and to all of Josie and Ollie’s guests for making me feel so welcome and taking such good care of me. Special mentions to Jess and Robin for their help in rounding people up for the group shots and for dress ‘floofing’!

Most of all though, big congratulations to Josie and Ollie! 

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