Best of 2019

2019

‘FINE CITY’ WEDDINGS.

COUNTRY HOUSE WEDDINGS.

OUTDOOR WEDDINGS.

ADVENTURE PARK WEDDINGS.

BARN WEDDINGS.

SMALL WEDDINGS.

BIG WEDDINGS.

AND THEY ALL HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON…

…every wedding has been about best friends saying, “I do” and having a great time. The longer I have been in wedding photography, the luckier I have been at finding couples whose focus is on just that.

When I started out, I used to have a physical shot list. A piece of paper listing the images I thought I absolutely had to get. A tick box. I would agonise over taking close-up pictures of wedding rings, table decorations, dresses hung in trees. I still take these images, from time to time, (not so much the dress in the trees – they stain!) but those pictures are not the thing that gets me really excited about wedding photography.

One day, my head buried in a bouquet taking a close-up picture of the wedding rings, I heard laughter behind me. I wheeled around and got a, not entirely perfect but still beautiful shot of mum and daughter sharing a special moment. The penny dropped. Flowers, ring shots, table decorations all make for fine images. But not at the expense of moments. That was where my heart was.

Almost overnight, my approach to wedding photography changed. I started to concentrate on making pictures that you can look back on and be in the moment all over again with.

I like to focus on the ‘real’ stuff. The stuff that makes you feel something. My wedding photography isn’t about trying to create moments but about capturing moments.

A little direction here and there? Yes, on occasion. But for the most part, my favourite moments come from just letting you be you. Photos captured in this way are the photos that will make trigger your memory and make you feel the moment again.

My approach, at its simplest, is looking for things that move me and working to make images that move you.

Quirky little moments, tears, tears of laughter, inside jokes and the real love, not the fake, posed and cheesy stuff.

The moment your veil is lifted and you see each other for the first time that day; the way your mum holds your hand on the way to the church; the way your dad lights up the first time he sees you in your wedding dress; the moment you crowdsurf your first dance, singing your favourite tune together at the top of your lungs (NB – all of those things below and more)!

The big city wedding, the small church wedding, the outdoor Summer wedding, the cosy winter wedding – no two weddings are the same. And what you see here is what I am most passionate about capturing, whatever the setting.

Almost every photographer in Norfolk, not less the UK, describes themselves as relaxed and natural. You’d think we’re all lying around naked in hammocks. I’m definitely guilty of saying it. And yes, jokes aside, I take a pretty relaxed approach but I don’t hang around on the sidelines. I’m often running on a mix of excitement, adrenaline and too much caffeine. I like to be in amongst it all though. That is where the memories are being made and that’s where I will capture them. So yes, natural but no wallflower.

I’m coming into 2020 just 3 weddings shy of my total for 2019. And so, I owe a massive thanks to those people who have booked me for this year as well as those of you who have referred me to friends and family members. A massive thanks also to Craig and Emil for shooting with and assisting me. Thank you for all of your hard work and company, I really enjoyed it. To all of you, it means the world. Thank you.

So, on to the photos.

If you like what you see, I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

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a wedding at Glebe Farm Barn, Wymondham, Norfolk

A Wedding at Glebe Farm Barn

A Summer Wedding at Glebe Farm Barn, Norfolk

“Oh Jesus, Rob, I cried throughout the entire slideshow”

I first met Amie and Dan at their friends wedding at Chaucer Barn in 2014! I took a photo there of Dan and I must have caught his good side, because Amie decided upon seeing it that I would be their wedding photographer! Fast forward another 4 years and I got to hang out with them at their Cromer Pier Engagement shoot. One year on from that they were married at a wonderful ceremony, in front of all their nearest and dearest at Thorpe St Andrew Church, before heading on for a fab reception at Glebe Farm Barn, near Wymondham.

Blue skies and sunshine were the order of the day, even though it got a little cloudy later in the day and threatened some rain, nothing was going to get in the way of these folks making the most of it. A very relaxed, easy going couple, I always knew that I was going to be made to feel really welcome and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with Amie, Dan, their gorgeous little family and their friends.

Glebe Farm Barn is a quirky little barn wedding venue in Norfolk, a totally blank sheet really that you can put your own stamp on and Amie and Dan, with a little help from RLA Wedding Designs, did just that. Dan was especially pleased with the fairy lights he had hung in the courtyard which, as the sun began to set, added a little bit of magic. So, we finished the night with a little extra frame to capture the happy couple embracing under the glow from Dan’s handiwork!

A really, very, special day to have been a part of, as ever I had so much fun it was over before I knew it and the dance-floor began to come alive! I’ve known Amie long enough now to know that she would be all over that and Game Plan, their band for the evening entertainment provided the tunes to keep her dancing feet happy into the small hours!

Here’s just a few frames from their day – happy memories – enjoy!


wedding photography at Skylon, Southbank

Old Marylebone Town Hall and Skylon Wedding Photography

A London Wedding at Old Marlyebone Town Hall and Skylon, Southbank

A lovely trip down to London, last Summer, for Silvia and Stuart's wedding at not one but three different London wedding venues. The wedding ceremony took place at Old Marylebone Town Hall, the wedding breakfast at Barrafina, Coal Drops Yard and finally, the main wedding reception at the iconic Skylon Restaurant, the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s Southbank.

I was really excited for their wedding day after Silvia first got in touch, describing how they would be focusing on good times, good food and good music! Tick, tick and tick - I wanted in!

Silvia is Spanish and had family visiting from Spain. Even though my grasp of Spanish only extends to, "good morning", "good night" and "2 beers, please", I didn't need to speak the language to see how much love and pride her family have for her. Siliva and her mum travelled, to Old Marylebone Town Hall, in a 1959 Pink Cadillac and held hands the whole way - her mum was beaming!

At the Old Marylebone Town Hall, Silvia and Staurt's close family joined them for a small and intimate wedding ceremony. One of my favourite moments of the day was the bride and groom's first-look, Silvia could barely conceal her excitement, upon seeing Stuart, as she came around the door in to the ceremony room.

After Silvia and Stuart became newly-weds, they were covered in confetti as they descended the steps of the Marylebone Town Hall. Leaving Marylebone, they alighted a classic Routemaster, double decker, bus and travelled through the City to Barrafina, Coal Drops Yard. At Barrafina we were treated to some fabulous, authentic, Spanish tapas and it was soooo good, I will be going back there!  After the meal and some speeches, it was back on the bus to the Royal Festival Hall. Stuart is a composer and so the Royal Festival Hall is kind of a home from home for him. If you haven't been to the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, please go, even if it's just to use the lift! I won't spoil the surprise but using the lift put a massive smile on my face!

At the Royal Festival Hall, Stuart, Silvia and their family joined their assembled guests at Skylon for an entirely made-up but incredibly heartfelt and very funny, hand-fasting ceremony! After some more speeches, it was time for the party to get started and it really did, with the help of the amazing talent in the Gareth Lockrane Big Band (rumour has it, the drummer that evening, has played session for Led Zeppelin - I don't get that at every wedding!) Good friends of Stuart, he was hardly off the dance-floor!

An incredible day, I had so much fun, it flew by! A huge thanks to Silvia and Stuart for choosing me and to my friend Charlotte Knee (an amazing photographer!) for recommending me to the happy couple. And props to my second-shooter, Craig Macaulay, who was visiting old London town and popped along to Skylon to get some extra angles on the day - always a pleasure! Here's just a small selection from this fabulous London wedding - enjoy!

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A City Wedding at the Halls in Norwich

A relaxed City Wedding in Norwich

It’s no secret that I love a city wedding. Jade and Joe's celebrations are a prime example of why!

I first met them in a coffee shop, not far from home, in Norwich. I knew instantly that I wanted to be their wedding photographer. Warm and funny, they just fit and their plans for a relaxed city wedding in Norwich sounded right up my street.

As blue skies and sunshine set the scene, I joined Jade and her bridesmaids at the Maids Head Hotel, where makeup artist, Melissa Abel and hairstylist, Lisa Frost were helping them prepare for the day. After an emotional dress reveal (see below!), to her mum, dad, brother and bridesmaids, everyone made the short walk up Elm Hill to the Halls.

We enjoyed a beautiful ceremony in the Crypt and Becket's Chapel, before another short walk, through the Norwich lanes, to the Belgian Monk, where everyone enjoyed fine food, great beers and some cracking speeches, filled with plenty of loving glances, tears and belly aching laughs!

Later in the day, I took Jade and Joe on a little stroll along the river and back up Elm Hill, for a few portraits, before their evening reception at St Andrew's Hall, where they ripped up the dance floor!

Everything about this wedding day was really special but at heart, it was simply great fun and a way for Jade and Joe to share their excitement with their friends and family - exactly what they told me they wanted in that coffee shop, more than a year ago and precisely what they delivered, with a little help from, talented wedding planner, Chenai and One Curious Dream!

If you're planning a city wedding for Summer 2020, I have one Saturday in June, one in July and two in August, at the moment. I would love to hear about your plans!

For now, here's a small selection of some of my personal favourite moments - thank you Jade and Joe, it was a real joy to photograph - enjoy!


Chaucer Barn Wedding Photography

CHAUCER BARN | NORFOLK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Chaucer Barn Wedding Photography

Helen and Rob had the most amazing party at Chaucer Barn for their wedding last August. The threat of rain subsided early and it ended up being an absolutely baking hot day! The Best Man had something to say about the Groom's choice of attire for them (full coat and tails) and I forgot my sunscreen (ouch!) but no one could complain! Even if there had been a downpour, a really great bunch of family and friends would have made up for bad weather. I first photographed the couple for their pre-wedding shoot in much much milder weather!

Helen and Rob married outside in the grounds of Chaucer Barn. A really lovely setting for an outdoor wedding in Norfolk. Then after a quick signing of the register indoors it was back outside for the Groom's speech, delivered from the steps of the barn. Rob had been really nervous about his speech and earlier that day I'd caught him hiding away, under the shade of a tree, making some last minute amendments. He need not have worried, it was an amazing speech and very well received. Rob is one of those men that give's other men (like me) a bad name! Not only did he nail his speech but he also made most of the wedding decor that adorned Chaucer Barn that day! The pièce de résistance were the DIY tin-can lanterns that Rob had drilled a message in to to surprise Helen with at the end of the night!

The celebrations and fine weather continued late into the evening, allowing the bride and groom to cut their cake as the sunset and along with their guests, to light some sky lanterns - an Asian tradition said to imply good luck and prosperity!

A big thanks to Cat Robson for assisting on the day and also for helping out with transport for some, otherwise, stranded guests! This was a return trip for Cat and I, having been there just a few weeks earlier for another Chaucer Barn wedding.

There's no doubting that weddings at this venue are most certainly very special, the kind you can't put a price on. Thanks for having me along for your celebrations Helen and Rob, it was an absolute pleasure - enjoy!


Al Fresco Wedding in Mallorca

Wedding Photographer in Mallorca

One year ago today, Bank Holiday Monday 2018, I photographed a wedding in Mallorca for Dominique and Terry. I’d met them before, as guests, at Lucy and Tom’s wedding in Suffolk. We got together again for an engagement shoot in London in the run up to their big day. By the time it came around to their wedding, it was like meeting up with old friends. In fact, there were quite a few familiar faces from the Barn Wedding in Suffolk, where I had first got to know them. It was wonderful to catch up with their friends and especially lovely to catch up to Lucy and Tom!

This was my second time this year as a destination wedding photographer, having flown abroad for a beautiful destination wedding in Portugal just a few months before. On this occasion, I flew out the day before, straight after another amazing wedding at Childerley Hall, to get settled in. Although I was a little tired, a trip to the beach and a couple of drinks, with Dominique, Terry and their friends, soon saw me right.

On the day of their sunny Mallorca wedding, because of the crazy heat (yes, hotter than this Bank Holiday weekend!), I didn’t leave my hotel, or the comfort of the air conditioning, until about 1pm, first joining Dominique, before heading on to join Terry and the wedding guests at a lovely little taverna, overlooking the Mediterranean, in Can Picafort, where they had chosen to host their celebrations.The couple took a laid-back approach to things, it did not need to be immaculate but it did reflect them. There focus was on good food, drink and company and lot’s of dancing. The whole celebration was even more fun than I had expected and the party went on well into the small hours. I was blown away that they chose to fly me out for their wedding and feel honoured and immensely lucky to have been chosen to capture it all for them!

Rob was the perfect photographer for us. He was charming and super fun but captured everything in a very unique way. He captured everyone in their natural way and those pictures have proved to be the best memories we have of our wedding day. We flew Rob out to Majorca for our wedding and that’s the best decision we made! Our pictures are timeless and beautiful. Thanks Rob!

Here’s just a few frames from their amazing destination wedding photography in Mallorca – I hope you’ll enjoy! And if you’re looking for a destination wedding photographer Mallorca, get in touch!


A Wedding at Ely Cathedral

Cambridgeshire Wedding Photography

It's midway through August as I write this, one of the busiest months in my wedding calendar but I have neglected my blog long enough so, here's one of the first weddings I photographed this year from the very wet, windy but equally, very wonderful wedding of Clara and Errol at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. One of the most magnificent cathedrals in East Anglia (Norwich Cathedral is also a favourite of course!), Ely Cathedral is absolutely awe inspiring and was an incredible backdrop to the proceedings.

The wind whipping around the cathedral meant we couldn't hang around too long, a few people lost their hats in the short time we spent outside. So, after exiting to applause and a shower of confetti everyone made their way to the farm where, fortunately, the marquee was still standing, in spite of loosing it's tie-down straps during the bridal preparations - did I mention it was a little windy!

In spite of the weather, this crowd enjoyed every minute of the day - an absolutely perfect crowd to kick my year off with! I have more weddings in Cambridge later in the year but these guys have set the bar high!

It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside Emil Boczek and the ever lovely, Ashley from Primp, Powder, Pout on the wedding make-up!

Here are just a few highlights - enjoy!


Norwich Family Photographer

Norwich Family Photography

Family photography is a natural progression from my wedding photography. And when my couples allow me to back into their lives to photograph their family, it means more to me than receiving any number of Thank you cards, cake, gin or whisky (albeit, all of the afore mentioned items are very much appreciated)!

Truth be told, I haven't really been out of Lucy and Elliott's lives. They have been some of my biggest cheerleaders since I photographed their Hales Hall wedding in 2016. I have photographed several of their friends weddings, including a recent wedding at Hunters Hall. I also photographed Elliott's sister's wedding at Southwood Hall last Summer and will be catching up to the whole family for his brother's wedding in 2020! These guys are basically like family to me so, this shoot was about as far removed from hard work as is possible. They are just the most genuinely lovely people and I always knew they were going to make a lovely little family of their own. So, spending a morning with them and their gorgeous little boy recently, was a real treat!

"We have known Rob for just over three years now. He was our wedding photographer and provided us with the best memories we could ever ask for from our day. We are always complimented on our wedding photos! So, when we had our first baby there was no doubt that we wanted to have a family photography shoot with Rob. He came to our house and we just went about our normal activities, feeding, reading, playing! The photos Rob managed to get, just from a normal day in our life, are so gorgeous. They really just represent us as a family and captured such precious moments. I couldn't recommend him more as your photographer for either your wedding or as a family photographer. The natural photos are simply stunning and ones we will treasure forever. Thank you Rob, you're the best!!!"

I'm looking forward to catching up to another two of my previous wedding couples to photograph their families this Easter. If you're looking for family photography in Norfolk or, further afield, if you'd like to capture some of your own family memories, then, whether I've photographed your wedding or not, I'd love to hear from you!

A huge thanks to Lucy and Elliott for a wonderful shoot, some great coffee and some fantastic eats. Here's just a few of my faves with some of my faves - enjoy!

 


Childerley Hall Wedding Photographer

Childerley Hall Wedding Photography

Jen and Alex's wedding took place at Childerley Hall, Cambridge, this Summer - an Elizabethan house set within the most stunning gardens! It is also home to one of the longest timber framed barn wedding venues in England - a humongous space for entertaining!

This wasn't my first time at Childerley Hall, I had been the photographer at a Childerley Hall Wedding just a few weeks before. So, I was really looking forward to going back. It wasn't the first time I'd met Jen and Alex either, they booked me as their Cambridge wedding photographer, after I photographed their friends getting married at the Old Hall in Ely, the year before. So, it was nice to be back in familiar surroundings and amongst some familiar faces!

I began the day with the boys for a few photos of them getting ready, before heading to the Bride and Bridesmaids who were getting ready at home. Everyone was in good spirits and there was plenty of smiles and laughter from the off!

As the ceremony started, Alex looked a little nervous but Jen came beaming up the aisle and the minute he saw her, he visibly relaxed as she could not contain her excitement at seeing him!

"Thank you so much Rob for the truly wonderful memories you have given us. You captured all the special (and of course drunken) moments from our big day. Our guests absolutely loved you, you blended in and made everyone feel so comfortable!"

The weather was up and down all day, one minute the brightest sunshine, the next minute rain showers that came out of nowhere and disappeared almost as quickly but the rain didn't spoil the fun, some of my favourite images are guests laughing through the rain. The worst of the weather had, pretty much, passed over by the time the wedding breakfast and speeches had taken place. The speeches were fantastic, Jen and Alex also have a great sense of humour and everyone was laughing.

The evening entertainment was provided by Swagger - an amazing local wedding band who I would highly recommend! They had the dance floor going late into the evening.

A brilliant day to have been a part of and really lovely seeing some old faces again too. Here's just a few from Jen and Alex's day - enjoy!


Godwick Hall Wedding Photography

An Outdoor Wedding at Godwick Hall

Godwick Hall Wedding Photography

WOW! This was my first time at a Godwick Hall wedding and that sense of amazement, the WOW stayed with me all day! Godwick Hall was the most perfect outdoor wedding venue for Lucy and Simon’s big day! Gorgeous blue skies and blazing hot sunshine made for a spectacular al fresco wedding. 

I first met Lucy and Simon to discuss their wedding at Godwick Hall in December 2016! We met over coffee at the Georgian Townhouse in Norwich and I knew then that their day was going to be one to remember. I couldn’t wait until August 2018 to see them again so, we hooked up in January this year, for their pre-wedding photography in Wells and so, by the time their wedding had come around, they felt like old friends. I’ve known them almost two years now!!! Anyone who has met them will attest to just how bloody lovely they are, their humour and good nature is infectious – just a joy to be around! 

I got to photograph this one alongside wedding videographer, Pete Henderson, another good friend and I was also alongside the talented Leanna Stibbon, make-up artist in Norfolk and Flamingo Amy on hair, making this day extra special! 

Starting in the Farmhouse for the bridal preparations, I wandered the rooms, soaking up the atmosphere before making my way down to Godwick Great Barn where, outdoors, the hay bales and flower arch were all laid out, awaiting the wedding guests and their bride and groom!  Soon enough the Godwick tractor began to escort Lucy’s bridesmaids to the venue before collecting Lucy and her dad. At the top of the aisle, Simon waited with his brother and groomsmen, sharing jokes to keep the nerves at bay.  

A wonderful ceremony followed. The vows were amongst some of the most heartfelt I’d heard but you couldn’t see my tears for the sweat (sorry for the image) – this one was a scorcher! Wiping my brow, I continued to photograph the newlyweds and their friends and family. It was perfect weather for guests to enjoy the grounds and garden games, before taking in some shade in the barn for the wedding speeches. It was too hot to take photos of the happy couple at this point, outdoors at least and so we nipped into the bell-tent and Lucy and Simon had a little cuddle!

After the speeches and an afternoon tea, there was plenty of dancing and drinking and getting all glittered up at the Love Moi Glitter Bar (me included, see below!). This all kept the party going through until the small hours, sustained by food and amazing flavours courtesy of Christophe’s Crepes – seriously good stuff! 

So many favourite memories from this day, it’s hard to pin one down. But everyone singing along to Champagne Supernova at the end of the night and Simon dipping his bride to give her kiss, to applause from everyone around them is definitely up there! 

Thanks guys for choosing me. And thanks for the good times – may there be many more to look forward to – enjoy! 

“Rob they are incredible. You’ve captured our personalities perfectly. Took me a full 29 seconds before I became a blubbering Mess! (Simon found it a bit too funny!!)”