Voewood Wedding Photographer

Voewood Wedding Photography

Voewood is an exceptional venue, a deservedly award winning venue, there is nothing quite like it in the rest of the county. Many venues claim to be unique, Voewood truly is and it's an absolute gem of a place to photograph a wedding. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore and even though I have been there many times over the years, I don't think I would ever get bored of the place! It's a venue that always lends itself to very laid back couples who just want to have a great big party to celebrate their wedding day, just how it should be!

I started the day with Millie and her bridesmaids who were already in high spirits when I arrived. But with Nick also getting ready there, I was able to spend my time moving between the rooms of the house, capturing frames from both the brides and the grooms' preparations.

Nick looked very dashing and Millie absolutely wowed in her bespoke Emma Beaumont dress and gold Jimmy Choo's. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful dresses I have seen.

An outdoor wedding, their ceremony took place under canopy, which was a good idea; there were showers, here and there. The rain came and went though and after the ceremony guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn accompanied by music from Sugar.

Millie and Nick had a large number of guests to entertain and a marquee, looking across the gardens to the house, provided the space and backdrop for their wedding breakfast.

The dining experience was, as to be expected, incredible; the wedding catering provided by Florentina.

The venue and marquee, meanwhile, were styled by the lovely Penny from the Little Lending Company who, it is always a pleasure to bump into and who was on hand that day, putting finishing touches to the decor. It looked amazing.

The whole day was amazing and one I was really happy to have been a part of. So, here's a few photos from Millie and Nick's Vooewood wedding - enjoy!


Oxnead Hall | Sneak Peek

Oxnead Hall Wedding - Sneak Peek

A little sneak peek from a gorgeous wedding day at, the equally beautiful, Oxnead Hall. I've been following up on 2020 enquiries today and these guys, Ruth and Nick, have been keeping me company on the editing screen with their wedding at Oxnead Hall.

I still have 4 Summer Saturdays left for June to August 2020 - so if you're getting married at Oxnead Hall or elsewhere, get in touch and tell me all about it!

 


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 Willow Grange Farm and  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. Willow Grange provided the perfect spot for the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. It was an amazing party!

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!


The Halls Wedding Venue in Norwich | Sneak Peek

Hello world, it's been a while!

I've been on something of a hiatus from blogging, busying behind the scenes, as wedding season is in full swing!

But in an effort to keep things fresh, here's a little sneak peek of a confetti storm seen at a recent wedding at an amazing Wedding Venue in Norwich, right in the heart of the city, the Halls! There'll be more from this Norwich wedding at the Halls soon.

I'll be posting more as the busiest part of the season starts to wind down from the end of September-October. If you're looking for a photographer for your wedding in Norwich, Norfolk or further afield (my next wedding is in Lewes!) - I have 4 Summer Saturday's left (June-August) in 2020 - get in touch and I'll check my availability and you can tell me about your wedding plans.


Award winning photo from a wedding in Norfolk

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photography

Award Winning Photographer in Norfolk

I was over the moon to win an award yesterday for my documentary wedding photography from the folks at This Is Reportage (TiR).

This award was for one of my all time favourite images, a photo taken at Voewood, quite possibly, one of the best Norfolk wedding venues.

These awards attract thousands upon thousands of entries from all over the globe and it's incredibly tough to get one, with just the top 3% winning out! It's also a little crazy to be featured amongst extremely talented photographers, both at home and abroad, who I have admired for a long time!

Award winning photo from a wedding in Norfolk

This image - The Groom Room - has featured on the pages of TiR before, where I wrote a blog piece describing how it came about.

Here's just a little insight, taken from that post, about how I made this image ...

"I had finished taking some close up angles on the groom, his shoes, his cufflinks, buttoning up his shirt etc but [...] I had that nagging feeling there had to be something more. But time was pressing (as it ever is) and so, I packed my bag and was making my way (somewhat hurriedly) back to the bride to capture her exit from the bridal suite. I stopped on the way out, glanced back over my shoulder to say, “Good luck!” but instead, I bit my tongue and saw the frame that I’d been missing. [...] It can be hard to think straight at a wedding sometimes, there are often a thousand and one things rushing through your mind and time is always slipping away but this image reminds me to relax, to stay calm and to look for the bigger picture. It’s always there, somewhere!"

It's a real honour to receive an award from TiR, their ethos and tag line resonates so well with me - Because Moments Matter Most - at the end of the day that's what wedding photography is really all about for me! ?

If you're interested in hearing more about my approach to capturing your wedding celebrations or, you would like to enquire about my availability, get in touch. I photograph weddings throughout Norfolk, the UK and Europe.

Want to see some more award winning wedding photography? Check this post out for more of my awards.


A Wedding at Bruisyard Hall

Wedding Photography at Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk

This was my first time at Bruisyard Hall and it did not disappoint. It's an incredibly beautiful Suffolk venue, surrounded by stunning gardens and parkland. Indoor and outdoor it is a wedding photographers dream!

I began  in the main Hall, photographing the Bridal party and the Groomsmen getting ready for the day ahead - there was a great atmosphere and you could feel the excitement growing as the morning progressed. Ashlea Gissing at The Beauty Box was on makeup and Elise Brabben on Hair.

The ceremony took place at St. Edmund's in Southwold. Robyn and her dad travelled in a classic American Cadillac, listening to Elvis classics, a theme that continued as she walked up the aisle to "Can't Help Falling in Love" being played on the church piano.

The sun was shining bright and the light inside the church was gorgeous- highlighting the detail in Robyn's wedding dress perfectly. Ryan in his tuxedo looked incredibly suave and Robyn looked absolutely stunning, escorted up the aisle by her dad who was beaming with pride. The couple were full of smiles throughout the ceremony and after tying the knot they hopped in the Cadillac and made their way, as newlyweds, back to Bruisyard Hall.

The reception was wonderful and everyone was in high spirits. Jazz A La Mode provided musical entertainment while the drinks were flowing and ahead of some insanely funny speeches before the Robyn and Ryan made their way to the dance floor for their first dance and partied until the small hours!

"I loved Rob’s candid and relaxed photography. The pictures were something really important to me and I knew that I didn’t want to have too many staged photos; looking through Rob’s galleries I knew that he would get it."

It was an absolute joy to be part of this day - much thanks to the happy couple for choosing me to capture it for them and a shout out to my second shooter, Craig McCaulay and to Trevor Fuller on video. It was a great team to work with. Here's a few of my faves from the day - enjoy!


Hunters Hall Wedding

Wedding Photography at Hunters Hall

Hunters Hall and Wymondham Abbey were the two venues that acted as the backdrop to Claire and Owen's celebrations. Having grown up in Wymondham and being childhood sweethearts, getting married at the Abbey was the perfect location for their wedding ceremony.

Now based in the far North, I didn't get to meet with Claire and Owen, face-to-face, until a few weeks away from their wedding but after I had, I knew they were going to be great fun.

I started the day with Claire and assorted family and friends at her family home where I was joined by Leanna on make-up and videographers, Chris and Kelly. Then I spent a little time with Owen getting ready at The Feathers pub, before heading back to see Claire getting into her dress!

At the Abbey, surrounded by their amazing friends and family who, I'm sure, had all been waiting a long time for this moment, Claire and Owen finally made it official!

The reception was lovely, Claire and Owen are big Jurassic Park fans and came into the gardens at Hunters Hall to the John William's theme being played by a Brass Band. The weather was incredibly bright and hot, much was the way this Summer past and so, after drinks on the lawn, the shade of the barn was most welcome! The speeches were full of good humour and heartfelt words and before i knew it, shapes were being thrown on the dance floor and it was time for me to say my goodbyes. I'd had so much fun, it passed by in the blink of an eye. Luckily, I got a few photos to remember it by and so I'll leave you with these words from Claire ...

"Beautifully natural and candid photos was what we hoped for, but couldn't have expected just how well our day was captured. It really felt like we were reliving the day..."

Thanks so much guys for having me along, I had the best time - enjoy!


southwood hall wedding photography

Southwood Hall Wedding Photography

Southwood Hall Wedding Photography

Natalie and James' wedding at Southwood Hall started out a little on the warm side and just got warmer and warmer from there! By warm, I mean blistering heat - this was an early afternoon wedding scheduled right in the middle of the 2018 heatwave! Fortunately, I was in shorts for the occasion. In fact, much of the weddings I photographed in the Summer meant that many a poor, unfortunate, soul was exposed to my pasty white legs. But I digress, this Southwood Hall wedding would have been a hot one whatever the weather because James and Natalie are bloody gorgeous people, inside and out! And it was amazing to share their day with them. I've known these guys for a couple of years now, ever since I photographed Natalie's brother's wedding at Hales Hall and I'm really looking forward to catching up with the family again in 2020 for Natalie's elder brother's wedding at a wonderful, Cambridgeshire, wedding venue, Bassmead Manor Barns!

"I must say, before looking I was nervous incase there weren't any I loved but looking through the entire reel I was beaming. You captured the day so perfectly and the pictures are really beautifully taken and edited. I am absolutely thrilled with what you have provided us and can't wait for everyone to see them now we're back. You are such a fun guy to have around at a wedding and have a real skill at making people feel comfortable throughout the shoots. I can't imagine it was one of the easiest weddings to capture considering how hot it was so your efforts running around all over the place to capture the perfect shots are extremely appreciated. Also huge kudos for somehow making us look non-sweaty, a huge achievement in itself ha! Thank you so much for your time, I am absolutely delighted as is James."

A Summer Garden Wedding

So, the main event, a gorgeous Summer wedding underneath a rose arch in Southwood Hall's walled garden. As Natalie came up the aisle she was beaming ear to ear catching the eye of her guests and seeing James at the top of the aisle.

When the reception hit, a few guests sought shelter inside Southwood Hall for a little cool down but the majority stayed outside to enjoy drinks on the lawn before sitting down to the wedding breakfast and a series of speeches that had them in absolute stitches!

The party didn’t stop until late into the night, giving everyone a chance to hit the dance floor a well as find time to get some of Southwood Hall's stone-baked pizzas - nom, nom!

A truly wonderful day, I had the pleasure of working alongside Mellissa Abel on make-up, Mike, from Capture Media, on video and the truly lovely, Dane and Rebecca, from Snapsation, on the Photo Booth! Props to all the team at Southwood too for working so hard in the heat to keep it all going.

Here's a few pics from an utterly beautiful day - thanks to Natalie and James for having me along for the ride!


A bride walks down the stairs at Bruisyard Hall

Best of 2018

2018

 

2009 – 2019

2018 has been and gone and this is where I’m meant to wax lyrical about how amazing all my clients have been this past year and how excited I am to get going again in 2019. And I will, because they absolutely have been! My 2018 couples have been fantastic and I owe each and every one so much for trusting me and for inviting me to be their wedding photographer. Sometimes, I can’t believe I get to do this and to keep doing it but I guess I must be doing something right, I photographed my first wedding in 2009, a decade ago!

2018

2018 saw me off to a beautiful destination wedding in Portugal and another amazing destination wedding in Mallorca both of which were incredible experiences. It meant so much to be taken away for these weddings, even more so because it was with people who I’ve met at other weddings I photographed! I also had the pleasure of two weddings at Childerley Hall, as well as weddings at Bressingham Hall, Bruisyard Hall, Godwick Hall, the Keeper and the Dell, Hautbois Hall and Luton Hoo, amongst others!  My 2019 season is pretty much fully booked now and while most of my weddings this year are in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, I’ll be visiting all around the UK for weddings this year, taking to the air and foreign climes again in 2020!

Where next!

I can not wait to get going on my first wedding of the year at the Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire- it looks stunning! I’m also looking forward to returning to Voewood, Pentney Abbey, Oxnead Hall, Bressingham Hall and the Georgian Townhouse to name but a few. I’m also really looking forward to a wedding at Ely Cathedral, the last time I was there was as a choir boy and that was a while back!

All about moments

It’s fair to say, over the past 10 years, my style has changed a little, here and there. If you’re new to my work and want to know more about my style and approach then have a read here! While I’ve dabbled with different styles, the overriding emphasis in my work has always been on moments. I love a great portrait but when it comes to looking back on your wedding photos, it will be those fleeting moments in time that perhaps no one but your photographer saw that you’ll truly treasure and which will most likely make your wedding album.

My faves

It’s never an easy task but as ever, I’ve tried to choose images that first and foremost put a smile on my face. It’s a subjective thing, I could do this exercise again next month and might come out with a different selection but for the most part, these are the images that would still stand out for me – photos, I hope, will give you an idea of how I work and how I like to tell the story of a wedding day.

The header image? Well, this image was chosen by my little girl for no other reason than it stood out to her the most and something about princesses ;-) This same image also won an award from the Wedding Photojournalist Association this year but my little girl’s love for it, as well as knowing it’s a favourite of the bride herself, is why that’s up there!

Thank you!

Energetic | Fun | Candid | The Best Decision We MadeJust some of the words my couples used to describe their wedding photography in 2018. If you like what you see, if they make you smile too and you’re getting married in 2019 or 2020, then get in touch and tell me about your plans.

A special thank you too to, Mr Craig Macaulay for second shooting with me this year – I tend to work alone for the most part but every so often, I take someone on, if they show promise and this guy is definitely up and coming. He’s as been great company, produced some stunning work and I can’t wait to see what he does in future! He also sent me a lovely box of chocolates in time for Xmas so he’s definitely good in my book!

A massive thanks to all the suppliers I worked with this year too, hair and make-up artists, DJ’s, wedding bands, wedding planners and some amazing Norfolk wedding caterers, there’s too many to mention all by name but they are all people who I love to work with and happily recommend!

I’ve truly loved being a part of all the weddings I got to go to this year. Thanks again, so, so much, to everyone who I’ve worked with this year and to those who chose me to be their wedding photographer in 2018, as well as those who have already booked me for their wedding photography for 2019 and into 2020! I really am so grateful – much love – enjoy!