St Augustines wedding photography, in Bilsington Kent

A while back in 2018 I travelled not too far from my Whitstable home to Bilsington in Kent, for the wedding of Charlotte and Bob.  When Charlotte and Bob asked me to shoot their St Augustines wedding photography, I jumped at the chance! Finally, a wedding in the beautiful Kent countryside. In 2017 I moved from London after 15 years living there to Kent, and I was keen to get to know more of the county.

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Langar Hall wedding photographer in Nottinghamshire

Back in August 2017, I travelled up to the East Midlands for my first wedding at Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire. There are many great things about being a Langar Hall wedding photographer, but the main building is simply stunning, an old English country manor with a hint of Indian design favoured by it’s former owner, with huge suites to capture some truly stunning wedding preparation shots. It was a perfect venue for journalist and editor Annabelle and husband-to-be Matthew, the attention to detail from the owners melding beautifully with Annabelle’s great ideas and vision for the wedding.

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West London wedding party in Ladbroke Grove

When Ellie and Phil decided to tie the knot, they decided to do something very different to your regular punters; elope to Japan. This happened in May last year, just the day after I photographed them both at the Barbican for an engagement shoot (which, by happy coincidence, was showing the excellent Japanese House exhibition at the time). Luckily for their friends and family, they returned in July and threw a huge West London wedding party in Ladbroke Grove. This of course happened after previous wedding party in Devon, and a last minute party picnic in Hampstead Heath… So these two know how to party hard. Wisely, they chose the excellent planner Andri Benson of Always Andri wedding design, who brought a ‘theatrical and magical’ design to the party. Also, this was a send off of sorts to the Dock Kitchen for myself - a venue I photographed in early on in my first year as an alternative wedding photographer. Sadly, the lease on this venue expired at the end of 2017, so here’s hoping chef Stevie Parle remerges with a similarly stunning venue soon.

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Alternative asian Mehndi and wedding in Tatton Park

So then, there are small weddings with just a handful of guests, then there are larger weddings. Typically, I’d say the average wedding I tend to shoot last about 10 hours, and has about 120 guests. With that in mind, there are also much larger weddings, and *then* there was Anooshe and Edmunds wedding… Wow. You could call it an asian wedding, on the basis it started with a Mehndi, but this was certainly an alternative asian Mehndi and wedding in Tatton Park. They didn’t want posed, staged images throughout the day, they wanted a story to their amazing adventure. Music, actors, supermodels, bollywood superstars, politicians, it had it all.

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Midlands wedding photography - Warwickshire wedding at Honiley out in the country.

Back in the summer I journeyed from the London nest up to beautiful Warwickshire, to captures the events of Jon & Becky's wedding. Whilst it's always great to get out of London every now and then, it was particularly great on this occasion as I had actually shot this pair before, back at my first ever professional wedding photographer gig in summer 2014. Jon had been one of the best men at Becki and Adam's wedding, and now he was getting hitched Adam was returning the favour...

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London Wedding Photography - Art Deco Wandsworth Town Hall followed by a late party at Brixton East!

Last year, I left South East part of the city for the equally leafy South West side, to photograph Chloe and Felipe's fabulous London wedding. Whilst I expected to begin my reportage with the groom getting prepared for the big day, I was ordered to sit and eat with his incredibly hospitable Brazilian family! After a good feed (and a few photographs), I went the short trek to document the bride and her bridesmaids. 

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