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It doesn’t get more hip, groovy and lovely than this wedding I shot recently in Hackney

After a ceremony in the magnificent Hackney Town Hall everyone walked to http://pubonthepark.com/ and spread out on the roof terrace for drinks. Such a nice venue with views over the London Fields and the perfect spot to throw a bouquet. Yes! my bride threw her bouquet! woohoo! Then Auntie nipped over the road to fetch the cake she’d made. What a cake! and look where it sat. I hung about until they went down to eat but I did get to slope off with Mr and Mrs Taylor for some pics around the park and we went as far as Broadway Market where the jolliest fish monger http://www.finandflounder.co.uk/ you could ever meet dangled an octopus in front of their noses. I was assisted at this wedding by Siph System who did a great job again. You got some great shots, thank you Bert.

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She said yes!

Doesn’t get more romantic than this!
Chris took Rebecca for a lovely lunch then suggested a stroll in the park ….where me and the team from The One Romance were secretly waiting by the band stand!
Rebecca was overwhelmed when she saw that Chris had written her a huge love letter and the band stand was filled with her favourite flowers, and photos of their baby boy. I think she must have guessed what was going to happen next…! Chris got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
I was standing at a discreet distance trying not to wobble my long lens with the emotion of it all then we all went over to congratulate them and crack open the champagne. Neither of them could stop smiling and we were so happy it went well and the rain held off.
Even baby Louie enjoyed himself and looked very sweet in his special T-shirt.
All organised perfectly by the romance planners The One Romance

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Rachel & Andrew

Rachel and Andrew chose Greenwich for their pre wedding shoot. We pretty much covered all the sights and even made it up the hill to the Royal Observatory.
After a lukewarm start as is often the way on this type of shoot (camera shy guys usually!), I think you can see that they got into the spirit of it..
Our action packed morning included the following: running through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, walking on the Thames beach and getting covered in sludge, climbing a tree, acting out the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, throwing Rachel in a skip, trying to steal an ice cream cart, walking precariously on a high ledge of the Royal Naval College, being shooed away by a security guard because my lens was too long, lots of kissing, and discovering that Rachel likes butter. The morning was rounded off very nicely with a beer and chat and talk of the big day. I had a blast and I think I got some nice pics. I have to say I am so looking forward to the wedding as it will be my first opportunity to photograph a kilt!

 

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Bev & Donal

Bev and Donal’s wedding at the Woodland Park Hotel, (https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/ ) was wonderful to photograph. This 19th Century mansion was the ideal setting with it’s beautiful wooden interior and mature gardens out the back. And the sun shone all day which also added a touch of magic. This is one of the most relaxed weddings I’ve ever photographed. Even the groom didn’t mind me taking pictures of him after being rather camera shy at the pre wedding shoot.
Wedding dress from http://www.flourishingtemple.co.uk
Bridesmaid’s dresses From http://www.thismomentbridalstudios.co.uk
Music True Tone Band
This was a very musical day with a three piece jazz band throughout the meal which turned into a dance band later on. And before the evening kicked off Bev joined her choir http://www.cherrypiemusic.co.uk/choir and lifted the roof before Donal took her onto the floor for the first dance. Oh, and the cake was made by the bride herself! Have a look, it’s spectacular.
And not forgetting toastmaster Graham Dorward http://www.gdtoastmaster.netwho made sure everything went without a hitch.
Also not forgetting the fabulous and debonair Gigi Giannella who was photography assistant on the day
Gigi Giannella Photography http://www.gigigiannella.net

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Three weeks to go..

…until this lovely couple get Hitched. With camera nerves out of the way it should go like a dream.

 

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Taking a big step at Camden Registry

A lovely intimate celebration last week. Congratulations to Monika and Mark and thank you for choosing me as your photographer.

 

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A great time in the studio!

 

I’m really pleased with these tests shots and looking forward to working with Josie again soon. Expect to meet Buster the bulldog in the next shoot!

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Great to see my photo story in Russian Life this month

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I captured the Saint Peter sailing back to Solovki after it’s first long voyage in the White Sea. I had crossed over the bay to photography the monastery and by chance this beautiful ship sailed in front of the monastery walls. This is a very quiet place so I was surprised to witness something like this. A small crowd had gathered on the jetty to greet the crew and judging by all the cheers and hugging this was obviously an important event. Later on in the day I went back and spoke to the crew and found out that 12 boating enthusiasts had spent 10 years building the Saint Peter, a replica of a ship built for Peter the Great in the 17th Century. She was built in the Maritime Museum which sits near the jetty as part of a working exhibition so visitors could watch every stage of the construction. The guy in the picture is Evgeny, a carpenter and he told me they had sailed the same route as Peter the Great when he came to the islands, only in reverse. He proudly showed me his tool box and pointed out a knife he has which was made in Sheffield.
At only 150 km from the Arctic Circle this is the furthest north I had ever been and it’s a formidable place – fog and wind prevent any access to the islands for several months of the year. I asked Evgeny how rough it had been out in the White Sea and his face lit up saying it was wonderful to ‘play’ with the wind.
Future trips are planned for The Saint Peter but as Evgeny pointed out she is intended for research expeditions not for commercial use. I left this place with a real sense that something worthwhile had been created..

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Anna & Jun

Anna and Jun tied the knot near Albert Bridge so we squeezed in a shot before dashing to the reception in Mayfair. More pics to come..

 

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Highlights from my last wedding of 2015

Guy and Christine were married in the beautiful Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria church in Droitwich Spa which has stunning mosaics inside. This really was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve been to and an absolute pleasure to photograph. There were so many special touches like the pumpkins grown specially for the day by the bride’s father, the unique and wonderful cake stand made by the groom’s father Master Basket maker John Galloway. John also made the lampshades for the reception which were simply stunning. John’s girlfriend Joy Gilder, a freelance florist, made all the flowers and it was wonderful to see some deep rich colours again. The reception was held at the Red House Barn in Bromsgrove which was the perfect venue and looked stunning. The only dampener was the rain which persisted all day and prevented us going out into the lovely grounds but we got some lovely shots inside then some fun pics later on in my pop-up Photo Booth.

 

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