Jenny And Mike’s Autumn Wedding Haversham Flaxbourne Gardens Milton Keynes

There was a lot to celebrate on the day of Jenny and Mike’s wedding as it coincided with the 10th birthday of their twin niece and nephew Melissa and Henry too.  Double fun!

When I arrived at Jen’s mum’s house in the morning, Jen was having her gloriously curly hair styled.  She had contemplated doing her own hair today but had a last minute change of heart when she realised it would be far nicer (and less stressful!) to sit down and let someone else take care of it.

Strapped to Jen’s bouquet was a locket that was given to Jen earlier that year.  All 4 sisters received one in remembrance of their late father, who I know through tears and laughter was in their thoughts and greatly missed during the day.

Mike and Jenny’s rings were engraved inside with their partners name and their wedding date.  I remember Mike explaining to me how he designed them during their pre-wedding shoot.  I’m thinking 3d printing, did I get that right Mike?

After photographing Jenny’s dress and the comings and goings of the morning, I set off to the church to meet Mike and his best men as they greeted their guests.  Not long after, Jenny arrived at St Mary’s Church in Haversham for her Godfather Uncle Al to give her away.   Jenny grew up in Haversham but they opted to travel to the church in a white cab to represent the busy and fun lives they have together in London now.

The service was personal with readings from old friends and a solo sung by Jenny’s Grandad Clarence.  At 90 years old, he is still a staple in the panto and dramatic performances.

Despite Mike having two Best Men on the wedding day, Jenny kept the responsibility of looking after the rings, while the task of taking them to the alter was given to Jenny’s nephew, Best Boy Henry.  He did an excellent job and the rings made it to the right place at the right time with perfect precision.

I don’t usually fret much about the weather on a wedding day as I know that it is all part of the fun of things and we will always manage to get a collection of images that show the essence of the couple’s wedding  day.  However, after going to visit Flaxbourne Gardens earlier that week and seeing all of the lovely features there, I was hoping that the forecast showers would miss us and we could get out there and explore the area on the day.

Flaxbourne Gardens is like something from the imagination of a 5 year old child.  A Roald Dahl book perhaps, or a Beatles track from their psychedelic era.  There’s windmills, wooden crocodile benches, hidden pottery pigs and a mirrored cave that you can walk through. There’s steps that lead nowhere and a zip wire which travels you to a wagon.  Enchanting.

This couple were so much fun.  Masters of silly faces, we managed to get some lovely (and some crazy!) photos of the newly weds and completed all of the group photos they wanted just before the showers came.  Perfect timing for lunch.

Throwing out the rule book in true Jenny and Mike style, this couple’s sit-down meal consisted of spaghetti bolognese and crumble for dessert.  And to protect the glam rags from spills, guests were given personalised aprons as favours.

The marquee was decorated with the bunting made by Eileen and there were dangling wooden plaques with classic song quotes on them.  There were blankets for getting cosy later in the evening and conkers for anyone that fancied a match.  To add to the childhood photos of Jenny and Mike, there was also an Instax camera and a frame board for everyone to stick a selfie of themselves on.

There were many other personal touches throughout this day too.  Jenny’s aunt did a brilliant job with the vibrant flowers and bouquet, with Jenny’s mum crafting all the metres of bunting throughout the marquee. Mike’s mum made the cake and I hear she worked hard on it for 9 months before it was ready.  It was a naked 3 tier sponge with fresh flowers and berries to decorate that looked spectacular in the setting. Jenny and Mike had made their own Top Trumps packs made with the details of the guests who were attending. These went down really well and I enjoyed seeing their reactions as friends and family began to play with them.

As the sun set, the evening went off with a bang, with a live band and the Prop Corner keeping everyone on their feet.

This was a cracking wedding day and it was lovely to look back and see it again.  Thanks for having me xx

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Annette & Richard’s Autumn Barns Hotel Wedding Bedfordshire

Annette and Richards wedding date marks 6 years to the day since they went on that first date.

I arrived at the Manor Suite at the Barns Hotel to capture Annette’s bridal preparations.  This spacious room was a luxury to work in, with its own en suite, and grand free-standing bath, there was for plenty of space for Annette and her two niece bridesmaids Amy and Emma to get ready.  Annette’s mum was there too and we were soon joined by Lana, Annette & Richards super cute 20 month old daughter who had spent the night at Richard’s parents to ensure she had a good nap in the morning.

While Annette and Amy were having their hair done, Emma helped me set up Annette’s gorgeous wedding gown photograph and Mother of the Bride Ann, gathered up all the little special pieces and accessories that Annette would be wearing come the ceremony, so I could get some images of them too.

As you will have seen from their pre-wedding shoot, Annette has pretty short hair but on this day, the hair stylist was able to work miracles and sculpt her hair into an up do that made it look like Annette could have had super long hair to start with.  A simple and delicate cut to Annette’s wedding gown was perfect for Annette’s petite frame, with pretty lacy detail across the top which continued down one side of the dress.

Richard had bought Annette a rose gold watch which was designed with 2 rings on the face for their wedding day and this matched the wedding jewellery and hair piece that Annette had chosen to wear down the aisle.  A lovely gift with great sentiment as this watch can stay with Annette over the years of their marriage and she may still be wearing when they are retired and their family have grown up.

I nipped downstairs when Richard arrived with his 2 best men Gary and Dave.  These guys were taking no risks, sharing equal responsibility for the rings by keeping one each!  Richard’s buttonhole was made with a series of real buttons which looked great set again his navy suit.

The sun was shining as Annette and her father made their way to the barn for the ceremony.  This couple had opted for bright and vibrant flowers with a mixture of colours, shapes and textures that added a nice splash of colour as the bridal party made their way down the aisle.  On the trees outside the Autumn berries were out and these were matched in Annette’s bouquet as well.

After the ceremony, I took Richard and Annette off in the sunshine for some photos while their guests enjoyed the popcorn and cookies and other sweet treats this couple had organised with the reception drinks by the canal.

When we arrived back into the barn it had been transformed ready for the wedding breakfast.  This is where you could see the real creative flair that Richard and Annette have as the room looked incredible!  In keeping with the rustic barn, the couple had opted for a naked cake.  There were flowers tied to the chairs, fairy lights and bunting hung from the ceiling and there was even some bunting made using images of Annette and Richard.  When this couple had their pre-wedding shoot a couple of months earlier they mentioned that while making this bunting they suddenly realised that they only had something like 15 photos of them together.  Hopefully after today they will have lots to choose from.

This couple have known each other for over 20 years and took a chance 6 years ago to move from the friend zone and go on a date.  I am so pleased they did as Richard and Annette make a solid couple and I know they will have lots of fun years ahead with their little family.

Sam & James’ Unicorn & Dinosaur Themed Guildhall Wedding

Sam got ready with her dad and bridesmaids and some family friends.  Both Sam and James’s daughters were bridesmaids and to make it more confusing, they both happen to be called Jess.  The two bright and funny girls tried to help matters by explaining that to keep it simple, one likes to be called Bob and the other something else but regrettably, my small brain couldn’t keep up and I reverted back to Jess…and…. Jess!

I arrived early to photograph Sam and all the bridal details. Sam & James had the cool idea of having a dinosaurs and unicorns themed weddings and I can guess from Sam’s home that there was lots of inspiration taken from there.  I started to count the number of unicorns I saw and I lost count quickly!  This girl has some style and along with Sam’s Vivienne Westwood shoes, she had also opted for a brooch bouquet.  As I photographed it and all its colourful pieces it sparkled and rustled.  Lush!  Sam had attached her engagement ring and her nan’s wedding ring with ribbons around the stems.

Sam’s dad came in handy as after several failed attempts to attach the half sixpence to Sam’s shoe for good luck, it was her dad that went into the shed to dig out the marine silicone to save the day.  While Sam was putting on her dress, her dad explained to me that he was wearing the tie with his family’s tartan print on it which is a nice way of including the whole family with you.

When everyone was ready we departed in the VW campervan and stopped off at Sam’s nan’s care home for a quick hug and a few portraits before we were back on the road for the trip from Milton Keynes to Northampton Town.

The Guildhall is an historic building with high arching ceilings with interesting art throughout.  I met up with James who had just seen his Godparents for the first time in ages.  He hadn’t thought they could make it and they only confirmed at the last minute and it had really meant the world to James.  In addition to this, James’ ‘Best Man’ was his sister who had travelled all the way from Australia to support him.

The moment a bride walks down the aisle always makes a big impact but imagine making your entrance to the magical and all consuming tunes of a full brass band.  For Sam though these were all her friends as she plays in this band in her spare time.  It was like watching someone arrive with their own movie soundtrack to accompany them.    Wow, it was impressive!

When it comes to shooting ceremonies, photographers are at the mercy of the registrar, often there are strict rules about where you can stand and what equipment you can use and sometimes there are sections of the service that registrars will not allow you to capture.  I think James and Sam lucked out with their registrar as she was so relaxed.  With hair to match this couple’s colourful scheme, this registrar told me from the offset that there were no rules and I could capture the ceremony how ever I saw fit.  She laughed and joined in with the couple and put everyone at ease.

Sam’s daughter did a reading that was really emotional and I know her family must’ve been very proud that such a young girl could grab the attention of so many people in such a huge hall.

The brass band continued to wow the guests after the ceremony as they set up in the courtyard while the canapés of mini sausage and mash hotdogs were being served.  Sam and James are such a musical family and they joined the band to play “Walking on Sunshine” with Sam on the French horn (I hope I’ve got that right!) and James on the drums.

I had to tear them away to Becketts park to grab some quick portraits and the campervan was ready and waiting to take us.

Meanwhile the Great Hall was being turned around for the afternoon tea the couple had laid on.  Each table had glittery dinosaurs and unicorns as place names with a little badge and a charity donation in place of favours. The cake was the most colourful and magical thing I have ever seen with hidden dinosaurs and unicorns all around it.

The evening entertainment came from the fantastic band the Mighty Macca.  Sam and James opened the dance floor and all was revealed that their dancing lessons had paid off and they were twirling and spinning across the dance floor much to the amazement of the guests.  This polished band had guests dancing all night and even got Sam and her bridesmaid up on stage to add tambourines  for a couple of tracks.  A really fun evening.

Thank you Sam And James for a truly funky wedding.  It really was a wedding to be remembered!


Venue: The Guildhall

Make Up Belles Beauty

Car Calico Moon

Band The Mighty Macca


Wayne & Loren Pre-Wedding Shoot, Rushden Hall Park, Northants

Loren & Wayne decided to have their prewedding shoot at Rushden Hall Park because it is somewhere they regularly go to walk their much loved dogs Fraggle & Bug.  Rushden Park is so beautiful during Autumn that Wayne & Loren had even considered it as a wedding venue option although their heart eventually rested on another spectacular venue, Brampton Grange.

I  first met Wayne & Loren at their home earlier in the year and was introduced to their dogs then.  These canine friends are so important to this couple that they have decided their dogs will be coming with them on their wedding day too.

Our pre-wedding shoot took place on a super chilly morning.  By early November, Autumn has often peaked and the trees start to lose their leaves however with all the great weather in the lead up to their shoot, Rushden Hall Park was still a mix of fabulous oranges and reds with berries out too.

Loren and Wayne have not long moved into their new home so they had been out the night before to discover the night life in their new local area.  Still fresh faced the following morning, Loren and Wayne showed me around all the best parts of the park.  I’d definitely like to come back here again for another shoot.  What a gem!

With a nip in the air we went to grab a hot drink to go over all the final details of their wedding plans and I was off back home to get planning.  I’ve been to see Wayne and Loren’s wedding venue this week and I can’t wait to go back soon for the main event.  xx




Chas & Tracy’s Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford

I first met Chas & Tracy in November 2015.  Tracy had already seen some of my work so I came to meet them at their home to find out more about their wedding plans.  Tracy & Chas had organised a lot already and were able to create quite a good picture of how they were hoping it to look and feel on the day and I have to say I left feeling quite excited at being a part of it.

This couple have been together for 8 years.  They both had new babies when they first met and were living in a little rented place together.  They always said they would never get married but as the years have gone by, everything began falling into place and now, with 3 gorgeous children, a beautiful new home, and a family dog it just felt right for them.

Chas proposed on Valentines Day.  Tracy had thought the surprise was Elsie, their new puppy but all was revealed when Chas popped the question!

On the morning of her wedding, Tracy made her preparations at the Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford Milton Keynes.  The hotel is situated on the High Street so you could see all the usual Friday morning comings and goings of the small market town through the 15th Century windows in the suite upstairs.

We had Tracy, 5 bridesmaids, 2 children, a couple of close friends, a make up artist, a hair stylist and myself, all in one room and some of them with slightly sore heads from all the excitement the night before.  They were all team players and  helped each other out, with nail painting, doing up necklaces and getting the children ready meaning that everyone managed to get ready in good time and enjoy their morning.

Chas and Tracy had planned a hessian rustic theme for their day with lots of woods and natural colours so the bridesmaids dresses (which could be done up in 5 different ways!) really complimented the look.   Looking the part, the gents wore navy suits and tweed waistcoats and together the whole wedding party looked a dream.  Tracy had her bouquet hand made from natural materials to match the theme with pretty beads and textures amongst the flower designs.

Next it was on to the service at St Thomas’ Church in Simpson which was carried out by a great vicar who had the whole congregation laughing at times.  The ladies and men threw everything into the songs and it turned out to be a perfect mixture of sentiment and fun.

With spatters of rain on the way, we headed back to the Cock Hotel for Chas & Tracy’s reception.  I couldn’t wait to photograph the wedding party with the camper van that they had hired as their wedding car! Thankfully we got everything snapped before the rain came properly and Tracy ran for cover just as the wedding breakfast was about to begin.

So much of this wedding had been beautifully crafted, created and styled by Tracy herself.  She really excelled herself and the room looked like perfection with every detail having been thought of.

Tracy had made little hessian heart shape place cards, and bride and groom personalised wine and beer glasses.  There were jam jars filled with seasonal flowers and individual picture frames for table centres.  The children had balloon modelling kits and circus tricks such as juggling that kept them entertained all afternoon. Chas and Tracy had not one, but 3 wedding cakes, some of which were gifts from talented members of the family.

With the evening settling in to full swing, Chas, Tracy and I went for a little stroll around Stony Stratford to get some lovely portraits of them.  It can make a nice change to have a less conventional backdrop of a town with so much history for these shots. I love all the little alleyways and historic features it has to offer here.

The evening partied hard with the Prop Corner set up for the guests of all ages, we got some fantastically funny shots in there!  And the dance floor was packed all night.  I particularly recall the fun when “Much too much, much too young” began to play.

Tracy’s bridesmaids did a fantastic job all day with helping to round people up when needed and keeping the bridal party on schedule.  It helps thay there were such great ladies but I could tell they were the tightest of friends who had each others backs always.  Tracy wore shoes down the aisle with handwritten messages from these ladies which will be something she can keep forever,

Tracy openly admitted that she doesn’t enjoy having her picture taken and in fact this couple had opted to pass up the complimentary couple shoot that was included in their wedding package.  When editing their collection I was taken aback by how stunning Tracy looked on the morning of her wedding.  It would have been easy to for them not to bother having a photographer there to capture their wedding day but I am so so pleased that they did.  Thank you so much for having me Tracy and Chas, you aced it xx


Venue: Cock Hotel Stony Stratford

Church: St Thomas’s Church, Simpson

Car: Calico Moon

Disco: DJ Lee Powell via The Cock Hotel

Make Up Artist: Yasmin Spink

Becky & Jamie’s Pre-Wedding Session, Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes

Becky and Jamie met 5 years ago at an impromptu gathering at a friends house and hit it off straight away.  From that moment on, they have been pretty much inseparable.

We got together for this couple’s pre wedding shoot when Becky was not long back from her cocktail making hen.  It sounded like fun, although Becky couldn’t give me any cocktail making tips because her memories of that night are a little fuzzy 😉

We met at Caldecotte Lake just a few weeks back to take some prewedding photos of this lovely couple to capture part of the build up to their wedding celebrations.  It was my plan to meet right round the back of the lake so we could get off the beaten track a little bit and avoid too many crowds.  A fabulous plan indeed… but Becky’s sandal had other plans and gave way while in the middle of nowhere just 5 minutes into the shoot!  Lucky for us all that Becky says she prefers barefoot and we were good to carry on… albeit mostly on the grass.  Yay!

Also at one with nature was Jamie who knew the area well.  As a keen fisherman, he was right at home in this beautiful lakeside setting and was able to peer into the water and see what he might have been able to catch if he had brought his rod with him.

Both Becky and Jamie admit that the wedding butterflies are just beginning to set in, which is really lovely because it shows how much their coming wedding means to them.  So excited to see you both on your big day xx

Richard & Annette Pre-Wedding Shoot, Bromham, Beds

Annette & Richard have known each other since they were little.  Their families are friends so they would run into each other from time to time when everyone got together for celebrations.  They dated for a while as teenagers but decided to go back to being friends while they went off and did all the usual growing up stuff teenagers do.  And good friends they remained for a few years before realising once again, that what they felt for one another was more than just friendship.  Richard decided to take a chance and ask Annette out for a date.

The date of their wedding day will be 6 years to the day since they went on that date and they have never looked back.  With a lovely home, a dog and a bright and happy 20 month old daughter, this couple are in a really good place.

Annette wanted to do their pre-wedding shoot in a little meadow in Bromham which is near to their home.  Richard and Annette often take their little family on walks through this pretty meadow which is currently budding with early signs of Autumn already.

Annette and Richard had been to see a few wedding venues but kept coming back the The Barns Hotel for their wedding celebrations. They are going for an Autumy feel with lots of rustic and wicker styling which will sit perfectly with the setting at the Barns Hotel.

Happy wedding planning guys, and I will see you very soon xx

Jenny & Mike’s Pre-Wedding Shoot, Haversham, Milton Keynes

Jenny & Mike both live in London these days but will be having their wedding in Milton Keynes.  In order to pick a good date in the diary for their pre-wedding shoot we decided to co-ordinate with at date when Jenny and Mike would be visiting the church to speak to the vicar in the morning and then going for Jenny’s wedding dress fitting in the afternoon. It was all planned to precision but I was woken in the early hours to the sounds of rain throwing itself against my bedroom windows.  Booo 😦

Desperate to meet up we stuck with the plan so we could go over all Jenny & Mikes plans and make any additional notes needed for their big day.  As it turned out, they got held up with the vicar which actually worked out well for us because by the time we got together, the rain had stopped and by the time I’d packed away all the paperwork and notes the sun was actually out!  We nipped out along the river in Haversham and got snapping!  I like to take my time on a shoot to allow the couple to get use to it gently and in a relaxed way, but this one turned out to be a mini micro shoot because 15 minutes in, down came the rain again and we had to run for cover.  I think Jenny and Mike were so lovely to throw everything in to such an adhoc session and they didn’t even complain when they got soaked!  I think their fun and cheerful nature comes across in their images and we ended up with a lovely collection of shots.

This clever couple have designed their own website to tell their guests everything they could possibly need to know about their gorgeous autumnal wedding.  There is even a cute little timeline of their journey and how their paths very briefly crossed twice before and how they FINALLY became an item 6 years ago.

My favourite snippet from their timeline taken from their website: Jen and her housemates  hold a fancy dress birthday party. Matt brings Mike along. Fuelled by White Lightning, they have a moment in the kitchen, but someone (Clare) walks in and the moment ends.  They don’t see each other again for years. Until…”  …Well we all know how that story turned out.  I will see you both very soon for the next chapter in your wonderful lives xx ❤ xx

Sam & James Pre-Wedding Shoot, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

Sam & James booked their wedding photography coverage with me back in 2014 and they have been busy ever since with their big plans for their day.

These two have such fabulous style and were really fun to shoot.  They were both so comfortable in front of the camera and slotted together very naturally into each others arms whenever we paused in a spot.  James is a keen photographer and I hear Sam is a dab hand with the macro lens too so with a little bit of pressure on me (haha!) we went for a stroll to capture some images.  James & Sam opted for Campbell Park for their pre-wedding shoot as it is a special place they both love to go and I knew that with the lovely Summer evenings we’ve been having, the light would be fantastic.

When getting to know a couple I usually ask them to describe the vibe they are going for with their wedding or if there is a particular theme they’ve chosen.  Well, I can tell you I was not expecting them to share they were planning a dinosaurs and unicorn themed wedding that’s for sure!  James has been spending his evenings bonding with colourful glitter sprays to help create the final effect and I have visions of him turning up for work in the mornings with a little sparkle himself.

I cannot think of 2 things more enchanting and magical fun than dinosaurs and unicorns and I just cannot wait to see the end result.  Even my own children are excitedly waiting to see this one!


Jenny & Nick’s Highgate House Northamptonshire Wedding

Wow, so much to say about Jenny & Nick’s wedding!

This pair were high school sweethearts and have been dating since they were about 15 years old.  Nick planned to propose to Jenny during their weekend away in Rome in March 2015.  This was to be a total surprise to Jenny, however Nick thought his cover might have been blown when Jenny’s dad asked him before they left “Have you packed all the important things?” (wink wink).  Thankfully Jenny didn’t notice this at all and the proposal went perfectly and of course she said yes!

On the morning of their wedding, I arrived at Highgate House in Northamptonshire to see a very excited Jenny with her four bridesmaids having a lovely morning.  Nick would say Jenny is unflappable and I’d have to agree.  Having slept really well, not a hint of nerves, and just generally on top of everything, leaving her headspace free and clear to enjoy everything the day had in store for her.

While the ladies were starting their hair and make up preparations, I went over to catch up with Nick who said he hadn’t slept quite so well and was starting to feel pretty nervous.  Thankfully he had some friends and family around him to keep the butterflies at bay and they did a good job of distracting him with the challenge of doing up their wedding ties and arranging pocket squares in their suit jackets.

In the height of Summer, both the bride and groom’s rooms were very hot with the fans on high speed as they got themselves ready.  With Jenny & Nick hidden away at separate ends of the same location I was able to move between the two teams throughout the  morning.

Once Jenny was almost ready she got the news that the bridal suite was ready for her.  As Jenny waited for the room to be unlocked she was able to overlook The Baronian Hall beneath her where she would be saying her vows very soon.  She watched as the musicians began to practices their pieces and spied as the guests started to arrive.  It all started to feel very real.

The bridal suite was very much worth the wait, with an incredible view of the countryside, the flowers arrived and suddenly the room was full of colour.  With plenty of space, I was able to get some beautiful shoots with Jenny and her bridesmaids before Jenny’s dad arrived to see her.  Andy was such a great character and on top form all day.  Jenny gave her dad a fist bump to greet him, I took a few shots of them and it was time to give her away!

After a lovely ceremony, the guests gathered outside in the sun with their bubbly while the string duet played songs such as Toy Story’s ‘You Got a Friend in Me’ and Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’.  The Hall was transformed with all the handmade details Jenny and Nick had made for their wedding celebration.  There were little jars of sweeties with funny alcohol related quotes on them and guests could use this as a token for drinks a the bar.  The name places were inspired by their pet cockatiel Penelope who Nick & Jenny absolutely love but obviously could not attend this gig.  The wedding cake was decorated with flowers to match the bouquets which were so delicate they looked like real flowers and each of the bridesmaids got their own individual cake as a little gift.    There was an instant Polaroid style camera for guests to stick their photos into the couple’s guest book with messages and also a sweet table for kids of all ages to enjoy.

I just love how these two bring out the best in each other.  I know they both tackled this wedding as a team and will have brought their individual talents to the planning. A really lovely day for such a fantastic couple.  Lots of love to you both xx


Venue: Highgate House

Flowers: Homeland Florist

Hair: Nicky Roberts & Tracy Alison

Cake: Hockleighs

Disco: Bob Hammond @