So the editing is all up to date, album designs are all off to print ready for Christmas delivery. Time to get blogging! I’ve had an amazing 2015 and it’s been such an honour and a privilege to capture so many wonderful weddings over the year. There will be lots coming up on the blog over the coming months, and here to start things off is Catriona and Chris’ beautiful May wedding which was full of very personal details and connections.
Catriona got ready at her childhood home, and the willow tree you see in the pictures of her amazing Jenny Packham dress (so so gorgeous!!!) has particular significance. I knew her dress was going to be spectactular as Catriona was very good at keeping me up to date with developments as the planning progressed and I was very excited when she told me what she’d bought as Jenny Packham is one of my favourite designers. I wasn’t prepared for the vintage style veil though which was so pretty and suited her perfectly.
From there we travelled to Hadstock in Essex to the Anglo Saxon church of St Botolph, for the ceremony. Catriona is a historian and the church has a strong family connection going back many years. Her parents married there and her mum sings in the choir. The oak door is one of Catriona’s favourite features – it’s the oldest door still in use in Great Britain - so it had to be part of their photographs, including one of my favourites from the whole day. It’s amazing to think how many people have passed through that door over the last 1000 years. Chris looked very handsome in his kilt, and his Scottish heritage was also reflected in the spiky Eryngium used in the buttonholes and bouquets.
May/June is my favourite time of the year in the garden and Catriona and Chris timed their day perfectly to take advantage of the beautiful gardens at their reception venue, Childerley Hall near Cambridge. It truly is a photographer’s dream! After enjoying the sunshine it was into the barn which had been beautifully decorated for afternoon tea with vintage china and an assortment of tasty treats. Following the speeches there was a quiz, based on their time theme (history again!), then the evening got going with a ceilidh.
It really was a fabulous day and I loved being able to share in it. I’ll leave you with Catriona and Chris’ reaction to seeing their pictures, as well as some highlights:
‘I don't think either of us really know what to say. I guess the main reaction, second to a general astonishment that those are actual photos of us and not people in a catalogue, is that this is exactly why couples should ALWAYS book a professional photographer! We've loved seeing the photos from friends with their lovely cameras but yours are in another league.’
If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, please get in touch sooner rather than later. 2016 is now pretty much fully booked!