Swallows Oast Weddings

Swallows Oast Wedding - Jakki + Luke's barn wedding photography

Jakki and Luke's Swallows Oast wedding was my hottest wedding of last year. It could not have been any more of a country wedding if it had tried! It was a boiling hot, blue sky day and an amazing first time at this venue for me. Swallows Oast has a huge barn, which backs onto rolling hills, fields and countryside. It's a truly delightful venue. All of the staff were really welcoming and we were able to really make the most of the photographs at this Swallows Oast wedding.

Recommended by experience

Jakki and Luke were friends and guests at a wedding I photographed the year before in France. If you'd like to see Chantel and Evan's photos, have a look at them here. They'd loved how chilled I was during the day and loved my photos from that wedding. They were in contact with me soon after I put some photos up online. I felt so honoured that they'd both been so keen to book me having seen me work and the resulting photographs. In all honesty, they are both so vey cool, I felt a bit like the kid who tried too hard to fit in at school!

A boiling hot, blue sky day

In the morning, bridal preparation was so much fun, as all the bridesmaids were all really funny. They were laughing away and making jokes out of all of the boys - sorry guys... Good luck to you all, these ladies will run rings around you all! Their banter and friendship was infectious, and set the joyful tone for the day. When I left the ladies to get to the venue, the atmosphere was super chilled and relaxed. I loved this. Luke was cool, calm and collected for the whole day, even in a black tux with the temperature in the high 80s. The ceremony went like a dream and we went straight into group photos. 

Swallows Oast Venue

A wonderful addition to this barn wedding venue, is the Swallows Oast walk, which is a trail into a woodland that backs onto fields. It gave us the opportunity to sneak off for some couples photos in between the trees. Jakki's hair worked so well with the greens and dark earthy colours of the whole place and the colour scheme they'd chosen. Once we returned, we went into the main wedding breakfast room. The speeches where both touching and moving at the same time, everybody was fully engaged. It was great to see so much love in the room for these two. After the food, everybody went straight back out onto the patio and gazebo for some sweets and more Pimms.

After dinner, we managed to catch the sunset in one of the wheat fields that I had found. It was a bit of a walk away, but both Jakki and Luke were up for it, which was amazing. This little chunk of time gave them a bit of chance to just let it all soak in and spend their first sunset as a married couple. Plus, for me the colours of the wheat field at sunset was amazing. The colour tones are incredible!

A wheat field sunset

Once we came back, it was time for Jakki and Luke to cut the cake. Everyone was really excited by this, and of course the first dance that followed. As soon as the music came on, one of the younger members of Luke's family found his rhythm. He danced all night long, putting everyone else to shame when they needed to take a breather and put their feet up. He did not stop moving or break dancing. The evening was spent around the fire pits and reminiscing under the stars. The night ended as the day had begun, with laughter amongst friends. What an incredible wedding - pure fun with a mixture of a boho and elegant style. Congratulations to you both!

Vendors:

Decor - House of Hud

Florist - The Flower House

Dress - Blue by Enzoani

Make up - Jessica Maries Artistry

Cake - Emily's Mixing Bowl

Confetti - Dollz confetti

Doughnuts - Krispy Kreme

Neon Sign - Love In Ltd

Flower Wall - Rent event

Flower Chandelier - Made by the couple!!

 

 


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Guildford Wedding Photography - Annie & Tim's stunning 2019 wedding

Annie and Tim chose me for their Guildford wedding photography - and oh my, how happy was I about that! I just love everything about this couple and this stunning barn wedding. I worked with Tim years ago at Coca Cola, so it was an honour that they chose me. Not only for the connection, but because they love my photography. We did an engagement shoot that I've already blogged. Check it out here. Everything about this wedding was personal, as Annie and Tim did everything possible to ensure they used local suppliers known to them.

Family, friends and loved ones

In the morning, I had a great time with Annie and her bridesmaids - they were so lovely and giggling away with each other. They have such a strong friendship and the bond between them is clear to see. Each bridesmaid was given her own specially designed box, with a gorgeous handwritten card in each. Annie's attention to detail was utterly flawless. This carried on throughout the day, as the venue was Annie's parents' home and so the entire decoration fell to friends and family. Both families outdid themselves setting everything up - it looked and had a better vibe than some official wedding venues! The flowers were done by a close family friend - the lady next door, who just so happened to be a (rather talented!) florist.

Guildford wedding photography

The whole day was so casual but felt so comfortable. There were no dramas, no stress, just lots of love and laughter with a romantic boho vibe. It was so personal and everyones needs were met. The weather was perfectly hot, but not too hot and the sky was endless blue (to compliment the bridesmaids?!). During a wedding day I normally soak into the background, as I like to capture what's going on. Everyone was so friendly to this Guildford wedding photographer, I found myself talking to everyone! I truly believe that you can see the positivity and love come through each and every photograph I've shared below.

Chilled out and down to earth

The village church was a two minutes walk away from Annie's parents house and is a picture postcard. I just loved the fact that the whole village came out of their houses to watch. The wedding party spent the day at the family home with the added extra Papakata where the food was served.

The portrait photos was a great opportunity to experiment with my prism and circular tube to get some awesome photos with cool effects. The light was perfect for this and the stunning fields as a backdrop added to the fun. An awesome band played music on the evening and towards the end of the night a huge firework display lit the sky. It was epic - the sort of display you see at a big firework show! I managed to get some fantastic photos, but it did mean me being fully laid down on my back to get them all in. Just one of the many things a wedding photographer does!

That's not all folks...!

Annie completed my questionnaire about her Guildford wedding photography. She goes into the finer details about the wedding and all of the exceptional work that she, Tim and their family and friends went to. This resulted in the most perfect wedding that you can see below. So, before you have a look behind the scenes with Annie in one of my upcoming blogs, check out the wedding day in all its glory!

If you like this wedding - why not check out others on my blog? I love wedding photography and cannot wait for the next one. Get in touch to find out more, whether for your Guildford wedding photography, or anywhere else!


Hampton Court House Wedding

Hampton Court House Wedding | Nerrisa & Jason

A hot, summer's wedding

Nerrisa and Jason held their Hampton Court House wedding on a very hot day in mid-June. It was a very calm and glamorous day, a stones throw away from Hampton Court itself. The day had such a relaxed vibe and was yet very classy, which made for a fantastic day for everyone.

The couple chose this venue for their Hampton Court House wedding, for the elegant design inside, and the tropical garden outside on the patio. Everyone had the space to access different views and it was a great mix. During the day, the Grand Hall was used for the ceremony, before the guests moved to the stunning Victorian picture gallery for the wedding breakfast. The 10m high ceilings and decadent red walls really made for an elegant backdrop. The conservatory was used for the cake cutting, first dance and the remainder of the evening - it's such an enchanting and romantic space. I just adore this venue!

Hampton Court House overlooks one of London's largest royal parks and is a grade 2 listed, 18th century building. It's located on the edge of a bushy park in London's borough of Richmond. During the week it is a independent private school, but does weddings at the weekends. It's also been used for photoshoots and music videos for the likes of bands such as Oasis, Twiggy, Kasabian and Leona Lewis - to name a few - how cool to say you were married here?

A bubble shot!

A Hampton Court House wedding doesn't allow confetti, so we had a bubble shot instead! This was really magical, and although the bubbles themselves are quite hard to see in the photos, it was a special moment for the couple.

For the portraits we went for a walk around the gardens. I always ask my couples to be themselves and this wasn't hard for Nerissa and Jason at all. Nerrisa is such a happy go lucky character and is always smiling anyway, in fact I got the impression she was trying her hardest not to burst into laughter during the ceremony! Jason is a very relaxed and chilled out guy - they're gorgeous together! These were a couple that didn't need much direction. I cracked a few terrible jokes, which got them laughing. It hurts to say it, but it was more them laughing at me, than with me! What can I say? I'm a photographer, not a comedian!

Hampton Court House wedding

For evening portraits, we were told we were not allowed into the Royal Park, which the house backs onto. This was for insurance purposes as they have wild deer roaming. The park was too stunning to miss however, so when the house manager wasn't looking we snuck across. With the lovely evergreen ferns visible, we just had to get out there. It seemed inevitable, due to our cheekiness, that we stumbled across a herd of stags. It was amazing as we literally got within a couple of meters of them and luckily they were so friendly! In fact, Jason wanted to stroke one, but thankfully Nerrissa convinced him otherwise!

This for me had to be my favourite part of the day. Nerissa and Jason had said they booked me for my sunset photos, but unfortunately, mother nature dictated a different sort of evening. I wanted to take a picture of something looking epic and the shot of them in the ferns did it for me. I also experimented with some double exposure shots which I've included below. This is currently one of my most popular Instagram photos! After all of this adventuring, we snuck back in and went to the front of Hampton Court House for a handful more photographs.

If you'd like to see an engagement shoot in the nearby Richmond Park, why not check this out.

 

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How about you?

Are you looking for someone to capture all of your special moments at your wedding? I would love to chat! 

Warmly,

PQ

Supplier list:

Florist: Leonoor Vader

Cake: Victoria

Daytime Entertainment: Harpist – Isabel Harries - isabelharries93@gmail.com

Band: Pharaoh & the beats - pharaohandthebeats@gmail.com

Hair and make-up: bride and her sister

Brides Couture Dress: BOA Boutique Richmond - Sheila Harding designer and boutique owner

Groom & Groomsman suits: Ted Baker


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Chelsea Wedding | Coral & Jon

Chelsea Wedding Photographer

Wow, what can I say about the lovely Coral & Jon’s wedding in the beautiful world famous Chelsea Registry office. As a chelsea wedding photographer I was lucky enough to be blessed with snow! I know right snow in central London is unheard of but snow it did and it was stunning. I arrived at Coral’s & Jon’s home to find Coral getting ready with the lovely girls from my beauty squad. As I got set up I met the cutest baby in the world called Caiden, playing with some toys watching mummy getting her hair and makeup done. A couple of minutes later a couple of Coral’s closest friends arrived and the champagne started to flow.

Famous Chelsea Registry Office

The time arrived for us all to head to the registry office, on the way there I thought I would google some facts about the famous registry office and was amazed to find out that the venue has played host to various celebrities from footballers too actors, and the Independent dubbed it ‘still one of the hippest places to get married.’ Which it probably is. Based on the iconic Chelsea Road the venues famous steps where quickly noticeable from the car. As the snow was very cold we all quickly made our way inside where I found Jon waiting with Caiden. Once inside the happiness of everyone involved was plain to see in the broad, unforced smiles that punctuated the whole day.

A snowy portrait session

After the ceremony I took the newly wed couple to Albert bridge for some photos by the river and a stroll through the white snow filled Battersea park. The snow made for some great photos and I have to take my hat of to Coral for walking with open fronted shoes with the temperature being below zero. During the whole time we accompanied by a little robin which I believe is good luck and even posed for me for a photo of the little guy.  After we took some lovely photos in the snow we headed to The Phoenix for the reception, a lovely warm inviting pub based in the heart of Chelsea.

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It was a genuine delight to work with such a lovely couple, and to photograph a day that was bursting at the seams with joy in such interesting venue was a highlight. Anyway enough of me right, below are a few of my favourite snaps. If your in need of a chelsea wedding photographer or an other wedding photographer please don't hesitate to get in touch - here.

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Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding | Anisa & Tristan

A Stunning Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding

With wedding season starting to get into swing I headed to Cobham for a woodlands park hotel wedding in Surrey. This venue has a lovely 18th century character but with a modern/classic twist once inside. Getting ready inside is where I found Anisa and her bridesmaids and mother. When I entered the room I was hit with so much energy and laughter and knew straight away this wedding will be one to remember. Anisa is such a positive, funny, larger than life character which is infectious. Bridal prep was such a laugh with Anisa making everyone giggle a lot. With a woodlands park hotel wedding you are privileged to a ceremony in the grand Oak room and it was very apparent how much Anisa and Tristan care for each other, which is what I love seeing the most.

A race against the weather for portraits

After the ceremony finished we headed out to do some portraits which was against the clock as the weather had changed from being a sunny morning to a very overcast day and was ready to rain cats and dogs at any moment. We managed to get some shots in before the rain started and headed back inside for the start of the wedding breakfast. The speeches started of with Anisa's sister setting the tone with a very funny and heartwarming speech followed by Tristan and his best men. Everybody was in stitches from the start too the end and after the wedding breakfast had finished it was straight onto the dance floor for some brilliant dance moves by friends and family. Any way enough of me talking please have a look at my photos below, as always feel free to add your comments below as I love reading them.