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A proper awesome foodie TFL themed wedding at The Village Underground in Shoreditch, London

Where do I start? Hannah and Chris are a fantastic Aussie-Brit pair who have the most lively set of friends and family! The photo selection for this wedding might be a bit longer than usual because I struggled to cut down all the hilarious moments. From the time Tilly the dog licked Chris' face to the impromptu Co-Op visit, through to Chris' hilarious posing/expressions all day, to the guests swinging each other round and dropping glasses... it was messy and fucking beautiful. Partly because they had an amazing professional lighting crew to compliment my flash work, but also because everyone was just game for a good time, and essentially that's what a wedding should be about. In Hannah's words to me "just shame the lot of them". Haha! Also to add to the greatness, Chris is a professional chef, so to put it in the words of Alice, my second shooter that day "I haven't eaten wedding food as good as this since forever". The meal was incredibly colourful and well presented, and the dessert table was a mix of gorgeous fine desserts but also, the down to earth doughnut wall, which also could be a kind of metaphor for the kind of people Hannah and Chris are!

I started the day with Hannah where she got ready with her family, her cousins were her bridesmaids, I get the impression that for both Chris and Hannah family is number 1! We all jumped in cabs to Islington Town Hall, a favourite for a lot of hip Londoners as it holds a huge number of people! Chris and the guests were having relaxed drinks across the road at The Vineyard pub before strolling over for the ceremony. After the ceremony Hannah and Chris' dog Tilly came by for a cuddle and to have a few shots taken, then the guests boarded a red double decker bus with Alice whilst I jumped into a cab with the couple. We stopped by a Co-op to pick up some champers,  enroute to having some classic couple photos taken round East London.

 

Sadly it did start to absolutely rack it down, so we headed over to The Village Underground, a great warehouse style wedding venue in East London. There, Chris and Hannah had decorated the tables with gorgeous florals and TFL themed table names and a tube map table plan. The outside had giant white balloons with pink tassels, but they got a bit soggy! When the rain cleared up a bit we went to take some more graffiti shots in front of the iconic Adore and Endure graffiti, as well as the tube carriages on top of the venue. I'd shot in this area before but never realised there was a wedding venue sitting underneath it! As previously mentioned, Chris is a chef, so the wedding food was immaculate, so gorgeous I was spooning pate into my mouth!

After the speeches and mains, they had an epic dessert table complete with a doughnut wall and they cut their cheese cake, by that I mean cake made of cheese! They decided they didn't want a first dance, so they just opened up the dancefloor without making a big announcement or gathering everyone to watch, and their family and friends hit it instantly! As Hannah and Chris hoped, the rest of the night descended into the chaos they wanted, from this point out I reckon it's best to just let the photos speak for themselves!

A bright and emotional wedding at The Little Angel pub in Henley-on-Thames

Nick and Claire are friends with a couple I shot for absolutely yonks ago, I find so much of my wedding work nowadays are some past client referrals, it's really nice to have the chance for a catch up old clients! Henley-on-Thames is a gorgeous little town on a river that I've coxed through back in my uni days but this was my first time visiting it properly by land! Claire got ready with their two mega cute kids, and I went across to Henley Town Hall a tad earlier to shoot some of the giant orange balloons which Claire was very proud of! A signature part of my photography style is humorous framing so to say I went to town with the orange balloons is probably an understatement! Nick is a super emotional guy and wept a lot during the ceremony which was so endearing and set off his mum and sister. After the ceremony all the guests took the short walk through the scenic town to The Little Angel pub, which has mini hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling. They also have the perfect beer garden for the excellent sunny weather Claire and Nick were blessed with! Everyone was called to dinner and the first speeches were announced by one of the wedding guests in a bowler hat bow tie ringing a bell, which surprised and delighted everyone! After dinner the sun still hadn't set so the guests headed back out to enjoy the balmy weather, before the DJ (and Nick's mum!) kicked off the dance floor in style!

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Big love and shouts to:

Tasha Thompson on Hair // Village brides on Dress // Nikita Jayne on Make Up

An intimate wedding at Cambridge Cottage, Kew Gardens in London

bride and groom outside palm house in kew gardens

Darryl and Lou were guests at a previous wedding I'd shot- the super cute Pippa and Jack who were featured on Rock My Wedding. They were having an intimate and low key wedding at the stunning Cambridge Cottage venue in Kew Gardens. I've shot here once before, but a really long time ago in my first year as a wedding photographer so I was pleased to come back and see how far my work had come since Jess and Jon's wedding. I started the day at the Hilton down the road with Lou and her bridesmaids. They'd already finished their hair and make up so I just shot them chilling out and getting dressed. The bridesmaids wore plum Coast dresses and Darryl wore a tweed waistcoated-suit. At Kew Gardens they hold the civil ceremony in one room decorated with lovely old paintings, stone vases and busts. Following that the guests have drinks and canapes out on the private green. During this time the couple have a chance to nip out on a golf buggy and get their shots around the iconic Kew Gardens. After that all the guests went in for the speeches and dinner, followed by the usual wedding timeline of cutting the cake, evening buffet and dancing time. Lou and Darryl's guests were hilarious and had excellent reactions to the speeches! The couple booked me up until a bit after the first dance so I shot a bit of the boogie time and drunken tomfoolery before calling it a beautiful albeit shorter day!

A sweet humanist wedding at River Cottage HQ!

Emma and Steve are the cutest, loveliest couple. Emma is constantly smiling and both of them were a genuine pleasure, and dead easy, to shoot! They got married at the infamous River Cottage HQ as they both love food and wanted to have a small intimate wedding with their closest loved ones. They booked a holiday cottage nearby so they could all get ready together with their best people party in the morning- I LOVE shooting the prep for both parties, it tells a fuller story! The ceremony was conducted by their good friend, who incorporated humanist elements and a hand fasting. They held it in the River Cottage Garden which still had growing plants for the season, and decorated the cottage with bunting and flowers. To get to the ceremony you have to take this huge blue tractor down a slope with the most gorgeous view!

Almost all their best people team cried like crazy, Emma also blubbed her way through it :D I don't normally show many ceremony shots but with a friend as the celebrant and loads of emotions on show I had plenty of leeway to move around and capture everyone's reactions.

At the end of the ceremony everyone filed out to a field where classic games like welly wanging, wooden ten pin bowling and archery.

Before the dinner, Emma and Steve had a few short speeches. Then, the River Cottage HQ chef comes and explains to everyone what fresh ingredients they have used in the wedding dinner, there were a lot of nettles and Emma and Steve were very lucky to have fresh asparagus that were ready that week!

Also, unique to River Cottage HQ, they also invite wedding guests to come to the kitchen to see the food preparation.

After dinner, we went out for a few couple shots whilst the chefs prepared the coolest petite fours I've ever seen of fizzy sweet laces made from beetroot stems, and cherry truffles. Two of my favourite sugary things, so I was in heaven!

Emma and Steve's friends made DIY felt photo booth props including lots of animal ear headbands. The ceilidh band also kicked off whilst home made marshmallow were brought out for toasting on the fire pit

There were also fresh proper pizzas in the evening cooked with their real wood burning pizza oven. All the food all day was super tasty!

Emma and Steve were super kind and let me stay at their holiday cottage where I joined them for a final patron shot of the evening!

Big shout out to:

Louise Alway on Hair // Claire Bowring on Make Up // Claire Arscott on cake // Holly Bee Flowers on Floristry // Dorset Ceilidh on moosic

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