Rich and Jade Swain came to me 1 1/2 years ago and described what sounded like a fantastic arrangement. They were to have an intimate wedding at Crouchers Hotel, in Chichester, with Jade’s family coming from Australia, New Zealand and afar! Then they would travel to the Spinnaker where they would party the night away with 80 guests until the wee hours. I came along for the ride and what a show. The lights were beautiful, it was freezing, but made sure we got our shots. I loved this wedding and this couple. They are young and fresh and sweet. I left just as the DJ threw all these party bits on the floor, which were scrambled for. I am sure they partied the night away.
Stuart and Rebecca met each other online, fell in love, moved in and got engaged all in the space of a year. A year later, they were married. We did some engagement shoots and these are from their wedding day. They had singers, choirs, soloists, karoake; as a musician and teacher, Rebecca had every facet of the music industry involved in her wedding, including a jazz band to accompany her wedding breakfast. What a stylish event and a joy to cover.
So, I photographed this couple in February 2013. Zoe was pregnant and she was marrying her soldier who was about to go off on tour to Afghanistan. It was all very romantic and a bit quick. He came back for 2 weeks while baby Brooke was born. We did some shots before he went back. I shall put that one up first – sleeping baby in the garden. The second lot are four months later. What a little pickle – that nose!
So, yesterday had to be the wettest wedding day in history for me (apart from my neice, where is rained ALL day). It started at 9 am and did not stop until 1:30 pm. Thankfully, this couple walked down the aisle at 2:00 pm, so she did it without umbrellas. Also, they were married at Southend Barns, which has a covered outside area with fire pits and sofas, so despite the rain, we were outside. Perfect for the British weather. The couple had a lovely day and all seemed quite normal until the evening. At around 9 pm, the disco kicked in with Madness … and SKA music. I’ve never seen such moves from large numbers of men. They kicked and hugged their way around the dance floor for at least an hour. This bunch certainly know how to have a good time. Great speech by the Daddy too … Congratulations Karis and Ben. Check out the rainbow shot that was posted by Southend Barns Twitter Account … Southend Barns Twitter … If you are interested in having your wedding at Southend Barns, they are opening a hotel nearby at the recently purchased http://www.southendbarns.co.uk/the-blacksmiths-arms/ …
Louisa Chandler owns and runs a fabulous Dance Studio over in Emsworth – they do ballet,tap and modern from age 2-3 upwards. Check them out at http://www.melanadance.co.uk/ … we just shot their kids for their show in November. Here are a few to whet the appetite.
Check this out. My buddy and child minder who spent 3 years looking after my girls and my friends girls started out in her house. This year she started her own Nursery. With a builder for a husband, she was able to create a state of the art nursery with all the technical and not so technical extra special features you would expect from a nursery. A few are: underfloor heating for the babies room; FINGER ID entry for the PARENTS!; free coffee and sofas in the waiting lobby; screens to sit and watch your little loves while you wait; a massive garden; organic chef; and lots of cute merchandise. She has done a great job – Well Done Gemma!
I am proud to announce that I am a Regional Finalist for http://www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk/ … The Wedding Industry Awards … thanks Brides! I am very honoured, not only to have been able to photograph your day, but that you loved the shots so much, you voted for me!