The best thing about moving to a new town, or country is meeting new people. If you can find a group of people that are as crazy and passionate as you are then I think your winning. So far I’ve met and had the of pleasure working with so many lovely florists, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers and videographers in Hawkes Bay. This styled shoot was no exception, It was a collaboration of ideas from Myself, Makeup artist Bernadette and Florist Jackie all of which are based in Central Hawke’s Bay.
Massive thank you to our beautiful model Emma her beautiful (brown) horse Hank and loaned (white) horse Marama .
Mark & Bernie’s rustic Central Hawke’s Bay wedding was held at the farm where Bernie grew up in Wallingford. I arrived at Bernie’s parents house which was packed to the rafters with bridesmaids, make up artists and hairdressers. It was such a lovely, busy morning with last minute preparations to the garden marquee also taking place. I also managed a visit out to Porangahau beach to find Mark and his groomsmen getting ready.
The sun came out just in time for the wedding ceremony which took place under the shade of a big old oak tree. Bernie & Mark tied the knot surrounded by friends and family, it was a beautiful atmosphere.
The sun then shone for the rest of the day, the drink flowed and there was happiness everywhere you looked. I loved every part of this wedding.
Makeup – Bride – Gina Macek Bridesmaids – Ainsleigh Ingley @ Avenue Beauty and Nails and Gina Macek
Hair – Bride – Nicole Hay Bridesmaids- Nicole Hay + Andrea Te Nahu-Thomson.
Heather and Nathan married at Parr Street Church in Kendal, Cumbria followed by a reception at Low Wood Bay Resort, Windermere in July last year. Just after the service we ventured up to Loughrigg Tarn in the Lake District for some bridal portraits with an epic back drop. I love it when my couples are keen to climb fences in their wedding gear!
I spent the morning at Beth’s parents beautiful 17th Century farmhouse in the Lancashire countryside. Beth and her bridesmaids then made their way to Chipping Congregational Church where her fiancé, Phil, was waiting patiently along with a huge congregation – the room was packed full to the brim of family & friends. After a beautiful ceremony Beth, Phil and their bridal party braved the weather and ventured out into the fields for some photographs, Special thanks has to go to some very officiant friends of the bride who were there with 4×4’s, brollies and plastic sheeting to keep the dresses clean(ish). The reception was held at Chipping Village Hall. I’ve been here three times now and each time I rock up, i’m amazed at how different the hall can look. Its a great space to put your mark on.
From the moment Rebecca told me she was arriving at the church on the back of her favourite horse (Jimbo), I knew I would love this wedding. It was a warm, sunny day in July when Richard and Rebecca tied the knot at Tunstall Church, Lancashire. They then transported all their guests to a marque on the top of a hill, overlooking Richard’s family farm near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.
Well what can I say. . . 2015 has been a pretty epic year for me. Weddings, Press and Commercial projects, they all made for an exciting, albeit chaotic year. I have had the pleasure of photographing in some beautiful venues across Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and beyond. Meeting some lovely couples and families along the way. I passed my NQJ in Photojournalism with distinction and was nominated for O2 North West Images of the year award.
I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone I have met and photographed over the past year.
James and Sarah’s Alice in wonderland themed wedding took place in April at the very beautiful Saltmarshe Hall, Yorkshire. They both run a film company in York so I was super excited to see what creative ideas they had for their big day. The hall was bustling with activity when I arrived, Sarah & James were getting ready at different ends of the large country house. This meant I could run in between rooms for sneaky photographs during the morning preparations. Sarah wore a beautiful Phil Collins Bridal dress her flowers were from Fulford Flowers in York and makeup was done by Kristen Spitty. Even their loveable dog Pippin had his own professional haircut for the Wedding! Continue reading
Kiri & Kev’s Wedding Weekend extravaganza took place last November. They hired The Merewood Hotel in Windermere for a whole weekend and invited me along to join the celebrations. After their 3 o’clock ceremony they went for a private drive in a beautiful Rolls Royce before arriving back at the hotel for a five course meal with their nearest and dearest.
The next day I woke greeted by beautiful November light so we headed down to the shores of Windermere for some portraits as more family and friends arrived at the hotel for afternoon tea and opera singing. It really was a very personal, family orientated wedding and I was honoured to be a part of it all. Continue reading
Rachael and Andrew’s wedding took place in Kirkby Lonsdale at St. Joseph’s Church then on to The Wild Boar at Crook near Windermere. It was a real family affair, Andrew’s mother made the cake, his father married them in church and the flowers were made by a family friend. Rachel wore a Benjamin Roberts dress that was perfectly complimented with a pearl head piece which looked stunning. Once at the Wild Boar the staff drove us in their Land Rover into the surrounding woodland for some portraits of the Rachael and Andrew. These guys were an absolute pleasure to photograph. Here is a tiny selection of photographs from their wedding day. Continue reading
Emma & Nick’s fairytale wedding took place at St Mary & St Cuthbert Church Chester-le-Street then onto Durham Castle for their reception. When I arrived at Emma’s parents place the house was a hive of activity. Emma wore a stunning lace gown by dress designer Mori Lee whilst her bridesmaids all wore deep navy dresses each twisted differently to suit their individual style. Emma and Nick’s day was full of little personal touches from leaving the church under an archway of oars to the personal letters that they had written to every single guest who attended the wedding. These guys were so much fun to photograph, they simply giggled all day long. Continue reading