Simon & Sophie | Lothian Chambers Edinburgh Wedding

I first met Sophie when I took some photos of her Swing Band earlier in the year. It got me really excited for their wedding in the heart of Edinburgh as I knew that they would want to make the most of the lively Royal Mile and the square outside Lothian Chambers where street performers often gather... I also knew that Simon had an idea for a performance of their own. 

Their closest friends and family gathered in The City of Edinburgh suite at Lothian chambers for a short but personality filled ceremony. As we walked out, down the stairs, we were greeted at the door by a Chinese Lion dance. Today Simon was wearing a kilt but normally he would have been part of the troupe; dancing, doing tricks and generally causing mischief around the audience. I have seen a lot of confetti styles but a spray of cabbage leaves is certainly a first. 

While their guests made their way to dinner we snuck away down the Royal Mile to Dunbar Close Gardens which is often called Edinburgh's Secret Garden and the perfect place for some peace despite being just off Edinburgh's busiest street. Here Simon and Sophie got to relax and enjoy some quiet in the realisation that they were now married!

Sam & Georgia | Irish countryside Wedding

Last summer I travelled over to Donegal in Ireland to capture Sam and Georgia's home grown, back garden wedding. When you have a garden (and house) like this it definitely makes sense to celebrate at home! 

I arrived to Georgia's sisters on the roof hanging laurel leaves from the windows and finishing off the botanical displays around the window sills and in the back barn where they were to eat later. They had been preparing the flowers for months in the garden so the girls spent the morning picking flowers for their hair and adding to bouquets. Georgia's dress was vintage and her veil was a piece of lace she found in her attic. She had a penny that she put in her shoe for good luck.

Sam and Georgia were married at the Catholic church down the road where other family members had previously got married so it was full of special moments and nostalgia. A surprise 'carriage' awaited them outside and drove them slowly all the way back to the house.

The weather was perfect for an afternoon of oysters and champagne looking out over the water and set the tone for some heartfelt outdoor speeches, bagpipe recitals and personal songs. Dinner was served in a barn at the back of the house which was laden with candles and hand picked flowers, hoops of greenery and of course, Guinness on tap. The reeling went on long into the early hours of the morning and will be one of those weddings that I remember for years to come. Sam and Georgia, thank you for inviting me to capture your day, it couldn't have been more perfect.

Jacob & Maddie | Lake District Outdoor Tipee Wedding

All of the weddings that I am lucky enough to photograph are memorable, but some are more memorable than others, usually because something totally unexpected happens. 

With warnings of thunder storms and heavy rains is was difficult to believe this as I walked to Jacob and Maddie's wedding rehearsal the night before down winding country lanes in 30 degree heat and wondered if I needed to buy sun tan cream for the following day. A peaceful morning of preparations at Maddie's family home where the reception was to take place also made us feel like maybe we were going to avoid the bad weather. Maddie's mum Pauline is incredibly creative and decorated the tipee and church, creating hanging greenery chandeliers, floral displays and bouquets.

Towards the end of a beautifully emotional and joy filled ceremony the heavens opened as guests ventured out past streams of water collecting in the streets and thunder rumbling over the hills. Just as we arrived back to Maddie's home for the reception, a twenty minute gap in the weather allowed us a quick walk up the lanes around the house before we had to run for shelter in the house so that we could wring out our clothes! 
A team of ushers worked on the tipee to make it water tight, placing buckets strategically around the rivers flowing down the sides of the tent whilst the merriment continued inside the tent. 

After a few dramatic hours of downpours, high winds and thunder and lightening the weather settled a little, allowing everyone some time to relax and enjoy hilarious and heart felt speeches followed by a good old dance party. 

Jacob and Maddie, thank you for inviting us to capture your amazing day. Thank you for your warmth, relaxed natures and constant energy. You are both great and we wish you all the love and joy as you start your adventure together! 

Special thanks to the legend that is Patrick Phillips who second shot, rescued me from getting very wet, and has all round great banter. 

Tim & Emily | Outdoor countryside wedding

Tim & Emily, Outdoor English country marquee wedding

Tim and Emily's wedding took place in the tiny village of Stretton, just outside Peterborough. With everything in walking distance, we had the perfect day of sunshine to make the most of the beauty of the countryside surroundings. I arrived on Friday night to find the bridal party busy decorating the marquee which was in the middle of the field behind Emily's house. A Pinterest dream, the place was decorated with greenery, classy white table settings and a hay bale lined outdoor seating area where guests could relax by fire pits in the evening. 

Whilst the boys put the finishing touches to the marquee on the morning of the wedding, the girls relaxed and got ready at Emily's home. A shout out to Emily Millar Make-up who made the journey from Edinburgh to do an amazing job on the girls.

From Emily's home we walked down through the village, greeted by the residents who had worked hard all year planning and planting flowers in all the available spaces to bloom in time for the wedding. After an emotional ceremony in the local parish church we made use of the beautiful gardens in the area, sneaking around to find interesting walls and abundant cherry blossom trees. 

The party was in full swing when we arrived at the marquee (party tent) and we enjoyed nerf gun fights, sharing platters, more emotional speeches and later some incredible shapes being thrown on the dance-floor. 

A huge congratulations to Tim & Emily, you guys are flipping amazing. 

And a special shout out to Oscar who was once again, a great second shooter and all around top guy.