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Friday, 10 August 2012

We Could Do Boring...

But if you have the right place to carry it off it's much more fun to do something a little quirky with the group shots - 19th century gentleman's club anyone:


From Becky and Grant's wedding at the Star, Alfriston, East Sussex

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

And on the Parallel, Round and Bendy Bars We Have...

... Britain's entry into the Asymmetrically Synchronised Climbing Frame event - go Team GB!


Although it could be that I have simply captured that slightly worry moment when the Groom starts to suspect that a vampire has infiltrated the wedding party...

From Sam and Justin's wedding at the Boship Farm Hotel

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Confetti Fest

I do enjoy a good confetti fest, although it's important to ensure that you have purchased free-range confetti as it tends to fly further - surprising, but true!



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Monday, 30 July 2012

The Dome

Bride under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral


From Gillian and Mark's wedding at St Paul's Cathedral, London

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Concrete Rainbow

After the pastels of the previous blog lets move to the primaries with some brightly painted concrete beach huts:



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Friday, 27 July 2012

Pastel

A flowering Horse Chestnut tree provides a perfect frame for a dreamy pastel toned photograph of the Bride and Groom:



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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Handbag Dog

A cute little doggy in a designer handbag.  Well OK, it's not actually a handbag, more of a handbag style dog carrier, but it was definitely designer because the cute little doggy was worth it. 


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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Human Kangaroo

You know your wedding is going well when your guests burst into spontaneous Skippy impressions, bounding across the lawn, full of fun, laughter and gaiety... or it may just have been a run in with a wasp:


Whatever the cause, he reached some pretty impressive heights!  From Nadine and Dan's wedding at Sole Street House, Faversham, Kent.

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Evening by the Lake

A quiet evening by the lake at sunset:



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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Cuckmere Haven Peace Camp


After I'd finished at Kim and Glenn's wedding at Deans Place last night I went over to see the Peace Camp at Cuckmere Haven.  The Peace Camp is an art installation consisting of a large number of domed tents which are lit up at night, with music playing and recorded voices reciting poetry - all very surreal, but surprisingly impressive. 





I'd missed the best of the light by about 20 minutes, it was almost totally black when I arrived.  It's a shame it is on for so short a time though - one weekend only.


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Friday, 20 July 2012

50 Shades of Marriage?

Yes, they are having their hands tied together but, no, I'm sorry it's not actually an example of marital bondage high-jinks.  It's just one of a great many Slovakian wedding traditions I've come across over the past few years.  In this one the Bride and Groom have to share a bowl of soup with their hands tied to encourage them to work as a team - which I think is a lovely idea:


I don't know for sure, but I suspect we have probably lost a few wedding traditions like this over the centuries which seems a shame and it's great to see them being kept alive in Europe - I won't even go into traditional German wedding games, but if you ever get the chance to go the a German wedding don't hesitate - just do it! 


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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Musical Rose

A single pink buttonhole rose on a piano keyboard.  As well as being a lovely venue in one of the most beautiful villages in Sussex, I love all the handy props they provide at the Star!


From Hannah and Matt's wedding at the Star, Alfriston


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Monday, 16 July 2012

Long Walk Back

One of the advantages of walking back down the aisle in what, at 311ft, is the longest parish church in England is that there is plenty of time for everyone to see how happy you are:


From Gemma and Ben's wedding at Christchurch Priory


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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Blue Dome

With the way the weather has been so far this year the dome of the temple at Cole Court is probably the only way to ensure that you have something blue over your head on your wedding day:


From Kelly and Chris's wedding at Cole Court, Twickenham


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Friday, 13 July 2012

Window Light

A few quiet moment to reflect minutes before the start of the wedding ceremony.  Solely lit by light reflected from the window sill:


From Hannah and Matt's wedding at the Star, Alfriston


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Thursday, 12 July 2012

In Front of the Arched Window

Just a nice simple shape to frame the Bride and Groom:


From Natalie and Rob's wedding at Pelham House, Lewes

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Back in Time

A couple of weeks ago I was in Dorset again to photograph a birthday party at the home of my very first Civil Partnership couple.  This photograph (which I had forgotten I'd printed for them - it was six years ago after all) has pride of place in the hall at about 30" x 20" and looks absolutely stunning, almost 3-dimensional:


Looking at images on a computer doesn't come close to seeing them when they have been printed by a professional lab and then properly mounted and framed though so you'll just have to try and imagine it, sorry!


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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Hey, Let's Do It Again!

Or possibly the little flower girl has decided that recycling the confetti is the green way to go - second-hand confetti now available on Ebay?


From Charlotte and Stephen's Wedding at Cole Court, Twickenham

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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Surreal Veil

I love veils.  Not in a spending Wednesday evenings prancing around with the net curtains sort of way, but I mean photographically - you get some fantastic effects from them.  As well as wearing an amazing dress, Gillian's wrap-around veil was stunning:


From Gillian and Mark's wedding at St Paul's Cathedral

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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

View Over Florence

A view over the centre of Florence showing the medieval Ponte Vecchio crossing the River Arno.



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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Badi Palace Storks

Storks nesting on the ancient walls of the Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco:


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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Window Dressing

One of the many beautifully ornate windows at the Grand Hotel provides a perfect frame for the wedding dress:


From Samantha and Robert's wedding at the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Squares

I rather liked the chessboard effect of the black and white photographs of celebrities mounted on a white wall:


From Lorraine and David's wedding at the East Sussex National Golf Club in Uckfield, East Sussex.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Happy Star

One of the many reasons that I like weddings at the Star at Alfriston so much, it's not just a great venue, the staff are brilliant too!


Lucinda and Tom showing how much they enjoy their work!


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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Cigar Shot

The traditional wedding cigar shot with a twist.  Normally it's the Groomsmen or the Father of the Bride, but this time it's a Bridesmaid and actually looking rather elegant at that!


 In the background we can just make out the always elegant Leo Ferenc!

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Monday, 25 June 2012

Antique Tiara

Adjusting the tiara, the same one that was worn by the Brides Mum and her Grandmother at their weddings:




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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Simple is Good!

Although you can play all sorts of tricks with lighting and perspective (and I do love to), there are times when all you need is a bench and two very, very happy people.  It's simple, but it works - simple is good!


From Amber and David's wedding at Penshurst Place.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

South Downs Poppies

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, so yesterday I decided to go wandering over the Downs as I haven't had much chance lately.  There are some fantastic poppy displays around, some of the best I have seen for years.  I found this one a couple of miles south of Firle Beacon:


It was such a wonderful day (finally) that I got a bit carried away and ended up doing a 15 mile round trip and despite being a bit tired I think it was worth it!

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Goth!

It's great to have something a bit different to photograph every now and then and when it comes to different it's hard to beat a Goth wedding.  Although professionally I could never be one and personally have no inclination in that direction either, it's a look that I find fascinating and could photograph until the vampire bats come home.


From Sarah and H's Goth wedding in the woods in Hastings


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Monday, 4 June 2012

Deans Place, Alfriston

Deans Place in Alfriston is one of the most popular wedding venues in Sussex.  One of the many things I like about it is that even after dark, you still have lots of photo opportunities, ideal if you have a winter wedding!


From Lorna and Graham's Wedding at Deans Place, Alfriston

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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Silhouettte

This one was a special request, the bride and room really want a hard edged silhouette from their wedding.  Lit from behind by a single SB800 speedlight:


From Joanna and David's wedding at Hartsfield Manor.

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Friday, 1 June 2012

Woodland Stream

A long exposure photograph of a small stream that runs through Ashdown Forest.


I love the colours and silky look of the water in this.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Mushrooms on Slate

They're making me feel hungry:




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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Bike Park

But only room for two:



A rather nice place to leave your bike though, so long as you get there early!


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Monday, 28 May 2012

Just Hanging Around

Rather than sit around nervously twiddling you thumbs before the wedding, why not climb up into the rafter, chill out, have a nice dangle - you get a much better view from up there!




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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Retro Rollers

Well, that was a brilliant day at the Ocean Suite Wedding Fair.  We met some lovely couples and as always there were some fantastic suppliers there.

The most commented image was one that I hadn't used in a show before despite being taken about four years ago at Sam and Chris's wedding in Aldermaston.  It's actually one of those quirky shots that I've always liked, but everyone seemed to love it! So here we have the Retro Rollers:



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Saturday, 26 May 2012

Ocean Suite Wedding Fair

The Ocean Suite on Eastbourne Pier is holding a wedding fair tomorrow (Sunday, 27th May 2012), from 11am until 4pm and entry is free. 


The wedding fair has been organised by the team at the One Stop Wedding Shop in Eastbourne and they not only have some great suppliers lined up, but have also arranged for some fantastic weather to show the Ocean Suite off at it's best.

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Friday, 25 May 2012

The Bride Reflected

Using a useful porthole shaped window on the seafront, I love the dreamlike look this photograph has:




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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Fairy Tale Bride

From the wedding of Birgit and Klaus-Peter:



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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sparkly Shoes

Probably the sparkliest shoes I have ever come across:


Just one of many really cool things from Kate and John's wedding at Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn, Hertfordshire

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Keeping Dad Busy

With all the girly things going on at the Bride's house on the day of the wedding, Dads can often feel a bit of a spare part so it's nice to give them a little job to keep them occupied.  This is the first time I've seen the Father of the Bride making up the bouquets from scratch though and yes, they looked outstanding!


From Lorna and Graham's Wedding at Deans Place in Alfriston

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi

It's been a couple of weeks since my last photo from the world's most beautiful city - Rome, so let's have the church of Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi, next to the Trevi Fountain:


I was delivering some images to a client last week and somehow the subject of Rome came up, we both agreed that you could spend your entire life photographing there and never be short on inspiration.

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P.S.  The very best place to stay in Rome is - Tutto Tondo

Monday, 14 May 2012

Objects of Desire - Handbags

Here we have a selection of rather nice handbags from some recent product photography and I'm spoiling you today with four photographs because a girl can never have too many handbags... apparently.

L K Bennet classic mock croc in chocolate brown leather:


A squashy black leather DKNY with lots of chrome :


A Hotter soft leather tote bag in tan:


A Ted Baker black leather tote bag also with lots of chrome:





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