Stanhill Court Hotel Wedding with Marie & John

Yesterday I spent the day photographing a special Stanhill Court Hotel Wedding with Marie & John. https://www.stanhillcourthotel.co.uk/ This was going to be a fantastic wedding, I knew from when the couple asked me. Over the years I’ve had the privilege to capture the families portraits, not just Marie & John’s, but Jo, Maxine’s and Toni’s too! The weather looked promising. I arrived at Stanhill Court which 5 years ago was revamped and is a fab place to get married at. With an all in one venue it was a party from the outset. Bridal preprations took place in one of the fourposter bedrooms. The girls were excited upon my arrival. Marie the bride was a calm figure in a room full of wedding decoration. Hair and make up was being applied and with six bridesmaids, 3 flower girls and mum’s too the room was a buzz with excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. The dresses were hung waiting and shoes shone in the sunlight through the windows. The wedding dress was fitted by https://myfairygodmother.uk/ Marie is a beautiful lady and she’s a great laugh too. We’ve known each other since school. She’s got a big family and 3 older […]

Highley Manor Wedding with Lucy and Russell

Another longly anticipated wedding yesterday at Highley Manor with Lucy and Russell. What an Amazing day! https://www.highleymanor.co.uk The weather was looking great, warm and slightly overcast. Perfect for wedding photography. I arrived at Highley Manor to cover ceremony to wedding breakfast. The guests were arriving and getting drinks. The groomsmen were dashing around making sure guests were kept topped up. You could feel the build up and excitment growing the closer it got to the big event. After popping up to see Russell I captured a few mingling shots and social coverage. Laughter and smiles filled the room. Russell had a few minutes spare so we did a few shots of him with the groomsmen. Bobby was the ring bearer, so again  a few shots with him. He was looking very dapper with his suit to match the men, and his little white Nike trainers. Cool kid!   Everyone made their way to the seats. Russell stood at the front nervously waiting for his bride. Lucy made her way from the bridal preparation room. She had a beautiful white dress, along with some stunning shoes. She limped in a little and found that she had a large stone stuck. Abbey […]

Cottesmore Golf and Country Club Wedding with Zoe and Lee

A long awaited wedding took place yesterday, at Cottesmore Golf and Country Club Wedding with Zoe and Lee. Cottesmore After the Covid Pandemic restrictions finally lifted, Zoe and Lee had the opportunity to show their family and friends the love they have for each other at this beautiful venue in West Sussex. Originally, the couple had planned for their big day 2 years ago at another venue which unfortunatley now is no more. ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’, as Cottesmore provided an abundance of beauty and oppertunity for the couple to celebrate and enjoy their family and friends company. The day kicked off with Zoe getting ready round her friend and Bridesmaid’s home adress. Laura had decorated her home with balloons, confetti, food and drinks, it was a great setting for the bridal preparations. Melissa Lilly Sharp was the make up artist, she’s a renowned professional with an astonishing reputation. I’ve worked with Melissa before and she’s simply amazing. The ladies were in good hands! https://www.melissalillysharp.co.uk/ All was calm on my arrival, however excitement was in the air. The ladies informed me that there where tears of joy early on. Bridal flowers were box fresh, dress was hanging, and […]

Gildings Barns Wedding with Louisa and Toby

This post has been eagerly anticipated…Gildings Barns wedding with Louisa and Toby. Yesterday’s wedding was a big deal for me. Louisa is a long term friend and my go to make up artist that I’ve used for many many years now. She’s the best. I also know her dad very well too, he’s also a great friend. The pressure was on! When Lou told me she was getting married, I was so pleased. Toby is a lovely friendly bloke who you can tell adores Louisa. He’s a ‘strapping lad’ but very chilled and easy going. These guys are like two peas in a pod as Lou is also a very relaxed individual. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her get in a fizz. Nothing’s a problem for her. She is also very photogenic, as you will see. I call her my Vogue Make up artist. The day started off at her bridal preps. This took place at Stanhill Court Hotel. It’s a grand old place that I’ve shot many weddings at. They recently done the place up from the previous owner, who I also know very well. https://www.stanhillcourthotel.co.uk/ On my arrival, the girls seemed extremely relaxed and chilled. Hair and […]

Eleanor & Ash Highley Manor Wedding

This features wedding was a special one, Eleanor & Ash tied the knot at Highley Manor in Sussex. I’ve known the couple for many years. Ash is a long time friend and I knew him growing up. He’s married someone amazing too, Eleanor is one of those girls who has an abundance of happy energy and is a blast to be around. They really do bounce off each other, what a fab couple. Highley Manor has been through some changes of recent. It’s quite the venue now. With it’s airy spacious cottage for Brides to get prepaired, through to the beautiful grand entrance and banqueting hall. The couple decided on some quite amazing decoration to compliment this. Eleanor was so excited whilst getting ready. Her bridesmaids had everything under control. Waiting for me were the hanging dress, flowers, jewellery and wedding shoes. Snap snap snap and I moved onto the applications of hair and make up. Followed was the dress and voila, Eleanor was transformed into a princess. The boys arrived and I captured some final preps for them. Button holes were popped on and Ash stood at the front of the isle nervously waiting. With many guests and family […]

Weller Wedding at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Felbridge

A long time coming, the Weller Wedding at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Felbridge, here we go… Crowne Plaza Felbridge Neil & Leanne came to me back in 2018 regarding their original wedding date for 2020. The pandemic hit and everything went out the window so to speak. Poor things put their wedding off twice and thrid time lucky it went without a hitch! ‘Nelly’ as many know Neil, is a long time family friend of mine. As children we grew up across the road from each other. We’d play in the street and help each other when we needed it. Like a family member. Neil is a fantastic lad, a gentleman with his heart on his sleeve. He’d do anything for you, and Leanne struck gold with him. They now have 2 fantastic children and you can sense the family love straight away. As soon as Neil was brave enough to ask Leanne to marry him I always hoped he’d ask me to photograph his wedding. Sure enough, he did and I must say what an honour it was.   The day started with Leanne’s preperation photography. On arrival to the Felbridge Hotel, now known as the Crowne Plaza, it […]

New Year Wedding at The Barn

This was my first wedding of 2022, which took place @TheBarn. An award winning venue, it was very beautiful. Set in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, with it’s own little private courtyard. It was touch and go for some time throughout the Christmas period leading up to new year. Abby & Stu were on tender hooks, as the Prime Minister laid out the restrictions for large group gatherings and what would be allowed regarding the pandemic. With the new Covid variant nobody could predict the new year. I think it’s fair to say, not even Omnicom couldn’t stop them! So the day began a little damp and the theme was set for the day so it seemed, with light drizzle forcast for the entire day. Hey, it’s January after all, and the UK is always a little unpredicable for it’s weather. This wasn’t going to slow these two down. Stu and the groomsman waited at the venue for Abby’s arrival. She was going to keep the groom waiting! Best things come to those who wait Stu. I’ve known the groom for a number of years, we worked together as students at a local hotel, he’s one of those chaps […]

Post Lockdown Wedding at East Court

This is my second post lockdown wedding. East Court in East Grinstead was the venue. Today’s wedding was for an old school friend Richard Kinver. I’ve socialised, worked alongside and been a guest at his restaurant. He’s is a chef. A bloody good one too. He currently runs the kitchen at The Star in Lingfield. The day started damp and dark, but I wasn’t worried. I normally bring the sun with me and this was no different! Photography is finally begining to take off again. Since the Covid lockdown in the UK, events such as weddings have been greatly effected. Guest numbers are still very low. My first wedding last week had just 14 guests. This wedding conformed to the latest government guideline numbers of below 30. Obviously all the usual precautions were in place. At East Court in East Grinstead, they check every guests temperature prior to entering. Hand sanitiser was readily avaliable and used in abundance. However before we got to the ceremony, there were bridal preperations to be covered. On entering the home, everyone was so happy. Kasia was having her make up applied and the dress was hanging. Flowers were sitting in water ready for the […]

Zandra Rhodes Photography

Dame Zandra Rhodes, famous for her fashion. A trend setter and designer for the rich and famous. She opened the London Fashion and Textile Musuem. IKEA is a client of mine as I was asked to go photograph the Dame Zandra in her home, the penthouse above the museum. What a pad! So creative and ‘out there’. A marvell. On entering she greated us with open arms. Such a lovely lady. Zandra once designed dresses for Princess Diana and stage outfits for Freddie Mercury. She has a wonderful way of reliving her experiences and has many stories to tell. It was my task to photograph Zandra Rhodes in her London home with IKEA as they are running a collaboration with her in the summer. So be on the look out for some crazy designs to brighten your homes with. She’s a big fan of the Swedish brand, and is an avid space saver. Dame Zandra Rhodes, 78, is one of Britain’s most sought-after fashion designers, also she is a teacher at Medway College of Art, now the University for the Creative Arts. Born in Chatham, Kent a young Zandra was introduced to the world of fashion by her mother, who […]

London Portrait Photography

London Portrait Photography can sometimes be a little staged or even a little familiar. In that people seem to be replicating portrait styles. Ok I understand everything has been done before. That’s to be expected I guess. However, the difference is that each time I capture a portrait I like to extract a little something special from each person. Something in my photography shows ‘a little bit of them’. A little insight into the character of the person. Whether it’s their ambitions, intrests, or just something they are passionate about. This London Portrait Photographic session took place over 2 days. Located at London Bridge, right next to the River Thames. Nestled within a community of businesses. Creating a hub of exciting electricity. Somewhere that people can let themselves get into their work. Add a little something different. Which is why it was really important to capture their personalities and get that spark to show what they are all about. Black and white photography is a real love of mine. Monochromatic imagery, to me, shows character. If captured correctly it really gives the viewer more infomation than a paragraph of blurb. My brief was loose. Loose enough for me to have […]