Rachelle and Adrian’s wedding took place at Braxted Park near Chelmsford in Essex at the start of May. Braxted Park is an incredible country house wedding venue with beautiful grounds, a lake, options for both civil and church ceremonies and a fixed marquee around the back. I especially loved the bridal suite as there was so much space for spreading out and getting ready, as well as for photography and filmmaking. The attention to detail is amazing.
Rachelle and Adrian’s wedding was a special one for me and Ed, as we went to school with Adrian and so have known them both for years. On the morning of their wedding Ed and I arrived early to film the grounds together before parting ways as usual; I went to find Rachelle and her bridesmaids and Ed headed over to the cottage to see Adrian, his brothers and school friends who were acting as ushers for the day.
Rachelle and Adrian chose to get married at All Saints Church down by the lake in the grounds of Braxted Park. Ed and I have seen our fair share of churches but never one as beautiful as All Saints. It’s a tiny church with a lakeside setting, but what makes it extra special is the way the seating is set out. For weddings it’s possible to have your guests sat in the rows either side of the aisle, as well as at the front where a choir would sit, and elevated up on the sides, too. It really feels like you’re surrounded by friends and family. Combined with the number of candles burning throughout the church, it was a really atmospheric ceremony.
That’s enough words from me, I’ll let the short film do the talking about what a beautiful day it was.
The music is licensed via Musicbed ‘Ocean – Tiny Houses’ and their photographs were captured by Essex wedding photographer Matt Wing. Enjoy!
Today I’m sharing the highlights from Aimee and Matthew’s relaxed, countryside barn wedding which they held at Springhill Barn in Worcestershire back at the start of September.
Aimee and Matthew’s wedding took place deep in the Worcestershire countryside in the village of Fladbury. Their ceremony was held at St John the Baptist church, a beautiful Anglian church in the heart of the village, and followed by a reception up the road at Springhill Barn. Springhill itself is a fantastic venue for a laidback country wedding. The owners are really friendly and helpful, and kindly welcomed us when we arrived early in the morning to scout the venue before filming morning preparations. The lakeside location makes for some spectacular photos, and the barn itself, lovingly restored by owner Jonathan and his family is the perfect backdrop for a wedding reception. There are so many places to take photos and film, from little bridges across the river, to the glasshouse by the main house and all of the old farm buildings with crumbling paintwork. Inside, the old wooden beams covered with string lights looked fantastic, and made the barn feel extra cozy and welcoming on what was quite a wet and overcast early September day.
Aimee and Matthew were a joy to film, and didn’t stop laughing all day long. In the morning as I stayed with bride Aimee and her bridesmaids and mum, my husband Ed headed over to the couple’s house to film Matthew getting ready with his best man and his dad. It’s lovely when the groom wants to get in on the action with photography and filmmaking, and I think makes their highlights and longer feature film extra special.
On the day we also had the pleasure of working alongside Gloucestershire based wedding photographer Laura Power.
The highlights from Sarah and Craig’s countryside sailcloth tent wedding over in Dunchurch, Warwickshire. I absolutely love tipis and sailcloth tents. They’re so beautiful and atmospheric and are the perfect stage for a natural, relaxed, English countryside wedding.
Sarah and Craig’s beautiful, family oriented garden party wedding took place back in August in the traditional, Warwickshire village of Dunchurch. Their ceremony was held at St Peter’s Church and was followed by a garden party reception in a PapaKåta sailcloth tent up the road at the bride’s parents’ home. Their day was all about family, with contributions to the details of the day from all sides. The flowers lining the tent were homegrown by the bride’s mother and grandfather, styling and planning were provided by her two very creative sisters, and their wedding cake was lovingly made by an aunt.
What started out as a very wet and windy Saturday with further storms forecast turned into a breezy, but largely dry afternoon. I’m so glad the weather held, as the children got to play in the garden on the trampoline and lawn games, and by late afternoon the light shining through the sailcloth was magical. The pinnacle of the evening was a performance by local Rugby band The Paper Street Soap Company, kicking off the dancing with The Lumineers – ‘Ho Hey’ and Sarah and Craig’s first dance.
Mariam and Samie’s beautiful Afghan wedding which took place in early July. Their wedding celebrations were held at the Forest of Arden Hotel on the Coventry / Birmingham border, which is an excellent venue for larger weddings in the West Midlands as they have a fixed marquee and very spacious grounds. This wedding video is something a little bit different to the films I typically produce and takes the form of a longer documentary.
When Mariam got in touch with me about filming their wedding she explained how she loved the cinematic style, but was looking to have a longer film made as both she and her husband Samie are of Afghan descent. There are so many traditions in an Afghan wedding reception that they wanted captured in motion and sound, and which a shorter film just couldn’t cover in full. This wedding video includes several little films within a film telling the story of their wedding day from bridal prep in the early afternoon through until Mariam’s father wrapped a green ribbon around her waist at midnight.
I loved how colourful and visual their wedding celebrations were. It was also a pleasure to work alongside photographer Dominika Miechowska who brought along smoke bombs for their photoshoot which were lots of fun to film and to photograph. Thanks must go to my husband Ed for second shooting for me on the day. I was very glad to have him help me out with close to 350 guests and a packed dance floor!
Today I am sharing the short film I made of George and Alexandra’s midsummer Islington Town Hall London wedding which took place at the end of July. George and Alexandra got married on one of the busiest wedding days of the year for Islington Town Hall. The venue is popular for its central location, beautiful and intimate ceremony rooms, and of course the iconic steps where newly wed couples can pose for photographs and the all important confetti shot. On a Saturday in July, Islington Town Hall was in the full throes of peak wedding season with couples waiting outside with their families before their ceremonies began, and a trail of ribbon covered buses lining the main road just outside. Having experienced a wedding there, I can see why!
George and Alexandra’s ceremony took place in the Richmond Room, which is one of several rooms on offer for civil marriage ceremonies at the venue. The room is a lovely alternative to the main Council Chamber. It’s slightly smaller in capacity but no less grand with wood paneling, plenty of natural light and two options for the processional – either an ‘L’ shape, or a ‘U’ shape for a longer entrance. After pausing for a spot of iconic confetti throwing on the main steps outside the town hall we all boarded a traditional London double-decker bus and headed over to Hertfordshire for a relaxed garden reception where, thankfully, the skies held out and we enjoyed wall to wall sunshine.