A styled shoot at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.
This styled shoot has to be my favorite so far. The use of metallic tones, soft and architectural foliage and flurries of stars created essentially what I imagine a Elysian glasshouse to be. The beautifully restored Theatre Royal provides a really unique wedding venue – see link below!
Stylist, Tina of Ambience Venue Styling Suffolk, and florist, Jo at VV Raven, incorporated oodles of glass and metallic details alongside a mixture of fresh orchids, faux ferns and dried alliums. The variation in texture and form in these makes the table tactile and inviting – it would certainly stop guests in their tracks and provoke curiosity. The chairs were dressed with opulent navy taffeta that coordinated with the table linen. I particularly love the golden chandeliers teaming with ferns – this really makes the most of the great ceiling height that the theatre provides.
The table stationary, signage and table plan were created by Opps a Doodle. The hand-lettered place-cards are detailed with golden constellations that are just gorgeous! All gold on navy, they really added to the overall celestial feel of this shoot. These colours were echoed in the cake crafted by Beautiful Tiers, adding yet more wonderful tone and texture to the overall look.
Bridal make-up was styled by the magical Victoria Bradfield who created this dramatic smokey eye with added sparkle for the second look. Stacey Goodwin created two bridal hair looks that were just stunning, incorporating some beautiful celestial hair pins by Miss Clemmie.
The two bridal gowns were provided and selected by the award winning House of Snow bridal boutique in Bury St Edmunds. The first gown is Hathor by Watters W.too and the second, Cosmic by Jenny Packham. These two gowns give two completely different looks, both complementing the unique atmosphere of the theatre.
I think some of my favourite overall shots have to be those that show the magnificent auditorium in all of it’s regency splendour. What a fantastic place for illuminated letters!
Huge thanks to our beautiful model, Chloe. You were an absolute dream to shoot and made us all envious of those cheekbones!
This shoot was so much fun. I hope you all love these shots as much as we all do!
A full list of suppliers follows the image gallery.
Floral styling – http://www.vvraven.co.uk
Bridal gowns – http://www.houseofsnow.co.uk
Hair stylist – http://www.staciegoodwinhairdressing.co.uk
Stationary – http://www.oopsadoodle.com
Illuminated letters, tables and chairs – http://www.purewhiteevents.co.uk
Sam and Steve tied the knot at the beautiful Tudor Barn this July. It was a truly great day and I feel so honored to have been a part of it. Sam and her fabulous bride tribe started the day by getting ready at Sam and Steve’s home. They were all so relaxed (and super organised) we got some really lovely shots using the beautiful natural light.
We then headed over to the barn around midday where Sam spent some time sipping prosecco with the bridesmaids and her mum. Sam waited until the last minute to put her gown on – such a great way to ensure that you don’t get any of those unwanted creases appearing. Steve and the groomsmen looked super dapper and did a great job of making sure every one was in the right places in time for Sam to make her way down the isle.
We did a reveal shot of Sam in her dress to the wedding party (minus the groom of course) I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room, me included!
Sam and Steve’s wedding party went down the isle in pairs, ahead of Sam and her dad Phil. The ceremony was beautiful and the sense of love and happiness from both Sam and Steve was overwhelming. I think the shots really capture this.
During the drinks reception we managed a mini couples shoot after the more formal family photos and some really great confetti shots. For any couples contemplating whether to have confetti or not – Do! It’s so much fun and it creates opportunities for some great natural shots of your guests.
The reception started with the speeches, which I have to say were fantastic and very heart felt. Following the speeches everyone tucked into a very yummy BBQ and a selection of homemade desserts.
We were so very lucky to have a fantastic sunset and we really made the most of it with another twenty minute couple shoot. These are some of my favourite shots.
We even got published in the AW18 edition of A Suffolk Ceremony which is just fantastic! Thank you again, Sam and Steve. You guys really rocked it and I had a really wonderful day too!
I had such a great time over at Wandlebury Woods with Sam and Steve. I love an engagement shoot! It’s so important to get to know your photographer ahead of the wedding day – lets face it, they are going to spend a great deal of time with you on one of the most special days of your life. A good wander around the woods is a perfect way to do this and we were so lucky to have such beautiful weather. We captured so many wonderful shots with a real variety of backdrops in the gorgeous evening sunshine. I just can’t wait for their wedding!
Vivian and Mike absolutely rocked this engagement shoot! We had a such a lovely day moving from different locations, catching shots naturally and stumbling across some really awesome spots. Vivian and Mike not only wanted the shoot to mark their engagement but wanted to capture memories from their vacation as they both live in other parts of the world. I think we managed this really well and it was so nice getting to know them both. I can’t wait to hear all about their wedding back in Hong Kong!
I was asked by the wonderful Tina at Ambience Venue Styling Suffolk to work with her on this styled shoot back in February. The Ickworth Hotel offers a number of different locations for civil ceremonies, each with their own character but ultimately steeped in history and elegance. Below are the shots that I captured of Tina’s styling along with the beautiful floral arrangements created by The Flower Hut in Bury St Edmunds. The table stationary was designed and created by Oops A doodle. Please find supplier links below!
Tina at Ambience Venue Styling Suffolk:
The Ickworth Hotel:
The Flower Hut:
Oops A doodle:
I think sometimes people are sceptical about having shoots during the winter months because of the weather. This shoot is a prime example of how beautiful this time of year can be. We were particularly lucky with the light last week on this shoot. The low, warm hazy light gave us some soft pastel backdrops that I absolutely love. We were out for about 1.5 hrs and managed to get a really good range of shots on what felt like a nice walk around the woods with Sarah and David. Their wedding will be my first destination wedding and I can’t wait. Roll on April 2019!
I could not recommend an engagement shoot more to couples. It’s such a great memento and it allows you to really get to know your photographer who, lets face it, is going to be with you for the majority of one of the most important days of your life! I offer complementary engagement shoots with all of my wedding bookings because of this. Here is a snapshot of their gallery…
Ying teaches yoga in Cambridge and Newmarket and was looking for some shots for her website. This was my first ever yoga shoot and I absolutely loved it! We decided to shoot outdoors as that seemed to be the best setting for the types of shots that Ying wanted to achieve (I think that’s where I work best too!) I am so happy with these images and I had such a wonderful time with Ying on our shoot.
Check out Ying’s website – www.ying-yoga.com/
Beach shoots are great whatever the weather and boy did we have some weather! It rained, it hailed, it was blustery, but we were lucky enough to have a few glimpses of beautiful sunshine. Despite this the Gosden family were fantastic! We had such a great time and really made the most of what we had while popping in and out of the much appreciated cafe. Old Felixstowe is such a great location, giving many different backdrops and opportunities for a good range of shots. Here is a cracking example of how documentary photography can capture whole families without feeling posed, placed or having to feel like you have your best photo face on all the time. Thank you to the Gosdens for allowing me to share these!
I had taken some portraits of Keavy for her portfolio back in January. It was our first shoot together and we managed to get some wonderful shots in just 45 minutes – Keavy is such a natural and she makes my job very easy indeed! Since then she has had some really great jobs through her casting agency that I just can’t wait to see. She has grown and changed so much in the few months since her first shoot it was time to update her portfolio and I jumped at the chance. We had a fantastic time in Nowton Park and were lucky enough to shoot with the autumn light in the late afternoon. There are so many images in the set that I love but here is just a selection – enjoy!
I couldn’t wait to share this shoot! I was asked by the parents of the very beautiful Alex to come along and take some photos just before her first birthday. I absolutely love the range of different images we managed to get in and around their family home. Here is a small selection of my favourite images.
I had the pleasure of documenting baby Endeavour’s christening in late September on a beautifully sunny late summer’s afternoon . He looked almost royal in his gorgeous gown, previously worn by his older brother Lander for his christening. After the ceremony we made the most of the warm afternoon light in the church and then went on to the party. This not only marked the special occasion but also celebrated Endeavour’s first birthday and his brother Lander’s fourth birthday. What a special day!
Here’s a small selection of some of my favourites…