Mengyi & Yu - Asian Engagement Shoot in Cheltenham the heart of the Cotswolds

It was fab to meet up with the lovely Mengyi & Yu for their asian engagement shoot in Cheltenham. We chose the majestic Pittville pump rooms to start the shoot and made our way around Pittville lake before heading up to Leckhampton Hill to take in some great landscape views across Cheltenham and the Cotswolds. Mengyi came prepared with two traditional Asian dresses as it's a very important Chinese tradition. I can't wait to shoot their wedding at the amazing Warwick castle in a couple of months time! 

Jennifer & Jack Cambridge University Pre Wedding Shoot

If you can't think of a location to hold your pre wedding shoot why not choose the spot where you first met! This is exactly what Jennifer and Jack did when they chose Cambridge University as the location. They were both students at the University so it's a place that holds lots of fond memories, perfect to get all cuddly with one another! There were plenty of cool spots to create great images from amazing architecture to the immaculate lawns. It was my first visit to Cambridge and would love to go back for a day trip to explore all the shops and cosy little streets. 

Emma & Marks Spring Pre Wedding Shoot at Crickley Hill in the Cotswolds

" They are AMAZING! Thank you so much, we absolutely love them and its incredible how quickly you had them edited and ready to go. Really looking forward to the day, thanks again for yesterday we both feel so much more relaxed now"  Emma & Mark

Loved meeting up with Emma & Mark this weekend at Crickley Hill in the Cotswolds. It's a great location for couples to have a leisurely stroll and take in the amazing views across Gloucestershire including the Malvern Hills in the distance. It's also perfect if you're slightly nervous about having your picture taken as it's never too busy and includes loads of locations for cool pictures. I'm really looking forward to shooting Emma & Marks wedding this summer in beautiful Bath. I started my photographic career at the Bath Chronicle newspaper many years ago so the place holds many fond memories! 

Carrie & Dans Sunny Pre Wedding Shoot in the Cotswolds

We had great fun thanks, we love the photos they look fantastic! Thank you so much! Really looking forward to seeing the wedding photos already! " Carrie & Dan

Gorgeous sunny weather greeted us last weekend for Carrie & Dans pre wedding shoot on Leckhampton Hill in the Cotswolds! We started off in the woods surrounding Daisy Bank car park but soon made our way up to the top of the hill where we could enjoy the views and blue skies across Gloucestershire!

I keep my pre wedding and engagement shoots relaxed and informal. Lets face it, the majority of us don't particularly enjoy our picture being taken let alone have a camera follow them around all day. I break down these barriers by keeping things natural, fun and free flowing without being too forced or rigid. 

Carrie and Dan were great to work with especially as Dan has a keen interest in photography and knew the type of shots I was trying to achieve! I'm really looking forward to shooting their wedding this year, it should be a blast! 

Anjna & Robbie - Sunset Pre Wedding Shoot at Crickley Hill Country Park in the Cotswolds

I was hoping for great weather on Anjna & Robbies pre wedding shoot and boy did we get it! The location was Crickley Hill Country Park on the edge of Cheltenham and in the heart of the Cotswolds. Having moved the start time slightly earlier to 4.30pm I really wanted to capture the sunset and knew we would have great views on top of the hill. My first shot of the session was probably my favourite! The rich warm light casts a magical glow across the whole image as the pathway leads your eye up to Anjna & Robbie gazing out towards the spectacular Malvern Hills and their future together! 

Becky & Daff Pre Wedding Shoot In The Heart of the Cotswolds

"The photos are fantastic!!!! Loved the colours and how you managed to find some stormy skies too! Thanks for editing them so quickly. Now we will just have the hard decision on which photos go on the invites!!" - Becky & Daff

Last weekend I hooked up with Becky & Daff for their pre wedding shoot. We decided on Leckhampton Hill in the heart of the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside! The views from the top of the hill are incredible and if you haven't been I would thoroughly recommend a visit. We parked in a quarry car park which offered countless photo opportunities that I couldn't resist. It did mean scrambling up and down rock faces which Becky was totally up for! These are the brides I love, willing to go the extra mile for a great picture!

Whether you've just become engaged or have been engaged for a while I would always recommend a pre wedding shoot before the big day arrives. It's a great way to put you at ease and give you an idea what your wedding day photography will be like! Cant wait to shoot Becky & Daffs wedding this summer!! 

Vicki & Tom Winter Pre Wedding Shoot in Wallingford

With wedding season just around the corner the next few months are all about pre wedding and engagement shoots!  A few weeks ago I hooked up with Vicki & Tom in Wallingford for their pre wedding shoot. It was a grey, cold winters day but that didn't stop us from having a good time and snapping some fun pics! They were a great couple to work with and happy to go with the flow! I can't wait to shoot their wedding day in a few months time. 

Beth and Charles Winter Wonderland Wedding at Nuthurst Grange Hotel, Warwickshire

" We used Kevin for our winter wedding in December and have just got our photos back from him. We are absolutely blown away by all of the photos and the little moments that we missed  that he managed to capture. Kevin was a complete professional all day and nothing was too much trouble for him. We will truly cherish the pictures he took forever. Cannot recommend enough!! " Beth & Charles

I love winter weddings, there's something very magical about getting hitched when there's snow on the ground. Beth and Charles chose Nuthurst Grange Country House Hotel in Warwickshire to celebrate their big day. After arriving nice and early to have a good look around the grounds I soon discovered that I couldn't feel my fingers! The winter months provide so many great opportunities for pictures as well as a few challenges such as freezing body parts! :-)

Beth and Charles were looking for lots of candid, reportage shots showing their friends and family having fun. I'm not a photographer that takes many stilted staged pictures so that was music to my ears! I'm all about capturing the natural, fun moments at weddings!

Whenever theres snow on the ground I immediately see it in black and white. I love the tones of a wintery black and white image so this cold December wedding was perfect for this! Beth and Charles were amazing on the day, one of my favourite couples of the year! Beth has my full respect for taking off her cape in freezing temperatures so we could get some pic of her dress, she's one tough cookie! :-)

Alice and Alex - English Country Garden Wedding in the Chocolate Box Cotswold Village of Burford

Last summer the gorgeous chocolate box village of Burford located on the edge of the Cotswolds and West Oxfordshire played host to the wedding of Alice and Alex! A marquee was erected in the back garden of Alices mum house with the plan to have the actual wedding ceremony outside in the garden, Due to the unpredictable British summer and a heavy downpour the ceremony was moved into the marque. It didn't make any difference at all to the atmosphere and mood as everyone was too busy having a good time to notice the change!

The day was so relaxed, full of joy and happiness, it felt more like one big party than a wedding! I love weddings like this where everyone is in one location. Instead of thinking about driving and the logistics of getting to different venues they can concentrate on just enjoying the occasion! Despite the rain on the day there was plenty of scope for pictures..we just had to be quick! :-)

Vered & Lewis - Outdoor Jewish Wedding Ceremony at Slaugham Place, East Sussex

This summer I was lucky enough to photograph the amazing jewish wedding of Vered and Lewis at the incredible Slaugham Place in East Sussex.  A setting like no other, Slaugham Place has a real sense of history and romance about it. With the sun beating down everything was perfect for Vered & Lewis to get hitched! Jewish weddings are energetic, fun and colourful occasions full of love and togetherness. After completing the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony which included the breaking of the glass by Lewis it was then onto the crazy dancing in the marquee!  There's only one word for it...wow! If you're taking part it will leave you totally exhausted after being thrown, spun and bounced around! I didn't know which way to turn, on my left was Lewis being thrown in the air and on my right was Vered doing a spot of skipping! haha ...An amazing wedding which I will remember always as being such good fun! Congratulations to you both!! 

Carrie-Anne & Doms alternative vintage wedding at the Electric Cinema, Birmingham

Carrie-Anne & Dom decided to get hitched last month at the Electric Cinema!. This is the oldest cinema in the UK and located in the centre of Birmingham! Wow what a funky, retro and alternative wedding venue! It was my first wedding in a cinema and loved it. Carrie-Anne wore a gorgeous vintage wedding dress by Lindy Bop and looked every inch the stunning, stylish bride! It was quite surreal to be shooting on the cinema stage looking out at the guests all comfy in their cinema seats! 

We made use of as much of the cinema as possible including the projector room and wallpaper from the Great Gatsby movie! From here we walked the short distance to Cherry Reds cafe for the chilled out reception. Carrie-Anne and Dom were not particularly interested in posed group shots instead wanting lots of candid, documentary pics of their guests enjoying themselves. It was such a cool and relaxed wedding, just the way I like them! 

Lydia & Ed on their colourful autumn engagement shoot in the cotswolds

Autumn is my favourite time of the year to photograph happy couples! The colours and tones are incredible and you can't beat wrapping up in a wooly hat and gloves! A few weeks ago I spent a fun couple of hours with Lydia and Ed in the medieval town of Tewkesbury situated in the Cotswolds. My pre wedding and engagement shoots are brilliant at showing couples how I shoot and what their wedding day photography will be like. This awesome twosome were so chilled out and happy to go with the flow it made for some awesome pictures! I'm really looking forward to shooting their big day next year!! 

Kim & Pete - Fun English Country Garden Wedding In Newport Pagnell

I arrived at Kim's parents home in Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes to start the bridal prep and was instantly met by huge smiles and made to feel like part of the family. I knew straight away that this was my type of wedding!! Kim & Pete made it clear to me they wanted natural, fun, candid photos that focussed on not just them but much more on their friends and family kicking back and relaxing!  

I shoot tons of weddings every year but it's safe to say that this was right up there as one of the most relaxed. Kim & Pete made it their own with the wedding reception held in a marque in Pete's parents back garden that included everything from skipping ropes, a kids entertainer, hoola hooping, trampoline as well as fish and chips! With no speeches, sit down meal, official first dance or group shots it felt like a massive summer party! Congratulations to you both and thanks for making me feel so welcome! :-)