Warwickshire Wedding Photography : Lucinda & Seb

Every minute of every hour of every day
you are making the world, just as you
are making yourself, and you might as well do it
with generosity and kindness and style.

Rebecca Solnit

Lucinda was once a workmate of Megan, whose wedding I photographed back in 2011 when she married Wayne, and also of Lucy whose wedding I photographed the following year when she married Boyd. I was delighted when she got in touch about her own wedding and her marriage to Seb. I had and continue to have particularly fond memories of both of those prior weddings and the calibre of the people at their hearts. Birds of a feather flock together, as they say, so I felt assured of the prospect of another fantastic experience to be had. That feeling of assurance was indeed perfectly satisfied. In addition to being delighted to receive that enquiry, I was also rather flattered that Lucinda & Seb had not yet set a date for their wedding at the time when contact was made. Lucinda put forward a range of dates across Spring and Summer – checking which ones I might still be available for – and we kept in touch across the span of a few months until everything was in place.

Throughout that process, in meeting up with the two before the wedding – in pixellated form via Skype – and in spending time with them and all of their guests on the wedding day itself I felt personally enriched by my exposure to a wealth of kindness and inclusivity. I enjoyed witnessing all that took place, I enjoyed photographing all that I did; I valued enormously the generosity of spirit I was exposed to in doing what I do.

Lucinda & Seb married at Our Lady & Saint Benedict church in Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire – their priest came out of retirement for the day especially to conduct their marriage ceremony – and celebrated at Wootton Park, formerly a dairy farm that in times of tightening economies in farming had recently been repurposed by the farmer as a venue for weddings and conferences. A fantastic job had been done of it all too. This is the story of their wedding day… View full post »

Venice Wedding Photography : Nicola & Jaime


I may risk sounding trite when I say that I wouldn’t have enjoyed my time in the Venetian lagoon a tenth as much had it not been in the company of Nicola & Jaime and the small band of their nearest and dearest that joined with them to observe and celebrate their marriage on the island of Mazzorbo. It is though simply the truth of the matter that I am certain that that would have been the case. Absolutely, it was an enchanting place to find oneself but being in such company magnified the experience ten-fold and environment aside, I would have cherished spending time amongst such company in any number of places that might not have quite the same charm.

Having grown up in an Italian town on the mainland just a little way from Venice, Nicola ventured out into the world and found himself working in Australia where, in time, he met Jaime, a highly thoughtful, poetic soul, clearly resonantly loved by those that got to know her so well and in Nicola she found her soulmate. It was very much my luck, as things transpired, that they found a friend in a former student of mine, Danielle, whom had herself left British shores to work in Australia. Danielle showed my work to Nicola & Jaime and thus the seeds of a lovely adventure were sown. View full post »


Some facts and figures, though I am as ever very much about the spirit of things but it is inescapable that I do like myself a few facts and figures. Figures first, followed by facts. 2017.

7: The number of weddings I photographed in 2017 that included a former student of mine in the star line up of the day; that is to say, as the groom or as the bride. Nichola as she married Marcus, Jay as he married Chloe, Catherine as she married Jesus, Jessica as she married Michael, Lizzie as she married Dane, Daniel as he married Daniella and David as he married Emma. 2017 seemed to be the year for it when it came to former students getting married! Graduation dates spanning over a decade and a half left me reeling somewhat in a whirl of chronological reminiscing but in all cases it remained a solid rock to me just how much of a honour and a privilege it was to be asked to take the photographs, to be there for the whole thing and to weave together the story. It always is something special but there was an additional layer of history in place for me in these cases. It always means a lot to me and this meant a lot, again.

6: There is no six but I shan’t let that perturb me unduly. It would have been more elegant had there been; the reason why will quickly become apparent but… it’s all good.

5: The number of weddings I photographed in 2017 where one or both of the couple marrying had been guests at previous weddings that I photographed. Two of those five couples had been sat at the same tables as I had for dinner, at two of those previous weddings, so they knew not just the nature of my work but also that my table manners were impeccable or at least acceptable enough in light of the qualities of my photography :~)

4: The number of weddings I photographed in 2017 where a connection via friends was in place; friends of previous couples whose weddings I had photographed or friends of those friends.

3: The number of weddings I photographed in 2017 where the bride had been a bridesmaid at a wedding I had photographed previously (one of those marrying someone that had been an usher at the same wedding).

2: The number of weddings I photographed in 2017 where the groom was the brother of a bride from a previous wedding.

1: The number of weddings I photographed in 2017 where the couple had stumbled across my Web site. There would be a certain coincidental romance to things if this one were in time to translate into one or more of five, four, three or a derivative of two above.

I do like myself a few facts and figures, particularly when they provide such warmth. With a year of weddings in such large part connected to previous weddings and indeed in additional large part to a previous world of work, I take heart in what I’ll allow myself to see as something of a signal of approval, of a job well done. It’s always good to be back. In equal measure I take heart in being trusted by the newcomers, so to speak, who I very much hope to meet again in this world that I find myself travelling through. Thus was 2017; in figures, in facts; hence in photographs (and I dare say a few more words!) View full post »

Cublington Wedding Photography : Stuart & Siân

Stuart & Siân grew up in a Buckinghamshire village with a remarkably pleasant social dynamic to it, that continues to this day. Next to the gates of the village church sits a rota – populated with dozens of different names – for mowing the grass in the church grounds; no sign of a very small few holding on to tradition but one of a community still living up to the spirit of that term (Stuart, as it happens, mowed the grass in the days leading up to his and Siân’s wedding). Across the road and a few paces down, then just a couple more, the village pub serves as a hub for that same spirit of community, equally as welcoming to strangers as it is to those that cross its threshold on a regular basis. Down the road a little further and around a corner, the village cricket ground serves not only for the playing of cricket but also for all manner of community celebrations.

I found the village (and its denizens) so pleasant that I’ll not make specific mention of where it is just in case certain elements of the outside world stumble across this blog post, recall its existence and decide afresh to plonk a third airport for London on top of the place.

Along a friendly side street off the diminutive main road running through the village, Siân lived a little closer to one end, Stuart at the other, their two homes but a couple of literal stone throws apart. I feel quite certain that the distance could be spanned by just a couple of stone throws but I didn’t test my hypothesis out. It wouldn’t have looked good. Back to the story at hand, one might say that Stuart & Siân were childhood sweethearts but to be more precise, they were into their later teens when they became that much more aware of each other and together they’ve been ever since. They now live and work in London but they carry that spirit of village life in their hearts and manifest it in their demeanour, day to day.

I was happy to have the opportunity to meet with them at their London home some months before their wedding, to enjoy the wide slice of sky that they’d managed to find as a view from their window, the uplifting sense of openness along the nearby walk that they frequently enjoy and that I shared with them on that occasion, and the particularly warm, cosy and welcoming pub at the end of that walk, one that might as much have been in a village as in a city so large. I really enjoyed my time spent with them then and all the more again come the day of their wedding. This is the story of that day, of Stuart & Siân’s wedding… View full post »

Iceland Wedding Photography : Nichola & Marcus

I imagine an artist’s palette daubed with splashes and whirls of paint, spreads of white and spreads of black, an expanse of blue; green, greens, multifarious hues of green, dotted and striated and folded one into another and through and into colours other. Ochre, yellows, browns, oranges and reds; colours of the sky, colours of the sea, colours of the land and that which lays beneath. Then I picture Iceland and I see an artist’s palette; an artist’s palette on a grand, grand scale. Further, I picture Nichola & Marcus, she wearing a gown of snow and he wearing a suit of black volcanic ash and I see them smile like the sky and roar with laughter like the sea breaking on the shore, in their element, part of the elements.

We went somewhere really quite magical, they to make married and I, with my daughter, to see and tell as best we possibly might, all.

I’d known Nichola for a good number of years. Once upon a time she had been a student of mine and in her final year of studies, she asked if she might assist me on a wedding shoot. We worked together on two weddings, ultimately, and her work was fantastic, her way with people equally so. After graduating she worked as an animator in the realm of children’s television for several months, her own business as a wedding photographer quickly sky-rocketing so she moved full time into that realm. Something of a human dynamo, effervescent in nature with a capacity for deep reflection, Nichola has always been great to work with, now to work for, to share an adventure with. I didn’t meet Marcus himself until we were all in Iceland at the same time, though I recognised him well from all the photographs that Nichola had taken of him, or had taken with the two of them featured side by side. He had proposed to Nichola in Iceland a year before their return to the country to marry. I saw photographs and video of the proposal and their surrounding travels which had triggered in me a compulsion to visit the place myself. I found Marcus unshakeably likeable from the off, someone of discernible inner substance with a markedly healthy appreciation of others, someone that I sensed strongly wanted to do good. I enjoyed every moment of observing and photographing the path he and Nichola shared on this particular leg of their journey together.

Surrounding, underscoring, indeed permeating the wedding itself, Iceland left a profound mark on me. I’ve reflected in more depth on my reactions to the place in a separate blog post. I’ll be back to absorb its environment yet more. I photographed the wedding with my daughter, Amelia, and was so impressed with the work that she produced, I gave her a blog post of her own. This is my take on the story of Nichola & Marcus’s Icelandic wedding… View full post »