Last year I got to work with some really awesome photographers, and second shooting for people whose work I really admire is such a privilege. It’s even better when they are a bonkersly brilliant wedding tog extraordinaire like Andrea Ellison. That woman is seriously good fun and an incredibly talented photographer too. Love her to bits. So getting to shoot with her was pretty much awesome on a plate. Even when it meant shooting an outdoor ceremony in the rain! Believe it or not, even the terrible weather couldn’t spoil that magical day, in the bride’s parents’ back garden. In fact, even the sun came out briefly giving everyone a chance to ditch their brollies and have a natter before we all legged it down to the village hall for the reception when the heavens opened again. Tee hee.
I can’t thank Andrea enough for having me along for the day, nor Laura, Andy and their friends and family for making is such a special day to be a part of. I got to try several (I think it was 6) types of cake and didn’t stop smiling all day. That’s how weddings should be. Full of smiles. And cake. Yeah!
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I decided it was time to catch up with my backlog and blog some of the lovely weddings I second shot for other photographers last year. Back in May (MAY!) I spent some time up in Scotland with my dear friend Kristin of Struve Photography. In addition to collaborating on a fab shoot (more on that in the not too distant future), I assisted her at an absolutely gorgeous wedding – seen here on the fab Under The Vintage Veil blog. Rosie and Dillon were just brilliant to spend the day with. It was, without a doubt, the most emotional ceremony I’ve witnessed. Rosie’s bespoke lace frock was made by her good friend (and a lovely lady that I am lucky to have met and worked with on several occasions now) Wendy of Flossy and Dossy. Their friends and family partied hard (was it eight downed shots before the speeches at the naughty table?) and heckled like no wedding guests I’ve seen before or since. The setting – Cafe Barge at Tarbert on Loch Fyne (who do amazing tapas and provided wonderful canapes on the day) plus the Anchor Hotel opposite for the evening do, was incredible. And, in spite of the days either side being something of a washout…they had glorious weather to bless their marriage. Rosie and Dillon – I love you guys. Kristin – you too, lady and thanks SO MUCH for having me along for the ride. It was an honour to shoot for you!
This is Kristin by the way. She’s ACE!!!
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Want to hear about quite possibly my favourite wedding that I’ve photographed to date? You do? Well ok then. I’ll tell you about the day I spent with Katie and Lewis who were married last month at a short but super sweet outdoor humanist ceremony at a Church Farm on the Wirral, overlooking the beautiful Welsh hills, with a bunch of their awesome family and friends, a gramophone DJ, afternoon tea, wild flowers, a tractor ride, animal petting, a cool band, a fire pit, a super tasty hog roast and so much more. One seriously awesome day for an utterly lovely couple. Check out Katie’s AMAZING vintage seventies frock (she changed into a polka-dot fifties number for the evening) offcuts from the sleeves of which were pinned into her hair! Lewis looked rather dapper too in his vintage 1960′s suit – a fabulous eBay find. And when the boys donned their flat caps… Who doesn’t love a flat cap? A huge thank you to Chris Seddon for his mad second shooting skills and to Katie and Lewis for having us along for the day. Twas ludicrous amounts of fun. I even got to pet some farm animals. Amazing!