Here is a little first look at Jade and Cyrus’s big day. It was such a fab day, full of fun, love and the coming together of different cultures. I love being part of peoples wedding days, they are all so unique and special, and this one really lived up to that, bringing elements of both their heritage into their wedding day.
Here is a little first look, at the wonderful wedding of Sarah and Damien at Latimer Place. These two were SO relaxed and chilled out. Even when their little boy decided to hide in Sarah’s wedding dress during the service, they just cracked up and carried on. Getting married when you have children is not easy, I’ve seen with my own eyes just how hard it can be to juggle everything from getting ready to socialising with guests, eating your wedding breakfast to dancing with your partner. Kids don’t make any of this an easy task! But what was so lovely to see was the love and pride Damien and Sarah have not only for each other, but for their boys. Throughout the day I caught little moments when each of them took time to focus on their kids, involving them through the service and just ensuring that they knew that their wedding day was about not just about Sarah and Damien, it was about the four of them.
Last month I got the chance to try out a little project that I have been toying with for sometime. I switched from shooting stills to shooting film! Well sort of.
When I first decided to get into wedding photography I kept thinking that maybe I should be doing wedding videography, as that was actually my background. I have always loved making and watching films, I studied film making at Uni, and I have made a few videos for CP Creative over the years, I even filmed on stage at Glastonbury!Last year I heard about a wedding photographer who offered a 3min highlights video along with her photography package, and not only that, she was really good at it! Now, this idea excited and petrified me all in one go. It has been rumbling around my head since then and I can’t seem to shake the feeling that this is something I could be offering.When my good friend and awesome photographer Jo asked me to second shoot for her we started to talk about the possibility of filming some of it too. I knew I wanted to do it but it was a bit of an experiment, I had only ever shot photography at a wedding, I worried I might not get enough and didn’t want too miss certain moments of the day if it all went wrong. We ran the idea passed the wonderful Sophie and Hamish and to my pleasure, they were happy to let me give it a shot! For the service I stuck to shooting photographs just incase it all went tits up, Jo ultimately hired me as a second shooter and I didn’t want to sacrifice any key moments for my little experiment!
So here it is, along with a few stills from the day. I learned a lot doing and I loved making it. It reminded me of what I love about making videos! Thank you so much to Sophie and Hamish for letting me dip my toes into wedding videography. It was such good fun to be part of their day and I hope they enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it.
Holy smokes, this wedding was amazing! Catherine and Mike pulled off the ultimate chilled out, outdoor, stunning, summer wedding. IN APRIL! Everything about their day was just beautiful. They tied the knot at one of my favourite local venues, The Farmhouse at Redcoats and when the weather looked like it was set to be a record breaking scorcher they decided to get married outside.The venue looked so beautiful and I kid you not, Catherine looked like an actual film star, perfectly paired with her handsome beau. One of my favourite moments of the day was when her friends gifted her and Mike a Cat (yes a cat!). It was a fab moment to capture. Mike is the kind of guy that you can’t help but smile around and he had his guests roaring with laughter throughout his speech. When I received these lovely words from them shortly after the wedding, I did my little happy dance.
“What can we say ?!
I have never seen anyone work as hard as you did on Saturday !!
Thank you for being so accommodating and adaptable to our different requests. We are sorry it got chaotic at some points, but you handled it so we well, and we really do appreciate it. Thank you for being so aware of us, and sensing when we needed a moment to ourselves to take it all in. One of our highlights of the day was the 30minutes we spent with you in the Garden capturing the emotion of what we had just been through….We hope our paths cross again soon and would not hesitate to recommend you to any of our Family & Friends. All the best Mike & Catherine
March, the perfect time for a spring wedding. Daisies, lush green fields, and SNOW! Yes that’s right, Snow. Jennifer and Dean had their spring wedding perfectly planned, but the weather had it’s own day install for them.
The service was held at St Michael’s Church in St Albans, while the reception was at Coltsfoot Country Retreat. Jen looked absolutely stunning and her and Dean were amazing. They didn’t let the cold weather stop them getting some amazing shots and even when our hands and fingers couldn’t feel anything they were still smiling!
“Erica helped us through the entire process and went out of her way to get to know us as individuals, and to understand our photographic needs. She was keen to meet our requirements, and advised us when we were not making good choices. The wedding day was very difficult, -1c with a wind chill of -8c. Despite difficult conditions Erica captured some magical moments outdoors, and improvised when needed to ensure guests were all kept comfortable. We were amazed with the results!!”
Here is a little highlights video showing their day in all its wonderful glory!
So this was my last wedding of 2018 and it was such a great way to end the year. Jo and Joe got married at the beautiful venue Lanwades Hall. A HUGE congratulations to one of the loviest couples, Jo and Joe!! I’ll keep my waffle to a minimum as Christmas has officially started in the Hawkins house and I have at least two bottles of Baileys to get stuck into. Happy Christmas Mr and Mrs Nettleton, enjoy your first one married.
My First wedding at The Farmhouse at Redcoats in Hitchin.
I feel very lucky to live in Hitchin, we have some wonderful wedding venues close to my beautiful little town, but when The Farmhouse at Redcoats had a little make over last year, I was very excited! Not only is Redcoats less than 10 minutes away from me, it literally oozes style and makes the perfect wedding venue for some quirky and alternative couples on their big day.
I got to shoot my first wedding this year there and the venue certainly lived up to my exceptions. The barn looked stunning, and even though it was the beginning of the year and the amount of natural light was, lets say, a little limiting, the venue stood it’s own! I was also able to use my Nikon D850 is all its’ powerful glory, ensuring I didn’t need to flash around the venue, and could continue to discreetly capture the day.
“Thank you so much for those first look pics, they are AMAZING!! We both had a look at them earlier and every single one of them is amazing, what a lovely way to relive the day!!”
Here are a few photos from the day.
Oh 2018, you have been so good to me!
Here is a little video that nicely sums up my wedding photography work for 2018.
Thank you to all my lovely brides and grooms who trusted me to capture their big day. It’s an honour that I will never take for granted, and I genuinely hold a little place in my heart for you all.
What an absolute blast Lauren and Marks wedding was! It was set in the beautiful Hexton Manor near Hitchin and we were spoilt with beautiful weather and glorious surroundings. Lauren and Mark are the kind of of couple that are a true pleasure to photograph, they laugh so much with each other which is infectious and beautiful to capture. Here are a few from the day.
Erica has high emotional intelligence and great sense of humour which enabled her to capture the genuine moments of our day. We loved our photos so much and I always enjoy looking at all the other weddings she shoots on her excellent Facebook and Instagram pages. She is the queen of the candid shot which makes every photo shoot unique. – Lauren and Mark
Here is a quick look at some of the shots from Faye and Charlie’s super cool wedding at Hitchin Lavender Fields in June. I literally loved every second of it. So much hard work was put into pulling off this amazing day, and they did it with pure style! This wedding was so up my street, festival weddings are one of my favourite types to weddings to shoot. Maybe it takes me back to my Glastonbury days, who knows, Im just a sucker for Hay Bales and festoon lights!
Erica is a fantastic photographer. Beautifully creative shots, all thought through with care and imagination, so that the end result were pictures that really suited us, our personalities and the wedding vibe we were trying to create. A very calming presence in the run up to the day, super enthusiastic and not intrusive at all on our actual wedding day. Erica produced shots that showed everyone having such a great time, in a really natural setting. We’re very lucky to have found her! – Faye and Charlie