Offley Place Wedding

Wedding Photography, Offley Place, Hitchin

Here is a little first look at Laura and James’s wedding photography at Offley Place, at one of my all time favourite venues!

Now, James made it very clear to me on his first email that his bride to be was ‘extremely camera shy’. Thats ok I thought, a lot of my clients say the same. When I met them both for the first time I realised, what James actually meant is that Laura HATED (with an impressive passion!) having her photo taken.

So no engagement shoot for this couple, the thought alone made Laura shake with horror. And Laura was adamant that she didn’t want any photos of her getting ready and even though I cried a little inside, (Offley Place’s bridal suite is stunning with the most perfect light!!), I knew it was the right decision for her. So it’s fair to say I was expecting a little challenge on the day. But you know what, Laura was a superstar! I honestly had so much fun with these two. The weather was amazing, there were lawn games, little bat boys, a wonderful mix of family and friends and an awesome band to finish of the night.
I still think Laura will tell you she HATES having her photo taken, but I really enjoyed taking her pic!
Congratulations guys x

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The Priory, Hitchin Wedding Photos

Wedding Photographs from St Marys Church Hitchin and The Priory, Little Wymondley

I’ve been really excited to share these photos for so many different reasons. When I first heard Mark and Rachael’s wedding plans I knew it was going to be a good one! They chose to get married in my lovely home town of Hitchin, at the one and only St Marys Church. If you know Hitchin, then you will know this is basically the heart of the town. I’ve lived in Hitchin for 5 years now and had been waiting for the day I would get to shoot in St Marys, so when their enquiry came in I had all my fingers and toes crossed they would pick me. Luckily for me they did, as their day had so many touching and special moments.

Rachael’s dad not only had the honour of giving her away, but he actually got to marry her as well. Can you imagine how special that would feel!! They held the reception at The Priory Barn, little Wymondley. As we were blessed with beautiful sun for most of the day, the grounds gave us so many little nooks to shoot in.

I have to say when I was editing these photos I found myself smiling so much. I think a smile is a little bit like a yawn, when you see someone with a huge smile across their face, it’s hard not to copy it. And that sums this day up, not only did Mark and Rachael have smiles on their faces the whole day, but their guests did too. It was impossible to miss and I hope these photos capture what a special day it was.

A little shout out to the awesome wedding band ‘The Nameless Three’ they were amazing!


Now for something slightly different!

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.


Wedding at The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Hitchin

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




Joanne and Gavin – De Vere Latimer Estate

I had a blast at Joanne and Gavin’s wedding on Friday. It was so much fun to capture even if it was a tad hot! Take note future couples, if you’re going to take a little trip during your first dance, go big or go home! These two pulled it off like masters from strictly, straight back into their dance, no one really noticed.


Rebecca and Chris. Wedding Photos Offley Place

Last month I was lucky enough to shoot Rebecca and Chris’s wedding. This was the perfect wedding to ease me back into work, the couple were thoroughly loved up and both looked absolutely amazing! The venue was one of my favourites, Offley Place and the sun was shining for us. Now, normally I don’t cry at weddings, especially when I’m the photographer, however this one got me. You could blame my hormones but I think that even the coldest of hearts would have been warmed by this wedding. In the run up to the big day Chris and Rebeca had kept me in the loop with the wedding plans and had informed me that one of their bridesmaid, Chris’s sister was pregnant and due 2 weeks after the wedding. A week before the wedding Rebeca told me Chris’s sister was in hospital, everyone was hoping the baby would arrive safe and sound. The morning of the wedding I was told the baby had been born but they were still in hospital. Rebeca looked gutted when she spoke about this, but they were all hoping that they would get let out, just in time for the wedding. As the service drew closer it seemed unlikely that they would be able to make it, however…..about 30 mins before the service started Chris’s sister arrived, baby in toe, straight out of Hospital. In a dash she was transformed into a stunning bridesmaid and was able to surprise Rebeca when she arrived. I have never seen a bride look so happy just before her wedding. It was a special moment and I felt honoured to have been there to capture it.

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