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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
This summer has been pretty wet, so as soon as Lucy and Evan told me of their plans to get married outside in September, I crossed my fingers and started praying to the weather gods. I think it did some good as the sun shone brightly on this lovely couple and also gave us a beautiful sun set as a little bonus.
Lucy looked stunning, a real life snow white and Evan couldn’t keep the smile of his face.
Congratulations guys, here are a few shots from the day
Location – Three Lakes, Ware
Here are some shoots from the lovely Mark and Sarah’s wedding and have a read of these very kind words they had to say about me……”On Saturday 6th August Erica Hawkings captured our special day in the most amazing way. From the early morning stress to the perfect first dance Erica was there making sure we have memories from every moment of our day, Erica is so professional and so friendly, we couldnt of asked for a better photographer or friend to spend the day with. We had a blast and Erica’s photos are so breathe taking, she captured moments we missed, we would highly recommend her to anyone. Mark & Sarah”