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Surrey Traditional Country Club Wedding

Hannah and Adrian met at a kitchen party on the 13th floor of the halls of residence where Adrian and Hannah were both staying. The year was 1996, and it was Adrian's first week of his Erasmus year and Hannah's third week of Uni in Frankfurt, Germany. Adrian decided in the name of chivalry that he had to protect Hannah from the Frenchman who was showing decided interest. It then took Adrian nearly two months of hanging around, leaving messages on her door, culminating in going on a single-party with her, impressing her with his dancing to get Hannah to go out with him finally.

The proposal occurred while they were away on vacation in Croatia with some close friends, and it was Adrian's birthday. They had hired a boat together to go island hopping, and Adrian smuggled the ring on board in a sock in his boat bag. Hannah was surprised that Adrian decided to get changed into a white linen shirt before lunch and a little annoyed when he asked her to go for a walk with him around the small island that the restaurant was on (she was hungry and thought he just wanted to explore!). Adrian laughed nervously when their friend Roland asked if he was off to propose as he hadn't told anyone his plan. Upon finding the right spot, Adrian went on bended knee. Hannah said yes. They hadn't spotted that a yacht was in the bay behind them, but the boat had noticed them, and the people started cheering and applauding, which they didn't register. When they went back into the restaurant, their friends had heard the cheering and were already suspicious that they had missed something and when they saw the ring, there was a lot of crying and congratulations.

Hannah and Adrian got married in a very big, relaxed, well-light, symmetrical church in Epsom called Christ Church, very rarely do those preferences all align at the same location, especially churches. Following their beautiful wedding ceremony, Hannah and Adrian got painted with confetti and bubbles by their guests while on-route to the open-top Old-timer bus which took them all to the wedding reception held at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club in Surrey.

The wedding reception at Leatherhead was incredible, the Bride and Groom ushered all their guest into the Country Club gardens to have relaxed group photographs in the sunshine and shortly after we toured the gardens to take some natural portraits. After the speeches and wedding breakfast, I invited Hannah and Adrian to practice their first dance under a tree while the sun was setting - these are my favourite photographs of the day. I photographed Hannah and Adrian for 10 hours on their wedding day, ensuring I captured all the love and excitement especially when they revealed they're custom made foosball table with mini Bride and Grooms at the end of their reception! Combining all the above with such down to earth guests resulted in a fantastic wedding with such an elegant and timeless feel.

Dorset Relaxed Garden Wedding

Freya and Josh initially met in secondary school during the sixth form, just after they had finished their AS exams. They only shared one class, and it happened to be Physics (how romantic) after Josh was wooing Freya with his grasp of thermodynamics and nuclear fusion, they began seeing each other in July 2008, hence their wedding date in early July. Since then they've been pretty much inseparable, even going to the same university (Leicester) where Freya studied something important - Genetics - and Josh dossed about pretending to do an English degree.

Josh admits to nearly messing up the proposal, only a little bit. Having been going out for almost seven years, Josh eventually started saving up for a ring because the time just felt right. However, Josh usually only saves money for something important (or car related) both very much the same in Josh's book. He accidentally let slip one night after a few drinks that he was saving money and, when Freya realised it wasn't for a car, she guessed it might be for a ring. Then they decided to go for a walk along the Dorset coast on New Year's Day, Freya assumed Josh was about to pop the question then but he hadn't purchased a ring by this point, and Freya turned grumpy for the rest of the day.

However, come May, Josh had bought a giant engagement ring which contained a ruby surrounded by a cluster of small diamonds, he then and proposed to Freya down on a deserted beach on their favourite part of the Cornish coast, near Polzeath. While Freya knew a proposal was coming, she didn't realise it was going to be then or there, so she was, at least, a little surprised.

Freya & Josh got married on one of the hottest days of 2016; they held their traditional yet relaxed wedding ceremony at the cosy St Martin's Church in Broadmayne followed by their country fete styled wedding reception that was held in the garden of Freya's parents home in Dorchester, Dorset. Their friend Ben Walters and his son, a local swing/jazz duo provided the entertainment in the evening while all the guests danced around enjoying the endless supply of food and drink. Freya & Josh dedicated a separate garden solely for garden games where I was able to photograph all the children playing together naturally, not forgetting the adults who had a few games after a few drinks...

Portchester Shabby Chic Traditional Wedding

They both met at work (Kao UK). Helen started in June, and then Andi joined in November, they got on well with chatting about music and their shared appreciation of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp. They got together at work drinks on a Friday in the local work pub located in Carnaby Street, London and starting dating in March, they both still work at Kao but in different departments.

The night before Andi proposed, they were walking through Hatton Garden in Holborn and Andi pretended he didn't know it was an area you can buy engagement rings, putting Helen off the scent! On Good Friday, they were meant to be going on a pub crawl with a couple of friends in the afternoon, and Andi told Helen that he'd booked a surprise brunch to line their stomachs and needed to leave for a table across the river in Fulham. They walked to the river, and Helen asked Andi if the ferries run on Good Friday, they went to look. There was a lovely boat with two captains at the end of Putney Pier, they introduced themselves, and Helen thought there had been a mistake as we weren't getting a boat, but they took her hand and led her onto the ship.

Andi carried on pretending it wasn't anything special. During the boat trip, they went out the back of the boat and going past MI5 on the Thames, Helen said 'I bet there are many secrets in there' Andi replied 'Actually, I have a secret of my own', and he got down on one knee, showed the diamond ring and asked for Helen to marry him. Helen said yes and was crying as the captain bought out the champagne and took photos. The boat pulled in to Westminster Pier, where 8 of their friends were waiting, cheering and clapping, they all got on the ship and the 10 of them continued the boat trip to Greenwich and back for the next 2 hours, with champagne and food and then went to various pubs in Putney afterwards to carry on celebrating. The rest of the Easter weekend we spent visiting their parents and families.

Helen & Andi got married inside St Mary's Church which is located in the grounds of Portchester Castle in Hampshire, I've always wanted to photograph a wedding in Portchester as it is such a beautiful setting and only a few minutes drive from where I live. Helen & Andi choose to get married in the same church where Helen’s parents were married 40 years ago to the week, they had the traditional entrance and exit music at the wedding ceremony as it was such a conventional setting and during the wedding they also had the choir sing Amazing Grace (which was also at Helen’s parents’ marriage). Their wedding ceremony was a traditional service, but their wedding reception at Upper Parsonage Farm in Petersfield was a very laid-back and relaxed occasion, mixed with a Shabby Chic style it created a unique intimate yet cool vibe throughout the day which created emotional moments followed directly with laughter and smiles.