Going back to Scotland for a wedding or engagement shoot is always fun but, until now, I’v always ended up on the Eastern side of the country. It was a delight, therefore, to be booked for Keri and Andrew’s west coast wedding and an engagement shoot just outside Glasgow earlier this year. Many of my English readers might never have been to Glasgow but you certainly should – it’s a great city with really friendly and colourful characters and the architecture is outstanding!
However, Keri and Andrew wanted something a little more rustic for their engagement shoot so we chose to meet at Loch Ardinning on a summery evening a few weeks before their wedding. As I sat in my car I couldn’t believe the sun that came out and brought my car thermometer to 27 degrees. The beautiful weather, change in scenery, and a couple who looked incredible in front of the camera made for one of my favourite sessions of the year! I really think some of the shots look like they were taken on top of a rainforest canopy!
I have shot once in Cyprus before, so was so pleased to be asked to shoot their again earlier this year. Amy and Mike got in touch after one of their Aunties had seen the photographs from Effie and Kerry’s wedding in Larnaca and suggested they might like to use me as well!
If you are planning a destination wedding from the UK it really does make sense to look at UK photographers as you can meet them easily in advance and also take advantage of an engagement shoot before the wedding as well. All the destination weddings I shoot include a “day after” shoot as well which can work out loads of fun! I had seen an abandoned hotel nearby the Lordos Hotel where Amy and Mike were staying and was amazed that the whole complex was accesible. I’ve never shot in an empty swimming pool before and was so happy Amy and Mike were up for everything I asked! We then headed to some of the beautiful cliffs on the coast near Ayia Napa to catch the wonderful evening light.
Have fun looking through some of my favourite shots!
Sam and Tim got in touch having seen me in action at Laura and Nick’s wedding a couple of years ago. It’s always lovely that so many of my couples refer me on to their friends or colleagues. It means I usually end up shooting people who are equally as fun, and Sam and Tim are no exception. I loved shooting with them around Shoreditch and The Barbican on a beautiful summer night, and they managed to look cool, edgy and fun all at the same time. The Barbican is always a great place to shoot, and I haven’t done so for a while so it was great to explore it’s concrete corners and underpasses again.
By chance I ended up shooting Priya and Rob’s weddng the week before Sam and Stu’s and didn’t realise they shared a very similar circle of friends. As a result I ended up seeing a couple of the same faces at both weddings, including a bridesmaid who was doing her duty for both brides!
Braxted Park allows you to have an outdoor wedding which is lovely in the summer – and for Priya and Rob – it turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year! The summery light gave us some wonderful evening photos in the absolutely beautiful grounds of Braxted Park, and I also loved both Priya and Rob’s style. Such a gorgeous dress and Rob had a very dapper suit as well. There were way too many smiles to show them all – so here’s just a small selection!
Earlier this year I had a mini-season of Greek weddings and it all started with Philippa and James’ engagement shoot in Streatham. I used to work with Philippa so it was lovely when she asked me to shoot her wedding as I knew her wedding was going to be loads of fun. I think all my couples are gorgeous – but how amazingly good looking and in love are these two?! We picked a relatively simple and quiet spot on Streatham Common and then just had a laugh together! An engagement shoot really is the best way for realising that having your photographs taken can actually be quite fun – which is why every couple whose wedding I shoot has to have one!