Huntington Beach wedding

Huntington Beach Wedding Los Angeles - Ashleigh and Sean

Huntington Beach Wedding Los Angeles

Wow, wow, wow is all I can say about this wedding and Los Angeles too! I was so excited to be asked to be Ashleigh and Sean's photographer for their Huntington Beach wedding. I first met Ashleigh about 4 years ago when I was the photographer at her sisters wedding in Hampshire. To receive a phone call nearly 3 years later, asking if I was available to shoot their wedding was a nice surprise. To find out it was in L.A was somewhat of a shock, of course I literally answered yes before they had even finished asking, who wouldn't?

Throughout the next year I was kept up to date on proceedings by Ashleigh's Mum, Sarah. As the time drew nearer I found myself watching Youtube videos on L.A more and more. I had never been to L.A before, in fact I hadn't even been to the U.S.A, so this was all new to me. To have my first destination wedding in a country that I had never been to was a bit daunting when thinking about it, but also extremely exciting too!

The Wedding

As soon as I started on the day though, it was business as usual. All be it in a beautiful Hotel, by the beach, in one of the most amazing cities in the world. Yep business as usual.

American weddings are a bit different to what I am used to here in the U.K. For instance, the wedding ceremony was at 5pm (5.30 in the end, Brides tradition to be late). They then have a cocktail hour, then it's straight into the reception. Time wise for portraits we were up against it which is nothing new but the Hotel grounds had some nice spots to use. Ashleigh and Sean were fantastic to work with and both looked amazing too!

Ashleigh and Sean's wedding was such a nice occasion. surrounded by family and friends, mostly from the U.K who had all made the trip to celebrate with the happy couple. It was quite an emotional day throughout but I think the most emotional part happened when Ashleigh opened a letter that Sean had written. First Ashleigh tried reading it but couldn't because of the tears, then Mum had a go but then she had to hand it over to Shannon, who is Sean's cousin to read it.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

The Hyatt regency is a beautiful Spanish style hotel right on the pacific coast. Huntington Beach is basically a surfers paradise with miles of white sandy beaches and some amazing waves. The weather pattern seemed to follow a routine of, hazy in the morning then bright warm sunshine in the afternoon. (quite easy to get used too)

Venue - Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 

Wedding Planner - Lisa Simpson

Events - Hyattbevents

Dress - Mori Lee

Make up - Adriana

Flowers - Paradise Delight

Cake - Sweet Traders


Lyde court barns wedding

Lyde Court Barn Wedding - Abbie and Chey

Lyde Court Barn Wedding

I was so excited to be Abbie and Chey's photographer at their Lyde Court Barn Wedding in August. I just knew they were both going to be so much fun to work with. The whole day just had an amazing happy feel to it with so much fun and laughter everywhere. Abbie and Chey were two girls who just wanted a relaxed and happy day with all of their closest friends and family. Their day had it all, an emotional ceremony, funny speeches and of course some great shapes on the dance floor.

Portraits in mud.

I have to take my hat off to Abbie and Chey as there had been some rain recently but they still (Abbie insisted) wanted to go to the top field for a photo shoot. Whilst walking up there, the most amazing light was cutting across the fields with some dramatic skies in the background so how could I refuse. The mud, oh the mud on the dress! Was Abbie bothered? not in the slightest, smiling and laughing all the way through. Back down to the barn for more dancing and a  hectic sparkler shot later on. (photographers, have you tried a sparkler shot with nearly 100 guests that have had a drink? Then you'll know...) everyone was slightly excitable about the sparklers, me too though as I do like a sparkler shot.

Lyde Court

Lyde Court is a beautiful rustic venue in Herefordshire that is just superb to photograph, add these two in and it's even more awesome!

Hair by - Bridal Beauty Wedding Hair

Make up by - Le Glow Beautiful Brides

Venue - Lyde Court


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Herefordshire Marquee Wedding - Laura and Scott

Herefordshire Marquee Wedding

I loved working with Laura and Scott at their Herefordshire marquee wedding in August this year. They were such a cool laid back couple who just wanted a relaxed free flowing day with their family and friends and that's what they had. Their marquee was set in Laura's parents front garden and had been decorated by the couple themselves, including outside. A lot of the items were homemade and added that personal touch to their wedding day.

Laura spent the morning getting ready with her Bridesmaids and having a great time with family too. There was an air of warmth around with lots of hugs going on and plenty of smiles and laughter too. Laura's Dad spent a while ensuring the the MG Midget (his own) was looking sharp as the plan was, if it rains Laura could be driven to church.... All of 100 yards, as the church was literally across the road. As it was, it didn't rain so Laura and her girls along with Dad walked to the church.

The wedding

Scott was beaming whilst waiting for Laura, again so laid back but couldn't wait for the arrival of his Bride to be. Once they were married and had the confetti shot it was time to go for a spin in the car. We had a plan for this, I would be driven along in front of Laura and Scott in an open top car taking photos of them driving along behind us. Luckily the rain held off until we had finished this and taken some portraits too.

Back to the Marquee

Guests waited and greeted Laura and Scott with a cheer in front of the marquee. After a few drinks and canapés then a few more photographs, the heavens opened, and I mean opened. Timing wise, it couldn't have been better as everyone was heading back in to the marquee already. After the speeches and cake cutting, the rain had stopped and with guests wanting to use the games, a game of beer pong ensued. The rain did start again during this but I think the champagne was flowing too much to bother anyone.

Dancing

After their first dance and a few more drinks the dance floor filled up and guests partied. It was raining still and a few hardcore beer pong fans went and had another game in the dark. I then took Laura and Scott out for a night portrait, sheltering under the trees.

Thank you for having me as your photographer Laura and Scott, your wedding was a dream!

Wedding flowers by Rural Floral


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Humanist Wedding

James and Emma's Humanist Wedding

James and Emma were both brought up in the United Kingdom but had decided to emigrate to New Zealand. They were both from farming families and had really enjoyed their upbringing around this lifestyle. So when they were thinking of where to have their wedding celebration, what better place than Emma's family farmland.

Their Marquee wedding sat at the top of the hill overlooking miles and miles of beautiful countryside. Their wedding was right in the middle of the fantastic heatwave that the UK had enjoyed. The plan was for an open air wedding in amongst the hay bales, unfortunately the weather had other ideas. Emma made her way on horseback to the ceremony, having always been into her horses from childhood, she is even a champion jockey in New Zealand! As Emma arrived at the ceremony location the heavens opened and the wind was building up with quite a storm brewing. James and Emma were tougher than this though with their upbringing and it wasn't going to spoil their day. The groomsmen quickly moved everything to inside the marquee and awaited Emma's appearance. Emma by now was sheltering from the storm in the horse box with the horse, bridesmaids and Mum.

Their day was about fun.

After their ceremony, guests had drinks and canapés. It was then that the rain stopped and I said to James and Emma, shall we go for it whilst there is a break in the rain? Sure, why not they said and we headed outside for some portraits. The bridal party followed too so we managed to have an epic time getting some shots of them having fun.

After the wedding breakfast and some very emotional speeches everyone headed outside as the sun had started to shine now. More photos and some games for the guests including a rodeo bull which went down so well, before heading back inside for a game of Mr and Mrs.

Party time!

It was a case of everyone on the floor once the music started, lots of energy and loads of fun too with the Bride and Groom in the thick of it!

Hair - Jazzy B's

Make Up - Ruth Currie