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Victoria & David. Caius College Cambridge.

It’s not every day you get to shoot a Wedding in such wonderful surroundings as Caius College, and Queens’ College, Cambridge. I’d travelled up the previous day to overnight in the equally wondrous Downing College.

The day was thankfully bright, my assistant and I waited at  Caius for the grooms party to arrive, we spent an hour enjoying the architecture and sense of history.

David arrived with his six ushers who were a friendly and happy bunch of guys. I waited at the front gate of Caius, for Victoria to arrive with her father who were then joined by Victoria’s six bridesmaids; who all looked great in

dresses designed and made by Victoria  along side her own Wedding dress.

The Chapel of Caius is a stunning location for a Wedding ceremony, I was allowed by the vicar to stand close to the service and was able to capture some lovely moments.

After the service everyone came together in the quad for their photos in a truly great setting; Victoria and David then made the short trip to David’s old college Queens’, by the unusual method of  rickshaw.

Queens’ is no less stunning a location and we spent some time in Cloister Court taking pictures of the newlyweds before it was time to join their guests for the Wedding breakfast in the great hall.

All in all a very memorable day in stunning Cambridge







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Isabel and Matt’s Wedding. The Walled Garden, Cowdray Park, Midhurst

I set out on a cloudy morning, all week the forecast was for tropical storms thankfully these didn’t materialise on my drive through West Sussex to Midhurst where I was to meet Isabel at The Church House, which turned out to be a tardis of a building. Upon entering the front door the interior extends onwards forever in an interesting mixture of medieval and contemporary. Izzy, her mother and her sisters were  having their hair and make up done by a professional team. Izzy’s room at the top of the building was large, airy and light, here we got some nice getting ready photo’s. Working in this spacious room was a change to so many places where you don’t have the room to swing the proverbial cat. I left the Church House to get caught in the day’s only downpour before driving to Cowdray Park. Here I met Matt and his ushers in the walled garden – an oasis of gardening excellence. We got some shots outside the old ruin; before Izzy arrived with her father and bridesmaids. She was wearing the most fabulous dress.

Her father escorted her through the gardens which were heavily in bloom with many country flowers. The ceremony took place with friends and family in attendance, they all enjoyed the relaxed and happy wedding. Izzy and Matt waited a few minutes before the walk around the outside of The Walled Garden. Here they were to enter the garden via an ancient wooden door where they were to be covered in confetti, unfortunately most of the guests hadn’t brought any! So it was drinks all round before Izzy, Matt and I headed for the highly atmospheric ruins which are suited to capturing great photos.

After the wedding breakfast we were treated to some funny speeches, Izzy’s father recalled the very first time he saw her; he said to the midwife “Gosh she’s a plain child isn’t she.” The midwife then replied, “Oh Mr Martin you must turn her over.” This set the tone for much more jollity. I left the happy Wedding after photographing Izzy and Matt having the first dance to Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, A great song to finish a great day with.


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Joanna & Alex’s Wedding. Penshurst Place, Kent.

For classic taste it doesn’t get much better than the two venues chosen by Jo & Alex. The bride was getting ready at the Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells, before making her way to the ceremony which was taking place at Penshurst Place, Kent. The week had been damp and windy but Saturday dawned brightly. I took some relaxed shots at the Spa Hotel, of Jo along with her Mother and her maid of honour, lots of good humour was on show alongside a large display of snacks. I then headed to Penshurst place where I found Alex and his best man waiting outside in the really amazing grounds of Penshurst. I photographed the two of them before we made our way upstairs to the Sunderland room where an emotional ceremony followed, more than a few tears of joy were spilt along with lots of smiles.

I then accompanied Jo and Alex around the amazing grounds which seemed to offer a photo opportunity at every turn, these grounds are in a league of their own. The guests were an eclectic group of people who seemed to be more up for a giggle than most. The wedding party took their seats in the Baron’s Hall another amazing space which had once been owned by King Henry the VIII. The Wedding breakfast was most certainly  fit for a king.


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Jenny & Toby’s Wedding. Tillington, West Sussex.

Jenny and Toby’s Wedding took place at two great locations, firstly the parish church at Tillington West Sussex. Jenny and her bride’s maids were getting ready at the Horse Guards  pub which is situated just over the way, it’s a great little country pub and well worth a visit. Jenny’s mum was a real star welcoming everyone and seeing to all the problems with an amused calmness; which every wedding should have. The majority of guests arrived on a coach which added to the party atmosphere. The wedding was a classic country wedding with a load of Victorian Hymns. I photographed the official groups in the church yard before we all decamped to the second location of Knepp Castle, where the Wedding breakfast was taking place. The meal was to take place in the well appointed tipi which looked out over the large lake. I took Jenny and Toby on a tour of the meadow where we were joined by some wandering pigs, which made for an interesting few minutes. I was pleased with the relaxed walking shots I got. The guests were kept busy with an assortment of over sized games before it was time for the wedding breakfast and an evening of dancing. I hope the local pigs weren’t kept up too late, I suspect they are used to hits ancient and modern.



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How to cope with wet weather on your Wedding day.

In our great country where the weather is so very changeable  it’s best to plan and accept that there’s a chance of a passing shower. So if the weather means it’s all indoors or umbrellas and wellingtons all round, don’t despair! There’s been a fashionable swing  towards colourful wellingtons of late, especially at country weddings. Where one has to get between the marquee and the loos what could be more sensible than these for the 120 yard dash between your pudding and the portaloo! From experience flooring is very important if you are going for a tent based Wedding, check out with the venue what, if any, flooring they provide. Is it suitable for downpours; guests with sodden feet will not be happy campers. Also check out do the tents/ marquees have closing side flaps. Eating a mushroom based short pastry dish with horizontal rain hitting you in the face isn’t much fun. On a photographic note most venues posses at least one good place inside where good photos can be taken, so all shouldn’t be lost on that front. If it’s a bad weather Wedding it doesn’t mean it’s a bad Wedding at all, in some bizarre way it will be more memorable, something to look back on with a sigh and a smile. After all you can’t do anything about it so keep your fingers crossed and your eye on the Met Office web site (by far the most accurate site).  And even if it’s wet the chances of a complete washout are slim. Buy some umbrellas, good luck.

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Emma & Sam’s Wedding. Northbrook Park, Farnham, Surrey.

Emma and Sam were married at St Mary’s Walton on Thames an ancient and lovely church, the day was sunny but very cold. I visited Emma’s parents house in Walton where Emma was getting ready. Before the traditional church service at St Mary’s.  A large number of well wishers were gathered outside the church where they covered the couple in confetti before Emma and Sam drove off in a vintage car to Northbrook park. A charming country estate just outside Farnham.

Emma looked great in her Edwardian styled dress, she was keen to be photographed in the extensive grounds, which was brave of her as the temperature was only just above freezing. I wasn’t wearing a dress and was frozen, so hats off to Emma and Sam for winter photographic  bravery, I got some good wintery images before the newly-weds turned into ice we headed for the inside which was thankfully warm. Everyone gathered for drinks in the orangery before a superb meal. Sam and his old friends were the band for the evening, they kept the guests dancing the night away after some very funny speeches. I headed off with ice underfoot and twinkling stars above my head.




Natasha & Paul’s Wedding. Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells.

A few days before Christmas I joined Natasha and Paul at the festive and very cosy Hotel du Vin, always a great venue especially on a chilly December day. It’s great to come inside and spend a little time in the lavish French style meeting rooms.

This was a fabulously relaxed wedding with just a few close friends and family, Paul’s family were in attendance from Scotland. I was made to feel more like an old friend and not just the day’s photographer. It was bitterly cold outside making all outdoor photography a brief event. The ceremony took place in the Ruinart room a tall an airy room which is perfectly suited to a wedding ceremony. After the wedding we all became brave hearts and headed outside for a few shots before the Wedding breakfast in yet another of the Hotel’s memorable rooms. I left the wedding party in full swing warmed by coffee and a festive ceremony.

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Emma and Lloyd’s Wedding Derbyshire.

I travelled north to Derbyshire, to an area of stunning countryside in the Dales close to Buxton. Country Weddings don’t come more relaxed or romantic than this. The service took place at St Giles’s in the village of Longstone, where Emma had been christened. The weather was gorgeous warm and Still. Family friends helped with setting up the marque, where straw covered the floor, the walls were adorned with wild flowers. Lloyd was easily identifiable by his fabulous top hat. Emma looked lovely, every inch the country bride. After a happy service LLoyd insisted on the wedding photographs being taken in a farm yard!!! This may well be a first. The reception took place a few yards away in the lower meadow. Everyone enjoyed the local brew and wonderful food, before dancing the night away under a cloudless sky until the early hours.


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