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“Thank you so much for Friday, you made us feel really at ease……….we love the photos, thank you so much. There are some brilliant shots……” -Emma and Nick


I love photographing weddings at Longstowe Hall, I’ve been there many times before and it really does feel like photographing very much on my home ground to use a bit of a football analogy! However despite my frequency and familiarity I hadn’t photographed a ceremony “on the water” outside there so Emma and Nick’s wedding was a welcome first!

Despite the fantastic surroundings I was naturally drawn to photographing the interactions and people on the day and spent a lot of the day looking for those moments which really capture the essence and tell a bit of the story. The picture above does just that and is one of my favourites – I always try to look for moments of connection between the bride and groom during the groom’s speech and this is exactly what I got here. I really like Emma’s expression and actually that is almost strong enough to carry the image on it’s own I think. What I really like is the background where you have a bit of a commentary on what’s going on with Emma’s mum and bridesmaid wiping a tear from their eyes! I would like to say that I deliberately included the man wiping his eyes/face in the background as well but I have to be honest and say that was purely a fluke!!


I also really like the sunset picture near the bottom which is the only one that was set up – I think I would have preferred a bit more of a natural pose but I absolutely love the colours and so it just had to go into my list of favourites!


A few of my other favourites are below…..


If you are planning a wedding at Longstowe Hall or any other lovely venue with or without an amazing lake and garden…..I would love to hear from you so please get in touch!


Reflection of bride getting readyGroom at Longstowe Hll CambridgeWedding greetings at Longstowe HallWedding guestsBride and bridesmaidsWedding hugsWedding guests - Longstowe Hall CambridgeBride and groom - Longstowe HallWedding hugsGuests on the lawn at Longstowe HallWedding guest group shotWedding guestsWedding reception at Longstowe Hall CambridgeSpeeches - Longstowe Hall weddingGuests in the marquee - Longstowe HallThe lake at Longstowe HallFirst danceWedding dancing

Childerley Hall wedding ceremony


“The photos are absolutely wonderful. Exactly what we were looking for. So many lovely ones of us and our families, and you caught some real corkers of our friends. There are so many little gems within them which have had both of us grinning from ear to ear.” – Ollie and Nancy


Childerley Hall is a bit special. It’s very close to Cambridge but in the middle of lovely countryside down the longest and smallest road you can imagine, it has the longest and biggest barn you have ever seen, a chapel in the grounds, beautiful lake, amazing terraced gardens, orchards, a swimming pool, swans etc etc etc etc! Basically it’s an amazing venue and full of photographic potential at every turn.


My day began with photographing Nancy getting ready in the disused chapel before heading off to the barn to photograph the ceremony. The barn really does have the wierdest lighting and is completely rustic – I love the exposed timbers and sense of craftsmanship in old buildings like this and Childerley’s barn is one of the best in this respect – it has a lovely sense of welcoming rustic warmth to it. One of my favourite shots is the one above from the back of the barn where you see the congregation’s heads and the light seeping through the barn walls with Ollie and Nancy illuminated at the front.


One of the highlights of the day for me was seeing literally hundreds of photographs of Ollie and Nancy displayed in the barn – all the pictures were simply strung up 6×4 prints and gave a fantastic sense of the couples individual and joint history. Its’ great to see two lives develop in pictures and then how they gradually come together and intermingle. For me that’s the real power of photography in it’s ability to tell stories, evoke memories and to become part of the fabric of a family.


After the drinks reception in the gardens we headed back into the other end of the barn for the wedding breakfast followed by what else but a Cadillac! A few of my favourite images from the day are below.



If you are planning a wedding at Childerley then get in touch – I would love to hear from you!


Wedding morning - Childerley Hall CambridgeWedding preps - Childerley HallGetting ready for a wedding at the chapel in Childerley HallGetting ready for a weddingChilderley Hall barn - CambridgeWedding guest in the barnWaiting for a wedding ceremonyWedding order of serviceGretting guests at a wedding at Childerley Hall cambridgeBride waiting for her wedding in the chapel at Childerley Hall CambridgeWedding bouquetArriving for a wedding, Childerley Hall gardensWedding ceremony - Childerley Hall barnChilderley Hall weddingBride and groomWedding bouquetsBride and groom by the lake at Childerley Hall cambridgeBride and groomWedding guests - Childerley HallBride and veilGuests on the lawn at Childerley hallWedding guests laughingWedding photogrpahs - Childerley hallSpeeches at a wedding in Childerley barnBride and groomBride and groom laughing at speechesWedding dancing

Bride in mirror, Peterborough


“The photographs are absolutely stunning, we are so thrilled with them :)” – Jenna and Alex


I photographed Jenna’s brother’s wedding a couple of years ago and it was great to be asked back to photograph Jenna’s big day as well! I knew it was going to be a fun packed day and that Jenna was happy to just let me “do my thing” – in fact when I asked her if she had any specific ideas for pictures or anything she would particularly like me to do she just said “just do it exactly the same as Dave’s wedding” – so that’s exactly what I did! Nothing was set up or posed apart from some family photographs at Orton Hall and some pictures of Jenna and Alex in the grounds and from the preparations through the ceremony at Orton Longueville church and to the reception itself at Orton hall I photographed away telling the story of the day in as natural a way as possible!


A good example of my “fly on the wall” approach is the picture below. The moment when the bride’s veil is put on is always important and I always think it’s a difficult shot to make feel authentic and meaningful – often it can just be the bride’s head with her hairdresser jamming a veil comb into her hair in a rather awkward position and in a bit of a rush! I was lucky here though in that there was a moment of calm, one of the bridesmaids was doing the honours and Jenna is in a great position with her head slightly down, eyes closed and with her Mum framing her on the left….an Ok picture as it is but i waited and moved a bit until I got the little bridesmaid in shot looking upwards and the other bridesmaid smiling towards Jenna to complete the picture – her Dad balances the composition out a bit on the right as well so a nice family shot all in all as well!


I have included some other favourites of mine below as well – I love the laughing speeches one and there are some other great fun moments as well. We were really lucky that the sunset was rather lovely on the day and I took Jenna and Alex into the grounds for some bride and groom pictures at that point as you can see as well – I love the warm late afternoon/early evening light.


If you are planning a wedding and you don’t really fancy posing for a lot of photographs and you like the natural then get in touch. It would be great to hear from you and have a chat about your wedding!


Bride getting ready - Peterborough wedding.Brie and veil - Orton Longueville ChurchWedding ceremony at Orton Longueville church PeterboroughBride and groom after the wedding ceremony Orton Longueville Church peterboroughWedding at orton Longueville ChurchBride outside churchWedding confetti at Orton Longueville ChurchBride and groom in their wedding carBride at Orton hallWedding speeches - Orton HallBride and Dad during speeches at Orton hall PeterboroughWedding speeches - Orton Hall PeterboroughBride and groomWedding dancing - Orton Hall PeterboroughWedding first danceBride and grooms first dance