A Beautiful Hot And Sunny Summer Wedding At The Tythe Barn At Launton
I seriously couldn’t wait to share these preview images from this fabulous wedding at the Tythe Barn Launton last Saturday. Liz and Rob could not have asked for a more perfect day. The weather of late has been rather unpredictable with no shortage of rain, but just look at those blue skies and picturesque fluffy white clouds! You could not ask for more.
This was my first visit to the venue, and I was blown away by their well organised, friendly and welcoming staff. The beautiful barn and gardens were all absolutely immaculate, and everything carefully thought through to ensure couples have the day of their dreams.
So, this is just a brief preview of the day, unashamedly sharing plenty of pretty. I started my day capturing bridal preparations in the ‘Nook’, nestled behind the gardens but within spying distance of arriving guests. Liz and her bridesmaids all looked so lovely with their wedding makeup and hair by artist Sophie. Liz paired her elegant bridal gown with chalky pink bridesmaids dresses by Maids To Measure. Soft and floaty and perfect for a warm summer wedding. I loved her bridal shoes by Freya Rose with Mother of Pearl heels and jewellery, including a beautiful bracelet from Rob she received that morning.
All the flowers for the day were by Buckinghamshire florist Herbert & Isles, who worked so hard throughout the morning and who’s blooms were simply breathtaking. I’ve never seen such large Peonies and loved the large milk churn arrangements by the entrance to the barn. Also the bouquets were gorgeous with Peonies, Roses, Sea Holly, Sweetpea, Scabious and Eucalytptus. Very very pretty! Liz was absolutely thrilled with them.
I had my assistant Debbie along with me for the day, and she spent the morning shooting groom prep with Rob and the guys at a nearby farm, helping them with their buttonholes, and generally being her usual Girl Friday. We then came together for the ceremony to document the rest of the day. The couple married in an outdoor ceremony surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Afterwards there were group shots, canapes and plenty of Pimms and pimped Prosecco. Following the speeches (included a great bridal speech), the wedding breakfast was served in the Tythe barn. A guest from each table was given the important task of carving the roast, and I can confirm that it was delicious! 🙂
Later I took Liz and Rob off for a few more golden hour photos, before the cake was cut and the first dance expertly executed. Our final task was to shoot a sparkler procession. So much fun!
I must also just say how pristine and perfect Liz’s dad’s vintage Triumph was. It perfectly coordinated with the deep blue sky! 🙂
We’d both like to thank Jackie and the lovely staff at the barn for taking such good care of us (and sending us on our way with bacon sarnies). We would love to come back anytime you’ll have us!
Liz and Rob, it was such a wonderful day. Thanks so much for having us along! J x
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Wedding Venue – The Tythe Barn Launton.
Florist – Herbert & Isles.
MUA & Hairstylist – Sophie Casey.
Bridesmaids Dresses – Maids To Measure.
Bridal shoes – Freya Rose Natalie.
Naked Wedding Cake – The Pretty Cake Company.
A Greek Orthodox Wedding At St Sophia’s Cathedral And Afterwards At The May Fair Hotel London
I’m so delighted to share highlights of Doros and Alison’s London wedding at St Sophia’s Cathedral and The May Fair Hotel with you today. It was a really special day for so many reasons, and the type of wedding that we photographers love to shoot. Heaps of emotion, stunning locations, exuberant celebrations, and the most welcoming and fun loving people you could wish for. Add to this having your bestie (Kirsten Mavric) along to second shoot for you, and it all added up to the most brilliant day.
We both began our cover at 11am, Kirsten in Bounds Green at Doros’s family home, and me at The May Fair Hotel with Alison and the girls. The Groom’s pre wedding preparation, known as the Stolisma, are traditionally accompanied by a Greek violinist. The best man, Andrew (also known as his koumbaro), and Doros’s close family helped him to dress. It’s just one of the many rituals that make a Greek wedding a joy to photograph.
Mean while I spent the morning with Alison, her bridesmaid Janine, mum, daughter, and aunt, as they put the finishing touches to their hair and makeup and wedding day looks.
Alison chose a gorgeous strapless gown by Sassi Holford, with a structured bodice and A-line skirt (and pockets – yay). She teamed it with metallic Sophia Webster heels, ‘Chiara’, complete with 3D butterfly wings. Her intricate and and stylish ‘up-do’ was adorned with a silver vine leaf chain, and a beautiful and delicate veil. She looked absolutely stunning! As did Janine in steel grey, and her little flower girl in grey tulle, floral crown, and ballet pumps. Alison’s bouquet, created by Your London Florist, featured beautiful white peonies, blush roses, wax flower, and eucalyptus. This was one very stylish bridal party!
We travelled to St Sophia’s Cathedral by black cab. I love being able to travel with a bride to capture this part of the day. The excitement. The nerves. The giggles. All great fun. As we arrived the couple’s son welcomed his mum through the cab window with a resounding ‘I LOVE YOU MUM!‘ I had to get a grip, and it wasn’t even directed at me! 🙂
Once inside the Cathedral I can honestly say it’s intricate Byzantine architecture literally took my breath away. The fairly modest exterior really gives no hint at what lies within, and I was so pleased I had a new wide angled lens with me to do it justice.
The bridal party entered to the sound of a traditional choir. Light streamed through windows above, and was enhanced by the soft light of twinkly candles. The ceremony was terribly moving, and despite the grand surroundings, deeply personal. The rituals of the traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony were honoured. Very special and also very beautiful.
Afterwards we were able to take some family group photographs in the cathedral’s adjoining courtyard, before the guests made their way on the May Fair Hotel. Mean while I travelled with Doros, Alison, and their children to a nearby park to capture a few bride, groom, and family photographs. As you can imagine, any green space in central London on a warm and sunny day fill with sun worshippers, but this all added to the fun!
Back at the hotel, the bride and groom made their grand entrance down a flight of marble stairs to the Crystal room. Accompanied by a traditional violin, they did two circuits of the dance floor to welcoming cheers and confetti cannons. Another great moment to photograph.
After a delicious meal, emotional speeches, and the cutting of the cake, the dancing began! This is always a really fun part of a Greek wedding to capture, and Kirsten and I had great fun getting in on the action to get the best shots. There is the money dance, the Kalamatianos where the ladies dance, and the groom’s dance with his koumbaro (best man), and koumbari (best men). Particularly wonderful was the spectacle of Doros and Alison’s kids dancing. It struck me how very wonderful it must be to be able to have your children with you on your wedding day, and old enough to enjoy the day and to fully appreciate how special it is. It really was such a happy joyous day for them all.
So here is a rather large selection of images from the brilliant day. Thank you Alison and Doros for making Kirsten and I feel so welcome. We absolutely loved being their to capture your day. Have a wonderful time in Madeira. Here is your preview. J x
Second Photographer – Kirsten Mavric Photography.
Hotel – The May Fair Hotel.
Dress – Sassi Holford.
Shoes – Sophia Webster.
Flowers –Your London Florist.
Makeup – Hampshire Brides.
Wedding Cake – GC Couture.
Event staging – Beyond Certainty.
An Early Summer Pre Wedding Engagement Shoot At Great Fosters Hotel
On Monday I met up with Andy and Emma to capture some pre wedding photographs at their wedding venue, Great Fosters. The couple will get married in the Orangery in August this year. It’s such a lovely time of year to get married, and really they couldn’t have picked a more beautiful location.
I first met the couple for a chat last July, and I was delighted when they decided to go ahead and book me to document their special day. It’s always a pleasure to return to this beautiful historic venue, but even more so when you have a super couple like Andy and Emma to work with. Oh, and having a gorgeous sunny day to capture some really loved up memories also helps!
Like many couples, Andy and Emma felt admitted to feeling a little anxious about the whole being photographed ‘thing’, and so decided to book my Platinum package, that includes an engagement shoot. I adore these photographs and think they show the lovely relationship they have. In addition, having now spent more time with them I know they’ll feel more relaxed about being photographed on the day. An engagement shoot can feel a little full on to begin with. It’s just me and you, but I hope that after a few minutes couples are able to see that I like to keep things really relaxed. There really is nothing to be gained from keeping things formal. I want my couples to enjoy the process as well as the results.
We had a chance to take a relaxed stroll around the grounds and discuss how their wedding plans are coming along. Everything is looking fantastic as you would expect at this time of year. The Wisteria is still out, and the rose garden is about to erupt with the colours of purple Salvia and zillions of roses. Knowing the venue as well as I do, I was also able to chat with them about where the sun would be during various times of their wedding day, and where we could go to capture the prettiest light.
If you are planning a Great Fosters wedding, or if you have just discovered this beautiful luxury venue, do have a look at some of the weddings I have photographed over the years. You’ll find them here. The hotel is now under new management (Alexander Hotels), and from what I’ve seen, has been undergoing a little bit of a facelift. However, it still retains all the charm that you would expect from a venue with 400 years of history. It’s very special (and personally too as I had my own wedding reception in the tithe barn many moons ago).
Andy and Emma, it was so lovely to see you again, and I can’t wait to photograph your wedding later this year. J x
Location – Great Fosters Hotel
The Little Dower House – a romantic and enchanting private wedding venue, with beautiful garden and woodland settings for a uniquely personal wedding day.
I’m so delighted to introduce you to a wonderful new wedding venue and proud to be a recommended supplier.
If you have dreams of a fairytale wedding, in enchanting woodland and gardens, with just you and your guests, and a collective of the very best wedding suppliers, The Little Dower House is just perfect.
This privately owned utopia with clear views of Windsor Castle, has been Susie’s family’s home for generations. Now, together with husband Hamish, they are offering it as a wedding venue to couples wanting something beautiful and unique. I guess if you hate the idea of your wedding being on the conveyer belt of a busy corporate hotel, this would be your idea of heaven.
I initially came across The Little Dower House on Instagram, and felt an overwhelming and quite uncharacteristic need to reach out and make a connection. So I messaged Susie and we got chatting, and before I knew it we had a set up a date to get together. I felt a bit cheeky and presumptive, yet still I felt drawn to this place. Whether it is just the beautiful surroundings, or the fact I spent much of my childhood just down the road, this place feels so comfortable. I have realised that I am seeking less commercialised and more meaningful places to connect with, and spending time with Susie, her son, Humphrey the Lab, the horses, and her flock of Egyptian Geese, has made me very happy indeed! I think anyone who knows me will get this! 🙂
The Dower House is available now for your marquee, or tipi wedding and for up to 200 guests. Imagine a humanist ceremony in the walled garden, saying your vows beneath the canopy of a magical ancient tree, perhaps adorned with little lanterns. Sipping champagne and enjoying delicious canapés beside a beautiful stream beside a wild flower meadow. Imagine photographs of yourselves brimming with happiness, against a backdrop of this amazing setting. I’m not selling it, The Little Dower House is selling itself! It’s like a huge ‘best kept secret’ that’s about to be totally found out.
Oh and also, do take a look at the beautiful accommodation where you and your bridesmaids could be getting ready. Or you could be spending your wedding night or even honeymoon there (it’s also available as an AirBnB). There is also a gate house available for guests to stay in. It’s all very very lovely.
To find out more about this romantic and dreamy venue, take a look at The Little Dower House website.
Susie, it was so lovely to meet you (I feel I have a new special friend). I can’t wait to return in the future to capture beautiful and unique weddings with you and other like minded people. J x
A Botanical Themed Spring Engagement Shoot At Kew
Is there any better time to capture some beautiful botanical themed pre wedding engagement photos than during an English Spring? I don’t think so!
Yesterday I met up with Rob and Liz to chat about their June wedding and to finalise their photography plans, and it seemed only right that we took advantage of our location to capture some beautiful photos.
Kew really is so wonderful at this time of year, and the colours are amazing. This collection of images really captures the magic of Spring, as well as Rob and Liz’s relaxed and fun loving spirit. I think they look amazing together.
It’s always really nice to have the opportunity to meet up like this before a wedding day. I know they were feeling a little apprehensive about having their photo taken, but having a practice run really helps. I warned them it would be enjoyable, and they would probably end up having a snog, and I was right. 🙂
I’ll be heading to the Tythe Barn in Launton towards the end of June, and now that I’ve had the chance to meet face to face and have a good chat about all their plans, I’m very excited.
Rob and Liz, you were fantastic. Here are some highlights. J x