Muddifords Court Devon: Hannah & George's wedding

Muddifords Court is a real gem of a wedding venue and I loved photographing this fantastic day there.  Hannah and George had put so much effort into creating all the pretty details for their wedding, with lovely pastel colours running through the day.  Despite the on/off rain we had during the day, it was such a fun occasion and I really enjoyed being a part of it.  Hannah and George were keen to have a bit of fun with some of their wedding photos and so it was great to play around with the caravan and old sheds at Muddifords.  Very amusing to see how keen all the groomsmen were to get in the caravan and poke their heads through the window!

The girls all got ready in the main suite at Muddifords, which is such a brilliant room for photographs.  I love all the different mirrors there, and the way that you can peek out through the front window and watch as the guests start arriving, and the bathroom is absolutely enormous - perfect for getting dressed in style!  The girls all had sweet little matching pyjama sets to wear for the wedding, and I loved watching the bridesmaids all opening their wonderful little present bags that Hannah had created for them.  When the boys all came striding across the grounds at Muddifords, it was brilliant to see them in their suits, and I didn't think about Reservoir Dogs for even one moment, honestly...

It was a wonderful day, but one of the highlights had to be the moment that George surprised Hannah by singing her a song.  Hannah had wanted a band, but they decided that the budget wouldn't stretch that far, so instead George performed McFly's 'It's all About You' to an emotional Hannah and an adoring wall of recording iPhones!  I also loved the point during the speeches when the best men instructed Hannah and George to perform the mini cheddar game (getting it from forehead to mouth with no hands).  I can honestly say, that is the first time I have ever seen that at a wedding :).  It was a really brilliant day, from start to finish, and an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Hannah and George's wedding has already been featured on the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog here, so you can read more about things from Hannah's point of view there.  Here is their day in images:

Newborn lifestyle photography: Charlie

I love photographing newborn babies, so it was wonderful to visit little Charlie at home and capture him during his first couple of weeks.  I photographed his twin brother and sister in 2012, so it was particularly lovely to return to the family.  Those tiny newborn twins I photographed previously have turned into great big bouncing toddlers, and it was lovely to see them running around alongside their new brother.  Meanwhile, Charlie was an absolute angel, lying peacefully on his rug, blinking those big, adorable eyes...  Here is a little preview of their images:

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Bristol Marriott Hotel wedding: a preview of Holly and Ian's day

I had a wonderful time in Bristol on Saturday, photographing Holly and Ian's lovely wedding celebrations.  I loved Holly's quirky wedding shoes from Irregular Choice, and her gorgeous dress by Charlie Brear.  Ivory Flowers provided absolutely stunning arrangements, with delicate shades of blue and white flowers, presented in milk bottles and jam jars.  Their wedding ceremony took place at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, then guests wandered down to the Watershed and enjoyed a boat trip around the Docks.  This was followed by a relaxed afternoon at the amazing Pump House gastropub in Hotwells, with course after course of incredible food, and then a brilliant evening's dancing with The Disco Shed.  This came with the highly entertaining and unusual twist of a silent disco at the end of the evening - when it was too late for the loud music to continue, the guests simply donned their brightly-coloured headphones and carried on dancing.  Meanwhile, all that everyone else could hear was the shuffling of feet and the ecstatic singing of the dancers during the chorus of each big track.  It was a great way to round off the day, and I don't remember the last time I laughed so much at a wedding!

Congratulations Holly and Ian!  I hope that you both have an amazing honeymoon.  In the meantime, here is a little preview from your day:

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Weycroft Hall, Axminster: a spring banquet with homemade details

Great big enormous congratulations to Lelah and James, who got married yesterday!  It was my first wedding of 2014 and a fantastic way to start the season.  Their ceremony was in the prettiest little church at Musbury, where Lelah's parents and grandparents had also had their own wedding ceremonies.  Lelah looked incredible, in an exquisite lace dress by Kate Walker and carrying the most beautiful bouquet by Busy Bees florist.  Then they celebrated at Weycroft Hall, a 15th century manor house just outside Axminster.  The decoration was very much a homemade affair, with long tables bursting with spring flowers, arranged by a friend, beautiful little handmade bags as favours, with vintage cotton reels marking places, and the whole hall festooned with bunting.  I loved the sight of James splitting firewood, just as the guests were filing in to sit down.  I don't think I've seen a groom wielding an axe before, but the results were spectacular!  It was such a complete pleasure to photograph this beautiful day - here are a few quick preview images:

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The Oak Barn at Hittisleigh, Devon: Sarah & Ian's June wedding

Sarah and Ian's wedding took place at The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh.  I was so excited to discover this lovely Devon wedding venue.  It is tucked away near the edge of Dartmoor, with fabulous views over the moors in one direction and across mid-Devon in the other.  It is also a particularly pretty place to get married, with the beautifully tended gardens bursting with flowers, and some really gorgeous spaces, indoor and out, for your wedding celebrations.

Sarah and Ian's wedding day was just lovely.  Sarah got ready at their home in Exeter, with two of her sisters, some champagne, Bridesmaids playing on the DVD and a wonderful sense of calm. Then everything took place at The Oak Barn - the ceremony and reception both in the converted barn area, with the guests enjoying a drinks reception in the gardens between the two. Even a few heavy showers didn't halt proceedings, with various garden games and table tennis in the marquee! The Oak Barn looked really brilliant with the long tables laid out for the reception, and I really loved the beautiful flowers provided by Poppy's of Exeter. Also, it can't be every groom that climbs to the top of a human pyramid during the evening reception..?!

One of the absolute highlights for me though, was the first dance that Sarah and Ian performed. Their song of choice was the sublime Business Time by Flight of the Conchords and the dance started with Ian grooving in hopeful circles around Sarah, who was doing a brilliantly disinterested inspection of her nails. After some serious effort, Ian's grooving eventually proved irresistible and he was rewarded with a dance with his new wife. It was hilarious to watch and great to see all their guests laughing away as well. I always love it when couples really stamp their own personalities on their wedding day and do things exactly the way that they want to, and this was one of my favourite first dances ever!

It was a brilliant day to be a part of and Sarah and Ian were such a lovely couple to work with.  Here is a look back at their celebrations: