I’m a Bride – Should I make a Speech?!

I’m a Bride – Should I make a Speech?! In 2015 research found that 1 in 5 Brides were planning to make a speech at their wedding. The feminist in me absolutely LOVES it when a bride makes a speech. I actually gave a speech at my own wedding and am so pleased I did. So if you’re thinking “I’m a bride – should I make a speech?!” the answer is – yes! Find out why I think more Brides should consider giving a speech…   Equality Weddings are filled with ancient traditions which aren’t relevant to modern day life, one of which is that only men give a speech. These days men and women are...

Dartmoor Wedding Photographer

dartmoor wedding

Dartmoor Wedding Photographer   Dan and Amy’s Just Us Shoot at Postbridge, Dartmoor   A pre-wed shoot is always great chance to get some practice being in front of the camera, away from the pressures and time restraints of your big day. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know each other. As a Dartmoor wedding photographer I absolutely love going somewhere a little wild and wonderful, an opportunity to get to you and gain an understanding about what it is about you and your wedding that’s so unique and special. When Dan and Amy met up on Dartmoor last summer there...

Canonteign Falls Wedding Photography

Canonteign Falls Wedding Photography Luke and Corina’s Wedding at Canonteign Falls Corina and Luke are hands down, one of the sweetest couples I have ever met. They had been together over a decade when they booked me to be their Canonteign Falls wedding photographer for their July wedding last year. Their wedding was the definition of relaxed and informal. They didn’t want a big fuss at all, just a day of celebrating with all their family and friends. When I met up with these guys for their pre-wed shoot just few weeks before they were uber chilled about their upcoming wedding. Canonteign...

Cornwall Elopement Photographer

the family walk in front of the headlands hotel

Carole and Lee's Cornish Elopement It was a beautiful, frosty morning when I set off before dawn to Cornwall for Carole and Lee’s elopement back at the beginning of February. As I trundled through Devon the sun began to rise and it was evident it was going to be a glorious day. When I arrived with Carole, Lee and their children Lara and William at The Headland Hotel at the end of Fistral beach, there was a fizz of excitement in the air as they were all getting ready for the big day ahead. They'd hired one of the adorable little self-catering cottages at the hotel, which overlooked the sea...

The Mill Barns Wedding Photographer

The Mill Barns Wedding Photographer

Natalie and Adam's Wedding   The Mill Barns Wedding Photographer Do you ever meet someone and just hit it off straight away? Well that’s exactly what happened when I first met Natalie and Adam. This wonderful pair recently set up their wedding stylist business Bespoke Wedding Design and our stands just happened to be next to each other at The National Wedding show at Birmingham’s NEC. One of the most wonderful things about working in the wedding industry is what a warm, friendly industry it is, and I’ve rarely left a wedding show without making new friends. After 3 days of being show...

Rockbeare Manor Wedding Photographer

Luke and Rachel’s Wedding at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter    Rockbeare Manor was a new venue to me so when Rachel and Luke asked me to shoot their wedding, I was super excited.   It was early September and a warm but cloudy day, the perfect weather for an outdoor wedding – no rain and no risk of overheating either!   Rachel got ready in the beautiful and enormous bridal suite at Rockbeare. A big, striking room with lots of gorgeous natural light streaming in from the balcony windows. Rachel was joined by her lovely Mum, two beautiful bridesmaids, one dashing bridesman and her...

Should I Be Given Away at my Wedding?

Should I be “given away” at my wedding? For many women, the idea of being given away by their father on their wedding day fills them with joy and love. It can be a very tender moment between you and your beloved Dad. But what if the thought of this antiquated tradition makes you feel uncomfortable? What if excluding your Mum or Step-parents makes you feel sad? What if you don’t even get along that well with your Dad or your Dad isn’t able to walk you down the aisle? There are so many alternatives to the tradition of being “given away”, even for religious ceremonies. For the modern woman...

Exmoor Engagement Photographer

st Audries bay - a couple with their dog

  Becky and Matt's Just Us Shoot at St Audries Park, Exmoor   When Becky and Matt asked me if they could bring their little dog Rolo along on their engagement shoot I was over the moon! I knew Rolo wasn’t very old so was excited to chat all things Puppy with them having recently got our cocker spaniel puppy Ted.   I have to say, at the time Rolo seemed like a dream by comparison to my excitable cocker spaniel puppy, she was impeccably well behaved – even when we marched through a field of wheat 4 times her height!   At the time, Becky and Matt were super busy planning...

How to Plan Your Wedding Day Sparkler Exit

a couple share a kiss whilst guests wave sparklers all around them on their wedding day

Fizzy, Poppy Sparklers to Wave Your Wedding Day Farewell   Sparkler exits are ever popular at weddings and I love them! Getting all your guests together for one final celebratory moment can be a really awesome way to end your day! It’s also a great opportunity for an awesome closing photograph but does take a little forethought to get it right. Below are my Top Tips for an Epic Sparkler Exit:   Check With Your Venue Check out if, and where your venue will allow you to use sparklers. Not every venue will allow for this and if they do there may be restrictions or fire safety...

Canonteign Falls Engagement Photographer

a boy leads his bride to be up towards canonteign falls

Luke and Corina’s Just Us Shoot Canonteign Falls Engagement Photographer   I met Luke and Corina at Bride! The Wedding Show back in October the year before their wedding, they tentatively booked my wedding package including a Just Us Engagement shoot but I knew they were a little apprehensive about it, as most of my clients are. Canonteign Falls is one of my favourite places to shoot! Nestled in the Teign valley on Dartmoor it is one of the most chilled out, rustic venues with lots of gorgeous outdoor space, trees, lakes and of course the waterfalls. The Wedding Coordinator Lianne is...

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