4th July 2013 | 0 comments
They met on a damp hockey pitch, amongst all the running and the bruises. Somehow, he found her smile in all the confusion, and she found his.
It was a rainy Saturday when I arrived at Friars Court and saw the worry etched into everyone's faces. The ceremony was supposed to take place outdoors, in the beautiful garden at the estate.
We moved the chairs around inside the reception hall and hoped for the best. I bit my lip, crossed my fingers, and then...Stacey arrived. One look at her face and Chris's worried expression melted into a grin. Everything was going to be okay.
11th November 2011 | 2 comments
As a wedding photographer, I come across many couples...and yet it never gets old, never gets confusing. Each wedding I photograph remains a unique affair in my memory, and although over the months I might cease to remember the types of flowers or the color scheme that my past clients had at their wedding, I will always remember what makes them special as a couple. This quickly became obvious to me when I first met Lexy and Matt for their engagement shoot
in Oxford. They operated on the same wavelength, and while Lexy was shy, Matt was always quick to make her laugh. Their friends knew they were meant for each other when they couldn't stop chattering about their latest and greatest idea to save beavers. Like I mentioned after their engagement shoot, it's hard not to go "awww" once you've spent five minutes with them. (Read more...)
20th October 2011 | 0 comments
Oh boy, are we in for a treat. This is a wedding to die for. I have waited quite a bit before blogging it because I just had to ensure that I am going to do it justice. Photographing a Chinese-Indonesian wedding is different from photographing an English wedding. Firstly, Chinese-Indonesian weddings tend to be large (1,500 guests being the average size), so I always work with another photographer. For another, they start really early (I had to arrive at 4am to do the bridal prep ) with a long break of about 3 hours between the ceremony and reception where the photographers would go home for a quick shower and a rest.
In addition to that, the order in which the day goes vastly differs. The groom would come to the bride's bedroom to pick her up, there will be couple portraits, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, and then finally we'd all head to the church together.
Despite these differences, the emotions that run through the day are something familiar. Excitement, nervousness, and of course, something akin to an out-of-body experience where you look at the person you are about to marry and think, "Holy shizzle, did I really get THIS lucky??" I got to see such emotions at Debby and Ferdy's wedding, and this is exactly what makes being a wedding photographer the best job in the world. (Read more...)
2nd September 2011 | 3 comments
As a wedding photographer, I pride myself on keeping a professional demeanor as I go through the excitement that inevitably surrounds the bride. Of course, my professionalism crumbled when I laid eyes on Marceline the morning of her wedding. "Holy cow, you look like a model," I gasped, gawking at her like a 13-year old with a crush. "I'm glad you like it!" She laughed, checking her makeup in the mirror. Like it? I can't remember the last time I was literally stunned by someone's looks.
I soon regained my professionalism and resumed coverage of the bridal prep. Then came the ceremony. I'm not an easy crier, no matter what my husband might tell you, but there was something so poignant and sweet about Marceline and Tim's ceremony that I found it a challenge to keep my eyes dry. I know this probably sounds like a tired cliche, but even as an outsider, I could sense the love, not just between Marceline and Tim, but true affection coming from their family and friends. Everyone in that room was truly delighted to be part of their day, and I have yet to meet a friendlier bunch of people. (Read more...)
11th August 2011 | 4 comments
Who can forget Jessica and Matt, the adorable couple whose engagement session was featured on Whimisical Wonderland Weddings? To say that after our Oxford engagement shoot I was looking forward to their wedding would be the understatement of the year. Jessica is not only a natural beauty who has a face that my camera loves to bits, she also has the most lovable personality ever! I just want to put her in my pocket and take her home! (Okay, I don't, stop giving me dirty looks Matt.) Aaanywho, like I said after our engagement session, Matt is also a treat to work with. Easy-going and amicable, I can totally see how the two of them compliment each other. All right, I think I've said enough for now...scroll on down to see this amazing Coventry wedding!
22nd August 2011 | 2 comments
Kerry and Rick's wedding was full of unforgettable moments. Kerry was a spirited bride with a bubbly smile that's just irresistable, and to top it off, she was surrounded by the cuuuutest little flower girls who would giggle and twirl every 5 minutes. The ceremony took place in one of the prettiest churches I have ever been to: St Edwards Church in Netley. I have the good fortune of living in Oxford, which is surely one of the most beautiful places in the world, but even then, I felt honored to be able to photograph such a beautiful location. It was a completely fitting venue for a couple like Kerry and Rick. (Read more...)
22nd July 2011 | 5 comments
Cass and Josh tied the knot on the 16th of July 2011 in a little church in Gloucester, and there were more than a few sniffles as the two said their vows to each other. I don't have to tell you how beautiful Cass looked because you can see that for yourself, but what the images don't tell you is that Cass is one of the sweetest brides in the world. Following their touching ceremony, there was a reception at Hatton Court, a charming hotel in the Cotswolds that has lush ivy curtained over its facade. It was the perfect venue for our stylish bride Cass!