Between the mad busy-ness of September and the mad busy-ness of October this year, I had a week away with my parents, my sister, her husband and their daughter, along with my Husband and our dog.
Firstly, I have to say that I've had such a busy year which has been ridiculously busy at times. It's been such a great year with my business but a week physically away from home was something I desperately needed.
Secondly, we stayed at the nicest possible place I could have hoped for in order for this well needed break. If you are looking for a staycation in Dartmoor or Devon in general, somewhere that's just out of the way enough to feel in the middle of no where, but somewhere were you're still able to go to the shops for essentials, have a trip to a nice local pub or two, or just somewhere for a great long walk, I could not recommend West Nymph Holiday Cottages highly enough.
The converted barn we stayed in "Holly Hock Cottage" (total coincidence with the matching name) could not have been more beautiful, cosy and clean. The main bathroom had a humungous shower that I enjoyed dancing like this in whenever I had a shower in it. Something that makes my heart happy as well is a curved free standing bath, so you better believe I was grinning like a fool when I was having a soak in that beast!
We got a little welcome spread of treats on our arrival which we really loved and appreciated, and Scampi even got a large jar of dog treats too, which I'm pretty sure she really loved and appreciated. Those scones where bloody delicious by the way...
Isn't it funny how when you're younger, older people often feel the need to tell you how fast life goes. You really just can't get your head around it though until it starts happening. You might intellectually understand the concept, but until you start getting older yourself it just doesn't hit home. Also when you see other young'uns growing up around you, it hits home even more, and my niece is growing up so quickly.
She is such a beautiful intelligent sweet little person, and I wish I spent more time with her, but unfortunately life too often gets in the way, and maybe it's one of those things where it would never feel like I spent enough time with her.
During Leanne and Sam's wedding day Alan Partridge was mentioned in one of the best men's speeches, an Einstein quote was featured in the ceremony along with a Tolkien reading, and the ceremony was kicked off with a beautiful cover of the Queen song You're My Best Friend, all things that made me so happy to hear!
I think it is the windiest wedding I have ever shot at and the ceremony had to stop a couple of times because the wind was so strong, but it all went very well, and it was a little bonus for me that a couple of times Leanne's very long veil got caught up in it which was great to photograph, there was even a little confetti tornado at reception!
Hair & Makeup: Style Sisters.
Ceremony: Island Celebrants.
Wedding Rings: Serendipity Diamonds.
Flowers & Arrangements: Inspired Island Events.
Venue: Albert Cottage, Isle of Wight.
Band: The Rockafellas.
Cake: Boudewijns Bakery.
Thank you both so much, you were a dream to work with, and thank you for the lovely review you wrote for me.
So two Hollys, two Bens, an Ed and a Dan went to Ryde one evening in a taxi and a van, with a load of instruments, a floor lamp, a sofa and a few cans of beer. The result, was this shoot.
I can’t remember the last time I did a shoot for a band, I think it might have been back when I was still in college, and it was so great to shoot something a bit different, although I do absolutely love shooting weddings it did break up the season a bit, and it allowed me to try different things because it wasn't the normal kind of thing I'm used to shooting.
The guys even played my request of Three Lions (back when there was still a crazy chance that England were going to win the world cup!) and other songs that they play as a live band, which was really lovely actually, apart from the odd dog walker or two I felt like I was watching a live show alone on a summers evening in what felt like the middle of nowhere.
Thank you to all five of you for being so great and asking me to shoot with you in the first place, it really was a great evening.
Love & Stuff