One year ago today, Karen and I were trudging up a field from Karen's parked car towards the corner of a field on a farm, that we had only managed to hire for the shoot 24 hours before. The sun was shining, Covid-19 was something that was unheard of and we were looking to get creative before the summer season for 2019 started.
So firstly an enormous thank you one year on to Forest Farm shepherds hut and camping, for stepping in at the very last minute because we'd been let down by our first venue. Not only did they allow us to use their farm, they were extremely lovely and accommodating and even let us play with some of their animals on the shoot. We could not have done this without you!
Before the country was in lockdown and not long after social distancing had begun, Hannah and Simon renewed their wedding vows on Compton Beach after 14 years of marriage.
Simon wore his actual wedding suit and Hannah wore her wedding dress, plus a jumper because it was so cold that day! Unfortunately the sun did not come out to play that day, and just to rub it in there was loads of sunshine before that Friday and for the whole weekend. Hannah made the flowers from ones they'd bought from Tescos, and the heart they used in the ceremony was from Alum Bay, filled with sand they collected from Alum Bay & Compton Beach and dried out on a radiator at home. I loved the sweet little personal touches they did for their intimate renewal ceremony!
Seeing Sue from Wight Celebrants in action for the first time was brilliant, she was great! Sue is a friend of mine and I've known her for a long time. We worked together on weddings before in her previous business as a florist (and she was bloody good at that and all!) Plus any ceremony that includes a Lord of The Rings quote gets a huge thumbs up from me. Lovely to see her Husband Paul too!
There's even a photo I took below of Simon checking on his phone what was said in one of the first daily Coronavirus press conferences from Downing Street that evening, definitely not taken a shot like that before.
Wanna see a really cute, music and science themed winter wedding? DONE!
Not long after Christmas last year, Kelly & Tom got married at The Quay Arts. I'd never shot a wedding there before and was really looking forward to shooting at a venue, particularly one I've been to many times over the years.
The room was decorated with the help of Personalize, with some beautiful personal touches celebrating the couples different passions. There was also a really cute desert table and a gorgeous wedding cake by the ever fabulous Frostbite Bakery.
Despite the rain that persisted all day (why do they say that's good luck on a wedding day?!), Rachel and Ryan's wedding day went very well indeed.
The pair had a fairly small and laid back wedding at Ventnor Botanic Gardens, most of the guests and myself made our way to the gardens on "The Old Girl" bus, where there was an awful lot of Prosecco and laughter despite the miserable weather. It was the first time I'd been on the vintage bus and it is beautiful and the staff were so friendly and helpful. All the wonderful flowers were done by Doris Pinks Florist, and the ever fabulous Frostbite Bakery did the wedding cake!
Thank you so much Rachel and Ryan for asking Lana and I to photograph your wedding, for the kind words and for recommending us! Also a huge thank you to Rachel's mum for randomly leaving me a beautiful review.
If you'd like to see Rachel and Ryan's poppy and sunshine filled pre-wedding shoot, feel free to look here.