It was such an honour to be the wedding photographer for Olivia and Jev’s wonderful winter wedding in Dorset. Having photographed her sister Laura’s wedding a couple of years ago, it was lovely to see the family again. Whilst Laura and Harry had to contend with incessant rain, Olivia and Jev had the covid pandemic! From 150 guests at Tisbury church and a reception at Messums, Wiltshire, to 15 family members in the Shaftesbury Town Hall, and a small family dinner at home. But I have come to the conclusion that small covid weddings are every bit as spectacular as the larger weddings. They are intimate, personal and charged with emotion. Perfect ingredients for a memorable occasion.
The day started with the usual bridal preparations, before we set off to the registry office. Despite the cold and covid, some of their closest friends gathered as a surprise to Olivia to greet them on their exit. All adhering to the social distancing requirements of course! Indeed surprised she was. And not a dry eye was in sight. After this, we headed back home and raced through the family group photos, leaving time for this quick more informal portrait on the steps outside. A few drinks and canapes were followed by a delicious sit down dinner, prepared by Victoria Blashford-Snell. All in all, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day for a more wonderful couple.
If you’re interested in booking me as your wedding photographer, please do email me with your date, location of the ceremony & reception, timings, and approximate number of guests so I can send you a bespoke quote. You can also see more examples of my work on my website. Whilst based in Dorset, I travel throughout the UK.
I’ve been a wedding photographer for over 20 years now, photographing weddings all over the country, from small country gatherings to large more formal affairs. And I have to admit that I was a touch nervous about wedding photography during Covid-19. But I was blown away by the intimacy, love and emotion in these weddings. The sense of achievement in defying the odds and tying the knot during this pandemic presents itself in a contagious euphoria that engulfs every one present. Including me! The images are uniquely powerful and historical. I feel honoured to have been part of such historical events.
This portrait of Emilie & Ian on their wedding was their 4th attempt – the first in the States, the 2nd a large country wedding in June, the 3rd a wedding for just 30 in October and then when mid September the guest restrictions were reduced to 15, they managed to re-arrange the wedding AGAIN, a mere week later, so they could keep their 30 guests. The strength and resilience they have found in their love, surmounting each of these many frustrations and disappointments together, stands them in good stead for a long and happy marriage. I think this image captures the essence of all the built up emotion – achievement, elation and LOVE. They did it!
Please do visit my wedding gallery to see more examples of my wedding photography. If you are interested in booking me as your wedding photographer, please email me with your date, location of the ceremony & reception, timings, and approximate number of guests so I can send you a bespoke quote. Or, if easier, you can call me on 07815 750 141 to discuss your day in more details. I’m based in Dorset but travel throughout the country, photographing weddings regularly in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and further afield too.
Thank you @CountryLifeMagazine for featuring me in their Top 10 Wedding Photographers in their Guide to Weddings, included in 26th April 2016 edition. #honoured!