Lily & Adam: An Elopement in the Welsh Mountains

An escape to the mountains was on the cards for this thrill-seeking duo and what an incredible experience it was! We climbed over rocks, stood on cliff edges and followed sheep trails up the mountain sides and it was totally insane! Check out more below…

The day started with Lily being made up in the cutest little Guest House in Betws-y-coed, called Bod Gwynedd (definitely worth a visit if you’re looking at heading to the area). Betws-y-coed is one of the nearest villages to Mount Snowdonia and therefore acts as a popular location for tourists looking for somewhere to stay during their trip up the mountain. Lily had her natural-look make up done by the very talented Rhiannon Pritchard, and her Hair beautifully styled by award winning Julia Nicholls.

The afternoon flew by and before we knew it, Lily had dressed in a beautiful bespoke gown by Poppy’s Perspective and donned her flowers; carefully put together by The Botanical Shed and we were on our way to the first location with our backpacks, rugs, hats and any extras we had with us.

With Lake Ogwen as our backdrop and the sun gently bouncing off the water behind, Lily & Adam spoke their vows to each other which had been carefully handwritten out for them by the talented Gemma Jane Design  whilst standing on gorgeous rugs hired in from Anthology Vintage Hire. They held hands, and exchanged words whilst looking at one another and taking in the surroundings. It was the most peaceful and intimate experience, perfect for a marriage away from the hustle of most weddings that take place  in the UK.

From here on out we made the most of every last bit of the sunshine, backdrops, scenery and extras that had been brought along for this day! Lily & Adam kicked up their heels and we all had the best time ever creating these spectacular memories.

We decided to head on over to another location which involved trekking up a big mountain; pausing here and there we eventually had a dress change into something slightly different but absolutely extravagant, again totally bespoke and handmade by Jan Si Fashion. This dress was just insane, and with the wind and height we had gained from climbing the mountain, it just took off and looked incredible, wouldn’t you agree?

I’ll definitely be heading back to this location, maybe on my own, or maybe for my own elopement with my fiance 😉 These weddings are totally unique and such a beautiful way to express your love for one another <3

If you’re looking to elope, or know someone who is then please send them to this page. I would love to have a chat and offer my services, inspiration or any guidance if I can.

L x

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Karis & Hat ~ Essex Equestrian Photographer

A gift voucher for Christmas meant we could get Karis & her horse Hat booked in the diary to capture them looking their best! Karis’ yard is surrounded by amazing fields, scenery and beautiful backdrops, and is so peaceful and enchanting with an abundance of areas for us to choose from!

We may not have had golden hour on our shoot (and not everyone knows this) but it’s actually every photographers dream to shoot on a slightly overcast day as we don’t have to worry about where the sun is and work hard against harsh shadows. It was a perfect day to photograph on!  ✨

Hat was amazing and didn’t put a foot wrong! He took everything in his stride and looked like he was enjoying his time in front of the camera. Scroll down for some sneak peeks from this gorgeous shoot <3

L x

 

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Louisa & Jasper ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

I’ve been to visit Louisa & Jasper twice already, so was really looking forward to coming back and seeing the pair again on their beautiful yard out in the middle of nowhere…pure peaceful bliss! The marshes are such a quiet, tranquil area to be based and provide such beautiful backdrops which was perfect for our shoot.

Without knowing it until I arrived, Louisa had also brought along her wedding dress so after a few shots in some smart yard clothing we had a change up and got into the beautiful dress Louisa had walked down the aisle in just last year! With the gorgeous early evening golden hour, a beautiful white gelding and a gorgeous wedding dress we headed out and created some magic in and amongst the fields and greenery which surround the yard ✨

Jasper being the gentleman he is behaved impeccably throughout the whole shoot and did everything asked of him, he even got to kick up his heels and have a good old run around at the end to let off some steam! My thanks to Louisa for having me back again, he really is a horse in a million <3

L x

 

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Apton Hall Wedding Venue ~ The NEW Venue on the block!

Still looking for your wedding venue? Struggling to find somewhere unique, unheard of and with real character & rustic charm? Then check out new venue on the block…APTON HALL! I’m Proud as Punch to be one of their Recommended Suppliers, and I have photographed their venue in a series of images displayed below, take a sneak peek!! 💕

Based out in the sticks down a long beautiful drive in Rochford, Essex, this beautiful venue has been transformed from dilapidated buildings and stables into a fresh, modern and new Wedding Venue boasting tons of rustic beauty and original bricks and timber in some places too. If you’re like me and love a Wedding in a farm-style venue with plenty of rural fields and greenery for those beautiful intimate moments and fun with your guests outside then check out this little gem! You won’t be disappointed!

Making the most of the venue, Craig, Chloe & the team are licensed for inside and outside ceremonies, with their new pagoda recently erected and looking fab in the middle of the courtyard! (Missing from these photos). The Bridal suite includes an upstairs & downstairs area, with the talking point being the fabulous Dovecot which lights up as you head up to bed at the end of your evening. MaGiCaL!!✨

For a real chance to check out this beautiful fully exclusive venue (which I may add is becoming very popular), then get in touch with Chloe for a viewing!

For more details head to: www.aptonhall.co.uk or find them on facebook: www.facebook.com/AptonHall

L x

 

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Jenna & Mia and their Horses ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

I got to meet these four on their family farm near Frinton-On-Sea recently and what a treat it was! We had gleaming horses & ponies and dogs, on a beautiful early evening sunset.

Jenna & Mia had both decided to wear their gorgeous wedding dresses one last time, before having them cleaned and donated for charity, and what better way to make the most of dressing up as Princesses again than to do it with your sister and horse! Both ladies looked stunning and with an entourage of helpers we got some beautiful shots of them together, with Jenna even braving it to sit on Quinn for a few shots!

Take a peek below at their Equestrian Photo Session <3

L x

 

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Dan & Pippa ~ Essex Canine Photography

Dan received a Canine Gift voucher for his birthday so he could treasure some snaps of his little lady Pippa who he’s owned since a young pup. Upon arrival I had the most excitable little pup with the biggest personality and fastest tail run up to greet me and say hello 😍 I knew we were going to have some fun!!

At Georgie’s family farm they have a beautiful area which comes alive with bluebells every year in the Spring time; it literally covers the woodland floor looking like a carpet of purple in its natural beauty.  We walked down to the woods, and within 10 seconds of the lead being unclipped, Pippa was gone! Oh she did come back, but covered in mud under her little belly and looking rather pleased with herself at making the return as she naturally plonked herself next to Dan without even looking up.

After another 5-10 times of Pippa making a disappearing act as our photo session went on, I soon learnt not to panic but just go with it. Within 30 seconds she would always return with the biggest grin on her face; this little lady was just nosey and loved to run and run!!

To cool off on the way back, she made a beeline for the water trough in the horses field and totally immersed herself without batting an eyelid. I was in hysterics, she was just so so funny! This is why I have a soft spot for Springers, they have the biggest personalities and are forever smiling!!! What a lovely lively little lady she is. Check out some of my favourites from our photo session.

L x

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Katie & Andrew ~ A Spring Wedding at Maidens Barn, High Easter, Essex

I’ve know Katie for a while now, and after seeing them both as guests at another wedding last Summer I was looking forward to seeing these guys again for their special day! This was the first time I would be shooting at Maidens Barn, and it was so lovely to be heading back to the tiny village I grew up in as a little girl. {{cough}} Yes I did drive past my old house and marvel at all the changes…I just couldn’t resist! 😉
Maidens Barn literally is in the middle of nowhere, but what a beautiful way to escape all the hustle and bustle and just enjoy your wedding day without any stress or noise around! Barn weddings are beautiful, and this barn was perfect for my style of photography with its white walls, open beams, natural light & rustic charm. I like to consider myself a country bumpkin with a flair for adventure and discovering natural beauty within!
I found Katie & her girls getting ready in their room; bubbly flowing, hair & make-up in full swing and music playing as the excitement of the day ahead got closer and closer.
I escaped with the dress and Katie’s personal items for some detailed shots of her bits & pieces before she got dressed and put all her extras on too. Katie smiled as she recalled her bouquet was actually put together by her very talented husband-to-be…what a lovely addition to remember as she walked down the aisle to meet Andrew at the end of the alter.
The couple wed in the beautiful airy and bright barn where Katie bit back tears as she walked down arm in arm with her Dad.
A beautiful ceremony complete with readings from family members, and watched on by their nearest and dearest. These guys then walked out to everyone blowing bubbles (instead of the usual confetti, although this is getting more and more popular now!)
Congratulations were passed around by everyone and the drinks and laughter started flowing from hereon out. The couple enjoyed a delicate tea-party Wedding Breakfast, some hilarious and heart-felt speeches by Katies Dad, the Best Man and Andrew before hitting the dance floor and welcoming more guests for the evening entertainment and celebrations!
Wishing these guys a lifetime of love, laughter and romance, you were awesome!!
L x

Animate Physiotherapy with Charlie – Commercial Photography Essex

Alongside photographing beautiful animals and gorgeous couples I also shoot some commercial Photography to help businesses in need of creating or updating their branding and advertising to the world. This might mean they need new head shots, images for their website or leaflets, or if they’ve bought a new piece of kit that they need to include in their advertising…anything and everything that helps another business on their way to success!

I’ve photographed Charlie before with her lovely horse Kaiser and last year I got to catch up with her again as we photographed her Mother Lesley with her two horses, but this time we got together to capture some images for her new business Animate Physiotherapy, focusing primarily on horses & dogs!

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Over the last few years Charlie has used this time and worked hard to get qualified and set up & run her very own Physiotherapy business for horse & dog owners.  Today, Animate Physiotherapy has become very successful and popular with clients based up and down the county as Charlie continues to help their animals optimise their performance, target specific performance issues, provide pain relief for chronic conditions and promote positive outcomes following injury as well as much much more!

To ensure that she was getting the most out of her business, and to shed some insight into what she does when working on her clients animals, Charlie and I had a commercial photo session to update her online marketing images in order to boost her business brand and get a good start to the 2018 season with new clients!

If you head over to Charlie’s Facebook Page and click Like you can keep up to date with all her upcoming work, and also be the first to get involved with any competitions and helpful tips she shares to maximise the best for your furry friends.  Recently she ran a successful Easter giveaway and I’m sure there will be more in the future too, so go check her out!!

Website: coming soon

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Phone: 07971 172718

Jo & Rosco ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

As I like to help out where I can, some of you may remember that devastating fire that swept through a stable block at Elmwood Farm in Burnham, killing a dozen horses right before the festive season of 2017. Many people and organisations rushed to their aid and not only helped with clearing the rubble and rebuilding the horses & riders lives, but also by holding charity nights and donations to help raise money for those who had lost horses, and other stable items during this tragic time.

I donated a voucher for an hour long photo session, of which the lovely Jo bid on and won! Whilst it doesn’t replace what was lost in such devastating circumstances, I hope the money raised from my donation helped someone, somewhere, somehow with the tragedy of that awful nights events.

There was another reason for Jo booking in during the cold month of February!! It’s been pretty difficult to keep secrets like this quiet, but scroll on down to the very last photo and discover Ollie & Jo’s AMAZING news!!

Congratulations guys! Here’s to your healthy, happy Bubba! <3

L x

7 Reasons why a Pre-wedding shoot is totally worth it!

Included with some of my Wedding packages is the opportunity for a complimentary pre wedding shoot, also known as an Engagement shoot. Now some couples turn to me and say… “hmm we don’t really like having our photo taken so can we do without” and of course this is an option  (as I say it’s complimentary in my packages) however I will always strongly recommend having a pre-wedding shoot as I believe it is not only beneficial to you…but also to me ✨ and here’s why ladies and gents…

1. You know that feeling when you have just met someone, you’re not entirely comfortable around them and you want to know more about them before you feel completely at ease? Well what a good chance to spend an hour in my company getting to know just me! I want my couples to feel totally relaxed and able to ask me anything. I want to be more than just your photographer for your wedding day…I want to be your friend! I have been described as a goofy gal with a heart of gold and I will do anything to ensure that my couples have the best wedding day ever, but in order to help you feel happy and at ease with the camera, and in order to create those amazing smiles…laughs…snorts that we hold in when we’re around company we’re not totally comfortable with; come along and get to know me on a ‘free’ engagement shoot! I promise it’ll be well worth your time! 🤗

2. You want to update those photos on the walls? The ones that are ten years old when you guys had just met, or that portrait session you had done in those outdated clothes. What a great opportunity to freshen up your photo frames and have some professional up-to-date photos to go on the walls and send out to your Mum for her Birthday 😉 she’ll totally love it, you know she will!

3. You’ve got a new member of the family who joined you recently…two legged or four I’m happy to shoot you as a family instead of as a couple! If you didn’t already know by now I’m a HUGE furry fan and love my snuggles and slobbery kisses 🐾🐴  As well as Weddings I also specialise in Equestrian & Canine Photography and would love it if you brought out more members of the family on your Engagement shoot! We can have tons of fun, and even make time for some shots of the two of you as well as the three…four…five of you as well!

4. Use your photos as decor at your wedding. It’s such a cool idea and I’ve had a few B&G’s who have done this! It’s so lovely for me to know you want to show off your photos to your nearest and dearest and makes me so proud! 😀

5. Use a different time of year to when your Wedding is so you can have photos at both ends of the year. Another recommendation of mine; if you have a Winter wedding coming up then opt for a Summer Engagement Session! Get the best of both!

6. Those all important ‘thank you’ cards after the wedding are right at the back of your mind at the moment, so why not eliminate the worry of getting them done after the wedding and have them prepared beforehand? I always suggest to my couples to bring along a ‘thank you’ bunting or a blackboard to write some fun notes down on (dates, Mr & Mrs, fun facts about you two etc) it always makes for extra fun and I love hearing more about the two of you!

7. You’re totally in LOVE and want to show it off to the world 💕 Yes Yes Yes!! There is nothing more fascinating, fun and beautiful than couples so madly, deeply, head-over-heels in love with one another. Let’s do this!