From Russia With Love x

Do pardon the cheesy title; I don't even like James Bond (although I do support Daniel Craig). Say hello to Russian hotties Iryna and Oleg! Firstly, let me say that these kids know how to par-tay! There was vodka and caviar 24-7, acrobats, magicians, and even Eurovision type hosts. Russian Orthodox ceremonies don't mess about either! Seriously impressive.

The styling and planning by our good friend Matthew Oliver was stunning as always, flowers from the White Lilac girls looked incredible and the Hotel Cafe Royal was the perfect London venue for this stylish affair. We smashed it, team! Px

Jooley

When a couple are so fab they go by their combined surnames... meet Jooley! Another impossibly gorgeous bride and a very smitten boy, these hotties are being featured in Festival Brides real soon. I loved Sarah's Belle and Bunty dress so much I even tried on the same style for my own impending nuptials but alas fled the shop feeling like a bag of spanners in comparison. And that flower crown! Stunner. Px

Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Keyan and Andrew married on a wintery Friday in December in North London. Their Civil Partnership was witnessed by close family and friends, with a cosy fireside pub tea in Walthamstow Village. What lovely gents. Congrats, guys! Px

Stag Do

I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of two of groom Sam's sisters so it was lovely to catch up with this family, and meet all the babies that have since appeared! Yiran's parents flew in from China for this lovely intimate ceremony in Kew, South London. A beaut day. Px

Tam and Bruce

These South African love birds got to have two weddings! One in their home town and one in the UK, where they now live. The church was one of the most beautiful I've ever shot in, and it was a grand day all round. And there's now a bambino on the way! Congrats, guys! Px

Sarah and Wilkie in a Cornfield

Sarah and Wilkie were married in a beautiful church in Shropshire, with a gorgeous garden party reception at her family's farmhouse. They received a Guard of Honour coming out of the church, a nod to Wilkie's former profession. And with the beautiful countryside that was all around us, I couldn't resist the urge to pop them in a cornfield for their couple's shoot. A gorgeous day. Px

Carly and James Loving Life

When Carly and James suggested meeting for cocktails on Carnaby Street, I knew I was going to like them. We hit it off instantly and ended up drinking and chatting the evening away, leaving firm friends. 

I was excited for their wedding, not only for the sweeping staircase at Leigh Court in Bristol, but because I knew that they had their priorities right. They are such lovely people, and I knew their wedding would be full of laughter and love. And I wasn't wrong. Px

Dublin FTW

I went to Dublin for a conference but pencilled in half a day just for me and my camera. The last time I was in Dublin was over ten years ago, when my Mum and I decided to do a day trip, a little ambitious from Manchester!

The first night we stumbled into a fabulous little pub for the obligatory pint of Guinness. There I discovered my love for soda bread, which is not ideal when you're gluten intolerant!

I loved the warmth of the locals, the bustle of the tourists and the singers in every pub. There is literally nothing I don't like about Dublin. Made me really want to go and explore the rest of Ireland.  And eat more soda bread. Px

Sarah and Johnny's Weekend Bonanza

Sarah and Johnny were the winners of my 'Win Your Wedding Photography' competition in collaboration with Way Out Wedding blog. I ran this competition to get in touch with creatives who really cared about the details of their day and valued photography. Sarah and Johnny were so enthusiastic about their big day and planned it with joy, rather than stress. I loved that they were marrying in a quaint village church in Somerset, then partying at the stunning Tonedale House Sarah is a singer and Johnny makes beer, so I knew that those aspects of the day would be spot on! I loved Sarah's bubbly email, entering her and Johnny into the competition. She was so excited to be a bride! And I must say, it really suited her. Px

Ed and Elaine's VE Day Celebrations

The word 'vintage' is banded around a lot these days, but Ed and Elaine's style is the real deal. Their home is full of amazing finds, many of which were incorporated into their amazing DIY wedding. As Ed said in his speech, pointing around the village hall, "this is all Elaine's mind!!" From the ration card place settings to the authentic hats in the photo booth, Elaine did pretty much everything herself. They transported their guests from the registry office in a green Routemaster bus (the only one in the country, most are red) to a decked out village hall for a VE day celebration style day with afternoon tea, fish and chips, and vinyl records. The sun even made an appearance after a dreary week and the picnic blankets came out. I'm sure you'll all agree they did an amazing job pulling off an amazingly stylish wedding. Px

IoW

Unlike a lot of my friends, I never went to the Isle of Wight as a kid (not that I can complain with grandparents in Australia!) So I decided to go for my 34th birthday instead. Mainly, to feed my obsession with American Airstreams by staying at Vintage Vacations (which was AMAZING!) For those people who accuse me of being a little bit of a hipster, on this occasion, yup, I hold my hands up. I drank Babycham with pink hair.

The Isle of Wight itself was lovely. Quintessentially English with its thatched cottages and cream teas, we pottered and mooched and had a jolly old British seaside time. Recommend! Px

Freya

Freya and I met up in Victoria Park in East London on the only cold day in an otherwise glorious spell of Spring weather. Ah well, favourite jumpers and boots did the trick and we had a jolly old time. Isn't she a beaut?

Px

Wendy's Window

My lovely friend Jen is a manager of a fantastic charity shop, Ace, in Clapham. It raises money for the homeless and vulnerable in London which you can learn more about and get involved with here

Driven by my love of Jen's work stories, some sad, some hilarious and many downright weird, I decided to go and hang out at the shop one afternoon to meet some of these characters myself. I wasn't disappointed....

Berlin For The Win

It's easy, in the photography business, to have friends you don't actually know in person. Brilliant, creative friends, all around the world, that share the same loves. So we decided to hop on a plane to Berlin and meet one of them. The lovely Serena and her boyfriend (who looks so much like Homeland's Quinn that I slept with one eye open) opened their home to us and showed us the sites of this great city. Not the Brandenburg Gate or Checkpoint Charlie, which I had seen before, but the real heart of Berlin. The markets, the coffee shops, a disused airfield, the best burgers in town. It was wonderful. Px

Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 2015

I first fell in love with Lauren and Lydon during their engagement shoot. They're absolute sweethearts! They eloped to Barbados for their wedding ceremony and then threw the mother of all New Year's Eve parties, complete with cake cutting and first dance, for family and friends in London. I honestly had an absolute blast! It didn't feel like work at all. And they had the best wedding cake ever! Hands down. Congrats, guys! You deserve all the good things. Px

Harry Lime

I do enjoy a winter mini break and Austria has been on my list since I first Doe A Deer'd round my Mum's living room, aged around 7. It certainly didn't disappoint for Christmas charm. Plenty of mulled wine was consumed (as well as the discovery of Amaretto hot choc - ermagerd!) in the many, MANY (sorry, Alex) Christmas markets. We took a train from Salzburg, where we stayed in the real Von Trapp house, to Vienna, where we had an AWESOME Air BnB. And I'm not ashamed to say that hardcore sightseeing was replaced by lazy lie in's and general mooching. F.A.B.

Merry Christmas, everyone. 

Px

Lauren and Lydon

These two are currently in Barbados! Jealous much?!! I'm sure the weather is amazing, which it most certainly was NOT on our shoot in London a few weeks ago. But it did not defeat us! We hid in markets and bars and secret alleyways until our feet were so damp we admitted defeat.  Aren't they the cutest?! Congrats on your elopement guys! Can't wait to celebrate with you at the mother of all New Year's Eve parties! Oh and take some photos ;-) I hear rumours of a Choccywoccydoodah cake! Px

Nanna

A year ago today I lost my Nanna. It was a month shy of her 90th birthday and quite sudden, although she had been suffering from dementia for a few years which saw her life spiral out of control. Those who have witnessed dementia know that you lose the sufferer years before they physically die. They don’t resemble their former selves at all.

My Nanna was very special to me as my Mum was a single parent, and even though my grandparents lived in Australia until I was 19, I always looked at my Nanna as my other parent. She sent me countless letters from her travels (certainly where I got my gallivanting ways from) and postcards and presents. She would phone on special occasions in the middle of the night, never quite getting to grips with the time difference. She would visit every year and I went to Nowra in New South Wales for many a summer holiday.

Apologies for the quality of the photos here; my scanner is a bit bobbins:

 

  This picture was taken in 1942 and due to the formal nature of the photo and the fact that she is wearing a corsage, we think this might have been her wedding day. I love her hair and her outfit in this picture. She was beautiful.

 

This picture was taken in 1942 and due to the formal nature of the photo and the fact that she is wearing a corsage, we think this might have been her wedding day. I love her hair and her outfit in this picture. She was beautiful.

  This picture was taken in 1973 at a party. My Nanna LOVED a knees up. She loved a tipple and a sing song and was an awful lot of fun. She is the lady on the far left; I love her rosy cheeks in this picture.

 

This picture was taken in 1973 at a party. My Nanna LOVED a knees up. She loved a tipple and a sing song and was an awful lot of fun. She is the lady on the far left; I love her rosy cheeks in this picture.

This picture was taken in 1992 in Llandudno. My Nanna was terrified of heights but agreed to come on this with me. She would do anything to make me happy. She even managed a wave to my Mum who took this photo.

This picture was taken in 1992 in Llandudno. My Nanna was terrified of heights but agreed to come on this with me. She would do anything to make me happy. She even managed a wave to my Mum who took this photo.

  I’m not sure where this photo was taken or when but I love her smile on it. She hated this photo though and thought she looked like Worzel Gummidge. I’m wearing the jumper she has on in this picture as I type this. She knitted it herself.

 

I’m not sure where this photo was taken or when but I love her smile on it. She hated this photo though and thought she looked like Worzel Gummidge. I’m wearing the jumper she has on in this picture as I type this. She knitted it herself.

I love photos and the memories they evoke. It’s the reason I got into photography. So please, take as many photos as you can of your loved ones and treasure them.

This post is for you, Nanna. I miss you so much x