Hannah and Joe - The Yoghurt Rooms

A wedding is not only a celebration of marriage, it's a celebration of you and your partner. It's a day of personal expression, family traditions and your love of one and other. 

I just love weddings where you can feel every little detail has some kind of meaning behind it. Whether it's the couples love of a particular hobby, favourite flowers or a nod to someone who is not with us any more, all these details make the wedding unique to you.

Recently, I attended Hannah and Joe's big day. They were one of the most laid back, friendly couples you could meet. You could just instantly tell how important the day was to them. They had chosen the Yoghurt Rooms in East Grinstead as the venue. From the bride getting ready to the evening party, everything was held here. Just off the beaten track this venue was perfect for Hannah and Joe. It had an abundance of character, everywhere you looked was something unique and quirky. 

On top of this beautiful, charismatic venue was all the little details added by the Bride and Groom. Everything had it's place and meaning. It was not only a celebration of them as a couple but their family and friends. Little nods here and there like the artichoke with a bow on, a little nod to a close friend. The wall of photos celebrating fun moments from their childhood through to all their travels together. My personal favourite was the tandem bicycle that Joe and his father used to ride when he was a child... he even showed me an old photo which oozed with nostalgia and the love they had for this detail that was so important for them.

From all these details, you could sense how important their family and friends were to them. Everyone celebrated all day, no evening guests separated from the days festivities, everyone was welcomed for the full experience. What a fantastic day it was too! It was an overwhelming sense of joy from start to finish, there was laughter and tears of happiness throughout. A true celebration of an amazing couple heading off to start their new married life together.

Here are a few of my personal favourite from the day...

 

The Luxury Album... Making memories last forever!

There is something special about printed images, especially when it's your wedding album. The feel of it gives you a warm sensation of happiness and ignites all those little memories from the big day. They say a picture says a thousand words, I kind of disagree. Sometimes there are just no words to describe that moment when you see your partner for the first time on your wedding day. Or the look on your dads face when he realises what the best man has just said about his new son-in-law. Some moments aren't meant for words, they're meant to be seen and felt. That tingling sensation when you see them is way better than any words.

The digital age is upon us, every image you take is stored away on your phone, pc or tablet. For me, obviously I know i'm a photographer, but it's amazing to have some of the milestones in mine and my families lives printed up. A physical print that hopefully someday my child will be showing his family, reliving that particular story. 

Our Luxury Albums are surely something special, beautifully design and handmade by one of the top printing companies in the UK. The weight, the feel, the print quality... it all screams luxury! 

Printed on a photographic card that gives the album its robust feel, the album is designed to to tell your story with images chosen by you. It comes complete with a leatherette cover of you colour choice. I personally love the grey/metallic shown below!

Memories are priceless, invaluable moments in your life that you always want to remember, but memories do fade. So, don't see this as an added cost to your day, see it as an investment for your memories. Prices for the Luxury Albums are £200 for a 12"x8" and £250 for a huge 16"x12", both come with 20 pages as standard. 

Let us tell your story and encapsulate it in our amazing Luxury Album, ready for you to share with your loved ones.

Jordan & Brendans West Sussex Wedding - Long Furlong Barn

There are a few things that you always want at a wedding. An excited couple, lots of naughty food and the sun to be out. Jordan and Brendan's day had it all!

Starting off the celebrations, Jordan and Brendan hired a beautiful beach house for there bridal party and family to stay at. It was the ideal setting to get everyone in the mood for a day like no other.

When I arrived, Jordan was finalising all the small details of the day and was very chilled. All her bridesmaids looked so excited to see Jordan in her dress and when the time come to reveal her transformation it did get a little emotional. Jordan looked stunning!

Once I arrived at Long Furlong Barn, I went to see Brendan to have a little chat about what the day holds, also to see how he was holding up. You know how us men get at a wedding, we're usually the most emotionally ones. What I was greeted with was someone who genuinely looked like the happiest man alive and couldn't wait to see Jordan.

As usual the ceremony was filled with laughter and tears of happiness. You could just feel that Jordan and Brendan were the perfect match and how much it meant to them to celebrate with all their family and friends.

After the ceremony, it was time to let loose a little. The music filled the barn along with laughter and cheers. The drinks were flowing and everyone was having a blast. This was a celebration not to be missed!

A snapshot of Thailand

I'm a great believer that you should see something once rather than hear about it a thousand times. Thats why I love to travel. Nothing beats waking up in the morning knowing that an adventure awaits. Whether it's shopping at a local market, visiting a temple or bamboo rafting down a jungle river. I treasure all these moments and what value the experience has on my life.

One of the first places that we wanted to visit, other than the poolside bar, was the tsunami memorial. After seeing the devastation it caused on the TV, it's one them moments in life that will always stick with me. It will be one that will be remembered in hundreds of years to come and people will still be in disbelief at the toll it took on everyone affected. I felt I wanted to pay my respects whilst I was there and educate myself on how it occurred. The locals were very up front in sharing there stories, each one very different to the next. Stories of survival, stories of loss and stories of how a community came together to rebuild their lives. 

Below you will see an image of a boat. This boat had a story of its own, a reminder of the power of the tsunami. On the morning of 26 December 2004, Police Boat 813 Buretpadungkit was on patrol, serving as a guard to Prince Poom Jensen, grandson of the king of Thailand, as he was jet skiing in front of La Flora Resort in Khao Lak, where Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya was staying with her son and daughter. Poom Jensen drowned after being struck by the tsunami and the Police Boat was swept inland 2 kilometers. Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya and her daughter survived by fleeing to an upper floor of La Flora. The boat was left where it landed and is now maintained as a memorial.

After exploring the town and local markets we wanted to go on an adventure, this was slightly limited by the fact that Lauren is 24 weeks pregnant, so no sky diving for us. We decide to see James Bond island, visit a floating village and the famous Wat Suwanakhuha. 

Wat Suwanakhuha is one of the most historic of Phang-nga’s temples and houses a 15 meters long reclining Buddha surrounded by macaque monkeys. 

Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries that i've visit, it has breathtaking views, a natural world nothing like we could ever see here in the UK, delicious food and so much more than I haven't touched on. However, there was one thing that made it stand out for me, the people. They always had a smile on their faces and a joke to tell. They were always so caring and thoughtful especially when it came to Lauren and bump. Out of the whole trip its the people who I will remember the most. Oh, and the sun. I definitely miss the warmth.