Lyndsay & Simon

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What a joy it was to photograph Lyndsay and Simon’s beautiful 50s inspired wedding at The Granary Barns in Suffolk! So much style and thought went into their day and I loved every minute of it. Lyndsay and Simon are themselves wonderful, sensitive souls and absolutely dote on their gorgeous pooch Elvis, who even got to walk with them back up the aisle after their ceremony. I absolutely loved Lyndsay’s dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses and all the boys in their converse trainers. Here is their story…

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Hair – Amanda – www.lipstickandcurls.net

Make-up – Amanda- www.lipstickandcurls.net

Flowers – Clare – www.tradvintflower.co.uk

Cake – Michelle – www.vanillapatisserie.co.uk

Shoes – Jenny – www.revivemeboutique.co.uk

Caterer – Hilary – www.simplesimoncatering.co.uk

Bridesmaids/Usher/Groomsmen Outfits Tara Starlet/Next/Jaegar

Camera Hannah - June 10, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Holy glamour batman!!! Flippin gorgeous work and what a beautiful wedding. Wowsers

Kathryn - June 1, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Oh wow! Beautiful beautiful wedding. I LOVE her style. Stunning photos Michelle.

Sarah - May 27, 2014 - 6:44 pm

THEY nailed it YOU nailed it…GORGEOUS..every single bit absolutely lovely!!!

Fiona Campbell - May 27, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Nice. Lots of variety in these shots and great impact to the bridal shots.

Karen Flower - May 27, 2014 - 10:47 am

These are so gorgeous Michelle and how stunning does the bride look!. You’ve captured this wedding beautifully and I adore the sunset shots and the doggie photos 🙂
Fab work xx

Laura Power - May 27, 2014 - 7:28 am

Absolutely beautiful Michelle, & that head-dress is gorgeous! xxx

KELLY & DOUG SNEAK PEEK {WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESSEX}

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Here’s a peek into a gorgeous wedding I shot last weekend.. it was a beautiful but blustery day… I’m so pleased the rain held off and we managed to grab some wind-swept shots in the fields at the back of the reception venue, The Bell Inn in Hornden.  I love this first black and white shot!  More to follow soon x

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Anna Taylor - May 28, 2014 - 10:31 am

I do love a wind swept look. Love it.

Jenny Owens - May 22, 2014 - 8:45 am

Gorgeous! I’m glad the rain held off for you and the couple and I do think the wind can add drama to the pics.

Nikki Cooper - May 21, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Beautiful portraits Michelle! I love her styling too 🙂

Laura Babb - May 21, 2014 - 8:20 am

Beautiful, Michelle.

ELEANOR & ROGER SNEAK PEEK {WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN BRISTOL}

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Eleanor & Roger got married on a gorgeous, sunny day at the City Hall in Bristol, followed by a reception at the M-Shed overlooking the harbourside in Bristol. Here’s a sneak peek of their brilliant wedding day.

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Becky Male - July 20, 2014 - 7:44 pm

Gorgeous – love the confetti shot.

Marianne Chua - May 16, 2014 - 7:21 am

Lovely work!

Elisha - May 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Lovely! Love the confetti shot too 🙂

Anna Taylor - May 14, 2014 - 11:40 am

Ooh – love these – especially the portrait shots. Can’t wait to see more.

Kathryn - May 14, 2014 - 7:01 am

Great stuff Michelle. Love that confetti shot. And your use of the architecture is great.

Belinda - May 14, 2014 - 1:34 am

What an adorable couple. I love their ceremony exit!

Lyndsay + Simon sneak peek {wedding photography in Suffolk}

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I crossed the country this weekend to photograph Lyndsay and Simon’s gorgeous wedding day at the Granary Barns.  It was quite a last minute booking so I wasn’t sure what to expect but as soon as I arrived my jaw dropped from seeing all the beautiful details and love and thought that went into their wedding day.   The Granary Barns is a gorgeous venue, beautifully re-designed with gorgeous grounds and surrounding fields.  Thank you so much for having me there to photograph your day and capture all the love and magic, your lovely families and of course, Elvis, the dog!  I wish you all the very best.  More pictures to follow soon…

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Megan Saul - April 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

I love these! I am so freaking jealous of this wedding. I am DYING to have a couple like this some day. Great job! I can’t wait to see the full wedding!

Photostories - Martina - April 16, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Great scott, this is STUNNING Michelle! That dress! Awesome job!

Elisha - April 15, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Stunning! Gorgeous bride (and groom 😉

Kathryn - April 15, 2014 - 10:03 am

Wow! What a stunning bride. I love her style. Gorgeous work. 🙂

Corrado - April 15, 2014 - 9:19 am

Amazing work, and I love the colors

Renee Joyce - April 15, 2014 - 8:37 am

You have totally captured the essence of Lyndsay’s and Simon’s wedding. Thank you so much for producing such lovely memories for us all. We will recommend you highly!

Paul Stott - April 14, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Dogs at weddings rule! Lovely work, love the kids team shot 😉

Amanda - April 14, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Gorgeous! Love her shawl!! I bet this one is going to be epic 😉

Jay Emme - April 14, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Such gorgeous photos and a cute couple! Totally love your work.

jessica Roberts - April 14, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Wowsers these are totally stunning!!!!

Daz Mack - April 14, 2014 - 3:50 pm

What an awesome cool couple, beautiful pictures too 🙂

Laura Babb - April 14, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Totally awesome. What a super cool couple and photography to match.

Anna Taylor - April 14, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Gorgeous work Michelle – can’t wait to see more.

Kerry Diamond - April 14, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Gorgeous Michelle xx

Lately…

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It’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently…. I’ve been sort of hybernating: designing my enquiry brochure and my hints and tips on getting the best out of your wedding photography brochure, which couples will receive when they book me, and also tweaking my website.. I won’t lie, it’s been tough with the cold and the wet and I’ve been longing for summer.. I love being outdoors and in fresh air, even more so since Harry started school and I work from home.  I haven’t shot much lately either, but I know it’s my way of taking a deep breath before the wedding season starts.  I give so much of myself emotionally and physically to my couples’ weddings that I know it’s good to take a step back and ‘drown out the noise’ for a bit, replenish my creative juices and get all fired up again ready for my first wedding at the end of this month…

Here’s a few snapshots into my life lately..

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We got two new additions to the Waspe family.  Thor and Hulk Waspe, the guinea pigs.  This is Thor, he’s calmer and wiser than Hulk, who is skittish and a bit wild so unfortunately doesn’t get taken out of the cage as much as Thor, because he tends to run and hide under the sofa or TV cabinet for hours!  They started off incredibly jumpy and scared.. they still are but more so are getting used to us and we are very attached to them..

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In the quiet times I like to surf the internet and learn new things and find inspiration from other photographers.  I have fallen in love with Vivian Maier, who was a nanny for many years in Chicago and died in 2009.  On her days off, she would take her camera and spend all day taking photographs of people in the city.  Nobody knew about her talent or her photographs until she died and over 100,000 negatives were bought at auction by a chance bidder.  I am really looking forward to the film about her coming out later this year..

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We’ve spent some rainy dark afternoons exploring National Trust properties…

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Barney has been growing a beard!  He’s pretty obsessed by it…  and I think he looks hot  🙂

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Even when it’s cold, wet and rainy, this boy fills my heart with joy…

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The first proper sunny day in the garden last Sunday.  Coffee and breakfast outside in the morning, and then weeding and clearing all the cat poo to make it all nice again for summer.

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Harry making friends with the tamer guinea pig, Thor…

I can feel warmer times are coming and I cannot wait to start shooting all my weddings this year x

VALENTINE’S Day Couples Shoots..

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Happy Valentine’s Day lovely people.. I hope you’ve had a lovely, romantic day. And even if you’re not hugely into all the Valentine’s Day commercial stuff, why not treat your partner to a couple shoot? We get to spend a fun afternoon together, exploring your favourite place, maybe by the sea or for a more urban feel, in town. I’ll put you at ease; I shoot in a friendly, relaxed way. It’s also a great way of snuggling up to your favourite person, and at the end of it you’ll get some gorgeous, creative and artistic images to frame and put on your walls and make beautiful memories…

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Lilla & Paul {Destination wedding photography – Hungary}

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Last year I got to travel to Budapest, Hungary for Lilla & Paul’s wedding.  I’d never been to Hungary before although my family are Czech so it was lovely to feel a bit of a connection with that part of the world… especially when I travelled to Lilla’s parents’ house outside Budapest.  It reminded me so much of the villages and houses outside Prague.   Anyway, the first thing to say about this wonderful wedding is that it was HOT!!  Oh my, at around 11 am on their wedding day I checked the weather and it was 33 degrees already!  I knew it was going to be a challenge to shoot in such intense heat but luckily there was lots of water at hand from the restaurant, so I could keep hydrated and concentrate on the job!  Lilla and Paul married outside in the beautiful grounds of the hotel Rosinante.  Lilla’s friend Brigitte, who is a very talented professional singer, sang beautifully during the ceremony but I think the highlight for me was Lilla’s niece singing ‘Over The Rainbow’ – wow, just wow! What a talented girl…  After the ceremony we zoomed off to capture some portraits.  Paul wanted some shots taken in a field of sunflowers where. in the background, on the hill, Lilla’s parents’ house is.   We then managed to find some shade for some more lovely portraits and then headed back for the meal.  One of the exciting things for me during this wedding was the meal and sampling some traditional Hungarian food – it was absolutely delicious!  Then came the speeches and Paul had put together a special montage of photos to music, featuring his and Lilla’s lives, and their friends and families.  You could see how much friends and family mean to Lilla and Paul and you could see how moved everyone was watching it.

The celebrations went on long into the night and it became (slightly) cooler!  Thank you so much for choosing me to be part of your day and for taking care of me so well in Hungary!  I wish you all the very best in your future together… xxx

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Harry’s journey so far… 0-5 years years old.

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Harry turned 5 last week and now he’s at school it gave me a bit of time to reflect on the last 5 years, including looking at all the photos of him I’ve taken over this time (hundreds!!).  I can honestly say the whole experience of having Harry just got better and better.   I wasn’t one of those mums cooing over their newborns – well of course I did, but the real blasts of love came later for me, when he started smiling, crawling and especially walking: suddenly he was my little buddy and we would go and walk through Highgate Woods to the playground and to the shops… and suddenly things seemed a little easier… Then the talking, and oh my, so many hilarious moments, phrases and jokes.   I can’t even put into words how much I love this boy, how happy he makes me and how brilliant he is.

Here’s Harry’s journey so far.  In some ways his journey mirrors my own photography journey. We’ve grown together…

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Nic Farrow - February 3, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Oh what a lovely post! I too have one boy who is 5 and also began my photography journey with him so I totally get this! I’m inspired to create my own version now! You’ve captured some gorgeous images here which I’m sure he will treasure in years to come. This emotional connection is what I LOVE about photography. What a beautiful tribute to your son and the bond you share.

Best of 2013 – Weddings

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So it’s the end of another year……… I’ve pulled together some highlights and favourite moments from the weddings I have shot this year.  Looking through these makes me feel truly lucky to have been to some incredibly beautiful places and shot some ace weddings, and, most importantly of all, to have worked with some ace couples who have all been warm, friendly and welcoming and trusted me to capture their special day – I love you all xxx I’m going to chill over Christmas but this post makes me feel excited and breathless at the thought of what is to come in 2014!

Thank you also to everyone who has supported me: Barney (especially him!), family and my friends – for liking my pictures, blog post comments, commenting on Facebook images and sharing my work …  Every gesture means alot to me and I truly appreciate it.

Hope you enjoy this post 🙂

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Nicki Lyall (Feltham) - January 2, 2014 - 2:02 pm

WOWsers! Amazing work, such beautiful images. LOVE!

Lindsey - December 31, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Beautiful weddings Michelle, I really love your work and can’t wait to see what you capture in 2014. x

Martina - December 31, 2013 - 1:40 pm

The photo of the couple ‘flying’ and the one in the cave literally blew me away! Absolutely gorgeous and the rest is stunning too!
Happy new year Michelle xx

Becky Male - December 30, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Gorgeous. I love the tissue catch and the sunflowers. Such beautiful photography throughout, you had an amazing year.

Hannah Millard - December 30, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Woahhhhhhhh… Amazing images (zip wire!!!!) you just get better and better!

Kerry Diamond - December 23, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Love these Michelle, especially love how happy everyone is xx

Laura Babb - December 22, 2013 - 10:49 am

Brilliance. Joy, laughter, beauty and some wonderful story telling. Great work, Michelle.

Sharron - December 21, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Such a beautiful collection of images. Timeless and creativity. Great stuff Michelle.

Jo Daoud - December 20, 2013 - 11:44 am

Michelle it’s so lovely to see the rest of the weddings that you have photographed this year. We are delighted with your work and will continue to enjoy them for the rest of our days. I would reccomend you wholeheartedly. x

Alexa Loy - December 18, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Knocked it out of the park Michelle! Amazing. What I love is the mixture of awesome candid moments throughout the wedding and beautiful gentle portraits. Congrats on an awesome year x

Johanna - December 18, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Such storytelling photography … Loved looking through these. What a fab year you have had. Jo xx

Anne Kotecha - December 17, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Michelle, I’m so impressed with your photos and the amount of weddings you’ve done! I agree, there is so much JOY in these photos – your clients have been lucky to have you as photographer x

Karen Flower - December 17, 2013 - 9:55 pm

A gorgeous collection of images Michelle – so much laughter and joy in these. It looks like you have had an incredible year. xx