I adore this wedding. Bolton Abbey is amazing – what a superb location for gorgeous, memorable wedding photos, don’t you think?! Today’s gorgeous bride Vicky’s couture dress is stunning; I love Howard’s outfit, they just look perfect together. And the festoon lighting and sparklers… absolutely incredible. LOVE it all!!!

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I chose my dress which was from Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett as I loved her lace detail. I didn’t find a specific dress that had all the elements I wanted but the Lyn Ashworth collection gives you the option to pick one element from one dress and add it to another dress which was perfect. I put all my favorite elements together and made a bespoke dress that I absolutely loved and felt amazing in.

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Our reception venue was tepees in the grounds of the bride’s parents house. We personally decorated the tepees with bunting and paper lanterns and also added fairy lighting and festoon lighting, disco ball, a rustic gift table, love sign and photograph wall of the hen and stag dos.


Who would have thought that elopements would be trending in 2014? We certainly haven’t fallen out of love with the romance of running away to be married, and I’m delighted to be able to share Chris and Gil’s vintage elopement photos with you today.

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They’re a creative, fun and gorgeous couple who eloped to New York – what an amazing idea, right?! On their return to the UK they were looking for an alternative wedding photographer to capture some shots of them, and David from Vogue Shot fit the bill perfectly!

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David told me “Their vintage style (both outfits are genuine 2nd hand vintage clothes) and unique character made them a delight to photograph. The old ruins and beautiful landscape around Bolton Abbey fitted well with the style of vintage wedding photography I had in mind. It was a cold day but with Gil wrapped up in her fur coat and Chris in his tweed suit they were more than prepared for the day and ready to have some fun! They are a genuine lovely couple with such a kind and loving nature and I know that they will have many, many happy years together.

Bride, groom and fence

Resting on a fence between photos, this is my favourite image from Matt & Yana's day

I feel a little guilty for having neglected the blog a little this week while I squeal about Vespas with calligraphy enquiries up to my ears! But I have a special wedding for you, to brighten your Friday and make up for a couple of quiet days…

Every wedding photographer has a favourite wedding, a showcase, a bride and groom who appear on their website and in their portfolio, as a blog header and on business cards…. even when every wedding is unique and wonderful and beautiful, I think there’s very often a stunner of a wedding in every photographer’s gallery that really stands out as a crowning moment.

When Pete Barnes submitted this wedding, I could see instantly that this is one of those very special weddings any photographer would be hugely proud to have photographed. The bride and groom are gorgeous, the photos are natural and exciting, the landscapes exceptional and… well I could go on all day. Here, have a look: