Take me back to a field in Hertfordshire when the sun shone, the drinks flowed, the party was pumping and I knew all the secrets I needed in order to wind up the groom following his best man’s speech! Which I did of course, causing the bride to stop and sit down on the floor in her dress before dissolving in to a fit of the giggles. Lindsey and Mike stressed they wanted a chilled out day in the middle of a field with all their loved ones and they did exactly that with their Foxholes Farm Wedding. No stress, no fuss, just all round awesome sunny wedding fun. Including the world record for the amount of Dirty Dancing lifts ever attempted at one wedding before the groom and his partner were finally successful! This gorgeous pair had even planned for some of the guests to camp and were serving up breakfast the next day! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to stay but I had to draw the line at a camera free dance to La Bamba and some pretty big hugs before heading home. I’m pretty sure I could do this every weekend xx
If you want a Foxholes Farm wedding of your own then check out some of the lovely suppliers involved;
Venue: Foxholes Farm Shop, Butchery and Tea Room
Dress: Clifford Burr Bridal
Caterer: Kingfisher Event Caterers
Hair: ️Hair by Manda
Makeup: Beccy Brotherton
Cake: Laura Newman
Flowers: Simply sweetpea flowers
Co-Ordinator: Amanda Quinn
And if you want me to shoot it then get in touch HERE!
When it came to planning, these two told me they wanted a really chilled day, “We loved tipi weddings because we love live music and festivals etc so we started going down that route. Once we were sure that’s what we wanted we started looking for places to hold the ceremony and very kindly Tits family friends (The French’s) offered to let us use their farm for the day.” And so their tiki tipi festival wedding was born! I should say at this point that ‘Tit’ is so named because his surname is Titterton. He is so frequently called Tit though, that I’m sure most people wouldn’t be able to tell you his actual first name!
Tit by name but certainly not Tit by nature, he is more than a little bit awesome and won me over with his amazing proposal plans even if they didn’t quite work out… “Tit booked to take us to Norway to see Bon Iver for my Christmas present (where he was planning to propose) but they cancelled their tour like a week before we went!! So he proposed in our pimp hotel room where he had made a book with pictures, ticket stubs and other shiz from our 10 years together. I had no idea what was going on!!”
Keeping it down to earth everyone ate stone baked pizzas for dinner, the bride made the bright and crazy cake and just in case you were wondering where her dress is from, her sister whipped that one up for her, sorry! They had relatively no trouble in the planning process but did say that being sure to remember all bits that you take for granted when not in a field like toilets, electricity, running water etc did cause a tiny bit of stress. That and the fact that Tit wanted a pineapple pimp cane. Of course he did!
Their tiki tipi festival wedding came together in an explosion of colour and fun and it was absolutely amazing to photograph, the flowers were out of this world, the band killed it and it’s still one of my favourite weddings to date. I never wanted to leave!
When I asked these guys how they felt about working with me they had some pretty lovely stuff to say. “We loved it! You were so friendly and easy going. We instantly felt like we had known you for years which meant we looked and felt relaxed so our photos reflected that! Everyone always compliments us on how good our wedding photos are and we 100% agree that you were the BEST CHOICE EVERRR!“
Well that’s a bit bloody nice eh?! If festival weddings are your thing, check out another great one HERE!
Some of the awesome suppliers involved;
Dress – Charlotte Davies (Sister)
Stationary – Rafaela Hill (Cousin)
Shoes – ASOS
Decor / Styling – Tits McGee
Cake – Mrs Tit
Transport – Mum’s Car
Florist – Herbert & Isles
Caterer – Little Reds
Band – Back to My Roots
Videographer (DIY) – Edit my wedding (https://edityourwedding.com/)
Okay, so the rain is starting to piss a few people off, me included, but I have to admit to doing a little “whoop” when I got home to see the picture above on the big screen. They might not have ordered a rainy Stamford wedding but that is what they got and sometimes you just have to embrace it, which is exactly what Abbie & Jamie did. Don’t let the rain ruin your wedding day, I promise I won’t let it ruin the photos!
These two embraced their rainy Stamford wedding to such an extent that at one point we had to spend 10 minutes in a door way for fear of being washed away. They also embraced my madness, my requests and everything else the day threw at them, Abbie just put on a pair of Toms, hiked up her dress and made her way from one venue to another with a huge smile on her face. This day might not have won any prizes for the weather but it definitely wins the prize for the wedding with the most glamorous granny (check out Minnie Mouse) and the most emotional best men England has to offer. It is also the first time for me that the groom has ever cut the cake by himself. Why not I say?! By heck Abbie & Jamie, you certainly made the most of it. x
I’m in the midst of a hectic wedding season and do try to blog regularly so don’t forget to visit my blog for more awesome weddings and a bit about what I’ve been up to lately !
I bloody love a shoot just for the heck of it, to celebrate how far you’ve come, how strong you are, and how amazing you look doing it. And what better way to start your 30’s than by channeling the 80’s?! I did this shoot at Romy’s house the day before her 30th birthday and 80’s fancy dress party to celebrate. She’s one of the most fearless women I’ve ever met and I’m a little obsessed with how these photos turned out. Gin is always a welcome addition to our relationship but it wasn’t even needed this time and she rocked it… Madonna has nothing on this woman.
On a recent trip to the south coast I met up with two awesome women who have set up a fab new business to take care of you when you need it. Reset Dorset creates pop up wellness events incorporating a combination of fitness, treatments, workshops, demos and food all designed to inspire and encourage you to live your life your best life. Self care is a big buzz word at the moment and these two are there to help you do it well…if you live in Dorset that is! Even if you don’t though, there is something to learn from being refreshed, rebalanced and restored by taking a little time for you.
It was a windy day at the beach but we made that work for us and now their clients can put a face to the business.
I was so excited when Alice asked if we could include some smoke in their woodland shoot, I wasn’t so excited about the rain though. Turns out I needn’t have worried because these two took it all in their stride, danced as it poured and jumped in to the back of their car when it was at it’s worst. The unpredictability of it all and a dose of sugar from the doughnuts they bought mean this is one of my favourite shoots to date! Plus I took Elsie along for the ride and she was pretty darn good at making them laugh.
HOLY SHIT BALLS THIS PREVIEW WAS HARD TO CHOOSE! Like really really REALLY hard. I was still buzzing at 1.30 in the morning after this wedding, it was the kind I would have happily stayed at till the last guest had left! When the heart of my wedding season kicks off in this way I just want to do it over and over and over and over and over and over again. You get the idea right? Well Rosa and Freddie had a family farm marquee wedding of their very own creation and it was just perfect. Yesterday was all about partying in fields with dogs on the dance floor and a couple who did it the very best way they knew how alongside two best men who hired a smoke machine just for their entrance to the marquee in front of guests who danced like their lives depended on it aaaaaaand if we’ve learned anything from this wedding it is that people at in marquees shouldn’t throw lemons but that sombreros are more than okay. And the RED, oh the red. These bridesmaid dresses from & Other Stories are just wonderful. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Allen, thanks so much for letting me in.
I love taking photos of families and I’m here to give a little shout out to those that might be thinking about booking me…please do it soon if you are! Fun family photography is my favourite and I don’t want to put any pressure on your or anything but once wedding season swallows me up my time is limited and I’m really crap at saying no so please don’t make me!
I’ve had an awesome time lately meeting some really amazing families of all different shapes and sizes. It’s not scary or daunting, my only intention is to spend some time with you, take pictures of what you do and be sure that you have some fun in the process.
If you want to document some time between you and your loved ones please get in touch via my contact page and tell me a little bit about your clan.
Adele and Paul are regulars at Glastonbury and knew exactly what they wanted from their day. Their hearts were set on a tipi festival wedding and what they pulled together was exactly that! After getting engaged in Sydney back in 2017 they started planning every little detail (with the help of their family) and ended up with the sort of wedding I completely love to shoot. KellyFest was an absolute blast.
When I arrived, there were about twenty people in one hotel room and I knew from the off that this day was going to be non stop high energy and I wasn’t wrong. I wasn’t even surprised to learn that Paul had bought flares instead of smoke bombs for their groups photos, in the end it suited them perfectly!
Here’s a little about what the couple had to say about the day…
“After a few days on google searching for Tipi companies, ‘Country Tipis‘ had some great reviews. We were actually living in Australia at the time of booking, so we never got to see the venue. My family went to see it on our behalf and said it was perfect – thankfully they were right and we loved it, Vanstone Garden Centre was the perfect setting.
The hardest thing was agreeing to the New York Brass Band, haha! It was the only request Paul made during the whole planning process and desperately wanted them to play as we see them every time we go to Glasto and knew they would be a great addition to the wedding.”
It’s always amazing to know that a couple who put so much of themselves in to the day got so much out of it and that they wouldn’t change a thing. This was one of my favourite weddings from 2018, I’m only sad I missed the very end!
“We just love how relaxed the whole day was ….and of course surprising everyone with the ‘New York Brass Band’. No one knew they were booked and some people actually thought they turned up to the wrong wedding reception as we already had our Irish band ‘Contrabad’ playing. They walked into the venue from the carpark playing “Sweet dream are made of this” by the Eurythmics and brought the party outside.We had an arrangement with the two bands that they would play opposite each other once the NYBB played their opening set but our highlight was when the two bands then collaborated at the end of the night to do an Oasis number, I still get goosebumps watching it back now.”
They had a little something to say about working with me too!
“Lizzie was amazing!! From the moment we first spoke, right until the last picture was taken! She was professional, knew how to work the camera and how to capture the most beautiful shots. We had a lot of guests so it was great that Lizzie was firm and to the point, making sure people listened to her but also her bubbly personality added to our day to make it even more special. It was perfect – thank you xx”
Venue – Country Tipi’s (www.countrytipis.co.uk)
Bespoke Veil – Blossom and Bluebird https://blossomandbluebird.co.uk
Shoes – Stuart Weitzman https://eu.stuartweitzman.com/en/home
Bridemaid dresses – TFNC from Asos www.asos.com
Groom & Groomsmen suits – Moss Bros https://www.moss.co.uk/
Bridal flowers – Foxgloves and Alice Artisan wedding florist https://www.foxglovesandalice.com
Church and Venue flowers – sourced from New Covent Garden Market https://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com the couple ended up decorating the venue and church themselves
Cake maker – Sammy Greene (Instagram account @oh_for_heavens_cake)
Caterer – Hungry Hog BBQ https://www.hungryhogbbq.co.uk/
Wedding planner – Sian Belton https://www.busybrides.co.uk
We had no wedding planner until about 2 weeks before the wedding. Sian was without doubt our saving grace! She pulled all of the loose ends together and made the day run as smoothly as possible (Even after we were running late due to our campervan getting lost from the church to the venue). She was truly amazing and fully deserves her title as ‘Multi award winning wedding planner’
Stationary – Festival themed wedding invites and personalised wristbands from WedFest https://www.wedfest.co
Bridal car – 1964 VW campervan from ‘Bluewell Weddings’ www.bluebellweddings.co.uk
Vintage red London routemaster – www.thisbus.com
Videographer – DGTL Concepts https://www.dgtlconcepts.co.uk
BUUUUSH! Was the word I shouted the most times today to make people laugh and it worked…a lot. The less said about that the better really! Charlotte and Joe got married today at their William Cecil Stamford Wedding and I can honestly say that they are two of the most delightful people I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. Joe hated the camera, so I basically lied to him about everything I wanted them to do and as a result we got some awesome photos. If I could take photos of this pair every weekend I would, but Joe would hate it so maybe I’ll wait a month before I turn up at their door….
This pair really were so loverly, and having been together since college, I feel pretty darn lucky to be around while they say their vows and make things full time. I photograph a lot of couples who met at school and it makes me happy to the very core of me to know that this still happens. Big love to them both. xx