Holly + Davids’ National Trust Wedding-Sutton House-The Artisan of Clerkenwell-London


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Vintage Chic with a quirky tweak…

This wedding was an absolute treat to photograph, I knew from the minute I met Holly and David that their wedding day would be beautiful and the results were… pure image heaven.

They both admitted that they aren’t a showy couple, and often shy away from the limelight, but there was no shying away on the day, they stole every bit of it. Holly in her sophisticated ivory bodycon dress and David in his Tux – both uber stylish!

I love London and particularly like the excitement of a London wedding, so I was intrigued when Holly told me about her hidden gem in East London called Sutton House , a small National Trust House full of Tudor history and romantic charm – perfect!

The reception took place at The Artisan of Clerkenwell. It had everything that you would want in a reception venue, a great space, a mix of retro with a modern twist as well as a gorgeous outside terrace and good food.

When I visited the venues I thought that both suited them so much as a couple, and photographically were spot on with character, points of interest and a canvas that would suit their theme to be classic and timeless.

You can see their quirky wedding transport was a slightly unusual combination of ” VW Camper van in bottle green and cream metallic and a cream Phantom 3 Rolls Royce.

As anyone who has met me knows, I am all about the details, so meeting Holly and David was a dream come true.

The brides special touches of kitsch memorabilia, strategically placed chalk boards with cute messages, hanging heart decorations, tea cup candle holders, vintage glass bottles of varying colour carrying countryside rustic flower arrangements were a photographers dream..

The vintage theme continued… above them as they ate hung some simple fairy lights and a string of heart bunting and a “just married” sign. A side table that held Hummingbird Bakery red velvet cupcakes and then the present table which held a LOVE sign and wedding favours highlighting their love of penny sweets. Each guest had a handmade jam jar of jelly rings and love hearts, lid covered in ditzy flowered material and tied with a rustic name tag. In the end it doubled as their place setting too. In the evening they put out a selection of cake stands littered with packets of personalised mini love hearts.

I’m really thankful for Holly & David putting their trust in me…. The beautiful side streets created some amazing backdrops for their romanic/quirky portraits. These guys totally rocked it!

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Beautiful images Hayley, what a delicious wedding :)

Our very own little Princess at Woodstock Carnival….


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Being our first Carnival year in Woodstock we really didn’t know what to expect. There was a lot of excitement brewing amongst the children at Darcey’s school and plenty of hardworking teachers being creative behind the scenes.

I think its fare to say our vibrant community came together in force, I can still picture the children’s happy faces proudly walking in the parade. They were all so pleased with their little fancy dress outfits, sharing this special time with family & friends. But it wasn’t just the little ones parading around the town, all dressed up and sharing the fun, the adults dug deep in their fancy dress boxes too!

The surprises were endless just to mention a few.. street performers on stilts, fire jugglers (not for the faint hearted), gymnastic displays, games, lucky dip  and the great fund raising raffle prizes. And, taking me back to my childhood, a carnival wouldn’t be a carnival without toffee apples and candy floss and Woodstock did not disappoint. Oh and of course a quick trip the fantastic pubs for a cheeky cider or three!

We are all really looking forward to the next one!

Looks great. What a wonderful atmosphere you have captured.

Rob + Hannahs’ Central London, Love Shoot


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Goodness me I’ve got some catching up to do!! I had such an amazing day photographing this gorgeous couple together with all the landmarks of the city. Rob and Hannah met while studying at a drama school in London so it really was the ideal spot for them to have their romantic shoot, especially as it has now become their new home town. The weather was definitely on our side hence ice creams, fun fair rides and general fooling around! Oh and the walking telephone box – very random!!

It’s all fun in this camp!

What a great mix of style and fun.

Stunning work. Made me smile. Loving the phone box haha! Pleaseeeee can I come help out on a shoot I make a great cuppa :-)

Holly + Davids’ fun filled Pre Wedding shoot, Kenwood House, London


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I was originally introduced to Holly & David by a very good friend of mine…. Johnny’s introduction was simple “my friend’s a photographer – go and checkout her work” haha a man of few words! The rest came totally natural. It has to be said this gorgeous couple have extremely infectious personalities so within  a few minutes of meeting both of them I knew we were off to a fun start. Having lived in this neck of the woods on and off for many years I was delighted when Holly & David chose Hampstead Health, Kenwood House as their Pre Wedding shoot location. There are many fabulous spots in London but for Holly & David this was a place which held a piece of their heart and in Holly’s words ” well, its one of the first places we went for dates, growing up there over the summer times, sharing ice creams and ourselves, laughing, late romantic walks, picnics, snuggling in the long grass, all peppered by comedic events and also the hilarity of Dave’s hayfever or me trying to find shade from the summer sun! (both a constant of our relationship now.lol). We share/d such moments with family and friends too – babysitting his little sister early on, to our first meetings with friends newborn babies, to attending a wedding, and enjoying events such as the proms, fun fairs…. It was and is a place that allows us to zone out and enjoy our own bubble when we need it most, no matter the weather and all against a back drop that highlights everything we are, the hustle and bustle of London life but at our core just the peace and contentment of knowing we’re together.”

I think you can see how natural these guys are together. Knowing this place was truly special to them made it all the more fun!

 

 

Keep your eyes peeled as you’re in for a real treat….. their wedding was totally amazing too!

Holly Burns Tait

Exactly what I needed this Friday morning and a reminder of how fab it is to have found my Mr Perfect, and also a photographer/friend who knew how to make the best of us! Can’t wait to see the magic Hayley has created next week xx

Hayley these are gorgeous. If this is what the pre wedding shoot is like, I can’t wait to see the wedding. Love captured so well.

Yvette

Love these photos can’t wait to see the wedding photos

Agata

What a great set of images! I know this location quite well but you’ve managed to get some really unusual angles and interesting shots. Beautiful!

Rose + Adam, Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, London


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Rose and Adam chose Pembroke Lodge as it brought together both of their worlds, having met and lived together in London, they wanted a London wedding, but as they both grew up near the New Forest in Hampshire, the park with its deer and other wildlife made them feel like they had the best of both. They also found the team at Pembroke Lodge super helpful and extremely organized so their decision was made easy.

This really was a day full of emotion. Their nearest and dearest got involved in all the finer detail.  The beautiful flowers were put together by one of Rose’s oldest friends, Izzie, although not a professional florist worked hard with her Mum to produce the most beautiful arrangements. Another old friend Claire, who does loads of arts and crafts and has her own kiln made the fabulous cake topper so it was a true homemade wonder!

So many brilliant personal touches, home made sloe gin from locally foraged sloes for favors, hand painted art work for the invitations, table names and so on. Everyone pulled together to make this a very personal occasion.

The fabulous Cat Fransham (http://www.makeupforbrides.co.uk/) did an amazing job on Roses’ hair and makeup. She was very reluctant about having it done but she put Rose entirely at ease and made her look exactly as she hoped. Stunning just goes without saying! Very 1920’s/1930’s. Cat, also a keen photographer took some of her own lovely shots too.

One of the most special parts of the evening for Rose & Adam was having Roses’ Brother in Law Micky (bass player from the Answer, a classic rock band from Northern Ireland www.theanswer.ie) and her good friend Luke, (lead singer in band the Crooked Fingers https://soundcloud.com/crookedfingersband) perform an absolutely beautiful rendition of Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe for the first dance. This was amazing as it was so very personal, and also because they sounded just amazing!

Being part of their day was an absolute privilege and one, which I will remember for a very long time.

Congratulations guys!!

Barbara

What a wonderful day. I love the fact so many people helped to make it so special, but in such personably ways.
Gorgeous xx

Michelle

Beautifully written Hayley, with exquisite images from what looks like a perfect day. Love your work!

Hayley

Thank you Michelle, I have to be honest I had a little help from Rose who kindly gave me aLl the finer details. Pleased you like my work!

Hayley

Thank you Barbara. It was definitely a very special day.

rose riley

Ahhh! What a wonderful blog – thanks Hayley. It was such a fantastic day and your hard work and enthusiasm, and the stunning images you produced, from the big group shots to all the little details are a wonderful reminder for us of how we had (thought luck, chance, a fluke sunny day in February, and the hard work of a lot of loved ones) the perfect wedding day!
Lots of love and thanks, Rose and Adam

Beautiful, timeless photography that fits the style of the wedding.

Janet

Lovely post and beautifully photographed :) I just love the colours in the flowers & the bridesmaids dresses !

Lynne zverko

Hayley, these photos are gorgeous, you truly are an amazing photographer and so very personal about everyone’s special day. It is a delight to read your special words and follow your schedules.

Hayley

Awww thank you Lynne. I’ve truly met some amazing people through my work. I feel very privileged!

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