Sabrina & Tom: Summer Wedding at The George in Rye

Sabrina & Tom’s wedding day took us all the way down to Rye on the south coast, so second shooter Sarah and I got to enjoy a fab road trip on the way there!

Sabrina, her bridesmaid Kat and I have known each other online for quite a few years now so it was surreal to finally meet in person, and on such an important day in Sabrina’s life no less! She got ready with her bridesmaids at her wedding venue, the George in Rye, and we were thrilled to walk into such a luxurious, stunning bridal suite for their preparations.

Their ceremony was held just up the road at the town hall, and after their lovely ceremony the town crier walked them back down the hill to the hotel announcing them to the world as the new Mr & Mrs Holloway!

The ballroom at the George is just exquisite, with antique style wall paper and beautiful big windows and lots of light. We couldn’t resist shooting some portraits in there before heading out to the charming cobbled streets to make the most of the beautiful town.

They named their wedding breakfast tables after cars in a nod to both their passion and how they met, on a forum for car lovers - super cute! I'm a total sucker for a good peony bouquet, so to find their tables decorated in beautiful peony arrangements by a family member made my eyes light up as soon as I walked in!

Congratulations you two, it really was an honour and a pleasure to photograph your wedding day.

Ceremony Venue: Rye Town Hall
Reception Venue: The George in Rye
Dress: WED2B
Hair: Jade Kellham
Makeup: Rye Retreat
Flowers: Mother of the Groom

“Thank you for capturing our day filled with so many wonderful moments. Just from the preview pictures you sent we knew the photos would be amazing and whilst we only looked at a few this morning before we rushed off to work we are so happy with them!

We could not say enough good things about you, your pictures and professionalism throughout the event.”
— Sabrina & Tom
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Planning your wedding at The George in Rye and on the hunt for a photographer? Check your date and get in touch - I'd love to hear all about your plans!


Carol & Chris: Summer Wedding at Woburn Safari Lodge

When thinking of awesome places to get married, surely a safari park has got to be right up there on the list! And that is exactly where Carol & Chris chose to hold their wedding celebrations – at Woburn to be precise.

They started their day with a lovely heartfelt ceremony at the Woburn Hotel, with the sun blazing through the windows as they said their vows, after which they enjoyed a visit from their gorgeous puppy!

Afterwards, a groomsman handed out tickets to the safari park where the guests enjoyed the sights of giraffes, rhinos, zebras and many more just on the trip into the venue. It was fab! Their celebrations were held at the Safari Lodge, which sits next to the meerkat enclosure and swan boats which we were thrilled to find Carol & Chris had rented out for their guests to enjoy in the evening sunshine. It was a surreal moment for me being chauffeured round the lake by Carol’s nephew as I took photos.. this is my job!

They had the lodge decorated with beautiful protea center pieces with a cake from Seventh Heaven topped in stunning king proteas, and handed out amazing animal outfit props to their guests to take photos with. Great fun! They ended their evening with a surprise choreographed dance to music from the Blue Rinse, and we left them to enjoy their evening in the setting sun.

Ceremony Venue: The Woburn Hotel
Reception Venue: Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park
Dress: Morgan Davies Bridal
Cake: Seventh Heaven
Live Band: The Blue Rinse

“Thank you so much, we love the photos and think they sum up the day in two words - love and laughter - perfect.”
— Carol & Chris
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Getting married at Woburn Safari Park and on the hunt for a photographer? Check your date and get in touch - I'd love to hear all about your plans!


Hetty & Josh: Summer Garden Marquee Wedding

There is something particularly special and heartfelt about a wedding held in the garden at home, and that is exactly what Hetty & Josh chose for their sunny June wedding day, held in the garden of Josh’s parents.

Hetty looked stunning in her lace dress by Sincerity Bridal and flowing blonde curls. She carried a bouquet of white peonies, and pink and white roses by Daisy Ellen and walked down the aisle to a string quartet. They said their vows in the marquee in front of the fountain, before heading out greeted by their gorgeous little dog Harley (have I ever said how much I LOVE dogs at weddings?!)

The garden had a beautiful hedge of lavender, sprinkled with fairy lights which made for the perfect backdrop for their portraits, and as we shot the sun shone through the trees. It was gorgeous! They treated their guests to one of the best wedding bands I’ve ever seen and an awesome saxophonist for the evening’s entertainment, and we left them to boogie the night away. Congratulations you two!

Wedding Planner: Oasis Events
Bride's Dress: Sincerity Bridal from Shades of White
Bride's Shoes: LK Bennett
Flowers: Daisy Ellen
Hair: Genesis Hair Co
Cake: Seventh Heaven
Band: The Faithettes
Saxophonist: Dan Blaax

“Wow! Thank you so much for these amazing pictures, I feel like you captured every second of our special day. I’m going to have so much enjoyment looking through them all (numerous times!!) It was such a perfect day!

You were both so great on the day, really helpful with guiding us through and you managed to get all these photos without being in the way at all! Just brilliant. I will definitely be recommending you to anyone I know getting married in the future!”
— Hetty & Josh
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Planning a garden marquee wedding and on the hunt for a photographer? Check your date and get in touch - I'd love to hear all about your plans!


Jeff & Sarah: Destination Vineyard Wedding at Castello Monaci, Italy

Jeff and Sarah’s day was one of the most exciting weddings I’ve ever photographed for two reasons: one, it was in the grounds of an Italian castle and two, it was a SURPRISE WEDDING!

Jeff and Sarah were visiting Castello Monaci on a wine tasting tour with friends and decided to add an unexpected twist to the trip by getting married there! Wedding planner Claire Clarke and I arrived to capture the wine tasting tour, under the cover that we were a photographer and writer covering the tasting for a magazine article. As somebody who isn’t a particularly good liar this was a bit of a challenge but it all went perfectly, with bride Sarah slipping out half way through the winery tour to get ready, and the tour group heading over to the Scuderie for dinner. It was then revealed that Sarah and Jeff would be getting married in just a few minutes, much to the joy and surprise of their guests!

Sarah walked down the aisle arm in arm with her friend Al, before she and Jeff exchanged vows in a heartfelt humanist ceremony lead by Douglas. It was beautiful and the secret plan couldn’t have gone any better, so huge props to Claire for making it happen so smoothly!

They enjoyed Castello Monaci’s own Prosecco on the poolside, before venue coordinator superstar Marco picked us up in a golf buggy so we could take photos around the castle and the vineyard. It was perfect.

As the sun set, everybody sat down for an outdoor dinner of exquisite Italian food, and they shared their toasts as Chinese lanterns from a nearby wedding lit up the sky. The perfect end to their day.

Wedding Planner: Claire Clarke Weddings
Venue: Castello Monaci, Puglia, Italy
Flowers: Annalori Blasi
Celebrant: Douglas Duckworth

“Cat has the ability to understand how to get the best from you as a couple on a day when so much is going on. Her ability to capture in her photos the moment and the couples personality is wonderful. Cat helped make the memories of my wedding day, by laughing, helping and joining in while still being professional; it felt like a friend taking the photos. So very pleased we went with Cat, I’d recommend her in a heart beat.”
— Jeff & Sarah
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Getting married at Castello Monaci and on the hunt for a photographer? Check your date and get in touch - I'd love to hear all about your plans!


Frankie & Tom: Summer wedding at Abbey Hill Mercure, Milton Keynes

Watching the lovely Frankie & Tom get married was particularly special as I know Frankie from way back when at school! They were married at the Abbey Hill Mercure in Milton Keynes, and although their initial plan of an outdoor ceremony wasn’t possible due to the wind they were still able to make the most of a gorgeous Plan B indoors. Frankie walked down the red carpet with a huge smile on her face carrying a pastel bouquet of hydrangeas, nigella flowers and peonies, and I just love all the little excited looks exchanged between her and Tom throughout their ceremony!

After the ceremony, everybody spilled out onto the patio for drinks accompanied by music from a saxophonist, and we sneaked off onto the golf course for photographs. I’m completely in love with Frankie’s Justin Alexander dress, in the most delicate peachy pink colour with tulle flowing everywhere. She paired it with the coolest pair of sparkly Kate Spade Keds.. which I am not afraid to admit I am super jealous of! Tom took a unique twist on the morning suit by pairing his with a grey tweed waistcoat.

After speeches and dinner, they turned the lights down low for their first dance, before inviting their loved ones on to dance with them. Congratulations you two! It was such a privilege to photograph your day.

Venue: Abbey Hill Mercure, Milton Keynes
Bride's Dress: Justin Alexander from George James Bridal
Bride's Shoes: Keds by Kate Spade
Groom's Suit: Suitors
Hair: Artizan Hair MK
Makeup: Yasmin Christina Makeup
Florist: The Flower Company, Milton Keynes
Saxophonist: Sam Fisher

“Cat was amazing on the day, couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. She was patient, kind and full of bright ideas that will make remembering our wedding even more enjoyable. She took the time to get to know the wedding party, which produced better pictures in my opinion as everyone was comfortable and forgot the job she was there to do. Thanks Cat!”
— Frankie & Tom
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