Emma + Rico – Rayavadee Wedding, Krabi – Thailand

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Emma + Rico's Rayavadee Wedding in Krabi, Thailand.

I've been so excited to share Emma + Rico's stunning Rayavadee wedding in Krabi, Thailand. Partly because I get to open this story with monkeys but also because I absolutely loved being part of this experience. 

I could've never dreamt in a million years that my 'work' would take me to Thailand. I've always wanted to see the textured limestone cliffs, picturesque forests + idyllic beaches so when Emma + Rico asked Alline + I to photograph their wedding, we could barely believe our luck.

I wanted to share a huge "thank you" to Emma + Rico for letting us 'in' by being yourselves + for giving us so much creative freedom throughout the whole process. You took me to a part of the world that I've wanted to visit for *so* long + I'm genuinely so grateful that you trusted Alline + I to document this awesome wedding.

Emma + Rico had two ceremonies. The day started in the Grotto at Rayavadee, which is basically this stunning cave that overlooks Phra Nang beach. We quickly found ourselves in the middle of a Buddhist blessing conducted by actual, real-life monks. Emma + Rico exchanged gifts with them for chants of ancient blessings on their marriage as they exchanged "I-don't-know-what's-happening-but-this-is-awesome" looks at each other.

We took a short break for some portraits throughout the jungle that is ...Rayavadee. Any venue that can arrange private boats, the worlds fastest golf buggy's + multiple sea-tractors as transport is a winner in my eyes but Rayavadee is also sprawling with beautiful scenery. Within the same glance, the landscape can vary from idyllic beaches + secluded jungle habitats to awe-inspiring cliff faces + caves. It's pretty rare that I'm overwhelmed by the number of potential places to photograph portraits but I could've easily photographed Emma + Rico there for at least the next 50 years + not get bored.

Once the sun had chilled out a bit, we moved onto the main ceremony in a forest clearing. Emma + Rico's friends + family had travelled from Australia + England respectively + everyone was 100% emotionally invested in them as a couple. There wasn't a single person who wasn't on the verge of tears. As you might know, I'm incapable of crying at weddings because I'm a cold-hearted bisch ...but even my eyeballs were kind of sweating. 

After the ceremony, we strolled through the grounds of Rayavadee for some final portraits by the sea before joining the rest of Emma + Rico's family for drinks as the sun set over Phra Nang beach. Heartfelt, yet hilarious speeches echoed around the cave before that sound was replaced with the sound of 00's alternative punk rock until the early hours of the morning. I vaguely remember almost dancing off the edge of a small cliff before somehow regaining my balance off a light stand...which is why I bring light stands.​

One final quick shout out to my partner in crime, Alline for coming along with me for this crazy ride. ​I absolutely love sharing these experiences with you. Thank you being such a calming influence + for being such an amazing second brain. 

If you haven't already checked it out then you can go see Emma + Rico's Railay Beach engagement session by hitting the link. There's also a whole series of behind-the-scenes videos over on IGTV where you can watch Alline + I location scout, eat all the food + basically prance around like fools. So that exists, if that's what you're into.

Venue: Rayavadee Resort, Krabi
First dress: Top by Match Made Bridal and skirt by Martina Liana
Second dress: By Martina Liana from The Wedding House Derby
Bridesmaid dresses: By Jasmine Bridal, from The Wedding House Derby
Flower girl dress: By Emma Bridals, from The Wedding House Derby
Veil: by Richard Designs
Flower crowns: By Jo Beth Floral Design
Florals and styling by Rayavadee

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Categories: Destination Weddings, Elopements, Uncategorised and Weddings.

Emma + Rico – Thailand Couples Shoot

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Emma + Rico's Krabi Couples Shoot at Railay Beach Club, Thailand.

I photographed Emma + Rico's Krabi pre-wedding shoot at their accommodation at Railay Beach Club before we hit Railay beach to splash around at sunset. I first met Emma + Rico in Birmingham, which is basically the same as Krabi except Krabi has marginally better beaches + Birmingham has slightly fewer monkeys.

As a couple, they are two of the most kind-hearted + warm people you could wish to meet. They both have this aura of calmness + happiness that emits from every sentence, gesture + glance. We chatted about their story, growing up in the 90's, creativity + travel. Fast forward two years + I find myself lolling around in the sea with these guys as the sky turned the craziest shades of orange + purple.

I'm sure I'll repeat this again when I share their wedding photos in the next few days but... getting to travel (not usually as far as Krabi) + see new places is something that I value *SO* much. I love the sense of adventure that surrounds shooting weddings in faraway places + I love how destination weddings bring me in on a journey that I can take *with* my couples, their friends + families. 

There's something about being allowed 'in' to tell the story of a wedding from an inside perspective that I'm drawn to more than ever + I love that (even after 11 years) I'm still finding new things I love about being a wedding photographer. Quick shout out to my lamp, Alline, for not allowing to just combust with excitement + joining me along for this ride.

ANYWAY, I'M RAMBLING! If you're not already following the whole story over on the gram then allow me to make a suggestion in the form of a hyperlink:

GO HERE!

I'll be sharing loads of behind the scenes videos from our trip over on Instagram so you can go + put your face in that if you haven't already. I'll leave you with a few of my favourites from Emma + Rico's engagement session on the beautiful Railay Beach.

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Amie + Jam

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Amie + Jam's Relaxed Dewsall Court Wedding.

Amie + Jam's laid back Dewsall Court wedding began with the guys playing pool whilst the girls were just upstairs getting ready. There were these amazing requests between the two floors, like when I had to go upstairs to ask the girls for nail clippers. "Why?" the girls asked...apparently Jam wanted to do his nails but it turned out they were also used to cut some loose thread from the men's suit crotches.

The ceremony was beautifully decorated with Botanics throughout the glass barn as we went out for portraits. Before long, the real party got started as Deckheds blasted out some killer non-cheese nostalgia which became the soundtrack for beer pong whilst other guests sat around campfires + ate under the stars.

My favourite kinds of weddings are the ones when you can just take pictures whilst minesweeping the tables with my couple...hence I have earned the title of "Minesweeping Legend" haha.

I am also super proud to one of Dewsall Court's officially recommended wedding suppliers. I absolutely loved this place + would love the chance to come back + make awesome photos.


Suppliers:

Venue - Dewsall Court
Photographer - Dewsall Court Recommended Wedding Photographers
Videographer - Blooming Lovely Films
Bride’s Gown - Augusta Jones from Perfections Worcester
Jewellery- Marlowe’s Jewellery Quarter
Florist - Great British Florist 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses - Dessy from Perfections Worcester,
Shoes - Topshop
Groom/Groomsmen - Gianna Feraud from ASOS,
Jam’s waistcoat: Moss Bros, Ties from T.M Lewin
Catering- Dewsall Court and Fluffy Puffin
Day Entertainment - Flow Duo
Evening Entertainment - Deckheds

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Amie + Jam


Amie + Jam's Brighton Couple Photoshoot

Hello! Sorry for the radio silence. Wedding season happened so blogging didn't.

I moved from Birmingham to Brighton over a year ago + now it's hard to imagine living anywhere else. So I was beyond excited when Amie + Jam agreed to travel from the little town next to my old hometown to shoot with me in (my new hometown of...) Brighton. They'd never ever been to Brighton before (!!) so they spent the day checking out the ice cream + watching the World Cup final before we met up. It was so awesome to hear the familiar Black Country twang at the beach!

I absolutely love doing Brighton couples photoshoots a few weeks before the wedding. Spending a couple of hours with the people I'll be photographing makes it such a breeze to create portraits with a genuine energy on the wedding day... not to mention grabbing a few non-drunken-selfies in the process.

Amie + Jam are getting married at the amazing Dewsall Court. I don't know why I wrote that in the future tense. I've actually already photographed Amie + Jam's wedding but blogging is basically a full-time job so you'll have to give my time travelling sentences. Anyway... it was absolutely amazing + I can't wait to share those photos with you soon.

In the meantime, here's my first engagement session in Brighton since moving here + a few words from Amie + Jam on their engagement shoot:

"We've just sat down and looked at them and they are honestly AMAZING, I really don't understand how you've taken two very awkward people who don't like touching and made it look like we actually like each other haha... we are incredibly grateful and you are seriously talented, can't wait for you to be part of the day with us in a couple of weeks - we're going to have the best time!"


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Kristina + Nick

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Kristina + Nick's Relaxed Winter Wedding, Dodmoor House

I've been looking forward to sharing Kristina + Nick's Dodmoor House wedding for ages! Winter Weddings get a bad rep for being cold + dark but there's something about Christmas weddings that feel super cozy + I love the crisp Winter air. Kristina + Nick had amazing lights scattered across their venue (trees, ceilings - everywhere!) which totally added to the welcoming atmosphere.

I'm totally in love with Dodmoor House. I may have let out a little meow at everyone's favourite wedding cat (that's Jeffery by the way - keep an eye out for him). The venue is full of awesome nooks + crannies for portraits - even in the Winter. Thankfully the weather stayed dry + we braved the fresh air for some unposed wedding portraits. 

Huge thanks to Kristina + Nick for inviting me to document their wedding. I had so much fun!

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You are simply a genius! They are AMAZING.... Everyone we have spoken to has said what a great guy you are, and that you made them feel at ease! 


We felt like you were a guest! You have literally captured everything!


Thank you so so much!!! These are memories that will last a lifetime, they are just beautiful .... I can’t believe that is actually me!


Everyone looks so happy!!! You’ve got so many pictures of our loved ones, which is just brilliant!


Kristina + Nick.

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Masters of Wedding Photography Award

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huge thanks to Masters of Wedding Photography UK & IE for selecting this image as a winner + continuing to feed my (already obese) ego.
 
also…a quick shout out to aisha + mart for totally trusting me to just do my thing + for being awesome + spontaneous + stuff.
 
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Sophie + James

Ettington Park Wedding

Sophie + James’ Ettington Park wedding ceremony was held outdoors, in the ruins of an old church in one of Britains ‘most haunted’ buildings. I wasn’t even scared. 

Sophie and James’ grandtastical Ettington Park wedding was in Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon. They had their ceremony on the grounds of the venue, which was great, because having everything in one venue meant more time for drinks. They chose Ettington Park, because it’s where they always wanted to have their wedding and they just love it there. It was such a relaxed wedding, which meant I had loads of freedom to approach the wedding as a guest. I love shooting weddings at Ettington Park, because the grounds are so varied and the photo ops are endless.

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Sophie got ready at her parents home called the “Bridle cottage” (how kind of appropriate is that?!) She got ready with her whole bridal squad, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. “Team Bride” kept Sophie calm as they all crammed into her childhood bedroom to help her get ready. Sophie + her dad then jumped into a fancy wedding car to the ceremony.

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The wedding itself was an intimate outdoor ceremony in the ruins of an old chapel in the grounds of Ettington Park. It was such a personal ceremony. Sophie + James seemed totally relaxed throughout + so happy to have all their family + friends around them.

The most fun part of the day was heading out for portraits, because Sophie + James love to laugh at each other + it was hilarious to hear their witty little stories. They also had a DIY photobooth during the party – it was so much fun! I didn’t actually know there was a photobooth until I spotted guests with random masks + costumes on the dancefloor (which made for some interesting photos).

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Sophie + James got in touch with me back in 2016 and their enquiry really intrigued me. They said they wanted a fun photographer, and I really liked that they love cats as much as me. Sophie told me all about her cat which is ACTUALLY called Rio Purdinand, which might be fave cat name of all time.

Sophie and James’s wedding had such a fun atmosphere and everyone was there to have a great time. Here’s their awesome wedding!

 

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50 Fun Wedding Photos

This is a compilation of fun wedding photos from the last few years. “Fun” is a loose term I give to images that make me laugh along with the people in the photo or laugh at the story behind it. For me (personally) – I get the most creative fulfilment from shooting images that have an ‘energy’ to them. I don’t get particularly excited about photos that are just “pretty” – I like to shoot images that tell a story or really exaggerate an element of a persons personality. I shoot wide angle almost exclusively which forces me to be involved in the day rather than perving on it from the other side of the room.

Here are some photos for you to look at instead of doing whatever you should be doing.

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