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Let’s elope! Tenerife Destination wedding
8th November 2018 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

I met Danielle & Steve when I did a couples shoot with them (and their gorgeous dog, Pixie!) this summer. We strolled around Walton on the Naze, a beautiful seaside town in Essex, capturing photos of them all together on the beach and Pixie playing in the sea. I really enjoyed the day – we just clicked and found that we worked together really well. So, I was thrilled when, after seeing the images from their shoot, they asked me to photograph their wedding.  It’s always awesome to work with people you really like – and to photograph a couple so in love – but the added bonus here was that they married in Tenerife! Ideal! Danielle and Steve tied the knot at Villa Monoco in Playa Adeje, which was SUCH a beautiful setting. Adeje is inland with catci and mountains everywhere you look – supplying us the ideal backdrop. I took their bridal portraits at sunset, which is always a challenge – with an immense pay off. There’s nothing more romantic than a sunset shot, is there?! Danielle’s dress was by Mori Lee, and she looked AMAZING. Seeing her walk down the staircase with her (seriously cool) dad, heading in to the ceremony, was a a […]

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60s Sirens: A retro styled shoot
2nd November 2018 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

When Michelle Lacey (aka Bumblebee Bridal) put the word out that she wanted to do a Sixties inspired shoot I jumped at the chance. I’m more than happy to indulge in anything with a retro vibe, and collaborating with fellow creative, Essex-based wedding suppliers is always fun! Michelle, Lisa Alger (ie. the dream team of makeup and hair), Rock the Day (an awesome team of wedding stylists and prop creators) and I gathered together with dresses from Rock the Frock bridal boutique and hair pieces by PS With Love. We grabbed some of the best models around and headed to Rock the Day’s studio, in Braintree. I chose a yellow backdrop for the studio style images, to give a modern day twist to a typically sixties set up. We also utilised Rock the Day’s glorious velvet sofa, and their signature peacock chairs, too. Michelle & Lisa styled hair and makeup to be seriously sixties, and we ended up with an alternative Charlies Angels vibe, with a cinematic edit – and we all love it. It’s so rewarding to have a collective of wedding specialists who love to indulge their creative sides – especially when they’re in need of an alternative wedding […]

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Calligraphy, camera & chickens!

Earlier this year I worked on a branding shoot for Wonderland Invites, a multi-award winning stationer, who create rustic, boho paper loveliness, from invites to table plans. Headed up by Jenna, Wonderland Invites were getting ready to launch their brand new website and wanted brand new imagery to go with it! The purpose was to show off their work and to convey the brand’s style to potential customers. The shoot was styled by Rock the Day Styling, with furniture from Anthology Vintage Hire and florals by A Vintage Wedding. Jenna’s hair and make up artist was the lovely Lisa Alger. The location? Well, just my garden, its a privilige to live in such a lovely place and it certainly makes it easier when scouting for locations!  Aside from that wonderful team, we also had a couple of visitors stop by… Jenna designs all of the stationery and creates bespoke designs, too! I just love the dark and moody pallate that Jenna requested for this shoot, mixing modern and vintage with dappled light and lots of contrast. Just beautiful!  If you would like to see more of Wonderland Invites’ work, head over to their website, I can’t recommend her enough – www.wonderlandinvites.com And of course, if you would like to book your […]

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Orange overload
15th July 2018 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

I recently worked with Lucy Can’t Dance on a shoot for their new accessories range, and I love the results so much I wanted to share some shots with you! LCD create quirky, colourful wedding dresses for non-traditional brides. Dip dye is their thing and they love to let brides create exactly the dress they want, offering every colour of the rainbow for dip dye and letting brides mix and match aspects of their wonderful designs to create exactly the dress they want. LOVE. They have recently designed their own range of accessories and welcomed Miss L Fire shoes to the studio, too! All the head pieces in the shoot were designed by Lucy – who models in the shoot – and made by her own fair hands. LCD are all about fun, and their studio is, to put a frankly, mad. They have a tropical theme in the main studio, dinosaurs everywhere and their newly decorated fitting room is covered – COVERED – in orange fur.  With this kind of setting we could only go all in – so we went for house-party-aftermath, with a touch of Austin Powers. We shot the whole thing in the brand new orange shag pile haven – Austin […]

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Location, Location, Location
9th June 2018 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

Or rather – venue, venue, venue! I love shooting weddings at new venues, it’s always great to spend time finding the best spots and the best light for photos. But I also love returning to venues I’ve shot before, especially these – my Top Three Wedding Venues. Browning Bros “Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable” is the Roald Dahl  quote that the Browning Bros live by – and that is why I love them so! If you dream of getting married surrounded by nature then I thoroughly recommend these guys. Forget traditional wedding protocol and design a day just for you – from a hog roast to a singalong, you can use the space in so many ways (all of which will be so. much. fun!) The Railway barn The Railway Barn is set in the grounds of the New Hall Vineyard, close to Maldon in Essex.  The barn itself is the absolute dream location for a relaxed and warm-hearted wedding, with its original features creating a really authentic look & feel. Its exposed brickwork & wooden beams make a perfectly rustic backdrop for photos – and with space for up to 150 guests there’s plenty of room […]

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Get your tatts out?
19th April 2018 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

Something brides often talk to me about is their tattoos. Many of us have them now days – some of us are proud of our body art and some of us are embarrassed by the dodgy Chinese proverb we got that time in Malaga. But even brides who are proud of their tattoos can be keen to cover them up – many couples want their wedding to be timeless; they don’t want to look back at photos and say “what were we thinking?!” My point of view is this: If you’re proud of your tatts, get them out. (Please note, I’m thinking of arms, backs, that kind of thing – I’m not suggesting you wear chaps to the altar to make sure everyone can see your favourite bum tattoo!) There’s always a chance that in a few decades you won’t agree with some of your style choices, but so what? You might fall out of love with your back tattoo, but you also might go off your dress, your flowers, your partner! (Just kidding!) It’s all part of the day and if you love it on the day, I will capture it for you. Because that’s the whole point of photography – to capture the moment, as it […]

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Ceri and Craig. Colchester, Essex.
7th September 2017 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

I recently had the privilege of not only meeting these two (pretty amazing) human beings, but also being their photographer and sharing their special day.  Ceri and Craig married at the beautiful Five Lakes Venue near Colchester, Essex and had an unusual outline for the day – they had their meal before the Ceremony meaning we were able to capture the merriment that normally post-dates the ceremony, but in their case carried on throughout the entire day.  For me, some of the most touching moments, well besides that of two lives joined, was of the children and their great-grandparents. There was more than one touching moment that brought a tear to my eye.  They also allowed me to bring along my film camera to capture some analogue images, which for me is special, the images I feel were the most beautiful of the entire day, it means a lot to me to be able to give the couples I photograph something that I have created by hand, the entire process from start to finish is a product of my making, reflecting the love between the people before me.  Ceri and Craig – Thank you so much for allowing me to be your […]

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Teepee Bride
4th September 2017 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

It isn’t everyday I get to meet a soon-to-be-married couple that doesn’t mind defying wedding day traditions and norms. While most engaged couples opt for a traditional church ceremony and hall or ballroom reception, some are determined to mix things up by highlighting natural beauty and their love for the wilderness in the setting of their big day. After all, who says you need four walls and a dance floor to have the fairy tale wedding of your dreams? Inspired by a not so conventional bride and set up in an open field surrounded by tall trees, this outdoor wedding photoshoot showcases a naturalistic atmosphere and a laid-back, laissez faire appeal. Offering a mix of rich colors, fresh foliage and rustic undertones, the woodsy landscape used during the photography shoot makes the perfect venue for a free-spirited gypsy, a peace-loving hippie or Bohemian beauty to tie the knot with her Prince Charming. The outside setting is also easily replicated, which means you can have this type of field wedding anywhere and everywhere (with proper permission, of course). And though the countryside backdrop steals the show in this outdoor wedding photo session, I really wanted to also bring attention to the […]

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An unconventional day
22nd February 2017 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

Just sometimes, I am lucky enough to put together an entire day full of photographic beauty! I get to arrange all of the elements and play with pretty things while creating some inspiring imagery. I think your wedding day should say more about you than is conventional, it should encompass your style, your personality, and flair, your day is about you, your partner and the love between you don’t be afraid to show off exactly who you are! Photography by – The Menagerie Lifestyle Photographyn Flowers by – Miss Fleur Floral Design​ Venue – The Compasses at Pattiswick Model – Sarah Rawski​ Dress – TBC Make up – Olivia Murray Aimez-vous Hair & Beauty​ Cake – La Belle Cake Company ​Favours –  Manta Makes​ Rings  –  Titan Jewellery​

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