This story began at a party organised by friends, where Charles, who had just returned from a stint in Afghanistan with the army, and Victoria, who had just moved back from New York after deciding to move on from actressing, first got together. Later on Charlie proposed in front of an audience of sea otters, while the couple were driving down from San Francisco to LA. The rest, as they say, is history.
Victoria & Charles are getting married next year at Kensington Palace in London, and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding! As they are great lovers of the countryside, we got together in autumnal Somerset for their engagement Together Session. I think you’ll agree that this colourful forest is a bit of a fairytale setting!
Charley & Freddie’s wedding was special for many reasons. Not least because I had earlier photographed Charley sister Jess’s wedding to Luke, and prior to that Jess’s friend Lucy’s wedding to Matt, and even further back Lucy’s brother David’s wedding to Eleni. So being there for Charley & Freddie’s wedding made me feel connected to a long line of people, and also gave this strong sense of time passing and me getting to be a witness to its flow. Which is pretty special.
The day started at Park House Hotel in Midhurst, where Charley was getting ready with her girls. Lillie Lindh was in charge of make-up and hair, and florist Hannah Berry Flowers had created one of my favourite bouquets ever. Charley’s beautiful wedding gown was by Suzanne Neville, and she added some glitter to the proceedings with her L K Bennett wedges.
The ceremony at Church of St Mary and St Gabriel in South Harting was a joyous occasion, after which we headed back to the house where Freddie grew up. The garden had been transformed into a pretty magical wedding reception space, and even though rain had threatened earlier, once the guest arrived the sun came out and bathed everyone in lovely warm early evening autumn light.
Blue Fig were in charge of the food and the cake, which was set up in a gorgeous marquee by DP Marquees. There was just so much pretty and joy around, and it was a real pleasure to get celebrate Charley & Freddie with everyone. I also have to big up bride’s father Adam, who really is the wedding planner extraordinaire (I’m not sure whether he’s available for hire, but if he is, he’ll make sure an event runs smoothly!).
Thank you Charley & Freddie for letting us play a part in your day, I hope you’ll enjoy a lifetime of adventures together! x
It’s a gloriously sunny Bank Holiday Monday in Cornwall, which makes my mind wander back to Jenni & Ibrahim’s equally sunny (albeit much, much hotter!) elopement wedding in Vienna. The Finnish-Turkish couple currently live in Ibrahim’s home city of Istanbul, but as Jenni was born in Vienna, they decided it was the perfect location to ‘elope’ to, with just their witnesses and Jenni’s Vienna-based family members. The unusually hot weather added to the joyous atmosphere, as we went on mini adventures on the beautiful picturesque streets, first trying to locate the registry office, and then in search of a pretty location for a few portraits.
It was a privilege to be a part of this intimate day, and I have to say I loved every minute of it! Congratulations guys, see you soon in London! ;)