Laura & Alex's wedding, Nonsuch mansion, Surrey

Nonsuch mansion is a venue I have been lucky enough to work at on a couple of occasions. When Laura got in touch telling me about her and Alex’s wedding I new the day would be a great to photograph. I have always loved the look of this beautiful venue which is ever so nicely laid out catering for a wide variety of events. As I look back at the day, apart from enjoying capturing the moments between Laura, Alex, family and friends, there were quite a number of kids at the wedding and as anyone who photographs weddings knows this often helps create situations that are great for natural photographs. Here are a few of my favourites from this lovely sunny day.

“Thanks so much for the photos which we do really love, we have looked at them many times today”

- Laura and Alex

Rachel & Adam's Wedding, London

I finally have some time to relax after a busy summer of weddings in 2018. I’ve had a look through all the weddings I have documented this year and this one has reminded me of why I love photography. I started photographing Rachel with friends and family at the Gore hotel in Kensington. As you will see from looking at the pictures, I loved using the natural light in the room. You just can’t beat natural light. When it found its way into the hotel room around midday, it inspired me to work with it. I felt I was not only getting on with the job but enjoying it too. The ceremony took place at Hammersmith and Fulham registry office. Shortly after we took a walk in the park nearby where Rachel and Adam enjoyed some time together, also finding they got quite a bit of attention on the way around. I love seeing strangers being happy for people they don’t know. It made capturing the moments throughly enjoyable. The evening celebrations took place at the Ognisko Restaurant, a lovely place that I highly recommend having dinner at. A wonderful day. Here are a few of my favourites.

“I would highly recommend John for your wedding. He captured our wedding beautifully and the candid shots are a joy to look at. A few days after the wedding, I just couldn't remember if he was there for the speeches, but he was! This is a testament to him being able to blend into the background which allows him to capture some amazing shots. We were blown away by our photographs and he captured some incredible moments which we will treasure forever. Thank you John.”

- Rachel and Adam

Catriona & Craig's Wedding, Temecula, California

Many years ago I was in need of a little sister, and I got one, a very special one. She’s been a rascal ever since, but I wouldn't change her for the world. In recent years she’s been enjoying travelling the world. It was through her sense of adventure that she met Craig. And the rest as they say is history.

For the wedding celebration we hired a big house in Temecula, which was perfect for the occasion. As a wedding photographer you usually don’t get to have a say on the way things are set up so it was pleasing to be able to move things around for the ceremony. The layout was perfect under the trees shielding us from the strength of the midday sun. Much better for pictures! Apart from certain aspects of the ceremony, much of the day was definitely untraditional. There were some heartfelt words throughout with speeches from almost everyone that attended. It really was remarkable how it all came together so well.

When I look back at the day, there are a few moments that really stand out for me and sit way above the lovely surroundings and aesthetics. It’s the moments that have feeling in them, the moments that tell a story. In one of the pictures a special young lady looks out of the window in the morning, deep in thought, taking it all in. A telling moment. Another image that I can’t help but feel moved by is the image of Craig and his father. It was a deeply emotional minute or so as he talked to all of us about how much his Dad meant to him. I still think about his words, they help to remind me of what an influence my Dad has been in my life. I’ve not quite expressed it in words to him, but I know he knows. This day will forever remain in my heart as it will with the small group of family and friends that attended, I’m very pleased that my sister has found a good man. Here are some of my favourites.