Finella & Ben - home grown chic at the Tracey Estate, Devon

It’s quite normal for my couples to start following my Instagram. This is usually around the time they reach out to me and always, I follow back. As soon as this little online ritual took place with Fin, I started regular stalking. Checking in on Fiancé Ben and Nora the cat, how the garden was doing and what beautiful homewares she had been buying. She also told me she was getting ready on the big day at The Pig hotel, so I knew we were destined to be together. It’s one of my most favourite places to be.

Our first meeting was their pre-shoot at their venue, the Tracey Estate. I’ll never forget it. Raff was 8 weeks old and I took him and my Mum. It was my first photo shoot since giving birth and I couldn’t have been more grateful for it to have been with such wonderful souls. We scoped out locations for the wedding day and chatted through the plan, as well as a whole heap of other stuff.

Their wedding day oozed their personalities. As well as the legal ceremony, they had a fabulous blessing on the top lawn. Thankfully, cold prosecco on tap (provided by the Bubble Bros) cooled everyone down and the laughs and hugs flowed. Fin and Ben had grown beautiful ferns and other plants which adorned the marquee and hand crafted so many other beautiful touches.

But above all, they are some of the loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know.

Scroll down to see some of their highlights.

Upton Barn and the most Instagram-able wedding cake I've ever seen

I was starting to wonder if after 5 years of wedding photography in the west country, whether I would ever get asked to shoot at the stunning Upton Barn (near Cullompton). Then it happened when Melissa and Will chose me to document their day.

When we met at their pre-wedding shoot at the venue, I remember Melissa saying “more is more” and after seeing her Pinterest board, I knew there was a treat in store. From balloon creations to succulent name places (lovingly home grown by her Grandparents), to the most a-maz-ing wedding cake and all the gorgeous colours and textures in the gowns and bouquets.

I have credited all their fabulous suppliers below so click through to get more information.

The gin flowed in abundance and so did the laughs. Between the sunscreen and the abundant lavender, it was the perfect summer wedding. Congratulations both of you. And as always, thank you for putting your trust in me.

Venue | Upton Barn

Bride’s gown | The Wedding Company, Plymouth

Bridesmaid’s gowns | Jenny Packham

Flowers | Lucy Loves Flowers

Hair stylist | Laura Burkin

Groom’s outfitter | Next

Caterer | Peter Mundy

Cake | Cakes By Samantha

Deer Park Country House Wedding

Mackenna and Ryan asked me to document their wedding at Deer Park Country House near Honiton and as well as being a beautiful venue, they are beautiful people - inside and out. Their happiness and that of their loved ones, absolutely shone through all day and night and their smiles lit up the room wherever they were.

Everything they chose for their day came together perfectly which was a challenge as they don’t live locally. I think it’s something that all couples wrestle with in their minds; trying to mix and match everything they want to get exactly the right look and feel and these guys totally pulled it off.

Keep scrolling for all a list of all their suppliers and contributors.

Venue | Deer Park Country House

Bride’s gown | Wed2Be

Flowers | Poppy’s

Hair | Brigitte Fisher

Make Up Artist | Lizzie Bernard

Groom’s outfitter | NEXT

Cake | Claire Makes Cakes

Decorations | Keeping it Vintage , The Prop Factory , Party Lights

Entertainment | Harbour

Stationery | Hobbycraft

Chic rural wedding at Trevenna in Cornwall

My eyes lit up when I saw Julia’s email come in saying her and Sid were getting married at Trevenna Barns and asking about my availability. As a creative person, having venues to work with which give so much opportunity, is just really rewarding. I was of course delighted when they chose me.

Everything they organised suited the venue and them perfectly. Keep scrolling past all the photos for the list of fabulous suppliers.

After a blustery start and some hesitation about the outdoor ceremony, the clouds parted for a glorious ceremony on the lawn followed by a drink reception on the terrace. There was no standing still with the talented guys from Harbour providing the accompaniment.

The delicious wedding breakfast was served in the main barn space. Julia and Sid chose a dark navy table coverings which made all the tableware and centrepieces contrast magically, below the incredible hanging botanical masterpiece. Before the party, we captured some portraits which I always think is the perfect - and sometimes the first opportunity couples get to really see each other all day. This playful pair were easy to shoot and the high spirits carried them onto the dance floor where they were joined by all their loved ones.

Thank you both. It was a day to remember always. x

Venue | Trevenna, Cornwall

Bride’s gown | Morilee from Prudence Gowns

Bridesmaid dresses | ASOS

Floral arrangements | Helen at Brambles & Roses

Hair sylist | Lauren Pappas

Make Up Artist | Amy Richards

Grooms outfitter | French Connection & Forbes Tailoring

Cake | Mark Lowe

Decorations | Light Up Weddings

Videography | Sam Sparks

Wedding in winter - Muddifords Court, Devon

As I’m preparing for some winter weddings, I was reminded of Jenna and Sean’s day last December at the splendid Muddiford’s Court near Cullompton in Devon. Winter weddings in my opinion, are so special. Festive or not, they’re cosy and warm and make for perfect atmospheric images to treasure. Candles, sparklers and fairy lights all contribute to creating the perfect twinkly backdrop and romantic atmosphere, which is, after all, the reason you’ve come together.

As for the shorter daylight hours, embrace it! Jenna, Sean and I talked a lot about the timings for the day to make sure we had ample opportunity to capture everything they wanted, even with the drive between the church and the reception venue. While the flash isn’t everybody’s friend, used correctly it will ensure you get all those fun candid moments (check out some of my dance floor favourites below).

Scroll down for all the suppliers they chose for their day. Big thanks to them all and to the happy couple for giving me such a glorious day to shoot.

Church | Bishopsteignton, Devon

Reception Venue | Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton, Devon

Floral arrangements | Hollyhocks Florist

Hair | Emma Newson

Make-up | TBC

Bride’s gown | TBC

Bride’s accessories | TBC

Groom’s outfitter | TBC

Cake | TBC

Getting married with a view at Cranberries Hideaway

In a quiet corner of East Devon, overlooking the Axe Valley is Cranberries Hideaway. And hidden away it is. Hidden from hustle and bustle, main roads and roaring traffic, passers by and anyone who isn’t there just for you.

Maxine and Aidan’s wedding was my first opportunity to visit. The sun was blistering, providing guests with a fantastic view from the hilltop ceremony location and the best excuse to stay ‘hydrated’.

Everything the couple chose fo their day, matched their glorious and rustic surroundings perfectly. Special mention and links to all their suppliers can be found below.

The grounds were generous and the buildings, fields and courtyards provided more than ample of opportunity for us to get a great mix of portrait shots in a short space of time, in perfect warm light. I never like to keep couples away from loved ones too long so being able to get a different look between sequences quickly and without feeling rushed, was great for me - and them.

Check out the biggest smiles and sweetest kisses with their beautiful daughter Lottie. It’s what happiness looks like.

Maxine’s gown | The Ivory Secret, Crediton

Maxine’s bouquet | Sophie Millington, Exeter

Hair and make-up | Giselle at Changing Faces, Exeter

Venue decorations | West Country Wedding Planner , Keeping It Vintage, Western Event Hire

Country house chic at Rockbeare Manor

Ok so I agree, I shouldn't have favourites, but I just can't help it! Rockbeare Manor outside Exeter is way up there with one of my most adored places to document weddings. It's such a versatile venue, the space and light is so generous and the team there are beyond incredible.

Add to the mix a fun, laid back and totally loved up couple who have excellent good taste and it's pretty much as good as it gets. 

As well as a neutral colour scheme for her bouquet, Emma chose an incredible gown by designer Suzanne Neville who is responsible for dressing celebrities in the UK and across the world. A delicate lace veil completed her elegant and sophisticated look. 

Scroll down for more gorgeousness from their day. Congratulations both of you.