...the land of fire and iceIceland

It seems that nearly everyone I talk to has either been or wants to desperately visit this small island in the North Atlantic. Thanks to social media most of us have been submerged by the stunning landscape of Iceland, and is now on most bucket lists of places to visit. So much so the number of foreign visitors exceeded 2,000,000 at the end of 2017.  There’s just something mystical about Iceland, something that grabs a hold of our collective travel souls and refuses to let go. After my first visit there this year I am already plotting my return visit; the allure is just too strong & there is so much to see. Add to that the fact it’s a short and easy flight from the UK with no time difference it really is the perfect destination for a quick getaway (if you’re not a sun seeking soul). It truly is a place of natural phenomena, of which will make you appreciate even more the green & blue marble spinning around in the universe we call home. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the narrative tours where I learned so much about this mystical place so I have sourced some weird & wonderful facts about Iceland I’d love to share with you all!

1.A majority of Icelanders believe in elves. (my favourite fact)

2. At about 39,000 square miles, Iceland is small!

3. There is a volcanic eruption every 4 years on average.

4. There are no forests in Iceland.

5. Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.

6. The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read.

7. Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.

8. There are no surnames or family names in Iceland – Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming system, which includes a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son.

9. 9.60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík

10. Iceland’s revenue from whale watching exceeds any income from whaling.

11.Usually a temperate country, not too hot or cold, the highest temperature recorded was 30.5 °C (86.9 °F) at the Eastern fjords in 1939.

12.Iceland had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers.

13.Consumption of Coca–Cola per capita is higher than in any other country, but there aren’t any McDonald’s Restaurants anywhere in Iceland.

14. In 2010 Iceland banned strip clubs.

15. Roughly 85 percent of Iceland’s energy is from renewable resources, and well over half of that is geothermal alone.

16. Icelandic horses display two additional gaits as compared to all other breeds.

17. First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.

18. Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.

19. Icelanders watch more movies than any other nation.

20. Iceland is home to one of the world’s oldest democracies; established in 930.

21. In Iceland owning a pet snake, lizard or turtle is against the law.

22. The country’s national sport is handball.

23. Iceland does not have an army, navy or air force.

24. Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland.

25. Crime in Iceland is very low and violent crime is practically non-existent.

In the busy world that we live in, sometimes we just don’t have enough time for each other. My mum sister & I decided to spend some quality time, and tick something off the bucket list whilst we were at it. They have learned to love the camera – because they have no choice!! I hope you love our holiday snaps.

I’d love to hear your comments & prints are available!

 

 

Jenny & SebHappy Valley & Aberdovey Bay

As Seb & Jenny are both free loving spirits I just knew they would be amazing to photograph for. I met with them both earlier on in the year to visit the venue, and I instantly understood why they both enjoyed spending any spare moment they had at Happy Valley.

Happy Valley on the welsh coast is where Jenny grew up and is her Nans secret hide away. With Jens nan being poorly over the last few years she wanted to pick somewhere which she meant a lot to her and the family. Since the first time she brought Seb to the cottage he fell in love with it, and together they couldn’t imagine anywhere else to say ‘I do’.

Remote locations in wales come with their challenges, and with the combined effort of neighbouring farmers & friends they created and hosted the most memorable and magical wedding.
Their aim was to bring the families together, and for everyone to emerge themselves in pure happiness! (which they did)

Jen really wanted to keep her Nans memories alive, and share with her nearest and dearest the magic it has to offer. I had the great privilege of catching a lift on a neighbouring farmers quad bike to explore the area with a birds eye view. I caught the last of the sun, and it really was breath-taking. The gorgeous sunset views were a real highlight for me, and was later topped by their outdoor dusk first dance surrounded by their families loving gaze. (I could have cried a thousand happy tears for them.)

I’m sure the pictures will speak for themselves; they ooze love and happiness, so pure and effortless.

Congratulations Seb & Jenny, thank you for giving me a photographers paradise, it was an absolute pleasure, X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Steph & RajShustoke Farm Barns

Raj & Steph started their relationship as best friends until blossoming into a beautiful romance. 3 years into their relationship Raj popped the question with a cute treasure hunt for Steph to find Raj upstairs surrounded by candles holding a sparkling engagement ring; which she quickly said yes to before blowing out the huge fire hazard he had created!

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Wethele ManorNeil & Georgia

After the hardest week of Georgia & Neil’s life from her late dad passing just days before the wedding, they both made the decision to carry on despite the heartache, and enjoy their day as her dad would have wanted them to. Georgia had organised the most amazing balloon release in honour of her father Pete. It was so beautiful, and a wonderful tribute to him.

Both Georgia and her mum had planned the whole wedding to perfection, and thought of absolutely EVERYTHING! The day was organised to ensure everybody had the most amazing day; which included an ice cream cart, outdoor games, a string quartet, and flowing booze which is always a winner with guests.

I need to give a shout out to the florist ‘Bumble & Wild’ who produced some exquisite bouquets and dressed the venue beautifully! https://www.bumbleandwild.co.uk/

They did an impeccable job, and kept busily working through the August showers we experienced through the morning of the wedding.

Georgia looked absolutely stunning, so much so Neil couldn’t keep his eyes off her! He was one very proud husband.

Georgia is the kindest, most thoughtful person I’ve had the pleasure to work for. I was included in all the favours, and sat down to a full 3 course lunch; she was so attentive asking me if I needed anything. I had such a great time at the wedding, I really do have the best job in the world, and it was an absolute pleasure to be there.

Here’s a snippet of their very special day, I hope they rekindle your wonderful memories. X





















































St. Ignatius Church & Grand Villa ArgentinaRichard & Kristy Smart

…after landing back in England late last night, I’m slightly puzzled as to why my feet aren’t dangling in the ocean with a cocktail in hand.

Dubrovnik is such a stunning place to visit, and I feel truly blessed that I have had the opportunity to photograph a wedding there with it’s stunning backdrop of architecture, and crystal clear waters.

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Cliffie & SarahHeath House

…welcoming back Cliffie & Sarah from their amazing honeymoon at the Dominican Republic *virtual wave*

After 4 blissful years together  Cliffie decided to pop the question in Central Park, NY on a row boat, *swoon*!

They envisaged their venue to be at a manor house with a marquee. As soon as they saw ‘Heath House’ it took their breath away, and Justin & Sophie who own the house were so lovely and welcoming. They have two gorgeous pooches that also greeted them at the door which sealed the deal!

The excitement from Sarah was amazing to witness the morning of her wedding. There were no nerves, she just could not wait to marry the love of her life.

As Cliffie is from South Africa it was so important for them both to have all the family together to celebrate. It was so overwhelming for Cliffie as he lives so far from home, and for this very special occasion home came to him to be by his side.

I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon and that these pictures re-ignite the memories of your wonderful day.

X

Suppliers:

Ridgeway Caterers, The 45’s band, Kiah for Hair & Makeup.

 

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Mr & Mrs BurrowsThe Bond Company

After 7 years together Michael & Georgia decided to tie the knot on the breath-taking island of  Santorini!

They had such an incredible time, and organised a wedding party back in the UK to celebrate with their nearest and dearest.
They had picked The Bond Company in Birmingham as their venue as they wanted something with quirky feel with character. It was a great venue, and somewhere I could really sink my teeth into creatively.

‘The Bond’ organised outdoor BBQ food, and Georgia busily decorated the venue the morning of the party. The Band were ‘The Commonjets’ and I would fully recommend them. They had everyone up and dancing shaking their ‘thang’. They got the party started with people screaming for an encore after they had finished their set.

Georgia looked absolutely stunning, and was an absolute dream to photograph. Michael looked very dapper with his two sons in tow stealing the show. It was so lovely to see such a close knit family, and all the love that surrounds them. I’m photographing her best friends wedding next week so I’m looking forward to a big catch up!

Wising Michael and Georgia the most amazing future together. This is where it all adventure begins <3

 

 

 




 


Michelle & Paul High House, Fillongley

Here’s a little snippet of Michelle & Pauls’ wedding reception at High House in Fillongley! Michelle & Paul were blessed with 30 degree + weather, and were able to use High House more as holiday home than a wedding reception!

They have been together for over 20 years, but only recently decided to tie the knot. The most important aspect of their wedding day was that all the family could get together and have the most amazing weekend – which they did!

Insert – Sun, Pool , Scrummy grub & fun here ->

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