Rachel + Jamie

A summer wedding on the banks of the River Thames

Rachel and Jamie’s church and Thames Rowing Club wedding

From the moment I arrived at bridal prep on one of the hottest days of the summer and saw the bunting decorating the house, I know that this was going to be a beautifully styled wedding, and a whole lot of fun to photograph. Rachel and Jamie’s unlimited photographic coverage also meant that I was able to tell the story of the wedding day in its entirety, which I love!

Photographing the getting ready on the morning of the wedding is always fascinating. I particularly enjoy it when the bride is able to get ready at home. It just adds that personal touch, and when home is just a few minutes from church, and the reception venue then even better!

Rachel & Jamie (and their florist!) had spent a lot of time on the flowers, and they were keen for me to get a good shot of them exiting church. I particularly like how they are captured in motion and the union jack flag fluttering in the background.


I love capturing the in-between moments at weddings and I particularly like the journeys that father and daughter, guests, and the couple make. Of course the couple might want this time to themselves, but I’ll always suggest to them before the wedding that I make this journey with them.

Continuing the theme of “in-between” moments from earlier on, the shot above is one of my favourites of the day and I love the juxtaposition with the shot below. A bit of last minute practice! Shots like this can be caught very quickly but it’s important to pre-visualise before pressing the button. It was important for me to see some of the guests waiting for them in the main room.

It’s all too easy to get caught up in a good party, and believe me, the band were amazing! But there are also special little moments taking place all of the time. Like when Rachel’s parents joined them on the dance floor, or when the saxophonist made his way into the centre of the dance floor at the end of the night.

“Are you getting married? I’d love to hear from you and find out about your plans for the big day!”

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