Dorchester Collection Calendar 2014

Sometimes shooting weddings leads to some other very different jobs… Last year I was asked by the marketing team at The Dorchester to shoot Dorchester Collection Hotels 2014 Calendar. They wanted a relaxed and informal collection of images of staff throughout their 10 hotels. It was fabulous to experience life behind the scenes and indulge in some incredible food too! I met some great people and a huge variety of characters. 35,000 calendars are produced with a calendar also in every hotel room. It’s great to see the finished article after 12 months of shooting. http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/destinations

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Tom & Clare

Tom & Clare got married at The Yorke Arms near Harrogate, set in the most stunningly beautiful valley. The plan was to get everyone together for 3 days, meeting up on the firday afternoon and then waving off the happy couple on the sunday after breakfast. The Yorke Arms is owned and run by Michelin star chef Frances Atkins and she is also a very good friend of the family… so we were all set for an extremely intimate, delicious and fun 3 days. The weather was mixed but didn’t really affect plans as the church was a 30 second walk from the venue and we were spoilt by moments of incredible sunlight over the lake as the clouds rolled through the hills. Both Tom & Clare are extremely chilled out and were really good fun around the camera. The evening’s entertainment was kick started by Tom’s dad, brothers and sister playing the first dance as a hard rocking four-piece. This was a complete suprise to them and made for a superb entrance! I had a fabulous time and was extremely well looked after by the whole Allen family and their friends, as well as all the lovely staff at The Yorke Arms. The food is truly amazing too! Here are a few shots from the saturday and the last shot from sunday…

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Receiving testimonials…

It’s always a great start to the day, receiving a fabulous tesimonial from a lovely couple. Annabel & Rob very kindly sent the below. They got married at Belvoir Castle earlier in the year…

“Having looked at a number of wedding photographers websites, we started to worry that what we wanted just did not exist. Then, through a recommendation, we met Joe. He was very easy to get on with and understood what we were looking for straightaway. He was fantastic on the day, blending in with our guests brilliantly: he was always in the right place at the right time, to capture all of the perfect moments so naturally. We have been over-whelmed with the end result – the photographs and books are better than we had ever imagined.”

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Gemma & Dan

Gemma & Dan had an epic 2 day wedding bonanza at Orchardleigh in Somerset on a chilly weekend in October. On the saturday a whole load of their friends got together to take part in activities in the surrounding countryside. Everyone was split up in to teams for the day. Gemma had told me she was competitive when we first met to talk about their weekend and this was very evident from the off. It was a great day that meant that everyone was that bit more relaxed and familiar come the wedding day. It was a stunning ceremony in the chapel at the bottom of the hill and then the horse drawn carriage brought them back to the main house. Gemma keeps horses so I particularly love the shot of her giving more attention to the horse than to Dan! It was a cracking day and great speeches were followed by Vegas playing 2 sets including an appearance on bass by Gemma’s father.

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Ele & Graham

Ele & Graham were married at Wasing Park on 7th October 2012 in Berkshire. Weather was typically autumnal, but diffused light is always welcome. The room where Ele and the girls got ready was huge and I think probably boasts the biggest bed I have seen to date. The ceremony was held in the room adjacent to the main barn and filled with great light. The place settings had all been hand stitched and looked superb on their jars. I haven’t seen this before and not since either. It’s great to see new ideas at each wedding! Ele & Graham were so relaxed and easy to work with and we had a lovely wander in the gardens which include the very pretty bandstand. The low sun was a welcome light which I can’t resist to shoot into whenever possible!

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