Kirsty + Steve: Brighton Registry Office

I get excited before every wedding I shoot, but this one was a bit different. Kirsty and Steve are great friends of mine so I was thrilled when Kirsty text me a picture of her beautiful engagement ring on Christmas Day last year after a suprise proposal! They planned a fabulous woodland wedding – with a hand-fasting ceremony, a gypsy punk band, bonfires, a hog roast and hammocks – for the last weekend in August, but they had to do the formal bit at Brighton Registry Office a few days beforehand.

I got to Kirsty and Steve’s home in Brighton for 8am. They wanted to keep the registry office ceremony as simple as possible, with just their best friends Carla and Tommy along as witnesses. But it was still a really exciting morning (as you can see in the photos of Kirsty as she arrived at the town hall!) After the ceremony, we wandered along to a pub in the Laines for a glass of bubbles, and a few more friends popped in to congratulate the new Mr and Mrs. That afternoon, they rushed off to the woodlands in Winchester to start setting up for the wedding! Both weddings were fabulous and it was a pleasure to see my pals get wed. Big congratulations to you both, Kirsty and Steve! Lookin’ forward to the one year anniversary party!!

Sobia + Ayaz: Oslo, Norway

Back in August and quite last minute, I flew to Norway to photograph a three day Pakistani wedding. I’d never attended an Asian wedding before, let alone shot one, so I was pleased to be working alongside an experienced cinematographer, Ghazi, who explained everything as we went. From Manchester airport, we flew to Copenhagen then onto Oslo, where the groom Ayaz picked us up and took us to our hotel.

Over the next three days – the Mehndi, the Baraat, and the Walima – I photographed preparations, processions, and dances. I was introduced to dozens of family members, and taxi’d about by brothers, uncles and cousins. There were a TON of formal shots, and countless traditions I learnt about along the way. That everyone was speaking Norwegian, Urdu or Pakistani was not a suprise, but it did make things harder for me to understand. Yet across cultures, languages and countries, some things are the same at all weddings: the dresses are fabulous, the kids run wild, and the dance floor gets packed. Families come together, and a sense of unity, joy and love fill the atmosphere.

Congratulations to Sobia + Ayaz! Thanks for having me as part of your day! And thanks to Ghazi for his endless patience with my never-ending questions..! Check out some of my favourite shots from the three days below.