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Laura and Paul’s amazing marquee wedding near Harrogate

Laura and Paul had a fantastic wedding day. The ceremony was at the village church in Hampsthwaite and the reception was a (very big!) marquee in Laura’s dad’s garden. It was October so we didn’t have high hopes for the weather but the sun shone and the gorgeous countryside setting provided the perfect background. They wanted their photography to be relaxed and to record them and their family and friends enjoying themselves as well as some beautiful images of the two of them. With thanks to Cecilia Costello for her excellent second shooting. I think we managed it.

[...] else that caught my eye during the day!).  You can see Susie’s full post from the day on Susie Lawrence’s blog showing the beautiful photos from the day. The weather was kind, it was sunny and the reception [...]

Photographing the photographer’s family

What a huge honour it is when a photographer whose work I admire, commissions me to do her own family portraits. Rebecca Honeywell is a fantastic photographer, baker of very wonderful cakes and biscuits and mum to Isabella. You may remember her bump portraits that I took just before she had her lovely baby girl (you can see them here). Isabella is now 18 months old and absolutely gorgeous. Rebecca, Colin and their little girl met me at Valley Gardens in Harrogate last week for a walk about, a teddy bears’ picnic and some fun.

Rebecca Honeywell-Ward - October 12, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Love them Susie, thanks so much. I couldn’t have done better myself ;-) So pleased you did them for us x

On being six and loving fairies

Philippa has just turned six. She is very chatty and very keen on fairies and dressing up and was therefore, a complete joy to photograph in Meanwood Park, Leeds. There is an area right by the park that always seems to me exactly the sort of place fairies would hide out. Here are a selection of the shots of her and her mummy and daddy, but really mostly just her because as she rightly said when they came to see the images at the weekend, “It’s really mostly about me and all the best ones are of me”.

Introducing Blue Bear, who is loved very much…

Now for some serious spell-casting. I was turned into a frog and Philippa’s daddy became a prince…

The magic worked on Philippa too. She was totally unaware in her lovely innocence that a brightly coloured spider was making its home on the back of her fairy costume…


Louise and Jim’s wedding at Chateau de Brametourte, France

I really couldn’t believe my luck when I arrived at Louise and Jim’s wedding in Tarn, France. Although they are originally from the UK, they now live in Auckland, New Zealand so although we’d skyped, we’d never met in person. What a fantastic happy, relaxed couple they are and the atmosphere among their family and friends was just perfect for the fabulous setting of Chateau de Brametourte. The venue is gorgeous, set among the sunflower fields with views towards the Pyrenees and everything came together so well, even though less laid-back couples might have panicked over the numerous small calamities along the way… the original chef backed out with days to go because Louise and Jim said they didn’t want spare ribs on the menu (temperamental type!), the band they’d booked were in a car crash the week before and couldn’t play and one of the best men couldn’t make it at the last minute to name just a few! But the power of positive mental attitude won the day and replacement chef and band were found by asking around locally and the day was utterly fantastic. I think you can see from the images how happy Louise and Jim are.

Strange aside…remember Poldark (I do, showing my age)? The lovely celebrant Meredith is married to the actor Robin Ellis and the guy with the camera you can just see in the top window below is him… Poldark!

Michelle - October 24, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Susie, it was great meeting you on the day. The photos are lovely. We hardly knew you were there, which is always the sign of a great photographer. One very unflattering one of me, but thanks for taking such lovely shots of my little girl.


Sarah Anthoney - October 26, 2012 - 10:51 am

Hello! The photos are absolutely gorgeous. I am looking to get married at the same place in August 2013. Any feedback/comments either of you could give me would be really appreciated.


Rachael & Mark’s chateau in France wedding

I’ve been very excited about sharing some of the many images from Rachael and Mark’s amazing wedding at Chateau de Blavou in Normandy, France. As well as being a really gorgeous couple, they were tremendous fun and great sports – they got in a boat, jumped on and off hay bales and Rachael even hitched up her wedding dress and went for a ride on a cool pink bike! They wanted their wedding to be completely relaxed, so instead of a sit-down meal they had a hog-roast picnic on the lawn. There were games, boating and dancing (that went on for several days afterwards apparently) and this fantastic atmosphere, combined with the effort Rachael had made with the details and of course the great venue and French weather, made it a really special day. I felt very lucky to photograph it for them, even though I broke one of my toes the night before so had to suffer for my art! Their civil ceremony at Leeds Town Hall was absolutely lovely too but this was something else…




Nicola Streader - September 15, 2012 - 10:40 am

I stumbled across your blog a few months ago, your photography is absolutely amazing. I could learn so much from you. These pictures are stunning, as is the wedding!