A Fairytale Castle Wedding

Hannah & Patrick's wedding really was Photographers' dream come true. Set in the pretty village of St Briavel's on the English/Welsh border, the ceremony took place in the quaint local church followed by a reception in the grounds of St Briavel's stunning 12th century medieval castle.

A children's entertainer, a rock band and a fabulous corridor of sparklers were all highlights of the day.

Family and guests had flown in from around the world and the celebration was packed with emotion and laughter from start to finish.





A Beautiful June Wedding

Earlier this year I was asked to photograph Mark & Simon's wonderful wedding in the Museum of The Order of St John in central London.

Mark & Simon are a gorgeous couple and the setting they chose for their marriage was both stunning and perfect. 

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Starting in the beautiful Museum, their family and friends bore witness to a wonderfully touching ceremony. Opera singer Teresa de Roberto delivered some powerful operatic pieces before and during the service and the room really was literally filled with emotion.

The reception was then held at Mark & Simon's gorgeous house. There was a steel band, a drag performer and a whole lot of love & laughter!

A fabulous day was had by all and one which made me realise that I may well have the best job on earth! 

Marriage Equality

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From 29th March lesbian & gay couples will be able to marry across England & Wales.

As this date draws closer many same-sex couples - and singles - are asking what marriage equality actually means and how does it compare to civil partnership?

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The future of civil partnerships will be reviewed but they will still remain very much an option for same-sex couples as there are legal and financial differences which will be significant to some.

Unlike a civil partnership a religious wedding is now a possibility for couples and several religious organisations have already opted in. Couples who are already civil partners will be able to convert their civil partnership into marriage and the marriage will be treated as though it had existed from the date of the civil partnership.

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Words cannot express how excited I am to be photographing same-sex weddings in this hugely significant year. Quite frankly it sends shivers down my spine thinking about the celebrations of love that I will have the privilege of being a part of and photographing over the coming months!

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In my 42 years I have seen great progress made and attitudes change towards the LGBT community. My community.

Coming from a small town in South Wales my teen years were a time of excitement, confusion and fear. Gay bars were few and far between and those you did find normally had their windows blackened out as if being gay was something to be hidden - visually symbolic of Thatcher's Clause 28. The only gay in the village? I felt more like the only gay in Wales!

In the 90's attitudes began to change and the gay/straight boundaries started to break down. It wasn't until the early 00's however, when Clause 28 was repealed, that the political normalisation of gay culture truly gained momentum.

I finally gained the strength to come out in my late 20's and when I did I was overwhelmed by the love and wishes of good will I received from friends and family. I met my partner Richard on Millennium Eve (yes there were fireworks!) and he's been lighting up my life ever since.

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And so we fast-forward to today and finally marriage equality. Oh yes - its been quite a journey but we got there (*loud applause*).

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If you haven't booked your photographer for your same-sex wedding yet make sure you do consider a gay photographer as the chances are we will have travelled a very similar journey. It goes without saying that I will be empathetic to your origin - be it gay, lesbian or transgender - and I will ensure sure every detail of your day is captured sensitively, creatively and beautifully. 

So let's celebrate this year - our year - and many years to come!

Paul

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Goodwood Vintage Treasures

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Last weekend I was pleased to be asked to photograph Goodwood Estate's Vintage Treasures press day. This experience offers guests the wonderful opportunity of stepping back in time to relive the magic and glamour of 1950's and 60's vintage fashion.

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The day started with the journalists choosing dresses from a capsule collection taken from Goodwood's beautiful vintage vault. These outfits are normally reserved for the annual Goodwood Revival. Next up it was hair, nails and makeup all taken care of with the keenest precision by Hairport Hairdressers in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with delicious nibbles and refreshments served throughout.

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The ladies were then whisked away by Land Rover to Goodwood's private members' club, The Kennels, where they enjoyed a Champagne afternoon tea served in a truly beautiful setting.

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To finish the day dinner was served in the Richmond Arms restaurant back at the Goodwood Hotel. A fab time was had by all and it's clear that this experience would be perfect for groups of girls/ladies looking for a fun and quirky way to celebrate a birthday or hen party. 

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