Mas de la Rose Wedding

In September, Kirsty & Niall dragged themselves away from a life skippering their luxury Yacht in the Caribbean for 3 days to celebrate their wedding in the heart of Provence. La Mas de la Rose was the perfect venue to host their closest friends and family for the long weekend. Planners Lavender & Rose were on hand to help co-ordinate and decorate the wedding with their truly wonderful touch, as always. Florals by Laetitia C hinted at the Scottish heritage with thistles and heather whilst keeping to a truly provençal colour palette to compliment the beautiful natural surroundings.

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Beach Engagement Shoot in Biarritz

As winter is setting in here in London we thought it might be nice to share these pics from August when the awesome Zoe & Nik drove all the way from Provence for a shoot with us on the beautiful Basque coast. Starting off in the fishing village of Guethary, we had just enough time to get our feet wet as the sun was setting over the sea on the beach between Biarritz and Bidart, it couldn’t have been a more perfect. A great way to end our short time there.

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Florence Wedding

During the heatwave that engulfed most of Europe in early July, we shot Mackenzie & Zack’s intimate wedding in Florence, Tuscany. It was a simple but joyous affair that we feel so privileged to have been a part of. The emotional ceremony was conducted by Mackenzie’s brother a top a roof terrace with stunning views over the classic skyline. Cocktails were followed by a beautiful, early evening stroll along the river and through the centre of town. The newlyweds led the rest of the wedding party (attracting a rather large number of overly enthusiastic tourists) through Piazza della Republica, past the Duomo and to Restaurant Accademia for a long evening of delicious food, heartfelt speeches and superb Italian Wine.

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Maître Choux

Being from Biarritz myself, when I heard that the talented Basque pastry chef, Joakim Prat, had opened his first patisserie in London, I felt like I had to head over to South Kensington sharpish to sample the delights on offer at Maître Choux. Of course this meant Jonny and I couldn’t resist taking some photos too.

Joakim ended up sending us home with bags full of his favourite little treats to photograph back at home too. Pictures of these coming soon!

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Eshott Hall Wedding

At the beginning of the summer it was great to travel up North to discover beautiful Northumberland and shoot this charming wedding at Eshott Hall. Thank you so much to Tess & George for being so elegant and making this such a fun day!

ps. check out the bride’s amazing self-made stationery

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Alentejo – A photo diary

A flash back to last week when we made our first ever trip to Portugal and spent 3 nights in the region of Alentejo (recently listed in the New York Times top 52 places to visit in 2015). We stayed for 2 nights at Villa Extramuros, a boutique guesthouse set amongst fields of ancient olive trees just outside Arraiolos and owned by the design conscious Parisians, Francois & Jean-Christophe.

After being slightly blown away by the visual contrast between the modern architecture and its rural setting, there is still a stunning infinity pool to enjoy, impressive interiors throughout and enough quirky little details to feast your eyes upon for the duration of your stay. Both the food and wine served up at the villa and in town were delicious. Breakfast was a particular highlight, with homemade bread, pastries, local fresh cheese, eggs and plenty of fruit all served on the terrace. We’d also recommend a wander around Evora and dinner at Tasquinha do Oliveira for a traditional hearty meal and excellent local vinho.

With the region being famous for its wine, we thought a night at L’and Vineyards wouldn’t go a miss before returning home. Highlights here were the spacious and luxurious suites, a meal in the delicious michelin starred restaurant and a massage at the Caudalie spa. The wine wasn’t half bad here either!

Safe to say, we hope to return soon.

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Central London Engagement Shoot

Right at the end of last year, Wayne and Vanessa were over in the UK as part of their last trip to Europe before getting hitched back home this summer in Singapore. They wanted to take in some of the sights of central London so we took a leisurely stroll around Knightsbridge, through St.James Park and into Westminster. Despite the freezing temperatures it was a great afternoon.

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Spring engagement in London

The other weekend, just as Spring officially arrived, we had the pleasure of doing a little engagement shoot with this charming young couple. They were keen to keep away from the crowds and any of the typical London landmarks, so we took photos in their local neighbourhood and ours. Below are just a few of the results. Thanks to both Andrea & Adrian for being such great sports!

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