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    Alex Beckett Photography

Pre-Wedding Shoot: London (Chelsea, St Pauls, Southbank, Big Ben) – Gigi & Ryan

Oct 8
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I seem to have done a lot of pre-weddings in the last few years, but if I’m honest few have been as fun as Gigi and Ryan’s. This couple met at Imperial College and have lived in London for years, but they’re moving back to Hong Kong, where they’re going to get married next year. We actually held their pre-wedding shoot just a few days before they said goodbye to London and moved over to Hong Kong, so it felt like quite a privileged day: we weren’t just celebrating their engagement – we were celebrating their time in London together.

And boy did the day feel like a celebration! The sun came out and Gigi and Ryan’s friends joined us as we explored their old stomping grounds, from Imperial College to Chelsea Football Club, where they used to have season tickets. Gigi and Ryan were up for pretty much anything, and they really knew how to ‘work it’ for the camera, so all in all my day felt more like having fun with friends instead of working – which is the best kind of photoshoot!

I’ll leave you to look through the photos now. Gigi and Ryan – thanks for letting me photograph the end of an era for you, and here’s to the start of an amazing new one!

Engagement: The Lake District – Sam & Ed

Oct 8
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Handing over the blog today to Sam to write about her and Ed’s engagement shoot in the Lake District. I had an amazing time, now over to Sam!

One of the key decisions for Ed and I during the wedding planning process was choosing the right photographer. We have friends all over the world and our wedding will provide us with the perfect opportunity to bring together all our favourite people in one place. Ensuring that we have great photos and that the vibe of the day is captured is a huge priority for us.

Alex’s style appealed to me straight away; I love his landscape images, where the couple aren’t the sole focus and really admire his creative and technical expertise with lighting. Given the British weather, it’s great to have a photographer with the skill to create amazing lighting in case nature doesn’t provide it at the right moment!

Neither of us are that comfortable in front of the camera so we decided a pre-wedding shoot would give us a chance to have some fun and get to know Alex better. We’re getting married by the sea so wanted a completely different landscape for the engagement photos – we camp and hike in the Lake District each year so it was a natural choice.

The day before we met up with Alex we did some scouting to find a range of different scenes which would hopefully provide us with some great images and didn’t require a long walk to get there. As always, we knew we were going to be at the mercy of the weather so hoped that at least some of the sites would work out if the light wasn’t with us.

We met Alex & Rob in sunny Buttermere over coffee, bacon butties and even a cheeky affogato to catch up and review the places we spotted the day before. After a leisurely lunch we went down to the lake for a crash course in ‘what to do to look great in front of the camera’ before promptly forgetting everything and getting caught up in having a great time, being silly and laughing far too much! We had a huge amount of fun and adventure as we transitioned from forest to lake to picnic to river to jetty with the odd change of outfit en route.

Thanks Alex – we had a blast! You certainly captured the love, laughter and energy of the day. Can’t wait to see how you record our beach wedding with all our favourite people next year!

Wedding: The Lake District – Mandy & Steve

Sep 24
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Hi folks, I’ve got two lovely Lake District posts for you today. Both were a real treat to work on. The first one is the wedding of Mandy and Steve in a tea house and barn. I actually met Steve via a mutual friend, when we both worked on their film – Steve on lights/camera and me on… well, you can probably guess what I was doing!

It wouldn’t be a British wedding without some interesting weather, and that day it was very temperamental – tipping it down one minute then giving us the most incredible sunsets the next. Luckily Steve and Mandy were up for most things so we still managed to get some shots in the gorgeous countryside. But it wasn’t just the scenery that was awesome: Mandy and Steve were great fun, replacing dinner with high tea – scones and clotted cream – what better way to celebrate in the heart of the British countryside?! All the tables were themed after Game of Thrones (luckily this wasn’t no Red or Purple wedding!) and, of course, Steve decorated the place with lots and lots of lights.

I’ll sign off now to let you admire this stunning wedding. More soon from the Lake District, so stay tuned!

Wedding: Winkworth Farm, Wiltshire – Abby and Dan

Sep 4

The lovely Abby and Dan got married on one of the loveliest days of the year, in a barn near Bath. If that description screams ‘vintage’ to you, you wouldn’t be wrong. Abby has an incredible eye for detail, and she used it to full effect on her wedding day. The barn was decorated with typewriters and vintage crockery, and the bride and bridesmaids all wore funky petticoats under their dresses.

What made this day really stand out from other vintage weddings was Abby’s slightly alternative style: old lemonade bottles sat next to Hello Kitty badges, and the bride’s 50s-style ankle socks contrasted with her awesome array of tattoos.

Although Abby and Dan put a huge amount of time and effort into making the details of their wedding absolutely perfect, the day itself was incredibly relaxed. It was a real family affair, with everyone chilling out with ice creams or playing garden games outside in the glorious sunshine. Definitely one to remember.

Anyway, I know Abby and Dan have been looking forward to seeing these, so I’ll leave you to gasp over how quirky, detailed and achingly cool their wedding was. Hope you enjoy!

Ice Cream Tricycle: Café Bon Bon
Harpist: Shelley Fairplay
Cake: Jelly Cake
Cartoonist: Sarah Bailey

Wedding: Clifton College, Bristol – Claire and Jim

Aug 27
Clifton College Bristol Wedding

Jim and Claire’s wedding was really great on so many levels – for a start, it allowed me to return to my old stomping grounds in Bristol for the weekend. And quite frankly I couldn’t have wished for a better couple to go exploring Clifton and Ashton Court with (and the groomsmen even had a pre-ceremony lunch in my old local, the Albion!). Jim, Claire and their bridal party were great fun, energetic and two of the warmest people I’ve met.

I also have to thank both them and Clifton College (which is STUNNING, by the way!) for treating me like a ‘guest’ rather than ‘staff’. It really helps: eating alongside the other guests means that I can take really relaxed shots as everyone’s at ease with me, and having a venue who are willing to help get the best shots makes my work so much easier – they definitely helped when I was taking some of my more artistic, dramatic nighttime portraits. I can’t thank you all enough for making Will and I feel so welcome (perhaps too welcome, Jim – this is the first time my second has taken a photo of the groom in the shower!)

Anyway, I’ll let the photos do the talking now. Suffice to say it’s rare to attend such a classy, glamorous and friendly wedding – it was a real honour. Jim, I hope your wrist is fully mended now (Jim had injured it in a motorcycle accident, which made getting the ring on a bit challenging!) and I hope you both had a really fantastic honeymoon. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

Dress: Charlie Brear
Make-up: Elle Hitchens
Florist: Lisa Elliott
Cake: Pretty Amazing Cakes

Wedding: Caer Llan, Wales – Gemma & Dan

Aug 22
Wedding Dancers First dance Wales

I’m going to struggle to do justice to the awesome day that was Dan and Gemma’s wedding in mere words. I’ve known these guys for many years now – they’re lindy hoppers too and such good fun. They held their wedding in a gorgeous part of Wales and, get this – it was dog friendly! Their lovely rescue dog Dash accompanied them on their special day, and quite frankly I think that tells you everything you need to know about this lovely, friendly, happy couple. So without further ado I’ll let you see their photos…

Congratulations guys, hope you had a great safari-honeymoon!

Venue: Caer Llan
Dress: Pronovias
Shoes: Diane Hassall
Suits: Moss Bros
Flowers: Flowers by Victoria

Wedding: Hayes – Sara and Simon

Aug 16
Dramatic Wedding portrait light beams tree epic bride and groom

Well I’m going to keep this brief as I’m very behind at the moment. I just couldn’t wait to show off Sara and Simon’s wedding photos though!

You may remember these guys from their e-shoot around London a couple of months ago. Well, their wedding was just as beautiful. It was also an incredibly poignant celebration of life; in particular a celebration of Sara’s wonderful father who was so integral to helping organise the wedding, but who tragically didn’t manage to see the day itself.

So, to Papa Kettle, to Sara and Simon, and to an incredible life ahead of you both – here are the photos…

Wedding: Penthouse Pavilion Suite at the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair, London. With pre-wedding at the Ritz Hotel London – Sarah and Eric

Jul 6
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Sarah and Eric’s wedding was a real family affair. For some reason that description usually conjures up images of cosy weddings, but this was pretty glamorous. Sarah got ready at the Ritz then went on to the ceremony and reception at the Penthouse Pavilion in the Dorchester. You may remember this venue from another Sarah’s wedding, and that’s no coincidence – the wedding planner (another Alex!) was asking on the Internet for a small, quality venue in London and I pointed her towards Sarah and Simon’s wedding. Thankfully they liked the photographer as well as the venue and booked both of us!

Sarah and her three lovely children (I’m not sure I can call them that since they’re all grown up!) were just as glamorous as the venues. Her daughter Becky was Sarah’s too-cool-for-school maid of honour, and her sons Will and Alex (yes, a third Alex!) looked incredibly dapper in their suits. It was really heart-warming to see all three of them helping Sarah and Eric to make their big day happen.

Sarah loves 1920′s vintage glamour and asked to get some photos with the kids before the ceremony, so we grabbed an hour or so before heading to the Dorchester and took photos inspired by films like The Great Gatsby at the Ritz. Then it was on to the Dorchester, where Sarah and Eric had a beautifully intimate ceremony and a laid back reception that made the most of the sun. It was one of those weddings where you could always hear laughter – the best kind of wedding.

And on that note, I’ll let you have a peep at the shots. Sarah and Eric – I’m looking forward to seeing you both for lunch soon!

Wedding Prep-LocationThe Ritz
Wedding VenueThe Dorchester
Wedding PlannerThe Bijou Bride
Hair & Make-upGemma Sutton
Bands – ‘Niche Quartet’ and ‘The Super Rollers’
Wedding CakeElizabeth’s Cake Emporium
StationaryBerin Made
FlowersThat Flower Shop
BalloonBon Bon Balloon
Primary Wedding PhotographerAlex Beckett
Assistant Photographer – Robert Pack

Wedding: Faye & Oscar – Linconshire

Jul 2
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It’s going to be a short but sweet post today, folks, as wedding season is starting to heat up as much as the weather! Best get on with the rest of the editing…

Well, what can I say about Faye and Oscar? Army girl meets RAF boy, they fall in love… and you know the rest. I have to admit I was really worried about the wedding on the day itself. My assistant Will and I stayed over in Peterborough the night before and we were woken at 4am by the sound of the heaviest hail I’ve ever heard. It didn’t bode well for a marquee wedding!

Clearly someone was looking out for Faye and Oscar, though, because by some miracle the hail cleared, the clouds blew away and a day that was forecast to include torrential rain and flash flooding turned into one of the sunniest of the year!

Right, I said I’d be brief, so without further ado, here’s the photos…

Dress: Farnham Boutique
Caterers: Willoughby Catering
Hair: Alison King
Marquee: East coast/Cambridge Marquees
Band: The Northern Monkeys
Primary Photographer: Alex Beckett
Secondary Photographer: Will Stedman

Pre-Wedding: St Paul’s Cathedral & Southbank, London – Meng-Hua & Jeremy

Jun 24
Pre-Wedding Portrait taken at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Dramatic photo with rain very British.

Wow that was fun. Just got back from a quick 1/2 day pre-wedding shoot around London with Meng-Hua and Jeremy both over especially from Taiwan. Had a blast wandering around St Paul’s and then across the river to South Bank when it got dark.

Anyway I best get to bed but just wanted to put this one up from St Paul’s where we got stuck in the rain!

Thanks for having me along guys, really hope you enjoy the rest of your trip in the Lake District and your wedding back in Taiwan in May.