THE AW17 TREND THAT I NEVER WANT TO END

This year, winter coats are not only an essential for staying alive in this freezing British weather - but, instead - are beginning to become somewhat of a statement.

Remember when you only had one coat per year that literally got thrown over any and every outfit? 

In 2018 people own a coat or a jacket for every outfit - and although my bank account is already screaming at me, I'm starting to invest in more outerwear myself (YAY!) Some of my favourite outfits literally aren't finished without something fluffy or furry flung on top.  

You'll probably know by now that I like to make a statement with my coats & jackets, and it's no secret that I have developed quite the weakness for the legendary PUFFA. Fluffy ones, corduroy ones, shiny ones - It's a resounding 'HELL YES' from me. 

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PROUD OF ME.

PROUD OF ME.

I'm a little late to the table here - but I felt like it was maybe time that I, too, acknowledged the beginning of a Happy New Year. 

So, is it just me, or was anyone else ready for 2017 to just go ahead and be over? 

For all the breathtaking highs of last year - those highs were often met with some pretty low lows; some of the most noteable being that I am now 26, I continue to age daily, & Donald Trump is somehow the president.   

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Get your own ass home. 

Get your own ass home. 

Have you ever had one of those days that just DID NOT go the way you wanted it to? 

One week ago I found myself sat in Edinburgh airport at 6.30am - 400 miles from home. Overnight there had been enough snowfall in England to send the country into a frenzy. When you live in the UK - the weatherman tells you there will be snow - and of course, you don't believe him. Like every other year - we were still completely and utterly unprepared when it came. 

Nevertheless - I'd been counting day the days until I could see some of the white stuff falling from the sky and it just so happened that this particular weekend I was away shooting a wedding in Scotland. It was okay though, because according to my perfect plan - it was all going to go off without a hitch, and I was going to make it home in time to roll around in the snow.

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Nothing to Prove

Nothing to Prove

If you've been following my blog at all, you'll know that this year - I decided to stop wasting my time on insecurity.

Sounds nice, right? 

For those of you that are just joining my journey now, a short summary :- at the beginning of 2017, I had had enough. I was done. I hated that I was trying so hard to prove myself to people that don't matter. It was exhausting & stupid. 

So, I stopped. 

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How to style a cosy, minimalist home.

How to style a cosy, minimalist home.

I like to party. 

By 'party', I mean... I like to stay home and watch Netflix.

Throw in a blanket, some chocolate Hobnobs and the comfiest joggers (not for jogging btw) - and you've just about reached divinity. 

Winter is coming, the nights are closing in - and 99% of my life until March is going to revolve around my cosy little home. So... naturally, it was only right to invite you over.

WELCOME TO NUMBER 17.

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UNCOMFORTABLE? Me too.

UNCOMFORTABLE? Me too.

Let's talk about being uncomfortable for a second, shall we? 

Imagine this.

Me.

Wearing a pair of faux leather flares, studded heels, and a big, fluffy-as-hell, pink coat. 

Now... go ahead and place me in the car park of Waitrose - in my local town of Hereford. Populated by only 55,000 people. The county of Herefordshire is literally dubbed the most rural and sparsely populated in England, and for the most part - these people come from farming families.

In this town - cows are all the rage. Beef is a form of currency, and fresh fruit & veg is available from the local farmer's market. It's rare that you would walk down the highstreet without seeing somebody that you know. 

"But how do these country folk feel about big, fat, unforgiving leather pants?", I hear you ask. 

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In London with Grace Loves Lace

In London with Grace Loves Lace

We were so amped when leading Australian bridal designers Grace Loves Lace emailed us to say they had launched their London Showroom and wanted us to capture some of their swoon-worthy gowns - London-style. How could we refuse? 

It's always a struggle not to absolutely BEAST social media with every single photo from a campaign this delicious - but being the extremely disciplined person I am... (said whilst sipping on a big fat strawberry milkshake) - I managed to refrain.

UNTIL NOW. 

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ANDREW & LUCY - Carlowrie Castle, Edinburgh

ANDREW & LUCY - Carlowrie Castle, Edinburgh

Today we're grateful for those babes over at Studio 1208 for letting us in on a very good thing when they referred us to Andrew & Lucy. 

Andrew, an ex-professional footballer, and Lucy, an all Scottish babe who is a Wedding Planner by trade, married in the most fairytale of Scottish Castles - Carlowrie Castle. But don't be deceived by it's traditional exterior - inside, lies an eccentric, modern refurbishment - with rad art in every corner. 

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Nick & Rachel - Colourful Scottish / Eritrean Wedding, London

Nick & Rachel - Colourful Scottish / Eritrean Wedding, London

This has GOT to be one of the most visually stunning weddings i've ever had the pleasure of shooting. The coolest London wedding venues, and the most eclectic mix of peopel, food, decor and traditions. 

Rachel & Nick wanted their day to be the perfect mix of their Scottish & Eritrean roots, twisting together traditional and super cool modern details. Honestly, it was just so much fun! I mean, a Scottish Caleigh, and Traditional Eritrean food catered entirely by the Bride's Mum. Guests ate with their hands and later in the evening shower the bride with ACTUAL money. 

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Steph & Seb - Dusky Blue & White Rustic Wedding - Kent

Steph & Seb - Dusky Blue & White Rustic Wedding - Kent

Do you know what I've realised? I've haven't blogged any of my wedding photography over the past 2 years. 

I know, right? What's wrong with me? I'm clearly not that great at this whole business thing. lol.

But seriously, I've noticed that i've only really shown people a snippet of the work i've done - the occasional instagram of a favourite pic from a wedding - and, do you know what? That's just not fair. To you, I mean.  You've been deprived. Clearly.  :) 

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