Louise Roe’s Dorney Court Wedding

Last year I was so honored when British fashion blogger & TV presenter Louise Roe asked me to photograph her Dorney Court wedding! For those of you who  know Louise–she is flawless and an absolute delight to work with. Louise tied the knot with her boyfriend, TV producer Mackenzie Hunkin who proposed last year during a ski trip with a gorgeous oval halo engagement ring.

I joined Louise and her amazing team at Clivenden where she and her bridesmaids prepared for the big day and as you can probably guess, Louise’s details were incredibly stylish–she wore a dramatic yet classic 2-piece Pronovias gown while her Bridesmaids donned white crocheted dresses. The ceremony took place in one of England’s most stunning cathedrals at Eton College, the previous stomping ground of Mackenzie.

Afterwards, Louise and Mackenzie made their way to Dorney Court in an antique red convertible while their guests were ushered with London’s iconic double decker buses where they were greeted with beautiful botanical themed drinks. Lavender Green Flowers and Savile Rose transformed a Marquee area of Dorney Court into an elegant, whimsical and romantic party space with greenery suspended from the ceiling and candlelight galore. Perhaps the best part of the evening however was the surprise singing waiters who delighted the couple and all of their guests as they serenaded the party throughout the meal.

I’ve been patiently waiting to share Louise Roe Dorney Court Wedding as her wedding is featured in Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine’s most recent issue.And thank you so much to my talented assistant photographer Amy O’Boyle who was absolutely fab.
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If you’ve enjoyed browsing Louise Roe Dorney Court Wedding or are planning your own Dorney Court wedding and would like to chat about your own wedding photography needs please be in touch! You can reach  me at amy ‘at’ fantonphotography.com or 07462907790.

Santorini Elopement – Elope to Europe Photography

On this cold winter day I’m dreaming of sunshine and wishing I could be taken back to this Santorini elopement that I photographed at the end of last year!  In addition to sharing the images with you I also wanted to share my three favorite tips for getting married abroad if it’s something that you are considering! 

  1. Know the rules in the place where you would like to get married. Different countries have different requirements and they can be particularly challenging for non citizens and non residents. This might include medical exams, blood tests, translation of all of your documents into the language of the country, and requirements for the amount of time you must be in the country before the ceremony takes place. This article has a very good summary of the requirements in different European countries: http://www.marryabroad.co.uk/how-to-get-married-in-europe.shtml In many cases foreign couples may find that it’s easier to do everything legally at home and then have a non-official ceremony abroad, so that is also an option!
  2. Use pinterest to visually communicate what you have in mind with your local vendors. What means ‘elegant’ or ‘chic’ to one person can mean a lot of different things to different people. Adding in complications with different languages, cultures and style it’s very unlikely that you will be able to get what you want with just words.  By demonstrating with pictures what you want you are less likely to be disappointed! 
  3. Hire a photographer who speaks your native language. Unless you are a professional model, being in front of the camera is hard! Most people need little bit of guidance to know how to look best and by eliminating any communication gaps, you are giving yourself your best chance at awesome photographs. I certainly didn’t know what to do with myself during the couple’s portraits at my own wedding and having easy communication with your photographer will eliminate this problem. 

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Eric and Courtney came to Greece all the way from Seattle to surprise friends and family with news that they tied the knot in a secret ceremony witnessed only by their grandparents. Courtney handmade announcement cards that were mailed to their closest family members before announcing more broadly to the rest of their family and friends through a post on facebook. It’s hard to believe these guys are not models (although they definitely could be could be!). The groom happens to be a wedding photographer himself (www.206mm.com) so these guys couple were complete pros in front of the camera! It was so wonderful getting to know them and helping to document their time on the beautiful island of Santorini.  

If you are thinking about getting married in Santorini or any of the greek Islands and would like to discuss your own wedding photography, please be in touch! I know Santorini and Mykonos well and would be happy to help you create gorgeous Santorini elopement images of your own. 

Best proposal photography ideas

There is no other kind of shoot I love more than a proposal session. Having photographed so many of these over the years, I’ve become learned what works and what doesn’t work to get the most amazing proposal photos and today I’m going to share some of my secrets!

  • The Execution. There are a number of ways to set up your session but they aren’t all equal. I offer my clients three options for capturing this special moment depending on their specific needs. Here are the ideas:-
    • Make her think a photo session was her idea, then pop the question sometime after you begin. This involves quite a bit of scheming between the photographer and the person who will propose but I’ve absolutely perfected this technique. The wonderful thing about this option is that she knows she’s going to be photographed so she can prepare accordingly and be 100% camera ready. Often in this situation my clients have hair and makeup done by one of my trusted colleagues so that she fees extra pretty. You are guaranteed to get an amazing shot because the photographer can provide a bit of direction in terms of lighting, positioning, etc.  Want to hear more? Send me an email and let me know about your proposal plans!
    • “Run” into a “tourist” at a pre-designated location and ask them to take a photo for you. The “tourist” is really a photographer and so kindly offers to take a photo with her professional camera to send to you afterwards. Once you’ve received the go-ahead, you propose! You will need to convince her that  you are off somewhere special so that she has an excuse to dress up, but you are still able to receive a bit of direction to ensure you get an awesome shot.
    • Keep it intimate. This option involves the photographer keeping their distance and not interfering with the process at all. The downside of this option is that it’s up to the’ ‘proposer’ to make the decisions about positioning and light (since there is no direction from photographer, so you might not always end up with a masterpiece. You will be able to share an intimate moment with your soon-to-be fiance though, which might be worth it if that is important to you!
  • Make it special. Hire a musician, a flash mob, or enlist the help of your friends to really make this special. The options you can take are limitless!
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Bright & Colorful London Wedding Editorial

A few months back I was asked to photograph a gorgeous editorial in a hip Central London venue located in Pimlico. The styling for the editorial was a refreshing departure from the soft, muted color palette so often associated with weddings, instead offering a colorful, flirty and fresh take on wedding styling that would work perfectly for a young,  modern bride.

I photographed most of the session on film (coming soon:  why you might want to choose  a film or hybrid photographer vs. a purely digital photographer) which added to the richness, depth of color, and the soft organic feel in the images.

Although  almost of the couples I photograph are actual partners (I’m a wedding photographer after all!), in this particular shoot the “bride and “groom” had never met before, neither were professional models (although you could have fooled me, because they are gorgeous people) and additionally, and the “groom” happened to be very sick during the session–all of these significant challenges in my work to make the “couple” look natural and having chemistry.

Fortunately, I have great tricks up  my sleeve and as always I worked with the two to create natural interactions that lead to beautiful photos.  You’d never know if I didn’t tell you right? Anyway I hope you enjoy this London Wedding Editorial–I hope I get to photograph a real London Wedding in this super cool venue sometime soon!

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Please contact me if you want to chat about your own London Wedding Plans–I’d love to create beautiful imagery for you too! :)

 

 

 

 

 

Best tips for beautiful Engagement Photos

Since we’re now in the peak of engagement season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips for getting beautiful engagement photos alongside a recent session that was featured in Style Me Pretty.
Engagement photos are SO important and it’s hard to believe that anyone would consider skipping out on an engagement sesh if they knew just how valuable they are in preparing for wedding photos–essentially providing a ‘practice round’ for you and your photographer. During your engagement session you will get to know your photographer, they way they work, and begin getting comfortable in front of the camera. It will allow your photographer to get a sense of which angles work best for you, what you like and don’t like, and how you engage as a couple. All of this is pretty much guaranteed to result in better wedding photos. And the bonus is that if you schedule your session early enough you can use an image for your save-the-dates! Win win.
So without further ado here are my top 5 tips:

1. If you are planning oh having a hair and makeup trial before the wedding, schedule it prior to your engagement photography session. You will look extra gorgeous for the photos and feel great about knowing how your look comes across on camera.

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2. Choose wardrobe carefully! Nothing will set the tone of your images more than your wardrobe and location (see below for that!) so it’s really important to get this one right. There are a number of things to consider here so in no particular order here goes:
–Dress up! You are going to have these images forever and the more polished you look, the more polished your images will be.
–Choose coordinated but not matching. You obvioulsy don’t want to clash, but you also don’t want to look like twinsies! (awkward…) This should be easy since there are only two of you, so try to choose colors and items that are complimentary. Some photographers have pinterst boards with suggestions– Feel free to email me if you want to see mine!
–Avoid jeans, anything with strong graphics/wording/etc.
–Items with texture and layers photograph beautifully
–Make sure you select items that emphasize the bits of yourself that you love, and minimize anything you are self conscious about. If you have great legs, show them off! If you feel self conscious about your arms, steer clear of that sleeveless number! And so on, and so forth. I hope you get my drift :)

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3. Ask for direction if you need it (and make sure you choose a photographer who knows how to give it, if necessary). I chose my own wedding photographer soley based on her portfolio of beautiful images. Unfortunately, what I didn’t know at the time is that my husband and I are very awkward in front of the camera (nothing like the effortless models that graced her pages), and that she wasn’t comfortable giving direction. She basically said do whatever you want to do which left both of us feeling weird and unsure of how we looked and whether we were doing things ‘right’. This is probably something you should discuss with your photographer prior to booking them for the wedding. Ask them how they normally work with people who are shy, and whether they have experience and are comfortable giving a good amount of direction (if necessary).

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4. Choose location wisely. Similar to wardrobe, the ‘vibe’ where your location will flavor the images. When choosing a location here are some things to consider:
–Are there any places that are special to you or that tell a bit of your story?
–How do the wardrobes fit into the scene? (for example it might look weird to be in formal wear while shooting in a super grungy setting)
–Is the area likely to be busy given the time of day you have chosen to shoot? The more people there are, the more difficult it will be to get a clean shot.
–Consider the light in the location given the time you will begin. Talk to your photographer about this if you aren’t sure!
If you need help choosing a London location, let me know. I know all of the best spots!

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5. Relax and enjoy each other! One of the best ways to make sure you end up with great images is to ensure that your focus is kept on your partner during the session. There may definitely be a time and place for you to direct your attention to the camera as well, but for the most part you want to be interacting with your partner so that your photographer is capturing authentic moments. Use this time to connect and play, and pretend your photographer isn’t there!

Feel free to email me if you would like to discuss scheduling your own engagement photos!
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Preston Court Wedding Photography

Guys — what do you get when you combine a beautiful couple, a colorful rustic setting,  a carousel, carnival games, loads of lovingly made DIY design, and a horse field complete with two very curious horses? The sweetest, most charming whimsical Preston Court wedding, of course!

These two tied the knot at Preston Court earlier this summer and I feel so lucky they chose me to be their wedding photographer!

Just when something looks like it’s too pretty that you wonder if it’s real life–folks I can assure you it definitely is–during the couple’s portraits a dog peed on my bag, I got lost driving between the bridal preparation and the ceremony, and the curious horse in the field got a bit too close for comfort with the groom.  It also happened to be one of the hottest days of the year in the UK so we were all sweating bullets, but you’d never know, thank goodness!

Preston court is such an amazing location for a wedding with loads of amazing settings for photos, I’m really looking forward to photographing another Preston Court wedding next year! Here are a couple of my favorites from the day although there were way too many to choose from. I do hope you enjoy! 
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 Feel free to give me a call or email if you are having a Preston Court Wedding–would love to chat with you about your plans and help you with your photography needs.

Venice Elopement Photographer – Venice Wedding Photography

Last year around this time I was strolling the beautiful streets in Venice photographing a gorgeous couple in a  Venice wedding shoot that was published in Rock My Wedding.

I feel so lucky as a wedding photographer in London to be able to travel so easily to so many of these wonderful European Destination wedding locations. You may ask, ‘why would someone who is having a Venice Wedding or Venice Elopement choose a hire a photographer who is based in London?’

There are a number of reasons for this, but one of the most important in my opinion is to bridge any communication gaps for English speakers which in my opinion is hugely dependent for being able to give direction and consequently creating beautiful imagery. Being in front of the camera isn’t easy (unless you happen to be a professional model) and I think one of the worst injustices a photographer can make their clients suffer is to allow them to stand there, not knowing what to do with themselves, feeling awkward and uncertain.

One of my greatest strengths is being able to connect with my clients and help them look beautiful by guiding them in a way that allows them to connect. My light direction is conducive to natural interactions that take the focus off of me and my camera and allow the couple to enjoy one another. Ironically,  this couple did happen to be Italian, and in order to achieve this same level of communication to make them feel comfortable, I spent a significant amount of time showing rather than sayings what they might want to try.

2016 brought me to Italy (twice), Spain (twice), Greece (three times), and France, and I’m so excited to see what 2017 will bring I can’t wait to go back later this year to photograph another Venice Wedding!

Everything in this elopement was coordinately expertly by wedding planner Laura Holden of Holden bespoke, including two beautiful bridal looks, watercolor inspired stationary, and playful and whimsical “mini cakes” perfect for two.

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Send me an email (amy @ fantonphotography.com or give me a call on (+44) 07462907790 if you would like to discuss your own Venice Wedding Photography needs! Am happy to put you in touch with any of the Italian suppliers you may need or walk you through any questions about having an elopement that you may have!

Pink & Blue Harkness Wedding Photography

I photographed this Harkness Wedding Photography inpiration shoot while travelling in Connecticut this past summer, and teamed up with a couple of great local suppliers with the goal of playing on pantone’s colors of the year–blush and light blue.  The natural blues and pinks of the Connecticut’s coastal sunset were the perfect backdrop given our color palate.

We chose a flowing blush gown from the Dress Boutique of Mystic, complimented perfectly by pink emerald and rose gold engagement ring, and blue water-colored caligraphed stationary from Salt Shop & Press. In keeping with the windswept coastal theme, Mercedes McCoy kept makeup natural and light with a loose romantic half updo. Sue from Gira created a beautiful bouquet with a windswept, asymmetric fine art feel–mirroring the movement of the ocean and the gorgeous gown.

I’ll be back in CT next year to photograph another wedding at Harkness so it was wonderful having the chance to scope out the scenery before hand! Most of this was shoot was photographed on medium format film processed by Richard Photo Lab. Enjoy!

 

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Please send me an email at amy@fantonphotography.com  if you would like to discuss your wedding photography needs! I would love to discuss your Connecticut wedding photography or Harkness Wedding Photography plans! :)

London Boudoir Pregnancy Photography

Hi everyone! Today I’m happy to share the second of two blog posts from this gorgeous pregnancy photography session in London. As a reminder (in case you missed the first blog post) and are wondering why I’m blogging twice about the same session–it’s because during this session we decided to create two distinctly different styles of maternity images and I wanted to take the opportunity to explain both styles to my audience. While the first set of images could be classified as “lifestyle” pregnancy photos, the second set of images as seen below would be classified as boudoir pregnancy photography– characterized as being more intimate, usually of the mother to be by herself, and unclothed. The focus of a boudoir session are the beautiful lines of a changing pregnant body. They tend to have a bit of a fine art feel and many times my clients use these photos as artwork in private areas of their home. While I love the playfulness and sweetness of lifestyle images, I also love the sensual and intimate images that are created during a boudoir session. You don’t have to be a professional model to look great in these photos, although to give confidence to a mother (who is about to strip naked, afterall) and make sure they feel as beautiful as they can, I do encourage my clients to have hair and makeup done prior to the shoot if they are up for it! For someone considering booking a maternity session with me–fret not! I give a ton of direction in my sessions so that you know you are doing exactly what you should be doing, and are never feeling awkward or wondering “am I doing this right”. Also, although it seems whenever this topic comes up in conversation with clients, that the first response it something self deprecating like “I could never possibly do that–I’m huge” (which is a topic I’d love to tackle and take down in another discussion), my experience is that a big round belly is actually very flattering because it changes the proportions of how the rest of your body is viewed (ie your arms look a lot slimmer when you have an enormous belly protruding–everything is relative, ladies!)   So which do you prefer?? I like both for different reasons and I wouldn’t personally let a pregnancy pass without doing both. It’s such a short but incredible moment in a woman’s life, why not document it with images you will have and treasure forever?


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If you would like to reach me to discuss scheduling your boudoir pregnancy photography please call me on 07462907790 or drop me a line at amy@fantonphotography.com!I look forward to creating beautiful boudoir pregnancy photography for your family!

Christmas Hengrave Hall Wedding Photography

After a beautiful summer, is anyone else looking forward to winter and the Christmas season? If so, you are in luck my friends because today I am sharing some Hengrave Hall Wedding Photography highlights from a Christmas wedding at what happens to be one of the most spectacular venues I’ve shot at! This wedding was magical, and although the temperature was quite chilly, there was so much love and intimate detail that even the coldest drizzly day couldn’t spoil it. This bride’s favorite holiday is Christmas and she wanted to have Christmas-y detail interspersed throughout the wedding—including two full sized Christmas trees, miniature wreaths adorning the chapel aisles, a Christmas carol service after the ceremony, fairy lights, glass lanterns, fireworks and sparkle galore! To add even more personal touch, the couple incorporated elements from the groom’s military service–walking through an aisle of soldiers and cutting a cake with a sword! The grand Hengrave Hall is characterized spectacular Tudor architecture, which really works perfectly for a winter bride–filled with rich brown woodwork,  stone details and fireplaces scattered throughout. The historic intimate chapel is so beautiful it needs barely any decoration at all.  The bride’s trumpet gown, updo of curls and fur sash radiated chic elegance perfect for a winter wedding.  The bridesmaid’s dresses were so stylish and could easily have been re-purposed for a black tie New Years Eve Event.  This wedding was the perfect combination of elegance and glamour and I hope you enjoy some of these Hengrave Hall wedding photography images!

 

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If you’d like to chat with me about your own Hengrave Hall Wedding Photography, please contact me at 07462907790 or amy ‘at’ fantonphography.com. I look forward to hearing all about your wedding plans and capturing your own Hengrave Hall wedding beautifully.

Lifestyle Pregnancy Photographer in London

Hi everyone! Today I’m happy to share the first of two blog posts from this gorgeous pregnancy photography session in London. In case you are wondering why I’m blogging twice about the same session–it’s because during this session we decided to create two distinctly different styles of maternity images during our time together. I often have maternity clients ask about the different options for pregnancy photos and I’m glad that with these two posts I can finally showcase in a visual way what exactly I mean! The first set of images I will share (in this post) are lifestyle pregnancy photos. Lifestyle maternity photography  involves creating relaxed, natural imagery, often focusing on the relationship between family members is a fun, easy and un-posed way. These images are great to use for pregnancy announcements or sharing with broader groups of friends and family online and in social media. The second set of images (which I will be posting soon) are boudoir images–more intimate, usually of the mother to be by herself, and unclothed–focusing on the beautiful lines of a changing pregnant body. Usually these images have a bit more of a fine art feel and are often the photos that clients use as artwork in private areas of their home. While I love the playfulness and sweetness of lifestyle images, I also love the sensual and intimate images that are created during a boudoir session. Either way, pregnancy is such a fleeting time in a woman’s life  and it’s over often before she knows it–whats most important is that regardless of the style you choose, that you have these moments documented beautifully with images you can look back on and cherish for a lifetime.  I had so many favorites from this session it was hard to narrow down a selection. I hope you enjoy!

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Surrey Wedding Photography – Mayfield Lavender Wedding Inspiration

Anyone who knows me well knows that in late July/early August there is one place just outside of London that I’m constantly trying to convince friends and family to join me in visiting. The Mayfield Lavender Fields. My clients get a fair share of it too (I mean my god, is it possible that there could be a more beautiful backdrop for photography??). These beautiful fields were the inspiration for this shoot and the goal was to create a look for for a Bride trying to create a romantic and whimsical  lavender themed event. And now the countdown begins for next July when I hopefully get to do another bridal (or family) photography shoot there! Who is up for it?! And without any more waffling here are the resulting images that are scheduled to be published on Rock My Wedding in just a few weeks!!

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The Bride’s hair was adorned with a delicate ‘Lily’ piece by Hermione Harbutt, featuring freshwater pearl tendrils cascading into a beautiful growing design Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field WeddingFor the tablescape, a selection of vintage bottles, brass bowls, bud vases and candlesticks, to which simple floral stems were added with the goal of creating a delicate and romantic look. Lavender Field WeddingThe bride’s soft and romantic look was inspired by the gorgeous blush-colored Clare La Faye gown from Heart Aflutter Bridal. Lavender Field WeddingThe magnificent purple field feels a bit like it could be from a scene out of Wizard of Oz and the whole experience of visiting  is magical and romantic. Upon reaching the field you are enveloped with the smell of lavender and an adorable nearby farm stand sells the most delicious lavender products including lavender tea, lavender scones (YUM) and lavender fudge. Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field WeddingThe invitation was inspired by wild lavender and calligraphy– using a watercolour and textured paper and tied with a simple waxed cotton cord to give a slight rustic, yet fresh and delicate look. Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field WeddingLavender Field Wedding Lavender Field WeddingSignature cocktails were created using lavender springs stuck into blackberriesLavender Field WeddingThe escort cards were pegged to a strung gilt frame with coordinating sprigs of lavender for ladies and greenery for gents. Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding Lavender Field Wedding

If you would like to speak with me about your surrey wedding photography or discuss doing a portrait session in the Mayfield Lavender Fields, please contact me at 07462 907790. I look forward to hearing from you!

Newborn Photography in Notting Hill

I met this family and their gorgeous newborn several months ago for a family/newborn session in their beautiful Notting Hill home. There is something about a newborn photography session that I just can’t resist–the sweet smell of the baby, their tiny little fingers and toes, and of course all of the gorgeous little details that change in the blink of an eye. Although these little details are so important to enjoy in the moment, the images that hold onto these moments become increasingly valuable as time passes–bringing you right back to a moment that feels like ages away. With Christmas just around the corner, our main goal was to capture an image that could be used for a birth announcement and a holiday card. The baby was a complete angel and slept soundly for most of the session while her adorable big sister snuggled her with pride. Their grandmother happened to be visiting so I made sure we captured a handful of the three generations together as well as the entire family. I do wish I had images like this with my own grandmother! What a gift for these children to cherish one day!! We only spent a short hour together in the morning but I still had such a hard time picking out my favorites. Can you guess which one they picked?!

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To book your Newborn Photography session with me, please contact me at 07462907790 or amy@fantonphotography.com. I look forward to creating images that your family with cherish for a lifetime as well!

Wisley Garden Wedding — London Greenhouse Wedding Inspiration

I’ve been waiting sooooo patiently to share images from this shoot with you all, and I’m so glad that today I finally can as it’s just been published in Rock My Wedding HERE

The inspiration for this wedding inspiration was the exotic and lush scenery in the Wisley Garden greenhouse because it is such a unique and refreshing departure from the more traditional venues available to brides in the London area! I love that the scenery instantly transports you to a tropical paradise and I think this type of venue is perfect for a bride who doesn’t want to have to worry about the weather–you are guaranteed light filled images despite what is going on outside and you still get the feeling of being in nature!

I was so lucky to work with an incredible team who came together to create all of the whimsical, vintage and classic details and I’m so excited to photograph my next Wisley Garden wedding!

And one more fun note–did anyone think the bride looks a little familiar? I can personally confirm that former Miss Wales is just as sweet as she is gorgeous!

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The gorgeous cake was textured in a rich buttercream and adorned with pieces of gold leaf, orchids and succulent.
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Stylist: Amore Star Events
Venue: RHS Wisley Gardens
Florist: Petal to the Metal
Terrarium Displays: DingaDing Terrariums
Makeup, Hair & Nails: Katy Richards
Bridal Gown – Heart Aflutter Bridal
Cake: Le Papillon Patisserie
Accesories: Donna Crain
Stationary: The Finer Details
Groomswear: Hugh Harris Menswear
Table, Linen & Chairs: Bentley Brown
Bride & Groom: Sadie Maltby & Calvin Cervoni

Please contact me if you would like to learn more about having me as your wedding photography. I would love to learn all about your wedding plans!

Family Photographer in London, Westminster Famly Photos

Can I just start off this post by giving some props to all of those moms who do it all, and make it look easy?! This mother was one of those–somehow she showed up to her mini session veeeeeerrry early in the morning with three well behaved little boys (and husband ;) )  in tow, all dressed perfectly and put together while she herself couldn’t have been more effortlessly chic and cool. With two children myself, I know it’s not easy and I just don’t know how you do it and make it look so good, Mrs. B! The mini session couldn’t have gone better because the children absolutely adored their parents and they couldn’t get enough of the snuggles and affection. And bless these kids–you wouldn’t know from the pictures but the day of our family session it was COLD,  and despite the chilly temperatures they were nothing but smiles!! Anyway, this lovely family recently relocated to London and they wanted to capture some iconic London images in a mini family photography session. As a family photographer, I often do these iconic London photo sessions with families visiting from abroad so I know all of the little tips and secrets ;) .  We headed to some of my favorite spots in Westminster before any of the crowds came out and got some gorgeous photos for the family to use in a Christmas card. It’s such a wonderful thought to me that one day they will be able to look back on these images that commemorate their time living abroad in such a magical city! Thanks you guys for letting me be a part of your journey!! :)
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To schedule your family photography session in London, or if you would like to discuss me being your family photographer please contact me at amy@fantonphotography.com or 07462 907790. I look forward to hearing from you!

London Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles – Destination Wedding Photography

When I recently showed this gallery to a potential bride who was considering hiring me as her wedding photographer (and she did–hip hip hooray!), her initial response was “oh my goodness, these are real people”?. This pretty much sums up exactly how I felt while photographing this gorgeous couple’s wedding in Los Angeles. And not only are these two picture perfect–they happen to be one of the coolest, sweetest, kindest, funniest, most thoughtful and generous couples I know.

They chose the Fig House venue for it’s funky, colorful mid century modern feel and extended those elements throughout the wedding decor. The focus was on playful geometric patterns and a bold color palate of rich greens and blues offset by soft peach and touches of gold. The bride carried an elegant bouquet of white and peach roses and wore a beautiful emerald pendant necklace along with starburst earrings and gold sandals.
Many other personalized details tied in the couple’s cool-california style including games of bocce and badminton, a menu of delicious hot truck tacos and coolhaus icream sandwiches, and a getaway on their favorite mode of transportation–a motorcycle!

The bride and groom also undertook a number of DIY projects which added a charming and personalized element to the event–handmade table numbers and escort cards constructed using polaroids, gold”startbursts”, a signing frame created by the bride’s family and a chuppah and paper lantern display put together by the groomsmen!
Congratulations guys and thank you so much for letting me photograph your wedding day!
Thanks so much to my fabulous second shooter Jennifer Lourie who did a great job and was a pleasure to have around! It was also wonderful working with the talented Laurie James who helped the couple plan and style their big day!

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Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about my destination wedding photography or if you would like to hire me as your London wedding photographer! Although I am based in London I can be reached at 07462907790 or amy@fantonphotography.com and I look forward to discussing your wedding plans with you!

Winter Family Photo Session in a London Forrest – London Family Photography

Today I have another family photo session I’m so excited to share all of you! Although this family photo session was shot in central London you would never know, because we intentionally worked in a forested area of Holland Park  to create winter themed images. It was  fun for me to work in such an outdoorsy setting! These two little girls were  dolls and it was so sweet to see how they played together so happily in the fallen leaves. This is also an awesome example of how we can create beautiful family portraits at any time of the year. Although some clients prefer to do their family photo session in warmer weather, this shoot happened to take place on one of the coldest days of the year! Mom made sure that the children were bundled up and we used the forrest setting which works well all year round. Amazingly, this shoot is scheduled to be published on Grey Likes Baby, one of the leading family and lifestyle blogs and I’m so excited to see it once it’s live. I hope you love them as much as I do!!

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If you would like to book a family photo session, please contact me at amy@fantonphotography.com or 07462907790. I look forward to creating beautiful family portraits for your family!

Venice Wedding Photography – Venice Destination Wedding Inspiration

If I had to name one city in the world that is guaranteed to bring butterflies to my stomach with it’s sheer romance and beauty, Venice, hands down, takes the award.  With it’s narrow winding canals, beautiful bridges, and enchanting grand buildings and plazas– It happens to be a city near and dear to my heart. It’s where I spent my first few days newly engaged with my own husband (then fiance) who after proposing in Rome  whisked me away to this gorgeous, floating paradise rich in history and charm.  The city’s soft color palate and organic beauty inspired this shoot for brides who might be considering a Venetian Elopement or Destination Wedding in this perfect Italian city. I am so looking forward to photographing another destination wedding in Venice next spring!

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Our first look was created using the beautiful Alessandria dress from Katya Katya Shehurina. This look is so delicate and whimsical it seemed only right to pair it with delicate pearl hair accessories, bracelet and earrings made by Kelly Spence and let the dress’s blue slip do the talking.Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerVenice Wedding PhotographerVenice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerGiulia Rioda  put together an understated but glamorous hair and makeup for the Bride and dapper grooming for the Groom.Venice Wedding PhotographerReal life couple Lisa and Giacomo were completely perfect – young and vibrant they carried off the elegant attire and couldn’t have looked more in love throughout the whole day.Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerThe second look for the Bride with Katya Katya Shehurina’s striking Rosa dress gives a completely different feel; more edgy and fashion forward. With delicate cap sleeves and an incredible beaded bodice it was perfect for pairing with rose gold accessories, the Harvest comb, along with earrings and a bracelet from Spence’s collection. Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerThe suave groom Giacomo wore a shawl collar dinner jacket from Hugh Harris and a refined and simple yet elegant look—bringing to mind Paul Newman arriving for the Venice Film Festival. Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerTo compliment the beautiful bridal looks Francesca from Fiori Fantin created a loose, organic bouquet which is quite out of the norm in Italy, especially Venice, where brides tend to favour traditional bouquets of roses. Combining roses with astilibe and eucalyptus immediately gave the florals a modern look and brought a beautifully unexpected element. Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerVenice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerCoincidentally—using Shehurina’s gowns was a match made in heaven as both dresses are from her current ‘Venice’ collection!Venice Wedding PhotographerCombining a beautiful color palate of ethereal blue and whites Imogen Owen brought the stationery to life–lining the envelope with an antique Venetian map  which  showcased beautifully flowing calligraphy. Venice Wedding PhotographerVenice Wedding Photographer Venice Wedding PhotographerFor our table setting we scouted a location that felt intimate and romantic, with beautiful colours and foliage surrounding a simple but elegant table. The draping of the linen was important to set off the informal atmosphere, so selecting a material that draped beautifully was key. The heavy chiffon, watery blue cloth was matched with delicately patterned plates and glassware with touches of silver.  Venice Wedding PhotographerVenice Wedding PhotographerAs cakes are less traditional in Italy than most couples opt for in the UK, we took a different approach alongside Asma at The Sugared Saffron Cake Company to create three small cakes of different designs. Each perfectly complimented the colour palette of the shoot, added a touch of whimsy, and brought together the elegant patterns of the table settings. Venice Wedding Photographer

 

And if you really want to take your breath away–have a peek at this gorgeously romantic video created by Whitefilm Productions here: https://vimeo.com/140118999

Stylist: Holden Bespoke
Florist: Fantin Fiori
Makeup, Hair: Giulia Rioda
Bridal Gown – Katya Katya Shehurina
Cake: The Sugared Saffron Cake Company
Accesories: Kelly Spence
Stationary: Imogen Owen
Groomswear: Hugh Harris Menswear
Videography: Claudio Sichel of Whitesfilm
Videography Music: Tony Anderson

If you would like me photograph your Venice Destination Wedding, please contact me at amy@fantonphotography or (+44) 7462907790. I would be happy to hear all about your wedding plans! More information about my wedding photography can be found here:

Dreamy Kensington Family Photos – Family Photographer in London

I met this beautiful family of three several weeks ago for a family photos in some of their favorite London locations–their lovely London neighborhood and some beautiful high grasses just around the corner in Hyde Park. This was the second session I’ve done with this family–last year we focused on more iconic London scenery and the goal of this session was to capture London in a bit more of a subtle and dreamy way. We found a gorgeous cobblestone mews for the first part of the session and then used the natural scenery in the park to finish.  And we had an amazingly foggy and sunny day at the same time which lead to some very pretty light. Since the grandparents were visiting from the states we made sure to include them in a few group shots as well! It’s so fun for me to watch my clients children grow as they come back year after year and I’m very honored that they do so!
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