We decided for the whole day that we wouldn’t use the underground. Just us,a map and our feet! We set off from the Langham with the mission of reaching Portobello Road – without getting lost. It happened.Kind of. Anyone who knows me, knows im not the best navigotor out there. So after after a few wrong turns in Hyde Park ( I totally blame the map) we arrived at out destination. In all honesty I thought it was going to be bigger. But it was still great. Little stalls setup along the street and beautiful coloured houses. We stopped at Dri Dri’s halfway ( the amaretto flavour is A-mazing!) and then headed to the main stall area.. After trying on a few beautiful vintage belts/shirts and dresses, I realised I need to lay off the Dri Dri’s. They didnt fit.Later, we had dinner at a cute little Mexian and started on the mission of how to navigate our way back to the hotel.. As always being in london never dissapoints.. x
Some things just seem to make life a little sweeter and some people just make your day a little bit brighter. In this photography business it can be hard to make friends. Not so much because of the odd socks that I wear or the bad hair days I can have(although I am sure this is a genuine reason), but because of the nature of our work. People for what ever reason tend to want to keep all their secrets to themselves, all the success to themselves and the failures to themselves. However, there are a new wave of photographers out there who opting for change. Sharing the success and failures to help each other grow and learn.
One of these very people is Kirsten. Honest & genuine sum up who she is. We met last night and got lost in a conversation. Work ,personal, love and life. We shared our success & failures, and were glad to realize that we’re not the only ones who panic and stress. Kirsten – Thank you so much for last night. You are definitely going places. With each step you will definitely be living your dream. Thank you for inspiring and making me want to chase my dreams even more. x
I sat there with my fresh coffee and took it all in. It was early morning and outside the stalls were being set for the day ahead. I sat in the little coffe house,opened my notepad and wrote. I wrote a letter to me.Or, to the me of tomorrow should I say.
This time last year I dreamed of being able to do what I am doing now. I needed to remind myself of where I have come from. But, to also remind myself of where I want to be ,who I want to become. And most importantly who I am.You can easily get lost and in this business, someone will always have a better camera, or the faster lens of a trillion clients booked. But I have me and the way that I see life and love and this is what makes me different.Me…. so this post is really for me. Just to remind me.
I walked into the house and straight away heard laughter! The morning was well underway. The weather tried to turn a few times but eventually, gave in and just gave us sunshine! Craig and Laura had so many personal touches all throughout the day.. from personalised prosseco to red vintage buses.. to tapas meals and flamenco dances…Their day was so enjoyable and I couldn’t be happier to be apart of it!
Craig and Laura were married at the beautiful Lotherton Hall. Their reception was held at Aspire in Leeds and Giles and his team did a fabulous job of looking after the bridal party.
Flowers were created by Eden in Horsforth.
The above pictures shows gifts that the Maid of Honour had created for Laura and Craig. The image on the right is a photo album – Laura is a local pooch walker and Craig is a chef!
I love this photo.Laura had just seen her neighbours leaving for her wedding. The excitement and realness of the day was really kicking in…
You don’t see this every saturday afternoon…..
This is the watch that Laura gave Craig as his wedding present. The cufflinks say Barcelona and Leeds. They got engaged in Barcelona and married in Leeds! Laura, you look so pretty!
The band that performed on the night were motor city’s burning.. they were FAB!
Every girl loves Tiffany!
They have a launched a ‘What makes love true’ campaign. I love it. One of the cutest things is Tiffany Tips.. helping us to navigate through this love maze… I have put a few of my favorites below.. Go over to the website to check out them all…
So it’s no secret that the UK sunshine isn’t exactly reliable. It can go and be replaced with down pour as quickly as it came! Just like today! It made me think of the LA sunshine,and inspired me to share
So – LA. Or La La Land. It’s a pretty amazing place with a lot going on. Plenty of clubs, restaurants, bars, hotels, you name it – this place has it. Me and Jim left San Francisco and hit LA for 3 days. This was the only section of our 3 week trip that was just us. We spent out first night in the Custom hotel – which was very cool, and spent the next 2 nights at The Hotel California. Beach front. Perfect.
We hit the famous Santa Monica Pier, the last point of route 66. This place has a mini theme park, restaurants, a one man band (who if you pay a couple of dollars will literally put on mini concert – by himself!) and men performing tricks with animals!
We did the whole touristy experience and took the hollywood express tour! It would have been rude not to! Out tour guide liked to refer to us as the Monkonhouses! ( With Jim’s surname being Monkhouse we found this quite funny!) Had a look round Rodeo drive obviously without purchasing ;-( and had a quick look at Simon Cowells house. Oh yes – the highlight of the Hollywood express.
But, the best thing that we did was ride the bikes. Oh and of course ate Sushi. But, for a few dollars you hire a beach cruiser each (with no brakes) and literally cruise up and down the beach. This was amazing.Seriously. You can go for miles and just cruise on down, next to the ocean. You can ride past the quirky houses (I don’t think planning laws really apply there) and just soak in the California sunshine. After a few Coronas you enjoy this even more!!
Santa Monica and Venice Beach have some really cool places to chill at. We made reservations for the rooftop terrace at the Erwin hotel( in Venice Beach) and were not disappointed. The views from this place were beautiful! The Shangrai La is the next rooftop terrace we chilled at. This was in Santa Monica overlooking the pier and the ocean. And to eat, if you want to give yourself a treat, make reservations at Capo. It’s an intimate little restaurant just near the beach. It’s a little pricey, but worth it!
So there we have it…. a little bit of Sunshine…. Ah.. LA – I miss you!
……………Next stop………… Belize!!!!!!………………..