A fun weekend at Larmer Tree Festival

This year we are making an effort to get out and enjoy the summer as much as possible. We have planned activities or mini breaks away for all our weekends off from weddings between now and winter 🤣 the first of these planned mini breaks was to camp at Larmer Tree Festival in Wiltshire last weekend. The festival is held in Larmer Tree Gardens in the heart of Cranborne Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Wiltshire/ Dorset border.

One of the things I loved the most about the festival is their focus on the environment. Festivals and large scale events (weddings too!) can be incredibly wasteful unless action is taken beforehand to counter this. Larmer Tree do their bit to eliminate single-use plastics wherever possible. The organisers ask festival goers to bring their own reusable cups, plates, cutlery and bottles to use. All bars onsite used recycled cups (which were to be recycled once again after the event) too! There were no single-use plastic bottles available at the festival but there were plenty of water taps everywhere. FRANK Water were also on hand to encourage everyone to use reusable bottles and with a wristband you could have as much filtered chilled water as you wanted 💙 the fab Bristol based charity do great work to provide clean safe drinking water and sanitation to communities in rural India and Nepal. The festival also recycles as much of the waste created as possible and any material that can’t be recycled is baled for waste energy production, so that nothing goes to landfill :)

The main reason I wanted to go to Larmer Tree Festival was to see Kate Tempest headline the main stage on the Saturday night. I’m a big fan and it was such a profound experience seeing her perform live. Kate’s new album is super emotional and more personal than previous work but it still retains poignant observations about society, human emotions and her compassion for the planet. Her set definitely made me shed a tear or two! Have a listen to her album here :)

The festival was a super fun experience and perfect for families. There were so many activities from slacklining, a silent disco held in the woods after sunset, yoga, pottery, meditation, macrame to woodland crafts, calligraphy and much more.

I would definitely recommend the festival if you’re looking for somewhere fun to go with friends or family next year.

Larmer Tree Gardens also do weddings! We would love to document a wedding here, it’s so beautiful 😍

Larmer Tree Festival 2019
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 tree with eyes
Larmer Tree Festival alien fancy dress 2019
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 main stage Gomez
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 main stage
Larmer Tree Festival Gymnastics in the trees
Larmer Tree Festival tea and cake
Larmer Tree Festival colourful umbrellas in the forest
Larmer Tree Festival ukulele in the trees
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 The Curry Shed
Larmer Tree Festival dancing and playing drums
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 reusable and recyclable cup
Larmer Tree Festival glitter
Larmer Tree Festival 2019
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 Saturday 20th July
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 colourful capes and dancing
Larmer Tree Festival
Larmer Tree Festival slacklining
Larmer Tree Festival Gomez on the main stage 2019
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 slacklining at sunset
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 at sunset
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 hula disco at sunset
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 food stalls at night
Larmer Tree Festival 2019 Kate Tempest headlining main stage
Kate Tempest headlining Larmer Tree Festival

An autumn honeymoon trip to France

2017 was a great year for epic trips abroad. In May we travelled to the US to get married  and in October we took a delayed honeymoon trip to France ♡

Two good friends of ours Lenka and Alastair (I photographed their wedding earlier in the year) invited us out to stay in their beautiful gîte 'La Bergerie' between Le Mans and Tours. We had a wonderful time exploring the local area, eating far too much delicious food and drinking excellent wine. The gîte would make an incredible alternative honeymoon getaway and I can't recommend the place enough :) 

After a lovely few days we travelled by train to Paris for a 24 hour sightseeing trip. Neither of us had visited Paris before so we were keen to see as much as we could! Unfortunately we both found the city to be such a shock to the senses in comparison to the peaceful countryside we'd left behind at 'La Bergerie'. We filled up on gluten free pastries and coffee and took another train down to some long overdue mountain air. 

Chamonix felt like a dream. The air was so fresh and the mountains so beautiful that I didn't want to leave. We spent a wonderful week here hiking, eating (notice a pattern here!?), exploring and dreaming about a simpler life. We made some big decisions during this trip about where we see ourselves in the future (stay tuned later this year to find out!) and we both returned home feeling super relaxed and happy ♡ I recommend Chamonix (out of season!) to anyone who wants to unwind and completely relax :)

The timing of our trip meant that I celebrated my 29th birthday while we were in Chamonix. We spent the day up the Aiguille du Midi, a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif which towers over the town. Taking two cable cars up the mountain and experiencing the incredible views and mountain air has to be one of the greatest experiences of my life to date. I will never forget the beautiful smell of the snow and the beautiful silence up above the clouds. I recommend the experience!

2017 was such an adventure and I can't wait for what 2018 brings - some amazing weddings and another two awesome trips in the works! 

Russell created this video of our trip, check it out :) 

Enjoy the photographs ♡ (there are quite a few...)

La Bergerie
French gîte near Loire Valley
French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Beautiful French countryside
French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Flowers in the window of a French gîte
Bedroom in French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Kitchen in French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Fireplace in French gîte
French gîte in countryside
French market
French market | vegetable market stall
French soap market stall
Two French women kissing on cheek at market
Château-du-Loir
Beautiful French town
French book swap
French chateau
French chateau and woodland
French chateau
Sacré-Cœur, Paris
Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre, Paris
Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Chamonix postcard
Chamonix France
river Arve Chamonix
This is so important!

This is so important!

French children playing in the street
Couple walking through Chamonix
Chamonix town centre with Bossons Glacier
Bossons Glacier Chamonix
Église Saint-Michel de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
l'aiguille du midi cable car
l'aiguille du midi cable car Mont Blanc
The Alps
Mont Blanc and the Bossons Glacier
The Alps
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
l'aiguille du midi
Chamonix valley
l'aiguille du midi cable car and Bossons Glacier
l'aiguille du midi cable car and Mont Blanc massif
Hiking up aiguille du midi
Hiking up Aiguille du Midi
Hiking in the mountains
Hiking up Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi and Lac Bleu
Hiker next to Lac Bleu looking up at Aiguille du Midi
Lac Bleu and Aiguille du Midi
Hiker looking up at Aiguille du Midi
Chamonix Mont Blanc
French forest
Hiker in the French forest
Walking boots
French pine tree forest
Hiker in pine tree forest
Chamonix through the trees
Chamonix waterfall
Chamonix waterfall
Lake Annecy with autumnal trees
Autumn at Lake Annecy
Boat on Lake Annecy
Lac Annecy
Boats on Lac Annecy

Our wedding road trip in California, Nevada and Utah

As we approach the end of 2017 I thought I should really get round to sharing some of the (many!) photographs I took during our elopement road trip in the US in May. Russell and I had planned a wedding in Cornwall with all of our friends and family but during the planning decided to just elope instead! As a joke we decided to go to Vegas and the idea kind of stuck. Neither of us are big city people so we opted to get married in the desert. 

Our kick ass photographer Anna Pumer not only agreed to come on the adventure with us but also suggested that we make an awesome road trip out of it. We planned to fly into San Francisco, explore Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, Vegas (just to get married, woo!) Zion National Park, the Valley of Fire and finally Los Angeles. Certainly no mean feat in such a short space of time. We totally pulled it off but if I could do it again I'd go for a month! We fell head over heels in love with Yosemite and California and can't wait to go back for a future anniversary ♡ 

Both of us would recommend eloping or having an intimate wedding if the planning is getting a little much. My parents came along with us and that suited us just fine ♡ 

Definitely get in touch if you're planning a fun wedding adventure of your own - I would LOVE to photograph an elopement. Having eloped myself I can offer as much or little guidance as you need :) 

Now for a selection of photos! - Grab a cuppa, this could take a while ;) 

Redwoods in Muir Woods
Man placing hand on redwood tree at Muir Woods in California
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge
Man travelling by tram in San Francisco
The Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39 in San Francisco
documentary photography pier 39 in San Francisco
San Francisco skyline
American flag with San Francisco skyline
Seagulls flying across San Francisco bay
Woman watching boats harbour in San Fransisco bay
Harbour of boats in San Francisco bay
San Francisco bay
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge from a boat
Close up of Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge at sunset
Couple silhouette at sunset with Golden Gate Bridge in background
Dancer silhouette in San Francisco
Hard Rock Cafe Pier 39 at night
USA-60.jpg
Yosemite viewpoint
Tunnel View Yosemite
Yosemite falls in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite falls
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite falls in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park picnic spot
We stayed in this cabin! ♡

We stayed in this cabin! ♡

Trees in Yosemite
river in Yosemite
Taking photographs in Yosemite
White rapids in Yosemite
The sky in Yosemite National Park
Driving through Yosemite National Park
A very important tea break!

A very important tea break!

Driving through California
A frozen lake in California
Snow covered mountains in California
Lake Tahoe at sunset
Lake Tahoe at sunset
A couple watching the sunset above Lake Tahoe
Beautiful sunset above Lake Tahoe
Emerald Bay at sunrise
Mountains around Lake Tahoe at sunrise
Sunrise Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe shoreline and mountains
Lake Tahoe steamboat
Trees lining Lake Tahoe shoreline
Sierra Nevada mountains
Cute sticker
June Lake
June Lake viewpoint
Woman running in June Lake
Snowy mountains and trees in California
Sierra Nevada mountain range
Sierra Nevada mountains
Hotspring in Mammoth Lakes
Zion at dusk
People hiking in Zion National Park
Zion National Park at dusk
Zion National Park with road
Hiking through Zion National Park
Hike through Zion National Park
Zion after sunset
Hike through Zion
Zion National Park
Spot the car for scale!

Spot the car for scale!

Majestic mountains in Zion National Park
Viewpoint in Zion
Road in Zion National Park
End of Route 66 in Santa Monica
Fairground on Santa Monica pier
Couple standing on Santa Monica pier
Waves in the sea next to Santa Monica pier
Tsunami sign on Santa Monica beach
Santa Monica beach at sunset
Sunset in Santa Monica California
Hotel and palm trees in Los Angeles
Palm trees in Los Angeles
Couple on Los Angeles beach
Couple laughing on Los Angeles beach