A Rainy Foremark Cottages Wedding – Harriet & Gary

Bride and groom cut the wedding cake at foremark cottages

A Rainy Wedding at Foremark Cottages
Harriet & Gary

It’s so nice to meet a couple who really don’t care if it rains all day. Harriet and Gary were just happy to go with the flow and enjoy the day. Despite missing out on garden games in the gorgeous grounds of Derbyshire’s Foremark Cottages.

(I say meet, but I went to university with Harriet – although I don’t think she realised it was me she got in touch with to photograph her wedding. And although the name rang a bell, I couldn’t quite work out why)

Foremark Cottages is such a complete venue. A beautiful place to get ready, a great reception venue, and it also has its own little church in the grounds.

So many people tell me they just want a fun, relaxed day with their guests. Gary and Harriet really walked the talk.

Bridal preparations at foremark cottagesGroomsmen outside the church at foremark cottages
Bride and bridesmaid outside the church at foremark cottagesBride walks down the aisle at foremark cottagesWedding ceremony at foremark cottageswedding ceremony at foremark cottagesConfetti outside the church at foremark cottagesWedding guests at foremark cottagesFather of the bride's speech at foremark cottages wedding receptionBride and groom first dance at foremark cottages wedding reception

Equestrian Photography – April the Horse

So… here it is. My first foray into equestrian photography.

My mum is a enthusiastic rider and recently acquired a horse called April from her local stables. (I say local… a couple of doors down from her house in the fens)

We went to visit a few weeks ago (fittingly, in April) and she asked me to take a few pictures.

I don’t know much about horses. She’s very big and she didn’t trample on me (despite me often getting into positions where she easily could have!)

Birtsmorton Court Revisited – Kate & James

Two years ago I photographed the wedding of this beautiful couple at Birtsmorton Court (original post) . It was a beautiful day, but with all the fun that was had, we didn’t leave much time for portrait shots.

Birtsmorton Court is such an amazingly picturesque venue – you could hold several weddings there at once and I’m sure that photographers would still have a lot to explore. From the medieval moat house to the beautiful gardens.

A few weeks ago we met to create some images. They now have a small child called Andie – and another on the way.


A Winter Nottingham Cathedral Wedding – Rose & Phillip

Bride and groom laughing

“Simon, we got them!! And the photos are truly amazing! 

Thank you for being our photographer and being part of our day. Everybody told us that our wedding day would go so fast and pass us by. So Phillip and I tried to take in every moment and detail on the day. But memories do not last forever (especially when we get old and grey). So Simon, what you have done is capture the special and unique moments and given us memories that will last forever. 
Any photographer could give us photos but you have given us much more. You have captured moments, relationships, feelings and love. How you have managed to photograph the things we can’t physically see….we don’t know! But Simon…..you can and you have! 
A precious gift! A million times…..Thank you! “

Mr and Mrs Begley

Brides dress hanging

Make up artist preparing bride
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Sod my best of 2016 – This is the post you’ve all been waiting for.

Over the last 7 years I’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with this very literal, surreally perceptive little man. And I’ve been asked many times to collate his pearls of wisdom in some form.   So here is a list of ‘Felixisms’

Theres some photos too, but I know that’s not what you’re here for –
Happy new year!




Felix: maps are for finding pirate treasure

Me: some are, but some tell you how to get to places

Felix: no – that’s satnav

A Christmas Carol

Felix it’s getting frustrated at the lack of characters being eaten in Muppet Christmas Carol.

Every time a new ghost turns up -does this one eat people?

No Felix. No-one is getting eaten in this film.

So what’s it about then?



Felix: I know how to say all the colours in French.

Me: go on then

Felix: toutes les couleurs


Me: do you know what you want to buy with your birthday money?
Felix: an exit
Me: erm…. I’m not sure what you mean.
Felix: let me show you (walks out the door)… Like this, but a toy one.




Dinosaur Safety

Me (seeing all the pictures of dinosaurs around the school): have you been doing a dinosaur hunt?

Felix: yes, but with pictures of dinosaurs. For safety.

Ice cream

Felix: this is FREEZING. Why do they make ice cream so cold?


The other week Felix went to watch the speed skating at Nottingham Arena with the school. The teachers told the children that the louder they cheered, the faster the skaters would go. Felix cheered his little head off and was sent home with the class mascot for the weekend as a reward for efforts.

The other morning it was icy on the way to school, so I thought it would be a good chance to talk about the effort of just staying upright on ice, let alone whizzing along at such speed.

Felix asked if I’d ever done speed skating, and I confessed I’d been skating, but I found it difficult to stay upright and couldn’t move very fast.

Oh no, daddy, he said. It’s doesn’t depend on how good you are at skating, it’s about how loud I cheer.

The dark

Poppy: it’s dark out here.

Felix: it’s alright poppy, I’ve eaten LOADS of carrots.



Me: Felix, do you know what ‘resolve’ means?

Felix: It’s when you’ve solved something and it goes wrong again, so you solve it again.


I took Felix to meet his little brother today. He could barely contain his excitement. I never realised ‘hee-hee-hee’ was a noise that anyone really involuntarily made (outside the beano)

He’s also convinced that baby’s heads fall off really easily (I gave him a little talk the other day, and he got the wrong end of the stick… and it’s too entertaining to correct)


Third Person

Me: go easy on daddy. He’s had very little sleep and is not in a good mood.

Felix: you made up a story…. But not a real story….That’s happening now.


Felix: mummy I’ve made you a card to thank you for looking after me so well in year one.
Hazel: wow Felix . What a lovely thought. Thank you so much.
Felix: yes. I could make you two cards next year if you look after me a bit better.


Me: right we need something to cook this cake in.
Felix: …ooo how about the oven?

On the farm

Me: well there’s good news and bad news; we can collect our own eggs…
Felix: What’s the good news?

Leaving home

Felix: I don’t want to come into town. I don’t want any bread or milk.

Me: What do you want for lunch then?

Felix: Nutella on……. Cheerios with….. Actually, I’ll get my clothes.



I took Felix to see the Doctor today, she was trying to persuade him to eat his vegetables and told him carrots would help him see in the dark.

He told her he had a light in his bedroom, thank you very much.

Red Riding Hood

Felix: Did you know little miss riding hood has a red Cape?

That means she can fly.


Me: are you looking forward to going to school?
Felix: no I’m just looking at the garden, there’s the garden over there (points to window)


Hazel: Felix, can you do the splits?
Felix: I can do split diagraphs


Felix just sung me a harvest song to prove that sweets are vegetables.

(Swede, Felix… It’s meant to be swede.)


Tall stories

Felix: you know my sister? She tickles me and pushes me off the sofa.

Woman in charity shop: oh dear… Sisters can be horrible.

Felix: you know my sister? She takes my socks off and pushes me off the sofa.
Nurse: well she is only a little thing. I’m sure she can’t be that bad.

Felix: you know my sister? She hits me with sticks and pushes me off the sofa
Little boy at swimming pool: My sister chopped my head off.
Felix : She did what?!?

Superhero legs

Felix: Did you know spiderman and superman have legs? So they can walk as well!



Me: Shall we have P.I.Z.Z.A for dinner?

Felix: I don’t like Piaza

Hazel: We’re 90% of the way to not being able to do that anymore.

Thank You Cards

Felix, today we’re going to make some thank you cards for your teachers.


Because they’ve looked after you all year and taught you lots of things.

I taught them lots of things too.

I’m sure you did.

Good things……… Like when I need the toilet and when my leg was hurting and when I was too tired.



Me, explaining how felix’s alarm clock works: The hammer hits the bells like when you hit a drum kit.

Felix: Or when you hit an elephant.

Me; Why would you hit an elephant?

Felix; To get a tune.


Felix: This leg hurts. It’s getting old.


Hazel: Jen’s got 15 inches of snow

Felix (looks out window): it’s not snowing!

Hazel: Jen lives very far away, in America.

Felix (still looking out window): is she very small?

Hazel: she’s an adult, like me and Daddy

Felix: but she has to be a very small adult, like this…(curls himself up to make himself tiny)

Me: Felix, is she very small because she’s far away?

Felix: yes.


Yorkshire Pudding

Me; Felix, can you do me a favour?
Felix: Yes
Me: When you have your school dinner, can you eat just one of your vegetables.
Felix: I did, I ate my bread.
Me: Bread isn’t a vegetable. What’s your favourite vegetable?
Felix: Yorkshire Pudding
Me: Yorkshire pudding isn’t a vegetable either.
Felix: I know it’s not a vegetable, but it pretends to be a vegetable.


Felix: when Santa comes I will be blonde again

Me: you are blonde

Felix: no I’m not. I’m wearing a hat.


Felix: what are you two doing?

Hazel: daddy and I are just having a cuddle.

Felix: that better not be a special cuddle. We don’t want any more babies.