A blustery Sunday morning in November I met with Sammy and Anaël at their home in Islington. Sammy Aki is the talent behind The Groom Style Consultant, she specialises in “putting together exceptional, outfits for men on their wedding day.” We collaborated on this shoot at Eltham Palace a few years back so it was great to catch up. It being a winter engagement session it was all about the outerwear, Sammy wore a black suede vintage (family heirloom) coat and Anaël wore a beautiful blue coat by Richard James (plus Sammy tells me knitwear by Anderson and Sheppard and shoes by G J Cleverley).  Sammy & Anaël are to marry next year in France – Congratulations on your engagement, this was a joy to photograph for you xx

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One cold Sunday in October a small team of creatives met in a studio in Shoreditch to create images for Clinton Lotter’s 2016 Bridal collection. I’ve always been a fan of Clinton’s work, his beautiful dresses have featured in many of Gooch & Gawler shoots and after photographing his collection for 2012/13 was thrilled to be working together again.

Clinton’s inspiration for this collection emerged initially from his love of Sade,   “Her lyrics, the way she sings. I just love that fusion of island life and Britishness”. The collection however remained nameless until shortly after this shoot, “Although Sade was the inspiration for the dresses, when coming up with a name for the collection itself it would have been all too easy for it to sound overly romantic if inspired by her lyrics. A couple of days after the shoot I heard “The Girl From Ipanema” on the radio and this song seemed to encapsulate the collection; our Brazilian model, midriff showing, a girl from a beautiful beach paradise here in London to inspire us all”.

Special thanks to Shoreditch Studios and 123 Lighting for all their help amongst The X Factor madness!

Shoot Credits:

Designer : Clinton Lotter London

London Stockist : Blackburn Bridal

Photographer : Sarah Gawler

Assistant : Ella Brown

Model : Rafaelly Xavier

Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist : Darren Evans



John contacted me from his home in Florida six or so months before he and his girlfriend, Sarah were due to arrive in London for a life changing holiday. We exchanged emails sporadically to map out the specifics of the engagement shoot and his nervousness grew as the date approached. I’m delighted to say that she said yes and so here are some pictures to prove the success of the trip! Congratulations John & Sarah x