Sarah and Gavin's Wedding at Ely Cathedral and Swynford Hotel

Congratulations to Sarah and Gavin on their wedding day on Saturday 15th October 2011. The wedding took place at magnificent Ely Cathedral, my second visit here for a wedding this year. The drinks reception and dinner took place at the Swynford Hotel, a regular wedding venue for me set in stunning gardens, is still a top choice for many couples on their wedding day.

The day kicked off with the boys at Gavin's house in Witchford, then on to meet Sarah at her parents just down the road in Aldreth. The timing could not have been more perfect, both the Bride and Groom were running to perfect time, allowing me to capture all those important photographs. We headed for Ely Cathedral for a 2pm ceremony. This Cathedral is just stunning and as usual there was a fair share of tourists as we had the most beautiful sunshine and blue skies, unlike the week before that was typically autumnal. After a few family shots we headed over to the Swynford Hotel, just south of Newmarket. I love photographing weddings here as there are loads of great places for wedding photography and the light on Saturday was to die for... Enjoy the highlights

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Janice and Ian's Wedding at Quy Mill Hotel Cambridgeshire

Congratulations to Janice and Ian on their wedding day on Saturday 8th October 2011. The wedding took place at Quy Mill Hotel, which has recently been totally refurbished. The inside has completely changed, so much so I thought I was at a different venue!! Quy Mill is a lovely intimate cambridge wedding venue in beautiful surroundings.

It was lovely to photograph Janice and Ian's wedding. Janice booked me as I had photographed her sons wedding (Brett and Cassie) only last year and she was delighted with the results. The preparations, ceremony and reception took place at Quy Mill. Even though the weather was typically autumnal we got some lovely photographs of the happy couple. We were able to take the family pictures inside thanks to the refurbished lounge at Quy Mill. The day went really well and Janice and Ian looked so happy together. I am looking forward to show them the whole selection. Enjoy the highlights

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Georgie and Oliver's Wedding at Pine Cliffs, Albufeira Portugal

Congratulations to Georgie and Oliver on their wedding day on Saturday 17th September 2011. The wedding took place at the stunning Sheraton at Pine Cliffs resort in the Algarve, Portugal. I took my good friend and fellow professional photographer Phil Lynch with me to photograph this very special wedding in Portugal. Phil and I took the photographs together on the day from Georgie's preparations right through to the dancing in the evening.

We flew out to Faro, Portugal on the Thursday before the wedding, so we could check out the venue the day before. Its stunning location has the most amazing setting with beautiful cliff tops and the best view of the sea. It was fantastic to have guaranteed sunshine - blue skys from 7am till 7pm and hot at 27 degrees! The wedding day started with the girls getting ready while Phil was with the boys. The ceremony took place outside under pine trees over looking the ocean. We had pre arranged to go to the beach with the bridal party and got some stunning shots in a few other locations around the gardens and hotel; we were so spoilt for choice. Georgie and Oliver are such a great couple and are a joy to photograph... the wedding finished with the lighting of chinese lanterns and a big party in the beach bar.... Congratulations once again and thanks so much to Phil for his help and company. Enjoy the highlights

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Emily and James's Wedding in Thriplow and Sheene Mill Cambridgeshire

Congratulations to Emily and James on their wedding day on Saturday 10th September 2011. The ceremony took place at the Church in Thriplow Cambridgeshire where James grew up. His parents still live in the village and I photographed his sister's wedding in the same Church. The reception took place where I grew up in Melbourn... The Sheene Mill is a beautiful quintessential hotel with loads of character. Set in very pretty surroundings it is the perfect wedding venue in Cambridgeshire for intimate weddings.

I met up with James and the boys at his parents house in Thriplow where they were enjoying the Rugby, shame I had to interrupt them for photos! I then headed over to Sheene Mill where Emily was getting ready with her bridesmaids. Emily wore a stunning Ian Stewart wedding dress and she looked absolutely amazing. She was then driven in style by Paul of Runhams Cars in a beautiful Bentley to the church. The ceremony was lovely, all you could see was beaming smiles from both Emily and James! After a few family photographs at the church we went back to Sheene Mill for the drinks and dinner reception. Luckily the weather held for us to do some wedding photographs of the happy couple in the beautiful gardens. Enjoy looking through the highlights....

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Joanna and Dominic's Wedding in Cambridge and Anglesey Abbey

Congratulations to Joanna and Dominic on their wedding day on Saturday 3rd September 2011. The ceremony took place at St Andrew the Great, central Cambridge followed by a drinks and dinner reception at the stunning National Trust property Anglesey Abbey. Set in over 100 acres of stunning natural beauty Angelsey Abbey was built around 800 years ago and is an amazing setting for wedding photography. This stunning wedding venue is well worth a visit any time of year just to see its spectacular gardens.

The day started at Hotel Du Vin, in central Cambridge where Joanna was getting ready and was assisted by her two beautiful bridesmaids. I arrived early to photograph all the little details, and then met up with Dominic for some shots of the boys. We headed to the Fitzwilliam Museum just across the road from the Hotel which gave some interesting angles and architecture for the photographs. I walked round to the church as everyone knows parking and driving in Cambridge is becoming almost impossible. Even though the service was a little delayed it was perfect, with the most amazing choir who performed perfectly for this very special day. Joanna and Dominic left for the reception by horse and carriage followed by the guests in a vintage London bus. After a few family photos everyone mingled in the rose garden for drinks and ice cream whilst we took some beautiful photographs of the happy couple. I am so pleased the weather was kind for this amazing couple, it could not have been any better! Enjoy looking through the highlights....

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Elizabeth and Siôn's Wedding at St Johns College Cambridge and Longstowe Hall

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Siôn on their wedding day on Sunday 28th August 2011. The ceremony took place in the beautiful chapel at St Johns College Cambridge followed by drinks and dinner reception at my favourite wedding venue in Cambridgeshire, Longstowe Hall. Longstowe Hall is a privately owned family home, set in the wonderful English countryside providing the most romantic setting for beautiful wedding photography.

Elizabeth and Siôn were both graduates at Cambridge University and decided to get ready in College. So I met up with Liz first for the detail photographs before meeting with Siôn and the boys. There are so many wonderful photographic opportunities at St Johns College, and I felt so spoilt for choice! Everything was running perfectly to time which gave me the chance for some great pre wedding shots. The service was stunning with amazing performances given by the Choir and solo by Allan Clayton. We then headed over to the Masters Garden for drinks, a few family photographs and to listen to the Choir, who sang A cappella. We then made our way over to the other side of college for some couple photographs before they headed over to Longstowe Hall, in a classic Bentley driven by Paul Runham. A warm welcome greeted the happy couple at Longstowe, followed by a downpour, which only lasted about 15 minutes. After the rain, the light was exquisite allowing for some great wedding photography around the stunning gardens. I stayed right through for the speeches and first dance, which captured the whole spirit and different emotions of the day. Hope you enjoy looking though the highlights....there are quite a few!

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Laura and Andrew's Wedding at Ely Cathedral and Ickworth House, Suffolk

Congratulations to Laura and Andrew on their wedding day on Saturday 27th August 2011. The ceremony took place at the magnificent Ely Cathedral followed by drinks and dinner reception at the West Wing at Ickworth House. This has to be the grandest of wedding venues in Suffolk, set in acres of unspoilt countryside, this beautiful Grade 1 listed building was built over 200 years ago and has only been available for weddings in suffolk for the last 5 years.

Laura got ready at her parents home in Exning near Newmarket where I arrived nice and early for some detail shots. After she and the girls arrived back from the hairdressers I got some great getting ready photographs and a few with the bridesmaids and parents. I was a little late leaving the house, but managed to make good time for some photographs of Andrew and the boys before they got too busy with the guests. Being a holiday weekend the Cathedral was busier than usual with tourists, all who were in for a big treat with such a stunning wedding taking place! Laura was fashionably late, and arrived in style with her father. The ceremony went perfectly, but I was a little worried about the weather as it had forecast rain for the afternoon. Fortunately it held off for just long enough to do the family photographs at the Cathedral. On the 30 minute journey over to Ickworth House, it poured with rain. On arrival I was greeted by Colin, a great toastmaster who often looks after weddings at Ickworth and between us considered the very changeable weather! God was kind to us as I managed to get some wonderful shots with the car just before it rained again. The bad weather quickly passed and we were blessed with beautiful summer sunshine for the rest of the afternoon, giving Laura and Andrew the chance to get some lovely wedding photographs around the stunning grounds of Ickworth House. I hope you enjoy looking through the highlights....

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Sara and Clem's Wedding at Great Wilbraham Hall Farm, Cambridgeshire

Congratulations to Sara and Clem on their wedding day on Friday 26th August 2011. The wedding ceremony and reception took place at a beautiful privately owned wedding venue in Cambridgeshire, Great Wilbraham Hall Farm. This secluded venue is set in wonderfully calm and picturesque surroundings making it great for wedding photography.

I started with the boys who stayed at the Swynford Hotel the night before which is just a 5 minute drive from the farm. I then went over to Newmarket to meet with Sara and the girls who were getting ready at one of Sara's friends house. Sara was very relaxed and was ready in plenty of time for some photographs of her, the girls and her daughters who were bridesmaids. I then headed on to the Farm to get some informal shots of the guests. Sara arrived shortly after even though a little late in a beautiful vintage Rover. After the ceremony we started the family photos, during which the heavens opened, which in fairness was forecast. We actually saw the rain heading our way, in one massive black cloud! It must have rained for a good hour, but this did not phase Sara or Clem one bit, and we got some amazing shots of this fantastic couple. Despite the weather everyone managed to have a great time at this very intimate wedding. Please enjoy looking through the highlights of the day.....

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Donna and Jamie's Wedding at Swynford Hotel, near Newmarket Suffolk

Congratulations to Donna and Jamie on their wedding day on Saturday 20th August 2011. The wedding ceremony took place at St Mary's Church in Haverhill, followed by the reception at one of the most popular wedding venues in the area, Swynford Hotel in Six Mile Bottom just outside Newmarket.

The happy couple and Donna's parents live in Haverhill so all the prep shots were nice and close together. I paid Jamie a visit and got some cool shots of the boys in an overgrown field just behind their house and then headed over to meet the bride and the girls. Donna had six bridesmaids and two flower girls, so it was busy to say the least! Fortunately everyone was running to time which allowed for some great photographs before leaving for the church. I can't remember the last time the bride was on time, but Donna was bang on time, she was obviously very keen.... After the ceremony we took some family shots at the church and then went over to Swynford Hotel for drinks and some wedding photographs of the couple. I had a fabulous time photographing this wedding, Donna and Jamie make such a lovely couple. Please enjoy looking through the highlights of the day.....

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Mark Ashworth wins First for photography award with Velvet Magazine

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I am thrilled - for the third year running I have won the Velvet Magazine "First for Photography" award. This year Velvet magazine really pulled out all the stops for these very prestigious awards and held a fantastic event at Parsonage Barns in Wooddittion near Newmarket. The venue looked fantastic, beautifully decorated and the perfect size for this occasion. There was champagne and canapes on arrival and some fantastic entertainment. It was great to mingle with lots of local businesses, all very excited to be nominated for their categories. Velvet has a great reputation for supporting local businesses and tonight certainly showed their ongoing commitment to the business community.

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There was a raffle with some great prizes, all the money being donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity. The awards were given to 18 local businesses from in and around Cambridge and Newmarket, which were voted for by Velvet Magazine readers. To top all this on leaving everyone was presented a goody bag with lots of treats from some of the nominated companies. It was a great evening and I am very proud of this award....



Kayleigh and Joe's Wedding at Longstowe Hall, Cambrideshire

Congratulations to Kayleigh and Joe on their wedding day on Saturday 13th August 2011. The wedding took place at my favourite wedding venue in Cambridgeshire, Longstowe Hall.

The day began and Kayleigh and Joe's home in Hertfordshire where Kayleigh got ready with her bridesmaids and parents. She arrived at Longstowe Hall in real style in a vintage Aston Martin, which for any car lover was a real treat to see. Their ceremony took place inside Longstowe Hall which is so romantic. After a few family photographs we took some wonderful photographs around the beautiful gardens. Fortunately the weather was kind to us and the rain and wind held off and the sun even came out for some of the day! Please enjoy looking through the highlights of the day.....

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Clare and James's Wedding in Hadleigh, Suffolk

Congratulations to Clare and James on their wedding day on Saturday 16th July 2011. The wedding took place at the stunning St Mary's Church in Hadleigh, Suffolk. The day continued back and Clare and James's residence, nearby in Suffolk.

I photographed James's brothers wedding a couple of years back, so I was delighted to be asked to photograph Clare and James's wedding, its so lovely when you know more than just the couple at a wedding. The day started with Clare and the girls who got ready at home in Hadleigh...and she looked stunning in her bridal gown. I went on to the Church to get some shots of James and the boys and despite the pouring rain got some great shots undercover at the front of the church. Clare arrived in style by horse and carriage, and luckily it was fully covered... After photographing the family shots in church, the rain eased and on arrival at the reception we had about an hour of fine weather and even the sun shone for a few minutes. This gave us the opportunity of getting some great images of the happy couple before dinner. Enjoy the highlights!

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Shirly and Des's Wedding at Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk

Congratulations to Shirly and Des on their wedding day on Friday 1st July 2011. The wedding took place at Bury St Edmunds registry office followed by photographs at Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. The day continued at one of my favourite wedding venues, Hintlesham Hall in Suffolk for the drinks reception and dinner.

Shirly and Des's wedding was a very small and intimate celebration. They both got ready at the Angel Hotel in the town before leaving for the registry office just a few moments away. We then headed off to the beautiful Abbey Gardens which were very busy as the weather was particularly nice, a real English summers day. After some family photos and some couple portraits we headed back to Hintlesham Hall. After a great photography shoot in the grounds, Shirly and Des changed into evening wear for their drinks reception and dinner. The happy couple fly back to their residence in Shanghai in China in the next few days. Enjoy the highlights!

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Evelyn Ashworth - Born 17th June 2011

Sorry it has been a while since blogging, and even more sorry that I have not posted any images of my beautiful daughter! Kirsty gave birth to Evelyn Ashworth at 7.12am on Friday 17th June 2011 at Addenbrookes hospital Cambridge. Obviously we have been very busy over the last couple of weeks with a real shock to our system, and everyone is absolutely right - nothing prepares you for bringing another life into the world. We thought we had everything sorted......!!! Anyway Evelyn is a joy and she was born a very healthy and happy baby even though very large at 10 lbs. Here are a few images taken in the first week of her life. Much credit goes to my very talented friend Maria Murray for the last image on this post - a truly wonderful baby photographer. Thanks so much Maria!

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This last image, taken by the very talented Maria Murray - thanks so much for a great set of photographs we will both treasure forever!

Susie and Will's Wedding in Essex

Congratulations to Susie and Will on their wedding day on Saturday 4th June 2011. The wedding took place at a private residence in Essex.

Susie and Will planned a garden party for their wedding and the weather could not have been kinder! Even though it was breezy the sun shone for most of the day. The wedding took place in a small village church, and the drinks reception was followed by lunch catered by Chimneys caterers. There was lots of children at the wedding who enjoyed playing on the bouncy castle and splashing around in the water feature whilst the adults chatted with Pimms on the lawn. The wedding was a joy to photograph and I really had a great time, so I am really looking forward to showing the happy couple the rest of the photographs when they return. Enjoy the highlights!

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Toni and David's Wedding at Tattersalls, Newmarket Suffolk

Congratulations to Antonia and David on their wedding day on Sunday 29th May 2011. The wedding ceremony , drinks and evening reception all took place at the famous Tattersalls in Newmarket, a unique and first class wedding venue in Suffolk.

Usually Tattersalls in Newmarket is all about buying horses at auction, famous because its the largest of its kind in Europe and the oldest in the world, which is part of why Newmarket is so well known. Tattersalls is such an interesting venue and so very picturesque making it ideal for taking great wedding photographs. Everything took place nearby, with David and the boys get ready at the Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket, and Toni at the other end of the High Street, where she and the bridesmaids prepared for the big day at her parents home. The weather had been fairly cold the day before, but certainly warmed up and we even had a good share of sunshine for this amazing wedding. Enjoy the wedding photographs...

There will be more photographs to see in a day or two - as I am busy working on them now....!

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Lydia and Tom's Wedding at Downing College and Anstey Hall, Cambridge

Congratulations to Lydia and Tom on their wedding day on Saturday 30th April 2011. The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful setting of Downing College, Cambridge which is one of my favourite colleges in Cambridge. The drinks and evening reception took place just a short distance away in Trumpington at Anstey Hall, a privately owned 17th century country house making this a very exclusive wedding venue in Cambridgeshire.

After all the excitement of the Royal wedding the day before I was feeling very inspired about photographing Lydia and Toms wedding day. The weather had been so kind for Will and Kate, I was delighted the sun shone all day on Saturday. It was pretty windy but I would rather that the thought of rain! I met up with Tom and the boys early for some shots at Downing College, before heading over to Anstey Hall for Lydia's preparations. Everything was so calm and well organised. The wedding took place in the chapel at Downing College which is simple and stunning. After the family photographs we took a few shots of the couple around Downing College and then headed back to the reception at Anstey Hall. Everyone had a great time catching up during the drinks reception in the beautiful English sunshine. Looking forward to getting all the images ready for Lydia and Tom on their return from honeymoon.

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Sue and Wayne's Wedding at South Farm, Hertfordshire

Congratulations to Sue and Wayne on their wedding day on Thursday 28th April 2011. The wedding ceremony , drinks and evening reception all took place at South Farm, near Royston in Hertfordshire, a very popular wedding venue in Hertfordshire

Celebrating their special occasion just one day before the Royals in London, Sue and Wayne celebrated with a small and intimate wedding service and reception at South Farm. I haven't been here for sometime and wow what a venue. It's had some refurbishments and improvements both inside and out and is a beautiful and idillic place for a wedding celebration. Sue wore a very elegant wedding gown and the boys were very smart in their tails with green cravats. After the ceremony at 3pm, which Sue was a little late for - just to keep Wayne on his toes, we took some great shots in the gardens of South Farm. The weather was good as the rain held off, and it even warmed up later in the afternoon. I hope you enjoy the wedding photography taken on the day...

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Winner of Style magazine Face of Cambridge 2010 announced

I am so very pleased to officially announce the 2010 winner of our very popular competition - The Face of Cambridge. Claudia Perkins from Girton in Cambridgeshire was selected to win this very exciting and exclusive competition. I visited Louise Cummings, Editor of Cambridge Style magazine earlier in January for her to select her favourite image, and choose the Face of Cambridge. “Mark has done it again! So many amazing images and different faces to choose from.” said Louise “The standard of photography and beauty within all the entrants made this years winner a tough choice. Claudia had a very natural but striking look in her entry photograph”

Claudia win’s a beautiful piece of wall art of her favourite image worth £500, as well has gracing the front cover of the February issue of Style magazine and a feature article inside. Style magazine is Cambridge’s leading high quality fashion orientated monthly publication is available FREE in many outlets across Cambridge.

We are now looking for the Face of Cambridge 2011. For just £30 you will have a professional make up session and hair-styling, followed by a fashion shoot. £15 of this fee is donated to Breast Cancer.

Please register your interest or call to book NOW - 01638 601571

Click on the cover to download the full article.