I was delighted when I was asked to take photographs at Allegra’s 18th family tea party. I have worked with the family before taking house-warming photos and with Allegra’s mum Katie photographing weddings she has been the celebrant for. She delivers the most beautiful ceremonies so I was excited to see how they had decided to celebrate Allegra’s special day.

As I expected, the house was full of warmth and laughter. Nicky from Nics Vintage Nacs supplied a beautiful afternoon tea, all laid out on vintage tea plates, which tasted as good as it looked. The drink was flowing and the sun shone, true to form Katie gave a moving speech, it really was the perfect afternoon.

I love what I do, it really is a privilege to be invited into people’s lives to document their happy times.