Tanya & James' Story | A New Year's Eve Wedding at The George in Rye


It was seriously hard to cut this one down…so many smiling faces everywhere, so much happiness, so much emotion. The perfect combination for a wonderful wedding!

This was my second time shooting at The George in Rye and it’s just as magical as I remembered. It actually lends itself beautifully to winter weddings. The perfect combination of understated elegance and cosiness, and the warmth of the venue really comes through in the winter months. I loved all the candles and warm lighting. Tanya & James held their wedding on New Year’s Eve and what a way to bring in the new year! They were beaming the whole day, clearly enjoying every minute of their day and that really is the secret to amazing wedding photos. If you’re in the moment, savouring it, forgetting about the camera, then the rest will just take care of itself. Tanya kept her dress a secret from until the last minute and I just loved the reaction of her bridesmaids. They were completely overwhelmed and it was a lovely moment to document.

I am over the moon they love their images. Upon seeing them I had this wonderful email. Thank you Tanya & James! xx

“Hi Dominique, What can we say but THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!  Rushed home from the office early to look at them together and WOW, what a magical way to brighten up our Monday. We are blown away by your storytelling and capturing so many special moments from our day. Never have I seen so many beaming faces in one album and seeing all the photos again genuinely let us re-live it. Thank you for capturing all the small moments as well as the big, you are an amazing talent and we feel so honored that you captured the day. Thank you a million times over.”

The beautiful flowers were by Rachel Grimes and hair was by Kate Beaumont. It truly was a magical day and I feel lucky to work with couples like Tanya & James.


A Testimonial | Linsey & Nick


I have neither enough space nor the superlatives to wax lyrical about this lady…… My photographer Dominique Bader. I spent some time looking at photographers as for me photographs are everything in capturing moments and feelings. Sama also helped me in this area but only with making recommendations in what she thought I’d like. Dominique was one of those recommendations. I loved her work on her website as to me it looks like high end editorial, romantic photos. I went to meet the beautiful Dominique at her beautiful home when I was 7 months pregnant with Florence. I did not look like a bride in waiting I can assure you……. Dominique showed me her work and I was blown away. 

I chose Dominique as my photographer almost immediately after that meeting. She was over my budget that I’d set aside for photos but take note ladies & gents – she was worth every penny……..I wanted voyeur photographs in the main; I wasn’t a fan of staged moments and was adamant I wasn’t going to have any. We talked about how it would all look and she wasn’t afraid to say to me that I should consider some group photographs. She was sooooo right. Dominique and her lovely assistant Nicky took amazing photos of my day both captured and staged moments. I loved it that she was able to tell me that I might like to look at things a little differently and not be so closed in my idea. She also listened to me though and took it on board when I said I didn’t want pictures of Nick and I kissing as we’re just not that kind of couple. She’s also a brilliant personality as she makes you feel at ease all the time. Not everyone likes having their photo taken – my husband is one of them. (Karl Pilkington takes lessons from my husband in how to be a misog – he’s very funny though, I’m talking about my husband). Not with Dominique….. He was like a changed man, he was positively enjoying himself, posing away thinking he was some poor man’s David Beckham (more like Dave from Peckham). 

I’m a lucky woman as I have beautiful high end photographs of me wearing a beautiful dress, with my husband and 2 children. In years a long time from now, my children will look at them and have these to treasure. That’s all because of Dominique and her genius and I can’t recommend her enough to any future wives and husbands who are getting married.

This wedding was planned and styled by the very talented of Sama of Utterly Wow. I am very grateful to Sama for recommending me to her clients and to Linsey and Nick for these incredibly kind words. They mean so much to me.