Becky and Jesse, Kingscote Barn

I met Becky nearly 2 years ago when she was a bridesmaid for a couple of friends whose wedding I photographed. When she got in touch a few weeks later and asked me to photograph her own wedding to Jesse I was delighted.

Becky and Jesse chose the beautiful restored 17th century Kingscote Barn in the Cotswolds as their venue, with it’s stunning countryside views and scenery. Becky wore an elegant Jesus Piero gown and carried a beautiful pastel coloured bouquet by Jacaranda Flowers of Nailsworth. Jesse looked very dapper in a grey made-to-measure suit by Marc Wallace and teamed it with a skinny tie in a vintage floral print. Their four bridemaids wore pretty pale pink dresses from Coast.

The Kingscote Barn is an amazing wedding venue and literally a photographers’ dream- the nearby cornfield made an awesome backdrop for Becky and Jesse’s portraits and the couples’ eye for detail in their planning made my job a delight!

Thank you so much Becky and Jesse for inviting me to be part of your special day xxx

 

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Laura and Luke’s Wedding at Cockington Church, Torquay, Devon

Laura and Luke married in July at Cockington Church followed by a reception at The Livermead Cliff Hotel in Torquay, which offers stunning sea views over Torbay. Laura chose a beautiful long-sleeved lace dress while the groomsmen and the couple’s 3 year old son wore blue suits.

We chose the secluded rose garden at Cockington Country Park as the perfect location for Laura and Luke’s portraits. Guests were treated to a BBQ, icecream van and tonnes of pic’n’mix to munch on. Thanks Laura and Luke for a fab day xxx
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Sam and Dan’s Wedding at East Soar Outdoor Experience, Devon

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Sam and Dan married at East Soar Outdoor Experience in late May. The farm boasts stunning views of the South Devon coastline, many quirky barns, cute animals and camping on site for guests. Sam and Dan had hoped to have their ceremony outside, however in true British fashion the weather was appalling. I’m talking rain, more rain, mist, fog and wind! Despite the weather not being as Sam and Dan had hoped, their spirits were not dampened and the day was absolutely amazing!

The ceremony took place in an intimate barn, with a log burner and tonnes of fairy lights giving it a real cosy feel. Sam wore a vintage lace dress and carried a bouquet of wild flowers. After the ceremony guests were treated to food in a huge, light filled barn with wooden palettes displaying Sam’s photos and sketches adorning the walls.

The day ended with a disco, toasted marshmallows on the fires outside (once it stopped raining!) and guests tucked into the delicious wedding cake with edible daisies on it! Yum!

Congratulations Sam and Dan xxx

Are you planning a wedding in Devon? Check out East Soar’s website here
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Hannah and Jared’s Wedding at Shilstone House, Devon

My first wedding of 2016 was Hannah and Jared’s at Shilstone House in Devon. I was really looking forward to this wedding for two reasons; firstly because it was my first of the 2016 wedding season and I couldn’t wait to get snapping again after the winter break, and secondly because I went to school with Hannah and many of the guests were old school friends whom I hadn’t seen for 15 years! (giving away my age there!)

Hannah and Jared chose the beautiful Shilstone House in Modbury as their wedding venue. Their ceremony took place in a lovely light filled barn, followed by drinks and canapes in the grand house. Finally guests made their way over to the marquee for a hog roast followed by a traditional Devonshire cream tea (jam or cream first? I can never remember!)

Hannah and Jared booked Plymouth based band The Sound (who were awesome- I highly recommend them!) as the evenings entertainment.

An amazing day for a truly lovely couple. Thank you so much for inviting me to share your special day x

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Anja and James’ Wedding at Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall

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My final wedding of 2015 was Anja and James’ at Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall. The couple were blessed with a gloriously sunny day for their Autumnal themed wedding in late September.

Whilst bridal preparations took part in the grand house at the top of the hill, guests arrived via ferry across the River Tamar and were then carried up to the house in little golf buggies.

The ceremony took part in the house with drinks and canapés served to guests afterwards in the stunning courtyard and gardens. Whilst guests made their way down to the orangery Anja, James and myself hopped into a Landrover for a little off-road drive to explore the grounds and take some portraits with the stunning scenery the venue offers.

Afterwards guests enjoyed food and drinks in the beautiful orangery followed by a live band.

Thank you Anja and James for a fantastic day xx

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Floral Ideas for your Wedding Day

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What is it about a bunch of beautiful flowers that makes everything seem a bit better? Its a cold, wet and windy winter’s day outside. Having just endured 45 minutes of what can only described as ‘half term soft-play hell’ with the twins I arrive home to be presented with a bunch of daffodils. I’m instantly smiling and life seems a little brighter. They are yet to flower, another reminder that Spring is a while away yet, but I pop them in a vase on my mantle piece and await their sweet yellow colour in the same way that I patiently await Spring time. I feels like it been raining forever.

That’s the thing I love about flowers, they bring happiness, love and life. I’ve been looking at my Daffodils and my left-over-from-Valentines-day Peonies and thinking about all the beautiful florals that I photographed last year and I thought ‘why don’t I write a little post about flowers’. So here are a few of my favourite photos of flowers from the past few years, along with a few tips on how you can make the most of florals at your wedding:

                             1. Be bold! this is the one day of your life when you can go flower crazy! Even if you aren’t that keen on flowers choose ones that suit your taste to add some colour and texture to your venue. These beautiful coral Peonies make a real statement and I love the way they have been used to decorate the chairs.

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                            2. Do something a bit different. Rather than the traditional single floral decoration in the centre of the table why not collect a range of different sized andshaped vases and fill with single flowers like Melissa did below:

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                             3. Use wild flowers- this was a big trend in 2015 with many brides opting for the ‘straight out of a meadow’ look and personally I wish I had done something similar at our wedding. I love the relaxed bohemian look of wild flowers and Becky’s bouquet below was stunning and suited her style of wedding perfectly.

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                    4. Don’t forget the groom! Foliage was another big trend in 2015 with many brides and grooms opting for just greenery. I really like the textures in Sam’s button holedesign and James’ mix of berries, leaves and florals suited his Autumnal wedding perfectly.

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5. Get personal! Add a personalised badge to your bridesmaids bouquet:

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6. Keep it simple. I love that Clare choose a stunning powder blue Hydrangea to compliment her bridemaid’s dresses. The maids’ ivory Gypsofilia completes the look perfectly.

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Check out the link below for more amazing florals:

http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/floral-decor-ideas-for-weddings/

 

Credits

http://www.busbyandfox.co.uk/p/flowers

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Becky and Ben’s Beautiful Teepee Wedding

Becky and Ben married on a hot sunny day back in July. Their ceremony took place in All Saints church in Brixham, followed by a relaxed teepee reception held in Becky’s parents’ garden. Becky wore a stunning gown by Anna Cambell and her hair was braided into a fishtail plait creating a stunning bohemian look.

The bride and groom chose a secluded cliff side location in Berry Head Country park to have their portraits, followed by a relaxed meal and plenty of dancing to The Shrine Band.

Becky and Ben included loads of cute little personal details as seen in the photos below. Enjoy!
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Thanks to Josh from Iska Media for second shooting :)
 

 

DIY Details

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DIY details at weddings are just adorable and hugely popular. Are you currently planning your big day and want loads of personalised quirky details that your guests will remember forever?

Here are my Top 5 Tips for doing DIY well:

  1. YOU HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT! Don’t do DIY if you’re looking to save a few pounds or ‘because it’s the popular thing to do’. Once you commit to making 50 metres of bunting, 100 pompoms or personalised hand written place settings you have to enjoy the experience and look back on it with happy memories. If it becomes a chore or stresses you out it’s just not worth it.
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Topaze and Chris created a map themed seating plan and name tags.

 

2. Get friends to help you! Not got a creative bone in your body? Ask your friend who just loves all things crafty to help you. People LOVE to be involved in wedding preparations. If you know someone who sews for a hobby and you fancy your groom to have a personalised pocket square, speak to them!

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3. Involve your guests. I photographed a gorgeous wedding on a farm last summer and all the guests were asked to take part in a ‘Bake Off’. The bride and groom asked them to bring either a sweet or savoury treat that was then judged by the bridal party and used as the evening buffet! Perhaps you could ask guests to create a drawing of themselves which then form their name places or the seating plan?

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4. Do your research. Use Pinterest to get ideas and use Youtube for tutorials on how to produce your chosen DIY details. Practice with plenty of time ahead of the wedding to allow for a few mistakes.

5.  Get shopping! Visit places like Hobbycraft, The Range and craft shops for ideas but look online for cheaper deals. Places like Ebay and Etsy do some gorgeous materials. Also look in charity shops, especially for vintage pieces. My husband and I collected 120 teacups to give out as favours, all sourced from local charity shops.

I hope that these tips help you whilst planning you big day. Have fun! x

 

The Illuminated Collective Workshop

I have wanted to take part in a workshop for a while; to develop both my photographic and styling skills but to also meet like-minded professionals in the wedding industry. When I saw the Illuminated Collective Workshop advertised I knew it was an opportunity not to be missed.

The workshop took place last May at the stunning Barnsley House in the Cotswolds. The aim of the day was to bring together beautiful styling with photographers who are interested in working with film.

As soon as we arrived at the venue we received a warm welcome from the organisers Jessie Thomson (styling), Ashlee Taylor-Barnes and Holly Rattray (both Fine Art Film Photographers). Every attendee was presented with a welcome pack, containing a range of goodies including discount vouchers for other wedding vendors, which was handmade in a lovely pastel fabric.

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We enjoyed fresh coffee and croissants as we read through our packs and introduced ourselves. Then the fun really began… the 16 attendees were divided into 2 smaller groups, enabling us to have plenty of time and space in the grounds of the hotel. The day was divided up into ‘details’, ‘engagement portraits’, ‘bride and groom’ and ‘bridal’ portraits. Jessie and her team made great use of the stunning grounds and as the sun shone down on us I realised just how lucky I was to be part of such a fab day.

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We had gentle guidance from Ashlee and Holly to help us with posing the couples, if we needed it. Working in smaller groups meant we were able to bounce ideas off each other and get to know the other attendees well. When I received my scans back from UK Film Lab I was delighted with the results. I used a mixture of Portra 400 and Fuji 400 (Full list of vendors at the bottom of the page)

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Vendor/ Suppliers:

Illuminated Collective: www.fineartwedding.com

Mentors:

(Photography) Ashlee Taylor Barnes: www.taylorbarnesphotography.co.uk 

Jessie Thomson (Stylist) – JessieThomson Wedding and Events: www.jessiethomson.co.uk 

Holly Rattary – Belle and Beau Photography: http://belleandbeaublog.com 

Assistant Stylist – Georgia Westwood: www.westwooddesign.co.uk 

Venue – Barnsley House: www.barnsleyhouse.com 

Florist – The Rose Shed: www.theroseshed.co.uk 

Linen – Table to Dine For: www.tabletodinefor.com

Stationery – Juliet Grace Design: www.julietgracedesign.com

Cake – The Natural Cake Company: http://thenaturalcakecompany.co.uk 

Bridal Boutique – The White Rose Bridal: www.thewhiterosebridal.co.uk 

Engagement Dresses –Maids to Measure (from The White Rose Bridal): http://www.maidstomeasure.com 

Wedding Gowns– Johanna Hehir (from The White Rose Bridal): http://www.johanna-hehir.com

Hair Accessories – Kelly Spence (from The White Rose Bridal): www.kellyspence.com

Jewellery – Astley Clarke:  www.astleyclarke.com 

Crockery, Cutlery, Glassware – Helene Millot: http://www.helenemillot.com

MUA – Nina Norman: www.ninanorman.co.uk

Hair – Nicholas White: http://www.nicholaswhite.co.uk 

Goody Bags – Lizzy May Design: www.lizzy-may.co.uk

 

 

In the studio with Beau Tie

Are you currently planning your wedding and want something a bit different for your groom? Or perhaps you are a guest at an upcoming wedding and looking for something dapper for your man to wear? Look no further…

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 A few months ago I was lucky enough to visit the studio of British designer Emma Phipps of Beau Tie, who specialises in making men’s accessories (bow ties, pocket squares and skinny ties) hair bows and women’s bow ties. Emma’s products are lovingly handmade from carefully sourced fabric including vintage and recycled material. The “English Gentleman” image is what inspired Emma to start her company. Many of Emma’s customers are grooms looking for something a bit different for their wedding day.

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 Nowadays grooms are taking more of an interest in what they want to wear on their special day, and as a wedding photographer I am seeing more and more grooms teaming their outfit with quirky accessories. Over the past year I have photographed cute bow ties, pocket squares with maps printed on them, brightly coloured bird cufflinks and vintage Ted Baker shoes. Men love to accessorise just as much as us girls! Hand made is HUGELY popular right now and the last few years have seen websites like Etsy grow in popularity as brides and grooms want something bespoke for their special day.

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 If you are a bride or groom looking for something a bit different then check out the cute bow ties, skinny ties and pocket squares. Emma also makes hair bows for women, perhaps ‘his n hers’ matching bow ties would make a quirky addition for your evening outfit?

I fell in love with Emma’s studio as soon as I walked in. I had a sudden urge to dig my sewing machine out as soon as I got home and start sewing! Hundreds of pieces of coloured fabric are organised in harmonising colour order on shelves, mannequins have skinny ties draped around them, a vintage sewing machine sits near the window and a map of the world, complete with pins in the countries Emma has sold to, adorns the wall.

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After seeing the fantastic quality of the bowties first hand I put a request in for two little matching bow ties for my twin boys! As Emma worked on her machine and I snapped away on my Canon 1V, we got chatting about her business:

1. When and why did you start up your own business?

I started making the initial plans and setting up in October 2012 so I’ve just gone into my third year (which is crazy!). I studied fashion with business at Portsmouth University and, after graduating, worked in a few retail jobs. But I knew my passion was to run my very own business so I started looking into ideas and making plans. I’d always been into men’s fashion, particularly the well-dressed gentleman, so it was a logical step for me to create products that could enhance that look. I began working hard on my days off and evenings after work to really build it up. It didn’t take long for me to realise that if I wanted to put my whole heart and soul into it, I would need to put more time in, so in July 2013 I took the plunge to become full-time self-employed, and I’ve never looked back!

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2. Who is your target customer?

My main customer base is brides (and sometimes grooms) looking for their ideal groomsmen accessories to help them look super dapper! I often get custom requests and work with the customer to help create something original for that special day.

 

3. What are the benefits of running your own business?

There are many benefits to being your own boss! You can be flexible with your days/weeks, work to your own deadlines and run with your decisions without having to check with others. You are in control of your own time which sounds (and sometimes is) very daunting, but it’s a very powerful feeling too! You become a bit of a one man band so you have to be super motivated, organised, work incredibly hard and time management is key, but I’ve learnt so much and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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4. What advice would you give to grooms when planning their wedding attire?

Good suit, good shoes and good hair, followed by attention to detail with your accessories- don’t be afraid of prints, and colour! I love the inspiring ideas my customers come up with, and it’s so rewarding when I get to see the final results being worn in their wedding photos!

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All images are shot on Kodak Portra 400

Beau Tie’s online shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeauBowTies