30 June 2011

Lorraine & Bill's Wedding at Upnor Castle, Kent.

On the 29th May I photographed Lorraine & Bill's Wedding at Upnor Castle in Upnor, Kent.  I had just got my new 5D MK11 and couldn't wait to shoot my first wedding with it!!

 I got there in plenty of time to photograph some scenery and details and to ensure I was there for Bill's arrival.

It was a lovely sunny day but also with plenty of nice puffy clouds....pretty perfect from a photographers point of view!!

I didn't know what car Lorraine was going to arrive in and I was so excited when she was driven up in a GORGEOUS vintage VW Beetle Cabriolet.  Such a gorgeous car that went perfectly with Lorraine's Wedding theme.

Lorraine looked absolutely stunning as were her Bridesmaids and all of the flowers.  The venue is very grand and regal but it also has a very relaxed and informal feel about it.  It actually felt like it belonged to Lorraine & Bill as there was no strict order to the day.  The ceremony itself was really beautiful and intimate and the bride and groom were actually asked to stand and face the guests to say their vowels which I have never seen before, this just added to the intimacy of the ceremony and it really was an emotional one with both bride & groom being reduced to tears!

After the ceremony we made our way down the beautiful spiral staircase and out to the front of the Castle where Lorraine's mum had got champagne ready for everyone.

The views from the Castle are beautiful and it was such a nice space for everyone to stand and sip champagne in the Sunshine!  There are also great big Canons which made for some very cool shots...

I then took Lorraine & Bill for a wander round the castle as there were so many gorgeous locations we needed to make use of...

Jake the dog came along to the ceremony too!!! He is their baby so he just had to be there.  Just another example of how relaxed, lovely and accommodating the castle is.  I got this photo when Lorraine didn't realise and its one of my favourites.  Jake is loving the fuss from his mum!

Lorraine & Bill decided to book me after I shot their friends, Michelle & Tom's wedding last year.   It was good to see Michelle & Tom again.  Lorraine has a lovely group of very close girlfriends and it was nice to get a shot of all of them together.

After a few group shots it was then onto Medway Yacht Club.  Lorraine wanted to throw a bouquet but didn't want to use her own so her mum made another one for her to use for this.  I was so pleased because this always makes a good shot as it generates lots of expressions.

There was no top table for the meal at the Reception and this worked really well.  It continued the 'intimate' feel of the day.  I really got the sense that this was a day for Lorraine, Bill and all their favourite people.  The speeches were funny and I have to say that capturing peoples reactions during this time is one of my favourite parts of photographing a wedding day.

Another couple that were there, Danielle and Chris, have booked me for their Wedding next year at Little Silver in Tenterden.  I caught them sharing a 'look' during the toast.  Wondered if their little smile was them thinking 'this will be us next year!' :-)

A few other things that I loved and just want to mention are....

 The fabulous Cup Cakes made my Michelle Sartain...

The Irregular Choice shoes (from Schuh) worn by Bride and Bridesmaid....Love them!

The beautiful Bouquets made my Lorraine's Mum!...

Belle the gorgeous Karmen Beetle from www.vwbrides.co.uk

This couple who I thought looked sooooo cool...  I want that feather cape!!

I thought Lorraine's whole look was perfect.  It was classy but cool and had a vintage feel when teamed with her choice of accessories.  It also just shows that you don't have to spend a fortune to look fabulous on your wedding day.

Dress - Monsoon
Fascinator - Debenhams
Shoes - Schuh
Bridesmaid Dresses - BHS

I also created a small 'out takes' folder for Mr and Mrs Marley as I captured a few funny moments during the day.  They are not album images but I'm sure they made them laugh :)

Thanks so much for choosing me to photograph your wedding Mr & Mrs Marley.  I now look forward to creating your album for you x Pin It Now!

17 June 2011

Wedding of Mr & Mrs Wallace at Abbey Hotel, Minster.

My first Wedding of this year was for Sarah & Ashley.  They got married at www.abbey-hotel.net/ in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey.

I met Sarah last year at Ladies Day at Ascot where we were celebrating her sisters birthday and she asked me to be her Wedding Photographer.  Her sister Lisa is a good friend and fantastic florist! take a look at her website www.heatherandwood.co.uk

I went along to the Hotel in the morning and took photos of Sarah getting ready at the hotel.  Her adorable little girl Poppy was there along with her cousin so I managed to get some fab ones of them too.

The Makeup Artist was Emma Smisson.   Here is a link to her website www.bridalbeautybyemma.co.uk She did a great job and I hope to work with Emma in the future.

Sarah likes all things Vintage and she knew that this was the dress as soon as she saw it.  It was absolutely beautiful as were the little Bridesmaids dresses.

I nipped round to get some shots of the lads while I waited for Sarah and the girls to get ready.  They all looked very cool and they specifically wanted a Resevoir Dogs style shot...

The ceremony was so lovely and, to be honest, I dont think that the website does the venue justice.  When it was all finished it looked really beautiful and we luckily had lovely weather (although a little Windy!)  I have mailed them some of my photos from this Wedding in the hope that they will use them.

After the ceremony we quickly went up to The Leas on Minster Seafront.  I had already planned that I wanted to use some balloons so had been to collect them early in the morning.  I had an image that I wanted to create in my head and it came out just as I wanted.  Sarah & Ashley love it too,  they decided that they would like to have it on the front of their album. (designing that is my next job!) I always try to give each Bride and Groom some special shots that no one else has and I think that this was their one and probably my favourite shot...

Or maybe this is my favourite...

I can't decide.

Last of all here is some of my friend Lisa's floristry....

Go check her out at www.heatherandwood.co.uk she's fab!! Pin It Now!

Photoshoot for Remi Creed & Family at their home in Egerton

Back in May I did a photoshoot for Remi and her family. I met Remi at a 'Mums in Business' meeting I attend every month. Remi's business is Baby Massage & First Aid.....take a look at her website...www.therapiesandme.co.uk

So I went along to Remi's house in Egerton, Kent and met her little girls Isla, Esme and her husband Martin.  We went for a walk and I found that Remi had the most amazing grounds surrounding her house so right there we had a location I would usually travel miles for.

The girls had so much character (Remi described them as Minxy which I loved) and I got some fantastic shots of them in an Orchard, in Bluebells, in open fields....It was so nice to just let them run and play while I took their photos.

It was lovely that the whole family were there so I made the most of this and got some nice natural family photos for them too....

Remi didn't want anything too posed and while I did get a few for her, she is much happier with these kind of shots that show the girls and their family exactly how they are.  Perfect for me as these are the kind of shoots I enjoy the most.

When walked back to the house via the shop to get some ice creams!.....Kids and Ice Creams are always fab pics!...

After the Ice Creams they got on the trampoline with Daddy....I love these shots.  They look soooo happy.  Such wonderful memories to have captured and I don't think you can look at them without smiling...

After the trampoline I got my dressing up box out and let the girls dive in! I love anything that creates expression and these props certainly did.  Just look Esme's gorgeous little face.

So that was my morning with the Creed's.  Here are my favourites from the shoot.

And last of all just look at these GORGEOUS Hunters of Remi's.  I WANT THEM!!!

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