When the industry mastermind Sundari from The Wedding Stylist approached me to work on a Home Creations shoot I was instantly captivated. This was a truly organic experience – just myself, The Wedding Stylist, Sundari and the wonderful Charlotte from Verity & Thyme. Hosted in Sundari’s beautiful home, the space alone was inspiring, these two ladies brought so much more to the experience too. It really was a dream day. So often I’m guilty of creating beautiful shoots with around 18-20 suppliers. Granted, not everyone is present on the day, but it is a huge team effort and a big job! How refreshing to strip it back and just have the three of us. Natrually it does help when the super talented florist is also a mega babe and part time model. Surrounded with inspiring chat, great coffee and local food, we really did feed our souls.
When a moodboard like Sirens Song lands in my inbox I stop in my tracks. Coco & Kat had stepped into my brain! To give you you some background as to who they are, earlier last year I photographed a beautiful wedding with Katrina Otter Weddings. She is an incredible wedding planner, my goodness you’re in safe hands! Kat has now officially joined forces with Emma from Coco Wedding Venues (be sure to check out her site if you’re venue hunting, it’s an invaluable tool). Together they are Coco & Kat and the master minds behind Sirens Song!
Rebecca asked me to photograph her branding shoot for the launch of Rebecca K Events. It was such a treat for me to walk into a shoot knowing absolutely nothing and seeing all of the amazing details that Rebecca had sourced. A luxurious aesthetic with soft pink hues and stunning tulle dresses (we all love tulle, right?!) It really was so inspiring, so I hope that it fuels your moodboard too.
Primrose Hill Farm oozes opportunity and it was the perfect backdrop for a four seasons shoot. I always feel theres a lot of pressure on couples to create a theme for their wedding day – whats your colour scheme is on the tip of everyones tongues. A seasonal direction creates a wonderful opportunity in my eyes. In a world where everything is available most of the year round, the four seasons would actually do you a favour. Using seasonal flowers and food is key to ensure that you’re not only avoiding spending unnecessary money where it wasn’t needed (by trying to get out of season flowers at a premium price!) but it would enable your suppliers to select the best quality for you as they will have the luxury of availability on their side.
Fiona Perry is an incredibly talented florist based in Gloucestershire. I have been lucky enough to photograph her stunning work whist collaborating on styled shoots as well as weddings. Flowers is one of those daunting areas where you really need an expert for guidance – ideas, availability, colours, seasons and cost. Where do you even start?! Even I have learnt things in this Q&A session with Fiona Perry!
Bridal knitwear is making an appearance on the wedding scene and I love it! Earlier this year I travelled to Amsterdam for a photography conference. I find myself most inspired during my travels and therefore like to take advantage of this! I wanted to take the opportunity to collaborate on a shoot as a result of being there. As a result, I reached out to cashmere bridal knitwear designers Klaartje and Ella from Madame Seguin. Brussels based bridal designer Valentine Avoh provided the beautiful dresses for the shoot. With layers of textures and feathers the designs worked perfectly with the cashmere. The accessories from SIBO Designs brought a luxurious touch. Along with the statement jewellery from Cotton & Gems. Aesme had kindly hand drawn some bespoke botanical pieces to tie in the element of nature. The bridal knitwear “The knitwear collections are made in Mongolia by small knitting factories, made from cashmere yarn that is spun in Mongolia from fibers that are sourced from Mongolian herders. Madame Seguin’s core values include supporting the nomadic lifestyle and protecting …
I was delighted when Eco bridal designer Sanyukta Shrestha asked me to photograph her 2016 Haute Couture Collection. Her dreamy wedding dresses are infused with the tranquility of an ethereal goddess for wedding perfection. Sanyukta is one of the kindest, most genuine people you will ever meet. She is selflessly donating 10% of all 2016 collection sales to help the earthquake victims in Nepal. This is where each dress is preciously handmade. Thankfully the production team survived this tragic event, but help is still very much needed. Sanyukta’s decision to use these natural/eco fibres in her collection underlines her commitment to environment and development focusing on ‘Beauty with a conscience’. Through blending sustainability with her ethical believes, Sanyukta also intends to create opportunities for village women in Nepal, by merging and turning their traditional skills into delicate fabrics and exquisite designs. Sanyukta adds “The women of the villages in Nepal have been hand weaving fabric for centuries. The reality is, however, that this is a small cottage industry and hand looming is actually on the verge …
It’s always fun to see behind the scenes right? Mesmerised by this viewpoint, I spent my university years capturing such moments. Especially from the wings of the ballet! Taken during various commissions, these behind the scenes shots are a great insight! Below is the set up at Painswick Rococo Gardens for the editorial I shot for Cotswold Bride magazine.