Kent Wedding Photographer – Rebecca Douglas Photography » Soft, natural, relaxed photography. Creatively capturing moments to cherish.

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I was contacted by a lovely family who wanted to book me for a photo shoot of their first born to celebrate her first birthday and capture some beautiful memories. When I arrived to meet Claire, James and Lily, we chatted over a cup of tea about their ideas and the lovely outfits they’d chosen for Lily. We were shooting at their family’s home and so Lily felt completely content in her surroundings as we played and captured some beautiful images around the house. The weather held so we could get out into the garden and play a little too! They’d saved her Christening dress and she still fitted in it, which made for some really pretty images. I love watching how little children interact and one of the funnest moments of our shoot was watching Lily with her intrigue of her reflection in two converging mirrored wardrobe doors. I love family shoots and am always honoured to capture special memories and these guys were so lovely to work with. If you’re interested in a family shoot, you can find out more by clicking here.

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Harriet and Joe are the sweetest pair and they had a wonderful winter wedding at West Heath School, Sevenoaks in late November. When I’d chatted through their plans with Harriet, she’d said she was so excited to see everything they’d worked so hard on coming together and most of all having all of their family and friends together. I arrived at Harriet’s parent’s and the bubbles were flowing and her family and bridesmaids were beaming with happy anticipation of the day ahead. Harriet’s David’s Bridal gown pairs with classic Louboutins just looked so pretty! We set off to West Heath School and I was really looking forward to catching up with the team there again. It looks fabulous, all decked out for Christmas, I think there is an extra magical element with Christmassy weddings, my two favourite celebrations in one! Their service was in the Red Room and the stunning weather meant that everyone enjoyed the drinks reception in the golden sun on the garden terrace. The reception was decorated with a stylish blend of whites, silver and navy and they’d hand made snow filled baubles as place names for their guests. Their portrait light was dreamy and we had a good giggle during the group shots as Harriet had ideas about some japes with their mates! There was a total wow moment in the evening as everyone gathered for their first dance and Harriet had changed into a sweetheart 60s dress which just suited her perfectly and they glided around the dance floor together as everyone ooh-ed and aah-ed. Just before I left them to party away, we popped to the Christmas tree and they danced together in the entrance by the  roaring fire. Be prepared to be romanced, this is such a sweet fairytale day!

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Sometimes when you dare to dream and say it out loud, magic can happen and thats so true of this romantic wedding inspiration shoot – Paris de Nuit. There is something enchanting and captivating about Paris, the soft cream buildings, the intricate ironwork on the balconies and couple that with the sparkle of the city lights on a crisp winters’ eve and it is simple, elegant magic. It all started with a ‘what if’ conversation with Victoria Farr Hair and Make Up who was working in Paris through December, followed by a good old email chat with editorial partner Monique at French Wedding Style and a little call to dear Karen at Rock the Frock and very quickly the concept was born. Karen found a French Poem, Paris de Nuit, a sultry, romantic verse about two lovers seeing each other in the dark of night and this set the mood for our shoot. Then something rather special happened, two artisan suppliers joined the team, with Julie Lou a dress designer making a bespoke dress and Jodi of McFayden Millinery making the timeless birdcage beret headpiece.  Inspired by the glamour and dramatic lines of the Film Noir era and a 1940s-esque feel to the mood board brought another wow moment with the stunning bouquet designed by the ever so talented Frida and Sophia Floral Design. Just look at that bouquet! The whole look for Kate and Sam was completed with Sam’s perfectly tailored suit by Chester Cordite and we were set ready to explore the city in darkness before returning to our candlelit artist’s apartment, Ancien atelier d’artiste du XIXe. I adore shooting at night, lighting things in a way that makes you think differently, letting the mesmerising glow of the city bathe the sensor. We started just after sundown at Pont Alexandre III, strolled down the boulevard to Champs Elysée with views to the Arch de Triompe. We then walked to the Arch de Triomphe du Carrousel in the Jardin des Tuilereies before reaching the iconic Louvre. This shoot felt like time stood still and working with such a great team of positive and inspirational wedding friends just made it all the better too.  I was so thrilled that one of the images was picked for Photography Farm image of the week too.

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A massive thank you goes to Kate and Sam who modelled for us and Kate named the two piece dress design, the Kate Frances – it sounds like a black and white movie classic…..so click on to be romanced around one of the most spellbinding cities in the world….

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Becky and John had a lovely wedding full of purples and warm autumnal tones at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park in November. I think I did a little dance, scrap that, I did a little dance when the guys booked me, thinking two of my favourite things colliding – weddings with a chance of stag! I arrived at the uber stylish Hilton Syon Park where Becky and her girls were getting ready. It was lovely to meet and chat to Alicia’s Bridal Hair and Make Up while she put the finishing touches on Becky’s gorgeous bridal look. Becky had picked an elegant lace dress from Miss Bush Bridalwear, teamed with amazing lace healed shoes! I loved seeing everyone gather to help her into her dress and I zoomed off to the venue to meet John and capture the guests arriving. I bumped into lovely Gwenda the floral tour de force behind The Vintage Floral Design Company – I adored the swoon-worthy blooms and floral mixes she created for Becky & John! The rain clouds cleared as they were announced husband and wife and so we popped outside onto the terrace for some photos and took a stroll around the amazing park before heading in for their wedding breakfast. Before their first dance we took a walk to the entrance of Pembroke Lodge for some night shots and headed back in to warm up and hit the dance floor for their first dance. Becky & John surprised their guests with my photo booth, to add some extra fun to their evening party and I left the dance floor packed with everyone rocking to the amazing band!

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  • January 23, 2015 - 3:26 pm

    Becky Keightley - Thank you so much again Rebecca, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you from start to finish. The photos are amazing, and a perfect way to remember a perfect day! Becky and John xxxReplyCancel