Danielle & Jason’s Paris Engagement Shoot Prize!

Earlier this year I teamed up with Creative Brides, a fabulously inspirational empire of all things wedding magazine, blog and supplier directory and Eurostar to give away a trip of a lifetime to win an engagement shoot in Paris! The lucky winners received news on Valentine’s Day and we set to work planning Danielle and Jason’s engagement shoot in Paris. It was total luck that they’d actually got engaged in Paris and so we retraced their day in Paris and I felt like there was such great story to tell from our time together. Before the shoot, the wonderful Florist in the Forest offered to make a stunning colour popping floral crown and Whippy Weddings created some bespoke stationery with tickets, luggage tags and a save the date. We arrived at Ashford International to set off before the sunrise and after gassing away on the train like old mates, we arrived in Paris and were treated to the most glorious weather on the day. I’ve picked out a small selection of images from the day and the rest will be revealed in the next Creative Brides Magazine in September! I totally love being just a ten minute walk from Ashford and then being whisked to Paris in under two hours just makes it feel like the day was a dream! I would totally love to shoot more destination engagement shoots and weddings so do drop me a line if you’ve got plans to travel abroad and have the peace of mind for a UK photographer to come with you.

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{Travel} Barcelona – Parc Guell – Las Ramblas – Port Vell – Barceloneta – Jardins de Mossen

I woke up naturally with gorgeous burnt red light filling our hotel room, since we were so high up we slept with the curtains open and it was such a treat to just wake up and not have an alarm squawking at us! The city looked so still as the dawn broke. After a Gaudi filled first day in Barcelona our pilgrimage continued and took us to Parc Guell. There were two really inspiring quotes from Gaudi that I read at Sagrada Familia exhibition and I’d been thinking about them a lot over night:

“The great book, always open and which we should make an effort to read, is that of Nature”

”With the flowerpots, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, cheered by the clucking of hens, the song of the birds and the buzzing of the insects, and with mountains of Padres in the distance, I captured the purist and most pleasant images of nature that is ever our mistress. ”

For anyone that knows me, knows that I love nature, the free birds in the sky, beautiful flowers that colour our days, the scent of the saline breeze at the sea, the ebb and flow of a river; and so to read these quotes really made my heart swell. I decided that I wanted to try and read the great book while I was in the beautiful natural environment of Parc Guell and so I undertook a study of the plant life, the shapes, the shadows, the patterns and the lines as I wanted to try and capture some of those pure, pleasant images of nature that Gaudi once spoke of.

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{Travel} Barcelona – The Pyrenees – Sagrada Familia – La Pedrera

A wee while back Mark and I had an epic week off visiting some of our favourite cities. We started in beautiful Brugge, then enjoyed Paris in springtime (which I wrote about here, and here, and here!) and our final leg was to our favourite place in the world, Barcelona. We have such a soft spot for this city as we used to head there to see Mark’s brother when he lived out there. It is somewhere we know and feel like we instantly slot in and both of us are a bit in awe of Gaudi’s architecture. We got an early flight from Gatwick and saw the snow capped Pyrenees glistening in the morning sun. We flew with Monarch and were so looked after on board and arrived feeling fresh at about 10am and got a train and tube connection straight to Sagrada Familia. The queue was already around the block but we knew we wanted to go in. Last time we went must have been 5 years ago, you could go inside but were funnel round with big blue chipboard partition walls. Even then we had a sense of its enormity, but nothing had prepared us for what we were about to see. It was finished inside, we both walked in through the doors looked up and just felt ourselves slowly drifting to being still. I remember looking up, around and felt my jaw drop. I was holding my breath, trying to choke back the warm, saline beads of tears running down my face. It was completely disarming. I found Mark’s hand, with my gaze still transfixed and then we locked eyes and it was just me who had welled up! As we looked around so many people had had the same reaction as us. We lost track of time in there, just being, it was the most uplifting experience and I just can’t get my head around how a building as magnificent as this was in someone’s thoughts. What a brilliant mind! So for now a few photos and I’ll continue my tales about La Pedrera further down the post….

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{Travel} Springtime in Paris

On our second day in Paris we woke up with a spring in our step. It was another lazy, hazy, sunny day and so we packed up our bags, donned our Vans and hit the cobbled streets of this glorious city. We were starting to feel the burn of climbing so many buildings and walking a lot from our first day and sunset chasing, so we decided to take things at a leisurely pace. We walked down the Champs Elysee and hopped onto the bus to the Eiffel Tower. When we arrived, we grabbed a bag full of treats from the lovely patisserie on Avenue de la Bourdonnais and headed off to find a lovely spot to chill out. We found the most beautiful tree totally ladened with blossom right beneath the Eiffel Tower. It was such a warm day for the start of March and it was really quiet around the park. We read our books (I was reading Just my Type a great book about typefaces, which is a cool read!) and nibbled at our picnic and just felt so relaxed. Our train wasn’t until 7pm and so we had a few hours and Mark wanted to head up to Montmartre to see the Sacre Coeur. We got a bus which whistled across the city and we got off too early, which we discovered when we arrived at a cafe and they pointed at the steps and laughed! So, we did the sensible thing of fuelling up with a tasty espresso before we took on the climb. We approached the Sacre Coeur from a different way to the way I had been before and we came across the cute village off to the side of the cathedral. After another coffee, we drifted down the hills to the Gare de Nord before jumping on the Eurostar back to Ashford.

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Golden. Bridal Styled Shoot.

So, a little while ago, a group of amazing suppliers in Thanet asked me if I wanted to work on a shoot with them and when they described the magic of Golden, I was in with bells on!! We were all in love with the shimmering metallics of the season and so the shoot focused around gorgeous golds and soft pinks. We did a bridal boudoir shoot which you can see here, it is just stunning with beautiful lingerie from Ell & Cee. I can’t rave enough about the lovely folk who collaborated on this shoot, they are super talented! Rebecca Brown Make Up created the flawless make up which just emphasised Kelly’s gorgeous golden glow, this was coupled with the striking hair that Hannah from JoJo’s Hair and Beauty crafted. Nails ByDebbie brought the glitter glow through with gorgeous gold nails and Flowers by SP created a stunning Urn display and a gorgeous blush pink hand tie bouquet. The shoot took place in the wonders of The Bridal Gallery in Broadstairs, a must visit if you’re looking for your dress! I loved the light that cascaded through in the afternoon, just adding the extra finesse on the golden feel of the shoot. A special thanks to everyone involved for being so epic and lovely Kelly, our Golden Goddess!

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{Travel} Sunsets and Nightfall in Paris

Back in March, Mark and I had a rather epic week hitting up three cities in Europe. I wrote about our time in Brugge here, and our first spring time stroll in Paris here. I wanted to break up the photos as the mood of the city changes so much in different lights at different times of the day. After an afternoon nap, we headed out down towards the River Seine to pick out a spot for sunset. I knew I wanted to head to Pont Alexandra III, the most beautiful bridge in Paris and if not the world (possibly rivalled by The Charles Bridge in Prague). I love the lamps and the ornate sculptures and how these frame the Eiffel Tower in the distance. We must have been there for about an hour and just enjoyed watching the sun slip away behind the cityscape and a clear night sky grow from faded pastels to an electric blue. Once night had fallen we walked back to the bottom of the Champs Elysee and got a bus up to the Arc de Triomphe. I really wanted to go up at night time and look across to the Eiffel Tower. There were restoration works being done but there was just enough room to stretch around to see the lovely Eiffel Tower glistening away! We watched the chaotic traffic circle around us, there was no logic to the etiquette, a free for all and a few times we gasped at near misses! I love being up high in cities and looking at life go on around you when you’re enjoying a moment of stillness. This was a pretty moment of stillness with all of the city lights sparkling away so gently. I messed about with some double exposures and here’s one of my favourites, the Eiffel and the Seine….

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Lauren & Dan’s Great Higham Barn Wedding in Kent

Lauren & Dan have been so excited in the build up to their amazing wedding week and I have got more and more excited as they have shared their dreams and their day drew closer. They send me an invite and I had a little glimmer into their minty coral colour pops and was blown away to hear that Dan had completely made the invites, they were stunning! They wanted to have a really relaxed day focused on their friends and family and fell in love with the Great Higham Barn at Doddington near Faversham. It is part of Mulberry Cottages and you can hire the exquisite barn and complex of cottages for the whole week, which is what these guys did and had their wedding in the middle of the week long wed-fest! When I arrived, the gentle haze in the sky softened the glow of the sun into the heart of the barn and the tables looked so pretty with bright white spring blooms. Every way I turned, really tiny thoughtful details had been crafted all by Dan and Lauren arranged the flowers! There was a lovely air of calm as friends and family chipped in to get the barn fit for the best wedding party! We all zoomed off to the Archbishop’s Palace for their lovely ceremony which was full of giggles and proud fist pumps as they were announced husband and wife!! Back at the barn, the perfect weather meant everyone was able to kick back and enjoy the gorgeous countryside. They trusted me with ideas for photos, heading off into the fields and around the woodland. I was so looked after and even had a set at their table and just felt part of their special day and adored the thank you gift – I heart you guys!! Once night started to fall we hit the woodland area with an outdoor hot tub. Dan had rigged some fairy and festoon lights which just added to the dramatic night time shots we got! Dan’s brother is in epic band Rumblefish and I left the guys rocking the night away. Check out these happy photos, I love their smiles and laughter :)

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Super Supplier: Bellaboo and Beau

Sometimes in life your kindred spirit suddenly flickers in and makes life a bright and vibrant place. I think it is fair to say that is the case for me with wonderful Jenny Sinclair the brains behind Bellaboo and Beau, an effortlessly quirky wedding styling and creative design agency. I first met Jenny at a shoot organised by Creative Brides last year and then we got to work together on a rather special shoot which has just this week been featured on Love My Dress. The Deco Disco was Jenny’s brain child, she had an epiphany to use neon in the shoot and team it with glitter , a premonition ahead of time as everywhere you turn bright neons and glitters dominate this season! So, if you’re looking for a wedding stylist who has vision, creativity and an infectiously wonderful personality to help you realise your wedding dreams and take the strain out of styling and making things pretty, then Jenny is going to be heaven sent for you! I’ll hand over to her to tell us all about Bellaboo and Beau!

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For more images from our Deco Disco Shoot, click here.

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Hollie & Darren’s Joyden’s Wood Engagement Shoot

I met up with Hollie and Darren at the very serene Joyden’s Wood for their engagement shoot. It was a totally still, gloriously crisp afternoon in March and we pretty much had the woods to ourselves. We ambled along the winding paths chatting away excitedly about their April wedding and how their plans are coming together. We arrived at the most stunning clearing as the golden sun was dipping away behind the trees. I may have been secretly cartwheeling inside feeling blessed for the magic light. There is something so refreshing being outside in the natural environment and a joy to capture these two who are so in love!

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Golden. Bridal Boudoir.

Back in February I got a phone call from fabulous florist Sally Parks who runs Flowers by SP in Broadstairs. She’d got a team of super suppliers together in Thanet with a concept for a rather glorious shoot and I was delighted to be invited to be part of it! We were all in love with the idea of a golden metallic fashion-esque bridal boudoir shoot. Rebecca Brown created such a striking make up look coupled with the curled locks by Jo Jo’s Hair and Beauty, there was a real glamorous 70s boho feel to Kelly’s look. Ell & Cee have the most stunning lingerie, sexy lace and sheer silks and should be your first port of call for your bridal lingerie, they really have such luxurious pieces and a dedicated honeymoon selection. Sally made the stunning statement rose ring and matching garter which looked wonderful next to the gold metallic nails by Nails byDebbie.  She also created a hand tied bouquet with hot pinks and a wonderful eye catching urn. The backdrop was the stylish Bridal Gallery in Broadstairs which is a total treasure trove of beauty! There’s a part two to this shoot with a bridal shoot too, but for now, I’ll leave you with this smouldering boudoir shoot, here’s Golden.

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