Autumnal Apple Fayre at Perry Court Farm

Its not often I take my camera out and just shoot anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE photography and what I do, but days off are filled up with life admin (boo!) and catching up with precious people (yay!). Today, Mark and I did said life admin and then headed out to Perry Court Farm near Ashford, as I’d seen their ‘Apple Fayre’ advertised as I drove around town and it sounded rather lovely. And indeed it was, today was one of those days where it was good to be outside, appreciating nature. I was surprised to learn that they grow over 200 different apples and so many of them were on show today. We both fell in love with the Farm Shop, it is so well stocked, now we know its there we are getting excited about shopping each week and buying locally grown produce. I love that our local Willesborough Windmill produce flour, can’t wait to make some bread with the raw ingredients being made just a mile from our house! Life has been galloping along at such a pace since we moved here 13 months ago that we’ve not had time to explore. This little afternoon out in the October sun with my boy by my side has filled me with contentment and to top if off, our garden was being bathed in glorious golden sun and the last of our pink cosmos looked so pretty, I had to grab a few shots. We’d sewn seeds of wild flower mixes and this one has still been going strong through the start of autumn. The kittens came out to play too before we headed indoor for Yorkshire Tea and more of Mark’s left over birthday cake! Hope you all had a great Sunday enjoying the fabulous weather.

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Chic and romantic wedding inspiration at a French Chateau

So, earlier this summer, I set of with a fabulous team of suppliers to head to a French Chateau in the Picardy region for shoot full of destination wedding inspiration. We arrived at the tiny, sleepy village of Neuvillette, and were wowed by our glorious location, the Chateau Neuvillette. Its just an hour and a half from Calais and I always marvel at how refreshing it is to be close to such vastly different architecture and landscapes. I was thrilled with Jenny at Bellaboo and Beau  came on board to lead on styling the shoot and as our brains collided we pulled together two completely contrasting shoots. I have always been an admirer of Karen and her dresses at Rock the Frock Bridal and wow did she have some beauties for Sarah to wear for this shoot! So elegant and timeless with a real wow factor when teamed with 
hair accessories by Evie Oliver 
 and the veil by Dornellie 
 The statement mint suiting was from a tailored range by Moss Bros and the colour is just wonderful! The as-maaa-zing hair and make up looks were created by Veriry of Vanity Box and it was even her birthday on shoot day!
 The sublime rustic flowers were designed and made by talented Fiona at Anemone Blue Florist, I just adore her use of colour and texture! I was thrilled that lovely Kate and Steve joined us with videography by Skinny Boy Weddings, their work just blows me away every time!
 Jaw-dropping jewellery designed for the shoot was by amazing artisan Ami Blastock Jewellery and the show stopping sweet pea cake was crafted by wonderful Liz from Sylvia’s Kitchen – the detail in the design makes me tearful and I am in awe of her work! The charming stationery complete with French love quote was designed my Emma who owns ELS Designs Wedding Stationery
 . The pretty lace garters are hand made by talented Charlotte of Atelier Rousseau as well as the lovely horse shoe. Styling and epic accessories that you’ll see in the images showcase the skills of Artcuts  who make lovely bespoke letters, the lovely ladies at Bubblegum Balloons 
and gorgeous papery pretty decorations from Pipii. This shoot was such a treat to work on with each supplier so passionate and skilled in what the do and all of us sharing the ambition to work on destination weddings more.

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Stanley’s Newborn Shoot

Cute alert!! I never fail to marvel about the magic of nature especially with newborn shoots and meeting lovely Stanley.  I love how perfectly formed finger and toe nails are, I am just in awe of a new borns new-ness! Beth had booked her shoot with me when she was about half way through her pregnancy as she knew she wanted a lovely event in her diary to focus on as the weeks passed by with her pregnancy. We chatted through how she wanted to shoot to feel, with a mixture of natural shots, at home with the family and some cute portraits too. Newborn shoots are always great between 7-10 days as they are still snoozing a lot between feeds. When I arrived, I was greeted by Mr Darcy, their gorgeous and energetic pointer, I love this breed of dog, such wonderful friendly animals and Mr Darcy was definitely very handsome too! I loved all of the cards and flowers around their house celebrating their new arrival and the gentle morning sun just added to the relaxed and dreamy atmosphere. I love to use items that are around each family home rather than have a standard backdrop or accessories that I use as each shoot is unique to that family this way and being allowed into someones home to document this treasured time is a really honour. So, get ready for total cuteness overload this morning as I am delighted to share some pictures of Stanley with his very proud Mummy and Daddy!

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Models needed: Paris at night

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Paris at Night - Couple Casting LOW RES

An all start team who are passionate about the wedding industry and in love with the love and romance of one of the most amazing cities in the world are looking for a lucky couple to model in an upcoming shoot. Paris at night will take place on Tues 9th December 2014 and an all star line up with Editorial Partner and Table Styling from Monique at French Wedding Style, a bespoke dress designed exclusively for the shoot and named in your honour by Julie Lou and Rock the Frock Bridal Boutique,  Hair and Make Up by Victoria Farr Make Up and Hair Artist,  Florals from Frida and Sophia Floral Design and photography by me! The lucky couple will be treated to a once in a lifetime experience of starring in a romantic nighttime shoot in Paris. Return travel from Ashford, Kent to Paris and overnight accommodation will be included. Couples will need to be able to travel to Ashford to meet the creative team for departure on the morning of Tues 9th Dec 2014 and return will be the following afternoon/evening on Wed 10th Dec 2014. To be considered for this shoot, please email hello@rebeccadouglas.co.uk and say why you’d love to come to Paris, along with a photo of yourselves. Closing date is 5pm on Fri 10th October and the lucky couple will be contacted by Wed 15th Oct 2015 at the latest to discuss arrangements.

Tiff & Bright’s Wickham Bishops Essex Village Hall Wedding

I don’t even know where to start with saying how amazing Tiff and Bright’s Wickham Bishops wedding was back in August! I got to hang out with them in Greenwich for their engagement shoot earlier in the year and so I was already excited hearing about their plans and their two families coming together. I travelled up to Essex the night before and stayed  in a lovely airbnb cottage and Belinda and Noel really looked after me! It was nice and close to Bright who was getting ready at Le Bouchon with his best men and I captured some relaxed shots of them chatting and getting excited! I loved Bright’s tie, his Mum had arranged for them to be made in Ghana and bought them over for the whole grooms party, the colour popping pink looked great with his suit! I then zoomed on to Tiff’s Mum’s where she was getting ready and her eight bridesmaids arrived through the morning and the excitement grew! I was in total awe of Tiff’s dress, handmade by the very talented Charlotte from Wilden Bride using lace from her Mum’s wedding dress – how special is that? I will never forget Tiff’s excitement as her floral crown arrived. The amazing Cappy from White and Winsome made her day, just check out her reaction!  Bright had arranged for a vintage car to pick Tiff up and take her off to the church. I chatted to their lovely Reverand, Geoff Bayliss who led one of the most uplifting wedding ceremonies I have ever been part of. As a surprise for their guests Tiff & Bright had organised for Leytonstone City Mission Gospel Choir to sing. I can’t find the words, I was just blown away by the sound and the togetherness that their music brought, everyone was clapping, singing and dancing. Tiff walked into ‘Lovely Day’ and other songs through the ceremony included ‘O Happy Day’, ‘This little light of mine’ and her Step Dad got up and played bass for ‘One Love’. I felt so spoiled to be their with them, my two creative outlets of music and photographer blended, and I clicked away to the rhythm that the congregation and choir beat out. After their ceremony, the newlyweds grabbed two giant balloons and walked their congregation through the village to the hall where Asma from Darjeeling Express had catered a feast of Indian Street food. They had bought on wonderful Sama from Utterly WOW Wedding Planning and design to help with their planning and on the day co-ordination and she was a total dream to work with! Guests had been challenged to a Great British Bake Off and Mary Berry even made an appearance for the judging, check out the most hilarious cake too! Their speeches were really wonderful and ended with everyone getting their favour of a personalised shot glass saying ‘this shot glass was stolen from Tiff and Bright’s wedding’ and a massive countdown to a group downing of the shots from their DJ who got the dance floor filled and there was an epic dance off. Just before their first dance Bright and his groom men changed into stunning traditional dress and their first dance were played by their band.

Click here and listen to some gospel while you look through, turn it up loud, you will be smiling all day! I will treasure the feeling of seeing these guys and their families rejoice to this forever. It was such a special day seeing two best friends and their families come together and I feel pinch myself lucky to have been part of it.

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The Artisan Album has arrived!

I am so excited to announce a very gorgeous new album range, my Artisan Albums from globally renowned Queensberry Albums. They are a prefect addition to my existing range of Story Book Albums and Luxe Albums, with each album having unique and irresistible features! So, here’s the low down, they are handmade 14”x10” leather bound Artisan Album with a range of super gorgeous leathers and you can have your names embossed in the leather. It really is simply gorgeous and elegant, with pages which are a mounted overlay style, with the photo mounted behind a card frame and with clean cut edges, there is no edging or corners. It is so beautifully presented, protected in a velvet bag and kept safe in a bespoke box. The Tintoretto paper has a gorgeous texture and images are printed using six-colour digital offset technology. It is a timeless way to treasure images from your special day.

The Artisan Album features Hanna & Jimmy’s gorgeous wedding which you can see more of here and I photographed the album in the lovely Glass House at The Secret Garden and you can see more Secret Garden Weddings that I have shot by clicking on the names: Zoe & Dan, Jenny & Dom and Sophie & Grae!

If you’re interested in the album, please do email me for more information at hello@rebeccadouglas.co.uk.

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Sally & Paul’s Romantic Scotney Castle and Vineyard Wedding

Sally and Paul had the most romantic fairytale wedding at Scotney Castle and The Vineyeard.  It has been so much fun getting to know them during their planning and I loved that they had creative ideas about their photography which we weaved into the day. We started bright and early for Sally’s morning prep at The Vineyard, a gorgeous elite pub in Lamberhurst to find wonderful Katherine from Florist in the Forest putting the finishing touches on the floral arch. She was being pampered by a dream duo of Ellie from The Beauty Aisle and Liz from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair and wow Sally looked amazing, her hair just looked stunning. There was such a relaxed atmosphere, with chilled classics playing on the stereo and pancakes and fizz flowing! I adored Sally’s dress and she was so excited that she found ‘the one’ at the fabulous Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique. Sally travelled the short distance to the Castle in a classic car with her Dad and they arrived at the House to be greeted by lovely Tori and Laura and some very excited visitors. I loved walking down to Castle, nestle amongst the trees and you could just see Paul stood waiting at the archway. Sally arrived and was serenaded by a string duo with a harpist, it felt like we were being transported into a fairytale! Their ceremony was lovely and we popped behind the castle ruins for their group photographs which gave a wonderful backdrop. Sally and Paul totally adore the Castle and had planned in 45 minutes of portrait time in their wedding timeline so that we could take in the scenery and so they could spend some treasured time together just moments after becoming husband and wife. When we arrived at The Vineyard, Sally’s Uncle pipped them in, wearing full Scottish dress and everyone was waiting to blitz them with confetti. The reception was really relaxed and the children were enjoying their goody bags! The pub is very quirky and has lots of cool decor and the tables were elegantly dressed with flowers and it looked stunning. I loved the antics that were going on during dinner and it is fair to say that Paul was one happy heal kicking ninja groom (check out the pic!)! After dinner we popped out into the vines just as the sun was setting and let off a smoke grenade to add some drama to the scene. The skies were so dramatic! Sally and Paul had a super first dance with some serious moves and I love that their friend got Nan up for dancing too! As night drew in Sally had organised some sparklers and so a group of us had some dazzling fun. We’d just said our goodbyes as I felt a little bit of rain gently falling on my skin and so I whipped the camera back out to get a couple of magic rain shots, just gently sparkling in the shot. It was really a fairytale from start to finish and I have totally adored being part of their celebrations. Here’s some highlights that tell the story of their day.

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Kate & Steve’s St Julian’s Club Wedding

Kate and Steve had a glorious wedding at the elegant and exclusive St Julian’s Club near Sevenoaks. I’ve loved chatting with Kate along the journey to their wedding, with updates about DIY projects and the status of the bridesmaid dress-making. I arrived at the Club just ahead of the ceremony to meet Steve who was waiting with his family and friends. Kate arrived with her bridesmaids and was whisked into the ceremony which took place in the wonderful conservatory. After the ceremony everyone went out onto the terrace for drinks and celebration. A little bit of rain rolled in when we went to do group shots and so we popped in to the gorgeous conservatory and did these beneath the wisteria which had been decorated with colour popping poms – I really loved this backdrop! The light shower had passed through and so we went for a stroll in the grounds, the scenery and nature here is something else, there was even mistletoe growing in the trees. Nell and her fab team had turned the room around ready for their reception and this is where Kate’s crafting explosion was seen in its full glory. I loved their anchorman themed reception with moustaches as favours for everyone and such beautiful bold colours filled the room I adored the florals which were a real family effort, picking the flowers from the fields at Blooming Green, and her sister Anna who runs Party in a Tea Cup arranging them and loaning lots of accessories for the day. During their meal a rainbow appeared, {natural light I love you}  which looked like it ended in the garden and I excitedly grabbed the guys to step out for a photo. Steve had three best men who collaborated on his speech and it reduced most people to tears of laughter, it was fabulous! After their meal we went for a little walk with the bridal party for some more relaxed group shots and some dancing and general shenanigans with smoke grenades – gosh I do love to play with these! Their first dance really showed of Kate’s amazing Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique dress before everyone joined them on the dance floor. Its been such an honour getting to know these guys and capture their day and here’s a few from their wonderful day:

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Chris & Gemma’s Kingsgate Bay Engagement Shoot

I first met up with Chris and Gemma just as they were preparing to relocation from Ashford and we chatted through what a bumper few months it was going to be for them. Chris jokes about how when he met Gemma, he got the added bonus of getting two dogs too, a bumper deal! Gemma is totally besotted by her gorgeous spaniels and it is easy to see why! So, for their engagement shoot, it was only natural that the whole family came along for the shoot. Gemma loves the coast and so we met for a drink at the Captain Digby before popping down to Kingsgate Bay for some photos on the beach. I had so much fun getting to know these guys more and loved chatting through how plans have come together for their October wedding. We took a stroll around the headland towards Botany Bay where there were some really dramatic skies as a storm gently danced out to sea before drifting inwards where we made a quick step back to the cars. I really can’t wait for their wedding, not long to go now!

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Amy & Tom’s Court Lodge Stansted Kent Wedding

Amy and Tom had a wonderful wedding day with their reception at Court Lodge in Stansted Village in Kent. I have had so much fun getting to know these guys and the family along the way last year we went to Bedgebury Pinetum for their engagement shoot  which created their save the dates. Amy is the youngest of three sisters and the last one to be married and so the whole family were getting excited about the celebration. They’d booked me for extended coverage from Tom’s prep through to their bubbles exit and I was so excited to see their day start. The boys were having breakfast when we arrived and it was a chilled vibe as everyone pulled Tom’s leg for some final last minute teasing! Tom opened some really thoughtful presents from Amy while everyone started to get dressed and then I zoomed over to Amy’s parents to see the bridal party. Amy is such a sweetheart and was really excited when I arrived. Her Mum and bridesmaids helped her get into her stunning dress before jumping in the camper and a classic car to head to the church. When we arrived at the super cute church everyone was filing in and awaiting Amy’s arrival. After the service, the guys had mentioned the view from the back of the church and it was stunning, across the rolling hills. The wedding party was met with pimms on the lawn and Amy and Tom had made the jars up which looked super cute. The barn was beautifully decorated, a totally wow factor, I knew it would as Amy and Tom crafted everything themselves. I loved the fairy lights at the barn end, which look so pretty in the images. The cake was jawdroppingly amazing and I asked the guys who made it and Tom’s Mum had, it was so good! Amy & Tom love their two rabbits dearly and one of their friends carved a 4ft ice rabbit! After their meal, Amy and Tom had a sack race with the kids and we popped over to the fields just before sundown. They’d booked the photo booth as they knew their friends and family would love it, and boy did they rock that booth, so many hilarious moments! I loved their last song, the dance floor was packed and everyone sang Oasis ‘Wonderwall’ at the tops of their voices. As Amy and Tom prepared to leave folk gathered quietly outside armed with bubbles and bubble machines for a super cute exit. What an epic day it was and here are some of the highlights:

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