London Wedding Photographer: Alternative London Venues – The Depot N7

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Last week, I exhibited at the Depot N7’s Crystal Maze Wedding Fair. The venue is an industrial style pub in a cute Mews near Caledonian Road – perfect for a reception if you are having an Islington or Stoke Newington Town Hall wedding!

An old bus depot warehouse, I loved it immediately – the space has so much potential, with different areas for everything. Next to the bar, theres a large wedding breakfast space with long benches for a rustic setup. Theres also an upstairs area which is a fab location for a dance floor, and a chill out zone with comfy leather sofas. The cobbled outdoor area also has benches outside, and lots of potential spots for great portraits.

For the Wedding Fair, the venue was setup with huge LED Letters, fairy lights everywhere, and lovely eucalyptus leaves.  I loved the foliage spread across the length of the benches, complete with pastel pink and white flowers in jars, and lovely muted stationary by Harry Says.

The fair itself was great fun. I met some wonderful suppliers, old and new and got to chat to lots of excited couples planning their big day.  At the end of the day we were treated to the taster menu with corresponding wine tasting which was a real highlight. I went for the vegan menu option, which in itself was great – I don’t know many venues with vegan options yet. Happy to say it was delicious! If you fancied extra dessert, Caked by Carissa was offering out bitesize portions of her delicious wedding cakes, and Sugar Tits London had a feature doughnut wall (such a great idea). I was also won over by the wedding themed ales!

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If the space itself didn’t sell you, theres also a Crystal Maze immersive theatre experience.. how many weddings have that? Sadly I didn’t get the chance to give it a whirl, but we did get our own little taster of some magic amongst chatting to couples visiting the fair.

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I’m super excited to be on The Depot’s list of recommend suppliers, and because I loved this venue so much, I’m offering a 10% discount to any couple who books a wedding with me at this location in 2018 or 2019.

Venue address: 1, Carpenters Mews, North Road, Islington, London N7 9EF (a few minutes walk from Caledonian Tube Station).

Get in touch to book

Caroline x

 

What I loved this month: January 2018

The start of a new year is always a refreshing time, but equally January and February are two of the most grim months of the year! All the Christmas joy and cramming in seeing as many friends as possible has passed with December, and everyone is skint and adjusting back to normal busy lives in January.

I always enjoy focusing on what holidays I want to plan in the next year and what I want to achieve. I decided I wanted to share more on my blog as I enjoy writing, and thought I would do a more personal blog once a month on what I have been enjoying. So here goes…

  1. Veganuary 

I started phasing in being vegetarian and vegan into the last half of 2017, but completely fell off the wagon over Christmas (blaming cheese mainly and my love of it). However, I went straight back on track in January. For some reason, it’s felt way easier – possibly because in the last few months theres been so many new products in the supermarkets, and restaurants have introduced vegan menus. I’ve still been caught out a bit.. we had a Chinese takeaway this month and I happily ordered what I thought would be a vegan meal.. veggies with cashews and a side of pineapple rice. The pineapple rice turned up with heaps of egg in it… I had to laugh, it seemed so absurd. Lesson learnt! Some places make it way easier – My new fav restaurant is 90 Degree Melt in Stepney Green. It serves vegan friendly cheese melts and American grub. I am obsessed with their Buffalo Cauliflower wings and Mush Blush melt. YUM. I also had my first vegan takeaway pizza last night.. thanks Papa John’s. It was divine!

Follow me on Pinterest for vegan recipe inspiration. I got two great recipe books for Christmas, so these and Pinterest are my main sources of vegan food ideas.

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2. Reading 

One of my new year resolutions was to read more. I’ve always been a book worm but taking time out to read got replaced last year by social media, life admin and general busy-ness. This year I am putting my phone down a bit, slowing down and reading more.  Books I read this month:

  1. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara. This took me a while to get into as it was so long but I couldn’t put it down in the end. Spanning the lives of a group of friends from their college years, this book followed them through the struggles, high points and low lights of life. The book was so relatable as the characters progressed through their decades, and I just wanted them all to be happy. It explored so many dark themes, but at the same time was a life affirming read. 4.5/5
  2. All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr. Following a teenage Nazi and a blind French girl, this book traveled through the war years, following both characters as they followed their hearts to achieve good in a broken world. This was a heartbreaking and eye opening account of war, but it left me wanting a bit more. 3/5

I’m now reading Shantaram, which has been on my reading list for a long time. Don’t expect me to finish it anytime soon as it’s HUGE! I picked up this while on a random walk  through Wanstead and found it in a charity shop there.. it’s the first physical book I’ve read in forever!

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Let me know what you’re reading in the comments below – or leave your suggestions on what I should read next 🙂

3. Hygge 

January is definitely a clear excuse to make your life ‘hygge’. A trend that has swept the UK in the last few years, it encompasses enjoying the simpler things in life and creating a sense of wellbeing. Instead of working every night, I’ve given myself time out to snuggle up under a blanket and read, surrounded by candles. I’ve also taken to making homemade bread every Saturday morning and gardening (any one following my Instagram will know my cacti collection is starting to take over). Sundays are for walking and exploring the local area – I normally wander to Wanstead and look round the charity shops for books, or head into Epping Forest. Generally, attempting to live in a slightly slower way has been lovely! I feel super mellow, and whilst this has made me a little lazier on the work side, there is definitely a good balance to be struck 🙂 More on Hygge principles here

4. LDN Muscle 

I’m a bit addicted to my fitness, and over the space of a year and a half completed a few rounds of LDN Muscle’s Bikini Guide. Having got an injury last summer, I had to stop weight lifting and spinning to let my body recover. I ended up exploring low impact alternatives and have become a huge fan of Yoga with Adriene’s youtube workouts, but being someone who gyms every day, I found it really frustrating not to be lifting or doing anything super intense. After 6 months I’m back in the game and getting strong again! I tried 2 weeks of BBG by Kayla Itsines, but after it flared up my injury, I decided to go back to my faithful bible: The LDN Muscle guide. Yay for lifting weights again! I’m still doing Yoga with Adriene – I can’t recommend her enough! Her videos are usually my pre-bed wind down 🙂

It’s also been a super fun month as I went to my first ever Essex Wedding Breakfast Club, a monthly meet up for wedding suppliers. It was great to meet everyone, and see some friendly faces! I came away feeling really inspired and pumped for a great 2018.

Let me know what you’ve been loving (or hating) in January!

Caroline x

 

 

 

 

Vintage Garden Weddings Guest Blog: How To Plan The Boho Wedding Of Your Dreams

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Hey guys! One of my new year resolutions was to feature guest blogs from some of my fellow wedding suppliers. Collaboration is the new competition! First up are wonderful Vintage Garden Weddings, who create insanely gorgeous wedding decor. Over to them.. 

Free spirited, laid back and romantic. Bohemian style weddings – a trend that started a few years ago and became a classic. What is the bohemian style and how do we plan the boho wedding of your dreams?
The great thing about the Bohemian style is that it is very versatile. You can pick
either a Boho vintage, Beachy Boho, Boho Chic, Wanderlust or Woodland themes according to what suits your personality best. Are you a flower crown lover and a garden setting? Do you dream of sunny beaches and waves crashing behind you? A reception outdoors under the stars with a campfire and big tepee tent? Or are you leaning towards vivid Moroccan style?
Think outdoor celebrations and festival flair combined with sunshine and happiness. Getting the look has never been easier. Here are a few ideas you can use to make it perfect:

  1. Wooden ceremony arches with macramé decor and gorgeous florals

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Create an aisle,  adding some plinths and candles with florals matching your colour theme. Beautiful candles are always the winner!

2.  Giant naked tepee ceremony area

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A giant naked tepee ceremony area styled using a big handmade dreamcatcher backdrop and foliage – is there anything more Bohemian? Add candles to create an aisle and hay bales to sit your guests.

Summer wedding dream!

3. Vivid Moroccan style: ribbon backdrop for a ceremony, with perfect addition of snug/chillout area for tired guests

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4. Dreamcatchers everywhere!
They always look beautiful, no matter what way you’re going to use them. Create perfect boho style backdrop putting few of these beauties together or just hang them from tree branches and let them dance with the wind.

5. Giant Hoop Backdrops 

These make a wondrous backdrop for ceremonies or photography of your big day. The best bit is they can be completely tailored to match your colour scheme and preferred florals.

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A huge thank you to Alex and Magda for contributing to the blog this month! Go visit them at their website or follow them on Instagram. Let me know your thoughts below!

Caroline x

Venues featured: Houchins, Country Tipis & Wild Woodland Weddings

Dresses: Naomi Neoh, Lucy Can’t Dance, Lucky Sixpence Bridal

Florals: A Vintage Wedding, The Urban Flower Farmer & The Country Garden Flower Company

Styling and Hire: Vintage Garden Weddings / Rock The Day

 

London Wedding Photographer: 5 Tips for Planning Your Wedding Day Timings

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If you are planning your wedding and trying to figure out the perfect timings for your day, have a quick read of my 5 top tips to consider:

1. Leave time for you and your new spouse

This may sound obvious/stupid, but you would be surprised at the number of couples who tell me their day went by in a flash and they hardly saw each other! Try and enjoy some time out together, even if its just a 10 minute walk after the wedding breakfast. I also always think your portrait time is a perfect opportunity to get some quality time together and step back from the day (if you excuse the third wheel) 😉

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2. Set aside plenty of time for group shots and portraits

Ideally I would suggest setting aside between an hour / an hour and a half before your wedding breakfast for group shots and portraits. However, this will largely vary on the number of group shots you want. Make a list of the groups you want, and chat with your photographer about timings. If you want a photo of the whole wedding party, this alone can take 20 minutes to organise! Provide entertainment for your guests while you are away, and have your ushers or bridesmaids on hand to round up the troops for the group shots.

3. Revel in your bridal prep 

Am I the only one who thinks part of the enjoyment of a big girls night out is getting ready? I think the same applies to your bridal prep! Start early to avoid a mad rush at the end and factor in time for distractions.. inevitably you’ll have people popping in and out to say hello/check on final preparations. Most importantly, make sure you eat as it’s a long time before the wedding breakfast and that bubbly will be in full flow after the ceremony 😉

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4. Hellos & Congratulations

Factor in some extra time straight after the ceremony for congratulations/ hellos with your long lost family/ friends you haven’t said hi to yet. I would suggest 15-20 minutes of mingling. If your ceremony is in a different location from the reception, don’t forget to work out how long it will take people to get there (and allow an extra bit of time for the dawdlers / people getting lost).

5. Consider sunset portraits 

The standard time for portraits is in between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast. However, photographically this isn’t the best time to do it: light is harsh in the middle of the day, particularly if it is a completely clear summer afternoon. Light in the evening will be a lot softer and frankly, gorgeous, so consider doing some sunset portraits. These can be either before your first dance or after, dependant on when in the year your wedding is. I’m sure by that point in the day you will be in full party mode, but 10-15 minutes is enough. Bring it up with your photographer – I am sure they wouldn’t be adverse to the idea. Sunset portraits are my personal favourites.

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Follow me on Facebook for more tips and blogs, or get in touch now to book your 2018 wedding!

Caroline x

London Wedding Photographer: 10 Boho Wedding Trends for 2018

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  1. Macrame

I personally love this 1970s craft – it’s so versatile. You can use it in different areas of your big day – you could be bold and go large with a ceremony backdrop like the below from Vintage Garden Weddings, or go small and include macrame in your table decor. There are endless possibilities – and the great thing is with macrame also in trend for interior design you can then re use it at home after the wedding!

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  1. Floral crowns 

Flowers in your hair are a staple of bohemian! For the wedding day, floral crowns are totally on trend. You can get either fresh crowns from your florist, or you can get a pre version with fake flowers. Both look fantastic, especially with a loose updo. If you don’t want to go for a full crown, you can still incorporate flowers in a more subtle way for a bohemian goddess look.

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3.Wild Flowers / Foliage 

Foliage and greenery in interior design has definitely been a huge trend in 2017 and it is spreading into the wedding industry in 2018. I am a huge fan of this look – I try and incorporate nature and greenery into my photography a lot as I find it really inspiring, so for it to be incorporated into weddings more can only be a plus! This look can play out in various parts of your wedding – in a bouquet, perhaps with wildflowers, table decor (foliage runners), and also across your wedding stationery.

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  1. Dreamcatchers

 I didn’t realise this was a trend until Vintage Garden Weddings came armed with a ton of them to my first styled shoot. I’ve always loved dreamcatchers so I was more than happy. They can make the perfect backdrops for a ceremony, portraits, hanging around your venue, or as place decorations at your reception dinner! There are so many ways you could use them, and you can personalise the colours to your theme.

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  1. Less rustic, more new age bohemian

Walking round clothes shops over the last few months, edgy but effortless and romantic is EVERYWHERE. It’s been a nightmare on my bank account as this is basically my favourite style.. Just think Stevie Nicks as your style icon and that’s a great starting point. Wedding decor style, this translates into skulls with feathers and tons of florals, crystals and precious rocks, and rich colours. Which neatly leads me on to…

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6. Deep colours

Whilst blush and light colours will always be a wedding favourite, they are being nudged out slightly, with favour falling towards deep colours. As someone who loves pastels it wasn’t until I did a burgundy and navy wedding shoot that I started to find a huge love for bolder palettes. Burgundy is proving to be the in colour for this year, along with navy blue, dark greens (in line with the foliage trend) and black.  

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  1. Velvet

The 1970s are officially back.. Yay!! I’ve always wanted a velvet jacket and it seems I can now go wild. If you are also a velvet fan, velvet bridesmaids dresses or jumpsuits could be a way to make use of it! If you want something for yourself, how about some velvet heels? As for the guys, velvet dinner jackets could be the option for your groomsmen.

  1. Oversized Bouquets

Big is definitely better in 2018! Bouquets are getting larger and featuring a more cascading look. This is where the greenery trend ties back in – get as much foliage in there as you can! I’m not sure if it is more of a trend from across the pond from here, but I also love the look of long flowing ribbon around your bouquet – matched to your colour scheme of course.

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  1. Industrial spaces

That edgier new-age bohemian style works so well in an industrial space. They also leave lots of room for imagination and personalising for your big day. For styling, you may want to consider some bigger, bolder pieces to fill the space – soften the look with a lovely vintage sofa or some macrame backdrops around the place. Florals and greenery everywhere will also take the space to a chic but pretty vibe.

  1. Burgundy for guys

Yep.. back to those deep colours again! Perfect for a autumn or winter wedding, burgundy is where it’s at for the boys. If you have a burgundy colour scene but aren’t won over enough for a burgundy suit, burgundy accessories will work too!

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So..in conclusion.. A recipe for a 2018 wedding…. Take an edgy industrial venues covered in macrame and lots of greenery. Combine with deep colours, and kit out everyone in a burgundy velvet suit.. Voila! 😉

What do you think of these trends? Drop me a comment below!

London Wedding Photographer: 20 Alternative First Dance Songs

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If anyone knows me or follows my Instagram account, they will know I am a huge music fan. Rock and indie makes my heart glow. Having witnessed a lot of first dances I often wonder what I would pick. I know a lot of couples I chat to don’t want to go for a traditional cheesey love song, or Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran – the most popular first dance song of 2017.

 I’ve compiled a little list of some alternative options to get your first dance inspiration flowing:

  1. Yellow – Coldplay

  2. Angels – The XX

  3. You’ve Got The Love – Florence and the Machine

  4. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees

  5. Everlong – The Foo Fighters

  6. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – Prince

  7.   You Always Make me Smile – Kyle Andrews

  8.   I could Die For You – RHCP

  9.  Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

  10.  All I Want Is You  – Barry Louis Polisar

  11.  I Would Do Anything For You – Foster the People

  12. Only love – Ben Howard

  13.  I’ll Be Yours – Those Dancing Days

  14. You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates

  15. XO – John Mayer

  16.  Everlasting Light – The Black Keys

  17. You and I (Forever) – Jessie Ware

  18. Still Into You – Paramore

  19. She’s Got You High – Mumm-Ra

  20.  Wonderwall – Oasis

    Check out my Spotify playlist below so you can listen to all the songs. Let me know in the comments what you think – or what you personally would have 🙂

    My summer 2018 is also getting booked up quickly, so contact me now to save your date!

    Caroline x

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London Wedding Photographer: A Couple’s Guide to Posing for your Wedding Photos

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When realising that you need to book a wedding photographer, I’m sure most couples thoughts go to ‘OMG but I hate being in front of a camera’, ‘I hate cheesy, posed shots’, ‘what if we look really awkward together?’.

You are most definitely not alone in these thoughts – even people who like the camera are probably not used to being overly affectionate with their partner in front of a stranger and their camera. I know I am totally useless at photos.. I’ve become so used to being behind it anytime someone turns a camera on me I default to stupid face mode.

Posing is one of the most important parts of capturing good photos of you and your fiancé. Done wrong, it can look horribly awkward, or make you feel uncomfortable, which will show in your photos. Whilst there are things you can do to get the best out of your photos, I think it is down to the photographer to lead the way. I’ve put together this blog to give you an insight into posing.

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Firstly, I can’t emphasise enough how important I think an engagement shoot is before the big day. This is the perfect chance to meet your photographer, get to know them on a personal level, and get comfortable with their presence. More importantly, from my side it is a chance to see how you naturally interact with your fiancé, and to try out what works and what doesn’t. This is essentially a test run – you don’t want to be testing out posing on the big day, as time will be limited. I am very relaxed and tend to chat with my couples and see how they naturally fall together while we get to know each other. This immediately gives me an idea of how much guidance is needed, what poses would work, and what wouldn’t. I then go ahead and try a few different options, in 3 or 4 different settings,  so by the time I leave I know exactly which poses I would use again for the big day, and how to make you feel relaxed quickly.

On the big day, giving your hands something to do is really important. Hands can so easily look really awkward if left hanging! For walking shots, you will be holding hands, so this isn’t a big deal, but what about when stood still? I tend to pose my brides holding their bouquet, either down at their hip to the side, or out to the front at a low angle. I normally then pose up the groom with his hands around the bride’s waist, resting on the hip, or one hand in his trouser pocket for a more relaxed casual look.

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Most importantly, I want you to relax! This may be harder on an engagement shoot when you’ve just met me, but I will work hard to get you to feel comfortable around me. This has to translate into your body posture though – I’m not talking about slouching, but relax your legs and knees, loosen and drop your shoulders a bit. (Any fellow yogis out there may find this easier!).  Don’t feel you have to be stiff and proper – it will look stand off-ish and separate you from your partner.

The walking shot is a really good way to start off a shoot – I can let you slowly get into the idea of me taking pictures. I encourage my couples to chat as much as possible – this is when you get the really natural moments of interaction. These are the moments which really shine, and always end up being my favourite photos.

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Depending on height, the groom stood behind the bride with arms around her is also a really lovely pose. Again this is only one I try after an engagement shoot as some couples find it awkward and unnatural. This kind of shot is also really good for close ups of the rings.

Hopefully that has given you a little bit of insight into what to expect during either an engagement shoot or your wedding day, and therefore will make you feel more relaxed already! If you would like to work with me, head over to my contact page – I would love to hear from you.

Caroline

Happy New Year & Welcome to my new Website!

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A very Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you are feeling sufficiently stuffed and relaxed after Christmas and ready to take on the coming year. For all of you getting married in 2018… this is it!! I’m also going to take a good guess that  there are a number of you who got engaged over the festive period.. congratulations.

I would like to welcome you to my new website. A while in the planning, it took me until the Christmas wind down to find the time to build this. The benefit of this timing is that at least I’ve had an excuse to be sat with a glass of mulled wine while creating it 😉

Hopefully this site will provide you with more information than the previous one, and work better on mobile. I’ve also added in a new page – go check out my testimonials. There are still things I want to add and change about the site,  so keep visiting back to check out what things I have been updating. If you see anything that isn’t working, comment here and let me know so I can fix it 🙂

You can also expect more regular blogs – including a personal based one where I round up my fav things at the end of each month. As always, my blog is still a resource for brides to be – if there are any specific topics you want me to cover, or have questions, drop me a line!

Go have a peruse and a play. Get in touch here to book  your date for next year, or just tell me all about your big day/ plans for 2018/ whats rocking with you. Would love to hear from you.

Caroline x