Hertford Wedding Photographer: Jonny & Jay’s Wedding at Vanstone Park

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Back in June I shot Jonny and Jay’s fantastic Country Tipi’s wedding at Vanstone Park venue.

I had a great morning with the girls capturing their bridal prep, and particularly loved the South African trinkets around the house. With a South African theme part of Jay’s heritage I couldn’t resist doing a bit of a different ring shot using an elephant ornament.

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Bohemian wedding invitation design

The pair were married at Jay’s old school, St George’s in Harpenden. After a beautiful ceremony in the chapel there, we headed towards the reception venue at Country Tipi’s Vanstone Park venue, with Jonny & Jay in a beautiful vintage car. We stopped en route down the country lanes to take some time out and get some portraits in an area we had scouted previously.

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I love incorporating nature wherever possible in my wedding days and I truly love the shots we got in the woods near Codicote.

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I’ve shot at Country Tipi’s before and worked with them on a styled shoot so was really looking forward to being back at the venue. The tipis looked amazing and the grounds have been sculptured since I was last there.

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To keep with the South African theme there were super cute little safari animal favours on the tables.

The day went absolutely beautifully and I wanted to stay and party at the end of the night – the dancefloor was heaving!

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Guest Blog Post: Guides for Brides’ Top UK Outdoor Wedding Venues

I am all about community over competition, so love a good guest blog post on my website! This week, I have Guides for Brides giving the low down on their top 6 outdoor wedding venues in the UK. I adore outdoor weddings – the english countryside is  so beautiful, why not embrace it!

Over to Guides for Brides with their ultimate list…

The Mill Barns, Shropshire

Gorgeous barn wedding venue lit at night

*All images in this blog are not my own, they are from Guides for Brides

This beautiful barn wedding venue is set on the site of a former 17th water mill, which means that you can get married waterside, on their sunny outdoor Terrace overlooking The Mill Pond. The Terrace is licensed for outdoor weddings of up to 170 guests, which means that they accommodate weddings big and small, and the eight acres of gardens make for amazing wedding photography. Inside, the impressive oak-beamed barns bring the outdoors in, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice a natural feel if the weather isn’t fantastic.   

Kippilaw House, Scottish Borders

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Kippilaw House is a stunning manor house near Edinburgh set in its own private woodland, which makes it the perfect setting for a humanist ceremony under the boughs of an ancient tree. Unlike in England and Wales, humanist ceremonies are legal in Scotland, so Kippilaw is ideal for romantic outdoor elopements, too. Both the grounds and the gorgeous 15th century manor house are available for weddings between April and October, with winter weddings available on request, and can accomodate weddings between 75 and 100 guests.

The Walled Garden, Cowdray Park, West Sussex

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A garden is the perfect place to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony, and what prettier garden than The Walled Garden in West Sussex? This historic grade I listed wedding venue is set within the award-winning grounds of Cowdray Park, near to Cowdray Ruins. Hold your wedding here and you could say your vows underneath the fragrant Rose Pavilion surrounded by flowers, before moving into The Courtyard Room or The Castle Room for your wedding reception. The Walled Garden can hold weddings of up to 150 guests, or you could opt for an intimate wedding of less than 30.  

Ocean Kave, Devon

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If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, then Ocean Kave could be the perfect seaside wedding venue for you. Set in the picturesque North Devon coastline, Ocean Kave does exactly what is says on the tin, as you can hold your wedding ceremony and reception in a rustic candle-lit cave – ideal for intimate gatherings. Alternatively, hold your outdoor wedding in their licensed gazebo overlooking the coastline, or in their glass-fronted Sunset Rooms. Whichever you choose, your guests are in for an incredible view!

Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Notley Abbey outdoor wedding venue

Notley Abbey is one of the most beautiful country house wedding venues in Buckinghamshire, and unsurprisingly has a stunning garden to match! The Walled Garden is made up of the ruins of the historical Abbey, and includes a picturesque ivy-clad nook for your legal ceremony to take place. The Walled Garden can fit up to 190 guests for a wedding ceremony, and after the wedding breakfast indoors you can retire to the lawns for drinks with your evening guests as the sun goes down. Just perfect!

Lamorran Gardens, Truro

Newly married couple under an outdoor canopy

*All images in this blog are not my own, they are from Guides for Brides

For a small outdoor wedding, Lamorran Gardens in Truro, Cornwall has to be one of the most picture-perfect options in the South West. You and up to 30 guests will feel like you’re at a destination wedding, thanks to the garden’s stunning exotic palms and ferns, as well as camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons galore. Say your vows under the stone pillars and temple roof of the The Cupola in the middle of the gardens, with beautiful views over St Anthony’s Headland and the lighthouse, before enjoying your champagne reception on the terrace of the house.

Thank you so much to Guides for Brides for their guest blog post. These are some seriously gorgeous wedding venues! If you’re getting married outdoors, get in touch – I would love to shoot your big day 🙂

For more stunning outdoor wedding venues, visit Guides for Brides and set up your free online wedding planner. My 2019 diary is filling up fast, so get in touch to save your date 🙂 

Caroline x x

Essex Wedding Photographer: Boho Cacti Inspired Shoot at the Old Parish Rooms

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Inspired by the current ‘botanical pick me up’ trends, and having always had a love for cacti, I’ve always wanted to do a styled shoot featuring them. Whilst succulents have been in the wedding spotlight for a while, I thought their spiky cousins deserved to be included in the action. This shoot happened back in March, but we were waiting for it to be published on Bride & Tonic before we could share anything. 

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Pink engagment ring resting on a cactus

I wanted a modern and bright venue for the shoot – my first choice was the Old Parish Rooms, a gorgeous intimate venue in Rayleigh. The airy white surroundings made it the perfect blank canvas for a modern shoot focused on details and striking decor. Against the white walls, I added a strong contrast of colour – greenery from the plants, and a vibrant peach to bring the palette to life.

Styling was provided by Rock the Day, who created a stunning wedding banquet set up with a peach dip dyed tablerunner as a centrepiece, topped with black potted cacti and a hanging floral hoop above.

Wide shot of a wedding top table with a coral table runner and cacti decor

4 tier vegan wedding cake with cacti toppers and decoration

I absolutely loved their dream catcher inspired chairbacks, which added a whole new feel to the bohemian furniture supplied by Anthology Vintage Hire. Stationery was provided by Knots and Kisses, who I’ve wanted to work with for a long time. 

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A large hanging foliage hoop with pink and purple flowers

To add a bit of fun to the shoot, Fable and Moon brought along their kids tepee corner, specially filled with cacti activities, a photobooth and miniature cacti inspired sweet treats by Tiny Sarah’s Cakes. Having gone vegan myself a few months ago, I wanted to use a cake supplier with the same ethics for this shoot. Alongside the bitesize treats, Sarah also created a three tiered vegan cake, complete with adorable Mr & Mrs Cacti toppers.

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Our final setup was a ceremony area with a large hoop, expertly decorated with florals provided by Bohotanical. Using eucalyptus as a stunning base, there were pops of colour provided by Carnations, Roses and Clea Veronica. This hoop really added a luxe and stylish backdrop for an eye catching ceremony. You also can’t beat a peacock chair, so of course Rock the Day included one for the day 🙂 

Beautiful bride stood in front of floral hoop and holding wild large bouquet

Zuzanna was dressed in bespoke vintage inspired gowns by Poppy Perspective. We chose two contrasting gowns – one with an incredible lace cape, for a soft, carefree look, and a second, gold sequined dress to provide a more luxe, stylized feel. Knot Your Average Bride completed the contrasting looks with a loose up do and nude make up, followed by catwalk worthy slick backed hair and deep lips to perfectly match the colours within the florals. The gold dress and deep lips really look perfect for a festive wedding, don’t you think? 

Bride in gold dress sat on bohemian peacock chair

To add that extra sense of boho luxe, Zanna wore lace ankle boots from House of Elliot and handmade, unique jewellery from Aimee Winstone. Together, they added the beautiful final touches! 

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Pink engagment ring resting on a cactus

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For more ideas on how to use cacti and succulents in weddings, follow my Pinterest board. Caroline x

London Wedding Photographer: Why you should have sunset portraits on your wedding day

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Here, I’m going to make the case for fitting in sunset portraits on your wedding day! You may have heard photographers excitedly talking about golden hour and wondering when exactly this mystical being is. It’s that time just before sunset when the sky has turned that gorgeous fading orange and the light is magically soft.

Why do photographers love golden hour so much?

As wedding photographers, or any type of photographer in fact, we know that light is the key ingredient to any photo. The light as the sun is falling is beautifully diffused and soft – completely different to the light in the middle of the day, which can be harsh and create huge shadows. As well as this, sunset perfectly lends itself to stunningly romantic images, especially when you shoot in my kind of style – soft and dreamy.

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How do I achieve them at my wedding?

With weddings in good old England, common timings will be that the ceremony will be around lunchtime, and portraits will happen immediately after. Really, this is at the worst time of the day as the sun is strong and harsh (this is the point in the day when your wedding photographer is keeping their fingers crossed for cloud cover).

Depending on when in the year your wedding is, sunset normally falls between the speeches and the first dance, or if you are in high summer, after first dance. If it falls between speeches and first dance this is the perfect opportunity to get some sunset portraits done! It’s the point in the day when everyone is normally well into the swing of the party and you have the chance to sneak off. We also aren’t talking about being gone for an hour – 15 minutes should be enough if you choose the right time. You have a slot of about an hour before sunset, to around 20 minutes after it. If you are considering sunset portraits just talk to your wedding photographer and plan ahead

And here is proof of why you should DEFINITELY DO THEM 😉

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If you are someone who equally loves sunsets and are getting married, get in touch! Caroline x

Hampshire Wedding Photographer: Suzi + Jonny’s Wedding at the Master Builder’s

My 2018 wedding season opened with Suzi & Jonny’s gorgeous New Forest wedding. Their venue wasThe Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard, right by the Beaulieu River. I couldn’t wait for this wedding – having grown up in Hampshire, I love the New Forest! Suzi & Jonny were also both so relaxed and lovely on our engagement shoot I knew we would have a great day. The Master Builder’s itself is stunning, with a gorgeous ceremony area with large windows, overlooking the river and stunning grounds which go right down to the marina. One of my favourite areas was the gorgeous hallway, lined with ship memorabilia and grand wooden stairs.

The day was super rainy, but I was so thankful that we had a few clearings in the clouds. We still managed to get outside and make the most of the beautiful surroundings, if very quickly!  Sods law.. I went down there the next day with my family for a pub lunch, and the sun was glorious all day.

Congratulations again to Suzi & Jonny!

Dress – Sass and Grace

Venue – The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard

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Mother of the Bride in blue walking down the aisle with a cute flower girl

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The Master Builder's wedding venue in New Forest

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It was lovely to shoot a wedding back home, particularly with such a friendly and warm couple. The whole day was super chilled out and by the end I felt like one of the family. If you’re getting married in Hampshire, drop me a message! I would love to shoot your wedding 🙂

Check back soon for a new blog – next up is my birthday trip to the Harry potter studios! Caroline x

London Wedding Photographer: Alternative London Venues – One Friendly Place in Greenwich

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One Friendly place in Greenwich was one of the first places I second shot with Robin Ball photography, a good few years ago now, but it stuck in my memory as a venue I would love to go back to.

Built in the 1930s, One Friendly Place was originally a spice warehouse, tucked away on a private road in Deptford. It’s warehouse charm is not your traditional venue – think exposed walls, brightly coloured murals and abstract art, and lots of fun and unique props! If you start to feel a bit tired there is even a double bed upstairs to rest your dancing feet for a little while 😉

Affectionately known as one of the quirkiest venues in London, this place definitely has a bit of everything. Alongside the main space, there is a little greenhouse-esque area with peacock chairs and plants, making a great portrait area. There are so many main rooms and floors you have your pick when it comes to wedding breakfast location and dance floor area.

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If you head up a gorgeous wrought iron staircase you come out on the rooftop, overlooking south London. This is the perfect place for sunset portraits – something I think is a must for your big day!

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This is the venue for you if you’re a bride who loves colour, quirky props, mismatched furniture and a sense of untouched industrial charm.

I personally loved this venue because the sense of fun that came off it. It is also a good blank canvas, but ready and waiting with props to use as wanted. There are so many things you could do with this space – I’ve seen so many different setups at this venue, each wedding is completely unique. For me, the portrait opportunities are endless – the peacock chairs in the conservatory, the coloured abstract walls, the rooftop – all make for fantastic couples backdrops. Group shots would also be fantastic here with plenty of room both indoors and outdoors.

If you’re getting married here do get in touch – I would love to shoot your wedding, or can even offer friendly advice on making the most of this quirky venue!

Capacity: 120 dining, 250 standing

Venue address:  One friendly Place, London, SE13 7LS (A few minutes walk from Deptford Bridge station)

To book: Contact Steph or visit the website

Caroline x

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London Wedding Photographer: Alternative London Venues – The Depot N7

Large lettering lights at the Depot wedding venue

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.

Vegan wedding starter with pitta bread

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!

Pink doughnuts on a wall with edible pink flowers

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.

Magician wearing a green velvet jacket doing tricks

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

 

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!

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