Last month, Lara – my new second shooter and I ventured to Kew Gardens in London – world famous and has long been on my list of places to go. If you haven’t been – please go, we spent a whole day there and it still wasn’t enough.
I find going to new places with a real purpose of photographing is really important to me and helps me find new inspiration as a wedding photographer, working with shadows, looking at textures and how they could work at a wedding.
The Palm House at Kew Gardens captivated me, an ornate green house made of Victorian glass and iron and filled with gorgeous green palms, the heat of the place hits you as soon as you walk in and even fogged up my camera lens! Theres’s an impressively high terrace which you can climb the spiral stair case up to. It gives you a fantastic view top down of the palms as well as a breath taking view across the glass roofs of each wing which captured my heart.
Lara will be my lovely new second shooter and will be coming to most weddings this year, she’ll be there to get those alternative angles, capture those brilliantly candid moments when I’m focused elsewhere and ultimately give all my couples even more lovely photos to chose from. Welcome Lara!
Quirky Wedding Ideas
This weekend I took my lovely friend, Roo (also known as Rachel) and headed off to A Most Curious Wedding Fair – the self proclaimed ‘wedding show for the style savvy couple’ held at the trendy Old Truman Brewery.
Now, I don’t know if I’d called us a style savvy couple, but I do know that conventional wedding fairs weren’t for me and this time I wasn’t a networking wedding photographer, this time I was a bride to be. Eeek!
A lot of wedding fairs seem to have a huge abundance of photographers – I’m SO pleased to say there was a perfect ratio of photographers at Most Curious – including my very own wedding photographer, so maybe we are a stylish couple after all…
The first things you notice as you walk into ‘Most Curious’ – are how friendly the girls on the door are – we felt instantly welcomed. As you turn to face the big warehouse space you’re hit by the bright colours filling the room – my bridey senses instantly pricked up!
There were way too many talented creative suppliers in one room to talk about them all – so I’ll give you a quick whistle stop tour of some of my favourites…
Pop Pop Papier – ALL OF THE COLOURS!
The Curious Collection
Tilly Thomas Lux
I sadly missed both of the cat walk shows, so I didn’t get to see many of the wedding dresses on offer and I kinda found it hard to see some of the ones on the stalls because of how they sat on the racks. But I loved how welcoming everyone was, there were absolutely no judgments and every kind of bride there and full of quirky wedding ideas for the non-traditional bride.
Tips for the fair:
I want to fill my walls with these beauties by Oh Squirrel
Natural Light Food Photography
Natural light food photography is something I rarely get to do but that I love doing, capturing these scrumptious bakes was such good fun, Sarah and I wanted to keep the shots natural and light, it was essential they looked good altogether on her new website.
Blonde & Brownie is the newest, most delicious artisan Brownie maker in town. Trust me, these Brownies are flinging flanging good. Sarah launched Blonde & Brownie this year after receiving such high praise from her friends & family, but she’s been a super secret little squirrel, when I met her in January to photograph her creations, she hadn’t come out of the ‘Brownie closet’ to her friends – they had no idea she was starting this magnificent little business!
Last month I photographed Katie & John’s wedding in my old stomping ground. Going back to Nottingham always feels a little like going home having lived there for the best part of 8 years, what’s more I’d been a bridesmaid at their beautiful venue, Swancar Farm a few years ago! Katie & John had beautifully and resourcefully decorated the barn with metallic spray painted cans filled with flowers and had their own beer specially brewed to serve guests.
This wedding was so much fun – from the first photo of the day to the last, this group of friends and family made it such a fun day making my photos full of laughter, smiles and some seriously funny moments.
Katie you looked stunning in your dress and the best bit – the wedding dress was complete with pockets, this is truly a bride after my own heart!
Make Up – Ruby Red Ruby Red
Flowers – Flowers by Angie
Music –Bang on the Wall Band