The Palm House, Kew Gardens.

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!

Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens stair case

Inside Kew Gardens

Large palm trees

Large palm trees

Palm House, Kew gardens

Palm House, Kew gardens

Orange flowered plant

Photographer

Sunset at Kew Gardens

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A Most Curious Wedding Fair // Quirky Wedding Ideas

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.

Friends

Me and the Roo enjoying our pink gins…

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!
Balloons – check, paper garlands – check, confetti – check! I want their paper decs at my hen do and preeetty much any party I have ever again. They create hand made paper goodness, coupled with shiny foil balloons – perfect for a colourful photo booth back drop at your wedding. Their decorations would look great as a ceremony back drop too – just think of the first kiss photos against a scene like this…

Alternative London wedding fair

Frog
I’ve never seen flowers quite like this, team Frog transformed the Wedding Fair into a work of art. Pure art. Beautiful bursts of bright pink filled the room, creating stunning backdrops for photos. I am in total awe of the skill these guys have, I have a complete new respect for wedding flowers. HINT: Combine these amazing blooms with brilliant hot pink neon from The Curious Collection…

Most curious wedding fair

Wedding neon signs

The Curious Collection
I fell in love neon hard this weekend. The curious collection has a quirky array of props for hire – my favourite being their amazing ‘Keep Lovin’ neon hoop, oh and the their neon heart aaaand their retro cocktail sign – HELLO Tom Cruise! Can I have them all please?

Alternative London wedding fair

 

Lucie Bennett
I’m a big fan of cake. Huge infact. We stopped at Lucie’s stand – drawn in by the beautiful colours and natural feel to the cakes. Then we get a taste… a delicious sponge laced with berries and I was in heaven. Wedding cakes are something I’ve been a little stuck with recently, feeling uninspired by everything I’ve seen. But meeting Lucie fired up my tastebuds and imagination and I’ve definitely got a much clearer idea now, its such a shame we’ll be getting married half way across the country from Lucie’s delicious creations!

Natural wedding cake

 

Tilly Thomas Lux
Walking past Tilly Thomas Lux, my eyes cottoned on to a little something shiny… a stunning gold floral hair piece.
The lovely ladies on the stall were offering to create a quick hair style to help you see how their pieces look – I got to try on three stunning gold hair pieces, all of which I of course fell in love with. I’m struggling between these two beauties…
Gold wedding hair pieces

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:
– take a snack or fill your belly before hand – there’s not much food if any on offer.
– take a bag to carry all the business cards you pick up along the way.
– start following your fave finds on Instagram for even more inspiration

Alternative London wedding fairI want to fill my walls with these beauties by Oh Squirrel

Alternative London wedding fair

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Blonde & Brownie // Natural Light Food Photography

Natural food photography

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!

Food photography

Nottingham BrowniesNatural food photographyBlonde & BrownieNatural food photographyNatural food photographyNatural light food photographyNatural light food photographyNottingham BrowniesBlonde & Brownie

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Katie & John // Metallic Countryside Wedding Photography

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!

Wedding contributors:

Hair – Sarah Mc Carthy wedding hair design 

Make Up – Ruby Red Ruby Red

Flowers – Flowers by Angie

Music –Bang on the Wall Band

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JESUS PEIROApril 4, 2017 - 7:14 am

I just want to thank you for this beautiful pictures. Katie looked stunning!! All the best for this lovely couple!! ♡♡

Glenn MatherJuly 10, 2017 - 7:41 pm

Hi Clare,
Lovely to welcome you back to Nottingham. As a local wedding photographer I have had the pleasure of photographing at Swancar on many occasions (some of my Swancar shots on my gallery!). You produced some stunning images for Katie & John, a lovely couple getting married at a lovely venue.
Keep up the good work.
Glenn