3/31/2017 2 Comments
Now I'm lucky enough to have known Hannah for a very very long time, she and my sister Hannah (confusing I know!) have been best friends since they lived in halls together at university. I smile whenever I call her Hannah because to my family and nearly everyone else, for some unknown reason, she is known as Windy!! I did my best to avoid calling her that on the most beautiful day of her life, but I have to admit it was a real struggle!
I was delighted to have been asked to photograph this wedding, apart from it being fun to shoot the wedding of a friend, it just sounded so totally gorgeous! A unique little venue nestled in the sandstone streets beautiful Burford, a colour palette of grey, white and greenery with added sparkle, a sunshiny frosty day, two stunning brides in two amazing dresses. Yes please!
This wedding was truly lovely. Unique, happy and special and sprinkled with class. A real treat for the photographers eye. I loved the addition of a game of chance in order to decide which bride would walk down the aisle first, where each guest dropped a polka chip into a board and whichever side had the most chips got to walk in last (for the record, Hannah won). Such a good idea!
And what a lovely surprise it was to arrive in Burford after such a long drive to discover the couple had hired one of my favourite Shropshire videographers, Andy at Cam 3, to shoot the day alongside me despite not being from Shropshire themselves. Altogether it was a recipe for a truly great day!
I hope you enjoy looking at this totally beautiful wedding as much as I enjoyed being there to witness it. Happy viewing!
My biggest and most sincere thanks to the lovely Mrs and Mrs Coverdale for having me be the one to capture your utterly GORGEOUS day, what an honour!
The 1970's evokes so many iconic images in our thoughts and memories, even for a 90's child like myself. The music, the fashion, the distinct patterns and colours that shook the world for a decade, have always fascinated me throughout my life and have been a heavy influence for my art and personal style as long as I can remember.
So what better way to celebrate all that awesomeness than by bringing it all back to life with a styled shoot?! Last Saturday I gathered together a whopping 12 incredible wedding suppliers at Pimhill Barn, who I knew could help bring this vision to life. Not only did they deliver, but they made the whole experience better than I ever imagined!
We set the scene of a 1970's tea party using the browns, bright oranges and clashing reds, all pulled together using matching crockery, stationary, and cake. For the two 'brides' we created two distinct looks. The first a slightly elfin, folklore style with a fabulous floaty chiffon gown, flower headpiece, wild bouquet and soft make-up. The second was inspired by the iconic women of the time like Bianca Jagger and Cher, using heavier make up to dramatise the eyes, statement brow band, and stunning lace dress detail.
...and the Ford Capri? Well, that was just for fun!
I hope you enjoy looking at these images as much as we enjoyed creating them. My biggest and most sincere thanks to the marvellous team who brought it all together to perfectly.
Sophie Kerr Photography - Project Organiser and Photographer
Bridal Reloved Rowton - Dresses
Julieann Bird Designs - Jewellery and Headpeices
Dolly Rockers Beauty - Make Up Artist
Hair at the Coach House - Hairdressing
Julie Nicholas Florist (assisted by Rachel Collinson) - Bouquets, flower crown, and flower ring.
The Sugar Cart - Cake
Street Party Vintage - Tablewear and Crockery
Evelyn and Elliot - Stationary
Elise Lynn - Model
Ella Ruth Copperthwaite - Model
Birgitta Zoutman Wedding and Lifestyle Photography - Behind the scenes stills photography
Harry Fisher Film and Photography - Video
Bryn Jones firstname.lastname@example.org- Ford Capri
Pimhill Barn at Lea Hall - Venue
If you fell in love with anything you saw here, please go and show those suppliers some love...
...or simply release your inner flower child and run naked round the garden.
3/21/2017 0 Comments
It's safe to say that a lot of people were glad to see the back of the cursed 2016, myself included, so what better way to mark the long anticipated end than to go out with a bang, and not just any old bang! Jess and Dom invited their amazing friends and family to come and celebrate their marriage with them and give them a New Years Eve party they would never forget.
I was lucky enough to shoot Jess' brother Gareth's wedding back in 2014 when he married the lovely Alice at Albright Hussey, so I knew I was in for a treat. I've said it before but the people in the little villages deep in the Shropshire countryside really know how to throw a good shindig, and this was no exception! There was a real sense of excitement as the congregation took their seats in church, adorned with fur coats to keep warm in their sparkly party outfits on a chilly Winters day, waiting for Jess to arrive with her five beautiful maids. They got ready at Jess' childhood home in Harmer Hil wearing matching PJs , and I was treated to a few practice runs of the bridesmaids amazing speech poem while hair and make up was being done. There was such a lot of love and happiness from the word go. As well as touching readings from Winnie the Pooh and plenty of giggles, the couple chose to end their beautiful ceremony by getting everyone to sing 'I'd Do Anything' from the musical 'Oliver!', one of my favourites as a kid.
The party continued at Pimhill Barn, but I stole the couple away to the gardens for some pictures before the sun went down at 4pm. After that it was non-stop fizz, food, laughter, Mexican waves, hilarious speeches, giant wheels of cheese, and more than a few cheeky jokes, sparklers, and crazy shapes pulled on the dance floor!
Let's take a little look at this epic wedding!t
Thank you so very much to Mr and Mrs Gale for having me as your lucky photographer, I had an absolute blast at your wedding and it was the perfect way to see in what's going to be a great year!
3/20/2017 0 Comments
Every now and again wonderful people enter your life and you feel like you have known them since forever. That's exactly how I felt when it came to Laura and Adam, not only were they incredibly sweet, kind and very very funny, they are completely head-over-heels in love with one-another, which always makes the job ten times more fun. Multiple smooches needed on camera? Not a problem! Pucker up.
This wedding was simply perfect, great weather, great venues, and more importantly a fantastic couple. They chose a gorgeous pastel peach and blue colour scheme with pretty vintage/shabby-chic details looked stunning against Pimhill's rustic charm. It was such a beautiful day and great to be working with some of my favourite wedding suppliers too. Lets take a look!
I first met Rhi and Mark way back in 2014 when I was the lucky photographer at Rhi's mother and stepfather's completely wonderfully bonkers wedding (think civil ceremony officiated by a man in a balding monk outfit and you start to get the picture, a day I'll never forget!). These two are so funny, charming and kind, and I was so happy to be working with them and their lovely families for a second time.
The ceremony took place at Oswestry Registry Office followed by a reception at Henlle Golf Club on a VERY wet afternoon, but thankfully we were blessed with a dry-spell in the evening, complete with a pretty Autumnal sunset to finish the day. I adored their choice of romantic red roses, they seemed to match the changing of the season and the moody sky. I had great admiration for Rhi as she had undergone spinal surgery just a few weeks before the wedding, but she was determined to have enjoy her day as much as she possibly could, and was up on that dance floor as well as trekking across the golf course to get those beautiful couple shots. Brave lass, I salute you!
Lets take a look at their day!
When you get married in Britain, there's a very strong chance the weather might not be on your side. However, I don't think anyone quite expected the wind, hail and heavy rain of Biblical proportions that threw itself down on Lucy and Paul's wedding day! It really was unbelievable, but luckily so was this awesome day that the couple had been planning for years. A stunning location, Adcote School for girls is available for weddings during the Summer holidays (fondly nicknamed Hogwarts by the pupils) and boasts the most incredible great hall for the ceremony and reception as well as a stunning grand staircase and acres of beautiful grounds. The couples love of travel and sense of fun played a big part in their decorations and colour scheme, as well as Lucy's eye for elegant detail and striking colour. They had quite possibly the tallest, most spectacular and original cake I have EVER seen, all the food and drink you could possibly manage, and more smiles and laughs than you could count. Lets take a look at their brilliant day!
3/4/2017 0 Comments
Andy and Laura were one of those brilliant couples who I just hit it off with straight away with no problems whatsoever, we could have sat chatting away for hours on their sofa! I got such a warm and homely vibe from the two of them and could sense just how much they cared about each other. They felt like friends from that day onward, always keeping in touch and letting me in on all their wedding plans right up until the big day.
Here is just a small selection of my favourite images from this absolutely beautiful wedding, where emotions were running high and the sun shone even higher.
It was great to be working with some wonderful suppliers (who by the way all commented on how lovely they were!) on this wedding including....
Florist: Julie Nicholas
MUA: Elaine Martin
Hair: Carly Bushill at The Secret Salon
Venue: The Mytton and Mermaid Hotel
The thing I shall forever be grateful for (which I don't think I've told them until now) when it comes to these two, was their genuine concern and sympathy as my mother-in-law passed away just 12 days previously. They knew my husband and I had had a rotten couple of weeks and they were so understanding and lovely about the whole situation. Although it didn't change how I worked on the day, I was deeply touched by their kindness. Thank you so much guys.
For as long as I can remember I have had a bizarre fascination with the 1970's. Undoubtedly down to my awesome parents who married in on the 25th August 1973 in Norfolk. Typical of the time their wedding was a fairly simple do, a church ceremony followed by a village hall reception across the road. Photographs of all the important people lined up in a row, happy couple leaving church adorned with nick-naks, my Mum draped in a bell-sleeved hippy chick gown with heavy lace veil and long wavy hair, my Dad sporting a fine pair of brown flares and sideburns. Just awesome!
One of my favourite pastimes as a little girl was to lie on my stomach on their bed with my sister Hannah, and gaze at the hundreds of photographs that were lovingly looked after and treasured in heavy books and folders of all those adventures they went on before we came along in the 80's. We would laugh and point at the hairstyles, ooh and aah at the fashions, and sequel with delight whenever we spotted a household item that we still had after all those years. It was definitely this which lead me down the path of photography as a career, because I understood just how important these life recordings were. I grew up to a 60's and 70's soundtrack of Booker T and the MG's, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Led Zeppelin, Carole King and the Bee Gee's that carried on into my teens (while other kids were jumping on the noughtie's Nu-Metal bandwagon, I was wearing floaty black dresses and dreaming about being Stevie Nicks. Seriously...) . To this day when I listen to that music I drift off into my own little world where I fantasize about what it must have been like to be there. It always seemed like such a happy and much simpler time, and that heavily romanticized, warm peaceful image has influenced my life, sense of style, and my art for my whole life.
So with this in mind, as I was sat looking at my schedule for the next couple of months on a freezing cold February afternoon, listening to the mighty Black Sabbath and slowly floating into my 70's fantasy land, I suddenly thought...
"I could do a 1970's styled shoot!!!"
Cue hours, days and weeks of finding a team of like-minded wedding suppliers to take part who were just as excited about the idea as I was, a suitable venue, and some willing models, and here we are.
Today I'll be working with an AMAZING team of 12 suppliers who will be bringing their unique take on our theme to the table, with two drop dead gorgeous models, at the stunning Pimhill Barn in Shropshire.
I am very VERY excited, and I cannot wait to share with you all our magnificent creation!
Watch this space....