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Bowcombe Lodge wedding venue lighting ideas

February 1st, 2014

Bowcombe Lodge is nestled amongst spectacular scenery on the Isle of Wight. Sitting on the Bowcombe estate, it is a multi-award winning wedding venue which has been finished to the highest of contemporary-chic standards – a real hidden gem! The exclusive wedding venue boasts it’s own staff and chef guaranteeing complete escapism as well as stunning [...]

 

Bowcombe Lodge is nestled amongst spectacular scenery on the Isle of Wight. Sitting on the Bowcombe estate, it is a multi-award winning wedding venue which has been finished to the highest of contemporary-chic standards – a real hidden gem!

The exclusive wedding venue boasts it’s own staff and chef guaranteeing complete escapism as well as stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside for you and your guests. Due to the exclusivity of Bowcombe Lodge I was incredibly excited when Katie from Wight Wedding Days got in touch asking if I would like to be involved in a photoshoot there.

The aim of the shoot was to show how you could use light creatively to decorate your wedding venue creating ambience and atmosphere. To create this wonderful inspiration Katie bought together some of the Islands top wedding suppliers including Jo Lofthouse (Make-up artist), Inspired Island Events (Venue Decoration), Flowers for You (licensed Vera Wang florist), StageGear Rentals (lighting), Maranelli Designs (Wedding Stationary), Forget Me Not Designs (Wedding dress) and Donna Jones who kindly modelled with her husband!

Without further ado, here are a few of my favourite shots from our evening.

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Trash the dress wedding cake food fight

August 29th, 2013

You’ve seen trash the dress, how about trash the cake (or a cake smash)? That’s right – WEDDING CAKE FOOD FIGHT! After the amazing reaction we had to our trash the dress photoshoot (where the bride ended up in the sea wearing her stunning wedding dress) we were inundated with emails from Isle of Wight [...]

 

You’ve seen trash the dress, how about trash the cake (or a cake smash)? That’s right – WEDDING CAKE FOOD FIGHT!

After the amazing reaction we had to our trash the dress photoshoot (where the bride ended up in the sea wearing her stunning wedding dress) we were inundated with emails from Isle of Wight couples who were dying to rock their frocks giving their dress a proper send off by doing something a little crazy. I’ve wanted to do something involving wedding cakes for a long time as being totally honest, they just look too yummy and pristine to be left sitting all day.

After an inspiring chat with the wonderful Jade Thornton of Petticoats and Frills Cakes the hunt was on to see which of the newlyweds who got in touch would be up for getting a little messy on our next shoot. Up stepped Carrie and Phil who wanted to celebrate their first anniversary in style by doing a trash the dress photoshoot!

Jade spends her time carefully crafting the most beautiful wedding cakes, but sometimes she likes to do things a little differently. For this photoshoot she made a cake which was elegant in design – a simple white wedding cake that would suit any kind of wedding – but inside each tier was made of the most brightly coloured cake you’ve ever seen! I think the proper name is colour pop but whatever it was – Amazing.

We were once again joined by the wonderfully talented duo Donna Jones (hair) and Jo Lofthouse (makeup) who upon Carrie’s suggestion transformed her with a vintage look influenced by our location for the shoot – an abandoned holiday camp on the Island. The contrast between the dirty, smashed up, derelict building and the beautifully clean and pristine couple (and cake) really drew to me to this setting and it worked perfectly as a location for our wedding cake food fight!

Anyway, enough rambling from me. Love it or hate it, here is our latest trash the dress cake smash photoshoot (beginning with a cherish the dress session).

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P.S. If you’re interested in doing a trash or cherish the dress of your own then please do get in touch!

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Trash the dress on an Isle of Wight beach

July 15th, 2013

A trash the dress photoshoot is something that I’ve been dying to do since beginning my journey as a creative wedding photographer. I’ve always thought that the Isle of Wight was the perfect setting for it with miles of sandy beaches, gorgeous woods and other beautiful locations so all I needed to do was find [...]

 

A trash the dress photoshoot is something that I’ve been dying to do since beginning my journey as a creative wedding photographer. I’ve always thought that the Isle of Wight was the perfect setting for it with miles of sandy beaches, gorgeous woods and other beautiful locations so all I needed to do was find a bride who was keen to get involved…

So what is a trash the dress session?

Also known as a rock the frock, fearless bridal (or the less damaging version is called a cherish the dress); a trash the dress session is a photoshoot where you get to dust off your wedding dress one last time and give it a final outing to somewhere you wouldn’t dared to have gone on your wedding day through fear of getting your perfect, clean white dress dirty!

You can go as crazy as you like. You might want to do a cherish the dress photoshoot where you pick a picturesque location that you’d loved to have had your wedding photos taken in and we create something beautiful for you. Or if you’re like Danielle, you might want to do something that’s a total contrast to your perfectly clean wedding day photography.

Danielle is an amazing bride who got married two years ago and fully embraced the concept, wanting to create some awesome photos and give her dress a good send off at the same time. We exchanged excited emails whilst planning her trash the dress photoshoot that were full of crazy ideas, each one taking it a step further until finally we had our concept.

At this point I enlisted the help of two incredibly talented wedding businesses on the Island – Donna Jones (wedding hair) and Jo Lofthouse (wedding makeup) to see if they were up for getting involved. Luckily for us, they were, and each planned Daniellie’s hair and makeup ready for our shoot.

The day finally came and we excitedly headed out for our trash the dress session. As you can see, it began as a cherish the dress creating some beautiful post-wedding portraits in the golden evening sun, (and we were even able to borrow a Porsche!) but then things changed quite dramatically.

We moved locations at this point and Jo and Donna created their second look for the night re-doing Danielle’s hair and makeup on location (these girls really can work anywhere) as we headed to the beach. I’ll let the pictures show you what happened next. Enjoy!

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P.S. If you’re interested in doing a trash or cherish the dress of your own then please do get in touch!

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Wedding dress rain cover test Rainaway Bride

March 28th, 2013

English weather is unpredictable at the best of times and rain on your wedding day can be a couple’s worst nightmare. You’ve picked a gorgeous dress, you’ve had your hair and make-up perfected and now you’re all set to walk down the aisle in style. Then, rain drops start falling from the sky… All you [...]

 

Wedding dress rain cover Chris CowleyEnglish weather is unpredictable at the best of times and rain on your wedding day can be a couple’s worst nightmare. You’ve picked a gorgeous dress, you’ve had your hair and make-up perfected and now you’re all set to walk down the aisle in style. Then, rain drops start falling from the sky… All you can think about now is how you’re going to be dragging the beautiful train of your dress through puddles and dirt and then what about your hair? It’s going to be ruined in the wind that’s joined the now torrential, horrible rain.

These are exactly the thoughts that went through a wedding dress designers mind on the Isle of Wight and this inspired Karen Robb from Dornellie to create the Rainaway Bride.

Rainaway Bride is a waterproof wedding dress rain cover designed specifically to protect you and your dress from the wind and rain on your big day. It is a waterproof cloak which has an elasticated hem allowing you to scoop up your beautiful wedding dress away from puddles and mud leaving you to walk without fear of dragging your dress along the wet and mucky ground. It fits nearly all gowns and trains and has a large hood which protects your hair, make-up, headpiece and/or veil if it should be raining or windy on your wedding day.

Having worked with Karen previously I asked if she was up for putting Rainaway Bride to the test for a photoshoot to show how good it really was. Whilst this was just an excuse for me to take a bride and groom to a muddy pit to make some creative wedding photos I’m pleased to say that she accepted the challenge and with a volunteer bride and groom we headed out to Knighton Sandpit to create some unique wedding photos which pushed the rain covers protection to its limits!

On what can only be described as a freezing winter’s day last weekend we put the rain cover through some perhaps more “extreme” scenarios including climbing sand banks, running through mud, jumping in puddles, throwing mud and even a water fight! To end the day we had our couple stand next to a big puddle and someone drove through it sending a sheet of water over the two of them!

We really put the rain cover through its paces and the real show of how well the Rainaway Bride protects a wedding dress was the big reveal at the end where the bride stepped out from the cover. She looked pristine; and the dress – totally dry!

The whole day was filmed by Michael from Wight Productions whose excellent video I’ve included at the bottom of this post. Special thanks go out to Karen for allowing us to test her rain cover, the bride and groom for putting it through its paces, Dan for arranging the venue and George and Grace for their assistance on the day.

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P.S. Annoyingly, I got covered in mud and soaked – so although the bride got to do the fun bit splashing in puddles I actually came out worse off as the cover worked so well!

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Want to see the wedding dress rain cover in action? Check out the amazing video by Wight Productions below or watch it on YouTube

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Quay Arts wedding

February 10th, 2013

Quay Arts  is a licensed wedding venue right in the centre of Newport, Isle of Wight alongside the harbour. It is probably best known as a contemporary art gallery but did you know that you can also get married at Quay Arts? That’s right – a Quay Art’s wedding, in a choice of unique ceremony [...]

 

Quay Arts  is a licensed wedding venue right in the centre of Newport, Isle of Wight alongside the harbour. It is probably best known as a contemporary art gallery but did you know that you can also get married at Quay Arts? That’s right – a Quay Art’s wedding, in a choice of unique ceremony rooms, right by the river.

At the end of 2011 I met for the first time with Lesa from I Heart Buttons, Inspired Island Events, top Island chef Martyn Cutler and various other wedding suppliers including Love Umbrellas, Laurel Designs Stationary, Claire Ogden Designs and Kelly’s Eye Boutique for a wedding photo shoot.

The Quay was just getting ready to launch itself as a contemporary wedding venue after numerous requests from art lovers wanting to tie the knot and we were tasked with dressing the venue to run a couple through a Quay Arts wedding.

Massive thanks to the lovely couple Marie and Sam for taking part in the day and making it so much fun and I hope you enjoy the photos. If you’re planning your wedding at Quay Arts then why not get in touch to chat about your day.

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Osborne House winter wedding photos

January 21st, 2013

The snow-covered Island made for the perfect winter wedding backdrop this weekend and I was lucky enough to photograph an amazing couple at the exclusive Royal landmark, Osborne House. As snow fell on the Isle of Wight on Friday I excitedly watched from the window thinking how amazing it would be to photograph a bride [...]

 

The snow-covered Island made for the perfect winter wedding backdrop this weekend and I was lucky enough to photograph an amazing couple at the exclusive Royal landmark, Osborne House.

As snow fell on the Isle of Wight on Friday I excitedly watched from the window thinking how amazing it would be to photograph a bride and groom in the pure white snow. As you can imagine, it was freezing outside but up stepped two of my best friends, JonJon and Nat who were dying to dust off their wedding outfits to go and play in the cold!

With a 4×4 driver (Byles) recruited we set off on our trip across the Island. Our first stop was some pretty woodland complete with snow-laden trees before moving on to the completely white IW Steam Railway line where we clambered along the railway track to get some perfect winter wedding photos. As the light began to fade our snowy adventure took us to higher ground – the freezing hill-tops on the downs – before finally ending at the beautiful Osborne House

Osborne House made for a picturesque background for our winter wedding photos and we were so lucky to get permission to be able to work in the grounds of such an exclusive Isle of Wight venue.

Massive thanks from me to the very brave couple, driver, you guys for sharing and commenting on my pictures and posts the last few days and Bryn and Claire from Osborne House for their help in making this photo shoot happen. Roll on next winter!

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Apple orchard wedding at Afton Park Apple Farm Freshwater

November 19th, 2012

Afton Apple Farm as the name suggests, is a beautiful apple orchard near Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. It’s an accredited wedding venue that I’ve been dying to organise a photo-shoot at for a long time and so this summer I kept a weekend clear and called on some of the amazing wedding suppliers [...]

 

Afton Apple Farm as the name suggests, is a beautiful apple orchard near Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. It’s an accredited wedding venue that I’ve been dying to organise a photo-shoot at for a long time and so this summer I kept a weekend clear and called on some of the amazing wedding suppliers I’m lucky enough to have worked with on the Island.

Working closely with Chris from Inspired Island Events who was the talented stylist for the shoot we decided to really play on the fact that we had access to this picturesque orchard and accompanying gardens by going with an apple theme. Once this decided it gave us a colour scheme to work within – green, white and hints of red tying in with the apple theme further.

Our vision for the photo-shoot was to provide an elegant outdoor wedding right in the heart of the orchard by placing a ten-seat banquet style table amongst rows of apple trees.

With his in mind I started my email mission contacting each Isle of Wight wedding supplier giving them nothing more than the general concept and colour scheme leaving them to do whatever they wanted for the day. I had total trust in each of them as I knew it would be good so gave them as little guidance as possible and boy did it pay off! Read on to find out more.

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The shoot started early on a misty Sunday morning back in August and I was appreciative of those involved just to be out of bed at that hour! Hair and makeup got underway first by Rita Camassa (MUA) and Chelsea (Jaks Hair) working from a marquee in the gardens before Dawn from Gems Bridal wear set to work dressing the models in the most beautiful dresses by Maggie Sottero and White One.

The dresses were selected by Chris from Inspired Island Events as they complimented the natural theme for the day.

As the models got ready the rest of the group got to work assisting Chris in setting up the banquet table in the stunning orchard and decorating it with apple themed centrepieces (using real apples) by JoJo from Blushing Blooms, favour boxes (with apple green ribbons), apple leaf name tags by Nicky Marinelli and the cutest apple printed material napkins by Hannah from Sew Special Bunting amongst other wonderful apple goodness.

As the sun began to burn through the mist the first model, Rosie, came to join us and the shoot began. Rosie modelled a Gresham style wedding dress with chiffon gown by White One as well as jewellery by Sophie Honeybourne and an apple themed button bouquet by I Heart Buttons.

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Next up came our ‘couple’ for the day – Cordelia and Mark.

Mark wore a grey lounge suit and waistcoat supplied by Osborne’s which we coupled with an apple green skinny tie before realising that we had completely overlooked cuff-links  Never-fear though as the ever resourceful seamstress Dawn and florist JoJo picked tiny crab apples from a nearby tree and combined with a Swarovski crystal pin fashioned a ‘fresh’ set of cuff-links for our groom!

Cordelia wore the Courtney wedding dress by Maggie Sottero complete with diamanté embellishment combining it with bouquets carefully crafted to include fresh green apples in their design. And then in our final few frames our wonderful bride and groom wandered amongst the grassy orchard playing with umbrellas by Love Umbrellas.

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Organising the apple farm wedding photo-shoot was great fun and the models and suppliers involved were excellent to work with. It really was just like arranging a miniature wedding where we had to bring in near enough everything used in the shoot right the way up from chairs and cutlery (by Coast and Country Marquees) to power for the hairdresser working out of the marquee being handed by Prosafe Electrical!

Many thanks to everyone involved in making the photoshoot such a success:

And finally, thank you Mr Weatherman for giving us some gorgeous sunshine in what was an otherwise terrible summer!

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Royal Hotel wedding veil 1940′s vintage shoot

February 1st, 2012

On Sunday I had the pleasure of shooting for Karen of Dornellie, an IOW business which specialises in beautiful bespoke, hand crafted wedding veils. I met Karen at a bridal show in December and we have been excitedly discussing this photoshoot since. The aim was to link up with other likeminded, fresh thinking, Island businesses [...]

 

On Sunday I had the pleasure of shooting for Karen of Dornellie, an IOW business which specialises in beautiful bespoke, hand crafted wedding veils. I met Karen at a bridal show in December and we have been excitedly discussing this photoshoot since. The aim was to link up with other likeminded, fresh thinking, Island businesses to create some fantastic photos together. Karen worked really hard behind the scenes and managed to bring together a brilliant group of Isle of Wight wedding suppliers including The Royal Hotel, Wight Vintage, I Heart Buttons, Oh So Vintage, Harmony Beauty, Very Vintage (at Scott’s Hair Salon), IOW Pearl and the fantastic models Clare, Lisa, Victoria, Megan, Debbie, Jasmin and Phil.

Thanks to all involved and below are a few of my favourite photos from the day.

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P.S. Birdcage veils- awesome or what for photos?!