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Awesome couples ride horses to their weddings

April 21st, 2014

You know a wedding will be awesome when the couple tell you they will be riding on horseback across fields to their wedding reception. From the moment Abi and Malcolm told me about their day I knew that they were going to have an incredible wedding. The bride’s parents lived in Calbourne and their reception [...]

 

You know a wedding will be awesome when the couple tell you they will be riding on horseback across fields to their wedding reception.

From the moment Abi and Malcolm told me about their day I knew that they were going to have an incredible wedding. The bride’s parents lived in Calbourne and their reception was to be held in a marquee set up in the field behind their house, so the nearby All Saint’s church was a natural choice for the couple. Not only did this mean that guests were able to walk from the church to their rustic wedding reception but Abi was able to arrive at the church on horseback with her father before riding away afterwards with Malcolm as husband and wife!

The bride wore a green wedding dress whilst the groom wore a regency suit with tails and after their church ceremony the couple managed to make a quick detour on horseback sneaking off for a ride on their favourite trail before rejoining guests at their reception. This also allowed me to meet the couple half-way through their ride giving us the perfect opportunity to take some creative wedding photos of the couple riding their horses in full wedding-attire across the fields!

The traditional marquee was decorated beautifully in a rustic style by the creative couple and their wedding breakfast was a homemade ploughman’s lunch which the all the family helped to make. There were many DIY touches to their day as all their friends and family played their part; from relatives who made Abi’s gorgeous green wedding dress and crafted their awesome wedding cake, to talented friends who provided live music in the evening as their entertainment.

To end of the day as the sun began to set, the happy couple took centre stage with their first dance as man and wife to a beautiful acoustic number as guests danced around them and partied the night away enjoying the most wonderful wedding reception.

Enjoy the photos!

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bride and groom riding horses to wedding reception

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An incredible day complete with a special performance from The Kooks

March 11th, 2014

I’ve seen some amazing wedding bands but I didn’t ever think I’d get to photograph British rock stars, The Kooks performing at a wedding! Sophie and Max live in London and returned to Max’s family home on the Isle of Wight for their wedding. Max who works for an exciting technology start-up, began his day [...]

 

I’ve seen some amazing wedding bands but I didn’t ever think I’d get to photograph British rock stars, The Kooks performing at a wedding!

Sophie and Max live in London and returned to Max’s family home on the Isle of Wight for their wedding. Max who works for an exciting technology start-up, began his day with the boys enjoying a pub lunch at The Crown in Shorwell (which was handily opposite the church so there could be no excuses for being late) whilst filmmaker Sophie got ready at the beautiful Westover Manor.

Many of Sophie’s family flew in from France and their bi-lingual service took place mid-afternoon in the Church of St Peter in Shorwell which was lit purely by candlelight. The church looked beautiful and after an emotional ceremony guests gathered outside to shower the couple with rice instead of the more traditional British confetti which was great for photos.

Upon arriving at Max’s family home for their reception, everyone enjoyed drinks and canapés around the pool before making their way to the marquee extension which had been added to the purpose built reception venue for the speeches and evening party. After the speeches guests made their way in to the elegantly decorated, candlelit, reception room to be seated for dinner which included delicious Isle of Wight asparagus grown locally at the Garlic Farm.

The couple’s first dance wowed their adoring friends and family who watched from the stairs and shortly after this best man, Alex, who also happened to be the lead singer of The Kooks, stepped up on to the stage along with his band mates to announce that they were the wedding band!

The Kooks were met with huge cheers from the crowd as guests rushed forwards to watch them perform and lots of dancing, kissing and crowd surfing (especially by the groom) ensued as everyone partied the night away at what was an incredible wedding complete with a rock star wedding band.

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Looking back at 2013

January 1st, 2014

There were so many awesome weddings on the Isle of Wight last year! Join me on a look back at some of my favourite photos from 2013 but before you scroll down I just want to express my appreciation to everyone I’ve met, worked with, chatted and drank tea with over the last year. Massive [...]

 

There were so many awesome weddings on the Isle of Wight last year! Join me on a look back at some of my favourite photos from 2013 but before you scroll down I just want to express my appreciation to everyone I’ve met, worked with, chatted and drank tea with over the last year. Massive thanks go to my friends and family who once again have been a huge help and helping me photograph another busy year of weddings!

Most importantly though I want to say a massive thank to all the wonderful couples who entrusted me with the honour of photographing their weddings. You are all awesome and it’s thanks to you guys that 2013 has been such an amazing year.

So here we go. This was 2013. Roll on 2014!

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P.S. Most of these weddings haven’t been blogged yet as I’ve been fully booked all year but watch this space over coming months where I’m going to be sharing many more photos.

Bridal photoshoot in bluebells IOW

Dark sky wedding photo Isle of Wight

Bride and Groom reflection at Bowcombe Lodge

Bride shoves cake in grooms face

Appuldurcombe house couple portrait at night

Blue wedding dress bride IOW

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Abandoned building wedding photo smashed

Couple on open top bus wedding

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Winter snow wedding photo Osborne House

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Guy fist bumps groom Isle of WIght wedding

Creative puddle wedding photo

Groom kisses the singer at wedding

Yurt wedding at night IOW bunting

Golden Hour bridal photo in a field Isle of Wight

Interesting cake cutting photo

Green dress wedding photo in the woods

Groom carrys bride on shoulders in sunset

Wedding couple romantic walk in the street

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Paddle boat wedding Calbourne Mill IOW

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Smokey first dance Isle of Wight

Polka dot dress and braces wedding outfit

Snow globe wedding photo

Sunny summer wedding photo Appuldurcombe House

The Duver Isle of Wight wedding photo

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A Cowes wedding at St Mary’s Church and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

September 16th, 2013

Cowes on the Isle of Wight has to be the ultimate wedding location for couples who enjoy sailing. Famous for Cowes Week among other sailing events, it is also home to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, the beautiful St Mary’s Church and was the wedding destination of choice for James and Catrin. The couple – [...]

 

Cowes on the Isle of Wight has to be the ultimate wedding location for couples who enjoy sailing. Famous for Cowes Week among other sailing events, it is also home to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, the beautiful St Mary’s Church and was the wedding destination of choice for James and Catrin. The couple – who both live in Cowes – are keen sailors and so being able to hold their wedding in the town where they live, right on the seafront, couldn’t have been more fitting!

I joined the bride in the morning at K & H Hairdressing as she and the girls began their day joined by a number of visitors who popped in to wish Catrin luck. One of which was someone I only know as “Champagne Man” who made a grand entrance bursting in to the hairdressers and pouring a few bottles of champagne for everyone before disappearing just as quickly!

Once everyone was ready to go the bridal party made its way through Cowes to join Catrin’s parents and grandparents at a beautiful house right on the water’s edge and get in to their dresses. After a few sandwiches (and some more champagne, naturally) everyone got in to their outfits and off we went in a lovely classic car to the beautiful St Mary’s church.

After a wonderful ceremony guests made the short walk through a sunny Northwood Park lead by the bride and groom down to the seafront to carry on the festivities at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

During the afternoon (before everyone headed in for a traditional English high tea) James, Catrin and I snuck off for a short while along Cowes seafront to take some photographs beside the water. The adventurous bride wasn’t afraid to get a little mucky asking to jump down on to the beach for a few pictures and even wanted to climb on one of the lion statues that stand proudly on the seafront! Her now husband James sensibly suggested they didn’t do that particular picture for fear of injury but as you’ll see from the photos below, Catrin eventually got her way ensuring I took one last photo for her to surprise James with!

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Wedding walk through Northwood Park Cowes

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Wedding speeches Royal Yacht Club Cowes

Creative wedding photo Isle of Wight

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An intimate and informal Priory Bay wedding

June 24th, 2013

Priory Bay is an Isle of Wight wedding venue that truly can cater for any size weddings – big or small – and Melissa and Matthew’s intimate and informal day was a perfect example of this with a party of just 7 including them. Once the couple from Chichester decided that they wanted to get [...]

 

Priory Bay is an Isle of Wight wedding venue that truly can cater for any size weddings – big or small – and Melissa and Matthew’s intimate and informal day was a perfect example of this with a party of just 7 including them.

Once the couple from Chichester decided that they wanted to get married on the Island they started looking for their wedding venue and discovered the luxurious country house hotel by the sea completely by chance, but knew instantly that this was the venue for them.

Melissa’s beautifully unique 1920’s dress was another lucky find which was discovered on a shopping trip for another outfit but as soon as she set eyes on it she knew that she had found her perfect vintage wedding dress.

Their day started upstairs in the hotel as everyone got ready together including the couple’s two young daughters who really enjoyed having their hair and makeup professionally done before they snuck off to play on the rocking horse in the room next-door! At the couples request just before the ceremony (whilst the girls were suitably entertained) we stepped out in to the garden to take some natural wedding portraits of the two nearly-weds, really capturing their personalities on their big day.

After a really fun natural wedding portrait session we headed back inside to re-join their party for drinks and canapés before going through the stunning Island room for their perfect ceremony.

Dinner was served soon after featuring a food prepared by top chef Oliver Stephens, famous for his hyper-local food menus consisting of ingredients foraged in the grounds of Priory Bay.

The thing that stood out for me the most from Matthew and Melissa’s intimate and informal Priory Bay wedding wasn’t the grand setting, it wasn’t the amazing food, it was the fun and laughter – just what a wedding should be full of.

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Why get married on the Isle of Wight

May 6th, 2013

Why get married on the Isle of Wight? Well for starters it’s one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, a picturesque Island just off the south coast of England, where no passport is needed for the short sea crossing to get married here. The Isle of Wight boasts 13 award winning beaches and more than [...]

 

Isle of Wight garden wedding Ventnor

Why get married on the Isle of Wight? Well for starters it’s one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, a picturesque Island just off the south coast of England, where no passport is needed for the short sea crossing to get married here.

The Isle of Wight boasts 13 award winning beaches and more than half of the twenty-three by thirteen mile Island is classed as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including spectacular and unspoilt scenery and a rich historical heritage as well as a stunning coastline.south coast of England, where no passport is needed for the short sea crossing to get married here.

There are a number of Churches and Approved Premises on the Island which are licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnership ceremonies giving you a wide choice of settings for your day ranging from striking grand manor houses with stunning sea views to wildly romantic retreats set in beautiful gardens.

Beach weddings, garden weddings and outdoor ceremonies – the Isle of Wight can cater for them all and as one of the UK’s sunniest and warmest places why marry abroad when the Island provides such a diverse backdrop for your wedding?

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Stunning coastline Isle of Wight wedding

 

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IOW wedding businesses featured in top national wedding magazine

April 16th, 2013

Remember last year I blogged about a wedding photoshoot at Afton Apple Farm featuring some of the Islands top wedding businesses? Well we were lucky enough to have the amazing national magazine Unique Bride feature it in their January/February issue! Many, many thanks again to the awesome Isle of Wight businesses who worked so hard [...]

 

Remember last year I blogged about a wedding photoshoot at Afton Apple Farm featuring some of the Islands top wedding businesses? Well we were lucky enough to have the amazing national magazine Unique Bride feature it in their January/February issue!

Many, many thanks again to the awesome Isle of Wight businesses who worked so hard to make this shoot such a success. It was great to see so many awesome companies getting exposure all over the UK! I managed to quickly grab a copy of the magazine to show you the gorgeous FIVE PAGE feature that Unique Bride published:

Isle of Wight businesses in national wedding magazine

Isle of Wight businesses in Unique Bride wedding magazine

Isle of Wight companies in national wedding magazine

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Priory Bay Hotel Fiona and Nigel sneak peek

April 8th, 2013

Priory Bay is the most beautiful venue for a wedding – a country house beside the sea in Seaview on the Isle of Wight – and the weekend before Christmas I photographed Fiona and Nigel’s wedding there. Foregoing the traditional bridesmaids and best man Fiona and Nigel had a surprise up their sleeves for their [...]

 

Priory Bay is the most beautiful venue for a wedding – a country house beside the sea in Seaview on the Isle of Wight – and the weekend before Christmas I photographed Fiona and Nigel’s wedding there.

Foregoing the traditional bridesmaids and best man Fiona and Nigel had a surprise up their sleeves for their guests. As the Registrar asked for whoever was presenting the rings to step forwards, Nigel was presented with a falconry glove and in swooped the most beautiful owl bearing the rings – much to the shock of everyone else in the room who had no idea that the couple had planned this!

Fiona and Nigel made the most of their seasonal Priory Bay wedding by tying in the hotels Christmas decorations with their own colour scheme and theme which made for a lovely, warm and festive feel for their day. Partway through festivities the exquisite hotels team laid on a selection of locally sourced food and other delights for the guests to enjoy as we snuck off for some portraits. We made full use of the grand stone carved archway at the entrance before their day drew to a close with a sit down meal and dancing in the Priory Oyster restaurant.

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Priory Bay Isle of Wight wedding owl ring bearer

Priory Bay bride and groom portrait

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IOW Wedding Magazine sneak preview

March 6th, 2013

The Isle of Wight wedding magazine officially launched this week. It’s the first magazine on the Island dedicated entirely to weddings and they’ve allowed me to share a sneak preview with you! The team behind it (the publishers of Island Life) have been working around the clock to produce a magazine full of features which [...]

 

IOW wedding magazine cover

The Isle of Wight wedding magazine officially launched this week. It’s the first magazine on the Island dedicated entirely to weddings and they’ve allowed me to share a sneak preview with you! The team behind it (the publishers of Island Life) have been working around the clock to produce a magazine full of features which you and your partner will find useful in planning for your big day.

The elegant, glossy magazine sits perfectly alongside the national wedding mags but provides a local touch featuring real IOW weddings to inspire your own as well as 164 pages of bridal ideas!

Over the last couple of months I’ve been lucky enough to work closely with the Isle of Wight wedding magazine team and so I’ve seen first-hand how much thought, planning and attention to detail has gone in to the making of it. Their aim was to produce a stylish and elegant magazine which inspires as well as informs by introducing you to some of the amazing wedding suppliers we have on the Island – which I think they’ve done perfectly.

You can grab your copy from newsagents across the Island as well as other selected outlets (including the venues and suppliers featured in the first issue). A list of outlets where you can find the magazine will be published on the Isle of Wight wedding magazine website in due course:  http://www.iwweddings.com/

P.S. I’ve been allowed to share little sneak preview with you:

Isle of Wight wedding magazine Chris Cowley first issue feature seaside IOW wedding magazine feature Chris Cowley East Dene

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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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