Posts Tagged ‘Sea’

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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Cowes wedding marina view

St Mary's Church Cowes Isle of Wight

Wedding walk through Northwood Park Cowes

Wedding procession Cowes Isle of Wight

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club wedding Cowes IOW

Wedding high tea and cakes IOW

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Wedding speeches Royal Yacht Club Cowes

Creative wedding photo Isle of Wight

Bride riding lion Cowes Isle of Wight

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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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Trash the dress bridal portrait Isle of Wight

Trash the dress Isle of Wight Chris Cowley

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Bride in the sea in the wedding dress IOW

Bride in the sea Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight beach wedding photo TTD