Posts Tagged ‘Wedding’

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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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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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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An Appuldurcombe House wedding full of DIY touches

January 20th, 2014

Appuldurcombe House is a striking and unique wedding venue on the Isle of Wight. Set in beautiful grounds the 18th century building was once one of the grandest houses on the IOW. Breathtaking to look at, the house and is a particularly interesting venue as the majority of the building has been left as ruins with [...]

 

Appuldurcombe House is a striking and unique wedding venue on the Isle of Wight. Set in beautiful grounds the 18th century building was once one of the grandest houses on the IOW. Breathtaking to look at, the house and is a particularly interesting venue as the majority of the building has been left as ruins with only the front section of the house and small part of the interior recreated! Some might hear this description and shy away from the venue but Donna and Nick fell in love with Appuldurcombe House and set to work putting many creative touches in to their colourful big day. The creative couple made all of the decorations themselves which added an amazing splash of colour to the venue and really bought the grand house to life.

The couple chose to make the day just as much about the children as it was about them encouraging all of the kids to come in fancy dress and enjoy the masses of outside space to play in. The couples son, Murray, was dressed as Batman and thoroughly enjoyed running around the grass playing outdoor games with all the other children.

The bride, Donna, got ready with her bridesmaids in the cottages on the edge of the grounds and enjoyed  a leisurely stroll down the the house (with Batman in toe).  Following their ceremony, now husband, Nick, Donna and all their guests enjoyed Pimms, strawberries and cream on the lawn whilst the children played.

In keeping with their super relaxed and fun day guests went back in to the building and enjoyed a relaxed afternoon tea complete with a finger buffet of delicious sandwiches, savouries, cakes and scones. Jam goes hand in hand with scones and so for their wedding favours the couple made their own jam in tiny pots complete with labels created by Nick encouraging guests to ‘Spread the love’ which was just one of the many small touches that made Nick and Donna’s Appuldurcombe House wedding so great!

I hope you enjoy look their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Appuldurcombe House colourful DIY wedding decorations

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Appuldurcombe House confetti throwing outside

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Appuldurcombe House creative tea party wedding cupcakes Miss Dotty

Appuldurcombe House sunset wedding portrait by the gate

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Appuldurcombe House creative couple wedding photo

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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

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Appuldurcombe house couple portrait at night

Blue wedding dress bride IOW

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Couple on open top bus wedding

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Winter snow wedding photo Osborne House

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Creative puddle wedding photo

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Yurt wedding at night IOW bunting

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Green dress wedding photo in the woods

Groom carrys bride on shoulders in sunset

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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

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The Times Isle of Wight wedding feature

September 21st, 2013

Pssst… Check out The Times newspaper today – it features a lovely Isle of Wight wedding full of awesomeness took place last weekend. Sunflowers and beach wedding photo goodness to follow on the blog at some point

 

Pssst… Check out The Times newspaper today – it features a lovely Isle of Wight wedding full of awesomeness took place last weekend. Sunflowers and beach wedding photo goodness to follow on the blog at some point :)

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The Times newspaper Isle of Wight wedding feature

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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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Cherish the dress Chris Cowley

Derelict building wedding photo kiss

Derelict building wedding photo

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Cake smash petticoats and frills wedding cake

Bride and groom eating cake in abandoned building

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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

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Isle of Wight beach wedding photo TTD

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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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USB of wedding photos

June 11th, 2013

“How do we receive our wedding photos after our day?”  - I present a USB containing the high resolution copies of your wedding photographs to cherish forever Over the past few years I’ve carefully created a number of wedding photography packages and all of them include a beautifully packaged USB with high resolution copies of your finished [...]

 

“How do we receive our wedding photos after our day?”  - I present a USB containing the high resolution copies of your wedding photographs to cherish forever

Over the past few years I’ve carefully created a number of wedding photography packages and all of them include a beautifully packaged USB with high resolution copies of your finished wedding photos. Why do I do this? Because that is what I would want (and all of the couples I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with felt the same way too!)

In days gone by wedding photographers use to run businesses where you had to purchase each and every print directly from the photographer. I hated this concept and thought it was way outdated when it came to wedding photography, so when I started my business I sat down and thought about what I would want as a couple getting married. After our wedding album the next most important thing was those treasured files. The digital copies of our images to keep forever and share with your family and friends.

Why don’t I present your images on DVD? Not only is each USB more environmentally friendly in its production, it also comes beautifully presented in luxurious 100% recycled packaging and is less fragile than a DVD which is easily scratched (however I do recommend backing up your digital photographs in a secure location also).

If you’re thinking about booking one of my wedding photography packages which includes a USB of your pictures then you have this freedom. Each of my packages includes a print license giving you the freedom to print and share your wedding photos with your family, friends and guests as much as you like – they are YOUR photographs after all so why be restricted?!

Here’s how your USB of images will arrive:

Chris Cowley USB photography packaging