Posts Tagged ‘Bridal’

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!

Porsche wedding photo Isle of WIght

Golden hour wedding photography Isle of Wight

Trash the dress boat Isle of Wight

Cherish the dress Chris Cowley IOW

Trash the dress bridal portrait Isle of Wight

Trash the dress Isle of Wight Chris Cowley

Isle of Wight beach trash the dress

Trash the dress on the beach Isle of Wight

Bride in the sea in the wedding dress IOW

Bride in the sea Isle of Wight

Trash the dress TTD Isle of Wight

Beach trash the dress wedding photo Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight beach wedding photo TTD

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Gems wedding fair

February 11th, 2013

Gems wedding fair is one of the biggest bridal fairs on the Isle of Wight. Hosted bi-annually at Cowes Yacht Haven, Gems wedding fayre is one not to be missed thanks to the amazing Island wedding suppliers exhibiting as well as the beautiful catwalk demonstrations showcasing this season’s latest wedding dresses and fashions. If you’re […]

 

Gems wedding fair is one of the biggest bridal fairs on the Isle of Wight. Hosted bi-annually at Cowes Yacht Haven, Gems wedding fayre is one not to be missed thanks to the amazing Island wedding suppliers exhibiting as well as the beautiful catwalk demonstrations showcasing this season’s latest wedding dresses and fashions.

If you’re in the midst of planning your wedding or even if you’ve just got started then bridal fairs are a great place to find inspiration for your big day. At each show you’ll find a wide variety of wedding suppliers and businesses including florists, wedding venues and even cake makers all in one place and on hand to offer advice and tips. If you are coming along to see for yourselves then make sure you pop by to say Hi as I’ll be there 🙂

Details of the next Gems Isle of Wight wedding fair:

Date: Sunday 17th February

Location: Cowes Yacht Haven
High St, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7BD
 01983 299975 ‎

 Opening times:  11am – 4pm

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Gems wedding fair Isle of Wight

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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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Royal Hotel IOW tea and cakes bridal

IOW vintage bride dressing table mirror

Birdcage veil vintage bride smiling

Royal Hotel Isle of Wight fine dining cakes

Vintage bride in veil sprays perfume

Isle of Wight vintage veil

Vintage dressing table and bride in window

IOW bride in veil doing nails

Vintage bridal tea party Isle of Wight Royal Hotel

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

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Newport IOW Bridal Exhibition review

January 24th, 2012

Wow, What a show! The doors opened at 11am yesterday for the first IOW wedding exhibition and I was nervously apprehensive of what to expect. Clearly a lot of effort had gone in to the show by organisers (Finishing Touches and The Bridal Room) and exhibitors alike; but no-one could predict what the turnout would […]

 

Wow, What a show! The doors opened at 11am yesterday for the first IOW wedding exhibition and I was nervously apprehensive of what to expect. Clearly a lot of effort had gone in to the show by organisers (Finishing Touches and The Bridal Room) and exhibitors alike; but no-one could predict what the turnout would be.

Now I can officially say that it was massive with over 1000 people turning out to see the 54 exhibitors lucky enough to be there!

I’ll keep this post short and sweet because pictures are worth a thousand words, but I just wanted to thank everyone who came along to the show, especially those who stopped by my stand to say Hi, and wish everyone the best of luck with their wedding plans.

P.S. I’m adding an extra-long P.S. on this to shout out some amazing people who without I wouldn’t have been able to exhibit yesterday and so therefore they are awesome:

Vision Graphix (printing), IOW Motorcycles (assembly), Ghetto Graphics (vinyl), IlloBooth (design), Finishing Touches (co-organiser), Prosafe Electrical (assembly), Island Printers (printing), ScribbleHands (artwork), Biltmore Printers (banner), The Bridal Room (co-organiser).

And whilst some of them I’ve mentioned, an extra special thanks to my amazing other half Becky for all her help and support, my very talented Dad (and Mum) for building my stand and their input on the design and finally George for all his help running around and transporting our creation!

IOW wedding exhibition Chris Cowley bridal show

IOW wedding exhibition sweet stall

IOW wedding exhibition bus and car

IOW wedding exhibition Isle of Wight wedding photographer Chris Cowley display

IOW wedding exhibition bridal show display

IOW wedding exhibition crowds