Posts Tagged ‘Chris Cowley’

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.

Priory Bay wedding makeup

Priory bay wedding ceremony Island Room

Married at Priory Bay

Priory Bay vintage wedding dress bride

Relaxed and informal priory bay Isle of Wight wedding photos

Priory Bay IOW wedding portrait entrance

breaker

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

breaker

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

breaker

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.

Priory Bay wedding ceremony

Priory Bay wedding Owl ring bearer

Priory Bay Isle of Wight wedding owl ring bearer

Priory Bay bride and groom portrait

Priory Bay IOW wedding reception speeches

Priory Bay confetti throwing

breaker

Boring business cards SUCK

April 3rd, 2013

Business cards – BORING. Let’s get creative! I’ve had a few different sets of business cards over the past couple of years but they were more function over form and didn’t really catch my eye so this time I set out to do something a little different. I gave awesome graphic designer James Marriot the task […]

 

Business cards – BORING.

Let’s get creative! I’ve had a few different sets of business cards over the past couple of years but they were more function over form and didn’t really catch my eye so this time I set out to do something a little different.

I gave awesome graphic designer James Marriot the task of coming up with a design for me that was a bit alternative because let’s face it, if your business cards don’t slot together to make a massive never-ending pattern, then they suck:

Chris Cowley Isle of Wight wedding photographer business card

Chris Cowley wedding photographer contact details

P.S. Let’s meet up to chat about your wedding

breaker

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.

signature

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!

Unusual wedding photos

Quarry wedding photograph Isle of Wight

Puddle wedding photo Chris Cowley

Raining wedding photo Isle of Wight

Wedding dress rain cover test

Rainaway bride wedding dress cover test

Video

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

breaker

The importance of your Wedding Album

March 11th, 2013

Wedding albums are more than just a collection of amazing photos. Do you remember looking through your parents wedding album as a child? Imagine being in your parents shoes re-living their joy, excitement, love and emotion, all captured in those pages with you sat next to them. As cheesy as it may sound, wedding albums […]

 

Wedding album additional copies Wedding albums are more than just a collection of amazing photos. Do you remember looking through your parents wedding album as a child? Imagine being in your parents shoes re-living their joy, excitement, love and emotion, all captured in those pages with you sat next to them. As cheesy as it may sound, wedding albums are a family heirloom and a fine art wedding album is one of the best ways of preserving the beautiful images from your wedding in a timeless format you can enjoy forever.

When you open your album all those happy memories and emotions from your big day come flooding back; as you turn each page you’re able to relive exactly how you felt the moment you put on your wedding dress, how your partner felt the first time he saw you, that magical first dance and just how wonderful your day was spending it with your nearest and dearest.

As the years go by after your big day your memories start to fade, but the carefully chosen photos on each page bring everything straight back as if it was yesterday. To me being able to do that is priceless and that is why wedding albums are so important.
Wedding album couple testimonial Jo and Alex

“Just a quick email to say that we received our albums and we love them! Thank you so so much! We presented both sets of parents with the albums on Sunday and they were very happy!”

    Jo + Alex

 

It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of a wedding album – think beyond sharing your amazing day and proudest moments online and instead imagine wowing your future grandchildren with a bound collection of beautiful photographs.

By investing in an amazing wedding photographer for your day you understand how valuable these photos are and the fact that they will allow you to relieve all the special moments from your day for eternity. We live in a digital age and whilst it’s important to have copies of your wedding photos digitally, it’s killed the enjoyment of printed, tangible photos (and it’s a crying shame to keep all these beautiful images locked away on your computer)!

When looking through my wedding photography brochure I encourage couples to consider a fine art wedding album for exactly this reason- I use the most amazing, hand bound albums which are printed on archival quality paper and I personally design each one in a clean, timeless style.

If you would like to view my sample album in person just get in touch and let’s have a chat over a cuppa.

signature

Wedding album Isle of Wight Lay-flat wedding album Clean and simple wedding album design Full page wedding album Print across spine, middle of wedding album Fine art wedding album set Parent size wedding album

 

breaker

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

breaker

Northwood House wedding sneak peek Shannon and Jon

February 20th, 2013

In November, Northwood House hosted the wedding of two archaeologists – Shannon and Jon. Yes, that’s right –actual real life archaeologists; and they even had a temple-themed wedding cake and table names! Amazing! When they aren’t digging holes, the couple live in Cambridge but came to the Isle of Wight to get married in St […]

 

In November, Northwood House hosted the wedding of two archaeologists – Shannon and Jon. Yes, that’s right –actual real life archaeologists; and they even had a temple-themed wedding cake and table names! Amazing!

When they aren’t digging holes, the couple live in Cambridge but came to the Isle of Wight to get married in St James’ church (East Cowes) which was Jon’s local church growing up. They arranged for the priest who Christened Jon as a child to do a reading during the service but he wasn’t the only special guest at their wedding. The couple informed me when I first met them that I would be tasked with ensuring I photographed Guntha – the couples doll mascot who accompanies them on archaeological digs all over the world – enjoying their celebrations which was a great challenge!

A moment pictured below is of when the best men presented a booklet of photos to accompany their stories – one of the most embarrassing shots was the groom sprawled out on the grass, totally drunk and completely naked which you can imagine caused quite a reaction!

One of the things that Shannon and Jon loved about Northwood House is the beautiful pillared area facing out on to the lawns. Being a winter wedding (mid-November) it was a bit dark to enjoy them properly so Stage Gear Hire expertly lit the area and we ended the night with some creative wedding photos dancing between the pillars to create some awesome silhouettes.

signature

P.S. You can see the temple wedding cake just behind the couple in the embarrassing picture photo.

St James Church wedding Isle of Wight

Creative wedding couple photo Isle of Wight

Wedding car Isle of Wight

Couple portrait Isle of Wight

Winter wedding sunshine IOW

Northwood House reception speeches

Northwood House first dance black and white

Northwood House dance sillhouette

Romantic wedding photography

breaker

OMG I’m getting married wedding blog

February 4th, 2013

Yesterday, the amazing Seaside themed East Dene wedding of Jo and Alex was published on one of the top 5 weddings blogs in the UK – “OMG I’m getting married!” The awesomely titled blog started a few years ago when the owner Alexis was planning her own big day and wanted a way to catalogue […]

 

Yesterday, the amazing Seaside themed East Dene wedding of Jo and Alex was published on one of the top 5 weddings blogs in the UK – “OMG I’m getting married!”

The awesomely titled blog started a few years ago when the owner Alexis was planning her own big day and wanted a way to catalogue her inspiration. Since then it’s become far bigger than one blogger writing about one couples day and is a great source of inspiration for any couples planning their day so I’m very proud to have my work published on her wedding blog.

Massive thanks of course have to go to the awesome couple Jo and Alex for having such an wonderful day and for allowing me the honour of being their wedding photographer. You can check out the full article here: http://www.omgimgettingmarried.com/2013/02/a-colourful-east-dene-seaside-themed-wedding-alex-jo/

Published on OMG I'm getting married Chris Cowley