Posts Tagged ‘creative’

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

Appuldurcombe House bride walking down to house

Appuldurcombe House bride walking down the aisle ceremony room

Appuldurcombe House confetti throwing outside

Appuldurcombe House DIY table plan

Appuldurcombe House creative tea party wedding cupcakes Miss Dotty

Appuldurcombe House sunset wedding portrait by the gate

Appuldurcombe House creative couple wedding photo

Appuldurcombe House creative couple wedding photo

Appuldurcombe House paper flower bouquet and buttonhole

Creative wedding portrait at Appuldurcombe House

Appuldurcombe House wedding evening band

Appuldurcombe House night wedding photo

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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

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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.

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

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Creative wedding couple photo Isle of Wight

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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

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Creative natural relaxed wedding photography

September 11th, 2012

I met a lovely creative couple a few weeks back who asked me to describe my natural style of photography in three words. Just three words! I looked down at my sample wedding album which the couple were flicking through and simply said without thinking: “Creative, natural and relaxed. My style of wedding photography is […]

 

Creative wedding photographer Chris Cowley

I met a lovely creative couple a few weeks back who asked me to describe my natural style of photography in three words. Just three words! I looked down at my sample wedding album which the couple were flicking through and simply said without thinking:

Creative, natural and relaxed. My style of wedding photography is creative, natural and relaxed.”

I wrote a blog post recently talking about the various styles of wedding photography as a guide to try and help readers decipher the jargon used in magazines and on photographer’s websites. In it I talked about there being three main styles: Traditional, Contemporary and Reportage but I found that didn’t fit in to one section so I added a fourth one just for me: Creative wedding photography.

So what is creative wedding photography and why am I using it to describe my work?

My style is certainly influenced by the three main types of wedding photography but I don’t sit comfortably being labelled solely as one of them. My instinct for a photo has evolved from years of festival photography in which I’ve photographed all kinds of characters, some famous, and some just plain crazy!

I’ve never had any kind of photographic training, I just like to have fun, be creative and do things a bit differently so I use my camera to show the world how I see it- full of colour, happiness and love.

My approach is unobtrusive and my goal is to capture the love and happiness that you share with your partner, family and friends, as well as the whole atmosphere of the day. I hate posed, rigid photos and so love to try and do something a bit more creative that captures your personality naturally.

Maybe there is some pretty woodland near your reception? Let’s go exploring! Perhaps there is going to be a fantastic sunset tonight? Let’s capture some romantic photos in it! Do you love rolling fields stretching in to the distance? I do – let’s make use of the beautiful landscape the Isle of Wight is blessed with!

Well I’ve poured my soul out to you now and confessed all. I am a creative wedding photographer; and I hope you like that 🙂

Creative, Natural and Relaxed wedding photographer Chris Cowley