Featured! Industrial Glamour on Love My Dress

We've been published on Love My Dress, and what a beautiful feature they have done! It is thanks to Love My Dress that Cheryl, the bride, found us in their handpicked directory, Little Book for Brides. Who can resist a piano piece composed by the groom for his bride's entrance, personalised vows in a derelict chapel, a boat trip down the river Thames and kissing in a lighthouse? Below is a 2 minute taster of what an incredible wedding this was! If that floats your boat, pardon the pun, then grab yourself a cuppa, or wine if you prefer and enjoy the full wedding video (further down). Don't forget to read the full article on Love My Dress for the stylish photography by Ed Godden and a list of talented suppliers involved.

We start in east London at Alec and Cheryl's cottage on the lock. It's uncharacteristically idyllic for city living, with water both sides of their house and chickens in the yard. When I arrive for their pre-wedding catch up, they tell me they considered using their canoe to get to the ceremony and I held in a little squeal of excitement. Although this option has sensibly been vetoed, I know at this point this will be a love story easy to tell.

All images are film stills from the video

All images are film stills from the video

We connect over a dislike for over soppy wedding videos with sweeping shots of the dress hanging in a tree. Despite this mutual dislike for over done 'romance' and Alec's hesitation about being filmed altogether, there is no lack of sentiment. I get a sense that Alec doesn't consider himself a romantic, by any means, but his cover is blown when they start chatting about how they met. Non-romantics simply do not own a tandem and propose at home by the fire.

Cheryl is an immediately warm person, and seeing them together reveals more about the mysterious Alec. I realise going forward that I will have to put Alec at ease, like most grooms, and in all honesty I quite like the challenge. I've been told by people that I have a "calming affect" on them, making them confess all sorts and pour their heart out. I confess myself, that I rather enjoy this compliment. Reading Cheryl's testimonial (see below), it seems I was successful in winning Alec over on the value of having a wedding film.

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Filming people as they declare their emotions in front of their friends and family, as they most probably have never done before, is normalised. However, I always feel such privilege when couples let me be there for the big moments and the quiet ones too.

 

Cheryl says “Having the day filmed was something that I’d always hoped we’d be able to do. Initially Alec was less fussed, but when he saw the video that Ayla of Wagtail Productions had created, he confessed that I’d been right (testament to Ayla’s skills!). I hunted for ages to find someone whose style I resonated with. I knew that a formulaic approach or long lingering shots of my shoes wouldn’t be right for us, so I was super happy when I found Ayla and Wagtail Productions. I loved her eye and her way of bringing romance and heart to a film but without it being conventional or too soppy. It felt authentic.

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The finished result gave exactly that. I know that some people worry about a videographer being too intrusive, especially with a photographer too, but that wasn’t the case for us. It was discreet and lovely. I don’t think our guests even noticed the day being filmed, but they certainly loved the results too.”

Documentary film making is not all smoke and mirrors, but it's chipping away and showing people the beauty that's already there. Take a look at the behind the scenes shot of myself and Ed bouncing about on the boat with our cameras, so much so, that Alec decides to turn the tables and film us. Thank goodness for my Gimbal.

Source: http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2017/01/belle-bunty-industrial-glamour-london-wedding-ed-godden-photography.html#more-470247

Natural family portraits

Baby Caspar

I can't tell you how much I love doing shoots at a family home. There's so much personality within the space itself, and that instantly makes me feel closer to my clients. Just using the available natural window light gives a beautiful softness. Being in familiar surroundings makes for very relaxed shoots and therefore true and natural images.

Baby Caspar was 17 weeks old, and full of smiles, frowns and cheekiness. His day was barely interrupted. He enjoyed being free and naked on the changing mat. He was bathed and wrapped up in a soft towel. He fed and napped with a full tummy. He awoke to be cooed over, kissed and adored. So generally a pretty normal day for him! That's my approach- as little disruption to routine as possible and that way they have an album of memories true to them, a snippet of family life.

A Mid-century Modern Bridal Shoot with an Edgy Geometric Twist!

We've been published on 'Want That Wedding'!

Geometric lovers will adore today’s modern, mid-century bridal shoot! It features a gorgeous real life couple and a fun edgy shoot captured by Paola de Paola.

With a strong emphasis on design and a quirky pretty colour scheme of mustard, peach and grey I’m sure you’ll love all the adorable details.

‘The Southbank centre has such a strong design heritage that we were keen to embrace the Mid-century vibe and give it our own twist. We found a print from that era that had a palette of mustard, peach and grey that we loved and thought would be a fantastic scheme to work from. Elegant, and a little unexpected, the whole thing brilliantly captured by both Paola De Paola Photography and Wagtail productions.

See the full article and photographs on Want That Wedding.

We've been published in 'Way Out Wedding'!

The film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is out today, so what better way to celebrate than to show you this frankly brilliant styled shoot and accompanying short film from wedding planners Revelry. There’s a lot of inspiration to be had here, even though it features the undead!

Read the full blog post with photographs and the suppliers involved on Way Out Wedding

Our work was published on Rock My Wedding!

Our work is featured on Rock My Wedding! Hop over to their blog to see the images of the full shoot with a gorgeous mustard yellow & grey colour palette, and geometric print details.

The Southbank centre has such a strong design heritage that we were keen to embrace the Mid-century vibe and give it our own twist. We found a print from that era that had a palette of mustard, peach and grey that we loved and thought would be a fantastic scheme to work from. Elegant, and a little bit unexpected, the whole thing brilliantly captured by both Paola De Paola Photography and Wagtail Productions.

We wanted the look to be urban, design-conscious with just a bit of rock and roll! The geometric trend definitely fits within this era and Sincerely May created a collection that was perfect with its clean lines and utilitarian font.

The models are a real couple and are young creatives just starting their own careers within the wedding industry and we loved their young, cool look. Young brides aren’t often featured in shoots so we thought it was an original twist. Solomon Dent is a singer songwriter who creates original pieces for couples for their big day so we insisted he brought his guitar.

The Pavilion rooms have amazing views of London so we wanted the look to be unfussy and let the venue speak for itself. It also has a fantastic terrace that we used to showcase the cake table, where a centerpiece cake by French Made were displayed as well as geometric shaped painted macarons from Mon Dessert and fluffy marshmallows sent by The Marshmallowists.

We added a touch of glamour her with a peach sequin table runner from The Sweet Hostess. Geometry was also reflected in the wedding table set up, creating a linear tablescape with clean lines. Tall candlesticks and a cube of bold flowers.

Rock the Frock have such a fabulous collection of dresses and we decided to take the model on a journey from more classic pretty through to really edgy with mustard tights, denim jacket and cute shoes from Love Art Wear Art.

Clare from Love Blooms created arrangements that encapsulated the period and matched the scheme so well with coral peonies, anemones and hints of mustard and dark leaves. A different take on the flower crown shows how a look can be totally transformed with fresh flower adornments. Traditional jewellery was replaced by non-permanent modernism inspired tattoos by Deborah Ballinger Illustrations.

Source: http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/geometric-patterns-urban-bridal-inspiration-shoot/

Time to relax

That's the last wedding of the year done and just one more shoot to go!

I pour everything I have into each project, and it's touching when those who stand by you recognise your efforts. I received this in the post from a dear friend this morning...

"Dearest Ayla, just a little something to help you relax after working so hard. Love you lots like jelly tots. Amy x x x"

How lucky I am to have such a friend. I couldn't have made it to where I am now without my support network. There's really nothing more important in life than loved ones. That's why I love my job so much; I get to save those moments spent together, to be remembered and relived.

 

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We won best stall at the Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair!

I found this dresser on Gumtree for £5! After a lot of paint to cover the dark wood and TLC, it now lives in our kitchen but I use it for display when exhibiting at wedding fairs. With it, we won best stall at the Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair yesterday! We get to come back next year for free which is brilliant because it was a great fair, nicely organised, in a beautiful setting, lots of lovely creative exhibitors and interesting brides and grooms to be.

Flowers made from 35mm film. The morning rain didn't stop the fun. It turned out to be a beautiful day.

Flowers made from 35mm film.

The morning rain didn't stop the fun. It turned out to be a beautiful day.