Alexandra really wanted a cool, sixties style dress for her wedding but she knew that her relatives would prefer something more traditional. The compromise? A First Look photoshoot AND a secret wedding! I was privileged to witness both. Yassir and Alexandra are an adorable couple and I have no doubt that they will have a wonderful life together. Their wedding flowers were created by Orchidya, who put together a spectacular ball of orchids for the first look and a more low key, toss-able bouquet for the wedding day itself. This was hilariously caught by the lovely Lisa, who appeared very unkeen to be the next in line. I loved getting to know Alexandra and Yassir. Russian Alexandra has a great sense of clarity and feels like a bit of a soulmate to me. And Iraqi Yassir is a true gentleman! Long life and happiness to you both.
The lovely Nina Bains did the make up for both occasions.
As ever, click on the thumbnails to view the images properly.
I’m very excited to be exhibiting at Brides in the Autumn. I wanted to let my clients know that they are doing a promotion on tickets!
The promotion code is 2FOR1 and will be valid until Friday 27th June 2014 on Standard and Gold tickets.
You can buy tickets on their website www.bridestheshow.co.uk
Above: make up artist Siwan Hill
dress designer: Jacqueline Byrne
Balancing the needs of bridal preparations, ceremony, speeches and wedding breakfast into a timeline is not always easy. But without it you won’t get the most out of your day. A good timeline will help you get the most out of your day and allow your photographer to really flourish. Here are some tips.
If a couple are interested, I will always recommend having a First Look. It’s a really fun new tradition from the States which allows the couple to meet privately before the ceremony in their wedding clothes. It takes the pressure off the ceremony and shortens the time that you spend on photos during the day so that you can spend more time partying with your guests. Awesomity.
Spectacular light makes for spectacular photos. The best light for photography is of course before 11 and after 3, so aim to have your most important photography moments before or after that. Of course, the light will be good in different places at different times, so check with your photographer.
Make up artists are best given plenty of time. A well experienced one will work to a timetable but they do often run late so to be on the safe side arrange for the bride to be made up first. That way you can relax with a little nerve steadier while they rush through the last bridesmaid. It also gives your photographer time to get to the ceremony before you and capture those special moments as everyone arrives.
Finally as many people will tell you, let go. You can find yourself with such a dose of nerves that you rush through everything. Try and stick to the schedule, but accept that weddings are unpredictable. If you relax and go with the flow you will find that you have a more wonderful day than you could have imagined.
My top tip? Book a planner. A good planner will be able to guide you smoothly through this complex event that you will experience (hopefully) only once in your life. They will also deal with all the boring admin questions from suppliers so that you can get on with enjoying your time with your loved ones. And that’s priceless.
What are your tips for a good timeline at a wedding?
You might be forgiven for thinking Song Saa doesn’t exist.
Floating secretly off the undeveloped coast of Koh Rong, Cambodia, it is as if your subconscious dreamt a very lovely dream and it actually came true.
Upon arriving at Sihanoukville our driver spent a good while hunting for the boat before eventually handing us over to a sleek speedboat and its crew. You can’t easily find it marked on a map, there is only one way to get there. It may not exist.
But upon arriving on the private island hotel you are quickly transported to a world of luxury where everything is taken care of. There is free pink champinoise on tap, little amuse bouches dotted around your room wrapped in betel leaves and jars of chocolates. A soulful sound of bamboo pipes wafts through the jungle. Soft sand and warm waves. Then there’s your private infinity pool and the spa. And the glorious outdoor shower among the palm trees. Magical dinners on the sea shore. It is possibly the most perfect place for a wedding or a honeymoon you could imagine.
Did I really go there? I’m no longer sure. I hope my pictures take you there.
above from top: the view from the mainland at Sihanoukville. Koh Rong is one of the most undeveloped coastlines in the world, recently written about by Huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/15/places-that-arent-famous-yet_n_5226475.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063; the speedboat to the island; Natalie who kept me company; bottom; the view from our hotel room over the infinity pool
For a long time I have revelled in Michael Turek’s beautiful images in Harper’s Bazaar, so one of the nicest things about going to Cambodia for the magazine was that I got to know Michael a bit. Not only is he one of my favourite photographers ever, but also an extremely generous person. And now I discover that he has made a travel scrapbook. And if you haven’t already gathered that I love books, well, I do. I really love them. So I thoroughly enjoyed checking out his scrapbook, and I’m sure you will too. (more…)
OK, well not quite ALL my clothes…
This is a post about boudoir photography. A lot brides love to book a boudoir shoot before their wedding, when they’re looking their best. However, I had a mini boudoir shoot in January, when I was feeling fat and depressed after Christmas. And I’m so glad, because it turned out to be the best pick me up ever.
Very pleased to announce that I am headed to Cambodia with Harper’s Bazaar, to create a travel story for them with words and pictures.
I love Harper’s, so I’m always very happy to write for them, and I’m looking forward to discovering Cambodia.