Hertfordshire Wedding Photography – Laura Ashley Hotel Wedding {Laura & Jack}

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Laura Ashley Hotel Wedding, Hertfordshire

Laura has the BEST expressions. Fact. Mostly glee and joy and “OMG I can’t believe this is finally happening!” And Jack, despite saying he’d be nervous with a camera on him, couldn’t stop grinning all day. I love how excited these two were to be getting married!

Laura and Jack booked me absolute ages ago, so far back, in fact, that I didn’t even have any 2016 weddings booked yet, let alone any others for 2017! However, I totally appreciate the fact that they knew what they wanted and sorted it all out as soon as they decided! It was such a wonderful day and we all had so much fun. I’m all about my couples having heaps of fun on their wedding day! It’s literally all I want. ūüôā

I’ve photographed a few weddings at the Laura Ashley Hotel Wedding and conference venue in Elmstree near Borehamwood before, and it’s lovely there. (See Jodie & Chris’ mod 60s wedding and Julie & Rich’s rainy one) Tons of natural light in the ceremony and reception rooms, and a gorgeous big garden for photos! (And a field for me to make my couples wander into). This day was warm and sunny, but away from the building it was windy as all get out, ¬†and Laura’s veil went absolutely crazy (and I went absolutely crazy for how pretty it looked!). So thank you, Laura, for putting up with me making you stand in the wind!

Every single person at Laura and Jack’s wedding was full of smiles all day, and between their excitement and a plethora of gorgeous tiny babies (the best man’s new daughter was only a week old!), as well as children having a whale of a time, I was in my element! Thanks to my fabulous second shooter, Natalie, for coming along with me and taking such fantastic photos. Some of the below are hers!

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Surrey Wedding Photography – Smallfield Place Wedding {Thora & Peter}

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Thora and Peter were married at Smallfield Place wedding venue in Surrey, and all I can say is WOW. The most fun wedding day everrrrrrr!

You might remember Thora and Peter from their kickass woodland fantasy engagement photos, so I already knew their wedding would be super fun! When I arrived at Smallfield Place in the morning, I was met by a bevy of excited bridesmaids with vintage-styled hair and fun rockabilly dresses, and one bridesman in a kilt! My friend Anneke from Retromorphosist was just putting the finishing touches to Thora’s epic Game of Thrones themed hairdo and makeup (hooray for red lipstick!), and then it was off in a London wedding routemaster bus to the wedding ceremony at the Croydon Minster (where Peter’s Aunt officiated the marriage, keeping it a wonderfully family affair).

After the ceremony, everyone piled back on the wedding bus to go back to Smallfield Place wedding venue, and that’s when the fun truly began! Thora and Peter didn’t want a traditional wedding celebration: instead, they envisioned an afternoon of fun and games in the sunny gardens, with everyone having a whale of a time, lots of snacks and tasty treats, but no sit-down formal dinner or speeches or anything like that. To this end, they organised giant chess, giant jenga, table tennis, croquet and a bouncy castle, all of which were utilised from start to finish! But the most fun EVER was had by the guests who took part in the team games – Peter and Thora devised some pretty epic tasks for them to accomplish, which included composing a song and a limerick for the bride and groom, crossing the lawn without touching the ground, jumping on the bouncy castle and getting everyone in a group shot, and spelling out a word using only your bodies. It was BRILLIANT to photograph the guests getting thoroughly involved in the game – and being incredibly competitive, which I totally appreciated. ūüôā

So many thanks to this awesome quirky couple for being amazing and having your wedding day your way! I loved it!

And thanks as always to my lovely second shooter, Heline Bekker (aka my partner in silliness).

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Oxfordshire Wedding Photography – Aynhoe Park Wedding {Shauna & Nathan}

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Quirky wedding at Aynhoe Park wedding venue

Aynhoe Park wedding venue in Oxfordshire is basically every wedding photographer’s dream venue to shoot at, so when my friend Debs Ivelja from Cornwall mentioned she needed a second shooter for a wedding there, I was pretty much like a kid in a school class, jumping up and down with my hand raised, yelling, “Pick me! Pick me!” And luckily she wasn’t weirded out by my craziness, and said yes.

Aynhoe Park has a gorgeous old church attached to the grounds, where Shauna and Nathan’s ceremony was held, and after that there was a mad dash through the rain – which disappeared almost immediately – and into the house itself, to introduce everyone to the craziness that is the interior. A polar bear in a cap and aviator goggles, an alligator holding out a welcome tray like the most prim and proper butler, a lion wearing (of course) a crown, ¬†a unicorn sculpture, a floating giraffe held up by balloons, and more statues and sculptures than you could care to count – Aynhoe Park is utterly bonkers and yet stylish as hell. You can read all about its history here.

Shauna and Nathan are a stylish couple with a bit of quirkiness, so the venue suited them perfectly. We did photos all over the place – why would you not? – from the interior of the house, to the charming village streets outside, and finally back to the front of the house, with its huge metal sculpture. The meal was served in a long series of rooms presided over by the the King Lion, and the speeches were probably my favourite part of the whole day (well, aside from the bonkers taxidermy :-)); Shauna’s Dad is hilarious and had everyone in stitches.

Debs, thank you so much for inviting me along to be your second shooter at this Aynhoe Park wedding! I’ve been dreaming about shooting there for years, and¬†now my bucket list venue number one can now be crossed off the list!

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Hampshire Wedding Photography – Froyle Park Wedding {Carli-Lyn & Sudheer}

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Hindu Wedding Photography

Back in October 2015, I photographed the gorgeous wedding days (Yes, two! Hindu¬†wedding¬†at home and a civil ceremony at Northbrook Park wedding venue) of the fabulous Sumeet and Zohra. When I arrived on the first day at Sumeet’s parents’ house for the Hindu ceremony, I immediately fell in love with his awesome family, who were SO welcoming and excited and happy. So when Sumeet contacted me to let me know that his brother Sudheer was getting married, and would I photograph the wedding, the only possible answer was, “HELL YES!” It was all a bit last minute, as it was all dependant on Sudheer’s fiancee, Carli-Lyn, getting a visa in order to come over from America and get married! So on a ridiculously (and surprisingly) lovely Monday in March, we all met up at Froyle Park wedding venue in Hampshire for a day I knew would be excellent fun (especially having already met Sudheer, who is basically the family clown, and his Mum Sujata, who has pretty much the best laugh I’ve ever seen)! I was so excited to see the family again, and they were just as welcoming and happy to see me (I hope :P).

Sudheer and Carli had decided to do both their civil ceremony and Hindu ceremony on the same day, so we started off with the civil ceremony, after which everyone mingled about outside in the fab weather (this family really lucks out with great weather for their winter-ish weddings!) while the couple and some of the guests changed into epic Indian outfits. Then followed the epic dancing that I’d loved so much at Sumeet and Zohra’s wedding, and finally the Hindu ceremony, which I freaking love with all its colours and traditions and non-serious bits. Plus the priest who married Sudheer and Carli had also married Sumeet and Zohra two years before, as well as a number of other couples in the room (he had them all stand up), which made it even more special. His father had even married Sudheer’s parents!

After the ceremony we did some lovely golden light portraits (swoon!) and then it was time for an evening of hilarious speeches, amazing Indian food, and the most EPIC dancing! These guys know how to have fun! I’m only sorry there are only two Vermani brothers, so I can’t photograph another wedding with this family. But still, as Sudheer’s Mum said, there are always cousins and nieces and nephews…. ūüôā

Thanks to my ever-wonderful second shooter, Heline Bekker.

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Alternative¬†Wedding¬†Photography¬†Advice – How to have a heartfelt wedding you’ll love looking back on

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You’ve probably seen this quote travelling around the social media sphere a lot (it’s Maya Angelou, by the way, and I’m embarrassed that I had to look that up), and while it’s spot on for how people think about each other, it also immediately popped into my head¬†when I was thinking about writing this post. Because it’s true for your wedding day, too.

You’re going to forget what your cake tasted like. You’re going to forget what your Mum wore. But you’re never going to forget how your wedding day made you FEEL.

 

 

So, with that in mind, here are my top tips for having a heartfelt wedding that will make you feel all the feels for the rest of your lives together!

 

1.¬†DON’T EVER LISTEN TO THE PHRASE, “BUT YOU CAN’T DO THAT AT A WEDDING!”

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Because you totally can. Seriously. Somewhere along the way, people got a fixed idea of what a wedding “should” be like – white dress, white shoes, white chair covers, pastel flowers, nice demure couple repeating their vows obediently after the officiant…you get the picture. I’ve met couples who have been together for years, but who don’t want to get married because the whole white wedding palaver¬†just doesn’t appeal to them. But no one’s told them they can have something else!

It’s your wedding, and if it’s something you love, you’ll love doing¬†it. And you know what? Your guests will love it too, because¬†you do, and they love you.

 

2. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LOVE

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The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have to deal with a family member you don’t get along with, or a pushy school friend who assumed she was going to be a bridesmaid without actually being asked! Obviously it’s awkward to exclude people, but it’ll be so much better on the day when you’re surrounded only by your absolute favourite people, all of whom are there to help you have the most stress-free, wonderful day ever. Especially during the getting ready part of the day – this is the time when nerves are stretched the most, so make sure you’re only getting ready with your nearest and dearest.

 

3. PERSONALISE YOUR CEREMONY

 

Gone are the days where you just had to say “I do” in response to the vicar or registrar, and finish off with a Bible reading! Obviously there’ll be certain limitations if you’re getting married in a church, but even though that might mean excluding the hilarious sweary reading you fancied, you can still do personalised vows and choose readings that have a special significance to you as a couple (check out my article on alternative wedding readings if you haven’t read it!). ¬†You could write your own vows from scratch, and read them to each other as a surprise on the day, or you could write them together beforehand, and both say the same thing on the day so it’s one less thing to worry about!

You could also include your favourite songs in the ceremony – either as background, or, as two of my 2016 couples did, have a full-on singalong to include all the guests at the end! Print the lyrics in your programs or just on a spare sheet and hand them out beforehand (just make sure it’s something most people know the tune to!)

 

4. BRIDES, DON’T WORRY ABOUT GETTING YOUR DRESS DIRTY

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I know it’s instinctive. Your dress is¬†mostly likely white. And expensive. And it probably drags on the ground. Obviously your natural reaction is to try and keep it clean! But, when you think about it…why?

You’re wearing it for just one day of your whole life. A joyous day, where the last thing you want¬†is¬†the¬†fear of a dirty hem limiting your fun. Do you really think your guests are going to judge you for enjoying your day? If your bridesmaids are clustered around the campfire, singing your favourite song, you’ll want to rush over and join them, even if it means ducking through a muddy field. If your photographer suggests getting some amazing golden light portraits, but it means walking down¬†that sand road, forget the dust and get those gorgeous photos! I’m never going to make you literally sit in dirt, but I promise you that all wedding dresses get dirty underneath during the day, however hard you try. So you might as well forget about the dress and concentrate on making amazing memories!

 

5. SKIP THE TRADITIONS THAT DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU

 

Just like my first point, there are so many things that are taken as standard wedding fare, but that you really don’t need to do. Don’t want a cake or the whole cake-cutting spiel? Don’t have a cake! Don’t want the bride to walk down the aisle while the groom waits at the top, having being ordered not to turn around until the bride gets to his side? (I’m gonna say this right now: I think that rule is TOTAL bullshit.) Then do it differently! Walk down the aisle together. Or one at a time, with the Groom a surprise too. There’s no rule that he has to be there first! This is one of the things I love about same-sex weddings: because so many wedding traditions are archetypally male/female, same-sex couples have to reinvent the traditions to suit their wedding – anything from getting ready together, to walking down the aisle separately, to walking down with both sets of parents. And I’m thrilled to see more straight couples doing these things their way now, too.

Other things you don’t HAVE to do: Speeches, First Dance, Garter/Bouquet Toss, ¬†Seating Plans, all that jazz. Your wedding is your oyster. If you just want to hang out at an epic barbecue in a field all night and catch up with your loved ones, DO IT.

 

6. REMEMBER TO BREATHE. AND REMIND YOURSELF THAT EVERYBODY IS THERE BECAUSE THEY LOVE YOU.

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It’s pretty useless to say, “Try not to be nervous”, isn’t it? Like, if it was that easy, we’d all be doing it! But I can give you the advice above. If you’re feeling nervous about the ceremony, or stressed at the thought of all eyes being on you, just breathe, and remember that you’re getting married to the most incredible person you’ve ever met, and THAT’S what this is all about. That’s the feeling of joy you want, and the one that you’ll remember forever.

Happy planning!

Kat  xoxo