“After booking our venue, Sheryl was our next target. She was recommended by one of my bridesmaids, and from that I knew I was going to like her. She did not disappoint at our first meeting, and we looked no further!
Sheryl was my first contact throughout planning for any vendors, and through her we booked our hair and make up artist, videographer and alterations. Due to her extensive knowledge of the wedding industry, I had absolute confidence that we had an awesome dream team lined up for the day.
On the day she provided so much laughter, raising the already happy spirits even further. We’re normally an awkward pair to photograph, but she made us feel like we were acing the whole thing, giving us real confidence. And all our ‘poses’ felt completely natural. I don’t know how she did it..! Sheryl was even on hand to get glasses of water – she truly cares for her couples.
We were shown preview photos on the day, and we were immediately in love and couldn’t wait to see what else she had in store. Her photographs somehow contain all the emotion of the moment, like mini capsules that we can relive over and over again (pretty sure she uses magic…). She gave us everything we could have asked for, a complete package of an amazing photographer and more! Thank you Sheryl.”
Venue: Lyde Court
Hair and Makeup: Sandra Elizabeth Hair & Makeup
Gown Alterations: Walker & Walker
Videography: The Wedding Station
Blog originally published in The Cheltonian Magazine, March edition.
Replacing last year’s delicate shades, Serenity and Rose Quartz – Greenery has been officially selected as Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. According to Pantone, this zesty yellow-green colour symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and is also symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. It is also illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors. The fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are into modern life, the greater their innate craving is to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives such as urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and global design choices. Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.
With all honestly, when I found out that this year was ‘Greenery’, my heart sank. As a photographer, I fight green constantly. In full sun, it can appear as neon in images. In winter, it is minty and sometimes you hit it at a midpoint and it looks yellow. Knowing where colour casts will be thrown onto skin and onto white and pale dresses is just one part of my job – and that only comes from experience. When it comes to weddings, there are infinite ways to include more greenery and, though it might seem a bold colour, it can actually be treated as a neutral. Whether you use it as an underlying neutral in your wedding décor, or prefer to use it as a vibrant accent, you can make it work.
Take your wedding reception to new heights by hanging décor from the ceilings and rafters. Suspended wedding installations add some serious wow factor to your reception, but instead of flowers, try fresh greenery — pretty garlands, delicate vines, and leafy branches. I have seen some beautiful, autumnal, floral chandeliers. I can only imagine what a good floral designer could do with summer greeneries. Their ability to transform a wedding reception space is truly breath-taking. This new take on the hanging classic is just as fresh, albeit a little greener. Decorating with leaves, vines and other greenery is not only unique and unexpected but it’s way more wedding budget friendly – since greens tend to be much more affordable than fresh flowers.
Hanging greenery overhead is also a great way to make your reception space feel larger — the leafy decorations will draw guests’ eyes upward, making the ceilings seem taller and the room to feel more spacious. Also, a hanging greenery installation is a great way to create a focal point since the piece is likely to be the first thing that guests see once they set foot inside the reception. Not to mention the stunning way that these installations really seem to bring the outdoors in.
Looking to liven up your hotel ballroom with a vineyard feel? Suspend a slew of vines or branches above your dinner tables and it will infuse the room with nature.
Bonus: You’ll also save space on your tables by hanging the decorations overhead — something to seriously consider if you’re serving a family-style wedding menu or if you’re just running out of reception-table real estate.
Cake: Sugar Bowl Bakes
Truffle Favours: OmMaZing Chocolates
Calligraphy: By Moon and Tide
Now you may remember I wrote a blog a few months back called
featuring Lucinda, Alex and little Flo.
I have recorded the milestones for this lovely little family for a while now, and I think it is safe to say that the feeling is mutual for wanting to continue this for many years to come. When I wrote that blog I was very excited to be shooting their upcoming wedding at Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham. Did we think that one of the biggest blogs in the country would pick it for publication? Nope! Well….here it is! In awe again of all the work that went on behind the scenes of this wedding to make it Picture Perfect.
Read the feature here on The English Wedding Blog!
Special mention has to go to my lovely friend Amy Hickey who really does make every bride look and feel like a princess in their bridal make up. Teamed with Cat at Yoshi Hair, they made the bridal preparation experience complete….along with some prosecco!!
I really hope you enjoy this feature as much as I have! Thank you Lucinda and Alex for the most glowing review!!
This Month in The Cheltonian! Read the full magazine HERE!!
Breaking The Rules:
How to effortlessly combine all your favourite styles;
Adam and Maddy have the perfect blend of Hollywood elegance and glamour – a modernised town house charmed with rustic chic….and sequins! Imagine that Audrey Hepburn was the bride, and her wedding stylist was Doris Day. Could this work? I will show you how!
Last month I opened the wedding season with Maddy and Adam. I had already spoken with Maddy about her ideas for dresses and hair styling last year and about the fact that the ceremony venue was at The Pittville Pumps Rooms – the beautiful, iconic building in our little Spa town. Of course, in my head I imagined a simple elegance, with a touch of sparkle. Then I found that the reception was to be at a marvellous small hotel in town, and dining was ‘family style’ with trestle tables and a buffet of various platters of food. First question – do these styles match?
Well, who cares! Allow me to elucidate.
Time after time, I see brides getting bogged down with a ‘theme’. Remember, that it is YOUR wedding- no one elses. For, maybe, two years you have been pinning ideas, tearing pages from bridal magazines, visiting wedding fayres, collecting ideas for this, your perfect day. I will say that again because the emphasis is important. YOUR perfect day.
What I adored about this particular wedding is how they mixed cool glamour of Maddy’s dress, hair and head piece, with the most marvellous fur boleros to create the ultimate chic and then also intertwined this with lots of soft, feminine Baby’s Breath – Gypsophilia.
Those delicate white flowers that seem to last an age and never fail to make a significant impact whether used in small dainty doses or huge frothy bundles. The bridesmaids were adorned in an elegant navy that complemented the groom perfectly.
The reception had a glorious, eclectic classy feel with the ‘clink clink’ of glasses, the chatter echoing throughout the various reception room and little ones nipping in and out of nooks and crannies.
For the ‘dinner’, three enormous trestle table and various benches were set out and the overall atmosphere was extremely friendly and sociable.
Now…..do you really need to have the ceremony and reception and party all on the same day?
Maddy and Adam had a late ceremony, 3pm, dinner at 6pm, relaxed drinks over a long sociable dinner, card games, general good-natured banter and then everybody happily retired to bed in a relaxed and satisfied nature.
The next evening was to be the real party time. All were feeling refreshed and ready to dance the night away. In continuing the themes of the previous day, the food room was a buffet style. The tables were adorned with pink sequined table runners, pink macaroons, the ever popular an flexible Baby’s Breath and some pretty twinkle lights. In the main hall of the barn were the most glorious Light Letters supported by pink uplighting around the room. The bar was set up with beers in ice caskets and bottles of fizz strategically placed to finally enhance the feel of just celebration.
So, what is my point?
Well, you are spending all your time (and none of us live forever,) planning your perfect day…. So, have it your way! Rules are made to be broken. Putting your own spin on an all-time favourite is a sure-fire way to have all your guests chattering about your day for years to come. Who knows what they themselves will come up with after seeing and enjoying your very personal and imaginative trials and tribulations? The world s very much their oyster – or lobster – or any delicious tasty take they can envisage, with a little help from you.
So are you an Audrey or a Doris? Who cares! Channel them both in and see what you can achieve. After all, life is all about having fun before you run out of time. So give it all and, who knows – you may start a trend that will go viral – with your name on it!
I have said this before and I will say it again. I have shot many weddings where we have previously had an engagement shoot and I LOVE it!! I really feel like I know my couples better and when I arrive on their wedding day it really feels like I am joining friends.
Pre-wedding or ‘engagement’ photo shoots are a session that you book with your photographer a couple of months before the wedding. Many of my couples book a shoot with me to get comfortable in front of the camera, and they will often use their images to add an extra personal touch to their wedding.
Booking in a pre-wedding photo shoot will give you an opportunity to get to know me, how I work, and get a feel for what to expect on your wedding day. You’ll gain an understanding of how I will work with you on your wedding day to get the best images. If you book a pre-wedding shoot, on the wedding day I can guarantee you’ll feel completely at ease, which will reflect in your photos.
You will likely see your photographer more than anyone else on your wedding day … including your fiancé! This is a perfect ice breaker to transform your photographer from a ‘stranger’ taking your photos to a ‘friend’ taking your photos.
Not everyone is super confident in front of a camera. My experience in wedding photography will be able to put you at ease so that you are comfortable being your self. You’ll be able to appreciate your beauty, grace and unique personality so that you identify exactly the person you want to show off on your wedding day.
The engagement shoot is the perfect dummy run and also helps you determine how you want to pose, look and act on the big day.
Use the images from your pre-wedding shoot to tell your photographer which photos you like and why, so that they can focus on those types of images on your wedding day. This will help ensure you get the photos you were expecting on the day.
The first time you smell honeysuckle on the cusp of summer or catch the scent of a fireplace as autumn transitions into winter, it whisks you down memory lane, transporting you to another time and place. Similarly, when you reach for that special ‘date night’ perfume, it takes you right back to the first day you wore it. Scent and memory are inextricably linked and flowers have their own powerful way to remind you of a certain time in your life. After the sweet, fleeting moments of your wedding day have passed you by, your signature flowers are one of the few keepsakes you can use to travel back in time, time and time again.
I met with Amanda Cook of Longlevens Flowers and we discussed exactly this! Amanda informed me that because the flowers often have to travel hundreds of miles to reach the shops, their toughness has also been valued more than their fragrance. As a result, the scent of roses has suffered, and become something of an afterthought.
Wild roses could not survive without this scent, as it attracts bees to pollinate its flower. But over the years, roses, particularly those for the cut flower market, have mostly been bred for their appearance – and many have lost their scent.
So how can we incorporate a scent into your bouquet that will instantly transport you back to your wedding day? Herbs are fantastic; rosemary brings in a beautifully woody scent, also populus eucalyptus and succulents.
Amanda had just made up this gorgeous bouquet when I arrived for her bride. She said the fashion at the moment is for HUGE bouquets. The type that look as though the bride has wandered through a meadow on her way to the church and pulled a ribbon from her hair to tie them. They aren’t symmetrical, they aren’t particularly arranged, they are wild, bohemian and gorgeous.
Featured here is the Sweet avalanche rose with beautiful soft pink petals with a subtle hint of green on the outer petals, it’s a very popular flower to use in wedding designs. And it’s available all year round. We also have asparagus fern, olive and berry and the ever popular pale pastels and greens with lime green vibernum.
Amanda prides herself on sourcing the very best flowers from Dutch auctions where they are picked and delivered to her within 48 hours preserving freshness and quality. She covers all floral arrangements from traditional bouquets and baskets to exotic hand ties.
She and her assistant Abi will create bespoke arrangements covering all budgets.
All orders are carefully created, lovingly wrapped and look stunning before being delivered to Cheltenham, Gloucester, The Cotwolds and surrounding areas.
I asked Amanda if weddings are the only time she sees her brides. Apparently not! Grooms return for Valentines Day and Anniversaries to have a bouquet made up with ‘their’ flowers and always remark how the scent makes their beautiful wife go a bit wistful and gooey. So, husbands? Want to earn major brownie points? Talk to Amanda about recreating your wife’s bouquet.
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I am very excited to now be a regular columnist at The Cheltonian magazine with my tips to be bang on trend for this wedding season…..
This week we have started out with this season’s colour palette. Please see the magazine in its online format here or pick up a copy from The Regent Arcade, Cavendish House, Morrisons, and various spots around the Tivoli and Bath Road area.
Here is the full article on this weeks blog! Enjoy!
“For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Colour of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
So what does this mean? Pantone sets the industry standard for colours of the year so once you have read this I am sure your are going to be noticing this pairing all over the place and everywhere.Are you planning a wedding for this spring or summer? These colours are going to ensure that your styling is bang on trend.
Rose Quartz opens the heart to all types of love – love of self, love of family, love of friends, romantic love, so what better colour to incorporate into your wedding day? It may even leave you feeling a little calmer!
Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding and often associated with serentity, calming and fidelity.
You can incorporate the colours everywhere you like. Having soft rose quartz bridesmaid dresses Why not team this with baby blue hydrangeas or violets? Or vice versa? A pink classic rose is a classic for a reason.
This year people are moving away from lots of table rounds and getting folk a bit more mixed up. Big rustic trestle tables with vintage lace and more modest table centres. Think style and simplicity. This trend is the perfect way to incorporate your own ‘rustic-chic’ if that is where your heart lies. Following with this theme, it isn’t necessary to have all your table flowers the same. I have seen a massive rise in the incorporation of succulents, ferns, pots and rustic boxes. So much fun to be had just playing around with a colour theme.
Are you going to be a slightly off beat bide? How about helping your groom out….Perfectly manicured nails in Rose Quartz. All bar one. Your ring finger! This is violet blue, there is no way he will get flustered in that special moment where everyone is watching him try to squeeze on your ring. and guess what? It covers your ‘something blue’ too!
Just remember style and simplicity are the key word this year, Use your colour scheme wisely. Overdoing it will leave your day looking very matchy-matchy. Start with five key elements. Attire, flowers, cake, invitations and favours. Start with that and you will have the best idea of where to tone it down, or ramp it up!!
Above all, have fun. Enjoy the preparation of your wedding, it is such a special time.
This week I met up with the delightful, bubbly and ever so talented Amy Hickey. I met Amy through a mutual friend last year and we got on like a house on fire and have since then worked on both excited styled shoots and weddings together. I absolutely adore working with her, and I know that our brides have enjoyed our duo and easy banter!
Here she is actually modelling for me at the styled shoot i was asked to do at Sudeley Castle last year. Make Up by herself of course. We were let down at the very last minute by our model and I am still so grateful for Amy stepping in! Doesn’t she look divine? You can see a lot of those images from these shoot right here… /http://www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/weddings/
We are so lucky that Amy has shared her TOP TIPS for YOU!
I hope you have enjoyed this instalment in ‘My OobaFave Wedding Suppliers’. Don’t forget to pop over the Amy Hickey’s WEBSITE and have a nosy there too!
See you next time,
I was first introduced to the future Mrs Richards via a mutual friend as we all have kiddies the same age. I already knew Sarah as a scatty, lovely, bubbly lady so I was delighted to be asked to meet with her and Marc to discuss their wedding photography. Having clicked with them both, I came away knowing we were going to have a fantastic day together!!
A few months later we all visited their venue, The Manor House Hotel in Moreton-In-Marsh to do their engagement shoot and to speak with their wedding planner at the hotel.
Its just so happened that they had a wedding fayre that day so I saw it all set up.It was gorgeous, everything you could expect from a Cotswolds hotel…roaring fireplaces, log beams, pretty cakes etc etc. You get the picture!
We had lovely autumnal sunshine for their engagement shoot and it was a wonderful way to really get to know Sarah and Marc as a couple, see how they interact and what made them feel comfortable in front of my lens. We had a fabulous time.
When wedding day rolled round 3 days after Christmas, I was delighted to be out working. I knew several of the guests at the wedding and was looking forward to shooting all day. The weather gods smiled on us and we had some beautiful crisp, cold sunshine. Perfect!! I was pleased to be working alongside the delightful Amy Hickey waving her make-up artistry magic wand on the bride and mother of the bride! Having worked several weddings and styles shoots with Amy, we enjoy an easy banter!
I love feeling part of the girly gang at the bridal prep stage….the nerves, excitement, make up and shoes flying everywhere. I am part spectator and contributor and enjoy every second.
So…..to the big moment! Sarah, the blushing bride walked down the aisle in a stunning lace and beaded Maggie Sottero dress to an emotional groom. Jack, their nearly 3 year old wanted to be a part of their ceremony, and surrounded by friends and family, he looked just perfect there, also bringing the rings up to his mum and dad at the right time. What a little gentleman!
After the newly married couple walked back down the aisle they enjoyed some champagne and welcomed their guests until I whisked them away for their couples photos, allowing them some time to talk to each other whilst I got set up. If I can give any advice to the bride and groom on their big day, it is to take some time to talk to each other. You get so swept away with welcoming guests, that its very easy to not speak to each other for most of the day. I know all of my couples have welcomed this break with me for 30 odd minutes to relax and chat and grab a whole glass of bubbly.
Once Sarah and Marc were happy that they had had some time out we invited all family and friend out to join in the photo fun. We worked swiftly and smoothly as it was on the nippy side!!
The wedding breakfast was filled with laughter, wine, speeches, power point displays and emotional tears…. the perfect celebration!
I have to say, that the atmosphere at Sarah and Marc Richards wedding day was powerful. The toast made to absent friends was poignant and there was a closeness and love in the air that captivated everybody.
I wish you guys all the luck and love in the world!! and thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. I hop[e you enjoy ‘your story’.
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Lots of love,
Oobaloos Wedding Photography In Cheltenham and surrounding areas