Silver Screen {Mike & Kate}

Spring had begun to entice the trees to awaken. Flowers delicately stretched their newest petals on the cherry trees that lined the drive to this South Farm wedding. The blossom perfectly echoed the lace on Kate’s bolero, finely weaving the beauty of the day together.

Mike & Kate had invited us to Bala for their engagement session, and over dinner we had got to know Mike’s unwavering love for cinema. Rather than the traditional speeches, he and his network devised a quite different approach – a ‘cinema’ set up in the old barn and a prerecorded reel of speeches and sketches. A total surprise to the guests, the ‘film’ was riotously funny and deeply touching – perhaps the prerecorded nature allowing more bravery. Utterly memorable, with tears of laughter and of joy all round.

We are very fond of Mike & Kate. They are a couple who fit as puzzle pieces, complementing in the best of ways, making each other stronger. As with their wedding rings that they handmade for each other, they will live life together, making each day for themselves. Thank you both for sharing your loves and lives with us.

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Mike & Kate’s South Farm Wedding team:
Kate’s dress: Benjamin Roberts – Ray in ivory
Kate’s Shoes: Jasper Conran – Debenhams
Kate’s details: Tiara – Ivory & Co.
Hair and Makeup: Denise and Holly from D&D
The Bridesmaids dresses and details: Bespoke from Velvet Birdcage, Worthing
Flower girls dresses and details:  Dress – John Lewis, Cardigan and bag – Accessorize, hair clips – Claire’s accessories
The bouquets:  Jan Ward from Flowercraft
Mike’s suit:  M&S
Mike’s details: Ties and hankies – Velvet Birdcage, Worthing, cufflinks – grooms own.
Groom and Best Man shoes – Gucinari.co.uk
Stationary: Designed by Mike and made by Kate & Mike
Reception flowers: Jan Ward at Flowercraft
Bunting and paper pom poms handmade by Kate, Terri & Richard Badrick
The cake: Cakes bought from Sweet Success, Nottingham; Designed and decorated by Kate
Band – Kate’s friends ’Yeah Yeah Millionaire’s’
DJ – Gary Custerson from Titan Roadshow
Wedding rings – hand made by Kate and Mike with close supervision from Sue Lane of ‘Sue Lane Jewellery’

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Colours so bright {Lesley & Toni}

A sunny afternoon, after so many days of grey made everything sing. Colours so bright. The warmth of the sun reaching through the nip in the wind, we set off for a stroll around Brockwell Park.

Interested and interesting, Lesley and Toni told me about the old house they are restoring, and we swapped stories on the joy and trial of such a project. They also shared their deep love of travel, of exploration, learning about new cultures and understanding the world a little differently with every new place seen. It seems so perfect that they return here to walk familiar paths. Looking out over their home town from the top of this hill, they dream of the new adventures this year will bring.

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Parakeets & leaves {Ingrid & Stu}

We walked among the wind swept trees of Richmond Park, surrounded by the green of parakeets and leaves above our heads. I’ve known Ingrid and Stu a little for some years, as they are close friends of a dear friend of mine, but this day was the first I had spent proper time with the two of them. Its lovely to say how much I enjoyed their company – they are so thoughtful and caring, and it was special for me to gain a deeper understanding of who they are together. A few moments of their beautiful connection follow.

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Fine Art Print Box {Claudia & Benj}

I believe holding and looking at images one by one is a very different experience to viewing a visual story of images in an album. I love creating fine art albums, but I think there is a place for something else too – a more accessible product that allows you to get lost in a single image. A few years ago I developed a special and bespoke fine art print box for my couples, handmade by a local craftsman from oak, containing 30 fine art prints of their choice.

The box can be etched to personalise its look, and I absolutely loved the design Claudia and Benj wanted for their box. They got married at Dartmoor Zoo last year and Claudia designed all their motifs and stationary. The beauty of the wood grain comes through in this etching – I just had to share it!

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Hampstead green {Ellie & Andrew}

When I met Ellie and Andrew in St Pancras Station many months ago, I immediately loved them. They are both so open and warm, I just wanted to share more time with them.

Now with days rather than months left till their wedding day, we met in Hampstead Heath to record this time.

The rhododendrons, shining green from the morning dew, gave us our backdrop. Andrew’s banter and Ellie’s disarming smile gave us our light. We laughed and talked, and Ellie shared with me secret whispers about her stunning wedding attire….

These are the warmest of souls and I frankly cannot wait until their celebrations.

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