Emma and Andy’s windswept and completely lovely Great Fosters Summer wedding.
Yesterday I returned for a second time to a rather windswept but sunny Great Fosters. I met up with Emma and Andy at the hotel a few months ago for their engagement shoot, and since then have been really looking forward to shooting their special day.
When we met they admitted to feeling a little nervous about the photography side of things, but the pre wedding shoot really helped them to be able to relax in front of the camera, and we had such a good time on the day. In fact, we had a bloody brilliant day. So much fun!
Emma and Andy went for my Platinum package which includes a second photographer, so I was joined by my assistant Debbie for the day. She went to shoot some pre ceremony groom’s party shots, whilst I covered bridal prep in the beautiful Tapestry room.
Great Fosters has recently undergone renovations and improvements, having been acquired by the Alexander Group, and it’s looking rather plush and fantastic. Both Debbie and I are Great Fosters brides (yes really, both of us 🙂 ), so the place is really special and we care about helping to make our couple’s day there special too. I can confirm that everything has been sympathetically enhanced and is looking really great. Of course the standard of service is also just as good as ever. As usual, we had the utterly dependable Jose coordinating the day for the hotel. Always a pleasure to work with.
Emma and her bridesmaid’s hair and makeup was expertly styled by Bex Standing Smith. Emma chose a gorgeous lace Essence Of Australia dress from Isabella Grace that featured Swarovski crystals and diamanté beading, and teamed it with cute Charlotte Mills ivory pumps and fine gold glitter hearts. Her gorgeous flowers featured apricot David Austin roses, white stocks and wax. So pretty. Emma chose Liberty In Love pearl drop earrings, and a super pretty hair comb by Olivier Laudas.
The wedding ceremony took place in the light and airy elegant setting of The Orangery. Andy’s face when he turned and saw his bride was an absolute picture. He just couldn’t keep his eyes off her.
After the ceremony the couple and their guests made their way out into the Painted Hall for canapés, fizz, and Pimm’s. They then spilled out into the beautiful grounds beyond. We managed to get the final group shot done just as the heavens opened which was great. However it was too wet under foot for any outdoor bride and groom portraits. This could have posed a problem, but it was a super blustery and windswept day and the rain clouds soon blew fast away. By the time the couple and their guests had finished the wedding breakfast, it was the ‘golden hour’ with perfect light, so out we went into the beautiful gardens, and the results are beautiful. I especially love the whole windswept and ever so slightly wanton veil shots! 🙂
Later the couple cut their stylish wedding cake. A three tiered navy and marble creation by Shelly’s Cakes. Then danced the night away with a disco and lights provided by Firebird Events, as well as a hog roast!
These two really are the sweetest, lovely couple, and it’s not difficult to see where they get it from because their families are too. Debbie and I could not have been made to feel more welcome. In fact we were totally spoilt (a three course meal, a mention by Andy in his speech, a naughty drink at the end of the night, and a big hug from both the couple as we left). 🙂
Emma and Andy, it was such a super day all round! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. <3
Here are your wedding previews. Have a fantastic honeymoon in Italy, and I can’t wait to deliver the rest of your wedding photos in a few weeks time. J x
Assistant – Debbie Gagliano Withers.
Venue – Great Fosters.
Hair & Makeup – Bex Standing Smith.
Dress – Essence Of Australia from Isabella Grace Bridal.
Shoes – Charotte Mills.
Earrings – Teardrop pearl by Liberty In Love.
Petal Hair Comb – Olivier Laudas.
Flowers – Jackie Hopkin.
Cake – Shelly’s Cakes.
Disco, lighting and floor – Firebird Events.
A Hampshire Countryside Wedding With A Marquee, English And Bulgarian Traditions, And A Biplane Display
I really do love my job, especially when I get to photograph weddings like this. What an amazing day, I hardly know where to start.
Debbie and I headed down to a village outside Winchester on what was a super sunny and breezy Saturday. The day before had been a typical English Summer fail, with dark clouds and heavy rain. So everyone was delighted and relieved when the weather behaved itself, not least the bride’s parents who were busy making final preparations at their home for the marquee wedding reception.
It was a day full of traditions. A typically English white wedding; the little village church, the throwing of confetti, touching and hilarious speeches, the cutting of a (beautiful) cake, and of course the first dance. However it was also flavoured with Bulgarian wedding traditions, such as the bride and groom breaking of bread, and a Bulgarian dance. All great fun to capture.
I was also told there would be a surprise, and to have my camera ready. Then just as we completed the group shots, a biplane flew over the reception. It did a couple of impressive loop de loop’s, Quite the spectacle given the clears blue skies. A really special moment (and the pilot was the father of one of the bridesmaids!).
Other highlights were being able to take the bride and groom into an adjacent corn file for some dreamy portraits, complete with floaty windblown veil, and later some further ‘golden hour’ portraits. Oh the sunset…..
It really was a fabulous day and Debbie and I had a brilliant time. Thank you O & A for allowing me to share these photographs. I hope you all enjoy them. J x
Assistant – Debbie Gagliano Withers.
A wedding supplier collaborative shoot at new venue Little Dower House with boho Romany Gypsy and gothic themes, beautiful settings, bridal hair and makeup inspirations, and featuring the latest Jesus Peiro wedding collection.
I have such a treat for you today with these images from our beautiful styled shoot at new exclusive wedding venue the Little Dower House. So get ready to feast your eyes and prepare for a plethora of beautiful boho gypsy vibe wedding inspo!
The Origins Of Our Shoot
I came across the Little Dower House whilst browsing Instagram one day. Just the few images I saw online made me want to find out more about this new wedding venue, and this led to me to paying Susie and Hamish a visit. I knew straight away that I wanted to collaborate with them on a project that would highlight their beautiful venue. The venue, (their home near Windsor) with its secret walled garden, wild flower meadow, stream and duck pond, not to mention an expansive paddock, possesses so many possibilities for couples wanting to create a unique magical wedding experience. So many things resonated with me, not least because I really felt a connection with Susie and Hamish, and I just knew that with the right team we could create something very special.
At the same time as all this, Rebecca from Lilys Flowers, had also discovered the Little Dower House and together with Susie and Hamish was also planning to create a styled shoot to highlight the venue and other wedding suppliers. We chatted and soon realised we had so many similar ideas that it would be amazing to come together for this project. There followed phone calls and a planning meeting, as well as the obligatory Pinterest board and pinning of ideas. Next came a search for the right suppliers to bring our ideas to life. We went with a selection of great suppliers we already knew, as well as approaching new suppliers we were keen to work with.
We wanted to create a kind of boho Romany gypsy vibe, if that makes sense and to highlight the alfresco potential of the venue, from getting married in the walled garden, to dining outside at the waters edge.
Rebecca came up with some great floral installation ideas (more of which you’ll see in part two), as well as styling the waterside wedding breakfast table. Having met Susie and Hamish’s gorgeous horses, I was keen to get them involved with the shoot and show off the venue’s equine inhabitants. I managed to find a vintage golden horse on a well known auction site, and Rebecca came up with the idea of spraying some old horseshoes gold to update the lucky horseshoe tradition.
Rebecca sourced a rich velvet table runner in a deep raspberry, and coloured candles and napkins and created rich blousy flower arrangements. She also provided a decadent crystal chandelier hanging from the Willow above the table adored with roses. The table and chairs were provided by Academy Furniture, and the chairs were draped with fabric by the Chair Dressing Company. We also raided Susie and Hamish’s possessions and were able to incorporate their green coloured glass, silver cutlery, and vintage mismatched crockery.
Jesus Peiro Dresses
I asked my friend Emma from Miss Bush Bridal to come on board, and she was able to supply an exclusive selection from Jesus Peiro’s latest collection (including the rather Flamenco flavoured 157, and delicately laced 136 and 990 on special loan from the designer). She also brought her years of experience in styling and considerable knowledge of latest trends to help us achieve really inspiring bridal looks.
Model Hair & Makeup
For our model, it had to be Chloe Keenan who I’ve now worked with many times. Not only is she a perfect Jesus Peiro dress size, but I felt also had the perfect look. Rosie Scott was able to interpret the hair and makeup ideas we had pinned, and gave Chloe the perfect Romany look. This had to include those luscious deep pink lips! This was a real creative process with Emma and Rosie working together to embellish Chloe’s hair with a variety of flowers from Rebecca.
Stationery and Cake
Our stationery was provided to brief by Lou from Lou PaperBespoke Wedding Stationery, featuring gold calligraphy to follow on from our theme against a green watercolour background.
When we discovered Anna Lewis Luxury Wedding Cakes, we knew she could provide something inline with our theme, but what she created was so much more. She literally took our ideas and turned them into an amazing cake that encompassed every vibe we wanted to get across. The deep charcoal icing and fabulous sugar flowers, along with the deep velvet ribbon, were perfect!
With the wedding table near perfection, all that was left was for me to add a few pomegranates and grapes. The overall effect was not unlike an old masters still life painting. It was rich, boho, a little gothic, a little Romany, and all in the most outrageously beautiful setting of the Little Dower House.
A Big Thank You
I want to thank everyone involved in this shoot. You all worked so hard, and yet it was the most relaxed collaborative shoot I’ve ever been involved with. It was possibly a tiny bit mad to try and pull this off in the middle of wedding season, but we did it!
Susie and Hamish, thank you for allowing us to invade your beautiful home, and thank you for all your help with setting things up, providing tea and cold drinks, and helping the horses model for us so perfectly.
If you are a bride and groom looking here for inspiration, PLEASE take a look at all the suppliers involved, as well as this magical venue. They are all superb.
Scroll down for links and credits, but for now, here’s what we achieved. J x
Venue – Little Dower House
Planning, Concept, Coordinating, Photography – Juliet Mckee Photography
Planning, Concept, Coordinating, Floral installations and props – Lilys Flowers
Model – Chloe Keenan.
Hair and Makeup – Rosie Scott Hair And Makeup
Stationery – Lou Paper
Chair drapes – The Chair Dressing Company
Vintage trestle table and cross backed chairs – Academy Furniture Hire
Glass wear, crockery, cutlery – venue’s own.
A Beautiful Hot And Sunny Summer Wedding At The Tythe Barn At Launton
I seriously couldn’t wait to share these preview images from this fabulous wedding at the Tythe Barn Launton last Saturday. Liz and Rob could not have asked for a more perfect day. The weather of late has been rather unpredictable with no shortage of rain, but just look at those blue skies and picturesque fluffy white clouds! You could not ask for more.
This was my first visit to the venue, and I was blown away by their well organised, friendly and welcoming staff. The beautiful barn and gardens were all absolutely immaculate, and everything carefully thought through to ensure couples have the day of their dreams.
So, this is just a brief preview of the day, unashamedly sharing plenty of pretty. I started my day capturing bridal preparations in the ‘Nook’, nestled behind the gardens but within spying distance of arriving guests. Liz and her bridesmaids all looked so lovely with their wedding makeup and hair by artist Sophie. Liz paired her elegant bridal gown with chalky pink bridesmaids dresses by Maids To Measure. Soft and floaty and perfect for a warm summer wedding. I loved her bridal shoes by Freya Rose with Mother of Pearl heels and jewellery, including a beautiful bracelet from Rob she received that morning.
All the flowers for the day were by Buckinghamshire florist Herbert & Isles, who worked so hard throughout the morning and who’s blooms were simply breathtaking. I’ve never seen such large Peonies and loved the large milk churn arrangements by the entrance to the barn. Also the bouquets were gorgeous with Peonies, Roses, Sea Holly, Sweetpea, Scabious and Eucalytptus. Very very pretty! Liz was absolutely thrilled with them.
I had my assistant Debbie along with me for the day, and she spent the morning shooting groom prep with Rob and the guys at a nearby farm, helping them with their buttonholes, and generally being her usual Girl Friday. We then came together for the ceremony to document the rest of the day. The couple married in an outdoor ceremony surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Afterwards there were group shots, canapes and plenty of Pimms and pimped Prosecco. Following the speeches (included a great bridal speech), the wedding breakfast was served in the Tythe barn. A guest from each table was given the important task of carving the roast, and I can confirm that it was delicious! 🙂
Later I took Liz and Rob off for a few more golden hour photos, before the cake was cut and the first dance expertly executed. Our final task was to shoot a sparkler procession. So much fun!
I must also just say how pristine and perfect Liz’s dad’s vintage Triumph was. It perfectly coordinated with the deep blue sky! 🙂
We’d both like to thank Jackie and the lovely staff at the barn for taking such good care of us (and sending us on our way with bacon sarnies). We would love to come back anytime you’ll have us!
Liz and Rob, it was such a wonderful day. Thanks so much for having us along! J x
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