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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Wedding Venue – The Tythe Barn Launton.
Florist – Herbert & Isles.
MUA & Hairstylist – Sophie Casey.
Bridesmaids Dresses – Maids To Measure.
Bridal shoes – Freya Rose Natalie.
Naked Wedding Cake – The Pretty Cake Company.
A Greek Orthodox Wedding At St Sophia’s Cathedral And Afterwards At The May Fair Hotel London
I’m so delighted to share highlights of Doros and Alison’s London wedding at St Sophia’s Cathedral and The May Fair Hotel with you today. It was a really special day for so many reasons, and the type of wedding that we photographers love to shoot. Heaps of emotion, stunning locations, exuberant celebrations, and the most welcoming and fun loving people you could wish for. Add to this having your bestie (Kirsten Mavric) along to second shoot for you, and it all added up to the most brilliant day.
We both began our cover at 11am, Kirsten in Bounds Green at Doros’s family home, and me at The May Fair Hotel with Alison and the girls. The Groom’s pre wedding preparation, known as the Stolisma, are traditionally accompanied by a Greek violinist. The best man, Andrew (also known as his koumbaro), and Doros’s close family helped him to dress. It’s just one of the many rituals that make a Greek wedding a joy to photograph.
Mean while I spent the morning with Alison, her bridesmaid Janine, mum, daughter, and aunt, as they put the finishing touches to their hair and makeup and wedding day looks.
Alison chose a gorgeous strapless gown by Sassi Holford, with a structured bodice and A-line skirt (and pockets – yay). She teamed it with metallic Sophia Webster heels, ‘Chiara’, complete with 3D butterfly wings. Her intricate and and stylish ‘up-do’ was adorned with a silver vine leaf chain, and a beautiful and delicate veil. She looked absolutely stunning! As did Janine in steel grey, and her little flower girl in grey tulle, floral crown, and ballet pumps. Alison’s bouquet, created by Your London Florist, featured beautiful white peonies, blush roses, wax flower, and eucalyptus. This was one very stylish bridal party!
We travelled to St Sophia’s Cathedral by black cab. I love being able to travel with a bride to capture this part of the day. The excitement. The nerves. The giggles. All great fun. As we arrived the couple’s son welcomed his mum through the cab window with a resounding ‘I LOVE YOU MUM!‘ I had to get a grip, and it wasn’t even directed at me! 🙂
Once inside the Cathedral I can honestly say it’s intricate Byzantine architecture literally took my breath away. The fairly modest exterior really gives no hint at what lies within, and I was so pleased I had a new wide angled lens with me to do it justice.
The bridal party entered to the sound of a traditional choir. Light streamed through windows above, and was enhanced by the soft light of twinkly candles. The ceremony was terribly moving, and despite the grand surroundings, deeply personal. The rituals of the traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony were honoured. Very special and also very beautiful.
Afterwards we were able to take some family group photographs in the cathedral’s adjoining courtyard, before the guests made their way on the May Fair Hotel. Mean while I travelled with Doros, Alison, and their children to a nearby park to capture a few bride, groom, and family photographs. As you can imagine, any green space in central London on a warm and sunny day fill with sun worshippers, but this all added to the fun!
Back at the hotel, the bride and groom made their grand entrance down a flight of marble stairs to the Crystal room. Accompanied by a traditional violin, they did two circuits of the dance floor to welcoming cheers and confetti cannons. Another great moment to photograph.
After a delicious meal, emotional speeches, and the cutting of the cake, the dancing began! This is always a really fun part of a Greek wedding to capture, and Kirsten and I had great fun getting in on the action to get the best shots. There is the money dance, the Kalamatianos where the ladies dance, and the groom’s dance with his koumbaro (best man), and koumbari (best men). Particularly wonderful was the spectacle of Doros and Alison’s kids dancing. It struck me how very wonderful it must be to be able to have your children with you on your wedding day, and old enough to enjoy the day and to fully appreciate how special it is. It really was such a happy joyous day for them all.
So here is a rather large selection of images from the brilliant day. Thank you Alison and Doros for making Kirsten and I feel so welcome. We absolutely loved being their to capture your day. Have a wonderful time in Madeira. Here is your preview. J x