Christine & Jack, Ferry House Inn, Kent

I was recommended to Christine by a mutual friend, who I also photograph their wedding. When I met them both for their pre wedding shoot I didn't know what to expect. Upon meeting them I knew we would click instantly - Christine and Jack are the literally the funniest people I know! Jack took to the camera like a pro and Christine just looked so cool and beautiful. Leaving the shoot made me feel so excited for their big day. Christine looked absolutely stunning with shoes I desperately wanted to keep for myself!! The images from the day are some images and emotions I am so proud of! 

Heres a sneak peek from there rather cool day! 

Mark & Julie Wedding, Canterbury, Kent

I met Julie and Mark over a year ago, I popped over to there house to show them my work and albums. Instantly we clicked. Julie is so funny and has a sense of humour that is just like mine. Julie and Mark have Scottish fold cats I have never seen one before, but oh my I am in love! Her youngest cat literally flirted the entire time I was there and played fetch - a cat playing fetch!! Anyway I am so glad they chose me to document their wedding day it was so much fun, bridal prep was very calm with just myself, Julie and the make up artist. After Marina (make up artist) left it was just Julie and I, we had such giggle! Probably the calmest, content bride I've ever photographed during bridal prep. I ask the couple a few questions about the day this is what they had to say:

How did you both meet? In April 2002 in Jumping Jack's Maidstone.

Mark can you tell me how you proposed to Julie? While she was cooking dinner.

What made you guys choose your wedding venue? We knew that Tower House and Canterbury Cathedral Lodges were a nice size for our wedding and fantastic for photo's.

What was your inspiration behind your wedding theme? Just wanted something simple and a country/rustic look seem to suit. Also having this theme kept the costs down.

What was your first song and why? Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol as it has always been one of our favourites (and not too soppy)

If you could give any couples getting married one tip what would it be? Just enjoy your big day and let others do the worrying for you!

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Hair stylist: Occasional Hair & Makeup by Marina Barrett

Website: http://www.occasionalhairandmakeup.com

Make up artist: As above

Website: http://www.occasionalhairandmakeup.com

Brides Dress: WED2B

Website: www.wed2b.co.uk

Bridesmaids dresses: NA

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Brides Shoes: NA

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Grooms Shoes: Loake

Website: www.loake.co.uk

Suits: Slaters of Canterbury

Website: www.slaters.co.uk

Florist: Jane at Graham Greener - Whitstable

Website: www.grahamgreener.com

Cake: The Whitstable Cake Company

Website: www.whitstablecake.com

Band: The Mexican Way (with the man from the Doritos advert)

Website: www.themexicanway.co.uk

Car/Transport Hirer: The London Bus Company

Website: www.thelondonbuscompany.co.uk

DJ: Supplied by Canterbury Cathedral Lodges.

Website: https://www.canterburycathedrallodge.org

Musician: At the ceremony Clea Llewellyn.

Website: www.cleallewellyn.com

Alternative, Creative Wedding in London - Emma & Jack Sneak Peek

Emma and Jack booked me last year just before Christmas - fortunately I was available and  especially after Emma told me about her wedding I was really excited and pleased I was free for her day! Emma use to be my daughters school teacher when she lived in Kent. Emma's friend who also taught my daughter recommended me to Emma, I am so glad she did! The wedding was pretty cool arriving in style on a vintage green bus, whilst the groom arrived in style on a red double decker bus. We had prosecco, amazing old school tunes which filled the bus with laughter and cheer as we attempted to sing in tune ha! Heres what Emma and Jack have to say about their awesome day!!

How did you both meet? We met at a party hosted by Chris, Jack's brother and one of my best friends. Our paths had never crossed until then.

Jack can you tell me how you proposed to Emma? Emma has always said that she never wanted to be proposed to as she felt that it was important for a couple to decide together whether they were ready to get married or not, not just the man. So we both woke up one Saturday morning and decided that it was something we wanted to do, then we went from there. Not particularly romantic, but suited us both perfectly.

What made you guys choose your wedding venue? We chose Asia House in the heart of Westminster as it is in the heart of our favourite city and Emma's birthplace. We loved the idea of getting married in the centre of London and then giving our family and friends a little tour of our favourite landmarks (whilst drinking bubbly) on some vintage London buses. For the reception we chose The Balham Bowls Club in Balham, just up the road from Emma's parents home in Clapham. It is a really laid back, quirky venue where the staff were so friendly, flexible and helpful. We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun for everyone above anything else and we felt that The Balham Bowls Club ticked all of the boxes for us.

What was your inspiration behind your wedding theme? We had quite a mish-mash of themes. We wanted to include some of our favourite things but in a way that meant the wedding was enjoyable for all of our family and friends. Music is very important to us and we carefully selected music from a range of decades (with the help of our friend Jan) which provoked a feeling of nostalgia. We decorated the room at The Balham Bowls Club with plenty of candles, but for us, the room really had it's own unique character which we didn't want to change.

Our seating plan was a 1939 version of the London Underground map which was a nod to our beloved London, as well as the buses. The tables were named after some of our favourite bands and singers so we used our 45'' records of the artists to mark the tables. The menus were printed on the back of Ladybird book front cover post cards, which we carefully matched to our guests, to much delight (and dismay!). Gin bottles acted as vases for the flowers and the favours were a mixed cd which included some of the tunes played at the wedding.

So all in all, a real eclectic mix! 

What was your first song and why? Our first song was a medley. We started off with a slow dance to La Mer by Charles Trenet as we really love it. Then it cut into The Twist by Chubby Checker (a nod to the sixties). At this point the best men/women and bridesmaids came on and joined in the routine. The medley included:

Misirlou by Dick Dale ( a great tune, a great dance move)

Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush (Emma's favourite song of all time)

Riverdance ( a nod to our Irish family)

Twist and Shout by The Beatles (one of Jack's favourites)

If you could give any couples getting married one tip what would it be? Don't worry or stress about the little things-they really, really don't matter. Above all, enjoy every minute!

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Photographer: Carla Guest Photography

Hair stylist: Lipstick and Curls, Goshka Topolska

Website: www.lipstickandcurls.net

Make up artist: Lipstick and Curls, Goshka Topolska

Website: www.lipstickandcurls.net

Brides Dress: Candy Anthony

Website: candyanthony.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Coast

Website: www.coast-stores.com

Brides Shoes: Vivienne Westwood and Melissa

Website: www.nonnon.co.uk

Grooms Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Website: www.marksandspencer.com

Suits: Burtons

Website: www.burton.co.uk

Florist and Venue Decoration: The Flower Sanctuary Balham (plus a bit a DIY!)

Website: www.flowersanctuary.co.uk

Cake: June Bridges (Jack's nan)

Band/DJ: Imagine the Beatles

Website: www.imaginethebeatles.co.uk

Car/Transport Hirer: The London Bus Company

Website: www.thelondonbuscompany.co.uk

Wedding Venue: Asia House followed by The Balham Bowls Club

Website: asiahouse.org      balhambowlsclub.com

 

Best of 2016, Kent Wedding Photographer

So 2016 was a big year for me! My busiest year to date although 2017 looks to be even bigger. But last year I feel I really found my style. I was nominated for two awards both for wedding photographer of the year 2017 which is huge and made me feel so proud that my work was getting noticed. I was regional finalist for South East and London via TWIA (The Wedding Industry Awards) where 30 other photographers were finalists so competition was tough - that said I am over the moon to be a finalist. I am still waiting for the results from www.bridebook.com (1st Feb 2017) so make sure you vote! I also got to go to New York a first for me! Fell in love with the city and cannot wait to go back. 

The images I have selected, which was incredibly hard for me - I have shot 30 weddings in 2016 and have 40 for 2017 have sat and looked at thousands of moments, ones that gave me butterflies, goosebumps and actually brought a tear to my eye, I do believe I have showcased my creativity, attention to detail and the love and emotion captured from a the day. It's a huge blog post because I have fallen in love with each of the images. My couples have meant so much to me and adore seeing how smitten they are with each other.  Each of the weddings and engagement shoots were as unique as themselves and I wanted to showcase that 'emotion' in its rawest form, truth, connection and crazy stupid love bringing it back to the couple and the reasons for getting married. I am eternally grateful to all my couples and the trust they put into me to document their day in an honest, heartfelt way. Captured feelings with integrity.

Carla x

What does 2017 hold for me? More adventures with weddings all over the UK - Currently have 40 weddings so space is limited.

If you are planning a wedding in 2017 -2018 and fancy someone like me to capture your day then please get in touch! I would love to be your photographer. Happy to travel wherever my camera takes me... Please get in touch

Kate & Dan, Islington Town Hall, London

The stunning Kate & Dan got married at the Islington Town Hall in August and what an elegant wedding it was. The whole day was very stylish and contemporary, starting off with bridal prep at the Hilton in Islington where Kate and her bridal party spent their time getting prepped. We had such a giggle, her head bridesmaid had a bag full of emergency goodies which came in handy on the day - we teased saying it was like she was a dealer in toiletries and medication, thats said the bag was very useful! We spent the morning listening to some old school cheer tunes reminding us of our youth! Kate's dress was epic as was her bouquet of orchids. I have never seen anything quite like it and was blown away by her sparkly self! Recetion was held at the stunning Almeida restaurant walking distance from the wedding ceremony, so in good fashion the whole wedding party walked down islington high street, with lots of on lookers gazing at Kate and Dan.

We went off for a little walk and found a beautiful little green spot in the middle of Islington. We got some stunning shots of Kate veil blowing in the wind.

The speeches were hilarious with typical brother rivalry. Dans best man his brother told some very funny stories and ended on a song of "Oh Danny Boy" I loved this wedding and the attention to detail was second to none.

Hair and Make up by Lauren Mclay and Kimberley Dale

Colin & Jess, Haynes Barn, Kent

I had the wonderful opportunity to capture Colin & Jess wedding in July. A last minute booking, they found me through a recommendation. We had two engagement shoots one during the day and one during golden light. So on the wedding day we was both very comfortable around each other and have become good friends. The wedding was stunning and Jess didn't disappoint her gown was full of sparkles and right up my magpie street! Colin who is a dap hand with carpentry made a stunning J&C sign which lit up. The wedding was beautiful full of tears and love!

I had the wonderful Jon Snapaway capture groom prep and worked alongside me throughout the day. Which gives a lovely grooms perspective of the day. 

Jess even managed to stack it on the dance floor :0)

Wedding Venue - Hayne House

Maureen & James, Etchington Golf Club, Folkestone, Kent

This gorgeous couple got married in October at the wonderful venue Etchington Golf Club. We had lots of fun and was able to go off on a little adventure in the golf buggy. Maureen even had a little go at driving which was a little scary as she liked to drive fast over every bump! I was holding on for dear life! Maureen and James love to star gaze so their theme was based around the stars and moon. So I bought some smoke grenades - blue and purple to match their theme and we totally rocked the bride and groom portraits! The sun even came out briefly, but come rain or shine I always make sure we get some lovely candid beautiful moments and the scenery was stunning complimenting the shots. Congratulations guys!

Sally & Julian Sneak Peek, Whitstable & Herne Bay Kent

Sally and Julian had what I call the most intimate weddings I have ever documented. We started off at The Marine Hotel, whitstable for bridal prep, Sally had her best friend do her hair, make up and even did her gorgeous bouquet. Even thought here was only two people getting ready at the hotel it did not stop the laughter and giggles. Sally was so excited and you could really see it, her eyes lit up and sparkled whenever she spoke about her wedding day. She had two pairs of shoes for the day, my kinda girl! Sparkly gold shoes right up my street! But to sill the deal she had these amazing irregular choice bride and groom shoes - epic!

Her lovely father was equally over the moon, he absolutely adored his daughter and treated her to an awesome wedding transport in the shape of a yellow VW camper van sporting black and white chequered flooring! We managed to get a few sneaky shots by Tankerton slopes before heading off to the tiniest church I have ever photographed a wedding at - it could only fit 50 guests if you are friendly (vicars words)plus their dog. So I spent most of the wedding shooting from the back with limited moving around but it actually worked out ok for me and managed to get some lovely shots of the gorgeous couple during the ceremony. We had a confetti shot which I love doing but this one was extra special as the vicar told the guest it was ok, they instantly thought they could throw straight away and launched the dry petals at Julian and Sally inside the church made everyone giggle and since handing over there USB & Box Sally and Julian both commented on who was the culprit that started the mass confetti launching was! We had lots of laughs and it was wonderful to hear them reminisce about their day after receiving their images. Reception was held at Sally & Julian's house with paella being cooked as we walked in! 

The day was lovely, full of intimate moments especially when we went off for some private shots down at hampton pier. Stunning couple full of colour and love. These two made me feel so warm and fuzzy I had such a buzz and feel very privileged to have been asked to capture their day.

Carla x

 

Shelley & Dean, Christ Church, Gravesend, Kent

Another blast from the past! I have known Shelley for awhile but haven't seen her since primary school. I was in the same year as her sister. This wedding was a lot of fun, with the biggest bridal party and bridesmaids ever! But on the morning itself you wouldn't of thought the house was full of women getting ready it was very calm and full of giggles. I then went off to the pub for a bit of groom prep - the pub was literally by the church so that was handy for the groom and groomsmen ha! Shelley and Dean are clearly very much in love but not only that clearly have a relationship based on a lot of giggles and loads of fun! The reception was hilarious with the best man doing a very funny speech involving old pictures of Dean throughout the years! 

The whole day ended on awesome party with some seriously wicked tunes, reminding me of my youth in the 90's!

Congratulations guys!

 

Charlotte & Scott, Cobham Hall, Kent

I had the honour of capturing Charlotte & Scotts wedding at the stunning Cobham Hall. I have known Charlotte since I was very little, we haven't seen each for a number of years so felt truly blessed to be asked to document her day! Seeing old faces from my childhood was amazing and it was a real giggle! Charlotte looked breathtaking and Scott was blown away as she walked down the aisle. Her dad had the most beautiful reaction to seeing his only daughter walked down the stairs to greet him.

I had been rather poorly, in fact I was taken to hospital straight after the wedding as I had a cold sore in my eye, I cannot tell you how much pain I was in but you just get on with it and I was determined to do just that! I had my lovely 16 year old cousin help second shoot and also not forgetting Charlotte's son Sam who had a go taking pictures! The day was epic and very grand, the light was sublime and the couple were an absolute treat! I have been desperate to share this day! I hope you enjoy the sneak peek from what was a elegant, full of love and laughter day!