wedding at, Mountains Country House Kent - Chelsea & Matt

The gorgeous Chelsea and Matt got married at Mountains Country house in Kent on the 7th February. The day was beautiful if not a little wet - good old British weather. That said spirit was not dampened!

This was my first time photographing a wedding at Mountains Country House and the venue itself inside and out was stunning.

Seeing Chelsea's Grandad waiting to see his granddaughter arrive was eyes welling up stuff and lovely moment that was incredibly infectious on all the family as the smiles got even bigger and showed no signs of letting up throughout the whole day. Enjoy the sneak peek and if you like what you see then please get in touch via the say hello page

.All the best guys :0)

Carla x

Emma + Jack | Asia House + Balham Bowls club London Wedding

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

 

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!

 

Laura & Russell Get Married - Sneak Peek, Judds Folly, Faversham, Kent

I have known Laura & Russell a few years now, so it was an absolute honour to be asked to capture their special day. The wedding was held at Judd's Folly in Faversham which is a beautiful location and a perfect venue. The weather was perfect and the rain held off! Laura looked absolutely stunning in her dress, which complimented her bouquet which Laura made! Russell needs a shout out though because he decorated and dressed the venue with his brother - best man the night before and they did a fab job, Laura was blown away by what they had done and you could see it in her face as she was shown round by Russell after the ceremony!! Laura and Russell have been together for 8 years (correct me if I am wrong) but Russell is Laura's high school sweetheart :0) and the love they still have for each other is very apparent. 

I loved how the wedding was so laid back and full of fun, Laura even took to the bouncy castle - as did I haha!! I particularly loved the throwing of the bouquet - it was hilarious, I'll let the photographs speak for themselves. WE even had a daughter and daddy's dance choreographed and it was amazing.

Congratulations guys! Lots of Love x 

Connie & Reece Get Married, Suffolk, Norfolk

Connie and Reece had a super cool wedding, A festival vibe wedding if you will. Bell tents, muddy field, wellies, bunting, ducks and rain it was gorgeous. Even though we didn't have the weather on our side all week it did not dampen anyones spirits.

Connie had her dress made by her very talented father, on the day itself he was in his workshop sewing away making adjustments to the bridesmaid dresses he also created. Connie is a stunning woman naturally but in her wedding dress I was simply blown away by how striking she looked. 

The reception was held at her Dad's place and Connie spent a week away from Reece dressing and organising the marquee and field. You could see on the wedding day as she walked down the aisle both of them were so eager to see each other, Reece kept turning around as he waited for her to walked up the aisle and on meeting him Connie gave him the biggest smooch! The whole day was spent with giggles, love and lots of cuddles. Add some funky music and hilarious speeches and you have yourself a fab wedding.

I loved capturing their day and really did not want to leave. Congratulations guys and thank you so much for your lovely words, I am happy to help and chip in where I can at weddings so it was nice to feel appreciated. :0)

Rianna & James Bateman, Kent Wedding Sneak Peek

Rianna & James got married at a stunning church in Burmash, Kent. James Grandparents also got married at the same church so it was very special to them., followed by a gorgeous reception held at James parents house. The wedding was a very intimate affair with gorgeous poetry by James brother and some very touching, heartfelt moments during the service itself. Both couples were asked to write down their likes and dislikes by the vicar - a really lovely moment as it was a revelation to both couples what they truly felt and actually how well they knew each other. These two were clearly best friends and definitely soul mates. After the service I borrowed them for some bride and groom shots it gave them both some time to take it all in. What I didn't realise was the location I chose for their shots actually had some history to it for James - he grew up playing around in the spot I picked so it was lovely moment. We then headed off to the reception, with big white flags in the front garden blowing in the wind to show guests where to go. It was beach themed created by Rianna :0) fish bowls filled with sand and shells, and placemats all handmade by James it was a real homespun wedding that was true to them. They have this wonderful dog called Toby - Their baby he was simply beautiful and then wedding reception was based around his needs providing a quiet place for him so he could escape the hustle and bustle of wedding guests whenever he wanted. I have to say this was such a relaxed wedding and was full of love. I even got spoilt by James mum insisting I was well looked after - Made my day. Congratulations Rianna & James!


Sam & Debbie's Wedding (Sneak Peek) Faversham, Kent

What Can I say about this wedding other then it was simply beautiful!! Debbie was a stunning bride she literally glowed, Debbie's hair are by Affordable Glamour, Make up by Sophie May. Her gorgeous cake was created by The Whitstable Cake Company  The love these two have for each other is quite inspiring. A beautiful bond and an understanding of each other is lovely to see and photograph!! They got married at a wonderful  venue - Judd's Folly in Faversham on the 8th August 2015. With very vintage theme the styling and decor was yummy her bouquet and table centre pieces were created by Belle Fleur Floristry. I'll let the images tell the story from the day! Thank you guys for letting me capture your day. Big love to you both and a huge congratulations Mr & Mrs Gambrill :0)