Sam & Emma | Secret Garden Wedding, Kent - Happy Anniversary!

I photographed Sam & Emma’s small intimate wedding 2 years ago today at the secret garden in ashford - beautiful wedding one that I am fortunate enough to work at often. I never got around to blogging their wedding so thought I’ll do a anniversary one instead! It was so hot that day, nothing like todays weather felt like summer - can never rely on British weather to do what its meant to can you?!!

The one thing I relate remember was how drunk the best man got (he’s a an old friend so I can say that on here haha) but also how much I loved their colour theme I don’t think I’ll ever tire of rose gold!

Happy 2nd anniversary guys hope you have celebrated in style!

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

 

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

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!


Mr & Mrs Stanley - First Wedding Anniversary! The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend

I cannot believe its been  year since I photographed this gorgeous couples big day! I had the lovely job of photographing Gemma's sister wedding as well Mr & Mrs Mustafa Its fair to say I adore the entire family! So felt like I already knew the family and the couple so well!! The day was gorgeous, great weather beautiful light and a lovely ceremony with lots of groom tears... although we have since discovered it was hay fever from all the flowers ;0)!! Either way it was very touching and made me well up too. The Clarendon Royal Hotel was the reception venue with a fab wedding coordinator Laurie Edwards who I highly recommend!! Me and Gemma have stayed in touch and she's designing my new logo!! Gemma also make her own wonderful wedding stationary you can see some of her stunning designs her http://gemmamortlock.wix.com/gemmamortlock#!wedding-stationary-/c24uo

Heres a little reminder of their wonderful day! Happy Anniversary guys!! 

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)