Valentines Wedding | Cooling Castle Barn, Kent | Sharah & Sam

Sharah & Sam got married on valentines day, the most romantic day of the year at an equally romantic venue, Cooling Castle Barn, Kent.

I met Sharah and Sam 2 years ago when they booked me (top tip book in advance to guarantee your date) they booked a joint package with myself and Andy Bird Videography and instantly I knew they were my kinda couple, we met up a year later for an engagement shoot amongst the bluebells one of my favourite engagement shoots. Sharah & Sam were an amazing couple, utterly gorgeous inside and out and were very happy to go with my creative way of thinking. Sharah’s wedding dress reflected her so well and Sam’s suit equally matched his personality. Sharah wore a pair of Jimmy Choos, which had she of been a size 4 I would of accidentally taken home with me haha! Everything from this wedding had been thought of, styling right through to entertainment!

I am in love with this wedding - can you believe it was in February it was so warm! With perfect light makes me very happy :0) I hope you enjoy the image. If you would like someone like me to capture your day then please get in touch!

Love Carla x

Suppliers list are:

Venue - Cooling Castle Barn

Photographer - Carla Guest Photography

Dress/ veil - Justin Alexander / Bridal perfection

Make Up - Juliette Make up and hair

Florist/ room decor - Danny watchorn designer florist

Bouquet DIY (bride handmade)

Music/live band - Groovezoo

Videographer - Andy Bird

Suits - Marc Darcy

Bridesmaid dresses - Goddiva Fashion

Cake - Vicky at Victoria sponge

Photo Booth & Magician - Juiced Entertainments 

Hair DjL studios 

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!

Wedding Suppliers

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

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!

 

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)

Mary- Jayne & Thomas Get married! St Swithuns Church, Yateley - Hampshire

I keep reminiscing about this wedding an awful lot, especially when I was going through the pictures to choose the ones for a sneak peek. So many beautiful endearing moments and it was a real honour to be a part of it! The simplest of gestures, like when Mary-Jayne wanted to come downstairs to see her bouquet but her Dad was in the kitchen nearby making a drink, so he shut his eyes and continued to make his drink refusing to open them so he didn't risk seeing his daughter. Mary-Jayne wasn't even in her gown yet but he wanted that moment to be unspoilt and my goodness it worth the wait. Mary-Jayne looked stunning like an english rose full of grace and beauty and you could see that in her Dad's eyes when he walked in the room to see her. 

Then there was this amazing band who played as Mary-Jayne walked down the aisle to greet her groom Thomas, who had been so nervous waiting I could see it in his eyes and his hands were a little shaky it was very sweet. But the one moment that sticks with me, was during the ceremony after the vows had been said and the certificate signed - a soloist performed with backing vocals from the resident choir I was blown away and goosebumps crawled my skin, everyone froze and absorbed this wonderful moment that ultimately made me well up. It was powerful and evoking something I will never forget. This wedding had thought and a lot of love put into it - directly after Father Simon announced they were now husband and wife they proceeded up the aisle and instead of continuing outside to mingle with their party they went off to a side room and just shared a moment, they cuddled and they held that cuddle, that embrace that moment of solidarity of just the two of them.

But this wasn't just it - their love of books transpired through to the wedding reception decor a very tastefully done Harry Potter theme with little accents from the books at the reception venue which was held at the Crown and Cushion but I will leave the pictures to showcase their remarkable attention to detail. I adored this wedding. The couple were a dream to photograph. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Eldred enjoy your very own adventure.

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