23rd October 2014

It will come as no surprise to you I’m sure to be told that we look at a lot of wedding photographs here at Love My Dress®. However, this is absolutely no hardship at all because we all love seeing the ideas, emotions and all of the joy that is evoked via good photography.

When Annabel asked me to write this feature to introduce you to the beautiful work of Bournemouth wedding photographer Richard Skins, I couldn’t have been happier because, whilst I’ve been researching this piece, I re-discovered one of my favourite Love My Dress weddings of 2013 – Tom and Harriet’s countryside inspired celebration. Richard was the photographer.

“A dash of love and a good portion of epic”, he says, is his recipe for wedding photography success…

bournemouth wedding photographer, richard skins

bournemouth wedding photographer, richard skins

View the above wedding in full on Love My Dress® here

Richard Skins, a graduate of the prestigious Northern Film School but now based in Bournemouth, caught the wedding photography bug a few years ago and has loved capturing and documenting ceremonies and receptions ever since.

“My photography is firmly rooted in the documentary style of wedding photography,” says Richard. “I want to photograph the wedding as it was and how I saw it. I’m not a photographer that will raise his voice at your guests or disrupt the day and if I’m getting all the photographs that I want without disrupting your wedding at all, then I’m doing my job properly.”

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bournemouth wedding photographer, richard skins

bournemouth wedding photographer, richard skins

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23rd October 2014

Good morning beautiful lovely blog readers, I’m interrupting my prepared introduction to this feature to bring #ShareTheHonestLove to your attention – an emotional reminder of why it matters to not get swept away with wedding planning and focus on what’s really important.  It’s really important to me that our content reflects this message for our readers – it’s why I wrote thisthis and this too.  It’s also partly why I really love these particular wedding photographs that I’m sharing this morning, that is, aside from the fact that they were taken by my friend and colleague, London documentary wedding photographer, Nick Tucker, someone whose work I find exceptional.  Nick was chosen as the photographer for the wedding of Mr and Mrs Connal, who tied the knot on 5th October last year (happy anniversary guys!) and celebrated at The Yard in Shoreditch.

I love how Nick has captured the emotion of the day – the warm embraces, smiles and tears – images like this can truly make me feel as though I was almost a guest at this wedding. I’ve always felt that great photographers tell a wonderful story through their images and for me, these photographs tell a beautiful love story.

“Our photographer was Nick Tucker - Nick is an amazing photographer and such a nice guy. It was really lovely to have a photographer who we got along with, didn’t add any stress to the day and who we were confident would take some beautiful images.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Nick Tucker

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Early on in the planning of our wedding, we both came up with a few words that represented what we wanted from our day.  These were ‘fun’, ‘relaxed’, ‘beautiful’, ‘yummy’ and ‘personal’ – everything else flowed from there. We didn’t really want a theme as such but we seemed to end up with a loose theme of a 1920’s tea party with lots of bits and bobs made by me, as this seemed to link a lot of the things we both love together – afternoon tea, tea in general, gin and tonic and 1920’s style, Japanese culture.”

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“We chose our venue, The Yard in Shoreditch, because it was such a blank canvas and we could personalise it to make it very special to us. We didn’t really want a theme as such but ended up with a loose theme of a 1920’s tea party as it linked a lot of the things we love. We had cocktails served out of vintage teapots , vintage cups and saucers on the tables and the cheese course was served on vintage cake stands. We gave the mother of the bride and mother of the groom a tea ball from Freud as their gift and our favours were Earl Grey and Lady Grey tea.”

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When we met we bonded over a love of Japan and Japanese culture as I had recently visited Japan and Duncan had a big trip planned. Ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

I folded 1000 origami cranes out of a book of English poetry for our wedding and created a crane chandelier to sit above the bar area and strings of cranes for above the dining area, cranes were also used as name cards, hung on trees and used as decorations around the venue.”

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shoreditch weddings, the yard shoreditch, nick tucker photography, black and white wedding photography, japanese afternoon tea

And I think that’s my #ShareTheHonestLove shot for this piece right here….

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shoreditch weddings, the yard shoreditch, nick tucker photography, black and white wedding photography, japanese afternoon tea

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22nd October 2014

Good afternoon, I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! Nicola and Danny’s wedding, laden with lovely details is sure to brighten up your day. Their wedding was held in Danny’s auntie and uncle’s incredible garden on the 11th of July with the legalities being taken care of the day before. Nicola who has just finished her PhD readily admits that she is fussy but she has great taste and with some help from family created a very cool and relaxed wedding day. She even drew all the graphics and designed the invitations herself. With blankets to sit on, guests were able to lounge on cushions in the garden under festoon lighting and surrounded by masses of tea lights. The whole day was shot in beautiful detail by Kerry Diamond.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Kerry Diamond

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“Danny and I first met at our local cricket club when I was 14. He first asked me for a kiss, but I turned him down – we eventually got together 3 years later. He proposed on a sand dune in Morocco under the stars in middle of the Sahara Desert, using a ring made from a paperclip! When we got home we had a lovely trip to Hatton Gardens in London, where I designed my own ring.”

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“We got married in Danny’s auntie and uncle’s garden in Stalybridge, Cheshire. We hired yurts instead of a marquee – I fell in love with the oak floors and awesome champagne bar. They also provide help with styling and on the day co-ordination. Lizzie and her team were excellent during the lead up and on the day.”

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

“Our day was inspired as much by things we didn’t want as by things we did want. An outdoor element was essential and I have a real aversion to ugly chairs covers and carpets (did I mention I was fussy?). What we did want was a fun and relaxed day but most importantly, a party that we wanted to go to. Before the day we described it to people as ‘not a wedding, but a celebration of us being together for 10 years.”

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

“The bridesmaids chose their own dresses. Originally I didn’t want matching dresses but I think it worked. I made the freesia flower crowns on the morning of the wedding. We remembered them last minute so were a bit of a rush job in the end!”

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Nicola got her beautiful Jenny Packham gown from Preloved and paired it with a silk tulle veil and a delicate hair band. She did her own makeup and wore Coco Mademoiselle perfume.

“I loved the detail in the sleeves, it was light and easy to move around in, I swished around a bit too much and caused some beads to fall off! In the end I loved my dress but I didn’t enjoy dress shopping, I never had the ‘wow it’s the one’ moment, not even in Eden.

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

“I entered a competition with Kerry to win a wedding photography package, and luckily for us, we won! Kerry’s relaxed, creative style of photography was just what we were looking for. From the first email, we felt that she was right for us. Her photographs are beautiful and show how talented she is but just as important was how relaxed she made us feel, blending in so well on the day and taking so many gorgeous photos with her second shooter Vikki. We have had so many comments saying how good our wedding photographs are.”

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22nd October 2014

There is simply nothing not to love about this wedding. It has some of my personal faves: a bespoke dress, gorgeous, vibrant styling with fairy lights, paper fans and flag waving galore, plus inspirational creativity and unique little touches. All set in the beautifully dramatic Scottish landscape of St. Andrew’s and caught on film by Lindsey of Mack Photography.

Primary school teacher Debbie married her fiancé Angus on 12 July 2014 in Kinkell Byre in Angus’s home town of St. Andrew’s, Scotland. The wedding planning was made all the trickier by the fact that the couple are currently living in Kentucky in the US.

I knew I wanted a barn venue after seeing many weddings in barns in Kentucky. We both love the outdoors and wanted our wedding to reflect that. We loved the rustic-ness of Kinkell Byre paired with the scenic beauty of St Andrews. The venue was a perfect combination of both of our personalities. We also both have colourful and fun personalities and wanted our colour scheme to be exactly that.  I love all things vintage and shabby chic so was greatly inspired by a handmade décor feel with my own touch of creativity.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Mack Photography

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“Angus and I met in October 2010 during a night out in the Buff Club in Glasgow. It was one of those ‘eyes met across the room scenarios’. Before we knew it we were edging our way towards each other, trying to impress with our best dances moves! After that we were hooked and spent the next year making our own adventures.  A short year later, Angus was offered a job in America. We spent the next year apart and survived a long distance relationship, which only made us closer and stronger.

In January 2013 I moved across to America to be with Angus and during a trip home that summer, he proposed to me at the top of Lochnagar! We both love to climb Munros and regularly go walking on the hills. This was the perfect place to solidify our commitment to one another.”

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“Our décor was based on floral fiesta bunting and paper fans bought from a great craft store just outside of Glasgow. I loved the mix of colours and floral pattern. I also created a lot of signs and decorations myself using some great ideas I found on Pinterest. The DIY photo-booth was my favourite. It went down really well with the guests. We also had giant light up letters that we hired from Doris Loves. They really added to the atmospheric lighting in the byre!”

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Phyllis of Pathhead Nurseries in Fife was amazing to work with. She filled the whole barn with stunning plants and flowers and also created the wedding party flowers. She listened to exactly what I wanted and made some great suggestions. I trusted her to do a great job and she did. She also made our wonderful ‘hot air balloon’ style centrepieces and delivered our giant red heart balloon!”

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“One of the first things I started doing when Angus proposed was trying on dresses! It was also one of the hardest things as I have such a particular taste and wanted my dress to reflect my style as well as be unique to me.  I originally wanted a tea length dress but knew quite quickly that that style wasn’t for me. After trying on many different dresses my sister pointed me in the direction of Charlotte Grace Bridal in Doune. As soon as I arrived at the shop I knew that the dresses Carol stocked were exactly what I was looking for. I quickly decided that I wanted a combination of a few.

The lace from one, matched with the silk from another.  Carol immediately called Sassi Holford and assured me that she could design a bespoke dress just for me! I was sold. I designed the back of my dress and my dressmaker created a vintage inspired pearl embellishment for the front. It was just perfect.”

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Debbie and Angus chose Lindsey from Mack Photography to capture their day. Her approach is to be as natural and unobtrusive as possible, letting the day happen as planned. I love how she has captured the emptions, the stunning venue and the many handcrafted and thoughtful touches.

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21st October 2014

In this afternoon’s wedding feature, we celebrate the photographs from Hospital Theatre Practitioner Emma’s wedding to self-employed landscape gardener Jon.  The couple tied the knot on 1st August this year in Derbyshire, with a ceremony held at All Saints church in Risley, followed by a reception at The Priest House Hotel in Castle Donnington.

This wedding is a sweet and laid back family affair full of pretty pastel shades and the cutest little pooch you ever did see at a wedding – I adore his little neck tie :)

“Our wedding had a garden theme which we chose mainly because I Love pretty gardens and natural materials. It was also relevant to the woodland where Jon proposed and to Jon being Landscape Gardener. I chose the colour scheme for my garden theme by looking for inspiration online. I wanted something quite bold that would work well with the wood and hessian etc.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Natalie J Weddings

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“We met back in 2006 in an awful night club in our local town!  It was a night club that we had both been going to for years but we had never laid eyes on each other before that day. Jon ended up proposing to me seven years later on my 30th birthday on 31st July 2013.

Back when we first met we used to take our dog Jimmy out to a small woodland area where Jon carved ‘Jon + Emma’ into a tree. On my 30th birthday he took me to the exact spot, without me even having the slightest suspicion and got down on one knee. Our 4 year old daughter Isla was there too which made it even more special.”

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“My cousin Helen made my cake. I searched for inspiration online and chose a simple three tier yellow design but then with intricate little daisies all over it to finish. I sent her a picture of what I wanted and she did it to perfection. I brought a tiny hessian bunting ‘Mr & Mrs’ cake topper from Amazon.”

pale blue and yellow wedding, natalie j. watts photography

pale blue and yellow wedding, natalie j. watts photography

pale blue and yellow wedding, natalie j. watts photography

“Our Fabulous and very talented photographer was Natalie of Natalie J Weddings. She was so professional and captured every part of our day. She took into account what we wanted but used her expertise to ensure that the pictures were special. We had some traditional shots but then asked that she do what she does so well and get some more creative/artistic shots.

Natalie also captured our theme so well and showcased all of our efforts to make it look pretty. We are so happy we chose Natalie to photograph our wedding!”

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