• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: JOHN WOODWARD PHOTOGRAPHY

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF 

    Hey, I’m John, another blummin’ wedding photographer who lives just outside Ely with my wife, two utterly mad but adorable kids and a hamster called Murfuls (the kids named him, not me). If I am not taking pictures, I am looking after the kids, watching YT videos about hi-fi, listening to music and being a general all round geek. I am a big Aston Villa fan, I am starting to become more and more ashamed of my guilty pleasure for my love of cars and I was a former scientist for 19 years working in genetics. It’s been an interesting time so far, but I love my life and I ADORE my job.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    Ha! A question that has been asked me many times due to the fact that I had a good career and worked for a world famous academic institution that worked on one of the biggest scientific endeavours of the 20th and 21st century, the Human Genome Project. The true answer is that….I think I was done. I loved science, it’s all I knew from school and college and I still DO love science (back to being that geek again). But after 19 years, I didn’t want to DO science anymore. I needed a change. And I had already been paid for a few jobs and people liked my work and I can’t tell you how much I like taking photos, so it was my one chance to make a living out of something I truly loved doing, so I took it back in 2015….and here I am! Best decision of my life.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    Well, recently, it’s been “interesting”. Covid has stopped me working almost completely and as my wife has been able to work full time from home, I have been home schooling my 9 and 7 year old all through the pandemic. But when we aren’t blighted by a virus, my day would be to get up, take the kids to school, come back and sit at the computer and do admin, marketing, social media posts….all the “downside” stuff of working for yourself and trying to promote yourself. The rest of the day would be filled with editing, replying to emails, couples, clients and then back to being Dad at the end of the school day. I try and pop a bit of exercise in there (I have a rowing machine…..works wonders) if not every day, every other day at least. 

    If it’s a wedding day, then prep everything the day before…clean cameras and lenses, charge batteries, format memory cards, make sure I have addresses, phone numbers, money, bags packed and so on. On the day, turn up for bridal prep no later than 2 hours before the ceremony and then let the day flow….blend in, be part of the action, capture all the fun, smiles, laughing, love and silly faces throughout the day.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    Meeting people. Simple as that. I’m a sociable sort, so for me I love nothing better than meeting new people of all kinds. I love the diversity that humans have. I am curious, so I love finding out about people, their back stories, what makes them them. And when you are planning a wedding, getting to know someone is paramount as when you are with someone pretty much the whole day and apart from friends and family you will be the ONLY one who is there the whole day, I want to know my couples are comfortable with me and I know them well enough to know how to react and how they will react. It makes for much, much more realistic, natural photos and it means I can usually get shots that wouldn’t normally be seen. One of the things that lockdown has really highlighted to me is that I miss people. I used to think I was happy in my own space, but having the chance to go meet someone on a whim, to not be able to work and meet new people, that has been tough. So for me, absolutely the best part of my job is meeting new people, getting to know them and because of this, creating AWESOME photos for them because the couple are comfortable and happy with me around.

  • MATTHEW AND BRYANT’S GIBRALTAR ELOPEMENT

    Even if you can’t have your amazing big wedding, you can still have the time of your life marrying your other half!

    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE?

    Rustic and burly.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?

    We had originally planned a Spanish inspired wedding for July 2020 in San Francisco. Lots of yellows, reds, and blues… with Talavera tiles. However, COVID decided to change our plans. We postponed our wedding and planned an elopement in Gibraltar. Our style is simple.. we love jeans and leather. So we chose a minimal, rustic theme for our elopement.

  • STYLED SHOOT: FLORAL EXPLOSION

    Today we have a very modern styled shoot with some amazing florals photographed by Esme Whiteside.

    This is real couple Sam and Adam at countryside wedding venue Bashall Barn in the North West. We wanted something really stylish, but still relaxed and inspiring.
    We opted for a more colourful suit for Sam, paired with a floral shirt and something more formal and elegant for Adam, to suit their personalities.

  • STYLED SHOOT: SPRING WEDDING AT PANGDEAN BARN

    Another gorgeous styled shoot today! This one was photographed by the lovely Katie Rogers at Pangdean Barn in Brighton. The whole shoot is styled beautifully but my favourite are definitely the dresses!

    With a background in psychology, Natalie at The Elysian Styling Company was inspired to create wedding packages based on the four seasons, connecting psychological profiles that suit each season; designing a personal wedding experience that touches on all the detail of a wedding.

  • SOPHIE AND ASHLEA’S RELAXED SPRING WEDDING

    Hello! Today it’s the spring in the air.. at least here on the blog! Lovely wedding with two brides with the biggest smiles ever! Thanks to Shane Webber Photography for sharing this wedding with us!

    DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL?

    Ash proposed to me on November 26th 2016. We were decorating our Christmas tree and sheʼd suspended the ring inside a bauble but I hung it on the tree without noticing; she then kept staring at it with heightened levels of anxiety until I spotted it!

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR BIG DAY?

    Weʼre both teachers so had a theme of books; each table was named after a novel we love and we had confetti made from the books themselves.

  • FASHION: Merve Bayindir’s SS21 Bridal & Wedding Millinery Collection

    I am excited to share with you the SS21 Merve Bayindir’s collection. The sustainable millinery brand exhibited as part of PFW Virtual Showrooms this season over Paris Fashion Week.

    The high-end milliner is an Official Royal Ascot brand and has been featured in publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, New York Times, Vogue Arabia, Vogue Portugal, Vogue Turkey and many more. Merve Bayindir is stocked on Net-a-Porter, in Fenwick on Bond street and on her own online store.

    Merve Bayindir is a couture millinery brand for the chic and self-confident person. As contemporary innovators, the brand explores the debate between architecture and fashion to develop ground-breaking designs. Founded by mother-daughter duo, Yasemin Bayindir and Merve Bayindir in 2011, the eponymous brand has produced a range of chic and striking collections from occasion wear to bridal to show-stopping pieces.

  • PEAK DISTRICT ELOPEMENT SHOOT

    This past year due to reasons we all know there wasn’t many weddings to photograph however wedding suppliers who suddenly had plenty of time organised plenty of gorgeous styled shoots and workshops. So be ready for plenty of gorgeous inspiration coming!

    Today let’s enjoy a beautiful shoot from a workshop photographed and sent over by Jenna Kathleen.

    This pop up workshop organised and hosted by My Prettiest Workshops is all about embracing the changes we’ve had to make as a result of Covid-19’s impact on the wedding world this year.

  • NEUTRAL & PEACH BEACH ELOPEMENT

    Let’s elope and get married on the beach! – not a bad idea is it? This lovely shoot was organised and sent to us by Katrina Matthews Photography. Check out pictures from this lovely beach wedding picnic and read the story behind the shoot.

    This beach elopement shoot meant to take place back in March but when the pandemic took us into lock down we rescheduled the shoot and our original idea took on an even more significant meaning. With the new rules and restrictions around weddings in 2020 we wanted our shoot to show a fun and beautiful alternative way to tie the knot. We started the day in a quirky little Airbnb in Worthing where our gorgeous couple got ready together and then we headed down to the beach for some fun.