Say hello to Cat – one of our recommended suppliers and wonderful wedding photographer. She tells us a little bit about herself and her photography business.

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    Oh blimey, how do you make this not sound cheesy?! OK here goes! I’m Cat, I’m a late thirties something Mum of 3 and military wife. I have a small studio in the Cotswolds village of Bampton which is about half way between Oxford and Cheltenham (and yes my real name is Cat Stephens, and I promise you that you don’t want to hear me sing!!)


    I have had so many different jobs, and spent all of my twenties wondering what I should do when I grow up! From a high level sales career – where I insisted on being a burlesque dancer on the side, to training as a florist, to owning a livery yard and running a large events and conference centre my work life has definately been varied!

    In Spring 2007 whilst working as a florist I happened to be next to a photographer at a wedding fair. I was a single Mum and keen to get some extra work and she needed someone to help carry her bags and equipment at weddings that coming season! After a couple of weddings I was fascinated and truly caught the bug – by the end of the season I had a one of the photographers cameras in my hand at every wedding and learnt on the job whilst carrying bags. The rest as they say is history!


    I am not sure I have a typical day! Unlike a lot of wedding photographers I am 100% a full time photographer, but that can mean wearing many hats. Some days I am in the studio with new born babies, some I am out doing commercial work on someone else’s premises, and other times I am jet setting off to photograph lucky couples in beautiful locations across Europe! Most of the time though it really isn’t that glamorous and I am sat behind a computer editing, either in the studio during the day, or at my dining room table late into the night.


    Today we’re going to Amsterdam to join these two gentlemen on their boat wedding photographed by Marta Ilardo.


    We wanted it to be on a Boat as we live in Amsterdam and also celebrate the fact that it is a gay wedding as we have international friends who live in countries where gay weddings are not allowed, the theme was the gay rainbow lag mixed with The Village People theme and white flowers.


    Such a happy day! I get to share with you a selection of pictures of the newest collection from my favourite bridal brand House of Ollichon.
    As they said it themselves “House of Ollichon is the ONLY completely dress-less bridal brand, comprising of beautiful, unique and fierce pieces, from separates, to jumpsuits, and we believe the latest collection echoes the more dramatic, fearless women who aren’t afraid to say NO to the dress!”.
    And I say big fat YES to that! Enjoy the gallery of wonderful outfits modelled by awesome women
    . If anything catches your eye, don’t wait and contact HoO for an appointment!


    Today’s city couple shoot was sent over by Christine Marie Scott of Lomonico Photography who photographed Kelsey and Michelle in San Diego.


    We met on a dating app called HER. On our first date we got sushi, saw Jeff Goldblum’s jazz band, and sang “Take Me Or Leave Me” from Rent at karaoke in West Hollywood.


    If you’re dreaming about sophisticated, elegant wedding in France this wedding styled shoot will definitely get you inspired. 


    The starting point for planning this wedding styled shoot was the colour. We knew that we wanted to incorporate shades of purple, but naturally moved towards a dominant blue colour with crimson and amethyst accents.

    Overall style and inspiration

    Once the colour palette was set, we began to think of the style of shoot we wanted to create. Because of our French heritage, we have always been immensely inspired by our country’s history and after seeing a piece of royal blue Toile de Jouy fabric, we were set on a regal and decadent theme.


    Round Chapel is a gorgeous venue in Clapton, Hackney, and location of Skanda and Paul’s incredibly colourful wedding. It was shared with us by their wedding planner Revelry Events.


    We knew of each other through work. We first got to know each other properly when our paths crossed in a bar. I thought it was all going really only for him to invite his then flatmate over to join us so I naturally assumed that it was going nowhere but (after some chasing) it ended up getting to, well, this… 

  • Wedding planning: 5 reasons why Portugal is a great wedding destination

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    My dear friend and wonderful wedding planner Olivia of Nulyweds specialises in planning gorgeous colourful weddings in Portugal. She wrote a blog post to tell you why is her beloved country a wonderful wedding destination. 

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    5 Reasons Why More and More Couples are Getting Hitched in Portugal

    Let’s start this article by saying I am biased. As a destination wedding planner in Portugal, of course I want to share the merits of this gorgeous country and what it has to offer. However as 1 in 5 UK couples are now considering getting married abroad according to Destination Weddings Magazine, there is a clear reason why there has been an increase in interest in getting married in Europe and particularly in Portugal, which has seen a sharp spike in its wedding industry from the international market over the past 5 years. This is not by accident dear reader, and in this piece I’m going to share with you, what is tempting couples from all over the world to tie the knot in sunny Portugal. Speaking of which…


    The Climate

    Probably stating the obvious here but bear with me, I might surprise you. Portugal is not a sun-all-round-winter-does-not-exist kind of place, so be mindful of anyone who sells it to you that way. Portugal is not all sunshine and rainbows and should never pretend to be. What it does offer is bright, temperate days in the Spring, hot, long days in the Summer and often warm, sunny days in the early Autumn too. For weddings, it’s the ideal evening soiree destination as the warm Summer evenings are great for late ceremonies and dancing into the early hours under the stars.

    PHOTO BY Piteira Photography
  • STYLED SHOOT: Magical rustic elopement shoot

    Rustic wedding same sex styled shoot - first kiss

    This shoot is so beautiful I couldn’t wait to publish it!! It’s a perfect inspiration if you’re planning your autumn wedding right now – filled with rustic details, neutral colours and succulents. Photographer Serena Genovese perfectly captured not only gorgeous details prepared by an awesome team but also love between a real couple – Luca and Gerrard.

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    The light in Luca and Gerrard’s eyes was warm and enveloping like the autumn light, the one that embraces and takes care of you intensely.

    We interpreted their story through contrasts, with an industrial style made of cold hues against stronger materials, from concrete to iron, from gunmetal to rusty colours.

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  • STYLED SHOOT: Spring wedding shoot

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    Photographer Ross Willsher sent me his styled shoot that is full of juicy green and it made me think of spring, so thought it would be a great time to share it with you. Here’s what he wrote about it. 

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    The shoot took place at Merrymeade House in Brentwood, Essex and was my own conception. I worked closely with Leanne (Perilly, MUA) and Danielle (Balcombe, EssexyHair) on the styling; we wanted something a little outside of the box without resorting to stereotypes (as a gay man myself, I am always looking into new ways of highlighting how wonderfully diverse same sex relationships and weddings can be).
    We decided that by having two different looks for each bride, we could showcase how traditional wedding styles and more modern, alternative styling can both be embraced by same sex couples.
    The majority of my shoots – both portraiture and weddings – incorporate nature and the  “great outdoors” as not only does this enable me to work with a diverse and ever-changing backdrop, it helps the people in front of the camera to relax and be themselves.
    Danielle from Essexyhair embraced this natural and organic vibe by giving the ladies a “festival bride” look. The make-up by Leanne is bold without being overpowering and reflects the strong personalities of both women. This really helped to bring out Helene and Skye’s natural chemistry and confidence in front of the lens. We had fun playing around with different poses and camera angles to change the look and dynamic between the two models and create a story and sense of narrative as opposed to simply a series of individual shoots that didn’t work together cohesively.

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