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A Falmouth wedding, photographed by Joseph Hall Photography…

Bride and groom kissing in field

© Joseph Hall Photography – A Falmouth wedding

 

A Grendon Lakes wedding, photographed by Voyteck Photography…

Bride and groom next to car

© Voyteck Photography – A Grendon Lakes wedding

 

A Fetcham Park wedding wedding, photographed by Jackson and Co Photography…

Bride and groom at Fetcham Park

© Jackson and Co Photography – A Fetcham Park wedding wedding

 

A Babington House wedding, photographed by Ria Mishaal Photography…

Bride and groom in grounds of Babington House

© Ria Mishaal Photography – A Babington House wedding

 

A Thames Rowing Club wedding, photographed by Louise Wedding Photography…

Bride and groom kissing at hames Rowing Club

© Louise Wedding Photography – A Thames Rowing Club wedding

 

A Creeksea Place wedding, photographed by Julia and You, planned by Louise Perry…

Bride and groom kissing in front of barn door

© Julia and You – A Creeksea Place wedding

 

A Littlebourne Barn wedding, photographed by Kristian Leven Photography…

Bride and groom in field

© Kristian Leven Photography – A Littlebourne Barn wedding

 

A Rosslea Hall Hotel wedding, photographed by Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography…

Bride and groom in grounds of Rosslea Hall Hotel

© Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography – A Rosslea Hall Hotel wedding

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Alex Rawson of Alex Rawson Photo

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Interview with: Alex Rawson

Company Name: Alex Rawson Photo

Website: www.alexrawsonphoto.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Bristol but cover Nationwide

How did the business get started and who works at Alex Rawson Photo?

I started the business myself a year ago after selling my shares in an existing photography company. I always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss, and I was in the right place to do so.

Bride and groom - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’d always been hugely interested in photography as my grandad was a photographer (I still use his camera at weddings; it’s a Pentax ME Super and it’s amazing!). I studied Architecture and Structural Engineering at Loughborough University but realised that photography was more my thing, and have never stopped pursuing it! I’ve always been artistic and have played a few instruments for a number of years, including rocking a trombone solo at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

Jeez, not sure really! The first picture I was proud of I took in London when I was about 15, on my first DSLR. It was of four telephone boxes (so touristy I know) and I did a pop colour edit of just the reds. It actually won me a local competition against some seasoned pros so I was pretty chuffed!

Bride and bridesmaids - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Anywhere and everywhere! I have a car which I love to drive (it’s another pride and joy as well as my cameras), but I’m manly based in the south west, so covering Bristol, Somerset and South Wales.

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Bride looking at groom with yellow tie - Picture by Scuffins Photography

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Bride and groom in hazy sunshine

Today we are delighted to be featuring this incredible intimate wedding in Sorrento, Italy. We just love a wedding abroad where the beautiful sunny glow creates wonderful light for pictures.

Emma and Adam had a beautiful wedding overlooking the Bay of Naples and the Italian scenery, giving them the perfect backdrop to their laid-back wedding. As well as the incredible setting, the couple looked stunning too; Emma in her ethereal Justin Alexander dress, and Adam in his rather dapper DKYN suit.

Fiona Kelly has captured this wedding in all its glory, and we are thrilled to be sharing it with you today.

“We both love eating, drinking and travelling, and have always wanted to get married abroad. The moment Adam proposed in Barcelona we were already discussing our options to get hitched somewhere warm and sunny, and with my Italian and Adam’s Jamaican backgrounds we had two very good potential locations for a destination wedding. In the end we decided that Italy would be the most practical option for travelling guests (and their bank balances), and our love of Italian food (and Prosecco) swayed it.

“We decided to have an intimate wedding with just close friends and family, and so we wanted to keep the wedding relaxed and laid-back and let the stunning Italian scenery do the talking. We opted for an ivory, champagne and blush colour scheme, with a touch of glittery gold!

“We originally wanted to get married in the Cloisters in Sorrento but we found out it was fully booked. We didn’t find out until we had returned home from our visit to Italy last year to look at venues, and we were initially a bit disappointed. Then we found out about the option to marry at the Museo Correale; it looked beautiful and we booked it straight away. We didn’t see the venue until the day before the wedding and we were really happy with our choice.

“We had a wonderful day. The ceremony in the museum was followed by a Prosecco toast in the gardens with the accompaniment of a guitar and mandolin duo, and then our guests went onto Relais Blu for drinks and canapés while we went to a few different locations for photos. Clambering up the dusty mounds of a lemon grove in a wedding dress to get the perfect shot was made much more pleasant with a free shot of limoncello!

“We then joined our guests at Relais Blu for delicious canapés, free flowing wine and a four course meal, with jaw dropping views of Capri in the background. After hours of eating and drinking the Italian way we hopped on some buses to our final destination, the Castore. Up in the hills with views of Capri and the Bay of Naples we carried on with more drinking, eating and dancing as the sun set. Adam put many hours into creating the perfect playlist for our wedding, which ranged from jazz, reggae, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, to drum ‘n’ bass, jungle and dubstep in the early hours! Some of our best memories are of Adam’s grandparents really getting into the D’n’B on the dance floor! For our first dance we chose Etta James ‘At Last’.

“We continued our Italian love affair with a honeymoon travelling to Positano, Rome and Puglia, and I’m sure there will be many more Italian holidays to come.”

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Bride and groom on beach - Picture by Lucy Turnbull Photography

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Interview with: Harriet Letheren

Company Name: Twirly Girl Photography

Website: www.TwirlyGirlPhotography.com

Location / Coverage: Wiltshire/South West

How did the business get started and who works at Twirly Girl Photography?

Twirly Girl Photography started by accident really! After getting a camera and playing around with some friends I started getting asked to take photos for people who had seen my work. It had always been a dream to have my own photography company, but I didn’t for one second think it would happen as quickly as it did. I now have my own studio with loads of shoots and weddings to look forward to.

Bride and groom kissing with haolding thank you sign - Picture by Twirly Girl Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I originally started on the other side of the camera as a competitor in pageants. When I retired from that I found I really missed being involved with the camera in one way or another. I’d always had an eye for photography and was very artistic in school, but it was only when I picked up a camera for the first time that I realised it was what I was meant to do. I just never dreamed it could become a full-time profession.

Bride in wedding car - Picture by Twirly Girl Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

The first time I felt I had a flair for photography was when I was on holiday in Mallorca when I was 18, and took an interesting picture of a tree on the beach – I just wanted to show it off to the world!

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I currently work across the south west, but would love to broaden my horizons and combine an element of travel with photography.

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Bride blowing glitter from hands - Picture by Kanashay Photography

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Bingham

We were extremely privileged to stay at the beautiful Bingham in Richmond-Upon-Thames recently, so we could check out the hotel and share our experience with you.

The Bingham is a unique, boutique hotel, located right on the banks of the River Thames by Richmond Bridge. This stunning Georgian townhouse has incredible views of the river, making it one of the most romantic locations for a wedding we have been to.

Bingham Exterior

The hotel has such charm and character, with beautiful rooms to enjoy. From the elegant entrance and reception area, to the relaxed, retro styled lounge bar, to the hotel restaurant that is so gorgeous you will want to sit there all day, taking in the views, and soaking up the sun that beams through the large windows. One of the wow factors (there are so many) is the delightful landscaped garden that the hotel looks out onto. From the garden is the river beyond, so imagine sitting out on the terrace with a cocktail, looking out at the garden and river; just delightful!

Bingham Terrace and Garden

Bingham Garden

We were invited to stay at the hotel in one of the Superior River Double rooms, which as the name suggests, looks out over the River Thames. The beautiful room is decorated with luxury furnishings, elegant drapes and the softest, most luxurious bedding. Complete with a fabulous shower and a spa bath (which of course had to be tested), this room is the perfect place to enjoy your wedding night, or even your honeymoon. If you have your wedding at Bingham you could stay in one of the bedrooms with a four-poster bed, for that little extra luxury on your special day.

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Couple laying down covered in holi powder

Couple: Jenny and Sam

Photographer: Twirly Girl Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 03/2014

Location of Shoot: Drew’s Pond, Devizes

Wedding Date: 17/04/2014

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

Having an engagement shoot provided us with the opportunity to get to know Harriett and her camera before the big day! I rarely get in front of the lens so it was great to have the chance to ‘practice’ and immediately be put at ease by Harriett!

The engagement shoot was such a success; Sam and I both felt it captured the essence of fun and colour and relaxed vibe of our relationship perfectly!

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Bridesmaids laying with their heads touching - Picture by Kate Gray Photography

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Blog: http://kategrayphotography.blogspot.co.uk