George & Inés; Simplicity and style

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For Brides looking for inspiration – here you have it.

Sometimes organising a wedding can be stressful, but Inés and George make it look effortless and simple, with style. Strip away the lavish big-wedding extravagance, and here you have the essence of the day; two people in love who want to share the rest of their lives together.

Inés answers some questions below  …and a very nice footnote- thank you Inés!

 

Inés, you chose a unique classical look for your wedding day, a touch of 1950’s glamor – it was refreshing and lovely! What make/brand was your dress, where did you get it from and what inspired the look? 

It was in the window in Nautilius Mill Street in March the year before the wedding. I walk pass the shop every morning to work. I wanted to prepare for the wedding the year before hand at the same time of year to decide what it would feel like and what I would feel like wearing. As soon as I saw the dress in the window one morning, I tried it on in my lunch hour and asked them to set it aside for me (I needed Mum’s approval too!).
Despite looking like a dress it is in fact a top and a skirt. This made it more appealing to me as I pictured wearing the items separately, and it wouldn’t just sit getting dusty in a wardrobe. A lovely set by Tara Jarmon. I particularly like the broderie anglaise.

We had always wanted a relaxed and reasonably small wedding, and the initial plan was for us to pop on the plane in our wedding outfits, so I wanted something I could travel in also!

Where did you get your hair classic upswept hairstyle done?
Josef of Switzerland.

Who did your delicate pastel pink flowers?
The New Rose Bowl

 

Those yummy cupcakes, who made them?
Sweet Petite – Not only did they look and taste good, the lady there was lovely and made them with raspberry purée to reduce the refined sugar content!

Why pink? I saw some blush peonies and this inspired me. It is also a very gentle and loving colour. George wears lots of pale pink shirts also, and suits it well!

You both chose a small intimate wedding, can you tell us what appealed to you about this approach to your day?
We are both pretty reserved and so didn’t want to be too much in the lime light! We wanted to share the special day with our closest family members, but not spend a fortune!

 

Would you like to tell us about the reception, and choice of venue?
We love the Old Government House Hotel, and it’s close proximity to the Greffe Registry Office was ideal. We also liked the ease of The Greffe for the ceremony – no need for any preparations.

 

Would you like to say a little about ‘your story’ or how you met?
We went to primary school together, and later met in our twenties in Gatwick airport, and finally found ourselves in the same Guernsey pub.

 

Who proposed to whom?
Georgie proposed to me, with a little hinting on my part!

 

What was it about your spouse that made you realise that they were “the one?”
Difficult to describe – I suppose you just know. The day after meeting Georgie I told mum I had met my future husband!

 

What would you have done if it rained?!
Got my umbrella out. I had planned for it!

 

Where did you honeymoon?
Iceland (10 days driving around the perimeter) and 3 day stop off in Toronto to see the city and the Niagara Falls.

 

Would you have done anything differently, or was it the ‘Perfect Wedding?’
Nothing differently at all. There were amazing moments that happened that we couldn’t have even planned for. That for me made it that extra special.
Also to say Yasmin, you were perfect on the day too. So glad you enjoyed yourself. We were so relaxed that we didn’t even notice you during speeches etc.. and you picked up on some lovely moments.

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Chris and Mel knew from the first moment they met 17 years ago that they had found ‘the one.’

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After having what the family called ‘the longest engagement ever’ made the wedding day itself all the more special said Mel.

A civil ceremony was the choice for the wedding itself, but as the party was going to be a big one, the couple chose St James over the Greffe. It was a beautiful place to get married, and Mel and Chris knew it was exactly what they wanted after going to see the venue.

Choosing the reception venue was an easy too, as regulars at the Duke of Richmond’s  Leopard Bar, the couple found the staff friendly and loved the décor – it was the perfect place for them.

We did a ‘Avant wedding shoot’ as a get to know you session with Mel and Chris, which was fun. We went for a walk around Castle Cornet, and the harbour area. Chris himself is a keen photographer, and although he was not initially keen to be in front of the camera, he soon relaxed and became a great model.
When the day for the wedding arrived we turned up at St James to see a very smart Chris, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his Bride. Chris wanted something a bit different for his wedding day attire, and he had chosen a steam punk waistcoat and an awesome pair of cufflinks and tie pin to match.

When Mel arrived she looked stunning, she had chosen a dress from Maggie Sottero Riviera , decadent Ava satin with Swarovski crystal lace appliques adorning the bodice , skirt and bateau neckline. Brought from Pretty Woman, Mel looked amazing wearing it. The flowers from Blossom & Green finished off the look.

Chris had chosen the song “Marry Me” by Train for Mel to walk down the isle to- it was perfect and Mel loved it.
Once the couple exchanged vows, using a stunning pair of rings designed by their friend Karl Le Prevost from Bruce Russell, it was off to the Duke of Richmond Hotel for a walk in the avenue of trees opposite for some fun photos with the wedding party.

The food was perfection, with cupcakes to finish the meal with. Speeches from the Father of the Bride and best man were followed by Chris’s speech which brought the house down, and was warmly received by family and friends, despite him confessing it was the only part of the day he was nervous about. You’d never guess!

 

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Civil Union at The Goring

The Goring is an exceptional hotel in the heart of London’s Belgravia, and was the perfect setting for Sam and Dawn’s Civil Partnership.

Close friends and family came together to celebrate their special day…

 

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Steve and Zita’s wedding

Friday was a wet and rainy day, with more wind and rain on the Sunday, but squeezed in-between was a perfect day for

Steve and Zita’s wedding!

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The wedding day went like a dream, with a nervous Zita arriving, but soon relaxing into a brilliant wedding day. Her family travelled from Latvia for the day, and table favours included some yummy Lativan chocolates.

The ceremony took place at St Matthew’s church, Cobo, then on to Castle Cornet for the reception. The Hatton Gallery was decorated beautifully and a cosy space for guests to enjoy the food and company.

 

 

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A Uniform Wedding

It’s not that often a uniformed wedding comes along, so I was delighted to document the wedding day of  Francesca and Raoul (a member of the local constabulary)

The wedding took place at St James Concert Hall amongst family and friends, followed by a reception at The Duke of Richmond Hotel.

Here’s a little section of images that sum up their wedding day…

 

 

 

 

 

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Love is in the air…

Spring has sprung, and love is definitely in the air. With a run of May weddings coming up, I’m all  set to get some ‘Avant’ pre-wedding shoots in. It’s all part of the service I offer, and is included with all but the entry level wedding packages. This is a great way to get some gorgeous romantic images for your wedding stationery, and an opportunity to plan how we work together in preparation of your big day.

 

 

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Raef’s newborn session

Raef is an adorable little hairy peanut! I love babies that arrive with a mop of hair.

He’s been as good as gold in the couple of sessions I have done for him. I’m looking forward to doing his year book as he joins his big brother Edwin.

Look at his sweet smile!

 

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Summer Sun…

Time to add a bit of summer sunshine

I thought these beautiful blue skies were needed to cheer us up and turn our thoughts to the coming spring and summer.

A family session on the beach is a must to recall our Guernsey childhoods. Please think about booking in advance as the summer gets very busy with weddings and fairyland.

The session fee is usually £80, but you can now save £30 with a web voucher

Enjoy some happy carefree girls as they give me the run around on the beach…

 

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Cake Smash.

OK, I’ll confess, I’d rather leave this to other photographers to clean up the mess. But occasionally, when I get asked,  the shoot is  always lot of fun!

So here is Thomas mashing up Grandma’s lovely cake effort.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Verity is a year old!

I’ve been following Verity’s first year month by month. It’s an honour to see these little people grow, see their new teeth, their sitting skills followed rapidly by walking! When parents sign up to a beautiful ‘Baby Year Book’ it always seems such along term project but that year goes by so quickly. As I’m not the one suffering the sleepless nights, I guess it goes even quicker for me.

Verity is a lovely ‘old fashioned’ baby, with sweet little cuddly rolls, curly blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes. She’s a delight.

Here is a very small selection of images from over her first year.

 

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Here comes the Bride

It’s a rare occasion that I get the luxury of time, and a model, to get out and shoot a ‘bride’ as a modelling project rather than a live wedding. So, when Simply Bridal approached me to do just that, I couldn’t resist!

Armed with a French netting veil from their extensive catalog and the lovely Chloe to model it, we set out to recreate some classic poses to show off the veil in various shapes and styles. The Vale Church made a beautiful backdrop to achieve the real wedding feel to the shots. Le Guet forest offered a natural juxtapose to the usual wedding gallery, and is very achievable to do for a real wedding where the couple have planned some extra time between ceremony and reception.

So, if you’ve saved the date and are looking for inspiration, head on over to http://www.simplybridal.com and see their extensive range of dresses and accessories. And when you’re ready to book your photographer…  😉

 

 

Love is in the air…

They said they were searching for the next Robert Doisneau ‘The Kiss’ shot. I had that hanging on the wall in my house for years!

So I went through my archive of shots, and as it happens I do have a file I label ‘PDA’s’ (Public Displays of Affection) as my camera seems rather draw to them! Watch out it you like to kiss in public, or hold hands, I might be watching! I guess that’s why I enjoy wedding photography so much, people in love just havesuch a ‘feel good’ factor when captured in an image.

So, I submitted one of my photos taken in Seville, Spain. It was during the ‘Ferias’ a lovely colourful dressing up playground for people like me, who love to wander around with the camera.

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Long live LOVE! Have a great Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Latest works…

It’s a very busy time of year, so posting up the ‘latest works’.

I know I will be thinking of all my clients handing over some amazing Christmas surprises to their family and friends.
My favourite ‘hand-over’ will be of a lady who bravely did a Boudoir session for her husband’s Christmas gift. She had some wonderful corsets to wear and he will have his eyes falling out of his head when he opens his gift!

He was hoping for an up-to-date photo of his wife, but he didn’t expect this!

I’ve made her promise to text me and let me know his reaction! I don’t suppose these photos will ever  make the website…

 

In other news, a lovely lady is going to be 100 in Jan, and she and her wonderful family got together for a scones and tea afternoon outing, and I was there to take the official photos. She looks amazing, I hope I’m in such good nick when (if) I get to 100! She did say  to me; ‘Not bad legs for an old lady!’ That made me laugh, ladies are still concerned with looking good, no matter the age- and yes, indeed, great legs!

 

New babies abound, and also a new prop- my lovely little buggy. Must admit, I may have got a tad carried away, by posing MY new baby in it too! Meet ‘Prince Albert’ my new corgi puppy (known to his friends as Bertie) I think he is adorable, and I’m sure you will agree!

 

Enjoy a look, and there will be more posted in the new year, once the gifts have been handed out.

Happy Christmas one and all.

 

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Dography… a fab week

We had a great week at Le Friquet over half term,working with children AND animals!

Here are some of my favourites from the week, from the marvellous Douglas the pug, and sailor hat, to

the sweetest guinea pig.

 

Enjoy!

 

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What you see is what you get….

Just a blog post to point out the obvious- all the images you see on my website have been taken by me.

You’d think that was a given, right? Some photographers locally are selling their work on the strength of images

they show- but have not taken. Using ‘stock’ images to show off their skills is not being honest. You may think you are getting

‘cheap’ photography packages, and trusting the photographer to get your one- off images of your wedding (no re-shooting there) or of your newborn baby, but will you be getting to the standard of the images you see on the website?

 

I can assure you are putting your wedding photography in safe hands when you choose me as your wedding photographer.

You can trust me with your new baby to capture those precious images- they will be along the lines of the work you already see on my website.

 

I will not be ‘conning’ you into booking by showing you work that is not representative of my style- “What you see is what you get!”

 

Book with confidence.

 

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Baby Love….

Some beautiful babies in this week, I’m going to pop the last two in one post, as I’m a lazy blogger and need to get on processing some other work!

The ‘Lion King’ pose is very popular, but rather tricky to do, well done to this Daddy for holding his arms in a most uncomfortable position for rather a long time, and also to the baby, who was most obliging!

I can get through a newborn baby session in approximately 2 hours, and through using my ‘special’ techniques that I have devised, I have yet to be defeated by a baby who refuses to sleep and curl. I still prefer the newborn session to be taken under 10 days old. Then I can do my ‘baby magic’. 5146-020 5146-009 5143-050 5143-016 5143-022 5143-042 5143-014

 

 

Half term is ‘Pet Week’ At Le Friquet…

Once again, I have teamed up with our lovely local garden centre, and this time it’s ‘Pet Week’. Bring along your pet- any type for a shoot at the Friquet.

A local vet will be on hand to advise, with special offers on selected pet items, (see the Friquet for details)

and a photo shoot an competition.

 

Meanwhile, here are some lovely doggies!

 

 

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Remembering beach fun…

Remembering the fun days of summer… but the way this October is going the winter is going to feel so short!

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18 years old…

Isn’t she beautiful? How many of us at 18 ever realised how beautiful we were?

Yet looking back now, I’d love to tell my 18 year old self just how wonderful I was…

Roanne stands at the door of adulthood as she goes to the UK to start her independent life, and her Mum knowing just how much she will change has had photoshoot and book done for her.

It’s like the American’s have their ‘senior’ photographs… and it’s such a great time of life to record all that potential.

If you have a child going to uni next year, don’t leave it to the week before they go to get your photoshoot done, start thinking about it early summer.

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Daniel and Margo get married!

It was a lovely day for a wedding, and Margo glowed all day long with a huge smile that never stopped, she looked fantastic in her dress.

Daniel looked amazed when he saw her arrive in the church, where the very friendly Vicar conducted a touching service.

With a stop off in Candie gardens, the bride and groom then walked to the Duke of Richmond hotel for the reception.

The reception glowed under the light of hundreds of candles and looked magical. A walk along the tree avenue outside the Duke of Richmond made for some fun shots of the wedding party.

The band for the evening was cracking with everyone up and dancing from the first note.

All in all, a very lovely wedding day.

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