2nd May 2014

Micklefield Hall, Hertfordshire Wedding Fare 19th April 2014

On Saturday 19th April Pearl Pictures rocked up to Micklefield Hall, a gorgeous Hertfordshire country house venue, to showcase our work as part of their Wedding Open Day.  We were one of the select suppliers who come recommended by the venue and it proved to be a fabulous event, hosted by the charming and hospitable owners Jamie and Anna Rankin, organised by Sandy at Tern Events and promoted excellently by Propose PR.  Spring was definitely in the air as the sun lit up the house, the marquee and the  stunning 16th century barn conversion which will be open for weddings from this October.

There was a steady flow of couples and their families visiting the venue to get inspired and brides were able to treat themselves to a complimentary mini makeover by makeup artist Jules Cardozo-Marsh and hair stylist Lorraine Newark.  Not forgetting the boys, Bespoke HQ were showcasing their suave and sophisticated tailoring for all those future dapper grooms, accompanied by their dapper dachshund, a real cutie!

Our stand was in the buzzy summer marquee where guests were treated to cocktails from Arribar!, tasted fine wines and sampled a selection of amazing Asian canapés courtesy of Payal which included miniature shepherd’s pies as well as more traditional Asian bites.  All absolutely delicious!

We were lucky enough to be positioned next to Kalm Kitchen‘s stand where the infinitely talented and gregarious Jen provided a stunning display of delectable sweet treats.  All lenten abstinence went out of the window as the chocolate mousse was literally irresistible!  Continuing on the sweet note, the lovely ladies Sam and her mother at Bite Me Bakery were showcasing their amazing wedding cakes – a business which spans three generations of talent and creativity – and to top this all off the vintage style Sweetie Carts London offered an eye-catching selection of traditional sweets to really get that sugar kick happening! All of this was enjoyed by guests who browsed the offerings whilst listening to the live entertainment and relaxed on the bespoke furniture provided by the team at Elite Hire.

The Rankins are a talented bunch and their lovely daughter Gabriella was there with her fairytale children’s party business Gabriella & Octavia as well as their sons….it is a real family affair and makes the Micklefield Hall wedding experience extra special.

Early on in the day I did little talk on ‘Top Tips for your wedding photography’, where I shared some secrets on how to get the best out of your wedding photography.  It was a great session and eventuated in some lovely conversations with couples interested in finding out more about Pearl Pictures’ services which was a fantastic bonus.

If you visited our stand, thank you – Fran (my colleague) and I loved meeting you all.  To find out more about Micklefield Hall and the services they offer, check out their website for more information.

Jemma Watts and Fran Tehan at the Pearl Pictures stand showing albums and photo displays

Jemma giving talk on wedding photography in front of guests in marquee

Jemma giving talk on wedding photography in marquee

Jemma giving talk on wedding photography in marquee

Fran Tehan Pearl Pictures

Interior of marquee with decorated tree in centre and guests browsing

The smiling ladies from Kalm Kitchen at their stand

Videographer stand with screen and floral decorations

Three detail shots showing macarons and mini desserts in glasses on Kalm Kitchen's stand

Floral table centrepiece and dressed table in marquee

Two detail shots of yellow-themed floral table centrepiece and a dachshund

Two shots of Bespoke HQ's stand showing suits and the male owner

Side by side shots of Gabriella from Gabriella & Octavia children's parties and her stand with children's tent and balloons

Sweetie Carts London stand with union jack bunting and sweets in jars

Detail shots of two sweet jars filled with liquorice all sorts and chocolate eclairs and the letters LOVE propped up below



1st April 2014

Micklefield Hall, Hertfordshire: Wedding Open Day 19th April 2014

Invite to Micklefield Hall wedding fayre

For all those loved-up couples looking for wedding inspiration and a quintessentially elegant English setting, look no further! On Saturday 19th April from 11am-4pm I will be showcasing my work at Micklefield Hall, a stunning Hertfordshire country house venue, as part of their Wedding Open Day. Set in 350 acres of lush countryside, this promises to be a really inspiring and interactive occasion, with so many ideas for all aspects of your wedding.

I have shot a number of weddings at Micklefield Hall, all of which have been uniquely fabulous in their own right! The house and gardens really do provide a beautiful backdrop to weddings of all sizes and, in addition to the current venue offerings, this October will see the opening of a 16th century barn conversion which we’ll be able to sneak a peek at, courtesy of the venue owners Jamie and Anna Rankin.

The Open Day will give couples a real sense of the many options available to them, including the summer marquee which will be styled for a wedding, as well as many of Micklefield Hall’s hand-picked suppliers offering samples of their high-quality services.

Brides can also treat themselves to a complimentary mini makeover by makeup artist Jules Cardozo-Marsh and hair stylist Lorraine Newark…all of this can be enjoyed with a cocktail in hand whilst listening to the live entertainment…it really does sound like a great day out!

Check out their website for more information about the venue. To apply for your exclusive e-vite, just email invite@micklefieldhall.com.

Come and find me to say hi and to discuss any of your wedding photography needs – it would be great to see you there!  I’m also doing a little talk on ‘Top Tips for your wedding photography’, where I will be telling you a few little secrets on how to get the best out of your photography.

In the meantime, please take a look at the pictures below of weddings that myself and my second photogapher, David, have photographed at Micklefield Hall…

 Micklefield Hall Wedding ceremonies in the Grotto by the pond

Black and white image of pond, ceremony and seated guests

Bride and Groom in pagoda during ceremony with vase of flowers in foreground

Black and white image of bride and groom outside by pond

Black and white image of bride and groom outside laughing

Bride and groom on bench in gardens

Bride and Groom walking through gardens photographed from behind

Bride and groom in gardens holding hands

Indian lady playing boules outside marquee

Ariel crowd shot outside of wedding party

Floral decoration on posts in garden

Interior of marquee with tables dressed

Interior of marquee with dressed tables and floral decorations

Interior of marquee with guests at tables

Interior of marquee with blue ceiling drapes, wedding cake in centre and guests sitting at tables

Exterior of marquee at night with pink lighting and guests outside

11th March 2014

A Springtime Wedding Show at Easton Grange, Suffolk

A sunny Sunday in Suffolk was on the agenda on the 2nd March and a stand at the Easton Grange Wedding Open Day. Nestled in picturesque countryside, Easton Grange is a recently refurbished country barn wedding venue comprising both contemporary and traditional buildings (dating back to the 16th century), in a wonderful riverside setting. Spring was really in the air for all the couples who came to visit and the whole event was a very relaxed and enjoyable occasion.

Our stand was in the main ceremony hall; a perfect light-filled room and additionally fantastic as we had the pleasure of listening to the dulcet tones of the very talented harpist – and even put in a few requests (Daft Punk no less!). It was lovely to meet a range of brides,  grooms and parents, chat about their wedding plans and witness their excitement as ideas started to take shape. Everybody seemed to enjoy the opportunity to browse and chat whilst sipping fizz and sampling the fine canapés provided by in-house caterers Galloping Gourmet – the duck rolls were divine!

As there was only a select group of suppliers the atmosphere was one of camaraderie. It was especially wonderful to meet the talented Jane of Myrtle and Mint Florists with her amazing floral creations and also Charlotte from The Bridal Lounge showcasing her stunning bridal dresses.

Have a look at some of the pictures of the day below….

Welcome drinks and waitress

Two shots of suppliers' stands, with tiered wedding cake, cheese and grapes

Two shots of Galloping Gourmet chef preparing canapés

Detail shot of The Bridal Lounge stand, with shoe and jewellery on a small stool

Lady playing harp

Two shots of tiered wedding cake with flower decoration and two mannequins in wedding gowns

Front shot of florist Myrtle and Mint stand display

Two shots of visitors browsing and chatting to suppliers

Detail shot of floral table centre display in shades of pink

Gentleman in white tuxedo playing electric keyboard

Stand with screen displaying moving image, for videographer

Front shot of tall, white, tiered wedding cake with pale white flower decorations on front and cupcakes in foreground

Two shots of flower decorations, in a cream jug and one on a stand

Tray with various canapés and dipping sauce

close-up shot of canapés including mini-burgers, duck spring rolls with dipping sauce and mushroom tartlets

Interior shot of reception barn with timber ceilings and guests milling about

Shot of Amelie's Kitchen Wedding cake supplier with different cakes on cake stands and floral signage behind

Interior shot of people in reception barn with dressed tables, timber beams and sunlight through window

Identical twin little girls talking to supplier, photographed from behind

Four mannequins wearing white wedding gowns

Recipe for love signage with romantic words

Some of the friends we made:

Florist : http://www.myrtleandmint.com

Dresses: The Bridal Lounge, www.thebridal-lounge.co.uk

Pianist: Nick Raison, www.nickraison.co.uk

Film: Camera On Films, www.cameraonfilms.co.uk

Cakes: Krumblies, http://www.krumblies.co.uk

Amelie’s Kitchen, http://www.amelies-kitchen.co.uk

Other photographer: Sara Thomas, http://sarathomas.co.uk

1st March 2014

Katy & Ben: A match Made in Chelsea

Forget Millie and Professor Green, Katy & Ben were the loved-up stars of Chelsea last summer! They tied the knot at the historic Wren Chapel, part of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and their nuptials were lit up by blazing sunshine and blue skies – perfect conditions for this sophisticated London wedding.

The proceedings commenced under the impressive domed ceiling designed by Sr Christopher Wren, with images of cherubs and angels (painted by Sebastiano Ricci in 1714) gazing down on the bride and groom. The atmosphere was uplifting as the chapel choir sang, surrounded by beautiful flowers carefully arranged by Ron, one of the Chelsea Pensioners. Katy’s mother proudly walked her down the aisle to the groom, who was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his glamorous bride.

Katy was resplendent in a floor-length white dress, by Caroline Castigliano, cleverly incorporating a gorgeous lace bolero, and tastefully accessorised with pearl drop earrings and a simple yet stunning pearl necklace. Katy’s hair was styled by Michael Van Clarke and her make-up by Jenna West.

There was a very feminine theme to this wedding, with the five bridesmaids wearing elegant, floor-length soft pink satin dresses. Attention to detail was picked up in the pink ties of the groomsmen and the bridal bouquet, which featured pale pink rosebuds nestled amongst the white – artfully designed by Wild About Flowers.

The newlyweds departed for their next destination in style – in a blue 1952 vintage Rolls Royce (provided by Lord Cars) for a suitably glamorous arrival at One Great George Street, Westminster, where the next part of their celebration took place. The guests’ ride was quintessential London – a couple of traditional Red Route Master buses – in which they sipped on the couples’ home-made ‘Fisher’s lemonade’ and got into the party mood!

The whole day was expertly crafted by the talented team at Flutterfly Events, led by Erika Unbehaun and executed by the charming and creative Nadia (Weddings by Nadia). So much thought went into the design of the reception, from the London-themed table settings to the cute macaron favours by Anges de sucre, the ever-entertaining photo booth supplied by Picture Blast and the original white bespoke letterbox into which guests could pop a note. A quirky caricature picture of the happy couple was also on display for guests to sign as a memento. The traditional tiered wedding cake was a stunning centrepiece, designed by  the Abigail Bloom cake company and accentuated the floral decorations in the grand dining room.

After the wedding feast it was time to make merry on the dance floor. A jazz band from the Royal Academy of Music played first then made way for ‘Hot Rocks‘ who really got everyone into dance mode! All in all, a wonderful celebration of love, London-style, and a wedding to remember!

Bride in front of gold statue in Central London

Groom and groomsmen outside the Wren Chapel, Chelsea

Groom in morning suit leaning against pillar

Side by side detail shots of bridal bouquet and buttons on back of wedding dress

Bride holding bouquet of white flowers with bridesmaids dressed in pink in background

Mother of bride wearing a hat and matching cream outfit

Bride at entrance of chapel, surrounded by bridesmaids dressed in pink straightening her veil and dress

Bride walking down the aisle with mother and bridesmaids

Elderly female guest dressed in yellow holding order of service and singing

Black and white shot of bride and groom sitting next to each other during the service

Detail shot of wedding guest's leg and traditional kilt

Groom putting the wedding ring on bride's finger at the altar and priest conducting service

The newly married couple walking down the aisle together smiling, with Wren chapel ceiling above them

The wedding party gathered outside the chapel

Bride and groom kissing outside the chapel, with gold statue behind

Black and white shot of bride and groom from behind, holding hands leaving the chapel

The black Rolls Royce wedding car

Bride smiling getting into the car

Four shots of guests inside and outside the London Routemaster wedding buses

Signage of 'One Great George Street'

Three shots of a bottle with retro straw, bridesmaid holding bouquet and detail of buttonhole

Three shots of guests at the wedding reception laughing, taking photos and holding drinks

Detail shots of framed seating instructions and pink floral table decorations

Four detail shots of mini frames, letter tray, initial stamps and caricature canvas signed by guests

Side by side shots of a white postbox with bride and groom's name and an easel with a caricature of the bride and groom

Black and white ariel shot of wedding party looking up with confetti falling from above

Black and white shot of bride and groom looking up in front of staircase with confetti falling on them

Ariel shot of bride and groom looking up as confetti falls from above

Bride and groom kissing in front of staircase with confetti falling around them

Black and white shot of bride and groom smiling with confetti falling behind them

Groom looking up into confetti falling from above and smiling

Interior shot of reception room with painted ceiling, lights and tables

Side by side shots of table decorations, candles and place settings with London landmarks

Detail shot of table name 'St Pauls', decorations and candles

Four tiered wedding cake on table in reception room

Detail shots of wedding cake including bride and groom and edible flowers

Detail shot of place setting with cutlery and macaroon favour

Basket with white flip flops for guests

Three shots of guests dancing with hands in the air

Bride and guests wearing giant novelty glasses

Black and white shot of bride and groom surrounded by guests on the dance floor

Black and white shot of happy couple dancing in front of band

Detail shot of candelabra with low burning candles