Wedding anniversary party ideas
I’ve already shared a few wedding anniversary party ideas from this lovely celebration over on my Instagram feed. I thought it was time to share some more images from this beautiful house party.
Wedding anniversary party ideas vary widely of course. But how about this for an elegant way to celebrate?
Capture the castle
This couple held a high tea reception, followed by a dinner party. Some guests also stayed on in the beautiful accommodation at the private castle in Devon.
I was asked to capture the castle, the guests arriving at the celebration, and the scenes which followed.
This one-year anniversary dinner was hosted at Shute Barton. Shute was built in the mid-15th century and today it is recognised as one of the more important surviving non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages.
Celebrate the small things
Every year is a milestone worth celebrating. We don’t always hire castles and throw dinner parties of course! But it is good to mark the occasion somehow, and get it captured. Whether it’s just the two of you, or whether welcoming family and friends to share your achievement.
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Creative Headshot Photography at Virginias Vintage Hire
When Ginny asked me to produce some creative headshot photography and banner images for the new VVH website earlier in the year, I was absolutely delighted.
I love photographing editorials and wedding business branding. It’s a slower pace and not quite as euphoric as a wedding day! But it’s awesome to meet new people. And it’s especially lovely to meet the people behind a small creative business you’ve only met on the web or in emails.
I had already loved photographing Virginias Vintage Hire furniture last year for this collaboration with Sassi Holford. So it was really lovely to meet the faces and personalities behind this successful Devon business.
Ginny & Greg started Virginias Vintage Hire through a love of simple, effortless, stylish living. They have a great emotional connection to the business and their fantastic team. This connection was completely evident at the shoot and in the imagery we created.
The couple shop and source products as if they were furnishing their own event. From sofas to urns to reclaimed French shutters, they are personally involved in all the buying decisions. This ensures that each new piece continues to exude the simple, understated style that they love and identify with.
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The DIY fine art wedding bouquet
Are you a modern bride in need of a fine art wedding bouquet? If so, it is certainly a wonderful idea to consider the DIY route for this special aspect of your day.
By getting along to a one-day workshop, perhaps with your mum or bridesmaids, you’ll learn how to create your own fine art wedding bouquet.
These courses offer fantastic value for money for the fine art bride. It’s one of the recommendations in my guide How to Plan Your Fine Art Wedding which I send out to all my clients when they enquire.
The real cut flower garden
It’s always such a pleasure to hang out with Charlie and her team at The Real Cut Flower Garden. Charlie’s home and garden is a true gem in the heart of rural West Dorset.
A journalist and passionate gardener for 25 years plus, Charlie traded the pen for the trowel and began The Real Cut Flower Garden in 2004. They were the first company in the UK to send out bouquets of entirely home grown flowers nationwide. Four years ago expert Charlie launched her Flower School, and every year she and her team add to the courses on offer.
Real flowers for real brides
I was lucky enough to get along to the bouquet workshop in June – perhaps the UK’s most beautiful month, flower-wise. Here are some photos from the workshop, including the bouquets which I created with Charlie’s beautiful flowers. (How stunning do they look tied up with hand-died silk ribbons from Kate Cullen?)
Of course, if you are totally not the green-fingered type, don’t panic! Charlie can supply all your wedding flowers, home-grown and cut fresh from her garden.
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I make no secret of the fact that I am almost as crazy about wild and undone British floral design as I am about film photography. Inspired by Constance Spry, pioneered a little over a decade ago and made famous by florists and growers like Sarah Winward and Floret. Now, these modest cutting gardens offering strictly seasonal arrangements are on the increase. This is really good news. Such a huge variety of flowers grow here in the UK right through from March to November. Why settle for a tight bauble of white roses on your wedding day when you can have a resplendent reflection of what’s growing in our meadows and gardens?
Holly-Bee Flowers is a flower garden and floral design studio based in Dartington, Devon. Holly specialises in growing and arranging flowers and greenery for weddings, workshops and bouquets. Working with the seasons her flowers are natural, evocative and beautiful. Holly created Holly-Bee Flowers in 2015, with a background in design and a love for colour, texture and growing flowers. Natural beauty is at the heart of what she does. She grows most of her own flowers and foliage in a quintessentially English country garden. She is a firm supporter of British flowers, and also sources from local suppliers where required.
As you can imagine I was over the moon when Holly asked me to photograph her and her wonderful garden in the heart of rural Devon late last summer. It was a very warm day and I wasn’t sure if I was working or playing. I was in my own bit of heaven on earth with Holly’s stunning roses and my film camera. As our English gardens and hedgerows burst into life for another season of beautiful blooms, here’s a brief look at Holly’s cutting garden and a few of her lush creations.
Do also head over to Holly’s own blog, where you can see more stunning British floral design and her flowers through the seasons – she’s pretty handy with her digital camera so there’s lot of lovely photos to see.
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Canon 1V and Fuji Pro 400H, developed & scanned by Exposure Film Lab.
Floral Design: Bringing the beauty of nature indoors is for everyone.
Floral design which is wild and unstructured is a growing trend – for weddings, events, or just for pleasure. And I have to say I am most excited about that! I am so in love with this style of floral design that I contacted Charlie Ryrie to visit her Cut Flower Garden in West Dorset, where I heard a little of her story as one of the pioneers of this movement over a decade ago.
Naturally then I was delighted when she invited me to document her Spring 2017 workshop Floristry on the Wild Side. I captured the stunning arrangements of her pupils with both my digital and beloved film cameras. Frankly it is much harder than it looks to go wild. I also took the opportunity to photograph her amazing garden and grounds – which I will share later.
Charlie has more courses coming up this summer, do check them out here.
My images from this workshop – together with some inspiring words from Charlie – was featured by The Natural Wedding Company on their blog for stylish, eco-conscious couples.