The relaxed, family feel shines through in the images, as does their togetherness. These two really, really love each other and having the beautiful Evie looks like it just bought them closer
It was a real pleasure to photograph their wedding as I use to run with Rebecca when we where younger so to be chosen to photograph their special day was a real honour.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were very vintage indeed and Rebecca’s sister Katie did all the makeup for the bridal party
The wedding was so natural, authentic and fun. Although it probably helps when the couple that are throwing things together are so creative, a lot of effort had obviously gone into making the day run so smoothly. Rebecca’s veil is stunning and works perfectly with her elegant and vintage gown. And Mark looks every inch the dapper gent.
The venue also holds childhood memories for Rebecca as she use to run cross Country in those very same fields.
Love Krystina xx
Right from the invitation being delivered I knew this was going to be a lovely, detailed and pretty darn cool wedding. It all started at Lawson cottage, Holly’s mums home, onto a lovely Church and then the reception was hosted at a beautiful setting in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside. Holly wore a vintage dress by Sotterro & Midgley with customised Irish lace straps from Gray’s antiques on Bond Street, which is where they got Holly’s engagement ring from, whilst Patrick wore a very smart Burberry suit.
There was so much of the day that was tailored to the wedding, HP had joined in and sent them a box of brown sauces, they’d then had their friends Toria and Ross from www.thelatenightsalon.co.uk personalised the labels with the ingredients of their day, these then went on the tables to accompany the meal and they also designed the invitation with the famous H&P logo. The marquee was decorated with bunting, paper lanterns and later on was the location of some of the funniest and heartfelt speeches I’ve heard. They also had fantastic help from family and friends in the build up, especially all the lovely flowers and plants carefully grown by holly’s mum and some that where pinched from her garden!
Other things that I loved from the day, a photo tent complete with a photo washing line, funky socks, outdoor games, hay bails, brightly coloured nails, some serious confetti throwing, the fire pit, the best hat competition and the family camper van.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Linda from www.illuminateweddings.com As much as Holly and Patrick enjoyed all the fun planning from filling the empty marquee at Huntsmill farm and creating the Dr Love tent, It meant that on the day they could relax knowing they where in the good hands of Linda to coordinate the day into the relaxed and fun filled day it was.
Throughout the day there was lots of laughter, fab music and some seriously good dancing!!!!
I really enjoyed myself and I could see all the guests did, all the best to Patrick and Holly for a long and love filled marriage x
Love Krystina x
Lucy and Matt were married in Oxford. Their ceremony took place in the heart of the oxfordshire countryside. The beautiful blue sky and sunshine really made the day that extra bit special. It really was amazing! The children were able to run about and play in the long grass along with the bride and grooms friend Chris who entertained the children and some adults with his balloon and animal shapes!!!
Love Krystina xx
The Wedding season has just kicked off for me this year, I can not wait to take part in all the weddings I have coming up and to tell the story of the happy day rich in love.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Fiona, Ollie and their families. Ollie proposed on one knee on the London Eye and as they say the rest is history. Everyone made me feel very welcome at such a family orientated wedding, lots of children who played a game of wrap the mummy, great fun. I hope you enjoy looking through their wedding pictures.
Love Krystina x
So this week on the blog I’m going to tell you about a great experience I had this week.
It started with Eric McDonogh of Clever Business Websites inviting me along to his networking group Opendoorz, the session was a two year anniversary for the Oxford Group and to highlight such a grand occasion a special guest speaker had been arranged. Given my passion for sport and my near obsession with the recent Olympics I was pretty darn excited to find out that the guest was none other than Greg Searle. Greg Searle hadbeen one of the top media stories in the Olympics as 20 years earlier in Barcelona 92, along with his brother he had rowed to Olympic gold, fast forward 20 years and here he was again bidding for Olympic Glory, adding into the mix ten years of focusing on business rather than rowing it was no mean feat.
The day started at the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford, it proved a friendly and ambient location, I did my best mingling and actually got to speak to lots of interesting people, I enjoyed Champagne and a bit of high tea, I was made to feel extremely welcome, especially by Cathy & Sonia they run the business, given I was a guest they really did make me feel part of the day and went above and beyond to make me feel at home. Being honest having never really attended such an event I was sceptical about how much I would take away, the reality was far removed, I made some good contacts and unearthed a few opportunities as well.
The event was both professional and fun, there was some charity funds raised for Wolvercote Young Peoples Club and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Greg Searle did a fantastic session, his story is brilliant, a really unique life tale, he was honest and engaging, there was a lot of food for thought from the experiences he shared and I even got a hold of his medals afterwards.
Overall I laughed a lot, met some great contacts, felt inspired and changed some of my previous perceptions about the benefit of networking forums.
It’s been a really busy period lately, I’ve had more enquiries for weddings in the last three weeks then I’ve ever had before and I’m planning on launching the commercial site shortly, very busy but really exciting x
Lizzie and Steven were married at Lains Barn in Oxfordshire on a beautiful day in February, which created the most amazing light, which was a treat. There are some real personal touches in their wedding, from the wedding cake, rustic table centerpieces, twinkling lights, vintage bus and Lizzie’s grandfathers RAF pin tucked in her beautiful bouquet. The wedding really was such a lovely day everyone had made me feel very welcome including the Pugs, well it wouldn’t be right to leave them out!
At the start of the year I had the pleasure of working with Pam Edwards of Slice, a truly great and inspiring cake maker, her cakes and style are really unique but oh so pretty, the attention to detail is fantastic and as well as looking amazing I can guarantee the cakes taste beautiful.
Despite the very cold weather and the snow on top we had a fun day, filled with a lots of cake sampling throughout!
For those of you who have not come across Pam at Slice then I urge you to check out her very yummy and stylish cakes.
We’ve reached that stage in December where we start to look back at what we’ve been up to throughout the year that has been 2012. Before I start rambling on, let’s look back to what’s happened through a selection of my favourite images and projects of the past year.
My lovely wedding fair stand
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Weary Runners in the London Marathon
A beauty over from Ireland www.facebook.com/realtaphotography
Lovely little Dexter Reynolds
My Nan’s old Jubilee picture, thats her with the heart.
The very talented Nick Cope www.nickcope.co.uk
Olympic Party fun
Adam and I’s first year wedding anniversary
The very talented gang at www.cleverbusinesswebsites.co.uk
The very beautiful France
The very tasty coffee over at www.uecoffeeroasters.com
France again, can’t seem to keep away!
I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody I have had the pleasure of working with this year, It really has been amazing from the Olympics to my Weddings and the birth of my niece and nephew it’s just simply been a great year.
Have a jolly Christmas and a happy New Year xxxx
This week on the blog is one of my favourite features, another lovely bride back in her dress, the beautiful Katie takes a step down memory lane talking about her wedding day and at the same time providing some lovely images.
Name - Katie Bentley
Date of wedding – 9th April 2010
Why did you choose the venue for the photo shoot? I’m a PE teacher, whenever people think of me, I think they usually think of my sporty hyperactive side!
Location of ceremony and reception? St Nicholas Church, Lincoln and my Mother and Father in laws back garden
What made you decide to get married where you did? We wanted it to be very personal to us, by having a marquee, it meant we could pretty much do what we wanted. Decorate how we wished, find the perfect caterer and have a free bar (very important to our friends!).
How long did you take you take to plan the wedding? 18 months
How did you meet? And how long have you been together? We met At school. We didn’t start dating until university, as my husband thought I was too geeky at school! Clearly I got cooler at Uni… We’ve been together for 9 years by the time we got married and almost 11 years now.
Tell me about the proposal? Totally taken by surprise. On holiday in Cornwall, camping in the cold and wet. We went to Padstow for the day. Hymie had booked us into Rick Steins restaurant and booked us the last two nights in our favourite hotel. All of which was a surprise on the day. At this point, I was just having a great day. Then we went out for a walk along the coastal cliffs, at which point Hymie gave me a kiss and got down on one knee. You couldn’t wipe the Cheshire cat grin off my face!
Why did you choose Krystina to do your bridal shoot? Because she’s a fab friend! Every week I see her photos on Facebook and think how amazing they are. I had such a great time and I feel really lucky to have taken part.
Who was your dress by and your accessories and shoes? Charlotte Balbier was the make of my dress. My necklace was a gift from my Mum and Dad on my 21st birthday. It’s a diamond heart, I knew I would wear it on my wedding day. It was a factor when choosing my dress. My shoes, in this shoot are my adidas trainers that I wear to teach in. Bright and overly enthusiastic, just like me!!!
What sort of flowers did you have? Roses, cream and pale pink.
What sort of decoration did you have? Everything was silver and pale pink to coincide with the dress and necklace.
Did you have any personal touches? We did almost everything ourselves, as we had a blank canvas with the marquee. One of the best things about the wedding was that we had a band but no DJ. In the times when the band wasn’t playing, we plugged our iPod in. It was great because, we had asked all our guests to suggest songs that they would like to hear. All night, the dance floor was packed because everyone loved the song choices. I love dancing, so having all our friends and family dancing the night away with us was perfect.
What were your special moments or highlights of the day? It Obviously was the actual getting married part. Aside from that, I have two very special moments. The first was with my Dad, when everyone else had gone to the church, we were waiting for the car. I suddenly realised that I didn’t have anything ‘borrowed’. My Dad, said, don’t panic and he went and found a St. Christopher that he’d been given when he got his first car. I popped it into my bouquet. The second was with Hymie. We both had said that we would meet up at some point during the evening reception to be alone and share our best points of the day so far. We found a garden swing outside and just took a moment. It was lovely, we could hear all the music inside and see everyone having a good time. It was a very surreal moment, sitting on a swing in your wedding dress and suddenly realising that you’ve just got married!
What was your biggest surprise of the day? Hymie had been to our school where we first met. In the school hall, there is an awards board with our names on it. We both got sports person of the year. He blew the photo up and used it to illustrate the fact that we were made for each other. It’s hung up on our wall at home now.
What advice would you give any other couples about planning your big day, or any tips? For the day itself? Make time to enjoy the fact that you’re getting married! It can be really stressful. But make time to go out for a meal together and remind yourself why you are getting married in the first place.
If you are a bride that would like to get back in your dress then please let me know, all the memories will come flooding back, together we will pick a location and theme to suit you and generally have a lot of fun.