The Rock n Roll Bride magazine team was invited to shoot a wedding editorial at the iconic W Hotel in the heart of London. It was incredibly fun to have an entire hotel to shoot in, especially one that is as hedonistic as the W. This place has been designed for partying, one of the suites even has a DJ booth in it.
They are very used to accommodating celebrities so we felt right at home. Our shoot was inspired by the Fugees track Ready or Not and looks from that part of the late 90s.
This would be such a cool place for a wedding, imagine sipping cocktails in the main lounge, living it up whilst looking down on Leicester Square and then heading off to your suite for the afterparty.
“Ready or not here I come, you can’t hide, Gonna find you and take it slowly. Ready or not here I come, you can’t hide, Gonna find you and make YOU WANT ME…”
It was such a huge honour to be able to shoot this editorial of a wedding at the Natural History Museum in London when it was closed. They invited the team at Rock n Roll Bride Magazine to use it as a location for one of its bridal shoots.
To be able to use these spaces without having visitors in the background was incredible. The light in the museum is so pretty but of course, the most drama is in the main atrium, Hintz Hall with the huge staircase and the giant blue whale skeleton suspended above. Did you know that it is a female and her name is Hope?
Imagine hosting your wedding here, beneath the whale or they have eleven other spaces that are licensed for weddings.
For this shoot, the styling team knew they had to go big to make an impact on the space. So these were some of the most dramatic wedding dresses that I’ve shot to date. Stunning right?
“I drink sweet wine for breakfast, slept for about an hour or so. Smiled a little IN THE SILENCE, deciding on where to go. Meet me under the whale in the Natural History Museum, I think that’s what she said …”
There are so many incredible places to do a sunset engagement shoot around Brighton. Of course the beach is the obvious place but I like to take my couples to the spots that are not so well known. These cliffs are a great example and, and they can look incredible if we get a pretty sunset. TCan you believe that they are actually right next to a busy main road? However, if you are careful with framing you can eliminate the cars, and just get a beautiful view of the beach and the cliffs.
This shoot was a collaboration with the wonderful Alexandra at The Bijou Studio. I’m a huge fan of her style, it’s relaxed but sharp, her eye for detail is incredible and working with her is super inspiring. I want her to come and style my entire life. Alas she is too busy with her successful wedding planning business, dang!
Thanks to Poppy Tallulah for doing a sterling job on both hair and makeup and to our couple, Duncan and Rachel.
If you are thinking about where to have your Brighton Engagement Shoot, hit me up, I love doing these. If you are currently searching for a venue for your Brighton wedding or elopement, I have a list packed full of great venues, some of which might not be so obvious without some insider knowledge.
“On the coastline, in the water, your mirage is like a stalker. I could push him off the cliffside, ’cause he’s COLOURING MY INSIDES and everywhere I look, I look at you…”
We were thinking, who inspires glamour, party, feel good vibes? Well, you don’t get much more iconic than Elton John and that is who the team at Rock n Roll Bride magazine looked to for styling cues for this wedding editorial shoot. It was a super fun one to shoot and it was wonderful to be given free reign of the venue, the very stylish Mama Shelter hotel in Hoxton.
Catch a star if you can, Wish for SOMETHING SPECIAL. Let it be me, My love is free. Sing a song to yourself, Think of someone listening. One melody, you’re all for me…
Thinking of having a Balcombe Place Wedding? I cannot think of many places that are finer in Sussex for that chilled-out, luxe, weekend wedding vibe. Recently, Balcombe Place opened its mighty fine doors for us to host another of Photography Farm‘s Shoot Days there. These are portfolio building days for wedding photographers. It was a huge privilege to have access to the house and it’s glorious grounds. My co-host on this one was the ever brilliant Benjamin Wheeler. It was such a joy to see him work and see how much the attendees took away.
Our plan with this particular Shoot Day was to focus on the celebration parts of weddings. Like the toasts and the first dance. Alex, the incredible stylist and planner came up with the idea for a table plan made up of helium balloons at the entrance to the ballroom at Balcombe Place. These are some of my favourite images from the day featuring Brontë and Lewis.
Let’s sway, while colour lights up YOUR FACE. Let’s sway, sway through the crowd to an empty place …
Could we do an Easter Wedding Editorial but make it fashion? That was the challenge the Rock n Roll Bride Magazine team set ourselves. This shoot might be all candy, sugar and bunnies in various shades of pastel but we booked an edgy model to keep it from becoming saccharine. This is actually one of my favourite shoots that we’ve done. The Easter theme was super fun and entered around the incredible cake from Cat Food Cakes. I had met Cat at this wedding and knew she would come up with something really creative for this. At the end of the shoot, we all got to eat some cake and it was so delicious. I also stuffed as many Easter bunnies as I could into my camera bag to take home – I mean look at them, so adorable!
Candy on the beach, there’s nothing better, but I LIKE CANDY when it’s wrapped in a sweater…
Art Direction : Kat Williams at Rock n Roll Bride Magazine
Styling : The Bijou Studio
Flowers : Katherine Bly
MUA : ShaniMushington
Cake : Cat Food Cakes
Assistant : Sam Luck