Ophelia, a ballet inspired styled shoot

The Inspiration
Influenced by ballet and romance this shoot takes inspiration from the grace and poise of a dancer. Just like the name, Ophelia’s personalities are full of expression and emotions. Made possible with the talents of local suppliers we are so excited to be featured @Bride Magazine Uk https://www.bridemagazine.co.uk/articles/a-ballet-inspired-shoot-in-east-sussex

The look 
In the spotlight was a JLM couture dress by a favourite designer Hayley Paige, her designs are a unique-chic fully embracing the creative process with heaps of freshness and a dash of sass. 

The venue 
Our ballerina effortlessly floated en pointe across the wooden floors of the most stunning of venues in East Sussex, Brickwall House. This gave us a perfect opportunity to explore bridal creativity within an impressive Grade I listed manor house with its 17th century interiors and stunning gardens, a beautiful backdrop that welcomes couples for exclusive use as a luxury wedding venue. 

The décor  
Décor and styling was in keeping with the theme and blended with the antiques perfectly, using both authentic and handmade pieces with cut glass and pale blue candles. Letter writing and romance go hand-in-hand so a speciality hand-illustrated typography design on seeded plantable paper complemented the setting, topped with floral decadent arrangements and blousy roses adorning the ballroom.  

We hope our creative team give you inspiration for a timeless love story 
Photography: Sarah Rook Photography    
Venue: Brickwall House   
Bridal wear: Jacqueline Louise Bridal   
MUA: Leigh Sindon  
Stationery: Letters from Emily    
Flowers: Café des Fleurs   
Wedding styling: Betty Loves Vintage    
Model: Grace Roome     

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An English boho styled shoot

I love this time of year and wanted to put together a shoot reflective of earthy love and while we are in such uncertain times why not embrace the empty spaces of nature. With the ever shifting light, meadows of long grass waving in the wind and boho chic draped in summer’s haze you are transported to be wild and free.

I was keen to shoot something with an emotional connection in a style of rustic beauty. A homely feel that takes you back to times when you were free spirited surrounded by the scents of summer.

Mid west meets English rose in soft icy lilac. It’s all about inspiration and digging into our dreams.

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Steve & Lyn

Last wedding of 2019 at the Pilgrims Rest in Battle with the lovely Lyn and Steve, who every time I think of them, all I can think of is giggling and laughter.

So what a way to get into the festive mood, warm friendly guests, amazing food and the most pretty, rustic atmospheric venue. It may have been cold outside but these two were so up for braving the elements to get some magical shots, they were so eager they rushed outside and was chatting away and laughing while I got my gear together.

Such a stylish dress and looking so beautiful on her wedding day Lyn was honestly a delight to photograph.

Food to match the occasion by The Green Fig Catering Company stunningly presented and so tasty.

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Ben & Joanne

What a strange year its been, it was boiling hot in March shooting weddings and here we are the other end of the year in mid September and its like summer was hanging on to give us one last full blast of sun.

Capturing getting ready with the girls in the gorgeous Hale Barn was perfect, large, spacious and full of country barn gorgeousness definitely one of my favourite getting ready venues and with the guys just across the road in the characteristic farmhouse made it easy to flit between the two.

Rustic country cottage adorned with wedding day preparations on a very sunny morning couldn’t be more exiting. Every nook and cranny providing a natural picture. I mean how cute is this little mans suit just hanging there to keep it crease free. He’s going to be one of the boys thats for sure.

Audi’s were playing a very big part in this wedding from cufflinks to wedding transport to the page boy driving (well not driving more remote controlled driving) up the aisle and of course the photographers car (mine) also an Audi so I fitted in very nicely ha ha. So when you ask the groomsmen to throw their coats on the car you gulp a bit and have a rethink but no they were all out for a photograph.

This lovely venue has beautiful grounds with sweeping willows, open fields and stone walls surrounding the main house and chapel. How perfectly this marquee by James Marquees Ltd nestles into it. Being that Ben works for the company setting up this one must have been extra special. Having said that the groom himself and the groomsmen had already been very busy earlier that morning putting up a marquee for another wedding the same day, funnily enough a wedding just 2 miles away where my son was filming. Doesn’t that just show the dedication, does work not even stop on your wedding day ?

Such a pretty characteristic venue you wouldn’t even know it was there. Otham Court in East Sussex offers a very special and unique venue with its own chapel and holds only a few weddings a year. Ben and Joanne wanted somewhere different where they could put their own stamp on their day.

Sun dropping, drinks flowing, change of pace and time to get those cigars out. I do love this tradition even if it takes some doing to get them to light always good for bringing out the cool man shots and the banter. Just got to be done hasn’t it. Never enough lighters (note to self bring a lighter in your pocket, my photographers list is growing of ‘be prepared things’ ).

So when I ask one of the drivers if we can borrow a hat he goes the full hog he doesn’t only offer his hat he gets straight in there for his moment of fame himself. Do love it when all wedding services are all on the same page and make the moments fun. Hats off to Falcon cars.

Naturally enjoying each others company during the couple’s special photography time is the secret ingredient. These two just took it in their stride the planning had all come together and with a few hints and subtle direction here and there we captured some beautiful moments meanwhile the guests were being entertained by Alexander James magician who breezes into weddings with his top personality and mind boggling tricks. Usually it’s the first time of the day to just breath, relax and enjoy the moments.

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Sam & Zoe

Zoe was the most passionate Bride and her vision of her wedding day photographs were high on her list of wedding excitements. You just knew this couple was going to be super lovely and after meeting for a chilled drink to go through the final plans a couple of weeks before, I was now eagerly anticipating their special day. Perfect weather topped off the tick list.

Flower filled meadows backdropped the epitome of a summer bride. I love this photo Zoe just looks so stunning.

Relaxed and enjoying each others company as a newly wed couple is setting the mood perfectly for some time together, o and me, to capture some romantic special moments. Always my favourite time of the day, its when I’m aiming for goosebumps moments too.

The finer details including the rings showcase all the past months of planning and much thought over decisions.

The importance of family was very obvious and candids were so easy to do as love, fun and celebration was flowing.

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Jack & Abby-Beth

Historic Battle Abbey was the most gorgeous venue for an elegant summer wedding. Having wanted to photograph there for a long time, even though local to me it seemed to be not popping up in my inbox. I was delighted to be asked by this lovely couple at last. Getting ready with the girls in the morning was one treat after another all the yummy things that I love from Jo Malone to the White Company a girl after my own heart.

The boys on the other hand were having a swift one in the local pub just across the road from the Abbey. Such a chilled and perfect backdrop to get some uber cool men shots.

And in this super stylish image Jack nailed the magazine look to a T. Its so nice to float around and get on the go snaps nice and casual, o and also helps with the wedding nerves and is a quality of a photographer clients seem to like.

Gosh that brings back how thirsty I was it was a scorching hot day. The attention to details were a photographers treat!

Grand exit isn’t it just so elegant.

The underground catacombs provided the most dramatic backdrop I was feeling the chills knowing this was going to look stunning.

Proud dad moments always get me. The time together leading up to this point and the conversations in the car are so special.

The most gorgeous summers day added to this beautiful wedding and when a couple are so happy to go get all the shots and literally embrace the photography moments it just makes it all so relaxed and thats when the photo’s flow.

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The Lowtide

So happy to be involved in this styled bridal collaboration and to have it featured in the summer edition of Margot’s Wedding. A seed that developed after Dale from Dale Rook Films was chatting to Jade from Burdock and Twine florists about her walk with her kids under Hastings Pier. As Dale was planning a styled shoot and this is a very local and well loved landmark it seemed like the perfect place to shoot a forward thinking inspirational, bridal shoot. Evocative, ambient and tranquil, the Lowtide glowing in the sunrise was the perfect setting to showcase local businesses and talents.

Photography by me, Filmed by Dale Rook Films, Hair by Yard & Quarter, Floristry by Burdock & Twine, Textiles by The House of St Leonards, Jewellery by Stargazy, Ribbons by Little Acorn Silks and Event Styling by Lulabelle Wedding Hire.

Fuelled on adrenaline and coffee waiting for dawn. Such a buzz in the air as we all met at a very cool hair studio on the seafront at 3 am. YES I did say 3 am !! and this was after no sleep and having just photographed and filmed 2 full days of weddings. Crazy I know but when a plan comes together and the enthusiasm of like minded people ready to go its the best feeling ever !

Front cover & Magazine spread

Moody tones

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David & Lisa

I met David, Lisa and their children over a year ago when I visited their gorgeous home with views that any photographer would want to wake up to. Whilst chatting they casually slipped in that they were getting married in the local church in Burwash and the reception was going to be in the combine harvester barn across the field. How exiting I thought my brain was thinking this will be so cool !! We wandered across in our wellies for a viewing and talked about the glorious sunsets and the planning ahead. Well if in any doubt about the setting, pictured below was what greeted me on the morning of the wedding. Just superb, unique and very personal and I loved it.

20 foot curtains made by the brides mother wow what a task and how cool do they look such an inspirational wedding. Theses fire light markers looked great against the misty rain.

Vintage Mercedes for the transport to and from the church driven by proud dad on the way and grinning groom on the way back just so laid back. Boho chic and tussled hair Lisa looked effortlessly stunning gracing this special car.

So as we left the church it started to rain and the mist set in. Never one to worry about the weather too much it was time to go with the flow and use it to our advantage. While the guests were tucking into their food I decided to head off to get some shots of this awesome vintage car and the rain only made the shot cooler.

A small break in the weather allowed us to dash for it to get some cute couple shots. Huddled under umbrellas this little of piece of magic happened. So you just can never tell what a wedding day will bring and even though we was wanting sunset we got moody skies and one of my favourite moments of the year.

No sunset but who cares when you have this backdrop and its so nice to get something different it shows that you can only plan so much and every couples day is unique and capturing that is very important to me.

And at the end of the night we were treated to a surprise firework display (I was in on the surprise). I waited patiently with my couples standing place marked out with straw x ha ha. Then low rumbling music started to fill the valley what an absolute treat wouldn’t have missed that for the world. After a long day and just on time the clouds separated and the rain moved away this was just fab, fireworks and music blasting out across the nighttime skies gave me chills. Just before I left I walked the perimeter of the hole field to get photos of every angle for my family to cherish after they had put so much effort into their very personal barn wedding. I guess today its a farm machine shed again but the memories and the photos will be kept forever. I walked back across the field in my wellies camera gear becoming heavy and thought wow what a day!!!

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Weekend Weddings

Well what a weekend !!! adrenaline, coffee and loads of fun 🤪🙃🍾 starting with a gorgeous Wedding on Thursday few hours kip then up early for another wedding on Friday, got home didn’t go to bed but after recharging batteries etc went out to do a styled shoot at 3 am.. so just now sitting at my computer doing a few tasters for my lovely couples … so here are a couple of those tasters, 3rd shoot under wraps at the moment .. 😉

Hayne house, KentBlackstock Barn Country Estate, Sussex.

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Spring wedding in quaint kent country hotel

When I met up with Jack and Chloe a month before their wedding day for our final meeting the rain and winds were so far from the weather that greeted us all on the day. Summer had given the couple and their guests an early treat. While getting ready in the roof top room, outside in the grounds the gazebo was being dressed with blooms and filling the wedding day air with floral scents. Chloe looked picture perfect in a beautiful fishtail dress with cutout details, lace and a  floor length veil.

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