Wedding in Greenwich London

We first met Sarah & Lee at the Trafalgar Tavern wedding fair early last year. They entered our competition for a free engagement shoot, and were the lucky winners!! We had so much fun photographing them, Lee & James are huge Star Wars fans so they hit it off straight away.

They loved their engagement photos so much they asked us to be their wedding photographers, we were over the moon.

Sarah got ready at the Devonport hotel, along with her Maid of Honour Kathy. There was a very relaxed atmosphere, and a few of Sarah’s close family joined her for a champagne toast before she left for the Trafalgar Tavern.

Lee was at the Trafalgar Tavern in the impressive Nelson Rooms with his best man Joni to greet all the guests. It was a lovely ceremony, followed by the all-important confetti shot on the stairway!

We headed outside into the blazing sunshine for the family photos, then took Sarah & Lee away for some couple portraits. Greenwich was extremely busy! But we managed to grab a photo of them on the steps to the Royal Naval College.

Everyone headed back to the Nelson rooms for the wedding breakfast. The view along the river Thames is second to none, and the staff at the Trafalgar Tavern served up delicious food & drinks.

After cutting their beautiful wedding cake, the newlyweds headed to the dance floor, with the chandelier sparkling over their heads, for the first dance. We left them to dance the night away to rock n roll…

Venue: The Trafalgar Tavern

Cake: Kelly's Cake

Flowers: Harley's Flowers

Advice for Brides

Wedding planning can be overwhelming to start with, we know, we have been there too! Where do you even begin to start planning one of the most important days of your life?  We thought it would be helpful to ask our previous brides for their advice and best tips to help you plan your perfect wedding day. We photographed the beautiful wedding of Jo & David last year in Greenwich, we asked Jo for her advice & tips for future JK Brides.

Firstly, how did you and David meet and how long had you been together before you decided to get married?

David and I had been together for 12 years and had 2 beautiful children together before he actually got round to asking me to marry him!! I thought he would never do it!! We grew up in the same area and knew of each other since school but we didn’t actually get together until our early 20’s.

Tell us how you started planning your wedding day?

Considering we were together for so long our wedding was a whirlwind! We got engaged whilst on a wonderful family holiday last July and I always knew I didn’t want a long engagement so I literally hit the ground running as soon as I got home.  My career as PA and Events Manager in the past definitely helped! We also knew that we wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun so I didn't want to get bogged down with tiny details, which I know lots of brides really do enjoy but this wasn’t for me! Our main brief was.... Love, Fun and Laughter.

Where did you begin to look for your wedding dress, and how did you decide on 'The One'?

My dress was by far the easiest part of my wedding planning. I knew what I didn’t want but was open to trying different styles.  All I had was an idea of how I wanted to feel.

Within 3 days on being home I visited our local bridal shop (with love brida,l new Eltham) with my Mum and bought a dress!  Which I know sounds completely mad and honestly very unlike me and especially my Mum! But it’s true when you know the one, you know!

When I picked the dress out both my Mum and the lovely Shop Owner wasn’t sure but the moment I stepped into the dress I just knew! My Mum fell in love with the dress instantly too, we just knew!

The complete icing on the cake was that my dress, without even having it in mind, matched completely with my Mum’s stunning head dress that she wore nearly 40 years earlier when she married my Dad! It was so so special to me and my family and the headdress is now packed away all safe just in case my daughter would like to wear it one day!

How did you decide on your venue?

The Venue again was easy! I knew I wanted somewhere local so Greenwich and The Trafalgar Tavern was my first thought! I have vivid memories of being a little girl and seeing beautiful Brides (but princesses to me at the time) standing on the balcony when we were walking past on one of our many visits to Greenwich Park. 

David and I have visited the pub over the years for Sunday drinks and David also actually celebrated his 21st Birthday there so it holds a very special place in our hearts!!

We did consider other venues, The Swan @ The Globe Theatre and also looked at some venues  in Kent but I was always comparing them to The TrafalgarTavern!

When we found out that the Trafalgar Tavern had the availability we went for it! 14th October 2016…………………………..11 weeks to plan a wedding! Easy! Ha Ha!

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Did you do most of the planning yourself or did your groom get involved?

David did get involved in all decisions (apart from the dress of course) but I definitely took the lead role! And it worked perfectly!   

Do you have any websites or social media pages to recommend to help future brides plan their big day?

Pinterest, pinterest, pinterest! I loved this for inspiration!

What was the one thing you were most worried about leading up to your big day?

The first dance! I like dancing but I am rubbish so the thought of everyone watching me made me feel a little sick! Actually I think the idea of all eyes on me all day made me feel uncomfortable. But on the day it was fine because I actually realised that it was all of my family and friends and everyone had so much love for us I ended up feeling a million dollars!

Looking back on your wedding day, is there anything you would have changed & why?

Honestly nothing.  I was a relaxed bride and I was marrying my soul mate in front of our children, surrounded by our family and closest friends! What’s to change?

Do you have any beauty secrets or products to share?

Not really! But if you can, make sure to book a professional make-up artist! I used Beau Babbington @Hairbybeaumua for me and my  bridal parties hair and make-up, she made us all look amazing!

My dress, plus having my hair and make-up done, I felt it was 100% the best I have ever looked!

What was the best moment for you on your wedding day?

Without a doubt the Ceremony! With all the crazy wedding planning I didn’t really ever focus on that on the lead up, but I will never forget those first moments of walking down the aisle with my lovely Daddy and seeing David and my son waiting for me.  Also the amazing atmosphere of love from all our guest! I literary nearly lost it completely but managed to get thought! Truly magical!

And lastly, what's your biggest piece of advice for all those brides to be out there?

Enjoy it! On the day don’t worry about  the tiny details! Delegate that to your loving friends and family who I sure would be more than willing to help!

Just try your best to take it all in with your lovely new husband!

 

Wedding at The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe.

It was where they had their first date. It was where Matt got down on one knee & proposed to Jude. So where else better to say ‘I do’ than at the very location where their story began, The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe, London! 

They both got ready at the Mondrian hotel on the banks of the river Thames. The groom along with his best man & eldest son made their way along the river to the Globe Theatre to greet guests in a reserved area at the bar at The Swan. 

The bride arrived in a London taxi, the groom was waiting for her in the reception, the first look between them was so emotional! Along with their 3 children, they made their way to the ceremony room.

They walked down the aisle together and took their vows in the balcony room with fantastic views across London to St Paul’s Cathedral & the city of London. What a fantastic backdrop they had! It was a beautiful ceremony and quite a few tears were shed. There was no traditional wedding dress, no bouquet……just a day of pure love & laughter, celebrating family & friends together.

After the ceremony we all boarded a Route Master bus from Southwark Bridge, we arrived at Blackfriars Pier and The Golden Salamander departed and everyone enjoyed a cruise along the Thames. We passed historic London landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben and our favourite bridge in London, Tower Bridge. 

Champagne & canopies were being served, the sun was shining whilst the musician sang away. It was over way too soon & we headed back to Bankside pier to depart for the evening reception. The balcony room looked so elegant with silver candelabras on each table. Everyone was very well looked after by the amazing staff at The Swan, they were treated to delicious food & fine wine whilst the music played & the sun set over the city of London.

Venue: The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

Hotel: The Mondrian

Make up artist: Elizabeth Hsieh

Wedding photographers in Greenwich

We love it when we get to photograph an engagement session for our clients ahead of their wedding day! It really is a great way for our couples to get comfortable in front of the camera, because let’s face it, most of us tense up when a camera is pointed our way. So we walk our couples through the process to help them feel relaxed, give them a few tips on their posture, and most importantly, make the experience fun!

Prity & Amrik are marrying at one of our favourite London venues, the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, so where better to shoot their engagement shoot than Greenwich Park! We met them early on Sunday morning, they both looked fabulous! Prity wore a beautiful dress from Oliver Bonas which Amrik bought her for Christmas which looked perfect.

When engagement ring shopping, they couldn't find exactly what they were looking for, so Prity designed her own ring. We love unique touches like this!

We took a few shots of our couple around the Old Royal Naval college before moving onto Greenwich Park. Prity & Amrik were naturals in front of the camera! We cannot wait to photograph their wedding later this year! 

Bloomologie Wedding Florist

Whilst browsing on Instagram a few months back, we came across Bloomologie, we instantly fell in love with all the photos of the gorgeous wild blooms! We had to find out more about who was behind Bloomologie, and last week we did just that! We met the very talented and extremely lovely Ali and found out more about her floristry business.

How did you begin your career in the floral industry? 

I love gardening and flowers and plants, so it all began with my own garden. I studied my RHS horticulture qualifications about ten years ago, and I loved growing my own flowers to cut (I'm a big fan of Sarah Raven who grows a cutting garden on the Kent/Sussex border and, at that time, also arranged them and did event flowers). But it wasn't until I had children that I did a college floristry course on maternity leave. I began making christmas wreaths and occasional bouquets and people starting asking if they could buy them, and do wreath-making workshops with me; so it grew slowly each year until 2015 when I finally went and did a business floristry course with Judith Blacklock (the Mary Berry of flowers!) and built a little website while getting experience at Moyses Stevens florists in Chelsea. That Christmas I did workshops at Blackheath Conservatoire and lots of private parties and before I knew it the business was up and running - people loved my Christmas work and images so much that I started to get wedding enquiries and events began to come my way. I was lucky enough to convert some of the skills from my previous work in magazines and newspapers to be able to do floral styling for photoshoots. I worked Rebel Rebel on their events and corporate contracts for the likes of Selfridges and the BAFTAs, as well as some pretty amazing weddings, which has really helped me to think creatively, but it always comes back to the garden and what's in season for me. That's where my inspiration starts. 

Tell us how you started your company Bloomologie and what's happened from then up until now

I was so frustrated that none of the flowers that you see in the shops (and many traditional florists) looked anything like the flowers in my garden, and by the stiff, unnatural style of them, that I decided to fill the gap in the market myself! I built Bloomologie from the ground up, using a mix Instagram and social media and local marketing (leaflets and local Facebook forums) to get the word out there, and always staying true to my "garden gathered" style that’s romantic, natural and a little bit wild. I only use seasonal flowers, that are British whenever possible (I even grow as many as I can myself) and I look for unusual flowers and local growers wherever I can fund them. I get my sweet peas and from Sussex, Dahlias from a grower in Essex (although I grow the best ones myself!), roses from Surrey and foliage from Devon (and sometimes even the hedgerows of south-east London). A friend has a farm in Kent and I raid his hedges and meadows for my wreaths at Christmas. In less than two years I’ve done photoshoots for bridal magazines such as You and Your Wedding, been on the cover of Perfect Wedding and Countryside magazine and made it into Vogue. Now we’re doing flowers for some of London’s best hotels and venues and we’ve just opened our flower studio in Blackheath in south east London.

What flowers have been popular this year so far

Without doubt it's greenery - it's the Pantone colour of the year and I've got three foliage-only weddings this year, which I'm really excited about! I love that wild, organic, textured look that you get from foliage – our floral and foliage disco ball is one of our most pinned images and everyone loves them for a marquee or as a wow-statement piece. That is probably the other big trend – creating one-off floral installations that will be instagrammed and shared, and that everyone will remember afterwards. 

What's your advice for brides-to-be on choosing which flowers are best for their wedding day

Start with the season and stick to it. The strongest flowers that will look their best are those that are in season. It will also make your day look in sync with what's around you. My best advice is to choose a rough colour theme and a budget and then trust your florist to create the best of what's out there for you - that way you'll get the best value for your money and the best of the season. If you have one must-have flower, tell your florist but remember that no one can control nature - if it rains a few days before the wedding, there won't be any blossom that week! Or if it's a warm spring, like now, then you might be lucky enough to get a glut of bargain peonies that you weren't expecting (they normally aren't widely available until late May-June). My other piece of advice is spend your money where it will be seen – have a knock-out bouquet as it will be in all your photos and invest in one or two bigger pieces (maybe a show-stopping urn at the entrance or a hanging floral arrangement in a marquee) rather than lots of smaller average ones. And perhaps most obviously, have a look at a few florists’ websites and meet the ones whose style you like. 

Where do you get your inspiration from

From the garden and nature; from the venue I'm working at; and from the couple (or client) I'm working with. I start by looking around me to see what we can use to inspire us – whether it's the view, or something architectural at the venue, or a key flower or plant at the venue. I'm doing a marquee wedding for a couple in the autumn in their parents back garden, so we’re going to create a hanging meadow from the ceiling to echo the surroundings. I’ve got an Australian couple in June and so we’re going to use arid plants and foliage, such as eucalyptus, olive, echinops and protea to bring a bit of the outback to north London! I'm hugely excited about a wedding at the Barbican conservatory and also the Garden Museum – needless to say it will be the gorgeous green surroundings that will dictate what we do at those weddings… 

What has been your career highlight so far

Probably it was my biggest event last year, which was a launch for a new property development in Battersea where we used a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme and took lots of floral inspiration from the old English rose garden in Battersea Park opposite. There were two amazing floral arches, a flower wall six metres wide by 5 metres tall, metres and metres of floral garlanding and lots of urns of scented roses everywhere – we completely transformed the space and did it all using British flowers. It looked (and smelled) phenomenal. 

Which areas do you cover and how long do you advise the couple to contact you before their big day

I travel all over the UK, but most of my weddings tend to be in London and the Home Counties, especially in central, east and south-east London. Most couples either contact me really far in advance, or surprisingly close – some even just a couple of weeks before! If we can fit you in, we will always try. 

 

What's the best part of your job? 

I have two favourite parts – sourcing the flowers, which I put huge effort into as I like to by unusual, British and high quality flowers (and who doesn’t love shopping?!), and then seeing them come together to create something really beautiful as a finished product. I love that quiet moment before an event when everything is in place and looks fantastic. 

And finally, what's your favourite flower

Oh that is an almost impossible question. I think it’s the hellebore, but we’re just coming into peony season and they do just floor me, every time I see them…

We want to thank Ali for taking the time to talk to us and let us photograph her beautiful flowers! To find out more about Bloomologie or to contact Ali, head over to her website HERE

Islington Town Hall Wedding.

From the moment we met Hannah & Frank in early 2016 and heard all about how they were planning to arrive & walk down the aisle together, to all the DIY details that were going to be made, we knew their wedding day was going to be something special!!

Hannah looked simply beautiful in her dress by Fairy Goth Mother. Oh and them bouquets by Crafted Blooms! So pretty! 

The ceremony took place in the Richmond Room at Islington Town Hall. All their guests applauded as they walked down the aisle together! There were a few tears when the vows were taken, you could really feel the love between them, even we had to compose ourselves once or twice.

After heading outside for the all important confetti shot, Easter eggs were handed out as everyone boarded the coach. We headed to the city of London to the reception venue, the Pepys Room. With glass jars full of flowers, Mr & Mrs signs scattered around, to the personalised straws, Hannah & Frank had really thought about decorating the venue perfectly. And with Frank originating from Holland, there were clogs and windmills to be found too! 

And not only did they have a lovely wedding cake by Jo's Cakes, after 8 the guests were treated to a whole table full to the brim with cakes galore!!! We have never seen so much cake, our kinda wedding right there

The only thing better than all their GORGEOUS details, was the love these two have for one another. It was a joy to be a part of such a wonderful day. As they took their first dance as husband and wife, and the city lights shone over London, there really was a touch of magic in the air.

Kew Gardens

We have been members of Kew Gardens for many years. We try to spend as much time there as we can, exploring the beautiful grounds and glasshouses. The diverse collection of plants they house there is amazing, and spring is such a lovely time to visit with the magnolia trees in full bloom! We thought it would be fun to interview Alex who is a gardener at Kew Gardens to find out more about this world famous botanical centre in southwest London.

What first inspired you to become a horticulturist? How did you get into it?

I grew up in a small village in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. It is your typical English village. At its heart is a village green, with a country pub and a glorious medieval church. Set back is a large, rambling 17th century manor house clad in the most enormous wisteria. The manor has superb gardens, including a kitchen garden, formal gardens, glasshouses, enriched meadows and even a maze.  This is where I first fell in love with plants and gardens.

At the time the owners opened their garden for a few charity weekends a year but, as they were getting on in years, they put out the word for a Garden boy- young assistant to help out. Like many 12 year olds I was in desperate need of pocket money! I was fortunate enough to be hired on the basis that I had a keen interest in wildlife and had some experience helping my grandmother in her cottage garden.

Very quickly I found the money was not the incentive, just being there absorbing the garden every Saturday afternoon was enough. I remained working at the manor until I was 16, when I left school and went to work for a plant nursery. It was a few villages away and I used to love cycling through the lanes with my wildflower book, admiring the seasonal changes of the hedgerow flora. I spent a very happy year there learning how to propagate and grow a wide variety of plants. I really developed my plant knowledge during this time and it has really stood me in good stead.  As every gardener knows, knowing your plants is SO important. However there is so much to learn in horticulture and you never stop learning (I love this element). I went on to horticultural college to continue learning.

After graduating my course with distinction I knew at this point I wanted to be a master gardener, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work at Aberglasney Gardens, in Carmarthenshire, West Wales for two wonderful years.  Aberglasney is an historic garden, established in the 14th century, which is today renowned for its plants and beauty. It is a real plantsman’s garden, full of rare and interesting plants. Whilst there I assisted in the restoration and renovation of some areas of the garden, primarily managing the walled kitchen garden producing produce for the restaurant and cut flowers to sell.  I really treasure my time there, particularly as I lived on site and was completely immersed in the gardens. However I knew the time had come again to further myself and have a change of scene. My head gardener at the time was Kew trained and he encouraged me to go to Kew to study. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is considered by many to be the greatest and leading botanical garden in the world.

I remembered visiting Kew when I was a child and being in complete awe. I never dreamt I would one day work there. There are 12 spots open to worldwide applicants each year and therefore it is quite competitive. However, I was given an interview which involved multiple practical tests, a plant identification test, timed essay and going before a panel of experts. I remember feeling like I had blown it and would have to reapply next year. However when I did in fact gain a place to study, I was overjoyed.

I moved to London and after three intensive, testing and captivating years I graduated the Kew Diploma with Honors and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Gardeners prize for being the best practical student. Kew approached me and offered me a permanent position helping to manage the Rose Garden, the Great Broadwalk Borders (Longest double herbaceous borders in the world), Palmhouse Pond and the Victoria Gate entrance. I accepted and haven't looked back since. I love my job.

What does your role at Kew Gardens usually entail? What’s a typical day like?

No two days are really the same. The variables such as current projects, weather and seasonality dictate what happens on a day to day basis. Aesthetics and ornamental horticulture are very important to me. I strive to help maintain and raise the horticultural standards of Kew, particularly as Kew is a world heritage site. My areas are known as the 'honeypot' - close to the main entrance and the Palm House, so everyone passes through it. This year alone over 1.5 million people enjoyed visited Kew.

What is your favourite exhibition / project you have worked on since starting at Kew?

To date I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team that has completed the Great Broadwalk Project (world’s longest double herbaceous border) and the Hive. This year we are redeveloping the rose garden. 

I really feel it is a very exciting time to be at Kew with many upcoming projects and developments including the new children’s garden, Order Bed landscape, the historic chinoiserie landscape around the pagoda (opening summer 2018) and the almighty Temperate House project (opening summer 2018). 

 I really love being creative and have a 'can do' attitude. I thrive off improving areas and getting them to reach their full potential.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

  • Plants. Simply working with some of the most diverse and unrivalled plant collections in the world.
  • Helping to develop, manage and maintain beautiful Kew, a world heritage site.
  • And ultimately having an incredible work environment. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and better quality of life. I am fortunate enough to live just off Kew Green and the only vehicle I seem to use on a daily basis is a tractor.  I count myself lucky practically living and working in the ‘countryside’. 
  • The weather can be a little challenging at times. But there are always jobs to do – planning, maintenance etc. 

You have a large following on Instagram - do you think there’s been an increase in the number of young people interested in gardening and if so, why? Do you think social media has had an impact on this?

Gardening is really enjoying a renaissance with younger people. I think this is largely down to its image being improved drastically and people realising the joys of plants. They are vital to everyday living and enhance our lives so much. The ‘grow your own’ resurgence and everyone becoming more health conscious has a big part to play in this. Many friends want to improve their outdoor entertaining space with foliage or if they live in a flat they always want houseplant advice. 

Yes. Social media and communication is a part of our lives and has helped create waves of interest in plants. Many of us are visually led and escapism is very important. 

What do you think is the biggest threat to British (London) gardens/landscape and what can be done to combat it?

The lack of investment from local authorities and private individuals in the green infrastructure of our towns and cities. For example there is currently a large age gap between early/mid 20th century street tree/ park plantings, resulting in their being a distinct lack of trees. ‘We’ are planting more (but not enough) and the establishment rate of new trees/plantings is poor. This is due to the lack of aftercare and foresight. We need more gardeners and funds to ensure a green, healthy London. 

How would you describe your own garden style?

The Modern English Garden, because it encompasses our entire gardening history, containing the best of horticultural developments and features (herbaceous borders, kitchen garden, garden architecture, follies and garden buildings). It often has this wonderful balance of structure and architectural form mixed with soft and exuberant plantings.  Gardens like Sissinghurst, and Great Dixter are of great inspiration to me. I find they have wonderful individual personalities, a sense of place and can be ever so romantic.    

If you didn’t work in this industry what would you be doing instead?

I would like to be a specialist in the decorative arts or an antique dealer. I collect ceramics (earthenware, studio pottery) and architectural antiques (Urns and garden pieces).  I also have a passion for architecture and interiors too. 

What advice do you have for someone looking to start a career as a horticulturist?

Get to know your plants. Plant knowledge will always stand you in good stead. Gaining practical experience is just as important as gaining horticultural theory and qualifications, it’s important to strike the balance right. The Kew or RHS apprenticeships are very good. Be prepared to never stop learning and always asking questions. 

What is your best advice for those looking to start gardening at home, where should they start?

Consider the scale and use of the space available. I would like to highlight the importance of seasonality and selecting plants that provide all year round interest. Try to have something in flower every week of the year. Look at the space available, considering light and aspect to help select plants that will thrive. It is important also to be realistic in creating something one can maintain. 


Can you share your top tips for revamping an outdoor space on a budget?

  • Keep it tidy and clean. Hedges and edges are very important. 
  • Get proportions of beds and hardscape right. 
  • Edit your existing garden and ask yourself is each and every plant earning its keep.
  • Keep it simple. Less really can be more in London gardens. 
  • Investigate and select the right plants to suit the site. 
  • Gravel is an excellent fix for hiding rough paving.
  • Bulbs are a quick easy way to inject colour and interest into a space.  

We want to give huge thanks to Alex for taking the time for us. If you would like to follow Alex on Instagram click here.

We will be returning soon to Kew Gardens to photograph a wedding, we can't wait to share the photos with you!!! 

The Trafalgar Tavern wedding fair

Tales of how you met, stories of the proposal, hearing all about your wedding plans.…..oh we were in Heaven at the Trafalgar Tavern wedding fair at the weekend!!

We feel it is so important to meet potential clients in person, we want them to get to know us, the person behind the camera, as well as show them the kind of photographs to expect if they book with us. We hope everyone enjoyed our macaroons by the lovely Lilika's treats :0)

The Nelson Rooms on the first floor of the Trafalgar Tavern, with stunning views across the Thames from the Shard, to Canary Wharf, to the O2,  really is an impressive space for your wedding! They can accommodate up to 200 guests. The elegant chandeliers, the canons placed by the huge windows, the statue of Nelson, all add a touch of luxury to the rooms.

There was so much wedding inspiration for future brides & grooms, from Mimi Fleur & Harley's flowers (Kerrie was swooning over the flowers ALL day!) to beautiful wedding stationery by Holly Rees, to videographers Confetti & silk (who will be doing our promo video coming soon!) and My perfect wedding story who we worked alongside at Louisa & Lee's wedding  to amazing hats by Agnieszka hats even accommodation at the Novotel for all your guests.

We hope everyone got lots of ideas & inspiration for their own wedding day! It was lovely meeting everyone and hearing all your wedding plans! We hope to welcome you as our next #jkbride

Engagement shoot St Paul's London

We just love an engagement session! Especially in our home town London!

We met Irene & Renz early in the morning and headed through the infamous Borough Market that is popular with many tourists on Friday’s and Saturdays selling all kinds of food from all over the world. James loves to visit there and pick up some interesting food when he has a free weekend to cook lovely meals for Kerrie :0) Luckily the market was empty which made it relaxing for our couple. 

After a couple of fun shots we headed along the river Thames passing iconic locations such as Shakespeare’s Globe & Tate Modern to capture some stunning images of them. 

Along the way Renz told us how he proposed to Irene on Valentine’s day at their local church. Irene was so excited and couldn't believe Renz was asking her to marry him! It brought back lovely memories for us too, we just love to hear about other couples love stories.

We headed on to the millennium bridge to get another couple of photos before finishing off outside St Pauls cathedral where there was a pretty blossom tree. We just had to get a photo of them next to it with the petals blowing past them. 

It certainly showed us Spring has finally arrived :0)

Engagement shoot at Tower bridge, London

Emma and Dave met on their first day at Nottingham University in 2008. They were friends for three whole years before eventually becoming a couple in the summer of 2011 after they left university and went to Glastonbury.

Five years later on the 1st of September 2016, they were back where they originally met at Nottingham University. Dave proposed by the boating lake on the University campus! Who said romance is dead? The day after they headed off to Turkey for a week of sunshine.

Oh we love a romantic proposal story!! We had the so much fun photographing these two for their engagement session around Tower Bridge. It brought back lovely memories for us as James proposed to Kerrie in the middle of Tower Bridge back in 2007!!

By Laura London

Have you thought about using candles to create a beautiful mood on your wedding day? From burning a calming scent in the morning whilst you are getting ready, to creating an uplifting scent for your reception, not to mention how pretty they will look!

We came across the very talented @Bylauralondon on instagram and immediately fell in love with her candles! We had to meet her and ask her more about them, how they are made, the different scents, and how our brides can incorporate them into their own wedding day. And of course to photograph those pretty candles!

When did you start By Laura London? 

I started By Laura officially in September 2015 following a few years where I was making candles as more of a hobby and for presents for friends. It felt like it was about time to really get stuck in and do it properly and I'm so glad I did. 

What inspired you to start making candles? 

A mild obsession with buying scented candles was what made me start making them. I've always liked learning new things and making things myself so my husband suggested that rather than spend all this money on candles, I should try and make them myself. So I did, I wasn't very good at first, but over time learn lots of tricks and how to perfect what I was doing and now here I am :)

Tell us the process involved in making your candles?

The first step in making a new candle is about the research into the scent. I try out different combinations and play about with what I think might work before I add it to a candle. While I'm melting the wax for a candle I prep the container that it's going to sit in. This involves choosing the right wick for the container and attaching it securely. Then it's about waiting for the wax to hit the right melt point, combining the scent with the wax and then pouring the candle into the prepped container. It's all in the balance of temperatures and levels of ingredients and a slow and smooth pour. Once they're poured then the candles set and rest for a couple of days before they're ready to have labels added and get boxed up.

How would you recommend a bride incorporate candles into her wedding?

Scent is a wonderful yet often overlooked addition to a wedding. Smell is such a powerful sense and really does have the ability to evoke memories so the best way I think is to have scented candles burning during the event to set a mood and feel in the space. I work with engaged couples to create a bespoke scent for them. They'll tell me the types of scent they like, the space and size of their venue and then we work together on a plan of how many candles will be required to fill the room with a level of scent to set such a mood. In complement to this I also offer scented candle wedding favours which their guests can take away and remember their day over and over again, each time they burn the candle. 

What's your advice for brides-to-be on choosing the scent for their candles for their wedding day?

I tend to start with discussing a general idea of scents they do and don't like which then informs me making some samples for them to try out and test for a few weeks and really see which is their favourite. If someone tells me that they like sweet and fruity scents for instance then I'll always throw in a couple that are more subtle hints to these notes yet blended with something a bit more usual, and quite often this can be the one they choose. That bit's really fun. 

Which scent has been most popular for weddings so far this year?

Jasmine has been a pretty popular scent recently. I think people really associate it with relaxing and enjoying themselves as quite often it'll be used in holiday venues or hotels so without even being aware of it, it has that effect on people. 

Have you any new scents planned for your candles?

Always! For a while now I've been wanting to crack a good masculine scent. Something woody, spicy and maybe with a bit of leather added. It's been on my to-do list for a while now so it will happen soon! 

Which areas do you cover and how long do you advise the couple to contact you to order their candles before their wedding day? 

I cover all of the UK as all conversations can be had over the phone and if packed properly the candles can travel safely. I'd always prefer to meet my couples in person but where that's not possible, it's not a problem. I can turn around personalised/bespoke scented candles in about a month if needed but generally I would advise that couples start conversations with me at least 3 months before the wedding so we've got time to properly try out the scents beforehand and avoid any last minute rush! 

What's the best part of your job?   

The best part of my job is working with people at a very exciting time in their lives, when they're planning their wedding. Engaged couples are fun, enthusiastic and so positive and excitable, and what better time to work with people! 

What's next for By Laura London?

At this stage I'm not really sure about what's next as such. I love where By Laura is going and specifically working with engaged couples to involve scent in their big day. Collaborations working with other small businesses and designer-makers to create something exciting is really fun and rewarding, so there are a few of these in the plans for the future so keep an eye on my social media pages to hear more about that soon!

Finally, we have to ask, what's your favourite candle scent?

This one's easy...my favourite scent is my Rosemary & Eucalyptus blend. I first made it for my wedding in December 2014 and the smell of it now still reminds me of our day. It's been one of my signature scents since then, as it is really popular with lots of people for it's warm and woody tones with a lovely fresh uplift. 

We want to thank Laura for her time and Kerrie LOVES her candles. 

If you would like to find out more about Laura’s work, visit http://www.bylauralondon.com. We have our very own Kerrie’s Calm Lavender & Orange Blossom candle, a necessity whilst soaking in a bath full of bubbles, Bliss!!!

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