Monday, 14 November 2011

Caro and Simon... A day full of Brollies, Suitcases and Sunshine

I always feel so privileged to be asked to capture a couples wedding day for them and when one of the couple is a wedding photographer themselves, it can feel quite daunting and very, very flattering at the same time!

I had been following Caro on Twitter and Facebook, admiring her work for some time when she got in touch saying the exact same about me! We soon met and since then the boundaries between 'colleagues' and friends and bride and photographer have blurred so many times. Not only did I get to photograph Caro and Simon's day, but Caro was my sisters photographer a month later!

Caro and Simon had the most gorgeous wedding. Full of personal elements the whole day was a pure DIY affair that the whole family got involved in. From friends designing the invites and buying the table pieced and Caro making the beautiful fabric backdrop that hung behind the top table, every detail was hand made, designed, donated or created by themselves or someone they knew.

As the Friday morning of heir wedding rolled around, the weather pulled out all the stops for them and the day got progressively more sunny as Caro and her bridesmaids got ready at her family home in Marlow. Caro's dad drove her to the church in his vintage white Porsche which had been lovingly polished and was absolutely gleaming as they pulled up. Her bridesmaids followed in a gorgeous VW Bay in the most amazing yellow colour I have ever seen on a dub.

Caro wore a stunning lace dress that oozed vintage charm. Her keen eye nabbed her a bargain as she was lucky enough to find the perfect dress, 'the one', from the Phase Eight bridal range. She was then able to splurge a little more on two pairs of shoes and a stunning mantilla veil from. The jewel colours Caro and Simon chose were perfect for their summer wedding and their bridal party looked awesome in electric blue, yellow, greys and purples. Simons blue suit from Ben Sherman was the perfect colour for him and he looked so handsome and proud!

After the ceremony, guests were lead to the river where they were treated to a wonderful Henley and Marlow tradition, making their way from the church to Monks Barn on a canal boat on the Thames! After a fair few canapes and drinks later, they moored up just passed Temple Lock and they crossed a little bridge to arrive at Monks Barn to enjoy their afternoon and evening.

In the days leading up to the wedding, Caro, Simon and their family and friends had spent hours decorating the barn and it looked sublime! Monks Barn is a beautiful, very rustic barn that you literally hire as a 'shell' to decorate and fill your own way. It lacks the perfectly new and polished feel of so many pretty yet not-so-rustic-any-more barns that are out there and has all the charm and quirks of a proper English country barn. It is dark inside which becomes welcomingly candle lit in the evening. Its textured walls are beautiful and high beams and ceiling were perfect for hanging heaps of umbrellas from, to bring together their theme of suitcases and brollies. It's a fabulous space and has a pretty garden area out front that means with the barn doors wide open, you can bring a bit of the outdoors in.

From the many umbrellas dotted around the barn, the vintage suitcases all borrowed from her grandparents, the cameras lying about and a personalised bar just for Simon, their whole wedding oozed personality. Caro and Simon also set up the most amazing sweetie table that practically had to have a marquee built around it! Garden games, fuse ball, family photos and lots of fun and laughter kept guests entertained all afternoon... no detail was forgotten!

Caro and Simon, it was such a treat to be a part of your day and I look forward to catching up when I am next in town to talk and reminisce with you!



























































































































































Caro's Dress: Phase Eight design (Eve)
Simon's Suit: Ben Sherman
Ushers Suits: Marks and Spencers
Illustrations: Jenni Desmond 
Venue: Monks Barn

21 comments:

  1. I love the bride's gown, it was a great wedding. Congratulations and best wishes to the newly weds.

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  2. Oh Debs, you always tell the most wonderful stories! Isn't that Caro just delicious? A beautiful day full of beautiful moments, forever to be remembered with your beautiful photos. Congratulations lovely.

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  3. OMG THOSE UMBRELLAS!!! I love everything about this wedding and massive congrats Caro! I remember when we were talking about wedding plans a year ago! You look totally stunning and your bridesmaids ROCK and the photos are fabulous Debs.

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  4. Wow! These photos are absolutely amazing. What a beautiful wedding!

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  5. WOWzers! How beautiful is everything?! Caro looked stunning! Oh my... Amazing photos!

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  6. Andrew J R Squires15 November 2011 02:20

    What a beautiful wedding! Great photos Debs x

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  7. Holy Moly, how beautiful is this! The father daughter shot = total lump in throat. Caro looks totally gorgeous and relaxed, and what a happy not to mention beautifully captured day. Stunning details full of personality, such pretty colours and what a fab vibe of the whole day xo

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  8. Oh I love it all!!! I saw a similar wedding from America with umbrellas hanging from trees in a glade and it is SUCH a cool idea :D

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  9. Such a beautiful wedding! Caro looks amazing!!!! Love all the decor! And stunning work as always Debs! X

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  10. Lovely pictures and awesome photography.

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  11. What a beautiful wedding! Caro looks stunning and the photos are beautiful. I remember the first time I met Caro and we talked about her photographer, she couldn't stopped smiling. Beautifully captured Debs!

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  12. Hello Debs - absolutely gorgeous wedding. Love the different coloured bridesmaid shoes. The bride is a stunner also.

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  13. everything about this is amazing, so many original and totally genious ideas! beauytifully photographed! xxx

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  14. Debs these photos are incredible! As is this wedding! Too many amazing details to list but I feel a shout out for the umbrellas is needed! WOW :D

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  15. I love all the little pops of colour, such beautiful images

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  16. Wow! what a flippin stunning wedding. The real sense of fun and joy just exudes from every shot. Absolutely gorgeous Deb! blown away! Love love the shot of the groom on the boat with the cyclists in the background! :) And how fit is Caro?? swit swoo! in fact what a fit bridal party!! :)

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  17. Oh Caro you looked so gorgeous and it looks like such a lovely day! :-) Now the fun part is to keep looking at these lovely pics and reminisce as much as possible about your day hehe... oh and enjoy married life of course! ;-)

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  18. Thank you so much everyone!!!! I haven't been called fit in years Pete - Thanks for that ... will pass on the to the bridal party to... xxx

    It really was the best day ever and I love the fact I can reminisce looking at these pics and that they make me smile every time.... thank you so so so much Debs.... xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  19. GORGEOUSNESS! Bride, dress, details... images!
    xxx

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  20. Britt Spring29 May 2012 02:21

    Such a compliment to you Debs having a photographer ask you to do their wedding. Good choice Caro :) Lovely natural photos xx

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