The Bluebell Railway East Grinstead West Sussex - Image of the Week

Week Thirty

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This week's image was inspired from a chat with one of my lovely couples last week; they love the Bluebell Railway and we were talking about how great it is now that the line has been extended to East Grinstead. The inaugural journey was back in March this year and I treated my parents to a trip on this auspicious occasion. I took some images on the day so I thought why not post one here today. The one I have chosen is of those magnificent steam trains finally going over the viaduct; when hopped off at East Grinstead then rushed around to the viaduct to watch the train chuff, chuff over. My friend Mands (La Maison des Petits Gateaux, and quite possibly the best cake maker in the entire world) says it reminds her of the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter; happy days!

I picked a mahoosive amount of cherries in the rain yesterday; cherry fest has now started, it's official :)

Claire :)


Wedding Photgraphers Brighton East Sussex Thistle Hotel - Karen and Callan

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Good Afternoon Folks,

Welcome to the seaside wedding photography in Brighton East Sussex of Karen and Callan; the day was a scorcher and yes we are talking Brighton East Sussex in the UK and no I wasn't dreaming!

Karen had the most amazing suite and it had gorgeous views overlooking the sea with a balcony and hot tub, it really was a tranquil and spacious place to enjoy getting ready before the wedding. I went downstairs to find the boys just arriving and we popped outside to get a few shots. After the wedding Karen and Callan had a stroll along the beach and I am sure they felt like celebrities as everyone was wishing them well.

So for today's images; the first was taken in the suite and I love it because Karen looks so calm, she was so chilled all morning and only had very few nerves as she was being dressed and I think you can tell how chilled she looked from this shot and she looked absolutely radiant. Here is Callam looking splendid in his kilt and a fact for today, the sporen was inititally used as protection and I am sure you don't need me to explain to protect what, then over the years evolved into the multi use pocket/purse it is today. I do love the walking down the aisle shots, the utter relief and happiness at being married and looking forward to some lovely celebrations with family and friends. There were lots ofsun lovers on the beach that day and I did love capturing some shots with Karen and Callan mingling but this is lovely as they are just having a quiet moment together to chat and catch a sneaky kiss or two. Last but not least that bench, which you may remember seeing from their pre-wedding shoot...I love that bench!

I am steadily workng away here trying to catch up with my editing and hoping that at last we can have some sustained sunshime.

Catch up soon,

Claire :)


Lovely words from Pru and Simon who were married at Hayne Barn House Hythe Kent

More lovely words, which I am so chuffed to receive; thank you :)

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Weddings at West Heath School Sevenoaks Kent - Rachael and Patrick

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Good Morning Folks,

Welcome to the Pre Wedding Shoot part two of Rachael and Patrick who are getting married at West Heath School, Sevenoaks, Kent. For those of you who do not know, this was Princess Diana's school and it is a truly stunning building. We had a lovely chat with the Headmistress on the day and she was so lovely and helpful, nothing was too much trouble, so I am really looking forward to the big day.

We made loads of plans during the shoot and I am tres excited folks, and as usual it will all be down to timing and the weather on the day :) The last time you saw Rachael and Patrick was at the beginning of the year for their pre wedding photography shoot part one at Swallows Oast in Ticehurst, East Sussex. I have really enjoyed getting to know them over the last couple of years and their wedding plans are just stunning. They have chosen two very different venues, each with its own drama and beauty that will create a beautiful, varied and diverse wedding story; Rachael has also chosen an intimate venue to get ready that also has some stunning features. It feels a bit like Christmas in that it cannot come soon enough! You know you are spoiling me you two, don't you :)

So today I am posting three images, just look at those cloisters..excellent and Rachael poses beautifully...just perfect. Image two is Patrick looking splendid and the edgy background with pools of light add to the depth in this image. last but not least, this reminds me of something out of a fairytale; the backlight was beautiful and I am so pleased we found this little gem hidden away in the grounds.

Have a great weekend folks; I will be posting a wedding next week and more pre-wedding shoots so that you can see some of my wonderful couples before their big days.

Slather on the sun cream and enjoy this amazing weather,

Claire :)


Weddings at The Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells Kent - Andrea and Philip

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Good Morning Folks,

Today we are featuring pre wedding photography at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. I do love photographing at this venue as it is situated in my hometown of Tunbridge Wells and it is just beautiful with a contrasting architecture that is fabulous to give many different looks to your wedding photography. Although contrasting the blend is seamless and that is not something that is easy to achieve, but the Spa have so happy days for me!

It was really lovely to meet up and have a chat with Andrea and Philip, they first came across me at The Spa Hotel wedding fayre last year but I was winging my way to an awards ceremony so my assistants had a lovely chat with them. I have spoken to them on the phone on several occasions so it was to good to meet face to face to show that I really do exist.

As you can see from the images the day was very sunny and very hot. I know lots of Brides and Grooms wish for very warm and sunny weather for their wedding day but in reality being too hot is not the best for anyone, especially our lovely grooms who are often wearing wool!!!! Balmy but cooler weather is much nicer and so much more comfortable for everyone, no burned shoulders or melting make-up for the bride or heat exhaustion for the groom.

We had a lovely wander around the grounds and here are today's images, the theme today is spot the ducks :) The first is on the lovely bridge nestled in the many acres that the hotel has to offer, the trees behind add some drama to the image too. Our second image today is walking back towards to hotel jus by the water's edge in what I think is a quintessentially English scene. Oooh those who know me know I love a bit of drama and so does Andrea; happy days and I must say folks she is so easy to photograph but I know you don't believe me Andrea! Last but not least today, Philip looking mighty dapper and again falling into those poses like he has been modelling all his life. So how many ducks did you spot?

I am really looking forward to your big day and I know we are going to have lots of fun.

See you soon you two and for all my lovely readers have a great weekend and pop by next week for more ramblings from me!

Claire :)