Good Morning Folks,

Last week I had a telephone call from Rob at Reveries Events asking if I would photograph a beautiful space at the Selsdon Park Hotel in Surrey that they want to promote for outdoor weddings. It was Rob and he has to be the most talented venue dresser there is so it was an immediate yes!! The theme that Rob designed was a secret garden in vintage lilac. I then set about gathering the only team for the job to see if they wanted to be a part of the shoot. For designer gowns there could be no other than the amazing Emma Tindley and I immediately had three gowns in mind from the 2015 collection that would suit the Secret Garden theme. Our amazing Amy Seymour, model extraordinaire was immediately on board for modelling. Who else could one choose for hair and make-up but Alison J Smith. So that was the first part of the team on board.

I thought a cake that fitted the theme would be a brilliant addition to the garden and I discussed the idea with cake designer Amanda “Mands” from La Maison des Petits Gateaux. I only had to say secret garden, vintage lilac and boom she was overflowing with brilliant ideas; by the way did I forget to say this lady is a genius!

Jake who is soon off to Stella Adler in New York was on board to be a runner and my assistant for the day along with Tracy who is Amy’s mother. The ‘A’ team were back for another mission to create utter loveliness!

Yesterday was such fun and Rob you are a true artist you really are; just take a look at this beautiful area he has created for Selsdon Park Hotel. We also think this space for outdoor ceremonies could span the whole year and all sorts of ideas were discussed 🙂 Rob really does continue to amaze me and to be honest folks where he leads others merely follow, so if you see this elsewhere always be in the knowledge Rob did it first.

Let’s get on to Emma Tindley, well I always wax lyrical about our super talented ‘Tinders’ and to be her official photographer is a true honour. Her dresses are sublime and I love photographing them, be it for the collection, a shoot and real brides. We are so lucky to have a designer of her calibre in East Grinstead and not having to slog all the way to London. If you are a bride and care about the way you dress then Emma is your only port of call…I know, I know I am biased but it’s true!!

Amy Seymour, actor, model all round beauty and again to photograph you is an honour gorgeous Amz; I am confident you will go far and you are beautiful inside and out. I hope I am photographing you for years to come.

Alison Smith. Now I want to give a special shout out to Alison as I often think hair and make-up is overlooked. Without the magic they perform on the day I know my images wouldn’t have that va, va, voom and to watch Alison in action on both shoots and weddings always has me in awe. Just look at the magazines, they hardly get a mention for their artistry and that makes me very sad indeed. Alison you are getting a mahoosive mention here and you are brilliant 🙂

Last but not least the talent that lies behind La Maison des petits Gateaux; Amanda. She has to be one of the most talented cake designers I know, having trained with the best she is at the top of her game. Again another supplier who is often overlooked, with “well it’s only a bit of cake”. Be assured folks, I have tried a lot of cake in my time and it is most definitely not just a bit of cake. It is the beauty of the design matching the wonderful flavours of the cake and appreciating the hours of intricate work that goes into her creations.

So there we have it, the ‘A’ team and I love it when a plan comes together; I will now leave you with a few sneak peeks from yesterday and I am excited for the edit I really am.

Claire 🙂