Fulham Palace London Wedding Venue

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Good Morning Folks,

Today we are travelling to a very gorgeous wedding venue in London and it can be the one and only Fulham Palace where lovely Claire and Johnny had their reception.

Our day started in Clapham in Claire and Johnny's house, which was abound with wedding day excitement. Resplendent in the drive was Claire's Father's Model T Ford and this little lady was going to be today's transport; when I arrived Claire's Father was giving her one final polish to make her "wedding day fit" :) I do love these special touches as Claire said that it formed so many childhood memories and honking the horn was a particular favourite. Now their daughters have taken over the mantle and there was plenty of honking on the day along with squeals of laughter.  Claire's divine gown was from our one and only Emma Tindley and as with all Emma's dresses this was made to measure for the perfect fit.  There is nothing quite like having your gown made for you rather than altered to fit folks and it can work out much more cost effective than paying for expensive alterations of similarly priced gowns.

We had a fab time photographing the preparations and wow I fell in love with Claire and Johnny's bedroom and bathroom; it was a photographer's delight! It was then off to their local church to photograph the boys (in between bouts of lashing rain) and to await the arrival of Claire. The wind was particularly strong that day and everyone was being blown about as they arrived. Julie's timeline was ripped from her hands by the wind so there was a manic few minutes as we retrieved it with a brolly; ahhh such fun!!!

In true English weather fashion, the skies opened as Claire arrived but it did make for some lovely shots with Claire in the car. The church was just amazing inside with sublime light and the flowers…well wow, just wow. Afterwards the London buses took the troops to Fulham Palace where the drinkies and canapés went down a treat. After some fun Bride and Groom portraiture it was time for everyone to sit down, eat and relax but guess what folks it rained as the guests were making their way to the marquee…naughty, naughty weather.

The evening celebrations moved into the grand hall, the band started and the dancing commenced with a good time had by all, and once again I had the honour of being able to capture another wonderful wedding story…how lucky am I :)

Have a great week folks and I judging by the adverts Christmas is about to go into full swing and I do love a bit of Christmas.

Claire :)


Sunny Andre - A Homage to the '60s Good Girl Gone Bad

Good Afternoon Folks,

A little while ago a seed of an idea popped into my head following my shoot with Sunny Andre earlier in the year. We didn't quite manage to utilise her amazing cape so this little seed of an idea started to flourish in what was to become the shoot you see today 'Good Girl Gone Bad'.

I wanted to go completely retro and take us back to a homage of the '60s and to also explore what it would be like for a young woman, especially a young Hindu woman to exist in an era of great change. I think that she would have been trying to remain true to her culture but also wanting to embrace this amazing time for young people. I can only imagine this would have caused conflict within the family; so my idea for Good Girl Gone Bad was to explore her transition from trying to keep a foot in both camps with conflict, then her complete rebellion into a sassy lady with vampish qualities!

Sunny was definitely up for this and I knew this era would suit her perfectly as she has a love of this look as much as I do. I mooted the idea to Asta Perkins who is the most amazingly talented hair and make-up artist and things started to take shape. It is really difficult when you have images in your head and then to relay them but Asta, as usual was spot on and created this subtle transition beautifully. I wanted to use Wakehurst Place once again as this is such a versatile venue. In particular I wanted to use the Millennium Seed Bank because of its futuristic metallic and glass look. The '60s was all about the future and the vision at this time often involved lots of metallic influences and glass. I also wanted to symbolise the future for the progression for our Good Girl Gone Bad so this brought it all together nicely!

So we start with our Good Girl; very sweet but with make-up, hair and clothes that may have been frowned upon at the time. Our Good Girl senses her parents disapproval and wants to buck the trend and be accepted by her peer group so we see a change in demeanour. Then next stage is a change of clothes and shoes, which is where the cape comes into play. We can now see that our Good Girl is changing and this would probably be to her parents dismay; the more dismayed her parents are the more she wants to progress and to fit in with her peer group. The final transition is her make-up, which Asta made much darker; gone is the sweet innocent hair band and replaced by vampish sunglasses and so our Good Girl goes Bad! We used a cigarette and cigar in the shoot. Although frowned upon today in the '60s this was considered a transition to adulthood but for a young Hindu woman smoking would not have been accepted by her family. The cigarette and cigar are symbols of her rebellion and trying to be accepted by her peer group, so these props are a poignant part of the shoot. The laugh is that Sunny and I don't smoke and never have, Asta has dabbled so managed to get the cigar to look like Sunny was smoking it!!!

Sunny was a brilliant model as she managed to work with me to make those subtle transitions and really get to grips with the project to portray our 'Good Girl Gone Bad'. Asta was a marvel as I loved the way she changed Sunny's look; a good make-up artist is a true find and one that can create a look from very scant information (i.e. Asta) is a treasure.

So here are some of the images and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did making them and I did creating the final piece.

Claire :)

I want to say a big thank you to:-
Model www.sunnyandre.co.uk
Hair and Make-up www.astaperkins.co.uk/about-asta
Venue www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst

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