Wiston House Weddings – Holly and Dorian

Posted by Claire Hill on Aug 19 2015

Wiston House Weddings
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Hello Folks,

It’s been a while since I have blogged, things have been ticking along nicely chez Woodland Hill Photography but there hasn’t been a lot of time for blogging.

So what do you do when the daughter of a very good pal asks you to photograph her wedding; well you are honoured. What happens when that very good pal also happens to be an amazing photographer; well you are honoured and scared ๐Ÿ˜€

I was chuffed to bits to be the photographer at Holly and Dorian’s wedding at Wiston House but also very aware that the one wedding a photographer would want to photograph would be their daughter’s!! Lisa and Phill run a very successful photography business in Steyning so the pressure was on for old Clairey to make sure I did Holly and Dorian’s wedding justice!!!!

There have been many tears along the way; they started with the initial asking, tears; then being present when Holly chose her dressโ€ฆ tears; which incidentally was at the one and only designer extraordinaire Emma Tindley. Then at Wiston House open evening, tears. At the bodice fitting, stress because I helped Emma who had broken her thumb then, yup you guessed it, tears. The hemline, tears and the final fitting; yes I am like a broken record, tears!!!

We had great fun at the pre-wedding shoot and it was hilarious because Holly who doesnโ€™t do a great deal of gregarious public kissing had to then practise a bit of ad hoc lip smacking the streets!!!!

The day was just so lovely, everything went perfectly thanks to the brilliant organisational skills of Paul G Smith who is an amazing toastmaster. There were frequent bouts of tears from all concerned during the day so it would have been rude for me not to have joined in ๐Ÿ˜‰

Holly and Dorian are great sailors so you can see from the images Holly and Dorian went for a nautical theme that had echoes in her dress as the skirt represented the waves of the sea. The bridesmaids dresses were in blue and the whole theme had nautical essences, which tied everything together nicely. Even the beautiful wood panelling of Wiston House wouldn’t look out of place on a magnificent ocean liner!! Wiston House is very close to where Holly grew up and it has been her dream to marry there since she was a little girl; she believed that all princesses married at Wiston House and I think she is right because Holly you are a true princess and I know you and Dorian will have a long, happy and healthy life together.

I will go now before I now I start to get all emotional!!!

Claire ๐Ÿ™‚


West Sussex Bridal Hair and Makeup – Sunny and Danny Andre

Posted by Claire Hill on Jun 18 2015

West Sussex Bridal Hair and Makeup

Today I am so pleased to wax lyrical about Asta Perkins who is just an amazing West Sussex bridal hair and makeup artist. You can see Asta’s incredible work featured in many of my shoots and I am over the moon that she is also in charge of some of my 2015 Brides’ wedding hair and make-up too ๐Ÿ™‚

Asta has been featured regularly in a magazine called re:, where she is asked to write articles and her latest one was all about bridal make-up. This is often overlooked in the hub bub of arranging a wedding, but having a really good hair and make-up artist is the one thing that really brings everything together. It enhances the dress, the correct application ensures that it is neither too heavy or too light for the photographer; and most of all it has staying power so a bride will look as good at the end of the day as she did at the start. Hair and make-up artists of Asta’s calibre are worth their weight in gold.

I am attaching the article for two reasons, firstly for all you lovely brides to have a read as the advice in there is well worth noting, but also to show off one of my images that Asta particularly wanted to use for the article. Last year Sunny Andre married the love of her life Danny and they truly celebrated the next chapter of their lives together with not one, not two but three weddings! It was a real honour to cover their Hindu ceremony in London and they have some private memories of a wonderful evening. We were chuffed to bits to be invited as guests to their beautiful Cyprus wedding and again it was lovely to capture some private images for them. Sunny has very kindly sanctioned this image to be used publicly to accompany Asta’s article so it is lovely to be able to share it with you all. When I look at this image, it reminds me of the wonderful and fun time we all had, oh and me blubbing as Sunny walked with her Father to marry the man of her dreams; it was a moment I shall never forget.

Asta created the most beautiful look for Sunny for her wedding and as you can see this fitted perfectly with the dress that was designed by our very own Emma Tindley. This was a bespoke piece created just for Sunny to entwine her Indian heritage with Danny’s Greek heritage. It really was a masterpiece and shows that Emma has the ability to create anything. She never fails to impress me! The beautiful headpiece was created by Ivory and Co. and again the whole look makes the eye flow seamlessly from head to toe.

As suppliers we love to work with people who are as committed to their craft as we are and working with these two ladies is nothing but a pleasure; here’s to many more Asta and Emma.


Photographer – www.woodlandhillphotography.co.uk
Hair and make-up – www.astaperkins.co.uk
Dress – www.emmatindley.co.uk
Headpiece – www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk
Shoes – www.charlottemillsbridal.co.uk
Venue – www.palmbeachhotel.com

West Sussex Wedding Photographer – Katie and Tim

Posted by Claire Hill on May 15 2015

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Hello Folks, long time no blog from this West Sussex Wedding Photographer!!!

I thought we would go back to chatting about weddings today as May is traditionally seen as the start of the wedding season. Last year I was very honoured to be asked by my very good friend Katie to photograph her wedding to Tim. They are such a lovely couple and made for each other.

Katie has to be one of the best wedding planners in the business so no pressure for her own big day then!!!! She wanted to go for something completely different and so the Darling Buds of May was born. As soon as I saw the venue, which was a quaint little Victorian hall in Ardingly, I knew that this wedding would take me back to my favourite stories by H E Bates. Katie, Tim and I all hail from Kent so this theme was really close to our hearts.

The preparations were immense but boy was it worth it. As the day dawned I knew we were in for a scorcher, yes it was a little challenging with the light during the day but we were all rewarded with this amazing golden glow that greeted us as we frolicked in the fields of the South of England showground. That time was as free and easy as H E Bates depicted in his books; every time I look at these images I think we have our very own Mariette and Charlie right here in Sussex.

The day was everything Katie and Tim wanted for their wedding and I was so pleased to be a part of it as was Emma Tindley designer extraordinaire who designed the perfect British made dress you see in the photos. Amanda from La Maision des Petits Gateaux designed the cake and it fitted just perfectly with the theme, she is so clever. I loved that the ‘A’ team were together for this beautiful day. Fiona Hosford the harpist played for Katie in the Church; I always love seeing Fiona, she is talented and such good fun.

I hope these images bring you hope of a warm a sunny summer ahead, for me this day was ‘Perfick’.

Have a brilliant weekend folks,

Claire ๐Ÿ™‚

Wedding Dress – www.emmatindley.co.uk

Cake – www.lamaisondespetitsgateaux.co.uk

Harpist – www.harpist.uk.com

Flowers – www.astilbeandsorrel.com