As I get ready for my first wedding of 2015 at the weekend, I thought I would share another beautiful West Sussex Tipi farm wedding which I second shot last year!  After a beautiful church ceremony in St Mary’s Church in Chidham, West Sussex, Jessie and Harry went off in Jessie’s vintage beetle, and their friends and family followed on via a range of transport which included a tractor ride, golf buggy, and bikes!  Their celebrations took place on a family friend’s farm where a tipi and barn provided shelter from the glorious summer sunshine and the West Sussex countryside provided the backdrop.   What a fantastic day, and massive thanks to the lovely Gemma of Cotton Candy Weddings for having me along to second shoot.  Here are just some of the shots I took, but for more, please take a look at Cotton Candy’s blog post on this same wedding.

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The Perfect Family Photograph on Mother’s Day

It’s Mothering Sunday in the UK today so I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.   So after breakfast in bed, and a roast dinner, we also had a look through some family snaps, and I asked my kids what the perfect family photograph would be.  It’s a simple answer which I think deep down in our hearts we all know – it’s the one with everyone in it.   I think that at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what we look like in those photos, our kids don’t care. They want a photo with everyone in it, having fun, being goofy, doing whatever it is you like to do.  When they look at that photo, they’ll remember that feeling so I’d like to encourage everyone (including myself) in this age of the selfies, to actually A) be present in your family life, and B) don’t hide away, be in those family photos too! Not just Mums, dads, grandparents, cousins, siblings, extended friends and family members too! Happy Mothering Sunday everyone.

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Featuring Ash Darling photography

 

Hi everyone!  It’s the last day of my Series of Featured wedding suppliers from the Stansted house Wedding fair.  The wedding fair was yesterday but I am tagging Ash Darling and myself at the end so that you can learn a teensy bit more about us!  The idea of this series was to feature the suppliers involved in the Duncton mill photoshoot for Helen’s Doily Days magazine and organised by Alex from The Nostalgic wedding fair from the suppliers exhibiting at her next wedding fair.   Although I was technically photographing the day, I did get in on the act and got my own hair and make up done and Alex and Helen took over my camera and snapped pics of me and Ash in a “shoot out”.

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And Ash took my portrait in Doily days Issue 5.  Since you’re on my website, you probably already know a little bit about me (take a look at my About page here if not) but read on below for Ash Darling’s mini interview.  Ash now spends her time between Bristol and Surrey but I am hoping that one day we can work together again.

From Ash Darling Photography

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What do you love about your business?
I absolutely love meeting new people and collaborating – getting to be creative all the time is the best fun! Clients are always amazing me with their fab ideas and it’s so exciting to be a part of. Being a photographer is like having a front row seat at every wedding.
Close up of Ash darling looking at vitnage cameraP I N this to pinterest
What’s the most popular item/trend you’re seeing for weddings in 2015?
It’s not so much a product or theme but I’m finding that in general couples are a lot more confident in finding new ways to truly express themselves
through their wedding, whether it is a little nod to something they love or selecting/removing the traditions that feel right for them.

If you were to get married again or if you were to get married in 2015/16,
what would your wedding be like?

A Midsummer Nights Dream or a Georges Méliès film.

Ash darling Photogrpahy at Duncton Mill by Winchester wedding photographer Jenny Owens-1-2P I N this to pinterest

What’s your own favourite service that you provide yourself?

I absolutely love doing engagement shoots, it’s so relaxed, giggly and fun- a great way to get to know each other and practise your model skills before
the big day!
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What’s your favourite wedding top tip?

If you’re DIYing –  triple the time you think you’ll need. And then triple it again!

Ash darling Photogrpahy at Duncton Mill by Winchester wedding photographer Jenny Owens-2P I N this to pinterest

And just for a bit of fun, here’s a mini shoot out between Ash and I.

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What’s your favourite tipple?

I’m a sucker for a very large glass of Tempranillo.  (mmm I like a bit or red too)

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What’s your favourite snack?

Macarons – obsessed.  (me too! and generally cake obsessed…)

Thank you Ash, and thanks to Creations of Chichester, Toni Todd, and Caroline Kearney of Mobile hair and beauty for working on the team on the day!

Phew, thanks to all of my readers and first time visitors!  I hope you found this series of featured Hampshire and West Sussex wedding suppliers interesting, but I will now be going back to my usual weekly blog posts showing some of my children and family photosessions, and wedding and engagement shoots.  Come back soon!

West Sussex wedding headwear designer Poppy Flora

 

Goodmorning!  It’s finally sunday 8th march, the day of the Stansted park wedding fair run by The Nostalgic wedding Fair!  Today will be the penultimate in my series of Wedding Supplier interviews centred around some of the suppliers at this fair ( a few of us were involved in a photoshoot for Doily days magazine, and I’m using the photos from there to go along with their mini interview).  So I hope that some of you reading now are planning on coming to see us, and if you’re reading after the fair, do take a look at the last 7 days of interviews to learn about us!

So today’s wedding supplier is the very elegant Claire from Poppy Flora!  Let’s hear from her!

wedding headwear photoshoot of Poppy Flora at Duncton Mill by wedding photographer Jenny OwensP I N this to pinterest

I started the business just over a year ago having made jewellery for a number of years just for pleasure. A friend of mine was getting married and I offered to make her headpiece and the rest is history! I am based in West Sussex, but can mail order to anywhere in the UK and internationally. I create bespoke designs for clients using wirework and embroidery techniques, as well as one off creations using ‘reloved’ vintage jewellery, all of which are available to buy from my website, www.poppyflora.com. I love what I do! Not only does it fit perfectly in with my family life, it is my passion and I am very lucky to be able to run my own business.

What do you love about your business?

I love to make, so spending hours in my studio, designing, sorting through beads, learning different techniques is what drives me, the fact that people like to wear my work makes me smile. The wedding industry is full of such wonderfully talented people who I love to meet and collaborate with.

What’s the most popular item/trend you’re seeing for weddings in 2015?

Bright colours, retro centre pieces/themes and brides looking for that ‘unique’ experience.

Poppy Flora in vintage clothing at photoshoot by Hampshire photographer Jenny OwensP I N this to pinterest

  If you were to get married again or if you were to get married in 2015/16, what would your wedding be like?

I would probably not do anything that differently as it was my perfect day, vintage, lots of handmade items, homegrown flowers and huge tower of Crispy Creme donuts for our alternative wedding cake. I would make my own headpiece and jewellery this time round though!

  What’s your own favourite item that you provide yourself?

I’m loving my latest tambour beaded designs. The technique of tambour embroidery is so versatile, I can use it to make any design or colour to suit the client’s needs.

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  What’s your favourite wedding top tip?

Do what you want to do as a couple, not what others want you to do. It’s your wedding after all!

Poppy Flora at Duncton Mill by jenny woens PhotographyP I N this to pinterest

  What’s your favourite tipple?

I do love a cold, crisp glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

  What’s your favourite snack?

I’m rather partial to a Viennese whirl.

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Thanks so much Claire. Your own wedding sounds amazing!  You can find Poppy Flora at these various places:

https://www.facebook.com/poppyflorajewellery

https://twitter.com/Lovepoppyflora

https://instagram.com/lovepoppyflora

Thanks To Duncton Mill for hosting the shoot (they also host a select number of weddings a year), and to the following hair and make up artists who worked on the team – Creations at Chichester, Toni Todd, Caroline Kearney from Mobile hair and beauty.

Meet Alex from the Nostalgic Wedding Fair and The Vintage Parade

It’s day 7 of my featured wedding supplier series and the day before Stansted Park wedding fair!  So I thought I should give Alex from The Nostalgic Wedding fair and the Vintage Parade, and Helen from Doily Days a great big THANK YOU for organising the fab shoot at Duncton Mill earlier this year which focused on some of the wedding suppliers exhibiting at Stansted.  It was great to be pampered and have our hair and make up done for a change for the shoot and they certainly looked after us very well.   So thank you Alex and Helen!

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It’s Alex’s turn today to tell us about herself.  She runs both the Nostalgic wedding Fair and The Vintage Parade which were set up ” was set up to give the local people of Sussex and Hampshire an opportunity to access the charm of 1930s-1980s vintage fashions and paraphernalia”, and “for brides and grooms to be offered something alternative with a vintage twist and a dash of uniqueness.”

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What do you love about your business?

I have decided it is love as recently I had to make a decision if to keep on running my business…but after many restless night I decided I could not give it up. Mainly because of the diversity and spontaneity my work brings to me. I have been honoured to meet some very inspiring independent individuals thanks to my business. I love being my own boss and making my own decisions, even though at times it may be wrong. However I never make a mistake twice. I am really looking forwards to 2015 as so many opportunities have arisen due to me staying focus and true to my beliefs.

Portrait of Alex from Duncton Mill photoshoot by Hampshire photogrpaher jenny owensP I N this to pinterest

What’s the most popular trend you’re seeing for weddings in 2015?

Trends to me can be interpreted in so many ways depending on the wedding. I would pick and mix trends fitting it towards your individual vision.

If you were to get married again or if you were to get married in 2015/16, what would your wedding be like?

Working in the industry I see some many great ideas and have met some great people. If the day I do get married I would to work with my partner to create a day which is harmonious to both of our personalities. Great food and music would be a key element.

What’s your own favourite item that you provide yourself?

Well organizing events I have got my self a little black book of contacts.

Alex from The Nostalgic wedding fair by Winchester wedding photographer Jenny Owens-1P I N this to pinterest
What’s your favourite wedding tip?

Stay focused. It is one day you have decided to certify your love with your partner, Do not loose sense of what you would like to create and do not get distracted with unnecessary extras. You have the rest of your lives together.

What’s your favourite tipple

Rum, Ginger Beer and a slice of Lime

What’s your favourite snack?

This week is has been chocolate brownies

Thank you Alex!  We are certainly glad you are keeping going with your special events!  Be careful, you might just get inundated with chocolate brownies this week!  Make sure to visit the Nostalgic Wedding Fair tomorrow 8th march at Stansted Park house!

Thanks To Duncton Mill for hosting the shoot (they also host a select number of weddings a year), and to the following hair and make up artists who worked on the team – Creations at Chichester, Toni Todd, Caroline Kearney from Mobile hair and beauty.