New Forest baby photography

Relaxed outdoor family portraits in the Woods

 

Meet baby B and his lovely parents!  His parents tell me that he loves being outdoors so we really needed to go out for his very first photography session with me.  We’re so lucky to live near the wonderful New Forest, and after a little snooze in the car, and a little light rain, we ended up in this partly sheltered clearing in the woods.   There were of course some New Forest ponies to hand but we mostly stayed put in this small section.  Isn’t he just the most smiley baby!  All that smiling got a little bit tiring too so he had another little snooze.  I’m looking forward to meeting Baby B again in the not too distant future as his parents have booked the popular “baby to toddler package”.  I hear he’s now sitting up so I can’t wait to photograph him in the spring flowers!  Stay tuned throughout the year for more updates on baby B!

smily baby with mum and dad in the new Forest in Autumn by Jenny Owens PhotographyP I N this to pinterestbaby with Mum looking at Dad in New Forest session with Jenny Owens PhotographyP I N this to pinterestsmily baby in green jumber and striped topP I N this to pinterestHappy baby with mum and dad in the forestP I N this to pinterestmum, dad, baby on picnic rug autumn in New ForestP I N this to pinterestparents with baby in the New Ofrest in autumn walk by jenny Owens photographyP I N this to pinterestmum, dad and baby with New forest pony in the background by Jenny Owens PhotographyP I N this to pinterestbaby and Dad dyptich by Jenny Owens New Forest baby PhotographyP I N this to pinterestNew Forest baby photographyP I N this to pinterest

 

 

Featured Wedding Supplier Hampshire

Unique Cakes by Yevnig

 

Hello!  My next post in my Featured Wedding Supplier series is guaranteed to make you drool.  Today, it’s all about the Cake, specifically Wedding Cakes! Mmm, yum.  I can wholeheartedly recommend Unique Cakes By Yevnig for your wedding cake needs.  Yevnig is a lovely person who makes the most delicious, moist and full of flavour wedding cakes in Hampshire.  In fact she’s the Winner of the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards for London and the South East!  Congratulations Yevnig, it certainly is a very well deserved award.

So back in the summer of 2015, Alex from The Nostalgic Wedding fair/Vintage Parade organized a summer shoot with wedding suppliers in Hampshire who were going to be attending their next fair.  That’s where I met Yevnig and got to sample her delicious cakes.  We then worked together again on another shoot at Marwell Hotel (photos here).  She very kindly agreed to an interview to go with this blog post so here it is! (photos are a combination from both shoots)

Tell me about your business and how you started.

I think my story of how I got started is quite typical of many Cake Designers – it was very organic and a natural progression. Rewind back to 7 years ago, to my oldest son’s first birthday and the thought that I wanted to celebrate his party with a special cake. I had never (ever) baked a cake at that point, yet alone decorated one. I just did what I thought you had to do, locked myself in the kitchen for a day and came out with my first “commission”. Looking back, it was a bit abstract and not like regular kid’s birthday cakes, but the reaction from friends and family was quite remarkable and very positive. It appeared I had created something very untypical and eye-catching. It wasn’t long before some of the other mums were asking me to help them with their kid’s cake… this was the start of me getting into Cake in a big way. The rest is history…

mini naked cakes held out infront of cake maker Unique cakes by YevnigP I N this to pinterest

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Many people ask me where I get my inspiration from, but it’s a tricky one to answer. I’m always picking up ideas from everywhere – textures from lovely dresses I see, colours in real life that work well together, ornate architecture, keeping abreast of international cake trends, etc… But most often, I just think of something that seems “interesting” and then I play with it until I get the look I’m after.

Unique cakes by Yevnig standing by fireplace with her sample cakes by Jenny Owens PhotographyP I N this to pinterest

What’s your most popular flavour/design/theme?

My ‘Vintage Chic’ range of birdcage-inspired wedding cakes are always popular and one of my signature designs. I offer this cake in a variety of finishes and intricacies and often my couples’ ask me to make the top, birdcage tier to be a display piece. In this way, they can keep a wonderful souvenir of their wedding cake for the rest of their wedded-life!

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What’s your personal favourite item that you sell and why?

I do really relish those ‘blank-sheet of paper’ commissions, where my clients want me to design them something ‘just perfect’ for their big day. I guess I love it when my creativity is untethered and I can explore more unusual and unique designs. My personal favourite is a close call between about 5 designs – but I really do like the way my “Golden Rose Elegance” cake catches the light. The bubbly vision it portrays seems to reflect my own character somewhat!

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Do you see any trends coming up for 2016?

There are some amazing trends for the coming year, including calming & beautiful pastel coloured cakes and a return to more-traditionally stacked tiers (and less cupcake towers).

dyptich of rose cake and chocolate truffles by Unique cakes by Yevnig and shot by Jenny Owens PhotographyP I N this to pinterest

What do you do to relax?

I forgot what relaxing is! Running my business, looking after my 2 boys and hubby and everything else keeps, me quite busy these days! When I do get some time “off”, I do enjoy treating myself to a well-deserved Beauty Treatment. I have a wonderful local practitioner who is able to wipe out a week’s worth of stress in half and hour – her name’s Laura and she runs Inner Bliss, located in Basingstoke.

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If you were to snack on something, would it be sweet or savoury?

Ha Ha! Good question! Before I was so deeply involved with Cake and patisserie, then it would have definitely been “sweet” – but now I’m not so sure. Being surrounded by the best quality dessert and sweet ingredients has become my “day job”, so I guess a good cheeseboard with crackers or pack of quality nuts would be my first choice for a cheeky snack!

cake pops and delicate pink sugar roses by Unique cakes by Yevnig and shot by Jenny Owens PhotographyP I N this to pinterest

 

Favourite holiday destination?

That’s a difficult one. I’ve loved everywhere I’ve been. Lugano in the southern part of Switzerland was an absolutely heavenly place to visit in the snow. I really also enjoyed a fantastic holiday in Tenerife in the blazing Canary Island sun! Visiting new places is always fun, not sure I have a favourite as-such.

Yevnig and her husband at Nostalgic wedding fair photoshootP I N this to pinterest

Where can we find you (web addresses/shops)?

 I operate a very personal, boutique service, based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. I invite my clients to visit me for our design meetings at my consultation room by appointment only. I’m best contacted by phone on 07827 298832 and am most prominent on Social Media – just google “Yevnig” to easily find my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, etc… Or you could always check out my website at www.yevnig.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

 

Thanks so much for the insight into your world Yevnig!  I can’t wait to work with you again soon hopefully!

 

 

Marli and Jules’ Elegant & Colourful Barn Wedding

by Winchester wedding photographer Jenny Owens

I’m so pleased to finally be able to share the beautiful, elegant and colourful wedding of Marli and Jules back in the summer of 2014!  I’ve been waiting as Wedding Ideas Magazine is also featuring their wedding, and it’s out now! Whoo hoo!  Wedding ideas have done a really lovely job with their feature so do pick up a copy to read more about their story and their day, but in the meantime here’s a few other wedding pictures from Marli and Jules’ barn wedding in Hampshire.

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After 11 years of being together and a few years of being engaged, they decided to finally tie the knot in 2014 and had 6 months to plan it all! Marli’s original plans was to have a bright and bold festival style wedding with ice cream vans and pizzas from a real kiln oven, and hand brewed ale by Jules as favours. They found their ideal location in The Manor Barn which was being renovated by new owners at the time, but then her plans had to be changed after she found her ideal dress! A Martina Liana art deco design which echoed the design of her engagement ring and love for that era. So along with Nicola (the wedding planner from Behind the Scenes Events), they had to have a re-think in how to incorporate the bright bold colours, the barn and the art deco era. In the end they added elegant peacock feathers, navy and gold to bring everything together which ended up in a very elegant, grown up but colourful barn wedding. The flowers and jars used were all hand tied on the day and the jars all lovingly spray painted with gold glitter in different designs. Here are some photos to give you a flavour of the day.

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It was certainly a unique, fun and memorable wedding.  I loved the fact that Marli included her male best mate as part of her bridesmaid group, Jules brewed their ale wedding favours, and Jules’ phone went off in the middle of the ceremony which made everyone laugh!  Thank you Marli and Jules, your friends and family and the great suppliers who made it such a beautiful wedding to photograph.

Behind the Scenes Events: planning, decor & organisation on day

Tim Mellor: Second shooting the guys getting ready and photographic support during the day

Dress: Martina Liana from Josephine’s Bridal Southampton

Accesories: headpiece from Trifle Rabbit, necklace from Donna Crain, Shoes by Rachel Simpson

Hair: Uptown Curls

Make Up: Evie from Made up

Naked Cake: Cake O clock

Bouquet and flowers:  Penny Lane Flowers

Catering: Jacaranda

Caravanilla: ice cream van

Pizza: Mobile Pizzeria

Queen Bees: macarons and meringue kisses for sweet table

Entertainment: Festival Anthems

Location: The Manor Barn, Buriton (please note this barn’s licence is currently up for review and is undergoing a change in management as of Jan 2016)

 

 

Hampshire Bridal Bootsale at Bury Court Barn

Today I wanted to show you all some photos from the Bury Court Barn Wedding fair I attended last year with the Hampshire Bridal Bootsale.  As per usual, I took some photos of the event and I really enjoyed catching up with a few wedding suppliers I’ve worked with before as well as meeting some new ones.

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It’s my first time at Bury Court Barn (or The Barn at Bury Court as it is also known as) and it certainly is a gorgeous looking place, with a bright main barn and a mezzanine area, lovely well tended gardens and then you’ve got the rolling Hampshire countryside as your backdrop.  I’d love to shoot a wedding there so do get in touch if you’re getting married there this year or next (I’m getting pretty full this year now and I am taking bookings for next year!)  If you’d like to see more barn weddings, take a look here (Lillebrook Manor) and here (Stokes Farm Barn) and also keep an eye out on my blog these coming months as I’ll be posting more weddings in barns in Hampshire.  In fact my next post later this week will be a wedding at The Manor Barn in Buriton so do come back and take another peak at the blog at the weekend.

Suppliers, please feel free to tag yourselves in the comments section or drop me a message with your website and I’ll add it to this post.:)

Old Alresford Place Summer Wedding Celebrations

 

I would like to share this beautiful summer wedding with you all on this cold January day.  Jo and Mike got married in the height of summer with all their friends and family celebrating with them first at the beautiful and welcoming St Mary’s Church in Preston Candover, then at the 18th century former rectory Old Alresford Place in Alresford, Hampshire.   Their wedding is currently featured in the Dorset Wiltshire Hampshire Bride magazine so if you get the chance, do have a read of their story, but I will share a little snippet with you here, and also show more of their photos!

I was delighted to be chosen as Jo and Mike’s photographer.  At our first meeting Jo had actually gone out of her way to get me some cake (I think she read how much I like my tea and cake!), and I knew then that their wedding would be full of thoughtful, meaningful touches and maybe even a few surprises!  I wasn’t wrong – from the flowers and buttonholes worn in memory of grandmothers, the bridesmaid dresses made by an Aunt, cupcakes for the afternoon tea made by Mike’s Mum, the table names and settings, stationary designed by a cousin and made by Jo, the intricate photobooth also constructed and made by an Uncle, and the surprise confetti canon from their wedding car Jo and Mike’s wedding celebrations was very much a personal and family centered party.  Jo and Mike’s vintage school theme and afternoon tea even celebrates the place where they met!

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Throughout the wedding planning and preparations, I was aware that Jo’s mum was undergoing treatment for cancer.  Everyone was so happy that she was there for the wedding, and there was a lot of celebrating, and perhaps also a few poignant moments remembering those who did not make it to the wedding.

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I was very much aware how much of a privilege it was to be part of their day and celebrations.  Jo’s Mum did pass away only 23 days after the wedding but I know that Jo and Mike treasure their memories and even in that difficult time, Jo took the time to write the most thoughtful thank you card.  Jo and Mike, thank you for choosing me as your photographer, here’s to remembering good times in the past, and to making many more happy memories in the future.

Suppliers:

Dress: Mori Lee from Embrace Bridal, Gorey, Ireland

Accessories:  Vintage sparkle Company, Basingstoke

Bridesmaid dresses: Janet Waters groom’s Aunt

Hair and Make up: Katy Richards, Camberley

Grooms outfit: Black tie Basingstoke

Stationary: Designed by Ritch Pitcher (groom’s cousin) and made by Bride

Flowers: Judith Searles Flowers

Cake: Gifted Heart Cakes

Catering: Occassions Catering

Transport: Cathedral Cars

Photography:  Jenny Owens (thanks to Mark Bowditch for second shooting part of the day).

 

  • What a bright and cheery day, the blues and yellows really shine from your photos. A beautiful English country wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely work jenny, and Woah what a wedding car!!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning images Jenny looks like everyone really enjoyed the day , beautifulReplyCancel