A Stylish and Handmade Treehouse Wedding in the New Forest {Lucy & Laurie}

There are some weddings that are just magical.  Sure, you can plan everything out, but sometimes the stars just align, everything works and creates a really beautiful event that really represents the couple.

Lucy and Laurie married in a treehouse in the forest, had their speeches with cider by the campfire.  The handmade everything, from the pots on the table, the macrame hangers, their wedding weaving backdrop and the stationary.  Every part of their wedding was planned out and designed with love.

I adore their style, Lucy and Laurie, you know how to throw a wedding!

Venue: The Countryside Educational Trust in the New Forest.  If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue, this is defiantly the place.  I’ve never seen a wedding venue like this in the UK.

Flowers: The Wright Choice

 

 

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London Cinema Museum Wedding {Jodi & Ellie}

Jodi and Ellie met while working at a vintage cinema, The Phoenix, in London.  They bonded over their love of movies and TV, games and drinking lots of coffee.   Their love of the cinema is what lead them to choose The Cinema Museum for their wedding venue.

The Cinema Museum in London is a fantastic and a bit unusual place for wedding.  Chocked full of incredible Cinema History, from movie posters to projectors, the entire building is a treasure trove of nerdy cinema goodness.  The building itself is even the victorian workhouse that Charlie Chaplin spent some of his childhood.  It made an incredible backdrop for a wedding.

Jodi and Ellie opted to have a quick registry office ceremony for the legal bits, and then have a big personal ceremony with all of their friends and family together.  Having a personal ceremony such as there is a great way to put your own stamp on a wedding and make it really unique.  After their ceremony on the stage, the bride and groom joined their guests to watch a Buster Keaton short filmed based around a wedding.   After the ceremony, the main room was turned into their wedding breakfast and party.

Jodi and Ellie- Thank you so much for having me be apart of your incredible wedding! It was an awesome day and such an honour to be apart of it.

Just a quick side note, if you’ve take a look at this blog post and have fallen in love with this incredible place, please do sign the petition to help save the Cinema Museum.

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An Inimate London Wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Chelsea Old Town Hall is a perfect registry office for small intimate London Weddings.  This elegant registry office is nestled perfectly in the heart of Chelsea with loads of characterful streets and incredible restaurants for your afterparty.

It was important for this couple to have their ceremony be just be their immediate family.  It was a small wedding but still very sweet and heartfelt.  After their ceremony, we had some quick family photos, and then we headed out for a quick walk to do some portraits of them before their wedding breakfast meal.

Afterwards everyone headed to Tom’s Kitchen, where they had hired their private dining room to drink and dine the evening away.  Not every wedding needs to be a large affair, and even a small London wedding can be the perfect day.

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Wedding at the Pantheon at Stourhead {Anna & Steve}

Steve and Anna met at university, at an underground club with sweaty walls, flat beer and indie music.  Steve liked Anna’s red boots, and Anna liked Steve’s floppy hair.

For their wedding, they decided to have their wedding ceremony at the at a Stourhead Wilshire Wedding.  Long before I moved to England, I fell in love with the version of Pride and Prejudice that was shot on location at Stourhead.  To be able to shoot a wedding in a location that I’ve long dreamed about was a total dream.  I pretty much fell off my chair when they mentioned they picked Stourhead.

The gardens of Stourhead are like this small bubble of perfection.  Every time I’ve visited, I’ve always felt relaxed and peaceful and completely away from the world.  I loved seeing Stourhead this time with wedding guests arriving, walking along the lake towards the Pantheon.

After the wedding, all of the wedding guests had champagne on the lawn over looking the lake.  As the wedding guests headed back towards their transport, Anna and Steve and I opted to spend some time on the Stourhead grounds doing photos.

They finished their wedding at the Moonraker Hotel near Bradford on Avon.  The Moonraker hotel was a perfect for finishing off the wedding day.  Anna and Steve’s wedding guests took over the whole hotel, and they had an incredible party to finish off the day.

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My favourite images of 2017 {Kari Bellamy, London Wedding Photographer}

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Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a work-a-holic.

I work a lot.  When I’m not working, I’m thinking I should be working.   It’s a very weird addiction to overcome.  The fact that I’ve been able to do something I love so much and I’m so passionate about doesn’t help.  I love the work, and I enjoy the work, but it makes for terrible work life balance.  In years past, weeks and months without days off for the norm.

So this year, I’ve made it my goal to work smarter, work more efficiently.  I’ve sat down and examined my workflow and kept coming back to ways that I can spend less time on admin and more time focusing on being a photographer.  I want to give my time to my couples in ways that really matter to them.  And makes their experience of their wedding day and their wedding photography better.

I’ve also made the goal of spending more time with amazing husband, who I couldn’t be more thankful for, and without, I wouldn’t be able to do this incredible job for a living.  He supported me when I was starting out on this adventure, and continues to support me every time I think the stress might be too much.

This year I also met my goal of shooting more weddings areas in and around London to help with my work life balance.   Rather than traveling further away, I’ve focused on shooting more weddings in the London area, and it’s been perfect.  There are so many fantastic venues in the Southeast that I’ve been spoiled for choice, and I’ve been able to spend more nights at home curled up next to husband and fluffy cat.

I really can’t do this job all though without my amazing clients.  These incredible people put their trust in me to document what is one of the most important days of their life.  It’s important, not only because they are committing themselves to each other, but also they are putting together this celebration of life, and everything that is good in the world, and bringing together all of the people that mean something to the.  That gathering is a once in a lifetime event, and it is my unbelievable honour to be asked to photograph it for them.

I’m so proud of the work that I’ve been able to create for my clients this year.  Not only have I kept striving for this work life balance that always feels unobtainable, but I’ve created images that I so proud to be able to say are “my job”.

Each image for me was such an awesome moment to witness.   Thank you again for having me be apart of your lives and being able to create images that will be apart of your families history.  I really can’t wait to see what moments my 2018 clients have store for me.

-Kari

 

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