Wedding at The Dairy on Waddesdon Manor {Kelly & Paul}

It feels like it’s straight out of a fairytale and definitely doesn’t feel like England yet just 50 miles from London lies the incredible Waddesdon Manor.  Built as a weekend residence by the Rothschild family, Waddesdon Manor channels a grand French Style that feels more Versailles than Buckinghamshire.  And with that incredible backdrop, The Dairy on the grounds of Waddesdon Manor is the perfect venue for a wedding.

The name “The Dairy” is a bit misleading, as this isn’t any normal farmyard building.  Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild commissioned it to house his prize-winning herd of cattle on the grounds of the estate, it was heavily influenced by Marie Antoinette’s farm at Versailles.  Sitting on a small lake, surrounded by willow trees, the Dairy is one of the most unique and quirky buildings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a wedding in.

I can totally understand why Kelly and Paul fell in love with it for their wedding.  They loved how idyllic and naturally beautiful it felt.  They wanted it to feel relaxed but elegant and romantic, and wanted to emphasise this feeling with their florals of loose greens and decorations.

After the knot was tied and their speeches said, I stole Kelly and Paul away from their wedding for a few minutes. We then popped up to Waddesdon Manor for photos.  I wanted to wait until a little later in the day for their photos, once the tourists had left, and once the light was just right.  And boy was it worth the wait, Waddesdon was incredible backdrop for a wedding photo session. To add the cherry on top, Kelly and Paul’s were such naturals in front of the camera and were so awesome at making each other laugh.

Kelly and Paul- Thank you for having me be apart of your incredible wedding.  You guys were so much fun to hang out with on the day and it did really feel like I was photographing a wedding for friends than just being hired to be there.

A quick shout out to one of my favourite florists, The Great Little Flower Company.   You can also see more about weddings at Waddesdon Manor on their site.

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The Incredible Wedding of Sarah Elabdi and Jack Garratt

I’ve never photographed a wedding quite like the wedding of Jack Garratt’s and Sarah’s Eladbi.  Wedding might not even be completely the right word.  It was more of a wedding merged into epic musical event.

It was their tie to the music industry that caused Jack and Sarah to meet in the first place.  Jack is an musician and Sarah was interning at a London record label when they crossed paths. So it was their London wedding brought their relationship in full circle.

For their ceremony, they found the upper floor of what is now Eat Native on Southwark Street.  With an incredible floral circle backdrop, Jack and Sarah read their personal vows to each other and had an intimate ceremony was lead by a close friend.  After they tied the knot and made everything official, Jack and Sarah and all of their guests were lead down to the reception by a brass band playing Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life”

Jack and Sarah aren’t your traditional couple, so of course they didn’t pick a traditional wedding venue. Because of their music industry connections, they were lucky enough to have their wedding reception at the amazing OMEARA, which on a normal night you can find gigs from some incredible artists from around the world.

Naturally a big part of Jack and Sarah’s wedding was music.  Even during the speeches, Jack’s mum played the harp with Jack singing a surprise song to Sarah.  Afterwards there was two sets of live music throughout the night from many of their wedding guests featuring a lot of their favourite songs.

On top of the live music all evening, there was relaxed and fun handheld food with no seated dinner, a magician making the rounds, a audio guest book in a vintage telephone booth, showings of Jack and Sarah’s favourite Pixar films, an incredible desert bar baked by a GBBO winner.

Sarah and Jack- Thank you so much for having me and my assistant be apart of your amazing wedding!  It was so much fun to photograph and I definitely know I’ll never see another wedding like it.  Being able to witness such incredible music live was definitely one of the highlights of my year!

The Star Suppliers!

Audio Guest Book: The Big Red Box 

Drinks: Seedlip 

Desert Bar: Frances Quinn 

DJ: Pat Nazemi 

Logo Design: Franz Jeitz (Fudgegraphics)

Wedding Venue: OMEARA LONDON

Flowers: Hattie Fox, That Flower Shop 

Magician: Gareth Kalyan 

Wedding Planner: Rebecca Uttley of My Golden Ladder 

Late Night Pizza: Baz & Fred 

Bridal Hair: Victoria Ralph

Wedding Dress: Limor Rosen 

Grooms Suit: Casely-Hayford 

Ceremony Location: Eat Native

Video: GattMoff 

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Wedding Photojournalist Association Award for Ying and Alex’s Wedding at Botley’s Mansion

Earlier this year, I was able to join the Wedding Photojournalist Association.  This organisation curates its members to ensure they have the best documentary wedding photographers from around the world.  So in order to join, my portfolio has to be reviewed by a panel for high standards and to show that it I took a documentary and photojournalistic approach to photographing weddings.  So it was very exciting to be able to join!

Just this last month, I photographed the wedding of Ying and Alex at Botley’s Mansion.  Their friends were so much fun and the dance floor was on fire! I love that the guys picked up both the groom tossed them around the dance floor.  This image was happened so naturally and I’m so glad Ying and Alex had me there to photograph it.

For those techie people, this image was shot with a Sony A9, with one on camera and one off camera flash and the awesome 18mm Zeiss Batis Lens.

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Lucy & Laurie’s Wedding featured on “Love My Dress”

When I first started shooting weddings back in 2009, I fell in love with the Wedding Blog “Love My Dress”. It was just the most incredible collection of stylish weddings with a little bit of a vintage touch.  I made it a goal to one day see my photography worked featured on this blog.

Since then, Love My Dress has only gone from strength to strength, and although this isn’t my first feature on this incredible blog, I still get a thrill seeing my images featured on there. Thank you Lucy and Laurie not only having the most stunning woodland wedding, but also being so willing to have your wedding featured. Do check out the beautiful blog post on Love My Dress today!

Love My Dress did a fantastic job on this blog post and I really love how they put the whole thing together!


Love My Dress Wedding Feature


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Crockwell Farm Winter Wedding {Kellie & Lee}

Northamptonshire wedding venue in Rural Surroundings.  Crockwell Farm does really feel like a working Farm, tractors and all.  On your visit to Crockwell Farm, you’ll drive past beautiful villages and rolling hills.  It really makes you feel like you’re away from it all.

As someone who has been to a lot of wedding venues, I’m very quick to notice what works and what doesn’t work.  What I like about Crockwell Farm is how well it’s thought through the venue is.  The bridal suite goes straight into the ceremony room, which then flows nicely into the drinks and reception space.  Although there is plenty of outdoor space, you could have the whole wedding inside without needing to go outside at all.  This is rare in a venue, and it makes it so perfect for winter weddings or if you’re worried about the weather at all. Although it was March, it was bitterly cold the day of Kellie and Lee’s Wedding, and having the venue flow so well kept the party going and everyone comfortable.

I had the chance to meet Kellie and Lee last year at her friends, Rebecca and Stephen’s wedding.  It’s such a compliment to be referred by another client.  And it’s great to see previous clients again at their friends weddings.  It really does make me feel like being apart of the family.

Kellie and Lee wanted a modern rustic feel, mixing greys and pinks together.

They were really looking forward to just having everyone together for the day.

Kellie and Lee, thank you for having my second shooter Elyse and myself up to Crockwell Farm for your wedding.  It was such a lovely day and you both were the nicest clients to work with.  Having clients like you make my job so easy and enjoyable, so if you could get married every weekend, that’d be ace ;)

“Kari, you’re truly amazing and unbelievably talented! I can’t thank you enough for everything! You’re so amazing to be around in person, and have been so amazing throughout the entire process ! I can’t speak highly enough of you and thank you again for capturing our day so perfectly !! ” 

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