2019 MEANS PRIZES!

Happy 2019! PRIZES TO BE HAD WHEN YOU BOOK ME AS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

January means New Year and newly engaged couples, and that means prizes! Yes folks. Prizes.

All couples who book their wedding photography package with me in January for their 2019/2020 wedding will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following:

1st prize: Free wedding highlights film added to photography package, includes a second shooter (basically the best prize yeah?)

2nd prize: £150 off wedding any package

3rd prize: £100 off wedding any package

All other couples that book with me but don’t get lucky in the draw will receive a £20 print credit added to their final wedding gallery, yes, everybody wins!

Hackney Town Hall + Clapton Country Club Winter Wedding | Clare + Phil

Bride and beared groom wearing glasses sitting together on the backseat of vintage car, lit  with a video light giving a street lamp like effect at a East London wedding.

Fun FILLED (PARTY ALL NIGHT) winter wedding in
East London

I can’t actually believe it’s over a year since Clare and Phil’s absolutely epic winter wedding at Hackney Town Hall and Clapton Country Club (thought it was about time I blogged it ey?!) I just found out they have moved back from Vancouver to London for a short time so that anniversary card I sent will have been lost in the ether of the Canadian postal system. Sorry you pair!

I love shooting in London, and the industrial setting of Clapton Country Club is probably one of my fave places for party fun times. With a late 4pm ceremony in November that meant it got dark quickly and the party started sooner, going on until well past 1am because Phil bribed the band to stay later (legend). Being fans of good food, music, coffee and beer it was basically my own wonderland too and I was so glad I was there till the not so bitter end (unless you count the beer).

They described their wedding using the words love, beer and disco balls, I’ll let them fill you in on the rest.

London Wedding Highlights Film

Here’s what Clare and Phil said about working with me, Kate Jackson Photography on their Clapton Country Club wedding (I love and hate this bit in equal measure *blushes*):

‘When I looked at your website I loved your photos. The documentary style, the colours and the very clever documentary shots. We are both so glad you could do shoot our wedding. Working with you was so easy, you seemed very laid back about us being very indecisive and disorganised and were extremely professional and calm the entire day. We loved how quickly you got the group shots out of the way but they came out brilliantly. We hadn't even twigged that the light could be rubbish in November with a late ceremony. We were very lucky in the end but you had everything covered.’

For more on what Clare and Phil have to say about their laid back London wedding scroll on down, but don’t forget to check out the photos along the way.

Meeting

We first 'connected' (cringe) on Bumble, the dating app. We chatted about burgers, specifically a burger invention podcast episode, cycling and skiing and then discovered we had the same favourite beer (NECK OIL). We first met in person at a wine bar in Farringdon. Phil spent quite a lot of the start of the date on the phone to Poland sorting a last minute work deadline/issue. How romantic!

The Proposal

Phil planned a lovely trip to Copenhagen despite my protests that we really should've been saving for our year in Canada. A delicious meal with lots of wine on Friday night meant that I woke up on Saturday morning with a headache (standard) and Phil kept badgering me to go to the toilet and splash my face and take some paracetamol. I had no idea why he wouldn't just let me wallow in the hangover! When I cam back from the bathroom Phil got all soppy and told me how happy I'd made him and how he hoped he'd made me happy (affirmative) and then asked me to marry him. I just assumed he meant 'one day' and said of course but then he rolled over, rummaged by the bed and PULLED OUT A RING! I was very shocked but very happy. I had absolutely no idea (and I'm usually pretty sharp I thought). Turns out Phil had been sneaking around with his friend Dan in Hatten Gardens whilst I was sleeping after night shifts buying a diamond ring. Was so cute and Phil that he chose to wait for that moment in bed and not do it in the swanky restaurant the night before (I would've died of embarrassment).

The Wedding Day

We woke up together in The Hoxton. Phil got me breakfast and went off to get ready with The Boys. I got ready with the help of Natalie (love her), my Niece Matilda (the cutest) and my Mum and some prosecco. Mum surprised me with a gorgeous vintage car to take me to Hackney Town Hall for the wedding at 3pm. It was a gorgeous winter's day. I was very nervous! I had to wait in a little room whilst everyone arrived. I took a selfie with the photocopier to steady my nerves, it didn't work. My Dad popped in and we had an awkward chat about my dress! The ceremony was lovely with some lovely reading by Erica and Arvy and some banging tunes made possible by DJ Ali. Freddie gave us the rings like a boss. We both managed not to cry! Our Mums witness the signing of the certificate then we walked out hand in hand - what a relief! Then we did confetti (we weren't expecting that!) and waved at a drone outside the Town Hall (I explicitly said NO DRONES (lol)). Phil and I got in the car with Kate and arrived at Clapton Country Club for the reception. Which was all a bit of a blur. It was decked out amazingly by Dita - our wedding planner (and saviour) and Phil's Mum who did the flowers so perfectly I was stunned. Much prosecco and personalised beer was drunk, speeches in between courses of a Mediterranean feast. Cutting off far too much cake. Sparklers! Phil's Brother Tim was a brilliant MC. Our first dance was Pulp - 'Something Changed', we had no idea what we were doing there. Then LOADS of dancing to our amazing band 'The Wedding Crashers' who stepped in at the last minute and were ace. The reception was a big, fun, smiley blur and went by in a flash but was brilliant. So many happy faces of everyone we love the most. We both drank too much. We had some lovely little moments by ourselves whilst having our photo taken together, Kate is so amazing at being completely unobtrusive whilst getting some flipping crazy jedi/ninja shots! We had pizza and then the last drunken stragglers fell into taxis.

Best bits - Dancing, seeing everyone enjoy themselves, dancing with the nieces and nephews. Lots of hugging and laughing!

The Wedding Planning

Phil: We got engaged on April the 22nd 2017 and got married on November the 25th, we left for Vancouver via New York in mid June!! We managed, somehow, to get the big stuff- venue and legal stuff sorted before we left. Finding Dita (Dita Rosted Events) was a godsend as she found us the perfect venue and took a lot of the pain out of the planning process given we were so far away.

Clare: I didn't really enjoy much to be honest Finding the venue and meeting Terrence from Clapton Country Club was great though. I liked trying on dresses more than I thought I would, but I hadn't made any friends in Vancouver to come with me at that point. The bit I probably enjoyed the most was putting the playlist together. It's in my nature to get stressed about parties because I worry people won't enjoy it. I also loved sending out our amazing invites as my Brother James designed them and they were amazing.

What made you choose your venue(s) and location(s)?: To be honest we ran out of time to find one but regardless when we saw Clapton Country Club we knew it was perfect. The Disco Ball! The space and the rustic feel was perfect. We love East London and Hackney Town Hall was big enough and close enough to the venue.

The outfits

Clare: I tried on about 10 dresses in two difference shops in Vancouver. The two-piece outfit was the one that felt right. I felt most comfortable in it and it seemed most fitting for a winter wedding and reflected my style the most. I loved how comfortable I felt all day and the train was lovely even if it did get trodden on to death!
Phil: Paul Smith is a cycling nut and makes the best suits. Plus the did the tailoring in about 3 days flat!

The flowers/venue decor

I wanted it to be as simple as possible and really didn't want a typical 'weddingy' feel. I didn't want a colour scheme or bridesmaids and thought the venue was great as it was with the huge disco ball and festoon lights. Phil's Mum offered to do the flowers and I sent her some photos from pinterest/google searches and said just get flowers that are in season. She did amazingly given the lack of instruction. I was considering not having flowers at all but Phil vetoed that idea! We had a bit of DIY, I made the table plan and place names with a trusty label-maker, I was inspired again by pinterest pics of 'rustic/industrial' weddings. I hate anything too matchy - I never wear anything that matches. Tables were names after famous cycling climbs and stuck on black cardboard stars. Dita made it all look amazing- she is that talented. We also got some big metal C&P letter from a vintage store in Margate near where my Mum lives. (Thanks Mum). Lauren, my sister in law did bespoke party bags for all the kids, which just finished it off perfectly.

The Ceremony

We chose the slightly longer ceremony as we thought it sounded a bit more relaxed. And a few readings:
1. The Weird Wife by Dave Eggers - my favourite short story, from an amazing book of his called 'Short Short Stories'. Read by Erica, one of my oldest friends from school and twin sister to my (unofficial) MOH Maria.
2. Excerpt from Use of Weapons by Ian M Banks. Phil's choice. Made me blush! Read brilliantly by Arvy, Phil's good friend.
Freddie, Phil's Nephew handed us our rings. We walked out to 'Justified and Ancient' by the KLF!

The Music

Our first dance was to Pulp - Something Changed. The rest of the music was a combo of a couple of Spotify playlists of our favourite songs - overseen by Ali our pet 'DJ' and a live band who had to step with 2 days notice but were brilliant! The Wedding Crashers.

Any advice for couples planning their relaxed wedding?

Keep it simple! Try not to stress, it WILL come together, and no one will notice if anything goes wrong. Enjoy it!
Clare: Listen to the 'Bridechilla' podcast!
Phil: more time for dancing!

Kate Jackson Photography Branding Pink Dots across the page as a space breaker

Thanks Phil and Clare, your wedding was epic and I still look back on your photos and wish we could do it all over again. Thanks for having a party till the early hours. Huge thanks to my second shooter Charlotte of Electric Blue for being my second in command and all around star. Dita and Clapton Country Club you were as always awesome.

LONDON WEDDING SUPPLIER SHOUT OUT

Venue Hackney Town Hall and Clapton Country Club
Wedding Planner Dita Rosted Events
Wedding Dress Rituals of Love - Theia Bridal
Accessories
Bag - Kate Spade, Shoes - River Island
Make Up Artist
Natalie James
Grooms Suit
Paul Smith
Flowers
Bridal Bouquet from Grace and Thorn, the rest of the flowers for venue decor DIY by the Groom’s mum!
Cake
Hummingbird Bakery
Stationery (including those epic bespoke beer bottles)
James Burlison
Wedding Band
The Wedding Crashers
Wedding Transport Gold Chauffeur Services

Pink dots used as a fun page separator for Kate Jackson Photography

Planning your Hackney Town Hall or Clapton Country Club wedding? I travel all over the UK shooting weddings in my natural, fun and relaxed style. So give me a shout I’d really love to chat to you.

OUTDOOR DIY FESTIVAL BARN WEDDING IN SHEFFIELD | HELEN + TOM

If you love festivals then you’ll love this DIY festival wedding!

When Tom and Helen decided they wanted to get married they knew they wanted to do it differently, and they succeeded and then some with their 2 day extravaganza. It was a super fun festival wedding, with wildflowers everywhere and an epic DIY photobooth that was a car spray painted gold. YES.

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Fun Beach Destination Wedding in Skiathos, Greece | Kirsten + Dan

Dreaming of fun Summer days and relaxing on the beach? I know I am, which is why I thought it was about time I shared Kirsten and Dan’s gorgeously relaxed destination beach wedding at Kassandra Bay Resorts on the island of Skiathos, Greece.

DIY HUMANIST Festival Wedding in SCOTLAND | Emma + Toby

Right as promised earlier this week, here is wedding number one fresh on the blog. Let's rewind to August, in the beautiful wilds of Scotland, at Knockengorroch Farm, where two lovely people had a festival wedding like none other I'd attended before.

2018 Goals

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Outdoor Summer Wedding at Hyde Barn | Lauren + Clayton

Last Summer Lauren + Clayton had a beautiful DIY outdoor wedding at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds. With Pimms and a bouncy castle on the cards I knew it was gonna be a really relaxed fun summers day.

Relaxed Chateau Wedding in France | Lucy + Damien

Lucy and Damien got married last autumn at the spectacular Chateau Lasfargues, which is a stunning venue in in the Lot et Garonne region in South West France.  I loved photographing at Chateau Lasfargues, it was a total dream to shoot in. The surroundings are completely stunning and the building is so pretty. They chose to elope to France for the nice food, wine and weather and because it meant they could have a holiday with everyone they love too. Even when things didn't go to plan, like all that unexpected rain, everyone was super relaxed and having so much fun all day.

Do I need a second photographer? | Wedding Planning

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How to nail your rainy wedding photos

What if it rains on my wedding day?

I photograph a lot of outdoor weddings, having the freedom of getting married pretty much anywhere you want these days is so liberating – from a tipi in an open field to on top of a mountain. Even if you aren’t planning an outdoor wedding, the thought “what if it rains?!” on your wedding day may still be on your mind. After all, this is the UK and our weather is nothing but unpredictable.

Festival wedding in the rain

No matter what time of year or where you plan to marry there’s a chance it might rain. Take it from me, rain on your wedding day doesn’t mean disaster. Personally I think a rainy wedding can make for some really fun photos, plus I am a big fan of rainbow umbrellas. Not only this, overcast rainy days can create some really beautiful light - seriously. Cloud cover is wonderful, because it's basically like a magnificent soft box making tones look super dreamy. Or even better, a dramatic stormy sky, I'll take that over harsh sunshine any day!

Not convinced? Read on for my top tips on how to roll with the rain.

Plan for it

If you are having an outdoor ceremony or reception that isn’t under cover then have a wet weather contingency. If you can move it indoors, do that. If it’s in a tipi/marquee/tent check with your supplier about the flooring options in case of bad weather.

If you are dead set on staying outside during the ceremony or for any other part of your day then just buy a ton of lovely looking umbrellas and just go with it. Get some colourful wellies for yourselves and tell your guests to bring a pair just in case. That way everyone can stomp about happily. If we need to do group shots indoors I'll work out the best place to do this, and if there isn't enough natural light I always have lighting equipment with me for any situation. If you didn't bet on rain use anything that's handy and head inside like my bride Lucy below.

Embrace it

Whether it rains or not, you are still getting married and your wedding will still be a bag load of fun. You’ve prepared with umbrellas and wellies and everyone is going to have a good time. Grab your brolly and get out in it! You might get a bit wet but you’ll also have some really lovely photos to show for it. Or you could just wait for the rain to pass and go stomp about in the puddles barefoot like Emma. And you see that sky right? OOOLALA.
 

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Trust your wedding suppliers

As a professional photographer I can work in all kinds of conditions, sunshine, snow, rain – bring it on. I know how to deal with the elements, and like I said above overcast rainy days have lovely light to work with. A good wedding supplier won’t blink an eye at the prospect of rain so just chat to them to ensure they are happy come rain or shine. I’ll always keep an eye on the weather and if we need to move group/couple shots to a different point in the day then it's important to be flexible about that. If indoors is all we can do, then trust me we can still make something awesome.

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Have fun with it

Remember when you were a kid and stomping in puddles was the best thing ever? Channel that mindset – you’ll have an absolutely amazing time if you do.

I turn up raring to go whatever the weather, so whilst it might be easier said than done, try not to panic if the heavens open. I've done this before.

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Urban Pre-Wedding Shoot in Digbeth Birmingham

When I was organising to first meet up with Andy and Amy to discuss photographing their wedding and they suggested meeting at Quarter House Coffee in Birmingham (my fave coffee place) I knew we were going to get on like a house on fire. And we did. Even sharing the tastiest oreo cookie cake I ever did have. We organised to meet up a few weeks later for a pre-wedding photography shoot on the streets of Digbeth in Birmingham. Just like me they are both fans of the amazingly cool graffiti art that is all around so it was their shoot place of choice for sure. I love Digbeth as a photo back drop, which is just as well as this pair chose to get married at Fazeley Studios in the Custard Factory next year- the perfect quirky venue for a Birmingham wedding.

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Iceland | Travel Photography

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Should I have an unplugged wedding? | Wedding Planning

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Woodland Pre-Wedding Photography | Kirsten & Dan

Kirsten & Dan are having a destination wedding in Greece in August, and guess what - I'm the lucky lady that gets to be their wedding photographer. In March we went for a little wander in the woods for their engagement shoot and they even brought along their cute pooch Reggie

KHAR Eat & Greet Event | Birmingham

Last week I volunteered once again as event photographer for local group Kings Heath Action for Refugees (KHAR). KHAR is a community group working with individuals, schools and other groups to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe.