OK, I’ve been terrible at blogging this year – it’s all been Go,Go,Go which is Great, Great, Great but I do hate to leave it so long!

So, I’m breaking it down for you ladies, and I thought I’d give you a one-stop shop picture gallery-style tour of all the little things for now – sharing with you some of my favourite accessories, flowers, food & ideas that I’ve photographed recently and hope that it’ll give you inspiration for your big days!

First on my hit-list is shoes (obviously)….

Sparkles galore with these Belle Beaux shoes to die for

Sparkles galore with these Belle Beaux shoes to die for

Simply love these sweet yet glamorous lace and ribbon affairs - such a romantic take on the traditional option. Plus the bride assured me that they were super comfy too!

Simply love these sweet yet glamorous lace and ribbon affairs – such a romantic take on the traditional option. Plus the bride assured me that they were super comfy too!

Classic shoes and a corker of a ring to-boot.

Classic shoes and a corker of a ring to-boot.

Real Pearls is where it's at

Real Pearls is where it’s at

Classy and elegant everytime

Classy and elegant every time

This wedding oozed fresh vibrant colour and I just love the way everything POPS!

This wedding oozed fresh vibrant colour and I just love the way everything POPS!

Bright and breezy - I wouldn't have thought of this but love it's bold simplicity

Bright and breezy – I wouldn’t have thought of this but love it’s bold simplicity

A stunning simple and classy garter from MOB to her daughter - something blue & new!

A stunning, simple and classy garter from MOB to her daughter – something blue & new!

I love that this bride had personalised hangers - such a lovely memento for the day for the bridesmaids to keep

I love that this bride had personalised hangers – such a lovely memento for the day for the bridesmaids to keep

Following Kate & Wills, Jo Malone must be seeing a rise in sales - this is becoming a must have in wedding fragrances!

Following Kate & Wills, Jo Malone must be seeing a rise in sales – this is becoming a must-have in wedding fragrances!

For a rustic country wedding, these simple clean whites and ivories with a hint of navy are an English country dream

For a rustic country wedding, these simple clean whites and ivories with a hint of navy are an English country dream

blush pinks, ivory and subtle limes make for a super elegant and lady-like bouquet

blush pinks, ivory and subtle limes make for a super elegant and lady-like bouquet

Some couples love to embrace fun and I highly recommend it - encompassing their love of life into this cake really shows how much they love each other!

Some couples love to embrace fun and I highly recommend it – encompassing their love of life, the outdoors & cycling into this cake really shows how much they love each other!

Pinks, blues, yellows, reds - you'd think it wouldn't work but it SO does.

Pinks, blues, yellows, reds – you’d think it wouldn’t work but it SO does.

Have you thought about bespoke hand-made rings? This couple did - there's even interlock!

Have you thought about bespoke hand-made rings? This couple did – there’s even interlock!

How about flowers on your cake? These edible flowers have been iced to perfection and I love the subtle blue with the pinks and whites - it's just different to your standard ivory and gives a bit of character

How about flowers on your cake? These edible flowers have been iced to perfection and I love the subtle blue with the pinks and whites – it’s just different to your standard ivory and gives a bit of character

Picture Perfect: How will you do your guest book? What about framed picture with space on a bespoke shaped mount for all your guests to sign - courtesy of Tickled Pink https://www.facebook.com/TickledPinkCo

Picture Perfect: How will you do your guest book? What about framed picture with space on a bespoke shaped mount for all your guests to sign – courtesy of Tickled Pink Frames:  https://www.facebook.com/TickledPinkCo

Do me a Favour: A couple of my favourite favour ideas for your guests…

Everyone loves a yummy treat that can be taken away and enjoyed - I particularly love the time and love that's gone into making this rustic treat...

Everyone loves a yummy treat that can be taken away and enjoyed – I particularly love the time and love that’s gone into making this rustic treat…

Keep it simple with classic sugar coated almonds in a cute birdcage box

Keep it simple with classic sugar coated almonds in a cute birdcage box

Or why not go mad and offer chocolate cream liqueurs to your guests - darling!

Or why not go mad and offer chocolate cream liqueurs to your guests – darling!

For now, I’d like to finish with what makes us all tick – yes, it’s food, glorious food!

Whether it’s a hog roast, a DIY buffet of skewers & salads or A-La-Carte dining featuring pistachio rolled Foie Gras, everyone looks forward to a good feed at a wedding, so check out some dishes I papped this year, get some ideas for what you’d like your wedding breakfast to look like and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for my next blog post about hair & make-up, venues & more….

A picture speaks a thousand words, but sometimes all you need is two.

I was thinking along the lines of “true” & “love”  – I certainly didn’t expect “chicken” and “bear” but everyone is different and that’s what makes me love this job!

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I had a great jaunt in the countryside shooting Emily & James’s pre-wedding shoot last weekend and just had to share a few shots from this gorgeously cute couple.

We hoped across the Cotswolds to Mickleton Farm just outside Chipping Campden to recci their wedding venue for October this year and to have a bit of a play around and get this couple raring to go before the big day!

Why have an Engagement or Pre-wedding shoot?

Not all weddings take place at venues we’ve shot at before, as there are often tucked away and unique places that we haven’t had the pleasure of working at, so if it’s combined with a venue recci, an engagement or pre-wedding shoot can give us a great insight into good areas to shoot on the big day for formal and informal shots as well as those all important couple shots, and it can also help us to identify where there will be good light and possible sunset opportunities too.

Most importantly, a pre-wedding shoot can really calm your nerves so that you feel more comfortable in front of the camera on the big day itself and also helps to create a really great relationship with your chosen tog!

Why do you need a good relationship with your photographer?

If we have an opportunity to get to know you a little better and get to see how you are with the camera, we can therefore gauge your likes and dislikes and really get to know what you’re all about – this helps enormously for the big day itself as we can key in to those things you’ve highlighted to us on your pre-wedding shoot and really focus on what’s important to you.

(Of course, that’s not to say that this can’t be conveyed through conversation if a pre-wedding shoot is not an option, but as they say, preparation is key and this can only help to ensure you and your tog are on the same wavelength).

For this couple, that’s love, laughter and happiness which I think you’ll agree this gorgeous pair have in droves and I can’t wait for their big day now, as I know it’ll be a right giggle too!

A beautiful country-loving couple so in love

                                                       A beautiful country-loving couple so in love

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If love really was a drug, then this gorgeous couple would be high as kites! 

There's no place like love and Jo & Chris epitomise this right here. She wears: Charlotte Balbier dress from www.thebridalroombroadway.co.uk Shoes: Else Chiante. Flowers by  www.simplyflowers-astoncross.co.uk He wears: suit from www.beaus-and-balls.co.uk

There’s no place like love and Jo & Chris epitomise this right here.
She wears: Charlotte Balbier dress from http://www.thebridalroombroadway.co.uk Shoes: Else Chiante. Flowers by http://www.simplyflowers-astoncross.co.uk
He wears: suit from http://www.beaus-and-balls.co.uk

As the year comes to a close, here’s one wedding we haven’t yet had time to talk about which we shot back in August – how time flies! Although we ended up having our wedding in Suffolk, being locally-based, Deer Park was one of the venues we seriously considered for our own wedding, so it was a treat to return there as the official photographers for Jo & Chris’s big day back in August.  What a day it was!

In the morning, I whizzed off to the mother of the bride’s house where Jo, mum, daughter and bridesmaids were all getting ready for the day ahead.  I have to say that it’s not often that the bride is more calm than everyone else, but, knowing what she wanted from start to finish, Jo had planned this day with meticulous and careful consideration so the day itself was a set to be a real celebration and that’s evident from the warmth and happiness that can be seen in every moment. The ladies had the pleasure of being beautified by Jodi of Face Perfectwho we’ve worked with many times and did a sterling job as always.

Here’s an idea for couples where one or both of you are particularly forgetful – this clever pair managed to combine their wedding day with the Groom’s birthday so there’ll be no excuses for ever forgetting the wedding anniversary! This meant it was a double whammy for Groom Chris, so once everyone was dressed in their wedding finery it was off to their local for with a couple of celebratory pints & a cigar or two.  One of the biggest advantages of having two photographers is that whilst one is with the girls in the morning, the other can be with the guys, so nothing goes un-captured!

Included in this was Chris & Jo’s son Bobby who had the most dapper baker boy hat we’ve ever seen, making for some brilliant candid shots – he wasn’t keen on getting dressed up, so well done to Chris’s Mum Maria for encouraging him!

It’s so lovely when a bride makes you feel part of the big day and both Jo & her mum welcomed me in with coffee on tap and lots of lovely nibbles to fuel up on – quite a treat! Jo had her beautiful daughter Danielle as Chief Bridesmaid and with everyone nearly ready, I grabbed some shots of those all important finishing touches.

As wedding venues go, we have to say that Deer Park is a superb venue. Surrounded by simply stunning vistas across Worcestershire and beyond, with a beautiful Oak-panelled ceremony room and a contemporary yet rustic barn for the reception with panoramic views, manicured lawns & decking & great staff to-boot, you’d be hard pressed to find fault here! If you’re lucky you’ll even catch a glimpse of the resident herd of deer.

Jo made for a very elegant bride and we loved these classic flowers by Simply Flowers.

This organised duo even had their own beautifully vintage signs made up in their wedding colours by the Grooms’ crafty brother Gareth & upon arrival, it was a very special moment as she turned to her Dad outside the ceremony room and took a deep breath….

Left to right bridesmaids: Daughter Danielle, little Esme, Cerys & Freya and Joanne with proud dad.

Left to right bridesmaids: Daughter Danielle, little Esme, Cerys & Freya and Joanne with proud dad.

Jo’s Charlotte Balbier dress wowed the congregation and the ceremony went off without a hitch (despite the groom getting so hot under the collar he had to de-robe immediately after the vows!)

With formalities completed, the fun really started. Jo & Chris wanted to create a group shot of all of their guests surrounding them to make the shape of a heart. Corralling guests into any kind of organised formation is tough at the best of times, made harder on this occassion by our good friend the British Weather, which treated us to a shower. We were however very lucky as the rain decided to give us a few minute’s reprieve and all the guests were game, so we quickly organised our heart with my husband David on “herding duty” and me up on a (very high) wall composing the shot – we think you’ll agree it was worth the effort!

Love will save the day - encompassed by friends and family, one heart to rule them all.

Love will save the day – encompassed by friends and family, one heart to rule them all!

We have found it the past that there can sometimes be a lull between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast but this couple had it sussed when it came to keeping everyone happy and it was all fun, games and entertainment from here-on in with some fun group shots, fabulous country style skittles, giant snakes & ladders, handmade chocs and even personalised sweets (plus a few well-earned beverages) before the sit down reception began.

We absolutely loved this very rustic wedding sign made by Chris’s brother, Gareth.

Vintage signage hand made by brother of the Groom, Gareth

Vintage signage hand made by brother of the Groom, Gareth

Of course, we always ensure we make time for some family and romantic couple shots too!

Plus a couple of touching images to commemorate four generations & remember family that could not be present

No wedding would be complete without speeches & dinner, and the old adage of “keep it simple” is key.

It was probably the shortest Groom’s speech known to man with the words “Yeah, we just want to say thanks for coming” accompanied by a thumbs up & a cheers, but this had the whole room in roaring with laughter.

It was then followed by his father’s speech, which got off to a hilarious start as he produced a comedically-long scroll – all this further highlighted what a fun bunch they are.

Time to cut the beautiful cake supplied by Sandra Pugh of Cakes By Sandra.

All that was left to do was party and that is what this couple & their guests did in style. We can’t recommend Deer Park highly enough for views & locations to shoot, quality of food, ease of access, variety of spaces and general comfort – this is one spot with it all and I think Jo & Chris will agree, it made for a perfect setting for their special day in more ways than one!

 This wedding was such a joy to be a part of, and this last image captures how we feel about the whole thing.

Yipppeeeeeeee!

Daughter Danielle Jumps for joy!

Daughter Danielle Jumps for joy!

As a New Year treat we’re offering a special combined package with 2 photographers saving over £250!

This offer is available to anyone who reads this blog and quotes the reference: PBS2015 so please like and share!

Our combination package is available for just £1450 includes the following:

  • Pre-wedding photography consultation
  • Pre-wedding 1 hour couples photo-shoot (to be completed at time of consultation)
  • Whole day photography with two photographers (typically 10 hours)
  • Post-wedding image presentation
  • All images provided in both high and low resolution on your choice of disc or memory stick
  • Mileage within West Country counties

To book either just myself or both David & I to photograph your special day please email or call us on:

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Wedding Credits:

Photography: Stefanie Calleja-Gera & Davey Terrific

Photography By Stefanie

Hair & make-up styling: Jodi Croft

Face Perfect By Jodi

Wedding Dress: Charlotte Balbier, The Bridal Room Broadway

Groom’s suit: Beaus & Balls suit hire of Gloucester

Wedding Flowers: Simply Flowers

Wedding Cake: Sandra Pugh of Cakes By Sandra

“Love Is Sweet” Sign made from sweets: hand made by Mother of the Groom

Rustic Wedding Signage: hand made by brother of the Groom

Personalised M&Ms: www.mymms.co.uk

Personalised Vintage Sweet bags: Mini Cookie Crafts

If the phrase “no man is an island” is true, then how is it that I am so in love with this one?

St Lucia is known as “The Helen of the West” not only due to it’s continual change in control between the French and the British in the 1600-1800’s but more fondly, because it is said that like Helen-of-Troy, St Lucia is an Isle that could summon 1000 ships, and it does not disappoint.

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So what is it that draws people to this particular Caribbean gem? Well, for my money, it has it all going on and at a mere 238.2 square miles, it packs one hell of a punch – especially if there’s some of the local 80% proof rum involved! Unlike many of the Caribbean isles, St Lucia has large mountains (Mount Gimie stretching over 3000ft) so the landscape you see is truly breathtaking. Smattered with tropical rain forests, some of the warmest & friendliest local inhabitants you’ll ever meet, and with celebs like Oprah Winfrey & Mick Jagger owning houses on the island and Matt Damon’s recent vow-renewal at Sugar Beach, it’s clear that this little island is a “must see”.

With no further ado, and with a pinch of Julie Andrews, these are a few of my favourite St Lucian things:

Luxury in Paradise, with a Cherry on top

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We recently had the privilege, nay, delight, of staying at exclusive luxury beach resort Windjammer Landing.

Now, I feel I must start by clarifying that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill beach resort – I would describe it as more of a village or community and I challenge any of you that have the joy of staying here not to be on first name terms and chatting merrily away with all the staff and half the beach by the end of your stay.

Don’t get me wrong, there is no-one who likes to be more of an island than I on my holidays, often hiding away from other tourists and local characters in the past for fear of somehow ruining my tranquil experience by getting caught up in someone else’s day-to-days. I must say though, this is nothing like that as you just feel like you belong. Windjammer is so extraordinarily luxuriously comfortable, you are not worried about losing time in your week, you become part of it and it is hard not to get immersed in island life.

From the moment you arrive, genuinely happy and delightful staff are on hand to help you get settled in and enjoy your stay at Windjammer. The accommodation sprawls up and across a perfectly positioned hillside on Labrelotte Bay, just a short cab ride from the island’s capital, Castries. Shuttles are laid on free of charge to run you up and down the hill from your accommodation to the main amenities on the complex with all the drivers being super helpful – our favourites being Arlington, Kennedy & Spencer! You are welcome to take a stroll and walk up the hill to your accommodation but to be warned, you may find it quite challenging in the heat as it’s fairly steep but the views at the top are worth it!

Hosting anything from Ocean View rooms to full-on celeb style Estate Villas, the accommodation options are too good to be true (but they are!). We were lucky enough to stay in one of the 3 bed villas with a plunge pool, indescribably breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean sea and a setting sun that you could just never tire of gazing upon with a timely G&T.

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Windjammer also offers weddings, honeymoons & vow renewals with on-site Spa for beautifying yourself (and a brand new sea-view Spa complex to be completed around April 2015) & sunset beach ceremonies, I personally couldn’t think of a better place to get romantic!

The Beach! Oh yes, we mustn’t forget the beach. Well, they’ve thought of just about everything, getting you as close to the sea as you can get with some hammocks actually nestled in the water! Cocktails available on tap from the aptly named beach bar “96 Degrees In The Shade”, plenty of comfy sun beds, 2 beachside restaurants, beach games if you choose, swimming pontoon and watersports centre, oh and they also serve lunch straight to your sun-bed should you wish – what more can a holiday-maker in need of some deep relaxation need? Whilst the warmth of the sun and the gentle breeze envelope your body in a luxurious cocoon, you feel as if you never want to leave.

The Island Itself & Getting About

On past trips to St Lucia, I have engaged in a few different activities on the island and for anyone planning a visit to this stunning hunk of land jutting out of the Carribean Sea here are a few top tips:

The Virgin Experience: Virgin Atlantic is the only way to go as far as I’m concerned. To be honest, I’m not sure there is another way to get there from The British Isles, but that’s fine by me. In-flight entertainment and massively improved meals and yummy snacks make this flight a breeze and ensure you feel like your holiday is getting started from the minute you get on the plane. Make sure you get a window seat as there are some stunning views to be had on your initial approach to the island.

It’s all about the money, money, money: St Lucia trade in dollars and their local currency which is called “EC’s” – rather confusingly this is also represented by a $ sign but is currently worth around 2.70 to the dollar or 4.25 to the British pound. Roughly translated, this means that £10 = $15.70 US Dollars which converts to $42.52 EC’s. This can get a little confusing on menus so be sure to check whether the money represented is in dollars or EC’s!

Local Culture: Must visits include the vast market hall at Castries harbour featuring all sorts of locally produced hand made items, the Friday night Fish-Fry at the beautiful traditional seaside fishing village of Anse La Raye and of course, “The Jump-Up” – the longest running street party, held every Friday night in Gros Islet from 9pm until the early hours – make sure you sample a Piton – the local beer of choice. These are all excellent opportunities for grabbing some documentary style photography, but make sure you ask permission of your subject first!

The main languages are English and Creole, derived from the time of the Atlantic Slave Trade and made up of a mix of French, Portuguese, Spanish & West African languages.

Chocolate? Yes please: Visit the Taj Mahal of Chocolate – Boucan Hotel, of Hotel Chocolat fame, a must-do pilgrimage for all chocolate lovers.

And now, for something more adventurous: For thrill seekers who like to view the island from a different perspective – Treetop Adventure Tours offer gondola rides through the canopies, multiple zip-line challenges, bike rides and waterfall trecks. Well worth a look.

Getting all Piratey: A few years back we had the honour of taking a sunset cruise on the actual Black Pearl ship from Pirates of the Caribbean which was moored up at Rodney Bay. Unfortunately since then the ship has sunk (presumably sent to Davey Jones by Barbossa), but if getting on a pirate ship takes your fancy, you can still get involved on “Black Magic” through Sea Spray Cruises.

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Riding off into the sunset: Horseback riding is a great trip where you meander through some forrest and bushland, climaxing in an invigorating swim/ride on the horse bareback in the sea! The tour we took part in was part of Windjammer’s Jammin’ Tours and cost $60 USD per person. This was well worth the money and gives you a chance to see the Atlantic coastline – a much more dramatic scene than the smooth, protected shores of the West side of the island.

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Hidden Gem

If you have the opportunity, we cannot recommend Captain Dell Jules & Exodus Private Boat Charter highly enough. It’s an experience that simply must not be missed: Our vessel of choice was a sleek speed boat and Dell was our host for the day – a larger than life local man who’s knowledge and charisma bring the trip to life. Once chartered, the speed boat is yours for the morning or the day and as we sped down the West side of the Island towards the infamous Piton Mountains, we couldn’t have felt more like Brangelina scouting for our next mulit-million dollar shore-front property.

Dell will go out of his way to ensure you get to the best World Heritage snorkelling sites before all those other pesky tourists arrive and he’ll even drive you out to try and spot a whale or two given enough time. He’s also one of the Island’s only captains who will take you through “The Lover’s Arch” most famously seen in Pirates of The Caribbean and your trip is not complete without a whistle-stop tour of the famous Marigot Bay, film location of the 1967 original Dr Dolittle movie.

Everything changes when you start a family – everybody knows that, even me and I’ve only got a husband and cat to worry about.  Some people think that’s when the fun ends, but our recent portrait shoot with Gem, Richard and their (almost) 1 yr old Esme showed that’s far from being true!

So in love with cute baby Esme

So in love with cute baby Esme

We were asked to immortalise little Esme’s first birthday, exactly one year to the date that Richard and Gem took some ‘bump’ photos at the elegant Blenheim Palace; it was wonderful to return there to capture some really precious moments between the 3 of them – something I’m sure they’ll treasure forever and that Esme will love looking at when she’s old enough.

Let’s be honest, some people make parenting look like hard work and make my husband and I glad we haven’t got kids, but these three are a joy to watch, with Esme receiving all the love and snuggles she can handle with a pinch of firmness and a whole heap of laughter.  This is a seriously happy child (I can see why) and that made for some truly lovely moments for us to capture.

They clearly make a great team and manage to make everything relaxing and fun. When I asked them how they managed to keep the energy levels up and be so fun loving all the time, they said that they just love being big kids and of course, they’re incredibly proud of Esme and in this photographer’s opinion have every reason to be.

I suppose I’ve always been afraid of parenthood and that it would ruin our ability to have fun and be silly, but I must admit that seeing this fun-loving, care-free young family rolling around in the Autumn leaves, unafraid of make funny noises to entertain their little one and their ability to be generally silly in public, has made me question all my concerns about what life would be like after birth. Who knows, maybe it’s my turn next?

And on that bombshell, I’ll leave you with some of my favourite shots from this happy beautiful family.

Wishing Gem, Richard & Esme all the happiness & love they can handle (that’s quite a lot in this case!)

Fun, love & happiness in the grounds of Blenheim Palace

Fun, love & happiness in the grounds of Blenheim Palace

Richard & baby Esme

Richard & baby Esme

The family blow out the candle for Esme's first birthday

The family blow out the candle for Esme’s first birthday

Capturing a "family portrait" moment as Esme takes control of the frame!

Capturing a “family portrait” moment as Esme takes control of the frame!

Baby Esme in front of her Palace

Baby Esme in front of her Palace

Rolling around in the grass, the laughter keeps flowing with this bubbly lot

Rolling around in the grass, the laughter keeps flowing with this bubbly lot

Esme claps in wonderment at the falling Autumn leaves

Esme claps in wonderment at the falling Autumn leaves

Mum & Esme in an oh so sweet moment

Mum & Esme in an oh so sweet moment

Esme giggles as Gem trots around the Palace grounds pretending to be a horse!

Esme giggles as Gem trots around the Palace grounds pretending to be a horse!

Going for a ride - Gem takes Esme up on her shoulders to see the world through her eyes

Going for a ride – Gem takes Esme up on her shoulders to see the world through her eyes

A lovely family moment

A lovely family moment

Gem & Richard celebrate by giving Esme "the bumps" for the first time - she loves it of course!

Gem & Richard celebrate by giving Esme “the bumps” for the first time – she loves it of course!

If you’re looking for that ideal Christmas present, we’re currently holding the very special reduced rate of just £150* for our Portrait Shoot Sessions.

To book please get in touch on stef@photographybystefanie.co.uk

 * Usual price of £250. £150 covers one-two hour portrait shoot and mileage within 10 miles of Cheltenham centre. For venues outside this radius a standard fee of 55p per mile is chargeable. Valid for bookings made by 24th December 2014.
Evil Eyes - using a mixture of double cream and red food colouring distributed through a large pipet - a stroke of luck (and skill of course) when it actually came out through the eyes!

Evil Eyes – using a mixture of double cream and red food colouring distributed through a large pipet – a stroke of luck (and skill of course) when it actually came out through the eyes!

I recently saw some amazing fine art photography of the effects of coloured droplets in water and was inspired to take this notion a step further and experiment using coloured water as a prop to create a scene. With Halloween round the corner, hubby Davey & I thought what better occasion to have a little fun and make a bit of a mess in the kitchen?!

So with a specially made glass tank in place, Davey got to work artfully cutting out the pumpkin face while I set the kit up with the help of our cat Gizmo who was desperate to get in on the action!

We had a few logistics to consider with our pumpkin head shot once we poured all the water in – like, how do you stop it from bobbing around and how will the liquid look when poured through?

After a few attempts at literally holding and releasing the pumpkin, anchoring it to the bottom of the tank and a couple of other failed ideas we decided that something more sturdy & more control was needed to hold it in place. Time for a coffee break.

We did a bit of research and trial and error and found that double cream mixed with food colouring acts as a great agent for creating the sinister yet beautiful swirling clouds!

Well, after some scratching of heads and calling in some reinforcements to help control the release of our many coloured liquids into the tank, Team CG got cracking and here are some of the results – we hope you like them!

Original shot - suspended upside down in a tank of water with a skewer looped over a pole

Original shot – suspended upside down in a tank of water with a BBQ skewer (of all things) looped over a pole – this shot shows early stages when we had WAY too much cream coming out!

Blue Haze - using a mixture of double cream and blue and purple food colourings distributed through large pipets

Blue Haze – using a mixture of double cream and blue and purple food colourings distributed through large pipets

Purple Mist - using a mixture of double cream and purple food colourings distributed through a large pipet

Purple Mist – using a mixture of double cream and purple food colourings distributed through a large pipet

Impressionist Pumpkin - a different approach using a white background and food colouring on its own to create vibrant colours

Impressionist Pumpkin – a different approach using a white background and food colouring on its own to create vibrant colours

Credits:

Photography & general direction: Stefanie Calleja-Gera

Photography assistant, pumpkin carver, problem solver & chief liquid distributor: Davey Terrific

Liquid distributor no.2, logistics assistance & water filtration expert: Joe Calleja-Gera

General nuisance & loud mouth: Gizmo-the-cat

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

On our recent cover, lifestyle & fashion shoot of Noella Coursaris for Cotswold Style magazine, we had the pleasure of working with Justin Golby from Golby Creative and we just wanted to share with you this stunning video he made of the day, taking a cinematic view of the beautiful clothing provided by  Azzedine Alaia, Paris and of course, the gorgeous Noella herself. Click HERE to check it out!

I’m not usually a fan of myself on film but Justin has managed to somehow capture the essence of the shoot beautifully & effortlessly; not only of the clothing and the model, but of the day itself and what we got up to behind the scenes.

I’ve gotta say, we’re loving the music and the natural yet slick finish to this film – it was so fun working together and we hope to be able to collaborate on another stylish project again soon!

 

https://vimeo.com/104650202

Film: www.golbycreative.co.uk

Photography: http://www.photographybystefanie.co.uk

 

Cotswold Style September Front Cover with Noella Coursaris
Cotswold Style September Front Cover with Noella Coursaris

We recently had the pleasure of shooting international model and humanitarian Noella Coursaris for September’s issue of Cotswold Style Magazine, who wanted a cover photo and shots for both a fashion spread and an article about Noella and her work.

 

We chose Cowley Manor as the backdrop; it’s interior design boasts some unique features (can you name another manor house with a warthog’s head and zebra’s buttocks hanging on the wall?), whilst the exterior and grade II listed gardens are classically Cotswolds.

 

We started the day with another quick recce of the venue to finalise our shoot order.  In the meantime our chosen hair and make-up artists (Lisa Walby of Francesco Group and Kerry Wilcocks of Tonic respectively) got to work on Noella whilst her friend and internationally-renowned stylist and Artistic Director Saloum began sorting the outfits, kindly provided for the shoot by acclaimed fashion designer Azzedine Alaia. 

Tonic's own Kerry Wilcocks make-up gets Noella's seal of approval www.toniccheltenham.co.uk

Kerry’s make-up gets Noella’s seal of approval
http://www.toniccheltenham.co.uk

Noella gets her hair did by the super stylings of Francesco Group's Lisa Walby  www.francescogroup.co.uk

Lisa Walby works on Noella’s hair for shot number 1
http://www.francescogroup.co.uk

I should mention at this point that I wasn’t the only one wielding a camera during this shoot, as we were joined by Justin Golby of Golby Creative Ltd.  Justin documented the whole day and you’ll be able to see his film of the shoot soon, having seen a preview I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Justin gets to work on some stylish behind the scenes footage www.golbycreative.co.uk

Justin gets to work on some stylish behind the scenes footage http://www.golbycreative.co.uk

 We chose a plain lime green interior wall for our first shots and once styling had been completed and coffee had been consumed work got underway, with Noella quickly demonstrating why she’s been chosen as the lead for numerous fashion campaigns such as Agent Provocateur and appeared in magazines such as Vanity Fair and Arena.  Her style and professionalism is effortless and it was a genuine pleasure to work with her.

Noella models Double Lampion Dress, Derbie, Azzedine Alaia Paria

Noella models Double Lampion Dress, Derbie, Azzedine Alaia Paria

 

Our next shots featured another Congolese resident in the form of the oversized head of a Mandrill (first time for everything!).  Even with it’s brightly-coloured facial features it still paled in comparison to Noella, who wore an incredible cream dress from the Parisian fashion label.

Noella models with Mandrill Head in Cowley Manor's kookie bar area

Noella models with Mandrill head in Cowley Manor’s kookie bar area

Lampion skirt worn as dress, necklace by Awa MEITE Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, necklace by Awa MEITE Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embriodered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embroidered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

Arlequin sweater

Arlequin sweater

I get to work on the cover shot in the Billiards room

I get to work on the cover shot in the Billiards room

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

After bagging the cover shot in Cowley’s leather-clad billiard room we moved outside.  Thankfully we were graced by the sun’s presence at this point and we were able to get another great selection of photographs, both on the terrace and outside the adjoining Church of St Mary before the sun decided that it’d had enough for one day.  Time for lunch! 

On Cowley's fabulous terrace shooting Noella in a stunning Alaia coat

On Cowley’s fabulous terrace shooting Noella in a stunning Alaia coat

Anemone belted coat & python boots

Anemone belted coat & python boots

Having a lie down on the job!

Having a lie down on the job……I’m working and not sunbathing, honestly!

Long Campanile skirt, cotton shirt & studded suede boots

Long Campanile skirt, cotton shirt & studded suede boots

 

During the course of the morning we’d been joined by Noella’s husband James and their adorable children, so after everyone had eaten we headed outdoors again, this time choosing one of the Manor’s lakes and water features as the backdrop for some family shots.  Naturally her children all look great in front of the camera and they behaved perfectly, so we got some smashing pics.  Despite a downpour during lunch and the threat of more rain in the air it stayed dry, which was something of a blessing!  One of the resident swans came in for a closer look at one point, I suspect it just wanted it’s picture taken too. 

Noella with her beautiful family

Noella with her beautiful family

 

Next we decided to push our luck with the dry weather and move to a location close to Cowley’s spa – it features a colourful art instillation which made for a great place to shoot, with Saloum picking out accessories that matched the colour scheme perfectly.

By coloured pillars Noella models Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. Handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

By coloured pillars Noella models Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. Handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

Alaia logo tee

Alaia logo tee

Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. Handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. We love the beautiful handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

Our final shots of the day were taken in Cowley’s reception area, shot from above whilst Noella posed in a leather chair.  We weren’t sure about it as a location to begin with but I’m glad we went for it as we think it looks awesome!

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embriodered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embriodered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

A massive thanks again to everyone that was involved in making this shoot happen, especially to Noella.  Her work not only as a model but as a humanitarian and founder of the Georges Malaika Foundation is hugely admirable and inspiring. 

 

You can read more about her in this month’s copy of Cotswold Style which can also be viewed online HERE and by visiting her website.

 

Credits:

Model: Noella Coursaris-Masters

http://www.noellacoursaris.com

Photography: Photography By Stefanie

http://www.photographybystefanie.co.uk

Hair: Lisa Walby of Francesco Group, Cheltenham

http://www.francescogroup.co.uk

Make-up: Kerry Wilcocks of Tonic, Cheltenham

http://www.toniccheltenham.co.uk

Clothing: Azzedine Alaia, Paris

Venue: Cowley Manor

http://www.cowleymanor.co.uk

Videography: Golby Creative

http://www.golbycreative.co.uk

Stylist: Saloum

Assistant Stylist: Josette Matomby

Words By & Production Assistant: Davey Terrific

Keep your eyes peeled for our new website launch for new brand: Stefanie Calleja-Gera Photography focusing purely on fashion, commercial & corporate clients – coming soon…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple for stoeln moments with Mr & Mrs Ireson

She wears: Lou Lou Bridal gown, shoes by Sophia Webster with a handmade fascinator made by bride herself at Katherine Elizabeth Millinery class. He wears: Bespoke tailored suit by Clement & Church of Oxford with shoes by Ducker & Son

We first met Hannah & Delroy on a cold winter’s evening in Oxfordshire.  As they described their love of rave and dancehall, some of the ‘characters’ on the invites list and their plans for a DJ with the sort of sound system you’d be more likely to see at St Paul’s Carnival than your average wedding, it quickly became apparent that this was a day we’d thoroughly enjoy shooting and one that would provide a rich crop of both romantic and hilarious photographs. 

 July 19th rolled around quickly and we set off bright and early.  I dropped hubby David off close to Oxford city centre so that he could meet Delroy, his 2 sons and 2 close friends at the hotel, whilst I set off to The Westwood Hotel just outside of Oxford to photograph Hannah getting ready. 
Delroy's son playing it cool!

Delroy’s son playing it cool

Boys have fun getting ready for the wedding

Boys have fun getting ready for the wedding

Delroy gets his sons ready for the big day

Delroy gets his sons ready for the big day

A beautiful wedding gift from hubby-to-be of Alice in Wonderland, delivered to Hannah on the wedding morning and dedicated on the inside cover.

A beautiful wedding gift from hubby-to-be of Alice in Wonderland, delivered to Hannah on the wedding morning and dedicated on the inside cover.

Sharing a laugh as the bride gets ready

Sharing a laugh as the bride gets ready – hair & make-up provided by Anne Veck & Sarah Anne Stevens

Another wedding gift for the blushing bride

Another wedding gift for the blushing bride

Sophia Webster shoes

Sophia Webster shoes

Lou Lou Bridal Tea Dress

Lou Lou Bridal Tea Dress

The stunning bride having finishing touches applied

The stunning bride having finishing touches applied – Hannah made the fascinator herself at Katherine Elizabeth Millinery

The most beautiful handmade button & broach bouquet we've ever seen

The most beautiful handmade button & broach bouquet we’ve ever seen and it was made by the bride’s mum – what a talented lady!

It’s great when a couple hires us as a duo as it means that not a moment is missed and we’re able to capture both guys and girls getting ready and (as a general rule) having a quick drink beforehand to settle the nerves. 
Hannah's sister helps her into her Lou Lou Bridal wedding dress

Hannah’s sister helps her into her Lou Lou Bridal wedding dress

Checking out the wedding dress before the big event kicks off

Checking out the wedding dress before the big event kicks off

Whilst Delroy and the guys walked to Oxford’s registry office (via the pub, naturally), the girls & I travelled in style thanks to a beautiful vintage split-screen VW camper.

The boys ready to roll

The boys ready to roll

The boys make time for a quick calming drink before the service

The boys make time for a quick calming drink before the service

Delroy & the boys

Delroy & the boys

The wedding camper

The wedding camper

Hannah looking stunning with her birdcage veil and red lips

Hannah looking stunning with her handmade birdcage veil and hot red lips

Taking a moment to hide from the boys across the street in the pub by scrambling to the floor of the camper

Still looking elegant even when taking a moment to hide from the boys across the street in the pub by scrambling to the floor of the camper!

Here come the girls

Here come the girls

"Bridesmaids" revisited!

Re-creating the “Bridesmaids” movie poster!

The ceremony itself was packed with friends and family, so much so that it was almost a struggle to get the shots we wanted through the sea of elbows and guest’s cameras, but that’s just one of the many challenges us pros must overcome! 
People scramble to take a family pic

People scramble to take a family pic

Exchanging of the rings

Exchanging of the rings

So happy to be wed

So happy to be wed

The ceremony is a success!

The ceremony is a success!

Sharing their first kiss as husband and wife

Sharing their first kiss as husband and wife

It was a lovely service and afterwards everyone gathered to throw confetti and offer their congratulations.  It was at this point that Hannah decided to reveal the ‘secret message’ she’d had sewn into her wedding dress, it’s the first time I’ve seen this done and his reaction was priceless! 
Hannah reveals her personalised lining in her wedding dress

Hannah reveals her personalised lining in her wedding dress

Hannah personalised the lining of her wedding dress for her beau

Hannah personalised the lining of her wedding dress for her beau Delroy or “Delboy” as affectionately referenced here!

Confetti mania

Confetti mania

Guests gather to shower the happy couple with confetti

Guests gather to shower the happy couple with confetti

The New Mr & Mrs Ireson retreat to their Camper transport

The New Mr & Mrs Ireson retreat to their Camper transport

After a short(ish) ride to the reception venue we gave everyone a chance to relax and grab a drink (because let’s be honest, that’s all anyone wants to do at this stage) before corralling them onto the lawn for some group shots.  At some weddings this is something of a nightmare but this time everyone was up-for-it which made life much easier. 

A few family shots

A few family shots

Delroy with his boys

Delroy with his boys

A guest takes a cheeky selfie with the happy couple

A guest takes a cheeky selfie with the happy couple

The boys & girls have a role reversal for a fun shot

The boys & girls have a role reversal for a fun shot

The whole party gets involved in a group shot

The whole party gets involved in a group shot

A beautiful flower girl

A beautiful flower girl

The boys pose for a group shot

The boys pose for a group shot

Hannah and Delroy were also very happy to pose for a series of photos throughout the day, which is always nice as it adds a real touch of romance and something special to a collection of photos.
Relaxing in the camper

Relaxing in the camper

The happy couple in their camper

She wears: Lou Lou Bridal gown, Sophia Webster shoes with beautiful hand made button & broach bouquet by her mum. He wears: Bespoke tailored suit from Clement & Church of Oxford and shoes by Ducker & Son of Oxford

A stolen kiss

A stolen kiss

A couple for stoeln moments with Mr & Mrs Ireson

A couple of stolen moments with Mr & Mrs Ireson – here you can really see Delroy’s beautiful bespoke tailored suit by Clement’s & Church of Oxford

A couple for stoeln moments with Mr & Mrs Ireson

A couple of stolen moments with Mr & Mrs Ireson

A couple for stoeln moments with Mr & Mrs Ireson

A couple of stolen moments with Mr & Mrs Ireson

A guest grabs the bride and grooms attention

A guest grabs the bride and grooms attention

Doing the Titanic pose off their balcony

Doing the Titanic pose off their balcony

Delroy takes his new wife for a spin

Delroy takes his new wife for a spin

An eternal love

An eternal love

 We all know it’s the little personal touches that make a wedding truly special and it was great to see another couple opting for customised Converse Chuck Taylors, similar to those my hubby sported on our own wedding day last year.  Both bride and groom changed into these after the ceremony; I bet they’re a darn sight more comfortable than spending the entire day in heels!!
Personalised wedding converse

Personalised wedding converse

Converse love

Converse love

Personalised Wedding Converse - the way forward in my book

Personalised Wedding Converse – the way forward in our book

The sun was out, but gathering storm clouds and extremely loud claps of thunder were followed by a torrential downpour which had everyone running for their tables, just in time for some rather delicious food to be served.
Some amazing A La Carte food

Some amazing A La Carte food

Love at first bite

Love at first bite

Us photographers sometimes get forgotten at this point but Hannah & Delroy had come through for us and we got fed, thanks again guys!!
Speeches followed with a solid mix of hilarity and real emotion; it’s obvious that these guys and their families are very close and I’m sure that those who couldn’t be there would’ve been extremely proud of them.  It’s unusual for the bride to make a speech, but Hannah delivered a few beautiful words where among other things she told Delroy what an inspiration he is, something everyone clearly appreciated.  
Delroy delivers a fantastic speech

Delroy delivers a fantastic speech

Delroy's speech brings a tear to his new wife's eyes

Delroy’s speech brings a tear to his new wife’s eyes

The best man cracks everyone up!

The best man cracks everyone up!

Hannah's Mum also says a few heartwarming words

Hannah’s Mum also says a few heartwarming words

Delroy's father gives a lovely speech to his son and new daughter-in-law

Delroy’s father gives a lovely speech to his son and new daughter-in-law

Certain members of the audience had bets on how long the speeches would last, and the realisation that they wouldn’t be quite as long as expected led to some impromptu speeches from friends which were extremely funny and heartfelt, despite being completely improvised. 
Guests applaud the heartfelt speeches

Guests applaud the heartfelt speeches

An impromptu speech from a guest desperate to win the speeches bet!

An impromptu speech from a guest desperate to win the speeches bet!

Checking the bets....

Checking the bets….

The winner of the speech bets!

The winner of the speech bets!

After all of these shenanigans it was time to really get the party started – Ryan Asbo’s sound system kicked in with all the aggression of a cage fighter and unlike many weddings we’ve attended, the dance floor filled immediately with everyone reaching for the lasers.  Things were taken down a notch slightly for the first dance played by DJ Dee of Premier Sound until Delroy beckoned everyone back onto the floor to get involved. 
The first dance

The first dance

So in love...

So in love…

And so the party begins....

And so the party begins….

Delroy busting some moves on the dance floor

Delroy busting some moves on the dance floor

The love between friends can clearly be seen as the party takes full swing

The love between friends can clearly be seen as the party takes full swing

A heartfelt moment

A heartfelt moment

Hannah takes her Tea Dress for a swirl

Hannah takes her Tea Dress for a swirl

Taking his new bride for a spin

Taking his new bride for a spin

Despite a very kind invitation to stay and join the party (we were both sorely tempted) we left just as things were really getting going.  I’ve no doubt that every guest had a fantastic day and an equally smashing night, with no doubt one-or-two sore heads the next morning!  We hope Hannah & Delroy had a wonderful month away for their honeymoon and look forward to catching up with them again soon, they’re a truly awesome couple who’ll no doubt have a very happy and bass-filled life together.
Wishing Hannah & Delroy Ireson a very happy life together!

Wishing Hannah & Delroy Ireson a very happy life together!

Photography: http://www.photographybystefanie.co.uk
Hair & Make-up: Anne Veck & Sarah Anne Stevens
Bridal gown: www.louloubridal.co.uk
Bridal shoes: www.sophiawebster.co.uk
Bridal Bouquet: Handmade by bride mum
Bridal Birdcage Fascinator: Hand made by Bride at www.katherineelizabethhats.com
Grooms Suit: www.clementsandchurch.co.uk
Groom’s shoes: www.duckerandson.co.uk
Bride & Groom evening shoes: www.converse.com/landing-design-your-own
Beats: http://www.premiersound.co.uk

A few months ago, my husband and creative visionary Davey Terrific (yes he really is) came up with a shoot concept that we both thought would be a fantastic way to showcase some of the local fashion industry talent. Working in conjunction with Cotswold Style Magazine we were able to bring this concept to life and to a much wider audience and we are proud to say it features as the cover image and a four page fashion spread in this month’s edition [July ’14].

Cotswold Style July Issue Cover Image www.cotswoldstyle.co.uk Fashion Shoot Model: Ashleigh Millman www.boutique3.co.uk www.keithscarrott.co.uk

Cotswold Style July Issue Cover Image
http://www.cotswoldstyle.co.uk
Fashion Shoot Model: Ashleigh Millman
http://www.boutique3.co.uk
http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk

The idea behind this shoot is simple: the eyes of the fashion world are so often drawn to London or Manchester but as massive advocates of supporting local business we wanted to focus purely on design talent and independent boutiques in the area and so the “Made in Cheltenham” concept was born.  We’ve made it our mission to work with the most talented people the area has to offer, so this was a perfect excuse to do just that.

“Made in Cheltenham” is an obvious play on the “Made in Chelsea” title but that’s where the similarity ends; there are no false smiles, backhanded compliments and appalling acting here!

We want to shout about our local designers – such as Kelly Thorne who provided two outfits for the shoot. These outfits epitomise contemporary Cotswold fashion; the first one shown below gives a nod to traditional tweed, but the cut & colour provide an exciting take on the traditional, suitable for the fashion-conscious lady of any age.

What tweed-clad lady is complete without an equally tweedy man? In the Cotswolds we’re surrounded by a plethora of stores that offer a great range of tweed but for this project we chose to work with Cheltenham-based Horace Barton, who provided our male model’s attire in the images below.  They provide a smashing range of outfits and a full service with bespoke tailoring to-boot. We loved their mix of classic Cotswold fashion juxtaposed with a great range of jacket styles, shirts, dapper bow ties and braces.  We love the addition of the suede gun shoulder patch on the jacket featured below; tres manly.

Fashion Shoot Models: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd She wears: www.kellythorne.co.uk www.keithscarrott.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd
She wears: http://www.kellythorne.co.uk
http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd She wears:  www.boutique3.co.uk www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd
She wears:
http://www.boutique3.co.uk
http://www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

Another firm local favourite of ours is Olive Clothing.  Based just off Cheltenham High Street they provide a classy yet affordable take on the incursion of boho trends into high fashion. Simple lines, mainly pastel tones & flattering cuts – to us, that makes for some extremely wearable outfits that you can dress up or down depending on whether you’re going for festi-chic or girl-about-town.

Of course, the Cotswolds also houses a number of boutiques that specialise in sourcing the best in designer fashion, so the shoot wouldn’t have been complete without representing some of these choice brands. Montpellier-based Boutique 3 provided the outfit used on the cover image and also for the shots shown below from designer labels Stefanel, Graham & Spencer, Filippa K, Hugo Boss & Velvet.

In addition to Boutique 3, central Cheltenham-based Trapeze also kindly offered to be part of this shoot, providing key pieces from Vivienne Westwood, Paige, Maisin Scotch, Ganni, Diesel, Scotch & Soda, Lyle & Scott & Lacoste’s new collections. We fell in love with the green lace Gianni dress, so on-trend for this season.

Fashion Shoot Models: Ashleigh Millman & Malcolm Williams www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Models: Ashleigh Millman & Malcolm Williams
http://www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Malcolm Williams www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Malcolm Williams http://www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Jess Bracey www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Jess Bracey http://www.trapezeclothing.com

No fashion shoot would be complete without jewellery and we wanted to show that Cheltenham has it’s own home-grown design talent.  We were lucky enough to have Stephanie Bates on-board who went the extra mile by painstakingly crafting some of the pieces you see especially for the shoot!  Now, these are truly some beautiful & utterly original creations for men & women.  They are most definitely classed as fine art jewellery and deservedly so; hand-crafted, each piece is unique and bespoke designs can also be made to order.

We love our shoes too and local designer shoe brand Keith Scarrott kindly provided some of this season’s finest footwear to complete our looks. Summer sling-back sandals, killer heels and some of the softest leather pumps you could ever imagine all feature.

Stunning Foxhill Manor provided the backdrop for our shoot and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect venue.  It’s exterior is quintessentially Cotswolds but step inside and you’ll find it super-charged with contemporary styling, uber-modern finishings and all the “of the minute” gadgets and gizmos you can shake a stick at, including it’s own media room equipped with home cinema, blackout blinds, gaming stations, surround sound and a multitude of coloured beanbag chairs, not to mention comic strip wallpaper.

Yes, much like many people’s pre-disposed concepts of the Cotswolds & Cotswold fashion, it may appear to be traditional & historic on the outside but I assure you, there is more there than meets the eye and if you look closer, you’ll see that there’s a veritable banquet of contemporary design when you delve deeper inside.

The shoot wouldn’t have been possible without hair & make-up artist Jodi Croft who styled a look to suit each outfit. She’s another local talent who we’ve worked alongside for many years and her professional styling never fails to hit the mark.

We were also lucky enough to be loaned the classic Bentley you see in the image below from Azure Cars. We felt that the classic elegance of the Royal Blue Bentley really set the tone for the shoot.

Finally, we would have nothing without the time, energy and fabulousness of our models and we’d like to personally thank each one of you for giving up your time and making it such an epic shoot;  Ashleigh Millman, Malcolm Williams, Jess Bracey, Isabella Nash, Peter Lloyd & Elliott Caunce

I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite shots that show the whole nine yards.

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd She wears:  www.boutique3.co.uk www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd
She wears:
http://www.boutique3.co.uk
http://www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Model: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd She wears: www.kellythorne.co.uk www.keithscarrott.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Model: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd
She wears: http://www.kellythorne.co.uk
http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

 

Full Credits:

Photography: Stefanie Calleja-Gera  www.photographybystefanie.co.uk

Styling & Creative Direction: Davey Terrific

Hair & Make-up Styling: Jodi Croft  www.faceperfectbyjodi.co.uk

Location: http://www.foxhillmanor.com

Bentley: http://www.azureluxurycars.co.uk

Clothing: www.kellythorne.co.uk  www.trapezeclothing.com http://www.oliveclothing.com http://www.horacebarton.co.uk http://www.boutique3.co.uk

Shoes: http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk

Jewellery: http://www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk

Models: Ashleigh Millman, Malcolm Williams, Jess Bracey, Isabella Nash, Peter Lloyd & Elliott Caunce

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