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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:

stef@photographybystefanie.co.uk

07810126599

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

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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

Last month we were involved in a very exciting shoot in the heart of the Cotswolds on behalf of London designer Masato

– here’s a bit about what we got up to….

Water Flower Linen Shirt Pacific Linen Dress Navy Linen Dress www.masato.co.uk

Water Flower Linen Shirt
Pacific Linen Dress
Navy Linen Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

It all came about through the power of twitter as we follow Masato and had noticed all the amazing high end formal wear and cool Tee’s that kept popping up on our twitter feed.
 
So, we introduced ourselves and shortly after a tweet chat, my husband (and creative director) and I went down to London to chat fashion over coffees just next to Hyde Park. 
It soon became apparent that we simply had to work with such talented, relaxed and simply cool people – it’s clear to see that Masato & his business partner Mike have a lot of passion for fashion (pardon the pun) and we are thrilled to be working with them.  
 
We set up this shoot at an amazing home / fashion boutique called Lapstone which is based just a few miles outside of Chipping Camden in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Angel Sleeve Shift Dress www.masato.co.uk

Angel Sleeve Shift Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

 
Diagonal Cross Dress www.masato.co.uk

Diagonal Cross Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

Cross Back Leopard Dress  www.masato.co.uk

Cross Back Leopard Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

 
Masato’s designs also stretch to a fab menswear range comprised of beautiful printed shirts
Men's Poppy shirt www.masato.co.uk

Men’s Poppy shirt
http://www.masato.co.uk

Water Flower Linen Shirt www.masato.co.uk

Water Flower Linen Shirt
http://www.masato.co.uk

Along with some of the coolest & most interesting Tee’s we’ve seen 
Silver Bunni Embossed Metallic Silver www.masato.co.uk

Silver Bunni Embossed Metallic Silver
http://www.masato.co.uk

Faces unisex Tee www.masato.co.uk

Faces unisex Tee
http://www.masato.co.uk

 
In addition to provide the stunning location for us, Lapstone also laid on a whole host of fantasic accessories including sunglasses, bags, bracelets, shoes which complimented Masato’s brand perfectly and all of which are available to buy in store. 
Morning Sun Dress  www.masato.co.uk

Morning Sun Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

Water Flower Linen Dress www.masato.co.uk

Water Flower Linen Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

Pacific Linen Dress www.masato.co.uk

Pacific Linen Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

On this shoot, we brought in make-up artist Monika Vrublova who we’ve worked with most recently on a shoot for the Cotswold Sheep Mystery PR Campaign, and you can see from the results that the make-up styling was absolutely bang on trend suiting the garments to a T.

Diagonal Cross Dress

Diagonal Cross Dress

 
We also asked super hair stylist Christopher Murphy to get involved who we worked with on an epic fashion shoot at Thornbury Castle – we saw his mad skills then and couldn’t wait for the next project to get him involved with!
Morning Sun Dress  www.masato.co.uk

Morning Sun Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

The models we used were Chris Hughes who we’ve worked with many times and who is a fantastic male model – great at his job and one of the loveliest models we know. 
We also used Iris Fitzgerald, who is equally lovely and has worked with us on some great shoots in the past and is a consummate professional – she is just effortless!
We had not worked with our brunette model before, Lucy Spelman, but she was a great find and we can’t wait to work with them all again soon!
 
We were thrilled to find our shoot had made it’s way into two publications:
One being online London’s Meade magazine, and you can find the article here; http://meademagazine.com/masatos-right-on-the-button
The other spread can be found in non other than the fabulous Cotswold Style Magazine’s June issue: http://www.cotswoldstyle.co.uk/digital-magazine
 
We think that’s the sign of a job well done and very much look forward to seeing the new Masato collection later in the year!
Fuchsia Tulle Satin Dress www.masato.co.uk

Fuchsia Tulle Satin Dress
http://www.masato.co.uk

Credits: 
Photography: Stefanie Calleja-Gera http://www.photographybystefanie.co.uk
Clothing: Masato Jones http://www.masato.co.uk
Creative Direction: Davey Terrific
Location: Lapstone http://www.lapstone.net
Make-up Styling: Monika Vrublova http://www.wedding-bridaldream.com
Hair Styling: Christopher J Murphy http://www.mcqueenshairbristol.co.uk
Models: Iris Fitzgerald, Chris Hughes, Lucy Spelman
 
 

Ten Top Tips on How Avoid wedding Stress Part Five: Make me Pretty!

Firstly, a very happy New Year to you all!

So, the madness of Christmas is over and can now make way for some serious wedding planning. If your big day is in 2014 (or even 2015) you’re probably thinking it’s high time you got your ducks in a row.

This is the 5th part of my blog and will look at the importance of looking and feeling your best on your wedding day, and how a professional can make that task infinitely easier and more enjoyable.

I know this from personal experience; on my own wedding day my hair and makeup artist not only made me look and feel more amazing than I’ve ever felt before (or could’ve achieved on my own) but was also an uplifting, friendly and soothing person to have at my side during a very important morning in my life.

So….

DO: Try to allow budget for a QUALIFIED hair & make-up artist. More-and-more Brides are realising the benefits of this, but let me spell them out for you just in case you’re wavering:

1. Believe it or not, it doesn’t cost the earth (it could be your wedding present from your hubby if you like, he might be grateful for the suggestion).

2. You really don’t want to be worrying about the potential pitfalls of doing a complicated hairstyle you’ve never attempted before and looking like a swamp queen as you walk down the aisle.

3. Properly trained MUA’s use make-up that will work much better with the camera than your usual stuff. They’ll also be able to test different makeup during your trial, to ensure that you’re wearing the most suitable for your skin type. This can make a real difference!

4. IT MAKES YOU FEEL SPECIAL.

5. Do you really need another reason?!

Find someone you can chat through your ideas with and who you think will understand you and your style. Any artist worth their salt will insist upon a hair & make-up trial in order to establish exactly what you’ll have for the day itself (this is also a fab pamper session that usually takes a few hours, so enjoy it!). Most hair & make-up artists won’t do the trial until around 6 weeks before the day. You don’t want it too far in advance as your tastes (and wedding theme) may change before then!

DON’T: Do half measures. Just because someone says they only cost £30 and will come to you, it doesn’t make them good! OK, so when I say that a PROFESSIONAL doesn’t cost the earth, they may cost a little extra but lets be honest, if it means you looking and feeling like a movie star walking down the red carpet, I mean, “aisle”, then I’d say it’s worth it!

I recommend:

An amazingly talented and professionally trained hair & make-up artist:
http://www.faceperfectbyjodi.co.uk

A fabulous make-up artist:
http://www.makeupbyvanessa.co.uk

A wonderful hair stylist:
http://www.bellabridalhair.co.uk