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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…..