Gwenda  – Fabulous II

Gwenda – Fabulous II

Gwenda Jeffs AKA Vintage Floral Design. This stunning woman, Mother, florist and occasional model embodies women of this generation. Sensitive, strong, able and full of a lust for life. Creativity is what she is all about and life has given her work the edge. Wonderful to photograph, she leaps down the lens and eats it up.   1. In one sentence, tell us who you are and what you do. I’m Gwenda, a floral designer and owner of The Vintage Floral Design Company based in the Garden of England, Kent! 2. What’s the favourite thing about your job? Working in a bespoke way means that no job is ever the same as another, which keeps the creativity flowing and the passion alive. 3. Who do you admire the most in your work? and why? I make a point of not following or being influenced by anyone in my field (see question 8!). I simply admire anyone with follows their creative heart and carves a professional niche that is perfectly ‘them’. 4. How did it feel to be photographed? I’ve done a bit of modelling for photographer friends, but this usually involves getting into a character or theme that allows me to step out of myself for a while. This was a very different experience as I was being ‘me’, albeit a more glamorous version than the usual!  You have to confront your insecurities, but working with a pro like Carey means that it’s not nearly as scary as it seems it might be. 5. Did it improve your confidence? There’s no Magic Bullet when it comes to re-building self...
Cary – Fabulous II

Cary – Fabulous II

The lovely Cary from Wales with the bluest eyes I have ever seen. Quiet and beautiful, the camera loves her face.  She has that timeless elegance that just looks peaceful and relaxed when photographed.  She reminds me of Kiera Knightly in Atonement but with a Welsh accent! Cary is a successful photographer, Wife, Mother and friend to many. But not a good navigator..she went all round the houses before she made it to the shoot!  I’m so glad she made it though as it wouldn’t have been the same without her.   1. In one sentence, tell us who you are and what do you do? I’m Cary, I photograph newborns, children and families, and I also do professional headshots. 2. Whats the favourite thing about your job Crikey. Too many to list! I love what I do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else 3. Who do you admire the most in your work? and why? People who follow their vision, who break new ground, who aren’t afraid to be unique. 4. How did it feel to be photographed? It felt a little odd, but in a good way! I’m so used to being on the other side of the camera! 5. Did it improve your confidence? It was an interesting experience, I think all photographers should try it as it’s quite a different perspective to being on the other side of the camera. 6. Would you recommend it to anybody else? Yes, it was great fun! The whole experience of getting prepped, dressed and photographed. 7. Name one thing you love about yourself My sense of humour. I’d...
Nova – Nu Bride Fabulous II

Nova – Nu Bride Fabulous II

This was my first time meeting Nova.  A beautiful young woman with many talents. Editor of Award winning Wedding Blog NuBride, Singer, Therapist and all round fabulous human. Nova‘s mission is to bring all women a just and fair service regardless of race or colour when planning their wedding.  Sadly, & surprisingly the industry still fails people.  Nobody should receive poor treatment at anytime in their lives but when you get engaged you expect the journey to your wedding to be magical..and it is often not. Please visit Novas lovely journal and show support for this stylish young ladies cause. http://nubride.com Here Nova answers a few questions, all her own words. 1. In one sentence, tell us who you are and what do you do? My name is Nova I am founder and editor of wedding blog Nu Bride: dedicated to add a splash of diversity and encourage the mainstream wedding industry to be more inclusive. I am also a therapist and enjoy the occasional sing song! 2. Whats the favourite thing about your job Helping people 3. Who do you admire the most in your work? and why? People who act with integrity, honesty, and people who are willing to try 4. How did it feel to be photographed? Delicious 5. Did it improve your confidence? No, but that’s because my former acting days in front of the camera have hard wired me. Plus Carey makes you feel so comfortable instantly, it’s not intimidating at all, like hanging out with a friend! 6. Would you recommend it to anybody else? Absolutely. I was lucky enough to hang backstage and was watching...
Fabulous Shoot II

Fabulous Shoot II

It’s no secret that I like to photograph women.  At work, for a portrait session, someone with a story to tell or for a ‘She’ shoot. Over the past few years I have met many great people in the industry of weddings, photography, beauty, men & women. This year for the 2nd time I have pulled together large group of this gorgeous talent for what we now call ‘The Fabulous’ shoot. Admittedly in the image it is all women plus a gorgeous baby girl but we had two boys on set too!  So please don’t think me biased.. This time instead of just the large group I spent time with each individual, took smaller groups together..stylists, photographers, florists etc..there were a lot of images hence why its taken me 6 months to edit them! I hope you enjoy the following days and couple of weeks as I share with you individually the people that took part and tell you their story, why they do what they do, who inspires them and how it felt to be photographed with all these lovely people. Only myself and the two boys avoided the camera but we did make one group shot. It was a great day, a stunning building full of stunning & talented people.  Colleagues, friends, competitors!  All together feeling fabulous…. Big thanks to the stylists..all pictured. Milbridge Court for hosting. Victoria Ferguson for your lovely accessories. Maids to Measure for the Loan of Gowns Daniel & Jacob.   Charlotte Hardwick www.WildenBrideLondon.com Gwenda Jeffs www.VintageFloralDesign.co.uk Victoria Ferguson http://www.victoriafergusson.co.uk Sharon Roberts www.wonderfulweddinghair.co.uk Tania Stephenson-Oliver www.tsobridalbeauty.co.uk Joyce Connor www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk Clare Pinkney www.clarepinkney.co.uk Daniel Wilson http://smilehair.co.uk...
Fine & Dandy

Fine & Dandy

  I’m very excited to be helping my friend & colleague Emma Hunt London organise her debut showcase event at the private members club The Wisley.  I will be the ‘MC’ for the evening with the lovely Hayley Bray coming along to document the event. Emma will be showcasing her ‘Little Black Dress’ collection, a selection of bridal designs and her exclusive ‘Cocktail’ collection. Events like this don’t happen by themselves, firstly The Wisley will be hosting the event for their members and guests.  They always offer 5 star service and Chef Sam Peschier will provide guests with a fabulous 2 course meal. Hair styling will be provided by the gorgeous James Davies with his team from Award Winning salon Clay, in Oxshott with Make Up services by my friend Joyce of Brides & Beauty. We have models of all ages, shape and size!  That’s the beauty of bespoke design..its for everyone!  James & Joyce will just ensure that the ‘models’ feel their glam best for the evening as the strut their suff on the runway. The gorgeous runway and atmospheric lighting is being provided by Darren Latimer from Innovents.  He is always the first person I refer for Weddings, Parties and Events and has a whole host of available services but that aside he is just a genuinely lovely guy and very professional. We got to visit Louise and her team at Performance Preparation Academy at one of their wonderful new sites in Guildford.  PPA offer the best education for emerging artists and they have very kindly dedicated time and future superstars to the event, after watching their amazing performance today I...
Maids To Measure

Maids To Measure

This week I had the delightful opportunity to visit Sinclair Sellars of Maids to Measure, the Award winning, super stylish, bridesmaid gown design service who are making waves within the wedding industry. Sinclair, one half of a dynamic sister act, alongside her equally gorgeous sister, India.  These creative and clever girls have revolutionised the purchase of the bridesmaid gown. Their wonderful studio space, nestled amongst other creative businesses, just a stones throw from Fulham and the fashionable Kings Road is full of gorgeous gowns, inspiration, comfy sofas, champagne, cake and quirky accessories that will make any Bride and her maids feel absolutely delighted. Lets talk about being bridesmaid… Back in my day (I am becoming a relic) bridesmaids wore chintz, florals, and huge puffed sleeves, full skirts and resembled Little Bo Peep..think Four Weddings and a Funeral. It was a horror story. Brides are a bit kinder nowadays but between the taste of their Maids, the different sizes of their Maids and their budget for gowns, deciding on what everyone will wear is still very difficult and in some cases can cause the breakup of friendships! So where to go?  The High St tends to be the first Port of call and there are some options available but they often don’t inspire and the ones that do can cost a fortune.  Then people trawl the internet which largely results in disappointment because what arrives will not look like the picture and the fabric and fit can be way off. Maids To Measure offer many solutions..buy online or take the time to visit the studio, have champagne, eat cake try on some gowns..this to me sounds...