With a desire to capture the small, intimate and personal moments of a wedding day in the most beautiful way, McKinley-Rodgers Photography, are surely one to consider for your wedding day photography.
“I have been a romantic all my life, and I have always believed in the fairytale,” photographer Pen says. “After kissing MANY frogs, I was lucky enough to find my prince 9 years ago, and snapped him up pronto (after only 4 months). We actually had a very small and informal wedding, with just my mother and father as witnesses, but it was perfect for us. My only regret however, is not having a photographer. My mother took our pictures, and she took a lot of them, most of which are really lovely and do capture the day beautifully. But, if I could do it all again…”
“That was a real impetus for doing what we do now. We want to offer a service, a product, which we would have wanted. What we provide is informal, intimate, creative, and affordable. Weddings can be such expensive (and sometimes stressful) affairs, but it’s also the most important day of your life; We want our bride and grooms to feel they can have what they want without cutting corners and have one less thing to worry about.”
Jill & Neil’s wedding is vintage “Englishness” in every sense of the word. The whole day – from Jill’s floral Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown, to the London bus that transported them and personalised vintage postcards used as invitations and then re-used as the table-plan – was an authentic representation of the theme they loved so much. “We took vintage inspiration from our own families, finding old frames in charity shops for lots of photographs of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparent’s weddings,” they told me. “These filled the fireplaces of the Lodge and meant we were surrounded by reminders of our ancestors as well as being beautiful pictures.”
“Also, to entertain our guests on our bus trip we had a picture quiz to guess who the couples in the old photos were – with the answers on the back of the original at the venue. These were in bags made by a charity from recycled newspapers from The India Shop and we also included bus related gifts to keep the children amused – mostly from the London Transport Museum, and old fashioned sweets and goodies. On the tables we used luggage labels from the Post Office for place names, which my nieces helped stamp with butterflies and tied to mini jars filled with old fashioned sweets from Hope and Greenwood.”
The day also had a lot of very personal and emotion feelings behind it. As Jill had been previously widowed, the couple knew that is would be a particularly emotional day so wanted to make it extra special and beautiful. The service itself was very important to them as they had actually met at the Cathedral where they chose to marry.
Taking inspiration from music festivals and garden parties, April & Alex wanted to create a laid back, personal wedding. They loved creating a lot of the details themselves and really wanted to make something that not only reflected them but was fun for their guests.
The bride made all the wedding stationary herself – from the invitations to the luggage tags. “I designed the postcard sized invitations on photoshop, lined the envelopes with floral paper and stamped the backs with an old fashioned address stamp,” she explained. “The orders of service were hand stamped, bound with a sewn spine and decorated with mismatched fabric hearts. We stuck to kraft paper and the same font to pull everything together. I didn’t like the idea of picking one colour as a ‘theme’ but stuck to hot and dusky pink, peach and greens as my colour palate. The confetti packets were a project from Martha Stewart and made by sewing together tracing paper and a handstamped label. For the table plan I stretched some floral fabric over a wooden frame and pinned everyone’s names on hand stamped parcel tags in alphabetical order, each with their table number. I painted cheap frames from Ikea backed with fabric for the table numbers and the place settings were also hand stamped parcel labels. I used inexpensive different sizes glass cosmetic bottles bought online to use as vases.”
Warning: this post has a hell load of photographs and I ain’t going to apologise for that. I literally couldn’t cut them down! I am so excited about Lindsey & Adriano’s wedding I can hardly contain myself. The gorgeous bride and her musician husband had a beautiful and quirky vintage-themed wedding at Farbridge, West Sussex.
“Our inspiration was easy we just collected things we love and are interested in,” the bride told me. “I love all things vintage because I love that it has history and seems to have so much more personality than many modern things. I find that vintage things were made to last and made with care and skill unlike most things today are made to be disposable and are not designed to last. I wanted our day also to have lots of elements of fun so I came up with the idea of an ice cream sundae bar so guests could be kids again, make a mess and choose whatever topping they wanted! We also bought a kiss-o-meter for a bit of fun, it was from an American site and was from the 60’s. In the reception barn at Farbridge they also had a projector. One of my favourite films is Cinema Paradiso, there is a scene at the end of the film which is called the kissing scene which features lots of kisses from famous old black and white films. We played this scene on repeat on the the projector to add another dimension to the room. We had a wedding cocktail which we served in jam jars and bought some quirky straws too.All these things were good talking points for the guests and added elements of fun and interaction.”
Lindsey wore a vintage dress that she found online at The Vintage Bride. The American site was the first place the bride visited when deciding on what she wanted to do for the wedding and after seeing the beautiful, one of a kind gowns she was sold on the theme. “Finding a dress was one of the first steps I took in beginning to organise our wedding. I first looked on the web and found this site, fell in love with the dress and bought it. A bit risky but the lady who runs the site, Rosie, says that if your dress is not right she will give a full refund which is quite unusual for an online site. So I took the risk. It arrived in a beautiful box tied with a big pink ribbon and it was quite magical moment to open up revealing my dress for the first time, perfectly wrapped including a lovely lavender scented parcel. It was love at first sight.”
“David, an Aussie living in London, met Norwegian Ingrid on a trip to Norway through friends” photographer Ed began. “They hit it off straight away and had a long distance relationship for a while until Ingrid decided to move over to London. They both share a passion for music. Dave is a guitarist and music director and Ingrid is still studying, but sings. One thing led to another and they got married in July 2008 in Ingrid’s home town Stavanger, in Norway. It was a fantastic wedding with people from London, Norway and Australia. However, one thing went badly wrong… their photographer lost their entire set of photos (their photographer was not me by the way!) due to a hard disk issue. Ingrid was naturally devastated!”
“This summer Ingrid finally got round to bringing her dress over from Norway to London and asked me if I could redo some wedding photos for them… In Norway it is tradition to send guests a thank you card with a photo of the day – Ingrid has been waiting to get some photos done before she can do this!”
Issy’s ‘Love your Dress’ shoot took place in Raphael Park, Gidea Park in Essex. Her dress was by designer Ugo Zaldi and her hairband was actually found at BHS!
Issy has a love of the 1960’s and has a really classic look from that era with her cute pixie crop hair, so the whole styling of the shoot, from Issy’s dress to the props, was set around this vibe.