Saturday, 18 August 2012

Quadrophenia

Some snaps of the scooters at the South West Scooter Meet which happened in Weston Super Mare a few weeks ago. You can see my post from the day here.








Friday, 17 August 2012

Love Is All You Need



All photographs on this blog are copyright of Rosie Wollacott Photography and should never be used without prior written consent. 

Shelley and Barney are a couple I 'knew of' for a while. Shelley's Mum and Step-Dad have been friends with my parents for years and I used to babysit their daughter (Shelley's sister), Jess, when she was younger. On Christmas Day last year, my family made the annual trip to the pub for a drink with friends whilst the turkey was in the oven, and whilst we were there Shelley's mum took my mobile number to enquire about photographs for their big day. Back in December last year, August felt a million miles away!

I met with them in April to have a chat about what they were looking for from their photos and was pleased that they were very relaxed. I have met some clients who are very controlling, show me other photographers work and tell me what photos they want me to take. What I loved about Shelley and Barney was that they were confident in me to let me be in control, something very invigorating on the day.

Before I knew it, it was August, and I was on my way to Shelley's to take the morning photos! I find these photos quite difficult as everyone is usually so busy and it feels wrong to ask them to stop for a photo. So instead, I crept around like a ninja snapping away, waited for the arrival of the car, got some pics of Shelley in her dress and zoomed off to the venue to meet Barney.




The wedding took place at the beautiful Charlton House Spa Hotel, tucked away in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. The gorgeous venue made my job a lot easier, especially the big doors out on to the patio which lit up the whole room. The registrar was very helpful, allowing me to move quite freely around the front of a room as long as I promised not to disturb the ceremony - situations like that make me love my 24-70mm lens.

The ceremony room

Barney (left) with his brother Matt and his nephew Charlie

The colour scheme was purples, pinks and whites

Jess

Grace asleep on Jess' shoulder before the wedding
Charlie

Shelley and her Dad walking in to the venue

The Ceremony
The grounds of Charlton House are stunning  - there's a beautiful courtyard, a tiny orchard at the front, flowers and shrubs everywhere and a beautiful fountain at the front of the house.
One of my favourites from the day!

The Court Yard, Orangery
The luckiest thing about the day was the weather. Having a wedding in the middle of August would have usually guaranteed sunshine, but our British Summers are becoming more and more ambiguous. The magical thing is that Barney and Shelley picked their wedding day from a hat, and chose one of the only Summer Saturdays in 2012 that has had glorious sunshine!


Shelley looking stunning!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Make Damn Sure

6 years ago, Ash and I met at a Taking Back Sunday show (May 19th 2006, in Bristol Academy). For years we were friends, and eventually got together. On Monday, we will have been living together at my parents' for 3 years!


I'll admit it's been a whirlwind few years, nothing has been easy. Sharing my living space with a boy has been one of the hardest things to do, but it's been good practice for when we eventually move out.


I bought these limited edition Ryan Russell TBS prints which hang outside our bedoom door as a little reminder of where it all began.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

A Floral Sunday

At work, we get a gorgeous bouquet delivered at the beginning of the week to display in Reception. I tend to get myself in a bit of a flurry when I'm arranging them in a vase and turn in to a slight perfectionist, moving stems just millimeters at a time... but, as the flowers are SO beautiful, they always turn out great.

Our flowers are delivered by Charlotte of Classic Flower Designs from Chew Stoke, near Chew Valley Lake in Somerset. Classic Flower Designs describe themselves as 'the English Cottage Garden in a Bouquet,' working with only seasonal English flowers, and not the common Interflora stems.

When a friend mentioned she was taking part in a floristry course, I was excited to be told it was with Classic Flower Designs. One of my new years resolutions was to learn more about flower care and arrangements and I knew this would be the perfect opportunity. The next time we had our work delivery, Charlotte brought in her Summer School dates and details, and I booked myself on to the Hand Tied Bouquet afternoon.

The course took place from 2pm until 4.30pm on a rainy Sunday in August at Classic Flower Designs' new workshop. Inside the shop was so pretty. It's so kitch; polkadots and stripes and bunting and tea cups everywhere! 







 
There was myself and three other ladies on the class, and Charlotte and her Mum instructing us.
We started with a bucket of stems, which included roses, stocks, phlox, agapanthus, clematis, flowering mint, larkspur, snapdragons and some eucalyptus for greenery.

How It Began
We stripped the roses of their thorns, and cut away all the leaves which were low on the stems, leaving the length bald for ease later on when we were arranging. Charlotte advised choosing a large head for the focal point of the bouquet - we chose the gorgeous lilac roses, called "Memory Lane." 
Memory Lane
Hand tied bouquets are formed using the 'Spiralling Technique' - no doubt when you've bought (or been given) a bouquet from a florist they are spun circularly, rather than straight like in supermarkets. We held the first flower in our weak hand, and added stems to the bouquet at a 45 degree angle, with our dominant hand. You have to hold the flowers pretty tightly about 4 inches from the heads and make sure you don't loosen your grip too much. After each stem, the arrangement is twisted in your hand ready to place the next one. This is the technique which gives the bouquet shape and order.
Charlotte spiralling her bouquet
We repeated this technique, moving our hands down as we added more and more, until all the stems are used up. It doesn't quite happen first time though - one of the ladies decided to start from scratch again to create her perfect bunch. We then filled in the spaces accordingly by rejigging them (technical term!) and adjusted the height of the stems to create a domed shape. We laid the bouquets down on the table, and quickly tied a length of string quite tightly around the bunch.

The finished arrangement, ready for tidying up
The next step is definitely one of the most important ones... tea and cake. It was a gorgeous apple cake, one of the best slices I've had for ages! And the cuppa was perfect too (and I'm fussy with tea!)

Now our bouquets were ready, we snipped off the ends, between 10cm and 15cm, until all the stems were the same length and the bouquet could stand up unsupported on the table. Charlotte showed us how to wrap them in cellophane ready for aqua packing. We then did some origami-type folding and wrapped them in cute brown paper and burgundy tissue paper.



We poured a few inches of water through the centre of the bouquet into the cellophane to keep them hydrated in transport, and tied a ribbon around the bunch. I can't believe I made such a beautiful bouquet! I learnt so much today that I know I will use throughout my life, and I really hope I can get on one of the Christmas courses with Charlotte.
My hand tied bouquet in it's vase at home



Many thanks to Charlotte for allowing me to take photos during the course!
You can check our Classic Flower Designs at their website - www.classicflowerdesigns.co.uk



Thursday, 2 August 2012

Instax 1

Ash bought me a Fujifilm Instax 210 for Christmas last year, and I LOVE it. The only downfall is it's a little on the chunky side. Nevertheless, it still manages to find it's way out with me. It's already been to Paris and Co Cork.. and now, Weston Super Mare!

There's something incredibly magical about holding your photo in your hands minutes after taking it, watching it come to life. The young lad who had the Olympic Torch was fairly impressed..!

Windswept on the Grand Pier

Ash, my incredibly handsome boyfriend.

Lambretta! Mint green!

Olympic Torch

Pier Train

Grand Pier

Seaside