Pembroke Lodge, The Secret Garden, Best Western Alicia

Aka my top 3 venues from 2013.

Last year has been a beautiful one, we’ve had a proper summer here (probably the first real summer in 4 years) and the amount of weddings shot under the pouring rain was minimum. The Bear and I got to travel quite a bit all over the UK (and a bit of France even – where, ironically, it rained on the day) and we’ve shot weddings in a few new venues we hadn’t been before.
So I thought I gave credits and hugs where credits and hugs are due. Here’s my picks for my top 3 venue from 2013.

BELVEDERE, PEMBROKE LODGE – RICHMOND (LONDON)

This is a bit of a daydream place. It’s situated in the heart of Richmond park, surrounded by woods and with a breathtaking view. Sarah and Michael chose it because Richmond Park is one of their places.
Both the ceremony and the reception happened indoor, a beautiful bright room with white walls, topped by a glass ceiling on one side. The staff has been absolutely fantastic in arranging the place between the ceremony and the reception whilst all the guests were having their aperitif on the terrace, enjoying live music under a very mild and pleasant sun. Then re-arranged everything after the breakfast whilst coffee was being served outside, and turned the very same room in an incredibly pretty dancefloor.

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  • April 16, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Jenny Owens - ooh you’ve shot a some very nice places! Gorgeous photography Martina!ReplyCancel

A Most Curious Wedding Fair – Hackney Down Studios

It’s always a bit awkward when someone who isn’t getting married goes to a wedding fair – mainly because you never know what to say when you’re asked ‘are you a bride to be?’.
But I had never attended a wedding fair before this February, so when the National Wedding Show was in London, me and the lovely Elinor Rose (who IS a bride to be), decided to get two tickets and go see what the fuss was about.
Boy were we disappointed. It was all so big, so corporate, so packed, you couldn’t tell one stand from the other, and the only people we enjoyed talking to were the guys at Prezola.
So yeah, that had ruined wedding shows for me a little bit. Nonetheless, when Kat posted about A Most Curious Wedding Fair taking place at the Hackney Down Studios and I had a look at their website, I decided to give wedding fairs another try because they couldn’t possibly be all the same.
How foolish of me to think they might even remotely be vaguely similar.
A Most Curious Wedding Fair was small, packed with alternative and quirky stands and with people that care. Friendly, colourful, passionate. I felt like I needed another pair of eyes.
It was everything a wedding fair should be.

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Jack & Mara | Mentoring session with Laura Babb

I have been waiting for this mentoring session for quite a while and I was super excited last Tuesday morning to finally pack up my bag and head to Laura‘s place in Walthamstow.
Despite my absolutely horrifying sense of orientation I was only 7 minutes late!
After a lovely cup of tea and some very chocolate-y biscuits, Laura started to speak, and I started to learn.
She took me through basically anything that concerns running a photography business (minus the boring accounting bit), from how she started to how she got where she is now, from blogging to marketing, from shooting to editing, workflow, customer service, delivery and a bunch of other things I was only vaguely aware of.
After a pizza-lunch (YAY FOR PIZZA) Jack and Mara arrived for the shooting part of the day and we went for a wander around the area.

I absolutely adored seeing how Laura works with couples, I’ve learnt so much and I can’t wait to put to work all the little bits I’ve gathered yesterday afternoon.

WARNING: at some point you’ll see a bathtub. I wish I could take the credits for the idea but the truth is that Jack spotted it and jokingly suggested we used it. Then Laura said ‘yes’ and went on asking the proprietor of the place if we could borrow it. Then grabbed it and started shooting. Just like that.
I am honestly and utterly amazed by this woman. Definitely need to push myself more.

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  • March 31, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Laura Babb - Beautiful, Martina, you’ve captured them perfectly. It was a pleasure mentoring you. And the Titanic bath tub shot is genius!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Ellie - Love these – Jack and Mara are such cuties too. I especially love her outfit.ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2014 - 9:35 am

    Pat Kelman - Some great images with real personality and a lovely connection with the couple. Great to see your experimentation with composition and connecting the couple with their environment. And I love how you take an idea from the couple and run with it. Lovely work xReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2014 - 11:15 am

    Sharron - Ahh Martina, these are wonderful. So many beautiful and fun shots of the couple, they looked really relaxed and seemed to have fun with it. Love the bath tub ones!!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Lesley-Anne - Fab! Fab!
    Love them all – great work Martina!
    Cute couple :) ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Kristin - What an awesome shoot – and it sounds like you learned a lot from it! great photos too!ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Corrado - I think is a really good job. CheersReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Jaye Cole | Tux & Tales Photography - These are awesome. The shot of the couple against the fence with the garden bushes in the foreground is lovely. They all look like they could be in some kind of trendy East London digital magazine :) ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Cathy - Love the photo where you can’t see their faces but they’re cuddling and holding hands. It just shows how much body language reveals! It seems like you had a great day.ReplyCancel