Laura Crouchley Photography: Blog https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog en-us (C) Laura Crouchley Photography laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Fri, 02 Apr 2021 11:34:00 GMT Fri, 02 Apr 2021 11:34:00 GMT https://www.lauracrouchley.com/img/s/v-12/u142949548-o844820725-50.jpg Laura Crouchley Photography: Blog https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog 90 120 The year we stayed at home https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2021/3/lockdown It’s now just over a year since all this madness began, since all our lives changed and I don't think anyone had any idea we would still be where we are today. I still find it hard to fathom it all. 

But here we still are, and instead of sharing a beautiful wedding, I am looking back to last year and beginning this blog post with an image of a beautiful (and precious at the time) quilted loo roll, in what was my old and not so beautiful bathroom.

During the first lockdown I wondered my local neighbourhood and the empty streets of Bristol city centre with my camera (in my allowed exercise time of course). It was eerie, yet peaceful, solemn, yet sparked with little bits of life and light, like the colourful rainbows and messages of hope in people’s windows. On my walks I saw so much creativity and support. Teddy bear hunts with teddies placed in windows for children to spot on their walks, chalked messages of hope on pavements and games like hopscotch, which I just couldn’t walk past without a hop, skip and a jump. Self-help books left out for passers by to take, and caring messages stuck to lampposts just asking, are you ok?

Now three lockdowns in, we’ve almost settled into lockdown living, Netflix, group video calls, essential shopping trips with the adapted phone, wallet, keys… mask check on our way out the door. Although we now don't have a shortage of loo rolls and pasta, there is still so much missing in our lives and winter lockdown days have been hard. The first lockdown was scary, unknown days and weeks, which turned into months. I’d forgotten how surprisingly busy I was back then, working night shifts at my local supermarket, moving house and also volunteering with a catering company I used to work for, working for the organisation Food4Heroes, distributing meals for NHS workers on the frontline.

Looking back at these snaps I took a year ago now, it was Spring that helped light up those days. So, this Sunday the clocks are changing which means longer days, picnics, dreamy evenings, and soon six people can meet outdoors and summer is coming!! I’m over the moon to be able to get back to work next week photographing families again, and weddings will be slowly back on the scene and hopefully in full swing come the end of June.

Hoping that we're now heading in the right direction.

Stay Covid safe, and I am looking forward to a big party when this is finally over, we all deserve it.xx

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) 2021 Bristol Bristol 2020 Bristol photographer Bristol photography covid covid19 food4heroes Laura Crouchley Photography lockdown lockdown life lockdown living photographer uk photographer wedding photographer https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2021/3/lockdown Thu, 25 Mar 2021 15:59:24 GMT
2020 Fall, learn, build https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2021/1/2020 At this time of year, it's natural to start reflecting on the year gone by. And what a year 2020 was, eh!

This time last year I was getting all packed up for two months of travelling around India. On my travels, I remember seeing people in masks at airports and shrugging them off as unnecessary. Little did I know how lucky I was to return to the UK before the dreaded virus hit. I feel very fortunate I was able to take that trip, although it now feels like a very distance memory - one I must look back on one day soon.

2020 was a year of cancelled and rearranged plans, staying in, no work and too much work. A most traumatic time for small businesses and the self-employed, with the government regulations bringing much of the wedding and events industry to its knees.

The virus has affected us all in different ways and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and been physically and mentally ill. Personally, I feel lucky to have been able to see my family in between lockdowns and over Christmas, but it certainly wasn't an easy year. A house move during lockdown, weddings cancelled with payments refunded and three temporary jobs to help keep me afloat. Despite the struggles, I've found over the years I have developed an ability to adapt and survive. My resilience has got me this far and I've been comforted by meeting others in a similar position. I generally felt useful working and volunteering during a pandemic and have made new friends.

Focusing on my business positives, 2020 was the year I was able to lean on my family and baby photography. I've been photographing families and babies alongside weddings for years now. It's something I love but have always left in the background. This year I was able bring it into the foreground of my work with a few wonderful sessions in between lockdowns.

Somehow against all odds some people still had their 2020 wedding and I was delighted to photograph three. These were intimate, small events that were extra special to be apart of and I also feel privileged to have documented a period of time in our history that we certainly shall not forget.

With Monday’s inevitable lockdown announcement, I must admit I have struggled to find the motivation and positivity to finish writing this blog. Yet, looking through some of my favourite 2020 images, I'm reminded that despite the madness there were a lot of joyful moments and hopefully 2021 will bring many more.

I'm not sure what’s going to happen in the next few months but I'll be trying hard to put energy back into my business. I have hope. I'm looking forward to better, safer times, being reunited with friends, dancing, gigs, festivals, and photographing more weddings again of course!!

I usually try to escape to some sunshine in January but obviously not this year. Instead, I’ll be doing my tax return, looking for work and hanging in there and holding fast, and I hope you are too.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my one-woman band in the past and future. 

Stay safe and here's to a better year!xx

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) 2020 2020 bride 2020 wedding 2020 wedding day 2020 wedding photography Bride bride and groom Bristol Bristol wedding Bristol Wedding Photographer Couple covid-19 Devon Family Family photo shoot Family photographer Laura Crouchley Photography Lifestyle Photo Shoot London Love marriage Wedding Wedding Day Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2021/1/2020 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 19:59:04 GMT
Sturtlebury Barn Spring Style Shoot https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2020/5/sturtlebury-spring-style-shoot It's been a crazy, weird and unsettling few months. Life has been turned upside down and my heart goes out to those couples that have had to postpone their wedding day this year.

I am proud of my little business built entirely on my own and it's personally devastating to not be able to shoot weddings or family sessions for months, but I am fit, healthy and resilient.

We have all been affected by the virus in so many different ways. It's butterfly effect is massive and on-going, but it's so important to stay safe, live in the moment, appreciate each day as it comes and be as kind as you can.

With wedding season on hold, I hoped to use this time to edit my photographs from my recent trip to India, a trip I realise I was so lucky to go and come back from. I wanted to get blogging, update my website and generally look back, reflect and see how far I have come, but since taking on a temporary job in my local supermarket working nights, I'm adjusting to my own new slightly upside down world, not staying home as many of us are. In the sunny days we've been lucky enough to have recently, in between my shifts I've needed some vitamin D, and also realised how important it has been for me take a bit of time for some self-care. I have wondered the empty streets of Bristol alone with my camera, reminding me how much I love my city and what I do (I hope to share some of these images soon).

I'm writing this on a rainy day, I quite like the odd rainy day; rain freshens everything up, makes me sit still (a little) and gets me blogging. Today I've been taking a bit of time to look back at a wonderful little style shoot I organised this time last year at South Devon's stunning new venue, Sturtlebury Barn where my sister got married in 2018. Owners of the barn Rich and Elaine welcomed me back last spring and I had my own style shoot, which I decided to put together with an amazing team to talented ladies. 

Style shoots are oh so very different to a usual wedding day, but a chance to create specific images, be the perfectionist I am, work with wonderful like minded creatives and share and spark ideas off each other. Working together, the aim was to highlight our skills showing off beautiful wedding dresses, our gorgeous inside and out model Abi and this stunning Devon venue.

With only a few emails sent back and forth sharing photos of the barn and my ideas, this wonderful team where the backbone in making my vision come alive. Stephanie dyed and styled model Abi's light pastel pink hair which I adored. Shelley created fabulous floristry, the most stunning bouquets and a delicate boho style floral headpiece. Make up artist Nic gave Abi a natural and flawless look complimenting the perfectly fitting elegant dresses, lent to us from Danielle at Rock the Frock Bridal, we where all set.

I'm a fan of keeping things simple, our overall look was one of modern minimalism and subtle detail allowing the venues and it's beauty natural surroundings to shine. Spoilt for choice, the Barn effortlessly provided us with a multitude of beautiful backdrops. Overlooking the River Avon, the barn is nestled in a valley with jaw-dropping views amongst winding country lanes, blossom trees and rolling fields. I hadn't planned many shots inside but to my delight the barns contemporary and rustic interior gave plenty of inspiration and was the perfect contrast to the green outdoors.

Shelley and Nic aka Courtney & Hutch team up as super stylists; here they brought the wedding decorations and little details together for me inside the barn. The barns long banquet tables where styled with gold crockery, patterned tableware and luxe accessories, an art deco edge with a glamorous twist. My talented friend Kate also illustrated floral-inspired stationary, stone place names, and iced shortbread favours delicately hand drawn on with edible pen, so pretty and unique.

The day of our shoot was grey and rainy, you know... "That fine rain that soaks you through. It's spitting! it's spitting" (Pete Kay) Once we got started, brollies at the ready, I quickly remembered how beautiful flat light is on a overcast day and so flattering, something always worth reminding myself and others. My favourite of our images has to be Abi sitting pretty on a vintage coral armchair discovered by Nic. Again, an unplanned shot, I love that lane spiralling up and the sheep you can just make out in the background, so gloriously green, so Devon. We had a giggle shooting this with us all and the chair having to quickly get in the hedge when cars came by.

Only my third style shoot, I loved it and learnt so much. Please see the very bottom of the blog for a link to so a small feature we had in Wed Magazine last year.

Next year I'd love to shoot another style photo shoot in complete contrast in my home city Bristol, so please get in touch if you are a Bristol venue or wedding supplier and would like to be apart of a relaxed and fun wedding styled shoot.

Stay safe and keep smiling :)

p.s ..... 2021 weddings are going to be epic!xx


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Feature in Wed Magazine: https://www.wedmagazine.co.uk/country-weddings-devon.html

Credits

Venue - Sturtlebury Barn

Styling - Courtney & Hutch

Flowers - Shelley Hutcheon, Oakenham

Make-up - Nic Courtney

Model - Abigail Read

Dresses - Danielle, Rock the Frock Bridal at The Wedding Hub

Hair - Stephanie Davis

Stationary - Kate Pennington-Wilson, Little Penn Illustration

 

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Barn Wedding Bride Country Wedding Devon Devon Bride Devon Style Shoot Devon Wedding Devon Wedding Venue Laura Crouchley Photography Marriage Photo Shoot South West Wedding Spring Bride Spring Wedding Sturtlebury Barn Sturtlebury Barn Devon Style Shoot Styled Wedding Photo Shoot Wedding Wedding Photography Wedding Styling West country wedding https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2020/5/sturtlebury-spring-style-shoot Sun, 03 May 2020 17:07:21 GMT
Jamie & Amy - Bristol https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/10/jamie-amy---bristol Jamie and Amy, aww what can I say, these two certainly didn't let it rain on their parade.

The day started with giggles with the bridesmaids at the on-site cottage at Tracy Park Estate near Wick in South Gloucestershire. Brollies at the ready, the girls dashed to the 1958 Humber Hawk classic car for the short journey to the church just down the road in Doynton. Usher Neil (on umbrella duty) sheltered guests as they made their way into the church, while Jamie waited nervously at the alter with his brother and best man, Alex. Sparkling in her fairytale dress, Amy greeted Jamie, bringing an instant smile to his face. Following the intimate ceremony, the rain continued to belt down as guests ran to their cars, while Amy was whisked off her feet by the lads to the classic car. Back to Tracy Park they went to continue the celebrations

The Bridesmaids were rays of sunshine in their yellow dresses. I was glad to provide some mild entertainment for them whilst attempting a few photos from the outside in the storm, looking in, battling gale force winds and rain and an inside-out umbrella, with my lovely assistant Nagea.

Speeches upstairs in the Windsor Suit were heart-warming and left everyone very touched, listening to wonderful stories about the newly weds, feeling their love for one another and in particular seeing the close bond Jamie has with his brother, Alex.

While the wind and rain did not let up all day,  Jamie and Amy kept smiling through. If anything, the weather made the day even more memorable, intimate and romantic and some of my favourite photos are the ones where the couple and guests faced and embraced the elements. 

It truly was a day to remember with the rhyming couple Jamie and Amy. Congratulations again!

With all my love, Laura x

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      Supplier Credits:

Venue: Tracy Park Estate 

Dress - willowby by watters purchased through Flossy and Willow

Hair - Brides by friend Lisa Groves, Bridesmaids by Laura Turner

Flowers. Elly Bane

Car: Bath Classic Cars

Love letters lights: Holly Boo

DJ - Cadence

 

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Bristol Bristol Wedding Photographer Bristol Wedding Photography Couple Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Tracy Park Tracy Park Golf & Country Hotel Tracy Park Wick Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography Wick Wick Wedding https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/10/jamie-amy---bristol Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:04:14 GMT
Jim & Vic - Essex https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/9/jim-vic---essex I met my lovely friends Jim and Vicki whilst working in a pub in London. A very special place where I not only found friends for life but found myself.

Behind the bar I remember these two flirting, and stories of turkey dinosaur and potato alfabite dinner dates, and recall Vic's Mum Sarah, glass of wine in hand, giving her approval and comparing Jim to a young James Dean.

The couple where inseparable, time flew by and after seven years together, Jim, now a professional beer brewer for Gipsy Hill Brewery, proposed to Vicki at Meat Loaf the musical. The brewery released a beer announcing their proposal with JIM N VIC 4EVA stamped on the bottom of all the beers canned that day. 

Their day was beautifully relaxed, set in Jim's Aunty and Uncle's never ending secret garden in the pretty town of Coggeshall in Essex. Vic and the girls took a nervous but excited short walk from a nearby hotel through the quaint high street, entering the garden ceremony where the couple read their own vows and were married by Jim's Uncle, Matt. With friends, family and familiar faces from pub times seated, I did what I love and snapped away hiding in the garden's greenery. After the ceremony, everyone helped carry benches to the bottom of the garden where the celebrations continued.

With an array of talented friends contributing to the day, florist friend Millie made Vicki and her Bridesmaids stunning wild flower bouquets and displayed flowers in cute vases on outside tables with copper pots Jim and Vic had made from piping from the brewery. Amongst the apple trees, guests mingled, admired the bespoke wedding rings made by friend Ella, and sipped delicious cocktails from the legendary cockney barman, Big Al.

Storm clouds hovered over the day and we all cosily huddled into the tipi when the rain poured down. We sheltered under shared umbrellas with new friends, and tucked into the scrummy bbq.

Vic's proud Mum Sarah, led the speeches with moving and adoring words for her daughter, and love for her new son-in-law Jim. This was followed by warm words from Vic's brother, Chris. Ben and Harry (Jim's brothers) then did a double act with plenty of stories and laughs.

Brewer, Groom Jim, of course had a well stocked bar and his Mum Bridget made not one, not two but three cakes! Fed and well watered everyone hit the dance floor following the couples first dance to Prince, I would die for you.

It was so lovely both of see and photograph my friends get hitched, a beautiful moody romantic day to remember. Massive congratulations lovelies. Lots and lots of love. Laura xx

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Suppliers Credits:

Bridesmaid Dresses: Nice Things Paloma

Flowers: Millie Easton

Rings: Ella Bull

Tipi: 3 Diamond Tipi Hire

Food: BBQ Beer Brothers

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Coggeshall Coggeshall Wedding Essex Essex Wedding Garden Wedding Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/9/jim-vic---essex Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:49:34 GMT
Emily and James - Devon https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/8/emily-and-james---devon Emily and James were married on a glorious day in June at one of my favourite Devon wedding venues; Dunwell Farm. The couple are my extended family. Emily is my sister's sister-in-law – and the seriously loved up couple are expecting their first child this October. It was a wonderfully relaxed day, full of fun and blessed with incredible weather.

Along with guests, I pitched my tent on the farm’s campsite the night before the big day, all set for my favourite kind of wedding: one that’s gloriously green, filled with sunshine, fun, family and friends down on the farm.

Ring bearer Jayden took charge on the megaphone, making sure everyone was ready for Emily's arrival in an army Jeep belonging to her father's friend. Emily’s sister-in-law (my sister) and niece lead the bridal party down the hill. Past the lambs they went, overlooking panoramic views of Dartmoor arriving at the most beautiful ceremony in the transformed sheep-barn.

Emily glowed throughout the ceremony – her hand gently resting on her baby bump. Through a shower of confetti the newly-weds lead their guests to the top field to continue the celebrations. Children played in the field and everyone sat at beautifully decorated tables with hand-grown cacti – wedding favours grown by James's mum herself.
The food was the best, all the favourites: pasties, a hog roast and even fish and chips!! Following a series of incredibly emotional speeches, tears were dried, heels kicked off and the partying began.

A work of art itself, the wedding cake was created by friend Verity Jane (The Cake-Up Artist) but the real 'icing on the cake' was seeing James's epic moves on the dance floor to the rhythms of The Swing Kings! Bringing some serious groves, soon the whole wedding party joined in, but I’d like to give a special shout-out to Harry! Hay-fever and swollen eyes aside, he was the life and soul of the party.

Congratulations Emily and James! I loved every minute. Lots and lots of love and I can't wait to meet baby Booker soon.xx


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Suppliers Credits:

Venue: Dunwell Farm

Dress: Amy Heather Bridal Wear 

Hair: Katie and Charlie at Therapy Hair

Head piece: Hey Jules

Flowers: Oakenham

Marque and Hog Roast: Hire Class

Cake: Verity Jane - The Cake-Up Artist

Fish and Chips: Kingfisher

Band: The Swing Kings

 

 

 

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Couple Devon Devon Wedding Devon wedding photographer Devon wedding photography Devon wedding venue Dunwell Farm Dunwell Farm wedding Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Wedding Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/8/emily-and-james---devon Thu, 29 Aug 2019 12:31:30 GMT
Carolyn and Carlos - Devon https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/8/carolyn-and-carlos---devon Carolyn and Carlos were married on World Ocean Day, a year to the day when the couple started their adventures becoming the first people in the world to paddle 12 marathons in 12 countries in Europe on a Stand Up Paddle board made of PLASTIC BOTTLES to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean.

The adventure activists co-foundeded The Whale Company, an environmental education and conservation charity that focuses on plastic pollution.

If you know me, you’ll know this is something I feel very strongly about and I was in awe of their work and story so far, inspiring action and innovation through stand up paddleboarding, upcycling workshops, expeditions and campaigns.

It was obviously of the upmost importance their wedding day was eco friendly and green.

Carolyn and Carlos chose to celebrate their day close to Carolyn’s Mum’s home in Chillaton, Devon. With a full house, preparations were complete with Carolyn’s Mum’s homemade shepherds pie to keep everyone going. A short drive away, the ceremony at Marystowe church was simply beautiful with music played by friends, and maid of honour Rhiannon’s goose pimple singing of Ave-Maria.

Down winding country lanes the couple arrived from the church in Carolyn’s Uncle’s Jaguar to their reception venue, Wonwood Barton, a unique 19th century farmstead, enchanting and rustic, surrounded by glorious countryside. Here everything was locally sourced, the wild flowers, the wine, the hog roast and Carlos had hand made wood burnt name places which sat with recycled paper packaged seeds as favours on the long wooden Banquet Tables in the marque.

Into the evening everyone tucked into a seriously delicious veggie buffet made by friends and the pair announced they were expecting their first child to wonderful smiling faces and loud cheers. Carolyn surprised her new husband with video messages from his family and friends from Brazil who couldn’t be there on the day and Carlos led Carolyn in their first dance with his Brazilian moves.

Carolyn and Carlos- Congratulations, it was a pleasure to photograph your glorious green day. I hope others take inspiration from your wedding. Keep it simple, reusable and plastic free. xx

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Suppliers Credits:
Venue:
Wonwood Barton

Flowers: A Scent Station

Hog Roast: Hungry Hog South West
 

 

 

 

 

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Couple Devon Devon Wedding Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Wedding Wedding Photography Wonwood Barton https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/8/carolyn-and-carlos---devon Sat, 03 Aug 2019 13:04:15 GMT
Chris & Kate - Gloucestershire https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/7/chris-kate---gloucestershire When I met Chris and Kate last year, I knew this was going to be an unforgettable day. Chris, a project manager, had spread sheets at the ready. With the ceremony held at Kate's local family church and reception to follow at her parents farm in Thornbury, just north of Bristol, they had a clear vision for the whole day - full of fun, surprises and traditions old and new.

This was the event of the year and not just for Chris, Kate and their families. Villagers came to the church to get a glimpse of Kate on her arrival, surrounding her and her Dad in the Rolls Royce wedding car, eager to get a snap of the bride and pass on well wishes. Chris and Kate, like royalty, caused quite an excitement in the village.

The church was ram-packed, the fullest it has ever been. The sporty couple (Kate, a former Paralympic swimmer) walked out under a Guard of Honour of skis and golf clubs held up by friends, and guests, while family filled the sloped path with handfuls of confetti. The pair left the church following another wonderful local custom, the tying of the lychgate, where Chris threw money over the gate to the crowd as the price of having the gates untied, and being allowed to pass through as newly weds.

Back at the farm, each table had a designated meat carver, complete with matching hats and aprons, ready for serving the farm's very own beef. Into the evening I enjoyed hearing the many stories about Chris and Kate, such as the tale of their first date where Chris' housemates turned up and sat on the table next to them. Freddo bars were given to guests as wedding favours, a nod to Chris' addiction to this classic treat - despite his frustration over their recent inflation. Throwing in (literally) some more family traditions complete with safety goggles, the happy couple even smashed plates (not without difficulty on the grass) in honour of Chris' Greek Grandfather.

Chris, Kate - what a day, thanks for having me. Wishing you both every happiness xx

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Suppliers Credits:
Marquee: The Country Marquee Company

Caterer: el-cuisine

Catering management: Alastair Currie Events

Flowers: Plans and plants

Band: The Wild Cards

Dress: Wed2b 

 

 

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Bristol Couple Family Farm Wedding Gloucestershire Gloucestershire Wedding Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/7/chris-kate---gloucestershire Thu, 11 Jul 2019 19:21:35 GMT
Brittany, Kurt, Deacon & Kennedy - London https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/7/brittany-kurt-deacon-kennedy---london From the start of our photo shoot in the city, my heart melted a little when both Deacon and Kennedy grabbed my hands when I first met the family near Westminster Pier. We explored the city together from views of the London Eye, chasing squirrels in St James Park, wandering along the Southbank, bear hunt singing across Millennium Bridge, to a sit down on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, finishing with a well deserved ice cream at Tower Bridge.
Deacon 4, and Kennedy 3, were tons of fun, had bounds of energy and are such characters. The city is always bustling and especially on a bank holiday, but these two were not phased and ran through the crowds. The kids made the city their playground, with sculptures to climb along the Southbank, skateboarders to admire at the undercroft of the Southbank Centre and plenty of tunnels to shout, sing and echo in along the way. I loved how Kennedy would stand on any kind of platform she came across, and as if on stage would pose and strut her stuff, such a little diva. Deacon, a typical boy, loved racing and collecting the biggest stick or tree branch he could find in the park, and despite the usual brother sister wars he was very patient with his little sister, held her hand helping her clamber up brick walls and waited his turn for plenty of arm swing through the city. Kennedy sang and shouted "I can't stand it" (Elton Johns "I'm still standing"
at me throughout the day which was hilarious. She'd picked it up from the animated musical movie "Sing" which if you haven't seen, it's a must. I had it in my head for weeks and will now forever sing her version "I can't stand it".

With the family now living back to The States, it was wonderful to meet them and create these memories of their time in London town. Here's a few favourites.xx

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Brother and Sister Family Family Photo Shoot In the city Laura Crouchley Photography Lifestyle Photo Shoot London London Family Photo Shoot London Photo Shoot https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/7/brittany-kurt-deacon-kennedy---london Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:22:38 GMT
Jemma & Sean - Bristol https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/6/jemma-sean I loved every minute of Jemma and Sean's Bristol wedding in early May. It was amazing to be just moments from home, in my own city, in my favourite part of town and photographing the loveliest couple. This was my first wedding at The Bristol Harbour Hotel, an impressive former bank in the heart of the city. The day had a wonderful mix of class, quirkiness and fun. The ceremony was held in the spectacular Sansovino Hall, with it's magnificent skylight allowing the sunlight to beam in. The Hotel's Gold Bar with colourful decor and funky furniture, provided cosy corners for drinks and pics. Just out the door, stepping on to the old cobbled streets of St Nicks Market, the lovely people of Bristol continuously made us smile with well wishes to the couple.
Jemma and Sean's wedding was so well organised, resulting in the most chilled out day filled with wonderful spontaneous moments in the city. Highlights included Page Boy Zach's charm and funny faces, helping me with group photos. Hens and Saturday night party crowds of Bristol folk stopping to congratulate Jemma and Sean, fun friends out on the street photo bombing, bouquet catching...and not just the girls.

Massive congratulations Jemma and Sean, thanks for having me, I had a blast.

Also a big thanks to my helper Naz and The Harbour Hotels host Jason.xx

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Suppliers Credits:

Venue: The Bristol Harbour Hotel

Dress: Vera Wang, David's Bridal

Hair and Make Up: Evie Smith

Flowers: Jordan Keogh - Jasper & Quinn

Cake: Catie Norbury - The Cake Diva

Acoustic Guitar: Mark Patton

Band: The Club - Richer Music

Photo Booth: Booth19

 

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Bristol Bristol Harbour Hotel Bristol Wedding Bristol Wedding Photographer Bristol Wedding Photography Bristol Wedding Venue Couple Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Wedding Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/6/jemma-sean Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:04:35 GMT
Katie & Mark - Devon https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/4/katie-mark---devon Katie and Mark kicked off my 2019 weddings last month and what an awesome start to my season it was. Bride Katie got ready at her Mum's charming home in Newton Abbot, where I was blown away by Katie's paintings from her fine art degree decorating the walls. Family and friends popped in to say hello, grab a sarnie, a pre ceremony tipple, catch a glimpse of Katie and give a reassuring hand or a brotherly fist bump before heading to witness the I do's at St Matthews church Lansdcove in Ashburton. Groom Mark and the couple's son Jim, sat eagerly awaiting Katie's arrival at the church, the same church where Mark's parents where married and where Mark had himself been Christened just a stones throw from his parents house. Little Jim beamed with smiles all through the ceremony but wasn't so sure on the confetti, teehe.

Just up the road in South Brent, guests filled Glazebrook House's quirky rooms, so warm and inviting. After a meal with some truly delicious food, Katie and Mark took a walk around Glazebrook's luscious spring green garden before hitting the dance floor. The evening was wonderfully chilled, filled with humble and hilarious speeches, fun, games and sweets for the kids, and a snoozing Uncle on the sofa.

 With only two months to plan their day, these guys nailed it. Loved every minute, massive congratulations Katie and Mark.xx

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Couple Devon Devon Wedding Devon Wedding Photography Glazebrook House Hotel Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Wedding Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/4/katie-mark---devon Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:17:32 GMT
Sarah, Lee and Rosenwyn - Bristol https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/3/sarah-lee-and-rosenwyn I began my year with a very special family photo shoot with my friends Sarah, Lee and their first born. 

Sarah and I met for coffee and cake and a few bump pics on a gorgeous autumn day mid November, a week later Rosenwyn surprised us by arriving over a month early.
I finally got met her on yet another surprisingly sunny February afternoon at their home in Warmley.  Rosenwyn's little face beamed in the cottages beautiful light, full of expressions she was simply a delight with her big beautiful eyes, lots of smiles and funny faces, it was hard to put my camera down to stop for lunch. Proud new Dad Lee showed us a video of Rose being weighed in hospital shortly after her birth, which was very emotional for Mum having not seen it before. I had such a lovely day with them and marvelled at Sarah's home made crafting including a blanket and a Beauty and the Beast mobile hung from Rosenwyn's cot which once belonged to Dad.

Congratulations again, looking forward to seeing how much she's grown since I took these photos. 

Happy first Mothers Day, Sarah. Here's some of my personal favourites xx                       

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Baby Baby girl Baby Photography Bristol Family Photographer Bristol Family Photography Family Photo Shoot Laura Crouchley Photography Newborn Newborn Photo Shoot Newborn photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/3/sarah-lee-and-rosenwyn Sun, 31 Mar 2019 19:46:24 GMT
2018, A Look Back https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/2/2018-a-look-back January was a month of paperwork, organising and preparing, the dreaded tax return, switching off from social media (a bit), Netflix in the warm and looking back over last years work, I always struggle with putting together my “favourites” each year, picking such a small collection of images from so many amazing moments is a difficult task, but here's a little slide show collection along with 100 of my 2018 wedding highlights. Thank you to my lovely couples.

This month I'm looking forward to meeting couples, sprucing up my website and family sessions before my wedding season kicks off next month. Hello to all my 2019 couples, here's to an amazing 2019 with lots of love, experience and creativity.

I still have a few spaces left for 2019 weddings and am now taking bookings for 2020, so get in touch if you'd like to chat about your day.xx

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH THE SLIDESHOW 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Bristol Bristol Wedding Bristol Wedding Photographer Couple Devon Wedding Devon Wedding Photography Getting Married Laura Crouchley Photography Love marriage She Said Yes UK Wedding Photographer Wedding Wedding Day Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2019/2/2018-a-look-back Mon, 04 Feb 2019 12:34:41 GMT
Paschoe House Style Photo Shoot - Devon https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/12/paschoe  I can't believe it's December already!

It's that time of the year when I start to look back over my work, evaluate and share some of my favourites.

 At the beginning of this year after my travels in Goa, India, I headed back home to a freezing cold February just before The Beast from the East hit the UK. Catching up with family and awaiting the arrival of my niece, I was also excited and keen to get straight back to work and be part of a collaborative styled shoot at stunning new Devon wedding venue, Paschoe House. With an amazing team of ladies this was an opportunity to get creative and hone our skills.

Paschoe House, a grade II listed manor house, is nestled amongst the rolling hills in the Heart of Devon. A mix of a country hunting lodge with a modern twist, there are spectacular fireplaces, flamboyant wallpapers and a stunning staircase. It’s stylish, quirky and has a wonderfully cosy yet luxurious feel.

As a team we set upon creating clean, classy, nature inspired images to echo the style of Paschoe’s interior. Our vision was styled by Shelley Hutcheon and Nic Courtney precision styling. Shelley also put together elegant flowers and placed succulents and cones adding a botanical theme. Nic’s make up for our stunning model Abigail was natural and flawless and hair stylist Giselle displayed her skills getting Abi’s hair perfectly in place. Completing our vision we where supplied with stunning dresses from bridal boutique Totnes’s Truly Delightful.

Model Abigail shone in the houses moody light creating some of my favourite dramatic shots of the day. She even controlled chattering teeth braving it outside as the first few flakes of snow started to fall.
Beautiful work at a stunning venue pulled off by a dream team of suppliers. Many thanks to our talented team (links below).xx

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Flowers & Styling- Shelley Hutcheon

Makeup & Styling- Nic Courtney

Hair Styling- Giselle Michel-Gendre

Model- Abigail Read

Dresses- Jenny Wilson at Truly Delightful, Totnes

Vintage Plates- Jess at The Vintage Tea & Cake Company

 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Devon Devon wedding Devon wedding photography Devon wedding venue Laura Crouchley Photography Paschcoe House Paschoe House Devon Style Shoot Wedding Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/12/paschoe Sun, 02 Dec 2018 19:57:28 GMT
Stef, Mike, Emily and Ethan - Cornwall https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/11/stef-mike-emily-and-ethan---cornwall Stef is one of my oldest friends, we met at secondary school where we were in the same tutor group and went through some hard and mischievous times together as teens. We don't see each other nearly as much as we'd like, but when we do it's like no time has passed. 

Back in August baby Ethan arrived and in September I went to visit the family at their home in Cornwall. Stef and Mike are such wonderful parents, so chilled and full of fun. Three year old Emily loves the camera, and the camera certainly loves her with her beautiful big eyes like mummy. Emily has bounds of energy, was full of inquisitive questions about my cameras and was so helpful and lots of fun to photograph. Baby Ethan was showered with cuddles and kissed from his big sister (sometimes a little too much).

I love watching and documenting families grow, capturing the joy, the madness, the fun and the love. I get a huge amount of pleasure from being able to give these memories back to people in their images. In the new year I'm looking forward relaunching my website and sharing more of my family photography.

If you are interested in organising a shoot for your own family, then I'd love to hear from you.

Laura xx

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) baby baby photo shoot baby photography brother Brother and Sister Cornwall Photo Shoot Family Family Photography Laura Crouchley Photography Lifestyle Photo Shoot Lifestyle Photography Siblings sister https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/11/stef-mike-emily-and-ethan---cornwall Sun, 25 Nov 2018 18:23:44 GMT
Tony, Sophie, Otis and Esme - London https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/11/tony-sophie-otis-and-esme---london Being asked to take precious photos of my friends and their growing family is pretty special.

I used to work with Tony in London and was so happy for him when he met Sophie. I photograph their wedding back in 2013, Otis came along three years later and this September I met little Esme. Time flies and I hadn't seen them since taking photos of Otis when he was about 6 weeks old. Like Otis, Esme shares Mum's big beautiful Disney eyes and Dad's plump lips. Again, just like her brother did, Esme loved the camera pulling lots of funny faces and she was full of smiles, even in her sleep. Cheeky two year old Otis with his gorgeous curly hair had all his toys out and kept me on my toes. Tony and Sophie, you sure do make parenting look easy. Here's a few favourites.
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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Baby Baby Girl baby sister Big brother brother brothers and sisters Dad Family Family photo shoot Family photography Family photos Father Girl happy baby Laura Crouchley Photography Lifestyle Lifestyle photo shoot London London family Mother Mum Mum and Dad Mummy and Daddy New Born New born baby parents Siblings sister https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/11/tony-sophie-otis-and-esme---london Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:26:06 GMT
Autumn Styling - Devon https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/10/autumn-styling As the nights are drawing in and the mornings get nippier; warm autumn colours, crunchy leaves, wooly hat and scarfs and cosy nights in keep me smiling. The ever changing scenery gets my photography mojo going and when you get to work with friends in this industry, a days styling doesn’t feel like work.

Oakenham farm is a venue just outside the little village of Ugborough. Shelley Hutcheon opens her home for craft workshops, away days and lunches, and the farm buildings across the road play host to weddings and music festivals throughout the year. As a working farm there is endless amounts of inspiration, quirky spaces and different backgrounds to play with and when the weather is on your side it’s a photographers dream.

Here's some photos of a lovely afternoon spent photographing beautiful autumnal wedding styling. Cacti and succulents with delicate lace, gold and silver trinkets with rustic wood, seasonal bright bold pumpkins with all things autumn and some elegant barn styling by Nic Courtney, combined with Shelley’s floristry.

To find out more about this fabulous creative duo or if you’d like more info on the venue contact Shelley at www.oakenham.com
 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Autumn Autumn Styling Autumn Wedding cacti Devon Farm Farm Wedding Laura Crouchley Photography Oakenham Oakenham Farm pumpkins Styling succulents Ugborough Wedding Wedding Decor wedding inspiration Wedding Photography Wedding Styling https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/10/autumn-styling Sat, 27 Oct 2018 11:17:18 GMT
Jo & Tom - Devon https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/10/tom-jo---devon So...my little Sister got married, a big day for my family and it was fan-tastic! (Dad in joke).

When Jo and Tom got engaged last year I was super excited to photograph their day, I just knew it was going to be amazing and also how difficult it would be for me to completely sit back and not take any photos. My Sister asked me to be a Bridesmaid along with Tom's sister, Emily and six of her best friends, it was so nice to be involved leading up to the wedding and getting dressed up to party with the girls. The festival themed hen do was epic, 'Crouchella' had it all; festival wrist bands, games, activities and Butlers in the Buff ;) the girls had thought of everything and even the weather was perfect.

I've photographed friends weddings as a guest / Photographer and even a best friends as Bridesmaid / Photographer before so I'm no stranger to multi tasking however, this time it was lovely to sparkle a little myself. I enjoyed a few Bridesmaid luxuries, the wonderful Nic Courtney did my make up and fellow Bridesmaid Naomi did my hair along with Jo's and all 7 Bridesmaids in just a few hours.

With tin cans up-cycled as vases, beautifully hand written signs by Jo, plenty of colourful paper bunting and wild flowers, family and friends helped Tom,  Jo and owners Rich and Elaine create Sturtlebury Barn's first ever wedding. Dad stocked the bar, Mum made the cake, decorating her many cupcakes with help from lovely friend Sue and a bottle of gin until the early hours the night before the big day. The cute barn with it's beautiful Devon Countryside backdrop not far from our family home, made for the perfect relaxed and original wedding, just what Jo and Tom wanted.

Guests arrived via a vintage double decker bus which only just made it up the steep and winding country lanes with help from friend and legend for the day, Liam. Despite weather worries, outside on the bank of the barn, the early September sunshine shone and Tom's Dad Nigel lead an emotional ceremony under his homemade arch. 

This year has been an exciting year for my family with the arrival of my adorable niece Phoebe and Bridesmaid Jess walked her down the aisle. I watched my sister hold back her tears behind Phoebe's beaming face during the speeches and I hid a few tears of my own behind my camera.

We all know Tom loves his food so we tucked into scrummy Pulled Pork rolls from the local Rose Farm before the speeches began. Dad did not disappoint with his humble and accidentally funny speech and Tom, (in my Sister's words) 'a soppy bugger' just about got through his emotional speech. Everyone was spoilt with thoughtful gifts, including beautiful bespoke necklaces for the Bridesmaids made from coloured glass from Wembury Beach by talented friend Amanda Fowler. Bridesmaids Rachel and Liz stepped up to surprise everyone with a poem telling Jo and Tom's story with plenty of giggles and best men Fuller and Max's speech had the barn roaring with laughter and our glasses raised.

Jo and Tom seriously know how to throw a party! With so much going on it was hard to put my camera down, but believe it or not I did fight the urge to document every single detail and emerged now and again to join the party and to be in some photos myself (hesitantly). Highlights included the impromptu "Hey Jude" sing along sparkler exit, James Booker's moves on the dance floor, wood fire pizza from World Pizza (thanks for mine Amy xx) and the icing on the cake or should I say cream, had to be seeing my Sister's face splatted with cake, raising £200 for St Luke's hospital. Such a fun and thoughtful idea, I'm hoping it's inspired couples and would love to see lots more wedding 'cake smashes' next year.

A special big shout out thank you to Nigel, Liam, Max and Fuller for their help and to the wonderful Stacey for assisting me, with extra duties including stepping in to get some shots and taking on her biggest responsibility yet...getting the bride to the wedding!

'Jom's wedding' was perfect. Congratulations Jo and Tom and thank you for always supporting my work and allowing me to photograph your big day. Oh and congratulations to Sturtlebury Barn owners Elaine and Rich
on smashing their first ever wedding, they worked so hard and I hope to return to the barn for many weddings to come.

Emily and James, you're next and I can't wait!

Anyroad, enough writing, here's some pics. Love and happiness and happy birthday little Sister xxx

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Suppliers Credits:

Venue: Sturtlebury Barn, Loddiswell

Make up: Natalie Aldworth & Nic Courtney

Flowers: Shelley Hutcheon at Oakenham

Bus hire: Carmel Coaches

Hog Roast: Rose Farm

Pizza oven: World Pizza's (Plymouth)

DJ: Pete Issac (Jelly Jazz)

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Devon Devon Wedding Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage Sturtlebury Barn Wedding Wedding Day Wedding Photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/10/tom-jo---devon Sun, 14 Oct 2018 02:11:03 GMT
Dominika, Kurt & Addie - London https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/9/dominika-kurt-addie---london Just days before they left London for new beginnings in San Fransisco, I met Dominika, Kurt and four year old Addie. Our photo shoot was to create images for them as a keepsake for their time in London. We strolled from Westminster Pier, through the crowds across Westminster Bridge and along the Southbank, stopping for some fun in the fountains at Royal Festival Hall. We then crossed Millennium Bridge to St Paul's Cathedral and jumped in a cab to Hampstead returning to some of the families favourite spots for the last time. I loved how Addie held her Mum, Dad and Nanny Domi (who also joined us), holding their faces and touching noses, and she was hilarious giving time out to everyone including her Moose teddy bear on the steps at St Paul's. We did a fair walk and Addie did so well and had bounds of energy.


My London photo shoots all started over five years ago now. Whilst working part time in a London pub, I met a wonderful family from Texas, knowing my photography not only my pint pouring skills, they asked me to take some photos of them around London before they left the city and returned home to Texas. Having worked in family portrait studios in Bristol and whilst travelling in New Zealand, I was no stranger to photographing babies, children and families, it was something I adored, but I felt restricted by the confines of the studio walls and was often in trouble for trying to do things differently. One Autumn I remember bringing some leaves into the studio for the kids to throw about in their photo session, this didn't go down too well. Anyway, I discovered something very important, I wasn't a studio photographer, I wanted my images to be fresh, full of life, every session to be different and out in the great outdoors. Through word of mouth from my first London family photo shoot I have now photographed many families in country fields to the city streets and visited new families in their homes and now photographed my fifth London shoot. I feel very lucky and love discovering new locations and meeting new families.

Here's to many more family adventures and some of my recent favourites with Dominika, Kurt, Addie and Domi.x

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Jade & Tom - Bristol https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/8/jade-tom I was blown away by Jade and Tom's ship shape and Bristol fashion wedding in the heart of the city. From a moody rainy morning to the bright and bold Commercial Rooms, I found Tom with guests getting a few pints in before the ceremony. Just up the road in one of my favourite parts of the city amongst the hustle and bustle of Bristol's St Nicholas Market,  Jade and Tom renewed their vows in the elegant Old Council House's Grand Council Chamber. I fought back the tears hearing them read their vows and was amazed by the hand knitted Jade and Tom miniatures made by Jade's Grandmother, she has some serious knitting skills! 

The sun's timing was impeccable as guests poured out onto the cobbles of Corn Street followed by Jade and Tom who turned plenty of heads, they received well wishes from lovely locals and even posed for a photo with tourists on the busy Friday lunch time.

Umbrellas at the ready, we then strolled down to the harbour side, with time for a quick sit with Long John Wallace ("Wensleydale"), before a boat trip with Bristol Packet Boat Trips aboard The Tower Belle. With rain clouds now cleared we cruised through Bristol's glorious floating harbour, taking in the sunshine and the famous sights before mooring near The Mud Dock Cafe to continue the celebrations.

I love The Mud Dock with it's quirky style, bikes hanging from the ceiling, that window, the light and the perfect spot overlooking the water. We all wowed over the incredible cake and cute table decorations made by Jade and her Mum and a candle was lit in memory of Jade's Dad,  Jeff. With sad and happy tears, beautiful words, hugs all round and yummy food the evening continued with plenty of fun and frolics.

Just awesome! Massive congratulations Jade and Tom xx

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Venue: Mud Dock Cafe

Band: Dysfunktional

 

 


 

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laura@lauracrouchley.com (Laura Crouchley Photography) Bride Bride and Groom Bristol Bristol Packet Boat Trips Bristol Registry Office Bristol wedding Bristol wedding photographer Bristol wedding photography Corn Street Bristol Laura Crouchley Photography Love Marriage St Nicks Market The Mud Dock The Mud Dock Bristol The Mud Dock Cafe The Tower Belle The Tower Belle Bristol Wedding wedding photography https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/8/jade-tom Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:21:03 GMT
St Pauls Carnival 2018 - Bristol https://www.lauracrouchley.com/blog/2018/7/st-pauls-carnival-2018 Last Saturday I went to my first ever St Paul's Carnival, the huge party representing the best of African Caribbean culture, diversity and creativity in Bristol. Back in the city after a three-year absence, it was it's 50th celebration since the first carnival in 1968. 

With the sunshine blazing, thousands of people filled the streets with colour and cheer, music and dance bringing the community together. What an amazing day. Big Bristol love xx

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