Published in Wedding Ideas Magazine, March 2017 Issue 171: Samantha & Mel’s Westerham Golf Club Wedding

I was delighted to see Samantha and Mel’s wedding being published in Wedding Ideas Magazine, printed over 5 pages of A4 size.

Samantha was wearing her Maggie Sottero grown and featured a Swarovski crystal jacket overlaid on a strapless lace grown with a classic silhouette.  Samantha looked absolutely stunning and said she felt like a movie star ready to go to the Oscars!  Ivory peep toe shoes from Pink Paradox and pearl drop earrings complemented the bride’s dazzling jacket.

Mel was the picture of a handsome groom, wearing a tailor made navy three piece suit from Moss Bros, also sourcing his brown shoes from the store. “He looked so dashing and happy, I felt so
lucky,” Samantha smiles.

The bride’s four bridesmaids came from both sides of the family because it was important to Samantha that both families felt like an integral part of the day. “Their dresses came from ASOS and I chose a lace design to complement the lace on my own gown. We chose navy to match the groom and finished their looks with gold sandals sourced in New Look.”

Donna Harris took care of the bride’s hair and makeup, creating an old Hollywood-inspired hairstyle to complement Samantha’s vintage-inspired dress.

Credits to the rest of the amazing suppliers that worked so hard to make this wedding day perfect:

CEREMONY St Martin’s Church, Chelsfield
RECEPTION VENUE Westerham Golf Club, Kent
DRESS Maggie Sottero at From This Moment, Surrey
BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS
GROOM Moss Bros
ACCESSORIES Pink Paradox
HAIR AND MAKEUP Donna Harris
CAKE Marks and Spencer
FLOWERS Jeanette’s Flowers
FIREWORKS PMA Pyrotechnics
ENTERTAINMENT Dom Pipkin and 1 Entertainment
PHOTOBOOTH Magical Times

Food Photography for Cod and Waffle Restaurant based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Back in September, I met husband and wife team Jenny and Lee Jaggar, business owners and directors of Cod & Waffle Restaurant based locally in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

I think is always interesting how one meets people, Cod & Waffle were referred to me by my husband as they were one of his clients as he runs his own electrical company called CroneTek.  As time goes by you realise how it is such a small world we live in, Jenny and Lee are in the same street as us in Linslade. 😉  Leighton Buzzard is lovely little market town, near to the Chiltern Hills and near to Milton Keynes and only 30 minutes by train to London.  It’s great having the countryside on our doorstep and being so near to the city too.

Always nice working on new projects of getting small business owners setup with their photography for their new business website and social media.  Cod & Waffle had a private two days of menu tasting inviting people who had been instrumental in helping setup their business before their opening day on Wednesday, 7th September.  On Friday, 2nd September we agreed I would shoot on location and use this opportunity to photograph some shots behind the scenes in the kitchen with Head Chef Lee and his assistant chef.  Then as the food was being prepared in a live environment before being served to the clients I shot everything natural light and had about 1 minute to 2 minutes per serving to capture on my camera.  We photographers just love working under pressure!

I asked Jenny to tell me their story of how they came to running their own business and in her own words she said:

“Lee and I have both worked in the catering sector since leaving catering college. We were self-employed as caterers at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club until August this year with almost 10 years’ service at the club.  We have between us over 45+ years industry experience.

We have been really excited to open Cod & Waffle in September. We are both passionate about the good service of freshly prepared food. We wanted to create a casual, family-friendly dining experience with a unique menu concept.

We prepare almost everything on the menu from scratch, using free-range eggs, local butcher’s meats and fresh produce. We use our own unique waffle and fish batters. Gluten free waffles and fish and chips are available every day, and our potatoes arrive fresh and are peeled, chipped and twice-cooked for a “proper chip”.

Our menu is clearly marked with several gluten free and vegetarian options. Our licensed restaurant is spacious with highchairs, baby-change, disabled access and free wi-fi all available.

We offer a light two course meal for over 55’s on Mondays and Tuesdays for £7.50 and currently have a set festive menu. All are current specials are displayed in the restaurant and our social media pages.”

After my shoot both my husband and I had lunch (I love my job). I had a waffle served with smoked salmon and poached eggs, some garnish, drizzled with balsamic vinegar – it was simply delicious.  I managed to taste my husband’s lunch too as one does – he ordered fish and chips, the batter was so light and mouth-watering. And as for the desserts, I won’t tell you which ones I tried – it was certainly more than one and all tasted amazingly yummy!

The staff are very friendly, polite and well presented – you feel you have been going there for years. The setting has quite a lot of natural light, modern and contemporary with easy parking.

Thank you to the owners Jenny & Lee (Head Chef) for making us feel so welcome and cooking such wonderful food. Highly recommend Cod & Waffle as one of the top places to eat in Leighton Buzzard now. Wishing you both much success with your new business venture.

So if you fancy going out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner you can get in touch with Jenny and Lee Jagger at Cod & Waffle via the following:

Website:  www.codandwaffle.co.uk

Facebook: @codandwaffle

Instagram: #codandwaffle

Cod and Waffle’s Kitchen with head chef Lee Jaggar.

 

Cod and Waffle’s head chef Lee Jaggar freshly preparing the food.

 

Cod and Waffle fresh fruit and hand whipped cream being prepared for the waffle topping.

 

Cod and Waffle – preparing their waffles, also offering gluten free waffles.

 

Try Cod and Waffle’s big breakfast -with oak smoked bacon, Cumberland sausages, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, house beans and free range scrambled eggs.

 

Alternatively you could try Cod and Waffle’s smoked salmon and free range poached eggs.

 

And for some dessert try Cod and Waffle’s homemade banana and chocolate sauce with strawberries.

 

Try Cod and Waffle’s handmade battered fish and proper chips, homemade tartar sauce, lemon and garden peas.

 

Try Cod and Waffle’s roasted Mediterranean vegetables and brie with pesto dressing over a savoury waffle.

 

Try Cod and Waffle’s lemon and black pepper hand crumbed fish and chips, with homemade tartar sauce and mushy peas.

 

Try Cod and Waffle’s handmadebeef chilli with cheddar cheese, sour cream, nachos over a waffle.

 

Try Cod and Waffle’s handmade vegetable chilli with mixed bean chilli, cheddar cheese, sour cream, nachos over a waffle.

 

Alternatively try Cod and Waffle’s big breakfast -with oak smoked bacon, Cumberland sausages, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, house beans and free range eggs.

 

Cod and Waffle’s savoury bacon, sliced brie and cranberry compote on a waffle.

 

Cod and Waffle’s creamy garlic mushrooms, with crumbled stilton and red onion on top of a waffle.

 

Cod and Waffle’s sweet mixed berry cheesecake!

 

Cod and Waffle’s sweet waffle with fresh fruit and raspberry coulis.

 

Cod and Waffle’s rocky road – waffle full of marshmallows, raisins, homemade chocolate sauce and biscuit crumb!

 

And finally Cod and Waffle’s famous sweet tasting waffle with slow cooked apple crumble, including cinnamon and toasted oat crumble. You will love it!

 

Cod and waffle restaurant, interior view.

Food Photography for TreatSmarts baking gluten free cakes, based in Vancouver, Cananda

Back in September I had the most amazing opportunity to travel to Canada as I was asked by Simrit Ollek, Owner of TreatSmarts Fine Foods to photograph her gorgeous cakes for her new business.  TreatSmarts is a local Vancouver based company specialising in gluten free goods.

Over a cup of tea I asked Simrit to tell me her story of how her company started:

“Gluten free allergies have been a family affair with me as my siblings and their children were diagnosed with gluten allergies. This stimulated my passion for baking items that my family members could enjoy.  So I started baking gluten free items a few years ago and over time, my chocolate quinoa cake and cupcakes became a favourite and highly requested desert for gluten and non-gluten friends and family.

TreatSmarts strikes a perfect balance between gluten-free eating without compromising taste!”

During every food shoot, it’s very important to taste the food (as you can imagine).  Gosh, they were mouth-watering, moist and absolutely delicious. Highly recommend you try them.

If you are planning your wedding, baby shower, birthday party, family celebration or corporate event and looking for something a little bit different check out their contact details:

Website: http://www.treatsmarts.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/TreatSmarts
Twitter: @Treatsmarts
Instagram: #Treatsmarts

Enjoy looking at a selection of beautiful photography I have created. 😉

TreatSmarts Power Bites! They are high in protein and energy, also gluten free. A peanut butter, chocolate, coconut ball made with the goodness of chia, hemp, flax and quinoa.

TreatSmarts decadent, moist, gluten free chocolate quinoa cake. It is rich and moist with three layers of dark chocolate, filled and iced with buttercream chocolate icing. Made with whole grains. Simply delicious and chocolate heaven.

TreatSmarts Cupcakes. They are rich and moist chocolate quinoa minis with your choice of buttercream. Perfect for birthdays, baby showers and wedding. No one will ever know they are gluten free!

TreatSmarts Cupcakes. They are rich and moist with cream coloured buttercream icing. Perfect for birthdays, baby showers and wedding. No one will ever know they are gluten free!

TreatSmarts Cupcakes. Try them with turquoise buttercream icing and pink toppings. Perfect for birthdays, baby showers and wedding. No one will ever know they are gluten free!

TreatSmarts cupcakes delivered direct to your home for that special party.

TreatSmarts cupcakes – can’t get enough of them in their lilac and chocolate buttercream icing. No one will ever know they are gluten-free!

TreatSmarts cupcakes – simply delicious, moist and gluten free. Fantastic to have for any birthday celebration, baby shower and wedding party.

Start your day with TreatSmarts Power Bites! They are high in protein and energy, also gluten free. Made with the goodness of chia, hemp, flax and quinoa, including peanut butter, chocolate and coconut.

TreatSmarts banana bread, homemade with a splash of dark chocolate chips that is light, moist and healthy.

TreatSmarts decadent, moist, gluten free chocolate quinoa cake. Rich and moist with three layers of dark chocolate cake, filled and iced with buttercream chocolate icing. Also made with whole grains – you must come and visit us and try it for yourself.

TreatSmarts take pride in their work, all packaged up and ready to be delivered to their clients. How easy can it be. Check them out.

Modern Woman Beauty & Fashion Portraits: Kirsty and her Wedding Dress

Last year when I took some beauty and fashion portraits for Kirsty, she bought along her own wedding dress to be photographed in.

Kirsty got married on 11th May 2013 at Heythrop Park, in the Cotswolds.  I asked Kirsty to tell me about her dress during the shoot.

She said “her dress was designed by Lusan Mandongus, who is known for a more high fashion approach to her designs. Also working as a model, I have worn many dresses over the years and never had the wow feeling when I tried any of them on. However, when I saw this dress, it was unlike anything I had ever seen or worn before. It was so different, yet felt vintage and classic. I loved the dropped waist with reams and reams of fluted silk chiffon billowing below, and how it wafted when I walked.

On the day I wore a Jenny Packham head dress, earnings from a vintage store on Etsy and a swarovski bracelet from Camden market. I made my bridal belt myself.

It wasn’t that long ago that I got married, but it was still nice to be able to see and feel my wedding dress again for the shoot with Rav, and to know I could still get it on!”.

Thank you Kirsty for sharing your story and here’s some of my favorite images.

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Isobel & Will’s Engagement Shoot in London

In May, I had the pleasure to photograph Isobel and Will’s engagement shoot in London.  I love London it such an exciting place, full of so much energy and life around the city and park areas.  Its always had amazing textures and back drops for creating beautiful imagery.

Wandering through Leadenhall Market took me back through memory lane of when I use to live in London. The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets). The impressive lighting is on during the day and creates such a warm, timeless feel as you walk through.

I asked Isobel to tell me how they met.  She said that her and Will were close friends at Durham, when they were studying at the same college. Will had a stunning proposal planned on the final day of our nine day hike in the French Pyrenees last August. We’d climbed up the mountain in the morning and he proposed at the top. The shock (or the altitude) caused me to have a nosebleed straightaway so he had to wait a good five minutes before I could give him an answer!

Here’s a few of my favorite images to share before next Saturday, when it’s their wedding day!

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