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March 24, 2020 - Comments Off on What style of Photography do I like?

What style of Photography do I like?

There's no point getting the "Best Photographer in the World 2020" unless you feel they're reflective of your personality. There's no right or wrong, best or worst, just what speaks to you.

Some categories may blend; you can have a cool & muted toned documentary photographer

Pick our what you like, or perhaps easier to scratch what you don't love!

Quick fire round of considerations;
- Timeless?
Do you feel you could look back on after 40 years of marriage & still emote all the feels from your wedding day.
- Where?
Many photographers styles can work in any landscape, but some are more suited than others.
- Destination or local?
Prefer a UK based destination photographer that can travel to your wedding or prefer someone in the locality to your destination wedding.
- Budget?
Travel included? Legnth of coverage? Wedding Album?
- Coverage?
For a destination wedding, more often than not you're having a welcome party & a wind down the next day... would you like to capture the full story or just the wedding day?

Remember, on your wedding day, you will spend time together with your photographer; your portraits & they'll be blending in with your guests to document the day.

Here are a taste of the varying styles from some of our favourite photographers...

Seeking to tell a story with movement & location in high regard.
Pinewood Weddings
The Curries
Grace & Mitch

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Cool Tones
Muted colour palettes with a refined modern style
Rachel Takes Pictures
Emma Ryan Photography
Jeroen Noordzi
LaTo Photograpy


Strong links to travel, destination & documenting authentic moments
Ed Peers
Petar Jurica
Life Stories


Fine Art
Expect soft focus & lots of detail shots
Williamsburg Photo Studios
Holly Clark
Kira & Ira Photography


Warm, soft tones
Nesta Lloyd
Rosanna Lilly
Kreativ Wedding

With the right photographer, you can achieve timeless over traditional.
Tobiah Tayo
Anneli Marianovic
Anthony Merat

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Bold with no shying away from colour
Rachel Ryan Photography
Clara Cooper
Jesus Caballero

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Specialist photographers with a passion for wild locations
Wild Connections Photography
Boy Called Ben
Belle Art Photography

Neuschwanstein castle wedding in Bavaria Germany by Wild Connections Photography
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Film Photography
You can go full purist with film, however most film photographers will use a mix of film & digital
Vanitas Life
Leah Lombardi
Flora & Grace


July 31, 2019 - No Comments!

A Destination Wedding in Santorini

Santorini; the perfect pink sunsets, the contrast between the natural dark volcanic rock & it's pristine white structures. An ideal setting for a Destination Wedding on a Greek Island!
The set back of this, is that it's a popular spot & well known internationally. Meaning exclusivity for your wedding is a must! As a tourist, taking a photograph, prepare to have three people over your shoulder ready to take the next shot from that spot! And while planning a wedding, this isn't ideal at all.  This is why I would recommend venues away from the known resorts of Oia & Imerovigli.

Where could you get married in Santorini?

One of Santorini wedding venue that offers natural space & is a little off the beaten track is Venetsanos Winery... positioned to the South West of the Island around the bay overlooking the Islands beneath. A perfect spot to take in the sheer cliffs topped with the warm glow twinkles as the sun sets - just magic!

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Enquire with The Destination Wedding Co
for more details on this special destination wedding venue.

May 28, 2018 - Comments Off on Harry & Meghan; should they have opted for a destination wedding? My answer might surprise you!

Harry & Meghan; should they have opted for a destination wedding? My answer might surprise you!

Heyyy, it’s been a while right, well here I am jumping on the royal wedding chat. I wasn’t going to write any content about the Royal Wedding of Ms Meghan Markle & HRH Prince Harry, but I surprised myself & had a grand old time last weekend celebrating at a friends Royal Wedding party, albeit with one too many glasses of Prosecco. It only seemed right to theorise some of my musings a week on from the nuptials...

Should our Harry & Megs have sacked off Windsor & planned an intimate celebration away from all the hoopla?

Sounds dreamy right? Bags packed, Corgis booked into the kennels & jetting off to a secluded spot with their nearest & dearest… I don’t think many would have blamed them!

Whilst this does feel like it’s a big up to all the sceptics out there - including my husband who decided to build a ladder for the cat to avoid the television – even a dedicated royal would understand why a destination wedding would benefit the couple. I refuse to give air to any of the negativity that surrounded their engagement, but amidst all the horrific bile that was published I can envisage a late night whisper between Harry & Meghan;


“Can we just get away from it all?”


As an utterly obvious advocate of destination weddings, something's stopping me from committing to this theory that they should have got married away from the circus. And therein lies why I can’t quite get on board with this notion, the “should” word.

There is no should about a wedding. Simple as.

Doing things your way, what’s honest to you & your story as a couple. You can’t go wrong.

For Harry & Meghan, public life in front of the cameras is an integral part of their reality. For Harry as soon as he was born & for Megan she’s chosen a career in this vain. Yes there was their duty & maybe a few odd cousins they could have done without but their ceremony was unapologetically them, the modern royals.

From the handpicked flowers from their own garden to the soul stirring Kingdom Choir singing Stand By Me. The day was undoubtedly beautiful to the eye, yet more poignantly each & every detail purposefully chosen to reflect their story & cultural intricacies.

What tipped me over the edge & had the tears running down my cheeks, was the palpable warmth, affection & love shown for one another throughout. And ultimately, they couldn’t of had their wedding any other way…

What do you think? Would you opt for a big wedding at home or an intimate celebration in Europe? If you would like a destination wedding as part of your story, get in touch with Kate to discuss your wedding plans! Click here for more information & get in touch!

Credits: @mikaylaherrick @HarpersBazar 



August 15, 2017 - No Comments!

Somerset Wedding: E&T

Real Wedding by Kate

Afternoon all!

It's a gloomy Monday after a glorious weekend. To make matters all the worse, it's a Monday after a wedding. I'm not a big fan of these. There's a bittersweet sense of loss & sadness that the day we've been waiting for has whizzed by & my clients don't need me anymore. It's completely daft, they've had the most wonderful-extraordinary-tremendous day & here I am sat in a strop because I miss my client-friends. So as I'm a soppy bugger, let's reminisce on the lovely Elizabeth & Timothy & their wedding in the glorious Mendip Hills of Somerset!

No matter how many Instagram posts I do, I always find the best way of people hearing about The Destination Wedding Co is classic word of mouth. Tim, our handsome groom, worked in the same co-working space as a brilliant friend of mine Helen (And Stevo too, but you'll hear lot about him anyway). Helen is the sweetest pocketful of sunshine & she doesn't quite know how much of a gal-crush I had on her - I instantly wanted her as my mate. Anyway, Elizabeth & Tim, the veracious, business-bossing, intelligent extraordinair's that got to the 6 month marker before their wedding & went into mild panic. So much left to do, so little of their time available. We were introduced & hey presto they got themselves a wedding planner!

Liz & I got had our first sit down over a cuppa to talk about her & Tim. A stand up genuine Essex gent & our West County version of Kate Middleton have been together for over 10 years… their first dance choice of 'At Last' by Etta James says it all! We then got to the task at hand by mapping out where they'd got to & what was left to do for their wedding day. The bare bones of their wedding day were there; the date, ceremony location, reception venue & photographer (The brilliant John Barwood - more on them later). The brief; a traditional English summer wedding, the rolling Mendip hills of Somerset, quaint village church & a country house nestled in beautiful gardens.

I got straight to work on putting together a few look-boards to get a feeling of style & feel they wished for & started the hunt for the super duper suppliers to produce all of the best details. Now these two lovelies aren't cooky crazy; simple elegance, clean lines & classic touches were the name of the game. A brilliant challenge for me!

We got some seriously stupendous suppliers involved; Alexandra Sylvester Flowers, The Sunflower Bakery & Bristol Bridal hair & make up. The common thread of these wondrous independents is that they are brilliant at what they do & they could not be more thrilled to be part of Liz & Tim’s wedding. This really shone throughout the planning & on the day itself; I’m a big believer that if you’ve got trusted & relaxed people around you on your wedding day then this will calm any couples nerves.

I checked in with the John Barwood Photography a few weeks before & found the most cheery, bubbly & feminine voice on the other end; it was Soph Barwood, the other half of team JB & what a pleasure it was to talk through the flow of the day. I can’t wait to work together again in the not too distant future!


Since first writing the post, I've received an eye-welling review from Liz & Tim, so sweet of them! It's been such a pleasure to be part of their celebrations...

“Six months before our wedding day, we realised that with mounting professional commitments we needed some wedding planning help and asked Kate if she could lend a hand.  This was one of the best decisions we made!  From beginning to end, Kate has been literally amazing, not just practically; offering ideas and advice down the smallest of detail, but also emotionally, and right up to the last minute - such as when our printers failed to deliver our order of service on time and Kate helped us source new suppliers and designers in record time!  Oh, and Kate managed to do all of this for a wedding in Somerset, despite being based up north!  Overall, Kate’s help has been invaluable and we are so grateful for all her support - she has been instrumental in making our wedding the best day of our lives.  Please, if you are considering a wedding planner, give Kate a call, you will not be disappointed, she is an absolute professional and knows her weddings inside and out!  Best wishes, Tim & Liz (Somerset)".


John & Soph have been kind enough to share their photos of the day, so without further ado…

Kate xox

Supplier love

Venue: Coombe Lodge,

Church: St Andrew’s Church, Blagdon


Dress: David Tutera,



Hair & Make up:

Dressing Gown: Victoria Secret


If you or someone you know is recently engaged, & just like Liz & Tim are stretched for time, The Destination Wedding Co can come on board at any stage... even the week before to coordinate the day for you! Get in touch to see how we can help.

August 14, 2017 - Comments Off on 5 Lakeside Wedding Destinations you need to see!

5 Lakeside Wedding Destinations you need to see!

Inspiration by Kate

The swish of your wedding dress catching the wind, mimicking the soft waves beyond.

Lakeside destination weddings are an absolute favourite of mine. Now in this post you're getting two for the price of one  inspirations for glorious lake locations... the obvious choice & then an unconventional alternative!

5. Orta over Como, Italy

I couldn't very well do a blog piece on Lakeside weddings without a mention of the Italian Lakes… Como, Garda, without a doubt serene & picturesque locations. And just like their infamous resident George Clooney, I wouldn't kick them out of bed. But I have a little gem up my sleeve when it comes to Lakeside views in this neck of the woods. The lesser known & smaller Lake Orto has plenty - if not more - to offer.

There are ceremony opportunities on the lake island, Isola San Giulio, with stunning frescos in the church or The Sanctuary sitting atop a cliff edge with phenomenal views across the landscape.

It's no surprise the Italians in the region have dubbed the lake La Cenerentola (Cinderella) the ethereal, secret & arguably more beautiful compared to it's larger siblings Como & Garda.

4. The Lost Lake over Lake Tahoe, North America

The combination of glacial mountains & dense woodland, in a more intimate location sets the Lost Lake beyond it's bigger cousins in West America.

Think reading your vows with your toes in the shore of the lake, thermos filled with hot chocolate & marshmallows round a campfire - or 's'mores' if we're really going cross-continental. The Lost Lake is for the true wild at heart, with little to no amenities. This would suit elopements or at the very least with like-minded friends & family who are sleeping beneath the stars!

3. Loch Maree over Loch Lomand, Scotland

Loch Maree in Wester Ross (Any Game of Throne fans see any link here?), Scotland steeped in Celtic history. A harsh, but equally beautiful silver scenery has been noted as bewitching to many of its visitors.

A custom on the lake is to locate the money tree on the lakes island & slot into the trunk to bring good luck & financial freedom in your marriage. The oldest coin in the tree backdates to 1828. With a few choice locations for a wedding reception, this is made up by the inspiring lake side coves & holy sites to exchange vows.

2. The Blue Lakes (Lake Tarawera) over Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

The most exotic of the bunch; white sandy beaches and as the name suggests the clearest of blue waters. Lake Tarawera is one of the 4 lakes surrounding the its namesake volcano on the North Island.

As you can imagine from the New Zealanders, relaxed weddings are the name of the game. Whether this in a barn, garden, lodge or wine cellar, there are plenty of styles to choose from around the lakeside.

1. Bohinj over Bled, Slovenia

Now to those that know me, this is a shocker! Stevo & I got married in Lake Bled a few years ago & for me to announce any other Lake above this one is unheard of... however, I did promise an unconventional alternative destination & here you have it - Lake Bohinj!

Just under 30km away from the serenity of Bled, Bohinj offers you thrill seekers the ideal location. Bouldering spots, gorj walking, an abundance of water sports, the lot! Plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy. The Savica Waterfall is the perfect lunch spot on one of the many hikes in the surrounding Triglav National Park.

Swap the boat to the Island church on Bled for a stroll across the Bohinj bridge to Cerkev Sv. Janeza Krstnika (John the Baptist). Witness some of Slovenia's oldest frescos & intricate masonry.

A wave of guilt has prompted a dedicated post on Lake Bled... one to come in the future, I promise!

Kate xox

August 11, 2017 - No Comments!

Astounding Antarctic Wedding

Inspiration by Kate

Extreme wedding ahead...

Where in the world could you get married where there has never been a war, learning about the true beauty of nature is the upmost priority & where no one you know has got married there before? That's right, Antarctica! The ultimate adventure destination wedding in Antarctica!

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