Alison and Colin enjoy their Monkey Island Wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of QVC UK presenter Alison Keenan to her musician partner Colin at their Monkey Island Wedding

Alison and Colin met as so many modern couple do, online, nine years ago. Then on Valentine’s Day, 2014, Colin took Alison away to The Grand Hotel in Brighton, where he proposed in the Piano Bar, presenting her with a single flawless diamond ring.

The morning started off cloudy which is always a worry for a wedding photographer, but the sun came out and shone all day for Alison and Colin, which was perfect for the relaxed garden shots in the grounds of Monkey Island.

I arrived at the house and photographed Alison getting ready, she had her make-up and hair beautifully styled by her regular make-up artist June who also works on QVC with some of their top make-up brands, so Alison was able to relax knowing she was in safe hands on her special day. June worked hard to also style Colin’s girls and Alison’s sister so everyone looked fabulous.

Alison wore a beautiful 50s style swing dress over layered petticoats by Candy Anthony  and wore a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, she looked stunning. Alison had a bouquet of real flowers that looked and smelt gorgeous too. One of my favourite images of Alison is her standing under the garden archway looking stunning in her dress.

The couple were married in a lovely local church and were joined by family and friends including Alison’s three children Sam, Jack and Lucy with her baby girl Honey along with Colin’s five children  Vicky, Lily, Richard, Joe and Dan with his fiancee Rae. Alison was given away by one of her best friends Chris and they walked down the aisle to an expectant Colin. There were some beautiful readings including a piece from Shakespeare read by Alison’s sister, Jenny. The priest kept the congregation involved and conducted a lovely service, and everyone joined in the hymns singing enthusiastically. The couple looked so happy as they turned to see their guests having signed the register and then walked hand in hand back down the aisle as husband and wife.

The couple were showered in real rose petal confetti from cones made out of music scores, a lovely detail that told the story of the couple.

I was able to take some shots of the couple as they were congratulated by their family and friends as well as getting a few portraits shots of the two of them. There was an opportunity for some very special small groups of those nearest and dearest to the couple to be taken but most of the wedding was recorded very naturally using my documentary story telling style of photography.

The couple had the unusual wedding car of a black London cab to take them to their reception for their beautiful Monkey Island Wedding in Bray, I love it when a couple have those quirky touches that reflect their characters and interests. I was a little surprised to find out that the couple took a short detour to the bank which explained their late arrival to the venue!

As a wedding photographer in Berkshire I am recommended by some of the most popular and beautiful venues locally and in the UK and I regularly photograph weddings at Monkey Island. A centuries old hidden retreat found on the River Thames, the hotel itself it reached by a small bridge and then it is set in beautiful grounds for the guests to socialise over a glass of bubbly amongst peacocks displaying their tails.

The tables had been beautiful dressed and the centre pieces were floral displays created by the company Peony Flowers. The guest enjoyed a delicious meal followed by the speeches that brought the perfect combination of laughter and tears.

The wedding cake was beautifully designed to match Alison’s wedding dress and was a sumptuous combination of layers of fruit cake, lemon sponge and chocolate cake, yum!

In the evening Alison was joined by many of her QVC presenters, including Clare Sutton, Charlie Brooks, Debbie Flint, Debbie Greenwood, Catherine Huntley, Simon Biagi and Kathy Taylor, to name but a few.

The couple enjoyed the first dance to their band with an almost dress malfunction when poor Alison’s petticoats tried to escape! The evening had a great sense of fun and celebration and the guests enjoyed chatting and dancing the night away to the band.

Thank you to Alison and Colin it was a wonderful wedding to photograph and they are truly a lovely couple, and I have listened to Colin’s music CD. If you’d like to read more about the wedding and honeymoon read Alison’s blog posts on the QVC website.

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A short Video to their First Dance

MONKEY ISLAND  The Perfect wedding venue

Monkey Island  lies on a picturesque island in the River Thames in the beautiful village of Bray The island has a rich history centuries old, and has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals and now is home to one of the finest hotels in Bray.

A countryside wedding venue near London

Monkey Island is a perfect setting for your wedding celebration, Accessed over a small footbridge, boat or helicopter and surrounded by beautiful country gardens, It is reminiscent of a secluded paradise, yet is only 10 minutes from Windsor and Eton  and less than an hour from Central London.

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