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Top 5 things for couples to do in Paris, France

Top 5 things for couples to do in Paris, France

Top 5 Things for Couples to do in Paris, France

So, you’ve just said your I do’s and are now looking forward to making your way to Paris for a blissful honeymoon escape. Fortunately, the City of Love knows how to provide just that and so much more for you and your new partner for life. Here are some ideas on what you two can do together while there...

Wedding Accessory Styled Shoot Published / Aphrodite's Wedding Blog

nell'amore bridal wear - accessories - rossdeanphotography.com

The recent styled wedding shoot for Nell'Amore Bridal Wear Consultancy has really been successful in getting published and has enabled us to really showcase the fabuolous talent of all the wedding vendors involved, as well as give brides inspiration when it comes to their wedding hair, make up and choice of accessories. We were just recently informed that the shoot had been featured on top wedding blog 'Aphrodite's Wedding Blog'.  You can check out the full post here.

RD

Wedding Accessory Styled Shoot Published

 

Bespoke Wedding Cake Inspiration / CRUMB! Suffolk Cakes

crumb bespoke suffolk cakes - anmar robinson - rossdeanphotography.com

In the past,  I have been in the fortunate position to have worked with some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Suffolk and across the UK, with many of which becoming great friends.  I know that many of my prospective and current clients check out my blog from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, which got me thinking.  What better way to introduce some of my trusted vendor friends to my clients than to give them the spotlight for 5 minutes here on my blog where they could tell us about their business, their inspirations and what makes them tick.  So here you have it, a new series of interviews has been born, I hope you enjoy them.  

Today I had the chance to sit down with Anmar Robinson of CRUMB! Bespoke Suffolk Cakes, who are based in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK.

 

Ross: For those readers who may not have come across your work before, please can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into cake artistry?

Anmar: My parents are hoteliers and grew up in the hospitality environment so being in the kitchen has always been a part of my life.  I am a professional chef, but always found myself working in the pastry section at every hotel or restaurant I worked at.  I guess you can say baking comes naturally to me (luckily!).   After spending 4 years as the head chef on a private yacht travelling the world, I moved to Suffolk with my husband and decided it was time to rekindle my love for cakes and baking and this is how CRUMB! was born.

 

Ross: In three words how would you describe your brand/business?

Anmar: Daring, different & delicious! ;)

 

Ross: Who or what inspires the creativity in your work?

Anmar: Everything and anything.  I see cakes in every design I come across, be it a floral arrangement, a beautiful dress, cool patterns on fabrics to jewellery.  Inspiration comes from all around us and that is why I ask brides to bring as many items possible with them (like stationery, fabric swatches, pictures etc) when we meet for our design session

 

Bespoke Wedding Cake Inspiration from CRUMB!

 

Ross: What trends are you currently seeing and how do you predict the future looks for cake artistry in the UK?

Anmar: BIG cakes are in at the moment with brides are choosing cakes with 4, 5 and even 6 tiers! With the recent boom in the baking industry due to programs like the Great Britsh Bake Off, Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars, Staten Island Cakes etc etc (theres loads more!) the industry is expanding and ever growing.   Couples are truly embracing the fact that a cake can really add to the entire theme and feel of your day and does not have to be a white, floral traditional number - your cake can be anything you want it to be!  The future isn't set in stone when it comes to wedding cakes, its just keeping up with trends and fashions.

 

Ross: How far in advance do you suggest couples come talk to you about their wedding cake?

Anmar: As soon as possible.  Dates fill up quite fast and all the orders coming on now (June) are for next summer with this summer being about 90% fully booked! The design and style of the cake can always be changed as we go along, but it is crucial to "save the date" in your bakers cake diary to avoid dissapointment.

 

Ross: What wedding blogs or magazines do you recommend that couples check out?

Anmar: Where can I start! First of all - check out The Suffolk Wedding Showcase (another project of mine!).  With regards to other blogs I love, I would recommend The Pretty Blog, Rock n Roll Bride, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, London Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled and Love My Dress.  A new magazine on the wedding scene is Unique bride magazine - they offer something very different to the usual pink and frill cladded wedding glossy,  filled with things that no one can afford anyway :)

 

Bespoke Wedding Cake Inspiration from CRUMB!

 

Ross: What advice would you give couples when choosing their cake artist?

Anmar:   Look for someone thats stands out from the rest and catches your eye .  Look at their galleries and also see if they have a blog and a facebook page - youll "know" when you find "the one".   Its a bit like a wedding dress I think!

 

Ross: Finally, what's the best thing about being a cake artist?

Anmar: Well, for me its being able to call my hobby (that I love), my job!

 

Bespoke Wedding Cake Inspiration from CRUMB!

 photo credit: Natalie Cadman Photography

 

My thanks to Anmar Robinson for her time taken to chat with me.  If you would like to speak to Anmar about your wedding cake, please visit her website at http:www.crumb-bespokesuffolkcakes.com.  You can also follow Anmar on Facebook & Twitter.

 

 

A Fun Norfolk Coastline Engagement in Blakeney / Claire + Mark

blakeney wedding engagement shoot - norfolk - rossdeanphotography.com

Something I especially love about my job is that I get a chance to experience new places tucked away in corners of the country that I haven't visited before.   So when Claire & Mark told me that they had decided to choose Blakeney in Norfolk as the location for their engagement shoot I was intrigued and excited to experience this small village they obviously have such a close affection for. Blakeney itself is a gorgeous coastal village on the North Norfolk coast which dates back to medieval times when it was once a bustling commercial port.  Today, it's a stunning part of Norfolk offering long walks along the coastline and an array of eateries and small shops, making it a very popular tourist destination.

The village is particularly dear to Claire and Mark because they often spend new year down there tucked up in a gorgeous little cottage, enjoying the experience with good friends and good food.  After a spot of lunch, we headed down to the shore, along the promenade and throughout the village streets to capture their engagement images.  I'm very blessed to do what I do and that I get to work with something truly lovely people.  Claire and Mark are no exception and being around them for the afternoon, it was evident how perfect they are for one another, with their playful affection  shining through in their finished images.

I'm really excited to be shooting their wedding this July at Woodhall Manor, near Woodbridge.  Here are a collection of images from the day.

RD

 

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

A Fun Norfolk Engagement: Claire + Mark

 

Kind Words | A Sunny Suffolk Lavenham Wedding: Simone + Christopher

You'll remember that I photographed Simone & Christopher's beautiful wedding at Lavenham Church & Hadleigh Town Hall and also their fun engagement shoot at the Saatchi Gallery in London.  Well. I was delighted to receive the gorgeous thank you card from the guys (below) which featured some of their wedding photos as well as a lovley personal 'thank you'.  It was such a fantastic touch after I had such an amazing time and was truly honoured to be chosen to document their day.

Thanks again guys, RD

 

 

copyright 2012 Ross Dean Photography

 

 

Come say Hi at The Barn, Clopton | Wedding Fair and Open Day | Sunday 27th May 2012 | Suffolk, UK

We really are spoilt in this part of the world for gorgeous wedding venues and 'The Barn' in Clopton, Suffolk is no exception.

Set in idyllic Suffolk countryside The Barn is a stunning light filled space, perfect for private parties, weddings, celebrations, art shows and corporate events. The space is extremely flexible and can accommodate both smaller gatherings and bigger groups, with ample room for up to 100 guests.

Tranquil and secluded, it is in fact only 7 miles from central Ipswich, and has excellent road access from both the A12 and A14. There are good rail links to London Liverpool Street, Cambridge and Norwich, and the market town of Woodbridge is a short drive away, with its own station providing rail access to Ipswich and the coast.        Jane Stevensen, The Barn

 

The fair will showcase some of the best suppliers in the region, set in the idyllic grounds of this awesome wedding venue.

Come along and say 'Hi' at The Wedding Fair & Open Day, hosted by The Barn, Suffolk on Sunday 27th May 2012 – 11am-4pm – free entry!

Boutique Wedding Accessory Shoot Published in the USA

You'll remember a while back I shot the 2012 accessory collection for Nell'Amore Bridal Consultancy in Essex along with the amazing Caroline Gould: Wedding Planner, Bohemia Hair & Purity: The Beauty Retreat.  Well, this week the shoot was picked up by U.S Wedding Blog 'Life of a vintage lover' and Caitlin at the blog has run with the feature in her latest post. It's great when we're able to promote our services to a wider audience and so thanks to everyone that was involved with this shoot and made it happen.

RD

 

Personal Wedding Make Up Artistry in Suffolk with Purity: The Beauty Retreat

In today's market, it's not just important to have a great product or service, you need to give your clients an amazing experience too.  Purity: The Beauty Retreat was one such business that caught my eye in the summer of 2011. Purity: The Beauty Retreat is owned by Michelle Plummer.  A beauty therapist and make up artist with a wealth of experience, most prominently with Virgin Atlantic, working with first class clients onboard their planes.

Michelle and her team work out of their stunning town centre premises in Ipswich, Suffolk  and pride themselves as a 'results-driven business' in whatever they do.  They also exclusively work with Guinot face and body treatments, O.P.I Manicures and Pedicures, Gelish nail treatments, Mii Make up and offer Waxing, Electrolysis, Massage and much more.

Michelle, especially, is an amazing Make Up Artist and is 100% my 'go-to' when I'm looking for a stellar job on my styled shoots.

If you're looking for a professional, customer-focussed experience when choosing your wedding make up artist or are looking to treat the girls in your bridal to an amazing pampering experience before the big day, be sure to speak to Michelle and the team via their website.

RD

 

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Purity: The Beauty Retreat - Beauty Therapy & Make Up Artist - rossdeanphotography.com

Suffolk Hairdresser through to Grand Final of the Loreal Professionnel Colour Trophy

Michelle Curtis, Bohemia Hair, Ipswich, Suffolk

News just in from my good friends at Bohemia Hair! Stylist Michelle Curtis has just been officially put through to the grand final of the 'Young Colourist Award' in the L'oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy. I shot Michelle's entry photo a few months back and so am so pleased that she is continuing to do so well in this competition.

If you would like to speak to the guys at Bohemia Hair about your next hair appointment, you can contact the salon here.

RD

 

 

The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair: Video Recap, Kenton Hall Estate, Suffolk

Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair - Spring 2012 on Vimeo

Last weekend I had a great time at The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair at Kenton Hall Estate in Suffolk. Kenton Hall Estate is a beautiful new venue in the heart of Suffolk and is home to some of the most stunning grounds, making it ideal for anyone looking to hold their big day in the heart of Suffolk tranquility.  It's also one of the only venues in the region to offer 'Glamping' for their client's guests, giving a fun, quirky alternative to the usual accommodation choices.

Their first wedding show was a huge success, sourcing some of the most creative and revered wedding vendors Suffolk has to offer and I can't wait until the next one.  I also had the opportunity to chat with some really fun couples, so thanks to all you guys too, whom I had the pleasure to speak too.

Please take some time to watch the below video charting the day, courtesy of the ever-awesome Camera on Films.

RD