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Tammy & Andy’s London Zoo & Banksy Beer Garden wedding, with Neil Walker Photography

I LOVE these two! Tammy & Andy – you. are. awesome! From the very first photo of your day I found myself smiling right back at my screen… there is no one in the world more beautiful than a blissfully happy bride and groom. Today we have a London wedding in glorious sunshine with the most amazing bouquet and florals in deliciously decadent purples and blues by Floriography Cornwall.

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Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography

www.neilwalkerphotography.co.uk
Facebook.com/sussexweddingphotographer Plus.google.com/+NeilwalkerphotographyCoUk/posts
Twitter.com/neilwalkerphoto
Pinterest.com/neilwalkerphoto
neil@neilwalkerphotography.co.uk

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I get the impression Tammy & Andy smile a LOT. Their reaction to seeing their wedding photos for the first time:

We were both smiling from ear to ear – which is exactly what we wanted. Neil had taken the time to set some of the shots in a slideshow to some music – I think it is fair to say, that when that slideshow finished, everyone who has seen it has said, “wow!”. There are some great memories captured there forever, and our guests all look brilliant. I still grin each time I seem them.”

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Neil told me “the day was beautiful from start to finish, with Tammy and her family laughing & smiling throughout the day. London Zoo always provides an amazing setting for a wedding, the animals making for an unusual & sometimes unpredictable backdrop. It is an excellent venue: the staff are always organised & helpful and the Zoo itself provides for an amazing setting. The Pavilion in particular is bright & airy with windows all round giving me wonderful light to shoot with.”

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Tammy and Andy

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.neilwalkerphotography.co.uk/

How did you choose your photographer?

It is actually quite surprising (when you start looking into it) how different wedding photos can be…some were very staged, and some were almost too trendy, looking like they belonged on the cover of a trendy Indie single. We wanted some natural looking shots of people looking happy. We were trawling the internet pages of a number of photographers, and Neil’s photos really stood out to us both – they made us smile. We only met one photographer – Neil, and from the first meeting with him we knew he was the man for the job.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Neil was, in a word, awesome. The photographs speak for themselves, but Neil has a great deal of experience and this really helped us. He was very reassuring and keen to understand what we wanted. He took time to look at the venues in advance and scouted some great shots in advance. The Zoo can be a bit overwhelming on a normal day, but I think Neil got some brilliant shots on the day and knew exactly where to take us. All of our guests thought he was great, friendly and while we knew he was there, he wasn’t intrusive at all. We could not have asked for a better person.

Wedding venue:

The Zoological Society of London, Regents Park (where we had one of our first dates) and then The Banksy Beer Garden at the Princess of Wales, Primrose Hill.

Wedding month:

May

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Quirky, sunny and funny, the best day of our lives.

Your wedding style or theme:

I saw an old admission ticket for the zoo and so the theme “Vintage Zoo” was born!

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

When you start asking around, you begin to realise that many people have hidden talents! I am very lucky that my stationery, flowers, cake, jewellery and entertainment were through friends of mine.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Saying that you have come recommended by someone can mean a lot, and also save a bit too!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The photographs, as these capture the day and will be the one thing you will look at time and time again.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

My sister is a very talented graphic designer – she captured the Vintage Zoo theme very well.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I had an idea of a wedding dress after I saw it at a wedding show. When I tried it on, it was the worst thing I had ever seen! The dress that had the “wow!” factor was a dress which I would never have picked, but I am so glad I did. It was just perfect.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

I wore a Nicole Jackson design from Berketex Brides, Woodstock St, London. My mother bought her wedding dress at the same boutique – she and my dad celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this year (a good omen, surely).

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

My wedding jewellery was sourced for me by one of my good friends, Marva. She has an Etsy shop – Violasparkles.

And what did the groom wear?

Moss Bros morning suit.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

A full length dress from Coast, the design is called “Symphony”.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I wanted to look like myself when I got married. My hair was done by my hairdresser, Ryoko, of Mosaique, London. She has been styling my hair for longer than I have known my husband! My make up was done by myself (with some help from my sister) after a make up lesson from my friend, Gita, at Xquisite Beauty, Harrow. She helped me chose some great make up from Bare Minerals and listened to what I was trying to achieve – I was very pleased with the final look.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

I was very honoured to be my friend, Tracey’s first wedding. She was about to relocate to Cornwall, where she now runs Floriography – and I was very fortunate enough that before she went, she did the flowers for my wedding. We took a very early trip to the flower market and chose some beautiful roses – I still find it funny that they were called “Amnesia” and “Memory Lane” roses! Everyone adored the flowers – they were pretty spectacular!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We got married in The Pavillion at the Zoo – which is just beautiful in the sunlight – we kept it simple with the flowers.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

This sounds awful – I didn’t make anything 🙁 [You know what, Tammy? That’s a wonderful thing to hear! There’s too much pressure on couples to DIY… and I kind of love that you didn’t! C xx]

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We chose a beautiful sponge cake with lots of sugar craft flowers made by one of my good friends, Victoria Walker. The cake was complemented by a traditional sweet display in vintage sweet jars and scoops, in matching colours. We wanted everyone to feel like kids again when they were helping themselves to the sweets.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

The Valentines are a vintage close harmony group – they were absolutely fantastic and brought an amazing feeling to the day. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to them before the ceremony and during our barbeque. In the evening, our friend, Viveak of NK Entertainment, provided the tunes in the pub. We had quite an intimate venue, but Viveak was able to get everyone dancing. Apparently everyone went crazy to Whitney Houston – I wanna dance with somebody! Alan Ford, the actor from Snatch also made an appearance in The Princess, which made for a very happy groom.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Do not worry on the day – what is done is done, sit back and take it all in.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Sharing every day with my best friend.

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

http://www.berketexbride.com/
Facebook.com/floriographycornwall
http://www.nk-uk.com/
http://www.xquisitebeauty.co.uk/
www.thevalentinesgirls.co.uk

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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