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Finding a brilliant wedding photographer who can capture the day just as you imagined it is no easy task, which is why team Rewritten have stepped in with our pick of ten of the best UK-based wedding photographers.

 

 

1. Nic Ford

A natural behind the camera, not only will Nic make you feel super comfortable and confident on your big day but she also happens to take beautifully modern photographs with a little bit of a fashion, sepia tone to them. Check out our Mykonos dresses galavanting on the beach in the top right.

Instagram @nicfordweddingphotographer

 

 

2. Benjamin Wheeler

One of the most in-demand wedding photographers around, Ben is a seriously lovely chap and his talent for capturing the light just perfectly is so effortless it hurts. Hannah and Guy’s wedding, shot by Wheeler, was the first ever wedding featuring our bridesmaids dresses (bottom right) and remains our favourite to this day.

Instagram @benjaminwheeler

 

 

3. The Curries

This Peckham based duo (Chris & Gillian) are a proper photography power couple and their relaxed, modern aesthetic is hard to beat.

Instagram @thecurries.co

 

 

4. Joanna Bongard

A magpie for a cool building or epic backdrop, Jo is not only wonderful fun to hang out with but her colourful, candid pictures burst with life and joy.

Instagram @joannabongardphoto

 

 

5. Lex Fleming

Colour is the name of the game when it comes to Lex Fleming, her photography is a riot of happiness and her talent for beautiful compositions is second to none.

Instagram @lexflemingphoto

 

 

6. Natalie J

Natalie has a dream like, almost ethereal style and her authentic pictures tell the story of a wedding day beautifully. We fell in love with pictures from Tanya’s wedding (top left & bottom right) featuring our Coral dresses as soon as we saw them.

Instagram @nataliejweddings

 

 

7. Gail Secker

Based in Manchester and shooting around the North West, Gail’s style is informal, artistic and a little big vintage.  She is an expert at capturing those awesome moments, especially if a smoke bomb is involved.

Instagram @gailseckerphotography

 

 

8. Sally T Photography

Based in North Yorkshire but shooting all over the UK, Sally’s background in Fine Art lends her pictures an almost cinematic quality and we were OBSESSED when we saw her photographs from Holly’s wedding (top left).

Instagram @sallytphotography

 

 

9. Luis Holden

Norfolk based Luis’ has an authentic, relaxed style and a real talent for capturing the random, beautiful bits that make a wedding a wedding. His shot of our Florence dresses side by side remains one of our favourite real wedding shots of all time.

Instagram @luis_holden

 

 

10. Epic Love Story Photography

Emma’s photographs are a little bit badass and a lot fun – her alternative, quirky style makes for some pretty epic photographs and she isn’t shy of a smoke/confetti bomb. Note, Rachel’s bridesmaids looking totally killer on the beach (bottom right).

Instagram @Emma_epiclovestory

 

 

With the current situation and social distancing seeming to be going nowhere anytime soon, throwing a hen party in the normal way is basically impossible, which totally sucks. We have teamed up with our pals over at uber cool hen planning service CLUCK to explain that fun can still be had- whether having a full on virtual hen party or if you are just planning something to mark what would have been the special day (we like to call it it the un-hen party!) Over to the team at CLUCK….

 

Hey there! We’re CLUCK, an alternative hen party planning company run by three best pals. Normally we spend our days creating & organising bespoke hen party packages and experiences for cool, modern women….but that’s been a bit tricky of late. You don’t need us to tell you that the last month has been an utter s**t-show, no more than for brides that have had to reschedule their 2020 hen parties & weddings.

 

For that reason we’ve put together some tips on holding a virtual hen party for the bride-to-be, on what would have been her hen party date! It’s a great way to connect in lockdown, have some fun together ahead of the “real” hen party later down the line, and most importantly, put a much needed smile on the face of the bride-to-be.

 

Here’s CLUCK’s expert tips on how to hold the virtual (un) hen party from heaven….

 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

 

Yes we are in the midst of a global pandemic….but it’s 2020 and that means we can all still create, make and learn together virtually, whilst having a laugh AND supporting small businesses during a testing time! Here are a few of our faves…

 

MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER CROWNS OR BOUQUETS – channel your inner Frida Kahlo with a floral crown workshop, or create a gorgeous hand tied bouquet to appreciate and enjoy during lockdown. Hosted by the lovely Amy, a small independent planner, stylist and florist who will hand deliver your kits the day of the party (within M25), and will ensure you have a lot of fun whilst learning on your Zoom workshop. Then you can either have a group  shot in your gorgeous new crowns, or you can pop your bouquet in a vase and admired!

 

AT-HOME SCENTED CANDLE WORKSHOP – could there be a better skill to learn during lockdown than how to make a scented candle?! During this online class you will join one of our expert candle makers, as a team you will be guided through our candle making process. Prior to your workshop you will receive a candle kit containing all the core materials and equipment you’ll need to make your scented soy wax candle. You will also be able to choose your own botanical oil scent profile and custom candle label. Via Zoom, they’ll share hints and tips on creating candles from the comfort and safety of your home.

 

 

VOGA – we’ve all seen the plethora of online yoga classes but this isn’t yoga….this is VOGA. Fusing wellbeing with party vibes, VOGA is the perfect at-home hen experience. Set to an iconic soundtrack of 80s diva classics, it combines the movement of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class. The idea is to dress to express, so don your most fabulous gear and we’ll see you in the living room.

 

 

LIFE DRAWING– yep that’s right…see a naked hunk in all his glory AND learn how to draw without leaving your living room. Arm yourselves with a drawing pad and (plenty of) prosecco, and prepare to unleash your hen’s inner artist. Through a series of fun exercises & effective tips from a professional artist you’ll learn a new skill centred around observing – and recreating – the human body in all its beauty (aubergine emoji).

 

 

THEMED DANCE CLASS – what better way to let loose and have a much needed laugh than some living room choreography with your pals?! Whether it’s Beyonce, Dirty Dancing, Disney or 90’s Pop, the list of themes is endless (as is the fun to be had).

 

For more info on these virtual hen party activities & workshops, drop CLUCK a line hello@thisiscluck.com

 

 

SEND THE BRIDE A CARE PACKAGE

 

Ahead of the virtual party, why not send a little care package so the bride is stocked up with treats for the event. You can either send a surprise supermarket shop, or if you want something a little more “aesthetically pleasing” how about one of these…

 

ISOBEL BAKES CAKE POSTAL SERVICE– Isobel is offering a “Cake Postal Service” so you can send gorgeously presented cakes with a personalised card. Options include Biscoff brownie & salted caramel, banana & caramel cake, and sticky toffee pudding cake. And no, we won’t judge if you order one for yourself whilst you’re at it.

 

 

JIMMY’S SELF ISOLATON HAMPERS – Jimmy & his team have curated “isolation hampers” to suit all lockdown treat needs. Their “Night-In (Again)” hamper features mixed charcuterie, sourdough baguette, homemade pickles, olive oil and balsamic, homemade chutney, rosemary and garlic stuffed Camembert and the all important bottle of wine.

 

 

CUTTER & SQUIDGE’S “AFTERNOON TEA AT HOME”  – if your bride-to-be is a sophisticated lady, Cutter & Squidge are offering a boxed up version of their favourite afternoon tea treats delivered to your door. The box includes brownies, mini dreamcakes, scones, clotted cream, fruity jam & a tin of fine loose leaf tea.

 

 

BETROVAL BOX  – our pals at Team Hen have curated a beautiful box for brides-to-be, brimming with at least 7 must-have wedding products. Some will help plan and prepare for the big day, while others are designed to pamper and delight. They can be bought as a subscription or one-off purchase, plus delivery is free and get 15% off with code SPRING2020.

 

 

 

VIRTUAL HEN PARTY GAMES

 

There’s plenty of options that still work virtually….why not do a game of bingo or pub quiz themed around the bride, and of course Mr & Mrs will go down a treat, and is a great way to get the groom involved. And if he’s game, for ultimate LOLS you could have him do a “surprise” (semi) strip tease for the bride.

 

 

DRESS CODE

 

Just because you’re not physically together, doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with a dress code. All out glam with full make-up/hair is a nice way to make the event feel special (and it’s good for the soul to spend a few hours out of pyjama’s). Alternatively a fancy dress theme suited to the bride is also a great idea for guaranteed LOLS.

 

 

Image source: Pinterest

 

 

HEN PARTY PROPS & FAVOURS

 

Make sure the whole squad get involved with these lovely hen party goody bags from Team Hen that can be sent to each guests house. Frosted zip pouches contains everything you need for your virtual hen party. And of course, they have quite a selection of headbands so even a virtual hen party is Instagram-worthy.

 

 

 

Want to hear more? Speak to the CLUCK team hello@thisiscluck.com or visit the CLUCK website

Welcome to Hackney Wick – home to the Rewritten flagship store and packed with some of the most excellent bars, restaurants and cafes that London has to offer. We are well aware of how difficult it can be to get all of your bridesmaids in one place, so whether you are looking for the perfect pre-appointment brunch spot, post-appointment beer and pizza or a light lunch bite – we have the lowdown on where to go in the area.

 

CRATE BREWERY

BEST FOR: PIZZA & BEER

Located next to Hackney Wick station Crate Brewery serves the most delicious stone-baked pizzas alongside a fantastic beer selection (and wine too if beer isn’t your thing) everyday from 12pm. In summer there is no greater spot than on one of their benches by the River Lea or if you are feeling adventurous jump aboard the Alfred Le Roy cocktail boat for espresso martini’s and charcuterie. Try the truffle and sage pizza, trust us, it is epic.

 

BARGE EAST

BEST FOR: CANAL-SIDE EVENING DRINKS AND SMALL PLATE DINING

A stones throw from the Rewritten showroom, Barge East is an 114 year old Dutch barge serving locally sourced small plate dishes in the warm and cosy inside dining space (there is a log fire, how cute is that) or overlooking the Olympic village from the outdoor deck. The barge is also draped in fairy lights come evening so it looks pretty damn magical on a winters evening. Open for brunch on Saturdays and dinner and drinks throughout the week.

 

NUMBER 90 BAR & KITCHEN

BEST FOR: UP-MARKET PUB GRUB & COCKTAILS

This canal-side bar and kitchen has an excellent cocktail list and flies the flag for local artists with a small in-house arts space and revolving roster of guest DJs. Located close to Hackney Wick, team Rewritten are big fans of Number 90, we even celebrated Ana’s (our Head of CS) 30th birthday there. It was raucous. Serving food daily between 12pm and 9.30pm.

 

STOUR SPACE

BEST FOR: BRUNCH

Stour Space Café & Bar is located opposite the Rewritten showroom and has the loveliest indoor cafe and outdoor terrace overlooking the River Lea canal, opposite the Olympic Stadium. The brunch is excellent (try the bacon sarnie) and they do great coffee, wine, beer and cocktails. A non-profit, socially minded organisation, Stour Space is also a revolving exhibition space with all cafe and bar profits reinvested into the running of the venue.

 

 

HOWLING HOPS BREWERY, TANK BAR & KITCHEN

BEST FOR: AUTHENTIC COLOMBIAN FOOD & BEER

Next door to Crate Brewery, the tank bar at Howling Hops is exceptionally cool – rows of beer tanks are displayed behind the bar and you can dine out on whatever restaurant pop-up is in residence (currently excellent Colombian food – the gluten-free Arepas are to die for) while sitting on long benches. Known to be a bit of a party spot, this late-night venue gets pretty wild later at night with guest DJs and even some table top dancing. They also serve wine and spirits for those non beer drinkers out there.

 

BREAKFAST CLUB HACKNEY WICK

BEST FOR: MORNING COCKTAILS AND BREAKFAST BURRITOS

A ten minute walk from Rewritten, London’s famous Breakfast Club has multiple locations but our favourite has to be the canal-side Hackney eatery. Forming part of the innovative Here East campus (there are oodles of restaurants and bars here including a great Vegan place called Mother so check them out), the Breakfast Club is famous for its breakfast burritos, salted margaritas and bold decor. Call us crazy but we think it is entirely appropriate to eat breakfast at any time of the day, why not do so while sitting on the Hackney Riviera?

 

CORNERSTONE

BEST FOR: SOMETHING VERY FANCY INDEED

This award-winning sustainable seafood restaurant by super talented chef Tom Brown serves up simple but sophisticated sharing plates that change daily. An open kitchen, marble-topped bar and Michelin star quality food make Cornerstone a must for all fancy food lovers and would be a great place for a slap up meal post appointment.

 

We have literally just scratched the surface of how much this exciting and eclectic borough has to offer but hope we have given you a taste for more. Now what are you waiting for? Book an appointment to come and see us!! Quite frankly, it would be rude not to.

 

 

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