The Fairy Godmother Project Wedding Photography

The Fairy Godmother Project are creative and talented wedding photographers ...our aim is to give you confidence and creativity on your big day. The Fairy Godmother Project is casting a protective wand over your perfect day. We are here to create timeless memories with an elegant, fun and trustworthy approach. Based in West London, serving London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and beyond...

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Beautiful Engagement Photo Session at SunRise, Chiswick, West London

I met Melissa for the first time at The West London Wedding Show this October. Melissa is one of those people you meet and instantly connect.  After a small chat you already think you’ve known her for ages.  She is absolutely beautiful and her amazing and warm personality shines through! 

We agreed with Melissa and her fiancĂ© Sheldon to meet for the engagement photo session in a few weeks’ time, and for the location Mel chose Chiswick House & Gardens. Have you been there?! It’s such a beautiful park located at the very heart of West London. I could not believe I hadn’t been there before! 

As it was the school half-term I knew it will be packed with people later on, so I suggested (and I still cannot believe I did, as I love mornings after 10 am), to meet Melissa and Sheldon at 8 am for a sunrise engagement session! 

What a beautiful morning it turned out -  the light was perfect, the sun casted beautifully against a pastel coloured sky, stunning garden with colourful autumn leaves in a background and only a few joggers and doggers in the park!

We spent the golden morning hours in the garden and the couple was fabulous and fun to capture in stunning pictures  - have a look yourself!

 Melissa and Sheldon, you're absolutely adorable couple! Really.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Have a look at the newest Fairy Godmother’s digital guide in the magic of wedding photography

The Fairy Godmother Project Client Guide

The Fairy Godmother Project Ltd., is a fine art wedding photography venue specializing in wedding and portrait photography, and is based out of West London servicing London, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and beyond. Mrs Zane Karklina, Owner of The Fairy Godmother Project Ltd. has a Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography from the University of West London, and has been a photographer for over 14 years. More information about The Fairy Godmother Project Ltd. can be found at:

Friday, 1 August 2014

Is Wedding day equal to running a marathon!?

Is Wedding day equal to running a marathon!?

On Rebecca & Aarons wedding day I got one more answer why I love photographing weddings so much as it is physically and mentally the most demanding kind of photography. And when I tell people that I am a wedding photographer, the most common reaction is it is such a difficult task and such a responsibility!

I had a little chat with one of Rebecca’s bridesmaids - Karis - about the wedding day as being the best day ever (as I still believe that my own wedding day 11 years ago was the best day of my life), but Karis said that her best day was when she had run a marathon and she hardly believed that anything could top that… but I insisted – wait and see…

But next morning, when I woke up, when each and every muscle was aching, I realised what she was talking about. It is that satisfaction that comes of successfully testing the boundaries of own abilities and the achievement that comes of a job well-done that makes those kind of experiences so rewarding! It was almost a 12 hour working day, and to get a reaction from all the wedding party and the guests takes a lot of energy from me, while at the same time having to focus on camera settings and keeping a steady hand when holding the camera. And I cannot wait for my next wedding day…
However, I truly believe that Karis will change her mind! :)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire wedding | Rebecca & Aaron | The Pinkie Promise

It was one of those rare hot Great British Summer days when Rebecca and Aaron married at Kings Langley Methodist Church and, surrounded by their friends and family, promised to love each other for all eternity.
The wedding celebration was continued at The Bull Hotel at Gerrard’s Cross. Rebecca is the most pink-loving person I have ever met, and it was obvious that the wedding theme was pink.

I love wedding speeches, they are always so informative and you find out more than you expected… and this wedding was no exception, but when Aaron made his speech and his voice broke with the outpouring of his deepest love, and his and Rebecca’s dedication to each other and their commitment to building their lives together…!  When all the guests whispered ‘Aaahs..’, my eyes filled with tears so that I could hardly see through the camera viewfinder, and each and every cell of my body prayed for their happiness ever-after, because they are meant for each other! And instantly you know that it is the most romantic thing in the world – to show your love and commitment in front of the most important people in your life! It illustrates the true meaning of a wedding!

Even the table decorations celebrated their life together and their commitment for the years to come - instead of table numbers, each table had a themed collage of happy moments together, a collage of romantic love as they navigated their life together.

Thank you for allowing me to document your first day as husband and wife. It was an honour and I look forward to what the future has for you both. Much love and best wishes for your happy-ever-after...

Many thanks to the amazing team who made this wedding come to life... 

Monday, 26 May 2014

The 10 most important photographs to take on your wedding day

Bride and groom alone before the ceremony 
I think that this is, by far, my favourite photo of the wedding day.
It's the moment, just before the big moment that will change your life forever - anticipation of the commitment to the person you want to share your life with. It is nothing to do with doubts or second thoughts, but somehow it is so stressful and the feelings are so intense that it is written all over the face.
Want to hear what science has to say? You can blame the hormones; they are responsible for all the stress you were facing. The ACTH and cortisol hormones can be as high as 60-80% above the norm, it’s no wonder most brides feel a little apprehensive. Now you have something to blame! Want to read more? - see the article Wedding Day Emotions By David Smiedt.

I believe that the only chance to experience this moment again (or at least 1% of the intensity of emotions of the big day) is to have a photograph of that moment. To get the best picture you will need a moment alone, reflecting on your feelings. Step outside, or ask everyone (except the photographer, of course) to leave the room and reflect on your emotions.

Father seeing the bride in her gown
This is the father's first view.
What are your thoughts on the first view? If you don't want to break the custom of the bridegroom not seeing you and your dress before the ceremony, this is another option, to have a special moment with your father and get some beautiful photographs.

Bride/ groom with parents and siblings
As you will have guessed, the whole getting ready part is my favourite part of the day, due to the opportunity to witness the family relationships, strong bonds and emotions, endless love, and the intimacy of the moment.

Bride and groom leaving the ceremony site  
It is the moment the ceremony is over, the stress has disappeared and only joy and happiness remains! The party and “happily ever after” can start! Remember those hormones - they are back to normal…
Formal photos of bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides
This is the first time that your families are united. From now on, or perhaps for some time already, you will need to strike a balance between your most favourite people and your in-laws for the most important dates, such as Christmas. But at least you can frame them all together in one photo for years to come…
Get photos with your best friends, especially those from school or university, as things change and you might lose touch over the years to come. You will still have a photo with them on your big day.
Ok, let’s add all the relatives here as well! You will probably decide to make a family tree in the future and you will have a chance to use the pictures of them when they looked their best ;)
Detail shots of the rings
 I have included the rings as a “must have” as I have just lost mine. Don't ask how…

Detail shots of wedding decorations, flowers, table settings and cake
This is something you are spending so much of your soul, effort and money on, to make it stand out and make it yours, but at the same time, it is the most fleeting moment. The flowers will wither, the food and cake will be cut and enjoyed by your guests and table will be cleared away. No leftovers for next day…

Detailed shots of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets
They last for a fraction of time, especially cut flowers left without water...
The photographs will be the only living proof in the days to come.

Your dress
You will never be this skinny again in your life. And, most likely, you will never take it to the cleaners (ok, I did take mine, but all the hand printed flowers floated away. Oops!).

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