Jen & Nathan’s love shoot on film

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There’s something purely magical about the quality of film photography.  Ask me to name my most favourite photographers, and among them you’ll hear names like Elizabeth Messina and Jose Vila, film photographers who are considered among the very best in the wedding industry.  Images taken on film are instantly recognisable, they’re softer, lighter and the colours and beautiful muted pastel tones.  Don’t get me wrong, digital cameras have revolutionised the world of wedding photography, and that’s something I wouldn’t change for the world, but for those extra-special images there’s something timeless and nostalgic about shooting on film.

Today I’m delighted to share cool couple Jen & Nathan’s simple and sweet love shoot, which was all shot on film by talented photographer Charlie Kingsland-Barrow of CKB Photography.  I loved meeting Charlie recently at The Editorial Wedding where she not only wowed me with her commitment to photography and learning, but her completely adorable personality.  I know any couple would be in great hands with Charlie on their wedding day!

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Here’s Jen & Nathan with their story so far ~

We met in 2006 when we were were living in the same backpackers house in Vancouver, Canada. I distinctly remember he smelt like fish the first time we met….having just returned from 2 months on a prawn trawler! After 4 months of flirting, it was only in the last week we admitted howw we felt about each other. During that week we were inseparable, but sadly (other than a brief reunion in New Zealand 4 months later) we went their our separate backpacking ways.

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4 years… and a phone call later,  Nathan paid me a visit whilst I was training as a teacher in Brighton. From the moment I picked him up from Heathrow, it was like we had never been apart – one of the first things Nathan said was that my car was a heap! From then on, not even the 9000 miles was going to keep us apart.  Whilst I concentrated on qualifying as a teacher, Nathan was working hard in an underground mine. During that year, I made two visits to Australia. It was on one of those visits, that we made the decision Australia has far too much sun and too many beautiful beaches. So Nathan concentrated on saving enough money for plenty of umbrellas for his move to the UK. He arrived in December 2011.  He originally planned to proposing during a Christmas trip to beautiful Ireland. Natham being Nathan, put zero effort into the planning and thought he could wing it. That did not quite work as ‘planned’….so he did it when we got home. I never found out where he hid the ring!

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Our wedding is taking place at the gorgeous Heron’s Farm in June, and is going to be a laid-back, rustic affair, with lawn games, a BBQ, bubbles instead of confetti, and a live band in the evening!

Want to know more about film photography? Charlie says ~

I have used film since the days of my photography degree, when we were positively encouraged to use film instead of digital.  I am so glad that this was the case because for me, film has a romantic, soft feel to it, that is just perfect for capturing the emotion and intimacy of weddings.  I also love it for the way it is so flattering- it makes brides look just so naturally beautiful and radiant!  It is expensive for me as a photographer to use – but my clients and their reactions to their photographs make the expense definitely worth it. 

See more film photography here.



After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.


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Thank you so much for featuring my work, and for such lovely and unexpected comments. I am so glad you featured this shoot as I think all brides should consider film photography for their big day- it really is so flattering and luxurious and beautiful.

Charlie xxx