In June 2007 we created 'Khalile Siddiqui Photography' and since then, the business has gone from strength to strength. Our work has been featured in 'Brides in Cornwall Magazine', 'WED Magazine' and 'South West Brides Magazine' as well as on 'The Wedding Show' on Wedding TV and in 2011 & 2012 we won 'The Designer Wedding Photographer Of The..
I don't know who found this Contemporary Woman's Portraiture photoshoot more moving, myself or Tonya. I've been friends with Tonya for some years now, and anyone who knows her will know what a tour-d-force she is. She's a proper pocket rocket cyclone, but for all the bravado she HATES having her photo taken. But she plucked up the courage and came in to have a makeover and photoshoot. Tonya left saying just how much she enjoyed the whole experience but nothing prepared her for when she saw her gallery wall of finally mounted prints. She broke down in tears saying she didn't recognise herself and was in LOVE with all of them. I can't tell you just how rewarding I find my profession and am thankful each and every day.
It was so lovely getting to do a photo session for Beta, being a working mother of two wonderful children, sometimes its easy to forget when the mum finishes and when the real woman begins. Beta assured me that she's never done anything like this before and was more than a little bit apprehensive, but after a pampering session with Tamsyn in makeup she soon got in the swing of things.
Philippa & Kev came to see us about their Carbis Bay Hotel wedding after receiving a recommendation for our photographic and Tamsyn's makeup and beauty services, and we're so glad that they did as spirits were high and everyone had a ball!I dropped Tams off with Philippa and her sister to get on with the makeup while I headed to Kev and his two best men, Steve and Kev's son Ethan just up the road where they were staying in a local apartment. Philippa had her dress made for her by a local seamstress in Bath. All her other suppliers were local such as the flowers by Wedding Flowers In Cornwall, and her hair by those lovely ladies at Diamond. The ceremony took place in The Godrevey Room, a beautiful half conservatory (great for light) with the Godrevey Lighthouse as a backdrop in the distance. After the ceremony we were just about to get everyone outside for a group shot of everyone when the heavens opened to an absolute deluge, so after a few canapés we did the group photos in the reception And then I popped into the wedding breakfast room to get some detail shots before all the guests headed in to sit.Kev and the gents decided to do the speeches before the food whilst Karla's Parties took the little one off to be entertained. After the wedding breakfast there was a slight break in the downpour just long enough for us to head into St.Ives with Philippa & Kev for a few couple shots. Kev was really keen for this as he has many childhood memories of the town, especially the lighthouse and the fisherman chapel on the top of The Island where his grandparents were frequent parishioners.When we returned, and after Tams smoked Philippa's eyes up for the evening, we were joined by The Motown Pirates who Philippa and Kev booked for their evening entertainment.Dearest Philippa and Kev, Tamsyn and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us into your big day and wish you both, a long, happy and healthy life together :0)If you're planning your own wedding in Cornwall or further afield please do get in touch as we'd LOVE to be involved!Lots of love K&T xxx
Jade and john booked us for their Alverton Hotel Wedding after receiving a recommendation on not only our photography services but also Makeup provided by my wonderful wife and second shooter Tamsyn Siddiqui. Brides just LOVE the fact that Tams is around all day to not only help out with the photography but also keep the ladies makeup looking fresh with the possibility of doing a change of look for the evening. Tams headed in early to meet with the girls while I met with John and the boys down the hill in Truro for a few photos in town.After giving the boys a lift back to the hotel I headed up to see Jade and the girls getting ready, I started with getting a few detail shots including Jades dress that she bought from a local boutique near her now home of Liverpool called Emma's As well as having Tamsyn doing the makeup Jade chose The Hair Boutique in Truro to come and style the girls hair.The registrar was running a little late coming to see us which was nice as it gave us a little longer get shots of Jade and the girls, after all why wouldn't you want to make the most of looking fantastic in an amazing dress with your hair and makeup all done! (Besides it keeps your mind off other pressing matters)It was a beautiful and rather emotional ceremony enjoyed by all.After the ceremony we headed out the front of this gorgeous building to make the most of all the handsome views and did a confetti arch and group photo while we were there.Followed by drinks in the sun trap that is the terrace while we did the group photosWhile the guests were taking their seats for the wedding breakfast we made the most of the moment with a few couple photos around the hotel.And then after the wedding breakfast and Tams did a change of look of Jades makeup we took some moreJade originally from Cornwall was desperate to get some photos near the water, so who was I to stop her :0)And to celebrate the end of the bridal famine Jade and John booked Absolute Chocolate to bring their chocolate fountains to attend the evening partying.Dearest Jade and John, thank you so much for asking us to be part of your very special day, we absolutely loved every minute of it!!!If you or someone you know are planning your own wedding and would like to know more about our services please do check out our Wedding Page for loads of really useful informationLots of love K&T xx
Kathryn and Glenn booked us for their Carbis Bay Hotel wedding after receiving a recommendation, and straight away after our first meeting we just clicked! We were lucky enough to have got to meet Kathryn & Glenn three times prior to their wedding as Tamsyn my beautiful wife and photographic partner did some beauty treatments as well as the makeup. On the day I headed to Glenn and his best man who just happened to be Glenn's son Matty getting ready in Matty's room. Glenn bought his bespoke suit from Marc Wallace especially for the day. After getting shots of the boys in the lounge I headed up to the girls where the ever smiley Rochelle Winter was set up next to Tamsyn to do the girls Hair. Kathryn went to Puure in Lymm for her bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses, going for a striking fair haired Audrey Hepburn look. And I wasn't the only one who thought she looked striking.What d'you think?And I just LOVED the moment when daddy got to see his little girl for the first time in her wedding dress!Kathryn went to George McKay for her floral needs, and she did a beautiful job as usual. Being an intimate wedding with around 40 guests, they chose to get married in the Godrevey Room, which is half glass over looking the hotels private beach.After the ceremony everyone went outside to enjoy the balmy hot sun and some ice cream supplied by Cornish Ice Cream Trike. And some confetti fun!With a few playful group photosKathryn and Glenn had some lovely details to decorate their day, like the bathing hut which Kathryn's mum made for the wedding cards, and the miniature spirit bottle wedding favours. After the beautiful BBQ meal Kathryn and Glenn decided to do away with the traditional speeches, instead opting for a few thank you's given out by Kathryn's brother. It's always touching to be thanked during the speeches, but it ALWAYs gets me very bashful, I just don't know where to put my face. But I did when Kathryn thanked Matty for their wedding present!After the wedding breakfast we headed down onto the beach for a few couple shots. We did think, very briefly about heading down onto the beach after the ceremony, but being as Carbis Bay is such a popular beach, earlier on it was absolutely HEAVING. After we were happy with the images we'd got, we gave the signal and everyone that wanted to join us headed down onto the beach to enjoy the beautifully warm evening and a paddle in the water. It was such a lovely evening that the time kind of ran away with us all, so we headed back up to the hotel and the silent disco was ready and waiting for us. I've never been to a silent disco before, but I have to say I LOVED it. It was absolutely hilarious watching the guests all tuned into three different channels provided by Silent Noize, just walking around watching people singing along and responding to the three different tunes was comical. To round off what was a perfect day, Glenn arranged for a firework finalé, laid on by Kernow Fireworks.Dearest Kathryn and Glenn, thank you SO much for asking us to be part of your VERY special day. Tams and I absolutely LOVED every minute of it! If you're planning your own wedding or have a friend that is, please do make an enquiry as we do travel and would love to hear from you, also please do check out our main weddings page for loads of really useful info.Love K&T xx
Tory and Ben's Carbis Bay Hotel wedding really was a day for a couple matched in heaven, and absolutely everyone present could see it! They were positively beaming whenever they were in each others vicinity. Tory and Ben came to us after receiving a recommendation about a year ago, or should I say Ben received a recommendation, as bless him, apart from the wedding dress he planned everything, from the Flowers by Clowance, to the Moss Bros suits, and the photography too. Ben requested that we met at the apartment where most of the groomsmen were staying, where the boys were getting ready prior to heading to Carbis Bay Hotel. On arrival to the hotel I left Tamsyn with the boys, as unusually Tams wasn't booked to do the makeup for Tory as Ben got the hotel to do it. (Quite often she gets booked to do the makeup at a wedding, and then being as she's around all day doing the second shooting she does extra freshen ups or changes of look for the evening). Tory went to True Romantica in Kenilworth to purchase her wedding dress which was a lot closer to home for her, and was helped into it by her loving sister and mum. Tory's five bridesmaids dressed in ankle length teal dresses looked on while I got shots of their best friend in the newly decorated suit the girls were getting ready in.It really was a lovely ceremony, and we were treated to not one but two songs provided by two of the bridesmaids singing solos, and I have to say, I can't remember the last time I saw SO many people in tears during a ceremony. It was such a lovely warm day, that after the ceremony everyone headed outside to enjoy the sun and sea views. As the weather forecast was looking a bit shaky for later on we took our happy couple down the beach for some couple shots.These two were such naturals in front of the camera, especially when we kept the photos quite free and easy, starting by the big kayak that seems to have a permanent home on the beach this time of year. Ending up obviously with a kiss!The wedding breakfast room was decorated by the loving hands of Bens mum and Nan who was a semi-professional florist, and what a beautiful job they did too. Helped along the way by one of the bridesmaids mum who's a cake maker in Wales, T'isie Teisen. After the wedding breakfast the forecast rain hadn't appeared, and being as it was such a really warm evening we took anyone who wanted to join us down to the beach, the girls we TOTALLY up for it, the boys.....Less so.For the evening entertainment Ben went with the recommendation of the hotel and booked Proper Job Disco. They supplied him an eclectic mix of tunes provided by their guests which seemed to be really well received. By our couple and guests!Dearest Tory and Ben, Tams and I loved being part of your wonderful wedding and thank you for letting us be part of it :0)If you're planning your own wedding and are interested in using our services, wherever that may be please do MAKE AN ENQUIRY as we do travel.LoveK&T xx
Sandi & Olly came to me about their Pendennis Castle wedding photography needs after being past neighbours of ours which is a first for me. We did a family photo session for them about a year ago when Sandi mentioned about them getting married and asked about shooting their wedding, to which I was really excited about, as knowing it was a Newquay based wedding I knew it was going to be FULL of spirit and I wasn't disappointed.Even the weather was full of spirit, as we had the full force of hurricane Brian to contend with, but having shot many weddings at Pendennis Castle I wasn't fazed at all, as when I went to bed I had the whole day mapped out in my head using all the contingency locations I could think of. BUT, when I awoke it was to a message on my phone from Sandi saying how much she hated indoor photos and still wanted to get the majority of the photo done outside, to which I responded I'll do what you want, so we'll have to hope for the best. Sandi and her six bridesmaids were getting ready in the very newly developed St.Michaels hotel in Falmouth, in fact they were the first people to sleep in the beautifully appointed room. Sandi wanted just her mother Nicky to help her into her beautiful 'Maggie Sottero' bridal gown, which she'd bought from Amanda K in Truro, as she'd kept the dress a secret from all but her mother. Her bridesmaids and flower girl really were a lovely bunch, and getting a few relaxed photos with them all before we left for Pendennis Castle certainly wasn't a chore!I always love that moment when Daddy gets to see his little girl in her wedding dress for the first time.When we left the hotel we couldn't believe our luck as it had just poured down with heavy rain, but as we left for Pendennis the sun put in an appearance, for a while at least.When we arrived at the castle Olly and their handsome little man were waiting patiently at the end of the red carpet for the arrival of the bridal procession. While Sandi & Olly signed the register the rain stopped and so we didn't waste any time in getting the guests out in the 50mph winds to capture the group photo of everyone, and can you believe it, the sun even came out and gave us blue skies for a while, so we kept trying our luck and managed to get ALL of the group photos taken outside.Then we let the guests head off while we took Sandi and Olly back inside the castle to get a few safe couple shots, and then we braved it up past the no entry sign onto the roof to embrace the winds. Before getting a shot in front of the castle. We then took the hours drive through torrential rain up to the north coast to Little Fistral beach. As we neared Newquay Gail who was assisting me on the day told me that she didn't think we'd make it to the beach, but I pointed out that the fat lady hadn't sung yet, and as we passed the Carnmarth Hotel where the evening reception was taking place we watched as Sandi and Olly's car glided past it and headed down to the beach. On arrival we were greeted by 60mph winds and great big blobs of floating yellow sea foam wizzing past our heads. But Sandi and Olly being made of true grit were determined that we'd get our beach side photos, WHATEVER THE WEATHER. At one point Olly was leaning at a 45 degree angle into the wind, and I was fighting not only to catch my breath but not to get blown over. I was standing right next to Sandi & Olly screaming instructions and they could barely hear me over the roar of the heavy winds. Bless her, Sandi had brought an umbrella incase of rain, and thought it would be funny to get a shot with the umbrella blown inside out, it must have lasted two seconds before the wind shredded it! When we arrived at The Carnmarth hotel Sandi had arranged for some upbeat swing music supplied by Molly Banks swing Band with ‘Some like it Hot’.They also had the infamous Father Chris waiting to give them a blessing before the meal in his own unique alternative style.Sandi also had another little surprise up her sleeve, she'd arranged for some singing waiters to entertain the audience after the meal. And in the evening we had a third musical treat in the form of 'Company B' doing their infectious mix of jive and swing. Dearest Sandi and Olly, I think I must have used up all my sun tokens for your wedding, but it was certainly worth it, you could even say it was a BLAST!!! If you're planning your own wedding wherever that may be why don't you check out our weddings page where you'll find loads of useful information to help you understand what you should be aware of when looking for a wedding photographer, as we'd love to be involved with your big day. Love, Playfulness and PeaceKxSuppliers:Stills photography/Photofilm: Khalile Siddiqui PhotographyGetting ready location: St.Michaels HotelCeremony: Pendennis CastleEvening Reception: The Carnmarth HotelDress: Maggie SotteroBridal Shop: Amanda KWedding Videography: I Do Film WeddingsFlowers: Tracy QSuits: Little Anne MaidsHair: Blush Hair & BeautyMakeup: Charlotte DanielCastle/Drinks reception Musical Duo: Molly Banks swing Band with ‘Some like it Hot’Evening Band: Company B
I always say that a wedding should be a party of a lifetime, and that's exactly what Carly and Joe's Pengenna Manor Wedding was! Filled with fun loving people from all over the country converging on this stunning North Cornwall exclusive venue. Carly and Joe came to us about a year ago to see about their wedding photography as well as Tamsyn (My multi talented wife) doing the girls makeup on the day after receiving a recommendation of our services. Carly and Joe explained that their wedding day was all about the party and painted a vivid picture of the colourful characters that would be attending their event. They wanted to keep the day flowing us much as possible with mainly a reportage approach to the photography. With that in mind, we started our day with me dropping Tamsyn off at Pengenna Manor to get on with the girls makeup while I headed to a local hotel near Port Issac where Joe and the boys were getting ready. On arrival after a forty minute search for Joe I was starting to get a little concerned that I was going to have to make a call that I've never had to make before, calling the girls to say that none of the groomsmen could find the groom! But eventually we found our hero in his honeymoon suit trying to work out how to use an iron. So after I'd ironed his Paul Smith shirt for him, we caught up with the other grooms men and I drove some of the guys back to Pengenna Manor. I left the boys to go and check out the Bodmin Marquee for some drinks while I headed to the house to find the girls. On arrival I found Tamsyn busy with the makeup, and she'd been joined by Joanne Innes of Gold Bird Hair Design who was cracking on with the hair. Carly chose the talented Flowers from Bruallen to fulfil their forestry needs, and when Elaine dropped them off she left some extra pieces which Joanne used in Carly's beautiful golden hair. With the help of White Leaf Bridal Couture in Brighton Carly designed her own wedding dress! 10 minutes after the planned start time we were still waiting for the playful party goers to make their way to their seats for the ceremony, so we filled the time with a few relaxed photos of the girls and Carly's dad.We got SOOOOoo lucky with the weather, there wasn't any rain forecast for the day, but a couple of minutes into the ceremony the wind picked up and after over 200 weddings I experienced my first outdoor wedding in the rain! But our hardy guests didn't move a muscle, and there was only enough rain just to make us feel grateful that it didn't rain for the rest of the day. As well as plenty of moisture in the air, there was plenty of smiles too.While drinks were taken on the terrace I popped into the marquee to get some shots of it before everyone headed in there, just incase the weather turned again. Inside I found their Tottenham Hot Spur over Newcastle United cake. When we had our final meeting before the wedding day Carly said that they didn't want to go off for photos on their own and instead could I just get some nice photos of the two of them together throughout the day without them knowing. To which I pointed out that if their wedding was like 99% of the other weddings we've shot the two of them would hardly see each other on the day, as they'll get pulled apart by well wishers all day. So while the guests sat for the wedding breakfast I collared literally a couple of minutes with our happy couple.We were treated to some colourful MC'ing by Billy, Carly's brother and some wonderful highly entertaining speeches The day flowed straight into the evening and the band Sticky Fingers that Carly and Joe had travel down from Brighton cracked on as soon as the speeches were done. Dearest Carly & Joe, judging but the description of your vision for your wedding day I think it's safe to say mission successful, it truly was a party of a lifetime! Love K&T xxIf you're interested in booking us for your own wedding please do make an enquiry
It was such an honour to photograph Gayle and Trevor's Headland Hotel wedding, that said I'm always honoured to photograph a wedding, but when Trevor and Gayle told me their story I was even more charmed. Gayle and Trevor first got together forty-two years ago when Gayle was only eighteen years old and Trevor, a high diving British Olympic medalist was twenty-four. After being together a while their paths drifted Trevor explained. They both got on with their lives, both finding love, marrying and having daughters. Trevor three, and Gayle after moving to Canada had two of her own.The years passed and they both found themselves on their own. Gayle told me how she had resigned herself to the fact that she'd be alone for the rest of her days and was talking with a confidant around four years ago about lost loves when her friend suggested looking Trevor up on Facebook. Gayle told her friend that she Doesn't Do FaceBook, but agreed to try looking Trevor up. He too didn't really DO Facebook, but lucky enough had made an account and after a fair bit of corresponding finally met up, and the rest as they say is history. Gayle and Trevor made the journey down to Cornwall two nights before the wedding and I was lucky enough to get to meet them for the first time only the day before their wedding. They explained how they both wanted some lovely relaxed photos of their wedding day but neither of them were that comfortable in front of the camera, but I promised that they'd have an amazing experience and that I'd just happen to have a camera in my hand. The whole day was to take place at The Headland Hotel in Newquay Cornwall which made my life a lot simpler as I was photographing their wedding on my own (My wife Tamsyn did do the makeup though) and was able to flitter back and forth between Trevor and the girls. For Trevor he had his Olympic training buddy Butch as his best man, and Gayle had all five daughters for team bride! When I asked Gayle about all her little details that I could photograph for her wedding like her dress, shoes and jewellery Gayle told me she wasn't wearing much BUT she was wearing a little silver heart locket that Trevor had given her forty-two years ago when they were first dating, which gave me a little lump in my throat (See above). Gayle had such a playful way about her, I loved the fact that she wrote a note to her future self and husband on the mirror before leaving for the ceremony, a ceremony that was filled with tears and elation. It was a bit of a blustery day outside and had already been raining, but after I set the lights up inside for the group photos, when the time came for the confetti shot we stuck our heads outside and decided to get all the photos out in the open by sheltering from the wind by using the hotel as a wind break.Before we headed off for some couple shots I popped into the half restaurant (The restaurant can be shrunk down for not so large weddings) to get some detail shots of the room set up before the guests were allowed in. Then we decided to brave the wind and headed out of the shelter of the hotel down towards the sea. I recruited Kirsty, Gayle's elder daughter to help me with the lighting. I don't know if she felt the same but I was so touched with the way Gayle and Trevor were with each other, I kept imagining them forty-two years ago looking like young lovers. But theres no point dwelling on the past and not the slightest hint of regret. If they hadn't have gone their own ways they wouldn't have their five beautiful vibrant loving daughters. I did promise the lovely event managers at the hotel Lauren and Catherin that I'd definitely have Gayle and Trevor back for three o'clock for their wedding breakfast so they could seat the guests ready for our arrival. But Gayle and Trevor were enjoying themselves so much they didn't want to go back. And with Gayle living in Calgary in Canada she lives hundreds and hundreds of miles from the sea, and so was desperate to get onto the sand for a few photos. When were were heading back to the hotel those efficient event managers spotted us and sent a golf car to come and get our happy couple. Dearest Gayle and Trevor, I loved every second of your wedding, and I think judging by the photos you may have done too. It really was an honour to have met you, your beautiful daughters and friends and to have been a small part of your big day. Lots of loveKx
Photography - Khalile Siddiqui PhotographyVenue - The Headland Hotel NewquayMakeup - Tamsyn Siddiqui Makeup Artist and Beauty StylistHair - Chocolate in Newquay
Lindsay & Kevin booked us for their Bedruthan Steps Hotel after finding out about us at The WED Show, a wedding fair put on by a local wedding magazine. As with the vast majority of our weddings, Lindsay booked Tamsyn to do the make up (which works SO well, what with her being around all day for assisting me with the photography too) so she headed to the Bedruthan Steps Hotel to meet with the girls while I met Kevin and the fellas in Newquay harbour for a few photos.After getting a few photos in the harbour Kev specifically asked if we could pop into The Red Lion, one of their regular haunts while they're in the county, and I could tell just how regularly he visited the place when they said no charge for their drinks! When I was leaving for Lindsay at the hotel I bumped into Leah & Dan from last weeks wedding who were gushing about their blog photos and were enjoying a last moment in the harbour before heading home.Because we'd not shot at Bedruthan Steps before I couldn't help but go for a sneaky peak at the ceremony room before joining the girls.Lindsay found her beautiful wedding dress from Wedding Belles of Four Oaks and added Jenny Packham shoes to complete her outfit, she added a splash of colour with flowers from Kelly Ann. On arrival I was chuffed to see that Lindsay had booked the lovely Rochelle Winter to do the girls hair!Getting the story telling photos of the day are REALLY important, but d'you know, I LOVE getting the relaxed fun group photos of you and your nearest and dearest in a playful environment, they are SO important to show your loved ones what you really did look like at your best in future years, and for future generations to come!After letting poor Kevin sweat a few minutes we arrived for the main event.Bless them, I don't know who looked more emotional, Lindsay, Kevin, or the bridesmaids!The full on sun had disappeared by the end of the ceremony, but it was still a lovely warm day, so we took the wedding party and their drinks outside to enjoy the beautiful sea views.After the drinks were drained we cracked on with the group photo list.I took Lindsay and Kevin into the contemporary cocktail bar for a couple of minutes while the guests were being called in for the wedding breakfast.Lindsay and Kev took the time to get loads of little details to decorate the hotels wonderful blank canvas, including:Cake - Tina BishopChairs - Simply lovelyBunting - Funky Flagsand one of their guests made the lovely oak frame that held the hearts that the guests could sign, and also the Mr & Mrs Harris glass block light!The food was as AMAZING as the speeches were emotional.After the wedding breakfast Tams did a change of look for Lindsay's makeup then we drove Lindsay and Kevin down to the beach instead of walking so we didn't eat too much into the evening party time!The cloud was still around, with just a slight glimmer of light breaking through.So with a little added light we created Lindsay and Kevin a few memories of Mawgan Porth BeachThe evening party had a sound track supplied by Phil Rostance & the Marshall band.Dearest Lindsay and Kevin, you are such a lovely couple and totally deserved such a wonderful wedding day. May you have a long, happy and healthy marriage!Lots of loveK&T xx
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