Jon and Laura's wedding day is one I shall remember for a very long time for so many lovely reasons. First of all, any wedding where I need to travel outside of my home county of Shropshire is always cause for great excitement (such a country bumpkin!) and Liverpool is such a special city, so I really was pleased to have the opportunity to shoot there. Secondly, Laura and Jon are such a sweet, kind, down-to-earth pair. They instantly earned extra brownie points for a shared passion in folk music and the simpler things in life, and I couldn't wait to see what their wedding would be like. My predictions of it being something very special were correct on every level and it was such a great day.
The wedding took place at the Ullet Road Unitarian Church, just a few minutes from the centre of Liverpool so I was able to hop on the train (I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with my Scouse taxi driver, it was like being driven around by Ken Dodd!). The building itself is breathtaking, a huge imposing red brick structure. The church at one side is enormous...like really really big. A beautiful blue and gold bunting festooned corridor, where a table practically groaning with an impressive selection of home-baked cakes was set for guests, leads you over to a huge hall where the reception took place, incredibly decorated with a fantastic Spring-like yellow, gold and blue theme across long tables decked with paper stars, simple but gorgeous flowers in jam jars, and paper lanterns and fairy lights hung from the ceiling and walls. The church also has a modest but very beautiful garden bursting with bluebells as well as the last few sprigs of the years blossom. Just the perfect venue for an inner city wedding.
The ceremony was one of the most interesting parts of the day for me. I admit I had never even heard of the Unitarian Church before, and I was touched by their welcoming attitude of openness and tolerance of all faiths and beliefs. Laura and Jon are not religious, and they only intended originally to hold their reception at the church hall, but after talking with the minister (who Laura knew from her volunteer work with Amnesty International) and discovering they could personalise their wedding the way they wanted it, they decided to hold the whole event in this special place, and I felt a deep respect for that. The marriage ceremony consisted of vows and the lighting of candles to represent the coming together of two people as one, as well as personal readings and the singing of secular songs, in particular a really beautiful one by folk legend Kate Rusby, and few very special songs performed by Laura's father Graham. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
The day had many more brilliant surprises in store, including braving a very dangerous climb up onto the church roof to take the group photograph, the ceremonious cutting of a Kransekage (a tower of iced marzipan biscuit rings) to honour Laura's 99 year old Danish Grandmother, hilarious family photographs, mis-matched and beautiful bridesmaids, a stunning Oxfam wedding dress, and of course really touching speeches.
Thank you so much Laura and Jon for choosing me to capture your unique and completely personal wedding day. It truly was a lovely lovely thing to witness and be a part of, and I wish you both all the luck in the world.
Emma and Oli are one the the sweetest, loveliest and excitable couples I've ever met, and it shows in their wedding photographs. Couples who are head over heels bonkers in love are just the most fun to work with, and these two have love by the bucket load. I adored them both the minute I met them and it really was a privileged to get to know them over the course of a year leading up to the big day, and I truly felt more like a friend than a photographer. I'm pretty sure there wasn't a single moment of their wedding day that wasn't spent laughing, apart from the odd happy tear during the vows and speeches. Just wonderful wonderful people.
This was my first wedding at The Hundred House Hotel and after hearing such good things I was really excited to shoot there at last. It didn't disappoint, boasting a stunning garden that's unlike anything at any other venue I've visited, so wild and unusual as well as functional, as it's where the hotel grows a lot the produce for the award-winning restaurant. The Tilthe Barn where the weddings take place is breathtaking with it's fairy-lit ceiling, wooden beams and rustic charm, the perfect backdrop for a relaxed and magical celebration, which this certainly was.
The wedding fell upon Easter Sunday, and I loved the addition of mini-egg nest cake favours for the guests to reflect this, and the colours just so happened to match the gorgeous pastel Springtime decorations. But by far the best thing about the whole day was just how bloody EXCITED Emma and Oli were to marry one-another! At the end of the day, that really is all that matters.
Massive humongous squishy thanks to Emma and Oli for having me be the one to capture your amazing wedding! I loved every second, truly.
Venue: The Hundred House Hotel, Norton
Flowers: Flowers by Natalie
Dress: Shropshire Country Brides
Make-up: Faces by Victoria
Aah, Mr and Mrs Hughes. I'm not sure mere words can convey the epic magnitude of your wedding day. From start to finish it was one incredible event after another. From screaming bridesmaids at the big reveal, to the veil blowing away in the wind, to a stunning choreographed first dance and epic romantic portraits, and I'm so thankful that I was the one to capture it for you.
From the moment I met this couple I sensed it was going to be something special, and so I brought in my favourite second shooter Birgitta Zoutman to make sure nothing was missed (and she did a sterling job, thanks B!).
The ceremony took place at Clive Church, just up the road from Sophie's family home Shooters Hill Barns, where a beautiful marquee was set up for the reception in front of the garden pond, stunningly decorated with swaths of greenery, trees, rose gold centrepieces and charger plates against a pure white backdrop. The effect was breathtaking and the perfect setting for the hundreds of family and friends who were lucky enough to attend.
Sophie and Ivor are such a kind-hearted and sweet pair, bursting with joy and loved by everyone who knows them (which is a heck of a lot of people!). They were totally up for anything when it came to having their photographs taken, and it was completely their idea to go up to the Grinshill viewing point between the ceremony and reception for some epic shots on the cliff edge, way to go guys for marching up there in all your finery! It was totally worth the trek, as you will see as we scroll down and take a look at this EPIC wedding! Enjoy.
Thank you SO much Sophie and Ivor for being so amazing and having me photograph your wedding day.
Big big love!
5/6/2017 0 Comments
Charlotte and Richard booked me a long time ago and it was a long time before I met either of them, in fact I didn't meet Richard until he was stood waiting at the alter! Wedding's aren't Richard's cup of tea, in fact he was so relaxed about the whole thing that he was quoted as saying a few nights before that he was "vaguely looking forward to it", which Charlotte saw as pushing the boat out a bit. It really was a hilarious on-running joke throughout the day, and luckily for him he seemed to get away with it!
Charlotte's attempt to get Richard on board was to incorporate her husband-to-be's love of trains into the decorations, with a brilliant table plan of platform names and postcards of classic engines. This worked surprisingly well with the gorgeous vintage floral displays and rustic setting of The Mill at Madeley Court. The little church at Charlotte's childhood home of Ditton Priors oozed with chocolate box charm, and although the weather was a little showery it really was a gorgeous day with some lovely locations, and of course a beautiful bride and groom who, despite being a little anxious, looked superb in front of the camera.
Yes the groom may have been a little less than enthusiastic about the wedding day itself, but these two were clearly overjoyed to be marrying one-another, which in the end is the most important thing of all. I loved hearing their stories during the speeches about their adventures over the past eight years, and their sense of humour and sweet friendship was a lovely thing to witness. Every wedding I shoot is totally different, and no couple the same. You certainly don't have to be shouting from the rooftops to be head over heels in love!
Let's have a look at this gorgeous 'choo-choo' wedding.
Thank you so much Mr and Mrs Blackburn for having me be the one to photograph your special day!