11/30/2016 0 Comments
Dayle and Sophie must be one of the sweetest couple's I've ever met in my 5 years of photographing weddings. Loves young dream! I met them for the first time back in September 2015 when they had just moved into their first home together and I could tell straight away just how madly in love they were, it just made my heart melt! Sophie even looked like Disney Princess with her long golden locks, I couldn't wait to start snapping.
Sophie and her beautiful maids and parents got ready at her parents house just down the road from the church at Hanwood. I know the church well as it's where my husband grew up and we had to have our banns read there all those years ago. The whole morning as so relaxed, jolly and full of laughter. I was joined by Andy at Cam 3 on videography for the first time and we all really enjoyed being a part of that happy atmosphere. Sophie even found the time to go out and have a chat with her pet sheep (told you she was a Disney Princess!).
An archway of flowers greeted the guests to the ceremony, and it became very clear just how much love and support flowed for the couple from each and every person attending. Family is massively important to both Dayle and Sophie and it was so sweet to see all these excited happy faces!
As Dayle waited nervously at the alter, Sophie took a moments pause outside church with her father to pray which I found this incredibly touching.
I love a couple who aren't afraid to have a giggle, and the new Mr and Mrs Turner had giggles by the bucket load! Photographing them together was a total joy, and the overcast skky meant the lush greens of the Wroxeter's grounds sang out against the pinks and whites of Sophie's gorgeous bouquet.
I've shot a lot of weddings at the Wroxeter hotel over the years, and I can sincerely say I have never seen it decorated as beautifully as it was that day. The flower adorned candelabras were the ultimate finishing touch, it was truly stunning!
The evening brought a fantastic blackened sky that was unlike any I've ever seen. Perfect backdrop for some romantic portraits. Thankfully Sophie and Dayle were more than happy to cuddle, snuggle and smooch as much they could!
After an emotional first dance and a Daddy-Daughter sashay, there wasnt a dry eye in the house. There was such a feeling of two very happy families coming together as one for such a special pair, made even more prominent as the couple already knew they were expecting their first child. It really was a true celebration of love and the life the they would share together in the future.
Thank you so very much to Sophie, Dayle and your lovely families for having me be the one to photograph your very special day. I loved every single second! And I cannot wait to see some baby photos when the little guy gets here. Wishing you all the best for the future.
Florist: Julie Nicholas
MUA: Maz Lewis
Photobooth and Love Letters: Little Gem FX
Videography: Cam 3 Video
11/27/2016 0 Comments
I truly love every wedding I shoot, and I'm not just saying that. But some weddings really are something very unique and special, and they stick with you for a long time. Laura and Adam's wedding was definitely one of those days I shall never forget.
My journey with Laura and Adam started back in December 2015 when we met for the first time in Rugby train station. They come from Coventry and I just so happened to be passing through Rugby, so we were able to meet up to talk about their plans. We got on swimmingly, and were just about to wrap up the meeting when all of a sudden we were hurriedly evacuated out the building into the wind and rain because of what we think was a bomb scare! Thankfully our next meeting at Plaish Park Farm in the Summer was a much more relaxed time, strolling around this incredible venue and planning how the day would work and their ideas for photographs. I was blown away by the place and I could see exactly why they would bring all of their family and friends from Coventry to get married in beautiful Shropshire.
The farm itself is a complex of holiday cottages, along with plenty of gardens, incredible views, and grounds for a huge marquee or two. Both Laura and Adam got ready in neighboring cottages with their families and friends. Laura's impeccable organisation skills meant that everything went as smoothly as it possibly could, and everyone had the time to relax and just enjoy the whole day instead of being in any kind of a rush. She even had time to lounge around in her dressing gown with a glass of fizz!
Laura's dress was one of the most perfectly chosen I have ever seen, and almost everyone commented that it was exactly the kind of thing they would have picked out for her. Elegant, graceful and beautiful, just like the lady herself.
The vintage bus and wedding car took Laura and a select number of close friends and family just a short trip down the road to Wilderhope Manor, a National Trust owned youth hostel which is licensed for marriages. Apparently it was a choice between that or Telford Registry Office. I think they made the right choice! The intimate ceremony room, decorated with simple bunting and jugs of flowers, filled with the beautiful sounds of a harpist, felt much more like a special occasion than just the official legal part of the day.
The weather was a little, shall we say, in-decisive! Glorious burning sun one minute, torrential rain and thunder the next. But it didn't hinder proceedings at all, in fact it just seemed to add to it. The day had character and colour just like the wedding itself.
While we waited for the second lot of guests to arrive for the blessing back at the farm, we had some time to take a few pictures of just the two of them before things got too crazy and they had to do any mingling. There was even time for them to sit and have a cuppa before they made their grand entrance! Laura's Uncle conducted the unofficial ceremony, but it was what they considered their 'real' wedding. This was also where they exchanged rings and lit candles.
I found it absolutely adorable that they named their tables after Shropshire hills when they have no connection to Shropshire. The marquee looked truley stunning, and Adam had even gone to the trouble of organizing a surprise personalized drink from local Shropshire brewery, Woods, 'Laura's Pale Ale', to be served at the bar! Pretty cool! Everyone just had the most fantastic time, I didnt see a single frown the whole day and all the guests clearly loved Adam and Laura very deeply. It was such a lovely, genuine and happy thing to be a part of.
My favourite part of most weddings I shoot is the golden hour. That magical time of the evening when the light does all kinds of magical beautiful things that is just perfect for those romantic photographs. This day was no exception, and brought probably the most dramatic sky I've ever worked with with hues of purple and orange as the sun went down over the countryside. We ventured a little further afield in the farmers Land Rover to the private lake where swans and signets were nesting, and they even swam out for a photo much to my utter-disbelief! It was brilliant!
Enourmous thank you's to Adam and Laura for having me be the one to photograph such an amazing event! I'm so very happy that I was the lucky one to be your photographer. A very tough act to follow indeed.
11/26/2016 0 Comments
Liz and Rob heard about me and my work through a friend's wedding I shot back in 2014. I remember the day well, the couple were insanely good fun and the day was filled with laughter and a good dollop of silliness, so I expected nothing less from this pair....I wasn't wrong! It must be these rural Shropshire villages. Full of crazy people (only joking...sort of)! It was bound to be a belter of a wedding since the beginning.
The day began at the couples home in Burlton where both Liz and Rob were getting ready with their boys and girls in separate locations. The beers were already flowing between Rob and his chaps which might explain why it took them so long to put on their bow-ties, proudly made by Rob's mum. While over the road at Burlton Cottages, Liz and her favourite ladies were getting ready in a slightly more sensible manner, with Carly from The Secret Salon in charge of hair keeping them all in order.
The ceremony took place at Myddle church, and I was lucky with to be shown into the bell tower to get a birds-eye view while the couple said their vows. The smiles they gave when they first set eyes on each other was a wonderful thing and I'm so glad I caught it for them to keep forever. After the ceremony they were quickly whisked away back to Burlton to the tremendous decorated marquee for lashings of beer and prosecco, followed by afternoon tea and some absolutely fantastic speeches!
The day ended on a big high with spirits soaring (!!) and Liz and Rob were treated to a surprise song written all about them and completley taking the mickey, which was met with rapturous applause before they took to the dancefloor. Those guests did some of the craziest dancing I've ever witnessed!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much Mr and Mrs Benson for having me be a part of your incredible day, it was just too much fun!
Florist: Jasmine's Floral Fancies
Hair: Carly Bushill at The Secret Salon
Marquee and Bar: http://www.stormmachine.co.uk/
MUA: Jessica Jackson
Caterers: Jenny's Catering
Loos: Wrekin loos
Band: The Royale
Cheese cake: The Cheese Shed (decorated by Sally and Rob Dingle, family friends)
Dresses: Shropshire Country Brides
Suits: Slaters Birmingham
Bunting- Pat Whybrow (family friend)
Favours (jams and chutneys) and bow-ties- made by Rob's Mum Cathy Benson
11/26/2016 2 Comments
I say it all the time, but I do believe that the one thing that makes a really great wedding is when a couple do exactly what they want to do without being pressured into doing anything they don't really want in their heart of hearts. Harriet and Sam's day was exactly that. A girl after my own heart, the entire event took place in the village where she grew up, and was very much a village affair. Harriet and her maids got ready at her childhood home, starting with a leisurely breakfast and doing all of the hair and make-up themselves (very trusting! They did an amazing job), and walked down the lane to the pretty church together along with Harriet's father.
Sadly I wasn't allowed to photograph the ceremony, but the church looked absolutely stunning inside and out decorated with arrangements of wild country flowers , and all eyes were on the bride as she gracefully walked down the aisle in her elegant dress, smiling at her man waiting patiently for her at the alter.
After what must have been a hundred hugs and kisses outside church in the sunshine, the happy couple were showered in natural confetti although a fair amount ended up in Harriet's mouth! After a few family photographs the guests, lead by the new Mr and Mrs Ikin-Tomkinson, took a short stroll to the garden at Loppington Hall so I could hang out of the window for a photograph, before making their way to the drinks and canape reception at Loppington Village Hall next door. Not a wedding car in sight!
When I met Harriet and Sam earlier in the year in a cold February morning, we walked around the village together discussing ideas and finding locations for photographs of just the two of them, working out how the day would work. It became clear to me that neither of them were particularly keen to be in front of the camera and eager to get back to the party, so we kept everything very relaxed and swift, making use of Loppington Halls grounds and the sunshine. Despite their initial shyness they looked superb and so happy together and I think we got some lovely shots for them to treasure.
The chilled out reception worked exactly as the couple planned, with everyone moving around and mingling, nibbling and sipping for the whole evening and loving the weather. Harriet's bridesmaids, her childhood best friends, even felt brave enough to make use of the playground at the village hall (which by the way I strongly dis-couraged!!) but they all made it down the climbing frame in one piece!
After lots of tears, laughter, and a pantomime horse during the speeches (don't ask) the couple had a sweet little first dance to a brilliant live band. As the sun went down over Loppington village I stole a few more pictures of this brilliant pair to end the day in that golden light.