Jenny and Jack were married at The Mount Hotel, Tettenhall. A grade II Victorian manor house providing elegant surroundings for their traditional wedding.
I had a very personal connection to this wedding as the bride is my god-daughter. Jenny and Jack were adamant that everyone should have a good time on their big day. My job as a wedding photographer is to record a story - being both guest and photographer was always going to be a challenge because as a guest you view the day from a completely different perspective.
A string quartet played softly in the background as the beautiful bride made her entrance into the grand hall on the arm of her proud father. She was attended by her excited younger sister and best friend, although there was a moment during the course of the day where I believe her brother Jack fancied himself as a bridesmaid too. Jenny looked every inch a bride, she carried a dramatic floral arrangement to compliment the orange theme of the wedding and shed a few emotional tears during her vows.
What I didn't plan for on the day was the tail end of storm Brian gatecrashing the day. He greeted us with that horrid fine mist of rain and bone-chilling gusts of wind that whipped the bride's veil, up, round and sideways. Working with the great British weather the main bridal party and I braved the elements. Luckily there is a gazebo in the grounds used for outdoor ceremonies and this provided us with some shelter from the rain. When the wind blew Jenny's veil across her face I secretly thanked Brian for his presence, it was an unplanned beautiful moment. The weather never diminished their smiles, their love for each other shone through and I'm delighted with the results.
I'd like to add a special little thank you to my hubby for stepping in as my valued assistant, for carrying my bag, my heels (red high stilettos) and for making sure I had time to fix my hair before rejoining the other guests at the wedding breakfast.
A happy day...it gives me so much pleasure to capture moments of happiness and love which will evoke memories for years to come.
Kacie and Chris
Kacie and Chris had a civil ceremony in a unique location. The Library of Birmingham has a very grand and intimate Shakespeare Memorial Room, which is where this lovely couple chose to take their vows. My second shooter Sarah met Chris, his best man and his parents in the foyer whilst I spent the morning with Kacie and her attendants preparing for the big day. Also present at Kacie's home was a lovely cameraman by the name of Jonathon who was from the TV programme 'Say Yes to the Dress'. Kacie is to appear on the UK version of the series where she gets to choose her dream dress with the help of none other than Royal Dress Designer David Emanuel.
The library's rooftop garden provided us with a lovely backdrop. The area in front of the library was unfortunately under re-construction but the wording on the hoarding was a quirky photo opportunity not to be missed, I felt it was right for a couple just starting married life. A pair of stylish red chairs in the libraries reception area also proved to be a source of fun, leading to some of my all-time favourite captures.
Their wedding reception was held locally at Berrow Court, Harborne. The weather was mixed but it never put a stop to all the photo opportunities - planned or unplanned. When the flower girls and pageboys asked if they could have some cheeky photos - I was delighted - they played right into my hands. I knew this bride and groom would love something a little different, which is something I always aim to achieve at every wedding.
The main theme of their wedding was Scrabble a game close to their hearts. They have known each other since they were 14 but became a couple three years ago playing - you guessed it - Scrabble. Kacie's flowers were created by Bloom Collective of Birmingham who did a stunning job theming her flowers with the men’s striking tie's, the Converse and Tutu's worn by the young attendants and the modern dresses worn by the bridesmaids. I must admit to having a little obsession with the flowers!
It was a lovely wedding filled with love and laughter and I'm so happy with the results. I'd like to thank this bride and groom for choosing me to capture their wedding and for allowing me to let my creativity run a little wild.
Katy and Mel
Katy and Mel were married at St Kenelm's Church, nestled within the Clent Hills. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Deer Park Hall a Cotswold country house on the Worcestershire Gloucestershire border.
The wedding celebrations commenced the night before in a local pub where all the wedding party, including close friends and a few relatives were meeting to wish this lovely and relaxed couple well. It was such a nice surprise when Katy and Mel invited myself and my second shooter, Sarah to join them. Everyone was welcoming and it helped us to put names to faces.
It's been difficult for me to choose my absolute favourites from this wedding shoot. From the moment I arrived at Katy's parents, the day just flowed with an organised calmness complete with a radiant bride and fun bridesmaids. Sarah in the meantime met Mel and his groomsmen at the tiny 12th-century church, which was full to the rafters with family and loads of friends. One of the highlights for me was travelling to the church in a vintage camper van with the bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride. What a boneshaker of a journey, with virtually no suspension my camera was jiggling about all over the place but its was loads of fun and it resulted in one of my favourite captures of the day.
My job as a wedding photographer is to tell the story of the day. Record what I see without intruding but also giving some gentle guidance to help my couples relax. Katy and Mel were naturals in front of the camera and I feel that the images have captured the love and friendship these lovely newly weds share, which spread amongst their family and friends.
The rolling Cotswold fields that surrounded the venue produced some of my all time favourite images shot at a wedding. Who says romance is dead when your first dance is just the two of you in a field? Sarah and I swooned as we captured that moment and I must admit to shedding a little tear during the edit too...perk of the job!
I'd like to thank Katy and Mel for being you, your parents for making us so welcome, bridesmaids and groomsmen for going with the flow but most of all for the pleasure of capturing your amazing wedding.
Hannah and Daniel
Hannah and Daniel were married at the very stylish Hogarth’s Hotel, Solihull. These are a few of my favourite photographs from their beautiful wedding.
Their outdoor civil ceremony was conducted in the summerhouse within the grounds of the hotel. It was my first experience of shooting an outdoor ceremony and I loved it. It opened up my creativity, which allowed me to capture the very personal moments during the ceremony from a different angle. The images remain some of my favourites they even brought a little tear to my eye on the day.
Whilst Hannah and the bridal party prepared for the day in the bridal suite, Daniel and his groomsmen were also preparing for the big day at the wedding venue. It was so nice to have this extra and rare opportunity to capture Daniel with his family and groomsmen too.
Daniel had mentioned before the wedding that he disliked having his photo taken but on the day he was a complete natural.
Just like his Daddy, their ring bearer was the couple's young son who was also a natural and carried out his duties perfectly. With beautiful bridesmaids, happy guests and a delightful setting their wedding was a joy to capture
Beth and Rob
The day started at the home of Beth's parents. Beth and Rob's adorable daughter had me running around the family garden with her, she also helped Mommy with her make-up and also gave Grandad John a quick makeover. This wedding had a real close family touch.
The wedding flowers were absolutely stunning. When I was presented with a box containing purple wedding shoes I actually gave a little scream of delight because I like working with things that are a little different. With a beautiful garden, stunning flowers and quirky wedding shoes I was in my element. I also had the opportunity to capture their young attendants within the seclusion of the garden. Sarah, who was every inch 'Mother of the Bride' was crying tears of joy (which I love) and sister Georgia was beautiful and elegant. Another privilege for me, is seeing a woman become a bride, that special moment as they step into their wedding dress. Mother and photographer both shed a tear.
My second shooter for the day was the lovely talented Sarah, who met Rob and his best man Sam at the Lyttleton Arms. The sun shone, the bells rang and in the distance the mellow sound of village cricket was in the air. It was the perfect setting for a country wedding.
One thing that became apparent to me during the day was the fun and love shared between bride and groom and this presented me with some lovely photo opportunities. I love adding a fun element to a wedding.
One thing we didn't plan on the day was a downpour of rain, typical British summertime and you would think that rain on a wedding day would spoil the event. Think again. As photographers, we have learnt to work with the weather which gave us a beautiful moment.
Rachel and Paul
Rachel and Paul’s wedding took place at Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire.
Nunsmere Hall is the perfect place for a romantic sophisticated wedding which suited this lovely couple perfectly. In fact, it's the most relaxed wedding I've ever had the pleasure of capturing.
Rachel and her bridesmaids were so easy going and organised that it gave me the ideal opportunity to explore the venue, allowing me to be creative with the bride's shoes and flowers. Happy days.
Paul arrived with his family including his twin brother, who was also best man, all equally relaxed.
Rachel had chosen bright pink Hunter wellies for their woodland walk which lead towards the lakeside for some lovely relaxed photographs.
These are a few of my favourite images from this gorgeous wedding.
Charlotte and Gary
The Wedding of Charlotte and Gary took place at Haden Hill House in the grounds of Haden Hill Park near Halesowen.
Their lovely pageboy and bridesmaid were a delight to capture. Charlotte arrived at the wedding venue in a pink Limo, whilst Gary, driven by his best man arrived by an original black cab. Green brides shoes and a surprise chimney sweep made for some lovely images.
The bride and groom having chosen a vintage style for their wedding requested some Victorian-style photography. The house being a museum and former Victorian gentleman's residence provided the perfect setting. Charlotte and Gary posed formally and played their part very well. Even Queen Victoria may have been amused.
This small quirky wedding with its vintage touch was a pleasure to capture.
Becky and Taz
When this lovely couple Becky and Taz invited me (and Sarah my back-up photographer and friend) - to shoot their wedding I knew it was going to be a very special day.
The Wedding took place at Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove where they had a civil ceremony and a blessing.
A week before the wedding Sarah and I met Becky and her Mom at Grafton Manor. The Manor House and its grounds was a photographer’s paradise so the two of us were like two kids on Christmas morning.
On the day itself we were greeted with fine weather. Even a well kept secret went to plan (I love keeping secrets) which was a horse drawn carriage for the bride arranged by her parents. This produced some beautiful in - the - moment images. I believe wedding photography is a record of the whole day, capturing the laughter - the tears (happy and scary one’s...its daunting being a bridesmaid when you’re only two) and all those little details that have taken months to prepare.
It was a beautiful wedding and everything went to plan. Us photographers can't do it all so special mentions to the brilliant groomsmen for their help.
Thanks to Becky and Taz for putting your trust and faith in us. It was a beautiful wedding and such a pleasure for us to share the day with you. These are some of my favourites from the day.
Charlotte and Joe
The Wedding of Charlotte and Joe at Blythfield Lakeside Barns.
Charlotte and Joe were married at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield followed by a reception at Blythfield Lakeside Barns.
Charlotte not only designed her own wedding dress and all the wedding stationary but created a beautifully decorated marquee, complete with bales of hay, vintage china and a hundred metres of bunting handmade by her Dad. It's the sort of venue a wedding photographer dreams about. I had everything at this wedding to keep me happy for hours. Jimmy Choo bridal shoes, quirky socks and china teacups. Here are a few of my favourite images from a delightful wedding. My friend Sarah and co-photographer were made to feel very welcome by their family and friends, it was hard to drag ourselves away.