JESSICA AND MARK. MARRIED AT WEST MIDLANDS SAFARI PARK.
Jessica and Mark’s Safari Venue Wedding. Spring Grove House is a 18th century manor house set within the grounds of West Midlands Safari Park. With its classic English style and African splendour - it’s very impressive.
I arrived at the venue nice and early together with my second shooter Sarah. The day started better than I’d hoped… I caught a glimpse of the Rhino’s in the park, they’re so cute! My starting point and something I always look forward to is capturing the brides accessories. The interior of the house with its leopard print carpet, animal print cushions and a fabulous fire place fired my creativity, I was in my element. All the flowers and the wedding cake had been created by mother of the groom. A wooden plaque welcoming guests to the wedding had also been handmade by the brides Grandad. While I was enjoying myself, my second shooter was with Jess, her bridesmaid Sophie and the other ladies in brides prep. They were all happy, relaxed and having fun with MUA Michelle G (who by the way is great) and the hairstylist.
Mark, and bestman Craig, arrived at the venue later that morning and were met by his brothers, Dad and future father-in-law. It’s the funniest and best groom arrival I’ve yet to capture. It’s clear to see that Mark isn’t shy in front of the camera! Although he’s confessed to me since, that he was actually very nervous. He fooled me!
The weather, the great British weather! Once again, as with most weddings it rained but the photo’s of bridesmaid Sophie braving the elements are some of my favourites. Together with the indoor group shot, the bride and groom walking La La Land Style in front of the house, the bride on that wonderful balcony and the images of their happy smiling family and friends. Also, within the Safari Park is a funfair. What a fabulous way to celebrate on your wedding day with a carousel ride and a prize from the fair! But, the photo’s that sum up their laughter and joy are the confetti shots! Mark’s reaction to confetti in his drink are…priceless!
I’d like to thank the brides sister Natalie for her help though-out the day, the staff at Spring Grove House - especially the toast master - every wedding photographer needs a man with a loud voice! Biggest thank you to Mr & Mrs Pearson for trusting me capture one of the most important days of your life. I hope these images make you smile for many, many years to come. It’s always a tough decision when choosing a selection of photo’s from such a special day but these are just ‘some’ of my favourites….enjoy!
TERI AND DANIEL. OLD VICARAGE HOTEL, WORFIELD.
Teri and Dan were married at the Old Vicarage Hotel, Worfield near Bridgnorth. The venue is a gabled Edwardian ex-parsonage, set in a quiet and peaceful area of Shropshire.
They had always planned to have a winter wedding, what they didn’t expect was glorious sunshine and record temperatures! That’s British weather for you but who’s complaining - they weren’t and neither was I.
I arrived at the venue nice and early. It was my first wedding of 2019 and I couldn’t wait to get started. The bride’s prep was held in The Coach House, which was a few steps away from the main house where the grooms prep was also taking place. I love it when I get the chance to record the groom’s prep. It’s such a rare opportunity and I was determined to make the most of it. During the morning very personalised gifts were exchanged between the bride and groom. Dan’s in particular - he received the most beautiful cufflinks created by Together Forever Jewellery from Teri and a photo lapel pin from his Mom. It contained the photo’s of loved one’s who’s ashes were also sealed within the cufflinks. He was naturally very touched, tearful and so was his Mom (me too!)
Teri and Dan have a beautiful little girl who had been so excited about the wedding. She posed happily all morning - she even had me playing hide n seek! All was well until she saw all the guests seated in the ceremony room and shyness took over, the only way she’d make the journey down the isle was in the arms of her Mommy.
The Bridesmaids were gorgeous in their vintage styled gowns with the little flower girls dresses mirroring that of the bride. Teri’s dress from Brides of Solihull, sparkled beautiful in the winter sun. Dan and his groomsmen all looked fabulous in their tweedy Marc Darcy Menswear suits. A really lovely touch to this close family wedding was that Dan had chosen four groomsmen. They were two close friends, his brother and his Granddad - how lovely is that! Their rings - I have to mention the rings - Teri’s white gold band had been her Nan’s while Dan’s had been crafted using his Nan’s melted down gold jewellery. The bride had made all the bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces for the wedding breakfast tables. I personally loved the jam doughnut cake! There was surprise singing waiters, a professional cartoonist and a vintage caravan photo booth.
It was a happy day. The most confetti I’ve ever seen. Lovely people. And a collection of photographs that I hope you’ll enjoy looking through.
I’d like to thank: Firstly, April - all the way from Australia, to be chief bridesmaid at her BF’s wedding. You performed your duties perfectly. To both sets of parents for making me so welcome. The lovely hair and MUA ladies - it was a pleasure to work alongside you both. The registrars, two of the nicest I’ve yet to meet. My chauffeur and second shooter for the day - my husband. Not a man used to being behind the camera, he’s usually in the frame. But when my usual shooter was taken poorly at the last minute he stepped into her shoes, helped with a few of the ceremony shots, carried my bag etc. etc. And last but never least, the ever so lovely, Mr & Mrs Eastwood. Thank you so much for trusting me capture the most important day of your life. I hope these images make you smile for many, many years to come.
JESSICA AND LAWRENCE. PATSHULL PARK HOTEL. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Jessica and Lawrence, teenage sweethearts who were married at Patshull Park Hotel and Country Club, Shropshire.
When I first met Jessica and Lawrence they were so excited about their wedding. They talked about how Patshull Park had this lovely lake and bridge which they hoped would be perfect for their wedding photo’s.
I arrived at Patshull Park early on the morning as Jessica and her bridesmaids were getting ready for the big day. Time for me, to have a some of my favourite faff about moments - with the brides’ shoes, her gorgeous Maggie Sottero wedding dress and her very pretty bouquet. I also loved the personlised coat hangers, which I later discovered were created by the grooms mother - how lovely is that! My valued second shooter even had chance to steal away with the grooms shoes and their wedding rings, which were being kept safe in sweet little wooden boxes. Jessica’s make-up was beautifully applied by professional make-up artist Allison Tye (who btw, is a lovely lady)
Both Mom’s were tearful on the day which is always one of the emotions I’m so keen to capture. When his future wife made her way down the isle, Lawrence managed to keep his feelings under control - but only just!
I know I’m forever going on about the weather at weddings but it makes such a difference to photo opportunities. The weeks leading up to their wedding had been scorching hot but on their wedding day the temperature’s dropped and the rain fell - heavily. Ironic, like the song! Rain on your wedding day. Typical. We dodged the spots for most of the day. When it started to rain heavily I was really concerned that we wouldn’t be able to walk down to the lake and bridge. However, it stopped, rainbows appeared and mother nature graced us with a hour of beautiful light. The trees sparkled with rain drops and sun shone.
Thanks to all the bridesmaids for being brave enough to go out in the rain - to Denise, Jayne and Lee for making me and my second shooter, so welcome.
Biggest thank you of all, goes to the newly weds for choosing me to capture your special day. You were both naturals in front of the camera, even if Jessica did steal the show - sorry Lawrence but you have a very photogenic wife!
My fave’s from this beautiful day…Enjoy. I certainly did!
JENNY AND JACK. Married at The Mount Hotel. Wedding Photography.
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. Berrow Court. Harborne. Wedding Photography..
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 for their wedding photography. 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 it 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.