Unless you’ve been living under a rock in 2018 you’ll probably know that today is the big day that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in what will probably be a pretty lavish wedding. But they’re not the only ones! And I have to say, I am way more excited about these two getting hitched. Alex and Adam are saying ‘I do’ today and it’s set to be a beautiful one. They’re way more fun than the Royal family and I’m expecting great things on the dance floor. Here’s a little look back at their engagement shoot back in March.
We all know that weddings can be stressful, but they don’t need to be! Hopefully you’re staying chilled out and calm, but having now been to so many weddings I’ve lost count, I thought I would share a few top tips to help things run smoothly on the day. All the planning before the big day will be totally worth it, but I often see little things have a big impact because nobody saw them coming. That’s where my top wedding day survival tips come in…
You’ve probably thought of the obvious things like having brollies and tissues, but here are 10 things you might not think of – and hopefully you won’t need! – but planning them in advance might be the difference between wedding day stress and total zen mastery. You’ll find most of these items in my camera bag at all times – most of them are just as useful when working at a wedding as they are if it’s your day!
It’s a fact of life that the British weather doesn’t always want to play ball isn’t it? This year’s bonkers seasons so far are a shining example of that! So what do you do when you’ve scheduled your engagement shoot and it decides to chuck it down when it’s meant to be lovely springtime? Well, if you’re dog loving, chilled, outdoorsy people you have yourselves a rainy engagement shoot and enjoy it anyway. Abigail and Greg wanted to have their pre wedding shoot at their wedding venue, The Kedleston.
We’d initially wanted to go for a golden hour shoot so we arranged to meet for a drink and a catch up before walking their gorgeous spaniel Angus around the gardens and the surrounding lanes. The weather had other ideas unfortunately and golden hour was very much cancelled! What I love about these two is that instead of worrying about it, they perfectly coordinated some warm outfits, smiled through it and enjoyed the shoot anyway.
When Katie and Chris approached me about shooting their wedding, I knew straight away we were going to get along. They found me via my bucket list blog post so it was really great to hear they are getting married at the absolutely amazing Avoncroft Living Museum. As I hadn’t visited before, and because they love the place so much, they decided to have their engagement shoot at Avoncroft as well. It was so much fun! Katie and Chris told me that they want their wedding, and their photos, to be joyful and colourful and relaxed. So I loved that they turned up looking exactly those things! Katie was dressed in an awesome orange and purple outfit – one thing I love about shoots where the weather is a bit unpredictable (which is most shoots in the UK to be fair), is that it gives couples some variety as they can layer their outfits.
A few weeks ago I was back at one of my favourite venues for Claire and Rich’s intimate family wedding at The Kedleston Country House. When the couple initially approached me, I knew it would be a good fit when they informed me that they were going to do away with a few traditions, and do things their own way. Definitely my kind of people! Claire and Rich have been together for over 20 years, and engaged for 13, so this wedding was a long time in the making. Because of this, they had decided to do everything just how they wanted and keep things simple – family and friends together, good food, a beautiful venue and most importantly, their gorgeous Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Belle. They got ready together in the morning, and cheerfully informed me that they had gin for breakfast which I 100% support.
It’s a bit cold isn’t it? I’ve got my second wedding of the year next week and it’s currently hard to believe that it’s March, as we’ve had about a foot of snow around Harborne this weekend. I’m currently hibernating inside so I thought I would share a few sneak peeks of this beautiful winter wedding at Pendrell Hall, a stunning country house venue tucked away just outside Wolverhampton.
Cliche as it sounds, it feels like only yesterday I was looking back at 2016 and reflecting on my year and my wedding photography work. And so it comes time to do it again, as we move into 2018 – I’m a little belated in posting this, but only for good reasons which is nice. I allowed myself a proper break over Christmas and am now hitting January feeling refreshed and motivated – I’m even attempting daily yoga, let’s see how long that lasts! One of the great things about being self employed doing what you love is that coming back to the office doesn’t require too much kicking and screaming, and you can keep eating the leftover Christmas cheese supply without anyone judging you.
2017 was another good year for me, and brought with it some more firsts. My other half Mark and I purchased our first home here in Harborne in December 2016 so last year was primarily about nesting (and updating the most 80s bathroom that has ever existed). We and the cat have been settling in nicely, and the house felt like home very quickly. We’ve adorned the walls with photos and mementos from all our travels, I’ve now got a proper office, and we’ve had lots of evenings with friends and family in our new space. My hair is now a bit pinker, the cat is now in her terrible twos, and my passport has had another couple of outings this year.
Another first this year was the opportunity to shoot a destination wedding in Mayrhofen, Austria. Those who know me will know I’m not usually one to voluntarily go somewhere cold (I’m all about the sun despite being the palest person ever), but even I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shoot in such a perfect location. I was working with my best photography pal Dani Salmon and we had an absolute blast. Shooting destination weddings is definitely something that appeals to me for a couple of bookings a year, as I’m so at home when jumping on a plane and disappearing somewhere interesting for a few days. There are so many advantages to the couple too – you’ll know your photographer speaks your language, you can plan everything and meet me in advance, and you’ll keep clear lines of communication open before and after the wedding. Give me a shout if you’re considering a destination wedding and would like to explore taking a photographer with you.
Closer to home, I have been lucky enough to have another year of awesome clients who have had some kick-ass weddings. I love the diversity I see in my clients – I see all kinds of venues and styles and themes, but the thing they all have in common is nice people having fun. I’ve got plenty more to look forward to this year and I can’t wait. I’ll be seeing more new venues, travelling all over the UK, ticking things off my bucket list, continuing with my goal to see as many dogs at weddings as possible, and most importantly of all trying to give every single client the best memories of their day that I can. I’ve been featured on Love My Dress, Rock n Roll Bride, Save the Date and am now part of the absolutely fantastic Un-Wedding.
I’ve also been working for my photography family, The Finishing Touch, as a freelancer. I love being part of the FT gang – we work crazy hours, at a mix of English and Asian weddings, and we have a ton of fun doing it. Working for yourself can occasionally be a lonely job, so it’s really nice to be part of a team as well.
Helping capture memories and fleeting important moments through wedding photography is the best job in the world. I’ve collated a few of my favourites from the year – a mixture of the little moments that are otherwise missed, trends and themes I enjoyed, couples in love, hilarious guests, beautiful venues, cute families, and whatever else made me smile when I looked back. I’ve seen cheese towers, wedding pork pies (always a winner with me), ska bands, fez hats, croquembouches, bridesmen, best women, mismatched outfits, couples walking into the wedding together, ring bearing dogs, inflatables, festival flags, barefoot brides, spontaneous singalongs, handfasting, and so much more. I am so excited to see what this year brings.
So that was the year that was. Looking forward, I try and make sure I’m developing (pun a little bit intended) year on year. I try and learn as much as I can, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings me in terms of opportunities and knowledge. I don’t do New Years Resolutions but my goals for the year are to get better, stay creative, tell stories, and give my clients the best experience I can give them to continue to love my job. I also hereby pledge to keep jumping in bushes to get the perfect shot, come up with more corny jokes to make my couples laugh for the camera, fall over amusingly at a minimum of one wedding per season, have only minimal wardrobe malfunctions, bring only sensible healthy snacks to weddings (yeah right), eat less cheese (even less likely), and without fail pull a stupid face if I see a camera pointed at me (thank you Dani for always managing to capture ridiculous photos of me at weddings).
If you’d like to have your memories captured and have fun doing it, get in touch and let me know. Come on 2018, let’s have you…
It’s been a little while again since I’ve blogged hasn’t it! Another awesome and busy wedding season is drawing to a close, so I can finally share some of the fab stuff I’ve been working on. Kicking off then, is Lauren and Ashley’s pre-wedding shoot at their venue, Pendrell Hall. We were actually really lucky to be able to go and do their pre shoot there as this venue is so popular that it’s pretty difficult to get in! Thankfully, we were able to pop along to an open day to get a few snaps and have a wander. It was particularly nice to be able to shoot in autumn as Lauren and Ashley have opted for a gorgeous winter wedding in Feb so it’ll all look quite different on the day!
Couple Portraits: The Highlights
I loved shooting these guys – they’re so relaxed and fun, and Ashley only has to look at Lauren to totally crack her up, they are clearly made for each other. I know their wedding is going to rock, I’m looking forward to it! In the meantime, here are a few of my faves from their shoot. If this looks like the kind of vibe you’re after from your wedding photographer, let’s talk!
Where do I even start with this one???? I am just putting the finishing touches to Laura and Marc’s stunning wedding day but in the meantime I wanted to share a little sneaky peek of their big day to inspire anyone thinking about a festival wedding. If you are, look for ideas no more – this one wins them all and is going to make you want your own! these guys are big fans of music, festivals, the outdoors and beautiful handmade details so it made sense that they’d work all of this into their wedding. I can’t even begin to explain how much effort went into this wedding, and it all paid off. It was gorgeous! I’ll be blogging this in full sometime very soon but to whet your appetite, have a watch of the slideshow below. There was a beautiful handfasting ceremony, wonderful vegetarian indian food, dream catchers, hundreds of handmade paper flowers, a custom made dress, tattoos, and of course since Marc is a DJ there was absolutely cracking music both live and from the decks. Best Man Andy delivered one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard (I almost couldn’t take any photos because I was laughing so much!) and to top it all off the weather held out and gave us beautiful sunshine followed by a stunning sunset. It’s official, having a festival wedding is awesome. Can we do it all again please?
If you fancy having me capture all the smiles and fun at your own wedding, get in touch!
So it’s about time I posted something again isn’t it! I have been so very busy with wedding season that I must confess blogging has been a bit tricky but that’s because I’m busy working on some absolutely STUNNING weddings. First up on my list to share is Rachael and Sam’s wedding at Eastington Park in Gloucestershire. I absolutely cannot wait to share this wedding in full soon, but for now here’s a little sneak peek of what we got up to. These two are downright adorable and such a lot of fun, and it was lovely to finally be back at their venue shooting their wedding (we shot their pre wedding photos there too). I’ll save all the juicy details for the full blog but let’s just say that any wedding which includes vast amounts of cheese, a rope swing, gurning, dad jokes and Bruce Springsteen is going to be right up my alley. And did I mention that literally everyone at this wedding looked like a model?? If you’re looking for inspiration for an absolutely gorgeous wedding then turn up the volume, grab a cuppa and press play.
If you’re interested in having me come and capture your own awesome wedding, get in touch and let’s talk!