Adele and Paul are regulars at Glastonbury and knew exactly what they wanted from their day. Their hearts were set on a tipi festival wedding and what they pulled together was exactly that! After getting engaged in Sydney back in 2017 they started planning every little detail (with the help of their family) and ended up with the sort of wedding I completely love to shoot. KellyFest was an absolute blast.
When I arrived, there were about twenty people in one hotel room and I knew from the off that this day was going to be non stop high energy and I wasn’t wrong. I wasn’t even surprised to learn that Paul had bought flares instead of smoke bombs for their groups photos, in the end it suited them perfectly!
Here’s a little about what the couple had to say about the day…
“After a few days on google searching for Tipi companies, ‘Country Tipis‘ had some great reviews. We were actually living in Australia at the time of booking, so we never got to see the venue. My family went to see it on our behalf and said it was perfect – thankfully they were right and we loved it, Vanstone Garden Centre was the perfect setting.
The hardest thing was agreeing to the New York Brass Band, haha! It was the only request Paul made during the whole planning process and desperately wanted them to play as we see them every time we go to Glasto and knew they would be a great addition to the wedding.”
It’s always amazing to know that a couple who put so much of themselves in to the day got so much out of it and that they wouldn’t change a thing. This was one of my favourite weddings from 2018, I’m only sad I missed the very end!
“We just love how relaxed the whole day was ….and of course surprising everyone with the ‘New York Brass Band’. No one knew they were booked and some people actually thought they turned up to the wrong wedding reception as we already had our Irish band ‘Contrabad’ playing. They walked into the venue from the carpark playing “Sweet dream are made of this” by the Eurythmics and brought the party outside.We had an arrangement with the two bands that they would play opposite each other once the NYBB played their opening set but our highlight was when the two bands then collaborated at the end of the night to do an Oasis number, I still get goosebumps watching it back now.”
They had a little something to say about working with me too!
“Lizzie was amazing!! From the moment we first spoke, right until the last picture was taken! She was professional, knew how to work the camera and how to capture the most beautiful shots. We had a lot of guests so it was great that Lizzie was firm and to the point, making sure people listened to her but also her bubbly personality added to our day to make it even more special. It was perfect – thank you xx”
Venue – Country Tipi’s (www.countrytipis.co.uk)
Bespoke Veil – Blossom and Bluebird https://blossomandbluebird.co.uk
Shoes – Stuart Weitzman https://eu.stuartweitzman.com/en/home
Bridemaid dresses – TFNC from Asos www.asos.com
Groom & Groomsmen suits – Moss Bros https://www.moss.co.uk/
Bridal flowers – Foxgloves and Alice Artisan wedding florist https://www.foxglovesandalice.com
Church and Venue flowers – sourced from New Covent Garden Market https://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com the couple ended up decorating the venue and church themselves
Cake maker – Sammy Greene (Instagram account @oh_for_heavens_cake)
Caterer – Hungry Hog BBQ https://www.hungryhogbbq.co.uk/
Wedding planner – Sian Belton https://www.busybrides.co.uk
We had no wedding planner until about 2 weeks before the wedding. Sian was without doubt our saving grace! She pulled all of the loose ends together and made the day run as smoothly as possible (Even after we were running late due to our campervan getting lost from the church to the venue). She was truly amazing and fully deserves her title as ‘Multi award winning wedding planner’
Stationary – Festival themed wedding invites and personalised wristbands from WedFest https://www.wedfest.co
Bridal car – 1964 VW campervan from ‘Bluewell Weddings’ www.bluebellweddings.co.uk
Vintage red London routemaster – www.thisbus.com
Videographer – DGTL Concepts https://www.dgtlconcepts.co.uk
BUUUUSH! Was the word I shouted the most times today to make people laugh and it worked…a lot. The less said about that the better really! Charlotte and Joe got married today at their William Cecil Stamford Wedding and I can honestly say that they are two of the most delightful people I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. Joe hated the camera, so I basically lied to him about everything I wanted them to do and as a result we got some awesome photos. If I could take photos of this pair every weekend I would, but Joe would hate it so maybe I’ll wait a month before I turn up at their door….
This pair really were so loverly, and having been together since college, I feel pretty darn lucky to be around while they say their vows and make things full time. I photograph a lot of couples who met at school and it makes me happy to the very core of me to know that this still happens. Big love to them both. xx
On Friday I got to draw a big red line through one of the items on my photography bucket list and can happily say that ‘photo shoot in an empty swimming pool’ has been well and truly done thanks to general maintenance at Catmose Sports Centre. When they called to tell me that my daughters swimming lesson would be cancelled this weekend because they had to drain the pool, I said “Great! Any chance I can take photos in it?!”
And I wasn’t the only one who was excited either, Jody from ‘Don’t Settle Petal‘ jumped at the chance to be a part of it. Not only is she a very talented florist, she’s also an awesome model and aced every part of it. I’m particularly loving her decision to add pink to her hair this week because it stood out perfectly from the blue of the pool!
Dresses came from the love that is Katie Dell Designs and even though we got them a little bit wet, no dresses were harmed during the duration of the shoot! You should totally check out her new collection as there are some beautiful pieces in there and her separates are stunning.
Here is how my shoot in an empty swimming pool turned out…
Thanks to all those involved in bringing this to life and big thanks to Tim Dunk Photography too who is a wonder to bounce ideas off and a very charming light stand. Couldn’t have done it without him. xx
The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall is one of my favourite alternative venues in this area because for starters is has a blummin’ tree house as the honeymoon suite. And who doesn’t love a blummin’ tree house! Secondly, you can get married outside in a pretty little location amongst the trees and thirdly, the food is friggin epic. All the elements needed for a dream autumnal wedding at The Woodlands.
Rachel & Joe were married here in October and simply loved the laid back woodland feel and the chance to be married outside. Luckily for them the weather was on it’s best behaviour and they had the perfect autumn day for it.
Joe proposed the day they moved into their new house. The removal men had just left and he took Rachel to the bottom of the garden in the dark, with a head torch (my personal favourite touch). Rachel remembers it romantically as there’s a river that runs at the bottom of their garden and he had tied champagne to a string that was floating there.
When I asked them if they would change anything about their day they said “not one thing!” and that speaks volumes about planning a wedding that includes everything and everyone they love. Their favourite bit? “Marrying each other in front of people we love and our two amazing children!”
My favourite bit? THAT DRESS!! Look at it!
Please get in touch if you’re planning your own autumnal wedding at The Woodlands, it’s an awesome place and I’d love to be back there again soon.
Just in case you need a little convincing, then here is what Rachel and Joe had to say about working with me… “It was bloody awesome!!! You added more fun to our day.”
Job done I reckon!
Dress: Courtyard Bridal Boutique (who just won a big fancy award making them the best in the country!)
Venue: The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall
Flowers: Lizzie Holland
Band: The Atlantics
Every so often I take my Olympus camera along to weddings with me and snap a few extras so that couples can also have some wedding photos on film. Waiting for scans to come back from development is a little like waiting for Christmas and it’s always awesome to see the results. No matter what happens I always end up saying “Oh I wish I’d just….” but that’s half the fun, you don’t get to take them again!
I did A-Level photography so learnt the basics on film and it’s something I’ll always continue. There is nothing quite like the quality or feel of a photograph that has been shot on 35mm film.
All of these were taken on my Olympus OM1n…I think. They span a summer of weddings so I can’t really remember!
Nb. Shots on location were at The Barbican Centre in London.
Aside from the regular digital camera I took to Florida with me this January, I also took a film camera and I’m in love with the results. I used two different films, Agfa and Revlog on my Olympus OM1n which I adore…as well as Elsie’s face and the colours that came out of our trip. I know I’ll never forget this holiday, it’s the first that we took together as a duo and with my mom in tow too…in all honesty I’m not sure I could have done it without her.
Now I have all the images back I’m looking forward to making a book for the little lady so that she will have memories of our time together forever too.
The theme park without another single attendee will be etched in my memories for the rest of time.
I didn’t blog about it at the time but having just read all the feedback that my awesome couples submitted to show their support of my entry I thought now would be a good time to shout “I AM A WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARD REGIONAL FINALIST FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING!”
The Wedding Industry Awards recognise talented people throughout the industry and give them epic little trophies to take home when they do good. It’s a lovely pat on the back and one day I might win one!
Till then, it’s nice to be recognised as a finalist in a super competitive business and know that all of my couples were happy with what I dished up for their weddings.
The feedback you receive is pretty darn special but also serves as a means for improvement, except, ahem, none of my couples gave me anything to improve on so…I’ll just make myself a cuppa shall I?!
Seriously though, it’s very humbling and last year was especially tough. I have a lot I want to work on personally and I will continue to try and improve year on year, upping my game, delivering more and hopefully witnessing a shitload more smiles. This time my own. Here are a few of my favourite snippets of the lovely stuff people said…you read while I hide and be a bit shy.
“We absolutely love Lizzie’s style and creativity and she is one of the hardest working photographers I have met.’
“We were debating a videographer but couldn’t afford it with all of the other expenses of the wedding but her photos tell the story of our day completely and she captured every last little moment so she was all we needed!”
“Lizzie was an absolute dream. She was so friendly and immediately made everyone she met feel comfortable and valued.”
“We have had so many great comments regarding our photos, we had a first preview within 24 hours; what fantastic customer service.”
“10/10 for everything . Absolutely fantastic service, really professional and just a lovely lady in general ! She couldn’t do enough for us , and had great imagination when suggesting different ideas about where and how to do the photos.”
“We also loved having Lizzie there on our big day, it was awesome to have her around and she went above and beyond all day long for us. She’s worth every penny… in fact, she’s worth many many more!”
It goes on, and you can bet it made me cry. I’m so bloody lucky to be in a job I love and to work with people as ace as you. Thank you. xx
Lucy and Richard got married back in June in their home town (and mine!) of Uppingham. The ceremony was in the church and the party was in their back garden which they completely transformed! As well as photos, these two had a Rutland wedding highlights video as an extension of their pictures and together they serve up a pretty emotive collection of imagery in order to remember their big day.
Lucy had this to say about it all;
“I think the universe works in crazy ways Lizzie and to receive these right now is just perfect timing! Thank you so much!
You literally have captured every guest at their best, our day just perfectly and you can see the love joy and happiness I felt!
Seriously my lovely, I just can’t find the words to do this justice… thank you just doesn’t emote what I am feeling!!
The day was always going to be full of emotion, I think my mum was with us, as she was on 29/6/1974 when she married my dad and on 29/6/1952 when she entered the world!
I am eternally grateful for your hard work but mostly I am proud to have had you there! You made the photos easy, you made me feel safe, beautiful and I loved every single second!! 💜”
January is the month for me to slack off a bit and take in some winter sunshine. It was also the perfect opportunity to take Elsie across the Atlantic for her first trip to America and a state that holds many happy memories for me as a kid.
If you’ve explored my website you’ll know that my Mom is American and when we were growing up, my grandparents “wintered in Florida” the way a lot of American’s do. It’s a bit over populated now and mass construction is breaking down a lot of it’s natural beauty but I was still able to introduce Elsie to a lot of things I hope stick with her the way that playing shuffle board with my cousins, fishing off the dock, tearing round park streets on my gran’s old three wheeler and cracking open my first lobster with reckless abandon have done with me. Elsie was less impressed by the lobster though (apart from the inflatable one) and I had to bribe her to try it but she still has an impressive list of Floridian fun to look back on including;
White sands and warm seas
Unlimited pool time
Sugared cereal that quite literally changes the colour of your poop
Overtly friendly waiters and waitresses
Discovering the power of her accent
Neon coloured candy
Painting studios “totally in the garage”
Iguanas bigger than her cats
Food on a stick
Pancakes, always pancakes
Willing conversations with strangers
I kept my cameras small and discreet this trip and actually took most photos on my phone…it also meant Elsie could take some and I’ve included a lovely one of me here for your viewing pleasure. I’m off out now to post off my films because I can’t wait any longer in order to see the results.
Till next time Florida x
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Did you get engaged over Christmas?! If you did then I have some lovely news for you. I’m giving away prizes to all couples who book their weddings with me in January. ALL OF THEM!
Who doesn’t love prizes in January? I know I do!
1ST PRIZE – An engagement shoot
2ND PRIZE – £150 off your wedding
3RD PRIZE – £75 off your wedding
And all other couples who book will get a £25 print voucher applied to their final gallery.
Everyone’s a winner baby that’s no lie! And you can bet your life I sang that out loud as I typed it.
Nb. If three couples book then the top three prizes will be drawn between them. However, if it’s only two couples I will be getting rid of first prize and drawing second and third and if only one couple sign on the dotted line they will automatically be awarded third prize. SO! It pays to tell your mates all about this because the more people in it means the better the prizes.
And Elsie will be doing the draw live on Instagram at the beginning of Feb. That’s incentive enough right?!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!