Zoe is the sister of my husband’s best man’s wife. Which makes us practically related right?! Well OK, not really, but we’ve met a couple of times which made it lovely to be asked to be their wedding photographer because they’d actually met me and still wanted me to do it! They had (what didn’t look for one iota of a second) a very handmade Bassmead Manor Barns wedding that had me excited from the off. I say that it didn’t look handmade because these two are so freaking skilled at fabric and wood and decor and stuff that quite honestly, it looked to me to be a professional and expensive job. I was mightily impressed. I was also mightily impressed with how bloody lovely they were and how amazing their day was. Here it is in brief…
When I suggested to these two outdoor, bike enthusiasts that we hire a tandem and head to the water they didn’t argue one little bit! As it’s on my door step, Rutland Water Engagement photos are something of a speciality of mine so it was great to add a little bit extra to this one.
Laura & Adam are getting married on New Years Eve at Oakham Castle with their reception at The Falcon Hotel in Uppingham so pulling in another Rutland Landmark seemed only right for their warm up shoot.
I had so much fun with these two and I’m already looking forward to partying with them at the close of the year!
When I suggested a tandem ride to Laura & Adam for their wedding warm up session there was no argument, we were good to go!
This little lot mean the world to me and so I jumped at the chance to photograph them. When I left their house after shooting I got a message, worried that it had been total and utter bedlam and did I actually manage to get anything?! And in a word…YES! Crazy family photos at home are one of my favourite things to capture and if the baby is screaming or the toddler is having a tantrum then so be it. That shit happens.
However, in amongst the madness are also moments of calm you don’t realise I am capturing so I can always show the peace alongside the chaos. When I handed over these photos they couldn’t of been happier, telling me I had captured them exactly as they are, and how they love to be.
Family is as it is, I love seeing it that way.
So I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Rose & Matthew’s big day. I’ve photographed a lot of weddings that have happened at home, but this Leicestershire home wedding was something of a giant with a big guest list and an even bigger setting. In the grounds of Rose’s grandparents house, they created a stunning haven…that housed one hell of a party.
Rose didn’t allow it, and nor did anyone else so the rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the day. Right from the off everyone was buzzing, the ceremony was personal, the guests were hilarious and the dance floor was NEVER empty. Even the bride changed in the evening so she could make the most of the tunes and fling her her around a bit.
This is only a small fraction of their day, but sums up just how wonderful it was.
In case you hadn’t noticed it’s January! AND…that means, not only am I giving my health and wellbeing a boost, but I am giving you guys one too with a January promotion. Which basically means if you book your wedding with me this month then I will give you a free mini engagement shoot of one hour.
Lots of people turn their noses up at engagement shoots but you would be surprised the amount of people who have told me that they were so pleased they decided to do it…men included! Having your photo taken by a professional can be daunting, especially when you are already nervous about the big day and know that all eyes will be on you. Getting together with your photographer ahead of the main event is more beneficial than you might think. It gives the two of you a chance to be you, with no pressures of a wedding, no guests to get back to, no speeches to give, no hair to primp or makeup to touch up and no people asking you to “smile” every five seconds. Except me of course, that’s my prerogative. Your engagement shoot will be more focused photography time than you will find on your wedding day and may well end up telling your kids more about you than the portraits you have at your wedding, purely because you get more of a chance to just be YOU. They are about the love between the two of you just without all the regalia.
They’re also sometimes used as save the date cards, invitation inserts and wedding slideshows. I may also provide a best man with an out take here or there but I won’t tell you that, oh no no.
So getting ahead of the game with an engagement shoot is one way to ensure you will relax and if you’d never thought about it before, maybe now is the time by taking full advantage of this special January promotion!
If you’re interested in booking me for your wedding and want to take advantage of this offer please get in touch before the month is out! firstname.lastname@example.org
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I spent rather a lot of time with this lovely pair last year through meetings about their wedding, their actual wedding and this lovely pre shoot in the summer sunshine by Rutland Water. Yes, i’ve still got shoots from that long ago that I haven’t blogged…and we still have their wedding to come too! The two of them wanted a chance to warm up in front of the camera and I’m sure you’ll agree that they did rather well. Here’s a few choice pics;
Elsie is now seven and a half weeks old, her face has changed dramatically and she has just begun to smile. She’s holding her head up like a champ and pulling some utterly ridiculous faces but most importantly she is ALERT! I couldn’t very well not document it now could I?!
This gorgeous family orientated wedding started at the couples home with their two daughters and niece prepping alongside the bride to get ready. They held all the excitement whilst the bride held on to her nerves. A ceremony at Beaumanor Hall was followed by a drinks reception outside on the lawn before a relaxed reception at The Griffin Inn, Swithland, and late summer sunshine to see in the night. Perfect.
Katie & Jamie’s wedding was the third that I have now photographed at Halstead House but the first to start in the beautiful St Peter’s Church at Tilton-on-the-Hill. Surrounded by their family, friends and young son Archie, the two of them had a wedding day with such an abundance of personal touches I wonder how they’d had time to do anything else for the past year! With that said, in the speeches it was revealed their friends played an important part in helping with their big day, an unsurprising fact and a clear testament to the two of them. They are my favourite kind of people and those I could absolutely imagine being friends with, I’m sure you’ll agree they are golden together. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Munro…
Gemma is a friend of a friend (becoming a friend) and a lovely one at that. When she contacted me one day to say she was after a fly-by portrait session one afternoon when she was coming my way en route to Birmingham, well…I said YES! Gemma needed a professional but relaxed shot for a presentation she was to make, she needed a picture that said “hello I am Gemma and I’m not scary or mean but very lovely and approachable whilst at the same time remaining the upmost professional”. I think we nailed it. These are just a few of my favourites.