And so to my last wedding of the year, I closed 2018 exactly the same way that I started it and I couldn’t be happier! This was a local blow out with a full on Rutland Water winter wedding on NYE…the guests even braved the cold to drink champagne and eat mince pies by the water. I’ve been pretty darn lucky with a whole host of awesome weddings this year and these two didn’t disappoint for my last, we went out with a bang! Congrats to Denise (otherwise known as disease to the registrar) and Ryan (just Ryan) you did it entirely your way, which was the only way, and of course, the right way.
I’m a little late to the party but I wanted to get my 2017 wedding highlights out to you lot by the end of January and I’ve managed it with a few days to spare so it’s not all bad!
I really did have an epic year of weddings and would happily have made the slideshow about ten minutes long but come on, who has time for that?! I’m a big fan of smiles and laughter and movement in my photos and I’d like to think the pics I’ve chosen reflect that.
It has ended up about six minutes and two songs long and that’s more than enough to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to. And in case you’re wondering, the music is by an old band called ’99 Years’ who were, and some of them still are, friends of mine from a very young age…making it a pretty good soundtrack to reminisce to.
Going through pictures from 2017 was tough, I found myself saying “oh that one, and that one!” more than once or twice, and even after finishing it and posting it considered re rendering it so I could include a favourite I had forgotten, it’s so hard! There have been So. Many. Moments. And all of them wonderfully memorable.
There was also the wedding of Kate and Austin which I totally bloody bypassed in the selection process and not because their wedding wasn’t amazing, it was brilliant, but because my brain malfunctioned and I skipped it. It should definitely be within my wedding highlights, without a doubt. So in ode to them, I’m including some pictures from their day too because they should be in there, along with a few others…and maybe some more. Do you see why this is so hard?!
They’re swing dancers! SWING DANCERS! How on earth did I forget them?! 2017 was great from start to finish, I even ended it on a NYE wedding in my home town with a lovely couple and a fantastic party. You can’t ask for more than that. All that is left for me to do is look forward to 2018, starting with a bang in less than two weeks at The George Hotel in Stamford and ending with another NYE extravaganza and the small matter of a little trip to Italy in the middle. I can’t bloody wait.
So I’ve set myself a new challenge, and that is to blog more, and to keep it brief! The summer is such a mental time for me that I barely get the chance to do it but I really want to and to that end I’ve set myself an image limit of 50 to sum up each and every wedding I blog…starting with Laura & Jon’s wedding at Shearsby Bath, an idyllic little venue in the heart of Leicestershire’s countryside.
These two are the proud parents to crazy, energetic, cheeky little twin boys…yet they still managed to plan a wedding. I’m not really sure how people manage to do stuff with multiple kids if I’m honest, I mean I’m struggling to blog with one kid in tow let alone two! But plan it they did and they did a bloody good job.
Can we please just take a minute to appreciate the Irn Bru wedding favours? Just when you thought you’d be left without a hangover cure, Laura & Jon come through with the goods. There were also kilts and a rendition of The Flower of Scotland which brought a tear to more than one eye but so did the moment when the bridesmaids thought they’d lost the brides wedding ring…the less said about that the better.
I love this venue, tucked away from prying eyes and rushing traffic, it’s the perfect spot to go a little bit nuts on your wedding day…
The first wedding I ever photographed was my brother’s and it just so happened to be at Oakham Castle, a well known local landmark. To my surprise I haven’t actually been back, until earlier this year when I photographed Jillie and John’s Oakham Castle Wedding on a sunny spring day full of happy smiles and beautiful light. I’ll be back there on New Years Eve too to photograph the wedding of Laura & Adam which is nice, I like a little love close to home and I’m always thankful when people ask me to capture it. As always, this is just a little look at what went on that day…
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.
Noreen and Kieran were such a lovely couple to work with last year. Not only did we have a jolly old time in Bradgate Park on their engagement shoot, their vibrant Leicester wedding was one of my favourites and has also made it to the final of East Midlands Wedding Magazine ‘Wedding of the Year’ competition. From the moment I met them I knew their wedding would be colourful. I love being a Leicester wedding photographer for the abundance of different people from all backgrounds that you meet at weddings and this one was no exception. Noreen has a huge Irish family who had travelled from all over to be there and were expecting no less than the party of the year!
It was all go right from the off and with a house full of people (brothers and bridesmaids included) the champagne flowed and the laughter never stopped. Amy chose a quiet bedroom on the top floor of the house to get the makeup done and it was a peaceful little haven in comparison to the comings and goings downstairs. Personally I love a big family and an even bigger bridal party and I have FULL respect for a mother of the bride who makes every. single. one. of. the. bridesmaids. dresses. I mean look at them! We were in sequin heaven.
Kieran was waiting somewhat calmly at the St Thomas More Catholic church in the Knighton area of Leicester where guests in electric colours were starting to gather. I like to stay as hidden as possible throughout so as not to distract but the priest was beyond helpful and an absolute pleasure to work with. One of my favourite parts of the day was watching Kieran’s face as Noreen made her way up the long aisle to greet him!
The reception was held at Leicestershire’s Halstead House, which sadly is no longer taking wedding bookings due to local authority trouble and no leeway on planning permission. It’s a real shame as we don’t have another venue like it so it meant a lot to be able to photograph a few weddings here before the doors close.
To accompany the cacophony of vivid flowers they had chosen for the day, touches of gold ran tastefully throughout their decor and the dance floor was jumping before the second song had even started. It’s an absolute pleasure being a Leicester Wedding Photographer when I get opportunities such as these and it’s entirely obvious to me that I have the best job in the world. Big congratulations to Noreen & Kieran and thanks for having me along…
I don’t know if you know this, but it snowed today. No really, it did. And despite the fact that if you were to look outside my front door right now, there would be not one single trace of snow anywhere, it was a magical moment for Elsie this morning when we managed some snow day fun. The last time it snowed she was only a baby and has no memory of it other than what she has since seen on Peppa Pig. She was a little trooper today and quite determined to catch a snowflake on her gloves. But alas (I was secretly happy) it wasn’t long before she decided the biting wind was a bit too much and she wanted to go home. As she clung to her Pa’s legs every time a huge gust threatened to blow her away I thought it only sensible to oblige, so we came inside to make a snowman out of play dough instead which was much more civilised.
I will blog another wedding one day soon, but for now there is this.
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! email@example.com
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I’ve had the absolute pleasure of spending time with the three girls of the Blundell family before so I was delighted to be asked to do their family photography again. Most of my work as a Rutland Family Photographer is within the county but these guys live just outside in the picturesque town of Oundle which meant I had a whole new landscape to explore!
A little earlier than most (but not something I am opposed to) this shoot started at 8.30am which meant we had some amazing hazy light to work with and a stillness and quiet that can never quite be captured at any other time of the day. The time was irrelevant anyway because even at 8.30 in the morning these kids were up for anything!
We basically ran around like mad folk… playing pooh sticks, looking for trolls and jumping in enormous muddy puddles that resulted in the youngest being entirely wet through. Despite that she didn’t moan or grumble, she just trudged herself home, got changed and got her game face on for round two. I feel like I could learn a lot from her!
I spent a total of two hours with them, indoors and out, which means so much when you want to achieve the best in natural, fun photography. I can’t deny that my job is one of the greatest there is, and I see the fact that I got to play with these three for two hours as an absolute privilege. Kids really need to be comfortable with you in order to be happy in front of the camera and I always hope that by the end of every shoot they see me as a friend. I’m pretty confident of that in this case and if it were up to me I would have hung out with them all day…I’m just a big kid at heart.