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…
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…
Debs & Daryl gifted me my first Sherwood Forest Wedding and despite being at dusk, in March, the weather did not misbehave and these two got just the wedding they planned…even if it was pitch black by the time the ceremony ended because the bride was a little late! We’d talked about the possibility of rain, wind, hail and complete darkness so they knew exactly what to expect and I have to say that their determination to get married outside come rain or shine was entirely admirable…I’m just can’t help being more than a little bit pleased the bad weather decided to stay away day!
I was only with them for four short hours but we covered so much in that time, this is just a small part of it…
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!
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.
Bhavika and Sam are due to be married this July and were keen to include a pre wed shoot in their package which always makes me so happy. It might sound a bit over the top to some but the more time I get to spend with my couples ahead of the big day, the happier I am. My absolute favourite part of the job is getting to know people and it’s such a huge part of what I do and the photos that I take. Together with these two, we decided on Rutland engagement photos, making the most of the local scenery around Rutland Water and also planning it to run before and after dark.
There is always a little room for nerves at the start of a shoot but I normally just act like an idiot and talk my way through it in order to relax people and it was no time at all before Bhav and Sam found their stride. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel when people choose me to photograph their wedding and with these guys it’s no exception. I am genuinely excited to be spending that time with them, would happily go out for dinner with the pair of them and easily have one too many wines in their company.
Their wedding is going to be such a fast paced affair with two ceremonies, a lot of people and a whole heap of partying so it was really nice to slow it down, take our time and really get up close and personal. More often than not, an engagement shoot is more time spent with your photographer than you will actually get with them on your wedding day so it’s a great opportunity to muck about, see what works and what everyone is comfortable with. It’s just as important for people to be comfortable enough to laugh their butts off in front of the camera as it is to get close to each other and these two rocked at both. The three of us can now be sure that on the big day, with all the time constraints, we will get exactly what is needed…and I can’t bloody wait!
So when Lauren contacted me about the possibility of photographing her wedding to Greg in Ibiza, I literally screamed at the poor girl. I WAS BEYOND EXCITED. This was something I really, really wanted to do. Yes I would fly in and out in less than 48 hours. Yes I would crash at their villa. Yes I would capture all those moments as they happened and not bother with a ton of overly posed stuff. Yes I would wake up next to strange people and probably have a friend for life in Laura who shared an enormous sofa with me both nights I was there…because that’s Ibiza right?! Yes, yes and yes again. Of course I bloody would and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Lauren & Greg wanted a party, and it was a party that they had. It all happened at The Cotton Beach Club, surrounded by their friends and family (the vast number of them is testament to the lovely people this couple are) they took their vows in a club on the beach as the sun went down and then partied the night away. The weather was hot, the food was delicious, the music didn’t stop and the dancing was electric, as well as the saxophone…honest to god I don’t know how that guy kept going all night.
I feel very lucky to have had a destination wedding like this one, that was so relaxed and inclusive. It might seem extravagant to some to fly your photographer to your wedding destination, but sometimes it’s the difference between going with the available local photographer who shoots the standard venue stuff there every week, or one who will look at it with the same new eyes you do and feel just like one of your mates!
And can you just stop for a moment and take a look at that dress…
It’s been a little while but this lovely pair were my first wedding of the year. Bianca and Jake were married at the beginning of April at Barnsdale Country Club Hotel on the banks of Rutland Water. Jake in his full regalia, and Bianca (in her converse), stunning and elated at having a horse drawn carriage take her to the ceremony. It was her dream, and that day, it became a reality. I was so happy to be there to capture all of their smiles. Here is a just a very small part of their wonderful day…