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bagnall village hall wedding

Bagnall Village Hall is a gorgeous village hall in the rural setting of Leek in Staffordshire. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, and was the best choice for Emma and Jon’s wedding reception.

I began the day as usual by heading to bridal prep at Emma’s mum’s house. I always love photographing bridal prep, there’s always such a great vibe, all the excitement and nerves ahead of the big day! During bridal preparation’s Emma’s dad opened a bottle of bubbly for them all to enjoy, whenever champagne is opened I’m always prepped with my camera. Emma’s dad opening the champagne turned out to be one of my favourite images of 2016, it exploded absolutely everywhere, right next to Emma who was having her make up done! Thankfully it didn’t ruin anything and just made for an absolutely brilliant image!

After the vows had been said and the rings had been exchanged Emma and Jon made the short walk from St Chad’s church to Bagnall Village Hall. The village hall looked absolutely stunning! Village hall venues are some of my favourites, they’re a completely blank canvas so can be made to look however you’d like them to. Emma and Jon had done a lot of DIY with the venue, putting in lots of bunting and lots of flowers!

One of my favourite aspects of their special day was their wedding cake, they’d combined both of their styles and interests to create something really unique and really them. On one side was a traditional blinged up wedding cake and on the other side there was a Land Rover kicking up mud all over the other side of the cake!

For their couple shots we went for a short drive down the road to an area that overlooked some beautiful Staffordshire countryside. Village hall venues often don’t have grounds to use for couple portraits so it’s always a great idea to scout out a place that you’d like your portraits to take place before your big day. I loved photographing these two during their couple portraits, they were so lovely laughing together and just generally having the best day ever!

For their first dance Emma and Jon surprised everyone by having a confetti canon go off right in the middle of the dance. Confetti is always a great idea and confetti canons even more so! It looked absolutely amazing and created a really good atmosphere to kick off the rest of the evening!

Thank you so much Emma & Jon for having me photograph your wedding, it was brilliant! If you’re planning a village hall wedding, please get in touch, I’d love to photograph your big day!

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I absolutely love doing Engagement Shoots, it’s such a wonderful way for us to get to know each other better before your wedding day! They also a great idea if you’re feeling a bit nervous about being in front of the camera. Engagement shoots are £250 within Shropshire and last for two hours. Two hours is the perfect amount of time for us to have a wander, a chat and also get some lovely photographs of the two of you before your wedding day.

Emma and Matt chose to have their Engagement shoot at their wedding venue, Dunchurch Park Hotel. This was also the perfect opportunity for me to get to know not only them but also their wedding venue before their big day! I don’t often visit venues before weddings as good photography is all about good light, what might be an area in gorgeous light at 1pm on a Monday will look completely different at 3pm on a Saturday. This being said, when the venue has a large amount of grounds like Dunchurch Park Hotel does I do like to have a good scout round for ideas to make sure I don’t miss anything! Emma and Matt’s Engagement Shoot was the perfect opportunity to do this!

We began inside by using Dunchurch Park’s impressive Great Hall, this is the room that Emma and Matt were due to get married in a few months later so it was really lovely to be able to photograph them in this space before they said their vows! We then moved outside to use some of Dunchurch Park’s impressive grounds! Emma and Matt were a little worried that their wedding photographs and their engagement photographs would look the same by using the same venue for both, however I quickly reassured them that this wouldn’t be the case! Dunchurch Park has a really impressive outdoor area, there are so many places to use for couple portraits I think that even if I shot there 50 times there would still be a new way to look at it!

One of my personal favourite images from Emma and Matt’s engagement session is the photograph of just their upper bodies and trees surrounding them with the sky being used as negative space above them. This was one of those images that made me internally squeal in delight after it had been taken. In that photograph Emma and Matt seem like the only thing in the world that is important to each other, they are completely focused on one another and I’m sure thinking about their future, together.

I have since photographed their wedding day at Dunchurch Park and it was absolutely beautiful, I’ll be blogging it very soon! I also photographed Emma’s sister’s wedding earlier on this year which was equally as beautiful! I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world, getting to photograph couples at some of the happiest moments of their lives is an absolute privilege and getting to know them and their families is just so wonderful!

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whiston hall wedding

Kate & Andrew got married at the beautiful wedding venue, Whiston Hall in Staffordshire. Whiston Hall is also a Golf Club however you wouldn’t be able to tell as it is an extremely picturesque wedding venue with lots of areas that are perfect for couple portraits!

I began by making my way to Kate’s parents house to capture some of the goings on during bridal prep. It was lovely to capture the hair and make up being done and also all the lovely moments between Kate and her bridesmaids. Once the hairdresser and Make up artist had done their thing it was time to put on the wedding dress! At this point I actually captured one of my favourite shots of 2016, which is of two of Kate’s bridesmaids helping to do up her dress.

At that point it was off to Whiston Hall to get wed! Andy was waiting patiently in the ceremony room for his bride to arrive. Kate looked absolutely stunning as she walked into the room with her dad who was giving her away. The vows were really heartfelt and very emotional for them and all their guests.

After they’d said their ‘I do’s’ we went for a wander around Whiston Hall’s grounds to find some lovely backdrops for their couple portrait session. During the portrait session I always begin by shooting from further away and slowly getting closer to the couple. This eases the couple into getting photographed and by the end of the day they’re so used to me, they barely notice I’m there! During couple portraits I generally only shoot using two lenses, this will be my 35mm and my 85mm, my 35mm can enable me to get super close and also creates some gorgeous wide angle shots too! Having two camera bodies on me at all times is perfect for switching between these two lenses, it means it’s super quick, there’s no messing around between shots for me to change my lens.

One thing I always do when shooting is look for the light, it is after all what makes a good photograph. I took the newlyweds into an area of the grounds that was a little bit wilder than the rest, it had some gorgeous long grass and some absolutely stunning dappled light. This was one of my favourite images of their portrait session!

I love to get a creative shot of the wedding rings, I usually ask the bride and groom if I can borrow these after their wedding breakfast. At this point I’ll go for a small wander and spend about 10 minutes getting a lovely shot of their wedding bands together. Whiston Hall has some beautiful heather in it’s grounds, I knew as soon as I saw it that this was where I was going to photograph their rings. I placed the wedding rings onto the heather and as soon as I did the sun came out at just the right time, producing some beautiful light and thus beautiful imagery!

If you’re planning on getting married at Whiston Hall, please do get in touch, I would love to photograph in this stunning venue again!

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the hundred house hotel

The Hundred House Hotel is a gorgeous wedding venue near Bridgnorth in Shropshire. It was the perfect choice for Louise and Ed’s big day in May. They had their ceremony in the lovely restored 17th Century Tithe Barn while all their friends and family looked on. After the vows had been said, the rings had been exchanged and the register had been signed it was time for confetti! With confetti the more there is, the better, Louise and Ed had definitely used this rule and their confetti faces were just amazing! It made for some of my favourite confetti photographs of the year so far!

We then went out into one of the Hundred House’s various gardens, there were drinks, canopes and garden games for both adults and children to play! It was such a lovely celebration to witness and I captured lots of photographs of their guests laughing and having fun.

We then used another section of the Hundred House’s gardens for Louise and Ed’s couple portraits. Their guests were busy having a brilliant time drinking and playing games so we snuck away for 15 minutes with just the two of them. I absolutely adored The Hundred House Hotel’s gardens, they’re an absolute hidden gem and made for such a wonderful background for their portraits. These two were such a joy to photograph, not only are they a beautiful couple but they also laughed really easily together and if there’s one thing I LOVE photographing, it’s couple’s laughing!

We made our way inside for the second part some of their portrait session. I’d spotted a window earlier on that I decided I wanted to use in some way. During a wedding day a usually get a fair few ideas for couple portraits, I always try to make one photograph that’s a little bit different in some way. This usually means taking a risk, I’m always really open with my couples and say “I’ve got an idea, it might not work, but let’s give it a go!”, worst case scenario, we give the idea a go for 5 minutes and it doesn’t work, so we move on. Best case scenario, we give the idea a go and you end up with a really epic photograph! I absolutely think it’s worth potentially wasting 5 minutes on! This is what I did with Louise and Ed and I produced this gorgeous image of them in front of the stained glass window sharing a quick kiss. I don’t do silhouette photographs very often but I was really pleased by how this image came out!

After I delivered their images Louise and Ed wrote back with such a lovely testimonial! They said…

When looking for a photographer for our wedding, Lisa was highly recommended and we both loved her photos after looking on her website. We really liked the natural style of the photos and wanted a relaxed and chilled atmosphere for our guests. We didn’t want many posed photos as we didn’t feel they captured the real moments of the day. 

Lisa was very easy to work with and made myself, Ed and our guests feel comfortable and relaxed. Having Lisa in the background meant that our photos captured real moments of the day and everyone could enjoy the day without having to pose and feel uncomfortable. Communication leading up to the wedding, the day and afterwards took away any stress we had and Lisa made both of us feel comfortable having our photos taken. The chance to choose a few posed photos meant we could have family photos to remember the day and share with others. 

Our photographs turned out amazing, they tell the story of the day and everyone that has seen them has said how beautiful they are. We have struggled to choose our favourite as we love so many of them. 

To anyone that is looking for a wedding photographer to capture the real moments of the day in a relaxed and comfortable environment would definitely make the right choice choosing Lisa. I cannot recommend her enough! She has captured memories of our most special day with beautiful photos that we will look back on and treasure forever! We will be recommending her to our family and friends without any hesitation. 

The Hundred House is such a gorgeous wedding venue, I would absolutely love to photograph more weddings here! If you’re planning a wedding at The Hundred House, please get in touch, I’d love to photograph you big day!

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the cow shedThe Cowshed at Woodhall Farm is a gorgeous DIY wedding venue in the outskirts of Wolverhampton. It was the perfect choice for an Alice in Wonderland inspired bridal shoot.

When deciding on the models fashion and accessories we decided we wanted the bride to have a fairytale feel, whilst also keeping it quite simple. For the dress we chose a beautiful full length lightweight A line chiffon gown by Oppulance with an embellished belt with a blue ribbon. We felt that the blue ribbon was in keeping with the Alice and Wonderland theme. For her hair we decided to go for a bow made out of the models own hair, while keeping the rest of the hair down and curled. This isn’t something you see very often on a bride at a wedding, it’s used more often for flower girls, however we believed it suited the style of the shoot perfectly. We chose Ginger Lily as our florist because I love how wild and big her floral creations are. She incorporated some blue flowers into the bouquet and table flowers to again keep the Alice and Wonderland theme running through the shoot. The bouquet was perfect, it was large and wild, without being over the top.

We chose The Cowshed  as a venue because it’s so unique and has a real rustic vibe. The Cowshed is quite a new venue, a lot of their advertising at the moment comes from word of mouth so it’s a real hidden gem! I was so thrilled when I came across it online and when I went to visit I knew it was perfect for our shoot. It has lots of beautiful areas that are perfect for portraits, my personal favourite was inside the barn in the area that’s used for the dance floor. It is quite dark, however has gorgeous pools of light from the window and also from the roof lighting, this makes for some gorgeous photographs. Another of my favourite areas was a small walkway that leads down to the barn which the bride can use to walk to the ceremony. It had beautiful festoon lights leading down the woodland path!

The decor and table details were again following the Alice in Wonderland theme. The cake was three tiered, with the top tier being a top hat, we had this at the centre of our table, placed on a glass cake stand and a faux grass table runner. We included place names and a ‘this way to the mad hatter’s tea party’ paper cuttings by Lisa Jay Studio, pocket watch save the dates, playing cards, a pocket watch, old books, keys, a white rabbit head, and of course no Alice in Wonderland shoot would be complete without a tea pot and tea cups.

When photographing this shoot I constantly kept in mind the rustic, whimsical, fairytale theme we were going for. I strive to capture beautiful and relaxed images so always endeavour to have fun during shoots, including styled shoots!

If you’re getting married at The Cowshed at Woodhall Farm and you’re still looking for your wedding photographer, please get in touch, I’d love to photograph more at this unusual, rustic venue.

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Suppliers:

Venue: The Cow Shed –  http://www.woodhall-farm.co.uk/

Dress Boutique: Caroline Clark Bridal Boutique – http://www.carolineclarkbridalboutique.co.uk/

Dress: Simone by Opulence https://romanticaofdevon.co.uk/collections/opulence/simone

Model: Miss Rosie Lea – https://www.facebook.com/missrosielea/

Hair Stylist: Ginger Hair Boutique –  http://www.giingerhairboutique.com/

Stationary: Lisa Jay Studio –  http://lisajaystudio.com/

Florist: Ginger Lily Florist –  http://www.gingerlilyflorist.com/

Cake: Bake it Special – http://www.bake-it-special.co.uk/

Save The Dates: Be Our Guest – http://beourguestdesigns.com/