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keele hall wedding

Keele Hall is a gorgeous Staffordshire Wedding venue that is surrounded by picturesque countryside. Helen and Matt chose to get married here in October last year, one thing I absolutely love is an Autumnal wedding! Autumn is such a gorgeous time of year, the leaves on the trees turn a beautiful golden brown and there’s always a bit of magic in the air.

One thing that is never guaranteed in Britain is the weather! Helen and Matt’s big day proves that completely, it rained persistently for most of the day however it didn’t stop these two from going outside armed with an umbrella for their couple portraits! I love it when bride and grooms are willing to take risks like this, your wedding day is the perfect time to throw caution to the wind (or rather the weather!) and take a little risk to get an amazing shot. One of my favourite shots of the day was on Helen and Matt snuggled up together under their umbrella sharing a kiss, with Keele’s beautiful scenic backdrop behind them and the rain falling all around them! In this image you can actually see that Matt’s suit got a bit wet from the rain but boy was it worth it!

After their speeches there was actually a let up in the rain so we went outside again for some more couple portraits. In Autumn the light really isn’t on my side later on in the day so we had to be quick before we lost it completely! It was getting darker by the minute however I simply bumped up the ISO to capture these all important moments.

I love shooting at Keele Hall, one of the benefits is that if it does rain there are plenty of beautiful spaces inside that we can do couple portraits. And if you’re feeling adventurous like Helen and Matt were we can even pop outside under the safety of an umbrella!

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shropshire engagement shoot

Photographing anyone who has just got Engaged is pretty special, it’s such a huge and exciting time of their lives. When those people are your close friends it’s even more lovely. Scott and Liv got Engaged in Padstow in Cornwall, it’s a place that they’ve been going on holiday to for years so it was the obvious choice for where Scott would pop the question! Scott proposed with a gorgeous antique Engagement ring that was handmade in 1917 that had belonged to his Great Nan, of course Liv said yes!

When they got back from their holiday we went round to their home to congratulate them and hear all about how Scott popped the question and what their plans were so far. They had already decided that they wanted to have me as a guest at their wedding so although they said they would love me to photograph it they would rather I was just there to enjoy the day. I was absolutely thrilled at this! As much as I love photographing weddings I have yet to go to one as a guest so I would really love to see that side of it (and also enjoy the food and prosecco without having to worry about anything!). They’ve since booked the really talented Andy Li to cover their day so I know they’re in safe hands!

They did however book me for an Engagement shoot which I was absolutely thrilled about! We went for a wander in the beautiful Shropshire Countryside and got some beautiful shots of the two of them together and had such a laugh doing so! As we did the shoot in the evening I was absolutely determined to find some golden light as the sun set, unfortunately the British weather failed us and gave us lots of cloud instead. However just as we were driving back to their house for some food the sun peeped out of the cloud just as we were passing a cornfield. This lead to Luke being asked to stop the car on a tiny country lane (after needing to reverse for a tractor!) and me, Scott and Liv running into a field to use the golden light. As soon as I started shooting it basically disappeared again leading to much laughter and cries of “typical!”, however I’m glad we did stop in that cornfield because the portraits of Scott and Liv at this point were a lot quieter and full of feeling, this of course is the most important part.

I can’t wait to watch these two get married next year! Congratulations again Scott and Liv, we are so so happy for you both!

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coleshill town hall wedding

I’ve said this before but I absolutely love second shooting! I’ve met some really lovely people because of this crazy job and the crazy wedding industry and Charlotte from Electric Blue Photography & Film is certainly one of them! She asked me to come along to Helen and Dave’s wedding that she was shooting at Coleshill Town Hall to capture some of the goings on during groom prep and to shoot alongside her for the rest of the day.

First I made my way to Coleshill Town Hall where the bride and groom were due to have their wedding reception. When I got there I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful it was, it was obvious they had put in a lot of time and effort with all the details. Town Halls and Village Halls are some of my favourite places to shoot at, I always wax lyrical about how they make gorgeous wedding venues, they’re a complete blank canvas so if you’re up for a bit of DIY you can really transform them and make them your own. The red curtain on the stage at Coleshill Town Hall was the perfect backdrop for their wedding breakfast, it was in keeping with the colourful theme they had throughout their day!

After their ceremony Helen and Dave had a few group shots in the grounds next to the church, they then made the short walk to their reception at Coleshill Town Hall accompanied by a brass band and all their friends and family! The brass band continued play inside the town hall while guests celebrated drinking and eating canopes. One of my favourite moments at this point in their day was when some of their guests got up and started dancing to the music, it was such a lovely moment!

Charlotte then asked Dave and Helen if they’d like to go for a walk to take some couple portraits before they sat down for their wedding breakfast. Although Coleshill is technically in Birmingham it is surrounded by some really picturesque countryside, this was the perfect backdrop for their couple portraits. One of my favourite aspects of second shooting is watching how other photographers pose their couples, Charlotte is really brilliant at getting natural portraits so it’s always a joy to second shoot for her!

When the newlyweds made their way back to their wedding reception all of their guests stood up  and welcomed them into the room with a huge round of applause and cheers. This was really lovely to witness, it was obvious that there was a whole load of love in that room!

After the food had been eaten and the speeches had been said it was time for the bride and groom to have their first dance. Their friends and family lined the dance floor to celebrate the moment with them and when they were given the nod by the couple they all went up to join them!

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kirby muxloe castle wedding

Kirby Muxloe Castle is a quirky wedding venue in the heart of Leicestershire. It is a ruined Manor House built by Lord Hastings back in the 15th Century, these days it’s owned by English Heritage and is the perfect setting for a wedding!

Lucy and Chris has actually got married in the Lake District the week before this wedding party. Their Lake District wedding included only their closest friends and family, the party that they had at Kirby Muxloe Castle was an opportunity for them to celebrate with all of their friends and family! Having their ceremony on a different day made the atmosphere really relaxed, Lucy and Chris even got ready together in the morning!

As they were already Husband and Wife they decided not to have another ceremony and just to spend the day with their friends and family. After the hair and make up had been done and the groom had put his suit on we headed over to the castle to do a few couple portraits and also some bridal party group shots. When we went back over to Kirby Muxloe Castle Hotel many of Lucy and Chris’ guests had begun to arrive. It was a wonderfully sunny day and it was so wonderful to capture all the candid moments of the bride and groom and their wedding guests having such a lovely time.

After their afternoon tea and speeches I took Lucy and Chris away from their party for a few moments to grab some more couple portraits of them. The light at this time of day was absolutely stunning, it was the gorgeous golden hour that all photographers chase! I like to get creative during couple portraits, when the light is like this I often use a piece of copper pipe that can create light flares in images.

When the sun had gone down it was time for the best part of the day, the party! When I spoke to Lucy and Chris before their wedding they asked me to arrive later on in the day so I could stay a bit later to capture more of the dancing in the evening. I of course said yes, the party is one of my favourite parts of a wedding day and often produces the best (and the funniest!) photographs. The dance floor was completely full with everyone celebrating the newlyweds! I decided to do a bit of shutter dragging, this freezes the subject dancing with the flash pointed straight at them and lets the djs lights do the rest! I love this technique as it gives movement to the image and as a photographer I don’t know exactly what I’m going to get when I take the photograph!

Thank you again Lucy and Chris for having me along to photograph your wedding party!

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dunchurch park hotel

Dunchurch Park Hotel is a gorgeous manor house wedding venue in the heart of Rugby in Warwickshire in the West Midlands. It is an absolutely gorgeous historic building which also boasts 72 acres or beautiful gardens and grounds, which make for the perfect backdrop for photographs.

Emma and Matt chose to get married here back in 2016 and I was lucky enough to be there to capture their big day. Emma was super organised and kept the rings with her prior to their ceremony so that I could get a nice shot of them before they put them on. This resulted in me getting one of my favourite wedding ring shots of last year, Matt’s ring in particular was really special, he’d had the date of their wedding engraved in roman numerals on the outside of his ring, it looked great and also gives him no excuse to forget their anniversary!

Emma and Matt exchanged their vows in the impressive Great Hall at Dunchurch Park. It’s the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony with beautiful large windows directly in front of the couple, meaning they’re bathed in perfect light throughout their ceremony! Their best man was on hand to pass them their rings!

Having shot Emma and Matt’s engagement shoot here I’d already had chance to have a good look round at all the places Dunchurch Park has to offer. This made picking spots for their couple portraits super fast. We revisited some areas from their favourite shots from their engagement shoot but also made sure to get shots that were completely different too.

After an emotional first dance we made our way outside to have a play with some sparklers. Sparkler shots always look beautiful, they tend to have quite a magical quality to them. If any of my couples request a sparkler photograph before their big day I always recommend to get sparklers that burn for a long time, this enables us to get everyone in position and everyone’s sparkler lit while also giving us time to get the perfect shot!

I asked the newlyweds to give me a quick write up about what it was like to work with me, they said…

Lisa is truly an outstanding photographer. Her relaxed approach made the whole experience so easy and worry free, and when we received our photos – we were simply amazed. She had completely captured the spirit of our wedding and every time we look at them we are transported back to that very special day. These photos were exactly what we wanted and we cannot thank her enough for the time and effort she put into making sure we were happy on the day. We would recommend Lisa without hesitation, she went above and beyond to give us a collection of photos that we will treasure forever.

If you’re planning on getting married at Dunchurch Park Hotel then please get in touch, I would love to be there to capture your special day!

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