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iscoyd park wedding

Sarah and Ed had the most gorgeous Spring wedding at the beautiful Iscoyd Park in Whitchurch. They tied the knot in St Mary’s Whitewell Church just down the road from Iscoyd and spent the rest of the day celebrating with all their friends and family.

I first met Sarah and Ed when I did their engagement shoot in Apley Woods. As soon as I met them I knew that they were going to be a dream to shoot on their wedding day. They were so easy going on their engagement shoot and even had a few ideas of their own for some shots which I loved! Their engagement shoot gave me a good idea of what their wedding would be like and I was absolutely not disappointed!

Getting Ready at Iscoyd Park

Sarah and Ed had booked my Peony package, which includes two photographers (one of which is of course always me!). This meant that they could both have their wedding prep covered. This is the one part of the day that couples don’t usually see each other for so it’s really nice to have two photographers to capture both sides of the story. For their wedding I had my friend Hannah with me from Rocksalt Photography, I love working with Hannah because our styles are so similar you can’t tell who took which photograph. Sarah got ready in the bridal suite at Iscoyd which always has the most beautiful light streaming in through the big windows. Ed got ready with his groomsmen in the library which always looks wonderful!

Tying the Knot at St Mary’s Church

They had their religious ceremony at St Mary’s Church which is a short car ride away from Iscoyd. I’ve shot quite a few weddings here before but I’m always blown away by how beautiful and unusual this church is. It really looks like something out of a film! After their ceremony they made their way outside church to be greeted with lots of confetti being thrown their way by all of their guests. The confetti moment is always one of my favourite parts of a wedding day, it’s always really fun and usually ends up with me being covered with just as much confetti as the couple!

When they made their way back to Iscoyd they started off the afternoon celebrations with a champagne tower. I’ve done A LOT of weddings but this is the first champagne tower I’ve ever seen and I absolutely loved it! It added something extra special to their drinks reception and was really very Sarah and Ed!

I knew that the couple portraits were really important to Sarah and Ed which I really loved because this is my favourite part of every wedding day. It also meant that they were willing to set aside the time needed to create some really stunning images. Sarah wore the most gorgeous Pronovias dress and Ed was looking really dapper in his Reiss suit. We were even lucky enough to have light left over after their speeches and wedding breakfast so we had time to take some more couple portraits after they’d eaten. Sarah and Ed finished off the evening in style with a sparkler exit. Sparkler exits are always a bit like organised chaos but the photographs are always worth it!

Thank you so much Sarah and Ed for having me there to photograph your day!

If you’re planning an Iscoyd Park wedding then please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

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the mill barns wedding

Kate and Liam got married this June at the spectacular Mill Barns, which is a new barn in Alveley in Bridgnorth. It was such a happy day and even the rain didn’t dampen the day!

Bridal prep

Kate got ready in the downstairs prep room at The Mill Barns with her bridesmaids, and the atmosphere was really relaxed. Kate was such a chilled out bride, she even let me take her dress out of the room so I could get a pretty epic shot of it hanging between their love sign in the main area at the venue. The bride then walked up the stairs to get to the ceremony. Liam was stood at the front of the ceremony room eagerly awaiting Kate’s arrival. The nerves were starting to show a bit but he had his best man, Jack stood next to him for support.

Getting hitched

The ceremony was a lovely civil service in a beautiful room at the venue. Kate and Liam had made so many things for their wedding that in the process of their planning they actually set up their own wedding hire business called Bluebell Occassions. Basically everything you see in this blog post was made by Kate and Liam and is available to hire out for your own wedding!The ceremony room at The Mill Barns is beautiful anyway but they improved it even more by adding a mountain of bunting and helium balloons lining the aisle. During the ceremony they had their super cute page boy bring them their wedding rings on a personalised embroidery hoop. It was a really emotional service and really personalised.

After the Ceremony at The Mill Barns

The reception was in the barn at the venue. They chose Mill Barns because it has so many options and they could totally personalise it. It was a DIY wedding, which Kate and Liam really excelled at, being creative people. I love shooting DIY weddings because they’re always really personalised and special. The Mill Barns is a great place to have a DIY wedding as it provides a very simple backdrop that you can totally personalise, however crazy your ideas are!

They drinks and ice cream in the afternoon, and a photobooth in the evening. The photobooth was really impressive, it was really pretty and again, it was a prop that Kate and Liam had made themselves and is now available to hire out through their business. They decorated the venue with foliage and embroidery hoops, because they fit in so well with their overall look for their wedding. I loved the use of embroidery hoops with quotes embroidered on each table, I felt this really added something extra special to their set up. It also displayed more of Kate’s creative talents.

For dinner they had a slap up meal, which was absolutely delicious. The first dance was really lovely, it was just the two of them on the dancefloor for the first half of the song and then lots of their friends and family came up to join them, and they finished off the evening with a sparkler exit. The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony, because it was so romantic and personal.

The couple

Kate wore a gorgeous Claire Mischevani dress and Liam wore a lovely blue suit from Dapper Dan and they looked so incredible together. Kate’s veil was really awesome and unusual, she’d had it dyed blue to fit in with their colour theme. It’s the first coloured veil I’ve seen and I thought it looked amazing! She also had a very cool customised leather jacket that she wore later in the evening. There was a quote on it from a Kodaline song that said “‘Cause you make my heart feel like summer, when the rain is pouring down.” Kate and Liam’s day was unfortunately quite rainy but the quote on her jacket fit in so well with their day it absolutely had to feature in some of their couple portraits!

Kate and Liam’s wedding was totally epic and such a laugh. Here’s their wonderful Mill Barns wedding!

If you’re having a Mill Barns wedding, get in touch!

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The Roaches engagement shoot

I love doing engagement shoots in places that are meaningful to my couples. So when Hannah and Ed asked me to journey to The Roaches in Leek I was more than happy to go and hang out with them in the Peak District’s loveliness! I checked the forecast before their shoot and it was supposed to rain, for engagement shoots I always check with my couples if they’re happy to continue with the shoot as planned or if they’d like to rearrange when rain is forecast. I don’t mind shooting in the rain, it can often be really atmospheric! Hannah and Ed were still happy to do the shoot which was awesome! When I arrived at The Roaches I couldn’t believe how dense the fog was, I was slightly worried to start with that my camera wouldn’t be able to see them through the fog. As soon as I started shooting though I really loved the effect the fog was creating, I’m really glad we still went ahead with the shoot!

I love engagement shoots as they’re often the first time I meet my couples before their wedding day so it’s a great chance for us to get to know each other and also have a chat about all their plans for their wedding. Hannah and Ed are both really creative so had planned to DIY a lot of the aspects of their wedding. They told me that they were even planning to have a flower crown making corner after their wedding breakfast, I was really excited for this, flower crowns are always a great idea! They also told me about their awesome hen and stag do’s, they’re not a couple who wanted to go and party it up in Ibiza so their hen and stag do’s were both pretty chilled out, (Hannah’s hen obviously included more flower crowns!).

I’ve been to The Roaches a few times before quite a few years ago when I went to University in Stoke. It was lovely to go back there, although I would have certainly got lost if it weren’t for Ed’s navigation skills! Take a peek at the rest of their lovely (and foggy) engagement shoot below.

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Borth cove

This weeks photo of the week is from the beautiful Borth cove. I went there at the weekend with Luke and our good friends Scott and Liv. This photo is pretty deceiving, the gorgeous light makes the weather look a lot nicer and warmer than it actually was! We had a very lazy weekend that involved napping, shopping, eating Chinese, drinking vodka, playing games and skimming stones. I don’t have weekends off very often because of how many weddings I do in a year so whenever I am off at a weekend I absolutely make the most of it! This photo perfectly sums up how lovely this weekend was, Scott had just been for a “swim” (he lay down at the edge of the sea), Liv and Luke are skimming stones and I snapped this while sipping a beer. This was just after we’d all woken up from an unintentional nap, we all felt pretty groggy from it so this was the perfect cure. We then made our way back to the caravan and Luke and Scott went and grabbed us a takeaway.

This has to be one of my favourite weekends of the year and although I didn’t take a tonne of photos I’m really happy I took my camera with me so I could snap away while we were down at the Cove. I obviously kept banging on about how beautiful the light was, the rest of the weekend was pretty rainy so it was a real treat to get a sunset like this. I would have been gutted if we’d had light like this and I hadn’t had my camera with me.

While we were away I received a whopping five enquiries in the space of 2 days! I always seem to have loads of people getting in touch about their weddings when I’m on holiday. I told Luke we need to go away more often! I’ve got one more wedding left to shoot this year in Bridgnorth at Davenport House which I’m really excited for. I’m crossing my fingers that we get some beautiful light like this for their day!

Remember to check back here next week to see what I’ve been up to!

shustoke barn wedding

This year’s wedding season was properly kicked off by Sarah and Dan’s Spring wedding at Shustoke Barn.

Sarah and Dan got married in April at the rustic Shustoke Barn, which is a shabby chic barn in Coleshill. It was a beautiful day and we even got some gorgeous evening light!

Bridal prep

Sarah got ready at The Granary at Dovehouse Farm with her mum and some close family, and the atmosphere was so relaxed. Sarah opted not to have bridesmaids and also chose to do her own make up and hair, so her bridal prep was really a no fuss, super chilled affair. She then jumped into a car with her dad to get to the ceremony. When Sarah and her dad arrived at Shustoke Barn they were a few minutes early so we had some time to get a couple of photographs of Sarah and her dad together. These are some of my favourite shots of the day, I love the photo where they are laughing together before he walked her up the aisle.

Civil Ceremony at Shustoke Barn

The ceremony was a lovely civil service in the main barn at Shustoke. Shustoke Barn’s ceremony room is really beautiful. It has all the charm of a barn setting whilst also having big windows in exactly the right spot, so the light is still amazing. During the ceremony they said their vows to each other while holding their son. It was so emotional and such a personal service. I really love when couples who already have kids when they get married include them in the ceremony as much as they can. Little Mason didn’t want to let these two go during their vows, so he’s in all their photographs which I know that they love.

The party!

The reception was in the same room at the venue. They chose Shustoke Barn because it’s such a gorgeous venue and they just fell in love with it. It was a Spring wedding, which are always a joy to shoot with all the plants starting to come back to life and the weather starting to perk up. I love shooting Shustoke Barn weddings because the surroundings are completely stunning. There are a couple of fields around Shustoke that are perfect for couple portraits however I don’t always use them. It depends what crop is in the field at the time, for Sarah and Dan’s wedding there was only soil in the field however this didn’t really matter as the light we had was stunning and this is of course the most important part of good photography.

They had a drinks reception in the afternoon, and a DJ in the evening. They also had a magician there during their afternoon reception to entertain their guests. Magicians at weddings are always a really big hit! Their magician even did a magic show just before their speeches which was very funny. They decorated the venue with jam jars and flowers, because they wanted to keep it simple. Shustoke is one of those venues that you don’t really need to dress up very much for it to look lovely, so I think the simple approach worked really well.

For dinner they had a roast dinner, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with a bouquet toss. The most memorable part of the day was the speeches, because they were so emotional, there were a lot of happy tears, especially on the top table.

The couple

Sarah wore a beautiful Wed2b dress and Dan wore a Next suit and they looked so perfect. Sarah’s flowers were very simple gypsophila which worked so well with her dress and Dan wore a grey bow tie that went perfectly with his blue checked suit.

Sarah and Dan’s wedding was so laid back and so much fun. Here’s their Shustoke Barn wedding!

If you’re having a Shustoke Barn wedding, get in touch!

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