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mytton and mermaid wedding

Amy and Alasdair got married this May at the gorgeous Mytton & Mermaid, which is an understated coaching inn in Shrewsbury. It was a beautiful day and even the weather played ball!

PREPARATIONS

Amy got ready at the bridal prep suite at the Mytton and Mermaid with her bridesmaids, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. She then walked the short distance to get to the ceremony.

THE VOWS

The ceremony was a legal ceremony in a beautiful room at the venue. The room wasn’t very big but it was very packed with all of Amy and Alasdair’s guests. During the ceremony they even had their beautiful dog, Ralph there. He was stood at the end of the aisle with Alasdair, waiting for Amy to arrive. It was so beautiful and such a personal service. After their ceremony we headed out into the courtyard of the Mytton and Mermaid where Amy and Alasdair had buckets of confetti thrown over them. Confetti tunnels are always some of my favourite parts of a wedding day, you get a lot of interesting faces going on.

THE AFTERNOON

The reception was in a private room at the venue. They chose Mytton & Mermaid because it’s so cosy and relaxed and they could totally personalise it. It was a really relaxed wedding, which I love, it always means that not only are the couple relaxed but so are all their guests. I love shooting Mytton and Mermaid weddings because it’s usually really relaxed. It also helps that the venue is only 10 minutes away from my house!

They had a drinks reception in the afternoon, and lots of cake and doughnuts in the evening. In my opinion any wedding can be improved by copious amounts of doughnuts! They decorated the venue with flowers and lots of colour, because they wanted to keep it simple. The decor they chose worked really well together. I particularly loved the pink theme they had throughout the whole wedding. The groom’s tie was pink, the bride’s shoes were pink and there were lots of pink flowers dotted about everywhere. Even Ralph joined in on the pink theme, with his pink bow tie.

For dinner they had proper wedding grub, which was absolutely delicious. The Mytton and Mermaid is always pretty prized for it’s food and after eating that, I can certainly see why. The first dance was a personal favourite of mine, it was Video Games by Lana Del Rey, and they finished off the evening with a huge buffet.

The most memorable part of the day was when Ralph got involved in the group shots, because he’s just the best. Dogs at weddings are pretty much the best thing ever.

The couple

Amy and Alasdair’s wedding was so much fun and had such a chilled vibe. Here’s their Mytton and Mermaid wedding!

If you’re planning a Mytton and Mermaid wedding, get in touch!

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Venue: https://www.myttonandmermaid.co.uk/

Dress: https://www.essensedesigns.com/stella-york/

Shoes: https://www.dunelondon.com/

Suit: http://www.dapperdansuithire.co.uk/

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“Oh my gosh Lisa! I feel I’ve been saying that a lot to you. but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever have so many photos that are just perfect! You really did get every bit of the wedding and I can feel the emotion and laughter of it. I can almost smell the place! Is that weird? Its everything I remember and more!”

Okayyyy guys, here it is, my big adventure for the year, Melissa and Peter’s amazing Australian wedding!

Melissa and Peter got married this June at the amazing Blackdown Tablelands, which is a beautiful National Park in Queensland, Australia. It was the most beautiful wedding and the sun shone all day long!

GETTING READY

Melissa got ready at her and Peter’s home with her parents and her maid of honour, her sister, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. They then jumped into a 4×4 to get to the ceremony. On the way to the ceremony we stopped a couple of times to get portraits of Melissa. Once, next to their neighbour’s house which had the most awesome rusted car. And the second time about halfway up to Blackdown where Melissa stood as far towards the edge as she could for me to get the perfect shot. Peter got ready at Blackdown he’d had his stag do there the night before and was camping up there with loads of their guests.

THE I DO’S

The ceremony was a beautiful service in a clearing. This is the first wedding that’s ever been hosted at this particular area in the national park. Melissa and Peter had special permissions because Peter is a ranger there. The ceremony area was absolutely beautiful and it looked like it had been made for a wedding. During the ceremony they had a beautiful reading. It was such a personal service and a real tear-jerker. After the ceremony had finished we gathered their guests together so that they could throw confetti over Melissa and Peter, this was a different kind of confetti shot to the ones I normally do but I really liked how it was set up.

AFTER THE CEREMONY

The reception was in a different clearing at Blackdown at the venue. They chose Blackdown Tablelands because it’s where they always wanted to have their wedding and it’s so meaningful to them. It was a real bush wedding, which was just wonderful. Most of the guests had to camp overnight after the wedding because it’s quite dangerous to drive out of the national park at night due to how many wild animals there are around there. I love shooting Australian weddings because the people are so chilled. When Melissa and Peter showed me around Blackdown when I first arrived I was absolutely blown away by it. For couple portraits I knew they could literally take me anywhere and they would look amazing.

They lots of homemade games in the afternoon, and live music in the evening. The homemade games were brilliant, they had “Splat the Rat”, “Guess the Guest” and Pinball! They decorated the venue with festoon lights and bunting, because it fitted with the time of year. Even though it’s summer for us in the UK in June, it was their winter. This meant it was going to start getting dark around 5pm. When I spoke to Melissa before their big day I put a big emphasis on the need for lots of light when it gets dark. The festoon lights they used were perfect, they lit everything up well and looked beautiful.

For dinner they had a hog roast, which was gobbled down in seconds by everyone. They didn’t just have one meat option but FOUR, there was so much food, it was brilliant! The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with chilled fireside hangouts and hot chocolate.

The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony, because it was so emotional.

Melissa and Peter’s wedding was totally epic and just the happiest occasion. Here’s their wonderful big day!

If you’re planning an Australian wedding, get in touch!

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the citadel“Lisa is a phenomenal photographer. I was lucky enough to have her capture my wedding day and it was the best decision I have ever made. Her photos are so beautiful and I can’t quite express how wonderful that is. I am not a particularly confident person and neither is my husband. In fact because of a spinal operation I had 10 years ago, I tend to hate full length photographs. All of that was forgotten with Lisa. I completely forgot she was even there at times. I didn’t have to pose or take time out of my day, she was just there capturing the happiness. More than that, Lisa went above and beyond. From the moment she stepped into our lives she felt like a friend and to stay an extra 2 hours past her time to capture our day until the end was the kindest gesture. I would never hesitate to recommend Lisa to anyone for any occasion- she is a gem.”

Chloe and Kieran got married this May at the spectacular Citadel, which is a stunning country house in Weston Under Redcastle, Shrewsbury. It was one of the most fun weddings I’ve shot and even the weather played ball!

GETTING READY

Chloe got ready at The Citadel with her bridesmaids, flower girls and her mum, and the atmosphere was so calm. There was one point during bridal prep, after Chloe got her dress on, that she started drinking Prosecco from the bottle. That right there is a bride after my own heart. She then walked the short distance to get to the ceremony. Just as Chloe and her bridesmaids started making their way out of The Citadel, Kieran and his groomsmen were just around the corner, so we had to get the girls to pause to let Kieran dash to where their ceremony was being held. Kieran got ready at Hawkstone Park Hotel with his brother who was also his Best Man and his family.

THE SERIOUS PART

The ceremony was a humanist service in a walled garden. Chloe & Kieran had even gone to the effort to make a backdrop of gorgeous origami cranes, which was then set against the stunning wisteria. Chloe didn’t have anyone “give her away”, she walked halfway by herself and the other half, up the aisle, with Kieran. I really loved this, walking halfway alone symbolises how independant Chloe is, and walking the rest of the distance with her soon to be husband is quite symbolic of how their journey is about to begin. During the ceremony they had all the guests pass their rings around to warm them. It was a beautiful way of involving everyone in the ceremony and so unique. Humanist ceremony’s are always the best, you can write your own vows, you can have it wherever you like and anyone can be your celebrant, even your best mate! One of my favourite moments of Chloe and Kieran’s ceremony was when they walked down the aisle together on the way out getting absolutely showered with confetti.

THE PARTY

The reception was in a marquee at the venue. They chose Citadel because it has so many options and they could totally personalise it. It was a flamingo themed wedding, which was just absolutely amazing. I loved shooting at The Citadel because the grounds are brilliant. There is SO much to use there and they obviously take great care of their flowers. The Citadel only host a handful of weddings there each year, which makes it super special, you can tell they really put their all into each and every wedding.

They had lawn games in the afternoon, and a live band in the evening. One of my favourite activities they had set up for their guests was a tent where they could make their own flower crowns, it was pretty busy in there. They decorated the venue with flamingos and they chose this, because flamingos have a significant meaning for them. I’ve never been to a flamingo themed wedding before so this was definitely a first for me, I’m hoping it won’t be my last though!

For dinner they had afternoon tea, which was such a great idea. Afternoon tea is a great way of having a laid back wedding breakfast, and it’s also delicious! The first dance was a wonderful indie number, which involved Chloe jumping on Kieran at the end, and they finished off the evening with a sparkler exit. Sparkler exit’s are always pretty hectic, especially when they’re done right at the end of the night! Getting drunk guests in order and literally handing them fire is always interesting but it was so so worth it for the shots we got.

The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony, because it was so romantic and personal. Chloe also made a video for Kieran, a mash up of the many times they’d spent together during the speeches – it was so personal!

The couple

Chloe wore a goreous Grace Loves Lace dress and Kieran wore a brilliant checked suit from Asos and they looked so incredible. Chloe’s flowers were stunning, and her flower crown just suited her down to the ground.

Chloe and Kieran’s wedding had such a chilled vibe and was so much fun. Here’s their awesome wedding!

If you’re planning a humanist wedding, get in touch!

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Venue: http://www.thecitadelweston.co.uk/

Dress: https://graceloveslace.com.au/

Shoes: https://www.valentino.com/en-gb

Suit: http://www.asos.com/

Video: http://upclosewedding.co.uk/

lake vyrnwy engagement shoot

Kelly & Nick chose to have their engagement shoot at Lake Vyrnwy, this was where they had one of their first dates. I love when couples choose a place that’s special to them for their engagement shoot, it has so much more meaning and usually means there are certain areas that are particularly special to the couple.

I met Kelly & Nick at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel which was a great meeting point! We hit it off straight away, it was the first time we’d met after they had booked me for their wedding and we got on so well it was lovely! The views at Lake Vyrnwy are absolutely breath taking, in the UK we tend to forget we have such beauty right on our doorstep! It definitely helped that it was such a gorgeous day too!

As we walked down from the hotel towards the lake we started having a chat about Kelly and Nick’s wedding plans when we were walking past some lambs. Kelly went over to them and started petting one of them, they were so friendly! Then we got on to our shared love of all animals, especially dogs! And I was absolutely over the moon to learn that Kelly and Nick’s family dogs are going to be at their wedding! I’m pretty dog obsessed so dogs at weddings are pretty much the best thing ever in my opinion!

For their shoot Kelly wore a really gorgeous blue dress which worked really well with the location, she almost blended in to the beautiful blue of the lake! After we’d been a good way around the lake having a good chat and getting some lovely photographs of Kelly and Nick, they said they’d like to go to a waterfall that they’d been to previously. I didn’t know anything about this waterfall having only been to Lake Vyrnwy once before but I was absolutely up for finding out! We went back to the Hotel and jumped into Kelly and Nick’s car so they could drive us round to the waterfall. It was a bit of a trek from the car park and involved precariously stepping on some rocks but oh boy was it worth it!

I loved Kelly and Nick’s engagement shoot so much and getting to know them as a couple. It turns out we both have a love for film, dogs and Zooey Deschanel, ideal couple right here!

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Claire and Mike had their gloriously sunny engagement shoot in Port Meadow in Oxford. Port Meadow is such a scenic area in Oxford surrounded by trees, greenery and a river. I only usually offer engagement shoots nearby to my County of Shropshire, however as my partner Luke is based in Oxford at the moment I decided it would be lovely to explore it while doing an engagement shoot!

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

I always say this but engagement shoots are a wonderful way for us to get to know each other. This was the first time I’d met Claire and Mike and it was lovely to hear about all their plans for their day, how they met, etc! Mike originally from Australia, he moved over to the UK a few years ago after meeting Claire, we ended up having a good chat about Australia because I mentioned I was going there in June!

We actually had to rearrange Claire and Mike’s engagement shoot, as when we had originally planned it we had pretty much the worst snow ever, which would have made it a logistical nightmare for both of us to get there. As it turned out this was a brilliant plan because we ended up with such wonderful weather for their shoot, it couldn’t have been more different!

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIG DAY

Claire and Mike get married this weekend and I’m SO excited! Their wedding is in Lincolnshire so I’ll be making my way there on Friday ready to shoot their wedding on Saturday. They’ve got a few surprises lined up for their guests, which I’m not going to give away just yet but they’re certainly in for a treat! I’ll be blogging their wedding very soon so keep your eyes peeled!