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apley woods engagement shoot

Sarah and Ed had their engagement shoot at Apley Woods in Telford. I love doing shoots here, it’s really easy to get to and there are loads of places for us to use during the shoot. This is usually the place I suggest for shoots when couples don’t know where they would like to do it. Most couples I photograph are pretty nervous before their engagement shoot, which I totally get! I had a shoot last year with Luke and I was so nervous beforehand! Sarah and Ed however had no nerves at all, they were so easy to photograph! One of my favourite shots from their shoot is of Ed giving Sarah a piggy back, this is a shot I would normally lead up to on a shoot but Sarah and Ed went for this at the first place we started taking photographs.

Engagement Shoots in Shropshire

After their shoot I knew that their wedding was going to be really lovely. We had a good chat about their plans on the shoot, and I’ve since shot their wedding and I can confirm it was awesome! They had their ceremony at St Mary’s Whitewell church in Whitchurch and had their reception back at Iscoyd Park in Whitchurch. I love shooting at Iscoyd Park, it’s one of my favourite venues in Shropshire!

I love doing engagement shoots all throughout the year, we did Sarah and Ed’s shoot in February so the snowdrops were out in force. Snowdrops have to be one of the best plants that’s around in winter! Another awesome thing about doing shoots and weddings in winter is the light. Winter light is absolutely gorgeous, especially sunset. Sunset is really early in winter which often means I get to shoot it more often in winter than in summer.

Keep checking back on the blog to see Sarah and Ed’s awesome Iscoyd Park wedding!

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Nikki and Alex got married in September at the unusual Sabrina Boat, which is a quirky triple deck boat in Shrewsbury. They had their ceremony at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, which is just a short walk away. It was a beautiful day and even the weather played ball!

Bridal prep

Nikki got ready in a quirky Airbnb in Shrewsbury with her bridesmaids and mum, and the atmosphere was so relaxed. The wedding party then walked the short trip to get to the ceremony. With it being a Saturday it was a really busy day in Shrewsbury so loads of people saw Nikki and her bridesmaids on their way to the ceremony. I always love it when couples walk to their ceremony and reception, it’s such a great choice if it’s close by!

Civil Ceremony at Shrewsbury Museum

The ceremony was a legal ceremony in their local town at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is such a quirky place to hold a wedding, it has some amazing pieces of art work which are really cool to use for couple portraits. During the ceremony they had a beautiful reading. It was such a lovely service and so emotional. My favourite part of the ceremony was straight after the kiss when Nikki had a little tear of happiness. I always love photographing happy tears on wedding days!

Sabrina Boat Reception

The reception was on two floors on at The Sabrina Boat. They chose the venue because it’s really quirky and they just fell in love with it. It was a n intimate wedding, which I really love photographing. The Sabrina Boat was the perfect setting for this too, as all the guests are quite close together on the boat. I love shooting Sabrina Boat weddings because they’re always really unique. Most of the guests are on the top floor of the boat for the majority of the reception and the evening party happens on the lower deck. It’s best suited for more intimate weddings.

They had drinks and canapes in the afternoon, and a fireworks display in the evening. The fireworks display really topped off an amazing day.It looked amazing from the Sabrina Boat above the River Severn. Nikki and Alex kept it as a surprise for their guests as well which was brilliant, it was so nice seeing everyone’s reactions.

For dinner they had proper wedding grub, which was loved by all the guests. Having food on a boat is a real treat, it’s so unusual but the food was still amazing! The first dance involved the wedding party getting on the dancefloor to get the dancing going, and they finished off the evening with fireworks.

The most memorable part of the day was when we did their couple portraits in the Quarry Park in Shrewsbury, because it was so romantic and personal. This was such a good place for us to take their portraits as it was on the way to the Sabrina.

The couple

Nikki wore a Rita Mae wedding dress and Alex wore a Moss bros suit and they looked so incredible. Nikki’s flowers were lovely, sunflowers are the happiest flowers in my opinion and they really suited Nikki’s personality and Alex’s suit was green tweed which looked amazing and really went with the quirky theme of their day.

Nikki and Alex’s wedding was totally epic and had such a chilled vibe. Here’s their awesome Sabrina Boat wedding!

If you’re throwing a Sabrina Boat wedding, get in touch!

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bride and groom at weston park

Gulshan and Jack got married in March at the spectacular Weston Park, which is an old mansion in Weston-Under-Lizard. They had their ceremony at St Andrews Church, which is in the grounds at Weston Park. It was a gorgeous day and the sun shone all day long!

Bridal prep

Gulshan got ready in the Bridal suite at Weston Park with her mum and her good friends, and the atmosphere was so calm. Having met Gulshan and Jack for their engagement shoot in London before their wedding I knew that they were both very calm people. So I knew Gulshan’s prep would have a really calm atmosphere too. She didn’t have any bridesmaids so the room she was getting ready in wasn’t too overcrowded which added to the calm atmosphere. She then walked the short trip to get to the ceremony. She walked to the ceremony with her friend.

Gulshan and Jack got ready in the Bridal suite at Weston Park with her mum and her good friends, and the atmosphere was so calm. Having met Gulshan and Jack for their engagement shoot in London before their wedding I knew that they were both very calm people. So I knew Gulshan’s prep would have a really calm atmosphere too. She didn’t have any bridesmaids so the room she was getting ready in wasn’t too overcrowded which added to the calm atmosphere. They then walked the short trip to the ceremony. She walked to the ceremony with a really close friend who also gave her away.

Ceremony at St Andrews

The ceremony was a beautiful service in a stunning church in the grounds at Weston Park. St Andrews is quite a small church which was perfect for Gulshan and Jack’s wedding as they had just the right amount of guests to fill it up but they were all still close enough to the front that they could hear what was going on. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was a really lovely way of involving their close friends in their ceremony and so meaningful. After their ceremony we headed outside to do their confetti shot. I always love this part of the day, especially when there’s really good amount of confetti to go round, which Gulshan and Jack definitely had! Gulshan and Jack also had a little moment to themselves while I lined everyone up with confetti. I think this is really important to do on a wedding day, even if it’s only 5 minutes, it’s so lovely for you both to have a little bit of time just to yourselves.

Reception at Weston Park

The reception was in the library at Weston Park. They chose the venue because it has so many options and they just love it there. It was a Spring wedding, which I always love shooting. The flowers are just starting to bloom and everything is coming to life again. They had a beautiful magnolia tree in the grounds at Weston Park that we used for some of their portraits, as soon as I spotted it I knew I wanted to use it. I love shooting Weston Park weddings because the grounds are absolutely amazing. I also love the library in particular. I’m a massive book nerd so whenever I get chance to shoot in a library I love it! The light in there was beautiful too which just added to my love for it.

They had drinks and canapes in the afternoon, and live music in the evening. The band in the evening were brilliant, they really got everyone involved up on the dance floor. They decorated the venue with flowers and they chose this, because they wanted to keep it simple. I think this decoration worked really well at Weston Park because the room that their wedding breakfast was in has gorgeous orange walls, too much decoration in this room would look too busy. Their cake was a gorgeous 3 tier peachy orange creation which was also a nod to Gulshan’s Indian heritage, it was beautiful!

For dinner they served a slap up meal, which was absolutely delicious. Weston Park is such a fancy venue, they even brought out my food on a silver platter (it was actually too heavy for me to lift up!). The first dance involved the wedding party getting on the dance floor to get the dancing going, and they finished off the evening with everyone up on the dance floor.

The most memorable part of the day was the speeches, because Gulshan did her own speech which I really loved. Unfortunately it’s not that common for brides to do speeches still and the feminist in me was really pleased that Gulshan decided to say a few words.

The couple

Gulshan wore a gorgeous Pol Nunez gown and Jack wore a Huntsman London suit and they looked so amazing. Gulshan’s flowers were beautiful, her bouquet was mostly made up of whites and greens. This was by Fine Flowers.

Gulshan and Jack’s wedding had such a chilled vibe and was such a lovely day. Here’s their Weston Park wedding!

If you’re throwing a Weston Park wedding, get in touch!

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kiss among the blossoms“Lisa recently photographed our wedding and we also had an engagement shoot with Lisa back in October! Every interaction we have had with Lisa has been lovely, she is like a friend which definitely puts you at ease especially, if like me, you aren’t a fan of having your photos taken! Unfortunately for us our engagement shoot was done under pretty bad weather conditions, it absolutely chucked it down but Lisa was so good, we persevered and the photos where so much better than we could have hoped for! I thought we’d look like drowned rats but Lisa had all the right gear to ensure this didn’t happen and she just captured us, just as we are! We had fun and knew from that moment that we had 100% found the right photographer for us! Lisa photos aren’t traditionally formal, and we didn’t want our wedding to be formal either! The whole idea was that it’d be fun and easy going! Her photos capture exactly the mood of the day, it was a beautiful spring day full of love and laughter and this radiates through in every image! On the day Lisa just melted into the background, we had the package with two photographers and I honestly didn’t even know they were there for most of the day, this has led to beautiful candid shots of not just us but all the people we love! I cannot recommend Lisa enough, and am only sad we don’t get to do it all over again with her! My advice for any newly engaged couples is follow Lisa’s Instagram and see some of the gorgeous pics she posts (also loads of good book recommendations)! But I also wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and capturing the essence of our day so wonderfully!”

Erin and Josh got married in March at the lovely Dodmoor House, which is a quirky barn in Northampton. It was such a fun wedding and it was beautifully sunny!

Getting ready

Erin got ready at Dodmoor House with her bridesmaids and mum, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. The girls then walked across the courtyard to get to the ceremony. Josh got ready at a nearby hotel with his groomsmen and loads of his family members. They travelled to the ceremony in a minibus.

Civil Ceremony at Dodmoor House

The ceremony was a lovely legal ceremony in the courtyard barn. They kept the decorations quite simple, with lots of fairy lights and flowers. Dodmoor House’s barn is really beautiful so it doesn’t need much decoration. After the ceremony Erin, Josh and their guests all headed outside into the spring sunshine to throw confetti and have some drinks. While I was lining everybody up for the confetti shot Erin and Josh hid around the corner to have a moment to themselves. My second shooter, Dani caught them at this moment having a little kiss, I love this shot because Erin and Josh didn’t know it was being taken and it was one of the rare moments in the day that they got to spend completely alone.

The party

The reception was in the catesby barn at the venue. They chose Dodmoor House because it’s so cosy and relaxed and would have been a perfect venue whatever the weather did. It was a film themed wedding, which I really loved. I watch a lot of films myself so I always love to see the kind of films my couples like too. Their tables were named after some brilliant fiilms, such as Love Actually and The Dark Knight. I love shooting Dodmoor House weddings because the surroundings are just incredible.

They had drinks and canapes in the afternoon, and a live band in the evening. They decorated the venue with wildflowers and movie decor, because they’re obsessed with movies. Erin and Josh got married in March and there was the most beautiful magnolia tree out in the grounds. When I saw it when I first drove into the venue I knew we had to use it for their couple portraits! There’s also a gorgeous canal right next to the venue which we also used for their couple portraits, this looked incredible!

For dinner they had a slap up meal, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with everyone up on the dancefloor!

The funniest part of the day was had to be the best man’s speech. Josh chose his brother as his best man, which is super lovely and also very handy because he just so happened to be a really funny guy. I have seen a LOT of best man speeches doing this job and this was seriously one of the best! He had everybody (including me!) in fits of laughter!

The couple

Erin wore a beautiful dress from Serendipity Brides and Josh wore a very smart Hugo Boss suit and they looked so amazing. Erin’s flowers were beautiful and really went with their overall look for the day and Josh’s tie was super cool, I loved the blue and white polka dot.

Erin and Josh’s wedding was so much fun and so laid back. Here’s their Dodmoor House wedding!

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

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dogs at weddings

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore dogs, so I’m always over the moon whenever my couples decide to have their dog with them at their wedding. I’ve complied a few handy tips and tricks for including your dog in your wedding day which is well worth a read if this is something you’re thinking about doing.

Doggy Ring Bearer

Having your dog as your ring bearer is one of the best ways to include your dog in your day. This can admittedly be quite dependant upon how obedient your dog is, you wouldn’t want them running the opposite direction from the aisle when it comes to the ring exchange! It’s usually a good idea to have a responsible guest looking after your furry friend before their big moment to deliver the rings arrives.

Have them along for your Couple Portraits

I’ve had a few couples over the last few years who have just had their dog with them during their group shots or couple portraits. It could be that you really want your dog to be there on your day but they’re either super excitable and would potentially wee on someone’s outfit. Or you don’t want to give someone the responsibility of looking after them all day. Some dog sitters will give you the option of bringing your dog along for part of your wedding day. This way you know they’re well looked after and you know they won’t be left to their own devices to potentially eat your wedding cake. There are some services, like Quintessential Wedding Day Dogs who will do exactly that and will even take them back to a 5 star boarding kennels in the evening!

Make it Dog Friendly

This is along the same lines as hiring a dog sitter for the day or designating one of your guests to look after your canine friend. Weddings can be super hectic for humans, let alone dogs, so it’s super important to make your wedding as dog friendly as possible. Giving your dog a chilled out space where they can go and just be with the person who is looking after them is really important. The noise and crowds of weddings can really stress some dogs out. I know my dog, Buddy really hates diverting from his routine, it stresses him out and a wedding is of course a big change to their normal routine! It’s important that your dog has someone constantly looking after them and making sure they have constant access to water. Giving your dog their own area to eat is also important, dogs, like humans, generally want to be left alone while they’re eating. And a quiet area with a dog bed for them to have a nap in when it all gets too much is ideal. One of my couples a few years ago had their dog’s crate next to their top table. This worked really well for them as the crate was familiar to the dog (a bit like having a portable bedroom) and they really wanted to be next to their humans.

Dog of Honour

I have met a LOT of people who claim they like dogs more than people. I’m fully in the camp of “we don’t deserve dogs”. A perfect way of showing this adoration is by making your best pal your dog of honour. They don’t need to fill any role and won’t have to give a speech, they just get the glorious title!

Have them with you for your wedding morning

So there’s a chance some of you will have read through all of this thinking, it sounds amazing and you’d love to have your dog there but they’d definitely get too excited or stressed so it’s in their best interest not to be present for your wedding. Having them with you while you get ready means you still get to spend some time with them on your big day but there won’t be loads of people round to make them stressed. You can either leave them at home (and have a designated person go and check up on them) or have a dog sitter pick them up from where you’re getting ready. If that’s still not practical you should definitely bring them along to your engagement shoot!

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