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“We really liked the example photos Lisa had published on her website. We preferred that there seemed to be very few posed photographs, instead, just lots of photos taken of people acting naturally, enjoying themselves, caught in the moment. This more informal, laid back approach was something we much preferred to more “traditional” wedding photographs.

Working with Lisa on the day was so easy. We’d met Lisa before the wedding for an engagement shoot (something we’d not really thought about but having done it would highly recommend) so we’d got used to a bit of posing and gave an opportunity for the three of us to meet. On both occasions, Lisa made it feel really natural to pose in front of the camera. She managed to coral 120 people into the right position really quickly and got some awesome photos of us all together. Then, once we’d done the group photos and a some of just the two of us, she continued to move about and get some great photos. Lisa always made us feel relaxed in front of the camera and gave us easy to follow directions. Lisa also gave us a lot of confidence, it was so nice to know we had someone that we could trust to be getting on with what we needed her to do, without having to worry about it.

The photographs are amazing! The photos Lisa took of our friends and family as they arrived are great, catching people chatting and greeting each other. Lisa’s suggestion for a circle around us to throw confetti was awesome and the picture is *so* good, full of smiling happy faces. Lisa scouted out the venue for some great places to take photos of the two of us, in places I’d never have even thought to suggest, and they make for a fantastic backdrop. And the photos Lisa took during the firework display are just…wow!

If you’re looking for someone to photograph the important things at your wedding, you and your guests having a great time, then you should definitely hire Lisa. She’ll take pictures that really capture the fun, love and happiness from your wedding day. Lisa is friendly, has a great sense of humour and bent over backwards to help us on our wedding day. Our personalities really come across in the photos Lisa took and she personalised her service to match what we wanted. Additionally, and I can’t stress enough how important this is, Lisa really helps put your mind at rest in the run up to the wedding. She always responded to emails, always answered all the our questions and always made us feel like we were important to her. As the stress levels start to rise in the run up to your wedding day, knowing you can trust Lisa to be getting on with what she’s supposed to be doing, is a massive load off your mind!”

Tess and Sean had the most beautiful wedding at Ellesmere College back in August. We’d done their engagement shoot earlier in the month at Wenlock Priory so I knew that their wedding day was going to be just as lovely! I’d never shot at Ellesmere College before, it’s quite an exclusive venue so it’s not just open for everyone to get married in. To get married at Ellesmere College you either need to have been a past student, or you need a connection with the college. Tess’s dad worked at the college for many years so it was really meaningful to Tess and Sean to get married there.

Tess and Sean opted not to have their prep covered and just asked me to arrive at Ellesmere college in the morning and photograph them and their guests arriving. This was also a great opportunity for me to have a good look around the college and the college grounds so that I could pick out a few places where we could do their group shots and couple portraits later on in the day. I was blown away by how beautiful the college is! There were so many areas inside particularly that were perfect for their couple portraits. It has the most amazing massive windows outside the church that I knew we had to use these for some of their shots.

One aspect of Tess and Sean’s wedding that I was really looking forward to was the fireworks. I knew it was a bit of a surprise for all of their guests and I was so excited to photograph them! It was really wonderful seeing everyone’s reactions to the fireworks, I couldn’t believe how long the display lasted, it was such an amazing end to the night!

If you’re getting married at Ellesmere College then feel free to get in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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Iscoyd Park WeddingI think we can all agree that 2020 has been a funny old year so far. By this time in an average year wedding season would be in full swing, I’d be incredibly busy, pretty tired and having the best time ever photographing all my wonderful couples. This year however, Corona Virus had different plans which means that so many of my couples have had to make the difficult decision to postpone their weddings. With many couples having their original wedding dates coming up, it can be filled with so many emotions, grief over your cancelled plans and worry about whats to come. I think it’s really important that we all remember the reasons behind why weddings have been put on hold, it’s to keep everyone safe and healthy. I am missing working SO much but no wedding, and no photographs are worth putting anyone at risk. I promise all your weddings will be worth every moment you’ve had to wait! If your original wedding date is coming up and you want to find a way to mark the date in some way, maybe even by turning it into an extra, private celebration then keep reading, I’ve put a few ideas together for how you can mark your original wedding date.

Have a small gathering in your garden

The guidelines are changing quite rapidly, however one thing you can definitely do is have a small gathering in your garden of up to 6 people. It has to involve social distancing but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your original wedding date with a few of your nearest and dearest in a really chilled out way. You could have a barbecue, and you could even involve a super small ceremony and even speeches. This could literally be your wedding day in miniature without any of the legal bits. It could be a nice way of having two days to celebrate, instead of just the one, that can’t be a bad thing!

Have a special meal

I definitely don’t think you should be cooking on your original wedding date (unless you love cooking!). Order in take away from your favourite restaurant or just chow down on some take away pizza. Whatever you do, just make it special, sit at the table, light a few candles and make eyes at each other over your spaghetti!

Get your wedding flowers delivered

Nothing says a celebration to me more than flowers. It’s likely that if you’ve changed your wedding to another season then you won’t be able to have exactly the same flowers that you originally hoped for on your new date. You may as well make the most of the time of year that they bloom and ask your florist to deliver them to your house instead. This could just consist of your bouquet and a table arrangement for your dining table rather than the full shebang!

Book an engagement shoot

I’ve had a few couples book in for an engagement shoot to mark their original wedding date. We can do the shoot anywhere you like within Shropshire and it can be a really lovely way of documenting this time and remembering your date. You can even get dressed up in you wedding outfits if you’d like to! If you don’t want to show off your proper wedding dress until the day itself then you can pick up some really beautiful reasonably priced wedding dresses on Asos! Just drop me a message if you’d like to do this and I’ll get you booked in!

Write your vows

This idea is stolen off my lovely friend Danielle who was supposed to get married back in May. Danielle and her future husband spent some time on their original wedding date writing their own vows to say on their new date. I thought this was a really lovely idea, I’m a big fan of couples writing their own vows anyway but there couldn’t be a better time to do that than on what should have been your wedding day.

Have a zoom ceremony

If your friends and family live quite far from you, instead of having people over to gather in your garden you could have a ceremony on zoom. If you invite me along I will definitely bring my camera and shoot my pc screen like mad! (A sentence I never thought I’d write pre-covid!).

Practice your first dance

It doesn’t have to be a grand choreographed ensemble, you could just have a little boogie together in your living room. Bonus points if you dress up and put fairy lights around the room!

Have your wedding cake

Just because your wedding is postponed doesn’t mean your cake has to be! Contact your cake maker and ask if they would be happy to make a smaller version of your wedding cake for just the two of you to enjoy. Cake tasting is always one of the best bits of the lead up to a wedding, you may as well squeeze as much of that in as you can!

All in all, just spend it exactly how you want to. It’s not the day you planned and it is 100% okay to be upset about that (even to have a bit of a cry). Hopefully this will have given you a few ideas of how to spend the day if it’s coming up for you. I can’t wait to be there for your wedding, it’s going to be worth the wait, I promise!

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At the moment it’s no secret that small businesses are struggling, I’m certainly one of them, I earn most of my yearly income in the Spring and Summer months. I really wanted to help other small businesses in some way, with money and also using my platform to promote them. I’ve decided to spend a bit of money every month on something from a small business. In April I purchased one of Shelley Richmond’s beautiful photographic prints of spring flowers in a flat lay. It’s no secret that I love flowers and all things floral so when I saw this print that Shelley had for sale in her print shop I knew it would be the most gorgeous addition to our home. It’s printed on the most beautiful fine art paper that you really do have to see in person to appreciate how beautiful it is. We’re planning to put this gorgeous piece up in our living room (when we eventually get round to painting it!), I cannot wait to have this pride of place above our piano. It’s going to add some beautiful spring time goodness to our home regardless of the season!

If you fancy your own print then head to Shelley’s print shop where you can find this photo and many more to choose from!

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It’s time for a new photo of the week! This week features my partner, Luke playing guitar on our bed in some lovely light. This was taken as part of my current 365 project The Happiness Endeavour, where I take one photo a day using a prompt from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 things to be happy about. I’ll be posting a bigger update of the project so far on here soon and it’s also available to check out on Instagram right now. This week I should have been shooting Zandie and Daniel’s wedding but unfortunately this global pandemic we’re currently dealing with had other ideas. I’m really sad that I haven’t been able to get immersed in this years wedding season, I always look forward to getting back to shooting in Spring, as winter is usually quite quiet for me. It’s looking quite likely that I will only be shooting a few weddings this year, which is totally understandable given the current situation. This does mean that 2021 is probably going to be really busy! For this reason I’ve raised the number of weddings I will accept to a maximum of 40. Dates are starting to get booked in quickly for 2021 now so please don’t leave it too long if you’d like me to be there to photograph your wedding!

I’m hoping that in the later part of this year I can start doing lots of family shoots and work with small businesses on some branding photography. I think we can all agree this year is pretty weird so far, but I honestly believe if we have our health, we have everything.

Next week is going to consist of a lot more of the same, staying at home! I’m really loving getting creative every day though, be sure to check back this time next week to see what I’ve been up to!

Harry Fisher FilmsHarry Fisher is a documentary wedding filmmaker based in Shropshire, he covers weddings all over the UK and I’ve been lucky enough to work with him at Verity and Dave’s wedding at The Bridal Barn where he not only captured their wedding beautifully but also made a video of me shooting at the same time, what a legend! Harry is on my recommended suppliers list, I only recommend suppliers I know and trust and have worked with in the past. It’s very important to choose a filmmaker who’s style you love and also someone who’s a lovely person, you’ll be spending a lot of time on your wedding day with them, it’s so important you get along! Harry is not only a really talented filmmaker, but he is also one of the nicest people I’ve worked with during a wedding day, you can’t go wrong with choosing him to video your day! I caught up with Harry recently and he very kindly answered a few of my questions about his work…
How long have you been shooting weddings and how did you get into shooting them?

My first few weddings happened whilst seeking out work-experience during my studies at University. It really clicked with me and I much preferred it over the more corporate-driven work I
had tried, so it was there and then that I decided I wanted to pursue this full-time. I officially began my venture into the industry four years ago and it has been a truly rewarding experience
watching my style grow and develop over those first few years. I love that I am able to convey a sense of my own personality in my work and produce something that reflects my own tastes as an
individual.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding day to capture?

Without a doubt it is the evening! My favourite time of day is dusk as I love the blueish tones and the unique patterns in the sky that form over the landscape. All the guests are more relaxed and it is also when I capture my favourite moments such as portraits, short informal interviews with guests, and if I am really lucky sparklers and a firework display.

What’s the best bit about being a filmmaker?

The freedom to hone my creativity and craft something that people will cherish for years to come. To me, it is all about emotion and the ability to make you feel something when you watch my
work back. There is no better feeling than having a client message me and tell me they teared up on multiple occasions. It solidifies exactly what I set out to achieve.

What’s your favourite style of wedding to video?

The documentary approach – relaxed and candid moments with nothing staged or set up. It always makes me smile when somebody does something silly for the camera, which is why I love
filming people dance.

Out of all the weddings you’ve shot, what has been your favourite venue?

I have shot at a lot of venues now but The Citadel will always remain my personal favourite as it was the very first wedding that I shot independently. I have always loved going back. It always
sticks out in my mind but I can’t quite pinpoint why that is exactly… it must be those evening skies!

If you were going to recommend any other supplier to a couple, who would it be?

This is a difficult question as I have met many wonderful suppliers over the last four years and it would be hard to single out just one individual. Personally, I always look for someone I click with
that also compliments my own shooting style. Lisa is one of those people and she is very high on my recommended supplier list. If you’re looking for a live band I can’t stress enough how great
The Hot Jazz Biscuits are either, they always encourage lots of fantastic moments on the dance floor and bring a certain energy that I am yet to see surpassed at a wedding.

Check out Harry’s work below and take a peek at his website for more!

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