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Shropshire Farm Wedding

Julia and Chris had their Summer wedding back in July at their farm in Market Drayton, Shropshire. It was such a wonderful day that we all enjoyed to the fullest, despite the typical English weather. I first met Julia and Chris during their engagement shoot, they decided to have their engagement shoot on the farm as well as their wedding so I could have a look round before their wedding day. On their engagement shoot we used areas of the farm that we wouldn’t have been able to access in Julia’s dress so I’m so pleased that we were able to use them on their engagement shoot! Areas of course look different at different times of year too, when we did their engagement shoot the bluebells were out in force in the woodland so we made sure to make the most out of those while they were still in bloom.

When I arrived on Julia and Chris’ wedding day I first headed into the marquee that they’d put up in one of the fields. It looked exactly as Julia had described it would! One of my favourite things about marquees is how light and airy they are, this really worked to our advantage for Julia and Chris’ day, we were able to do some of their group shots in the marquee while the rain came down outside, this meant that all their guests were happy, dry and warm and we still got the shots we needed.

One of my favourite aspects of Julia and Chris’ day has to be their beautiful flowers by Luna Bloom. I’m a big fan of all things floral, (I even named my wedding packages after flowers!), so it always makes me really happy when my couples incorporate lots of flowers in their wedding day. Julia’s bouquet was gorgeously bright and wild, it really added an amazing bit of colour into their couple portraits on what was otherwise a very overcast day. Julia also had a flower crown, there were flowers on all their tables and dotted everywhere around the marquee, even the canape trays had flowers nestled in them! Julia and her bridesmaids also made a flower arch from artificial flowers that they used outside as a backdrop for photographs. The attention to detail was incredible!

Despite the rain Julia and Chris still nipped outside so that we could get some couple portraits. These two were absolute troopers! They used the umbrella for a little while but eventually just decided to get rid of it and deal with the rain. I’m perfectly happy to shoot in rain on a wedding day, sometimes it can be quite funny dodging the showers and getting a bit muddy!

One of the best parts of the day had to be the party in the evening, I’ve photographed a few farming communities before and the parties are always wild! When I left later on in the evening everyone was suitably drunk and dancing, it was awesome!

If you’re planning a Shropshire wedding then get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

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Wedding Dress: Elegance Bridal
Hair: Victoria at Hairspray
Make up: Beauty by Sally
Suits: Peter Posh
Videography: Vision Waves
Florist: Luna Bloom
Cake: Crumbs Cakery

Self portrait

This weeks photo of the week is of my own face eeep! It was my birthday yesterday and I spent the day meeting lots of lovely couples at Iscoyd Park’s open day. I’m back there again today and I’m really excited to meet more people who are starting to plan their weddings. Luke took this shot of me in Iscoyd’s grounds just before people started to arrive. Getting in front of the camera can be really scary, I think it’s good to put myself through it every once in a while so I can feel what my couples go through when I’m photographing them. Most people who get in touch with me tell me that they hate having their photograph taken, and honestly, me too!

After the open day we visited some family and then went out for a meal in the evening, it was a lovely chilled day! My only regret is that I didn’t get chance to have a lie in but I managed to rectify that today!

I’m super excited for the week ahead which sees the start of the 2020 wedding season! I’m heading back to Iscoyd on Saturday to photograph Nacia and Jamie tying the knot. Iscoyd is one of my favourite venues so I’m over the moon that I get to shoot my first wedding of the year there. If you’re heading to the open day at Iscoyd today, please come and say hello, I’d love to have a chat with you!

First LookA first look is when you see your partner in their wedding out just before you have your ceremony. They’re really popular in America but they’re slightly more unconventional over here in the UK. In my 5 years shooting weddings I’ve only photographed a handful of these but I can distinctly remember every single one because they were so lovely.

Lots of brides that I’ve spoken to in the past have been really nervous about walking down the aisle. The thought of everyone’s eyes on them can cause some serious anxiety, which I can totally understand! Having a first look can be a great way to calm your nerves. The most important person in the room will have already seen you in your outfit and I can guarantee that you will feel way less nervous! You can still walk down the aisle separately if you’d like to but you can be safe in the knowledge that your husband or wife to be thinks you look amazing.

First Looks can be more Intimate

A first look can also be a much more intimate moment than seeing each other for the first time as you’re walking down the aisle. You can do it outside or in a room with no one else around, that way you totally get to focus on each other. In a traditional wedding format there are lots of other people looking at both of you while you see each other for the first time. Whereas with a first look you can have a chat to each other and really take each other in before you reveal your outfits to everyone else.

First Looks are great for photography

From a photography perspective first looks are wonderful because I can capture both of your reactions as you see each other. Without a second shooter it can be really difficult to photograph both of your reactions as one of you comes down the aisle. The other person will generally turn to look at the person coming down the aisle so all I can see at that point (if I’m at the front) is the back of their head. A first look is a really great way of guaranteeing that shot. If this is something that is particularly important to you I’d really recommend doing a first look.

If you’re having a late ceremony in Autumn or Winter a first look is a great time for us to do your couple portraits to make the most of the daylight. One of my couples in 2018 had a 4pm ceremony in November. I knew that by the time we came out of their ceremony it would be dark, so I suggested they do a first look so we could do their couple portraits in daylight. They thought it sounded like a lovely idea and it worked so well! Another added benefit was that after their ceremony they got to spend more time with their guests. Time that we would have used for their couple portraits was more time they could spend with their family and friends, as we’d already done them earlier in the day.

If you’re thinking about doing a first look for your wedding then have a chat with me and we’ll make it happen!

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brown moss nature reserve engagement shoot

Danielle and Colm had their engagement shoot the week before their wedding at Brown Moss Nature Reserve in Whitchurch. I’d never shot at Brown Moss Nature Reserve before but we chose it because it was very close to their wedding venue, Iscoyd Park. This was my first time meeting Danielle and Colm, I already knew from our emails that we were going to get on brilliantly.

With engagement shoots I always start off by shooting a little bit further away to give you both a bit of time to get used to me and my camera. I don’t like to direct my couples too much as I really want to avoid the photographs looking really posed. My main aim for an engagement shoot is simply to get my couples to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Unless you’re a model it’s always a bit weird being photographed, I don’t like being in front of the camera myself! My directions always just consist of asking the couple to have a cuddle and look at each other. While I’m shooting I keep talking to them (usually about how much of a weirdo I look shooting through bushes). Danielle and Colm absolutely aced it! They were so comfortable in front of the camera and were really happy to have a good laugh with each other, which to me is absolutely key to creating beautiful images. My favourite thing in the world to photograph is people in love laughing.

While we were walking around Brown Moss we had time to have a good chat about the plans for their day and their timeline. I tend to do engagement shoots about 1-3 months before wedding days so my couples have a clear idea of their plans and we can have a good chat through how I will work on their day.

During the engagement shoot we came across lots of muddy dogs being walked, they were very excited to see us and really wanted to jump up on Danielle’s pristine white jeans! Thankfully we managed to keep them away from her so we didn’t have to take all the photos from the waist upwards! Towards the end of the shoot it started drizzling with rain so we decided to make our way back to the cars. Thanks so Colm’s incredible sense of direction we made it back, I was fully lost and Google Maps definitely wasn’t helping!

I shot their awesome wedding at Iscoyd Park the week after their engagement shoot and it was so much fun! I can’t wait to share it on the blog here soon. In the meantime, here’s Danielle and Colm’s awesome engagement shoot.

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newborn shoot

This weeks photo of the week is a pretty special one. Not only have I been lucky enough to photograph Chloe and Kieran’s wedding and maternity shoot but I’ve now photographed them with their gorgeous new born daughter, Rosa-Rae. Family photography is something I’d love to do more of in 2020, especially for some of my wedding couples. When I first met Chloe and Kieran at their wedding I instantly knew we’d get on so well, they’re super cool and so chilled. I was over the moon for them when they told me they were expecting a baby and I knew they were going to make the most amazing parents. Getting to see them on Friday with the tiny Rosa-Rae, I could see how loved she is!

Rosa was such a trooper through the whole shoot, she had quite a few naps, a few feeds and towards the end of the shoot she woke up and started pulling lots of awesome poses for the camera. This is such a special time for the three of them, Rosa-Rae is only a few weeks old and Kieran goes back to work on Monday, I think having a shoot in these first few weeks is such a lovely way of remembering this time that you spent together, getting to know you new tiny human. I love seeing my wedding couples grow into families, Chloe and Kieran have definitely become friends of mine, rather than clients, since their wedding back in 2018. This has to be my absolute favourite thing about my job! I love taking beautiful photographs but what I love even more is connecting with people. I also love that I’ve given Chloe and Kieran photographs that Rosa-Rae will look at as she grows up, and if she chooses to have kids herself one day, she can show her children too.

I absolutely loved photographing Chloe and Kieran and brand new Rosa-Rae. I’m so excited to shoot more family photography this year!

Make sure to pop back to the blog next week to see another photo of the week!