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wedding at The Wroxeter Hotel

Stef and Gareth had the most glorious summer wedding at The Wroxeter Hotel in Shropshire. They said their I do’s in my local church, St Peters in Wrockwardine and then nipped over to The Wroxeter to celebrate for the rest of the day. This is the second time I’ve photographed a wedding in Wrockwardine Church,the first one was a couple of years ago. I’ve been in the church many times though, including for my own christening! My parents also got married there so it’s really lovely for me to be able to go back now and photograph other couples weddings there.

Wildflower Meadow at The Wroxeter

One of my favourite areas at The Wroxeter in Summer has to be their wildflower meadow that’s hidden behind the back of the tipi. It makes the most beautiful photographs and because you can’t see it unless you go looking for it, it means that you’ve got a bit of privacy for when we’re doing your couple portraits. We were so lucky with the weather for Stef and Gaz’s day, it was raining a bit when Stef arrived at church and after their ceremony when they came out of church but it really brightened up later on when we were at The Wroxeter. I was so pleased the weather was so lovely because it meant we got to use the grounds of The Wroxeter to their full potential.

During their wedding breakfast I was sat on a table with some of Stef’s current and old work friends. I love sitting with the guests during the wedding breakfast as it’s really lovely to get to know them as well as the couple. There were so many laughs during dinner, including a cork going flying from a prosecco bottle,  I knew the evening reception was going to be brilliant! During their engagement shoot they told me how wild some of their friends are, I love a full dancefloor so I was really looking forward to photographing their guests having a great time dancing.

When Stef and Gaz first enquired I dropped into the conversation with Luke who I’d had an enquiry from because they lived in the same village as me. He then told me that he knew Stef from when they were both at sixth form, it’s such a small world! During their wedding planning I got to know Gaz and Stef, including doing an gorgeous summer evening engagement shoot with them in Wrockwardine village, it was so lovely to watch them tie the knot. I become really invested in all my couples, I always like to get to know them before the day, which is what makes an engagement shoot so brilliant. By the time their wedding day comes round I want them to see me more like an old friend rather than a photographer. Stef and Gaz really got into the spirit of treating me like a friend, including plying me with gin before we did their engagement shoot! They even invited Luke to their evening reception so we could both join in with the party after I’d finished shooting. This is the only time I have ever stayed at a wedding to have a few drinks, by the time I was two drinks down I was tearing up the dancefloor with Luke, who was supposed to be giving me a lift home. In the end we stayed until the very end of their wedding, did shots with them and fell into a taxi around 1 or 2am. Luke told me the next day that when he arrived Stef had gone over to him to tell him to make sure I relaxed and partied with them, they definitely accomplished what they set out to do, although I didn’t feel very clever the next day it was totally worth it!

Take a peek at their full day below. If you’re planning a wedding at The Wroxeter then get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

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Shropshire Maternity Shoot

So if you’ve been following my blog for a little while you might recognise these two beauties from their wedding I shot last year at The Citadel. I so excited for them both to be expecting a baby, I know they’re going to make the most wonderful parents! I’ve done a little bit of family photography in the past but since my niece and nephew were born last year it’s something I’ve really wanted to do more of. I’ll be properly launching the family photography side of my business at the start of 2020 and will start taking bookings for more shoots then, keep your eyes peeled for more announcements!

I’ve really fallen behind on sharing a photo a week on here ever since moving house, it’s slightly insane how time consuming it is! Thankfully I’m starting to get back into the swing of things now, just in time for Christmas and I’m hoping to keep on top of my blogging from now on. Since moving I’ve had a few more bookings for next year and 2021 which is really exciting. I’m now two thirds booked for 2020, I’m so excited for all the weddings I’ve got booked in so far and hate having to turn people away. Please get in touch soon if you’d like to book me!

I’ve got another maternity shoot lined up this weekend which I cannot wait for, I love seeing my wedding couples grow their families, I feel so privileged that I get to continue telling their story after they get married. I loved Chloe and Kieran telling me all the little things that they’re looking forward to about being parents and what they will teach their daughter as she grows up. I will be doing a full blog post of this shoot very soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Remember to check back next week where there definitely will be another photo of the week!

Lilleshall Abbey Engagement Shoot

Lilleshall Abbey is a beautiful English Heritage site in Shropshire. When Vez and Ste said they’d like to do their engagement shoot there I absolutely jumped at the chance. I hadn’t shot there before and I love getting to shoot in new places. We did their shoot at the end of May, the weather was beautiful and these two turned up looking absolutely spectacular. Vez told me that she’d actually made the skirt she was wearing the day before the shoot! Although this was the first time I’d met them I’d spoken to Vez quite a bit on Instagram so I felt like I already knew her and I knew that we’d get along so well! We’re both massive bookworms and if there’s one thing I don’t shut up about, it’s books!

Relaxed Engagement Shoot in Shropshire

I always like engagement shoots to be really chilled out, there’s never any stiff posing, it’s just a lot of chatting and having a laugh. I really love getting to know my couples and an engagement shoot is the perfect time to do that, it’s a great way of me finding out what’s really important to you on your wedding day and what you’re like as a couple. I do direct couples during engagement shoots and couple portraits on the wedding day but it’s only along the lines of “have a cuddle” or “swear at each other”. The initial engagement shoot is a great opportunity for me to see how you interact as a couple so I can see which direction works best so that we can absolutely nail the couple portraits on your day.

Vez and Ste had their wedding at Goldstone Hall and during their shoot I got a good idea from Vez and Ste the kind of wedding they wanted. They did away with a few wedding traditions, Vez didn’t want too many people at prep so asked me to meet them at church and neither of them are a fan of dancing so they didn’t have an evening reception. It was clear from their engagement shoot they just wanted a really chilled out day where they got married and spent time with their friends and family. Those are 100% my favourite weddings! I cannot wait to share their day with you on the blog soon, but for now enjoy their gorgeous engagement shoot.

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at home farm wedding

“We just wanted to take the time to say how glad and grateful we are that you were our wedding photographer. Neither James or I are particularly big fans of having our photos taken, so standing for hours posing certainly wouldn’t have been our thing! You made us feel sooo relaxed and the couple and family photographs seemed to take just seconds so we really could enjoy spending time with our friends and family (which I’ve so often heard isn’t the case!). All the photos are absolutely beautiful, especially the way you’ve managed to capture the light in them. It has been such a pleasure to look through them and getting to see all the little moments that we didn’t see on the day. The whole day was such a team effort and it wouldn’t have been the same without everyone who was involved, and that includes you, you were not only a photographer on the day but a friend and a massive support, so we wanted to send you a huge thank you!!”

Charlie and James had the most wonderful relaxed DIY wedding at Charlie’s parents home farm in Bridgnorth. I always love shooting DIY weddings because they’re so personalised and unique. Charlie and James took DIY to the extreme for their wedding day, even going so far as making the tables and benches for their wedding breakfast! I first met them for their engagement shoot a couple of months before their wedding and we did their engagement shoot at the farm too. It was lovely to see their progress and also gave me an opportunity to have a look round before their day so I could plan a few spots I could take them for their couple portraits.

I was blown away with what they had done with the barn! There was handmade bunting, a handmade bar, tables and benches, favours and lighting. To top it all off, in the process of planning their wedding Charlie began training to be a gardener and florist so she also did all of the flowers for the day. Charlie has now set up her own business called Ridges Farm Flowers to offer wedding floristry, I was so impressed with Charlie’s flowers I’ve popped her on my recommended suppliers list!

Outdoor Ceremony at Ye Olde Punchbowl Country Inn

As the barn was in their garden, it isn’t licensed to hold civil ceremonies. So for this part of the day Charlie and James popped over to the nearest place they could legally get hitched, which happened to be the very beautiful Ye Olde Punchbowl Country Inn. They were lucky enough to have the most glorious summer weather so their ceremony was held outside. The light here was beautiful and it was such a perfect setting for their relaxed day.

After they had said their I do’s they jumped into James’ landrover to head back to their reception at the farm. When we got there we decided it was time for confetti and it has to be one of the longest confetti lines I’ve ever had! One of my favourite parts of the day had to be their first dance. They did it during golden hour and there was the most gorgeous light streaming in through the barn doors, the result has to be some of my all time favourite first dance shots!

While I was at their wedding I tried to convince Charlie’s parents to make their barn a fully fledged wedding venue but they unfortunately didn’t seem too sold on the idea haha! I had the absolute best time shooting Charlie and James’ wedding!

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

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“We hired you as you were highly recommended by other photographers. We then looked at your website and your casual, candid style photos really appealed to us as neither of us are the ‘posey’ type of people. We also loved the fact that you had taken many wedding photographs with dogs.
Someone once told us that the best photographers are the ones that you barely realise are there. Lisa, that was you. You came to our home at around 9 and caught so many special moments without me even noticing; my dad pacing around the garden, the bridesmaids helping themselves to the prosecco and my mother fussing over my shoes. One thing we were both adamant about was that we did not want to waste hours and hours posing for photographs on the day. Yet we still wanted photos taken with family and friends. We honestly don’t think that we spent more than 20 minutes total standing for those photos.

Lisa has out done herself with the final photographs, as we were both busy having a good time she had managed to capture a vast amount of candid moments between our guests as well as some hilarious reactions and questionable dance moves. She also got some beautiful photographs of our venue and its settings.

My one piece of advice for future couples thinking of hiring Lisa would be to book the (free) pre-wedding shoot for a few weeks before the wedding. If we were being honest, we were both absolutely dreading it as the cringe levels would be at an all time high. Within minutes Lisa had us at ease, cracking jokes, telling stories and generally making us feel relaxed and comfortable. This then continued to the wedding day as she knew exactly how to make us feel relaxed and how to catch our ‘best sides’. Diolch, diolch, diolch.”

Liwsi and Nick had the most gorgeous May wedding at their parent’s farm in North Wales.  I first met Nick and Liwsi at their engagement shoot on the farm a couple of weeks before their wedding. On the morning of their wedding I arrived to find bridal prep in full swing, with hair and make up being done and prosecco being drunk, which is the perfect start to any wedding morning. As Lucy was getting ready she showed me a wrapped up parcel that Nick had given her the day before that said “open when you hear the sound!”. We were all really intrigued and had a really good laugh when, just as Lucy had finished putting her dress on, the parcel started ringing, it was an alarm clock with a post it reminding Lucy not to be late. I loved this little touch to their wedding, it gives such a good insight into what a fun loving couple Nick and Liwsi are!

They had a really lovely service in the chapel that was on the same road as their home. Their service was delivered half in English and half in Welsh which I thought was really lovely. After the  service everyone made their way back to the farm for drinks and entertainment.

Fun Reception at the Farm

When I do an engagement shoot with my couples I always like getting a sense of what’s important to them and what kind of wedding they want to have. From the first time I met them it was really clear that Nick and Liwi love travel, their dog Madi and their family and friends. For their wedding I knew that they didn’t want to spend too much time having their photo taken, they just wanted to have a party with their nearest and dearest. We still did some group shots and we still did couple portraits but both of these only took about 30 to 40 minutes in total and the rest of the day they could totally relax! Their gorgeous German Shepherd, Madi had been really involved in their engagement shoot which was wonderful so we had to make sure we got a few photos with her on the day itself.

I had such a wonderful time photographing these two, check out the rest of their awesome wedding below!

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