Lisa Webb Photography » Alternative Wedding Photography

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“It was so important to us that our photographs captured the vibe of the wedding day which we hoped would be happy and relaxed! When we first saw Lisa’s photography online what really stood out to us was that every image captured a genuine, natural moment rather than feeling too formal or staged as some wedding photography does. Right from the outset Lisa responded to our emails and any questions we had really quickly which is hugely appreciated when you’ve got a lot of things to plan for a wedding! Both of us are not that comfortable in front of a camera but Lisa was so friendly which really put us at ease and made the whole thing an enjoyable experience – we smiled and laughed a lot! 🙂 and I love that it came across in the final photos.
It was so exciting getting the sneaky preview of the pictures the day after our wedding, and we couldn’t wait to see the rest! We were over the moon with the final photos and it was great to relive the day through all the moments you captured. We couldn’t quite believe how many photographs there were as Lisa were so unobtrusive on the day we didn’t notice her snapping away! The final photographs felt unique and personal to us and our day so we couldn’t ask for more.
If anyone’s thinking about hiring Lisa is photograph their wedding, do it!! You’ll get a fab service and the beautiful photographs you were hoping for. I would happily recommend Lisa because she was so professional, lovely to work with and made everything super easy.”

 

Louise and Ash got married in August at the awesome Swettenham Arms, which is an old 16th Century Inn in Cheshire. They had their ceremony at St John The Evangelist Church, which is the perfect setting. It was a gorgeous day and the weather was amazing!

Bridal prep

Louise got ready at her parent’s home with her bridesmaids and lots of family, and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. I arrived while Louise was mid make up and everyone was in high spirits. When Louise showed me her dress I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful it was, it was obvious she was going to look stunning in it! The girls then took the short journey to get to the ceremony. Everyone was inside when Louise and her bridesmaids arrived apart from the page boy and flower girls who were patiently waiting outside the church for them.

Ash got ready a home with his best man and groomsmen. I had my second shooter, Paul with me for the day so he went to the lads in the morning to photograph the mischief they got up to before the ceremony. Second shooters are always really great to have if you’re not getting ready together, it’s the only way you’ll see what the other person got up to the morning of the wedding. Ash’s wedding morning was very chilled out, he gave a few gifts to his groomsmen and had a drink with them. The boys travelled to the ceremony by taxi. They arrived at the church really early so they could set up a few last minute bits and it meant they were there to greet all the guests.

The serious part

The ceremony was a beautiful service in a nearby church in Stoke. St John The Evangelist Church is a really light and airy church with plenty of room to move around, which is perfect from a photography perspective. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was such a personal service and so meaningful. The whole ceremony felt very fun and light hearted, with Louise and Ash laughing throughout, as well as all their wedding guests. This always really lovely to see!

Couple Portaits at The Swettenham Arms

The reception was in a marquee at Swettenham Arms. They chose the venue because it has so many options and it has a gorgeous lavender field out the back. I love shooting Swettenham Arms weddings because the grounds are absolutely amazing. It’s not very often I come across something like a lavender field at a wedding venue so when I do I absolutely make the most of it. Louise and Ash had just caught the last of the lavender, this meant it wasn’t completely in full bloom but it was still really effective in the photographs. The Swettenham Arms also has a really nice woodland area out the back, this is part of the Quinta Arboretum. There was so much choice for their couple portraits I was really blown away, especially for an Inn venue. We spent a lot of time shooting their couple portraits, both before and after their wedding breakfast. I’m so thankful to Louise and Ash for giving me such a large amount of time out of their day to use so much of the grounds to capture some beautiful photographs of them.

The Reception at The Swettenham Arms

They had live music in the afternoon, and a DJ in the evening. They decorated the venue with flowers and had a table plan that was centred around different games they like, because they’re the couple’s favourite things. I loved the personal touch with the video game table plan, I love when couples inject their own personal interests into their wedding.

For dinner they had proper wedding grub, which was absolutely delicious. The food at The Swettenham Arms is amazing, they are a restaurant separately as well as being a wedding venue so you know the food is always going to be amazing when this is the case. The first dance involved the wedding party getting on the dancefloor to get the dancing going, and they finished off the evening with everyone being pretty drunk and dancing the night away.

The funniest part of the day was during Louise and Ash’s couple portraits, just laughing with them both at nothing in particular, because it gave their couple portraits a really lighthearted mood which resulted in some really lovely images. I love it when my couples laugh together really easily and this usually makes me laugh as well while I’m shooting.

The couple

Louise wore a beautiful retro styled Pronovias dress and Ash wore a very dapper Ted Baker suit and they looked so awesome. Louise’s hair looked incredible, it really suited the style of the her wedding dress and gave her an overall vintage look.

Louise and Ash’s wedding was so much fun and just the happiest occasion. Here’s their amazing Swettenham Arms wedding!

If you’re throwing a Swettenham Arms wedding, get in touch!

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Suppliers

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

Dress: https://7thheavenbridal.co.uk/

Shoes: https://www.paradoxlondon.com/

Suit: https://www.mossbroshire.co.uk/occasion/royal-ascot/lounge-lizard-by-ted-baker-2364

Flowers: https://www.flowerpassionflorist.com/

Cake: https://www.tiersofaffection.co.uk/

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engagement shoot at Attingham Parkengagement shoot at Attingham Park

Attingham Park is a gorgeous National Trust venue in Shropshire. It consists of a Grade II listed country house and an extensive estate. When I was discussing with Sarah and Mark where they’d like their engagement shoot to take place in Shropshire, this was the venue they chose. I’m a really big fan of Attingham Park, the grounds are so big you can literally get lost in them (as I frequently do when I do shoots there!), it also means that no two shoots there are exactly the same, there’s so much to choose from.

Shropshire Engagement Shoot

I tend to do most of my engagement shoots within Shropshire, as this is where I’m based and it’s also where most of my couples are having their weddings. I’ve used Attingham Park a few times before and as well as the shoot location being beautiful, it also makes for a really nice walk around. I try to do engagement shoots in various different places throughout the year to make sure I’m not just repeating the same shots in the same locations, I love shooting in loads of different places around Shropshire!

Sarah and Mark had their wedding at Combermere Abbey which is on the Shropshire/Cheshire border. I’ll be blogging their wedding very soon, I can’t wait for you guys to see it, these two were absolutely awesome. While we were on their engagement shoot at Attingham Park we had a good chat about the plans for their day and also about life in general! Mark is self employed like me so we had a good chat all about the pros and cons of that. It was clear from their engagement shoot that we got on really well and their wedding was going to be really fun. I love doing engagement shoots to get to know my couples. It’s a great way to practice poses so that on the wedding day there’s no faffing about seeing what works, we just nail it straight away. On Sarah and Mark’s wedding day there was a constant threat of rain while we were doing their couple portraits, this meant we had to be really quick to ensure we could use all the different areas we wanted to. Having done their engagement shoot I knew which poses worked for them and so we were able to get through them really quickly, despite the crazy wind and threat of rain!

Get your shoot booked in!

If you’re thinking about booking an engagement shoot with me, or even just a couple shoot then definitely get in touch! I love shooting couples, it’s always really fun and relaxed, it’s a nice day out and you get some really lovely photographs of the two of you at the end of it. These days with everyone having a smartphone it’s easy to say you have photographs of the two of you already, however selfies won’t catch you when you’re off guard, they won’t capture your natural laughter or your connection together. I think having professional photographs taken with the people you love is really important. It doesn’t matter if you’re engaged or not, you should definitely book yourselves a shoot, I promise you will absolutely treasure the images!

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blakelands country house

Rachael and Matt got married in August at the lovely Blakelands Country House, which is a fancy country house in Staffordshire. It was a beautiful day and even the weather played ball!

Getting ready

Rachael got ready at Blakelands Country House with her bridesmaids, and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. The girls then walked the short distance to get to the ceremony.

Civil Ceremony at Blakelands Country House

The ceremony was an intimate affair in a beautiful room at the venue. Blakelands Country House has a really gorgeous ceremony room that is absolutely covered in twinkly fairy lights. It always looks so cosy! During the ceremony an emotional reading from one of Rachael’s bridesmaids. It was so emotional and really meaningful. When Matt saw Rachael walking down the aisle he started welling up, I always love a bit of emotion in a ceremony!

After the ceremony

The reception was out in the garden at the venue. They chose Blakelands Country House because it’s so cosy and relaxed and they just fell in love with it. I love shooting Blakelands Country House weddings because the grounds are just wonderful. I’m a recommended photographer for Blakelands Country House so I tend to shoot there a couple of times a year. I always jump at getting a chance to shoot there!

They had drinks and canapes in the afternoon, and a game of Mr and Mrs in the evening. The game of Mr and Mrs was really funny, they had it after their first dance and it kept all their guests entertained. They decorated the venue with flowers and candles, because it fitted with the time of year. Blakelands Country House doesn’t really need much decoration as it’s beautiful without any. The fairy lights that decorate it really add something quite special.

For dinner they had proper wedding grub, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance was a good old traditional wedding shuffle, and they finished off the evening with a game of Mr and Mrs.

The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony, because it was so romantic and personal.

The couple

Rachael wore a Justin Alexander wedding gown and Matt wore a Nicholas Smith suit and they looked so perfect. Rachael’s flowers were by Floral Secrets and they were absolutely beautiful!

Rachael and Matt’s wedding was so much fun and had such a chilled vibe. Here’s their Blakelands Country House wedding!

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

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Suppliers

Venue: http://blakelands.co.uk/

Dress: https://www.justinalexander.com/

Shoes: http://georginascottbridal.co.uk/

Suit: https://www.formalsuithire.com/

Flowers: http://www.floralsecrets.co.uk/

Cake: http://www.cakelandgb.co.uk/

leighton hall wedding“We just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for photographing our wedding last year you were absolutely amazing and we’re so in love with the beautiful images you created. We absolutely loved getting to know you and feel very lucky to have found such a talented photographer and a lovely person too!”

Kelly and Nick got married last summer at the lovely Leighton Hall, which is an old country house in Shropshire. It was such a fun wedding and even the rain didn’t dampen the day!

Getting ready

Kelly got ready at Leighton Hall with her bridesmaids and her mum, and the atmosphere was so calm. Having met Kelly and Nick at their engagement shoot earlier in the year at Lake Vyrnwy, I knew they were both really chilled out people, so I expected nothing less on the morning of the wedding! The girls then walked together to get to the ceremony.

Getting hitched

The ceremony was a beautiful service in the main hall. The ceremony room at Leighton Hall is very grand, with a gorgeous feature ceiling and big windows that create really lovely light in the room. During the ceremony they had their dog Woody be their ring bearer. I LOVE dogs so I was absolutely over the moon when they told me they were planning that. Woody didn’t disappoint, he safely delivered the rings to his humans and was very chilled out about it all. It was such a personal service and really fun.

Reception at Leighton Hall

The reception was out in the garden at the venue. They chose Leighton Hall because it has so many options and they just fell in love with it. I love shooting Leighton Hall weddings because the grounds are just incredible.

They had drinks and canapes in the afternoon, and garden games in the evening. I love garden games at weddings, the more people drink the more they get played! Kelly and Nick had included, sacks for sack races, rope for a tug of war and balls for croquet. They decorated the venue with photographs and flowers, because they wanted to keep it simple. Their table plan consisted of some of their favourite films, Kelly and Nick are both really in to films so I loved this person touch.

For dinner they had afternoon tea, which was absolutely delicious. I love afternoon tea at weddings, it’s a great idea for having food in a more informal way and means guests can eat as much or as little as they like. The first dance a medley of some of their favourite songs, they even had a dance routine for it, and they finished off the evening with a huge buffet.

The most memorable part of the day was when we were doing their couple portraits, Woody and Declan came along with us. While I was shooting Kelly and Nick Woody did a poo on one of the wooden logs nearby! Or you could say, Woody did a log on a log! We were all in BITS laughing for so long!

The couple

Kelly wore Love by Bonny Bridal and Nick wore a Moss Bros suit and they looked so incredible.

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

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apley woods engagment shoot

If there’s one thing I’m always banging on about, it’s how much I LOVE engagement shoots. They’re a great way for us to get to know each other before your wedding, you guys get to practice in front of the camera and you get some lovely images of you guys together. I met Jenny and Tom at Apley Woods in Shropshire to do their engagement shoot last year ahead of their wedding in April. After speaking to them via email for quite a while I was pretty sure I was really going to get on with them, and it turns out I was 100% correct!

Getting to know you before the big day

We don’t spend the entire engagement shoot just taking pictures, we have a good walk round and a chat about your day and just general life stuff. Jenny and Tom are getting married at The Cowshed which I’ve shot at a couple of times before and absolutely love. There is a woodland area at their venue which we will hopefully be using so Apley Woods seemed like a great spot for a bit of a practice before the real deal. When I shoot couples I try out different poses and different prompts to try and make you laugh and connect with each other. Not every pose and prompt works for all couples so engagement shoots work really well for me to find out what makes you guys laugh. Usually for this bit I just have to act like a bit of a dick and it usually gets laughter as a reaction.

Engagement Shoot at Apley Woods

Okay, I’m not going to lie, for the first 10 minutes of an engagement shoot it’s probably the most awkward thing ever. You and your partner most likely aren’t used to having your photograph taken by someone who, until 10 minutes ago was almost a total stranger. I actually had a couple shoot myself recently with my boyfriend just to feel exactly what it is that I’m putting my couples through to get some nice snaps of them. And oh yeah, the first 10 minutes were kind of awkward. Before the shoot itself I was super nervous, which I know sounds utterly ridiculous seeing as I take photos of people all the time, being on the other side of the camera was WAY outside my comfort zone. So I’m not going to lie to you all, I definitely had a glass of wine before the shoot as well just to feel a bit more relaxed (it worked). After 10 minutes of being shot I LOVED it, I basically just got to hug Luke and laugh a lot, two of my favourite things to do. So believe me guys, I’ve been there, and I promise after about 10 minutes, you’re going to love it and have the best time. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at these happy faces…

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