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home engagement shoot

Nick and Liwsi had their engagement shoot at home on their parent’s farm. This also happened to be their wedding venue, so it was the perfect time for me to have a little look round while I was there! In the lead up to the shoot they spoke to me about their German Shepherd Dog Madi and asked if she could be there for the shoot. I of course said a massive yes! If you’ve been following my blog for a little while you’ll probably know that I absolutely love dogs and I have a German Shepherd myself, called Buddy. Madi is the same age as Buddy and when I turned up to the shoot I couldn’t believe how similar they looked (they’re not related as far as we know!). Dogs at weddings is my favourite thing ever and I’ve even written a handy blog post to help you include and accommodate your dog at your wedding. Sometimes however it is in the dogs best interest to sit the wedding out, Buddy himself is pretty excitable so would probably a bit of a nightmare and potentially (definitely) steal all the food. So having your dog along to your engagement shoot is a great way of including them in the wedding even if they can’t be there on the day itself. It also just means you get some gorgeous photographs of your best furry friend!

Dogs aside, Liwsi and Nick absolutely smashed their engagement shoot, it was clear that we were going to get on really well on their wedding day! We had some really gorgeous light for the shoot and the surroundings of the farm were absolutely stunning. It was nice to pick out a few places to potentially use for their wedding day however as always, it always depends on the light at the time as to where makes a good photograph. We had originally arranged for their shoot to be done at Apley Woods in Telford however on the day of the shoot it was absolutely throwing it down with rain so we decided to postpone it. I’m really glad we did because we were treated to some gorgeous light!

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The Mill Barns Wedding

The Mill Barns is a beautiful purpose built wedding venue in Bridgnorth in Shropshire. It’s a gorgeous barn venue featuring large windows and a beautiful waterfront.

Charlie and James got married in May at the awesome Mill Barns, which is a modern barn in Bridgnorth. It was a beautiful day and the sun shone all day long!

Bridal prep at The Mill Barns

Charlie got ready at The Mill Barns with her bridesmaid and parents, and the atmosphere was so relaxed. Not having loads of bridesmaids always usually means a calmer prep, this is exactly what Charlie had, the morning was really chilled out with only her maid of honour and Chloe who was doing their hair and make up. She then walked up the stairs to get to the ceremony. Everyone was in the ceremony room when Charlie made her way up there which was perfect as this meant she could make her grand entrance into the beautiful ceremony room at The Mill Barns.

Indoor Ceremony at The Mill Barns

The ceremony was a beautiful service in the barn. The ceremony room at The Mill Barns is beautiful, big and light. There are windows at the in front of the couple saying their vows so the light on them is always perfect too. During the ceremony they had a beautiful reading from Charlie’s maid of honour. It was such a personal service and it was clear everyone was moved by it. My favourite part of the ceremony was when Charlie and James read their own vows to each other. I always think it’s really special when couples write their own vows, they always have more meaning to them than simply repeating what the registrar says. I definitely saw a few tears from their guests during this part of their ceremony.

The party

The reception was in a beautiful room at the venue. They chose Mill Barns because the light is gorgeous and they just fell in love with it. It was a Spring wedding, which is one of my favourite times of year, everything is just starting to grow again and the weather starts to perk up so everyone makes the most of it. I love shooting Mill Barns weddings because the photo ops are just incredible. The main aspect of The Mill Barns has to be the windows that let all the beautiful light into the venue. They really make the venue a photographers dream!

They had a drinks reception in the afternoon, and a DJ in the evening. They had Benny Smyth as their DJ and he was absolutely killing it with all the tunes he was playing. I always tell people I’ve seen a lot of bad wedding DJs in my time (think school disco) but Benny Smyth is definitely one of the good ones, I can’t recommend him enough if you want a good DJ for your wedding! They decorated the venue with large cocktail glasses and flowers, because they had a cocktail themed wedding.

For dinner they had a roast dinner, which was absolutely delicious. The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with a sparkler exit. The Mill Barns allows sparkler exits however they always limit the number of people that can be involved in them. This works really well because nothing gets out of control and it always results in beautiful photographs.

The funniest part of the day was the dancing, because the moves were hilariously bad. Charlie and James had an open bar for a good chunk of their day which their guests definitely made full use of! This was reflected by the hilarious moves on the dancefloor.

The couple

Charlie wore a beautiful Enzoani dress and James wore a very dapper Ted Baker suit and they looked so awesome. Charlie and James found me because their friends Chloe and Kieran used me to photograph their own wedding. It’s always so wonderful when past couples recommend me!

Charlie and James’s wedding was so chilled and just the happiest occasion. Here’s their stunning Mill Barns wedding!

If you’re planning a Mill Barns wedding, get in touch!

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Suppliers

Venue: https://themillbarns-venue.co.uk/

Dress: https://www.irisandbelles.co.uk/

Suit: https://www.tedbaker.com/

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

DJ: https://bennysmyth.co.uk/

Video: https://www.matthewgrainger.co.uk/

Make up & Hair: http://www.chloetaylormakeup.co.uk/

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

Garthmyl Hall Wedding

This week I shot two lovely weddings, Rhiannon and Craig’s wedding was on Saturday at Garthmyl Hall and Steph and Sam’s wedding was on Monday at Iscoyd Park. It was almost too difficult to choose a favourite shot between both weddings, but I think Garthmyl’s walled garden has stolen the show this week!

It was the first time that I had shot at Garthmyl so I was super excited to be heading there, I’d heard so many good things about it! It certainly didn’t disappoint! Garthmyl basically has everything, it has a gorgeous walled garden that can be used for ceremonies, a big marquee, and of course a grand hall. My favourite area of Garthmyl has to be the walled garden. Rhiannon and Craig opted to have their ceremony inside, with it being a September you never know what the weather is going to do, so they had their ceremony in the summer house. The summer house is ideal for smaller ceremonies, the light is gorgeous and because it’s quite compact there’s a really intimate feel to it. After their 5pm ceremony we headed outside into the walled garden where their guests enjoyed drinks and canapes. As their guests started to make their way back to the bar I grabbed Rhiannon and Craig for some couple portraits. We had some really gorgeous light at this time of day, this really made the most of the surroundings of Garthmyl.

Both weddings I shot this week were quite small and family orientated which I really love photographing. Couple portraits are my favourite part of the day to shoot because it means I can get creative however they only usually take around 20-30 minutes out of your entire wedding day. The rest of the time I’m taking lovely natural photographs of moments that happen between you and your friends and family.

I’d absolutely love to shoot at Garthmyl again soon, it was a beautiful venue with so much to use! Please get in touch if you’re planning a Garthmyl wedding!

 

apley woods engagement shootKate and Liam got married in June at The Mill Barns in Bridgnorth. We did their engagement shoot the month before their wedding in Apley woods, which is a local woodland in Shropshire. I love doing shoots in Apley woods, it’s really easy to get to and there are loads of beautiful areas for photographs there. I never have a set path that I walk with couples when I do shoots there, I tend to just chat and wander around trying to find the good light. And boy did we find the good light for Kate and Liam’s session! I love spring sunlight, especially when it’s coming through the trees, it create such a warmth to the images.

Kate and Liam brought along their dog Ted to their shoot which I of course absolutely loved! We made sure to involve him in the shoot as much as possible which also getting some photographs of just Kate and Liam by themselves. When I was the shooting the ones of them by themselves I held ted by the lead in one hand and shot with the other. I’m more than happy to multitask when it comes to dogs!

We had a good wander round Apley woods, chatting about their wedding and also the joys and woes of house buying! I’d shot two of Kate and Liam’s friend’s weddings previously so I was really excited to see them again at their wedding. It’s always really lovely when couples book me on a recommendation from another couple, it’s literally the highest compliment!

Kate and Liam’s wedding at The Mill Barns was absolutely beautiful. I really can’t wait to share it on here (I’m finally getting up to date with the editing backlog!). Keep checking back onto the blog and it should be up in the next few weeks!

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couple portraits at Pendrell Hall

Meian and Ka Wo got married this June at the spectacular Pendrell Hall, which is a fancy country house in Wolverhampton. It was a gorgeous day and the sun even made an appearance!

Chinese Door Games at Pendrell Hall

Meian got ready in the bridal suite at Pendrell Hall with her bridesmaids, and the atmosphere was so relaxed. Meian and Ka Wo live in Hong Kong however they chose to get married in England because some of their family live here. They had another wedding back in Hong Kong a few weeks after their English wedding.

When Meian and her bridesmaids were ready we went outside to the front of Pendrell Hall to do a few bridal portraits of Meian alone and with her bridesmaids. Meian and Ka Wo had quite an alternative timeline for their wedding, which meant there was plenty of time before their ceremony to do some portraits.

After the portrait session with Meian and her bridesmaids we went back into one of the bedrooms at Pendrell Hall ready for Meian and Ka Wo to play their Chinese door games. I had never photographed Chinese door games before so I was really looking forward to this! The door games began with Ka Wo and his groomsmen being on one side of the door and Meian and her bridesmaids being on the other side. The bridesmaids set Ka Wo tasks to complete and eventually allowed him into the room. When Ka Wo entered the room Meian quicky went and hid in the ensuite, her bridesmaids video-called her so she could still see what was happening! The tasks that followed included whipped cream and lipstick, with the boys all having to work together to complete the tasks. Eventually Ka Wo won Meian over and she opened the bathroom door, and they shared a kiss. I loved these games, they absolutely hilarious and I really hope I get to photograph some more again soon!

Outdoor Ceremony at Pendrell Hall

Prior to their legal ceremony Meian and Ka Wo had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. This is again the first tea ceremony I’ve photographed and I thought it was really lovely. Anything involving tea I’m absolutely on board with!

The ceremony was a beautiful service in the grounds of the venue. As it was a legal civil service it had to be performed under Pendrell Hall’s outdoor bandstand. This is the first outdoor ceremony I have photographed at Pendrell Hall and I absolutely loved it. The light was gorgeous and even though the weather was a bit touch and go, it stayed dry for their whole ceremony. During the ceremony they had a beautiful reading. It was a really gorgeous service and so unique.

Just as Meian and Ka Wo came back inside from their ceremony it started raining, because of this we did their confetti shot inside. We were lucky enough for the rain to stop not long after this so we had lots of time to get some lovely couple portraits of Meian and Ka Wo in the grounds of Pendrell Hall. As they were having another wedding back in Hong Kong they weren’t having an evening reception so after their meal we had time to do a few more couple portraits before they said their goodbyes to all their guests.

I absolutely loved photographing Meian and Ka Wo’s wedding and I can’t wait to go back to Pendrell Hall soon! If you’re planning a Pendrell Hall wedding I would love to hear from you!

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