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the ercall engagement shoot

Ashley and James had their engagement shoot at The Ercall, right next to The Wrekin in Shropshire. The Ercall is about a 5 minute drive from my house and consists of some really gorgeous woodland, when Ashley and James suggested it for their shoot I loved the idea! I love doing woodland engagement shoots, especially in Spring time when the flowers and leaves are just starting to grow again.

I knew as soon as Ashley and James got in touch that we would get on really well. When we were planning their engagement shoot they asked me if they could bring along their Springer Spaniel, Indy, it was of course an absolute yes! We were chatting none stop during their shoot, about their wedding plans and also life in general! Ashley works for Shropshire Petals so we of course had a little chat about their confetti plans! (Spoiler alert, it was awesome, I’m going to be sharing their wedding on the blog really soon!).

I loved what Ashley and James wore for their engagement shoot, they both just so happen to own really beautiful bright coats (I still have coat envy!). They didn’t plan the colours for the shoot but they really popped in the photographs. Ashley and James are such bright and lovely people I absolutely adored how their clothes basically projected their personalities into the photographs.

Indy of course was an angel on the shoot! She unfortunately couldn’t go to Ashley and James’ wedding but bringing her along to their engagement shoot was a really lovely way to include her in some way. She was clean for approximately 5 minutes before she got really muddy and then had a bit of swim! For some of Ashley and James’ engagement photographs we went down into a bit ditch (a pretty ditch). I didn’t forward plan AT ALL for when we needed to get out of the ditch but Indy was an absolute legend and literally towed me out. She’s a lot stronger than she looks!

When Ashley and James received their engagement shoot photographs, they said:

“Thank you for working your magic and capturing two people that aren’t big on being photographed in a really natural way. We’re super excited about the wedding day, not long now, thank you for being a part of it all with us.”

I’ll be blogging their gorgeous Pimhill wedding very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

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winter wedding pendrell hall“We saw photographs from a friend’s wedding that Lisa had shot, and just loved the natural style and the way that Lisa managed to capture the happy mood of the day. We didn’t even consider other photographers! Lisa was amazing on the day, she got on really well with all of our guests and put us totally at ease. Several of our guests commented on how lovely she was to have around.

We were delighted with our pictures, and have just ordered prints to go round the house. Lisa did an amazing job of capturing all of the emotion on the day. If you’re thinking about booking Lisa for your wedding, just do it!”

Lorna and James got married in winter at the fab Pendrell Hall, which is a beautiful country house in Codsall. It was such a fun wedding and the sun even made an appearance!

Bridal prep

Lorna got ready in the house in the grounds of Pendrell surrounded by her bridesmaids, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. Whenever I’ve photographed at Pendrell Hall before bridal prep has always taken place in the bridal suite, however Lorna chose to get her hair and make up done in the house. The light in the conservatory of the house was lovely, it was the perfect condition for doing make up! The girls then walked together to get to the ceremony. When all their hair and make up had been done, before they put their dresses on, they headed over to Pendrell Hall itself to continue getting ready in the bridal suite there.

The serious part

The ceremony was a legal ceremony in the main hall. In Pendrell Hall there are a few areas that you can have your ceremony. The main areas being outside under the gazebo or in a side room which is used purely for the ceremony. Lorna and James chose to use the side room, as had their wedding in Winter it would have been far too cold to have held their ceremony outside! During the ceremony they had a beautiful reading. It was so meaningful and such a personal service. When Lorna and James walked out of their ceremony, their guests greeted them by throwing confetti at them. We decided to do their confetti shot inside as it was raining during their ceremony and we didn’t want their guests to get wet!

The reception

The reception was in the bar at the venue. They chose Pendrell Hall because it has so many options and they just fell in love with it. It was a winter wedding, which I love because they always have a cosy feel to them. I love shooting Pendrell Hall weddings because the grounds are just incredible. I’ve shot at Pendrell Hall quite a few times now and it’s always a real treat getting to go back. The grounds always have something different to offer at different times of the year and there are lots of little hidden sections we can use for couple portraits.

They had a cocktail drinks reception in the afternoon, and a live band in the evening. Live bands always go down a storm at weddings, Lorna and James’ day was no exception! They decorated the venue with pine cones and flowers, because they wanted to keep it seasonal. I love the use as pine cones as decoration and it worked so well with the time of year.

The best part of the day was the dancing, because they had a ceilidh. Ceilidh’s always work so well at weddings, the dancefloor is always completely full and they’re always hilarious to watch and photograph. The more people drink the harder it gets!

The couple

Lorna wore a Joanna dress from Wed2b complete with a cape, which she had instead of a veil and James wore a dark suit from Slaters and they looked so incredible. Lorna’s flowers were beautiful. She gave the florist her theme of woodland foliage and they created something lovely for her with that theme.

The couple met at Oxford University and have been together for six years. They got in touch with me before they’d booked Pendrell Hall and their enquiry was really touching. They said they just wanted to be married, and I loved that they seemed so much fun.

Lorna and James’s wedding was so laid back and just the happiest occasion. Here’s their Pendrell Hall wedding!

If you’re having a Winter wedding, get in touch!

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apley woods engagement shoot

It’s been another busy week! I haven’t shot any weddings this week, I shoot a maximum of 6 weddings a month which I have in August however I’m doing a month of 3 double wedding weekends which means I’ve bagged a whole 2 weekends off (in summer!). I love shooting weddings but having time off is super important as well to make sure I don’t burn out and can give my all to every single couple. I photographed Becki and Mike’s engagement shoot on Thursday in Apley Woods which was absolutely lovely! Couple portraits are always my favourite part of a wedding day so I always love doing engagement shoots because it’s basically taking my favourite bit of a wedding day but even more chilled out. I had a wander around Apley Woods with Becki and Mike and we had a good chat about their wedding coming up in October. I loved photographing these two, they barely needed any direction with posing they were so natural together!

As I didn’t have a wedding on Saturday I actually went out on Friday night for curry and a few drinks, it was so lovely seeing so many of my friends again after a hectic summer! I spent Sunday buying a bed and mattress for our house (which we’ll hopefully move into soon!) and on Wednesday I was in Manchester to get my camera and lenses serviced. In between all this I’ve been slogging away with editing, I love seeing the weddings I’ve shot come together during the editing process! This weekend I’m going to Borth with Luke and we don’t really any many plans other than chilling out by the seaside. I’m sure that will involve reading, films, books and wine (and probably fish and chips). Check back again this time next week to see my photo of the week!

winter wedding ideas

I absolutely love winter weddings! If you’re thinking about having a winter wedding there are a few things you should probably think about (the light being the biggest thing!). I’ve compiled a helpful little list of things to plan for for your winter wedding!

Have an early ceremony

This is absolutely key for winter weddings. In winter in the UK we get as little as 8 hours of daylight in winter so making the most of that light on your wedding day is the most important thing for getting amazing photographs. I’m not saying you should have a morning ceremony, 12pm or 1pm works absolutely fine! I’d just steer clear of going beyond 1:30pm, as we then have a really limited time after your ceremony to get photographs of you and your guests in the daylight. In the same theme of timings I would also make sure to have at least 2 hours between the end of your ceremony and your speeches or wedding breakfast (whichever you’re having first). In summer, I often take my couples out for a second time after their wedding breakfast for a few more portraits, during winter however this usually isn’t really an option as it will be pitch black outside. The only thing I really need to take good photographs is good light (and a camera of course!), so having a really good amount of time between the end of your ceremony and your food means that we’ll have plenty of time to get some gorgeous photographs of you and your guests, making the most of the daylight while we have it!

Scope out somewhere inside to do group shots

Being in the UK our weather is pretty erratic. I’ve done February weddings where it’s been gorgeous sunshine and summer weddings where we’ve have torrential rain. This tip doesn’t really just count for winter weddings, just UK weddings in general! I would always much rather head outside for group shots to make the most of the surrounding areas, and the light is always better outside. However sometimes this just isn’t possible, if it’s throwing it down with rain it’s obviously way more practical for us to do your group family photographs inside your venue. It’s always a great plan before your wedding to have a little look round at the space your venue has to offer and think about where you would do your family photos if we have to do them inside. Some venues are really big and bright, with loads of space for group shots, whereas some venues are smaller with very little space for group photographs. If your venue falls into the category of smaller with little space for group shots we may just need to reduce the numbers of people in the shots. It’s definitely worth thinking about beforehand so we can plan for it!

Hire some umbrellas

Again, this one just counts for all UK weddings, not just winter weddings! I’d highly recommend hiring some umbrellas for your guests and yourselves to use, especially if your ceremony and reception are at different venues. Umbrella hire is fairly cheap and just means that you won’t be left with a load of spare umbrellas after your wedding. I’ve recommended Brolly Bucket to quite a few of my couples and like insurance, it’s always nice to know it’s there but hopefully we won’t need them!

Get the party started early

In summer the average time for the first dance is around 8-8:30pm, this works really well because it means after the meal your guests can wander outside and spend some more time in the sun. In winter however with it being dark outside it’s more than likely that everyone will stay cooped up inside waiting for the dancing to begin. If your venue allows it (ie, if they don’t need to turn the room around) I highly recommend having your first dance a little earlier than this, around 7-7:30pm. It stops the lull that can sometimes happen between the meal and the party, and chances are with winter being party season, your guests will be well up for getting into the dancing a bit earlier!

Get some sparklers!

I always love a sparkler shot in winter, they’re a bit of an alternative to sunset photos, which we may not be able to get as you may be midway through your meal. Sparklers are great to use between the end of your food and first dance, it gives your guests something to do and also  means that they’re not usually too drunk as the party hasn’t fully kicked in just yet! I always recommend buying long burning sparklers, you can buy ones that last for around 2 minutes, this gives us plenty of time to get everyone’s lit before they all start going out! They’re also great to use for photos of just the two of you, sparklers give off a really lovely soft light so these are great to use in winter for portraits after dinner!

Take a peek below at some wonderful winter weddings I’ve shot. I’m still taking bookings for a handful of weddings this year into 2020 so get in touch soon to secure your date!

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Daniel and Diana had a beautiful winter blessing back in January at High Ercall Church in Shropshire and had the reception back at Daniel’s parents home. There were only around 15 guests, there was no formal sit down meal, just a ceremony, a toast, some cake and lots of love!

Blessing at High Ercall Church

Diana and Daniel had actually been married for quite a few years already. They tied the knot abroad where they live and they said they just nipped to the local city hall and signed the paperwork. They didn’t have professional photographs or many family members there to celebrate with them, so they decided to nip back over to the UK a few years later to have a blessing in Daniel’s local church with some really close friends and family present. Photographing couples who are just getting married is always really lovely but there’s something just as wonderful in photographing couples that have been together for a long time. I’ve photographed a few vow renewals now and it’s always wonderful to see people reaffirming their love to each other after being together for many years.

Diana and Daniel chose to have their blessing at High Ercall Church as this is the church that is right next to Daniel’s old family home. It also happened to be just down the road from me too, I LOVE where I live so I always love getting to photograph at different areas around there. As Diana and Daniel were already married they both turned up to church together which meant we had a bit of time before their ceremony to take a few photos of the two of them around the church grounds. It’s not very often that this happens and I really love how laid back it was.

Wedding Reception in the living room

I love an at home wedding. There’s always something really relaxed about them and Diana and Daniel’s wedding was no different! After their ceremony we made our way back to Daniel’s family home where everyone crowded into the living room for champagne and wedding cake. The whole feel of this was really nostalgic to me, it reminded me of what my parents wedding day was probably like, especially being so close to home. They had a few informal speeches and lots of little nibbles, with their wedding being in January and it still being quite cold outside it had such a cosy feel to it. I really do think winter months are so well suited to at home weddings and I’d love to shoot more of them! Diana and Daniel had tied in their blessing with coming over for Christmas which was a really great idea, they’re currently living in the US so it’s quite a way for them to travel.

After champagne and cake we ventured back outside for a few more photographs of the two of them. The house just happens to be surrounded by fields which is perfect for portraits. We made great use of the surrounding fields and roads. Due to how intimate their blessing was they only needed a couple of hours coverage so while we were shooting their final few portraits I asked what they were going to be doing for the rest of the day and it was mainly packing because they were heading home to the US the very next day! I rarely offer reduced coverage in Summer as I’m normally really busy shooting full day weddings, however in Winter when I shoot fewer weddings I always love taking on a handful of shorter days. If this sounds like something you would be interested in then please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

Here’s Diana and Daniel’s amazing intimate winter wedding!

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