On Saturday 2nd February 2019, we had the pleasure of providing wedding photography for Leanne and Freddy at the stunning wedding venue, Somerford Hall in Staffordshire.
It was a true pleasure as we have met the happy couple on several occasions before. We have captured Leanne’s sister’s wedding, a family christening, and a family photo shoot session in the studio. Therefore, we jumped at the chance to capture their wedding.
On the big day, both of us (Phil and Vicky) were there to capture every detail from the bride getting ready, through to the couple’s first dance. As it was the beginning of February, it was guaranteed to be a bit chilly. After the ceremony, we headed outside for the group shots. As it was a little cold, we headed back indoors to take some portraits of the bride and groom to let them warm up. Somerford Hall has many areas inside to provide stunning backdrops for the bridal portraiture including the Bridal Suite, staircase, and entrance hall.
Below are just a few images from their special day. We would like to thank Leanne and Freddy for choosing us to record your wedding. For more information on our Wedding Photography service, click here
On Saturday 29th December, we had the pleasure of photographing Sian and Tom’s wedding day at the stunning Winstanley House, Leicester.
I met with Sian and Tom a couple of weeks before the big day to have a chat about their wedding photography, to allow me to plan out the shots they wanted without compromising their time with their guests. Sian did mention that she does not feel comfortable in front of the camera, which I took on board.
On the day, both myself and Phil joined the happy couple and their guests to celebrate and capture their day. As the ceremony was at 3pm, we were a little restricted on time to get the outdoor group shots and portraits done before it went dark. We did it, giving the Bride and Groom plenty of time to enjoy a glass (or two) of fizz and mingle with their guests before they sat down for dinner.
At night, the manor house is lit up beautifully. Therefore we could not miss the opportunity for some nighttime portraits. Below are just a few of our favourite shots.
We would like to thank Sian and Tom for choosing us to capture your special day and wish you all the happiness in the world.
Two Wedding Photographers Vs One Wedding Photographer
As a husband and wife team, we are often asked by Brides and Grooms if both of us will be there on their wedding day, and if they do in fact need two photographers.
Not all weddings require more than one photographer. Here is our guide for determining if your wedding would benefit two photographers, or if one is plenty:
Are you having bridal preps and groom preps? You will definitely need two photographers, one with the Bride and one with the Groom.
Are the Bridal preps a distance from the ceremony? A second photographer would be an advantage. As the first photographer will be with the Bride, there would be very little time to travel to the venue to meet the Groom for pre-ceremony shots. The second photographer can be at the venue to meet with the Groom and Groomsmen to capture the pre-ceremony nerves.
Do you have more than 80 guests during the day? Two photographers would certainly help with the organisation of group shots, especially of the entire wedding party. Also a great opportunity to capture candid shots whilst the first photographer is taking group and bridal shots.
The other benefit to having a second photographer is during the ceremony. With one positioned at the front and one at the back, you will receive two view points of the most important part of your day.
As mentioned earlier, for many weddings one photographer is plenty. If you are having a small, intimate wedding with your closest family and friends, having two cameras pointing at them could make your guests feel a little uncomfortable. More so if you are having a videographer too.
With our years of experience, knowledge, and passion for wedding photography, we are always happy to offer guidance and advice to couples. If you have any questions about your wedding photography, do not hesitate to contact us. To see more of our work, click here to visit our webpage.
Charlotte and Nathan’s Wedding at The Waterfront, Barton Marina
On Saturday 18th August, we had the pleasure of capturing Charlotte and Nathan’s wedding at The Waterfront at Barton Marina in Staffordshire.
Phil joined the Bride and bridal party at home to capture the preparations. Phil has never seen such a calm and relaxed bride. Even when the wrong coloured limo arrived, the bride just laughed and carried on. Whilst Phil was catching the final preparations, Vicky went ahead to The Waterfront to meet the Groom and Groomsmen. Again, a very calm Groom was awaiting his Bride. The Waterfront is positioned in the marina, providing a great backdrop for the Groomsmen shots.
The civil ceremony was hosted in The Crow’s Nest at The Waterfront. The room was decorated beautifully for their intimate ceremony surrounded by their family and friends. Following the ‘I do’s’ everyone headed out for drinks on the terrace. After a quick refreshment and congratulating the new Mr and Mrs, we cracked on with the group shots and Bride and Groom portraits. With the lake, the bridge, the woodland walk, and the marina, backdrops for the photos were plentiful.
At night, the marina is lit beautifully, therefore twilight photos were a must. After the first dance, we sneaked the Bride and Groom out for a couple of night time photos, which the Best Men seemed to jump in on too. Below are just a few images from their day.
This was a lovely wedding, that we loved being part of. We would like to thank Charlotte and Nathan for choosing us to capture your special day and wish you both all the best wishes. For more information on our Wedding Photography service, click here. To check if your date is available, call Vicky on 01827 215 707.
On Saturday 27th July we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for Emma and Alex at Hawkesyard Estate in Rugeley.
We were with the happy couple all day, from the preparations catching the excitement and a few nerves, all the way through to their first dance as husband and wife. Phil joined the bride at her parents house, whilst Vicky joined the Groom at home.
The ceremony was conducted at the beautiful St Chad’s Church in Hopwas. Surrounded by their family and friends, the couple exchanged vows. A few happy tears were shed, mostly by the Groom.
The reception was held at the stunning Hawkesyard Estate. With its vast gardens and beautiful architecture, providing many backdrops for photographs, we were in photographers heaven. Below are just a few of the images from their lovely day.
We would like to thank Emma and Alex for choosing us to be part of your special day, and wish you both the very best.
Wedding of Natasha and Carl at Holy Trinity Church
On 30th June, we had the pleasure of photographing Natasha and Carl’s special day at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield.
In the midst of this summer’s glorious heatwave, the sun was shining bright for the lovely couple. Both of us (Phil and Vicky) were there to capture the day’s events. The ceremony was lovely, with tears of joy and laughter. The Bride was not laughing so much when the Best Man said he couldn’t find the rings, thankfully the Bride and Groom’s son came to the rescue with the rings – nicely played by the Best Man, hopefully Natasha has forgiven for you….
Following the ‘I do’s’, we all went into the lovely Vesey Gardens for the group shots and bridal portraits.
The Reception was held at Hollyfields, which was dressed beautifully. Loads of fun was on offer outside for the children (and grownups) with a bouncy castle, games and photo booth. After the meal, the Bride and Groom took to the dance floor for their first dance. The Bride and her mum also had a special dance which brought a tear to everyone, it was beautiful. Below are a few images from their day.
We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Lloyd for choosing us to capture your special day, and wish you the very best for the future.
On Saturday 16th June 2018, we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for Hayley and James at the stunning Swinfen Hall Hotel.
When we arrived, we found a very nervous Groom and even more nervous Best Man on the front steps, awaiting their guests. To occupy the Groom’s mind for a few minutes, Vicky took him and his Groomsmen for a little walk in the grounds to get some shots. Phil headed off to find the Bride, as the bridal party were getting ready in the hotel.
The ceremony took place in The Four Seasons room. Joined by their three gorgeous children, family, and friends, Hayley and James made their vows. Following the ‘I Do’s‘ we all went out in the beautiful gardens, which is a photographer’s dream. So many different backdrops from the pond to the trellis walk, and not forgetting the amazing architecture of the mansion itself. We could have spent hours photographing the happy couple, but understandably they wanted to join their guests and enjoy the celebrations.
The day was certainly filled with love and laughter. We would like to thank Hayley and James for choosing us to capture your special day, and wish you all the very best for the future.
Wedding of Shannen and Stephen at Ramada Sutton Coldfield
On Friday 15th June 2018, we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for Shannen and Stephen at Ramada Sutton Coldfield.
The bridal party preparations took place in the hotel, and we were both there to capture the final preparations. The Bride’s room was filled with excitement and laughter, with something going on in every corner of the suite. The Bride was very calm, which even she was surprised about. Once the dress went on though, a few butterflies were flitting around.
Downstairs, the Groom was eagerly awaiting his Bride. The ceremony was conducted in the oldest room of the hotel, with the sun beaming through the stained glass windows. The ceremony was lovely, with tears of joy and laughter. Following the I do’s, everyone was led into the garden for reception drinks. With 140 guests and a list of group shots the happy couple asked us to take, we got straight on with the photos. One photo the Bride very much wanted was the heart, which we created with the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. The hotel has very recently installed a beautiful gazebo in the garden, which we took full advantage of. Below are few shots from their special day.
We would like to thank Shannen and Stephen for choosing us to capture your wedding, and wish you all the very best for the future.
Rebecca and Andrew’s Special Day at Shustoke Farm Barns
On 12th April 2018, we had the pleasure of capturing Rebecca and Andrew’s wedding day at St Cuthberts Parish Church, followed by Reception at the stunning Shustoke Farm Barns.
The wedding was a lovely mix of English and Scottish traditions. The Groom is from central Scotland, so of course the traditional Kilt in Blackwatch tartan was a must, worn by all of the Groomsmen. As a surprise for the Bride, a piper was at the church ready to pipe the guests and Bride in to church. The ceremony was lovely with lots of personal touches including readings, blessings, and a guitarist. With both Phil and Vicky photographing the day, we captured shots from both the front and rear of the church.
Following the ‘I do’s’ we all went just a couple minutes down the road to the stunning Shustoke Farm Barns. Such an elegant wedding venue with so many backdrops for portraits, we were spoilt for choice. With numerous external and internal features, unique doorways and courtyard we could have shot there for hours. Following the meal, speeches, and cutting of the cake, the guests kick started the evening celebrations with a ceilidh (traditional Scottish dance) which was certainly full of energy and laughter.
We would like to thank Rebecca and Andrew for choosing us to record your special day and wish you all the best as Mr and Mrs Gardner. Here are just a few images from their day.
Wedding of Helen and Glen at Nuneaton Registry Office and Wishaw Country Club
On 7th April 2018 we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for Helen and Glen. The ceremony was held at Nuneaton Registry Office, followed by Reception at Wishaw Country Sports Club.
The day started a little bit wet. Well more accurately, it was chucking it down just before the ceremony, whilst we took shelter under a tree. Thankfully, just as the guests were starting to arrive, the rain stopped. The bride and groom arrived together with their two boys, which was lovely to see the family start the proceedings all together. The ceremony was beautiful, surrounded by their family and closest friends. Following the I do’s, the registrars opened the front doors which lead straight out in to Riversley Park. The park is beautiful, providing many different backdrops for photos. A few group shots were taken before the wedding party moved on to the Reception.
The reception was held in the barn at Wishaw Country Club. This is a stunning barn conversion for weddings with bar area, and large function room. The room was decorated with the couple’s vintage country theme throughout, with a few personal touches too. The driveway was a great location for the bridal portraiture.
Below are just a few of the images from the big day. We would like to thank Helen and Glen for involving us in your special day and wish you and the boys all the best for the future.
Message from the Bride: “We can highly recommend Philip Charles Photography. From day one of enquiry we were treated in a friendly yet professional manner. Phil and Vicky have answered all the questions I threw at them and were even kind enough to adapt to our day and give us our own special package to suit us. No other local photographer would be willing to do this! On the day they were fab, straight away put our nerves at bay. Throughout the day they took lots of photos some group, couple and my favourite the natural ones. Thank you Phil and Vicky were looking forward to picking our album up soon.”