Somerford Hall Wedding Photographer

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

Winstanley House Wedding Photography

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.

Traditional or Candid Wedding Photography

A Combination of Traditional and Candid Wedding Photography

If you have clicked on this blog, I am guessing you are getting married? CONGRATULATIONS!! I am also guessing that you looking at photographers, thinking I didn’t realise there are so many to choose from, and I have no clue what I want! Should it be traditional wedding photography or candid wedding photography!

Here is my breakdown on the styles of photography to hopefully help you choose your preferred style, allowing you to take a more informed look at your local photographers.

Traditional

Traditional is capturing the key elements of your day, including signing of the register, cutting of the cake, and group shots with parents, bridal party, and guests. The bride and groom portraits are beautifully posed and structured images of looking at camera, looking at each other, and having a little kiss. 

Candid

Reportage / candid style photography follows your special day as happens. Candid images are not setup or directed by the photographer. The photographer follows the day’s events capturing natural smiles, giggles, and those intimate moments.  If looking straight at the camera makes you feel uncomfortable this could certainly be the style for you.

Combination of traditional and candid

If you like the sound of both styles, then have both! Personally, this is our preferred style of capturing our couple’s special day. A mix of both traditional and candid captures your wedding in it’s entirety. Candids are great for bridal preps, ceremony, and enjoying your day with your guests. The traditional group shots captures your family and friends to look back at for years to come, and beautiful Bride and Groom photos will take pride of place in your album and on display in your home.

I know how overwhelming choosing your wedding photographer can be, so I hope this blog has helped. I am always happy to answer questions and offer guidance. If you would like to talk to me about your wedding photography, please click here.

Images from Amy and Steven’s wedding at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield

Wedding Photography at The Waterfront Barton Marina

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.

Bridal Preparations 

The Groomsmen

The Ceremony

Confetti Throw

Bride & Groom Portraits

Cutting of the Cake

First Dance 

Twilight Photos

 

Wedding Photography at Hawkesyard Estate

Wedding of Emma and Alex at Hawkesyard Estate

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.

If you would like to talk to us about your wedding photography, please call Vicky on 01827 215 707 or click here to send us a message.

Bridal Preps

Groom Preps

Here come the boys
The Ceremony 

 

Hawkesyard Estate

Candids

The cutting of the cake

First Dance

Wedding Photography at Ramada Sutton Coldfield

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.

If you would like more information on our wedding photography service and packages, click here. To speak to Phil and Vicky about your wedding, please call us on 01827 215 707, or click to contact us.

Bridal Preparations

The Ceremony

The Heart

Groups

Portraits

Cutting of the Cake

First Dance

 



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