I had the pleasure of shooting Joe and Rosanna’s vineyard wedding at the end of summer, at the beautiful Denbies Estate in Dorking. I had met the couple before at Hannah and Dave’s wedding that I shot a couple of years ago, which always makes it super easy when you meet back up to shoot the day.
The couple chose to get ready in a hotel at the bottom of the steep Box Hill national trust site, before heading down the road to the St Barnabus church that sits on the North Downs National Trail. From the church you get a great view of the Denbies estate, the location for their vineyard wedding.
The ceremony kicked off and was a lovely service, the bride and groom leaving shortly after to head down to the Estate and meet their guests. Joe and Rosanna had the great idea of cutting the cake during the drinks reception which made for some happy guests, all of whom were taking full advantage of the photobooth and the plentiful English Sparkling Wine from the estate.
The guests were offered a tour of the vineyard, this was a great opportunity to sweep the couple away for some portraits in the vineyard greenery before the rain started. Soon after the guests returned and the couple joined everybody for the wedding breakfast. Filled with love, laughter and a pinch of humiliation for Joe the speeches went down a storm and everybody relaxed into the afternoon.
As the sun set and the party moved next door ready for the live band, more photobooth shots ensued and I got some great dance floor shots before I left them boozing the night away.
Nick and Sam had a lovely outdoor wedding in the summer against the Idyllic backdrop of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. The couple were incredibly lucky with the weather and chose to get married outside on her parents property.
The day started with pre-drinks and preparation overlooking the outdoor wedding set up, with Nick and Sam both choosing to get ready in the house. It was really lovely that they could get ready in familiar surroundings and family and friends could potter around the house, the lovely Newfoundland dogs wandered around saying hello to everybody.
The outside looked spectacular and with the legal part over and done with in London a few days before, the couple could really personalise their outdoor wedding ceremony and opted to get a friend to conduct the ceremony which added a really personal touch to the day.
As Sam approached Nick under the flower arch, Nick looked super happy to see her, soon after the proceedings started including a belting speech from Sam’s brother that had everybody in tears and fits of laughter. Heading down the aisle after some confetti shots the couple relaxed into the afternoon on the lawn with loadsa buckets of beer and fizz, spending the time talking to their guests and enjoying the band.
With the weather behaving itself the guests spent the afternoon taking some polaroids that were scattered around, and enjoying the atmosphere on the hay bales that were scattered amongst the lawn.
Soon it was dinner where the guests moved into the Tipi that had also been set up on the lawn of the property, decorated with touches of gold throughout, including sprayed table settings, balloons and contrasted by some greenery it complimented the lovely menus that were on the tables. Dinner soon followed along with more cracking speeches, the afternoon was filled with lots of love and laughter, and thankfully the British weather behaved itself. The sun slowly set on what can only be described as an idyllic wedding setting, the local church framing the backdrop, the band kicked in and the drinks were flowing as the happy couple and guests set into enjoying the evening party.
I first met Lauren and Sam at the Victoria Baths vintage wedding fair. They were in the process of deciding on a location to get married and the swimming baths wedding venue was top of the list. After chatting about their plans, it was clear that the celebrations would be ace with a cool and minimal feel. Before the wedding day we got together for a pre-wedding shoot in Manchester, apart from exploring the Northern Quarter and Ancoats they suggested we pop into a chippy to get some images. The inspiration came from Roisin Murphy’s Overpowered album cover and was a great laugh to capture. It gave me a great idea of what they wanted from the wedding day as well. (Head on over to the post here to see the full shoot… see you in a moment).
Victoria Baths is a unique swimming bath wedding venue that allows everyone to really work with the space to suit the style of the day. For Lauren and Sam the ceremony centrepiece was the stunning backdrop from Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter. David is a genius with flowers, and created a massive botanical piece including some massive monstera’s mixed together with neon lighting. The look changing throughout the day as it got darker. Lauren and the Bridesmaids bouquets played with colour and included vibrant red and orange flowers to work with the shoes and skirts.
There were loads of great personal touches to the day. Sam’s Mum made a custom wedding dress for Lauren. Having free reign to design together the dress was satin, and had a lace sleeveless overlay for the daytime. In the evening the lace came off to reveal the dress for the dancing. Sam’s mum also made custom bridesmaid’s skirts. These matched with a white top each bridesmaid could pick the style to suit them.
The main ceremony room was split in two with a wall of disco balls, food served family style with plenty of wine, and the favours an ace custom die pin badge. The speeches had everyone in stitches, and wincing from the boozy shot during the best man’ s.
With Sam proposing at the Green Man Festival during Father John Misty’s set, they had to choose Chateau Lobby #4 as the first dance. We also did a little homage to Father John Misty with a couple of portraits in the evening styled around his series of images where he’s ignoring the camera on his phone. Music was a big part of the day with the evening celebrations being played out by friends and family doing individual sets. When you’ve got friends who are DJ’s, have radio shows and great taste in music why not.
Rachel and Kyle picked a cracking day to get married near the North Yorkshire coast of Scarborough. The couple hired Minniehaha Events, Scalby Lodge Farmhouse, which is a great versatile space with loads of opportunities to put your own personal stamp on.
Getting ready in separate barns the couple set off early doors, with a small selection of close family and friends to tie the knot officially in Scarborough registry office. Rachel wearing a lovely blue dress that complimented the men’s accessories and ran throughout the decor during the rest of the day’s festivities. Heading back to the farmhouse the couple separated and spent the rest of the morning relaxing and drinking with their friends before the wedding part 2 kicked off!
Rachel changed into her second dress of the day, with a small hair change, and she was ready to go and do it all again, this time with a much bigger crowd. Kyle was patiently waiting at the bottom of the aisle as Rachel descended the barn steps whilst their friends and family looked on from the mezzanine balcony and the lower barn floor. The couple decided on a humanist ceremony which worked perfectly in the space and was a lovely upbeat start to the festivities.
Leaving the barn their guests threw a confetti tunnel which made for some great shots. E1verybody wandered around the ace Minniehaha events Barn & Tipi, Caravan and Bar, helping themselves to some Pimms and Punk IPA along the way.
After capturing some relaxed documentary style photos of the guests enjoying themselves, everybody sat down ready for their dinner of sharing platters and eagerly awaited the speeches. Whilst everyone was tucking into their food I managed to get a proper look at the incredible cake table. All made by Rachel it consisted of, Chocolate brownies, Carrot cake, Vanilla and Guinness cake and some Lemon cupcakes, finished with some decoration that Mary Berry would be proud of.
Heading back outside to enjoy the early September sun, what better way to wash your dinner down than a few shots?! After playing some outdoor games and enjoying the photobooth we decided to jump in my car and head for some portraits by the coast, the light was beautiful and having the sea in the distance was just the perfect backdrop on such a clear day.
Getting back in time for more shots, the band welcomed everybody onto the dancefloor and kicked off the fun for the evening, lots more dancing and drinks were consumed before I left the busy dancefloor, and the happy couple, to enjoy the remainder of their night.
Minniehaha Events – https://minnehahaevents.com/our-venue/
Rachel’s Cake – https://rachel-bakes.com
Beers – https://www.brewdog.com
I had the pleasure of shooting Adrain and Davina’s wedding on a beautiful August day at Easby Hall. Nestled just below Richmond and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the location was the perfect backdrop for their day. Davina chose to get ready at her parent’s home with her closest friends and family. The church was very close to the house so made for a short journey around the corner for the ceremony. Adrian and their guests were patiently waiting as Davina made her way down the aisle, the beautiful service followed.
After the fanfare exiting the ceremony with a confetti tunnel, we went to make the most of the light and took some portraits in the shaded church gardens. Meanwhile, the guests made their way over to Easby Hall. We joined them shortly after for some fun in the sunshine on the lawn before dinner.
The Hall itself is beautiful and overlooks the ancient monument Easby Abbey which made for a great backdrop in the images. Making the most of the long summer day Adrain and Davina decided to cut the cake outside which was a really nice touch. It also gave the little ones an excuse to run around a little longer! As the sun was dropping the guests headed back inside to kick off the evening festivities and I took the opportunity to get some party action.
Ellen and Dan got married in Saltburn-by-the-sea on a lovely July summers day. The day kicked off with some laid back morning prep, the couple getting ready separately with their family and closest friends. Ellen’s dress was a beautiful Jenny Packham number finished with a simple headdress and bouquet from Ruby Lilly’s florist, whilst Dan’s, Walker Slater suit and Joseph Cheaney shoes completed his outfit and complimented Ellen perfectly. Dan’s screen printing skills came in handy with some amazing artwork making subtle appearances throughout the day on some marble printed stock. Their attention to detail throughout the wedding was spot on.
Rolling up to the wedding in a Rolls Royce the celebrations kicked off at Emmanuel Church with some readings and lots of love. Ellen had the great idea of stopping off at her Grandads garden for some portraits of them nestled in the greenery. We then carried onto Saltburn Valleys Gardens for a few more shots whilst the guests made their way over to the reception. A highlight being the couple sheltered by the pavillion.
Onto the reception at Rushpool Hall where all of their guests were gathered, relaxing and enjoying the outdoor space. The couple got to chat and chill for a bit before the speeches and dinner commenced. Ellens mum organised some friends to perform a folk song before they cut into the cake in the most epic way taking a good old chunk out. The Ceilidh kicked off the evening celebrations.
The day was filled with so much laughter, love and amazing attention to detail they were a pleasure to shoot.
Rushpool Hall – http://www.rushpoolhallhotel.co.uk
Jenny Packham – http://www.jennypackham.com/index.php/bridal.html
Walker Slater – https://www.walkerslater.com
Joseph Cheaney – https://www.cheaney.co.uk
Ruby Lilly Florist – https://www.facebook.com/RubyLillysFloristMarske/
Dan Mather Screenprint – http://danmatherscreenprint.co.uk
Victoria Bath’s is a unique wedding venue in Manchester. Set down on the edge of Rusholme, minutes from Whitworth Art Gallery and park it’s a little hidden gem. Although Katie and Jemma live down in London, they knew it was the right wedding venue as soon as they found the Swimming Baths.
In keeping with the look and feel of Victoria Baths, they went for nice and minimal styling. An old internal door came down to be used as a table plan. The baths have plenty of mix and match chairs in the different rooms so by making use of those and a few wooden benches for the main room. On the setup day before the wedding they had a tropical archway for the bottom of the aisle, with a custom-made stained glass heart. A little nod to those monster Victoria Baths windows that are being restored. They even had a custom diver neon light which was beautiful!
Jemma & Katie both got ready at the Gotham hotel in Manchester city centre, only a short trip away, but this meant I could join them both in the morning. Running between the floors it was great to be able to capture the reactions of opening presents from each other and the dress reveal with the parents.
When it came to walking down the aisle, with neither of them wanting to wait at the end, they decided to have a first look together. Following this, they joined both of their Dad’s at the shallow end of the pool to walk down as a four. During the service, we were joined by the rarest of treats in Manchester, plenty of lovely sunlight. Falling through the glass roof it casts such a perfect light on the service. Having a ceremony early in the day meant there was plenty of time for guests to enjoy the surroundings, while they hosted a drinks reception in the Turkish baths. Just before the guests went to sit down for the wedding breakfast the three of us went to explore and capture some portraits.
Post wedding breakfast, served family style with plenty of wine, with the lovely surroundings what other way would there be! Speeches followed with Katie and Jemma doing one together, finished off with some prizes. There was still plenty of time to relax and catch up before the evening celebrations began. Starting with a massive custom banner that dropped mid-song to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, it got the dance floor going the for Ceilidh.
Oakwell Hall wedding venue is a location I’ve photographed a few times now and each is very different. Having the Hall for ceremonies allows good use of the traditional hall, while across the way, the wedding reception barn means each couple can tailor and style the day to suit what works for them.
The morning of the wedding Sophie and Donal both got ready at a hotel just down the road, which meant that I could pop and see them both getting ready. The guys headed over to Oakwell Hall Barn to put the finishing touches together before the service. Meanwhile, Sophie and the bridesmaids were picked up by Sophies cousin in his awesome split screen VW Camper. Plenty of rustic details, stickers, and character to arrive in.
The light in the Oakwell Hall is always lovely, flooding in from the big windows on the right-hand side. Being friends with a local Orchestra, Sophie was welcomed down the aisle as they performed from the balcony above. Following the service we headed out to the walled gardens for confetti and bubbles, then while the guests walked over to the Barn we popped back inside the Hall for some photos.
Over in the Barn, it was time for some tasty Mexican. Sophie and Donal added loads of personal details to the space making. There were little baby succulents for favours/name settings, custom wine bottle labels featuring their friendly Greyhound Harvey. Sophies brother works over at Black sheep brewery so the bar had to be filled with their tasty beers on cask and keg. Following on from some emotional and funny speeches, including a surprise congratulations card from Harvey! As the evening progressed they took to the dance floor for the first dance before everyone else joined in and partied the night away.