Wedding Photographer Shoots Wedding Photographer at South Farm, Royston

Firstly it needs to be pointed out what a fab wedding venue South Farm (near Royston) really is. Amazing grounds. Lovely prep area for bridal party. Fab new dancefloor for the after party. Loads of quirky stuff like pigs, chickens and vintage caravans. The list goes on! 

I first met Michael and Leanne whilst second shooting for another wedding photographer at Leanne's Mum's wedding in Bedford year and a half ago. Michael was a groomsmen and has his SLR camera with him which got us talking. We stayed in touch and I invited him to shoot with me at one of my weddings a few months later, and he ended up being my main second shooter for 2015 and 2016! Although they booked me a long time ago to shoot their wedding, I felt the pressure a little, as they obviously know good photography from average better than most. I needn't have worried though as with the help of Kelly Clarke Photography, we pretty much nailed it. Some other key vendors on the day were the always excellent Lee Smith - Magician who wowed the guests with his amazing card tricks, and Niki Lawrence who did an amazing job with make up for the girls. I'll let Michael introduce how he and Leanne met below:

“Leanne and I first met at work, and its safe to say we liked each other for quite a while! After what seemed like an eternity, we finally got together! I then moved in with Leanne, which was on the understanding that my dog moved in too! This resulted in Leanne adopting an 8 stone German Shepherd, which she was somewhat apprehensive about! (Side note: They are now best friends!). I knew I wanted to marry Leanne, and begun to form a plan to take her to Ireland. I took Leanne to the beautiful Lough Eske Castle in County Donegal for afternoon tea. When we arrived I took her to a secluded spot my the lake, with beautiful scenery and the sun shining down! I then did it! I asked her to marry me…..sort of! What actually happened was I got down on one knee, produced the ring, said her name about three times….and then started crying. Leanne then also started crying. We cried for a bit (happy crying obviously!), and I put the ring on her finger! It was one of the most nerve-wracking and happiest moments of my life. However, due to crying, at no point did I actually ask her to marry me, and at no point did she actually say that she would! Ignoring this minor detail, 2 years later we then got married at the most beautiful venue, with amazing weather, surrounded by our family and friends! Leanne looked absolutely beautiful, and the moment when I first saw her was the happiest I have ever been! It was an amazing day, and one that I will never ever forget……and yes….I cried then too!"

So, how did the day go for us all? Well pretty damned well as it happens. With it being May the cherry trees were in full blossom so we took full advantage with the night shot (shown above). Leanne and Michael have a shared passion for trance music, with Michael a very capable DJ in his own right, so the party went hard well into the night. Kelly and I stayed even later than usual to do it all justice!

The Pirton Boy Comes Home! - Tim & Paul's Pirton Wedding Party

Pirton born and raised Tim recently celebrated his marriage to partner Paul at their home in San Diego, California, but they were both keen to celebrate with their English friends and family before jetting off to honeymoon in Italy. Pirton is a small village near Hitchin in Hertfordshire and doesn't often host weddings, however a marquee was set up in the grounds of the village Sports and Social club, and the weather was fantastic. Californian even. Here's what happened:

Spring is in the air at Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns is one of my favourite local wedding venues. It's a recently renovated set of barns set in idyllic Cambridgeshire countryside ran by a great team of people. Laura & Ben obviously agreed as they chose it for their spring wedding in late April!

The girls got ready that morning in the bridal suite, while the groomsmen prepared at Ben & Laura's house. Flowers were provided by Flowers By Suzanne and Hair & Make Up by Leah at - Belle's Beauty.

After a beautiful ceremony in the Rickety Barn, the guests enjoyed drinks out in the garden, while we managed to take family group shots and portraits of the B&G. One of the quirkier aspects of the day were the video cameras provided by Shoot It Yourself which the bridesmaids and groomsmen used throughout the day. This was a fab idea and enabled the bridal party to capture the day as it was and send the footage off for editing.

With the rape field at Bassmead out in full bloom, it was the perfect spot for some portraits so we took full advantage. Later on the party really got firing on all cylinders and I even managed to sneak the newlyweds outside for one of my standard issue off-camera flash night shots!

Here are some highlights below. For the link to the FULL GALLERY - CLICK HERE

Storm Frank Wedding at Goldsborough Hall, Harrogate

It's always nice to venture further afield for weddings and discover new venues such as the beautiful Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate in Yorkshire. Steve is an old work colleague of mine who I've known well for several years so it was an absolute pleasure capturing his big day with Becky and their 2 year old daughter, Emily.

A late December wedding up north is always going to be interesting weather wise, but we felt the full force of the winds and rain from Storm Frank this day which had previously dumped a whole load of rain over the Lake District and Lancashire. Luckily for everyone the church was right next door to Goldsborough Hall, so the walk between was mercifully brief for all!

After some highly amusing speeches, with best man, Mark raising many smiles, Becky's father John entertained everyone by showing a slideshow of images of his daughter while singing Frank Sinatra's 'New York'. Following that everyone took to the dance floor and partied hard into the night!

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Woodland Manor Hotel Winter Wedding in Bedford

Whether it's hot & sunny or cold & wet, it's our job as Wedding Photographers to capture the essence of each event we shoot. Jenni & Shane's winter wedding at Woodland Manor Hotel near Bedford whilst in late November provided a really fun party for everyone with a pikachu hat wearing best man, and many large men slow dancing with each other after their fifteenth shot.

Jenni & Shane we met in early 2008 when they both were working with young offenders and became a couple towards the end of 2009. They had a beautiful civil ceremony at the hotel, before both of the best men delivered fairly brutal speeches after the wedding breakfast.

I hope the images captured below do the day justice.

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How To Arrive At A Thursley Village Hall Wedding In Style!

Jessie & Richard's wedding at Thursley Village Hall near Guildford in Surrey was refreshingly different from many of my weddings this year. The vintage bus they took from their ceremony at Artington House in Guildford to Thursley Village Hall was a fantastic touch, and the bride prep location at the Angel Hotel in Guildford town centre gave me chance to capture Jessica strutting her stuff through busy crowds of shoppers!

The couple met each other through a dating website. It took about 6 months for them to have their first date after Jessie kept going on overseas holidays when they first started chatting. Luckily they managed to meet up eventually and it went from there.

The wedding date had specific interest as Richard's family come from Wales, and Jessie is from New Zealand and both teams were playing their quarter final matches that very afternoon with many rugby fans in attendance. The outcome meant for happier Kiwis than the Welsh, but the wedding party that followed meant that any defeats were soon forgotten!

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Cumberwell Park Golf Club Wedding with Eloise & Andrew

In early October I travelled off my usual patch to shoot a delightful wedding for some good friends over in Wiltshire at Cumberwell Park Golf Club near Bradford-on-Avon. Andrew spent most of his life in Hitchin, and not only brought a photographer with him from there, but also an outstanding magician in Lee Smith

Eloise and Andrew met just over 3 years ago on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. Andrew spotted Eloise as part of a small group of attractive and ever so slightly tipsy young women struggling to take a photo of themselves and, after downing another beer, he had enough Dutch Courage to walk over and offer to take the photo for them. He then proceeded to bottle it after taking the photo and walked away without achieving the main objective of going over, but all was not lost as one of Eloise's friends chased after him and dragged him back to speak with her. Thankfully for Andrew, Eloise had her wine goggles on and thought he was a ‘bit of alright’ and they hit it off from the very first moment. Despite living 2 hours apart from each other, they made it work and Andrew then proceeded to make the big step of relocating his life to be with Eloise and her amazing son Charlie. A few years on and there they were surrounded by their nearest and dearest on their wedding day, with the addition of their gorgeous little daughter Rosie.

Back to 2015, and they couldn't have asked for better October weather, and after a wonderful ceremony the drinks reception in the park gardens gave Lee chance to show off his magic skills to the guests. Later that afternoon we would be chauffeured out on the golf course in buggies to get some shots of the newly weds. The after party was a lively affair with the band Dexter providing quality live music throughout. Big thanks to Nicola at Image Paradise Photography for her amazing Second Shooting on the day!

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Hitchin Priory Autumn Wedding Starring Melanie & Graham

Being a Hitchin resident myself, it's always a treat shoot weddings in my own town, and Hitchin Priory makes for a perfect venue with it's beautiful old building, and grounds. I was thrilled to meet Mel and Graham 14 months ago in a coffee shop just yards away from it to discuss their wedding plans.

Mel and Graham met 9 years ago whilst Mel was studying in Potters Bar to be a veterinary surgeon. Their first holiday together came the following summer - a 3000 mile road trip around France over 10 days with a 2-man tent and an AA road atlas as their means of survival. Needless to say they tolerated each other well enough and haven't looked back since. Apparently, Mel settles for being 5th in the household pecking order after Graham and the 3 cats, as long as Graham remembers who really wears the trousers!

Fast forward to October 2015 and the couple both prepared themselves in different parts of Hitchin Priory with people keeping watch to ensure they wouldn't see each other. Graham's groom party thought it would be amusing to stage a breakdown of his beloved BMW (often bumping Mel into 6th in the house pecking order!). Meanwhile Mel and the girls enjoyed a group shot of each other in their PJ's and pretty soon everyone was ready and the ceremony was under way. 

My 3 man team for the day including Steve Granger (Second Shooting) and my glamorous assistant (Karolina Janiszewska) pulled out all the stops to ensure we got the images we needed, and me managed to close the evening with a beautiful shot of the happy couple silhouetted against the Priory building.

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Hitchin Priory Wedding