Nick & Rebecca’s engagement photos

Tis the season…to book your engagement shoot! Here are some photos from Nick and Rebecca’s engagement shoot last year. They had a gorgeous day at Prestwold hall which I can’t wait to show you. But before that we went to one of their favourite places, Bradgate Park in Leicester. We walked up to the Old John tower for a little exercise, and then went on to Prestwold Hall itself to have a look around.

The engagement shoot is really helpful for getting you comfortable in front of the camera, and proving to you how great the photos are going to come out on the day. If your wedding plans are coming along nicely for next year, be sure to arrange your engagement shoot when you can.

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Redland and Claire’s Hampton Manor Wedding

Summer’s starting to feel like a long time ago now! Since we were just talking about Hampton Manor, I wanted to show you a few favourites from an amazing wedding I photographed there this year. Redland and Claire are a very fun couple. I felt I had a lot in common with Redland, my kind of guy. We were chatting about sketchup and CAD while downloading the photos and the kind of engineering design he gets up to. This is Hampton Manor just before the beautiful refurbishment they recently finished on the old house, so I know this blog seems a bit out of sequence.

I haven’t particularly tried to show you the whole wedding here – these are some of the photos that practically jumped all by themselves into my portfolio folder after I was done editing!

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Hampton Manor wedding fair in October

A few photos from Hampton Manor’s wedding fair a couple of weeks ago. It’s a real pleasure to have a long standing relationship with such a reputable and successful wedding venue, so I’m always very proud to show my work at their wedding fair. We were set up to meet lots of couples in the restaurant, but I got a few photos of beautiful things throughout the house. Karen and Passion for flowers did amazing work as always with the decor.

The newly refurbished and restyled house looks amazing. I’ve had a couple of weddings at Hampton Manor now since, and it’s a stylish backdrop for a country house wedding. Looking forward to many more!

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The Best Man

I love an image that tells you everything you need to know. No description necessary, you can see exactly what’s going on. There are lots of little moments that happen at a wedding, and with practise you learn to see them. The best man has the rings. His big moment is approaching. This moment is the focus of countless dramatic and comedic wedding movie scenes. He’s going to check he still has them. Several times. When you look at this image you see the suits, the hymn sheets, the seats, the hint of a white dress. Then you find the focus point, and you know exactly what’s going on.

Photos are fast. Especially on your phone. When you get a good one, take time to really look and see what’s going on. It can be so rewarding.

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Andy and Alice’s wedding at St. Alphege Solihull

As I was only just saying, it’s a joy to do what you love to do for people you love. Here are some photos from Andy and Alice’s wedding at St Alphege church, Solihull. This was a very special wedding for my family as we’ve known Alice since she was in my sister’s youth group. My excellent and clever sister Nicola is now a vicar, and came back to St. Alphege to conduct the marriage herself. It’s the first wedding we’ve done together and I can’t tell you how proud I am of her.

Alice and Andy planned all kinds of personal and creative touches to make their day special. I loved these bouquets made from pages of her favourite books, and the charming decorations at the reception at Wootton Park. Bundles of old books, hand decorated flower vases and teeny tiny succulents on the tables.

Taking a couple’s engagement photos is always a wonderful part of wedding photography, and I’m always proud when people mention them or I see them at the bride’s parents house. Here at John and Dilly’s lovely home I saw one of the photos on the piano, next to their own.

The wedding at St Alphege Solihull was as grand as it always is there, and then we went on to Wootton park for a gloriously fun reception with ceilidh dancing, marshmallow roasting and a lovely evening.

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