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A Greek Orthodox Wedding at St. Lukes Erdington for Michael and Alexia

I have a rather beautiful wedding from the beginning of the year to show you. Michael and Alexia were married in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at Holy Trinity & St Luke’s church in Erdington. It’s an incredible venue which I’m told was only opened in the 1990’s but looks like it’s been there forever. The brightly decorated walls and ceiling and elaborate adornments quite take your breath away when you first enter. It’s fun to see a ceremony so different from what you’re used to, and to understand the symbolism even if you don’t understand the language!

I loved Alexia’s passionate and beautiful family, and Michael is a charming and warm man. Together they created a wonderful atmosphere and celebrated in style at my home from home, Hampton Manor. Michael and Alexia’s family are big dancers and they had an amazing evening, complete with sparklers and a teepee campfire for marshmallows. Να ζήσετε to the bride and groom. And Και στα δικά σου to anyone planning their own!

National Wedding Show Autumn 2019 at the NEC

Exciting news, we’re now going to be exhibiting at the National Wedding Show in both Spring and Autumn at the NEC. It’s a long and busy weekend, but we get to meet so many new brides and grooms it’s all worthwhile. So if you’re free on the 27th, 28th or 29th of September, come and see us at stand G26.

By the way, if you’d “love” some free tickets just send us an email. We have a few pairs left to give away.

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Nathan & Katie’s Wedding at Albright Hussey

Some photos from a very special wedding this year. Nathan and Katie were married in the blazing sunshine in the gardens of Albright Hussey, a lovely old country hotel in Shrewsbury. The guests enjoyed cool drinks and mingled in the perfectly manicured grounds, and watched this happy couple make their vows, interrupted only by the sound of horses in the field next door saying hello.

Katie’s dress was absolutely stunning and I know Nathan was amazed as we all were by how beautiful she looked. It was great to be able to get back outside after dinner for some more portraits in the golden hour.

We also produced a highlights video which I’m proud to show on our video page too. Take a look!

We won! Best wedding photographer 2019 National Wedding Awards

Getting to know my customers, turning them into friends and producing gorgeous photos that enrich their lives has always given me the biggest buzz in photography. In fifteen years photographing weddings I never really went in for awards and titles, preferring to let my work speak for itself, alongside the recommendations I get from previous customers and wedding venues alike.

But back in March some of those wonderful customers nominated me for the National Wedding Awards which was wonderful. As a small business in a creative and professional field we take huge pride in our work and pleasing our customers. To know they’re happy enough to make such a gesture is very rewarding. So when the awards got in touch to say they’d selected me for their national shortlist of ten and asked if we’d like to enter and attend a special dinner and ceremony we said hell yes. Like I said, any excuse to dress up like James Bond and fiddle with my cuffs.

Turns out though, once you know you are truly in the running for something you realise you wouldn’t half like to win it! There’s the rub. You really do have to wait for the big night until someone says “and the winner is…” to find out. That’s kind of the fee you pay to enter – the waiting.

Obviously I’d already decided to stick with Daniel Kahneman’s baseline theory and rate my chances at one in ten, but just to enjoy a great night out with my favourite person. And we certainly did. We had a drink, a great dinner, watched people dancing with fire, cheered some friends in other categories who won (GO ON GEORGE!) and a dance after. What more could you want?

To be honest it was a bit of a blur going up to collect the award but I managed to say a quick thank you, and I was so very proud to have my co-photographer, best friend and wife with me. They’re all the same person. Thank you Kate for all your love and support. Here’s to another year of beautiful weddings, new friends, old friends and great adventures.

Josh & Charlotte’s Mythe Barn Wedding Video

Such a pleasure to photograph Josh and Charlotte’s wedding last month at one of our favourite venues, Mythe Barn. They opted for the highlights video alongside their photographs, and I’m so glad they did. It came out beautifully. Charlotte had planned some beautiful details, especially the most gorgeous flowers. And they had the best day with all their families. Thank you for having us take your photos, and for letting us share your video with everyone!

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