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Pete & Becky’s Wedding at Gorcott Hall

I loved working with Pete and Becky. Like me they’re cub scout leaders, so they’re used to planning things, and making crafty things too. We had a lot in common – although I’m jealous that unlike me Pete can drive a tractor. So he did!

Gorcott hall is a lovely private house and garden for a fun and intimate wedding. Becky got ready in the bridal suite while guests arrived below and sipped champagne in the gardens to live music afterwards. They had so many personal and home made touches, including real badges to sew on your camp blanket. So very cool.

We’re Finalists! National Wedding Awards 2019

I’m very proud to say we’ve been chosen as finalists for best photographer at the national wedding awards! Some lovely person nominated us weeks ago and I’d forgotten all about it until yesterday when the email arrived to say we were selected.

So we’ll get to go to a fancy dinner at the Athena in Leicester and Kate can wear a lovely dress. I already feel like a winner to have her by my side and to be one of just ten photographers from the whole country. I can’t tell you how proud Kate is. But the sneaky little part of me thinks how it’d be just swell for her to see me go up there. So if you’re in the mood, please head over and vote. Don’t forget to select Newey’s the jewellers too. I know, you were already going to.

Shout out to Ilan and Nathalie, last time we were at the Athena!

We’re very lucky to work in an industry where personal attention and kindness really matters. Serving our customers on the most important day of their lives. In person. At times in a wedding ceremony there are just four people standing – the couple, the officiant and me. I’ll spend more time with or near the bride and groom than most of their guests will.

So it’s a business where it makes no sense for big companies to muscle in and take over. Warehouses, websites, factories, call centres, China. They just can’t compete with the way we can care for our customers. I don’t particularly like the term ‘customer service’. That’s just a database which automatically sends you a 5% discount email on your birthday. I prefer ‘love’. Because that’s what it is.

Helping a couple move house when I had a free afternoon, buying tickets to their choir’s christmas concert, sitting on the living room floor seven years after their wedding with their two toddlers climbing on me. It’s not trying to impress anybody – they’ve already booked! These are my friends. It’s as simple as that.

A huge thank you to the national wedding awards for choosing us, and to everyone who votes. We’re very grateful!

Dale & Charlotte’s Compton Verney Wedding

Dale and Charlotte celebrated their wedding on a beautiful day in August at Compton Verney. It’s a very special location, and old home and a present day art gallery with a fascinating collection and magical light in the gallery rooms. Charlotte and her bridesmaids got ready for the wedding at Walton Hall, which is another great venue. It’s funny to arrive at one place I’m used to photographing weddings but then transfer to a different one.

Compton Verney’s staff are professional. Anything you need is just a walkie talkie away. And the walk from the entrance across the bridge and lake and the walk up to the grand columned entrance certainly gives guests an impressive introduction to the venue. It’s a joy to photograph a wedding for such thoughtful and appreciative people as Dale and Charlotte. Here’s wishing them and their adorable little one all the love and luck in the world.

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Tickets for the National Wedding Show to give away

If you’re free one day between the 1st and 3rd of March you should totally come and see us at the national wedding show. Just in case you didn’t know it’s a great big wedding fair at the NEC with loads of suppliers including us. A great opportunity to get a bit chunk of your wedding planning done in one go and have a fun day out with your squad. I don’t say squad.

As exhibitors we get a limited number of free tickets to give away, so if you want to come just send me a message ASAP. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dodmoor House evening wedding

Chris and Christie looking sparkly

James and Kelly’s Hampton Manor Wedding

Some photos from James and Kelly’s Hampton Manor wedding last April. I can’t believe it’s already been ten months! James and Kelly planned a small and intimate wedding in the Birches, with just close family in attendance. It’s a real honour to be present at such a small wedding among those most important to the bride and groom. After drinks and nibbles in the Manor itself, I left them to sit down to what looked like an amazing dinner. It always is at Hampton Manor!

If you’re planning a delightfully small and select guest list, do be sure to still get gorgeous photos by having a discreet and friendly photographer along!

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