Linda and Ian at Coombe Park Hotel | Warwickshire Wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

This was one of my more unusual weddings of the year and one of the most intimate and enjoyable!  I was asked to photograph Linda and Ian’s wedding at the lovely Coombe Park Hotel just outside Coventry a couple of weeks ago. The lovely couple had so many guests to invite that in the end they decided to keep the day entirely to themselves! I feel very honoured that they chose me to be with them throughout and to photograph their special day so that they could share their memories with family and friends afterwards.

Coombe Park hotel is a lovely venue on the outskirts of Coventry on the road towards the village of Brinklow. The hotel was once an abbey and the grounds are magnificent. Over the years there have been many stories of ghosts and paranormal activities – so much so that they actually run a ghost tour! ….. And the ghost tour was one of the highlights of Linda and Ian’s wedding day.

I must admit that I was worried that my presence might be a little intrusive, but Linda and Ian were so relaxed and welcoming that it worked out just fine and I’m really pleased with the number and variety of photographs that I managed to get. Here’s a taster ……

Attention to detail …. the shoes were stunning with their intricate detail

Linda and Ian met up before the ceremony to have a stroll in the beautiful grounds and to make the best of the Autumn sunshine for some photographs …..

Time for a quick drink with their witnesses before seeing off on their ghost tour ….

….the start of the ghost tour with Coombe park’s master of ceremonies, Jonathan

Back inside for the ceremony itself ….

Just married … and time for some more photographs and to explore the grounds and historical building a little more

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing in Linda and Ian’s wedding day and I’m sure that they’ll love the photographs. I stayed for several hours and took loads of images which I have posted on the password protected gallery on my main site. The gallery can be viewed by clicking here and entering the password (which is only available from Linda and Ian). Photo prints are available to purchase on my main website.

If you are getting married at Coombe park hotel and you would like a wedding photographer then please contact me. I’m taking bookings for 2011 and 2012 with some dates proving very popular already. As you can see, I’m happy to photograph small or large weddings at lovely venues throughout Warwickshire and the West midlands. It wasn’t appropriate at Linda and Ian’s wedding, but most of my weddings are covered  by two of us: I am always the principal photographer and I almost always have either my husband or another assistant with me to ensure that we get more shots from different angles.

My contact number for enquiries and information is 07739096632. Alternatively, you can email me by clicking here

The Faulkner Family | Freezing Photoshoot! …. By Victoria Jane Photography

Paul and his cousin, Tracey, booked me a couple of weeks ago to do a very quick photo shoot for around 30 members of their family. Little did we all know that it would be the first weekend of snow this November! Still, we went ahead as planned and met at the Rugby Town FC ground with family members travelling from all around the country. We worked quickly so that nobody froze to death but I have to say that I couldn’t really feel my fingers very well for a while afterwards. Here’s a taster image from the ones I took this afternoon and more will be appearing on my main website.

For family members who want to view the images properly please click here and enter the password (grandma’s first name – all lower case letters).

If you are looking to order any prints in time for Christmas please make sure I’ve got the order by Friday 10th December at the very latest. Thank you.

If you want a family photo shoot in and around Warwickshire, or if you have any kind of family celebration coming up, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My number is 07739096632.

Sam and Andy | Wedding Photography at the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Warwickshire

This has to rate up there as one of the most enjoyable weddings of the year! Sam and Andy are such a fun loving fantastic couple that we couldn’t help but smile most of the day. Sometimes we had to remind ourselves that we were there to do the photography and not as guests! The wedding ceremony and celebrations took place at the beautiful Ardencote Manor hotel and Golf Club in Claverdon, Warwickshire. We were there from about 90 minutes before the ceremony started to late into the evening celebrations. It’s probably true to say that we both (Gary and I) took more photographs on this wedding day than just about any other wedding we’ve done this year. I’ll let the photos do the talking – Here we go! ……..

Ardencote Manor Hotel – Front Entrance with turning circle …..

Andy on the far left with groomsmen. What a great bunch!

A few practice swings, just to warm up for the events ahead ….

And a few more exercises to get the legs working too!

Just after the arrival of Sam with her lovely brides maids ….

Sam showing her true feelings for her brother! …..

And then we went inside for the ceremony itself …..

Having the two of us there helps to get photographs from more than one angle without us having to move around and distract the registrars

Signing of the register …..

Then it was time to go outside into the bright sunshine for some group photographs beside the lovely lake ….

Something told me that Andy was in his element – Swept off his feet with a pint in his hand!

A few newlywed ‘alone’ shots ….

And then it was inside to start the celebrations …..

Hilarious speceches. It was difficult to keep the camera still at times! Good job we use stabilised lenses!

On to the first dance and what seemed like hundreds of guests for the evening entertainment …..

Andy treated us all to an impromptu solo performance too! Soooo funny! Sorry Andy, but it was!

As night fell we had the opportunity to try a few slightly more unusual shots ….

We had a great time photographing Andy and Sam’s wedding day. They are a great couple, each with a fantastic sense of humour. It was also great to meet so many guests who’ve been at other weddings we’ve done this year too. Referrals are great for our business and this is how we met Sam and Andy. If you are getting married at the Ardencote Manor hotel in Claverdon in Warwickshire and you need a photographer please do contact me on 07739096632. I’ll be glad to talk to you about your special day.

Meanwhile, if you were one of Sam and Andy’s guests and you want to see more photos from the day (and there are loads!) I’ve put there full gallery of images on my main website. You can view the images by clicking here and entering the password. Only Sam and Andy have been issued with the password so that they have control over who can view the images.

If you’d like to comment on our photography or any of the images here we’d love to hear from you. Please click on the ‘leave a comment’ link below.

Sue and Jo – Civil Partnership Ceremony at the Golden Lion, Easenhall | Photographed by Victoria Jane Photography

This was a first for me …..and a first for the happy couple too! None of us had ever attended a civil partnership ceremony before so it was an opportunity to learn and photograph something a little different! Jo and Sue asked me to attend and photograph their civil partnership ceremony which was held at the Golden Lion at Easenhall just beyond Brinklow outside Coventry in Warwickshire. Gary, my husband, came along too as a second shooter (which he regularly does). Together, we took hundreds of photographs of the guests before and after the ceremony, the ceremony itself and the celebrations afterwards as well as many ‘family/friends group shots’ and shots of Jo and Sue on their own. A great time was had by all and a very nervous Jo and Sue had a great time on their special day. Here’s a taster of some of my images …….


If you were at Jo and Sue’s civil partnership ceremony you may wish to view more images. They are on Jo and Sue’s private gallery on my main website and they can be viewed by clicking here and entering the password which you can only get from Jo or Sue. Photos can be bought from there if you wish.

Meanwhile, if you have a wedding or a civil partnership ceremony coming up in Warwickshire or perhaps a celebration at the Golden Lion in Easenhall and you would like some lovely photographs to record your special day please give me a call and I’ll be glad to talk to you about your requirements. My number is 07739096632.

A window of opportunity – Kate & Adam’s pre wedding shoot

Many of my brides & groom’s choose a wedding package that includes a free pre-wedding photo shoot and consultation with me.  Not only does it give us a fantastic opportunity to get to know each other, it also gives the couple a chance to have a practice being in front of the camera, to discuss their ideas and tell me who they want me to photograph …… oh & if I’m lucky, a coffee & a cake  🙂

One such pre-wedding shoot I photographed was for Kate & Adam, who got married recently at the beautiful Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.

I am always on the look out for an image which pushes my creativity as well as my photographic skills.  Ragley Hall certainly provided me with many fantastic opportunities to create such an image. The main hall at Ragley is VERY dark but lit by huge arched windows at one end – ideal for silhouettes ….

So here it is, my favourite image from the afternoon

A stunning 16ft arched window + amazing view + a lovely couple = photograph below

A very hectic October & November

Hi Folks … I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blog a little over the last few weeks.  I’ve just been so busy editing all the fantastic weddings & functions I’ve attended that I’ve just simply not had time to add the posts ….

However, if you’re keeping a look out for events you’ve attended then please keep checking back as I’m just about to update my blog over the next week with images from;

Jo & Sue’s Civil Wedding @ Easenhall, Sam & Andy’s Wedding @ The Ardencote, Linda & Ian’s Wedding @ Coombe Abbey, Kate & Adam’s Wedding @ Ragley Hall & The George Coller Memorial Fund 10th anniversary event @ The Burlington.  Shortly after I will be adding a post for Tara & David @ Hatton Village Hall.

Ragley Hall’s Spectacular Fireworks Display | Corporate Event Photographs by Victoria Jane Photography

It’s 1am & I’ve had a somewhat busy day  …

…My day started at Coombe Abbey in Coventry where I was photographing Linda & Ian’s Wedding.  We had a wonderful day & the weather was amazing.  We managed to do plenty of outside photographs in the stunning grounds and we even went on a ghost tour which isn’t the best thing to do when you’ve got such an active imagination as I have! Will I sleep tonight? Photos of the wedding to follow.

Once I had left Coombe, I then made a mad dash over to the stunning Ragley Hall to photographs their amazing fireworks display. I took the opportunity to take Gary and Jessica with me so they could enjoy the fireworks too (without Gary having to have a camera in his hand for once!). Jessica doesn’t normally like loud noises so it was a bit of a risk but she loved it and at the end of the display was asking for ‘more bangs daddy please’…..

There were children’s fairground rides, a live fireshow, numerous food stalls, a huge bonfire & Touch FM was there to create a great party atmosphere!

Here are just a few of my favourite images from the night…….

I have been lucky enough to photograph a number of events at Ragley Hall this Year. This event was photographed on behalf of Ragley Hall’s Operations Manager & Front of House Supervisor. I have many more images to forward to them & I hope they enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed attending the event & photographing them.

If you have a special event in Warwickshire or the West Midlands that you would like photographing then please give me a call on 07739 096 632.

Hafeeza’s Surprise 30th Birthday Party at Dunsmore House, Rugby | Photographed by Victoria Jane Photography

I was booked by Hafeeza’s husband to do the photography for a surprise 30th Birthday party that he had arranged for her. The party was held at the fabulous Dunsmore house in Rugby which has been recently restored to a superb condition and can be booked for exclusive private events such as parties and conferences.

Hafeeza’s closest family and friends attended and a great time was had by all. I stayed for about 3 hours taking informal shots and a few posed shots of small groups.

This was the first time that I’ve photographed an event at Dunsmore house. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You’ll notice that the guests were in the kitchen! That’s because you can hire out the whole house, kitchen and all -Fabulous!

If you were a guest of Hafeeza and her husband at her surprise 30th Birthday party you will be able to see all of the edited images by visiting my main website and viewing her private gallery by clicking here and entering the password (which is Hafeeza’s husband’s abbreviated first name – all lower case). If you wish, Photos can be bought direct from the website or by emailing or calling me.

Meanwhile, if you’ve got an event coming up at Dunsmore house or a similar venue in Warwickshire or the Midlands and you’d like some high quality but unobtrusive photography please call me on 07739096632 and I’ll be glad to discuss your requirements.

Macmillan Pride of Coventry & Warwickshire – Awards Evening

– Tuesday 2nd November 2010

I was honoured to be given another fantastic opportunity to photograph an event on behalf of  Macmillan Cancer support earlier this week.

Tuesday 3rd November saw the 2010 Awards ceremony hosted at the beautiful Mallory Court Country House Hotel near to Leamington Spa.

The award’s evening was held to recognise the fantastic (and, at times, somewhat mad) achievements of a number of inspirational individuals and organisations who have helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Please click on the following link to view the short video below which shows the events of the evening.

Well done and congratulations to Sharon Battersby, Sarah Darby, & Karen Shortt  for the organisation of such a fantastic evening for an amazing cause.

This is not the first event that I’ve attended on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support this year and it is a charity that I will continue to support (often in conjunction with Stuart Kettell of Kettell Video Productions) who is a prolific fund raiser (award-winner on the night) for Macmillan and a great friend and colleague. Well done Stuart and all of the other award-winners on the night!

SWPP Awards – I’m award winning!!

I don’t generally go in for competitions or sign myself up for assessments – but to be honest, for a bit of fun and to see what would happen, I decided to enter a few of my recent images into 10 different categories of the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) monthly photography assessments for October.

I received an email today saying that I’d won an award. Then I read on and realised I’d won an award in a second category, and a third and a fourth….. In total I won an award in all ten categories that I entered ….. I’ll have to do this more often in future!!

Here’s a montage to give you flavour of my award-winning images this month!

It’s interesting to note that most, but not all, were taken with my pro camera. Just goes to show that it’s not all about the camera!