Katie and Stan | Wedding Photography in the village of Grindleford in the Peak District

This was a very busy weekend of wedding photography for us and we were really pleased to have such an enjoyable start. Katie and Stan were married at the Maynard Arms hotel in the lovely village of Grindleford in the Peak district near to Sheffield on Saturday.

We were originally recommended to Katie and Stan by a guest who attended a wedding that we photographed at the Charlecote Pheasant hotel last year. Katie and Stan asked us if we would photograph their wedding in the Peak district and when we heard of their plans we were delighted to travel up there for an initial meeting to look around and to discuss their ideas for their photography on the day.

The happy couple are both keen outdoor types who are heavily into hill walking, climbing and other energetic adventurous pursuits. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise when we learnt that as part of their wedding day photography they wanted to be photographed on a hill-side, preferably in full wedding attire and standing on some rocks with hills in the background. I was preying for good weather on the day and easy walking!!!

After careful planning the day arrived and we set about doing the photography. It was made more interesting by the fact that half of the guests were the Italian side of Stan’s family and many didn’t speak much English. They were absolutely lovely though and we got on just fine using various gestures and with the help of some family interpreters! After some reportage, the ceremony and the formal group shots we had about 30 minutes to jump in our car, drive to a local beauty spot and get some scenic shots …. much to the amazement of some local ramblers. Talking of rambling, that’s enough for now. Here’s a few teaser shots to give you a flavour of their special day …..

The Maynard Arms in Grindleford …..

Stan helps his best man with the button hole …..

A few detailed shots just to set the scene a little more ……

Beautiful scenery right oustide the hotel door

Attention to detail in Katie’s room whilst getting ready …..

First glimpse of katie ….. Fabulous!

One photographer at the front (Me!) and one at the back (Gary)

First photo of the newly weds …..

We even took our own step ladders for the whole group shot ……

Some quiet time alone after the ceremony and family group shots …..

Then a quick dash to the hillside …..

Back at the hotel and time for the sit-down meal and cutting the cake.

When Katie and Stan booked us to photograph their wedding they knew that we were already booked to do a full day wedding the next day near to Stratford upon Avon. We agreed to cover their day until the start of their meal so this time we weren’t there until the end but I think you’ll agree that we captured loads of interesting memories for them and they’ll have plenty of images to choose from for their album.

The above images are a small sample of the photographs that Gary and I took on the day. Over the next few weeks we’ll be editing many more images and they will, as always, be posted to the password protected area of my main website (Click here and choose their gallery when it’s been created) for family and friends to view. For details just ask Katie and Stan.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the peak district and it was a real pleasure to photograph Stan and katie’s special day.

If you are getting married in Warwickshire, the midlands (or perhaps further afield, like Katie and Stan) and you need an imaginative, fun and thoroughly professional photography service please contact me on 07739096632. I’m already booking up for late 2011 and throughout 2012 so there is no time like the present to get in touch!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have please take a moment to leave a comment. We like comments!!

Vicky x

Natalie and James | Fabulous Wedding Photography at Ettington Park Hotel by Victoria Jane Photography

This was one We had been really looking forward to! Ettington Park hotel in Alderminster near to Stratford upon Avon is a favaourite venue for us as it is where we chose to get married ourselves! When Natalie and James (Jim, to his friends) contacted us and told us where they were getting married we were delighted to talk to them about doing their wedding photography.

The wedding took place yesterday (Sunday 17th April) and it lived up to all expectations. The venue, as always, was beautiful, the guests were lovely, the ushers and best man were comical, lively and in great spirits (as well as being some of the nicest and most considerate guys we’ve met), the bridesmaids were lovely …… and the bride (Natalie) was simply stunning. The cameras loved her, as you’ll see below. Jim was/is very lucky! He’s also got a great personality and so no wonder Natalie fell for him!

On top of all that the weather was just perfect. We had warm temperatures and sunshine, enabling us to enjoy the fabulous Ettington Park hotel grounds all day. Enough chat for now. Let this sample of our wedding photography do the talking ……

The Venue …..

The boys …..

Anyone for Cricket?

The girls …..

A few details ……

The Service …..

Loitering infront of the chapel ……

Some ‘alone time’ …..

The evening celebrations begin …..

Natalie and James are a lovely couple and they had a fantastic day. For us, it was so nice to receive positive comments from several of the guests as we were about to leave at around 10:30pm. We also had a really enjoyable day ….. and now the real work starts! We’ve got hundreds of great photographs to edit, and to be honest we are spoilt for choice.

Ettington Park hotel is a dream venue, both for the bride and groom and for a photographer. The photographs above are just a very small selection …. just to whet your appetite. If you are planning a wedding at Ettington Park hotel (or similar venue in Warwickshire or the West Midlands) please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your photography requirements.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Shirley! I can’t wait to present you with many more images from your special day.


Photographing Stuart Kettell’s Charity Hamster Wheel Run for Macmillan Cancer Support

One of the pleasures in doing what I do is that I get to meet really fun people. Sometimes they are people who I work with. Stuart Kettell who runs Kettell Video Productions in Coventry is one of these people and he introduced me to his annual charity fund raising events for Macmillan Cancer Support. For several years Stuart has devised a ‘Mad Fool’ task that he does to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. His past challenges have included cycling on a replica Penny Farthing from Lands End to John O’Groats and Kayaking across the channel from France to Coventry and last year he suspended himself, David Blaine style, inside a Perspex box suspended above Broadgate in Coventry city centre for a week. In the last two years I’ve also started to support Macmillan Cancer Support with my photography and I now provide the official photography and some graphic design work for Stuart’s Challenges (free of charge, of course).

This year Stuart’s ‘Will the Mad Fool Make It?’ challenge was even more unusual ….. and I was there from the initial idea stage until the end. The idea needed to be explained to potential sponsors in fairly simple terms so Stuart asked me to knock up a graphic in Adobe Indesign and Photoshop. Here it is ……

Unusual Eh? So what was it all about? Well, the idea was for Stuart to run a marathon every day for a week inside a giant hamster wheel. If that wasn’t enough to spark some interest he wanted the hamster wheel to be balanced on one end of a giant See-Saw. On the other end there would be a donation pot for the people of Coventry to make donations towards Macmillan Cancer Support. As the donations increased the see-saw would start to tip and (hopefully!) on day 7 with around £7000 in the pot the wheel would be lifted up.

Stuart spent months training inside the wheel on his driveway and I helped with some of the promotional photographs in the weeks leading up to the actual event in Broadgate, Coventry. Finally, the day arrived for the challenge to begin on a sunny Sunday March 20th ……..

He may be a bit mad but he really doesn’t bite, you know!

Whenever I’m covering any event, whether it be for charity such as Macmillan Cancer Support or perhaps for a business corporate event, I’m always mindful of the need to capture not only the activities and emotions of the event but also the reasons behind it. After all, Stuart was doing a fantastic job raising money for Macmillan Cancer support and he was raising awareness of the important work they do too.

It was really nice that Stuart gets support from local celebrities. In this case Roisin and John Dalziel (above) from the JD show on local commercial radio station, Mercia FM. In fact, the local radio stations (Mercia FM, Touch FM and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire) all took a firm interest and were very encouraging with their live interviews and raising awareness all week.

Stuart excelled himself this year by raising enough awareness to be invited onto ITV’s Daybreak with Adrian Chiles & Christine Bleakley and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Needless to say, running in a wheel in a giant hamster costume is unlikely to win over any talent scouts but it was great for publicity for the challenge and ultimately great for Macmillan Cancer Support. He asked me if I could help out with Photoshop again and I created this banner for Stuart to display near to the wheel.

So what does a 6 Foot, 46 year old marathon-running hamster look like? …. Well, what did you think he’d look like? …..

So here I am (above) proving that I was there! By the way, I designed the green sweatshirt just to make myself look a little more official. At least I wasn’t completely over shadowed by the main attraction!

And yes – hamsters do get hot when they’re running and they do need a drink! Hamster owners … never forget to check the bottle!

It’s also true to say that human hamsters get a little lonely unless they’ve got other hamsters to talk to. This little fella did his bit to keep Staurt company!

I’m told that running in the wheel is not quite the same as running on a flat surface, mostly due to the angle that your feet hit the wheel. Stuart went through real pain on some days and I spent one day calling every sports therapist that I could find to ask for their help. Luckily we managed to get some really good advice each evening and some really helpful (often painful) sports massages at the end of each day helped to keep him going.

So, Did the Mad fool make it? Did the mad fool manage to complete his 7 marathons in his hamster wheel?

Finally, the last day of the challenge arrived and Stuart had done it! Stuart had some fantastic support from the Coventry public all week and he collected thousands of pounds. The See-Saw tipped early afternoon on Sunday 27th March. Despite it being a breezy Sunday afternoon there was a great crowd there to cheer Stuart on with the help of Clive Skelhon, good friend of Stuart’s & former Mercia radio presenter, on the mic ……

And finally, the smiles said it all. I’m sure, for a brief moment, Stuart was glad it was all over! There’s no doubt he’ll be back with another mad challenge though ….. probably next year. Who knows what he’ll be doing next? ….. I DO!

The Result!

At the time of writing this, Stuart Kettell raised a massive £6400 for Macmillan Cancer Support with his Mad fool Hamster wheel challenge. Brillaint! If you missed seeing Stuart in Broadgate and you’d like to do your bit, it is still possible to donate online by visiting Stuart’s challenge website here

Well done Stuart – I’m really looking forward to doing more photography for you in the future and supporting Macmillan Cancer support even more!