Another busy week coming up including Photographing a Wedding at Stoneleigh Abbey

Phew! 🙂

Christmas seems like months ago! I’ve not stopped over the Christmas period and I only managed a short 3 day break at new year before everything kicked off again. In the last week I’ve had loads of enquiries from Midlands and Warwickshire couples who are interested employing me for their wedding photography. I’ve also started to get enquiries from a little further afield and it looks like I’ll be doing more than one wedding in the Peak district this year and at least one in South Wales.

Today I did a pre-wedding photo shot for a lovely couple, Natalie and James, whom Gary and I met at the fabulous Ettington Park hotel. We’re photographing their wedding at Ettington Park in April. Images to follow later.

My wedding season gets off to a great start with a wedding at Stoneleigh Abbey at Stoneleigh on the outskirts of Coventry and Kenilworth. I met up with the wedding co-ordinator, Angela, earlier this week to look at the venue properly. It’s going to be a fabulous location for some great shots. Take a look! ……..

The couple who are getting married, Gretchen and Craig, actually live in Australia and I’m yet to meet them.  They found my blog, liked my work and we’ve made all of the arrangements by email. I’m sure they’ll love their chosen venue!

 

Watch this space for an update.

 

Tara and David | Wedding Photography at Coventry Register Office and Hatton Village Hall

I met Tara and David to discuss their wedding photography much earlier in the year and was delighted when they came back to me to say that they had chosen me to do their wedding photography for them. They had planned their special day to be in two locations, Coventry Register Office and celebrations afterwards at the Hatton Village hall in Warwickshire. When the big day arrived everyone had a great time, despite one or two mishaps caused by an administrative error by their coach company (coach didn’t turn up to transport 80 ish guests over to Hatton!)

Still, it didn’t spoil the day and aided by some beautiful autumn colours under the trees at Coventry register office and at Hatton Locks, I’m really pleased with the way the photos turned out ……

An important family member who wanted to be involved but unfortunately couldn’t attend the wedding itself!

First glimpse of Tara on her special day …..

Coventry Register Office ……

David and his grooms-men waiting patiently for Tara to arrive …..

One of the very important little bridesmaids (and is that a really magic wand I see?)… Couldn’t resist adding a bit of sparkle … Don’t you just love CS5!

It can be a real challenge to get the shots in the service at Coventry register office. It’s very dark and opportunities are restricted by the rules set by the registrars

Some ‘fun’ time for the kids of all ages with the autumn leaves while the best man chased the coach company to find out where they were!

Time for some newly-wed photos of Tara and David before setting off for Hatton

Whenever we attend a wedding we have always planned the photography thoroughly. Sometimes we need to be flexible when plans get changed at the last minute. Whilst the absent coach company was being sorted out we left earlier with Tara and David to go to Hatton locks to take advantage of the lovely sunshine and the autumn colours for some more ‘couple shots’ ….

We weren’t the only ones with cameras at the wedding ……

Evening entertainment went down really well ….

And we injected a little unexpected extra fun for ourselves ….. Just a minute … Who is the groom getting intimate with on his wedding night?

After around 12 hours of photography by both of us this was one of our parting shots …..

This was a wedding that we both attended for the whole day from bridal preparations at Tara’s home in the morning to the first dance and way beyond. The photos shown in this blog post are only a small sample of the ones that I’ve now prepared and provided for Tara and David to look at ready for their album choice after Christmas.

I’m booking up weddings for 2011 and 2012. Many of the more popular dates, especially in August 2011, are already taken, but if you need a Coventry and/or Warwickshire based photographer for your special day please do give me a call on 07739096632. I’ll be glad to discuss your wishes with you.

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

Carly and Carl | Wedding Photography at The Windmill Village Hotel by Victoria Jane Photography

Carly and Carl got married at the Christ Church in Cheylesmore, Coventry and then celebrated their wedding at the lovely Windmill Village Hotel and Golf course on the A45 just outside Coventry. We were asked to cover most of the day from Carly getting ready at her parent’s home until late into the evening. The weather held for us most of the day although we did have to re-schedule a little due to a torrential downpour in the afternoon, just before we were due to go outside. We were, however, rewarded (or compensated) with some great colours in the early evening. We took photographs for around 12 hours, meaning that we ended up with literally hundreds of images to look through, to select and to edit. We are still working on some of the selected images in order to present them properly to Carly and Carl but for now here’s a taster of what’s to come – enjoy! …….

It was great weather in the morning so we took some of the flowers and shoes outside to photograph

It was already busy, busy, busy in the morning at Carly’s parent’s house when we first arrived

We spent quite a lot of time photographing the important little details, including the dress before setting off to meet the men at the church

Carly had prepared thoroughly, even down to making sure the men all had reminders on their socks about who they were on the day!

Our time with the men at the church flew by and it wasn’t long before the beautiful bridesmaids arrived ….

Your first glimpse of Carly in that stunning dress with her very proud father ….

And just enough time for another shot before going in to the church …..

A little montage of images during the service. Gary was at the back with the long lens and I was at the front ….

Meanwhile, Lola was determined that Carly and Carl wouldn’t be getting all of the attention! 🙂

Just married – and first opportunity to be (almost) alone as a man and wife

And then it was off to the Windmill Village Hotel and Golf Course for some group shots ….

We were worried about the threat of poor weather so we grabbed a few minutes alone before the wedding breakfast ….

Unusually, We were present throughout the meal – because we were invited to join the guests! Thank you – it was lovely! …. and it was also nice that Carl gave us a ‘thankyou’ during his speech. We don’t expect it, but it’s really nice to to have our efforts recognised ! The speeches went down really well and the quiz worked well ….

A glimpse of the important little people – very smart and very well behaved

After a hair raising golf buggy ride (our buggy kept locking it’s brakes on the wet grass!) it was off onto the golf course for 20 minutes with the bride and groom …

And we were rewarded with some great colours as the rain lifted and the sun came out for a last appearance before setting ….

The light faded quickly and we were back inside for a great evening of entertainment ….

And as a surprise we added some entertainment of our own in a side room. We have to be careful about choosing our guests carefully for this ‘photobooth’ shoot but we were pretty confident that Carly and Carl’s guests would be up for a laugh …. and we were right!

We’ll be presenting many more images to Carly and Carl on the password-protected area of our main website in the next day or two. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear what you think of the photos so far.  Please leave a comment by cicking the link at the bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, if you know of any couples who are getting married in Coventry and Warwickshire in the foreseeable future please point them in our direction. We are currently taking plenty of bookings for 2011 and even some for 2012.

Michelle and Richard | Wedding at St Thomas’ Church Keresley and Ansty Hall

Most of the weddings I display on this blog are ones that I do with my husband, Gary. Sometimes it’s nice to work with different people to share ideas. This, for me, was another opportunity to work with another photographer and videographer. I was asked to do some photographs at this lovely wedding at St Thomas’ church in Keresley, followed by a reception at Ansty Hall, Ansty near to Coventry. All of the photographs of Michelle and Richard shown below were taken by me ………….

Lets start with ‘The Boys’ …..

Hogging the road, but why not ? … it’s the bride’s day!

One of my trademark images (Bride and father) … but often a favourite among the couple’s choices …

Michelle looked absolutely lovely …. beautiful colours in the flowers too!

The service inside the lovely church

Another example of how having more than one photographer (as we do for most of our wedding packages) allows us to get the shots that one photographer on their own couldn’t do! I was at the back this time …..

PS – Love those vivid blue bridesmaids dress colours – popular this year!

And then it was on to the impressive Ansty Hall at Ansty near to Coventry

It’s nice to get some of the cars before they leave …. fabulous Rolls and Daimler

And now turning our attention to ‘The Girls’ … and don’t they look fantastic?

Michelle in her fabulous dress – she looked absolutely beautiful!

Michelle and Richard having some quiet time together.

Notice the split focus image on the right. If I had a ‘Favourite Poses Category’ this would be one of the images in it!

More time for Michelle to show off that lovely dress!

And lets not forget that it’s a fun day … so I do everything I can to make sure that the bride and groom and their guests enjoy their photographs ….

Another look at the venue (Ansty Hall) …..

And it was just as impressive inside! ……

I love the coordinated table and chair decorations …. in line with the blue bridesmaids dresses theme.

And on to the evening entertainment …. the first dance …..

Whenever I am booked to do a wedding until the first dance it is very rare for me to leave straight afterwards. I like to capture the joy of other people enjoying themselves on the dance floor too.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at my wedding images from St Thomas’ Church in Coventry and the Ansty hall at Ansty near to Coventry. Whether you were at this wedding or not I’d love to hear your comments. Please feel free to make a comment by clicking the link below. If you’ve got a wedding coming up and you need a photographer please look me up (o7739096632). I’m now booking for late 2010, 2011 and (for those VERY organised brides!) 2012 as well!

Pauline and Rod | Wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

This lovely couple were an absolute delight! It was the first of two weddings that we attended this weekend …. and what a great start it was! Pauline and Rod got married at the Lawrence Saunders Baptist church in Coundon, Coventry. They went on to the lovely grounds and the Old House at Coundon Court School followed by a reception meal and more celebrations at Scarmen House on the campus of Warwick University. This is a ‘teaser’ set of photographs. I’ll be editing many more for Pauline and Rod to view on my main website when they get back from their honeymoon. For now ………

Lots of banter but the Brotherly love showed through! Rod on the left as we view.

Everyone had their button holes on their jackets before they arrived so Rod had to be quite still for this shot! Dodging the rain too!

The advantage of two photographers! Gary took these discretely from the very back of the church while I was off to the side at the front.

The rain was quite determined all morning but it didn’t spoil our spirits …. Hang on! – is that a slightly grumpy driver I see?

Fab Oak door inside Coundon Court Old House …. pity we didn’t have more time there but we still got some lovely shots

Which one is the youngster here? Looks like it’s the groom …. so much energy!

Here he is again, he just couldn’t keep his feet on the ground! Infact, it looks like Pauline’s swept him off his feet!

And on to Sarmen House, a new venue for me but one I’d gladly recommend to others. Lovely bright room and well set out

Now, you might be thinking that’s not a real piggy back … well you’d be wrong! We had to run to catch them!

These amateur photographers really can be quite helpful sometimes

What a lovely couple!

Such a high energy day we just had to hint that we needed them to slow down!

I hope Pauline and Rod are enjoying their trip to New York and I hope they manage to get internet access to view these teaser images. Everyone had a great day and I hope these first images start to tell the story. I’ll upload many more images to the password protected area of my main website in the next week or two. Rod and Pauline will have the password for anyone who wishes to view them.

I hope you enjoyed viewing these as much as I enjoyed selecting them and I’d love you to leave a comment here on this blog.

Vicky

Victoria & David – Wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

Sometimes I work along-side other photographers and if I’m not ‘in-charge’ on the day it can make a nice change and allows me to take more of the informal shots where the guests aren’t always looking directly at the camera. I was pleased to be asked to help out by doing some wedding photography at Victoria and David’s wedding at St. Andrews church in Keresley, Coventry, followed by a wonderful reception at Nailcote Hall. All of the images below were taken by me ….