Fern and Kyle’s Wedding – Ardencote Manor, Warwick

Fern & Kyle had been recommended to us after we had photographed their friend, Michelle’s wedding a few years back. I always love it when couples contact you and tell you they’ve been recommended as it’s wonderful to know that your work has really been cherished & appreciated 🙂

As with all of my brides & groom, I like trying to meet up a few weeks before their special day to get to know them a little better, and vice versa, and to chat through their day… what they are looking forward to… what pictures they really want & what they don’t want 🙂

Fern was fantastically prepared and I had a great idea of the pictures they wanted capturing.

Fern & Kyle had also decided to book Stuart to film their wedding which meant I not only got to photograph their special day, but I got to spend the day with Stuart as well.  I decided to ask my friend & one of my 2nd shooters, Gemma to come out with me in order to capture more reportage style photography.

Fern & Kyle got married at St Giles Church in Exhall before having their wedding reception at the wonderful Ardencote Manor in Warwick.

Here are just a few of their photos from their wedding day!

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Alisa & Sam’s Wedding – Hatton Village Hall

What a lovely wedding 🙂 … Alisa’s family have know Stuart for years but it was still such an honour to be asked to photography and film Alisa & Sam’s wedding.

We met up with Alisa, Sam, mum & Dad a few weeks before to catch up (with a few drinks 🙂 ) & to chat through their wedding.  Sam & Alisa are very easy going and were more than happy to leave the day in our hands.

Alisa & Sam were marries at St James parish Church in Bulkington before heading to Hatton Village Hall in Warwick, for their reception.

Here are a few of their pictures from their wonderful day.
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Nicole and Rob’s Wedding at Warwick House

I had first met Nicole and Rob at their cousins wedding I’d photographed at Warwick house a little while back.  It was therefore a wonderful complement that they also chose to book me to be their wedding photographer. Another added bonus was having Stuart accompany me as a second shooter.

I shouldn’t really, but I try and glimpse ahead at the weather forecast, keeping my fingers crossed that we’d have a let up in the awful weather we’d been having, as Nicole & Rob had hoped to get married outdoors in the gazebo at Warwick house.  Unfortunately fine weather definitely wasn’t on the cards and as Stuart & I waded across the road, which was now more like a river, to meet Nicole & the girls at Retreat Hair salon I was so pleased to see that the weather hadn’t dampened their spirits.

Nicole had asked us first to meet us at the saloon to get some images of her and her bridesmaids having their hair done, then to pop back to her & Robs house to photograph her dress, shoes and jewellery followed by her final preparate at Warwick house.

We built in a little time before Nicole was due to arrive to photograph Rob & his best man, her beautiful bouquet and also to catch up with a few familiar faces.  The weather broke just long enough to dash outside & grab a couple of shots with Rob by the now redundant gazebo.

While Rob met with the Registrar’s  we finish getting some candid shots of guest mingling and enjoying themselves before spending the last few moments, before the ceremony, with Nicole.  Nicole looked stunning 🙂 & I was lucky enough to have time to capture one last shot of her as she descended the stairs to the ceremony room & her husband to be.

After a lovely ceremony people’s spirits were running high despite rain lashing all around.  It certainly wasn’t going to dampen Nicole & Rob’s spirits and so we carried on with group shots in doors, utilising the chaise longue & lovely large arched window.

After we were happy that we’d capture all the images Nicole & Rob had asked for we had time for a quick confetti shot, on the staircase, before stealing the newly-weds off for some photos of the two of them.

And then …. as if by magic …. it stopped raining.  The one shot we hadn’t been able to get for them, which Nicole had asked for, was a shot of everyone in a heart shape.  We grab everyone together got our photo & even managed to squeeze a few more shots of just the two of together, outdoors, before the heavens opened once more.

I don’t think I saw Nicole & Rob stopped smiling the whole day through.  I was so pleased to have been part of their special day.  We stayed to capture Rob’s speech before departing to allow them to continue with their Wedding celebrations.

Here are just a small selection of the photos we took on the day.

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I’m now very much looking forward to designing their album 🙂

Nicki & Rob’s Wedding at Allesley Church & Brandon Hall

A job doesn’t get much better when you can combine everything you love. My passion for photography, getting to be creating with wonderful wedding dresses, pretty flowers, sparkly jewellery, working with Stuart who was 2nd shooting with me on this wedding, celebrating special occasions with happy people & of course … cake! So how pleased was I that I could combine all of these with Nicki & Rob’s Wedding.

Nicki & Rob popped over a few weeks before their wedding to chat through their day & have a few informal practise shots as they were a little nervous about having their pictures taken.  I know they were nervous but they really had no need to be.  They are a lovely couple with great personalities & who obviously adore each other & this shone through in the images I captured   :).

Stuart & I headed to Nicki’s house to first capture all the pretty details of the dress, shoes, flowers etc as well as Nicki & her bridesmaids’ preparation.  It was clear from the beginning that this was going to be a lovely feel-good wedding.

After spending some time with the girls we headed to Allesley Church in Coventry to photograph Rob with his two best men & usher.  Rob was happy for fun & formal photograph so we made the most of it by getting the lads to star jump & give Rob the bumps!

It was a lovely service conducted by Robin &, once finished, we spent a little time getting some of the group shots Nicki & Rob had asked for, as well as the first of the shots of Nicki & Rob as husband & wife.

After a cheeky glass of Champaign, the happy couple made their way to Brandon Hall in style in a lovely 1933 Rolls Royce convertible, courtesy of Chris from C.G.Wedding cars

We’d had a bad spell with the weather & I knew Nicki had been worried that her wedding would be a wash out.  She’d hired out some lovely pretty white parasol type umbrellas.  Nicki hadn’t needed to have been worried as the weather ended up being glorious.  However, it would have been an awful waste to not have used the parasols & as well as some lovely shots with the couple we had great fun with the youngest bridesmaid and Nicki’s two cheeky twin brothers.

We finished our photographic coverage after the speeches, which went down very well, particularly the double act from the best men which comprised of a slide show, showing various embarrassing photos as well as reminiscing about the antics of a younger Rob.

Nicki & Rob’s wedding was a fantastic & fun wedding to photograph. Below are a few of my favourite images we took from the day.

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Jo and David’s Wedding at The Welcombe Hotel Stratford

I’ve always enjoyed photographing weddings at The Welcombe Hotel in Stratford so when Jo & David booked me for their wedding I was delighted when they told me The Welcombe was their wedding venue.  I was even more excited when I found out the Jo’s best friend, Laura, who I also know, was her maid of honour :).

We met up a couple of weeks before their wedding to chat about their plans for their day and to find out what photos they really wanted.  This would be a lovely family orientated wedding as Jo & David’s three children would feature prominently within the wedding.

Gemma was 2nd shooting for the 1st time with me today and after a quick walk around the grounds we met Jo her 3 bridesmaids and her Son & usher for the day, Connor,  in the beautiful Countess suite at The Welcombe. What a wonderful asset Grace, Flo & Connor are to their Parent’s they were so polite, friendly and fun to photograph.  The two twin girls made beautiful bridesmaids & Connor certainly enjoyed wielding his cane around for the day, looking every bit the gentleman.

After the service we all made our way to the garden’s for canapes, drinks and photos. After some group shots I stole Jo & David for some more romantic couple shots, around the grounds.  I was particularly chuffed as it just so happened that the purple lavender was out in force which happened to compliment Jo’s purple theme beautifully.

Jo & David then spent time enjoying their day with their guests which was a great opportunity for Gemma & I to capture lots of reportage shots.  It was also a great for us to relax a little and chat with their family and friend.  It was obvious that Jo & David are held in high regards and I heard nothing but praise for them.  What a lovely family and what an honour for me to be part of such a special day.

Here are just a few images taken at Jo & David’s wedding.

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Michelle & Anthony’s Wedding at Warwick House

I so love being able to combine something I’m passionate about, & that’s having the opportunity to take great photos & creating an everlasting memory of someone’s special day, whilst being part of their wedding day.

Michelle & Anthony’s wedding was being held at Warwick house & they had chosen to hold their ceremony outside in the garden’s gazebo.  They certainly had the weather on their side.

I spent the morning with Michelle as she got ready in the bridal suite.  I always love this part of the day, particularly as I get to play with lots of nice shoes & sparkly jewellery as well as being one of the 1st people to see the beautiful wedding gown.

Once I had spent some time with Michelle I headed off to the gardens to get some photos of Anthony with his best man.

I spent the day with Michelle & Anthony , photographing through to their speeches.

I couldn’t have wished for a more lovely couple, & equally nice friends & family.  It was a delight to photograph their wedding & I’m now very much looking forward to seeing Michelle & Anthony in the near future as I photograph their cousins wedding, which is also taking place at Warwick house & again when their friends getting married, at Ardencote Manor in summer 2014! … yes we really do get booked up that far in advance 🙂

Here are just a few of the images from Michelle & Anthony’s Wedding

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Camilla & Paddy’s Wedding – St Laurence Church & Stoneleigh Abbey

If it isn’t hard enough planning a wedding … Camilla & Paddy planned their UK wedding whilst living in New Zealand. Camilla’s mother helped with the plans & preparation as she lived much nearer to the venues … Switzerland !

Camilla had chosen to get married to Paddy in St Laurence Parish Church, Bidford-on-Avon followed by the reception at the beautiful Stoneleigh Abbey.  With a week to go the couple had flown in to the UK to finalise all the last minute details and to meet with me to go over their photography ideas (over a very lovely coffee and yummy slice of cake).

Camilla & Paddy were very keen to have some of their photographs taken in the great Library and the grand stair case within Stoneleigh Abbey & even though the weather was superb the indoor decor is stunning to be able to photograph.

Here are just a small selection of the images taken on the day.

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If you or anyone you know are getting married please do not hesitate to contact me to arrange an informal chat about the wedding photography your special day.