Jane & Stuart’s Wedding at Bosworth Hall – Wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

The day of Jane & Stuart’s wedding arrived & with a glorious sunny day ahead we made our way to meet Jane at Bosworth hall. We had been asked to photography Jane & Stuart’s wedding right from early morning up until the evening celebrations.  After their pre wedding meeting a few weeks earlier it became clear that not only would Jane be the star of the day but their beautiful daughter Jorga would be too :).  Jane & Stuart have a large family & group of friends & a good number of which we’re children.  Jane & Stuart were very keen for the children to be captured naturally, enjoying themselves, as much as possible through out the day. With a large venue, big grounds & lots of children it made it essential that there were two photographers.  Jane & Stuart knew that I often have an assistant photographer with me & knowing also that my little girl Jessica was about the same age as Jorga, were confident that I would be up to the task in hand.  With this in mind we made our way to the bridal suite to meet Jane & the 6 young bridesmaids – Chaos I hear you say? – we’ll to our surprise – exactly the opposite :).  Jane was a very calm, organised bride & not only did she have time to get ready herself but with a little help from family, helped with the 6 bridesmaids & still had time to pose for photos !!

Jane & Stuart’s wedding was a wonderful wedding from start to finish.  Family & friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves (as did I 🙂 ), there was lots of smiles from the children who behaved themselves all day & we had a fantastic time being part of their special day.

Here is just a small selection of photos from Jane & Stuarts Wedding at Bosworth Hall.

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Tess & Tom | Wedding photography at The Windmill Village |

Tess and Tom are such a lovely couple that we couldn’t help but smile most of the day.  The wedding ceremony and celebrations all took place at The Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry. We were photographing their wedding right from Tess getting ready until late into the evening celebrations. Tess & Tom were very keen to have not only group & posed shots but as much reportage style photography as time allowed … needless to say, with guests enjoying themselves & the weather on our side, guests spent as much time chatting, drinking & laughing outside, as they could … so plenty of photo opportunities 🙂 !!  Here are just a few photos from their day! ……..

If you are thinking of getting married and you want a fun photographer who offers flexibility along with creativity please give me a call on 07739096632.

Becki & Gareth’s Pre Wedding Photo Shoot at Ettington Chase Hotel in Stratford

With a busy August ahead, July is chocked full of pre wedding meetings & a number of pre-wedding photoshoots.

This weekend was the turn of Becki & Gaz.

I first meet Becki & Gaz around a year ago so it was great to catch up properly, stroll around Ettington Chase hotel & discuss their photographic wish list.

As a wonderful keep-sake, Becki & Gaz were keen to have one of the images taken from this photo shoot as a centrepiece of a photo mount so that their friends & families can sign it on their wedding day  … I’ll look forward to seeing which image they choose 🙂





Becki & Gaz were a great couple to photograph & I’m very much looking to their wedding date later on in August this year !

Natalie and James | Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot at Ettington Park Hotel

We met up with Natalie and James recently to discuss their wedding photography requirements and to take a few practice shots at their chosen wedding venue; the very lovely Ettington Park Hotel at Alderminster near to Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire. It was a cold day so we didn’t spend too much time outside but I’m pleased with the photographs that we got.

Firstly, if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know how much I love Ettington Park. Here’s a glimpse of the venue ….

Wherever you look there are fabulous trees, lovely manicured grounds and fabulous architecture; all help to enhance the photographs. I think it’s fair to say that Natalie and James would look pretty good whatever venue they chose though!

Sometimes when I’m doing photo shoots or weddings I make use of one shot to give two or more different images. That’s an advantage of using the highest quality professional Canon cameras and lenses. Here’s an example of cropping into the image above to give a totally different image overall…..

Whenever I photograph couples at a wedding I like them to be comfortable with what I’m asking them to do and one of the reasons for the pre-wedding photo shoot is to get them used to being in-front of the camera and trying out different locations at the venue …

Natalie and James seemed very relaxed and comfortable and I’m sure We’ll get some great shots on their wedding day

These images are just a few of the ones that I took on Natalie and Jame’s pre-wedding photo shoot. On their actual wedding day I’ll be the lead photographer and I’ll make sure that I get the more formal shots of individuals and groups that they want but my husband, Gary, will also be there with me with different cameras and lenses. He’ll be snapping away, often from a distance, to capture more informal shots of the happy couple and their guests throughout the day. Between us We’ll get loads of lovely shots that capture all of the details, emotions and the whole story of their wedding day. I’m really looking forward to this one!

 

Kate and Adam | Wedding Photography at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire by Victoria Jane Photography

Here’s proof that people read this blog and visit my website: Kate and Adam live in London but decided to get married at the fabulous Ragley Hall at Alcester near to Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire. They did an internet search of Wedding Photographers in Warwickshire, found my blog site, looked at my images, arranged a meeting with me and then booked me to photograph their special day.

They decided to hold the whole of their wedding day at Ragley hall, including the ceremony and a blessing afterwards by a local minister. Luckily, it was on a day that Ragley hall itself wasn’t open to the general public. It gave us plenty of opportunity to photograph the architecture of the building and gardens (specifically requested by Adam who is an architect) and to capture the story of their day from arrival of the groom until the start of the celebratory meal.

Two of us attended the wedding. We knew that there would be some photographic challenges, especially due to the light available in the grand hall and the VERY bright sunlight in the afternoon outside …. but after many hours of carefully choosing and editing images I’ve been able to present Kate and Adam with a fantastic selection of images from which they can choose for their album. I know that they are delighted with their image choice … AND … after entering some of their images for assessment by the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) I’ve picked up more awards including a Gold and a Bronze from this wedding alone! (More on this to follow in a later blog post!) Here’s a taster of the wedding photographs from their special day ……

The venue! Ragley Hall, Alcester, near to Stratford Upon Avon – dating back to around 1860

Adam, looking very dashing and outwardly quite calm, while they waited for Kate to arrive ….

Another touch of class – brand new Jaguar XJ cars – fantastic! …. And a favourite modern choice of ours

A fitting chariot for Kate who looked absolutely fantastic ….

The very grand ‘Red room’ leads into the Grand Hall. Just time for Kate and her dad to settle their nerves before entering for the ceremony.

Adam gets his first glimpse of his beautiful bride ….

Photography Plug!  – notice we got an image of Kate from behind just before entering the hall and one from the front as she walked up the aisle. Once again, an advantage of having two photographers present!

Exchange of the rings …. (again, from the back of the hall and from the front)

Just married, a little time to breathe …. and then it was outside to the front of the house for a whole group photo on the front steps ….

There were certain group shots that Kate and Adam wanted us to get for them but we were mindful that they wanted to spend time with their guests.

Confetti on the back terrace (colour-popped image)

You may have noticed that it was a great day for a few silhouettes!

Kate was so natural and vivacious that you could be led to believe that she is used to being in-front of the camera!

It was nearly time for their sit-down meal and time for us to go …. but we just had to take advantage of sun setting over those fantastic grounds ….

And finally, a last look at the Hall, guests inside about to start their dinner and an evening of entertainment!

We thoroughly enjoyed taking the photographs at Ragley Hall and you can see more images of the building from a earlier blog post. The wedding coordinator was particularly helpful when we went along on a couple of occasions before Kate and Adam’s wedding day to plan our photography. We think we managed to capture the story of kate and Adam’s special day, along with the grandeur of the venue and we hope to be back there very soon for another wedding.

If you need a photographer or you know of anybody who needs an inventive and professional wedding photography service at Ragley hall or other similar Warwickshire venue please give me a call (07739096632). I’ll be glad to discuss your requirements with you and show you many more images and album samples from weddings such as Kate and Adam’s.

Vicky

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

Two Lovely Warwickshire Wedding Venues | Ragley Hall & Coombe Park Photographed by Victoria Jane Photography

Warwickshire has so many lovely wedding venues that sometimes it’s easy to forget how spoilt for choice our brides and grooms can be. I’m always very aware that many couples book lovely locations because it adds to the atmosphere of their day ….. and, of course, they want some nice photographs that capture the details of the venue to help remember their day by. The following photographs show a couple of venues where I’ve done or and doing wedding photography this Autumn: Ragley Hall in Alcester near to Stratford upon Avon and Coombe Park Country Hotel near to Coventry…….

Ragley Hall – Great for spectacular Wedding Photographs

……but very challenging as a photographer if you don’t know what you’re doing!

This is the driveway within the huge grounds that lead up to Ragley hall. It’s where wedding cars will arrive ….

A closer look at the front of the main house from the courtyard. Ideal for arranging large group shots …

One of the fantastic views from inside the great hall. This photo was taken on one of my preparation visits, not on an actual wedding day, hence the stacked chairs – but it gives you a good idea of how grand it is ! What this photo doesn’t show is how dark it is – something an ordinary camera wouldn’t handle.

This is called the red room, for obvious reasons! It can be used as the room from which the bride first enters the great hall.

… and another view from the opposite end ….

I like to make use of the red room for taking beautiful photos of the bride just before her groom sees her for the first time and again afterwards, sometimes making use of the spectacular view through the windows and the large mirrors inside. I’ve ‘photoshopped out’ the ropes and stands that cordon-off some of the furniture and valuable artifacts.

One of the main attractions for wedding couples is the beautiful stair case and murals on all surrounding walls. Spectacular ….but Very dark and the light available changes massively from day to day. Again, I took the following photos without using any additional lighting or flash since the flash will tend to over expose the white walls and columns, ‘blowing-out’ the detail.

And another view – I can’t stress enough how a normal camera simply wouldn’t handle this image without the flash going off, ruining the details and casting horrible false shadows! Again, I took this photo without flash and it was actually very dark inside.

The mural continues as you look upwards, although it’s worth pointing out that couples do not have access up the whole staircase, only the first few steps …. but it is great for some newly-wed couple shots.

After the ceremony and weather-permitting there is a lovely terrace overlooking the spectacular gardens that guests will be invited to go to: Great for outdoor photo opportunities. Sometimes, however, the gardens are open to the general public and so it can be necessary, as a photographer, to choose your opportunities carefully.

Coombe Park Country Hotel near to Coventry (Often Called Coombe Abbey)

…… Lovely building and grounds lend themselves really well to great photos but again the internal lighting can be very challenging

I’ve taken photographs at Coombe Park for several years and I find something new every time I visit! It has some lovely grounds and the hotel backs onto the public park that can be very busy at certain times of the year. There are great opportunities for lovely photographs in the grounds, which ever way you turn – but again, it’s not a venue that an inexperienced photographer or one without top quality equipment will be able to make best use of. Internally it can be very dark and externally you’ve got the general public to avoid and contend with. Here are a few shots I took today on a preparation visit ready for a wedding I’m photographing there in a few weeks time …..

Lots of people in the Coventry and warwickshire area think they know Coombe Park but few will recognise this, despite the fact that it’s the front entrance!

The moat provides plenty of opportunity to make use of reflections. Here are several external shots from view points that I particularly like ….

 

I decided to let the images do the talking. It doesn’t require much imagination to realise that for a bride and groom any of the views I’ve shown you would provide a perfect backdrop for any number of lovely photographs.

I’m taking bookings for photographing weddings throughout 2011 and I am now receiving enquiries for weddings for 2012 as well. If you would like to talk to me about wedding photography at either of these two venues (Ragley hall or Coombe Park) or any other Warwickshire venue I am only a phone call away!  My number is 07739096632.

I’d be glad to discuss your requirements and provide advice and opinions on getting the most out of your wedding photography. I really can’t stress enough how important it is to have a wedding photographer who has the knowledge, ability and equipment necessary to get the best out of these lovely venues and from your guests whilst enhancing your enjoyment of your special day as well.

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.

Chris and Carrie | Wedding Photography at Charlecote Pheasant hotel by Victoria Jane Photography

We had the pleasure of being asked to do the wedding photography at the wedding of Carrie and Chris at the Charlecote Pheasant hotel in Warwickshire…… and what a great day it was!

Both Carrie and Chris were up for devoting some time to the photography whilst still giving plenty of attention to their guests. They wanted a mixture of quite a few traditional group shots and some more individual photos of just the two of them and with their lovely daughter. I think we got the balance just right. I know that by the evening Chris was wondering how the day had gone so quickly! Well, it does when you are enjoying yourself …. and I know that both bride and groom did just that! Here’s just a taster of the images from the day ………

The Venue – Charlecote Pheasant hotel near to Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire ….. complete with blue sky!

A bit of a warm-up in the morning for the main guys! At least it was better than being chased by wasps, hey Chris?

The rings, safely tucked away …. at least until I got hold of them …

Apart from Carrie, the main young lady of the day ……..

The bride herself! …….

The ceremony – view from the back of the room …… the kiss and they are just married (Congratulations!)…

All done, register signed …..& now the celebrations begin ….

A great time for the Children …….

Just married and time for the confetti …..

Some ‘quiet time’ for Carrie and Chris after the group shots …..

And even a bit of time for relaxing in the baths! …. Yes: TWO baths! …. careful with that beer Chris!

And some ‘family time’ together for Carrie, Chris and their Daughter …. I love this photo and I hope they will too!

Isn’t it funny how a gate always make you wonder what’s actually beyond!

A little later on we managed to go for little stroll around the grounds and along the lane …

Little bridge over the gentle river along-side the boundary for the Charlecote Deer Park ….

Evening time, the youngsters were beginning to flag a little!

Like many older buildings the hotel took on a different look at night time. Meanwhile the party got under way inside.

So that’s it for now! We had a great day and we know that Carrie and Chris did too!  I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the photos we’ve put on this blog. These, of course, are not the only ones. In-fact, we took hundreds of photos during the day and we are still working on them. We’re sure that Carrie and Chris will love them when they see the full selection but it will take us a week or two since we’ve done several other weddings for other couples during August.

If you were at the wedding and you’d like to see more images I’ll be adding all of the edited images (many more) to the password-protected area of my main website. This probably won’t happen until next week (beginning Mon 13th Sept if all goes to plan). You will need to speak to Carrie or Chris to get the password. Prints can be bought from there if you wish.

Meanwhile, Please leave a comment to say what you think so far by clicking the link (in green) below …..

Sheiba and James | Wedding Photography at Billesley Manor near to Stratford Upon Avon

I recently attended this lovely, intimate wedding at the fabulous Billesley Manor Hotel near to Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire. Sheiba and James specifically asked me to do some ‘low key wedding photography’ rather than taking time up doing set group shots etc. It was a real pleasure to share in their special day. I think I managed to keep a relatively low profile while capturing the joy and emotions of the day. Here’s a taster of the images I took…….

I think you’ll agree that Sheiba looked simply beautiful! James is a very lucky man! I feel very honoured to have been part of their special day and it was lovely to meet their guests. I decided to keep my comments for this post to a minimum ….. it seemed to fit in with the low key nature of my photography on the day. Hopefully, the images have done the talking for me!

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If you are thinking of getting married at Billesley Manor near to Stratford upon Avon or, in-fact, any other venue in the Warwickshire area please give me a call. I’d be glad to listen to your wishes and tailor a photography package to suit your needs. I’m equally happy with small or large wedding parties. Meanwhile, I welcome all constructive comments to this blog so please feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the link below.

Vicky