Laura & Andy’s Hampton Lucy Church & Mallory Court Wedding | by Victoria Jane Photography

Laura & Andy’s Hampton Lucy Church & Mallory Court Wedding | by Victoria Jane Photography

Ok the quality of a my portfolio has captured your attention – fantastic – what next? For me, I feel it’s important we get to know each other a little.  Even if its a few chats over the phone or meeting up face to face for an informal chat.  As a bride and groom, you put a lot of trust and faith in your wedding photographer. In order to get the best images and a true account of the most important day of your life, it is imperative that you feel comfortable and relaxed in my presence.

Laura & Andy had only booked me a few months previously to photographer their wedding which was to be held at Hampton Lucy Church with the reception at Malloy Court.  I remember speaking with Laura on the phone & thinking how lovely she sounded when we had a chat. Because of timings & family commitments Laura was happy to simply book me over the phone.  We arranged to catch up properly a few weeks before her wedding.

We arranged a skype chat, which suited Laura & Andy best & had a great chat about their day (& despite being past their eldest daughter -Millie’s bedtime :-)), she joined us so she could tell me all about her special princess dress. I remember Laura joking that she’s nearly booked the weekend before & the weather for then looked to be horrendous… & she was right, the previous weekend had been a complete wash-out – cold, wet & windy yuk! Laura & Andy’s day couldn’t have been more different – Hot, dry & completely blue skies – I knew Laura would be pleased!

My first stop was Laura’s house where I got to meet Laura & Millie properly & Laura’s mom & Dad, Lottie their youngest was taking her morning siesta  – I felt very much at home straight away.  I also got introduced to their other family member – Jake the dog, who was not only deaf but blind … Jake had been one of the select few to be invited to the wedding, but Laura joked that she’d completely forgotten to tell the vicar at Hampton Lucy church & had sent an email the day before hoping they wouldn’t mind Jake being part of the congregation 😀 – The lovely Harriet from Hevans Hair Salon arrived shortly after, to transform Laura’s hair. The whole morning was very relaxed & I could already tell this was going to be a lovely intimate family wedding.

I headed off to meet Andy & his best man Jamie at Hampton Lucy Church, making as much as I could of the glorious sunshine.

Laura arrived, after being chauffeur driven by her dad, in a beautiful classic Mercedes Benz pagoda.

After a beautiful service, Laura had already told me we were on a pretty tight time table so we had just enough time for a few pictures of Laura, Andy & their two girls before heading off to Mallory Court.

As the sun continued to blaze gloriously we had just enough time to take a handful or group shots Laura & Andy had requested, & a number of Laura & Andy as the new Mr & Mrs Styring.

The wedding guests were called through for the Wedding breakfast & I was very lucky to have been provided with Lunch also 🙂 … & for any one who know me – I like food 😀

After the speeches Laura had asked if I could stay just a little longer as there was a few extra photos she was really keen to try & capture – I was happy to do so & afterwards I bid my fair well & left Laura, Andy family & friends to party their night away.

 

Here is just a sneaky peak of their images. The rest of their wedding images we be available to view in their password protected web gallery.

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Styring. Hope you have a wonderful honeymoon & see you when you get home x

 

 

 

If you or anyone you know is getting married at Hampton Lucy  Church, Mallory Court or any other venue then please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat.  I would love to be party of your special day too.

Laura & Nathan’s Warwickshire wedding- Hatton Church & Village Hall

Laura & Nathan’s Warwickshire wedding- Hatton Church & Village Hall

“Vicky was fantastic on the day and photographed every single detail and captured our day perfectly, she put me and my husband at ease, even when I was near tears (I got stung by a bee during our photos!)…We’d highly recommend Vicky and her work to anyone.”

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Laura & Nathan’s Warwickshire wedding was to take place at the picturesque Holy Trinity Church in Hatton  & Hatton Village Hall.  Both of which are literally on our doorstep.

Stuart & I have known Laura’s family for many years & had the privilege of photographing & filming Laura’s sisters wedding a few years ago. We were very excited & honoured to be asked to photograph & film Laura & Nathan’s up coming wedding.

Laura, like her sister Alissa, are both incredibly creative so we knew that Hatton village Hall would be beautifully decorated through-out & with the addition of alcoholic/cocktail flavoured ice-cream we couldn’t go far wrong :-)!

Laura spent the morning calmly getting ready at her family home, with the rest of her bridal party & family. I love being able to capture the preparation & all of the beautiful details at the beginning of a wedding, I’m definitely like a magpie – attracted to all the pretty sparkly things :-). We left Laura & her girls to finish getting ready & headed off to meet Nathan & his Groom’s men at Holt Trinity Church. I truly feel it’s important to photograph both the bridal prep & the groom & grooms men as this is the only part of the wedding that the bride & groom each miss out on during their special day, as they are not together at this point. As anyone who has got married will tell you, time seems to speed up 3 fold & the day passes in what seems to be a blink of an eye. I want to make the very most of capturing all those important memory for you so that you will be able to enjoy looking back on in months & years to come.

After a fabulous service, which included a beautiful acoustic guitar solo, played & sang by Laura’s Brother we made our way outside to photograph the family & group shots, requested by Laura & Nathan.  We bid fair well to the guests, who all made their way to the Village hall (to tuck into the extremely delicious ice cream!) while we whisked Laura & Nathan off to an idillic, little known hidden garden in Warwick. We were able to spend a little time wandering around the grounds, taking some beautiful pictures of the couple. A number of the images I  captured of Laura & Nathan are some of my favourites to date :-).  They were such an relaxed couple to work with & even after Laura had been attacked & stung viciously by the largest bee I have ever seen (I kid you not!) she still managed to smile & carried on.

A wonderful meal & incredibly funny speeches followed (at one point I thought Laura may die of embarrassment during her dad’s speech :-D) . The evening entertainment took us through the remainder of the night, with the band making sure there wasn’t a still foot in the house, with the dance floor crowded from the first moment they struck a chord .

As the evening drew to an end of a most fantastic day (apart from the bee) Mr & Mrs Walsh were given a tremendous sparkly – sparkler send off.

Congratulations to Laura & Nathan, both Stuart & I wish you both the best for your married life together.

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If you or any one you know & getting married in Warwickshire… or further afield please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to be part of your special day & capture beautiful photographs for you too.

A Wedding by the Beach – In the Midlands!

From time to time I get requests to work along-side other photographers. I’m quite ‘picky’ about who I work with because I like working with people for whom I’ve got respect for their skills and overall approach. One Coventry Photographer and Videographer who I often work with is Stuart Kettell who owns Kettell Video Productions in Coventry. Sometimes, when he is asked to do videos he asks me to do the photography for him, and sometimes we both do the photography together.

On 5th June I attended Bev and Matt’s wedding at the Heart Of England Events and Conference Centre in Fillongley, Meriden, between Coventry and Solihull. Stuart was the main photographer but I still took loads of photos on the day and Stuart now has many of my specially chosen and manipulated images to present to Bev and Matt as he chooses. Here’s a flavour of the day (all images shown below were taken by me):

St. Thomas' church, Keresley, Coventry

Stuart was leading this wedding but Star jumps (when the grooms’ men are willing…and able) are a nice ice-breaker that we both regularly use at our weddings.

Inside St Thomas' Church, Keresley, Coventry

It’s lovely when the features of a building such as these arch-ways can be used to ‘form a frame’ around the main subjects of the image (the bride and groom). This example shows why it can be beneficial to have two photographers at your wedding (which we do for almost every wedding we take on) since Stuart was concentrating on different photos from a different location while I was able to get these ones.

The Kiss!

Didn’t she look lovely? Matt is a lucky man!

Another example of the second photographer (me, in this case) being able to get a shot that a photographer on their own wouldn’t get because they are almost always near to the front and at the side at this point in the service.

You’ll notice I’ve chosen some black and white images to show you here. When I present images to my wedding clients I always include a nice mixture of black and white conversions, colour-popped images (black and white with some colours highlighted) as well as many full-colour images so that there are plenty to choose from.

I really liked the release of the white doves. Look carefully!!

What a lovely day. I always enjoy the weddings I attend and I strive to capture as much of the emotion and joy as I possibly can.

Heart of England Events and Conference Centre, Fillongley, near Meriden

I’ve now attended a few events at the Heart of England Events and Conference Centre at Fillongley near to Meriden (between Coventry and Solihull) in Warwickshire. It’s a great choice of venue for any wedding reception with great facilities and wonderful grounds. You can find out more about what’s on offer by visiting the Heart of England site click here

Rocks? ..... we don't normally get those in the midlands!

Going for a paddle - but not trashing the dress!

A relaxing break ..... at the beach!!

One of the things I always do at my weddings is to come prepared. Most photographers have a couple of lenses that they know will do most of what they want, and they are happy to take those. I always take extra lenses, including powerful telephoto zoom lenses …… because you never quite know what’s going to happen and how far away you’ll be! When I took the images of Bev and Matt on the water and on the beach I was no-where near to them ….. but I got the shots ….. and hopefully they will serve as a great memory for them in the future.

And Finally…..

Great evening entertainment

Even when I’m attending as a ‘second shooter’ I still show the same level of commitment as when I’m there in the lead role. Gary (my husband) always does the same when he second-shoots for me. We were there for 12 hours that day but it was well worth it and I know that Bev and Matt will have a fantastic selection of images to choose from for their album.

If you’d like more information about my own wedding packages or if you like the idea of talking to me about your wedding and the advantages of having a ‘second shooter’ there (free of charge!) please do contact me on 07739096632 or email me.

Vicky