Award Winning Wedding Photography
Holly + Richard // 22nd June 2019
Nestled away in beautiful Andalucía, is Castillo de la Duquesa - an 18th century Fortress standing proudly on the coast! Such a beautiful place for a wedding!
When Tracy and Andy told me they were getting married here I’ll be honest I did squeal a little bit (…ok maybe a lot!) Tracy and Andy are two of the loveliest people I have ever met and I am super lucky to be able to call them my friends! To spend the day with them surrounded by their family and friends, with my boys, in such an idyllic location was an absolute honour!
The day was phenomenal from the calmness of the morning preparations right through to the amazing Flamenco dancers throwing down some incredible moves on the beach in the evening! Tracy & Andy provided beach games for the children which went down a treat and served delicious tapas for dinner.
With sand between our toes and hearts full of love and laughter, this wedding really was spectacular!
The hugest congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Dean! I wish you a future full of happiness together!
….. Now if we can just rewind it all please I’d like to do it again!!
If you’d like to find out about my availability for your wedding, please contact me I would absolutely love to hear your plans!
The above photo was taken at the gorgeous Abbeywood Estate in Cheshire. Given that Abbeywood is on Chester Road (the same road I live on!) I’m surprised that this was my first time there. I do love to travel so I shoot weddings just about anywhere - something I amazingly lucky to do and extremely grateful for. But shooting a wedding on the same street as me…. well that’s just awesome!
Mandy and Paul married at Abbeywood on Sunday 10th March and the image above was during their first dance as husband and wife. I love getting creative at weddings, the bokeh balls (circles) were just tiny fairy lights held up close to my camera lens. I had a Godox AD200 on a light stand to the left of me which lit up the bride and groom and also their guests behind them. When I shoot an image, I am always looking for moment, light and composition. I love seeing the guests looking on in the background, I really like how the fairy lights draw the viewers eye into the couple and I love the richness of colour and pop of light from the left which adds depth to the scene.
If you’re planning a wedding at Abbeywood Estate and would like to talk about documentary wedding photography, please get in touch because I would love to hear all your plans!
You’ve booked me! Yay! This is going to be one amazing journey - I can’t wait!
So what’s next?
I love meeting up with my couples - I think it’s important that we get to know each other as we’ll be spending a lot of time together on your wedding day! Quite often I am told at weddings by guests that they think I’m friends with the couple which is amazing really. When I hear this I know that I’ve done my job well. To come away from a wedding and your guests question whether you had a photographer there at all is one of the best compliments a candid wedding photographer can get. My aim is to be unseen but everywhere!
Having said that about meeting up, around half of my couples don’t meet me until the day of the wedding and that is absolutely and equally fine too, so if you can’t meet up beforehand, or would rather not that’s no problem. I’m really friendly and approachable and we’ll feel like old friends in no time.
There may be some time (maybe even years!) between booking me and your wedding day so please do stay in touch - I absolutely love to hear how all the wedding plans are coming along! I’m also able to help with supplier reccommendations - florists, DJ’s, bands, videographers, love letters, gin trucks, prosecco vans, Ceilidh bands etc…. because I am super lucky to have worked with some of the absolute best in the business!
Six weeks before your wedding
Your remaining balance is due which can be paid by bank transfer. I’ll send over an email reminder about 8 weeks before the big day and around this time I’ll also ask you to complete a final wedding details form too. This will give me all the important details, locations and final timings for your day and your group shots too. All of this is sent over electronically as I’m a huge believer of saving paper and looking after our beautiful planet.
Two weeks before your wedding
I’ll be back in touch to say hello and check if anything has changed. Time seems to speed up at this point - before you know it you will be walking down the aisle :)
The day before your wedding
I’ll be busy preparing all my equipment. My batteries (and spares) will be charged, my cameras and lenses (and spares) will be cleaned until they sparkle, my SD cards (and spares) will be formatted and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink will be packed up ready to go! At this point I am SO excited for the day ahead and I can’t wait to see you and your guests and how your amazing day will unfold!
Paul and I went to school together, but never dated at school. We went our separate ways after secondary school, keeping in touch every so often with trips to the pub and through mutual friends. It wasn't until after I'd graduated that Paul sent me a message about cheese sauce out of the blue whilst I was in Malawi! We went to a fireworks display with another couple of couples, Paul took me out to dinner for our first date a few days later, and the rest is history! We were lucky enough to be able to buy our beautiful house together after 3 years together, and then got engaged after nearly 5 years together, at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro! Incredibly romantic, until you consider the fact we hadn't showered for over a week by that point.....! We got married exactly 16 months to the day after our engagement, at the stunning Southend Barns
I always say I bought my dress by accident, it was only the 4th dress I tried on, and I only went into the shop that day to have a look and try a few one to get an idea of what I wanted! One of the only reasons we booked a winter wedding was so I could wear a gorgeous faux fur bolero, and when we found my cream UGG boots, my winter outfit was complete! Paul went with the traditional morning suit, with burgundy cravat to match the bridesmaids colours. We stopped short of top hats for the men, much to everyone's relief!
Our vows were standard, and we choose not to have any readings, as we simply weren't able to agree on what we would have or who would do it! We kept the ceremony short and sweet. I particularly enjoyed the fact there was a mirror at the front of the ceremony barn, which meant we could see our guests behind us during the ceremony.
We knew we wanted a converted barn venue, and a wedding where the whole day would be in one location, we looked at about six or seven different venues, but Southend Barns won by a mile. We loved the simplicity and the character, plus Paul was a big fan of the huge expanse of polished concrete floor!
The barn was beautiful as it was, so we kept out decorations simple with fairy lights and floating candles in glass jars. We spent over a year collecting more than 350 glass jars from everyone we could in order to do all the table decorations ourselves. Paul is an amazing woodworker, so a lot of the other decorations were made by Paul, including the table plan and the name place setting. Our florist used fantastic winter colours to match the colour scheme, in natural and loose bouquets, nothing too preened, quite rustic to match the venue
I loved watching our guests having fun and laughing and chatting together, and Paul enjoyed his speech, because it went much better than he thought it would! I also loved his speech, as he sprung an amazing surprise on me at the end, revealing a hidden message on the back of a drawing he'd given me as a gift on our first Christmas together over 6 years ago!
We danced our first dance to ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding, I choose this song because the lyrics seemed to fit, and we both like Ellie Goulding, plus it was short so we didn't have to stand and sway in front of everyone for too long.
We had a string quartet (Sussex String Quartet) during the ceremony, drinks and wedding breakfast, who were fantastic. Then a ceilidh band (The Brighton Ceilidh Collective) in the evening, who got everyone up on the dancefloor and laughing, exactly as we'd hoped!
Lou and Jess were simply AMAZING! We both hate having our photo taken and posing, so we were really keen to have a photographer who wasn't going to insist on a lot of posed shots. Jess and Lou simply blended into the background and threw themselves into everything, being both un-noticeable and a huge part of the day at the same time. We cannot WAIT to see the photos.
There is nothing we would do differently, it was a perfect day. Words of wisdom - don't worry about the little things, because no-one will notice them, and take a few moments throughout the day to just sit and watch the goings on around you.
Shout outs to the amazing suppliers & friends:-
Brides boots- UGG boots
Brides Jewellery - Sarah Hickey
Happy Socks for the groom and groomsmen
Florist - Fern Cottage Floristry
Venue - Southend Barns
Decor/Styling - To Have and To Hire
Cake Maker - Victoria Hersey
Caterer - Roots Catering (In house caterers at Southend Barns)
Bridesmaid dresses - Sexy Her
Stationary - Hannah Wood, Etsy
Plus a massive thank you to Jess Yarwoood Photography for second shooting!
Southend Barns is a stunning wedding venue!
Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, romantic courtyards and tranquil hideaways with resident swans and Sussex wildlife, Southend Barns provides a romantic backdrop for all country weddings.
A picturesque courtyard lies at the heart of the venue, with its luscious lawn, well-kept pots and Cornish slate patio lined with dairy inspired milk churns – it is the perfect spot for photographs and for mingling with your guests over drinks and canapés.
The 200-year- old Threshing Barn radiates rustic charm with its authentic wooden beams and wrought iron chandeliers. This history combined with stylish contemporary touches make the wedding barn a beautiful and versatile venue for a wedding party.
The elegant Dairy Barn is fully licensed for all civil ceremonies and partnerships. With a wonderful sweeping 22 metre aisle, exposed wooden beams and benches made of sweet chestnut, the wedding barn is an idyllic setting for loved ones to exchange their vows.
Located adjacent to the Threshing Barn, the high vaulted ceremonies room has a stylish and romantic ambiance. The soft, muted colour scheme gives you the freedom to make the Dairy Barn your own and beautifully complements all wedding themes.
As evening falls, the gardens are lit with romantic up-lights that show off the fantastic flint and log walls of the wedding barns. Here guests can gather around the relaxing Collecting Yard with its sumptuous sofas and fire pit to enjoy an enchanting evening setting.
The Collecting Yard has subtle glass screens so you and your guests can still enjoy being outside without being affected by the unpredictable weather. The screens come down during June, July and August. Another recent addition to the Collecting Yard are the eight patio heaters which make the area really cosy and inviting for guests.
No stone is left unturned at Southend Barns, the attention to detail is exquisite and the staff are simply incredible. Book your wedding here! You won’t be dissapointed! If you’ve already booked this amazing venue, like Megan and Paul did and if you are looking for a wedding photographer who won’t dictate your day, please do contact me - I would love to hear all your plans!
Congratulations Megan & Paul! I hope you enjoyed your highlights. I wish you a lifetime of love luck and happiness :) Lou x
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