documentary wedding photographer
Mandy & Paul’s gorgeous Abbeywood Wedding was quite possibly one of the most laid back events I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing! Elegant in style and relaxed in nature, the whole day was amazing from beginning to end. We had incredible weather too - from beautiful blue skies and gorgeous low winter sun to torrential hailstorm downpours and bouncing rain all in the space of a few hours!
Mandy & Paul married in the drawing room in Abbeywood’s stunning house and their wedding breakfast & evening reception followed in the iconic Glasshouse which Mandy and her daughters dressed beautifully with a peacock theme.
Congratulations Mandy & Paul! Here are your wedding day highlights :)
How long have you been together? Eight years.
Why did you choose Abbeywood for your wedding? We chose Abbeywood because it’s a beautiful venue which offers so many choices for your wedding ceremony and it’s amazing gardens. Abbeywood is also local to us.
Tell me about your outfits and accessories - what did you love about them? : I wanted a dress with a difference, nothing traditional and very glitzy, which is just what I love. My hair accessory was hand made to match and my necklace and earrings were from Ted Baker - along with my shoes - chosen because of the colours. Ted Baker uses a lot of rose gold which tied in lovely with my dress.
Paul’s suit and shirt was also from Ted Baker.
What made you choose your decor and styling? Tell me about your flowers/florist: Our peacock theme was chosen by myself (Mandy). I wanted a different theme from the usual choices as again I love different and wanted ‘Elegant’. All the displays/decor and bouquet were made by myself and the venue decorated by myself with my two eldest daughters.
What was your first dance song and why? Our first dance was by Ellie Goulding ‘How long will I love you ‘, a lovely tune and words.
Did you have any entertainment? : A pianist played as we entered the ceremony, during the signing of register and on our way out of the ceremony. He then went onto play throughout our welcome drinks, canapés and wedding breakfast.
What was your favourite part of the day and why: ALL of it, it was just perfect and relaxed as planned.
What was it like working with Louise Jacob Photography? Lou is amazing, after researching and reading about photographers for weddings we contacted approximately 8, and for many reasons Lou stood out. She always contacted us promptly, even though we never met prior to our wedding day I felt I had known her for years, such a lovely lovely lady!
We loved the way Lou does a lot of natural shots, this way the guests were at ease, as well Lou shot the selected guests in posed photos too. Lou exceded our expectations and will certainly be recommending her.
Do you have any tips for future brides and grooms? Make it just the way you want it!
It’s your special day and don’t let anyone influence your decisions!
ABBEYWOOD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHESHIRE
Abbeywood Estate and Gardens
“A 45-acre family home nestling in the Delamere countryside, Abbeywood is the perfect Cheshire wedding venue. If you're planning your perfect Wedding Day, getting all the little details right is so important. You need a great location, plenty of space, access to the right facilities and of course, a price that is a good value.”
“Abbeywood is licensed for civil ceremonies with several beautifully appointed rooms available for your service, wedding breakfast and evening party. Exclusive use of all function spaces and stunning gardens. We can accommodate the most intimate wedding to the most lavish!
A wedding at Abbeywood is a unique experience. Our personal attention will create a bespoke and memorable day for you and all your guests.
We will work with you to make your dreams come true on the most special day of your life - that means getting every single detail right.”
If you are thinking about booking your wedding at Abbeywood like Mandy & Paul did, and if you would like a relaxed approach to capturing your day then please say hello, I would love to hear all your plans!
www.louisejacob.co.uk / 07531938693
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!
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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!
I’M INTERESTED IN BOOKING YOU WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Great! If you’re interested in booking please fill out my contact form, give me a call or email, I get booked up to two years in advance so the sooner you start the process, the better.
Once I’ve confirmed that I am available for your wedding I’ll email you over my wedding guide. If I'm not available on your date, I will be happy to recommend available documentary photographers for you.
WE'D LOVE TO BOOK SO WHAT NOW?
A £500 non-refundable retainer secures your wedding date, I have my bank details within my contract.
WILL WE TALK BETWEEN BOOKING YOU AND OUR WEDDING?
So I have the main details about your wedding, but for now, there's not that much to do as a lot of the day won't be planned yet but if you need to speak to me about anything then please do get in touch. There's very little I can do until around six weeks before your wedding.
SIX WEEKS TO GO…
The balance of your payment is now due, and around this time I’ll get in touch with a plan of your day as I know it. Over the next few weeks we'll work together to fine tune it – We’ll set aside time in your day for couple photographs and formal photographs. If you are having a church wedding now is a good time to ask your vicar if there are any photography restrictions during the ceremony. I'll also ask you to plan a list of between 5 and 8 group photographs.
AROUND THE WEEK BEFORE!
It's all very exciting now! I’ll be in touch to check timings and to confirm final details.
THE WEDDING DAY!
I shoot with two Sony mirrorless cameras, which are really unobtrusive and quiet and I have plenty of batteries and memory cards to sink a battleship. I have back ups of everything too and I am ready! The only thing I need you to do today is to enjoy yourselves!
AFTER YOUR WEDDING
After your wedding, I will go home and back up your images (twice) and over the next few weeks, your photographs will be lovingly edited by myself in my signature style. Unlike some photographers I don't outsource my editing. Around 4-6 weeks after your wedding, you will receive a link to your very own password online gallery to view, download and share your wedding photographs with your family and friends.
Why I love this image.
As a Documentary Wedding Photographer, the First Dance is something I love to capture candidly and there are many reasons I love this image. I love the joy on the grooms face, I love the movement in the brides dress and the detail in her hair, I love the happy faces in the background and I love those beams and fairy lights. In fact this room (The Georgian Riding School at Firle Place) was a dream to shoot in.
A documentary approach to your wedding day means that none of this is set up. The first dance happened without orchestration from anyone but the bride and groom. When photographing the first dance, I love to capture it from many angles and I always move around the bride and groom I love working with on and off camera flash too and I love getting creative with my shot..
Nikon D750 // 24mm 1.4 @ F5.6 // 1/125th // ISO 1600 with off camera flash set camera right to Manual @ 1/64 power
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