Holly + Richard // 22nd June 2019
Holly + Richard // 22nd June 2019
unposed 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!!
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!
“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!
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!
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!
Relaxed Documentary Wedding Photography
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.
A £500 non-refundable retainer secures your wedding date, I have my bank details within my contract.
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.
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.
It's all very exciting now! I’ll be in touch to check timings and to confirm final details.
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, 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.
I absolutely love light.... which is a good thing, I suppose being a wedding photographer because without it I wouldn't have a job. At every wedding I'm always scouting out the best light, so when a beautiful evening like this happened at West Tower it would have been rude not to embrace it fully.
Relaxed couple portraits are something I always offer alongside my documentary wedding photography package, it's so important to have some alone time away from your guests to take a moment to reflect upon the day and gather your thoughts.
Are you getting married at West Tower? Or indeed anywhere else in the UK? Would you like to hear more about my relaxed approach to wedding photography? Well say hello, call me on 07531938693 or visit my contact page to find out more.
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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