My job is such a great insight to love and Lorna and Andy are just radiating that lovely feeling – it was a dream working with them – easy going, relaxed and lovely!Their love story started on a drunken night out in Leicester, which carried on for 12 years of crazy in love adventure, right to the moment when Andy proposed on the first day of 2017 at sunrise.
Lorna and Andy chose The West Mill in Derby as their wedding venue after falling in love with its industrial vibes, friendly staff and the fact that it could house their entire wedding.
Lorna and I quickly discovered a mutual love for cats and as a fellow crazy cat lady I love their idea of having 2 miniatures of their cats made to dress their wedding cake – there’s a great idea how to bring your cats to your wedding!
The day was filled with so much joy and laughter – I got to meet all their crazy friends and family and I’m so grateful they chose me as their wedding photographer!
This wedding turned into a bit of an adventure and road trip down south – all the way to the Dorset coast. I was lucky to have my gal Anna Rose Heaton second shooting for me which was amazing and we laughed for the entire 3 days we were away
I met with Becky and Tom a few months ago on their engagement and straight away I knew their wedding was going to be wonderful. I’m a big fan of outdoor ceremonies, tipis, open fires and Becky and Tom’s wedding was all that and more – set beautifully near Corfe Castle – it was a celebration of really cute love between these two.
The weather….looks lovely and sunny but it was one of the coldest spring days on record and I was in total awe of Becky bearing this cold during the portrait session.
Becky and Tom – you were so absolutely fantastic and most laid back clients I could wish for – your friends and family were so lovely and warm – we had a ball!
I wish you all the happiness in the world! Thanks again for having me! xx
With a wedding on the horizon, you’re probably up to your eyes in guest lists, playlists and gift lists – there’s a lot to think about, even if you’re keeping things simple. So… if I whisper that we need to do a little bit of photo planning, just quietly, will you try not to panic?
It honestly won’t take long, but talking through a few things before the big day arrives will help to make sure you get the wedding photos you’ve always wanted, plus an easy, breezy wedding day. Want to hear what’s on our To Do list? Ok then…
A bit of paperwork.
Chances are, you probably booked me a long way before your wedding day. That’s just the way it is with wedding photographers – we get pretty busy, and we like to plan ahead! So, about 2 months before your wedding, I’ll get back in touch, send over my invoice and send you few Q&A questionnaires about your wedding day.
This way I’ll find out what’s happening on the day, making sure we’re clear on times, locations, travel – all the practical things that will make the day run smoothly. I’ll also ask about the group shots you really don’t want me to miss, like you with your uni mates, or your other half with their great gran. I work in a natural, relaxed, documentary way (which is probably why you picked me!) so we’re not aiming for a long list of posed shots here, just a handful of must-haves.
Checking in with the ceremony venue.
Whether you’re having a registry office, religious or humanist ceremony, different venues and officials will have different rules. To be honest, it’s a good idea to ask about them before you book, but assuming that’s all water under the bridge by now, make time before the wedding to check back in and find out what’s allowed.
Some officials are happy for me to take photos at any point, others just during hymns or once the service is over. Some will even ask me to stay in a certain place. Finding all of this out well in advance means we’ll all know what to expect and I can plan ahead. If vicars or registrars aren’t happy with what a photographer’s doing, they can even kick them out – and we don’t want that!
Engagement shoots just for two.
If you’re feeling a bit wobbly about being in front of the camera, an engagement shoot a few weeks before your wedding can be a great way to shake off those nerves. It’s also a lovely chance to take some really beautiful shots of the two of you in an interesting location, without any time (or guest) pressures. I’ve written a blog all about engagement shoots, but let’s just say – I love them! If you’re interested, just ask me to tell you a bit more.
A quiet word with the camera buffs.
We’ve all seen it – the wedding guest who loves photography. The uncle with a big camera who gets over enthusiastic on the day. It’s great that they want to take photos and I totally get their passion, but every now and then someone’s so focused on their own photos that they get in the way of mine. Which means they get in the way of yours – the ones you’ve paid good money for.
So, if you think there’s someone who might just be a little bit too keen, see if you can have a quiet word before the wedding. Even better, ask your folks or your best man to do it for you. I want them to feel happy and involved on the day, I just don’t want them elbowing me out of the way!
You could even take it a step further and go for an unplugged wedding ceremony, where you ask your guests not to take photos or video during the service. It means when you look across the room you’ll see their smiling, present faces, instead of a hundred flashing phones. Most people don’t mind if they know it’s what you want – and I’ll still be there to capture everything for you.
Ask all those questions.
If there’s anything else you’ve been meaning to check or you’re worrying about, now’s the time to ask me. I’m really happy to help, so let’s iron out all those queries and make sure you’re as relaxed as possible when the big day rolls around. It’s going to be amazing!
This beautiful wedding inspiration shoot at the Willow Marsh Farm takes a step away from the normal foliage trend and really celebrates florals with a colour pop. Katie from Unique Your Wedding was inspired by the pantone colour of the year and drawn to pinks, oranges and yellows which are this years colour trends. Katie wanted to create heavy floral designs in all elements of this wedding inspiration: in stationary, the cake and the headpieces.
While searching for inspiration she’s been drawn to Spanish influences and bohemian chic – modern, moody wedding photographs, full of atmosphere and movement. I’ve always been a fan of boho-inspired weddings and when it comes to boho-inspired wedding dresses – I knew I wanted to shoot with Rue De Seine. These wedding dresses are unconventionally beautiful – especially the gorgeous flared sleeves on Sia, and the contrast in the colours with East being nude. Boho chic dream.
To create this Spanish influenced look we looked for a venue where we could recreate that boho, moody look ( which suit my style if you look into my gallery) . A perfect match was just round the corner – a new wedding venue just outside Nottingham, in Loughborough.
The Willow Marsh farm is definitely one of the most beautiful new wedding venues in the East Midlands. It has it all: the barn, beautiful landscape, small lake, horses and great hosts. The wedding barn has been built using big stones and wood and the barn entrance has the perfect Spanish feel we were after.
If you are on the lookout for a barn wedding venue in the East Midlands – The Willow Marsh Barn might be just what you are looking for. We styled the venue with a mixture of old and new items creating a mis-matched and relaxed vibe which is so fitting to the nature of the building and the wild surroundings in the grounds around it.
The hair styles were designed around the flower crowns: one being oversized and the second one being made from pampas grass. The make up followed to match the style using pantone of one of the flowers to match bold lipstick colour.
The cake design focused around florals, all intricately made from sugar in a bold pink. The wedding stationary followed the Spanish design, introducing tile-like design with lots of beautiful, colourful florals.
I loved shooting this dreamy editorial but it wouldn’t be possible without:
Florist/stylist: Unique Your Wedding
Venue: The Willow Marsh Farm
Stationery: Amy Bailey Design
Make Up: Amy Wilkinson Professional MUA
Hair: Harriet Harvey Hair
Models: Zara and Elsa
Cake: The Confetti Cakery
Dresses: Rue De Seine
If you like my style and you would like to chat with me about your wedding or wedding editorial get in touch.
When you picture your wedding photos, chances are you’re thinking of some great shots of the two of you. Yes, you want the bridesmaids, the grandmas and the dodgy dancing, the flowers, the confetti and the friends from far away. But that gorgeous shot of you and your other half, well… that’s the one you’ll frame, the one your parents frame, the one your grandma frames… The One.
A lot of couples worry about having those photos taken. That’s totally natural. When it’s just the two of you in front of the camera, there’s that nagging fear that you might freeze, feel silly or be asked to pose in a cheesy way. I get it. And I promise it won’t be like that. Honestly.
I want you to love this part of your day. It’s often the first chance you’ll get to catch your breath, have some quiet time together and actually take it all in. You’re married! Actually married. After all that plotting and planning and wishing and waiting. Yay for you two!
A little time out.
I usually recommend you allow about 30 min – 1h for your couple portraits. We can do it all in one go, or split it into two if you’d like some shots once it’s getting dark too. If you’re worried about being away from your guests (and your party!), it works well to start when they go in for dinner. They’ll take about half an hour to find the table plan, their table, their seat and their wine, so we’ll have plenty of time to take some great shots.
The perfect spot.
I’ve learnt lots of ways to put people at ease – and the first is whisking you away from the crowd.
If you’re game for hitching up your dress and hopping into a neighbouring field, or taking a short walk to a cool industrial spot, I promise it’ll be worth it. And if you’d rather stay close to your guests, that’s ok too. I’ll scout the venue for some lovely spots and backdrops ahead of time.
Taking it easy.
Once we’re in a great place, there are a few things I often do to capture those really authentic, beautiful shots. I’ll position you in front of that perfect background, where the light is spot on, and I might suggest you stand in a certain way, hold hands or look in a particular direction. It’s not about pushing you into anything that feels forced, it’s just about getting you to pose in a subtle, natural way that makes you look – frankly – gorgeous.
Getting the giggles.
You’re not in that boring meeting now – giggles are good! To shake out all those photo shoot nerves, I might ask you some questions, get you to talk about something, or say something funny to each other. Don’t panic! I won’t take photos where you look silly ( at least you want to!) I just want to capture you as you really are together, bringing out the big, natural smiles and laughter that really show that open, honest intimacy between you.
Still panicking? It’s ok! Just take a look at some of the shots in my wedding gallery. Those lovely, happy people look relaxed don’t they? They look beautiful don’t they? And so will you! So trust me, relax and remember that the more you enjoy yourself, the more amazing your photos will be.
Meeting these two was awesome! I remember the first email from Lorna asking if we could meet to chat about wedding photos and then another email shortly after that saying – forget the meeting – we just know you will be brilliant. Gotta love my clients, right? Two of the kindest people very soon to get married at West Mill.
There is always the decision to make on where to have your engagement photos taken. I usually get excited about places I haven’t been to yet and Calke Abbey was on my radar for a while. Lorna and Andy picked this location as Calke Abbey has a special place in their heart and I can totally see why! Gorgeous grounds, quite eclectic collection of stuff left by it’s last owner, underground tunnels – it has it all!
If there’s one thing wedding photographers obsess about, it’s great light. Yeah, we’re geeky like that. Whether it’s a beautiful blue-sky afternoon, snatched moments of golden-hour gorgeousness or soft, fading twilight at the end of an amazing day, light makes such a big difference to the wedding photos you get. Big. Huge. Massive. So it’s worth a little pre-planning, right?
Ok, maybe you know just the kind of light you’d like for your photos – or maybe you haven’t got the foggiest. Either way, the best place to start is by finding some photos you love and talking to your photographer about them. What is it that gives you that tingly feeling – and what do you really want to steer clear of? I always ask my couples to look through my gallery and pick out some shots with light they love – it’s so much easier than trying to describe it in words!
That gives us a great starting point. Next up, we need to think about the time of day, and year, you’re getting married. There’s no point falling for photos full of summer sunshine if you’re getting married at 5pm in October. Unless you’re about to reschedule the whole thing – or book a summertime engagement shoot – it’s just not going to happen.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t throw some really beautiful light on your shots – I’ll catch the last sweet rays of lingering light outside, bring my own lighting along and work with the light in your venue to make sure you – and your guests – look amazing. Honestly. Just ask me to show you some shots taken at a similar time of day or year and you’ll see what I mean.
Sunshine filled, beautiful bright days
Ask most couples what they’re wishing for on their wedding day and great weather’s usually up there at the top (along with cake, dancing and the love of their life, obviously).
But to be honest, the kind of light you get from mid-morning till early evening on a gorgeous summer day can be harder than you’d think to work with. Bright light also brings along lots of contrast, shadow and squinting guests, so I’ll often plan your portraits and any group shots for later in the day as the sun starts to soften. Believe it or not, as the light starts to fade, the colours we can capture will be even more beautiful. Which brings me on to…
Golden hour. It’s a kind of magic.
Hands-down the best time of day for wedding photos, engagement photos or any other kind of photos, golden hour is just that – golden. It’s a little slice of time that starts about half an hour before the sun sets and lingers until just after. And if the weather’s right, it’s filled with the warmest, most amazing, flattering light, just perfect for your pictures. Can you tell I’m a fan?
Ok, the sunshine doesn’t always play ball ( hello moody UK!), and golden hour shifts with the seasons…If you see me twitching by the window as the sun sinks in the sky, you’ll know I’m on the lookout. And if I start tugging your elbow at about that time of day, go with it – I promise it’ll be gorgeous.
Dreamy, diffused dusk light.
Once golden hour slips away, dusk steps in for a final fling with the camera. We’ve got to move fast this late in the day, but if we can snatch a few beautiful shots before dark, you’ll be washed in soft, cool, diffused light. It’s pretty lovely. I wouldn’t recommend pinning all your photo hopes on this time of day, but it’s a great time for a few extra shots that are full of atmosphere.
Clouds can be your friends (even rainy ones).
Lots of couples worry what will happen if it rains on their wedding day. Fair enough. Nobody dreams about their amazing hair-do getting soggy, or their canapés on the lawn turning into canapés huddled in a hallway. I get it.
But if you’re worried a grey day – or a rainy one – will ruin your photos, stop. Cloudy days can be really flattering. Without bright sunlight and big shadows, the light is softer, gentler, kinder. And far from dampening people’s spirits, rain often brings out a whole lot of humour. If you’re game, it’s always fun to get the two of you (or all of you!) out in it briefly, armed with brollies. But if you’d rather stay dry, that’s ok too, and I’ve got lots of great ways to capture lovely light indoors…
Insider tricks, amazing shots.
Even crossing your fingers super tightly (which might make exchanging rings a bit tricky) can’t guarantee you the weather, especially here in the UK. So if it’s cold, wet or just time to carry on the party inside, I’m always ready to make the most of the light inside a venue.
Windows can work wonders, streaming lots of pretty light in, and these days most venues give a lot of thought to warm, flattering lighting. But, if it’s not enough, I’ll have my own lights and tricks of the trade ready to make sure we get plenty of beautiful, last-a-lifetime shots.
Take a look through my gallery, on Instagram, or wherever you get your inspiration and find those shots you love. If you fancy talking them through over a cuppa, and finding out more about working with me, just drop me a line. Can’t wait!
If you know me personally or follow me on insta, you will know how much I love nature, walks and the hills of the Peak District.
You can imagine how excited I got when I heard that Rosie and Griff wanted to have their post wedding shoot ( often referred to as ‘trash the dress’) in the Peaks! As a wedding photographer in Nottingham, the Peaks are only 1h away so it’s an easy and accessible stunning location for wedding portraits!
Rosie and Griff got married in December last year and hardly got any daytime pictures due to short days that time of year – so this is was a great idea!
Photographing couples at beautiful locations is my dream come true and I love how relaxed and pressure free these shoots are ( similar to elopements) !
I picked Curbar Edge as it is a great spot and easy accessible location and so off we went!
Rosie was totally rocking this shoot, despite the strong wind and cold February weather – we had a laugh – check out her Dr. Martens boots and red lips! Cool bride, running up that hill – I mean what more can I wish for??? This was perfect – thank you Rosie and Griff.
Dress by: Susana Greening
Flowers and flower crown by: Frances and Rose
You know my soft spot for all things boho…especially when the bride considers elements of her wedding to be as ethical as possible, mixed with outdoor ceremony and vegetarian and vegan food – well, what can I say, I’m in heaven! This beautiful summer wedding was set at Shiningford Manor in Derbyshire near Matlock. Super relaxed, outdoor atmosphere and my favourite bit – the bride making a speech. I love when brides make a speech. For me it’s a sign of strength and also adapting wedding traditions – all great, right?
The outdoor ceremony was set in a garden next to the manor, with an aisle way leading to a triangular arch, decorated in flowers and foliage. The afternoon quickly turned into one crazy party, inviting guests to participate in ceilidh dancing. This seriously fun and stunning wedding was covered by Whimsical Wedding Wonderland and you can see it here.
Venue: SHININGFORD MANOR
Marquee TOP MARQUES
Celebrant MY PERFECT CEREMONY
Dress LUNA BRIDE
Hair & Make Up BEAU HAIR ACADEMY
Flowers POPPY SCOUT
Ceilidh Band THE TARTAN TRIO
Caterer THOMAS THE CATERER