Recent work, upcoming events & wedding fairs, and random ramblings
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Lydiia & Simon's Wild Pheasant WeddingAdvantage Lydia !
Not something you see every day, is it?
But for a couple who met playing mixed doubles, and whose lives revolve around tennis, it was inevitable and completely fitting that the sport should feature heavily in their big day. Their theme included the Wimbledon colours of purple and green, and the front lawn at the Wild Pheasant, Llangollen became Centre Court.
Great fun, and part of a very memorable day for a likeable couple that I've loved working with.
(There's some more of their images in Weddings, Galleries if you want a look).
It's been a while since I've shot in the Asian Garden. I quite like the original traditional garden too, with its weeping willows, but on a sunny day the Asian Garden with its vibrant colours comes into its own. The acers are amazing!
Nicole&Kane1Plemstall Church & Eccleston Village Hall Nicole&Kane2Plemstall Church & Eccleston Village Hall
A few images from a truly awesome wedding!
Nicole & Kane were married at the lovely little sandstone church of St. Peter's in Plemstall, near Mickle Trafford, Chester, with receptions at Eccleston Village Hall.
Nicole's an avid book reader, and chose a literary theme for the day, with invites and order of service in the style of the iconic Penguin book covers, and cocktails that were puns on famous titles (Tequila Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Gin ... ). Add an E-type Jag for the trip from church to Eccleston (with the bridesmaids in a VW Campervan) and some other great touches, and it all added up to a great theme.
However well you plan the day though, for me the success of a wedding is down to the atmosphere & feel of the day, and that's something you can't pre-plan. But they had that too. In abundance. An absolutely lovely couple, and a fantastic group of friends and family (from Chester, Liverpool, Glasgow and the US) who made the day something truly special!
Their images are in the gallery here : Nicole & Kane's Chester Wedding Photography
Sarah & her bridesmaidsGood times never seemed so good
A bit of fun with the bridesmaids at Sarah & Steve's wedding at Rossett Hall recently.
Just as we were gathering the girls together, and moving round to the other side of the hotel (by Oscar's) to do the photos, the wedding singer was singing 'Sweet Caroline'. So we kind of took it with us, and got the bridesmaids to sing it for us.
It worked quite well. So I've done it at a couple of other weddings since, and it's become a bit of a thing, for now at least!
There's some more images from Sarah & Steve's wedding here : Sarah & Steve's Rossett Hall Wedding
p.s. We also do formal, posed group photos. Sometimes.
Hafod Farm WeddingPriodas yn Fferm yr Hafod, Eryri
I love Snowdonia, and have spent many hours there walking in the mountains. So Hafod Farm, between Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst, a chilled-out country venue with its backdrop of the Gwydir Forest, has been on my list of ‘venues I’d like to shoot at’ for some time.
The chance came with Kelsey & Glynn’s wedding, and it didn’t disappoint – a perfectly relaxed day in glorious weather, and with a festival feel with many of the guests camping and caravanning in the grounds for the whole weekend.
Their images are now in the galleries, if you'd like a little look.
Ceri-and-Jackor Ceri & Todd if you prefer !
The images from Ceri & Jack’s wedding are now in the wedding galleries – check them out here : Ceri & Jack
Next to actually shooting a wedding, designing albums is definitely a favourite bit of this job. And I love delivering them to clients too!
It's the culmination of the whole process, and not much compares with seeing their excitement as they see their wedding photos displayed in something that they and their family will treasure for years to come. An album is just so much more tangible than a set of digital files.
Mine are usually from Graphistudio's range. They're hand-made in Italy, and a quality product with a massive range of cover & customisation options so that no two albums need be the same. My packages include a very wide range of options as standard, and all albums are supplied in custom presentation boxes - that's not always the case, and some photographers only provide them as an add-on at additional cost - worth remembering if you're comparing photographers' prices, to ensure that you're comparing like with like.
At my studio at the Plassey, I've got a range of sample albums, and swatches of the available cover materials. Please feel free to pop up sometime to have a look!
(The images above are an extract from Hannah & Adam's, from their weddiing at Tower Hill Barns last August)
A busy Easter weekend coming up, with a family shoot and 2 engagement shoot, and a few other bits besides.
Engagement shoots are a great way to 'break the ice' before the big day, and the Plassey where I'm based has plenty of scope and a great range of natural backgrounds to use, in the quiet corners that the public don't normally get to.
Here's one I made earlier ... from Stacey & Neil's shoot back in November. There's just another month or so to go before they tie the knot !
Well, new to me anyway.
The My Wrexham Wedding website was set up in 2012 by Natalie Edwards, and has always been the best site of its kind in the area. But because of work & family commitments, Natalie's no longer able to give it the time it needs ... so I'm going to have a go!
If you're familiar with the site, you'll know that Natalie’s formula for it has worked well, so I’m not planning on changing it too much – it has the definitive listing of wedding fairs in the area, and it’s a great way for brides and grooms to find wedding suppliers, and to read about other people’s experiences. So we’ll keep all that, but I’m aiming to build on it with the new ‘Help and Advice’ pages, which will grow in the coming months. And there’s a few other ideas taking shape too.