The Crazy Bear Wedding – Katrina and Mark

See that picture above? That is how you check in to The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire.

I was like a kid in a sweet shop at this venue, as this was just the beginning of all the amazing things on show here.

Katrina and Marc celebrated the whole day here, from Bridal prep right up until the dancing. Katrina got ready in a beautiful log cabin whilst Marc and his Son got ready in one of the stunning bedrooms on offer here. I spent the whole day thinking how can I come back here as a guest!!

With just very close friends and family present, the day was full of love and laughter and what better way to dance the night away to than Sinatra!

Thank you Marc and Katrina for asking me to capture your day alongside the wonderful Blue Ridge Video. We really did have the most amazing time!

Ashfield House Wedding Venue – Becca and Kirsty

When Becca and Kirsty announced their engagement, plans for the day soon began to unfold and it was exciting to see as their wedding photographer. They chose the amazing Ashfield House in Standish, Manchester as their perfect wedding venue and it didn’t fail to disappoint. From their wonderful bridal prep area, light and spacious rooms, to the excellent staff on the day, they had thought of everything.

Becca and Kirsty both got ready at the venue but in separate rooms. Whilst Becca’s room was buzzing with lots of Women getting ready, Kirsty’s room was full of calm, although I think that was more nerves ;).

The touches throughout the day were perfect. From the beautiful floral displays, filling not only the reception rooms but also the walls of the venue, down to the effort made to make every guest feel special. Nothing went unnoticed. It does always make me laugh when the singing waiters make their entrance and fall over in the wedding reception.

Grab a cuppa and take a minute to have a look at their day. It was perfect…..

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Blackwell Grange – Warwickshire Wedding Venue

Blackwell Grange is a wedding venue that is based in the North Cotswolds. This beautiful Barn venue is within easy reach of Birmingham, Cheltenham and Oxford and the nearby towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa, as well as London and the Home Counties.

Their spaces are diverse and characterful; from the original Thatch Barn, where your ceremony will take place and then across the Apple Tree Lawn to their contemporary Orchard Barn, the venue for your wedding breakfast and celebration. They even have a honeymoon cottage for your overnight stay but no one is allowed to see it apart from the couple, the night of the wedding. This is a really cute surprise for the couple after they have planned the whole day.

I was very fortunate to be asked to capture a styled shoot hosted by Country House Weddings. There were amazing suppliers involved and what they created was beautiful. I have put a selection of these images together, to offer some inspiration to anyone thinking about getting married here or lucky enough to be. I hope you like them….

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Mythe Barn Wedding Styling Inspiration

At the end of last year, I was asked to be part of a styled shoot, styled by The Rustic Wedding Company and florals beautifully put together by Passion for Flowers.

Every time I work with these ladies, something wonderful happens and I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this sooner.

If you are looking for inspiration for your wedding, this shoot is full of it. Grab a cuppa and get ready to fill your Pinterest board!

Mythe Barn Wedding Photographer

Mythe Barn Wedding Photographer

The West Mill Wedding Venue Wedding – Pretty Pastel Theme

Selma came across my work via The West Mill‘s blog and after telling me about her plans, I was very grateful she did.

They had a multi cultural Icelandic/Irish/Nigeria wedding and the details were amazing.

Every time I shoot a wedding at The West Mill, which is a Derbyshire wedding venue, I feel spoilt. The venue is designed so your wedding naturally flows throughout it. One floor is your ceremony, another your wedding breakfast and a different one to dance the night away in.

I always say how relaxed my couples are but Selma and Sadiq took that to another level. When I came to get them for their couple shots, they decided against having them! To say that made me a little nervous is understatement! I’ve never had a couple not have any couples portraits but I must admit, when bringing all their photos together, it was so beautiful, I actually didn’t notice!

The venue was styled by the amazing Princess Occasions. It was the first time I had worked alongside them and hopefully not the last.

One thing very important to Selma and Sadiq was the evening do and the dancing. I absolutely loved watching and capturing this and couldn’t help but keep taking pictures.

I hope you love looking over their images as much as I loved being there and taking them.

Brand New Wedding USB’s

I get ridiculously excited about packaging. When I purchase something and they wrap it beautifully, it makes me want to go back there in the future. To me it shows time and care has gone into something, so what I give to my couples is extremely important to me. Their experience with me is extremely important to me. Read more

What evening food is popular at weddings?

What evening food is popular at weddings?

As an experienced West Midlands wedding photographer I see trends in weddings come and go but the current trend for outdoorsy, tipi, festival style weddings looks set to stay. Brides and grooms are looking for a more laidback rustic wedding that is more attuned to the way they live and like to enjoy themselves. Therefore when it comes to the question what evening food is popular at weddings? The answer is anything tasty, informal and fun. This is why many couples and wedding planners are increasing serving pizza to their guests in the evening.

So hiring a caterer with their own authentic wood fired oven to cook to serve pizza directly to your guests could be a good way to go. What better gives that festival vibe than a street food style stand making fresh pizza to order?

Though you may not need to use a separate caterer. Find out if you’re wedding venue has an outside pizza oven now (many of them will). Then you can have waiters delivering pizza slices on wood or slate boards directly to tables for guests to tuck in to thus creating a fun and intimate eating experience. Alternatively, pizza can be ordered bespoke for guests and served in ‘take away style’ boxes. Read more

Should I buy wedding insurance? Take a look at this blog where I talk about wedding insurance.

Should I buy wedding insurance?

Over my years as an experienced Birmingham wedding photographer I have had several panicked calls from stressed brides because the photographer they booked has let them down and they don’t have wedding insurance. I always endeavour to shoot their wedding for them and if I’m already booked on their date, I help them to find somebody who can. On top of the stress they often end up paying out twice for a wedding photographer. This happens to me at least once a year and I always feel so sorry for the brides and grooms involved.

Weddings are happy occasions that almost always go off without any drama (unless you’re a soap opera character!) However there are many things that could happen that are beyond your control and could mean that your wedding has to be cancelled or rearranged. So, in my opinion, the short answer to ‘should I buy wedding insurance’ is yes! You definitely should.

Having a photographer let you down is terrible but is just one of many things that can go wrong. Imagine your wedding venue having a fire or a flood and is consequently inaccessible to you and all of your guests. Imagine any of your suppliers going bust, your wedding and bridesmaids dresses get damaged and ruined, extreme weather preventing half of your guests attending, or the unthinkable thought of the bride or groom becoming extremely ill. What happens then? Read more

Garden Wedding Reception – Sarah and Alex

Garden Wedding Garden Wedding

I love shooting Cotswold weddings especially when I get to work with great couples like Sarah and Alex who had a beautiful summer wedding in the pretty and historic market town of Chipping Campden.

Sarah’s parents Karen and Thomas opened up their beautiful home and garden to host the wedding. On the day I arrived early so I could take some shots of Sarah and her bridal party making their final preparations.

The family had worked flat out to create a perfect wedding venue. The marquee, all dressed and ready to receive the guests, looked fabulous and the garden looked simply stunning.

Sarah was in good hands with her family and maid of honour Emily there to help her with any final preparations. Along with some of the four flower girls (Lizze, Emily, Emma and Nele) Sarah looked stunning in her lace vintage style fitted dress, the very essence of beautiful and understated glamour. Read more