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Summer Garden Wedding Photographs of Jo and James

This blog post is about Jo and James and their summer garden wedding photographs at Burton on Trent. It was a very unusual wedding in terms of the wedding day theme and I’m really pleased to share these photographs with you. Here is a little bit about the wedding day.

First of all, the guys organised a pagan wedding ceremony, involving lighting candles and jumping over a broomstick! The whole thing, including the rings exchange, was done at one of parents’ back garden in the presence of most of the guests! By judging how well they prepared this, you can say that this part was probably more important for the guys than the official one at the Burton’s registry office.

It was also unusual to me that most of the wedding day event were held at a private house back garden. The atmosphere was great, the garden was so beautiful and cozy and everybody enjoyed so much that I don’t think any of the guests noticed any difference compared to a proper wedding venue!

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Jo kindly gave me an off line interview which, I hope, will inspire and give new ideas to the brides and grooms to be. She also shared a list of suppliers she used which may be of use as well. So, over to Jodie

Speak soon
Elena
Burton on Trent wedding photographer

How did you two meet?
We met at work, at our previous job. We didn’t really see much of each other at work but were both invited out by a mutual friend for after work drinks and then for a birthday bash – the rest is history! (Our first dance song has always been ‘our song’ – we found love in a hopeless place)

How did he pop the question?
Not very romantically! We both enjoy antiques and antique fairs, there is a jeweler at one whose rings are amazing. A few years ago, I fell in love with an art deco ring he had which James offered to buy for me. I told him I only wanted a diamond ring if it was a promise! Two years later, we were at the fair and we went and saw the same man. I thought it was weird he had so many art deco rings! I saw a ring I fell completely in love with and James again asked if I wanted it – but this time as a promise! I didn’t realize at the time, the reason Gary had so many art deco rings with him was because James had called him before hand and told him his plans, Gary remembered my love of art deco, hence all the rings!

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What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
I really enjoyed our pagan blessing, and I must say my first dance with my dad. The boys speeches were also excellent. I loved the whole day!
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How long have you been together?
4 years

How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
The most magical day of my life

What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
Be organized! I wasn’t and it led to some last minute stresses! Also ensure you budget correctly, don’t go into debt. We paid as we went along which made it much easier on the day.

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
I had been looking online at bohemian dresses. I really wanted a dress with long, princess medieval sleeves. This dress came up, even though it didn’t tick all the boxes and I fell in love. I found the designers website (Ian Stuart) and a list of stockists. Working from the closest, I rang them to ask if they had this dress (Midsummer Dream) to try on. The closest I found was an hour and a half drive away… so off we went. It is the only wedding dress I tried on. I have never worn any other wedding dress, and didn’t need to see anymore!

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How was your experience taking photos/working with us on your wedding day?
Amazing, all the guests complemented you both on your professionalism, how well you fitted in, your manner with them. Could not fault a thing!

Any tips that you have about preparing your wedding party for the photos? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently?
I should have told people that I had already given you guys a list of what I wanted. I could hear people panicking that photos were being ‘missed’ but we had it all under control! I was in my own little world really, so wished I’d have paid more attention! (Didn’t realize one of the girls had forgot her flowers!)

Any tips on what to bring?
I forgot my helium balloons and I still have two huge bags of very expensive confetti left over. Plan and have your bridesmaid sort these things for you!

We love to hear about vendors you love. List any vendors here and feel free to share your experience. Be sure to include the name of the vendor, their profession, city/state, site or Facebook page and how your experience was!
Amy Louise Bridal, Nantwich – the most amazing, patient, lovely ladies! I enjoyed every visit to their shop (and there were quite a few)
Ian Stuart – I facebook stalked him a little, but him and his team always reply!
Shropshire Petals – beautiful confetti!
Mollys Hair and Beauty, Burton – those girls put up with so much from us on the Friday and the Saturday making us look beautiful! They did a fantastic job, if I say so myself!
Jeanette, Ruby VW hire – lovely, professional, conscientious. Can’t fault her.
Patricia – the lady who did our handfast, so friendly, so warm, really enjoyed the time spent with her.
And of course, we all loved you guys!

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What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Marry abroad?! Ha! Do everything just the way you want it. Do not compromise!

Have you had an engagement session? If so, please, describe your experience? Would you recommend to have an engagement photo shoot to other couples?
Yes! I loved it, and it prepared you for the day. Also an opportunity to get to know you better and see how to work together.

What kind of food was served at your reception?
Jacket Potatoes!

What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?
First Dance – Ed Sheeran covering Rhiannas ‘We Found Love’
Father/Daughter – Celine Dion ‘Because you Loved me’

List of suppliers
Cake Maker: Costco!
Wedding Planner: The Bride!
DJ: My nephew/the bride
First Dance Song: Ed Sheeran covering Rhiannas ‘We Found Love’
Dress Boutique: Amy Louise Bridal, Nantwich
Caterer: Buffet from Costco
Florist: The Blossom Tree, Melbourne
Limo Service: ‘Ruby’ VW Campervan

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Packington Moor wedding photographer-wedding of Stacey and Jon

Hello again

Following their engagement photo shoot, I’m glad to share with you their wedding photographs, taken at a very nice and cosy venue Packington More by your Packington Moor wedding photographer :) I thought that instead of me describing the wedding day, Stacey Nd Jon will tell better about them and their wedding, so here is a short interview with Stacey.

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How did you two meet?
Internet dating

How did he pop the question?
He took me to Stockholm and proposed in the old town on Cobbled street

What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
Walking the aisle

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How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
Wonderful

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
I found it in a shop in Littleover, I wasnt sure on the hanger but tried it on and it looked lovely. I loved the laces and buttons on the back. My Sister bought it for me as a gift.

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How was your experience taking photos/working with us on your wedding day?
Very good, very professional and it helped that you photographed our baby when he was born so you knew the family.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Dont get stressed, start planning early and dont worry about the small things. Save money where you can, my Sister made the cake and my mum did the centre pieces.

Have you had an engagement session? If so, please, describe your experience? Would you recommend to have an engagement photo shoot to other couples?
Yes I would recommend it, it shows Elena what style you like ans how you photograph together.

Here is a list of suppliers for Stacey and Jon’s wedding:
Wedding Venue: Packington Moor
Cake maker: Jessica Ball, sister
DJ: Strictly Weddings
Dress Boutique: Serendipidy
Florist: Passion Flowers Derby
Makeup Artist: Charlene Everson
Hairstylist: Nicola Edwards

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Speak soon
Elena
Your Packington Moor wedding photographer

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Destination wedding photographers Italy – Photos of Sian and Rob

I’m very excited to share these destination wedding photographs from Italy!

For those who didn’t know, yes, we are destination wedding photographers Italy, France, Spain, in Europe in general and even further afield :) I love photograph destination weddings! I think the atmosphere is more relaxed and more romantic on the sea side. The weather is always nice and warm.

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Here are destination wedding pictures of Sian and Rob. Their ceremony was organised in a beautiful town called Polignano-a-Mare. The ceremony was held in Puglia church in the heart of the old town. The church had balcony and I did take some pictures from there, I was happy because the view from the balcony was just fabulous!

The reception for Sian and Rob’s wedding was in Grotta Palazzese restaurant, a unique restaurant locate in the cave! If you travel to Italy and plan to visit this area around Bari, you have to stay at least one night in Polignano-a-Mare with a lovely beach area and certainly visit Grotta Palazzese! You can see from our photographs below and how beautiful this place is. And food was absolutely delicious!

As I said the wedding day was very relaxed. We started photograph Groom preparations first. The hotel room was tiny so we decided to go outside. And it was right decision, we had lots of fun with guys. Then we walked to the Bride’s hotel where rooms were much bigger and of course with amazing sea view. As the church was just 10 minutes walk from the hotel Sian decided to walk there with her bridal party (yes, WALK). And it was good decision – we had fun on the way. All cars were stopping to see such a stunning bride! After the ceremony we took some beautiful photographs on the way to the restaurant and then spent the rest of the evening in Grotta Palazzese, capturing all this laugh, smiles, hugs, kids, running around, lovely music and food.

Thanks a lot guys for this amazing memories which came to my mind when I was looking through your wedding photographs this cold winter day. Love my job!

Are you thinking to organise your wedding in Italy or somewhere else? Call me! I’d love to help you and of course to photograph too!

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Your destination wedding photographer

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Hassop Hall Wedding Photography – Marianne and Daniel

Back in November we were privileged to photograph a wedding of Marianne and Daniel at All Saints church of Bakewell and at Hassop Hall, a beautiful Derbyshire venue in the middle of the Peak District National Park. Here is our Hassop Hall wedding photography post.

This time we’ve decided to do it more interesting and informative by putting some wedding tips and useful information from the bride and groom themselves! Marianne and Daniel kindly agreed to give us a small interview which we are delighted to include here.

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Award winning photographer 2014

I’m very excited to share with you good news, I’ve become an award winning photographer 2014 in ‘Contemporary wedding’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Portrait of under 5s’ categories. Apart from these, some of my works received ‘award of excellence’ and ‘merit’ recognition in Fashion and ‘Portrait under 5s’ categories.

This was an East Midlands regional competition organised by the Master Photographer Association, the leading association of professional photographers in the UK. I’m pleased to repeat success of the last year when I was also a winner in some categories – see the Award winning photographer 2013 post.

I’d like to say thank you to all models and wedding couples – without you I would not be able to achieve this!

Please find below the ‘Contemporary wedding’ and ‘Fashion’ winning photographs.

You can also see the ‘Portrait under 5s’ award winning photos at my Boutique Baby Photography blog.

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Winner of CONTEMPORARY WEDDING category:

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Birmingham Wedding Photographer at Highbury Hall – Wedding of Kat and Matt

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Ceremony and Reception Location | Highbury Hall
Birmingham Wedding Photographer | Elen Studio Photography
Hairdresser | Siobhan
Make Up Artist | Kathryn Haywood of Mini’s Makeup

Wedding of Kat and Matt was held at Hughbury Hall, one of the finest wedding venues in Birmingham. Despite late autumn, the weather on the wedding day was great, sunny and dry, just perfect for photographing the couple and their guests on the Highbury Hall grounds. The hall is also amazing inside. If you plan to choose the venue for your wedding, take the opportunity to use its exquisite rooms for bride and groom preparations.

There are many things to note about the wedding. First of all, Kat had a gorgeous wedding dress; the flowers and bridesmaids dresses were matching the pink-green theme of the wedding. The music for the wedding day was chosen very carefully as well: the ceremony was accompanied by live music played by a jazz trio; the evening party – by a band where Matt used to play in the past. Hopefully, the photos have reflected the fantastic atmosphere of Kat and Matt’s wedding day.

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Gloucestershire wedding photography Cripps Barn – Jason and Julie

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Ceremony and Reception Location | Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer | Elen Studio Photography
Flowers, Cakes and Crafts | Zebedee Creations
Hairstylist | Harriet Bartley
Make up Artist| Amy Farquharson
Wedding Car|Comfy campers

Just two years ago we photographed Jason’s sister wedding, and it was great pleasure to meet the family again!

It was a wonderful Autumn day in Cotswolds when Julie and Jason got married. The wedding day started at a hotel in a pretty village of Bibury where Julie and Jason had their wedding preparations. Julie’s got beautiful dress with fine lace, excellent choice! The theme of the wedding was Autumn/rustic, with red, green, orange and brown colours; the theme, flowers and all wedding decorations were perfectly matching the time of the year.

The ceremony was held at Cripps Barn, beautiful venue for a romantic countryside wedding. Despite being rainy at times, we managed to take quite a few shots outside. As a vintage wedding car, Julie and Jason chose a red VW campervan, which was a part of the wedding pictures as well :)

Julie and Jason, it was so nice to be part of your wedding day – all the very best to you!

Keep in touch!

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Vintage wedding photographer Nottingham – Faye and Dave

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Ceremony Location | Nottingham Council House
Reception Location | The Canalhouse Pub
Nottingham Wedding Photographer | Elen Studio Photography
Hairstylist | Enhance
Make up Artist| Clare Newman

This post is about one beautiful vintage wedding in Nottingham. It was absolutely wonderful day. Nice and warm weather, lots of smiles and loughs. You know Faye and Dave from their pre-wedding shoot.  And now I want to share with you some photos from their amazing wedding. The ceremony was in beautiful Nottingham Council House and the venue in the Canalhouse Pub located next to the Nottingham canal. Lovely place. We had opportunity to walk a little bit around and take some nice pictures. Beautiful wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses, a very special and cute wedding cake, an unique Faye’s ring, amazing flowers. All these things were made by their very talented friends.  Also I love the make up and vintage hairstyle.  Everything was unique, special  and stylish.

All the best to Faye and Dave!

Here are some photos.

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Wedding Photographer Lincolnshire – Emma and Andy

This wedding was an unusual one – the ceremony at Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, was the second one for Emma and Andrew; their first wedding ceremony was held in Australia a few weeks before. Despite this, the two weddings were very different in terms of people, atmosphere etc.

Just a week before the wedding the weather was not great at all with rain and cold winds and we even discussed with the bride and groom to get an umbrella. The weather on the wedding day, luckily, turned to be rather nice. Having sunny afternoon, cosy church ceremony and excellent live music after the ceremony, the atmosphere of the wedding day was just fabulous.

There are some special things which I want to mention. I never saw so beautifully made artificial flowers which looked like real ones. On the wedding day Emma did wear watches that her mother did put for her wedding – “something old”. I like weddings with flower girls and little children involved. The flower girl was absolutely beautiful. The page boy was brave, given that he was just over one year old.

Emma and Andrew, wishing you all the very best!

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Wedding Photographer Derby – Alona and Dmitriy at Dudley Hall

Following the recent pre-wedding shoot of Alona and Dmitriy, I’m now glad to share with you their wedding photographs.

The guys have chosen beautiful Dudley Hall for their ceremony. There is a great park next to it with everything you need for a wonderful wedding photo shoot. The wedding’s theme was purple orchids; I like when brides wear colourful shoes and this was exactly the case here.

As the day went along, the weather was changing from bright sunshine to overcast with thick clouds and this also helped us to create variety of pictures.

Alona and Dmitriy, it was pleasure to photograph you and to capture your wedding’s atmosphere. All the very best to you!

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