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Sausage Dog Portrait shoot with Coventry Photographer

Sausage Dog Portrait shoot with Coventry Photographer

I was lucky enough be contacted by the lovely mummy of these Sausage babies! She asked me if I wouldn’t mind popping along and photographing her pooches as she wanted some portraits of them for her home. I went along on a crisp autumn morning this month and photographed Obi & Ronnie just being their cute selves.
Take a look for yourselves below. If you’re wanting pet portraits done, feel free to get in touch and let’s see what can be done. I thoroughly enjoyed this day just getting to know these two fur babies. I really love animals, and appreciate the value that they bring to our lives.

Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer

Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer
Sausage Dog photoshoot with Coventry photographer

Myres Castle wedding with Humanist indoor ceremony | Emily & Oliver

Myres Castle wedding with Humanist indoor ceremony | Emily & Oliver

Emily & Oliver had a fabulous Myres Castle Wedding. Their little pug, Bella, made a fabulous appearance, covered in a few flowers. The weather was all over the place on the day. A perfect mix of rain and sun. We were very lucky with the weather as it only rained intermittently – and we had umbrellas, and a plan. We made use of the beautiful greenhouse and also nipped into the castle itself and used the fantastic light coming through the window.
The ceremony took place in the apple shed, and the canap√©s under the gazebo. The meal in the barnquee was a great choice with great lighting and alot of space! I especially loved the desert spread ūüėČ
The food provided by Lazy Sunday was incredible, and a really memorable experience for everyone.
Their band, Franco, had the dance floor full all night long – after a gorgeous 1st dance!
 Myres castle wedding photos
Scottish Crossbasket Castle couples shoot of Lindsay & Ian

Scottish Crossbasket Castle couples shoot of Lindsay & Ian

The Intro

Lindsay and Ian contacted me a few months before their session. They were planning a large trip to the UK for their 2nd wedding anniversary. One of the scottish venue’s they were staying at, was Crossbasket Castle. Their trip coincided with my trip as I was photographing a Scottish wedding the following day.

It poured with rain the whole day, and I was slightly concerned we wouldn’t be able to use Crossbasket Castle’s beautiful grounds to its full potential. Just as I arrived however, thanks to some law of attraction I think, it stopped raining for exactly 2 hours. Just as I left their session, it started to pour all over again. It was meant to be. We started our photography session at 6:30pm, and finished at 8:30pm, all around sunset in August.

From the photos below you’ll see Lindsay wore a beautiful floral crown. She organised this from abroad with a lovely Hyndland florist, Rose & Thyme. I was staying in Hyndland, so agreed to collect it on my way. It couldn’t have been planned more perfectly.

As we were enjoying the grounds, the sun surprised us with some gorgeous light which I managed to use for my favourite sunflares. Lindsay & Ian decided to do an outfit change too for some variety.

I absolutely adored Lindsay from her first message to me. I had such a fantastic time with her and Ian, and I love their photographs so much.

Take a look at their relaxed anniversary couples shoot below


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Park Farm Daventry Wedding Photography with outdoor ceremony & Pizza

Park Farm Daventry Wedding Photography with outdoor ceremony & Pizza

Park Farm Daventry Wedding Photography with outdoor ceremony & Pizza fest

Rachel & Ned got married abroad where they live. They decided to fly back to the UK and have a family & friend fun filled wedding party. With an outdoor ceremony, a caravan bar & 3 courses of pizza, it’s safe to say it was one of my favourites so far! Rachel wore a custom wedding dress with gold sequins, and Ned wore tweed which he pulled off really well.

Park Farm is a reasonably new wedding venue in Daventry. With options for an outdoor blessing or an indoor wedding ceremony, it’s perfect for an intimate wedding or celebration. The owners are super lovely and were invaluable to Rachel’s family when planning this chilled out day. Have a nosey at the images below. If you’re planning a relaxed garden wedding or something with a similar vibe, check out this Private Farm Marquee wedding.


West Midlands wedding suppliers used were:

Venue: Park Farm (Daventry)

Bar: The Caravan Bar Company

Band: House of Chords

Dress: Bell Street Bridal (Australia)

Food: The Roasting Pig


Relaxed Leicestershire Maternity Couples shoot

Relaxed Leicestershire Maternity Couples shoot

A relaxed Leicestershire maternity couple’s shoot

I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Phil, Lucie & their bump! They just wanted some relaxed photos of them together to show that they were in fact once upon a time pregnant. It’s quite an important milestone, so what better way to remember what it was like than having some photos taken. We started off at their home, and ended up on a short dog walk. Take a peek below to see the photos. If you’re wanting to see another maternity shoot, take a look at Sam & Chris’ session which took place at their home in Scotland.

The Photos

Balinakill Country House Alternative Wedding

Balinakill Country House Alternative Wedding

Alternative Balinakill Country House Wedding photos

Mhairi & Greig booked me for their¬†Balinakill Country House Alternative Wedding,¬†Featuring unique and quirky wedding suppliers from Glasgow. the came across my work online after searching for someone quirky, alternative and fun. They liked my previous work on DIY weddings, capturing natural moments as the day unfolded. Mhairi was a quirky vibrant bride with tattoo’s, Greig & his groomsmen wearing kilts, and their theme was DIY floral decor.¬†Their wedding day was truly noteworthy, filled with a variety of flowers, candles, colours and food.¬†Mhairi’s¬†dress was seriously gorgeous, too. She chose a bespoke dress maker who designed something using colour, floaty feel to it and really flattering to show off Mhairi’s beautiful tattoos. Her¬†dress was made by Betty Spoke! (Betty‚Äôs simply lovely ‚Äď if you‚Äôre wanting a custom made dress, definitely worth giving her a shout!)

We had a lot of fun taking wedding pictures, as well. They didn’t see each other until Mhairi was walking down the aisle. The emotions are truly priceless. Have a peak below!

 

A bit about the band & wedding dress

It’s no reel are an awesome Scottish Ceilidh band who really got the guests onto the dance floor, and taught them how to Ceilidh. I highly recommend them for any event taking place where you want to get your guests hyped up and dancing.

Mhairi’s wedding dress had two parts to it, so when the evening began she could take a layer off and let her hair down. Mhair’s wedding dress suited the venue and surroundings really well, we could make use of the flowing of the dress, her epic flowercrown and kick-ass tattoos which she rocked.

 

Summer Floral Byre Inchyra Wedding Photos

Summer Floral Byre Inchyra Wedding Photos

Summer Floral Byre Inchyra Wedding Photos

The day was so full of fun ¬†as you can tell by Ross & Jenny’s Summer Floral Byre Inchyra Wedding Photos below. Seeing Ross and Jenny get married was really something special.¬†Jenny was always going to be a beautiful bride, regardless of the decor, or what dress she wore¬†– and no one for a second has ever doubted what a super couple they make. They made¬†sure all the details suited them, and enjoyed¬†the day to its max. Ross and Jenny met whilst travelling – 10 years ago. They’ve been a happy couple since, spending time together all over the UK – finally settling together in Glasgow. Jenny gathered inspiration and ideas from Love my Dress, Rock my Wedding and Style me pretty. As you can see, it all paid off by making sure it was filled with little touches that Ross and Jenny loved so much.

They chose The Byre Inchyra for their wedding venue – and blimey, what a place. If you’re considering it, don’t hesitate. You can read all about the Byre Inchyra and photography advice for the venue HERE. From the grounds, to the accommodation. From the accommodation to the quirky toilets! So many amazing opportunities for photographs within close distance.

Ross & Jenny made use of suppliers such as Sparrow and Rose, En Croute catering, the bridal aisle,  and myself.

 

 

10 tips on How to look after your wedding album

10 tips on How to look after your wedding album

Wedding albums are precious (and expensive) heirlooms. They aren’t a temporary magazine or book only meant to last a few months. They are designed to be handed down from generation to generation. Here are 10 top tips to keep your wedding album in great shape.

  • Handle album and its pages with care to avoid bending, denting or scratching surfaces.
  • When not in use, keep your album in its original storage bag and box.
  • Always turn pages by their edges near the center of the book rather than outer edges.
  • Store album flat, in a cool, dry location without exposure to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light.
  • Never keep your album in an upright position, unless you have it wedged tightly between¬†heavy book ends or between other books to keep it shut tightly. Storing vertically may¬†weaken the integrity of the spine.
  • Dust as needed with a dry cloth. For albums with leather covers, leather cleaner is¬†recommended.
  • Avoid touching print surfaces with your fingers and clean with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Since every home is different every album will be affected differently. Depending on the size of ¬†the book, the type of paper used and the style of album you purchase. To a certain extent slight page warping is normal.
  • Ultimately, albums are made for us to use and enjoy. Their primary function is to protect what¬†lies within. A little wear and tear shows love and adds history and personality to the book, do don’t be afraid to get it out at family gatherings and reminisce
  • Keep away from food, liquids, harsh temperatures, animals and children to avoid accidental damage (trust me on this one!)

I wish you a lifetime of viewing enjoyment!

 

10 Questions to ask your Wedding Venue before booking

10 Questions to ask your Wedding Venue before booking

Finding a wedding venue is probably something that I found the most stressful when planning our wedding. There are so many to choose from in the UK – each coming with their own pro’s and con’s. You can read about my top 10 things to consider when looking for a wedding venue post here. This post will focus on questions that are worth asking your venue so that you aren’t caught out once you’ve paid your reservation fee.

  1. What dates they have available? This is the biggest question. Some wedding venues book up 2-3 years in advance and are very popular. You should consider weekdays too if its somewhere you really want to get married.
  2.  How many people can the space hold during the day, and the evening? Knowing the venue capacity will help you with your guest list, or alternatively will help you choose a venue based on your already drafted guest list.
  3. What do they charge? This will automatically rule places out and help you shortlist your top 3 venue choices, if budget is a concern.
  4. What does the rental fee include?¬†With some venues, the only thing included in the rental fee is exactly that. Chairs, Tables and sometimes even electricity is an extra or required to come from external suppliers. Getting married in the UK you have so many options, but this does mean that venues vary ALOT. Some venues include chairs, tables, setting up, electricity, clean up etc in their rates, others don’t
  5. Are you allowed to use any external suppliers like catering Рor do they only allow pre-approved suppliers? Some venues only allow certain pre-approved caterers due to the use of their kitchen, health and safety Рand just bad experiences in the past. With bands, many venues are instant on them being PAT tested, insured and abide by noise limitations. If there is a supplier who you really want, speak to the venue and see what can be done.
  6. When can you start setting up for your wedding.¬†Some venues require no work whatsoever, however DIY venues where you need access the day before – this is valuable information as allows you to give timings to external decor, stylists, florists and caterers. It also allows you to plan how much time you have to hang up bits and pieces & decorate tables. You don’t want to be stressing at 2am before your wedding that you’ve still got 19 pom poms to hang
  7. ¬†Are there any restrictions on photography?¬†This is a question mostly for places of worship, however could apply to some venues. Most of the time it isn’t the venue, but the person performing the ceremony. I have been to some venues where it’s been fine – but the registrar, humanist or priest were really strict and didn’t allow any photos during the ceremony. Considering photography is a service you’re paying 10-20% of your wedding budget towards, it’s certainly worth checking. If photographs during the ceremony isn’t important to you – that’s absolutely fine. It’s more so about being aware of any limitations.
  8. What is the deposit, when is the balance due, and when do you get your “extra deposit” back?¬†Some venues charge an additional deposit (for example ¬£1000) in case something gets ruined whilst on site, guests trash a room etc. If nothing goes wrong, you’re entitled to the additional deposit to be refunded. Some venues don’t charge this however and only request a retainer (eg 50% of the rental rate) with the remainder due 2 months before. Every venue varies so worth checking.questions ask wedding venue Park Farm Wedding
  9. ¬†What is their cancellation policy? Some venues allow you to move the date without charging an additional deposit. Understandably some venues require the deposits to be non-refundable in all instances. Non-refundable deposits are standard, but it’s good to know what the score is just in case.
  10. ¬†What’s the booze situation? Do they charge corkage? have taps for kegs?¬†Again, each venue is different – so it’s good to know these things. Some venues have literally nothing, so getting an external bar company is required. Some venues have a bar, but you need staff to run it. In terms of corkage, some couples like to provide their own Prosecco & chilled drinks during the reception. If it’s a hotel venue with a bar, a drinks package is normally required from them. Barn, Farms and village halls operate differently and normally require external suppliers. The corkage can be charged by either – it’s a huge hidden charge with some so definitely worth checking. We’re getting married at Colstoun House who aren’t charging us corkage as we’re just renting the venue from them. Our caterers (who have been wonderful!) Gourlay Co, aren’t charging us corkage either as we’re having them supply and serve booze ¬†from the meal onwards. Another caterer I spoke to was charging ¬£10/head for corkage which was a ¬£1000 we hadn’t budgeted for 100 guests.
Scottish Summer Gean House Wedding | Michelle & Craig

Scottish Summer Gean House Wedding | Michelle & Craig

Michelle and Craig had a wonderful¬†Summer Gean House Wedding in Scotland. The weekend had the best weather! All their guests were able to enjoy the outdoors.¬†A wedding day split over two days. BBQ for dinner. Wedding dress to make Michelle feel like a princess. Friends and family coming together to celebrate their relationship. Popcorn, a love for theatre and choreographed 1st dances! That’s only a synopsis of their incredible wedding day.

Michelle & Craig also did a 1st look which was lovely. A few emotional moments throughout the day. I am so happy I was there to capture them. I’ll let the photos below do the talking. Michelle¬†wore a different bolero and hair piece on day 2 to differentiate her look which I thought was a great idea. The wedding was incredible with so much love, little details and yummy food! Thank you so much for having me capture these memories for you.

There’s a list of the suppliers at the bottom of this blog post

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