We’re off to a little village near Melton Mowbray today for a summery village hall wedding.
Sarah and Kaya were married at Great Dalby Church before continuing on to Long Clawson Village hall for their summer fete styled reception with outdoor games for their guests.  Huge dog lovers they decided they needed to have their own two furry friends play a part in their day. So, decked out in their own bow ties, they joined Sarah and Kaya for a confetti archway walk with a difference!

For their first dance song they chose Two Sleepy People by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. They explained that this was a song that Kaya has always liked to sing to Sarah. Also, just a little note for brides and grooms to be…during the morning of the wedding there was a little bit of worry over a technical issue with their digital track, but, having mentioned taking their own record player and records to the village hall for the afternoon, we decided that playing the song on vinyl instead as an alternative option, could actually be really nice! So that’s what they did, and the moment of Kaya walking over to start the turntable and then taking her new bride’s hand seemed to fit the era of the music perfectly. So sometimes, little things that may or may not have gone quite to plan, actually, work out even better.

Thank you, Sarah and Kaya, for having us along for your wonderful day!

Don’t forget to hit HD!

(Thank you to Lisa Dams of Blue Fox Photo for assisting me at this wedding.)

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Having recently re-located back to Carly’s home of Derbyshire from Eastbourne, the bride and groom to be thought it’d be nice to have a little explore around their new village of Holbrook for their engagement shoot session.

At the end of the session we headed back to their new home for a few more shots with their dog Lola. Well we couldn’t have her feeling left out! And with that face how could she not be included in the shoot?! (Look out for her in Carly and James’s wedding photos too, she’ll be there on the day, yay! Have I mentioned I love animals at weddings?)

 

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PINIMAGEPolka dots and victory rolls, a pink Cadillac, a Day of the Dead inspired wedding cake, and some retro Americana styling…

That’s got your attention right?!

Time for a rockabilly inspired wedding on the blog! 50’s lovin’ bride Holly and Star Wars fan David’s wedding day at Donington Park Farmhouse, Castle Donington, was colourful and fun and the look they’d chosen for their day was *right* up this photographer’s street.  Holly and two of her bridesmaids had their hair styled by Pin Up Curl, who offers an exclusive discount for my brides!

The attention to detail was impressive, check out Holly’s super cute cherry print nails! Plus, this talented lady made her own quirky bouquet. Full of cupcake, ice cream, and biscuit clay charms, it even had mini cola bottles with ‘Holly’ and ‘David’ on! Even their honeymoon tied into their styling, a bit of travelling along Route 66.

Look out for the somewhat alternative ‘cutting the cake’ shot courtesy of a groom very much into his martial arts…

 

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Manchester couple Zoe and Paul described their wedding day plan as being a “low key ceremony, big glam party!” It was all about being a relaxed, laid back, informal day with those they loved with a fun atmosphere and of course plenty of dancing to party the night away.  They were married in a ceremony at the registry office in nearby Ripley.

I just loved Zoe’s choice of wedding dress, a stunning floor length rose gold sequined number which perfectly fit in with their glamorous planned vibe for their reception.

They found a perfect location to host their guests in Hollywood House, Belper which they had all to themselves for the weekend.  Being based in Belper myself, I was surprised to discover this venue, hidden away just outside the town.  With stunning views across the Derwent Valley, and bedrooms each inspired by a different Hollywood icon, it was a great find for Zoe and Paul and just what they needed for their day. Although I didn’t get to see every room in the House, I loved the famous quotes painted on to the stairs leading up to where Zoe and Paul were staying, and I loved the styling in the Walt Disney themed room!

In the morning myself and the bridal party’s hair and make up artists arrived, and the couple hired out a hog roast for the evening food, and a DJ for the party, but other than that it was just them and their guests. Being at a venue without it’s own staff on site like a general wedding venue really created a really laid back atmosphere.  I imagine it’s not for all brides and grooms, as some couples may prefer to have the likes of a wedding planner/event co-ordinator ensuring your day runs to a schedule etc but if you are a couple like Zoe and Paul and really just want to have the day as relaxed as possible and do it all at your own pace then hiring out a venue like this seems the perfect option.

Zoe and Paul made such a lovely couple. They seem the perfect match. Both super laid back and really not serious types at all, full of silliness and fun (you’ll notice the images from their couple portrait session are mainly of them laughing, mucking around making fun of each other). But, towards the end of my time at their wedding, during their first dance, I saw a bit of the other side too. In the moments of their first dance together as a Mr & Mrs, the emotions of the day and realisation that they’ve just celebrated their wedding day hit. Zoe getting tearful as she danced with her man showed just how much he, and the coming together of their little families, meant to her.  I’ve been to a fair few weddings now, but little moments like that when they’re maybe not totally expected still get me! It was lovely, as was getting to hang out with these guys for the day.  Zoe and Paul I wish you and your little family every happiness and all the best for your many years ahead together, thank you for inviting me to play a part in your day, (‘wow’).

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