Last week we travelled to beautiful Malvern on a lovely warm and sunny day to shoot a small, but gorgeous Civil Partnership. We started with the couple getting ready at a country hotel where we got the first glimpse of their custom-made outfits by The Couture Company Designers wedding gowns and custom made converse they had told us much about. The colour scheme was a deep purple and the brides outfits complemented each others perfectly. We were really impressed with their custom made converse they had with the word ‘bride’ stitched in to each shoe.
The Ceremony took place at the gorgeous Malvern registry office which had fantastic architecture and huge bay windows that flooded the room with light. The couple were incredibly cute together and made it easy for us to get really loving and tender photos. After the ceremony we headed next door to a landscaped park to enjoy the sunshine with the epic Malvern hills lining the backdrop. With time to play with the guests all enjoyed chilling out in the park with an ice cream.
Later that afternoon we made our way over to ‘The Fold’ in Bransford, an eco cafe where the Brides and 30 guests would go for dinner and the evening. This was a great venue that made for a really chilled out event- the perfect end to a great day.
At last weeks wedding we had the pleasure of revisiting 2 of our favourite venues to shoot at. Brian and Laura started their wonderful day with a ceremony at the beautiful Hedgerley Church, Farnham Common and then on to the Royal Berkshire Hotel, Ascot. With this wedding we paid particular close attention to the finer details like the confetti, the tiara, the favours and the cake because all of it was homemade by family and friends. We were especially impressed with Laura’s dress as this was handmade by her mum. We got to take plenty of great shots of the beautiful detail on the dress as well as the huge amounts of layering underneath.
The day started with my assistant and I splitting up, meeting the boys at the pub and meeting the bride at her home for getting ready photos. There was a great atmosphere at both but it was particularly evident the closeness the bride had with her parents. There were a few lovely emotional moments that we almost felt that we were intruding on, but inevitably knew these were special moments that should be captured to add to the story of the day.
The ceremony was lovely and really personal to the bride and groom with friends both playing the organ but also making up the entire choir. By the time we arrived at the Royal Berkshire hotel the sunshine had come out and we had a great afternoon of photos and fun, before leaving the happy couple to enjoy the rest of their day. I also spotted the grooms brilliant socks during the ceremony, so made sure to do a dedicated photo later to show them off!
It was a privilege to shoot Laura and Brian and their family and friends all made us feel very welcome and part of their day.
Although we have a pretty good selection of toys in our studio, we really love it when people bring in their own toys, props and costumes for their kids to use during their shoot. It really helps make the photos more personal and representative of that stage in their life. They can look back in years to come and remember how much their child used to love that teddy or ball! It works particularly well for the 2nd Cherubs shoot as they are at that age where they are really interested in toys and doing things, and it brings out some brilliant expressions. Unusual props are also great to inspire some different images. Here are some recent photos where people have bought in their own things.