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WEDDING: Sandon Hall

Beautiful Staffordshire Wedding.

Kate and Mike were married in Staffordshire’s incredible Sandon Hall mansion and gardens. The wedding ceremony was held in the rich oak-panelled Library, with Ray Mytton playing classical guitar as she walked down the aisle towards Mike – this led to some wonderful photographs.   Later the weather really wasn’t on our side, and the guests unfortunately couldn’t enjoy the magnificent formal gardens the estate had to offer.  Instead the reception was moved through to the equally lovely period conservatory (which must have been the old orangery) which stayed bright and airy.

Both Kate and Mike looked stunning,  the flat light and vintage leica lenses made for some of my best wedding portraits yet! (take a look below)  I always love to try and get some relaxed formal portraits at some point during the wedding as couples rarely go to more effort than this day in making themselves looks so amazing.   Mike’s “Duck Spotter” pin on the tweed jacket really took his outfit to another level – loved it!

The evening’s music was provided again by Ray Mytton, Kate’s Dad (who also provided the very tasty Ales from “Ma Pardoe’s”) and Uncle (playing as The Dribblers) and Soesen Eden DJing into the night The Musery… once the dancing was done, we all headed to the Swan Hotel (Stafford) where celebrations continued into the early hours!

Congratulations guys, wishing you all the happiness in your future!!

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WEDDING: Isle Of Wight

Jules and Steve’s Isle of Wight Wedding.

10.11.12 (You’ll never forget the anniversary with a date like that… good thinking Steve!)

 

Last autumn I was lucky enough to shoot the wedding of two close & dear friends, Steve and Jules on the isle of Wight. This wedding in particular was one to be cherished.

Shooting a good friend’s wedding holds more challenges than most, perhaps more responsibility and pressure than normal… not that they WERE pressuring me, just that I wanted to do my absolute best for them! In reality, the wonderful location and wedding party made the job effortless.

The Royal Hotel (IOW) set the scene, and was very kindly gifted as the venue by Jules’ uncle. Its grounds offered the backdrop to many beautiful portraits of the newly weds. Built in 1832, the Royal was the perfect place for Steve & Jules’ wedding. Unashamedly old fashioned, the Royal harks back to a bygone era and exudes an atmosphere of enduring elegance which strikes the perfect chord for such a unique and memorable wedding. Its huge regal dining halls and grand entranceway really was a photographers dream!

Personal touches were paramount throughout the wedding; Jules’ Dad being the then High Sheriff of the island and brought an added level of class to the day in his formal uniform, together with ceremonial sword (used to cut the wedding cake!), an incredible Austin Martin DB5 was kindly lent to the couple by a family friend for the get away car (very envious of this, it was such a beautiful car!!); and Jules gave each bride’s maid the fabric to express their individual style in choosing their own dress designer & seamstress, including that worn by Tamara <a “http://coxandbaloney.com/page10.htm”>< (made by Laura of Cox & Baloney, Bristol).> Needless to say they all looked stunning..

It was a proud day for all friends and family who came together to celebrate the wedding of two incredible people – such an incredible weekend. I am so touched to have been asked to capture it for them, and to be a part of their fantastic day. THANK YOU!!x

(This wedding, along with my photographs have made it into the Island’s Biggest Wedding Magazine!! Thank you Isle Of Wight WEDDINGS)

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