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Autumn – one of my favourite times of the year to get out there, and to photograph everything!

It’s a perfect time for family portraits, and the Autumn colours are perfect for displaying photographs on the wall. You need to be quick though – there is a fairly small window to make sure the colours are at their best.

You can call me at any time of the year and book your Autumn family photography session in advance

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Well, I’d already photographed Laura and Tom at their pre wedding shoot in Reading, as well as at their family gathering the night before their wedding. And now for their wedding day.

The ceremony took place at St Mary’s Church in Welton, and the reception was held at Brills Farm, a lovely farm house in a beautiful rural setting. It’s situated near Norton Disney, which is between Lincoln and Newark and sits on top of a small hill which is a rare thing in this part of the world!

I asked Laura to share a fee words from her wedding day…

“We got married at St Mary’s Church in Welton. I grew up in the village and was christened in the church. Having attended many services throughout my school life, and afterwards when visiting home,  it has always meant a lot to me. It is such a beautiful church and I was very proud to show it off to all my friends coming from far away.

The reception was at Brills Farm, Norton Disney. We came across the venue when we contacted Sophie White’s catering company, The Cat’s Whiskers, when we were looking into catering at another venue. When she mentioned having our reception in her beautiful garden instead, we jumped at the chance. The surroundings were truly wonderful.

We had a teapot/American theme to the wedding. Tom and I travelled across America a few years ago and absolutely loved it. As I have American relatives, and we were getting married on 4th July, this seemed like a great idea.

Why teapots? Well, Tom proposed with a “Mr & Mrs” teapot! We tried to incorporate these wherever we could, and it added an English country/rustic charm to our American bunting.

My dress was from Sincerity. I bought it from Shakespeare in Love, a wedding dress boutique in Stratford-Upon-Avon. This dress was the first one I tried on. I carried on looking for dresses but found that I kept comparing each one to the first dress I tried. I then knew that she was “the one”.

Chantelle at Shakespeare’s was so incredibly helpful. She helped me add my own style to the dress by lowering the back and adding the belt. I absolutely loved it.

My shoes were “Mimosa” powder blue, leather peep toe shoes from Rachel Simpson. They are made from very soft leather and were really comfortable. I added “clean heels” heel protectors to stop me from sinking into the ground.

I wanted a soft updo for my hair, which showed off my dress. Kelly Prince from Eskape hairdressing in Lincoln hit the mark perfectly and I was so so happy with my hair.

One of my best friends, Kristie Southcott-Mills, did my make up. Kristie is a make up artist on films, and she made me feel like a star.

My dad’s cousin’s flower shop, The Flower Shop arranged the flowers. We were very keen to have teapots as the centrepieces. My very dedicated and hard working parents spent hours sourcing 20 blue and white teapots from around the country. They looked absolutely fantastic.

My bouquet was inspired by a wedding blog I had seen. I loved it and took it on honeymoon with me the next day!

Our cake was American/teapot themed, wonderfully decorated by my mum’s best friend Di Bray. It was everything we had hoped for and more.

We had hand-made sloe gin for our wedding favours, and we combined these to also act as place names.

Invites, orders of service, labels for the wedding favours, name tags and more were designed by Kate Francis Illustration. Kate was so creative and did a fantastic job with everything we asked of her. She was spot on with capturing the theme, and our wedding “brand”. I couldn’t be more complimentary.

It’s hard to pick one memorable moment from our wedding day. Walking out of the church to the Archers theme tune was a highlight, as was seeing Tom’s face as I walked down the aisle. But mainly, just having all the people we love in one place for the most beautiful day. The atmosphere throughout the day was fantastic.

Our favourite photo is the one of our faces when Adam just announced that we were husband and wife!

Patrick, from Natural Expressions Photography was absolutely fantastic from planning through to the day itself. He understood what we wanted from our photos, and set out to ensure that he achieved it. Our photos are such a reflection of the joyous day, and he truly captured the atmosphere. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a natural wedding photographer, indeed, I already have done – I’ll be seeing Patrick again at my cousin’s wedding next June! He’s a wedding photographer based in Lincoln but I know he travels all over the place!

Take the time to choose a photographer that can capture it forever in a way that reflects you and your day. Your wedding day really goes as quickly as everyone says it will!”

Here’s a selection of photographs from Laura & Tom’s wedding day – including their favourite, and including a lucky sunset!

A bride who is very happy with her flowers

Bride getting ready for her wedding

A bride getting ready for her wedding

Guests arriving at a wedding at St Mary

Bride arriving at St Mary

A newly married couple at St Mary

A wedding at St Mary

A wedding at St Mary

A wedding at St Mary

A wedding at St Mary

Happy guests at a wedding

A wedding at St Mary
Confetti at St Mary
A wedding at St Mary
A wedding at Brills Farm, Lincolnshire

A wedding at Brills Farm, Lincolnshire

A wedding at Brills Farm, Lincolnshire

A wedding at Brills Farm, Lincolnshire

Wedding speeches at Brills Farm, Lincolnshire

Wedding speeches at Brills Farm, Lincolnshire

Wedding speeches at Brills Farm, Lincolnshire

Bride & Groom at Brills Farm in Lincolnshire

Bride & Groom at Brills Farm in Lincolnshire

Bride & Groom at Brills Farm in Lincolnshire

Bride & Groom at Brills Farm in Lincolnshire

Cutting the cake and first dance at Brills Farm in Lincolnshire

Wedding guests having fun

 

 

 

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I always photograph the whole day at a wedding, from the first preparations where there is always some excitement and nerves, through to the first dance and partying.

It sounds obvious but as a photographer I feel it’s so important to cover the full story otherwise there are gaps in that story.

However, there are occasions where I feel that I really do need to do more that that.

Laura and Tom’s wedding was one such occasion. They were due to be married at Brills Farm in Norton Disney, just outside Lincoln but had decided to have a gathering of close family members and the bridal party, the evening before.

Laura asked me if I would be willing to photograph their pre-wedding event, and I jumped at the chance! It’s a part of their story after all and the gathering was, for me, the start of their wedding.

It took place at Horspool Luxury Retreat in Southwell, Nottinghamshire and was all very informal with a buffet and drinks, and a few games of pool, and was a perfect idea for the night before the wedding. The bridal party got to meet each other before the wedding day, and Laura and Tom were able to spend time with their close friends and family. Everyone got the chance to have a decent time chatting and catching up, which isn’t always easy on the wedding day, particularly for the bride and groom!

My aim was to photograph the evening in a very natural, unobtrusive way, and to get some great shots of everyone enjoying themselves without feeling under pressure to perform for the camera! Laura did ask me to take a couple of family group photographs since everyone was together – it also meant that we didn’t have to take that photograph again on the wedding day.

I photographed the whole evening in black and white. Here are a few photos from Laura and Tom’s family gathering.

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

A family gathering the night before a wedding

 

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Most people tend to think of commissioning a portrait photographer when they want their immediate family photographed. There is so much more in our lives that we should be documenting and preserving – think of all the times in your life that were important to you, and how great it would be to have a record of those times.

Lucy called me as she was going to be celebrating her 30th birthday with a group of her closest friends – drinks food and laughs! But she really wanted some professional photographs of them all together as it was a big moment in her life.

We spent an hour or so getting a variety of shots, with different combinations of people. Lots of fun, natural photography, and then they headed off to enjoy the rest of the day!

What’s happening in your life that you really should be documenting? Have you considered photographing that event? Imagine that 20 years from now you have no record. Lucy has these photographs for ever, and they will become more valuable as time goes by…

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