Dodford Manor

Fun, fun, fun …..!!

Oh my goodness, what a great wedding day with such warm, happy and genuinely lovely people.

It may have been some of the most atrocious weather you could have on a wedding day, however it never dampened anyone’s spirits. In fact, I’d say that it made the whole day a more intimate event. There was so much laughter and merriment throughout the whole day, that when we drove away at the end of the night, our faces ached from smiling so much!

I was recommended to Sam and Jody by a couple who’s wedding I shot a couple of years ago and I was thrilled when they asked me to be their wedding photographer. They are such a down to earth and lovely couple and I knew from our first meeting that their wedding day was going to be one to remember.

It was a day of firsts for me. My first Monday wedding, my first time shooting at the stunning Dodford Manor (even in miserable weather) and the first time I managed to catch my second photographer / assistant red handed eating my sandwiches, when he thought I wasn’t looking!

With its stone walls, beams and huge floor to ceiling windows looking over the fields, the manor is a gorgeous wedding venue! It was a bit of a shame that we couldn’t go outside for long to take more photos in the beautiful grounds and countryside but this was never a problem. We took lots of gorgeous, natural photographs inside and then set up a few lights, using the lovely stone walls as a backdrop for the more posed and formal shots that Sam and Jody wanted.

Hi Stephanie,

Love, Love my photos! Thank you!

I love them! 

XXX – Sam

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor wedding photography

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

 

I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

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Ardencote Manor

I believe in the 6 degrees in separation theory, and being a wedding photographer who has a fair few years experience, this is quickly being halved as I get to meet and photograph so many people each year.

Nathan and Alyona were looking for a wedding photographer, having a mooch through my website and blogs when Nathan recognised the groom from a wedding I shot over 3 years ago (Gorcott hall) as one of his old football pals. Both Nathan and Alyona loved the photographs so they sent me an email asking if I was available on their wedding date. It was meant to be!

They are both such wonderful people and their wedding day was gorgeous. Both Nathan and Alyona are very musical and this was reflected on the day. Alyona even surprised Nathan, serenading him with a song she wrote just for him. There was not a dry eye in the room when she finished singing!

They were married in St Leonards (Beoley Church) which is where Nathan had asked Alyona to become Mrs Cooper, as they walked in the fields just below the church grounds one day.

The wedding reception was held at the stunning Ardencote Manor and I was a very happy photographer, as just like the church it’s a venue I know well, having shot there many times before. Although it was quite chilly early on in the day, the sun came out and we were able to have lots of fun outside and take advantage of both the church and manors grounds.

Hi Steph,

Thank you so much for our photos. They look beautiful.

I love them 🙂 Well done!!!! – Alyona

Ardencote Manor

Ardencote Hotel

Ardencote Hotel

Ardencote Hotel

Ardencote Manor

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Beoley Church

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

Ardencote Manor Hotel

 

I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

You can also find more of my work on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Pages. Why not follow me to see more of my work and what I am up to.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

All Saints Church – Holiday Inn

It was Amy’s mum who initially contacted me back in early 2014. She had decided to have a look at wedding photographers one afternoon and after coming across my website, she rang me straight up. After a lovely chat, she said she would pass all the information on to her daughter and soon to be son in law.  A few hours later I received a text from Amy asking if they could organise a meeting with me, and as they say, ‘the rest is history’.

Two years later, as all the neighbours gathered at their garden gate, Amy emerged from the house to lots of “ooh’s” and “aahhs”. She was a vision! And, like all princesses, her carriage awaited.

The wedding was held at the beautifully grand All Saints Church in Bloxwich, where afterwards I was able to take lots of natural happy photographs of the new Mr and Mrs Sketchley-King and all their lovely guests enjoying the summer sunshine.

The wedding party then moved onto the Holiday Inn hotel and all the guests gathered in the reception room, sipping their drinks and eagerly waited for the newly married couple to arrive. An hour later, we were all still waiting when we found out that the wedding car they had swapped the carriage for, had broken down and they were stranded on the side of the road waiting for a replacement.

Nearly 90 minutes late to their own wedding reception, Amy and Jon finally arrived to much laughter and merriment and still had the biggest smiles on their faces. A little engine trouble was not going to spoil their day!

I love my photos so much! Thank you for everything. I am in love! You have done such a fabulous job honey, and we love you to bits! xxxx     – Amy

Oooh Wow! The photographs really are amazing.! You are brilliant, you really are!

All my love

Lisa (Amy’s’ sister)


 

I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

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Draycote Hotel

Oh My Word! What a wedding day…

I want to write so much about this fantastic wedding day; where the laughter and fun never stopped and everyone (including myself) had a permanent smile on their face all day.

AMAZING! You are so talented Steph and I could not be happier! Thank you sooooooo much xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Beautiful day! Beautiful photos! Every time I looked round somebody was taking a photo, I thought you had about 6 photographers with you! Lol! Very well done! – Mother of the Bride

This wedding was a joy to photograph, everyone was in high spirits and the weather was just fantastic, so we were able to take full advantage of the lovely Draycote Hotel, the grounds and golf course.

Lauren, Daryll and their gorgeous son Dylan (who was center stage and little star of the day) are so lovely and I feel like I have known them for years and years. When I first met them back in 2014, Dylan was still in diapers and I remember him clambering on to me, looking at me with his big blue eyes and giving me the biggest smile ever and my heart melted (he then bounced up and down on my laptop bag)! On the wedding day, it was just the same (I hid my camera bags away, just in case) …

Lauren was beautiful in her floor length lace dress and her bridesmaids in their matching deep red dresses complimented her beautifully. Daryll and his band of merry men were very dapper in their charcoal suits.

When it came time for the “posed photographs” they all had an absolute ball, posing up a storm with lots of laughter and antics.

Leaving the guests to enjoy their drinks and canapés, we were lucky enough to go out onto the golf course in buggies. We were accompanied by the golf clubs director, who after taking us to the usual places where couples have their photos taken, took us off the beaten track to a grove of willows where I captured some of the most beautiful photographs!

I will stop rambling on now and let the photos do the talking for me….

 

 

 

I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

You can also find more of my work on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Pages. Why not follow me to see more of my work and what I am up to.

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2016 in Photographs – What a Year!!

The first thing I have to say is “Thank You!”

Thank you, to all my clients, old and new, the professionals I have had the pleasure to work with, the amazing venues I have shot at and the friends and contacts I have made over the last 12 months.

2016 was by all accounts my best year yet and I had an absolute ball along the way!

I travelled the length and breadth of the country, shooting at some of the most beautiful venues I could ever imagine and also some very ‘different’ ones. Castles, churches, cities, lodges, boats, hill tops, manor houses, spas, golf clubs and even on the shores of a lake ….. I did it all!

I smashed cakes with babies, met wonderful couples and families, tried every trick in the book to get dogs to behave and look at the camera (Brian and Duke you know who you are), I put personal trainers through their paces and at times laughed so much that my sides hurt and my camera shook.

Going through all the photographs I took last year was fantastic ……. trying to choose just a few from each shoot – not so much!

It’s taken me days to put this blog together, as I spent so much time looking through each wedding and photo shoot, reliving it all.

I still have the biggest smile on my face!

 

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I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

You can also find more of my work on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Pages. Why not follow me to see more of my work and what I am up to.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

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