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!

 

kenilworth castle - wedding photography

kenilworth castle - wedding photography

beoley church - wedding photography

beoley church - wedding photography

ardencote manor - wedding photography

ardencote manor - wedding photography

birmingham - wedding photography

birmingham - wedding photography

birmingham - wedding photography

birmingham - wedding photography

the limes - wedding photography

the limes - wedding photography

the limes - wedding photography

deer park - wedding photography

deer park - wedding photography

deer park - wedding photography

walsall - wedding photography

walsall - wedding photography

walsall - wedding photography

walsall - wedding photography

clearwell castle - wedding photography

clearwell castle - wedding photography

clearwell castle - wedding photography

clearwell castle - wedding photography

lickey hills wedding photography

lickey hills wedding photography

lickey hills wedding photography

kettering - wedding photography

kettering - wedding photography

kettering - wedding photography

dudley - wedding photography

dudley - wedding photography

dudley - wedding photography

ardencote manor - wedding photography

ardencote manor - wedding photography

ardencote manor - wedding photography

sutton coldfield - wedding photography

sutton coldfield - wedding photography

sutton coldfield - wedding photography

aston wood - wedding photography

aston wood - wedding photography

aston wood - wedding photography

aston wood - wedding photography

ross-on-wye - wedding photography

ross-on-wye - wedding photography

rowton castle - wedding photography

rowton castle - wedding photography

 

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.

 

 

Fazeley Studios

When you  start the day in the penthouse suit of the Rotunda in Birmingham, you kind of get  a feeling that the wedding day is going to be a tad special! I was so right!! Sandy and Lee (Mr and Mrs Cutler) your wedding was epic!

After a very long elevator ride, up, up and up… my second photographer (Nic) and I split up when we reached the top floor. He went over to Lee and the boys, who had the matching suit across the hall and I went to Sandi and her lovely bridesmaids.

With breath-taking views across Birmingham and floor to ceiling windows that let in the most amazing light, I was a very happy bunny!

The wedding venue was Fazeley Studios. I’ll admit that I am developing a little crush on Fazeley. Hidden behind the unassuming blue doors, with its high vaulted ceilings, beautiful spaces, gorgeous accents and not to mention the helpful staff – by the time I shoot the 3 other weddings I have booked in there next year, it’s going to be full blown love!

Sandi was one of the most chilled out brides I’ve had the pleasure to photograph. After the ceremony we went for a wander around Digbeth and the custard factory (where they used to make birds custard) with their entourage in tow, taking full advantage of the fantastic graffiti on the walls and unusual surroundings.

With her leather jacket over her princes wedding gown and converse trainers on, Sandi was the epitome of the cool and funky bride.

Thank you so much for the photos!! I am absolutely in love with them!

You truly captured the full essence of the day! Such love and fun!! xx – Sandi

 

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

wedding photography - fazeley studios

 

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.

New Hall Hotel and Spa

I love New Hall, with its sweeping drive, beautiful architecture and gorgeous gardens; not to mention its elegant interior! It really is a wedding photographers ideal venue. Already I can’t wait for 2017 and the weddings I have will have the pleasure of capturing back at this stunning venue.

Andy and Kelly’s wedding day was one of those lovely, relaxed and magical wedding days, where everything flowed seamlessly and the time just flew by, as everyone was having such a wonderful time.

Kelly rang me at the beginning of the year to enquire about my availability for their wedding date and after a brief chat she booked me on the spot! A few months and emails later, walking into the bridal suit was the first time I met Kelly and her bridal party face to face, and I was soon wrapped up in all the excitement and merriment and was snapping away with a huge smile on my face.

I also gained a little helper on the day in the form of a fabulous flower princess. This little lady followed me around and hollered at guests when I couldn’t get their attention for group shots or when they weren’t moving fast enough for her liking. ( I will be offering her a job in a decade or so …).

Their ceremony was an intimate one, with 25 close friends and family members witnessing their vows, whilst their other guests waited to celebrate in the lounge bar. As the newlyweds made their way into where their guests waited, someone let off a confetti canon and as you can see from Kelly’s reaction – it was totally unexpected!! Thank goodness I had my finger firmly on the camera trigger, as I think I jumped higher than anyone in the room when it went off!

Hi Stephanie
We have received our photos today. Thank you so much we are absolutely thrilled with them. You did a fantastic job on the day and now that the photos are here, you captured some lovely moments some of which we didn’t remember. We have relived our day. We will recommend you to all we know.
Thank you so much again
Mr & Mrs Harper xx

 

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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Rowton Castle

Oh what a spectacular wedding day!

As wedding days go Laura and Steve’s special day was absolutely perfect! The weather, the setting, their wonderful family and guests, all coming together to create a day no one could forget.

I was one happy wedding photographer on the day, the weather had been a tad changeable for a few days prior, so on the morning of the wedding, I let out a sigh of relief to see clear blue skies and sunshine. I just knew I was going to capture gorgeous wedding photographs and I wasn’t wrong!

Held at the stunning Rowton Castle, the castle and its gorgeous grounds, is easily one of the most stunning wedding venues I have had the pleasure to shoot at to date.

The day started early with the girls all getting ready in the castle tower rooms. When I arrived at 8:30am the fabulous hair and make up ladies were already working away (Rachel Savine ) and there was such a great atmosphere and electricity in the air; you couldn’t help but feel excited yourself. The music was playing, the champagne was flowing and the smiles were getting bigger as the morning passed.

When it was finally time for Laura to slip into her gorgeous Pronovias gown, she was breath-taking. I couldn’t wait for Steve to see her and watch his face as she walked up the aisle towards him.

Steve was waiting patiently for his beautiful bride looking handsome (and a tad nervous), and when he saw Laura for the first time, his eyes never left her.

Throughout the day, there was so much love, laughter and merriment that it made my job a dream. If I could go back and experience it all again I would!

Thank you so much Stephanie for our amazing wedding photos. You both worked so hard on the day and made us both feel relaxed. Can’t thank you enough xx – Laura and Steve

 

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Aston Wood Golf and Country Club

From the moment I met childhood sweet-hearts, Hannah and Matt well over a year ago, I just knew that their wedding was going to be one of those wedding days that people would be talking about for years to come. I was not wrong! Their special day was perfect.

After my first meeting with them, I left the house with hugs and kisses from everyone and 18 months later I walked back into the house and those hugs and kisses were waiting for me.

Held at the lovely Aston Wood Golf Club, it was a perfect day for an outdoor wedding ceremony. I was so excited to make the most of the gorgeous day and surroundings, as when I’d shot weddings at the venue before, the weather had been awful.

With sun high above in the gorgeous blue sky, Hannah walked down the aisle to a waiting Matt and her smile never faltered. I could hear the “ooh’s” and “aah’s” from the guests as she walked towards her husband to be. She was radiant!

Throughout the day there was such a joyous atmosphere surrounding us all. I found myself tearing up on many an occasion as I circulated, watching and capturing the special moments of love and laughter between the couple, their families and wonderful guests. In fact, one of the most special moments I have ever captured, was when Hannah’s dad gave his daughters hand to Matt. The look that passed between the two men was one of complete trust and love. I had to quickly sniff away the tears!

Thank you Steph. Thank you so much for being a part of our day, you were amazing! xxxx – Hannah

Wow! What can I say? You have truly captured some wonderful moments from a special, special day. You are a truly talented photographer and a wonderful person.

Thank you and Nick for all your hard work xxx

 

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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