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Part Day Wedding Photography

Part Day Wedding Photography

Laura & Roland were married in June at one of Worcestershire’s most beautiful wedding venues – Birtsmorton Court. The medieval manor house was looking resplendent in the sunshine, with lilies flowering on the moat. The White Garden was at it’s absolute finest, with all the white blooms ready to welcome mingling guests. Anyone who has been following my blog for a while will know that Birtsmorton Court is one of my absolute favourite venues, so it was a real pleasure to be here again.

PART DAY PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE

I love to offer Part Day Wedding Photography options, so that you can choose the level of photography coverage you need, from just the ceremony, to including the reception, the dancing etc, whatever you want! Laura & Roland had me photograph the ceremony through to the wedding breakfast and speeches. If you would like to find out more about my part day / half day photography coverage or shorter day / smaller wedding options, please do contact me for my brochure!

THEIR WEDDING STORY

Laura arrived in style in a vintage car. Her wedding dress was, I think, my most-loved of the year, being a pink floral wedding dress – the Sassi Holford ‘Marilyn’ gown, with gorgeous rose-patterned fabric beneath a delicate organza overlay. (I would like to wear that dress every day!). Her flowers and every other detail were all designed to co-ordinate with the rose theme, with roses in her bouquet, on the table stationery, and even hand-painted around their wedding cake. It was a theme that I absolutely loved, being a good match for my own branding too! After a beautiful ceremony in the flower-filled church at Birtsmorton, guests enjoyed drinks and canapes in the sunny grounds, entertained by vintage singers. They then moved into the prettily-decorated Garden Room for speeches, food and festivities. Thank you to Laura & Roland for having me there for part of your wonderful wedding day – it was a joy! Huge congratulations to you both, and here are a few favourites… x

There we have it! An absolutely beautiful wedding day. This is how I could capture your wedding story too, with part day coverage! If you would like to find out more, please do get in touch.

The Haybarn Wedding Photography

Haybarn Wedding Photography

Haybarn Herefordshire Wedding Venue

Rhainnon & Huw were married in May and had one of my favourite wedding days ever! I loved so much about their day, from Rhiannon’s beautiful dress (look at that veil!), to the gorgeous flowers by Issy & Bella, and all the special personal touches that they put into their day to make it totally ‘them’ (rowing oars and bicycle wheels to mention but two!). It was made even more exciting because, after their marriage in Kentchurch Church, they held their celebrations at a new wedding venue, The Haybarn at Dulas, Herefordshire, which just happens to be the home of Rhiannon’s best school buddy, so she grew up playing there as a child! The dream team was completed by Nicola Harrison making everyone look fabulous and A to Zest making sure everyone was well fed. It was all absolutely perfect. Oh, and there was a donkey. And two VW campers. And a giant Cheese Cake. And the world’s greatest magician. AMAZING DAY! I could ramble on so much more about it but I think I will just let the pictures speak now! By the way, if you are looking for a barn venue in Herefordshire then you should definitely take a look at The Haybarn - it is a great space in a lovely setting! Massive thanks to Rhiannon & Huw for having me there to photograph all the fun - it was an absolute joy. Congratulations and best wishes you two! x

Haybarn Wedding
Haybarn Wedding

I think you have to agree that was a fabulous wedding day! If you are thinking of getting married at The Haybarn, or any other barn venue in Herefordshire, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! I love to capture natural, fun photos amidst rural countryside backdrops, so this kind of wedding is right up my street! I’d love to hear more about your exciting wedding plans x

P.S. If you recognise one of Rhiannon’s bridesmaids from my blog then you have spotted that I photographed Sarah’s wedding to Tom about 4 years ago! They got married at Broadfield Court and you can revisit their wedding on the blog here. It was lovely to see them again and also to meet their new little person!

Lemore Manor Wedding Photography

Lemore Manor Wedding Photography

Harriet & Adam celebrated their wonderful spring wedding day in April at the lovely Lemore Manor in Herefordshire. Beautiful bride Harriet got ready with her bridesmaids in the Hen House near to the manor, and then they had their ceremony in the airy 19th Century Coach House. The floral circle that made their ceremony backdrop was totally magical. They held their Wedding Breakfast in the amazing newly-built Orangery, and their elegant decorations suited the contemporary space perfectly. I loved the brass terrariums filled with succulents and roses! Their sage green colour theme was also right up my street. The flowers by Issy & Bella were completely stunning as ever, with styling by Couture Events. Hair was by Phillipa Torrence and makeup by Emma Haines Holistic Beauty. Huge thanks to Harriet & Adam for having me with them to celebrate their special day - it was an absolute pleasure! In the gallery below you will find a few of my favourite pics. I hope you will enjoy this Lemore Manor wedding as much as I did!

Here’s what they said when they saw their photographs:

Thank you so much for our incredible Wedding photographs!!

It was lovely to meet you in person on our big day. Thank you for being so relaxed and helping us feel completely comfortable having our picture taken (something we are not normally very used to!). You were so helpful with your gentle directions. Our guests and relatives also really appreciated your lovely nature and quiet presence.

We got back home from a fantastic Honeymoon yesterday morning and couldn’t wait to log in to your gallery website and see our pictures. Looking through the beautiful photographs felt like reliving our perfect day, they are wonderful! You captured everything we wanted and lots of lovely extra touches we never would have thought of! We’re really excited to share them with our friends and family.
Lemore wedding

Absolutely beautiful! Lemore Manor holds a very special place in my heart as I grew up very near here and used to play in the grounds as a small child. So it is always a complete joy to return, and I adore the stylish wedding venue that it has become! If you are getting married here and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! x

Guide to How I Will Photograph Your Wedding Day

Hello! Here’s a little guide to let you know in a bit more detail how I will photograph your wedding day. Hopefully this post will let you know what to expect if you choose me to be your wedding photographer, and will help you to see if my approach makes me a good fit for your wedding. It’s really important that you love my style so that you love your pictures!

Wedding Photographer

I’ve been photographing weddings for over ten years now – that’s over 350 weddings! My photography style is very natural – I prefer to capture images where people are enjoying themselves and events are unfolding without any direction or intervention from me. You can call this reportage, photojournalism, documentary, candid photography etc, but basically it just means that I like to capture things naturally as they really happen. Sometimes I may make a slight suggestion or direction if I can see that it would be helpful, but most of the time I aim to be invisible and unnoticed if at all possible! That way, the best photographs can happen, and you get a true collection of real memories from your wedding day.

I love my images to be light, bright, and happy (fun, laughter and hugs being a key component!).

I specialise in part day or half day wedding photography coverage - this is because when I married my husband I found it really difficult to find an amazing wedding photographer who was happy to do just a part day option (we only had a small ‘afternoon tea party’ wedding for a couple of hours!). So now I am really happy to offer lots of different options for part day and longer day coverage, whether you are having a small wedding or having a full wedding but only want a photographer there for part of the day - I love to capture a story with whatever amount of time you would like photography coverage for. I’m also very happy to offer help and advice with planning your wedding day timeline if you would like, and I have written another blog post on this topic.

However long you’d like me to be there, I love to shoot everything about your wedding day, from scene setting shots around your venue, to your guests having a great time, to all the little details you have thought about so carefully, to the two of you getting married of course, and everyone enjoying the celebrations. I love to capture the atmosphere and all the people around you in the setting of your venue, in a simple and non-intrusive way. I am a solo shooter so that I can blend into the background as much as possible (more photographers will become more noticeable to you and your guests). I run about all over the place though (in “stealth mode”, said bride Emma) so that I can make sure I capture everything that’s happening!

I’m not one for gimmicks or fads, I just like things to be real. I won’t be asking you to spend ages setting up with a fancy lighting system or a dramatic smoke and mirrors scene, I don’t use a drone and I don’t want to take you away from your guests for hours. I like to use natural light (or candle light, or sparkler light, or festoon lighting light!) (and occasionally the subtle use of flash where required) and I want to shoot what happened on your wedding day, without having a big impact on those events myself. The events of your wedding day are big enough and real enough! I want my images to help you re-live the best memories for the rest of your lives.

I do love taking you off for some photos together, but only for as long as you want to spend – it’s often a nice break for you two to chat together away from all your guests! For this part of the photography, I really love it when you two just ‘be’ together, however you want to be, so I can capture the real you. I don’t want fake smiles here, I want your real happy smiles at each other – your ‘we just got married!!!’ smiles – that’s what I want you to look back on in your wedding photos for the rest of your lives. You can hug or laugh or be silly or romantic, whatever you want, as long as it’s you. I will help you if you want me to, with ideas for how to stand or what to do with your hands! We’ll do one or two of the more traditional ‘standing and looking at the camera’ type wedding poses as the relatives will love these on the mantelpiece, but a lot of the time we’ll just keep it as natural as possible. If you feel like you’d benefit from a practice run of this before the wedding, we can do a pre-wedding engagement shoot if you wish. It really helps for the big day!

I’m definitely a very quiet and calm wedding photographer – I don’t shout or boss anyone around! For this reason, if you would like to have formal ‘group photographs’, I will ask you to enlist your ushers/bridesmaids or helpers to do all the fetching and organising of the people you require in your group photos. It’s their responsibility to make sure everyone is in place! I like to limit the group photos time to a maximum of 20 minutes if possible – this is about 7 group arrangements if everyone is ready for action. I have a short list of suggested groups that you can use if you like to make it really easy & efficient. Then you can all get on with the celebrating and I will get more of the natural candid shots of everyone enjoying themselves! Again, I just keep the group photos simple, no elaborate arrangements or hours spent setting up different poses, just a lovely backdrop and a bit of natural laughter. Similarly, because of the time it takes away from your celebrations, I don’t do a big group ‘everyone’ photo, as I would prefer to capture everyone naturally throughout the wedding day. I don’t go up to people and ask to take their picture, but I do love it if people ask me to take their picture, so if you want some informal group shots with your friends, just call me over during the reception when you’re all chatting together and I will take a picture for you! I’m there to take pictures for you and for everyone. If something fun is happening, I will be photographing it!

After the wedding I will edit all your individual images myself by hand, and I will make sure they are all looking beautiful. I don’t ‘photoshop’ your images, as I prefer things to be as natural as possible, but I do make sure all the colours and exposures are perfectly balanced, and that all your images are bright and clean with my signature style look.

A note on not liking having your photo taken: most of my couples say that they don’t like having their photo taken, and ask if this will be a problem – no it’s not a problem at all, please don’t be worried! The great thing about my photography style is that most of the time you won’t even realise I am there, so you don’t need to be worrying about the camera at all. Because I mostly capture everything naturally, I just want you (and everyone else) to enjoy themselves and have an amazing wedding day. Even when we do your couple photos together, there’s still no need to worry – I keep it very relaxed, friendly and informal so you don’t need to feel awkward in uncomfortable or cheesy wedding poses. I really want you to just enjoy the day and for the photos to be absolutely painless! Hopefully these words of feedback will reassure you –

Wow! We are absolutely blown away by the way you captured every emotion and all of the special moments throughout the day. It all went so quickly, but you have triggered so many memories and we feel like we have relived the day all over again! It was an absolute pleasure having you with us for our day and we are so grateful for the lifelong memories you have captured for us. You are so calming, gentle and your lovely nature made us both feel so relaxed. Your discreet and natural style is what encouraged us to book with you in the first place, and now seeing the end result we are absolutely delighted. Thank you again for everything.

So hopefully this post has given you a bit more insight into how I will photograph your wedding day! If you would like to see more of my recent images, you can take a look at my 2018 Wedding Highlights post. You can also see more pictures and information on my Wedding Portfolio page.

If you would like to find out more about having me as your wedding photographer, please do contact me for my brochure! I’d love to hear more about your exciting wedding plans. Best wishes x

Wedding Ceremony Photography

wedding ceremony photography

A CHURCH WEDDING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

Trish & Adam were married at the beautiful, tiny, Hollybush Church in Worcestershire, with stunning views over the countryside to the Malvern Hills. I often drive past this church but had never been inside until now – what a treat – it is absolutely lovely. Trish and Adam and their family & friends had decorated the church with lots of pretty flowers in jars, rustic details and other personal touches so it felt really special to them.

They had me there just to photograph the Wedding Ceremony and a few photos afterwards, which it was a pleasure to do. I love to be able to offer Part Day Wedding Photography, as sometimes all you want is photos at the church, or a half day only (we just had a small wedding with afternoon tea when I got married!). Capturing your wedding story with just part day coverage is my specialty - if you would like to find out more about my part day wedding photography options, please ask for my brochure.

I know Trish because she is a manager at Birtsmorton Court wedding venue, so to do her wedding photographs was a huge honour. They had such a lovely sunny August day for it too! Thank you so much for having me there Trish & Adam – huge congratulations! x

Here’s what they said when they saw their photos: “Thank you so much, Gemma!  They are fabulous, and we are so pleased.  Thanks for everything- you have been a star!  With very best wishes, Trish and Adam x”

Here are a few favourites…

If you would like to find out more about my wedding photography options for part day / ceremony only wedding coverage, please do get in touch! I would love to hear your wedding plans x

Dewsall Court Wedding Photography

Dewsall Court Wedding Photography

Dewsall Court Wedding

Alison & Rich were married at Dewsall Court, Herefordshire, in August. Regular visitors to my old blog will know that Dewsall is one of my most favourite wedding venues! Their summer wedding was absolutely beautiful, and made more so by the amazing abundance of flowers by Love Lily – I’ve never seen the church porch so thick with blooms! Alison’s gorgeous lace dress is from Satin Bow at St Albans, and her bridesmaids are wearing glamorous gold sparkly dresses. Hair is by Angie of Bridal Beauty, and makeup is by Sam of Indulge Beauty. I loved so many things about this wedding, including the ‘Family Tree’ of family photos hung in the tree by the Wainhouse, the Mr & Mrs giant balloons, and the personalised games of ‘Guess Who?’ on the dining tables, featuring the faces of their guests. So much fun! Here are a few favourite wedding photos from their day – I hope you enjoy seeing their story! Huge thanks to Alison & Rich for having me there!

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you again for our gorgeous wedding pictures!! The USB arrived on Saturday and we are so happy with them, we can’t wait to get some prints and start making albums! Thank you for our lovely card and chocolates too – a lovely touch and very thoughtful!
Thank you for being so great on the day, for being so patient with us and blending into the background. We are so happy we had you with us on the day and you’ve given us some amazing memories to look back on, we can’t thank you enough! Best wishes for the future and thank you again”.