The Batleys – Family Session, Hampshire

The Batleys When Charlotte asked if she could get her mum, Muma Bat, a family photoshoot for her birthday, I thought it was a great idea! Plus a fab way to meet all the family before Charlotte’s wedding. Charlotte is getting married in May 2018, remember her engagement session at Frensham Pond in Surrey? They opted to do the session at the family home in Hampshire. Their family garden is huge and it meant the photographs would be personal to them all as it was a recognised place. Not to mention plenty of cups of tea on hand, you don’t get that at a local park! With 3 grown up daughters, their dad is slightly outnumbered with girls in his family. Luckily they had newphew Thomas there to jump in for a few photographs too. Not to mention their two gorgeous dogs, Trigger and Ralph! Making It Personal Charlotte’s mum, Debbie, loves sunflowers so we incorporated this into the shoot too, giving them something quirky but personal to the Batleys to frame. Debbi and Tony have been together for an incredible 34 years! They’re so happy together and still giggle and flirt like they’re teenagers! Everyone was in brilliant spirits for the session, the champagne may have helped things along too! The sun came out towards the end, and despite the bench sinking into the soft ground, the session was a success. I’ll be seeing them all again in May for Charlotte’s wedding, I can’t...

What is a Pre-Wedding Shoot?

If you haven’t realised already you’ll soon find out that all my 2018 full day wedding bookings come with a complimentary pre-wedding shoot! You’ll get to meet me, in person, shooting you, before your wedding! Hello! So… what is it? Engagement shoots, pre-wedding sessions, couple shoots… there are so many different names for these couple sessions. Whatever you want to call it, they all pretty much describe exactly what it is. It’s a great excuse to show off your engagement, it’s a way to practise having your photo taken together before the big day, but it’s primarily a time to capture your love for each other! I always think, in this digital age, the majority of couples have lots and lots of selfies together, which is awesome! But do you frame a selfie? Unlikely! My main goal during these sessions is to create gorgeous artwork which you’d happily frame and put up around your home. I want you to be proud of your love for each other, being in love is awesome!   But we’re so awkward having our photograph taken! One of the best things about your couple session is that it shouldn’t feel stuffy and awkward. It should feel like hanging out with an old friend, messing around and having fun. I don’t like stiff poses and I’m not a photographer who will put you in an exact pose which you must stay in. The way I work is, I give you both prompts to interact with each other. I’ll ask you questions, get to tell each other your favourite moment together, ask you to whisper silly things...

Mr & Mrs Lawson- Scottish Wedding- The Long Barn, Hampshire

The Long Barn Wedding “The Long Barn is one of the most spacious and exquisite barns in Hampshire. Nestled in the picturesque village of Newton Valence, amidst spectacular rolling countryside, The Long Barn offers breathtaking views from one of the highest points in the South Downs National Park.” The Long Barn is truly a stunning wedding venue, the huge oak beams are adorned with sparkling lights making it a magical place to hold a wedding. “Craig proposed in New York! We were there for Thanksgiving and he proposed in Central Park after a morning of Ice Skating and visiting the Zoo. Craig had plans to buy a picnic but I was so hangry I forced him to get a Starbucks lunch which we could take back to the park and eat!” It seemed like the October trees remained green right up until the day of Jen and Craig’s wedding. Then suddenly changed to amber and crimson just in time, seemingly overnight. The girls got ready at the couples own home in Winchester. It was an emotional morning with her bridesmaids and mum. One of her bridesmaids had flown over from Malaysia and was postponing a trip to Australia to be at Jen’s wedding! Jen gave her bridesmaids matching bracelets as gifts and they gave her a  memory book in return. Soon after Jen’s dad arrived in his full Scottish Kilt- cue more tears! The Ceremony The pair chose to marry in the sweetest church in little Hampshire village called Dummer. The ceremony was beautiful with two heartfelt readings. An unusually late butterfly was fluttering around the church throughout, Jen said it...

Mr & Mrs Nash- Folly Farm Centre, Bristol

Folly Farm Wedding The Venue This gorgeous Folly Farm wedding was at a stunning venue on the outskirts of Bristol. It’s 250 acres of wildflower meadows, ancient woodland and gorgeous scenery all surrounding the 18th century farmhouse. “We chose Folly Farm because on our first visit we drove up the drive way and without seeing the venue we both knew it was where we would get married! After seeing the venue and knowing we could have it exclusively from Friday to Sunday, we booked our date in straight away! Throughout planning we took any chance we could to go back to visit and the team there were great! Any idea we had Stella was fully on board with and couldn’t do more to help us! It has become a very special place to us.” I first met Ashleigh and Kerry at their beautiful venue of Folly Farm nestled within the rolling Somerset hills. They were there on a venue viewing as usually they live in Surrey. The second time we met was also at the venue where they had their engagement session.  This session allowed us to spend our time wandering around the venue and finding all the best places for photographs. This was such a blessing as on the wedding day we knew exactly where to go! “We met around 11 years ago when Kerry used to come round our house for BBQs, drinks and crazy fancy dress with my parents. Kerry then moved with the Army (to Canada) and came back to the UK in 2015. After asking my dad for his permission to take Ashleigh on...

Mr & Mrs Ashby- Castle Coch & Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel, South Wales

These two married at the fairytale Castle Coch in South Wales. Then they went onto their reception at the Coed-Y-Mwstwr in Bridgend. Stephanie and David met 7 years ago to the day at Butlins of all places! Neither of them wanted to go on their girls/boys holiday to Butlins but were persuaded to by the best woman and best man respectively. Kudos to this pair for getting these guys together! One of the challenges that Steph’s sister, Sam, had set was to sell a barbie to anyone whilst dressed up as said Barbie. So Steph was Casino Barbie, going round Butlins trying to sell her Barbie doll! Sam found David and his group of friends and managed to help Steph sell her Barbie to David for £5 and a snog from Steph! The chose October 1st as their wedding date as it was an October 1st they met on initially. The morning at bridal prep was a busy one. The girls were having their makeup done, sister Sam was steaming the beautiful The-king-and-I-inspired wedding dress she had made for Steph and mum was making breakfast for everyone in the kitchen. Sam owns a bridal boutique called Pink Butterfly Brides and she hand made all of the dresses on the day! She also made the bouquets and invites too, she really is a lady of many talents. David had wrapped up a wedding gift for Steph which included things to help her be a ‘good wife’. A funny but sentimental gift meant emotions ran high that morning. Steph’s dad arrived to escort her to the gorgeous Castle Coch where they...