Buxton Pavilion Wedding – Derbyshire

Well if you’ve never been to Buxton in Derbyshire, you really should give it a visit!  It’s a beautiful Spa town in the Peak District nestled between Bakewell and Manchester.  It was my first time second shooting for Lois and it just happened to be the first as well for a Buxton wedding.  I love the Peak District so any wedding around the area is just wonderful.

The bride and groom were getting married in the Orangery located in the Buxton Pavilion.  Very unusual setting but perfect for Rebecca & Martin.  The day started with some bridal preps over in Glossop a short 30 min drive from Buxton where the girls were sporting their satin flowered dressing gowns.  It was to be a vintage affair with the brides parent’s getting into the 50’s spirit, as did many of the guests!  It was to say the least a quirky wedding – I love quirky and different things although every wedding is unique!  Give me rock & roll frocks, Irregular Choice shoes and Mols and Flappers/Gangster theme, Boho, fluff and wellies you name it, I love them all!  The band in the evening got everyone on the dance floor and it was great to get some fab shots of the fun and dancing!  Check out the confetti – masses of it!


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Ann & Mary – Equine Photoshoot

Last summer I had the privilege of meeting Ann and her horse called Mary.   To cut a long story short, Ann was a mental health nurse who was retiring so her friends all got together and purchased a gift voucher entitling Ann to have a photoshoot with her horse.    So when the voucher was received, she immediately got in touch to arrange the shoot.  It had been something that had been on her mind to do for some time!  This voucher was very well received.  Ann was fortunate to have her own private yard within Derbyshire with numerous places for us to hang out and take some lovely photos.  Mary was such a sweetheart and Ann told me she was an absolute angel hacking out, something they loved to do!

As most ladies are conscious of the camera, we opted for a more candid shoot which allowed me to concentrate on the bond Ann and Mary share without the distraction of all that posing!  I love this style – lifestyle/documentary is something I love but it is nice to capture a few images of people looking down the lens!  So here are a selection of Ann & Mary’s photoshoot.

Bronze Award – Dog Portraits

Well once again I submitted three photographs for judging with the Guild of Photographers and am pleased to say I got one bronze which I’m really happy about.  Why I love this picture purely because of the timing of it with both mum and daughter  (Nemo & Piglet) both holding the stick and especially the front paws are just paw symmetry.  By gaining yet another Bronze award, it means I’m heading in the right direction photographically wise!

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All Saints Church, Cadeby Warwickshire Wedding

Last August I photographed the wedding of Fiona and Joe.  The ceremony was held at All Saint’s Church in the quaint village of Cadeby, Warwickshire, where Fiona’s parent’s live. It’s a beautiful village church set on a hill.  The later celebrations were held at Fiona’s parent’s house just down the lane from the church.

The groomsmen all wore Top Hat and Tails, with the bridesmaids all wearing Royal Blue dresses.  Fiona’s wedding dress was just beautiful with ruffles of tulle and Fiona’s excellent choice of comfy footwear was a Coral coloured pair of Louboutin Wedge heel peep toe shoes.  For the ceremony part, Fiona wore a long chiffon jacket, complimented by a chapel length veil.  It was a great wedding on a very sunny day.  The name holders were made from old shotgun cartridges and the marquee was beautifully decorated in a coordinating country theme. I just love country weddings, open air, marquees and seeing everyone just simply relax and enjoy the party – dance they did.   The Rodeo Bull provided a lot of laughs and entertained guests until after the sun went down!

Check out the day here!

Nottinghamshire Golf Club Wedding – Second Shooting

Last August, wow a year has gone already and I’m still catching up with the blogging.  Once again I was second shooting for Dave Nunn at the Nottinghamshire Golf Club for the wedding of Ashton and Daniel.  For the groomsmen, the tweed was out – I just love this look, it’s super cool for the guys.  Ashton and her bridesmaids all looked wonderful in their beautiful dresses.  The day was sunny, warm but slightly breezy (well very breezy), as you can see from the photos below!   I loved all the little details from family photos of those loved ones no longer with us to the sweets and Annie Sloan vintage steps.  Most of all I love taking photos of people just casually chatting and laughing you get the best portraits this way.  Show people for who they really are and not a forced smile in sight!

It was a first at this venue for me and I thought it was really, really lovely.  You get to go out on the golf course using the picturesque parts which is nice.  It’s so modern and they do look after the bride and groom very well!

Pre-wedding photoshoot – Fi and Joe

I love doing pre-wedding photoshoots with my couples.  Why?  It just simply relaxes them in plenty of time on their wedding day plus we get to know each other, chat, laugh and have a lovely time.  My style is natural so no obscure posing as that’s not me and not how I work but it’s good to do some fun stuff as well to get couple to interact with each other, with a little direction from me.  Fiona and Joe didn’t need much direction as they were just themselves giggling, a lot of love and just what a fun couple they were!

The morning of this shoot I headed over to Grantham, where it was a glorious day with lots of wonderful stormy grey clouds!  It really was lovely.  Fiona and Joe were just perfect to work with.  Living and running a farm we got the opportunity to explore the farmland and shoot in the wheat!  To fit in with the theme of country living and lifestyle I just loved Fiona and Joe’s attire, tweed, wellies and flat caps – just perfection for the occasion!

All Saint’s Lullington & Grangewood Wedding – Rebecca & Neil

Last July (almost one year ago), happy 1st wedding anniversary to you Rebecca & Neil, I had the honour of photographing this beautiful wedding.   The ceremony was held at All Saint’s Church in the quaint Derbyshire village of Lullington followed by a reception at the bride’s parent’s house in Grangewood.

Lots of details, hessian, rustic benches and tables, Milk Churns this wedding had it all.  There is just something I love about country themed weddings and marquees aside from wonderful couples that love what I love!    My second shooter for the day was Dave Nunn so a huge thanks for him for assisting me that day.  Rebecca’s wedding dress was full lace and just stunning with lace up back (just love these), the bridesmaid all chose their own dresses in Coral/Orange colour matching the groom’s socks and ties.  Neil wore a blue suit.  The day was full of lots of laughter, happiness and a tonne of love.  The speeches were hilarious and Rebecca’s father, Andrew was brilliant.  Shock, horror and laughter filled the marquee during this time, we even had aunties and uncles downing shots!  Rebecca and Neil’s family all joined in the frivolity of it all which was just brilliant to see let alone photograph.  Without further ado, here is a selection of images from Rebecca & Neil’s country/village themed wedding.  In memory of one witty guy that will never be forgotten, the ever so proud father to two beautiful daughters,  Andrew Kirkland!