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Stanborough Lakes – Engagement Session

Laura and Chloe

Today I’d like to kick the weekend off with a little post about last weekend’s engagement session with Laura and Chloe at Stanborough Lakes in Welwyn Garden City.  The days leading up to the session we weren’t sure if we’d have to think of some cute rain photo ideas with all the threats of storms, thunder and lightning! Boy, how we were wrong!

We had absolutely beautiful weather and a lot of fun! Engagement sessions are to help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera. You can even practice your first dance at our sessions before the big day! Laura and Chloe really had so much fun with it;
“Can we climb a tree?”
“Can we get in the water and splash each other?”
“Can I do some of my crossfit in the photos?” – my answer to these questions, HELL YES! I love it when clients really go for it and bring their own ideas for photos to the session. Do whatever you feel, I’m just there to capture your relationship!

Can’t wait to photograph these beautiful ladies next month!

See the gallery with more photos here.

#ITWASMEANTTOBEECROFT

12th November 2017

Now I’d like to start by saying that the clever title was not of my own creation but a creative play on words of the groom’s surname (Beecroft) by his gorgeous bride (Leanne). This really cool hashtag was for guests to use when posting any videos or photos on social media accounts. Friends and family travelled all the way from France as well as other places in the UK for Leanne and Jean-Pascal’s special day at The Cloisters in Hertfordshire.

When I meet with a bride ocassionally I will ask or am told a little about the dress but I love to keep it quiet so that I am as shocked as the guests when I see it for the first time on the big day. Leanne arrived at this historic venue in a classic white Rolls Royce with her Dad and when she stepped out of the car I instantly smiled. The dress was truly beautiful, a grecian chiffon dress that looked simply elegant on Leanne and suited her to a T.

It was amazing to see both families really mingling and dancing together like you should at a wedding. It truly was a union of two families and they both made me feel so welcome. Also I have to mention how brilliant the band were, they really got everyone on their feet! I can honestly say that if I wasn’t working as a photographer at this wedding then I would 100% have loved to have been a guest!

Dress: Wed2b
Bridesmaids Dresses – TFNC London
Suits – Moss Bros
Hairdresser – Hair by Ellen Stevenage
Makeup – Rosie Tredgett
Flowers – Carole Smith
Cake – Louise Cleaver
Car – Wedding Cars of Herts
Band – A Night Of Jersey Boys
Venue – The Cloisters

For more photos from Mr and Mrs Beecroft’s special day visit here.

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A Small Affair

29th October 2017

Michelle (my bride) worked with one of my previous couples and it was through them that we were introduced. We met back in April last year and when I heard their wedding ideas I couldn’t wait to get started!

After all the meetings, planning and preparations their special day finally arrived. Starting at the bride’s parents’ house for bridal preparation. Michelle looked absolutely stunning and I couldn’t believe how excited and calm she could be at the same time! Even Sophie (Michelle and Chris’ daughter) had a dress and floral crown for her teddy anxious.

For the ceremony I returned for my second wedding at St Mary’s Church in Shephall, Stevenage. This church holds a lot of meaning to Michelle as the place her parents married and her grandparents renewed their wedding vows. From here we travelled to the beautiful venue of Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel. There were so many great backdrops for photos at this venue and Michelle and Chris’ attention to detail was amazing with table decorations, sweet and prop stalls and a wish tree.

It’s always wonderful when you meet a couple and get to know them during the whole process and build-up to the wedding but my favourite part is always the speeches. You get to hear what the couple are truly like through their family and friends. There was a mixture of beautiful, emotional and hilarious stories for Michelle and Chris’ day. See if you can guess from the photos what the best man had to say about where Chris’ place is now he’s married!

Make-up: Danielle Copeland
Hair: Kim Sanford and Kate Kneafsey
Dresses and veil: Rose’s Bridal Bedford
Venue: Letchworth Hall Hotel

For more photos from Mr and Mrs Small’s special day visit here.

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