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10 Quick Tips About Wedding Album Choice in the Leicester and Warwickshire Area

Monday, 21st July 2014

Written by Martin Neeves

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One factor in a wedding that often gets forgotten until too late or takes low priority or gets the “saving money” touch is the wedding album.  Do not forget that you remember your actual wedding day through your precious photographs. You will want to hold them close to your heart, but get it wrong and you could be filled with regrets later.

I thought it would be helpful if I set put 10 top tips to ensure you have great memories to look back on:

1.   Not creating a wedding album.  The album is the memory you have of the great day.  It is becoming more common for wedding pictures to languish online without proper presentation.  Don't make this mistake!

2.   Only having a CD of digital files instead of an Album.  After all you can print the photos when you want them and “printed albums are so yesterday”.  Great idea, but CDs do not last forever.  The first CD-R disc produced claimed to last in excess of 40 years. DVDR discs have a claimed life of at least 100 years.  The reality is that CDs tend to degrade after 10 to 15 years.  Also, you might not be able to read your CD photo album in a few years if technology ceases to be fitted with CD players.  Once printed the conventional album is there for life and longer.

3.   Making your own wedding album.   While top quality albums can only be purchased from professional photographers (as consumers can't buy them directly), some couples say they will buy and design their own album.  Although making your own wedding album can save you money, you will likely end up with an inferior product.  also, many couples who opt for files-only coverage find that life takes over after their wedding, so they never actually get around to designing their album.

4.   Not talking to your photographer about the Album.  This is a common mistake.  The initial meeting with your photographer to create your wedding pictures is only the first step in the final presentation of your wedding day.  You cannot agree totally what photographs will go in your album at this stage because you haven’t seen the final images.  So the important final step is to work with your photographer to create an album that will be a family keepsake for generations. Both you and your wedding photographer will have a specific vision of the results and process; make sure that they are aligned otherwise when the photographer shows you the final results they may not match your expectations.  The most appropriate presentation of your wedding photographs is a wedding album.  Talk to the photographer about the album options and what can be achieved with the different types of album.  Discuss with your photographer about creating an album.  Remember that each photographer will have their own unique style for designing wedding albums.

5.   What style and quality of album?  Think about what it is going to look like in 15 to 20 years’ time – or longer.  The style will reflect the class of the wedding.  The top line albums are library bound to give a better appearance.  Are the photographs embedded into the pages using professional print techniques or are they being put in an album under a thin film that keep peeling - peel and stick albums? Why would you want to unpeel the photographs later? – They are a permanent reminder.  I have seen albums produced by professional wedding photographers that look like they have been purchased at a department store (or in one case a pound shop) and after 3 or 4 years they look awful – some memory to keep for ever! Ring binder wedding albums or ones with removable pages look cheap.  Also the ring binders usually degrade and start releasing the pages, spilling your valuable wedding photographs on the floor in a heap.

6.   Attention to detail in album production.  I read this comment on an online blog by a lady after her wedding:  “I Would Prefer That My Name Be Spelled Correctly On My Wedding Album”.  She had seen loads of proofs before the album was produced but nowhere did the cover feature, even though it is an integral part of the album.

7.  "My photographer won't let me choose the photos for my wedding album."  It is impossible for a photographer to choose which photos are to be included in an album as he or she will choose on photographic merit alone as they will not know the relationships each couple has with their guests.  It is therefore important that couples choose which photos go into their album and then let their photographer design the layout for them.

8.   Does the photographer have some examples?  The photographer wants you to sign up to buy an expensive album, but does not have an example of a finished product.  This will allow you to feel the quality, or lack of it.

9.   What size and style of photographs will he/she produce?  After all you are looking for a bit of a wow factor and if all you are getting is 6 x 4 photos then you could go to Boots and get those.  Are they being optimised for print and produced on high quality paper?

10.   It’s going to cost me a fortune.  It is true that there is a wide range of prices for wedding albums, but it is exactly that – there is a range and you can still get quality for sensible prices.  Martin Neeves mainly uses 2 types of album, both of which look amazing.  These are Jorgensen Traditional Matted Wedding Albums and Graphistudio Storybook Wedding Albums – take a look at some examples.  

If you want to have a look at some sample albums I produce, please give me a call on 01455 271 849 or contact me by email

The Worst Advice I've Ever Heard About Choosing a Wedding Photographer in Leicester

Monday, 7th July 2014

Written by Martin Neeves

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How often have you heard a bride and groom say after their wedding that they are disappointed with their precious wedding photographs?  Sadly most couples only realise how important their wedding pictures are after the big day - it is then too late.   Comments like:

  • Our wedding photos are boring and lack emotion.
  • We spent all day being bossed around by the photographer, so we didn’t have time to talk to all our guests.
  • I waited ages for the photos.
  • I am now too embarrassed to show people.
  • It has made me hate my own wedding.
  • The photographs are horrible, dark and blurry.

The wedding photographs cannot be redone once the day has passed.  Too often the photographer is one of the lowest priorities in wedding budgets – after dresses, cars, flowers, cake etc.  This is a strange attitude, as after the wedding, your photos will be the only lasting memory of the best day of your life.  

To help you avoid the mistakes of others, I thought it would be useful to highlight some of the worst advice I have heard about choosing a photographer for your wedding.

1.  We have someone in the family (a mate down the pub – my cousin etc) who is a dab-hand at photography

Wedding photography is very different to taking photos of a subject you are passionate about.  More importantly, the difference between a great amateur shot and a professionally taken wedding photograph are streets apart.  

Maybe you have a brother/friend/cousin/uncle niece etc who just graduated art school, or an uncle who “has a great camera” or a mate who wants to get started as a professional photographer. As a great sweetener, they “will do it cheaply” or “for free”.  So what can go wrong?

  • They are not experienced at predicting and capturing candid moments.
  • They are not experienced at handling people professionally for any posed photos requested.
  • They do not have the correct equipment to do the job – it takes much more than a work-a-day DSLR with the slow lenses that they are normally sold with.
  • They do not have the appropriate lighting equipment or flash - or if they do have it, they don’t know how to use it correctly and they don’t know when to use and and when not to use it.
  • They do not understand the issues of lighting at a wedding – how to light in a darkened room etc, or more often, how to work with available light in extremely low light.
  • They are not experienced using their equipment under pressure so they spend the whole day trying to work their camera, while missing all those great moments that make up a wedding.
  • They do not know how to do-post production optimisation of photographs.
  • They do not use RAW image files.
  • They do not have back-up equipment in case of camera, lens or flash failure.

Think about it: If you're choosing a wedding photographer, then choose a wedding photographer.  Remember: Owning a great camera, doesn’t automatically make you a great photographer.

2.  She can do it at a great price and undercuts the competition by a mile

A good wedding photographer will:

  • Pay taxes
  • Be insured
  • Invest in high-end professional gear.
  • Take time to ensure high-grade post-production and printing.

So if a photographer is dirt-cheap, ask yourself “Where are they cutting corners?”.  To do a wedding shoot takes quite a few hours on location at the church or registry office or venue.  Then there is the Reception.  Coverage will usually take up the whole day.  When they have taken your precious photographs, they need editing and optimising to get them to a professional standard.  Then when you have chosen the photos for your album, the album layout has to be designed.  Each wedding represents a whole week’s work for a good professional photographer.

3.  They do occasional weddings as a fill-in

Wedding photography needs an experienced eye.  You do not you don't want the photographer using your wedding for practice or making basic mistakes. 

Planning to take photographs at a wedding needs precious thinking and a good understanding of dealing with the unexpected issues that will occur.  

4.  They do hundreds of weddings a year

Alternatively, if someone is shooting 100+ weddings a year – are they doing multiple weddings each weekend or hiring an associate to take the photos for them.  Be sure that if they do it all themselves that they can handle the heavy workload, otherwise you could be waiting a long time for your pictures.  Also, if they are doing that many weddings each year, are they just churning out the same boring photos at each wedding and will you be getting the best out of them?  I strictly limit the number of weddings I shoot per year as I like to keep fresh and give couples the best service possible.

If they use associates, is this an equally talented colleague, a random freelancer or a part-timer? Make sure you know who is going to be holding that camera for your wedding day.

When you phone up or meet are you talking to a sales person or is it the photographer?

5.  The venue recommended him

Early in my career, I shot a wedding at a gorgeous local venue and asked the coordinator if I could drop off a sample album for him to show his future clients. He told me I could -- for a price. Maybe I was naïve, but I didn't realise that some venues sell spots on their "preferred vendor" lists. Many wedding venue brochures have adverts by wedding vendors, giving the impression that they are recommended by the venue, but in reality, they just paid for the advert.  Of course, this doesn't apply to every venue -- some offer excellent recommendations because they like to see gorgeous images of their venue floating around on the web. But always double-check recommendations against friends, online reviews and your wedding planner before plunking down a deposit. 

6.  Can you get on with the photographer?

They may have a great portfolio – but he/she is going to be all around you for the day – do you like them?  Does their style of photography suit what you are looking for?  I like to do reportage wedding photography that is unobtrusive and brings the day day back by capturing the character and emotions of all involved.  when I take a handful of posed shots, I do so with a smile as I want the couple and their guests to have a good time.  

Not only do you have to like the photos your photographer takes, but you have to like your photographer.  Beware of wedding photography mills (they exist!) where you talk to a sales person, view their best sample images, and then get stuck with a minimum-wage photographer with minimal experience to match.

To avoid getting burned:

  • Ask to see a complete wedding (or several!) - not just a few “lucky” shots from different weddings. 
  • Along with the photographer's personality, does their photographic style match your wedding? 
  • If you're still having trouble deciding, check out review sites such as Free Index to hear what their clients really think of them.

7.  Your part to play

Make sure you have given the wedding photographer a good brief of your expectations – do not expect him/her to be psychic.  If you are having a traditional wedding photographer, you should discuss the extensive list of posed photos to be taken.  However, if you have booked a reportage photographer (like me) don’t give him or her a long list of posed photos as they will not be able to take any candid shots while they are working through your list and the reason you booked them was their ability to document the day candidly.  it is important though, to discuss your itinerary for the day and also a handful of posed shots (if required).

It’s important (and polite) to provide food and refreshments for your photographer.  If he or she is working for you all day, the last thing you want is their mind wandering off your photography and onto how hungry they are feeling.  

Here are some articles that highlight costly mistakes:

If you want to ensure that you are going to have wedding photographs to be proud of, please give Martin Neeves a call on 01455 271 849 or contact me.

Dodford Manor Wedding Photography - Sarah and Andy's Wedding

Friday, 13th June 2014

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Please CLICK HERE to view a selection of photographs of Sarah and Andy's wedding at the excellent Nortamptonshire wedding venue Dodford Manor.

When most daughters tell their fathers that they are engaged to be married, their first thoughts are usually of overwhelming joy and happiness, but when Sarah told her dad that she and Andy had just got engaged, his first thoughts were of panic!  Not because he didn't approve of the engagement (far from it), he was panicking as he realised he had to finish renovating his prized classic car in time for the wedding.  

It all started in 1985 (the year Sarah was born) when her dad, Steve, brought an old Morris 8 that needed to be completely re-built.  The renovation dragged on for many years and turned into a long-term project that everyone thought would never be completed.  As Sarah grew up she used to wander down to the garage to see her dad working away on his beloved classic car, but not much progress was being made.  Many years went by and Sarah grew up, but the car still wasn't finished.  Steve had always promised Sarah that he would have the car finished in time to take her to her wedding in it, so when Steve heard about the engagement and that Dodford Manor had been booked for the big day, a very real deadline had been set and it was approaching fast!  From that day on, Steve worked tirelessly, day and night on his car as there was no way he was going to break hsi promise to Sarah on her wedding day and true to his word, he finished it - just in time.  

When I arrived at the house to photograph the bridal preparations, not only was there much activity with hair and make-up for Sarah and her bridesmaids, there was much activity in the garage as Steve was giving his treasured car a last-minute polish.  Sarah looked amazing and I have to say that her dad did her proud as the car looked fabulous too and it even started first time!  Steve looked so proud as he walked Sarah out to the car to take her to Dodford Manor to get married.  And justifiably so.

After Sarah's very special arrival, the rest of the day went perfectly.  Here are some of the other wedding suppliers who helped to make the day go so well:

Sarah's wedding dress was by Eternal Bride of Warwick, her hair was done by Klickersof Rugby and her make-up was by Emily from Pink Chocolate in Clifton-upon-Dunsmore.  The wedding flowers were by Roseanne at Perkins Florist of Duston and the caterers were Jenkinsons of Stafford.  The very talented guitarist Andy Nash played for the processional and recessional of the wedding ceremony and entertained the guests during the drinks reception too.  After the wedding breakfast, the band Purple Cloud of Funk (from Buxton) and DJ Paul McQuire of Wedding Jam stepped up the beat and got everyone on their feet - including the bride's grandmother!

After the wedding, Sarah and Andy sent me this lovely message: "We have been really pleased with every aspect of the service we have received.  We absolutely love the photos and how you've captured the day perfectly.  Everyone commented on how nice you were and that the photogrpahy was unintrusive.  We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you."

If you would like to see more examples of my reportage wedding photography, please CLICK HERE to view my full portfolio or CONTACT ME if you wish to discuss your wedding photography.  Alternatively, you could just give me a call on 07973 638 591.

Halstead House Farm Wedding Photography - Karen & Tony's Wedding

Sunday, 11th May 2014

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If you are looking for the perfect location for a rural wedding in Leicestershire, look no further!  CLICK HERE to view a small selection of photos of Karen and Tony's wedding at Halstead House Farm, Tilton-on-the-Hill.  Halstead House is an elegant Georgian house set in the rolling Leicestershire countryside (between Leicester, Melton Mowbray and Oakham) with it's own lake (pictured above).  Next to the house are two Victorian barns that have been converted for rural weddings and functions.  It is all still part of a working farm, so your guests will be able to enjoy seeing farm animals in the farmyard.  Brides are often seen leaning over a gate making a fuss of the cutest piglets you have ever seen.

Karen and Tony and left nothing to chance when decorating their wedding venue as they had collected lots of vintage objects such as an old mechanical typewriter and an old sewing machine and set them up on display in the barns.  Leicester florist CK Flowers also put on a beautiful floral display to really make the wedding look special. 

Karen and her bridesmaids' make-up was expertly applied by Catherine at Blush Beauty Box in Loughborough and Karen's beautiful weding dress was from Dona Nicole in Leicester.

While most of my coverage was candid and un-posed reportage wedding photography, I usually take a few posed shots of the bride and groom and their friends and family.  Halstead House has a huge lake at the bottom of their garden that proved to be very picturesque and while I was taking a few posed shots of Karen and Tony, their guests were treated to ice creams from Lees Ice Dreams.  I have met Lee of several weddings and he always seems to have a big queue of people wanting more of his ice cream, so he must be doing something right.  

After an excellent wedding breakfast from the superb in-house caterers at Halstead House Farm, the wedding guests danced the night away on a dance floor supplied by Premier Events UK and had lots of fun posing for fun photos in a photo-booth supplied by Picture Blast.

If you would like to see more examples of my reportage wedding photography, please CLICK HERE to view my full portfolio or CONTACT ME if you wish to discuss your wedding photography.  Alternatively, you could just give me a call on 07973 638 591.

Belvoir Castle Wedding Photography - Renata & Serge's Wedding

Monday, 14th April 2014

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CLICK HERE to view a small selection of photos of Renata and Serge's wedding at Belvoir Castle - a truly majestic Leicestershire wedding venue and the perfect setting for a fairlytale wedding.

Although the wedding was in Leicestershire, it really was an international wedding as the groom is French, the bride is Brazillian and many of their guests couldn't speak English.  I was very grateful to some multi-lingual guests who were able to interpret for me as they had to relay instructions for the formal group shots.  Luckily, it wasn't too much of an issue as 95% of my coverage is always unobtrusive reportage photography as I find the photos are much more natural and it leaves the couple and their guests free to enjoy their wedding day without having a day-long photo-shoot.

Some of the other wedding suppliers who helped to make so special were Melanie Rhodes The Bridal Hair Stylist and make-up artist Rachel Liney who made the female members of the bridal party look so beautiful.  I have worked with rachel on many weddings and she always does a great job and is always lovely to work with.  The castle was decorated with stunning floral arrangements by Zinnia Flower Boutique of Bingham and their impressive wedding cake was supplied by Couture Cakes.  The very talented Leicester harpist Soraya Vermeulen really set the scene by expertly playing her harp before and during the wedding ceremony asn well as afterwards during the drinks reception in the castle gardens.  Soraya is a superb player and I would highly recommend her.  She was represented by DG Music who also provide other bands and musicians for weddings and corporate events.  DG Music's director David Graham was on hand in the evening to play the piano during the wedding breakfast.  Again, another first class player who really added to the granduer of the day.  Finally, Renata and Serge were driven away in style in vintage Beauford, supplied by American Pie Limousines.

If you would like to see more examples of my reportage wedding photography, please CLICK HERE to view my full portfolio or CONTACT ME if you wish to discuss your wedding photography.

Leicestershire Wedding Venue - Catthorpe Manor Wedding Fair

Wednesday, 9th April 2014

I will be exhibiting my reportage wedding photography at Leicestershire weding venue Catthorpe Manor this Sunday (13th April) from 11am until 3pm, at their wedding fair.  Catthorpe Manor is a lovely country house near Lutterworth and close to the Warwickshire, Leicetsershire and Northamptonshire border.  

I will be displaying lots of weddings albums (both traditional matted albums from Australia and modern storybook albums from Italy) as well as a rolling slideshow of my unobtrusive reportage wedding photographs.

The full address is: Catthorpe Manor, Lilbourne Lane, Catthorpe, Near Lutterworth (and near Rugby), Leicestershire, LE17 6DF.  Entrance is FREE!

If you have just got engaged or have been planning a wedding for a while, please come along.  There will be lots of other quaity wedding vendors there too.

Wedding Photo-Video Fusion Films

Thursday, 27th March 2014

I have just teamed up with an excellent Leicestershire wedding videographer to offer combined coverage of your wedding in both stills and video for just £2,100.

Here is an shortened example of a wedding photo-video fusion film:

 

Mythe Barn Wedding Photography in Warwickshire: Tiffany & Leigh's Wedding

Friday, 14th March 2014

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CLICK HERE to view a small selection of photos of Tiffany and Leigh's wedding at Mythe Barn in the village of Sheepy Magna, near Atherstone, Warwickshire.  

This was the first wedding I have photographed at Mythe Barn and I was very impressed with the venue.  The barn has ben extensively refurbished and fitted out to the highest standards.  Their attention to detail was superb, the staff were lovely and the food was great too.

I have been so busy recently, that I have been a bit slow with my blogging.  I actually shot this wedding last July and Tiff and Leigh announced the happy news during the speeches that they were expecting their first baby.  I was delighted to hear that their beautiful baby daughter has just arrived and I couldn't be more happy for them. 

Ashorne Hill Wedding Fair in Warwickshire

Monday, 17th February 2014

I will be exhibiting my reportage wedding photography at Ashorne Hill wedding fair near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire this Sunday (23rd February) between 11am and 3pm.  

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 Ashorne Hill is a stunning wedding venue which comprises of a beautiful grade II listed manor house (for the bridal suite, wedding ceremony room and drinks reception) adjoined by an ultra-modern building for the wedding breakfast, all surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful grounds.  I enjoy photographing weddings at Ashorne Hill as the old building gives really classy backgrounds and the new building has huge glass windows which gives fantastic light during the reception.

I will have lots of sample wedding albums on display (both modern storybook albums and traditional matted albums), along with a slideshow of lots of my photos.  If you are planning a wedding, it would be great to see you there.  Oh, and entrance is FREE!

FREE Tickets for Huge Nottigham Wedding Show

Monday, 10th February 2014

I am pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting my photos and wedding albums at an exciting new and very large wedding show in Nottingham this Sunday (16th February).  

The wedding show will be open from 11am to 4pm and it will be held at the Park In by Radisson, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 2BT.  CLICK HERE to view the Park Inn Valentines Wedding Show website.  You can have 2 FREE TICKETS to the show by sending an e-mail to carole@WhoopEvents.com and give her your wedding date, mobile number and address - she'll send you FREE TICKETS.

Every bride will get a goody bag (while stocks last), free parking and WiFi.  There will be lots to taste, see and hear and there will be access to bargains, special show offers and money off vouchers.

It looks like being a really busy show, so if you are planning a wedding in the East Midlands, there is no better place to be this Sunday.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Warwickshire Wedding Photography: Emma & Martin's Wedding in Warwick & Leamington Spa

Tuesday, 14th January 2014

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CLICK HERE to view a small selection of photos of Emma and Martin's wedding at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Warwick.  

Following the wedding ceremony, I took some posed shots of the happy couple in the Mill Garden which (as well as being a beautiful garden) has stunning views of Warwick Castle. After the short photo shoot, we all headed back to Leamington Spa for their wedding receiption at Leamington Town Hall.  They surprised all their guests by performing an Argentine Tango for their first dance which they had secretly been practicing.

 

Prestwold Hall Wedding Photography: Naomi & Andy's Wedding

Tuesday, 7th January 2014

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CLICK HERE to view a small selection of photos of Naomi & Andy's wedding at Prestwold Hall, Prestwold, near Loughborough, Leicestershire.  

The very talented pianist Lee Reed provided musical entertainment during the ceremony and drinks reception, while Guy Morris of Mojito Events privided the disco.

Video Testimonial

Monday, 30th December 2013

A huge thanks to Becca and Bob Dickinson for their lovely video testimonial of me as their wedding photographer.  I photographed their wedding three years ago and I recently had the pleasure of taking some baby portraits of their young son Ollie.  They kindly agreed to film this video testimonial for me.  

Catthorpe Manor Wedding Fair

Monday, 4th November 2013

I will be exhibiting at Catthorpe Manor wedding fair this Sunday (10th November) from 11am until 3pm.  Catthorpe Manor is a beautiful country house situated near Lutterworth and close to the Leicestershire/Warwickshire and Northamptonshire border.  

As usual I will have lots of weddings albums on display (both traditional matted albums and modern storybook albums) as well as a rolling slideshow of reportage wedding photos.

Entrance is FREE and the full address is: Catthorpe Manor, Lilbourne Lane, Catthorpe, Near Lutterworth (and near Rugby), Leicestershire, LE17 6DF.

If you are planning a wedding, it would be great to see you there.

 

 

Prestwold Hall Wedding Fair

Monday, 21st October 2013

I will be exhibiting at Prestwold Hall wedding fair this Sunday (27th October) from 12noon until 4pm.  I photograph many weddings at Prestwold Hall and it is one of the finest wedding venues in Leicestershire. 

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I will be displaying lots of top-of-the-range wedding albums (both modern storybook albums and traditional matted albums) and loads of photographs.  Oh, and I'll be there, so if you are planning a wedding, it would be great to have a chat about your big day.

Here's the address:  Prestwold Hall, Prestwold, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5SQ.

Another International Award!

Friday, 20th September 2013

I am pleased to announce that I have just won another international award for one of my reportage wedding photographs.

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This photograph has just won 9th place in the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) 2013Q2 contest in their Food & Drinks section.  The WPJA is an international professional organisation that is only open to documentary wedding photographers and it's competitions are open to photographers all over the world, so I am pretty chuffed to win this award.

Prestwold Hall Wedding Photography: Pauline and Arthur's Wedding

Monday, 16th September 2013

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CLICK HERE to view a small selection of photos of Pauline and Arthur's wedding at Prestwold Hall, Prestwold, near Loughborough, Leicestershire.  

The very talented Pete Hartley (AKA The Wedding Violinist) provided musical entertainment during the ceremony and drinks reception, while Guy Morris of Mojito Events privided the disco.

Blog Article Interview

Monday, 2nd September 2013

I have just been featured in a blog article interview about my business: http://www.greenapplecommunications.co.uk/case-studies/adapt-and-prosper/#more-739

 

The article is based more about how I have had to adapt my business over the years, especially with regards to social media marketing, and it is more biased towards the wedding side of my business.

Ashorne Hill Wedding Fair

Sunday, 1st September 2013

I will be exhibiting at a wedding fair at the stunning Warwickshire wedding venue Ashorne Hill near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire this Sunday (8th September) between 11am and 3pm.  

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Ashorne Hill is a unique venue for a wedding as it comprises of a beautiful grade II listed manor house (for the bridal suite, drinks reception and wedding ceremony room) adjoined by an ultra-stylish modern building for the wedding breakfast, all surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful grounds.  I enjoy photographing weddings there as you the character of the old building and great light from the new building.

 

As usual, I will have lots of sample wedding albums (both modern storybook albums and traditional matted albums).  If you are planning a wedding, it would be great to see you there.

The Grey Lady Wedding Photography: Philippa & Martin's Wedding in Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

Monday, 12th August 2013

Please CLICK HERE to view a selection of photos of Philippa and Martin's wedding at All Saints Church, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire and reception at The Grey Lady restaurant in the same village, which overlooks the very picturesque Bradgate Park.

Look out for their very impressive wedding cake which was made by Dominic of David North.

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Prestwold Hall Wedding Photography: Rachael & Rahul's Wedding

Tuesday, 30th July 2013

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Please CLICK HERE to view a selection of photos of Rachael and Rahul's wedding at top Leicestershire wedding venue Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough.

 

Two wedding suppliers that helped make the big day go so well were Rachel Liney who did Rachael's hair and make-up and Elegance Chair Covers who dressed the the dining room.  Everthing else, from the cake, the flowers, the briedesmaid dresses, the favours and programme for the day were made by Rachel and Rahul themselves.  Talented, or what?!!

 

 

Prestwold Hall Wedding Photography: Sharon & Darren's Wedding

Sunday, 30th June 2013

Here are a few photos of Sharon and Darren's wedding at Prestwold Hall near Loughbrough, Leicestershire:

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Here are some of the other wedding suppliers that made the day so special:

Wedding flowers: Flowers by Sarah

Chair covers: Nobilty Chair Covers

Wedding sationery: Olive Weddings

Wedding cake: Sue Eggleston of Eggleston Cakes and Flowers

Wedding dress: Emma Hunt

Bridal hair & make-up: Rachel Liney

Bridal hair accessories: Gillian Million

Pianist: Robert Cromwell

Disco DJ: Guy Morris of Mojito Discotheques & Events

Band: Analogue Haze

Wedding suit hire: Hugh Harris

My Stand at Prestwold Hall Wedding Fair

Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Here's a photo of me and my stand at Prestwold Hall Wedding Fair on Sunday.

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Plenty of couples braved the blustery weather to come to the wedding fair.  It was a pleasure to meet them and to show them some of my work.

 

Prestwold Hall Wedding Fair

Tuesday, 18th June 2013

I will be exhibiting at Prestwold Hall wedding fair on (Sunday 23rd June) from 11am until 3pm.  I photograph many weddings at Prestwold Hall and it is one of the finest wedding venues in Leicestershire.  Their wedding fairs are usually held in the main house, but they have just converted their cow sheds into a superb function venue which lend itself to less formal weddings, so this time, the wedding fair will be held there in order to promote the venue.

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This will be the first wedding fair where I will be able to proudly show off my posh new branding.  The new roller banners have just arrived and more goodies are arriving tomorrow.  It's so exciting!  I will also be displaying lots of top-of-the-range wedding albums and loads of photographs.  Oh, and I'll be there, so if you are planning a wedding, it would be great to have a chat.

 

Here's the address: The Cowsheds at Prestwold Hall, Prestwold, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5SQ.

 

Welcome to My New Website and Blog

Friday, 14th June 2013

Welcome to my posh new website.  I hope you like it.

All new blog posts will appear here, but if you wish to see older blog posts, please CLICK HERE to view my old wedding photography blog.

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