Danielle & Michael’s Wedding at The Haycock Hotel Wandsford
Proof positive that the weather has nothing to do with the joy, warmth and wonder of your big day: the wedding of Danielle and Michael. We wouldn’t have dared show our face if we were the sun either, for fear of being outshone by dazzling bride Danielle. Michael’s suit – supplied like his groomsmen’s by Vow Bridal – must have been lined with some specially fire-retardant material. How else did he stay so cool? The pair made the old stones of St John the Evangelist at Ryhall sing as they posed so naturally in each other’s arms, before driving to the Haycock in the Austin Twelve-Six Danielle’s brother Nicky had laid on as a surprise. They were certainly as picturesque as – and a deal less wooden than – the flower-wreathed bower Michael himself had built to stand in pride of place at their wedding breakfast. It was a reception to remember as first dusk, and then a little drizzle, fell. But the newlyweds brought their own fine weather wherever they went, and we never tired of photographing them. They say into each life a little rain must fall – here’s a couple that have no need to fear it.
Up north on hot days they say the sunshine’s ‘cracking flags’, but it was Aimee’s dazzling smile that tested the flagstones of Crowland Abbey on the day she and her beloved Chris were married. This 10th century church was the first in England to ring with tuned bells, and we doubt they’ve rung harder or sung sweeter than they did for this adoring, high-performance couple. Team GB triathlete Aimee arrived in an appropriately sporty Ferrari – about the only wheels capable of keeping pace with this runaway-, swim-away-, ride-away bride – and the pair departed riding high in the cab of a quite different kind of blood-red thoroughbred; aquathlete Chris’s towering CASE tractor. It was a perfect metaphor for the fruitful years to come – and a lofty, leisurely perspective from which to survey the friends and family gathered at their wonderful reception, and the bright future that lay beyond it. It might have been set in the flat lands of the fens, but here was a wedding to remind us all that the landscape of true love is anything but featureless.
Sam & Robert’s Wedding at Doddington Hall Grantham
If aliens are peering at us through a telescope from afar, we really hope they caught Sam and Rob’s wedding; what a great example for human happiness they set. (Maybe they saw the proposal too – it was eye-catching enough, happening as it did high up in Caerphilly castle.) Our ebony-haired bride was a picture of relaxed radiance – whether singing along to the radio while getting ready in Doddington Hall’s bridal suite, or effortlessly commanding attention wherever she went, her hazel eyes alight. Rob didn’t really need the stiffener of Southern Comfort that was thoughtfully provided for him by his identical twin brother but welcomed it none the less. The ‘I do’ and ‘Me too’ bejewelled script on the soles of their shoes, added just that little extra sparkle, to what was a gloriously dazzling day.
Mel & Craig’s Wedding at Barnsdale Hall Near Rutland Water
Peace reigned as petrolhead paramours Mel and Craig were married in Rutland’s 14th century church of St Peter & St Paul at Exton. Drawn by two fine mahogany bay horses, the bride could have have been taking her place in a Constable painting of a timeless England. But loud were the celebrations soon after as the couple and their wedding party moved to Barnsdale Hall, for the breakfast with which they would fuel the first hours of their brand new marriage. Overlooking the calm waters of the little county’s lovely reservoir, it was the perfect venue from which to survey what’s now lined up for them – love, laughter and life at full throttle!
There were twice the opportunities to spend this precious time with friends and family too – not to mention twice the outfits to rock and twice the glasses of Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne to quaff! The long windows of Stapleford cast a timeless light, perfectly fitting for our romantic heroine Victoria and her suave suitor Mark. The couple were a joy to capture. And thanks to their double date with destiny, they embark on the adventure of their life together with an unusually brimming chest of golden memories.Hearts Melted as Victoria arrived in Charlotte the blue Damliar suplied by Dennisson Classic Cars
Rachel & Matthew were married earlier this year at one of our very favourite venues – the wonderful Stapleford Park – and we were delighted at their request to produce a Queensberry wedding album of their day. The beautiful volume has now arrived and we will be meeting up with Rachel & Matthew once again at Stapleford to share a glass of Champagne and present it to them – a stunning Powder Blue Micro Leather Flushmount Album. The kind words we received from Rachel & Matthew brought a lump to our throats and a tears to our eyes.
“We really can’t thank you enough for the whole package you have given us for our wedding photography. The album you have produced means the world to us, it shows all the effort and commitment you both put into making our memories last a lifetime not only for us but for our family.We have really enjoyed getting to know you both and see you more as friends than our wedding photographers! We hope we can keep in touch and hopefully you’ll be able to photograph more of our special memories for us and our family.Thanks again and we can’t wait to take the album to show everyone.”
We believe the finishing touch to your priceless wedding photos lies in their final presentation, and a beautiful shoot beautifully preserved is a joy forever. So important is it in fact that we’ve spent many years searching for an album company we feel is a match for the stories we capture. There’s simply nothing to approach the feeling of seeing images artfully reproduced on peerless paper in a sumptuous leather-bound book. We know Rachel and Matthew will cherish theirs for decades to come.
Victoria & Mark’s Wedding at Stapleford Park Near Melton Mowbray
One thing every wedding day has in common is it’s no longer than any other day. No matter how many months you pack into its planning, the clock’s hands sweep it away at just the same rate as usual. Which is what makes Victoria and Mark’s double-day, feature-length, widescreen wedding seem – in retrospect – such an obvious and brilliant idea. Choosing to have their marriage formalised in an intimate civil ceremony in Stapleford Park’s Morning Room on day one, before being blessed and celebrated in St Mary Magdalene’s church in the Park’s grounds on day two lent the emotions twice the time to ripen, gave the memories twice the space in which to form. There were twice the opportunities to spend this precious time with friends and family too – not to mention twice the outfits to rock and twice the glasses of Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne to quaff! The long windows of Stapleford cast a timeless light, perfectly fitting for our romantic heroine Victoria and her suave suitor Mark. The couple were a joy to capture. And thanks to their double date with destiny, they embark on the adventure of their life together with an unusually brimming chest of golden memories.Hearts Melted as Victoria arrived in Charlotte the blue Damliar suplied by Dennisson Classic Cars
Rachel & Matthew’s Wedding Stapleford Park Near Melton Mowbray
They picked a New Year’s wedding and 2015 couldn’t have wished for a finer launch. Rachel and Matthew looked to the manor born at stately Stapleford Park, the stark light of winter a perfect foil for the dazzling bride with ice-blue eyes, and the fast-falling dusk a great backdrop against which to capture some memorable film star frames. It was a day of elegant formal glamour as well as touching human warmth, and with the shapes and textures provided by its sixteenth-century backdrop, it was a dream to shoot and a delight to share. They say cold hands, warm heart – from now on we’ll think of it as winter wedding, wonderful memories.
Aimee & Chris.
Aimee & Chris meet us at the wonderfully historic Crowland Abbey Peterborough for their engagement photography.
So If you want a race running, field ploughing or mountain range riding, Chris and Aimee are the couple to call – but be prepared for the question: ‘What are we doing after lunch?’. This engagement isn’t so much a coming together of dewy-eyed lovers (though it’s that too) as the alliance of a pair of superpowers. So rare is it to find either farmer, mountain-biker and aquathlete Chris or Team GB triathlete Aimee at rest, in fact, our photography session in the grounds of Crowland Abbey (where their wedding will take place) was a rare treat. Relaxed and lolling in the warmth of each other’s company, it was a privilege to preserve in a few dozen frames the precious moments of their barn wedding’s preamble. They make a gorgeous, gleeful couple. Peterborough’s fittest pair? Possibly. Perfectly in tandem? Definitely.