OUTDOOR DIY FESTIVAL BARN WEDDING IN SHEFFIELD | HELEN + TOM

If you love festivals then you’ll love this DIY festival wedding!

When Tom and Helen decided they wanted to get married they knew they wanted to do it differently, and they succeeded and then some with their 2 day extravaganza. It was a super fun festival wedding, with wildflowers everywhere and an epic DIY photobooth that was a car spray painted gold. YES.

Just engaged? | Wedding Planning

When it comes to planning your day you have probably got naff all clue where to start. Although I haven’t yet been engaged myself, I’ve had plenty of experience in seeing couples (and my friends) panic, usually because they have so many people telling them what they should (and shouldn't) be doing the second they get engaged. But wedding planning doesn’t have to be that way (and I promise I'm not telling you what to do).

Relaxed Chateau Wedding in France | Lucy + Damien

Lucy and Damien got married last autumn at the spectacular Chateau Lasfargues, which is a stunning venue in in the Lot et Garonne region in South West France.  I loved photographing at Chateau Lasfargues, it was a total dream to shoot in. The surroundings are completely stunning and the building is so pretty. They chose to elope to France for the nice food, wine and weather and because it meant they could have a holiday with everyone they love too. Even when things didn't go to plan, like all that unexpected rain, everyone was super relaxed and having so much fun all day.

Outdoor Summer Wedding at Hyde Barn | Lauren + Clayton

Last Summer Lauren + Clayton had a beautiful DIY outdoor wedding at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds. With Pimms and a bouncy castle on the cards I knew it was gonna be a really relaxed fun summers day.

Fun Beach Destination Wedding in Skiathos, Greece | Kirsten + Dan

Dreaming of fun Summer days and relaxing on the beach? I know I am, which is why I thought it was about time I shared Kirsten and Dan’s gorgeously relaxed destination beach wedding at Kassandra Bay Resorts on the island of Skiathos, Greece.

DIY Festival Wedding at Knockengorroch | Emma + Toby

Right as promised earlier this week, here is wedding number one fresh on the blog. Let's rewind to August, in the beautiful wilds of Scotland, at Knockengorroch Farm, where two lovely people had a festival wedding like none other I'd attended before.

2018 Goals

Happy New Year everybody, I know I'm a week late but it's taken a while to sink in. I'm seeing so many amazing 2017 round up's from my wonderful wedding photographer pals, and I am sitting here thinking about all of the things I really should have got around to. Like posting my best of 2016. And blogging something, anything at all.

Do I need a second photographer? | Wedding Planning

Thinking that you may need a second photographer included in your photography package? Two is better than one right? The answer totally depends on you, the size of your wedding and what you want covered, and what is possible with the time and venue(s). I usually work alone but I'm always happy to add a second shooter onto any of my wedding photography packages.

How to nail your rainy wedding photos

What if it rains on my wedding day?

I photograph a lot of outdoor weddings, having the freedom of getting married pretty much anywhere you want these days is so liberating – from a tipi in an open field to on top of a mountain. Even if you aren’t planning an outdoor wedding, the thought “what if it rains?!” on your wedding day may still be on your mind. After all, this is the UK and our weather is nothing but unpredictable.

Festival wedding in the rain

No matter what time of year or where you plan to marry there’s a chance it might rain. Take it from me, rain on your wedding day doesn’t mean disaster. Personally I think a rainy wedding can make for some really fun photos, plus I am a big fan of rainbow umbrellas. Not only this, overcast rainy days can create some really beautiful light - seriously. Cloud cover is wonderful, because it's basically like a magnificent soft box making tones look super dreamy. Or even better, a dramatic stormy sky, I'll take that over harsh sunshine any day!

Not convinced? Read on for my top tips on how to roll with the rain.

Plan for it

If you are having an outdoor ceremony or reception that isn’t under cover then have a wet weather contingency. If you can move it indoors, do that. If it’s in a tipi/marquee/tent check with your supplier about the flooring options in case of bad weather.

If you are dead set on staying outside during the ceremony or for any other part of your day then just buy a ton of lovely looking umbrellas and just go with it. Get some colourful wellies for yourselves and tell your guests to bring a pair just in case. That way everyone can stomp about happily. If we need to do group shots indoors I'll work out the best place to do this, and if there isn't enough natural light I always have lighting equipment with me for any situation. If you didn't bet on rain use anything that's handy and head inside like my bride Lucy below.

Embrace it

Whether it rains or not, you are still getting married and your wedding will still be a bag load of fun. You’ve prepared with umbrellas and wellies and everyone is going to have a good time. Grab your brolly and get out in it! You might get a bit wet but you’ll also have some really lovely photos to show for it. Or you could just wait for the rain to pass and go stomp about in the puddles barefoot like Emma. And you see that sky right? OOOLALA.
 

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Trust your wedding suppliers

As a professional photographer I can work in all kinds of conditions, sunshine, snow, rain – bring it on. I know how to deal with the elements, and like I said above overcast rainy days have lovely light to work with. A good wedding supplier won’t blink an eye at the prospect of rain so just chat to them to ensure they are happy come rain or shine. I’ll always keep an eye on the weather and if we need to move group/couple shots to a different point in the day then it's important to be flexible about that. If indoors is all we can do, then trust me we can still make something awesome.

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Have fun with it

Remember when you were a kid and stomping in puddles was the best thing ever? Channel that mindset – you’ll have an absolutely amazing time if you do.

I turn up raring to go whatever the weather, so whilst it might be easier said than done, try not to panic if the heavens open. I've done this before.

Proposal Video | Kirsten & Dan

A few months ago I shared a few photos from Kirsten & Dan's pre-wedding woodland photography shoot. And this week I'm super excited to be heading off to photograph their relaxed wedding on the Greek Island of Skiathos.

Urban Pre-Wedding Shoot in Digbeth Birmingham

When I was organising to first meet up with Andy and Amy to discuss photographing their wedding and they suggested meeting at Quarter House Coffee in Birmingham (my fave coffee place) I knew we were going to get on like a house on fire. And we did. Even sharing the tastiest oreo cookie cake I ever did have. We organised to meet up a few weeks later for a pre-wedding photography shoot on the streets of Digbeth in Birmingham. Just like me they are both fans of the amazingly cool graffiti art that is all around so it was their shoot place of choice for sure. I love Digbeth as a photo back drop, which is just as well as this pair chose to get married at Fazeley Studios in the Custard Factory next year- the perfect quirky venue for a Birmingham wedding.

Alternative Wedding at Blackfriars Priory Gloucester | Zara & Stuart

Zara & Stuart's Quirky DIY Spring Wedding at Blackfriars Priory Gloucester. Think Daffodils, hot cross buns and some awesome moves on the dance floor. After some Easter Wedding Inspiration? Look no further!

Iceland | Travel Photography

I often like to share my travel tales with others - what better place to do it than my blog. In January I went to Iceland for a few days with my other half, Damon. I can certainly see why it is a popular elopement destination. I would love to shoot a wedding there! World famous for its geothermal landscape, one of the greatest things about visiting here is its uniqueness, I can tell you there is no landscape quite like it.

Should I have an unplugged wedding? | Wedding Planning

Considering having an unplugged wedding? What's that you say?! To put it simply it's where you ask your mates that for just one day, they get off their phones and other electronic devices that take photos or record video during your wedding. Here are some benefits to having an unplugged ceremony. . .

Woodland Pre-Wedding Photography | Kirsten & Dan

Kirsten & Dan are having a destination wedding in Greece in August, and guess what - I'm the lucky lady that gets to be their wedding photographer. In March we went for a little wander in the woods for their engagement shoot and they even brought along their cute pooch Reggie

KHAR Eat & Greet Event | Birmingham

Last week I volunteered once again as event photographer for local group Kings Heath Action for Refugees (KHAR). KHAR is a community group working with individuals, schools and other groups to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe. 

Wedding Planning | Pinterest

First off let me be clear, I love Pinterest. I'm constantly using it for home decor ideas, photography inspiration to hair styles. When it comes to planning your wedding day it can be really handy too. As a wedding photographer though I always give a word of warning to couples planning their big day and are big Pinterest lovers - take what you see with a pinch of salt. Find out why here. . .

Wedding Photography Bucket List

People often ask me what I LOVE to photograph most, and honestly my answer is always the same: people. They are why photographing weddings is the best thing ever to me, there's so much to shoot and no two are the same, even at the same venue. I love all weddings, no matter what kind. That said, I do have a wedding bucket list of sorts - here's a few off the top of my head. . .

One shot | Behind the madness

I want to tell you a story, one image - one big wedding. Why you say? Simple, every image is important. Each and every one of the little moments I photograph that make up a couples wedding day. The bits in between are just as important as the 'I do's', the speeches and the first dance. Whether it's a simple detail or something as simple as a hug that passed by in an instant.