During 2015 wedding season I had the pleasure of photographing all over the Derby and Nottingham area. One venue I was at repeatedly was Makeney Hall. Although most weddings I photograph there take place in the Conservatory and the Lavinias, Danielle and Gareth's wedding took place in the Milford Suite.
Makeney Hall also has great views overlooking a beautiful field along with a lovely garden that is the perfect setting for a photo walk with brides and grooms which you'll see here. Usually in a blog post I would go into more detail about the Bride and Groom's big day. However, in this case I think the slideshow is the best story teller. Speaking of stories, you might notice a particular fairy tale theme. Complete with glass slippers.
This past October I had the pleasure of photographing Gareth and Cindy's wedding day at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. Once the home of Lord Byron, it is quite a romantic setting. It's history goes all the way back to 1170 when it was a monastery.
The groom, Gareth, is originally from South Normanton here in the UK but now lives and works in China. Cindy, the bride, is from China and actually spent a few years living in England. Yet the two did not meet until Gareth's career brought him overseas. What are the chances right?! So the pair decided to have wedding ceremonies both in England and China.
Every little detail was carefully thought out and both cultures came together not just in person but also showed in their choice of items such as the wedding cake. Which was beautifully decorated with cherry blossoms.
I was hired to photograph everything from arrival of the bride to the speeches at the wedding breakfast with a stroll through the gardens in between. Which turned out to be perfect timing as it started to sprinkle outside just as I was leaving. But you wouldn't know it looking at the photos below. Happy smiles all around.
As a wedding photographer in 2015 I found myself at the White Hart Inn quite a bit. One of those weddings happened to be Nik and Sarah's last May. The day actually started with the bride getting ready at the salon at Slimming World in Somercotes before heading off to the ceremony.
Sarah chose a gorgeous dress that showed off her baby bump and Nik was practically in tears when he saw her. It was obviously a very special moment for the both of them. It was so sweet how often Nik touched her belly through out the day. Especially during their vows.
One unique part of their day was the cake contest they had before the afternoon tea started. Guest were invited to bring a cake to be judged by the bride and groom to be the official wedding cake. You can see the winning cake below in the photos. What an awesome idea right?!
Speaking of photos, the White Hart Inn has some stunning scenery for photographs. Especially the fields behind the wedding venue itself. They even have a red phone booth that was perfect for Nik's Superman theme. As shown in the super hero cufflinks and shirt hidden under his suit.
Not only did they include a vintage afternoon tea with super hero, but Sarah and Nik also found a way to include their love of movies. Even Sweet-A-Fayre was there with movie related snacks during the evening reception. I really enjoyed being the lucky wedding photographer who got to be a part of their special day. So I hope you have just as much fun taking a glimpse at some of my favourite photos of the day.
I’ve met with so many brides and grooms that all sorts of questions arise during consultations. From the most basic to the very technical of queries. However, not everyone knows what they should ask and why. For those of you just starting to look at wedding photographers you will find this list helpful. If you already hired your photographer but still feel as if you’re not quite prepared, this might just assist you with filling in some of the blanks.
Questions you should ask yourself before hiring a wedding photographer.
Last but certainly not least, there are a few questions you should ask yourself when looking for a photographer. I’ll mention just a few below.
To wrap things up I hope these questions have given you a good idea of what to expect and how to tackle finding the right wedding photographer for you and your wife or husband to be. If you think I’ve missed anything, please comment below. I’m here to help!
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Welcome to JP Professional Photography's blog. Written by Wedding and Portrait Photographer Jessica Perkins. An American living in England to be with the one she loves.