Arriving from Italy this week was Charlotte and Nick’s amazing Exclusive Storybook Wedding Album from their wedding at Rudding Park near Harrogate. The Square 30×30 Exclusive Storybook Album features a stunning high gloss acrylic cover and soft-touch metallic pages. Like all exclusive storybooks, Charlotte and Nick’s album is presented in a custom made box, theirs is in a classic and stylish soft touch white design with their names subtly printed on the lid.
Exclusive storybooks offer so much flexibility with layouts, design, and their choice of covers, papers, and presentation boxes that allow you to customise the album to your requirements. Each album features double-page spreads that open completely flat to create stunning large highly details single photos or collages of smaller collections of wedding photographs.
Storybook and Exclusive storybook wedding albums are designed around double-page spreads, the layout of each spread can be up to 60cm wide when printed, this really shows off the detail in the photographs.
You can view more of Charlotte and Nick’s wedding photographs in their blog post here
Noami and Tom chose the spectacular Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire for their wedding day. The wedding, themed around Disney’s Beauty and The Beast couldn’t have had a more apt setting as the fairytale wedding venue that is Allerton Castle. In their own words below Naomi and Tom describe their wedding and wedding day.
Tell me about the proposal. Tom proposed to me on 3rdFebruary 2017 during our early valentine’s weekend away to Grosvenor Hotel & Spa in Chester. He booked a suite for us to stay in which had champagne, chocolates and flowers waiting for me on arrival. A proposal was not running through my mind at all as I thought it was my valentines treat. Tom had booked a table in the restaurant at the hotel on the evening and when we came back up to the room later in the evening there was a trail of petals amongst candles on the floor leading to cards set out saying “Naomi Will You Marry Me”. Our song “The One” by Kodaline was also playing. Tom then got down on one knee and read out a beautiful speech which he had prepared and then asked if I would marry him. I cried with joy and of course said yes of course!
You chose a spectacular wedding venue and one which fitted your wedding theme perfectly. What made you decide on Allerton Castle for your wedding day? Getting married at a castle has always been a dream of mine. We visited the wedding fair at Allerton Castle and we immediately fell in love with it! The staircase entrance was absolutely breath taking and we could immediately see our wedding taking place there. We loved the fact that the castle was ours for the day filled with only our family and friends. The whole setting was so romantic. I always wanted a traditional style wedding and Allerton Castle was so well maintained and has endless photo opportunities to remember our special day from.
Saying Yes to the Dress – How long did it take you to find “The One”? My wedding dress was from Bridal Oasis in Goole by designer Mori Lee. When browsing at dresses online I took to the designer Mori Lee and I booked an appointment with Bridal Oasis when I saw they had the 2019 design trunk show. The dress I bought was the complete opposite to what I had in my mind and was a complete wildcard, however I immediately fell in love with it when I tried it on and just knew it was “the one”. Who were the bridesmaids? I chose to have my 2 sisters and my best friend as my bridesmaids. I also had my 2 nieces and Tom’s niece as our flower girls. The adult bridesmaids wore dusky pink off the shoulder full length dresses.
Where did the guys go for their suits and was there a particular style you were looking for? The guys got their suits from Len Beck’s in Hull. Our colour theme was navy blue, dusky pink and gold. The bridesmaids wore dusky pink and therefore we wanted the guys to be in navy blue as a nice contrast. We knew we wanted the guys to have tails as this would be in theme with the castle wedding. We also liked the tweed waistcoats and therefore was very pleased when Len Beck’s had exactly what we were after.
Glacial Ice Sculptures provided this amazing Rose in a Dome Sculpture for the wedding day. The sculpture took pride of place in Allerton Castle’s Great Hall
What was the theme of the day and how did you show this on the day? Our wedding theme was Beauty and the Beast. We thought this was perfect in the setting of Allerton Castle. We wanted subtle hints of our theme throughout the day. We had the most beautiful ice sculpture of the rose in a dome with Lumiere and Cogsworth stood either side.
Our aisle runner said “A Tale As Old As Time” and I also came down the aisle to our string quartet playing “Tale As Old As Time. For our wedding breakfast, all our tables were named after different characters out of the film as well. Our cake also had the rose out of beauty and the beast suspended in the middle of the cut out hole. Our guestbook was also hand-made Beauty and the Beast themed.
Who provided your amazing wedding flowers? Our florist was Floral Lounge in Sutton in Hull. The choice of flowers we chose were a mixture of roses, dahlias, gypsophilia, wax flowers, hydrangeas, and orchids. The colours were ivory with blush pink and dusky pink tones coming through What made the wedding feel so personal? We always wanted a traditional style wedding and Allerton Castle was perfect in that sense. The castle was exclusively ours for the day which is something we wanted as it made it more of an intimate atmosphere with only our dear family and friends there celebrating the day with us.
Tell me about your first dance and your chosen song Our first dance song was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. We could really relate to the lyrics of the song which is why it meant so much to us. We even went to dance lessons to have a dance choreographed for us which was fun in the lead up to the wedding day.
What were the main stand out and memorable moments for us? Our first memorable moment of the day was seeing the venue all dressed as it was a real sense of achievement seeing all our long nights planning the wedding come together to create something so special to us both.
Another memorable moment was walking down the aisle and saying our vows in front of our family and friends. We also loved the evening celebrations with the band and DJ getting everyone up dancing and seeing everyone having such a great time, not to mention the firework display to finish the night. It is so hard to choose one moment as the whole wedding day was so fantastic!
Do you have any tips for future brides planning their wedding day? Enjoy the run up to the wedding as the last 6 months before the wedding goes in a flash! Also, take time to sit back during your wedding to take it all in. Try to have 10 minutes alone just you and your new husband to take in the atmosphere of the day.
Which is your favourite wedding photograph and why?
Our favourite wedding photograph from the day has to be the black and white photo on the amazing staircase, it’s like a setting from a fairytale and has the feeling of being a princess in my own castle. It captures the detailing of my dress perfectly, along with the flowers climbing the handrails of the stairs. The woodwork surrounding is just stunning . (Naomi and Tom’s Allerton Castle Staircase photograph below)
Naomi and Tom’s chosen wedding suppliers for their Allerton Castle Wedding.
“Everyone was perfect and everything ran so smoothly, Libby, Jess and the staff at Allerton Castle were so helpful, the main suppliers to mention are….”
I recently caught up with previous bride Jorden who married Thomas at St Mary’s Church Badsworth and celebrated at Waterton Park Hotel way back in 2013. Meeting at stables near Darrington in West Yorkshire the portrait photography session was primarily focused on Roo, Jorden’s stunning horse.
The stables and surrounding fields and adjacent woods provided a number of perfect backdrops for equine photographs and Roo proved to be the perfect model posing in numerous locations with and without Jorden.
Equine photography packages are coming soon, please contact me if you’d like more information or to book a session.
Arriving from our album suppliers in Northern Italy last week was this lovely Eros Album for Emma and John’s who were married at Carlton Towers.
Their stunning album features thirty pages and is wrapped in white Italian leather with embossed names on the cover. The eros wedding album is presented in a soft touch white wooden box.
Eros wedding photograph albums feature a mix of flush mounted photographs and also traditional style mounted pages, these mounted pages are created using a deep textured matt overlay and bevel edge creating a white edge to the album pages and perfectly complimenting the very clean looks of Emma and John’s amazing weddi.
Bridlington Spa wedding Venue | Creating their new wedding brochure photographs | East Yorkshire Wedding Venue
I was recently commissioned by the East Riding Council in Yorkshire to produce a number of wedding style photographs for their recently relaunched Bridlington Spa weddings. In recent years the venue has undergone a huge refurbishment and they required images which helped show the versatility of the sea side wedding venue which can cater for small intimate weddings right upto larger celebrations with 500 guests.
The brief was to include several key areas of the Spa and of course take advantage of the stunning on the beach location.
The tide times helped dictate the main beach shoot which needed to take place early morning, the bonus being we had the opportunity to catch any potential sunrise and boy did it rise in spectacular fashion. Thankfully our models for the day were troopers, early January standing on a freezing beach in wet sand took some real effort to photograph, never mind pose.
With access to the Theatre, the Art Deco Royal Hall, and function rooms we had a variety of different lighting, smoke, and backdrops at our disposal.
One of the highlights for me was the opportunity to use the Follow Me spots and haze to create something that really is unique to The Spa. The opportunity for couples to have such wedding photographs in their albums will be amazing and one not to be missed.
Another favorite was the stage in the Royal Hall, complete with a large star cloth backdrop, stage lighting, and smoke machine. The stage is often used by bands and other touring acts, so much so that we had limited to complete the shoot as the stage was being prepared for a concert by the Keiser Chiefs who the following week would be entertaining 3000 people from that very stage.
The proximity to the sea front and near by beach huts allowed an opportunity to include them in a number of wedding photographs before we caught sunset from the beach.
You can download the Wedding Brochure for Bridlington Spa here. For any couples looking for somewhere unique to marry with the added bonus of awesome and just as unique photo opportunities Bridlington Spa is not to be missed.
In February I attended the Guild Of Photographers annual awards evening where I was in the running for the Wedding Photographer of the Year award. The award is based on a a whole years worth of entries with 24 photographs scores going towards deciding the overall winner. Rather than a competition based on a single lucky shot, the competition really tests consistency over a whole year and on average typically sees 13000 or more photographs entered every year. During the evening I was awarded Wedding Photographer of the Year.
The wedding photographs below were some of my Silver and Gold award winning photographs. Looking through these photos it’s no surprise at how many of these were included in the bride and grooms wedding albums as double page spreads.
A Silver award winning wedding photograph from Heather and Cameron’s Allerton Castle wedding in October. The after dark image featuring a champagne spray was included in their Exclusive storybook album as a double page spread.
A Silver award for this wedding photograph of Steven and Claire at Sunset on their wedding day at Merrydale Manor in Cheshire.
An evening silhouette in the gate house at Peckforton Castle scored a Gold award. The misty evening at Caitlin and Ryan’s wedding allowed me to use a blue gel covered flash to add a strong coloured tone to the wedding photograph.
Laura and Mike’s wedding in Santorini produced two silver awards and a Gold. This wedding photograph taken at Sunset near Imerovigli scored a silver.
Sunset reflections from Sarah and Simon’s wedding. Following their wedding at All Saints Church, Helmsley we popped down to a near by ruined abbey to catch sunset. The image was awarded a Silver in the wedding category.
One of the four Gold award winning wedding photographs fo 2019 included this photograph taken during Catherine and Alex’s wedding at Stubton Hall
The archway at Rudding Park featured in no less than three silver award winning wedding photographs,. This one from Tiffany and Russells wedding was the only one in Black and White and really shows the unique texture of Tiffany’s amazing wedding dress.
Charlotte and Nick’s wedding at Rudding Park, Harrogate in March last year resulted in two Silver awards, both taken in the same location at Rudding Park, the wedding photograph of Charlotte alone in the day and during the evening light rain meant we had to use an umbrella to keep the couple dry.
The second Silver award winning wedding photograph from Laura and Mike’s wedding day in Santorini. A high view point above the Caldera allowed me to include two of the islands famous blue domes.
Twilight creates so many opportunities for wow wedding photographs and it’s no surprise to have so many feature in my top award winning wedding photographs. Taken at Ringwood Hall during the wedding of Lucy and Dan a single flash helped create a quick silhouette.
Allerton Castle in October for the wedding of Cameron and Heather produced three silver awards. This wedding photograph of Cam and the groomsmen in the Billiard room before the wedding is a double page spread in my new studio sample album.
Rain can help produce amazing wedding photographs. The last wedding photograph of the evening at Cameron and Heathers wedding. A third silver award from their day and also the album cover image for my new studio album.
Allerton Castle at Vicki and Ben’s wedding in December 2018. The orange and purple colours and silhouette image of the bride and groom was awarded a silver.
Frances and Jacobs’ wedding at Allerton Castle in August was a wet day and as a result we created most of the the bride and groom portrait photographs indoors. The stunning features of Allerton castle make it an ideal wedding venue in adverse weather and the staircase is an obvious focal point. A little later in the day we took Frances and Jacob outside into the garden for a short photo session under an umbrella. Both of these were awarded Silvers in the wedding photography category.
A Gold award winning wedding photograph from Laura and Mike’s wedding day in Santorini. One of my favourites form their wedding day, this made a double page spread in their album and also the front cover. printed onto Stainless steel the photograph looks amazing.
Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire was the venue for Sarah and Thomas’ wedding in August. Sparklers under the trees, taken just after dark was awarded a Silver.
Allerton Castle featured heavily in the award winning photographs. It’s no surprise really considering the amazing features and backdrops the wedding venue provides. This wedding photograph of Ab and Jordan on the staircase was awarded a Silver.
Rain can help produce amazing wedding photographs, this photograph taken at Wentbridge House at Laura and Bryan’s wedding ticks both the twilight and rain boxes and was awarded a Silver in the wedding photography category.
Sunset at Hodsock Priory on Mitch and Petrina’s wedding day was my fourth Gold award winning wedding photograph of the year. A classic pose took a little positioning whilst the setting sun created an amazing coloured sky. I don’t normally have a favourite wedding photograph each year, but if I did this would certainly rank highly.
Already viewed and chosen as their album package by several couples looking to book me for their wedding photography, the handmade album is part of my Exclusive Storybook range and includes an Acrylic photo cover and black leather back and spine. The highly polished acrylic is 5mm thick and covers almost all of the front of the album.
Inside the layout features several double page spreads, each one is 60cm wide and really shows the clarity and detail of the printing as well as of course the stunning wedding photographs and Allerton Castle.
The box for the album is a white soft touch two piece wooden box with a cover design and couples name. All colour co-ordinated to the wedding day.
If you’d like to view my wedding photography album packages and collections please take a look here and if you’d like to pop over for a look at this amazing album in person please let me know.
Landscape Photographer of the Year | The Societies of Photographers | Award Winning Photographer
Late January I attended the annual awards ceremony for the Societies of Photographers in London. I had two photographs in the landscape category top ten and was hopeful of securing a top three place in the awards with one o the two photographs.
As the top three places were announced I was delighted to be placed third in the Landscape Category with a photograph of a lone tree at sunrise Snowdonia North Wales, I was shortly even happier to be awarded first place and overall landscape photographer of the year with my early morning photograph of a stormy and very atmospheric Kilchurn Castle in Scotland. (Above).
This is the second time I’ve won Landscape Photographer of the year with the Societies, the last being back in 2012, although I suppose I really should enter more to be in with a chance!
My Third place photograph below was of a lone tree in Llyn Padarn near LLanberis Snowdonia, the early morning photograph taken just before sunrise.
I offer limited availability Landscape photography training courses including to The Scottish Highlands and also Snowdonia, details can be found on my website here
A little late posting but arriving in the office last year was this stunning Exclusive Storybook Album and matching parent copies featuring Kayleigh and Matthews wedding at Langdale Church and Langdale Hotel in the Lake District.
The wedding albums stainless steel cover and box both feature Kayleigh and Matthews order of service showing their church nestled in the Langdale Valley. We recreated the image as a photo with our drone adding Kayleigh and Matthew to the scene too.
Santorini Wedding Photography | Laura and Mike’s Exclusive Storybook Wedding Album | Handmade Italian Wedding Books
It’s been a busy few months of wedding album deliveries to excited brides and grooms. One of these just before Christmas was for Laura and Mike married in summer 2019 in Santorini, Greece.
Their album is a large 30×30 Exclusive Storybook and featured a stainless steel and black leather cover wrapping up 62 pages of edge to edge printing on the stunning soft touch paper.
Exclusive albums are supplied with a customisable presentation box, Laura and Mike’s matt white box had a subtle gloss overprinting of a photograph taken in Santorini of entwined figures in the shape of the islands and Caldera.
Exclusive Storybook wedding albums include full edge to printing allowing large double page spreads of your favourite wedding photographs. There’s also no limit to how many wedding photos you can include in these stunning hand made Italian albums.