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Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

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Over the summer I have provided wedding photography for several weddings all have been brilliant, I am thankful to the happy couples for employing me to cover their wedding days.  My aim with this blog is to update it a couple of times a week with what we've been up and show off work. However in busier times it is hard to make the time to write a blog and now I am somewhat behind. 

In August I covered the wedding for Philip & Lena, which was held at the Pagneant House in Warwick followed by a reception within the ballroom of the old Court House.

I booked for a few hours to cover the ceremony and the formal portraits and the general scene within two hours. Philip and Lena wanted a relaxed vintage feel to the photography whilst also capturing the pictures of the family groups that everyone loves.  

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Rosey and Sean Wedding Photography at the Warwickshire Golf Club

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On the 30th July I covered the wedding of Rosey and Sean for a whole day wedding photography package from the bridal preparations to the first dance. The wedding service was held at St Martins Church on the Rugby Road in Leamington Spa with the reception held at The Warwickshire Golf Club. The day started for Rebecca my colleague at The Travel Lodge in Leamington and for me at the church an hour later. This is the advantage of having two wedding photographers because we can be in two places at once and also when in the same location take photographs of the same subject from different aspects.    

All went well for the bridal prep but at the church the vicar told me that pictures were not allowed during the ceremony, which was disappointing but sometimes vicars and registrars can be awkward it is few and far between though.   If I am honest I did sneak in a few pictures of crucial moments of the service from the back of the church because I am being paid to take photographs and if I have to bend the rules a little bit I will do as long as it doesn't upset anyone.  

For the transportation of guests a vintage double decker bus had been hired and for the bride and groom a horse and carriage to take them to The Warwickshire and with my local knowledge we were able to drive around the back lanes and arrive at the venue before the bus and the carriage.

The weather at the venue was sunny but we some cloud, the speeches were very good with a brutal best mans speech and then surprise or two for the guests with the announcement that Rosey was pregnant and the surprise guest of Steve Bull a famous Wolves football player arriving at the end of the speeches Rosey is a Wolves fan and Sean a Leicester Fan.

I  rounded the day off with a drone video selfie of the wedding crowd and the venue in the background. I am a qualified and insured drone (uav pilot) the Warwickshire has loads of space so I thought why not try a selfie as a bonus for the happy couple.  After this I left just after the first dance it was an enjoyable day here is small sample of the 500 images that were supplied to the Happy couple.

 

 

 

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Alex & Jim Wedding Photography at Lord Leycester Hospital

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The Lord Leycester is great venue and one of my favourite places in to do Wedding Photography in Warwick because unlike most venues it is a charity that looks after retired service men and they're wives. Similar to the Chelsea Pensioners the "Brothers" who run the Lord Leycester are all ex services who run the building under the supervision of a "master" a retired officer in return for their lodgings. Also the venue is a fantastic building and my hope that is the more weddings that are held there the more money can be invested in its upkeep.

 

 

 

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Lord Leycester Hospital Wedding Photograpy

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On Saturday 11th June provided the Wedding Photography for Chris & Katherine Fenwick at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. The Lord Leycester Hospital is such a picturesque building with well kept gardens as well as the brothers on hand to help out.

I was booked for a two hour coverage package which is very popular for couples that want wedding photography of the service the signing of the register, portraits plus pictures of families and friends but without committing to hiring a wedding photographer all day.

The day started at The Rose and Crown pub for the bridal party then onto the Lord. The weather was kind to us despite there being some rain earlier in the day , it was a very happy relaxed wedding.

 

 

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Graduation Photography Warwick University

I always enjoy new challenges and opportunities, earlier this month I was employed by a family to photograph their daughters graduation at Warwick University.

This being my first job doing graduation photography, I did a bit of research which told me that graduation photography is usually traditional posed photographs in front of a screen. Which is kind of boring but necessary for photographing hundreds of graduates with their degree certificates and not everyone is able to have there own professional photographer. 

Drawing on my experience with wedding photography I was able to take pictures of the main ceremony, family and friends groups as well as some fun, natural portraits. In the ceremony it was very dark but we the right camera settings and a combination of the right vantage point I was able fulfill my clients brief. Outside it was a very dull cloudy day,  to counter the dull conditions I gave the pictures a warmer sunnier look.

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Warwickshire Wedding Photographer Sale

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To celebrate our fourth Birthday in business at our studio at 1 Market Place, Warwick.  We are holding a 20% OFF sale for all our wedding photography packages booked between now and 15th February 2016.

Simply visit our wedding photography webpage and then contact us to book your wedding photography package at a 20% discount. 

We have seven years experience providing wedding photography, it is our absolute aim to get the best pictures to suit your style and budget. Working mainly in Warwickshire we have covered weddings at the county's most popular wedding venues with many happy customers.

 

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Wedding Photography Warwickshire at Dunchurch Park

On the 18th July we provided the wedding photography for the wedding of Rebekah and Steve Murphy at Dunchurch Park in Warwickshire. It was an epic twelve hours from 9.30 am until 9.30 pm for me and 9.30 until 5.00 pm for my photographer colleague Rebecca.

However the flew by it was such a lovely wedding and it was great pleasure to capture the day as it unfolded, I have shared a few images below.

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Warwickshire Pre Wedding Shoot on location at Dunchurch Park with Becci & Steve

Becci and Steve's pre wedding shoot took place at Dunchurch Park where they are planning to get married in July this year.

It was good to catch up and explore the extensive grounds at Dunchurch Park. I am very much looking forward to the wedding photography capturing the all the fun and details of their wedding day.

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Event Photography Cafe Rouge Leamington Spa

On the 30th October I was employed to provide event photography at the re-launch event of Cafe Rouge in Leamington Spa.  The purpose of the event was to show off the newly devised wine list created by wine expert Mathew Jukes as well as the skills of the kitchen staff to create dishes that work well with the wine.

Photography wise it was quite challenging because the restaurants is very dimly lit throughout, which really gave me the only option of using my flash gun.  That said I did get some time to create some available light shots with Mathew and the Cafe Rouge branded Citroen 2CV outside by Royal Priors

 

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Natasha & John Wedding Photography

On the 5th August it was the wedding of Natasha & John who got married in Bournemouth Registry office and then had a humanist wedding ceremony on the beach at Mudeford, close to Christchurch in Dorset. It was a intimate affair but for what it lacked in size it made up for in impact. After the registry office ceremony we headed to Christchurch where we a ferry boat had been laid on to take us to Mudeford beach and then the service was held on the beach.

It was a great experience to photograph a wedding on a beach and not something I had expected to happen since Warwick is one of the furthest places from the sea in the UK and John didn’t actually mention the ceremony was happening on the beach until the day!

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Wedding Photography & Events July - August 2014

From mid-July to mid-August was a busy month for wedding photography and event photography in Warwickshire.

The first wedding was for Alyson & Rob who got married at Winton House Registry Office in Stratford-upon-Avon then afterwards a small gathering of friends and family at the Baraset Barn in Alveston, near Stratford-upon-Avon

My brief was to cover the service and reception in reportage style wedding photography whilst also getting the traditional shots that remain a staple of any wedding. The assignment in total was just two hours, but however long I am hired for is just as important as an all-day assignment and I will put as much effort in as is required to get the pictures.

It was a very enjoyable few hours where the weather was the best it had been for a few days and all there was plenty of opportunity for getting the photographs I needed.



My next event was a 50th Birthday party for a local Warwick businessman held at Ashorne Hill, just outside Warwick. My brief here was to capture candid event photography of James’ guests enjoying the activities in the day time and then photograph the couples before they headed into the evening meal.

First of all I didn’t even know Ashorne Hill existed, but what lovely venue that is well worth checking out.  James had laid on sports activities, a BBQ and access to the venues leisure facilities for all his guests in the daytime and then a relaxed formal meal.  The weather was absolutely perfect probably the best day so far this year and James had created a relaxed atmosphere where I was able to capture many relaxed portraits of his guests.



On the 2nd August it was the wedding of Caroline & David, the service was held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Whitnash with the reception at Whitnash Golf Club.  I really enjoyed this wedding because over the last six months I’ve have got to know Caroline & David through the planning and the pre wedding engagement portraits.   It was great to see all the guests and the happy couple enjoy an emotional and very happy day.

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Weddding Photography Gurdwara Sahib Royal Leamington Spa

I would like to share a few images from the very enjoyable and interesting wedding of Nicky and Harbir that I was commissioned to photograph at the end of June 2014.

My brief was to be the brides photographer this included informal portraits and detail capture in the morning and then reportage wedding style wedding photography coverage of the wedding ceremony at the Gurdwara Sahib in Royal Leamington Spa in the afternoon.

The day was very enjoyable and interesting especially to meet all the families involved who were very friendly and helpful in guiding me through the ceremonies and formalities of the day.

I have shared a few of my favourite images below.

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Photography at Warwick Castle

It’s been flat out since Christmas and in busy times unfortunately blog writing becomes very low priority and lots of great stories are missed. So I’ll revisit some of the projects I have been involved in since the beginning of the year in future updates.

Firstly I wanted to mention the wedding photographs I did of Farrah and Greg an American couple who whilst honeymooning in the UK, wanted wedding photography of them that featured Warwick Castle.  They had requested to have them taken at the Mill Garden which is a venue I have used many times due to its picturesque location by the river and the castle.

The gardens were booked in January and then photo date was Tuesday 6th May. All was well until mid April when the trustees of the gardens called me to say that due to a planning dispute on Mill Street, the gardens could no longer be used for wedding photographs...gutted!
This news was somewhat disturbing because I had a client who wanted pictures with Warwick Castle in the background and to my knowledge the gardens were the only place I knew of that could fit the brief.

Apart from the obvious being Warwick Castle itself, but I know they have their own roaming photographer and also they hold weddings there so it seemed unlikely they would let me go in with Farrah & Greg and wonder about taking wedding photographs. But I was wrong one phone call and it was confirmed that we could use the castle grounds just as long as we paid the entrance fee and didn’t take photographs in the castle interiors.

This was great news and wedding photographs in the grounds of Warwick Castle is far better than what could of been achieved at the Mill Gardens albeit at extra cost but it was worth every penny. 

Then on 6th May the weather was excellent, Farrah and Greg looked perfect and we went off around the castle grounds and battlements. This is one of those great days when I really enjoy being a photographer and businessman because a challenge was set, I overcame it and finished the job with a happy client and a great finished product.



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Save the Date Photo Session

Save the Date photographs are a popular way of celebrating a couples up coming wedding with a quicky engagement photoshoot that emphasis the date of the wedding turned into a montage or collage.  I believe this is mostly popular in the United States and when I was asked to do one at the end of October I didn't know what it was.  But after doing a bit of research online, I formulated some ideas and my customer Udit said he would provide the props.b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1527.jpg

Every Save the Date photograph series has a theme and Udit said he wanted an autumn theme something that is not easily achieved in a studio evironment. But Warwick has some great gardens and the king of the all when it comes to a romantic setting is the Mill Garden at the bottom of Mill Street by the castle. Its perfect for photos of any kind because of the Castle on one side and the ruined bridge and river on the other.

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However, on the day of the shoot the MOP fair was in town which again made a perfect setting for fun photographs. I think part of being a good photographer is being able to adapt, its good to have done ones research, have set ups in mind, but its also important to listen to your client and the ideas they have. I always say that it better to try out rather than dismiss any idea.

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So we tried various ideas out on and around the rides at the MOP but as soon as we reached the Mill Garden it was clear that novelty of the fair had faded and this was the place they wanted there photographs to be taken. Uditt provided the Save the Date banner and dates and I brought a purple heart shaped helleium ballooon (I couldn't find a red one). To start with a it was a over cast grey day but soon the sun came out to lift the background allowing the capture of the autumn feel Udit and Khyati wanted.

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A Very Warwick Wedding @ Mill Gardens Warwick

On 17th May 2013, I was delighted to be the official wedding photographer for the wedding of Joanne & Nick Kamen. The service was held at Shire Hall Registry Office and then with the aid of some vintage Rolls Royce’s we were whisked off to St Nicolas’s Park and then onto the Mill Garden at the foot of the Castle.

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When they came to book at my studio Joanne & Nick wanted the full wedding photography treatment including beautiful backdrops and cars but not the usual hotel venue. I suggested that after their service they should have their photographs taken at the Mill Garden on Mill Street; however the gardens were already booked, so Nick suggested that we use the gardens in St Nicholas’s park first and then went onto the Mill Garden.

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The plan worked a flawlessly, we did some photos in the square with the Rolls Royce’s and then some close family portraits in the park, whilst the Rollers went back to the square to pick up the rest of the party. In the park the flowers were in full bloom, I don’t think a hotel flower bed would have been as well kept.  Then we went onto the spectacular Mill Garden. I have done a few weddings at this garden and I cannot stress enough about what a beautiful place it is, the flowers beds and lawns are immaculate, then there is the romantic ruined bridge and the river and of course Warwick Castle. Wedding photography garden hire is £40, which I think is very reasonable for the views included.

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After the wedding photographs had finished I walked back to town with the wedding party through the old castle gate that leads off the St Nicholas roundabout, the path is carved through ancient rock and leads onto Castle Lane. I couldn’t help thinking on my walk back to my studio how well the wedding photography had worked and the guest experience of seeing some hidden gems of Warwick.

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I think this wedding is proof that there are alternatives to traditional church and hotel reception weddings that don’t scrimp on the wow factor.  It was also a great wedding to cover, everyone was easy to instruct and even the weather turned out well in the end after an anxious week of rain forecasts.

 

It was a great day all round.  

 

 

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Warwickshire Ceremonies Guide

Hello, this is a quick news entry to point out our advert in the 2013/2014 Warwickshire County Council Ceremonies Guide, which was published on Friday 17th May 2013.

The guide which can be viewed from the link below, lists Wedding venues and a select number of wedding suppliers and wedding photographers operating in Warwickshire. It is a must have for anyone planning a wedding within the county. 

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Copies can be picked up from the many Warwickshire registry offices such as the one in Shire Hall, which is right next door to the Squire & Squire Studio..

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