Archive for the ‘Weddings’ Category

After a quick cycle ride in the Peak District to get nice and hot what better to do than get married?  What happened to the Groom just going to the pub?  Martin is a man of action!  Nina meanwhile, was getting ready surrounded by her bridesmaids and flower girls.  No stress – well apart from the big struggle putting in the veil.  Very often I end up doing Dad’s cravat or putting in his button hole but putting the veil on the bride was a first for me.  Off to Hathersage Church – where Martin sat anxiously.  Hathersage Church is a beautiful old piece of Derbyshire history – Little John of Robin Hood fame is buried there you know – not sure though looks a little too small for a bear and would have been a hell of a walk from Sherwood Forest.

Dodging the showers we managed a quick shot out at Stannedge Edge, Peak District with their VW Camper Van wedding car then off to the Golf Club for the reception. From then on the sun shone making the Golf Course a perfect kids playground!

pre-wedding bike ride, Peak District

Mirror Mirror...

Hathersage Church, Derbyshire

Pre-match nerves

Here comes the bride - veil held well!

Cat with cream

Camper Van at Stannedge Edge

VW Camper wedding car Stannedge Edge, Derbyshire

The Action Men

Yippee!

Just returned from a great wedding in Mallorca.  Damien & Maeve were married in the beautiful hill-top church of Deia accompanied by their family and friends from Dublin.  Such a lovely couple and family it was a pleasure to provide the wedding photography for them especially in such a gorgeous setting.

Here is a little taster of the images:

Thanks to all the lovely people who spoke to us at the National Wedding Show NEC this weekend.  We had discussions with over 100 people and have taken three bookings since!

Capture My Life stand

Really excited about exhibiting at the National Wedding Show, NEC on 4th – 6th March.  We will be featuring our relaxed style of wedding photography with real life examples from both international and UK weddings.  If you are planning your wedding, it really is THE  best place to come and get ideas.  Come and say hello to us on stand J23 and ask us about our super duper special offer!

Lucy Marshall creates individual and intricate Bridal Accessories in Manchester.  Here is a sneak preview of a couple of the shots we did for her new collection.  If you love that vintage feel then you will love these.  Check out her site on www.lucymarshall.com

Now, if you are a bird lover you might have seen Jenny & Michael’s story at Bempton Cliffs RSPB centre.  How he romantically proposed on the sheer cliffs with a chorus of Gannets and Razorbills.  Anyway, she obviously managed to accept loud enough for Michael to hear her over the sea bird squawks and they started planning their wedding.

I had met Jenny before as the top banana bridesmaid for her sister Anna a few years ago and was delighted when she called me to talk through their plans.  Even more delighted when she told me that they wanted to get married at Mylnhurst School in Sheffield, where she was a former pupil.  My kids went to Mylnhurst and I have had a close relationship with the school professionally and it is, of course, close to my heart.  This would be the first wedding at the school – ever.

Of course, you can’t get married in a school without a school theme.  So here is a quick slideshow:

I had the pleasure to do the wedding photography for Gary & Louise in Marbella, Spain recently. I have known Gary & Louise for some time having photographed their lovely sons on a number of occasions. I was also there when Gary proposed in Barbados, as I was covering his brother’s wedding!

The Bajan Proposal

As Gary’s Dad said, I have covered some miles with their family!

When I cover a foreign wedding, I like to ‘reccie’ the venues first, so I went to the practice at La Virginia Church.  It’s a beautiful little church which looks for all the world like it has been there forever – even though it is, in fact, quite new!  I knew that it would be a squeeze to fit all the guests into the church – and also knew that it was going to be very hot!  The reception was to be held at the Don Carlos Leisure Resort and Spa in Marbella – which is a fantastic hotel!

Before the church service, there was a mad dash to Gibraltar for the official wedding.  Off I went in a minibus with the immediate family.  At the border we dived into taxis and set off to the very colonial registry office.  Gibraltar is so busy compared with Spain.  Cars and motorbikes everywhere jamming the little streets.  Once we arrived, we rushed straight in.  Bish, bash, bosh – married!  Now, where to celebrate it?!  Not saying Gary was flying by the seat of his pants, but he was arranging things on the go!  Quick bottle of champagne at a local bar – with probably the world’s most miserable waitress!  Then a long and VERY hot walk back to the border to meet our minibus man.  Off we go again – Gary is phoning people to find out where they should go to eat.  Now, as it turned out, he hit the jackpot.  A really nice grill on the outskirts of Marbella – sorted! Nice meal and back to the Don Carlos for the evening drinks reception. Here’s a little slideshow of the Gibraltar run!

Here’s a snippet of the chilled out pre-wedding drinks at the Don Carlos.

Of course, the main event was the next day and, as usual, I was with them for the build up, bobbing between the bride and the gathering  guests.

It sometimes gets a bit crowded in the bride’s room.  Hair -Louise flew out Richard Phillipart from The Boutique in Great Sutton, Make-up artist, bridesmaids, kids, baby sitters, Dad and of course, me!

Louise looked absolutely fabulous in her Suzanne Neville dress (Rio) and, when the time came, her Dad proudly walked her through the hotel and into the wedding car.  Whoops!  Half way to the church, Louise realised that she didn’t have her flowers so it was back to the hotel!

Gary and the guests were slowly cooking as we arrived in the full afternoon sun. The service was lovely – a bit of a tear jerker!  Then, back to the Don Carlos for the Reception, food, speeches, and entertainment!

The food was excellent and the speeches highly entertaining.  In Marbella they know how to cut a cake! ( An excellent cake – or should I say cakes, from Cake Marbella). Not just some cake knife – no, no, no – a sword!

Evening entertainment was provided by Bruno Mariano who came over from Portugal giving us plenty of Rat Pack songs and a smooth Jazz style, as well as Louise singing a special song for Gary.  The bride singing to the groom – and for that matter the bride and bridesmaids singing, sounds unusual, but not when you realise that together they are SUPERSISTER with a hit record “Coffee”!!!

Next day a chill out with a couple of hours at Nikki Beach – poseurs paradise!

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

It was a pleasure to do the wedding photography for Caroline and Stuart in Sheffield.   A lovely service at Ecclesall Church followed by a quick windswept photoshoot in the Peak District.  When I say windswept, I mean gail force with horizontal rain!  Caroline and Stuart wanted a special picture of their wedding and had asked if we could stop off in between Ecclesall Church and Hassop Hall.  As the storm clouds brewed in the sky, I asked again…”do you still want to do it?”   “Yes” was the reply, so we got the vintage Rolls Royce in position and went for it.  It was so windy that I had to retrieve the brides veil from a field after it had blown away!  Quite comical actually.  Especially when we got them out of the rain and into the car and the driver wanted me to hold his champagne glasses so he could pour them a drink!  Within a few seconds, the glasses are being filled with rain water and I am literally soaked to the skin!  Thankfully Caroline took pity on me and refused the drink so I could dash back to the car and shelter from the storm!

Good things come to those who wait…isn’t that what they say?  Well Alan waited…and waited and waited and waited.  He wasn’t to know that Suzanne was all ready and set to go!  Just waiting for a guest to arrive.  Kept him on his toes though.  The Registrar was having kittens – getting his knickers in a twist!

Mind you Alan didn’t wait to propose…whoosh, New York, Empire State building, job done!  If Concorde was still flying he would have been on it!

Well she was worth waiting for.  I love seeing the groom’s jaw drop as he sees his bride.  Alan was no exception as Suzanne glided down the aisle in her gorgeous Augusta Jones dress (Carli by Augusta Jones, from Freya Bridal in Sheffield).

Now this was a giggly wedding.  Lots of laughs despite the weather! Rain, Sun, rain – english summer all in one afternoon.

Nobody cared.  Especially as Elvis chimed up.  Did you know Elvis was alive?  Yeah living in Wakefield, England, apparently and doing a sterling job of getting people dancing – yeah …thank ya very much!

Katie & John wanted an English summer theme to their wedding reception at Losehill House Hotel in Derbyshire.  So there was Jam, Lemonade, bunting – oh and of course rain!  It didn’t matter though – if anything the Derbyshire countryside after rain is the epitome of ‘England’s Green and Pleasant Land’.