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

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing a very talented group of musicians in London, Classico Latino.

The group  consists of pianist Iván Guevara-Bernal, Violinist Lizzie Ball and cellist Graham Walker.  Hope the Columbian tour went well!  One thing you can count on with music photography is being entertained! Have a listen http://classicolatino.com/blog/

I know it’s ages since Halloween but I just haven’t had time to update the blog. In fact I haven’t stopped since the summer – and now it’s snowing!!  Apologies to all those people in between the summer and Halloween who didn’t get a mention!

I have been bobbing around the country doing some commercial photography for a new client recently, Dransfield Property.  Amongst many other things they have a number of shopping centres and I have to say that they do a fantastic job!  One of the centres I have been to a few times is Marshall’s Yard at Gainsborough.  I didn’t think I had been to Gainsborough before but it was ace!  The Farmers Market was excellent – Pampered Pig Pork Sandwich was my favourite and their Pumkin Soup at the Halloween event warmed the cockles.

If you get chance go to one of the events at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough and take the little ones!  The Farmers Market very much appealed to me though!

commercial photography

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’.

It’s been so busy recently that I am way behind with our news! Mary Portas (aka Mary Queen Of Shops) came to Sheffield to launch a series of Master classes developed by National Skills Academy in conjunction with Skillsmart Retail, The Mary Portas guide to successful retailing. A whole bunch of people involved with retail turned up at The Source at Meadowhall to listen to her tell us what was what retailwise. Really interesting and, of course, very entertaining!

Mary Portas

This was an entrance that had everyone laughing, and I mean crying with laughter – which was kind of the theme of the whole Bev and Suzanne wedding weekend!

Imagine everyone sitting, fanning themselves with their order of service trying to keep cool in the library of the lovely Swinton Park Hotel in North Yorkshire.  The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, quietly entered the room, welcomed everyone, and then announced the couple.  The traditional wedding march chimed up for a few bars then, “zrrrrp”, it stopped,  followed by “Here Come The Girls”, loud and proud!  The Bishop then launched into an amazing funky dance routine!  Not just a little jig, oh no, this was a full-on routine followed by Suzanne and Bev and their respective brothers.  Talk about making an entrance – this was brilliant!

What with guided walks, horse riding, shooting, falconry and of course, more partying, this was an action-packed weekend.  Party on Beverley and Suzanne!