Tips for beautiful Bridal Prep photos

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On the morning of your wedding you'll be filled with excitement and anticipation for what's to come. You'll be pampered and surrounded by your best people, with bubbly at hand to calm those nerves. Here are a few tips to help get beautiful photos to reflect those special memories of your wedding morning.

When deciding on where you’re going to get ready, it really helps to look out for big windows & a room that isn’t cluttered/has plenty of space. This will allow your photographer to get those beautiful, clean detail shots & the perfect photos of you getting into your dress, without any distractions in the background. Lots of natural light is not just a big help for good photos but your make up artist will also thank you!

It’s also a great idea to get matching dressing gowns for your bridesmaids. Not only does this make for lovely photos but it’s the perfect keepsake for your girls to remember the day by.

Have all your jewellery & accessories (shoes, veil, garter, perfume, etc.) kept together near your dress. This makes it quicker and easier to get beautiful detail shots of all those special pieces you've chosen to have as part of your day.

Lastly, try to relax and have fun! This one may be easier said than done for some, but enjoy and savour every moment leading up to walking down that aisle. You're going to look beautiful & it's going to be the best day of your life!

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Why I love my job

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This is my 5th year as a wedding photographer and I wouldn't want to do anything else! When I first got into weddings, my heart was stolen by the wonderful people, the emotional, precious moments I was being allowed to be a part of. It's such a sacred experience. Through this job I make friendships & bonds with the loveliest people. Not just with my couples but with fellow wedding vendors. This industry is so full of love, support & positivity.

Creatively, I'm newly inspired by each wedding I do. I love to see how couples create a day that represents them & how each vendor steps up to make that vision come true. There are so many talented people out there & I feel so lucky that I get to photograph their creations!

For me it's not just about the big moments, pretty details & bridal portraits (although I love those very much!) It's about the look on people's faces when they first see the bride. The sneaky kisses and quiet stolen moments between guests. The little ones who always seem to want to pick up all the confetti after it's been thrown. The people make each day unique & special. I can't imagine ever tiring of being surrounded by love, happiness & overwhelming emotion.

Here are some of my favourite moments from the past year or so. I don't often share too many candid photos & they're often the most precious to all my couples! What a treasure this job truly is.

Mark & Harriet - Lichfield Wedding Photographer

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I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. When Harriet called me last year, upset that she and Mark had been let down by another photographer & asked if I was free on their date, I was so pleased that it happened to be my last free date in July! I could already tell over the phone, what a sweet soul Harriet is. Their beautiful day was set just outside of Lichfield, Staffordshire. Their reception was held at Coton House Farm, where they transformed the marquee with dreamy blush details. The love was flowing throughout all the guests, it was an emotional one! I'm so glad things worked out that I was able to capture this special day for them.

Their day was also featured on EasyWeddings if you want to see what they had to say about the day!

Venue: Coton House Farm     Flowers: Laurel Flower Studio   

Cake: Cottonwood Bakery     Make Up: The Powder Room

David & Ariane - Chateau Raissac - French Destination Wedding

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In August last year I jetted over to the South of France for this stunner of a wedding at Chateau Raissac. This day was set in the most idyllic French venue, classic & sophisticated. There was a relaxed vibe for the whole day as the guests relaxed and enjoyed themselves in the sun after the ceremony. The outdoor setting for the wedding breakfast was so dreamy. It all couldn't have been more perfect. David and Ariane were full of joy and gratitude to be celebrating with the people they loved. It was a truly magical day & I felt so lucky to be there to capture it all!

My 30th Birthday Trip to Rome

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Last Friday was my 30th birthday! I was lucky enough to celebrate it with a trip to Rome with my love, Joe. We had a wonderful time exploring this beautiful city, eating yummy Italian food & drinking lots of espresso! I couldn't have wished for a better way to begin my 30s. I made a simple little video to remember the trip so I thought I'd share it with you all!

Sam & Hayley - Sandon Hall Wedding Photographer

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Back in October I headed to one of my favourite venues, Sandon Hall, for Sam & Hayley's wedding day. What a beautiful day it was, perfect autumn weather & the classic setting Sandon provided was just a joy to capture. This couple are two of the kindest souls, Hayley is such a caring person & wanted to make sure everyone was ok and enjoying themselves on her big day. I couldn't get enough of Sam's cheeky personality & that came across in the photos, I just love how much fun they both had! Take a look at my highlights from the day!

Venue - Sandon Hall      Flowers - Alison O'Mara    Make Up - Callie Jo Bakewell     Hair - Lindsay Warbuton     Dress - Princess Brides