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Clearwell Castle Wedding - Mel and Seb

Mel and Seb, Clearwell Castle Wedding

Mel and Seb had their Clearwell Castle Wedding in March this year. It was a truly beautiful wedding with their closest family and friends helping them celebrate in style. The weather was a bit hit and miss as you'd expect in March but it didn't affect the running of their day. We still managed to get outside for a brief period for a few portraits before Mel froze. Once back inside there was plenty of food and drink to warm everybody up and some awesome speeches beforehand.

Clearwell Castle is such a beautiful setting for a wedding and I always enjoy shooting weddings here. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and having nice big windows for a lovely glow of natural light inside, it's just perfect.

If you are getting married at Clearwell Castle or any other venue for that matter and would like to know more about me, click the contact tab and lets chat.

Venue - Clearwell Castle

Dress - June Brides, Glasgow

Hair and Mae up - Esandes Cheltenham

Flowers by - Lavenders Blue

Cake by -  Clearwell

 

 


Lemore Manor wedding

Emily and David - Private

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Herefordshire wedding photographer at Brinsop court

Brinsop Court Estate Wedding Photographer

Brinsop Court Estate Wedding.

So it was back to Brinsop Court for the Christmas wedding of Laura and Stuart. It is always amazing to be a Brinsop court estate wedding photographer and even more so when it is a Christmas wedding. Laura and Stuart had such a blast with their family and friends throughout the day in the glorious surroundings. I can't forget Charlie the Labrador, as he was not only present throughout the day but he also made an appearance during their engagement shoot too. (I wish my dogs were as well behaved as him). It was fantastic to be able to get outside for a few portraits at this time of year. If you are getting married here, the grounds are definitely a major factor for choosing the venue. Add to that, the stunning interior and you have a superb wedding venue hidden away in the beautiful countryside.

Time to party.

After their wedding breakfast and speeches, it was time to party. A great moment at the end of their first dance was the confetti canons, although someone was a bit premature with theirs. (I won't say who though). Some great tunes were played by the lively band, Kolo which had everyone on the dance floor. A certain local Hair and make up artist was up for the party...

It was a great atmosphere throughout the day with everyone making sure that the couple celebrated in style.

Wedding Venue - Brinsop Court Estate

Hair and Make up - Hilary Read

Bridesmaids Make up - Indulge Beauty Salon

Wedding flowers - Issy and Bella

Wedding Dress - Justin Alexander


Llanerch Vineyard wedding Photographer - Fiona and Greg

Llanerch Vineyard Wedding - Fiona and Greg

It was great to work with these guys at their Llanerch Vineyard wedding. I already knew Fiona as she was a bridesmaid at one of my previous weddings. It was lovely to be able to shoot her wedding too and one of her bridesmaids was the bride from the previous wedding. Fiona and Greg had their engagement shoot in Cardiff, which can be found here. They live quite close to Cardiff so Llanerch Vineyard was very well known to them both. Fiona got ready at their home in a place which I can spell but I can't pronounce, (I do have trouble with Welsh words). During the morning she was surrounded by her bridesmaids and family who made sure she was as relaxed as possible. Emotion definitely spilled over though once Fiona was in her dress, with a few tears from almost everyone.

Their ceremony was at St Catwgs Church (another that I am unable to pronounce). This was a beautiful church not too far from Llanerch Vineyard. After the ceremony there was the short drive to the vineyard. Here we took some portrait photographs by the lake next to the vineyard whilst Fiona and Greg relaxed. We then made our way back into the vineyard for a few group photographs and a few more portraits too. The speeches after the wedding breakfast were very funny with a lot of jokes about the groom. The kind of best man jokes that only a brother could get away with really.

The Party.

Once the party had started, there was an announcement of a band that had been touring the USA were going to play. The reality was that it was Fiona's Dad and friends along with Mum and friends as backing singers. To be fair they did a good job (even if they did have to have the chords on a piece of paper in front of them) From then on it was a full on party with everyone joining in.

It was great to work with Janet White Ashby and Natalie Ricciardi again too ;-)

Venue - Llanerch Vineyard

Hair - Janet White Ashby 

Make up - Natalie Ricciardi 

Flowers - Sians Flowers

Dress - Lou Lou Bridal

 

 

 

 


Cosplay wedding, Clearwell Castle

Sailor Moon Cosplay Wedding

Tom and Melissa's Sailor Moon Cosplay Wedding.

I met Tom and Melissa at a wedding fayre in 2016 where they told me all about their wedding. When they explained that it was a Sailor moon cosplay wedding, I'll be honest, I had no idea what they were talking about. Once I got home after the fayre though, I googled it and found out that not only was Cosplay huge, but Sailor Moon was too! Google it, you'll see.

Tom and Melissa booked in shortly after and explained how they wanted their day to go. The more they spoke about it, the more I got excited about shooting their wedding. All of the costumes were made or customised between themselves and their friends, they looked amazing. Their wedding was held at Clearwell Castle so this was a first Cosplay and Clearwell wedding for me.

Tom and Melissa love doing what they do, you can see it in them both when they talk about Cosplay. They just wanted to enjoy their day whilst dressed as their favourite characters and surrounded by friends. I have to say, it was a bit different from any other wedding. Walking into Bridal preparation and seeing Melissa and all of the bridesmaids in character was surreal at first. Tom and Melissa also had a costume change for the evening and looked fantastic together. You could see that a lot of effort had gone into their wedding and they were rewarded with an amazing day.

Their wedding day was so much fun to capture, with all of the characters around. I wouldn't hesitate to cover another Cosplay Wedding. Clearwell Castle is also a beautiful venue too, which made for a fantastic backdrop to the day.

Venue - Clearwell Castle

Cake - Cake Aspirations 

Dress - Vivienne Atelier


Wedding portrait in Gloucestershire

English Country Wedding

English Country Wedding.

Teresa and Andrew's English Country wedding was just superb, it rained a bit but it didn't matter. Andrew is a farmer and Teresa a nurse, so I think they are both more than capable of handling a bit of wet weather.

The Wedding

The wedding itself was in St Michaels church in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. Teresa arrived in a Rolls Royce but once they had got married, they left in Andrew's Tractor. (It had been cleaned obviously) Before they made their way to the tractor, they had a guard of honour. Not your normal sort though, pitch forks. Yes pitch forks, a great quirky idea which I suppose you would expect from a farmer.

The reception was held on Andrew's parents farm land south of Ross. It had beautiful views across the valley which made lovely backdrops for portraits. I did say earlier that it rained a bit but we had been extremely lucky in the fact that it only started to rain heavily when everyone made their way inside for the wedding breakfast. After the wedding breakfast came the speeches, Andrew's best man bringing out a life size card board cut out of Andrew on his stag went down well. Although I am sure Teresa was a bit shocked at the sight at first.

During the evening there was plenty of dancing and fun for everyone. By now even though it really was chucking it down outside, what did Andrew say? Shall we do some portraits? A true farmer for sure, rain was not going to stop him.

This was a fantastic English Country Wedding and I had such a blast, thanks Andy & Teresa!

Hair by: Luchi Hair

Flowers by: Designer flowers

Dress: Isabella design


Brinsop court wedding sunset

Brinsop Court Wedding Photographer - Lian and Sean

Brinsop Court Wedding

What's not to love about being a Brinsop Court wedding photographer? Beautiful scenery set in some of Herefordshires finest countryside. The stunning Brinsop Court wedding venue nestled in amongst the green hills and trees.

It was awesome to shoot the Brinsop Court summer wedding for Lian and Sean. Plenty of emotion and loads of fun were had throughout the day. One particular highlight was the video which Sean had made with the help of his groomsmen. They had spent some considerable time creating the video in which he and his groomsmen sang and acted to some famous pop songs. The video not only went down well with Lian but was loved by everyone who watched it later in the day. It' a shame I couldn't have added the video to this post as you would have loved it too.

Lian and Sean had said all long they wanted their day to be a great day for everyone and it was. You could see everyone was having a great time with plenty to eat and drink. (which went down well with Sean's rugby mates.) After a few more drinks, the rugby line out and scrum photo ideas were born. They had loads of fun creating these and the jumping shots too. (apart from the guy with the split trousers I guess.)

Into the evening and I was greeted with dance moves that I hadn't seen since my clubbing days. (a long time ago now) Not sure if it was a dance off or if everyone was in their own little zone but they could move for sure.

Thank you to Lian and Sean for giving me such a great day to photograph.

Venue - Brinsop Court

 

 


Wedding portrait at lemore manor

Lemore Manor Wedding Photographer - Emily and Steve

Lemore Manor Wedding Photographer

It was such an amazing experience being Emily and Steve's Lemore Manor wedding photographer in September 2017. It was a beautiful end of summers day but it hadn't always looked as though it was going to turn out that way.

For a while it looked as though they were going to have to have their wedding in the Lemore Manor chapel. This would have been just as stunning as the chapel is itself a beautiful part of Lemore. However, Steve was determined to have an outdoor ceremony. He kept his eye on the weather constantly, making the decision to have an outside ceremony with a plan to do a last minute shift of everything inside if the weather turned bad. As you can see, the weather stayed perfect for them. They and their guests to enjoy their wedding under the bandstand and relax in the beautiful gardens too. Some guests chose to play the garden games as others took the time to chill in the beautiful surroundings.

I always enjoy shooting weddings at Lemore manor, it is an amazing venue set along the Herefordshire / Welsh border. If you are looking for your wedding photographer at Lemore Manor or any other venue, click here to get in touch

Venue - Lemore Manor

Brides Hair and Make Up - Hilary Read

Bridesmaids Make Up - Samantha Higgins

Flowers - The Great British Florist

Dress - San Patrick


2017 best moments, Hereford wedding photographers

2017 Best Moments

 2017 Best Moments.

When 2017 started I had no idea that it was going to be such a fantastic year. I have met and worked with so many amazing couples, guests and suppliers throughout this last year.  So firstly I would like to thank you all for making this such a great year and helping contribute to my 2017 best moments.

2017 Highlights.

2017 saw me nominated for West Midlands wedding photographer of the year and then make it through to the finals. I am so grateful to everybody that voted for me, it meant so much and it was lovely to read through your comments at the end too. Maybe 2018 will be my year, who knows...

In 2017 I shot my first ever themed wedding which was at Clearwell Castle. The theme was Sailor Moon which is a Japanese anime for those of you who didn't already know. It really was an amazing day and I will get round to blogging the wedding soon.

Also in 2017 I had two weddings featured in National Wedding magazines which felt awesome. I am hoping for more featured weddings this year too, maybe it will be your wedding.

What 2017 means to me.

Creating this blog of best moments is something that I have been looking forward to all year. Due to weddings happening almost every weekend throughout the year, I sometimes forget about funny or emotional things that happened. When I look at a picture, I get taken back to the day and reminded of what the circumstances were that resulted in a certain shot. I run through in my head, the fun and laughter of some of the portrait sessions, or the atmosphere when Dad sees his daughter in her dress for the first time. It reminds me of how much I love doing what I do and how lucky I am to call this my job.

Something I would definitely consider myself to be is nostalgic. I love history and in my job I love capturing moments that are a part of your history. To think that future generations will look back at your photographs and see you on one of the happiest days of your life is an amazing thought. So much can be caught and frozen in time, the second that button is pushed.

Thank you's

I feel so honoured that you chose me to photograph your weddings and still have to pinch myself to believe I am there doing what I do. I feel the same excitement for the next wedding as I did for my very first one. It's this excitement that makes me keep on trying to better myself year on year. Thank you to each and every one of you for allowing me the opportunity to capture your day.

I hope you all have a fantastic 2018 full of health, wealth and happiness.

Dean.

 


Engagement Photography London

Richard and Jessica in London

Engagement Photography London. I jumped at the chance when Richard and Jessica said they would like their engagement shoot in London. I love working in London, especially around the Thames, so much going on and so many places for photography too.

Richard and Jess get married in 2019 but opted to have their engagement shoot early as Jess was about to leave for Norway for a work placement.

We met up in Stratford first then got the tube to St Pauls where we walked across to the Southbank part of London. Such a vibrant area wherever you go and whatever the time of year. We went eastwards taking the chance for photographs as and when they came. There was no plan really, just a relaxed engagement shoot and having fun in the process.

After a bite to eat, it wasn't long before the sun was going down and we had to chase the light a little. We crossed to the North side of the Thames and made the most of what light was left, ending up back at St Pauls eventually. Once the sun had gone down, we carried on heading westwards along the Thames. I wanted to get some shots with the lights of the London skyline in the background before heading back home. I Managed to grab a few tourists to act as human light stands and hold my flash once the light had faded completely, thank you unknown tourists.

Thank you for a great day in London both, looking forward to your wedding!