I still don't know what to call these; an engagement shoot? Pre-wed? Couple shoot? An adventure shoot? Am I just writing all options for SEO?
These people are called Jen + Lee, their dog is called Colin. I don't know what those two donkeys are called. The sky went shades of pink at the end of this, it was in the Peaks. It was a fine evening in even finer company, and I can't wait for the wedding in Manchester soon. It will be good to be back.
Thank you to Jen + Lee for bearing with me and humouring my certainty that I had been here before, despite my complete lack of ability to recognise anything. Cheers to Lee's with beards.
Easing into wedding season here, helped by the company of enthusiastic dogs and happy go-lucky folk who know how to have a good time. Manchester came to Derbyshire and they knew how to throw a party. Over to you Danielle + Ryan. Prep at Stretton House, which is just this enormous house I never knew of in Derbyshire, with a gazillion bedrooms and a cinema. Incredible. They hired it for a few days as wedding base camp. Genius. The rest of the day was over at the West Mill in Darley Abbey, Derby.
Ed Godden came along to help out on this one, and Danielle + Ryan booked Shutterbox to do video too. If you're friends of Danielle + Ryan you can register to view the full set when they're ready right here.
"So - we skipped the wine and settled for coffee on simons lunch break. We are too impatient - THEY ARE BLOODY BRILLIANT!" - Ele + Simon
Given that all you need to do is sign that piece of paper, the rest of the wedding you can do whatever the heck you like. And for Ele + Simon that meant getting ready together, a black skirt and blue top, no cake, a tiny ceremony (the first) in the library at Ullet Road Unitarian Church in Liverpool, followed by dancing into the night, donuts and a whole parma ham at the Handyman Supermarket Brewery on Smithdown Road.
It was my first wedding of the year, and a belting way to start 2018.
Lucy and Paul, some of the loveliest people you are ever likely to meet. Rain seems to have been a theme of the last few wedding I've blogged, and once again; who cares. Oakwell Hall was built in 1583. It's Charlotte Bronte's "Fieldhead". Apparently it was even in that 2017 Gunpowder series which I only got to see vicariously via Gogglebox but that I am sure looked epic nevertheless. Who wouldn't want to be forced inside there by the weather?
These guys are beautiful inside and out, and it was a pleasure to spend time with them. And not only because Lucy wield the ability to discount Nespresso machines. There's a superpower if ever I heard of one.
In a field in Surrey a group of lovely people got together, set up a little camp of tents, a massive geo-dome and a nice pagan man married them under a tree. Plus there was a sage smoke cleansing and a stone circle. The sun shone all day, no one got stung by the hornets, and it ended on a full moon. (Plus the toilets would have qualified as #cabinporn on instagram).
It's kind of a cliche to imagine Yorkshire looking all moist and misty and atmospheric, but that was exactly what it was up to for Henry + Charlotte's wedding, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We had pockets of dry to nip outside for some portraits, and when you have a couple who can't keep their hands off each other, and some dank horses, then you have everything you need.
Also got introduced to the concept of a back necklace, which is does what it says on the tin, and looks incredible. I haven't invested because I'm short of backless tops, but you should definitely get involved if you have the wardrobe for one.
Talking of wardrobe; Charlotte's dress is (brilliantly) called Deirdre by Maggie Sottero. Look at that, I even googled it and linked for you. I would bookmark it under Nice Lace.
I'm such a firm believer that your wedding day should be a day all about yourselves, what you want to do, a selfish celebration of your own relationship. So, if that means you want to get married in a mock up of a space capsule in fancy dress, then you should do exactly that.
You beautiful pair Daren + Hannah, at the National Space Centre.
Sharing a love of the sea, Lauren + Nick were always going to end up marrying at the seaside. After prep in hipster Margate, and a church ceremony in Birchington-on-Sea we headed down to the beach that Lauren would spend time with her mother at. There was, in no particular order, coastal gales and biting sea spray, a fernery, a driver with some seriously long shirt cuffs, greenhouses galore and probably the nicest bunch of South Londoners you're ever likely to cross paths with. The reception; Quex Park in Kent.
I knew I was going to have a good time at Jen + Dan's wedding, we met at Most Curious on Brick Lane when they were living in London. They were having their wedding up in Liverpool - the first ceremony the Everyman Theatre had held - and they were very much doing it their own way. I was looking forward to getting back up to the NW (we lived upstream on the Mersey in Manchester for 6 years).
You couldn't help being taken by their abundant and unmissable love for one another, by the abundant concrete at the Everyman and by the crisp, modern vibe it gave the whole reception. Being at a venue that can make fine espresso coffee also does no harm, and strolling down Hope Street whilst the NW's friendliest folks whoop and holler their congratulations from the pavement cafes and car windows meant the day was processing just as you hoped it would. And then - an entire CARNIVAL goes and shows up(!)
Enjoy! And don't forget to check out Ukeleighties and Loose Moose, both of whom I can promise are guaranteed floor-fillers.