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Emma & Mike | Oaklands | East Yorkshire | Driffield | July 4th 2015

Emma & Mike | Oaklands | East Yorkshire | Driffield | July 4th 2015

EMMA & MIKE | OAKLANDS | EAST YORKSHIRE | DRIFFIELD | JULY 4TH 2015

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I do a lot of weddings with Vivienne Edge, either her helping me, or like this wedding, me helping her.

However, when Viv told me about this wedding, it really got my juices following.

I was at Fforest in Wales at a friends wedding, as a guest, almost a year to the day & ever since have wanted to shoot at a venue

like that, well, here, near Hull, is the Yorkshire equivalent – Oaklands.

I must say that although it was very overcast when I arrived I still wasn’t disappointed & was really looking forward to

photographing here – sort of expected Led Zeppelin to be reformed & do whole lotta love for the first dance song!!! ha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Loads of quirky, yet stylish details are what I LOVE at a wedding, and here at Oaklands, there was a few ๐Ÿ˜‰

I arrived early, so decided to check out the venue, before visiting the lads – I’m glad I did, as some of them had had a heavy night! ha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After the lads had gotten ready, it was a short walk from the cottages to Oaklands & the ceremony ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was obviously nice enough to have outside too! – Bitย too hotย though, as we had to wait a few extra minutes for the bride! ha

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After the gorgeous ceremony, we had chance to grab a few shots of the brilliantly apt wedding vehicles

& even had a bit of time with the bride & groom!

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As the bride was a little late, we grabbed a few group shotsย duringย the day – no one minded though, as the sun was shining

and the venue was amazing!

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After we managed to grab the gorgeous bride, Emma, for a couple of shots, it was time for the cake cut – before the cake melted!!

Then it was time for speeches ๐Ÿ˜‰

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There was fun & games throughout the day too! – Even the bride & groom had a go ๐Ÿ˜‰

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As the sunset, it created the perfect opportunity to steal Emma & Mikeย for some stunning sunset shots.

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And finally, a first for me, as for many, an outdoor first dance, followed byย sparklers.

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It really was an amazing day & Oaklands really is an amazing venue! Just up my street!! haha – For more details, check out –ย http://weddings-by-sophie.co.uk/

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Pre Wedding | Shona & Adam | Chevin Forest Park | Otley | June 27th 2015

Pre Wedding | Shona & Adam | Chevin Forest Park | Otley | June 27th 2015

PRE WEDDING | SHONA & ADAM | CHEVIN FOREST PARK | OTLEY | JUNE 27TH 2015

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It’s been a while since the first meeting with Shona & Adam, so I was happy to meet these two again, a month before their wedding.

We had had this pre wedding shoot booked in a few times, but rain scuppered play.

However, after seeing the weather forecast for this week, we agreed to Saturday afternoon &

I must say it was a glorious day @ a beautiful park, Chevin Forest.

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Fiona & Andy | Immaculate Heart Of Mary Church | Leeds | The Bridge | Wetherby | May 30th 2015

Fiona & Andy | Immaculate Heart Of Mary Church | Leeds | The Bridge | Wetherby | May 30th 2015

FIONA & ANDY | IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHURCH | LEEDS | THE BRIDGE | WETHERBY | MAY 30TH 2015

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It was another sunny wedding the other day, again ย second shooting for Viv Edge.

The ceremony was to be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church in Leeds, then off to The Bridge Hotel in Wetherby,

but before then I was asked to do a bit of groom prep!

Love doing the groom prep & today was certainly no exception – laugh a minute! ๐Ÿ™‚

The lads were already mostly ready @ 9 when I arrived, but they did have a little surprise for Andy from Fiona planned –

if they could sort out the tech! ha

They sat down to watch a lovely DVD from Fiona to Andy, telling him about a surprise limo & casino for the wedding, after all

it was Vegas themed for the honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚

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The ceremony was at midday, and was a lovely little affair, followed by a few group shots on the grounds of the church.

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After the ceremony it was a bit of a drive to The Bridge, but with the sun still shining it wasn’t too much hassle! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After bobbing around shooting some candids, we had some time with the bride & groom, and before the bride dashed in for the wedding breakfast,

we managed to grab a shot outside The Bridge – She had that smile ALL day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The speeches followed the wedding breakfast’s first course & boy were they some good speeches! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh and the casino was in full flow just after too!

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Fiona & Andy went to town on the cake cutting & first dance.

It really was a pleasure to be a small part of their big day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Leanne & Martin | Singleton Lodge | Poulton | May 9th 2015

Leanne & Martin | Singleton Lodge | Poulton | May 9th 2015

LEANNE & MARTIN | SINGLETON LODGE | POULTON | MAY 9TH 2015

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Leanne & Martin are friends ofย a friend of mine, but I was glad they picked me to photograph their big day,

for 2 reasons, 1) I love weddings at Singleton Lodge & 2) Leanne’s banter! ha ๐Ÿ™‚

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The day started at Leanne & Martin’s house in Morecambe, once again, as with the pre wedding shoot,

Sophia was the star of the show – She just loved the limelight ๐Ÿ™‚

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After the girls had got ready, it was a short drive on the M’way to Singleton Lodge, to see the guys ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Then along came the bride, followed by a the ceremony ๐Ÿ™‚

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After the ceremony, the sun had come out, so we headed to the grounds, for some groups shots,

some candids & to spend some time alone with the bride & groom.

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The room for the wedding breakfast was beautifully laid out by the time everyone ventured back inside,

for some food, the speeches & magician David Lancaster ๐Ÿ™‚

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We headed outside after the speeches for the last of the sun, then headed off back inside for the first dance ๐Ÿ™‚Leanne & Martin - Singleton Lodge (604) DSC00762Leanne & Martin - Singleton Lodge (631)

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Kirsty & Martin | The Pines Hotel | Chorley | April 25th 2015

Kirsty & Martin | The Pines Hotel | Chorley | April 25th 2015

KIRTSY & MARTIN | THE PINES HOTEL | CHORLEY | APRIL 25TH 2015

I always love a wedding – even more so when the venue’s a lovely little venue, close by! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The day started at The Pines Hotel, with fun & laughter with both the bridesmaids & the groomsmen ๐Ÿ™‚

This time it was me who was joined by Viv Edge ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kirsty then turned up, looking gorgeous, so it was time for the ceremony ๐Ÿ™‚

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The rain stayed away – Just!, so we had enough time to venture into The Pine’s grounds, for the group shots & some time with Kirsty & Martin.

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The speeches were followed by a bit of a ‘break’, but as the rain had come, it was the perfect time to grab some candids ๐Ÿ™‚

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After the cake cutting, came a wonderful first dance,ย thenย everyone gathered on the dance floor! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was fun from start to finish at The Pine for the wedding of Kirsty & Martin – I enjoyed every minute ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pre Wedding | Kirsty & Martin | Worden Park | Leyland | April 19th 2015

Pre Wedding | Kirsty & Martin | Worden Park | Leyland | April 19th 2015

PRE WEDDING | KIRSTY & MARTIN | WORDEN PARK | LEYLAND APRIL 2015

The first couple of dates we had booked in for this pre wedding engagement shoot, were unfortunately rained off,

which meant it was leaving it a little later than ideally we had planned for this shoot – A week before the wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

However, after a relatively nervous start, Kirsty & Martin relaxed into it & we managed to get some great shots.

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Pre Wedding | Leanne & Martin | Williamson Park | Lancaster | March 13th 2015

Pre Wedding | Leanne & Martin | Williamson Park | Lancaster | March 13th 2015

PRE WEDDING | LEANNE & MARTIN | WILLIAMSON PARK | LANCASTER | MARCH 13TH 2015

Leanne & Martin booked their wedding last year, so it was a long time coming for their engagement shoot,

especially when the first attempt was cancelled due to heavy fog!

Anyway the day came & I think its safe to say Leanne & Martin were a little nervous about being in front of the camera.

However they brought their little muse along, who certainly wasn’t ๐Ÿ™‚

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‘BIG’ 3 DAYS | HAZLEWOOD CASTLE | MARCH 2015

‘BIG’ 3 DAYS | HAZLEWOOD CASTLE | MARCH 2015

BIG’ 3 DAYS | HAZLEWOOD CASTLE | MARCH 2015

I’ve been to all 3 of the previous ‘Big’ 2 Days – So couldn’t really miss out on the ‘Big’ 3 Days now could I?

Day 1 started with the lovely Mila, who I’ve been lucky enough & privileged enough to photograph before ๐Ÿ™‚

She just loved the water ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vivienne & Rhianna ย in wedding dresses were next – Its great to have free reign with the models – To try out ideas etc.

Hazlewood castle is a great location to try these ideas out ๐Ÿ™‚

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Also a bit of ‘groom prep’ thrown in for good measure ๐Ÿ™‚

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Not only is there bridal sessions, there’s also a chance to try a little bit of fashion style photography.

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Oh & there’s boudoir in the brilliant bridal suite @ Hazlewood castle too.

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Fashion photography with the brilliant Lucy, using the grounds of Hazlewood.

We also ventured inside of this gorgeous castle too.

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Day 2 was more of the same, but with different models, including, boudoir with Lauren.

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Lauren & Jase stayed together for the rest of the day, as ‘bride’ & ‘groom’.

As I said its great trying out new ideas, like warming up the white balance, in camera, on a dull day,

to produce the picture below.

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White balance set to auto in the next few images of Lauren & Jase – See the difference? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Night time came, LOVE letters arrived & it was time to test the OCF skills – Lauren & Jase were great too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Day 3 happened to fall on the morning of the eclipse, so I was up bright & breezy to capture an occurrence that doesn’t happen too much!

Again just trying things out, with white balance & ND 10 stop filter, I produced these images, which I’m pretty happy with.

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Back to photographing models – ย I was going to spend the day with Kelly & Terri ๐Ÿ™‚

First doing boudoir in Hazlewood castle’s bridal suite, then fashion with the Terri …..

Followed by what has become the standard ‘trash the dress’.

However, these two ladies went above & beyond & REALLY trashed those dresses ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ella & Colin | Coniston Hotel | Skipton | February 4th 2015

Ella & Colin | Coniston Hotel | Skipton | February 4th 2015

ELLA & COLIN | CONISTON HOTEL | SKIPTON | FEBRUARY 4TH 2015

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A beautiful, sunny winter’s day, a great couple, a wonderful venue with gorgeous surroundings.

Another wedding with Viv Edge, this time the location was the brilliant Coniston Hotel, nr Skipton.

As soon as I’d met Ella & Colin, I just knew – ย Today was going to be a good day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dan & Matt | Peckforton Castle | Cheshire | December 30th 2014

Dan & Matt | Peckforton Castle | Cheshire | December 30th 2014

DAN & MATT | PECKFORTON CASTLE | CHESHIRE | DECEMBER 30TH 2014

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I was sat relaxing over the Christmas period, when I realised – Tomorrow’s the day I’m second shooting @ Peckforton Castle for Vivienne Edge!

It was an early start, with the sun just peaking through, but with a slight dusting of snow – Glorious day for a wedding ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had met Dan & Matt, as I was lucky enough to be invited along to the pre wedding shoot, so knew this was going to be a good day!

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After a great time doing the grooms prep, it was off for the gorgeous ceremony – Although the owl who was suppose to carry the rings didn’t play ball!

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However, the doves were up for flying, so the dove release went without a hitch! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We then had a little time before & after the groups, the the husbands & managed to grab some great shots around the grounds of Peckforton Castle.

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The day for me finished just after the first dance, which, like the rest of the day was a lovely moment & an absolute pleasure to be a part of.

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