Louise Holgate Photography: Blog http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog en-us (C) Louise Holgate Photography (Louise Holgate Photography) Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:13:00 GMT Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:13:00 GMT http://www.louiseholgate.com/img/s/v-5/u787118527-o203123038-50.jpg Louise Holgate Photography: Blog http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog 90 120 Old Library Wedding Photography: Maria & Mathew http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/7/old-library-wedding-photography-maria-mathew In complete contrast to my last post, Maria and Mathew chose the vibrant urban setting of Digbeth (or should I say Eastside?) in Birmingham for their wedding.  While I love shooting in the countryside, it’s great to be back in the city every so often as it’s such a contrast and there are so many interesting photo opportunities to be had.

Maria got ready at Hotel LaTour with its striking black and white exterior.  Inside was rather busy, with quite a few bridesmaids and page boys to get ready (including the couple’s 18 month old son) as well as all the adults!  Maria dealt with it all really calmly and emerged looking stunning.

When we arrived at The Old Library at the Custard Factory, I was really pleased to see Steve was their registrar as he’s always really relaxed and puts everyone at their ease.  There were certainly lots of laughs during the ceremony!

After the ceremony we did confetti and a few group shots before the guests went over to Nomad for the drinks reception.  After Maria and Mathew had had some time to mingle with their guests, I took them off for a walk to get some portraits using the interesting backdrops in and around the Custard Factory, then it was back over to the Old Library which had been turned around ready for the meal.  It’s such a stunning space with the high ceiling and arched windows and the delicate peaches and cream, green and gold green colour scheme looked beautiful.

The kids enjoyed themselves and gave me lots of great photo opportunities throughout the day, which was was rounded off with a great disco and some photo props.  I'll leave you to enjoy some pictures which give a flavour of the day!

 

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I’m very happy to be a recommended supplier at The Old Library (and Fazeley Studios), so if you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding there, please get in touch as 2018 is filling up fast!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) birmingham city centre custard factory digbeth documentary eastside midlands old library photographer photography relaxed urban wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/7/old-library-wedding-photography-maria-mathew Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:50:12 GMT
A Relaxed Tipi Wedding in Worcestershire: Rhiannon & James http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/7/a-relaxed-tipi-wedding-in-worcestershire-rhiannon-james If you follow my work, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of outdoors weddings, so I was delighted when Rhiannon and James booked me for their chilled out tipi wedding in Worcestershire, especially after I’d been to visit the farm where they were having their reception.  The combination of the beautiful farmhouse and garden, interesting backdrops provided by the farmyard and the lake set against a backdrop of rolling fields, was absolutely perfect.

After a ceremony just up the road at St Peter’s Church in Astley, the guests headed down the country lane to the farm, followed by Rhiannon and James in their vintage Beetle.  Their two dogs made a star appearance, and even posed for a few pictures J

The tipi was beautifully styled, with wild flowers, fairy lights, and a vintage cup and saucer for each guest.  The tables were named after local pubs and the meal was a huge ploughmans selection.  Rather than a cake, they had a cheese tower which was decorated with a mouthwatering array of fruit. 

Guests were able to spread out and enjoy the beautiful summer evening.  It’s a good job there was plenty of room as the guys playing with a rugby ball and golf clubs featured heavily!

The day was rounded off with a brilliant set from the band Mansfield Avenue who really got the guests dancing.

Thank you so much to Rhiannon and Jamie for trusting me to capture their day, and for being so lovely to work with.  I know they love their preview pictures, as they’ve already had a peek, but here they are for everyone else to enjoy.

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(Louise Holgate Photography) astley documentary farm female midlands photographer photography relaxed tipi wedding worcestershire http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/7/a-relaxed-tipi-wedding-in-worcestershire-rhiannon-james Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:12:34 GMT
Wethele Manor Wedding Photography: Alison & Ian http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/6/wethele-manor-wedding-photography-alison-ian Last week I was back at one of my favourite venues, Wethele Manor.  It’s always a pleasure working there as it’s such a beautiful place, with wonderful grounds, and the staff are amazing, making sure the day runs efficiently but in a really relaxed manner which suits my couples, and me too!

My good friend Sarah Russell was working her magic on Alison and her bridesmaids in the hut by the lake, although I’m not sure Ian was keen on the lipstick as you’ll see from some of the pictures!  There was a strong nature theme to the day, starting with the beautifully unusual chameleon necklaces that Alison gave to her bridesmaids.  The cake was decorated with a pair of albatross as they mate for life, and each guest had a mini terrarium with a miniature toadstool and/or snake.  The lovely wild flowers were provided by Honey Pot Flowers and they looked great with the vintage book/fairy light centrepieces.

Wethele is a great venue for a summer wedding as the grounds are perfect for guests to spread out and enjoy themselves, but sadly the weather had other ideas on this occasion.  Alison and Ian had already chosen to have their ceremony in the oak beamed conservatory and the rain did at least hold off long enough for us to spend some time outside.  It also didn’t stop the spacehopper races later in the evening!

Thank you so much to Alison and Ian for sharing your day with me.  It was an honour to capture it for you.  I hope you enjoy your preview pictures!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Midlands Warwickshire Wethele Manor photographer photography relaxed wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/6/wethele-manor-wedding-photography-alison-ian Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:06:10 GMT
Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding Photography: Steph & Rik http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/6/shustoke-farm-barns-wedding-photography-steph-rik Last Friday I was back at Shustoke Farm Barns in Warwickshire for Steph and Rik’s wedding.  After rain in the morning, the weather improved so the guests were able to enjoy the lovely courtyard for most of the day, although we did have to dodge the showers at times!

The venue was beautifully styled with a travel theme, reflecting Steph and Rik’s love of globetrotting.  Shustoke is such a gorgeous venue and the flowers from Appleblossomwhite fitted perfectly – the sunflowers looked amazing!

Steph looked amazing in her Benjamin Roberts dress - the sparkly belt set it off perfectly.  Her hair was beautifully styled by Jessica Jordan of Mode Bridal Hair and her make up was expertly done by Rachael Claire Bridal.

One of the best parts of my job is capturing the range of emotions during the day and there was certainly no shortage of laughter or tears.  The tissues came out several times as Steph got ready and they were needed again during the ceremony and the speeches! 

The day was rounded off with a brilliant set from Apollo Soul, which really got everyone up and dancing. 

Thanks to Steph and Rik for trusting me to capture their day and thanks also to my lovely friend and awesome second shooter Amy for covering the guys in the morning.

I'll leave you with some highlights from the day, and if you’re looking for a photographer for your Shustoke Farm Barns wedding, get in touch as 2018 is filling up fast!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Shustoke Farm Barns Warwickshire documentary female photographer photography relaxed sunflowers wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/6/shustoke-farm-barns-wedding-photography-steph-rik Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:02:19 GMT
Crown & Sandy's Wedding Photograpy: Susie & Ben (Preview) http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/5/crown-sandys-wedding-photograpy-susie-ben-preview So here we are in May which is such a wonderful time of year to get married.  Last Friday the sun shone and I was in Worcestershire, at St Mary's Church in Stone, near Kidderminster, for Susie and Ben’s big day.  Susie got ready at her parents’ house nearby.  I always love doing prep shots in the bride’s family home as there’s so many little details around the house to photograph and it was great seeing Susie’s beautiful dress hung up next to her daughter’s little white dress too.   Once everyone was ready, Susie and her bridesmaids made the short journey to the church in matching vintage Roll’s Royces, where one of the loveliest vicars I’ve had the pleasure of working with was waiting, along with a very nervous Ben!

It was a lovely ceremony, and after the confetti and a few group shots we made our way to Ombersley for the reception at the Crown and Sandy’s.  This is a very striking pub with its black and white façade and the conservatory was beautifully decorated by The Wedding House.  The flowers in particular were absolutely stunning!  After the meal we took advantage of the beautiful evening to wander down the road to the woods for a few relaxed portraits before Susie and Ben greeted their evening guests and danced the night away.

Thank you so much to Susie and Ben for sharing their special day with me.  It was an honour to capture your wedding and I hope you like your preview pictures!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Crown & Sandy's May St Mary's Church Stone Worcestershire documentary female natural photographer photography pub reception relaxed spring summer wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/5/crown-sandys-wedding-photograpy-susie-ben-preview Thu, 11 May 2017 10:30:11 GMT
Fazeley Studios Wedding Photography: Nicola and Damon http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/5/fazeley-studios-wedding-photography-nicola-and-damon I'm starting May with a blast from the past.  Three years ago on this very day, Nicola and Damon tied the knot at my favourite local urban venue, Fazeley Studios in Birmingham.  It was such an emotional day, and Nicola punching the air with her bouquet as she walked back down the aisle is one of my favourite shots from 2014.  Happy anniversary Nicola and Damon - I hope you'll be leafing through your lovely wedding album and that you have a wonderful day!

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If you're looking for a photographer for your wedding at Fazeley Studios, please get in touch!

 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Birmingham Digbeth Eastside Fazeley Studios Midlands female photographer photography relaxed urban wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/5/fazeley-studios-wedding-photography-nicola-and-damon Wed, 03 May 2017 06:30:00 GMT
Old Thorns Wedding Photography - Natalie & Joe (Preview) http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/3/old-thorns-wedding-photography---natalie-joe-preview My 2017 season started in style last weekend with a trip down to Hampshire for Natalie and Joe's wedding.  They chose Old Thorns near Liphook and were keen to have natural documentary coverage so they could focus on enjoying the day with their family and friends.

Natalie looked absolutely stunning and the aisle in the Champagne Bar was strewn with feathers to match the bodice of her dress.  Joe’s mum Julie did an amazing job with the flowers which was no mean feat.  There were rather a lot of bouquets and buttonholes to make as Natalie and Joe don’t do things by halves – they had seven bridesmaids, eight ushers and two best men!   

The reception was held in the Gatsby ballroom which is the most incredible room – absolutely huge and decorated in full on art deco style - a perfect fit for Natalie and Joe’s wedding theme.    The cake table was also a sight to behold, with four different cakes, all amazingly decorated by Loaded Cakes. 

After some very emotional speeches, there were some pretty epic shapes being pulled on the dance floor at the end of the day.

Thank you Natalie and Joe for choosing me to capture your special day – I hope you like your preview pictures.  The full gallery will be ready in a few weeks.

If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, get in touch as I have very limited availability for 2017 and 2018 is filling up fast!

 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Gatsby Hampshire Old Thorns deco photographer photography relaxed wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/3/old-thorns-wedding-photography---natalie-joe-preview Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:56:58 GMT
Wootton Park Wedding Photography: Rachel and Rob http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/3/wootton-park-wedding-photography-rachel-and-rob It’s not often you turn up to a wedding to find the bride’s mum blowing up a spacehopper, especially whilst looking exceedingly glam!  It set the tone for a very relaxed and fun filled day at one of my favourite local venues, Wootton Park near Stratford upon Avon.

Rachel and Rob are a chilled out couple and chose a relaxed One Life ceremony outdoors on the island, surrounded by the lake and hundreds of teeny tiny froglets.  We had to be very careful not to tread on them!

Rachel was a vision of vintage glamour in her fifties style dress and Rob looked very cool in his three piece suit with pocket watch.  After the ceremony there was ice cream provided by Abigail’s Vintage Scoop and afternoon tea served in the barn which was beautifully styled with a rustic vintage theme.

The sun shone so the guests were able to take full advantage of the extensive grounds and range of garden games.  The space hoppers proved popular with the children (as well as the bride!) and there was a spot of welly wanging too.  In the evening Penny Lane Vintage brought their vintage caravan photo booth which was a big hit with the guests.

Rachel and Rob freely admit that they’re not the smoochy type, which wasn’t a problem as my way of working is to capture my couples interacting naturally.  I wasn’t quite prepared for Rob’s ‘look at my bogey’ moment during their portraits, but it did make for a fabulous series of photos as I captured Rachel‘s reactions.  Rachel tells me she has the bogey shot in pride of place in her living room :)  You can see them below!

The day was rounded off with fantastic music provided by singer Andy Flynn and delicious pizza from Gourmet Alfresco.

It was a magical day and it was an absolute pleasure to be there to capture it for Rachel and Rob to remember forever.  (Thank you so much for the very thoughtful owl themed pressies too!)

If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding at Wootton Park, get in touch as I have very limited availability for 2017 and 2018 is filling up fast!

 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Midlands One Life Stratford Warwickshire Wootton Park ceremony female outdoor photographer photography relaxed vintage wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/3/wootton-park-wedding-photography-rachel-and-rob Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:55:47 GMT
Gorcott Hall Wedding Photography - Katie & James http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/3/gorcott-hall-wedding-photography---katie-james It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged – it’s one of those things which gets pushed to the bottom of the to do list once wedding season gets into full swing, but I’m determined to turn over a new leaf in 2017 as I have so many fabulous weddings to share!

I started my wedding year down in Hampshire last weekend and I’ll be posting some pictures from that very soon.  In the meantime, I’ll kick off with one of my favourite weddings from last year. 

Katie and James got married in May and the day started at Katie’s mum and dad’s house where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready.  Katie’s Jenny Packham dress was exquisite and it suited her perfectly - such a gorgeous bride!  A Routemaster bus took the bridesmaids to St Leonard’s Church in Beoley for the ceremony, while Katie travelled in a vintage Aston Martin.  The journey along the country lanes after the ceremony was a treat for James as he used to work for Aston Martin and he loves the 1960s.

The reception was at Gorcott Hall which is a beautiful venue, tucked away off the A435 on the way to Redditch.  It was perfect for their May wedding.  The house has so much history, the converted barn is perfect for eating and dancing, and the gardens are amazing, especially in early summer.  There’s also a lake where the bride and groom can have portraits taken.  We wandered down there after dinner when the light was golden and the results were bloomin’ gorgeous!

Katie spent a lot of time styling the barn and it looked amazing!  The day was rounded off with a brilliant disco provided by The Best Men.  If you’re looking for DJs who will tailor the playlist to your requirements and guarantee no cheese, look them up!

Thank you so much to Katie and James for choosing me to capture their wedding – it was such a wonderful day.  If you’d like me to capture your wedding at Gorcott Hall, please get in touch!

 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Beoley Birmingham Gorcott Hall Jenny Packham Midlands Redditch church female photographer photography relaxed vintage wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2017/3/gorcott-hall-wedding-photography---katie-james Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:38:20 GMT
North Wales Pre-Wedding Shoot: Sophie & Geraint http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/7/north-wales-pre-wedding-shoot-sophie-geraint While I was up in North Wales over half term I met up with another couple who've chosen Portmeirion for their wedding.  Sophie and Geraint will be tying the knot there very soon, but they wanted to do their pre-wedding photos somewhere different.  They both grew up in Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd in Denbighshire and the surrounding hills are very special to them athey spent lots of time together there when they growing up.  We faced a few challenges on our way to the tree where Geraint proposed (how romantic?!!), such as some rather less than amiable cows, but with a detour to the top of the hill and an alternative route, we made it!  We also went to their favourite lake and found some beautiful bluebells.  It was lovely to be able to capture them in this special location and I can't wait to go back up to Wales for their wedding.

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Moel Famau North Wales engagement hills photographer photography pre-wedding relaxed http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/7/north-wales-pre-wedding-shoot-sophie-geraint Wed, 06 Jul 2016 21:04:00 GMT
Portmeirion Pre-Wedding Shoot: Alice & Ryan http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/6/portmeirion-pre-wedding-shoot-alice-ryan Alice and Ryan have chosen the most wonderful spot to get married - the amazing Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales.  Those of you who follow my blog/Facebook page will know that it's very close to my heart as it's where I got married :)  Their wedding isn't until 2018 but they wanted to explore the village and get some beautiful engagement photographs now.  We met up at the beginning of June and had a lovely time exploring the many different areas of this very special place.  I hope you enjoy looking at them and if you're planning a wedding at Portmeirion, please get in touch!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) North Wales Portmeirion natural photographer photography relaxed wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/6/portmeirion-pre-wedding-shoot-alice-ryan Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:09:50 GMT
Hidcote Manor Wedding Photography - Roanna & Martin http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/3/hidcote-manor-wedding-photography---roanna-martin The snow may be falling but Spring is definitely on its way.  I love to see the daffodils starting to pop up so I thought I’d share this flower filled wedding from last July.

Roanna and Martin are both keen gardeners and they chose the beautiful setting of Hidcote Manor, a National Trust garden near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, for their relaxed summer wedding.  The ceremony was in the Plant House next to the pond which was full of the most out-going newts I’ve ever seen.  The ones in my pond pop up and back down so quickly you blink and you miss them.  These were sunbathing!  This was followed by prosecco and canapés on the Plant House lawn, then we were able to take advantage of the gorgeous summer evening to explore the gardens for some chilled out portraits.  The day ended with a meal and speeches at nearby Threeways House Hotel, home of the Pudding Club.  

Roanna looked absolutely stunning – her dress was so pretty and suited her perfectly.  The flowers were also gorgeous and included my favourite Scabious – such a pretty flower despite the name!  I have to mention the cake as one of the things I like to do is to help my couples whilst they’re planning.  When we met up in June, Roanna and Martin told me they were struggling to find someone to make them the kind of cake they wanted.  I was able to put them in touch with Charlotte at www.buttercreamanddreams.com/ who had made a naked cake for one of my weddings the previous year.  Luckily she was able to help and the finished cake was looked amazing.

Thank you so much to Roanna and Martin for asking me to capture their wedding – it all came together beautifully and it was such a pleasure to shoot, especially as in addition to the beautiful setting and relaxed vibe it was great to catch up with Holly (Roanna’s sister) & Neil, whose wedding I shot a couple of years before, and the rest of the family. 

I’ll leave you to have a look at some of my favourite shots, and if you’re looking for a photographer for a wedding at Hidcote, or any other flower filled venue, please get in touch as I’d love to hear from you!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Hidcote Manor National Trust garden photographer photography relaxed summer wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/3/hidcote-manor-wedding-photography---roanna-martin Fri, 04 Mar 2016 17:08:26 GMT
Portmeirion Wedding Photography - Lucia and Leighton http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/1/portmeirion-wedding-photography---lucia-and-leighton Ever since I became a wedding photographer, it’s been my dream to photograph a wedding at Portmeirion as it’s one of my favourite ever places.  The quirky Italianate features combined with the stunning coastal location in North Wales put it on a lot of photographer’s bucket lists!  I had an extra special reason though as I got married there myself.

I was able to get shots of both bride and groom preparations as Lucia and Leighton were both getting ready at Castle Deudraeth before moving onto the village for the ceremony in the Hercules Hall. Olwen the registrar conducted my wedding and she was just as lovely as I remembered.  After taking some group shots and portraits in the centre of the village, we went back up to the more private setting of Castle Deudraeth where the gardens provided a beautiful backdrop to the drinks reception.

After the pretty epic speeches, including Leighton’s own ‘This is Your Life’ red book moment, I took the happy couple back down into the village for some relaxed portraits.  Most of the day visitors had gone home by then so we were able to make the most of the huge range of photo opportunities the village provides.  Then it was back up to the Castle, where Lucia’s sister entertained the guests with her singing before the DJ took over for the evening.

Thank you so much to Lucia and Leighton for asking me to capture their day.  I have to also say a HUGE thank you to all the staff at Portmeirion and Castle Deudraeth who were absolutely fabulous.  Despite being very tired (having had a wedding the day before in North Yorkshire) I grinned the whole way home as it was such a magical day.  I can’t wait to go back this year for more amazing weddings. 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Castle Deudraeth North Wales Portmeirion documentary photographer photography relaxed wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2016/1/portmeirion-wedding-photography---lucia-and-leighton Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:47:12 GMT
Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography - Laetitia and Kate http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/12/hazlewood-castle-wedding-photography---laetitia-and-kate Back in July I had a pretty epic weekend which saw me shooting weddings in North Yorkshire and North Wales in the same weekend.  Both featured castles and both were rather special.

On the Saturday I went up to Yorkshire, where Laetitia and Kate were getting married at Hazlewood Castle.  They chose to get ready together, which made a lovely informal start to the day, before gathering all their closest family and friends together before the ceremony for a glass or two of champagne.

The flowers were like nothing I’d ever seen before.  Firenza Floral Design combined gorgeous cottage garden blooms with herbs and even blackberries.  They looked amazing in Laetitia and Kate’s bouquets and decorating Hazlewood’s Great Hall.  I also loved the lego people – all individually made by the couple – and home-made raspberry gin favours.

Laetitia and Kate went for cupcakes rather than a traditional wedding cake, and the sight of them feeding each other was a lot of fun, especially as Kate ended up with icing on her nose!  I also admired Kate's practicality in having a dress with pockets :)

Laeti and Kate are such a lovely couple and it was a pleasure to capture the love and laughter (of which there was much!) for them to remember forever.  I think it’s the only wedding I’ve been to where the couple has had a standing ovation after the marriage has been announced!  I'll leave you with some highlights of their day.  Part two of my weekend will be coming up early next week - be sure to check back as it's one you won't want to miss!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Hazlewood Castle Yorkshire documentary female photographer photography relaxed wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/12/hazlewood-castle-wedding-photography---laetitia-and-kate Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:25:10 GMT
Childerley Hall Wedding Photography - Catriona & Chris http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/12/childerley-hall-wedding-photography---catriona-chris So the editing is all up to date, album designs are all off to print ready for Christmas delivery.  Time to get blogging!  I’ve had an amazing 2015 and it’s been such an honour and a privilege to capture so many wonderful weddings over the year.  There will be lots coming up on the blog over the coming months, and here to start things off is Catriona and Chris’ beautiful May wedding which was full of very personal details and connections. 

Catriona got ready at her childhood home, and the willow tree you see in the pictures of her amazing Jenny Packham dress (so so gorgeous!!!) has particular significance.  I knew her dress was going to be spectactular as Catriona was very good at keeping me up to date with developments as the planning progressed and I was very excited when she told me what she’d bought as Jenny Packham is one of my favourite designers.  I wasn’t prepared for the vintage style veil though which was so pretty and suited her perfectly.

From there we travelled to Hadstock in Essex to the Anglo Saxon church of St Botolph, for the ceremony.  Catriona is a historian and the church has a strong family connection going back many years.  Her parents married there and her mum sings in the choir.  The oak door is one of Catriona’s favourite features – it’s the oldest door still in use in Great Britain - so it had to be part of their photographs, including one of my favourites from the whole day.  It’s amazing to think how many people have passed through that door over the last 1000 years.  Chris looked very handsome in his kilt, and his Scottish heritage was also reflected in the spiky Eryngium used in the buttonholes and bouquets.

May/June is my favourite time of the year in the garden and Catriona and Chris timed their day perfectly to take advantage of the beautiful gardens at their reception venue, Childerley Hall near Cambridge.  It truly is a photographer’s dream!  After enjoying the sunshine it was into the barn which had been beautifully decorated for afternoon tea with vintage china and an assortment of tasty treats.  Following the speeches there was a quiz, based on their time theme (history again!), then the evening got going with a ceilidh. 

It really was a fabulous day and I loved being able to share in it.  I’ll leave you with Catriona and Chris’ reaction to seeing their pictures, as well as some highlights:

‘I don't think either of us really know what to say. I guess the main reaction, second to a general astonishment that those are actual photos of us and not people in a catalogue, is that this is exactly why couples should ALWAYS book a professional photographer! We've loved seeing the photos from friends with their lovely cameras but yours are in another league.’

If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, please get in touch sooner rather than later.  2016 is now pretty much fully booked!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Cambridge Childerley Hall Essex Hadstock photographer photography relaxed vintage wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/12/childerley-hall-wedding-photography---catriona-chris Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:40:09 GMT
Elmore Court Wedding Photography - Claire & Stephen's Spring Wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/6/elmore-court-wedding-photography---claire-stephens-spring-wedding Elmore Court is an absolutely stunning venue in the Gloucestershire countryside - you get the benefit of a impressive historic building with rooms where you can stay the night, beautiful gardens and the custom built 'Gillyflower', an amazing space which combines traditional and modern to create the perfect space for a wedding reception.  You can get married in the house, but Claire and Stephen chose to wed in the local church, just down the lane, where the vicar was very relaxed about photography, allowing me to get a great range of shots from different angles, all whilst maintaining a low profile of course!

Claire and Stephen styled the venue beautifully using the services of Sorori Design Florist and Lauren Grey Wedding Stylist.  My breath was taken away when I saw the combination of their decorations with the already stunning setting!  

I also have to mention their guinea pigs, who sadly weren't actually at the wedding but they did play a part, dressed up in mini bride and groom outfits!  You'll have to check out the pictures below to see them.  I also have to mention the amazing speech given by Steve's two best men and the fantastic dancefloor action which rounded off the day.  It's also worth checking out the photos of those!

Thank you so much to Claire and Stephen for choosing me to capture their special day at Elmore Court.  If you're looking for a photographer for your Gloucestershire wedding, please get in touch and I'd be delighted to send you some more information.

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Elmore Court Gloucestershire photographer photography relaxed wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/6/elmore-court-wedding-photography---claire-stephens-spring-wedding Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:40:04 GMT
Elmore Court Pre-Wedding Shoot: Claire & Stephen http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/5/elmore-court-pre-wedding-shoot-claire-stephen This weekend I'll be travelling down to Gloucestershire for Claire and Stephen's wedding at the beautiful Elmore Court.  A couple of weeks ago we met up to go over all their final plans and took some time to explore the extensive grounds whilst taking some pre-wedding pictures.  A pre-wedding shoot is a great way to get used to being in front of the camera whilst getting some lovely pictures of the two of you before the wedding.  May is such a lovely time of year - hopefully the wisteria will still be in full bloom on Saturday!

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Elmore Court Gloucestershire engagement photographer photography pre-wedding relaxed wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/5/elmore-court-pre-wedding-shoot-claire-stephen Thu, 14 May 2015 14:28:13 GMT
Shustoke Farm Barns: Jenny & Joe's Vintage Summer Wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/5/shustoke-farm-barns-jenny-joes-vintage-summer-wedding I’ve got an absolute stunner of a wedding to share with you today.  Jenny and Joe tied the knot last August at Shustoke Farm Barns near Coleshill in Warwickshire.

Jenny oozed vintage glamour in a silk dress from talented designer Julie Dutton and her hair and make up was expertly done by my good friend Sarah Russell of SGR Vintage Hair and Make Up.  The bridesmaids dresses were also vintage inspired and wonderfully flattering.  They were from 20th Century Foxy.

This wedding gave me one of my favourite shots from last year.  The registrar was lovely and let me stand in her spot so I could capture both Jenny and her dad as they walked in, as well as Joe waiting.  As Jenny neared the front I waited to capture the moment when they looked at each other for the first time but it just didn’t happen.  In the end I had to move back to let the ceremony start and later found out that Joe had been overcome by emotion and just couldn’t look for fear of bursting into tears - awwww!

After drinks outside in the sunshine the guests enjoyed a delicious meal in the barn which was beautifully styled to fit the rustic setting with purple and yellow flowers and buckets of lavender.  The staff at Shustoke are exceedingly efficient and turned the room round in double quick time!

The evening entertainment went with a swing – they had a ceildh which got the guests up on the dancefloor and I was able to get some great action shots!  They also used the upstairs room at Shustoke for a vintage themed photobooth, using a photowall provided by Penny Lane Vintage.

It was a day full of emotion and I was privileged to be able to be there to capture all the wonderful moments for Jenny and Joe to remember forever.  If you’d like me to do the same for you, get in touch as 2016 is filling up fast!

I’ll leave you to look at the pictures.  See if you can spot Jenny’s treasured childhood bear which came to Lea Marston hotel where she was getting ready as well as the funny shot of the guests as the happy couple cut the cake.  I’m so glad that one made it into the album! 

 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Shustoke Farm Barns Warwickshire documentary female photographer photography relaxed vintage wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/5/shustoke-farm-barns-jenny-joes-vintage-summer-wedding Fri, 08 May 2015 15:43:51 GMT
Worcester Vintage Wedding Fayre - A date for your diary http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/3/worcester-vintage-wedding-fayre---a-date-for-your-diary glamorous vintage bride laughing at Mythe Barn in WarwickshireVintage Wedding Photography Worcestershire

Vintage is as popular as ever, whether it's a full on theme, or just some retro touches as part of your wedding styling.  A lot of my brides love vintage, such as Jen seen here rocking her 50s glamour model look, so the Worcester Vintage Wedding Fayre at the beautiful Guildhall in the city centre is well worth a visit.  It'll be full of fabulous suppliers, all offering something a bit different to the mainstream, and I'll be there with a full range of sample albums.  It's on the 5th April, from 11-3pm.  Hope to see you there!

 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) The Vintage Wedding Fayre Worcester photographer relaxed vintage wedding wedding fair http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/3/worcester-vintage-wedding-fayre---a-date-for-your-diary Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:16:03 GMT
Fazeley Studios Wedding Photography: Louise & Dave http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/3/fazeley-studios-wedding-photography-louise-dave On Sunday I’ll be back at one of my favourite venues, Fazeley Studios in Birmingham City Centre, for their wedding fair.  I always love working there as it’s a great place for weddings, whatever the time of year, as you have the use of several different rooms, all of which are stunning, as well as the courtyard, plus the streets around the venue provide some fantastic urban backdrops for your portraits.  The staff are brilliant and it’s perfect for couples looking for a venue with a difference where you can do your own thing in a relaxed way.

Louise and Dave got married there last summer and it was a day filled with laughter, tears and whisky!  They’re such a lovely couple and as you’ll see from the pictures, it was a beautifully styled wedding, full of hand-made details.

I first met Louise when she was buying her seventies vintage dress, which she named Florence (after Florence and the Machine) due to its floaty ethereal quality.  In a nice twist of fate, it was originally made in Italy where Louise and Dave got engaged.  It was absolutely stunning and suited Louise perfectly.   She was such a radiant bride, and Dave looked pretty dapper in his blue suit and bow-tie!  The bridesmaids’ unusual dresses came from ASOS and Louise added the lace trimmings herself.

Louise’s family are Scottish so the male members of the bridal party wore kilts hired from Kiltpin in Scotland and the kids looked really cute in mini-kilts, Scotland rugby tops and matching Converse.  You’ll have to look at the pictures to see if it’s true what they say about Scotsmen and their kilts…

There was hilarity during the ceremony as Louise and Dave’s young son Toby spotted the large wooden elephant which stands behind the registrars’ table and had great fun pointing and making elephant noises during one of the readings! 

I’ll leave you to enjoy the pictures, but if you’re looking for a photographer to capture your wedding at Fazeley Studios, come along for a chat on Sunday, or get in touch!

 

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(Louise Holgate Photography) Birmingham Digbeth Fazeley Studios photographer photography relaxed urban vintage wedding http://www.louiseholgate.com/blog/2015/3/fazeley-studios-wedding-photography-louise-dave Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:48:18 GMT