Early last year I took wedding photographs for a lovely couple, Edward and Caroline so it great to get an email from Edward a year later asking if I could do a family photo shoot for a surprise mother’s day gift for Caroline. The location was extra special as Prestwold Hall is the beautiful venue they had chosen for their wedding reception and it also gave me the opportunity to meet the gorgeous Charlotte, the beautiful new addition to their family. Click here to see their wedding blog  🙂

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I had a lovely time at Leicester Bumps Babies and Beyond group photographing all these gorgeous little ones and their mummys (and a few daddys as well!). It is easy to take lots of photos of our children but how often are we in them ourselves?  The photographs I have from when I was a little girl with my mum and dad are precious to me and have helped me understand the importance of taking family portraits. My hope is that one day when these little ones grow up they will look at their portraits and see just how loved they were.

 

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I was very excited when Edward and Caroline asked us to photograph their wedding as we had so enjoyed photographing her sister Julia’ s wedding in 2014. Caroline and Edward seem just perfect for each other and the day was full of happiness and joy from the beautiful service at St Luke’s Church in Thurnby to the fabulous reception at the stunning Prestwold Hall in Loughborough. Caroline looked beautiful in an Amanda Wyatt dress with a pretty lace bolero and beaded detail belt while Edward made a very dashing groom and even had personalised cufflinks. Towards the end of the day Edward and Caroline came and asked me if we could take a few photos outside the venue and I am so glad we did as the impressive entrance columns combined with a touch of off camera flash made for some lovely shots… make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the blog to see them! We were made so welcome by both families and guests and if you are looking for a Loughborough wedding venue for your own big day I can tell you that as well as looking amazing, Prestwold Hall does top notch food as well – thanks guys we really enjoyed our dinner!

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I love this shot Dave took of this lovely letter from one of Caroline’s pupils – high praise which I am sure is well deserved!

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If you ever want to change career Edward and become a cufflink model, Dave and I think you would be pretty good at it 😉

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Nothing like being prepared!

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We grabbed this shot in the few minutes we had left before leaving for the church and I am so glad we did – you look so beautiful Caroline.

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Looking good lads!

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I always love this moment when the couple meet for the first time on their wedding day – just look at those smiles!

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I think this shot just says it all…

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There were some impressive moves on the dance floor from guests of all ages!

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Thanks for choosing us Edward and Caroline we had a great time capturing your special day for you both.

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Not forgetting….The Fabulous Photo Booth
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WHERE TO GET IT

Makeup Artist: Emily Fraser (Clarins)

Hairdresser: Chloe Cassidy

Wedding Dress: Soar Valley Brides – Amanda Wyatt Dress

Tuzedos: Moss Bros

Illuminated Love Lights: JMC Productions UK

Pianist: Robert Cromwell

Caricaturist: Andy Geeson

 

 

Leicester based Wedding Photographer, Ruth is available for Loughborough Wedding Photography and Weddings throughout the UK. Specialising in creative documentary storytelling and natural couple portraits she particularly enjoys working with creative couples who make their wedding day their own. To find out if she is available for your wedding date send a message through the contact page or give Ruth a ring on 07807419140

Sarah and Alex’s wedding was something very special from start to finish and full of personal touches such as the reception being held at Sarah’s family home. The huge amount of work and planning that went into this day really paid off as guests were treated to an absolutely stunning wedding. The ceremony took place in Christ Church in Holloway which looked breathtaking, filled with lanterns and willow branches overflowing with fairy lights. The service, led by Sarah’s godfather,  included readings from the ‘Song of Songs’ and ‘Guess How Much I Love You’. Two double decker buses took the guests to the reception where they were met with an incredible alpine theme reception which reflected Alex and Sarah’s joint love of the slopes. The dramatic dining marquee contained a magical indoor landscape of trees under a night sky filled with a thousand stars, hard to imagine? just scroll down and take a look! The evening ended on a high with an incredible band called The Hitlist that we would highly recommend – as you can see from the photos the dancing was pretty impressive too!

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While the girls were getting ready the boys popped into the Jug and Glass Pub for a swift pint before the service

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I think Sarah and Alex’s first look at each other at the altar says it all!

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It was great to watch the faces of the guests as they entered the reception marquee for the first time to be greeted by an amazing alpine ski lodge!

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While the guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles Sarah we used the beautiful backdrop of Sarah’s family home to take a few photos of the newlyweds

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Just look at this dining marquee! AMAZING!

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What an entrance!

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 WHERE TO GET IT

Florist:  Nadia di Tullio

Makeup Artist: Jayne Neill, Family friend

Hairdresser: Kiki Simpson

Wedding Dress: Blackburn Bridal in Blackheath – Claire Pettibone Chantilly Dress from her couture range

Bridesmaid Dresses: Fairytale London in Fulham

Marquees: Simon Bond Marquees

Cake: The Cheese Shop

DJ: Andy Taylor Discos

Band: The Band called The Hitlist were booked through Gigz 

Videographer: Blooming Lovely Films

 

Leicester based Wedding Photographer, Ruth is available for Matlock Wedding Photography and Weddings throughout the UK. Specialising in creative documentary storytelling and natural couple portraits she particularly enjoys working with creative couples who make their wedding day their own. To find out if she is available for your wedding date send a message through the contact page or give Ruth a ring on 07807419140

Autumn is such a magical time for an engagement photoshoot in Bradgate Park. It was great to meet Sarah and David and to hear about all the wonderful things they have planned for their wedding next year! They make a fabulous couple and although Sarah admitted she was a little nervous in front of the camera they did brilliantly in their photo shoot and we got a lovely range of images which showed both the close connection they have together and the stunning landscape of Bradgate Park.

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Sam and Jess had a Lincoln College Oxford Wedding followed by Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel wedding reception : here is their story…

How did you two meet?

We’ve always lived in the same village and went to the same high school, and vaguely knew each other before meeting properly at a youth orchestra. Our friendship grew there, meaning we saw more and more of each other at school too, and eventually, Sam plucked up the courage to tell Jess how he felt. Luckily, Jess felt the same way!

Tell us about the proposal:

It was at Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, on Christmas Eve – a raincloud arrived just in time for the question to be popped, and then went away straight after! Sam was not deterred, though, and we had a lovely winter walk afterwards, before being greeted at home by champagne from our family. It was a very special Christmas!

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Jess has always been my best friend, the person I can trust with anything and talk to about everything. I could never imagine spending the rest of my life with anybody else!

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Jess, how did you know Sam was the one for you?

Ditto to what Sam says! Also, I missed him so much when I moved away to university, and the fact that we survived for those 4 years long distance (during which we both grew up and changed a lot!) showed our relationship was built to last.

 

What moment was the highlight of the wedding for you?

Jess: So difficult to pick just one…I loved watching my brother’s beautiful guitar playing and singing after we’d just signed the register, and then walking out of the church with Sam to the wedding march was very special – I think that was the first moment I properly relaxed and thought ‘we’ve done it!’

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What did you enjoy most about your wedding?

Jess: Having so many of our family and friends all together to celebrate with us, and seeing all of the details we’d planned over the 18 months become reality and make such a perfect day for us.

Sam: Feeling like celebrities for the day! Everybody watching us as we walked down the aisle into the college grounds, and photographing us as our car whisked us away to the reception venue.

 

What advice would you give other couples planning a wedding?

Jess: As the day draws near, think carefully about the timings and make a sort of timetable of when things should be happening – particularly for the bride and bridesmaid preparations. Obviously things will go wrong on the day and you won’t completely stick to it (we ended up rushing the preparations towards the end and we had taxi mishaps!) but if you have a rough plan it does help you to relax and helps the day run more smoothly.

Sam: Think about (and book, if you can) your suppliers – flowers, car, and photography of course – as early as possible. It leaves plenty of time to amend/add things, and leaves you the time you’ll need to concentrate on the smaller things closer to the day.

 

Which is your favourite photograph from the day and what does it mean to you?

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Jess: I can’t possibly pick just one, I love so many! One of my favourites is where I’ve just arrived at the front and Sam is grinning at me, as that was when I finally smiled having been very nervous walking down the aisle! I also love the way the light catches our faces on the couple photos (particularly the one where we’re looking out to the water) and the one where my bridesmaids are all looking in at me with big grins, which captures our excitement really well.

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Sam: It has to be the one of us both under a willow tree during our walk around the hotel grounds for our couple shots. It captured so well the happiness we were both experiencing, and just how beautiful Jess looked in her dress.

 

What did you like best about having Ruth and Dave Photograph your Wedding?

Jess: They fitted in so well and were so enthusiastic and friendly, and worked tirelessly all day to capture such a complete and beautiful record of our wedding. And it was wonderful to have both of them so that I could see what Sam was up to while I was getting ready too!

Sam: Having Dave around for the groom’s preparation was great – just like having another friend around. I loved how they were so easy to get on with, being so relaxed and reassuring whilst being totally efficient and professional from the beginning until the end of their day with us.

 

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 Ruth specialises in creative documentary storytelling wedding photography. To find out if she is available for your wedding date send a message through the contact page or give Ruth a ring on 07807419140. Leicester Wedding Photographer available for weddings throughout the UK and abroad. 

 
 

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