After spending an afternoon with Jen and Jeremy we realised one thing: we don’t get out enough. With all the beautiful countryside around Derby, we spend far too much time in urban landscapes. Thankfully, on their Peak District engagement shoot, Jen and Jeremy got these city dwellers out into the Peak District. And they did it in style… like riding in the back of a 1963 Jaguar Mark 2 kind of style. This straight six, 3.4 litre blue beast is Jeremy’s grandfather’s car and we were stoked that he’d sent it up to Derbyshire from the South. We cruised over to Dovedale, stopping along the way to take photos of the car for Jeremy’s grandparents who can’t make it to the wedding, and arriving just in time to see the sun go down in the valley.
Our goal on engagement shoots is for couples to walk away feeling more connected to one another, so you won’t see a bunch of photos of them in rigid poses trying to connect with the camera. We let these guys explore the area, wade through the river, push each other off the stepping stones and generally just be themselves having a good time together. They were great. These guys mentioned several times that they weren’t super comfortable in front of the camera – and that’s a common worry – but we don’t think that shows at all in the photos.
So here’s Jen and Jeremy one lazy Sunday afternoon cruising in the Peaks in one heck of a car. Can’t wait for their wedding on Saturday!
Gael and Adam had their Shottle Hall Wedding Photography during June in Derbyshire. Their ceremony was held at St. Peter’s Church Littleover with the reception at Shottle Hall. The space around the marquee at Shottle was perfect for guests on a summer’s day. Drinks and lawn games outside and plenty of space for kids to run around – plus a BOUNCY CASTLE! Amazing.
Gael had styled the wedding beautifully. The subtle tones of the flowers and the bridesmaids dresses. And we absolutely loved the dress and veil – both suited her so well. The classic modern look was where it was at. That lace detail on the bottom of the veil… so so good! Gael was a stunner. But let’s not forget the groom! Adam looked great too and we applaud him for thinking beyond the standard grey/black and tails. Love a good slim suit.
These two were so easy to photograph because we knew they trusted us and used the time to connect and enjoy each other’s company, away from everything else. It made our job so much easier. We love capturing something real between people, and these two had that in spades.
We can tell if we’ve done our job well at the end of the night – even before looking at the photos – by what the bride & groom and guests say to us. Before we left Gael said “You were the glue that held today together”. Jaw. On. Floor. Thankfully the photos turned out well too and Gael has since written us “These little drops of art are going to be hung over every inch of our house if I have my way, and they’ll be passed down to grandchildren and treasured in worn out albums.” Our hearts are singing.
We love weddings for the mix of capturing moments and beautiful creative portraiture, and this wedding let us do both so easily. Thanks Gael and Adam!
Reception Venue: Shottle Hall | Dress: Rococco | Florist: The Blossom Tree | Makeup: Lizzie Mazza Makeup Artist
Dave & Kat and their wedding guests rocked the Bonbon Booth a few weeks back. Having a large number of your guests who are part of the local theatre community certainly helps! There were so many golden moments from this one – we found ourselves laughing out loud a lot while editing these! We’ll let the photos speak for themselves now.
A photo booth selfie with Chantelle was a special request from these guys. We weren’t even sure if it was possible, but hey look, there it is!
I like to get involved too. Yes that’s me wearing flowers in my hair and jumping on the back of a guy in a pink suit.
Well someone’s got to test the photo booth right?
One thing I love being nosey about are the stories of how couples met. Did they spy one another over a school assembly at age 14 like Tom & Ellie? Was she served by a handsome waiter one evening? (That’s a story to come). Or, as in the case of Pete & Elodie, did they meet through church connections in a love story spanning Oxford & Switzerland and saw him cross land & sea to slowly win her over.
Pete & Elodie wanted their Oxford engagement photography to be a small record of their time living there as after the wedding they’ll be heading back to Switzerland to live. There are no shortage of landmarks and features that scream ‘Oxford’, so we picked a few and meandered through town visiting them, taking in the sights, and immersing ourselves in the beautiful sandstone buildings, cobbled stone streets, green foliage (props if you can even spot some punting in the background), and sea of bicycles. They are EVERY-where. We lived in Oxford ourselves when we first arrived in the UK, so it was nice to be back again and reminded of all the things that make this place so unique.
Wishing these two all the best before their big day in October. We can’t wait.