Win a free engagement session
This is a month often associated with thanksgiving and with giving back. So I’m #payingitforward by offering a free engagement shoot to one couple getting married in the UK.
I hope that you’ll have a location in mind that is special to you, where you feel at home and relaxed. I’ll guide you into some flattering poses which look editorial, fun and natural, which will make for unique images.
Follow this link to head to Ballet News for the full details !
Lorraine + Ben’s Wildflower Wedding
A surprise mountain-top proposal led to a wildflower wedding set deep in the English countryside.
Lorraine & Ben share a love of the great outdoors and it was only fitting that their wedding ceremony and reception venues were outside. Luckily they didn’t need to implement their rain plan, and the marquee had open sides so that the tablescapes melted into the Shibori decorated gardens.
With handmade table runners and place settings and a profusion of flowers dancing onto every surface it was Monet’s garden in Giverny mixed with A Midsummer Night’s Dream : just as Lorraine had wished for.
As befits the owners of the Michelin award-winning Joseph Benjamin Restaurant the menu was a treat. Always popular at the restaurant, dessert was a gigantic homemade fruitcake with Colston Bassett Stilton washed down with a glass of chilled sweet oloroso sherry.
Lorraine & Ben, thank you for inviting me to document your wedding day where I was surrounded by such care from your lovely friends and family. Your warmth and love for each other – as well as your utter delight in finally tying the knot – made the day so special for me and I’ll never forget it. Much love to you both.
The Creative Team :
Lorraine’s wedding dress : The Mews Bridal Laure de Sagazan designer
Photography : Cheryl Angear Photography
Flowers : The Potting Shed & The Little Potting Shed
Venue : Willington Hall County House Hotel
Makeup : The Makeup Cheshire
Catering : Joseph Benjamin Restaurant
Rings : The Quarter Workshop
Marquee : Tent and Garden
Music : The Cellists
How To Have Happy Feet On A Wedding Day
For a photographer, a wedding day is often a long day (8+ hours) and can be a hot mess of moving parts – in the best possible way, of course! It’s an exciting, thrilling challenge to be at the centre of such an important day and there’s enough to keep track of without having aching feet.
I’ve found that the Birkenstock footbed is hands down (pardon the pun!) the best for my feet. After 10+ hours standing, there wasn’t a sign of pain or soreness.
I bought the Gizeh Exquisite Leather in Black. Are they pretty ? Heck no, and I can tell you a story about mine! They arrived on my birthday, and I couldn’t bear to open them – I didn’t want to look at them, it was bad enough that I’d bought them ! – to the point where one of my friends opened them for me and, Cinderella-like, put them on my feet. Well, I was dismayed. They felt hard and unyielding, they were completely black (I chose the Limited Edition style where the footbed is black rather than tan because I wear all black for weddings) and I really didn’t like the look of them one bit.
It probably took me a couple of months to break them in – during which time I wanted to pack them away almost daily.
BUT, I’m so glad I didn’t. Somewhere along the line they moulded to my feet and now I’m at the stage where I am as attached to them as I’ve found so many other people are – whether or not they are photographers. Now, I understand! They aren’t cheap either, but I gather that they can be practically rebuilt if necessary which means they shouldn’t ever need replacing. Now there’s a novelty for a shoe!
I do wish they looked better on my feet, came in jazzy patterns and colours and didn’t take an age to wear in, but now that I have cracked it, I would not look back. Now I’m on the hunt for a Birkenstock that I can wear during winter weddings! Who’d have thought it ??!!