Preview – 24 frames from Sarah and Gavin’s mega wedding at the wonderful Oddfellows Chester.
You may have never hired professional photographers before, so most importantly find a style that reflects your personalities. Why should your wedding photographs look like everyone else’s? Because you are not like anyone else! Our contemporary documentary approach is relaxed, fun and creative…all the cool stuff!
If you love our work, style and approach then…yaaay! There’s probably also some key things you would like to know, all hopefully covered here in our ‘Most Asked Wedding Photography Questions’ feature.
WHAT ARE THE MOST ASKED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY QUESTIONS WE HEAR?
There are some frequently asked questions that often come our way. So (read in an Obi-Wan style), these are the answers you’re looking for:
Last month (October 2017) saw the return of Level Up for the third instalment of our creative photography sessions. After selling out in record time, we were really excited about putting on another awesome, jam-packed pre wedding photography workshop for the attendees.
Our creative photography workshops are perfect for experimenting with new techniques, developing new skills and confidence building. It’s also a great way for photographers to produce some fresh marketing and website material. Level Up essentially provides lots of opportunities to get creative. Plus we think portfolio building should always be plenty of fun! Level Up is designed for beginners and student photographers, also any pro seeking motivation or a new direction. This time we were shooting alternative and creative pre-wed style in and around the delights of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. So prepare yourselves for a sensory overload!
BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH CREATIVE PRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Sandwiched between Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian, the clouds parted (and the sun shone briefly) over Blackpool for Level Up 3. We hit the streets in Level Up 2 and this time had a brand new whirlwind schedule of colourful and vibrant backdrops in store. Also it was the second time we have brought Level Up back on home turf. Again there would be plenty of fresh and creative scenarios for our attendees to shoot.
After teas, coffees and chats at the Velvet Coaster, we began the morning photo session good times. At the risk of Level Up becoming synonymous with the half-time pizza lunch break (we would actually be cool with that); we all enjoyed a Pizza Hut power up before the afternoon photo session. Then to finish the day, we all retired to the bar for a well deserved drinkie or two…
For Level Up 3 we invited our very good friends Nicola and Beck along as our ‘real couple’. It was important for us to work with a genuine couple, because you get real laughs and real connections all the way. They did an awesome job of course! Thanks again, you absolute rock n rollers!
AWESOME SPONSORS AND GREAT GIVEAWAYS
It was a pleasure to have two fantastic sponsors back on board for Level Up 3. This time we had two fab giveaways, for two lucky attendees. Congrats to Justin who went home with a super-cool hand-made camera strap, courtesy of The Watermelon Design! Also well done Caroline who will be the proud owner of a bad-ass custom 24”x16” Hahnemühle fine art print from Digitalab! We can’t wait to see it!
We were delighted to have such a top group of photographers with us. So much creative energy and enthusiasm was fantastic to see. The photographs we have seen from our attendees have been absolutely amazing! You guys nailed it, big time!
COUNTY BRIDES MAGAZINE FEATURE
If you are busy wedding planning, you might have picked up the latest issue of County Brides magazine looking for inspiration? If you haven’t got one yet, go and grab yourselves a copy of the 2017-2018 tenth edition. They were giving them away for free at the Bridal Chic In The City wedding fair at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester last weekend! (Also available from all good newsagents). Amongst all the crazy North West wedding action, you will find one of our very own awesome couples exclusively featured! Skip to pages 76-78 for all the good stuff. It’s always great to see our work published. Especially in good old fashioned print form!
HEATON HOUSE FARM WEDDING VENUE
Lynsey and Chris got hitched at the award-winning Heaton House Farm wedding venue in Cheshire. Read all about their amazing day and check out some of our photography in the magazine. Chris is a jeweller by trade, so his special skills and contacts came in very handy! In fact, it was a recommendation from another of our couples whose wedding rings Chris was making at the time that led them to us. Their awesome wedding supplier squad also included Henry D Johnstone Jewellers, Cheshire Bridal Wear, Jonny Hick’s Jukejoint Allstars, Glacial Art and Vanilla In Allseasons.
A PULP FICTION INSPIRED FIRST DANCE!
We had a blast shooting Lynsey and Chris’ special day with their fab crew. Their Jack Rabbit Slim’s twist-style first dance will always be one of our faves ever…you nailed it guys!
LESTER MEADOWS WEDDING OPEN DAY
This weekend we were invited to showcase our wedding photography at the very first Lester Meadows wedding open day. Set in the heart of Cheshire, Lester Meadows is a brand new, quirky wedding venue and event space managed by Jo and Stuart on the family run farm.
There’s an amazing story behind their latest venture too. A lost wedding ring while ploughing the vast fields was recently found…forty years later! This miraculous discovery served as the catalyst for the vision of a new future for the four acre meadow.
LESTER MEADOWS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Now an ideal venue space for boho, alternative and festival wedding couples, Lester Meadows is open for bookings next year. It really did look great all set up, Jo and Stu did a grand job. The farm outbuildings have great light too, fab for some alternative portraits!
At the open day a fantastic selection of talented suppliers were exhibiting their wares. Plenty to check out including Posh Frocks and Wellies, Aphrodite Events, Samuel James Events, Think Good, Ta Dah Hair and Make Up, Black Eyed Susie and Perfect Bouquet. The super-cool Sunset Yurts and Boho Bar were also looking amazing. It was great to chat wedfest vibes with lots of couples and meet some of the fab folk on show too.
BOHO TIPI WEDDING STYLE
The magnificent Maypole Tipi was our home for the day. We had fun getting cosy by the huge fire pit and our new macramé backdrop most definitely looked the part. Big thanks to Alice’s Vintage Pantry for keeping us all brewed up. We can also vouch for the lovely Little Button Bakery, as they kindly sneaked us a couple of massive slices of wedding cake for the trip home. Mmmm! We wish all the very best to Lester Meadows and look forward to festival weddings galore! Look forward to returning soon.
When we first heard about Victoria and Paul’s quirky, alternative tweed wedding plans it was clear that they had so many ideas to make their day as personal as possible. In their words, absolutely nothing was going to be ‘traditional’. Because every detail, down to the bear claw buttons, was special to them and that was really lovely to hear. However, after a very unfortunate situation with the original venue, Victoria and Paul had only four weeks to make sure the show could go on! It was no mean feat, but they were up for the challenge and there was no-way this special day would be delayed!
ALTERNATIVE TWEED WEDDING STYLE
Victoria had commissioned a very unique wedding dress from the awesome Legend Bridal Designs. Made entirely from tweed, the two-piece wedding dress was certainly going to be like none we had ever seen before. We do love an alternative bride who dares to be different though. Paul would also be wearing a bespoke tweed waistcoat and jacket, again created by Legend Bridal Designs for the big day. A first for the Legend girls. So it seemed fitting that their pre-ceremony preparations took place at Legend HQ! Also including the grand reveal of their wedding attire. Yes, there were joyous tears all round…
So you want a festival style wedding, but don’t know where to start? Relax! One of our fab 2016 festival brides, Maria reveals her essential festival wedding planning checklist just for you!
FESTIVAL WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST
We really had so much fun as Maria and Ricky’s festival wedding photographers! Their Glastonbury-inspired festival theme wedding took only six months to plan too. The ‘Dansonbury’ Facebook Event page was also a great way to build the hype and excitement leading up to the day. If you are in the early organising stages, don’t miss this ultimate festival wedding planning checklist!