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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.

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ALTERNATIVE TWEED WEDDING – VICTORIA + PAUL

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…

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The Shaw’s 24

Preview – 24 frames from Liz and Nick’s sunflower wedding at fabulous working farm, Park House Barn in the Lake District.

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Dawn + Oli // Me and You Shoot // Manchester

A colourful and fun-filled pre-wedding Me and You Shoot in Manchester Northern Quarter with Dawn and Oli!

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The Finney’s 24

Preview – 24 frames from Sarah and Nick’s epic summer time wedding at the awesome Bassmead Manor Barns in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire!

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  • Rachel Platt - Wow wow wow!!!! Absolutely amazing pics that capture how magical this day was 😍 XxxReplyCancel

Maria’s Festival Wedding Planning Checklist

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!

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The Riding’s 24

Preview – 24 frames from Jennifer and Daniel’s awesome summer wedding at The Inn at Whitewell in Forest of Bowland!

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Masters of Wedding Photography 2017 Round Up!

The Masters of Wedding Photography UK and IE is an annual competition, divided in to quarterly award rounds. Each round a top international jury selects the winners. Only the ‘best and most spectacular photos’ from all entries receive an award. It’s an appreciation of the best wedding photography in the UK and Ireland. Also providing an opportunity to showcase artwork to future bridal couples. This week it was time for the final fourth round results. Fingers crossed!

TWENTY-FOUR TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE UK AND IRELAND!

After an already amazing two Masters Awards in the opening two rounds, we were looking forward to the final stages. We are extremely delighted to have won another award in the closing rounds! That makes it a grand old total of three Masters of Wedding Photography Awards. Only twenty-four photographers achieved three or more awards. (We’ll have to let that sink in for a bit!) We are incredibly proud to be amongst some of the most creative and inspiring top wedding photographers out there in the UK and Ireland. So fizz and food-based treats are most definitely on the cards!

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Level Up! Creative Photography Workshop

A few weeks ago it was our second Level Up creative photography workshop. We were absolutely buzzing to be putting on another fab sold out session. Following our first mega bridal concept workshop, this time we would be shooting creative pre-wedding photography style in sunny Blackpool with a fabulous group of photographers. Bring on the Vegas of the North!

CREATIVE PRE-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Creative photography sessions are ace for experimenting with new techniques, developing new skills and confidence building. It’s also a great way to produce some awesome marketing and website material. Ultimately Level Up provides opportunities for you to get creative. Plus we think portfolio building is supposed to be super fun! Level Up is designed for beginners and student photographers, also any pro seeking motivation or a new direction. So with a jam-packed schedule full of creative and inspiring scenarios, we were really looking forward to meeting our attendees.

We invited one of our awesome past bride and grooms, Jennie and Chris, to be our ‘models’ for the day. Bringing all the benefits of shooting a real life couple, with genuine emotions and interactions. Everyone agreed that they were totally amazing, like we knew they would be! So massive thanks again guys (you might be in line for major international modelling contracts once all these pics get out…)!

SUPER-COOL SPONSORS, A PRIZE DRAW AND PIZZAS

For this Level Up session we were delighted to have super-cool sponsors Digitalab and The Watermelon Design on board. Well done to Danielle Francesca Photography who won the prize draw! A beautiful paisley camera strap, handcrafted by The Watermelon Design especially for Level Up. Also all attendees received some exclusive Digitalab pro printing promo codes! Yaaaaaay! Superb print quality, colour accuracy and customer service – that’s why Digitalab provided our BIPPNW competition prints!

We had an exciting set of locations and cool spots for the attending photographers. So with time for a power-up pizza lunch break in-between shooting (any excuse for pizza, right?), we had plenty of fast paced variety in store.

GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING – LEVEL UP!

We really enjoyed the day and had such a fab group of attendees. You all rock! Sun, sea, sand and street art. We had the lot! The photographs we have seen so far have been brill and the mega feedback has been amazing:

What an awesome day! Big thanks to Zo and Liam!

The workshop was absolutely epic! Zo and Liam were incredibly generous with their time and knowledge, and the whole day was just great fun!

I’ve come away with some shots that I’m really proud of! I will certainly be attending further sessions in the future. Thanks so much guys!

Really got my creative juices flowing and I can’t wait to put all my fresh ideas in to practice! Zo and Liam are amazing teachers. Super relaxed making me feel like no question was a silly one. Would highly recommend to everyone!

A massive thank you to Zo and Liam! I had so much fun and learnt heaps!

To stay up-to-date with future Level Up sessions you can register on our mailing list and follow the Level Up Facebook page. Find out first about the next date. It would be great to see you there!

So here’s some behind the scenes action and a peek at what we got up to in Blackpool. If you got pooped on by seagulls, it was not part of the deal. But it is good luck. Fact.

#levelupwithzt

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The Lungley’s 24

Preview – 24 frames from Lisa and Brian’s wedding day at The Great Hall at Mains in Lancashire.

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