It’s always lovely to meet back up with my wedding couples, especially when they have grown their family. It’s nearly 5 years since I photographed Izzy and Darren’s wedding up in the beautiful Lake District, so I was thrilled to be asked to take some family photographs when they came down to visit friends in the area. We met up at St Nicholas Park in Warwick to get some natural photographs of the three of them together as well as some portraits of their daughter alone. It was a lovely March day – my favourite time of year for family portraits as everything is starting to blossom and come into colour. It was so lovely to catch up with them and meet Rosie – possibly the most well behaved little girl I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing! The couple are expecting their second child and I wish them all the best of luck when it makes it’s arrival in July.

 

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Stanbrook Abbey wedding photography

I’d been itching to shoot at this beaut of a venue nestled in Worcestershire so was thrilled when Chloe and Steve booked me for their autumnal wedding last year. After being together for nearly 7 years and a young son together, Steve pulled out all the stops with his Coronation Street proposal. It’s a guilty pleasure of the couple and after contacting producers, Steve made up a false story that he’d won a private tour of the set in a competition. Unbeknown to Chloe that it was all a setup, Steve got down on one knee outside the Rover’s Return – the answer was yes of course!

Over to Chloe….

“We were blown away when we visited Stanbrook Abbey when we were looking at posible venues. We thought that it was a stunning venue with quirky features. The Callow Hall where the ceremony took place just blew us away and I could just envisage walking down the aisle – we knew pretty much from there on that we wanted to get married there.

We decided on neutral colours as I’m not a huge fan of bright and bold. I always knew that my bridesmaids and most of the decor would be ivory. The overall vision for the day was classic, romantic and pretty with a timeless dress from  The Bridal Room.

Our wedding was one of the best days of our lives. I had the best morning with my bridesmaids, mum, hairdresser and makeup artist – I was truely made to feel a million dollars by Victoria & Helena. Obviously, marrying Steve was a special moment – although, I have no recollection of parts of the ceremony as I was so nervous and was trying not to mess the vows up! I’d say one of our favourite highlights of the day though was having all our friends and family in one place and they got to share our special day – we all lead such busy lives, live all over the UK (and Hong Kong and Australia) and don’t see as much of each other as we would like so it was brilliant that they came to share it with us. My biggest surprise of the day was that my Mum didn’t cry!

Everyone probably gives this advice and it’s hard to do as you have so much going on in your head but. . . .enjoy as much as you can on the day. It passes so quickly and you can’t do a re-run the following day”

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Tythe Barn Wedding Photography by Jennifer Peel

Today I’m sharing the wedding of Laura and Alex from last June at The Tythe Barn, Lawton. I went to school with Laura and although we hadn’t seen each other since, through the power of school media, Laura had seen all the other weddings of school friends I had photographed and convinced Alex I needed to be part of their day! They met at university but it was only when Laura moved abroad after years of friendship that Alex confessed his true feelings. Fast forward a few years and he was popping the question in a gondola in Venice (oh I do love a good old romantic proposal!)

Over to Mr & Mrs Prentice to tell us more about their day!

“When planning our wedding we wanted a day that EVERYONE would enjoy, not just us. Relaxed and stress free – we didn’t want to sweat the small stuff and we think we did a pretty good job of that! We were both set on a barn wedding, and one where we could get married on site. We visited so many barn venues but as soon as we walked into the Tythe Barn we both knew it was where we would get married. There were so many amazing details and every person we met gave us such confidence that they would help us have the very best day possible. On the day we felt completely at ease as they took care of everything we needed before we even knew we needed it.

Everyone tells you how quickly the day goes, but my goodness, it just disappeared. We both wanted to be able to rewind and pause the day so that we could see everything that was going on and get the chance to speak to everyone! Our wedding was the very greatest whirlwind of a day that seemed to disappear in an instant! The most amazing day that I wish I could live over and over again. We were both overwhelmed with the photos we received of our day – they are all so beautiful and it’s impossibly hard to pick which should be printed!

Groom’s Bow Tie – Mrs Bow Tie
Bride’s shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bride’s dress – Justin Alexander

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“A few months before the wedding we were sat in a pub in Dorset having some lunch and they had a singer in the corner who sounded amazing. We had a quick chat with her and she agreed to come and play at the ceremony and during the drinks reception – it felt like a really special touch and she even learned a few of our favourite songs”

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Tythe Barn wedding photography – portraits of Laura & Alex in the venue grounds
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We tried to complement the barn and setting we were in. Lots of white flowers in jars, bottles and buckets, fairy lights and hundreds of books! We both love books and used that theme for our invitations, all our stationery and decoration on the day. There were books everywhere, and our tables were named after our favourite books.

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We chose a self-carve menu, picked one particular friend or family member from each table to carve the beef and made them dance into the room to “Be My Guest” (from Beauty and the Beast) wearing their aprons and chef hats. The barn had suggested the idea and we loved it, but the reality was SO much better than we could have had imagined! Everyone really embraced the moment – amazing guests!

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So is there any advice Laura and Alex would give to other engaged couples?

“Embrace it! We both absolutely loved the planning and we stayed very organised so didn’t feel stressed at any point. It’s a good idea to make decisions and get on with things as quickly as you can so you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed at the end – you gut feeling is probably right, so go with it and enjoy it. One of the greatest tips we were given was to take a few moments every so often on the day to step back and remember the moment that you’re in. One amazing memory is of all of our favourite people around us on the dance floor having an absolutely brilliant time – we were just holding each other’s hands, watching it all happen and taking it in! A tip for the fellas from Alex: The speech was what made me most anxious. Public speaking is at the bottom of my wish list and you have to stand up and tell people how you feel in a funny, engaging and solemn way – not easy! I ended up leaving the exact wording to the very last minute and I’m glad I did. Advice to other grooms is to put a rough structure and order together, then take time during the planning process to notice the small things that make your relationship special. The personal touches are easy to remember, make you confident and relaxed when speaking and, most importantly, let your new wife know that your words are personal and heart-felt”

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Compton Verney wedding photography by Jennifer Peel

All my weddings are different in their own unique way but some go that extra mile. Shooting Lauren and Gavin’s vibrant, eclectic affair was such a memorable one for me. After nearly 10 years together, and recently a new baby boy this couple had oozes of personal touches from the offset.

Lauren and I went to school together and after attending previous weddings that I shot at, she asked me to shoot hers. The venue was the divine Compton Verney near Stratford on Avon, who kindly have me as one of their recommended photographers.

Rustic tones and rare combinations were the themes of this wedding. Lauren, artistic ever since school, allowed her personality to colour her theme. She defied another florists disapproval to pair her chosen colour scheme of stunning wild orange and purple flowers. Choosing to go against the grain of the obvious pastel choices was a bold move and one that Lauren replicated in abundance on her day. Arriving at the ceremony in her parent’s Citroen 2CV was just another aspect of the day’s originality. Suffice to say I loved that! It’s always fun as a photographer when your couple takes a few risks and they pay off, it often makes for some of the most interesting and original pictures.

Speaking of…the tower of cheese cake from Paxton & Whitfield, was classic, topped decoratively with charming bride and groom mice. The ceremony took place in the main Adam Hall and the happy couple were blessed with the weather at the venue with only a few brief showers. It was so lovely to see so many familiar faces.

Gavin was a dapper gent and his purple tie beautifully offset his bride’s wild bouquet by Flower Thyme. I was swept away in the magic of this quirky, colourful, loving affair.

Have a peek at the shots below and try not to fall in love with that colour scheme…

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Compton Verney wedding photography – couple portraits on the bridge

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Compton Verney wedding photography – night time couple portrait under the portico

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Warwickshire wedding photography by Jennifer Peel

Wow. It has been a while! This year I’ve made it my resolution to recommit to my blogging and what better way to start than with the beautiful wedding of Rebecca and Gareth.

I shot their Warwickshire wedding over 18 months ago and I’ve just been rebooked by the happy couple to capture their beautiful new daughter, 7 month old Ella. It makes me so happy to see my couples adding to their family.

This wedding was a special one. I love it when my clients are up for something different. Arriving at Rebecca’s on the morning of the wedding, I suggested we stop at Chesterton Windmill en route to her reception. Rebecca was game and I’m so glad she was. I’m even happier that the weather also seemed willing to oblige us. The windmill, a 17th Century Grade 1 listed building, is a photographer’s dream and it added such a delightful backdrop for the new Mr and Mrs Allum amongst the wild flowers.

Rebecca was class personified. Her lace dress from Katherine Allen Bridal perfectly complimented her romantic hairstyle, styled by Julia Williams. Topping off her look was a beautiful pastel flower bouquet by The Balloon Lady.

After saying ‘I do’ at Bodicote Church and a brief pitstop at the windmill, it was on to Warwick House, a stunner of a venue I’m always excited to return to. Rebecca and Gareth are teachers, so literary themes were spun throughout their room. From giant pencils carved with their names, to book table centerpieces, everything was personal. This made for a really unique and charming reception decor.

What a wedding. So much love, laughter and personality. It was a pleasure being a part of your day Rebecca and Gareth. Check out the pictures below…

 

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Dunchurch Park wedding photography by Jennifer Peel

Now it may have been over a year since this wedding and despite having photographed a lot more since, I still remember it very well. Firstly I will always remember how lovely Poppy and Hitz were and how great a couple they made. I’d been recommend to them by an old school friend who was a colleague of Poppy’s and before the day we did an engagement shoot together. This was a good opportunity to get some relaxed photos of the couple together and a good chance for them to get to know me and the way I work.

Poppy and Hitz’s engagement shoot took place at their wedding venue, Dunchurch Park. Nestled within Warwickshire, Dunchurch Park is steeped in history, with it’s gorgeous architecture. However, on the day of the shoot, it was torrential rain…thankfully this wasn’t the case on the wedding day and the Edwardian manor house looked stunning in the spring sunshine.

The couple began the wedding day with a western civil ceremony in the great hall. Family and guests enjoyed the drinks reception in the rose garden whilst I snuck the couple off for those all important couple shots. Poppy looked stunning in her gown from the The Bridal Gallery and her vibrant bouquet was by Anne-Marie’s Florist. Hitz looked equally dapper in his Huge Boss suit. Following their wedding breakfast and keen to incorporate their Hindu backgrounds, the couple and their guests changed into asian outfits – this was no small task given that Hitz had eight best men and six ushers – that’s a record for me!

It was an absolute honour to be a part of their day and I’ve been so slow with blogging that the couple have had a little baby boy in the meantime – suffice to say that I wish them and their new family all the best for their future together.

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Dunchurch Park wedding photography – couple portraits in the venue grounds

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Dunchurch Park wedding photography – Poppy & Hitz change into asian outfits for the evening celebrations

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Hyde Barn wedding photography by Jennifer Peel

Despite months (sometimes even years!) of planning, a bride and groom can never guarantee what their wedding weather is going to be like. This was certainly the case for Sarah and Bob, on their special day. Taking place on the last weekend of September, the couple had been desperate for an outdoor ceremony. However, on the morning of the wedding, Mother Nature had different ideas, with a misty fog encompassing the venue. Thankfully, neither Sarah nor Bob, lost hope, and when it came to their ceremony, the sun broke out, giving them the late summer wedding they’d dreamed of.

The intimate ceremony took place at Hyde Barn. Nestled in the Cotswolds, the couple were attracted to the traditional venue for its combination of archaic architecture with a contemporary and elegantly finished barn, giving them a blank canvas to put their personality and ideas into the celebration of their wedding.

Sarah wore an elegant white strapless gown by Provnovias, accompanied by her bridesmaids in midnight blue dresses from Maids to Measure. Each of the dresses were complemented perfectly with their simple hydrangea bouquets from the local florist, Cotswold Blooms.

After the outdoor ceremony and drinks reception, the wedding party retreated inside the barn, where the simple sophisticated theme continued, with elegant white decorations and a beautiful florally embellished cake, from the Pretty Cake Company.

The guests enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast, before being entertained by Bob and his groomsmen’s speeches. It was then time for Sarah and Bob’s romantic first dance, where the couple took to the centre of the barn surrounded by their friends and family.

 

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Hyde Barn wedding photography – the barn decorated for the wedding breakfast

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Hyde Barn wedding photography – sunset portraits in the grounds

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Hyde Barn wedding photography – guests enjoying the evening celebrations

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This week my nephew Harry is 6 months old.  I know it’s a cliché but I really can’t believe how fast he is growing up!

Naturally we arranged a photo session to mark this little milestone and I absolutely loved photographing Harry at this age as he is sitting up unassisted but he’s not yet quick enough to run away from Auntie Jen’s camera!

The shoot took place in the comfort of my sister’s home with me using my portable studio lights and a traditional backdrop. If you have a little sitter that you’d like some photographs of, drop me an email!

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