The 2016 Round-Up: EPIC Weddings

Right, where the hell do I start with this then? 2016 was an AMAZING year for weddings, there’s no other word for it. My clients were infallibly wonderful, I got to travel all over the shop and my second shooters have been absolute diamonds. I’m going to go ahead and inform you straight away that the force was not strong in this one during my attempts to cull the photo selection for this blog. My expression was, in fact, remarkably similar to this little lady:

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…right up until I decided to just give in and go wild and just show you as many snaps as I darn well pleased. While I’m not actually sorry because this blog is now stacked with adorableness, you may want to grab yourself a brew and settle in. (Oh, and if you’re a Spotify user, I’m going to recommend you pop this playlist of loveliness on too.)

Ready? Let’s GO.

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As well as getting to shoot at some brilliant local venues in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire this year (Wortley Hall, Wentworth Castle and Newton Solney Barns to name a few), my travels have taken me everywhere from Orkney to Windermere to Paris and beyond! I’ve been rendered absolutely speechless by the beauty not only of the places I’ve had the privilege of snapping, but of the people I’ve encountered along the way too.

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There were some excellent prep moments:

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The details were next level:

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There were a few strokes of pure genius, including these little picnic crates as the wedding breakfast, a hangover kit for the bridal party, tables sorted into Hogwarts houses and – oh happiest of days – a tea bar!

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The flowers were magic:

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There were some stellar staircase moments:

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And my couples were all so gorgeous that it made me giddy. Photographing people in love = quite possibly the best job in the world.

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Dogs at weddings was a glorious, glorious thing:

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I had far too much fun with group photos:

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I lost count of the number of times my heart melted:

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The confetti game was strong:

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The speech reactions were genius:

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The victory stance was a recurring theme:

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…and have I mentioned how SPECTACULAR the wedding games were this year yet? Oh my. Oh my life. Groomsmen challenges, rounders, sack races, bingo, space hoppers and beyond. Just look at this:

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FINALLY, it only seems fitting to end a wedding blog with some classic dance floor antics. We’re talking everything from the macarena to ceilidh dancing, air guitar-ing to being hoisted into the air on chairs. 2016 couples, you guys had some serious moves:

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And there you have it! 2016 in a photographic nutshell. Thank you so much to all of my gorgeous clients from this year, I can’t tell you what a delight it’s been and I wish you all the very best for the new year and beyond. Additional thanks must go to my wonderful second-shooters this year (Sam Houghton, Helen Smiddy, Liz Wan, Louise Pawson, Louise Bichan, Daniel Naylor and Kim Gribbon) and to all of the lovely suppliers and venues I’ve worked with over the year, you guys are the bee’s knees.

If you’re getting hitched in 2017 and like what you see, get in touch! Lots more info, package deals and more, can be found on my website.

If you know someone who’s getting hitched in 2017 and might like my work, sharing this blog with them could win you a free couple photoshoot! If I get a booking which cites you as the source of the referral, I’ll send you a nice little couple photoshoot voucher to say thank you. This offer is valid until April 1st 2017. Enjoy!

Huge love and best wishes to you all,

E xx

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The 2015 round-up: Spectacular Weddings

Where do I even start here?! 2015 has been pretty goshdarn lovely. It’s been a year of wonderful couples (thank you, guys!), amazing venues and everything from a My Neighbour Totoro wedding cake to a fire dancing display. My assistants have been brilliant, the dresses (and suits, for that matter) have been epic, I’ve travelled all over the place and blinked back more happy-tears than I thought possible. The music has been above and beyond, I can now say I’ve witnessed a bride vs groom game of conkers, glittery shoes have been a (glorious) thing and one of my couples JUMPED OVER A FIRE.

…yep, this year’s been a good’un. #bloomingloveweddings has never been more appropriate and I’ve had an absolute nightmare attempting to narrow down my favourites to a sensible number. It’s taken many, many cups of coffee, but here, finally and in no particular order, are a few of my favourite things from each of this year’s extravaganzas. Ready? Let’s go!

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Ian & Amy’s super beautiful, intimate Buxton Pavillion wedding. Strong bowtie game, right there.

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Bria and Matthew’s wonderful, eco-friendly Autumn wedding avec autumn leaf confetti, games of conkers, tree sapling wedding favours and all of the adorable.

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Jen and Dan’s mega lovely barn wedding came complete with a luminous yellow 2CV and a high-octane ceilidh by The Timorous Beasties. Magic stuff.

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Y’know I mentioned that there’d been a fire dancer? There might’ve been a pyrobot too. Yep. Michelle and Hitesh’s wedding was pretty freaking epic.

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Carrie & Neal got hitched at the delightfully quirky Hundred House Hotel. It may have rained, but that just made the light more beautiful later! Also: Roller Derby teams make for excellent group photos. Just saying.

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Gina & Russ by E.L - Hitched

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I’ve had the total pleasure and privilege of photographing a few friends’ weddings this year. Y’know, those ones where you’re even more emotionally involved than normal and then they go and have a reading about two dinosaurs which is, incidentally, read by two of your other favourite people and causes you to melt a little bit? Yep, that was Russ and Gina’s spectacularly colourful summer wedding at The Farmhouse. Oh man. (Also, did you spot the flying baby?!)

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Will & Emily by E.L - Hitched

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I was delighted to pop back to the wonderful Wood Lane Countryside Centre in Stannington for Will and Emily’s super sweet big day. How perfect is this colour scheme?!

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It may have sporadically hammered it down on the day of Helen and John’s Shrewsbury wedding but, my goodness, it was still crazy gorgeous! (Incidentally, Helen’s wedding hair was done by the rather clever Jenni McDonald at Francesco Group (Newport) who I’d previously been a hair model for in a shoot with Ella Ruth Photography. If you’re looking for someone to sort your barnet out round Shropshire way, go check her out!)

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Michelle & Jon by E.L - Hitched

Being asked to photograph another photographer’s wedding party is always exciting / nerve-wracking / a massive compliment! The attention to detail at Michelle and Jon’s incredible wedding party did not disappoint; everything looked totally beautiful. As if that wasn’t enough, there was even an impromptu ukelele lesson! Wizard.

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TOTORO WEDDING CAKE!!! In case this isn’t already all kinds of obvious, this pretty much made my life. Claire and Alex’s wedding was pretty gorgeous.

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Toby and Rachel went for a home-made beer festival vibe for their big day and, my goodness, it was perfect. Beermat bunting, stellar musicians and fairylights aplenty. Photographing friends’ weddings really is one of the loveliest things.

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Jemma and Nick’s autumnal wedding at the Bradfield Village Hall featured lots and lots of lovely music and dancing; everything from bagpipes playing Jemma into the hall and a four-piece harmony song in the service, right the way through to Jemma joining in the one of the Morris dances in her wedding dress (mad skills!!) and a wonderfully raucous ceilidh. Oh, and the apple pies came out with sparklers on. Genius!

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My first ever wedding in Germany! I was particularly excited about this one, it being the wedding of a lady I’ve been friends with pretty much since birth. The cake was wheeled out avec sparklers to the sound of Sandstorm, the first dance was spectacular and everyone was positively beaming all day. Nicely done, Rachel and Peter, you beauts!

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People who are so cute it hurts a bit? Emily and Jason. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for these two, who had a gorgeous summer garden party theme, and I’m so glad it was. There was so much love surrounding this whole day, from family and friends as well as between the bride and groom themselves, that I legit had to go cuddle a pillow as soon as I got home. #notevenkidding

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Continuing the impossibly lovely vibe was the wonderfully musical wedding of Emily and Will. Y’know I mentioned one of my couples this year jumped over a fire? That was these guys. Can’t even BEGIN to tell you the relief when they made it over unscathed. Whewww! Emily and Will had their reception at the absolutely beautiful Avalon Permaculture Gardens in Somerset and their gorgeous little girl, Lily, was on bridesmaid duty. (Did I mention that she and Emily had matching Mama and daughter flower garlands? Oh my heart.)

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Have I ever told you how much I love a good village hall wedding? Natasha and Adam’s big day was marvellous. Huge volumes of home-made cake, a brass band and tonnes of confetti. Perfect. (I may have also been a bit in love with Natasha’s dress. Totally gorgeous!)

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D’awwwh, these guys. As if Sarah and Chris’s autumnal wedding wasn’t lovely enough already, Sarah’s Brownie and Guide groups formed a guard of honour after the service! The colour scheme for the whole wedding was based around the team colours of the Nottingham Panthers, Sarah’s favourite ice hockey team. That’s dedication, right there. (It looked amazing and all!) Also, fun fact: these guys found my work after Sarah’s step-mum came on one of my creative portraiture courses! Super nice.

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Clients who are happy to don wellies and stand in a ford for the sake of photo funsies = the bee’s knees. Chris and Nichola’s big day in the north west, avec spectacular marquee and decorative tractors and tower of cheese, was absolutely magical.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was 2015! I realise I’ve failed somewhat spectacularly at narrowing things down, but there really was too much loveliness. I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through these as much as I’ve enjoyed working on them. Huge thanks again to all of my wonderful couples and a massive shout out to all of my super assistants (especially Cat Lane, Jamie Sia, Sam Houghton, Ocean Hampson and my ever patient fella, Dan) – I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring!

Wishing you all the very best for the New Year,

E x

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If you like what you see and would potentially like me to cover your big day, get in touch! See my website for an extended portfolio, pricing and contact details: www.el-hitched.co.uk

Golden boots, fairy lights and a Derby nightclub…

Wonderful things: 1) Getting to photograph two of your favourite people, in your hometown, when all the fairy lights are up and stuff. ❤ x100000

Oh man, this shoot! Those of you who follow my work on the music scene may recognise one of the people here as the rather lovely Lucy Ward. Those of you who follow the rather lovely Lucy Ward may know that she recently married a rather lovely man called Rob, and the whole event was beautifully captured by the rather lovely Camera Hannah. I cried several times, almost didn’t get through the song that myself and Sarah Matthews helped Lucy sing to Rob during the ceremony, and came home with two dinosaur-shaped wedding favours. My goodness, the feels.

Now, rewind back about three years. Lucy purchased a couple photoshoot voucher for Rob for Christmas and all was marvellous. We all got very giddy deciding what awesome things we could do, and then for the next blooming age we either couldn’t find a date that all of us were free or the days that we were free got utilised for exciting album / promo photoshoot things instead. I’d come home from being on tour with my old duo* just as Lucy headed out on tour, or one of us would have a free weekend but the other would be playing a festival / shooting a wedding, or myself and Lucy would – outrageously – be simultaneously available but poor Rob would be stuck at work. And so on and so forth. Typical, eh? (Oh the joys of creative freelancer schedules!)

HOWEVER, just after the wedding and just before Christmas, our diaries magically aligned! Oh happy day! We pottered around Derby and invaded a cafe and took full advantage of all of the fairy lights. It looked rather like this:

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Fun fact: These guys actually met at Mosh. Yep!

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THOSE MOVES!

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Yep, I’m beyond glad this finally happened.

Incidentally, if you like these snaps and fancy having a mini shoot with your other half, do get in touch! I offer a photoshoot package for £120 avec voucher and prints and the full kaboodle (see this blog for more details**) OR you can choose to just have the time and a download link for a discounted price. Magic.

Until next time,

E x

 

*Although the duo is no more, you can still give us a listen on Spotify if you fancy!

**Non-festive vouchers will be available soon! Feel free to email me for more info.