ALICE & JAMES: Nottingham University Wedding

ALICE & JAMES: Nottingham University Wedding

Alice and James were married last month at St Wilfrid's Church in Wilford with their wedding reception at The University of Nottingham, which is always a joyful place to photograph as the gardens are some of the most beautiful in our city. Alice and James's faith played an integral and important part in their wedding celebrations, being joined at their service by around 250 friends and family to worship and support them as they made their vows to each other. Alice chose a striking colour of turquoise blue for her bridesmaids, which was such a summery colour choice and, as it happened, they were blessed with a hot summer's day in an otherwise rainy few days. From the bridal preparations until the evening dancing, here are their highlights.

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GEMMA & PHIL: Hollin Hall Wedding

GEMMA & PHIL: Hollin Hall Wedding

Gemma and Phil were married at Hollin Hall Country House Hotel, set in the heart of rolling countryside close to Macclesfield in Cheshire. Gemma is a makeup artist, and sees plenty of grandiose wedding days, so she and Phil wanted their wedding to be an intimate day; simple, classy and meaningful. Gemma's beautiful daughter served as flower girl, with her best friend as maid of honour. She chose a classic Stewart Parvin wedding gown and Benjamin Adams shoes, and Phil looked dapper in blue suit and ivory button hole. The stairs and ornate ceiling are a feature at Hollin Hall, so we couldn't go without a wide angle epic shot of Gemma and Phil on the staircase - but for the most part their photographs are made up of natural moments, laughter and happy tears, just as they wanted it. Congratulations to the happy couple, here's the highlights from their day. 

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GEMMA & PHIL: Nottingham University Engagement Shoot

GEMMA & PHIL: Nottingham University Engagement Shoot

Yesterday we met up with Gemma and Phil in Nottingham. Gemma's a makeup artist and she's worked with a lot of brides and, like me, seen so many different styles of wedding. So when it came to her big day plans, she and her husband-to-be Phil wanted to keep things super simple. Even a photographer wasn't a priority at first, but after speaking on the phone and Gemma falling in love with a Mirror Imaging wedding in Melbourne, it was clear that we were on the same wavelength. They changed their minds and I'm so glad they did! As complete naturals in front of the camera, it was a joy to take their engagement photographs. The laughter and connection is genuine, which of course makes for beautiful images. After a small pocket of good weather we made our way indoors to make wedding plans, and right on cue the heavens opened! I couldn't resist getting a couple more photos in the hotel bar. 

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ALICE & JAMES: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

ALICE & JAMES: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

A few days ago we met up with Alice and James who are marrying this September in a church ceremony with friends and family, followed by a celebration at Nottingham University. We met on a summery day in Nottingham, when everything around us was in full bloom, reminding me how beautiful our city is! We had some fun chatting and taking natural photographs, before we went for a drink to go through their wedding plans together. Alice requested a piggy back photo at the end, and I'm so glad she did as it's one of my favourites. Here are their perfect moments:

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NATALIE & LUKE: Newark Engagement Shoot

NATALIE & LUKE: Newark Engagement Shoot

On Thursday we met with Natalie and Luke for the first time, who have flown in from Australia to stay with Natalie's parents. It's one of the few times they'll be in the UK ahead of their wedding next March at Kelham House. They're catching up with family and friends in the UK, having their engagement shoot of course and Natalie has started the important job of wedding dress shopping with her mum! I chose the castle grounds in Newark to meet up at the bandstand as it's a pretty, green and leafy location, and we were blessed with a beautifully sunny day. After a walk around the park and along the river, we finished with a drink at a nearby bar to make wedding plans. 

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SARAH & KARL: Walesby Church and Hazel Gap Barn

SARAH & KARL: Walesby Church and Hazel Gap Barn

Sarah and Karl were married on 5th May at their local church, with their wedding reception being held at a brand new venue in the heart of Nottinghamshire: Hazel Gap Barn. We started the day with the girls at home, helping Sarah into her bespoke dress handmade by KMR Bridal. We then joined the groomsmen at the church, where the sun was high in the sky. Their son Spencer was Best Man, with the official job of guarding the rings in his silver briefcase! His purple suit matched his dad’s, who looked very stylish in Ted Baker. Except for the high winds, the day felt positively Mediterranean as we waited for Sarah to arrive and, as the girls gathered outside, a chimney sweep was on hand to bring extra luck as they entered the church. The ceremony took place in Walesby Church, a place of sentimental meaning to them and where their children were christened. We threw an abundance of confetti, then popped the fizzy in the camper van before leaving for Hazel Gap. Drinks and canapés were served and the mood was upbeat, with George Williams entertaining the guests with his brilliant caricatures. One of Sarah’s main requests was a photograph of her and Karl with their children, which we duly took in Hazel Gap grounds and they turned out beautifully. I love that in 20 years time their children can look back on the photographs and see their own happy reactions to their parents tying the knot. The celebrations went on into the night with Mansfield Avenue Band providing the live music, and Hazel Gap hosting marshmallow toasting in the outside fire pits. 

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SARAH & KARL: Rufford Park Engagement Photoshoot

SARAH & KARL: Rufford Park Engagement Photoshoot

On Thursday we met with Sarah and Karl who are marrying early next month in their local village church, with their wedding reception at the newly opened Hazel Gap Barn. We chose Rufford Park for their pre-wedding photographs as it has special significance to Sarah and Karl, with Sarah visiting regularly as a child and bringing their children here too. She also always imagined her wedding day photographs to be taken with the Abbey in the background, so this was the next best thing! We walked around the gardens and the rain just about held off. Here are our favourites from their session.

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ALAN & JAMES: Norwood Park Wedding

ALAN & JAMES: Norwood Park Wedding

We met Alan and James at Norwood Park's wedding fair (we'll be there again on Sunday 19th March) and they booked shortly afterwards. They live in the same village I grew up in, in fact a childhood friend and local hairdresser Richie of McPherson Hairdressing did their hair on their wedding morning. They wanted a chilled out wedding with traditional touches such as the floral displays, bouquets and buttonholes by Flowers by Susan in Southwell. The wedding featured shades of blue, with 'best girls' instead of best men and their sisters acting as usherettes. We were there for a half day (a popular option for winter weddings) to capture the marriage ceremony and important photographs, with harpist Soraya Vermeulen entertaining guests throughout. We were lucky with the weather too, which stayed dry and crisp for most of the proceedings before the heavens opened as guests made their way to the wedding breakfast. The cake by Cherry Blossom Cakes was a four tier extravaganza taking pride of place at the reception. 

It was a pleasure to be a part of Alan and James's day to capture the funny and intimate moments and, as the day got darker, we couldn't leave without taking a beautiful moody, atmospheric image in Norwood's library; the golden books seemed the perfect background to their blue suits. Here are their highlights.

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MICHELLE & CHRIS: Kelham House Wedding

MICHELLE & CHRIS: Kelham House Wedding

We had the pleasure of photographing Michelle and Chris's nuptials to kick off 2017, with Mirror Imaging's first wedding of this year at Kelham House near Newark. Michelle and Chris wanted their day to focus on time with their friends and family so booked a half day of photography to capture the important moments. We joined the bridal party as Michelle was dressed and ready and were able to stay long enough to photograph through to the wedding breakfast. We loved the confetti shower, which was such a joyful moment, and the candlelit reception was so pretty. Here are their wedding day highlights.

Mirror Imaging will be at Kelham House on their wedding open day on 11th June this year. Contact Grace for more info. 

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AMY & NICK: Kelham House Wedding

AMY & NICK: Kelham House Wedding

Amy & Nick were married this month at Burton Joyce Community Church, with their wintry wedding reception at Kelham House. The day had a subtle Christmassy feel, with the bridesmaids in beautiful red dresses and red roses, berries and foliage in the bouquets by Jacaranda. The ceremony includes some of my favourite images from the day, working by the light of the church, so we had to go back inside after throwing some confetti to take a couple more by the candlelit alter. The team at Kelham House greeted everyone with drinks and canapés, which were enjoyed by the roaring log fire, while we grabbed some very quick photographs outside in the falling light. I hope Amy and Nick love their wedding preview. Happy Christmas everyone!

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JESSICA & ANDY: Mansfield Woodhouse & Norwood Park Wedding

JESSICA & ANDY: Mansfield Woodhouse & Norwood Park Wedding

Jessica and Andy were married on a cold winter's day at the end of November. I'm starting to really love photographing winter weddings more; traditionally a challenge to the photographer as the light falls earlier but the warmth, rich colours and low-light make for some magically romantic images. Never more so than the photographs of Jess and Andy in front of the stained glass window in St Edmunds Church in Mansfield Woodhouse. Jessica looked every inch the princess bride in her sequinned lace Ronald Joyce gown from I Do Bridal Boutique. After the ceremony we drove to Norwood Park, and the team greeted all the guests with mulled wine and glasses of Prosecco. After dinner, we stayed for the dancing and left the party in full swing! Here are the highlights from their day.

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ALAN & JAMES: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

ALAN & JAMES: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

Yesterday we met with Alan and James, together with their beautiful and exuberant golden retriever Ezio, to capture some engagement images ahead of their winter wedding at the end of January at Norwood Park. It was a cold, crisp day but the sun was bright, perfect for a photo-walk and pre-wedding plans afterwards in the pub. 

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KATE & RICHARD: Nottingham Wedding at St James Hotel & World Service

KATE & RICHARD: Nottingham Wedding at St James Hotel & World Service

It's safe to say that Kate and Richard have been through a lot together in a relatively short time (Richard's cufflinks were engraved with the date and coordinates of their first meeting). It's usually huge life events, often the turbulent ones, that make you realise who and what's important and allow love to really be shown. It was with this realisation that Richard proposed to Kate and they planned a very small, intimate wedding with just 20 special guests in the centre of Nottingham. On a personal note, after nine years of photographing weddings, it just so happens to be how I'd also plan a wedding - small, elegant and with the very best food! The bride got ready in the penthouse suite at St James Hotel, perfectly positioned near Nottingham Castle, with her mum and best girls. Richard had organised some surprise gifts for Kate to open including a butterfly print by her favourite artist poignantly entitled 'All that changes is everything' and a rather breathtaking diamond tennis bracelet. There wasn't a dry eye in the room, including mine. Kate chose a lace beaded Sottero and Midgley gown from Bridal Suite that suited the glamorous vintage feel of her wedding day. The surprises weren't over for Kate until after the ceremony, as Richard had organised their beloved dog Maisie to join us for some photographs, much to team Mirror Imaging's delight. She posed beautifully, tongue literally out to lap up the attention. At that point we walked down the cobbled Nottingham streets taking photographs as we went to one of the best restaurants in the East Midlands - World Service - for each guest to be treated to three courses of delicious food with accompanying harpist. The private dining room had been dressed opulently in an abundance of flowers and candles by FloralDeco, who also provided the buttonholes and bridal bouquet. After dinner and some pretty emotional speeches, we made our way back to the hotel for entertainment by the brilliant Marc Oberon close up magician and mind reader Atlas, who astonished guests with their skills. A party for 100 guests followed in the evening, with dancing into the night. After taking our turn on the dance floor, we left the guests to party away. 

Here's the highlights from their beautiful wedding day. To book Mirror Imaging for your own urban Nottingham wedding get in touch here.

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Amy & Nick's Rufford Park Engagement Shoot

Amy & Nick's Rufford Park Engagement Shoot

Today we met with Amy and Nick who are marrying early December in Burton Joyce, with their wedding reception at Kelham House Hotel in Newark. We chose Rufford Park for their pre-wedding photographs and it was a beautiful, crisp Autumn day, with the trees ablaze with reds, oranges and yellows. We walked toward the lake, stopping along the way when a pretty backdrop caught our eye. Here are our favourites from their session.

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KATE & RICHARD: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

KATE & RICHARD: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

We met with Kate and Richard yesterday for their engagement shoot ahead of their wedding later this month. They're holding a small wedding for just 20 guests at St James Hotel in Nottingham and then the wedding party is walking down to an intimate drinks and dinner reception at World Service Restaurant. It should be a beautiful day. We got the very best of Autumn yesterday, for just long enough before it started to rain, with some stunning foliage providing a vibrant backdrop.

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GEMMA & ALASTAIR: Coddington Church & Kelham House Wedding

GEMMA & ALASTAIR: Coddington Church & Kelham House Wedding

Gemma and Alastair's wedding took place at the end of September, as the first signs of Autumn were showing - and what a beautiful time of year it is. Their ceremony was held at the quaint Coddington Church; nestled amongst berry-laden yew trees, with atmospheric low-light indoors and a rather fabulous statement ceiling over the alter. After a few photographs at the church and a shower of confetti, we made our way to Kelham House for their wedding reception. Gemma's peachy coloured bouquet seemed so perfect against the backdrop of Kelham's gardens and unmistakeable brickwork. The celebrations continued into the night, and we left them after dark.

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JESSICA & ANDY: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

JESSICA & ANDY: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

Today we met up with Jessica and Andy, who are marrying later next month with their wedding reception at the lovely Norwood Park in Southwell, just ten minutes down the road from Mirror Imaging's studio. It's such a beautiful time of year right now, as the leaves are turning golden and the light is soft. These images were a joy to take, as Jessica and Andy have an ease and natural connection without even trying - we're really looking forward to photographing their wedding.

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NMC 70th Anniversary Event Photography

NMC 70th Anniversary Event Photography

We recently photographed North Midland Construction's huge 70th anniversary event held at Goosedale Conference Centre. The day's charity funding-raising celebrations had a fairground carnival theme for the young and young at heart, with a ferris wheel, dodgems, a giant indoor scalextric, carnival games and food and drink stalls, together with some delicious catering by Goosedale. The Finance Director and Chairman proved great sports by going in the stocks and having wet sponges thrown at them to raise more cash for charity. We captured the fun and frivolity very naturally, with the addition of a studio-lit space for friends and couples to pose for a photo, that also proved hugely popular. The mix of the two styles of photography makes for some great images from day to night. And, despite the thundery clouds, it stayed dry and warm all day! The evening finished on a bang with a firework display. 

For more information and a bespoke quote for Mirror Imaging to capture your commercial party or event, please visit www.mirrorimagingbusiness.com or contact Sarah on 07968 159465.

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NATASHA & SAM: Kelham House Wedding

NATASHA & SAM: Kelham House Wedding

Natasha and Sam were married last month and held their whole wedding at Kelham Nouse near Newark. A lot of DIY love and effort went into their wedding - in particular the flowers and decorating the stone walkway to the function room, which was all done by Natasha's mum. She'd filled the area with meaningful references, such as photos of the couple, homemade signs, stacks of old books, trinkets, ornate details and flowers. A generously stocked and prettily adorned sweetie trolley provided the guests with a go-to pit stop throughout the day. Mirror Imaging's day started at Natasha's request when the girls were just finished getting ready and, as it rained heavily for almost the whole day, we stayed dry for the bridal photographs in Kelham House's Averham Room. The ceremony was also personalised, holding their civil ceremony first before Sam's father (a minister) conducted a blessing to reaffirm the importance of their faith as they made their vows. It looked like rain would stop guests throwing any confetti but as the couple enjoyed a drive together in their white Rolls Royce chauffeured by Cupid Carriages, the clouds cleared for a moment and we gathered all the guests outside ready to surprise Sam and Natasha on their return. The break in weather was short-lived as the heavens opened again, so we moved inside for photographs, and their string quartet entertained. Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea on beautifully decorated tables featuring homemade soaps and miniature potted succulents as favours. We captured the speeches and the cake cutting, before leaving the wedding party to enjoy their celebrations. Both families were very welcoming and gracious and it was a pleasure to be a part of Sam and Natasha's wedding day.

For more information about your own Kelham House wedding photography contact Sarah by filling in the form on the contact page.

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GEMMA & ALASTAIR: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

GEMMA & ALASTAIR: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

Last weekend we met up with Gemma and Alastair at Newstead Abbey for their engagement shoot. As they booked me over the phone for their wedding next month, it was the first time we'd met; the engagement shoot is a brilliant way of getting to know each other before the big day and make important wedding plans. The sun was beating down and we took a walk around the lake area and back up to the carpark, pausing to capture Gemma's bling. Oh, and they brought along their gorgeous Jack Russell Bailey, who absolutely loved having his photograph taken - look at that doggy smile!

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