TIM & NICKY: Hallowing Celebration

TIM & NICKY: Hallowing Celebration

Tim and Nicky hosted a spectacular party on the last day of June, bringing together family and friends, following their official marriage in London earlier in the month. They held a 'hallowing' ceremony and party at their home to bless their nuptials in the company of their loved ones. This isn't the first time we've had the privilege to capture the family's celebrations, having photographed Tim's son's Harry's 21st a few years back. On this occasion, it proved to be one of the hottest days I've ever photographed in; positively Mediterranean. The sunshine didn't stop shining all day and there wasn't a cloud in the blue sky.

The day began with the 'usher's lunch', a perfectly relaxed gathering of Tim's sons and close friends with cold beer, buffet food and the sunlight dancing off the adjacent swimming pool. We then joined the girls getting ready, in time to see Nicky step into her Wedgwood blue embellished Stewart Parvin couture gown. From a photographic perspective, Tim and Nicky wanted me to approach the day almost entirely candidly, with the exception of some cherished family group photographs. I think you can see how much laughter there was, and feel the joy and happiness in the resulting images. My brief not only placed a strong emphasis on photographs of their guests enjoying themselves but also the exquisite decor. Pop Nicholson's team at Vincent & Stubbs decorated the first marquee with a glorious floral arch, leading through to the ceremony area. Hanging circles of foliage and flowers, huge urns packed with oak leaves, roses, peonies, stocks and lilies smelt as amazing as you'd imagine.

After plentiful canapés and champagne to the chilled-out sounds of Intermezzo string quartet, the cake cutting and speeches took place. There was lots of laughter and tears, as words of thanks and gratitude were shared, giving poignancy and meaning to the day. The second marquee then greeted all 250+ guests with an abundance of soft pinks and purple flowers and a backdrop of gold mirrors to bounce light around. Guests tucked into sirloin steak and chips by T R Catering and a rather special red wine Tim had sourced for his guests. The sound of stunning opera vocals took everyone by surprise, as the waiters who'd been serving canapés all afternoon suddenly burst into a majestic rendition of several opera classics. It was the Three Waiters, who left the room with a rousing finale of napkin waving. 

Dancing began almost straight after the meal, with the dance floor being flooded very quickly to the band's upbeat covers of rock and pop classics of everyone from Prince to Whitney Houston. After 10 years photographing weddings, I can honestly say Tim & Nicky's friends rock the dance floor better than anyone.

A big thank you to Julian for ably assisting as my 'second shooter' including the gorgeous drone shots that allowed us to get a completely different perspective (and the drone lives to fly another day!), and of course to Susan for unfailingly supporting us both and being my second pair of arms and eyes. And sincere thanks to Tim and Nicky for having me capture their celebration. I have pleasure in presenting my favourite images from the day; it's time to grab a drink, settle in and view on a big screen. As the volume of images is so high, please be patient as it loads! I hope you enjoy them. 

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ROHINI & GREG: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

ROHINI & GREG: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

It was all brilliant smiles and sunshine earlier today, as we met up with Rohini and Greg at the gorgeous Nottingham University gardens. The weather was hot hot hot with full sun, which is a challenge in itself to photograph in, but we made the most of it with some beautiful backlight. Ro and Greg are having us photograph their two day celebration - a huge Indian wedding at Kelham Hall for over 250 guests, and then a civil ceremony the next day in the centre of Nottingham. Roll on August!

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KATE & DAVID: Engagement photography Nottinghamshire

KATE & DAVID: Engagement photography Nottinghamshire

Last night we met up with Kate and David, who are marrying at local venue Hazelgap Barn in a couple of weeks. We were able to have a relaxing photowalk before the sun went down, with a rather majestic visitor who seated himself in the background of the photographs. We then headed off to a nearby pub to make wedding day plans. Not long to go now till their big day - we just need this glorious weather to hold! 

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HOLLY & EMMA: Norwood Park Wedding

HOLLY & EMMA: Norwood Park Wedding

Holly and Emma were married a couple of weeks ago in an outdoor ceremony at the resplendent Norwood Park. Highly Strung provided the musical backdrop as guests took their seats under the big tree. The roses were in full bloom, the birds were singing in the background and there was just a slight breeze blowing as they exchanged vows before friends and family. Glasses of cold fizzy were then enjoyed on the lawn in the glorious sunshine. Could there be anything more perfect?! Holly and Emma chose a cheerful colour scheme of blue and yellow, with flowers by Flower Barn. We only stayed for four hours, but it was enough to capture some gorgeous and plentiful photographs of them getting ready, the ceremony, the couple and their loved ones. 

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JO & JOE: Southwell Minster Wedding & The Old Vol

JO & JOE: Southwell Minster Wedding & The Old Vol

There's no two ways about it, the blog for Jo & Joe's wedding is huge. I think I may have got a little carried away! To be fair to me, they did host a massive party, and their groomsmen and bridesmaids alone totalled 20. It was a day with two very different vibes; a traditional ceremony in the grandiose Southwell Minster followed by a 'let your hair down' party, taking over their favourite pub The Old Vol. It rained everywhere else in Nottinghamshire and the clouds were threatening all day, so I have no idea how we managed to avoid the rain, but I was very grateful we did!

This is definitely a time to grab a drink and take in all the details to follow. For me as a photographer, Jo and Joe's wedding was a challenging mix of a fast pace and low light, and a great opportunity to get some wonderful observational shots. There is therefore a generous dose of unscripted, unposed images that I'm proud to say are amongst my favourites. I hope you enjoy them

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BOHO GLAM: Styled shoot at Langar Hall

BOHO GLAM: Styled shoot at Langar Hall

What a joy it was to bring this styled shoot together!

This project started a few months ago, when Adele at a CW Campervans telephoned and requested some photographs of their newly refurbished convertible ivory VW Beetle (named 'Daisy'), that they would be hiring out for weddings as part of their VW fleet. To bring the car to life, we decided to incorporate a bridal photoshoot.

I gave some thought as to the sort of bride who might want to hire an ivory convertible beetle with ivory leather interior: bohemian, glamorous, independent-minded, feminine. Iconic Bride bridal boutique suggested open guipure lace designs from WToo Watters that embodied this vibe. I made a mood board playing up to the spring season with golden yellows. The vision in my head was of a bride sat in the driving seat, dressed in lace, flower crown, with unapologetically bold boho jewellery.

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JO & JOE: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

JO & JOE: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

Last Friday we met up with Jo and Joe, who are our next couple to marry at the beginning of June. They're holding their ceremony at the magnificent Southwell Minster followed by a chilled out, party reception at The Old Vol gastro pub. What a cool mix of venues. We met in the centre of Nottingham, at one of the city's pretty parklands, and had a relaxed 'photo-walk' and chat. Flowers are starting to bloom at this time of year, and we also caught the last of the pink cherry blossom. A shortage of a baby-sitter meant they brought their adorable 9 month old baby girl, who we've met twice before at a wedding fair and our first meeting. She watched the proceedings quietly and without any fuss, before agreeing to take part... and then stole the show ;) We can't wait to photograph this beautiful family's special day next month. 

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HOLLY & EMMA: Engagement photoshoot Nottinghamshire

HOLLY & EMMA: Engagement photoshoot Nottinghamshire

Over the weekend we met up with Holly and Emma, who are marrying next month at one of Mirror Imaging's favourite wedding venues: Norwood Park in Southwell. Not only is it close by, but the team at Norwood are so can-do and accommodating; weddings really are a passion to them, and they'll do everything they can to make it right. Holly and Emma got in touch via a recommendation by the venue, and we met again in a secluded green space to capture their pre-wedding shoot. These engagement sessions can happen a long while after an actual proposal, but they're so valuable for re-connecting with our couples, and to shake out any apprehension about being photographed. We also go through and plan the big day afterwards, something all my couples love as it starts to make it all seem so real, and gives some very solid reassurance of how the wedding day will flow. Here's my picks from Holly and Emma's pre-wedding photoshoot...

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NATALIE & LUKE: Kelham House Wedding

NATALIE & LUKE: Kelham House Wedding

Natalie and Luke were married on 17th March, having travelled all the way over from Australia to spend their day with family, friends and loved ones at Kelham House. I think this particular day will go down in history, not only amongst their family as a day of celebration, but also for having the most varied weather conditions, as The Beast From The East struck the UK for the second time! We had bright sun, then snow, sun again, high winds (forecast up to 70mph that day), glacial temperatures, some more sun, twice a snow blizzard, before the evening arrived and everywhere froze. It was truly bizarre and a challenge as the light was changing constantly and it was too cold for outdoor photography. Natalie and Luke braved it for a couple of minutes though resulting in my favourite photograph of the day! We left everyone in the evening, partying the night away in the warm.

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SARAH & DAVE: Lace Market Hotel, Nottingham Wedding

SARAH & DAVE: Lace Market Hotel, Nottingham Wedding

Sarah and Dave first got engaged several years ago, while living in Australia, and they always planned on holding their wedding day in Nottingham. We took their engagement photographs near Nottingham castle and at World Service Restaurant, which was originally to be their wedding reception venue. Unfortunately, life sometimes throws us some curveballs and they unexpectedly had to delay their wedding plans and return to the UK. Then over Christmas, two and a half years after their engagement shoot, Sarah messaged me with a wedding date in the new year. They'd decided on The Lace Market Hotel, which could accommodate the ceremony, reception and allow for all their guests to stay over in one stylish city centre location. 

Amongst the first week of dull, rainy days in January, Sunday 7th came around as a bright, light day. In a certain direction, the sky was even a brilliant blue. We couldn't have been more blessed. We started the day in the studio suite with the girls, who ate sushi and drank fizzy to toast the day ahead. There was such a happy atmosphere and I absolutely love the series of images we did with the girls, you can clearly see the bond of years of friendship that's closer to sisterhood. Sarah posed in her garter by Extra Special Touch, and with her classical rose and ranunculus Floraldeco bouquet.

Next we met the boys in the Cock & Hoop, the hotel's pub located right next door. I've known Dave and best man Ross for 18 years, and we had a laugh and captured some great camaraderie between them. Sarah's dad had flown from America to give his daughter away, and there were some happy tears as Dave caught sight of his bride walking toward him (sorry, Dave!).

For the reception, Floraldeco provided a display of different white blooms, including lilac and scented english roses, mixed with plenty of candlelight, which looked magical and very elegant. Here are their highlights: 

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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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