Norwood Park

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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Lydia & Andy: Norwood Park Wedding Photography

Lydia & Andy: Norwood Park Wedding Photography

Lydia and Andy have been together for years but planned their wedding in just a few short months, wanting to celebrate the strength of their relationship and the importance of their friends and family. As I went to school with Lydia she was familiar with my photographs being posted on Facebook, so she contacted me to photograph the big day and Mirror Imaging was very honoured to do so. Southwell is where we both went to school and Norwood Park is a beautiful local venue and one of my favourites. We started the day with the girls getting ready and I captured some of Lydia's very covetable bridal accessories, including the stunning watch given as a gift from Andy and her unmistakable red-soled Louboutins! Then on to the picturesque Sutton-on-Trent church (well, a quick detour at the pub first to say hello to the groom!). Winds and a little drizzle didn't spoil the day at all, with the help of some fun umbrellas and the beauty of Norwood Park's gardens in full blossom. The cake needs a special mention, an eye-catching glamorous diamanté design by the talented No. 82 Cake Studio, which sparkled by the light of the super-sized light-up initials provided by Mad Philomena. We left an exuberant party in full swing, after capturing the dancing and merriment. Congratulations Lydia and Andy! Below are some 'photographer's favourites' as highlights of their wedding day.

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LYDIA & ANDY: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

LYDIA & ANDY: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

On Sunday morning we met up with Lydia and Andy, ahead of their wedding at Norwood Park next month. I went to school with Lydia, so it's great to reconnect and I'm also really touched to be able to capture such an important occasion in her life. We started with a few relaxed photographs as we walked around the local countryside. Cue lots of laughter from Lydia and Andy - after all, the couple that laughs together, stays together! 

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Sam & Nathan: Norwood Park Wedding

Sam & Nathan: Norwood Park Wedding

When Sam and Nathan came for their engagement photoshoot and we talked through their wedding day plans, I knew it was going to be an epic and rather special affair. Choosing quality details was really important to them both - so for example, each guest was simply but generously gifted a small bottle of Lanson Champagne, which decorated the reception tables at Norwood Park in Southwell. Nathan designed Sam's stunning engagement ring with local Nottingham wedding jewellers Temprell and he also followed suit with the wedding bands... creating bespoke and meaningful rings for both him and Sam, who also chose diamond and sapphire bridal jewellery for her 'something blue'. 

Another Nottingham company, designer Paul Smith, provided the groomsmen's accessories to coordinate with their blue Reiss suits, ensuring they all looked 'the business'. They certainly arrived at St Mary's Church in Arnold in style, as Nathan had chosen a rather impressive Bentley 'groom's car', which we heard approaching the church before we saw it! And last but not least deserving of a mention, are Sam's much coveted Louboutin shoes, made into an even more romantic gift as Nathan drove a very long way to make sure she got the shoes of her dreams, and then made the trip again to make sure the colour was just what she wanted! 

We captured their wedding from morning through to evening and the mild weather allowed us to make full use of Norwood Park's gardens for photographs, although we also made time for two indoor photographs that have become Mirror Imaging classics: the full-length dress photograph on Norwood's staircase and the couple in dancing embrace in the main hallway. The finale of their wedding was a fantastic firework display by Galaxy Fireworks, which provided us an opportunity to create one of my now all-time favourite images, which also happened to be the last photograph of the night.

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