Nottingham

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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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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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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Nottingham University Weddings

Nottingham University Weddings

Mirror Imaging Photography is proud to be recommended by The University of Nottingham as one of their trusted wedding suppliers. Their beautiful new bespoke album arrived the other day from Queensberry, showcasing some of our many weddings held at the university and the couples we've photographed amongst the magnificent university gardens and in the impressive white stone Trent Building Quadrangle. Full of variety and the jewel in Nottingham's crown, the gardens are maintained all year round, provide relative privacy for weekend weddings and are a riot of seasonal colour. Contact the team at Nottingham University to find out more, to have a tour of the university and to view this album in person.

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Vanessa & Adam's Newstead Abbey Engagement Shoot

Last week we met with Vanessa and Adam for their engagement shoot at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. It was a very cold, crisp winter's day but the sunshine was out, along with the snow drops, hinting that spring is just around the corner. Their wedding next month, at their community church Trent Vineyard and reception at Thrumpton Hall, is the first of our wedding season. They booked Mirror Imaging after we photographed the wedding of their friends, Bethan and Josh, last year.

After walking round the lake and stopping in all the sunny spots, we warmed up with some wedding planning over drinks at the nearby Hutt pub. Here's my favourite moments from their pre-wedding photoshoot.

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Katie & Paul: Wollaton Church & Nottingham Uni Wedding

Katie & Paul: Wollaton Church & Nottingham Uni Wedding

Katie and Paul were married this month at Wollaton Church and held their wedding reception at Nottingham University. We started their day on the top floor of The Orchard Hotel and captured the hustle and bustle of getting ready with Katie and her five bridesmaids, two flowergirls, two pageboys, mum and mum-in-law, make-up artists and hairdressers! The flowers arrived courtesy of Zinc Floral Design, and Katie's unstructured, blousy bouquet was simply sensational. Katie handed out gifts to say thank you to her loved ones before we laced up her rather stunning dress. The light on the roof of the hotel is always so good, so we took a couple of images of Katie looking radiant, before dashing off to the church to meet Paul and his groomsmen at the church. The best men had organised a surprise for the couple (a surprise for me too!) in the form of an owl ring bearer called Tilly, who was absolutely enchanting and delivered the rings beautifully. After the ceremony, we made our way to a secluded part of the university for photographs, before heading to the Trent Building for Katie and Paul to rejoin their family and friends. The cake deserves a mention too as one of the best I've seen, immaculately iced in shades of coffee and cream to tone with Katie's dress, courtesy of April Delights. Here are some of Mirror Imaging's favourite moments to tell the story of their wedding day.

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BETHAN & JOSH: Trent Vineyard & Nottingham University Wedding

BETHAN & JOSH: Trent Vineyard & Nottingham University Wedding

Bethan and Josh were married in their church, the Trent Vineyard in Nottingham, a faith community and group of friends that are close to Bethan and Josh's hearts and lives. There was a huge attendance but it also had a very personal feel. Guests bought homemade cake to serve after the wedding ceremony, as well as indulging in the abundance of sweets in glass jars, before a bubble shower to celebrate the newlyweds. They drove off to cheers in Josh's beloved white Mark II Escort, gifted to him by his dad and restored over the years, which was beribboned for the occasion. We took some photographs in the nearby Nottingham University gardens before arriving at the Trent Building for their wedding reception. Here are some favourites from the day.

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Vicky & Peter: Coptic Orthodox Wedding & Nottingham Wedding

Vicky & Peter: Coptic Orthodox Wedding & Nottingham Wedding

Vicky and Peter held their wedding in July in central Nottingham. The day started with the girls in St James's Hotel near the castle, before we drove across Nottingham for the ceremony. Vicky and Peter are Egyptian and their church is Coptic Orthodox, with a big community of worshippers, some of whom joined in to celebrate their marriage ceremony, making 200 guests and a very full church! The interior of St Mary & St George Church is beautiful, decorated in gold and red with lots of symbolism, which is important to the Coptic faith. Vicky and Peter walked into church together, before being robed and crowned. The smell of incense filled the church whilst the Priests chanted and they ended with a love blessing. We took some images around the streets of Nottingham, taking advantage of the mix of urban and hidden leafy aspects of the inner city. Their reception was held in The Albert Hall and the Great Hall looked magnificent, with elaborate floral decoration and candlelight. There were so many beautiful images from their wedding, it was difficult to choose Mirror Imaging's favourites! Here are some highlights.

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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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Vicky & Peter's Newstead Abbey Engagement Shoot

Vicky got in touch a while back about photographing her wedding to Peter and I knew straight away I wanted to be their photographer. For one, she's going to make a beautiful bride! Their Nottingham wedding will also be a huge affair in the town centre, bringing together their Egyptian and English roots with much celebration and merriment. Lastly, it is clear how much Peter adores his bride-to-be, and it's lovely to witness such attentive, sincere affection between them. In contrast to the urban setting for their wedding, I wanted to take their engagement photographs in lush, green surroundings. Newstead Abbey is looking rather beautiful at this time of year and is very quiet in the week, so it seemed the perfect choice. Drinks and thorough planning of their day followed in the nearby Hutt pub! It is, by the way, completely correct and in keeping with their wedding traditions to wear the engagement ring on the right hand ring finger!

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Sarah & Tim's Engagement Shoot

We met up with Sarah and Tim in Farnsfield at the weekend for their engagement photographs and we all laughed for most of the way through! We're really looking forward to this wedding, we think it's going to be a lot of fun! They're getting married in July in Linby with their wedding reception at the nearby Cockliffe Country House. Sarah and Tim were introduced to Mirror Imaging via mutual friends. After their photographs we shared a bottle of Prosecco in the local pub and planned out their big day.

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Sarah & Dave's Nottingham Engagement Shoot

Sarah and Dave moved to Australia about four years ago and are returning to Nottingham in May next year to hold their wedding. Dave used to be a part of the team at World Service Restaurant and, as one of the best restaurants in the city, it made sense that they'd choose World Service to host their wedding reception.

They were back visiting Nottingham this week for their engagement party with their UK friends and family, as well as taking the opportunity to meet up with Mirror Imaging for a 'photo-walk' around Nottingham Castle and The Park. We also made some wedding plans and worked through the timings of their day, toasting their engagement with a glass of bubbly - because what better way to show off an engagement ring than with a glass of champagne in hand?! I am excited to be capturing their wedding next year - they've made some gorgeous choices for their day that reflect my tastes too and it promises to be a rather wonderful celebration. 

I absolutely love their engagement photographs, it's clear they're the best of friends as well as life partners and this shines through in their images.

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Bethan & Josh's Engagement at Lakeside

I met with Bethan and Josh for the first time properly at their engagement shoot last week. Bethan's mum had booked me after a Wedding Open Day at Nottingham University, which is where they are having their wedding reception later in the year. They are a very lovely, happy couple and clearly perfect for each other, so there was lots of laughter and giggling, which just makes their engagement images all the more special. With thanks to the Lakeside for use of their gardens which provided a great backdrop.

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Magdalena & Keith's Nottingham University Wedding

We joined Magdalena and Keith for a few hours in the middle of their wedding day, arriving after their ceremony. They wanted to make sure that their all-important photographs of the two of them were covered by Mirror Imaging. I couldn't resist sneaking into the beautiful St Barnabas Cathedral in central Nottingham to capture one of the couple inside, before greeting them as they exited and capturing their confetti shower. The Millennium Gardens provided the backdrop to their photographs and the buds and new growth were just beginning to appear, before we headed to the magnificent Quadrangle at The Trent Building at Nottingham University for some final images. We too some candid shots of their receiving line before leaving them to their wedding breakfast. They were blessed with a very lovely day for this time of year, blustery but blue skies and a little sunshine every so often. My favourites have been on Mirror Imaging's Facebook page for over a week now, so here they are on the blog too.

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