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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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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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Saturday Night at the Movies: Nottinghamshire Event Photography

Saturday Night at the Movies: Nottinghamshire Event Photography

Last weekend I had the privilege of photographing a 21st birthday party with a Saturday Night at The Movies theme. I love taking natural family photographs prior to an event beginning to capture the anticipation, which we duly did before their 300 guests descended on the private marquee venue. The welcome tent featured a red carpet entrance and, inside, a velvet chaise longue, where guests could don a top hat and pose with a cane for Mirror Imaging's studio lights. This was a great hit with partygoers and a lot of fun. Meanwhile, canapés were served from usherette trays and cocktails flowed from the central bar decked with red roses, with a floral ring of red fern hanging above featuring strings of red and purple fresh carnation heads. When dinner was served the central curtain was pulled back to reveal the main marquee and dancefloor area, decorated in a black and white old-Hollywood theme. More breathtaking floral displays by Vincent & Stubbs adorned every table, with an abundance of candlelight and white orchids. From above, two more striking carnation and fern rings, in all-white with drop crystal, hung like halos on either side of the room. After dinner, speeches and a toast were given to the birthday boy, before The Overtones performed a number of classics. This vocal harmony group were outstanding and we've never seen a dance floor fill up so quickly. The Star Bar provided a chill-out area for guests to take a break from the dance floor, flanked with outdoor fire pits for warmth and drama. We left just after midnight, with the party still in full swing. Happy birthday Harry, we hope you had an amazing night!

With special thanks to Susan and Dan for their photography assistance. For information on private party and event photography, please contact Sarah for a bespoke quote.

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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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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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Sarah & Tim: Cockliffe House Wedding

Sarah & Tim: Cockliffe House Wedding

Sarah and Tim's wedding took place the weekend before last, and it was a very cool, relaxed and fun affair with all of their many friends playing a part in their day. They also lucked-out with one of the few truly sunny days we've had this year, which was perfect for their garden fete wedding reception on the lawns of Cockliffe Country House Hotel. Their wedding ceremony was held at the picturesque St Michael's Church at Linby. Guests gathered in front of the nearby Horse & Groom Pub and enjoyed a drink in the sunshine, before the groomsmen walked up to the church and welcomed everyone to their seats. Sarah arrived, driven by her dad in a very cute open top vintage sports car and, impressively in high winds, without a hair out of place! After the ceremony, Tim and Sarah drove away in the same car to the cheers, whooping and applause of all their loved ones. The marquee was up on the lawn of the Cockliffe, decorated with a vintage, summer fete style that was quintessentially English and they'd provided outdoor games to keep guests entertained; a coconut shy and a badminton net with rackets. Sarah's mum and aunt need a special mention, who between them provided all the beautiful scented flowers and bouquets, made the bunting, the favours and made the stunning naked cake, one of the prettiest cakes I've seen. Here's my favourite images to tell the story of their wedding day.

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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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LEE-ANNE & ROB: Saxon Mill Wedding, Warwickshire

LEE-ANNE & ROB: Saxon Mill Wedding, Warwickshire

Lee-Anne and Rob were married last week at The Saxon Mill bar and restaurant - a converted (but working!) mill on the banks of The River Avon with rather beautiful views of the Warwickshire countryside. It's a popular place with locals who go to enjoy a drink and the view, and it also played host to Lee-Anne and Rob's first date, so it holds special importance to the couple. We were blessed with a blue sky and fluffy white clouds, which made for a rather epic photograph of Lee-Anne and Rob in the field behind the mill. I also love the group photograph on the bridge; as they had an intimate wedding of just over 30 guests we captured each and every one's happy expression! Lee-Anne made many of her wedding and reception details, with the help of close friends and family, lovingly stitching each decoration by hand.

Congratulations Lee-Anne and Rob!

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Dawn & Nick's Engagement Shoot

Dawn contacted me a while back after seeing me on Kelham House's list of recommended photographers and after speaking on the phone, she booked me for her wedding to Nick in July. It will be an intimate affair, no bridesmaids or best man, just a small number of their closest friends and family. This will be a lovely wedding to photograph; relaxed, personal and meaningful. We met up in Farnsfield to take a photo-walk amongst the trees and greenery, not forgetting a close-up of Dawn's incredibly pretty and unique pale sapphire engagement ring. 

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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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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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