Bohemian Elopement: Santa Maria, Italy

Bohemian Elopement: Santa Maria, Italy

Santa Maria Seaside Boho Elopement Italy

Boheain elopement Santa Maria, Cliento Coast, Italy

How fabulous was this shoot on a workshop, led by the fablous Claire Penn,  in Santa Maria di Castellabate during the Secret Retreat workshop
A loved up Italian  couple, wow what chemistry Luigi  and Antonia! …well they were married just a few days ago for real,  it really shine through these images.
We were priviledged to be given access to the normally off limits summer palace and villa Sirena, by island of  Licosia, belonging to the Prince and Princess of Belmonte.

Antonia’s dress is a genuine vintage 1960s Mexican wedding dress purchased from Etsy, perfectly complimeted by a feather headress and feather details in her barefoot sandals.
Luigi or Lu as he is know is local lead singer in a band.  His styling was simple, his own clothes accesorised with a mustard bow tie, love those braces too!
The picture perfect picnic by the sea was masterminded by the uber talented Mandy Beck of Saddleworth Shindigs.  She has a wealth of goodies in her aladdins cave treasure trove and squirreled some away for this shoot.  The ceremony arbour hung  in the trees was decorated with lace ribbons, feathers and hand made dreamcatchers.  Mandy is so super talented.
A perfect laid back boho wedding elopement and picnic reception by the sea, doesn’t get more chilled out and idyllic than this!
An evening party ensued with good friends  at the Azurro Lido on the beach, with music from Lu himself and lots of dancing…oh and fireworks on the beach, outstanding!
Hope you enjoy these images!

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Location: Villa Sirena, WWW.PALAZZOBELMONTE.COM/EN/VILLA-SIRENA

Styling: Mandy Beck: SADDLEWORTH SHINDIGS

Organisation: THE SECRET RETREAT + MY SECRET ITALY

What a Year 2015 !

What a Year 2015 !

Arggh we are mid way through January and only just getting round to a year end blog post. Not really such a thing as low season with umpteem enquiries, tax returns, designing wedding albums, wedding fayres, arranging engagement sessions ..oh and some much needed time away.
Anyway..digressing …before we get into our 2016 weddings just wanted to have a loook back over 2015.  It was bloomin AMAZING!

We love all our weddings, you are such wonderful couples, with your own ideas, your own unique story to tell:

young summer lovers reunited many years later

The batmobile car turning up at the wedding venue

brides walking from home to the church on a summer day to get married

relaxed fun  outdoor receptions with a village fest atmosphere

family shoots, engagement shoots

Castle weddings, hotel weddings , church weddings with considerate ministers ! Weddings in old schoolrooms

Favourite venues like Hilbark, Leverhulme, Ingelwood Manor, Thornton Manor, Rowton Hall Hotel as well as new venues like the delightful Rookery Hall and The Quay Deganwy
We even had a family wedding ..as GUESTS .and got to meet the incredible Andrea Ellison – even got to second shoot with her later on too at Crewe Hall!

There were trips away, Pacific coast of Mexico, Cliento Coast in Italy  – Sandy went back to Italy for the fabtastic girls only Italian wedding workshop with Secret Italy – oh my what a treat that was meeting Andrea again as well as uber talented Claire Penn and Lucy Woodrow along with all the other girls – such a talented network of like-minded photographers to know and call frends.
Back to Italy – can you tell we love Italy! ..this time to little known Ischia a gem of a spa island to explore.

Our networks continue to flourish, we are  proud to be trusted members of Wirral Professional Wedding Services,  loving our assocaited with the Blue Orchid and cross links with Wirral Wedding House  bridal boutique and the style shoots and open events we plan together to give a themed co-ordinated approach to your wedding plans.
Also proud to be top rated photographers in Wirral.

A Christmas wedding at the gorgeous cosy Plas Hafod capped an amazing year. Oh we have been so spoilt!
A Masterclass with Damian Mcgillicuddy,  A Jonny Draper training session – always good to learn new tricks, like shooting in the rain…and a bonus to meet the marvelous Sarah Sadler of Red Shoe Makeover fame

Loads more goodness already planned for 2016, we simply cannot wait!  Gorgeous weddings afoot and travels planned in too for La Gomera – where?  one of the smaller Canary Islands,
Back to Secret Italy for a beach wedding, some hiking in the Swiss mountains and perhaps back to Cyprus in the autumn..who knows what else is planned! We are living the dream!
Enjoy these moments of 2015 for now ..and watch this space for all that coming in 2016

 

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Christmas Wedding Plas Hafod: Leanne and Scott

Christmas Wedding Plas Hafod: Leanne and Scott

Elegant Black and White Festive Wedding

Our last wedding of 2015,  and what a way to end a fantastic year with a  Christmas wedding for Leanne and Scott, not quite the last day of the year but almost!
Scott and Leanne we had a fabulous day with you and overjoyed you had such a memorable day that we were privileged to capture for your memories.

Leanne and Scott childhood sweethearts, the only ones for each other, how special and romantic is that!
Been together 10 years and now an elegant black and white festive wedding for them at the beautiful Plas Hafod country House hotel sealed a perfect day.
Plas Hafod is a perfect winter wedding venue with it light airy conservatory room to make the most of winter light and also has ample room inside for group photos if needed.
This was the day of Storm Frank supposedly but it hardly bothered us, a little rain intermittently, but a breath of air for a few group shots and portraits was most refreshing.
Fantastic choice guys, hope you enjoy this little blog post of your highlights and wish you much continued happiness.

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Venue: Plas Hafod

Photographers: Pixsmiths Creative Photography

Cars A:B Limousines

Bridal Dress: Tina Louise

Bouquets: Inspirations Bromborough

Make_Up and Hair: Grace Gandy and Michelle Court

Winter Wedding Shoot: Belle Epoque

Winter Wedding Shoot: Belle Epoque

Winter Wedding at  Belle Epoque – Rocking the Rain 

Winter weddings and dark venues provide their own unique challenges and we wanted to expand our skills with new lighting techniques and chance to try new things out.
We like to constantly update our skill sets and portfolio without experimenting on an actual wedding so Jonny Draper’s trainging session “Are you afraid of the Dark” was an ideal opportunity.
So a drizzzly Novemebr evening we found ourselves at the Belle Epoque in Knutsford, renowned for being a difficult dark venue.
We were thrilled to discover that Sarah Sadler and her finance Rich would be modelling for us and generally being the loved up couple they are! Sarah herself is a fabulous photographer, she does such amazing, makeover, empowering Red Shoe Shoots – you really need to check out her site, read her about page and read real women’s stories…..so the shoe was on the other foot (pardon the pun!) and Sarah and Rich were in front of the camera, feeling a bit nervous and vulnerable…but everyone soon put them at ease.  They were great and with Jonny explaiining and showing his simple lighting set ups we got some great shots …we even rocked the rain!  Check out these shots!

Makeup by Make-up Artist Mandy Rigby
Photography training by Jonny Draper Photography Training
Dress from Love Bridal Boutique
Blooms from  The Flower Lounge

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So are you planning a winter wedding?  Check your photographer is fully equipped, with lightig set ups and fast prime lenses, and skills to be adept for teh challenges of dark venues like The Belle Epoque and dark light to enable getting memorable shots for you. Ask to see examples of winter weddidngs from their portfolio and galleries.

A very local West Kirby Wedding: Ruth and Simon

A very local West Kirby Wedding: Ruth and Simon

 

All You Need is Love and a dog  for a West Kirby Wedding !

All our weddings are special to us and our couples.  We love to travel for destination weddings but equally a home West Kirby wedding is wonderful. In fact our bride is our neighbour across the road and thanks to our next door neighbour put us in touch!
So we were extra delighted to have an oh so local wedding and that Ruth and Simon shopped locally for their wedding suppliers. We couldn’t be much closer! It was literally round the corner to the hairdressers at Rooney Ponton, across the road for the bridal preps and then up the road to St Bridgets for the church service and a cake and prosecco local reception in the Church Hall afterwards. Flowers were from Eden Floral Designs who had cleverley used the tartan used at Ruth’s hen do into her bouquet and the buttonholes.  Ruth’s bridal gown with its leg revealing front split was from Opulence in West Kirby.

Later we travelled a bit further down the road to Lower Heswall to Sheldrakes, so  beautifully situated on the Dee Estuary for the evening speeches and party. Perfect venue for a reception and staff so accomodating not to mention the tasty elegant food. The room had been beautifully bedecked out by Ruth and her girls and balloons supplied by local West Kirby shop Party Paraphernalia.

The story of how Ruth and Simon met – walking their dogs along the prom in West Kirby was evident throughout the day with cute retro pictures, the cake topper  and the plaque on the top table saying “All you Need is Love …and  a dog. An amusing poem about Love (dog) was highlight of the speeches. Ruth is a runner (check out those legs!) and recently ran the Great Northern Rub, training Simon to run with her, adorned in a tutu and a ball and chain…typifying the fun loving people they are.

A Trickle of Happiness….

So many delightful original ideas and details went into the day, I must say Mim, Ruth’s daughter had a fantastic yet simple idea of setting up a guest book using personalised postcards for guests to write their messages on which would then be posted throughout their first year as “trickle of happiness”, so inventive and I know will be really appreciated.

So delighted that Ruth and Simon’s day was just want they wanted and they are delighted with their images, portraying their love for one another.  So happy we got a special meaningful  shot for them on their West Kirby promenade bench..the sun rays bursting through the clouds was just one of those perfect cannot be planned moments.

Ruth and Simon thank you for giving us such a privilege to capture your wedding and we wish you much continued happiness.
Here just a few highlights from the many of their images to tell their wedstory.  Enjoy x

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Brook Meadow Hotel Wedding: Helen and Mark

Brook Meadow Hotel Wedding: Helen and Mark

Autumnal Brook Meadow Hotel Wedding

Who doesn’t love an autumn wedding?  Soulmates Helen and Mark planned just such a day for their  Brook Meadow Hotel Wedding. With beautiful grounds at  this time of year, even if a bit wet you can always find places and good backdrops of colour.

Preps at the bride’s home, a lovely relaxed time with her sister as bridesmaid and Leah their adorable miracle daughter as a flower girl.  Helen was keen to have pics at home before she left with her family so was ready well in time before we had to leave for the men at the venue.  So lovely to get these shots for them , it doesn’t often happen unless getting ready at the ceremony venue.

First time we have covered a ceremony at Brook Meadow Hotel and what a gorgeous elegant room it is too, perfect for an elegant civil ceremony and then out for pictures before the wedding breakfast.  As always on a wedding day schedules are flexible as timings may go astray but we just go with the flow of events and capture the stories and moments around us just as our couples love. The registrars were wonderful at calming any nerves and had amusing stories to tell  if a hint of tears appeared beforehand. Mark’s sons did him proud as his best men, impeccably well mannered and gave such heartfelt speeches – yes I was crying again as I often do at weddings! It was hilarious to see Mark’s face when he saw the size of his haribo sweetie jar compared to all the others and oh spot the lego theme going on – the cake topper was so cute!

Mark and Helen so happy you had a wonderful relaxed day with your loved ones and thank you for letting us capture your memories.  Much continued happiness coming your way. Sandy and Dave x

 

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