Steve and Belinda Pre-Wed Shoot

Steve and Belinda Pre-Wed Shoot

Thus week we had a brief pre-wedding shoot with Steve and Belinda who are getting married in Stafford, followed by a reception at the exclusive Sandon Hall. in October.

It was a little bit rushed, Steve is a busy doctor and came home from the hospital in the evening for this quick shoot. We have another visit planned with them to look round their chosen wedding venue so will get some more shots then. The evening sunshine was delightful and their garden provided a lovely setting for the photographs.  Steve’s beautiful daughter, Isabella, and Belinda’s beloved dog, Daisy kept our cameras clicking whilst we waited for Steve. They were perfect models, which is great as both are going to be bridesmaids!

 Bridesmaids to be

Wedding of Howard and Helen

Wedding of Howard and Helen

Pixsmiths had the pleasure of photographing at the wedding of Howard and Helen on Sat 17th July. Ceremony was at the beautiful Christ Church, Port  Sunlight and a reception at the Village Hotel, Bromorough.  Firstly our thanks to Alan, Helen’s nephew , who kindly allowed us to join him to capture shots as well so he too could also enjoy his family wedding and care for his children.

The sun shone on this lovely couple, but not too bright for the photos!  Their story of how they met and their journey to this wedding day had many twists and turns along the way…plus the minister was instrumental in bringing them together so it was wonderful that he was the one to marry them. Many congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Roberts as they begin their new life together. Wishing you much happiness in the years to come. Below just a small selection of the pictures.  All the images taken will provide a great choice to make a beautiful book for Howard and Helen.

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Double Blessings for Ed & Viv

Double Blessings for Ed & Viv

Late Saturday afternoon we went to do some photography at St Bridge’s Church and Ashton Park, looking for some spring flower shots – the blossom and daffodils will soon come to an  end.  We saw a crowd gathering and checking the church notice board realised there was a blessing taking place – unusually as most ceremonies are over by this time on a Saturday.  Turned out the couple – Ed and Viv – had recently been married in the Caribbean and were now having a blessing.  We didn’t see an official photographer around so we thought we’d take a shot upon which the bride said could we wait and take another – so we happily obliged.  Ed and Viv had arranged for a photographer to arrive later on to take some pics after the service but realised they would like one arriving with the car.   We took a few more pics and later on spoke to the photographer after the service and explained the situation  – he was fine with it, he was  commissioned to take about 10 shots of the groups, and of course we didn’t interfere with his set ups. Here’s some shots taken that afterenoon.  Ed and Viv hope you are doubly blessed with all the photographs!

daffodil

cherry blossom

arrival

arrival

bridesmaids

Ed and Viv

Bridesmaid

watchful bridesmaid

confetti shot

confetti

Weddings – Sandals, St Lucia, Style

Weddings – Sandals, St Lucia, Style

Whilst celebrating our silver wedding in St Lucia we saw several weddings taking place at the Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort – the most intimate of all the Sandals resorts, being the smallest and friendliest..  Thought it might be an idea to share our views of weddings here in case it appeals to you as a venue for a destination wedding.

Its certainly a beautiful setting with the sparkling turquoise Caribbean Sea in front of you. and the colourful gardens around. Two gazebos are available for weddings,  carefully prepared with tables, linens, flowers and cake etc..  They are fairly small so only suitable for small groups and bear in mind that the officiant, photographer and videographer are also present! Hence more suited to small wedding parties. The ones we saw were mainly just the bride and groom and their witnesses (can be provided by Sandals).

There can be several weddings a day – our last day there were 4 – 11am, noon, 3pm and 4pm    The ceremony takes about 10-15 minutes, cake is cut and a champagne toast made by the couple for the photographers.  A  small canape buffet was then often served in the gazebo to the wedding part – larger groups were set up on a lawned area.  The happy couples often had a dance in the garden afterward. It was It was funny to see newly weds in their just married T-Shirts the next day too.

wedding gazebo.

Weddings also took place on the beach, with sunbathers and swimmers around it seemed a bit surreal! Either way you are probably going to use the services of  a Sandals  photographer. It would be too expensive to fly out a photographer and accommodate them, besides which a work permit is required here if  not a local.  They all seemed good at posing couples and taking the pictures efficiently.  We had a few chats with Gavin the main photographer – he used the same camera as us and we exchanged a few ideas about settings, positions and albums.  As a side note we had Gavin do a photo shoot for us on our anniversary and it made a change for us to be on the other side of the camera and be posed.  Gave us a new perspective on that!.  15 min Complimentary photo shoots were available – prints were obviously extra, packages for 10 prints on a CD and  7 x 5 print for $99 were available.  Single prints $20 but the more you have the better value it was. Albums can also be purchased and pictures can even be viewed on-line when back home in case you change your mind about which ones to choose.

We saw couples of all ages getting married here, it was lovely to see them.   Sandals being a couples only resort its not possible to have family children present so these weddings suit those who want to enjoy a wedding in beautiful surroundings. either by themselves or just a few family present. Its hot and humid out here so Brides cool dresses and shoes that are beach friendly are the order of the day!  Several brides wore pretty flip flops – esp if they wanted pics on the beach afterward.

Sandals were great at organising the bridal preparations.  All the couples we spoke to had a great day and got special treatment at their eveing dinner.

wedding on the beach

close capture

comparing camera settings

comparing gear

A Wedding at Work

A Wedding at Work

No the hospital lab hasn’t been licensed for weddings!  One of our colleagues is getting married next Friday…when most of us will be hard at work..so we planned a surprise alternative wedding and a wedding breakfast at morning tea-break.  We all hope the real wedding goes as well as this one!  Our bride to be was not only showered with gifts and confetti but a wedding dress was made to adorn her on this special day. Coloured ribbons with loving messages for the couple were attached to the dress.  She was so pleased with the outfit that she wore it for the rest of the day.   Happy Wedding Day Jenny, hope next weeks do is even more fun

Daytripping to Dolwyddelan

Daytripping to Dolwyddelan

Dolwyddelan is situated in the Lledr Valley, North Wales. No wedding last Saturday so took the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine with a walk in this beautiful part of the Snowdonia National Park. area. Originally planned a lowish valley walk but a wrong turning at the beginning meant we steadily climbed the hill here. Not that it mattered the views towards Moel Siabod and the Snowdon Horseshoe were worthwhile.

Before we got started on the walk there was a wedding going on in the village in tits tiny welsh chapel, St. Gwyddelan’s Church which dates from about 1500AD, so couldn’t resist chatting with the photographer – she definitely didn’t need a long lens for the church, must have been all of 3 rows deep! The bride lived just down the road and worked in the local pub where a small reception was held afterward. We had a coffee there after our walk and were also given some tea loaf left over from the function, very tasty and very kind. I guess we will return sometime to do the other walk.

Snowdonian Bride

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