Wedding Photography at St Marks Church and Onley Grounds Farm

St Marks Church and Onley Grounds Farm Wedding, Rugby Warwickshire

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Happy first Anniversary to the lovely Frankie and Sean!

Last year they shared a day with the cup final and the royal wedding and created a day everyone remembers in their own relaxed style. Frankie managed it all perfectly with a gentle nod to Sean’s love of cycling included. 

We were there from the arrivals at the church to the dancing in the evening which included a vintage VW Golf to arrive in, the earliest groom to a service on record, a dress that was pure elegance, a church full of friends and family and lots of smiles and laughter. 

A late afternoon service at St. Marks Church in Bilton, followed by a chilled party with live band at Onley Grounds Farm and Equestrian Centre had the assorted wedding guests dancing late into the evening.  For Onley Farm this was the first wedding party they had hosted and as a venue they were superb.  Food the guests loved, friendly, unobtrusive service that fitted perfectly with Frankie and Sean’s style for their party. 

It was a beautiful day, we loved being part of it all, thank you both. 

Suppliers list:

Dress:  Sammi Lou Bridal Couture    Flowers: Garden Gate Flowers   Make up: Beth Hall

Suits:  Salters    Hair: The Little Retreat   Venue: Onley Farm Barns  Cake:  Spin Sugar Cakes  

 

 

 

Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti’s Holy Holy in Birmingham

Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti’s Holy Holy at the Town Hall.

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My gig year has started a little later than originally planned, but sometimes thats how things happen.  Last night was a  trip to the Town Hall in Birmingham to see Holy Holy.  A supergroup celebrating the music of David Bowie with original collaborators, drummer Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti playing bass.  

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Before the main event, John Bramwell singer, songwriter and charismatic story teller. Formerly the front man of I Am Kloot and now solo or with his band the Full Harmonic Convergence.

There were explanations for nearly being late, tales of his dog and songs of life and experience.  A great voice and he’s coming back to Birmingham at the end of the year.

During the break the winter coats were removed and an array of various Bowie t-shirts walked by me.  As my reviewer assured me, “it just had to be done”, it was great to see.

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The Town Hall is a great venue for timekeeping, beautifully organised, so bang on time Holy Holy started the gig.  Glenn Gregory was on vocal duty, I’ve seen him a few times and he is an excellent front man.  Last night Bowie songs were delivered in Glenn’s style, which celebrated the music and Bowie.  The packed audience were soon on their feet and the showmanship and power within the group was exceptional.

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Mogwai and The Twilight Sad at The Mill

Mogwai and The Twilight Sad at The Mill in Digbeth

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In 2011 the immense pairing of Mogwai with The Twilight Sad were on tour and came to Birmingham.  Two incredible Scottish bands that I wanted to see.  It was a memorable night for a number of reasons, mainly how impressed I was by both and also how little light Mogwai played in…from memory most of the first tune was in darkness and I stood there wondering if I’d ever get an image. 

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Since that time I’ve followed The Twilight Sad and seen them a number of times, in many different places.  They have grown whilst retaining the essence that makes them so different.  

Last Friday there was a first for me, a new venue, The Mill in Digbeth. Mogwai with special guests The Twilight Sad had completely sold it out.   The new place is pretty industrial, has good sound which is key for Mogwai and some interesting viewing options including a mezzanine floor.  All I needed was for them to put the lights on and I stood a chance of getting some interesting shots!

The Twilight Sad had 45 minutes and were as intense and captivating as I could ask for.  Some initial light helped and James was soon whirling in his own creative space, as a frontman he is exceptional.  The set was a mix and included new material.  Mogwai increased the intensity and were loud, yes seriously, breathtakingly, loud and perfect, as they burned through a 90 minute experience.  They’ve been changing their set list across the nights, which means for fans following the tour they get some great surprises .  We had My Father, My King for an encore - some times music is just too good. 

For the full review and images go to Birmingham Live.

Wedding Garden Party photography - the relaxed way to celebrate.

Celebrating with a Wedding Garden Party

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Simon and Roxine married at the start of the year in the snow, in Finland. So what better way to celebrate than with a party on one of sunniest August days this year. This allowed them to have all their friends and family share the fun.  A summer garden party is a great idea and with the kind of weather we’ve had, their timing was perfect and their garden is beautiful. 

This lovely pair really know how to throw a party, I’ll be asking for advice before I plan anything, ever, as everyone had a great time.  The combination of family who had the chance to catch up with each other and friends mixed easily.

Roxine wore her wedding dress for part of the time, which her guests loved before a quick change to a more relaxed outfit. 

Rugby violinist Andrew Rackham played, which set the tone for a gentle afternoon ahead of the hog roast and planned drinking and dancing for later.   I was there to provide a mix of photography, to capture the feel and atmosphere, a touch of documentary work and some just posed family and friends images.

Simon and Roxine thank you for having me join you. 

Here are a few images from the day.

To the woods engagement photography session

Woodland engagement shoot with lovely Puli puppy

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A recent engagement shoot, with a difference….a doggie difference! 

Its no surprise to find that I love dogs and that they are very welcome on engagement shoots - but this one was a real surprise as she is the first Hungarian Puli I’ve met.  As she is a puppy she is all fluff, energy (dreadlocks may be her chosen style later on) and fun!  So our shoot was little different.

As it was an evening following one of the recently really hot days a trip to the woods with lots of shade was required to keep our furry friend cool.  She is a lucky girl. Her owners absolutely adore her, so much so that she was in a lot of the images! 

In fact when she wasn't she soon let us know about it :)  So here a a few images from the session.

This lovely couple marry next year and are so well organised already, that their day promises to be wonderful.  I’ll be there to catch all the details and I’m really looking forward to it.