In print once more…

One image can certainly generate a lot of interest :) Mike McNamee has written a really nice article about us in Professional Imagemaker – based on the image which won the SWPP annual 16×20 print competition. The issue it was in was the previous magazine to the one which has just been released; however, we don’t appear to get anything quickly if it involves the Italian postal system! Here’s a quick screenshot of the double-page spread.

Wedding photographer: La Badia, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy: Paddy & Annabel

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at La Badia, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy for the wedding of Paddy & Annabel.

Our busiest period of this year will probably be that which has just ended. But how many photographers can have been as privileged as us to have worked at so many incredible venues in such a short space of time?!

It was quite a coincidence that one year after our own wedding in Orvieto, we were back in that very town for Paddy & Annabel’s wedding at La Badia. This Abbey, originally constructed in the 6th Century, is a beautiful wedding venue and one which we’ve often looked over towards from Orvieto. The weather wasn’t particularly kind in the period before the ceremony with some particularly heavy rain, but in true romantic fashion, the clouds cleared and the sun came out before everyone left the chapel. Actually, since I was outside at the time watching (& photographing!) the ceremony from a different view point, I can testify that the sun appeared for the first time, within seconds of Paddy & Annabel being pronounced “husband & wife.”

So, we’ve got a lot of great images – mostly photojournalistic this time, to share.

La Badia. It was raining steadily when I took this from the middle of the main road on our way to La Badia from Orvieto – a more dangerous photograph than you may imagine.

The inside of the chapel; very simple, elegant & a beautifully soft light courtesy of the overcast skies.

A lovely capture of the young flower-girl in particular.

Although we often prefer photojournalistic images in black & white, the colours here are wonderful. I’m not certain this is telling us just how heavy the rain was however!!

Annabel just after leaving her room in the long upstairs corridor.

Annabel & her Uncle exit the doors for the short walk across the courtyard to the chapel.

Fast-forward to a lovely moment during the ceremony.

The car was a surprise for Annabel after leaving the chapel and it enabled the happy couple to enjoy a few moments completely alone before returning for drinks (…and photographs!) I was particularly pleased to have squeezed the Italian numberplate into this image.

Whilst the band played (they’d setup inside since the weather wasn’t predictable), the guests were able to listen and enjoy their drinks & canapes outside in the courtyard.

Another jump on towards the end of the evening. You may have needed to have been there to appreciate this image, but to explain: it’s a hundred or so guests outside, under the arches of the Abbey, reeling; they had so much fun, they didn’t want to stop. I can also spot Amy (who, due to being short) is standing on a table in the background next to a video-light.

Once more, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – thank you to Paddy & Annabel and their friends & families for making us feel so welcome (and to the kind lady who insisted I have some wedding cake :) ) – Andy

Wedding photographer: Statham Lodge, Warrington, Cheshire, UK: Nick & Cate

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at Statham Lodge, Warrington, Cheshire, UK for the wedding of Nick & Cate.

After a couple more days away from home photographing another wedding, we’re back and trying to catch up once more.

Nick & Cate are a great fun couple, always laughing & joking and easy to photograph. They’d chosen Statham Lodge as their wedding venue & it’s somewhere well-known to us. Fortunately, it’s one of those venues that also has a few options for wet weather as far as we’re concerned (although I know other photographers who disagree) although I got drenched shooting the family formals in particularly heavy rain :) Here’s a selection of images from their day.

Nick with Mum & Dad (Sue & Pete)

The Bridesmaids – Amy suggested a shot before they put their shoes on.

A lovely image of Cate. She was dressed nice and early giving Amy plenty of time to create some gorgeous images. It’s something we try to encourage since it not only gives us an opportunity to work some magic, but also it gives the bride some insurance time to fix anything that’s not absolutely perfect.

A laughing moment during the ceremony.

The boys!

An image making use of some window light & yes, that is a pink wedding dress – stunning!

Every face says something different – but Pete’s is a picture :)

Early evening, after the rain!

Nick’s brother Chris & his wife Amy were married 2 years ago and we also photographed their wedding. How their lives have changed with the birth recently of their daughter Evy – peacefully sleeping here.

That’s it for now – check back soon for images from Paddy & Annabel’s wedding in Orvieto! – Andy

Wedding photographer: Whitmore, Staffordshire & Hadley Park House, Shropshire: Chris & Lisa

Chris & Lisa were married last Friday in the gorgeous, tiny church in Whitmore opposite the beautiful Hall. Afterwards, everyone travelled to the outskirts of Telford for the reception at Hadley Park House. For the last three years, we’ve photographed a wedding in this area around this weekend & it was great to catch up with both of the previous couples – who were guests of Chris & Lisa. Such is the power of recommendations – a fourth couple who are also part of this ‘circle of friends’ get married in July and we’re photographing their wedding also :)

OK, here are some images. Firstly, Whitmore Church.

Lisa makes her entrance – just before leaving home for the church.

Lisa was a previous bridesmaid and was obviously completely used to us. It really can make a difference to the photographs when your clients have this trust. Here’s an early portrait of the lovely bride.

Chris at the Church.

Hugs after the ceremony.

The boys & girls! Laurie (Bridesmaid on the right) was a bride of ours 2 years ago. Her husband Dave is a jeweller and as well as providing the wedding rings for Chris & Lisa, he also made Amy’s engagement ring.

Lovely light in one of the drawing rooms at Hadley Park House.

The same room & a very ‘royal’ feel to this.

Thanks to everyone for their hospitality especially Lisa’s parents, Paul & Kate for the drinks & food during the morning. See you all again soon at James & Rebecca’s wedding! – Andy

Travelling home

We’ve been on the road for a week or so and during that time we’ve photographed two weddings. If you were at one of those, you’re no doubt looking for a sneak preview of their images. Fear not!! We’re on our way home tomorrow and we’ll be posting some highlights from both Chris & Lisa’s and Nick & Cate’s weddings over the next few days. – Andy