Wedding Photographer: The Ashes Barns Country House, Stoke-on-Trent: Ash & Beth

Amy was the wedding photographer at The Ashes Barns Country House, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire UK for Ash & Beth’s wedding.

Mid-August 2015 and I took a well-earned rest from the intense Italian heat and flew back to the UK with the family in tow. My trip covered 2 weddings, the first was the wedding of Ash & Beth at The Ashes near to Stoke-on-Trent; a beautiful venue that Olympian swimmer Rebecca Adlington had chosen just a few weeks before.

I’d met Beth before when she was a Bridesmaid at the wedding of Ric & Claire in Sorrento the previous year. I thought I’d travelled a long way for the wedding but Ash & Beth now live in Australia and had travelled home to get married with their gorgeous little boy who was the star of the show. Take a look:

The Ashes

The Ashes Barns Country House

Britain in full-bloom.

Wild Flowers

Ready and waiting.

Dresses hanging

Ash. I’ll show you the rest of him later ;-)

Groom's Shoes

Beth did her own make-up.

Bride doing her make-up

Love this one of Ash & Beth’s son.

Bride & Son

The Star of the Show.

Page Boy

Guests gather on the barn’s balcony for a great view of the ceremony.

Guests on the balcony in the Ashes

Final touches – team effort!

Bride & Bridesmaids

Lovely rustic ceremony venue.


Cheese cake!

Bride & Groom cut the cake

Simple but gorgeous.

Bride & Groom

I love this natural family shot.

Bride, Groom & Son

I rarely publish ‘standard’ family group shots on here but, here’s a big one – just to prove that I can do them!

Family Group Shot

Gorgeous girls chilling out.

Young guests

Meanwhile, the second barn was being prepared for dinner.

The Ashes Barn

Selfie-sticks as favours – they went down a storm!

Guests at the table

A beautiful day, blue skies, fluffy white skies and lots of laughter.

Bride & Groom

Thanks so much. -Amyx

Wedding Photographer: St Lukes Church, Endon & The Three Horseshoes Inn, Blackshaw Moor: Steve & Sam

Amy was the wedding photographer at St Lukes Church, Endon & The Three Horseshoes Inn, Blackshaw Moor, Staffordshire UK for Steve & Sam’s wedding.

The day after the wedding in Lucca, I jumped on a flight to London from Pisa airport and drove up to Staffordshire for the wedding of Steve & Sam. Oh my goodness, the weather! It didn’t just rain for the whole time that I was in the UK, it was absolutely torrential from the moment I landed to the moment I left!

Steve and Sam’s spirits weren’t dampened though and the day went along without a hitch. We even managed to get outside under a gazebo for a handful of group shots and some portraits of the Bride & Groom. Sam braved stepping out under the sheet of rain that was falling between the building and the gazebo, not in the least bit bothered if her dress got wet for the sake of some lovely photos! It was unfortunate that we couldn’t go into the gardens of the Three Horseshoes Inn and couldn’t see the beautiful views all around but nevermind, it’s the one bit of the day that’s completely uncontrollable.

Quick shout out to Best Man James and his gorgeous wife Rebecca who’s wedding I photographed a few years ago. Great to see you and to meet little Harry. Here’s a taster:

I Do!


Looking good Sam!

Bride getting ready

Sam’s Mum had very sadly passed away. Lovely to be able to incorporate her into the album.

Bride & Mum

The kissing gate at Church was dressed beautifully.

Floral Decorations

Can you make out Steve though the rain? It didn’t get any lighter than this!

Groom at Church

Love this one.

Guest arriving at church

More umbrellas!

Bride arriving at church

Everyone loves a good hymn!


Beautiful church interior.


Back at the Three Horseshoes Inn now. Love this one.


Steve cuddling their son Charlie.

Groom & Son

Look at those nails!

Guests Detail

Haha! (Not sure these ladies will thank me for putting this one up!)


Little Charlie.

Bride & Groom's son


Bride & Groom

Come on weather!!

Bride & Groom

Great moment during the line-up.

Bride during line-up

Looks too good to eat!

Wedding cake

So there we go – my 5th wedding in 7 days. Loved them all! Thanks go to Steve & Sam and also to Sam’s Dad for welcoming me into his home to photograph Sam getting ready. Great fun folks – thank you. Amy x

Wedding photographer: St George & St Martin’s Church, Birches Head & The Upper House, Barlaston, Staffordshire, UK: James & Rebecca

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at St George & St Martin’s Church, Birches Head & The Upper House, Barlaston, Staffordshire, UK for the wedding of James & Rebecca.

Sorry this has taken a while to update – it’s not always easy to update the blog when we’re travelling for weddings. We’re back in Italy now and catching up with a mountain of email & processing. Ahh the life of wedding photographers ;)

James & Rebecca were married on 25th July at St George & St Martin’s Roman Catholic Church in Birches Head, Stoke-on-Trent by the friendliest Priest in the UK! After the ceremony they made their way with their guests to the former Wedgewood residence of ‘The Upper House’ near Barlaston. The weather was extremely kind and this allowed the guests to enjoy the wonderful outdoor setting there, both before and after their meal.

Lets check out some of the images:

Sometimes these shots just work. This is ‘out of camera’ with the exception of a tiny contrast adjustment. The catch-lights just bring her eyes alive.

“I love my bracelet!”

Since the ties took so long for the boys to figure out, I decided to focus my attention on the cufflinks ;) (You had to be there!)

I don’t know what it is about this image that I like, but it just jumps out at me – particularly the large version. It’s an unusual angle for us since normally we would have avoided the pillar but the light is lovely.

Occasionally we’re asked to re-create a shot that the couple have seen before. Here goes…

The videographer was doing something with James & Rebecca in the bushes (ahem!) when Amy captured this candid. It almost looks setup.

James grabbed something and this was the reaction!

The lovely lady herself.

We’ve a lot of images to work through now and process as the travelling has put us a little behind schedule. Check back in a day or two for a couple of shots from Gareth & Anna’s wedding in Cornwall.
– Andy