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Epic Elopement Photographer Adventure

Elopement Photographer Adventure

As the UK goes into lockdown due to covid-19 and everybody is confined to their homes I thought I would share this blog post early instead of waiting for the weekend to publish. A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of doing some location scouting for an elopement wedding I have booked in later in the year. An elopement photographer is one of my services I want to provide on a more regular basis especially in such scenic locations such as Wales, Scotland, or Iceland to name just a few!

Having convinced the fiancé to come with me I thought it would be a great idea to get a few local suppliers involved and almost create a mini styled shoot which would be a great way to create content. With all of my weddings booked in for the next 3 months being postponed due to the covid-19 outbreak I am glad we did.

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Upon arrival of a very quaint little village within the hills of snowdonia I captured some lovely photos of the bouquet before we set off for the day which was kindly provided by The little flower shop based in Tidworth. For all you brides to be which are looking for a florist I can highly recommend the girls at The Little Flower shop as they are all very talented and so friendly. The room I took these photos was in a lovely AirBnB not far from Snowdon itself, if you haven’t experienced the pleasures of AirBnB I suggest you do so immediately as there are some great cottages and rooms to be found.

With the weather against us we decided to get a move on and head to the base of Snowdon to start the climb up and scout for more locations. This was my first time to Snowdon (actually I have been once before during a 3 peaks challenge attempt but it was the middle of the night and saw nothing) and I was completely blown away of how beautiful it was! Very very cold but beautiful and totally worth the hike.

A highlight from our little adventure was coming across wild shetland ponies but having met a fellow photographer who happened to be taking photos of them informed us that they are actual Carneddau ponies and have been grazing the remote and rugged mountains of Snowdonia for centuries. Nethertheless my fiancé jumped at the chance to have a selfie with her favourite Carneddau pony who decided to follow us for the majority of the trip which was very cute I must say.

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Once we hiked up to as far as we felt was safe for us we found ourselves in front of an amazing waterfall which was just amazing for photos. Opposite the mountain range which has that incredibly waterfall is an idyllic lake which was braved by a young girl who went for a quick swim! If you’re reading this and are planning on visiting Snowdon I must stress at this point that safety and respect of the environment is paramount.

You can find some great safety advice here. A few must do’s from me would be to make a plan before you leave home: check a suitable mountain weather forecast for your chosen area, tell someone where you are going and leave a route plan and contact details. Take plenty of food and snacks/water to sustain you all day and don’t be afraid of changing plans in poor weather or turning back if it gets too much!

With the day and the weather running away from us we decided to get some final photos in front of the beautiful lake which proved to be quite difficult as this area was becoming quite a hotspot for the public. Having braved all the weather and getting rained and hailed on multiply times during the day we both decided to head back down the mountain pass and head to some of the lakes at the base of Snowdon to capture a few final photos. Once at the bottom we where lucky enough to get last orders at the local cafe for some hot chocolate and warm sausage rolls!

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After warming up in the car we quickly drove to a nearby lake to capture this final image, it took us quite a while to find a spot I was happy with trying to get Snowdon in the background was quite the challenge with all the fog and clouds. Incase anyone is wondering the dress my beautiful fiancé is gracefully modelling is from Asos and was a bargain at just under £300. All hair and makeup was self done and I really wanted to say a massive thank you to my fiancé for putting up with me and agreeing to model in the freezing cold winds, she is a star!

I hope you enjoyed my work at Snowdonia. If you are planning to get married and are looking for a elopement photographer in wales or any of the amazing places this world has to offer, please don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss your special day!

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Sam Hurd Workshop in Brighton

Sam Hurd Workshop in Brighton

As the country is pretty much going into lock down due to Covid-19 I thought it would be about time to catch up on some much needed blogging.  For today’s blog I will be sharing a handful of shots from an amazing workshop I was able to attend last year in November! I love learning, I try to do as much as I possibly can to learn more about photography, both technically and the business side. I’ve spent hours scouring countless photography blogs, watching CreativeLive classes, and learning from the many amazing free webinars available from top wedding photographers! It’s not every day that your favourite wedding photographer posts a workshops to be held in Brighton, so when I saw that Sam Hurd was going to be hosting one here, I jumped at the chance! Hats off to the amazing Lisa Devlin who runs photography farm for being able to get Sam Hurd run his don’t panic shoot. Seriously, go check out his incredible work here!

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What can I say, it was fantastic! First of all, it was awesome to learn in person! If I like I learn a lot quicker by doing rather than reading and I learnt a ton of new ideas. We spent time learning new, unique photography methods, such as the Breziner method for head shots or portraits, free-lensing, and using prisms. Sam explained his business, from the moment a couple inquires, until after they receive their gallery. He taught about editing, websites, gear, social media, the 5 “L’s”: (light, lines, look, layers, and luck), and so much more. Although this was a mini workshop if you like only 3 hours Sam was happy to overrun and keep asking any questions we had. The whole concept of the workshop was exactly what the title say, “Don’t panic” Sam really leads the way in pushing yourself to break away from the norm and step outside your comfort zone and by doing this creating really creative photos.  After an hour or so we were able to go outside, watch, learn, and practice with a couple!

Brighton is generally a cool place but it was really insightful to watch how sam interacts with his couples. I think one of the most important things I took away was how much photography constantly inspires me, the raw, technical art of it. It can be easy to get caught up in the trends and fluff that saturates the wedding industry scene, and be swept away into the “insta-world” of perfection. But like Sam mentioned, “the end of the night matters most”. What’s SO important is capturing that final kiss of the evening, a grandparent’s hug, the joyous celebration of dear friends and family: as you never know how much those images may mean to someone in the future. My goal as a wedding photographer is to be passionate about every single aspect of the day, from the carefully curated, ethereal images, to the candid, in-between moments.

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Getting married in 2020 or beyond? If you liked my photos from this post please don’t hesitate to get in touch as I would love to talk about your special day! Getting married abroad? I would love to travel abroad to capture more beautiful weddings with amazing backdrops so if your an adventurous couple looking to get hitched abroad please get in touch as I would love to travel and get some more destination weddings under my belt! Get in touch here.


denbies wine estate wedding photography surrey

Denbies Wine Estate - Beautiful Wedding Photography in Surrey

Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey

For my first wedding of 2020 I had the pleasure to be at The Denbies Wine Estate, based in Dorking, Surrey. A little fun fact for everyone is that Denbies vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then has become one the largest vineyard in the UK. I am starting to become quite the regular being my 5th visit here in less than 2 years.

Being able to capture wedding photography in Surrey is a luxury, the surrey hills is a beautiful area to live in and while you are visiting I urge everyone to take advantage of the surrounding areas, including 7 miles of public footpath which trail throughout the vineyard. If you are lucky enough to catch a sunset across the vineyard it is a truly amazing site.

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It is always a pleasure to be able to photograph the bride and groom getting ready and hats off to Denbies for making this possible with their relatively new hotel which is located in the heart of Denbies Wine Estate with outstanding views across the 265-acre estate and rolling hills. As there is over 15 rooms at the hotel I was able to capture the very dapper Boud getting ready with the help of his best man. It was a great dutch atmosphere which I loved!

Swiftly on I headed to another room where Isabel was getting ready, she had popped into town to get her hair done so I had a quick chance to photograph her dress in all its glory. Once Isabel and her bridal party returned the bubbly was flowing, expertly open-end my Isabel’s mum.

Before long it was time for Isabel to get in her dress and shortly afterwards her dad knocked at the door. I absolute live for moments like these as you can see everyone trying to keep it together not to ruin everyone’s make up. I think everyone would agree Isabel and Boud looked picture perfect!

Wedding Photography in Denbies Wine Estate

Being a wedding photographer I am constantly checking the weather forecast, and this wedding was no exception. Isabel and Boud where very lucky as it did rain all day apart from a window of fifty minutes, which was perfect for the ceremony and enough time to squeeze in some quick portraits.

The ceremony room was filled with fun and laughter whilst the guests where being entertained by Boud and awaiting Isabel. As soon as it was time for the ceremony to start, everybody was eager to see how stunning Isabel looked and she did not disappoint!

As soon as the ceremony was over the couple were cheered out the room where champagne was waiting for them. Without much direction at all I was able to gather all the friends and family outside in the courtyard for a confetti photo. This will always be one of my favourite photos as it shows how happy Isabel and Boud are together.

With reception drinks and canapés down in the the wine cellar of Denbies for guest to enjoy I swiftly took Isabel and Boud off for 10 minutes to get some portrait photos before it started to rain cats and dogs! As you guys are probably aware by now I just let my couples interact with each other and I just capture it.

This wedding was no exception and Isabel and Boud where so great together it made my job very easy. The wedding breakfast was very heartwarming with Boud’s mum and Isabel’s dad both making a toast and a speech. This was all topped of by Boud’s best man who flew in all the way from Canada and provided the room with lots of laughter and funny stories about Boud.

Evening Celebrations at Denbies Wine Estate

As the night progressed the couple headed into their first dance followed by some excellent dance moves by all the guests. A highlight for Isabel and Boud was a secret performance from all the guests doing a rendition of flash dance which was orchestrated by best man Lorenzo. I was able to capture this on video which I will be a great memory for them.

Creative Portraits at Denbies Wine Estate

As we didn’t getting a lot of time for portraits due to the weather earlier in the day and it getting dark in the afternoon I wanted to take the lovely couple of again. I actually like it when it rains all day as this tends to push me to think outside the box and get a little bit more creative.

I was able to get some great shots down in the cellar with the help of best man Lorenzo holding my flashes and another cheeky little multiply exposure taking advantage of the fairy lights which hang above everyone in the wedding breakfast room.

I hope you enjoyed my work at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey. If you are planning to get married and are looking for some wedding photography in Surrey or any of the surrounding home counties, please don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss your special day!

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A Year In Review | 2019 Philip Quinnell Photography

Best Wedding Photos of 2019!

And just like that… 2019 wedding photography is about to bite the dust! It feels like it was only a few weeks ago I was posting my 2018 review, but in that crazy blur of time, I’ve seen 28 couples share the most incredible day with their friends and family. So that’s it an end to year 3 all by myself and that combination of excitement and wonder when I pull up to a brand new venue shows no sign of letting up and I love that! Having no idea what the day has in store, but knowing that amazing things are about to happen is something pretty special. For me my third year has been the make or break year so my peers tell me and I know this is cliche, but it genuinely has been a brilliant year.

Best Highlight of 2019?

I often get asked at weddings “what’s the best wedding you’ve been to?”, and I’m finding this impossible to answer, even if you asked me to pick a favorite from this year, I wouldn’t be able to choose one, but there have been some special standout memories in 2019; my first wedding with an actual castle was a hoot and a challenge but I loved every second of Sarah and Daniels wedding in Frome. Having a professional wedding magazine approach me to feature one of my weddings was a great feeling that I am slowly getting noticed by publishers and always great to see my work in print. Also winning an wedisson award for one of my images and making it to the national wedding industry awards as a finalist was a brilliant experience.

I’m a photographer who likes to travel!

This year has also been the first where previous brides and grooms have made little people!!!! And as with every year on this journey of mine, I’m still blown away from the amount of love couples, family and friends have for each other at each and every wedding and soaking up all that love makes me want to make more and more special moments for people. I’ve also clocked up my fair share of motorway mileage, visiting Somerset, London, Cotswolds, Suffolk and Hertfordshire to name just a few locations.

2019 Here’s looking at you kid!

I still can’t believe that jumping from photographing bands at gigs and festivals to weddings would have given me so much joy and reignited my passion for making beautiful photos! Next year I want to still keep going strong and keep pushing towards my target of 50 weddings a year, I don’t do much advertising so if you’re reading this and are getting married or know someone who is please don’t hesitate to get in touch, also feel free to follow me on my Instagram which you’ll find all my best portfolio work or hit me up on Facebook.

Finally a round up of the year wouldn’t be right without thanking all the couples who decided to bring me along on their journey this year, I never underestimate that decision and the trust you guys have put in me, and I can’t thank you enough. So here it is, a selection of some of my best wedding photos of 2019!

So that’s it folks my best wedding photos of 2019! 2020 is going to be amazing as I have almost 30 weddings booked in and I am also tying the knot myself so keep your eyes peeled for next year!

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Getting married in 2020 or beyond? If you liked my Best Wedding Photos of 2019 post please don’t hesitate t get in touch as I would love to talk about your special day! Getting married abroad? I would love to travel abroad to capture more beautiful weddings with amazing backdrops so if your an adventurous couple looking to get hitched abroad please get in touch as I would love to travel and get some more destination weddings under my belt! Get in touch here.


Great Fosters Wedding

Beautiful Great Fosters Wedding - Melania & Benjamin

Great Fosters Wedding Photography

Mel and Ben chose to have a Great Fosters wedding for its amazing historical beauty. This venue is a beautiful 16th century mansion nestled within 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and parkland, a Great Fosters wedding is a sight to behold making it the perfect venue for a wedding. It truly is a hidden gem! The hotel is home to many unique features that reflect its rich history, including an original royal crest of Queen Elizabeth that can be found above the main porch, dating back to 1598. In its time, the hotel has played host to an eclectic array of guests, including the likes of Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin. My personal favourite part about this location was not only the incredibly stunning rooms, but the gardens surrounding the venue. As always, I had done a little bit of research beforehand, to find where would be best for photos and any little hidden gem I could find. I discovered a woodland walk full of autumn leaves and giant pine trees, which meant we were able to capture some excellent imposing photos later in the day.

Rain rain go away

Unfortunately on the day it was threatening to rain with moody clouds above the treeline. But luckily, the rain held off which gave us lots of time to go explore the grounds for photos. Mel & Ben’s ceremony room overlooked the epic views that you could see from the rear gardens of Great Fosters. During the ceremony we had a quick rain shower, but the sun shone through. It made for a very atmospheric feeling to the ceremony. For a quick moment afterwards there was a rainbow shining down on the wedding. If this isn’t a positive sign I don’t know what is!

Love is all around us

Mel & Ben’s Great fosters wedding was one rich in happiness. It was one of those weddings that at the end of the night your cheeks hurt due to smiling and laughing so much. Weddings are moments in life that are full of so many emotions – all based around a positive vibe and family. I really did have an incredible time and I thank them both for allowing me to be their photographer. Being a wedding photographer is the best job in the world. I wouldn’t change it for a thing! Thinking of having a Great Fosters wedding for your big day? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch here!

Or maybe your getting married in 2020 or beyond? If you liked this post please don’t hesitate to get in touch as I would love to talk about your special day! Getting married abroad? I would love to travel abroad to capture more beautiful weddings with amazing backdrops so if your an adventurous couple looking to get hitched abroad please get in touch as I  love to travel and get some more destination weddings under my belt! Get in touch here.

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Venue – Great Fosters Hotel

Photographer – philipquinnellphotography.com @philipquinnellphotography

Wedding Dress – Pronovias

Bridesmaids Dresses – David’s Bridal

Grooms SuitHackett

Groomsmen SuitsMoss Bros

Wedding cake – Ann’s Designer Cakes

Flowers – Lilly’s Flowers

Entertainment – Firebird events

Catering – Great Fosters

Love this Great Fosters wedding as much as I do? Want me to photograph your wedding? Get in touch here.

How about you?

Getting married in 2020 or beyond? If you liked this post please don’t hesitate to get in touch as I would love to talk about your special day! Getting married abroad? I would love to travel abroad to capture more beautiful weddings with amazing backdrops so if your an adventurous couple looking to get hitched abroad please get in touch as I  love to travel and get some more destination weddings under my belt! Get in touch here.

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