lillibrooke manor wedding

Beautiful Lillibrooke Manor Wedding - Ksenia & Iain

Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

The recent amazing Lillibrooke Manor wedding in Berkshire was everything a great wedding should be. As a Berkshire wedding photographer I couldn't have asked for much more. Ksenia and Iain are just such an amazing couple. We met a few months before in Tower bridge in London where we did their engagement session. The atmosphere and chemistry between them both was fun and relaxed and we got some beautiful photos as a result. Feel free to check them out here! Because of that I knew that the wedding day will be just as good, if not better!

Lillibrooke Manor Wedding Photographer

Lillibrooke Manor is a gorgeous venue and so well taken care of. History seems to seep from between the bricks and everything had the fine balance between preservation and modern perfection. It is grade II listed with medieval manor house and 15 acres of historic barns and gardens. One of the main features is the Great Barn, where the wedding breakfast took place. It is one of the largest of its type in the south of England. With a grand beamed ceiling and wrought iron chandeliers, it is truly an impressive space. The ceremony was held outside, in the beautiful rose garden underneath the old barn out-cove. All the gathered family and friends were just a happy bunch of people, which made the atmosphere joyful and relaxed. The ceremony was beautiful and the canapes where to die for!

The Great Barn

The meal and speeches were held in the most beautiful barn going, the lights, the lines, the decor just draws in the eye and even I couldn't stop looking at it all. Speeches were moving and funny. Some favourite moments were from Ksenia's russian family traditions when Ksenia & Iain had to kiss upon every toast to them and keep kissing untill everyone stops clapping. As you can imagine there was a lot of smooching. :) Later in the day, we took some time to take couple photos, we could have literally gone anywhere, the surrounding areas were stunning. The gardens looked as pristine as ever and so we made the most of the gorgeous greens. The after dark sparklers were great, with nice warm glow in the photographs against the dark backdrop of the evening.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Berkshire and like this post, then please get in touch so we can chat about your day!


bride and groom kissing in front of a castle

Breathtaking Nunney Castle, Somerset Wedding Photographer - Sarah & Daniel

Somerset Wedding Photographer

Frome, somerset was the setting for this somerset wedding photographer with this stunning wedding of Sarah and Daniel. Set high up in the Mendip Hills of Somerset, Frome has everything you could need for a wedding. From history to culture, architecture and breathtaking vistas, Frome has plenty to offer. Topping lists for the hippest and best place in England, Frome sets its own pace. Steeped in history from its days as the centre of cloth making, there are plenty of 17th and 18th century buildings to see and one certain 17th century barn was the location of this beautiful wedding! Frome is a place renowned for creativity and free thinking, needless to say Sarah and Daniel did not disappoint! From cloth hanging inside the barn to ribbons at the ceremony, a creative nod to the towns heritage of cloth making.

Inspiring Couples

Sarah and Daniel both truly inspired this Somerset wedding photographer from start to finish on there wedding day. Apart from both being madly in love with each other, this wedding had it all! A fairy tale church ceremony at the beautiful All Saints church with a ceremony which was really touching and although the weather was at its windiest outside, Sarah had it covered! By not having confetti she chose to have ribbon wands instead, this was one of the many creative things Sarah had done - (oh and did I mention she made her own wedding dress!!!) After the ribbon wand exit from the church, Sarah and Daniel where greeted by the towns local marching bands aka Frome Street Bandits which Daniel happens to be a very talented member of! The band led Sarah, Daniel and guests through the quaint village all the way alongside Nunney Castle to the stunning 17th century barn which was very kindly allowed to use as their stunning venue by a local friend and resident of Frome. Upon arrival Daniel was invited to play alongside the band and proudly took centre stage and stole the show with an amazing solo to finish the bands set.

A moment alone

For the couple photographs, we took a short time away from the guests in order to capture some of my favourite portrait photos of the year so far. For those of you who follow my Facebook or Instagram page, you may recognize one of the photos below as a profile photo. With the clouds above looking gloomy but with the sun trying to make an appearance we headed off around the medieval ruins and moat at Nunney Castle capturing some great photos and bumping into the bridesmaids half way round which was a great chance to get the girls together again for more laughter and photos. With the weather threatening to rain we swiftly headed up a neighbouring hillside and found ourselves with the amazing Nunney Castle as the the perfect backdrop for a quiet moment alone. With the warmth of the sun slowly peeking out the connection between Sarah and Daniel these joyful moments were captured. Once we returned, the party could truly crank into full swing. With a romantic first dance, the dance floor could then fill out. The evening band Hundred Faces made sure that the dance floor was packed with classics from the 80's,90's and noughties.

A fantastic couple and a fantastic day to match. Hope you enjoy looking at these wedding memories again!

If you need a somerset wedding photographer to capture your Somerset wedding or any other location for that matter please - get in touch!

Venue – All saints church & Nunney Castle

Photographer – philipquinnellphotography.com @philipquinnellphotography

Bride’s dress (boutique) – Self made by bride

Hair & Makeup - Bridesmaids

Groom’s suit (store) – www.tedbaker.com

Wedding cake - Karen Whitcombe (bridesmaids mother, with floral cake decorations by bride)

Flowers - www.flowersbyelaine.co.uk

Stationery - Bride and Groom

Daytime Marching Band - Frome Street Bandits

Evening Band – Hundred Faces

Catering - Eventshorizon


Chelsea wedding venues

Luxurious Chelsea Wedding Venues, London - Anastasia & Minaj

Chelsea wedding photographer

As chelsea wedding venues go, this was one of my favourites of 2019. Travelling up to Anastasia & Minhajs wedding was one that had me filled with excitement. Not only did I get the chance to go back to London, which having lived there for 10 years has left me missing the big smoke but I got to go back to Chelsea! Chelsea is pretty unique. It’s like a town all of its own, inside London. A very cool place full of very cool people. Whenever I’m visiting there’s a real sense of buzz and I remember on this particular occasion sending a message to my fiancée whilst walking around prior to starting coverage that read “I’d like to move to Chelsea”. There’s always that impending lottery win I suppose…

 

Chelsea wedding venues

Chelsea town hall is a fantastic chelsea wedding venues in London to hold a wedding ceremony. This place is enriched with history from royalists to celebrities who have all tied the knot here. It’s clear the moment you walk up those famous Chelsea steps that this place has seen it all and It gives it the unique feel & style that a lot of couples desire Chelsea for their wedding photography. So much so that it is very lucky to get a free date there, due to the sheer amount of people that wish to get married at Chelsea town hall London.

My favourite part about these Chelsea wedding venues are the sheer amount of character. The whole place is a lot to take in when you first walk through those doors. I remember meeting Minaj outside the front and it looks pretty polished. But when you walk through the double doors, you are hit with this incredible marble floor with high ceilings with ceremony rooms either side lit by grand chandeliers illuminating the chairs below. And that’s without seeing the famous staircase probably most famous for the celebrity photos which always take place there. Minaj was in his element among this. Waiting for Anastasia to arrive you could see how happy he was. Wedding photography is easy when you’re given this gift.

Good friends, stylish decor!

The day started for me at Anastasia's bridal prep at the luxurious Bailey's Hotel in South Kensington. The morning was spent with 2 of Anastasia's closest friends who flew all the way from Russia to be with her on the morning of her wedding. The ceremony was very moving and thoughtful with very proud parents and friends looking a far. From Confetti outside the famous steps and onlookers passing by wishing the happy couple all the best as we made our way from Chelsea town hall to the Bluebird for the reception.

Bluebird in London is one of the regular haunts of the Made In Chelsea stars, a couple of whom I spotted whilst enjoying my (delicious) burger whilst the guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast. It’s a very, very cool venue. Upstairs in the main bar the clientele were all impeccably dressed and downstairs in the Bluebird café trendy twenty-somethings gossiped and drank champagne.

Anastasia and Minhaj had private access to one of Bluebird’s dining rooms and it played the perfect backdrop to their special day. Below you’ll find some of my favourite Bluebird Chelsea wedding photography. I would love it if you left some love in the comments section below and please feel free to share this on your favourite social media sites too, and don't forget if your looking for a chelsea wedding photographer or chelsea wedding venues please don't hesitate to get in touch here!

 

 

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bride and groom walking past vineyards holding hands at a Denbies Vineyard Wedding

Wedding at Denbies Vineyard - charming wine estate wedding - wedding photography

Check out this utterly gorgeous wedding at Denbies Vineyard in Dorking, Surrey. Andy and Emily had so much love for each other, it was so very visible in the effort and passion they put into their wedding day. It was certainly a corker! Having had an engagement shoot before the wedding, it was like catching up with old friends. They knew how I worked and I knew what they liked. It was a dream.

Wedding at Denbies Vineyard

Thunder and lightening started the day - but as they say it's lucky to have rain on your wedding day. After the crazy temperatures of the past few months and with our luck certainly holding, we missed the rain in all of the right places. These gorgeous pockets of sunshine hit perfectly, especially for the wonderful confetti shots outside of the church. Everyone was so keen to help cover the bride and groom in petals under the archway. Have a scroll through and see for yourself!

Bridal preparation was at Emily and Andy's flat. It was a wonderful place as Emily was surrounded by everything she knew and loved - including the bridesmaids! The rooms were full of laughter and fun making for some great photos. Andy began his preparation for the wedding at Denbies Vineyard with his groomsmen.

The wedding itself was held at a stunning little church just down the road - it somehow felt like it had the longest aisle I've ever had the pleasure to photograph. The ceremony was very special with passages being spoken by Emily’s mum and brother. Everyone seemed so connected and it was a joy to be a part of. From here we scooted straight to the wedding at Denbies Vineyard for the group photographs.

Wedding photographer causes a (most unwanted!) scene

Now, I'm not one to like making a scene, but sometimes as a wedding photographer you have to come out of your shell in order to get the best photographs for the couples wedding day. For one photograph in particular, I had to get myself pretty high up to capture the whole wedding party in the courtyard. This meant dangling myself from a top window of the fancy - and may I add full - restaurant. In order to get everyone's attention and to have them all squeeze into the shot I needed to voice my request pretty loudly. This did not go down well with the diners behind me. But, Emily and Andy got a pretty good photograph, even if a few looks could kill!

The speeches were hilarious, with both groomsmen telling all sorts of stories about Andy and Emily’s dad giving a real heart-warming speech. We popped out for some portraits after the food and caught the sunset just right. This was my second time for a wedding at Denbies Vineyard, and this time the vines were in full bloom. We captured some of my favourite photos during this sunset jaunt. The setting was so stunning you could easily mistake the setting for Tuscany and not Dorking.

Dance the night away

For the cake cutting and first dance it's always a pleasure, as the couple are stress free by this point. Once the music began in earnest, everyone was on the dance floor. The final picture on my memory cards, was a night time portrait in the courtyard of just Emily and Andy bathed in light. They were both such good sports the entire day and loved every idea I had for photos. A photographer's dream couple - a glittery champagne glitter dream, just like their theme.

Venue – www.denbies.co.uk

Photographer – philipquinnellphotography.com @philipquinnellphotography

Bride’s dress (boutique) – www.aurora-bride.com @aurorabride

Bride’s accessories (boutique) – www.bridalroom.co.uk/

Hair – Not Another Stylist - Julia Marsh @notanotherstylist

Make-Up – Abbie Faux @abzanne_mua

Bridesmaids’ dresses (boutique) - www.davidsbridal.com

Groom’s suit (store) – www.tedbaker.com

Wedding cake - Bride’s Cousin

Cake topper – @capoladesigns

Flowers - www.flowersbyelaine.co.uk

Transport – Next door neighbour’s London black cab

Stationery - Bride and Groom

Entertainment – www.cosmicdj.co.uk

Catering - www.denbies.co.uk

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london engagement photos

Stunning London Engagement Photos - Ksenia & Iain

London Engagement Photo Session - Tower Bridge, London

For this amazing london engagement photos session I travelled back to the big smoke, in fact tower bridge! Everyone knows this famous iconic bridge, so myself Ksenia & Iain decided to not follow the crowd and head to the famous bridge but instead totally wing it and see what we could find elsewhere. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a big city, so every now and then it's great to explore new surroundings. Whilst wandering around, I said to Ksenia & Iain how normally everytime I go to tower bridge I see a chinese bride in a wedding dress with a whole crew of photographers and light guys. And as if by magic we turned a corner just of the underpass of tower bridge and bam! A chinese bride and groom placed precariously on the wall with Tower bridge in the background. Hats off to the chinese as being on a high wall with a wedding dress and a sheer drop into the thames on the other side takes some cahooners!

Engagement photographer in London

With every couple I always ask for them to pick a place special to them or somewhere they would love to explore. I don't like to put ideas into people's heads but rather feed me ideas. This means the resulting photographs become the best representation to them. Ksenia & Iain originally wanted to have the engagement session around their home in Bermondsey as they both loved the vintage feel brickwork of the houses in the street they lived. This is when I remembered that all around tower bridge is gorgeous originally brick work of the same style. With Tower bridge only being 10 minutes from Bermondsey it was a perfect decision for them.

Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

Ksenia & Iain are getting married towards the end of June at Lillibrooke Manor, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. When Ksenia initially got in touch, she gave such a description of how amazing the day sounded. When the words 'summer boho and barn' are mentioned in the same sentence.... I mean, you know you're onto a winner. I cannot wait to shoot and blog their wedding. Engaged to be married? Are you looking for a photographer who will put you at ease? Please don't hesitate to get in touch here! An engagement session is a great way to settle those pre wedding jitters of having your photo taken. If this is you then I would love for you to drop me a line and give me the opportunity to settle those nerves and capture some great photos!