The Elephant Pangbourne Wedding - Stunning Kayleigh & Shane 1

The Elephant Pangbourne Wedding - Stunning Kayleigh & Shane

The Elephant pangbourne wedding is such a beautiful one, definitely one of my favorites of the year! It had it all, 2 wedding dresses, 2 ceremonies and 3 venues. Kayliegh and Shane first reached out to me through Instagram and I knew from the initial Skype meeting it was going to be great. That's an understatement compared to how amazing their day actually was.

 

2 Wedding Dresses, 2 Ceremonies and 3 Venues

I met Kayliegh and Shane at the amazing Shaw House registry office in Newbury. A magnificent grade I listed build which now does events. What a building to say your I do's in! Kayleigh looked so beautiful as she turned up in a very classy Rolls Royce and was eager to see Shane for the first time on her wedding day. The Ceremony was short and sweet with lots of family members beaming with smiles for the whole duration. Once we came out of the ceremony it was a quick pit stop for photos then off to The Elephant Hotel for Kayleigh to put on dress number two.

Wow another amazing wedding dress, Kayleigh's taste in wedding dresses was on point! Just as the Sun started to come out it was a short car journey to the lovely St James Church which is located next to the Elephant. The church was perfect for Kayleigh and Shane to have a blessing with all of their wedding guests and family. The great thing about having 2 ceremonies is that you get to have 2 confetti photos which we took full advantage off. Once finished we all headed to the garden of the Elephant for drinks and canapes.

The Elephant Pangbourne Wedding - Bring on the Banter!

Once the very yummy canapes had been and gone I managed to sneak the lovely couple away for 10 minutes for some portraits. The sky was threatening to rain so we didn't have much time at all but it was very easy for me to capture Kaylighs and Shanes love for each other. They literally couldn't keep their hands off each other all day. Now, every now and then you meet a couple which have so many close friends which love to throw the banter around. Kayliegh and Shane's friends where the pinnacle of this, my sides where literary splitting all day and I keep remembering little moments throughout the day which had everyone in stitches. Once inside the speeches started which where a highlight of the evening, so many laughs and the banter just flew off the scale.

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. We had the pleasure of the very talented sax player and one of Kaylighs friends singing their first dance song. Once the music began in earnest, everyone was on the dance floor. They were both such good sports the entire day and loved every idea I had for photos. A photographer's dream couple. There was so many great suppliers at Kayliegh and Shanes the elephant pangbourne wedding so I wanted to provide you all with a suppliers list below, in addition to this I just wanted to say a huge shout out to the elephant hotel for being such great hosts!

Venue –The Elephant Hotel

Bride’s dresses – Village Brides @villagebridesbridal

Groom’s suit (store) – Reiss

Wedding Cheese Tower - The Pangbourne Cheese Shop @pangcheeseshop

Decor - Forever and a day events @foreverandadayevents

Flowers - Jazie Church/Allium Florist

Saxophone – Matt Hines @matthinesmusic

Singer - Stephanie Hatchman

Love the elephant pangbourne wedding as much as I do? Want me to photograph your wedding? 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!

Venue – Great Fosters Hotel

Photographer – philipquinnellphotography.com @philipquinnellphotography

Wedding Dress - Pronovias

Bridesmaids Dresses - David's Bridal

Grooms Suit - Hackett

Groomsmen Suits - Moss 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.


Millbridge Court Wedding

Millbridge Court Wedding - stunning summer wedding - wedding photography

Millbridge Court Wedding

Wow! What can I say about this utterly gorgeous wedding at Millbridge Court in Farnham, Surrey. Ruth and David 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.

Thunder and light rain 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 weeks 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 some great portrait photos in the early evening. If you have been to a Millbridge court wedding before you will know exactly what I mean when I say Wow! What a venue! With the ceremonie being under the gorgeous oak arbour  and the high vaulted wedding breakfast hall with floor to ceiling windows and stunning rustic wooden beams, this venue is to die for.

Bridal preparation and groom preparation was at Millbridge court. It is such a wonderful space as Ruth was surrounded by everything she knew and loved - including the bridesmaids! The room were full of laughter and fun making for some great photos. David began his preparation for the wedding at the fairly new The Lodge house which is a separate building next to the main house. On the first floor is The Den which is a really stylish comfy space where David could get ready with his groomsmen, a perhaps have a whiskey or two.

Flowers, Dress to die for and Confetti

The weather was perfect all day for photography, with the skys being overcast this acted like a giant softbox in the sky. This made the colours they had chosen for the flowers, bridesmaids, and table decorations seem that much more vibrant. Everything coordinated and complemented each other so well. Even down to the ever so sweet table coasters with photos from yours truly printed on them. Ruth's dress was truly to die for, such an elegant and stylish design, the designers at little london brides have really outdone themselves.

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 full group photograph in particular, I had to get myself pretty high up to capture the whole wedding party in front of those epic windows at Millbridge. This meant tiptoeing myself on one of the garden chairs to get high enough to get everybody in, luckily I had a helping hand from fellow wedding photographer Daniel Robinson to steady my chair. The speeches were hilarious, with best man and friends telling all sorts of stories about Ruth and David with a very modern twist via laptops and google hangouts. Afterwards we popped out for some portraits after the food and caught the sunset just right. I absolutely love when my couples are up for a second lot of portraits as if the sun is setting the light is just perfect. We captured some of my favourite photos during this sunset jaunt.

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 and it's not every day you have a full 3 tier cheese barrel cake! 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 Ruth and David bathed in awesome disco lights beaming through those amazing Millbridge court windows. They were both such good sports the entire day and loved every idea I had for photos. A photographer's dream couple!

Venue – https://www.millbridgecourt.co.uk/

Photographer – philipquinnellphotography.com @philipquinnellphotography

Bride’s dress (boutique) – https://littlelondonbrides.co.uk/

Vegan Cupcakes - www.maisyscakes.com

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

Wedding cake - www.finecheese.co.uk

Flowers - www.blackberryandbloom.co.uk

Signs & Table Plan - www.drewmoulden.com

Entertainment – www.tailored-entertainment.com

Place Cards - www.kayleightarrant.com

Love this wedding at Millbridge Court as much as I do? Want me to photograph your wedding? Get in touch here.


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