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.

Elopement Photographer Safety

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!

Elopement Photographer

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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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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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.

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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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tylney hall wedding photos

Glamorous Tylney Hall Wedding Photos | Hayley & Stephen

Raining Cats and Kilts

Want some Tylney Hall wedding photos? Don’t worry I’ve got you! This was not only my second time at the grand Tylney Hall but also my second scottish wedding and weirdly my last scottish wedding was at Tylney Hall! I had the pleasure to visit Hayley at her beautiful home where she was getting ready and also had the pleasure of meeting her stunning kittys! I don’t think she’ll mind me saying this but if there is anything Hayley loves more than Steven is her gorgeous cats. Bridal prep was full of giggles and laughs as Hayley got ready with her bridesmaids. It was very clear that the whole day was going to be full of fun and laughter regardless of the gloomy weather outside.

Tylney Hall Wedding Photos

Hayley & Steven got married in the beautiful St Lawrence Church which is a short drive from their venue Tylney hall. The church itself is a beautiful one with a long aisle leading up to the altar. The ceremony was romantic and sentimental and Hayley and Steven looked picture perfect. The weather outside was heavy rain from the get go but this didn’t stop Hayley and Steven, so I organised the guests under their umbrellas for a stealth like confetti photo which definitely was a highlight!

That Epic Rain Photo!

As the evening party got going I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have a chance to get as many photos outside as I wanted due to the heavy rain all day so I swifty convinced Hayley and Steven to a “trust me” moment and pulled out all the stops to capture a night time rain photo. They both where over the moon with the result which gave me the confidence to try something on the creative side which involved the great hall and some off camera flash and killing the lights. Hayley and Steven where the perfect couple and I have to thank them whole heartly for being such great sports even in the rain. All of their friends and family made me feel so welcome and I have no doubt that these too will be making each other laugh for the rest of their time together.

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

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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 Millbridge court 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!

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

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