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.

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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!

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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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bride and groom gazing into each others eyes in a wheat field in wotton house wedding

Wotton House Wedding - Justine + Rob's stunning wedding

Wotton House wedding

For my first time at a Wotton House wedding, what a treat! Justine and Rob put their wedding photos at the heart of their day, and did everything in their power to ensure spectacular coverage. They booked an engagement session with me too, which we shot in midst of London's South Bank Christmas market - check it out here. I knew then that their wedding was going to be a wow one.

Romance at the heart of it all

Justine and Rob first met through mutual friends. Robb's proposal was a surprise, jetting them both to Nice in France and popping the question with a French backdrop. The height of romance. This matched the venue they booked for their big day - full of style, elegance and European influences with the Roman temple the ceremony took place under. With vast amounts of space and plenty to see and do I was spoilt for choice with locations for photographs.

Blush pink was the colour theme, which echoed across the table decor and the bridesmaid dresses. Bridal preparation was surprisingly calm with many giggles between the ladies, in particular the cute as a button flower girl! The ceremony went swiftly, as it was so hot everyone was melting in the English heat wave - the weather was more like Rome than Surrey. Rather fitting considering the Roman temple Wotton House hotel has. 

Wotton House wedding photographer

Rob turned up in a cool vintage Mercedes car, looking rather dapper in his sunglasses and finery. The guys were heroes - they looked incredible in their matching blue tweed suits and waistcoats - it must have been warm under there! At least they could take jackets off later on. Justine's stunning lace dress looked immaculate all day long and I'm pretty sure she would have struggled.

Can you keep a secret?

Portraits were great fun, as we went all around the grounds. This was fantastic for me as I had so many wonderful options for backdrops. I had noticed on the way into the venue up the long winding road which leads up to Wotton House Hotel, at the beginning there were wheat fields either side... Here is where we need to keep a secret. This isn't owned by the venue, but Justine and Rob really wanted to have some photos in the field. Now, the barb wire fence may have been an obstacle for most, never mind Justine in her wedding dress. However, one blanket later we all jumped over to take some stunning sunset photos. As we were leaving, we noticed a farmer come out of his house - I hope he was wanting to wish the happy couple a hearty congratulations and not tell us off. May I add, we were very respectful of where we stood!

Back to the Wotton House Hotel party!

Once we returned, the evening guests were arriving and the disco was gearing up to go. With a few moments to cut the cake and a little longer for a romantic first dance, everyone filled the dance floor to the late hours. Just before I left, this Wotton House wedding photographer managed to convince (hardly needed, these two wouldn't be out of place in an adventure film) Justine and Rob to climb the 160 steps which leads above the Roman temple. Overlooking the venue, the sky was incredibly clear and we captured some awesome night time portraits. These were some stunning final images to end a perfect day. That's what I loved so much about this couple, they were up for anything and we got some killer shots to treasure for a lifetime because of it.

Vendors

Flowers: Flowers by Elaine

DJ: Queue The Audio

Cake : Lucy Lou Cakes

Dress: Dando London

Chair covers: Ether Events

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