Scouting out the venues

Wedding days fly by, and so it’s really important to me that I visit the venues before hand and assess where we might do some portraits and group shots. I want to make sure that on your wedding day I take as little time as possible, away from your time with each other and your guests. Scouting out the venue makes this possible, as I then know where to steer everyone for the best photo’s given the light, weather and dresses/shoes etc. This is one of the reasons you pay for a professional photographer.

Ella and Lloyds Wedding at Kingsthorpe Lodge Barn in Oundle

Ella and Lloyd had a totally amazing outdoor Wedding. It was a beautiful sunny day and they exchanged their vows looking across the countryside with their guests on hay bales. The ceremony was very moving and shared by their family and friends with a reception in a rustic but totally beautiful barn and the evening ending with a band and everyone dancing the night away. Ella said to me “We loved our experience with Esther. From start to finish she was reliable, professional and we loved the outcome of our pictures. I wanted a natural and relaxed day, and Esther fitted with that so well. She captured what was important without imposing and she was a joy to have with us for our special day. We would highly recommend her for any occasion.”

Therese's Special Birthday Party at the Belfry Hotel and Golf Resort in Sutton Coldfield

Therese held her birthday party at the Belfry near Birmingham. The party was for family and friends and she wanted to capture both groups and ad hoc moments during the evening. Photographing in these conditions is always fun and my favourite pictures are the natural and unexpected ones. My photographs capture the tears and laughter through out the event especially when her sister from New Zealand arrived as a surprise - she’d not seen her in several years so it was a very emotional reunion.

Yvonne and David's Wedding at Epsom Race Course

Yvonne and David got married on the 6th October 2018 in Epsom. It was a really happy and joyful wedding with everyone joining in the celebration. The whole wedding day was relaxed and intimate as Yvonne and David had thought of everything to make their special day the most wonderful experience for all involved. It started with a horse drawn carriage ride to the church in Taplow, a very moving and beautiful church service, followed by a fun reception at Epsom Racecourse - with a steel band, harpist and brilliant DJ to entertain everyone. Yvonne looked beautiful in her timeless wedding dress and she’d especially chosen the flowers and table decorations to give a creative and timeless feel to the wedding.

Keely and Toby's Wedding at Lord's Cricket Ground in Central London

After seeing their photographs Toby wrote “Photos look amazing - we are both thrilled to bits!”. Keely and Toby's wedding occurred at Lords Cricket Ground in London on the 4th August 2018.  It was a wonderful celebration of their love for each other shared with family and friends.  The wedding ceremony was very moving and a little funny when the best man had to search for the rings in all his pockets (he did find them eventually), champagne and canapes were served in one of the Pavilion Towers which gave everyone a fantastic view of the Marylebone Cricket Club ground, and the speeches were very emotional and very special.  All in all a truly beautiful, natural, fun and yet intimate wedding.

Suzy and Ed's Wedding at St Anne's Manor Hotel in Wokingham

Suzy and Ed got married on a warm sunny summers days at St Anne's Manor in Wokingham.  It was the 23rd of June 2018 and the wedding ceremony occurred at 3pm.  The day was relaxed, happy and informal and everyone I spoke to said how wonderful it was to be able to celebrate with the happy couple.  There were four bridesmaids, three groomsmen and over a 100 guests to join Suzy and Ed in marking their commitment to each other.  The wedding had a timeless feel and using my documentary style I was able to capture all the special moments for Ed and Suzy to enjoy for years to come.