Hat Etiquette or what you should do with your hat during the wedding

July 18, 2017

wedding hat rulesRules about when and were to wear you hat during a wedding

As photographers we're expected to know loads about weddings, as we are part of the wedding all day, people will ask our advice about their speeches, how to tie a Cravat or Bow Tie, how to fix a button hole, which leg they should wear their garter on and what they should do with their hat. There are lots of traditions around the wearing of hats and while you can obviously choose to ignore these all the tradition is one of the things that makes weddings different and elevates them to that special place in our memories.  

While we are not complete experts in the wearing of hats these are the most common rules.



Your hat should not be bigger or more ostentatious than the Mother of the Brides.

You will normally wear your hat indoors, during the ceremony and photographs. It’s generally not a good idea to have something that is going to cast a large shadow across your face during the formal photos or catch the wind.

You should keep your hat on until the Mother of the Bride removers her own hat, if you are the Mother of the Bride you would normally remove your hat after the Wedding Breakfast.

If you want to accessories your hat ladies would normally add these to the left hand side.



Guys will generally wear a top hat and should observe the following,

Always remove your hat when talking to a lady, during the ceremony if outside, entering a building or during the formal group photographs.

When removing your hat make sure you keep the inside facing your body.

Jo and Bryans summer wedding at The Granary Fawsley

July 14, 2017

We had lots of discussion with Jo and Bryan about their motorbike themed wedding on the run up to their big day at the Granary. Sometimes people can struggle to expand their ideas to fill a large wedding venue but not in Jo and Bryan's case. The Granary look amazing and was packed with retro motorbikes, table centres made from motorbike bits, motorbike bunting, cocktail tables made from 50 gallon oil drums, a winners rostrum and inflatable trophies and champagne magnums.

The guys got ready at the Granary while Jo and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done at their hotel. We then kept Bryan busy while Jo was smuggled into the Granary before the guests started to arrive.

The ceremony room was packed to capacity for an emotional ceremony finished of with an emotional poem written and delivered by Jo. After the ceremony we went into some great group shots on the lawn and amazing couple shots in the meadows around the Granary, the weather, lighting and wild flowers couldn't have been any better.

Our day finished with some glorious sunset shots of Joe and Bryan perched on the hill side above the Granary and lit by the orange glow of the sun as it dipped below the horizon. 

Wedding reception venue surrounded by meadowsThe Granary Hotel Fawsley wedding barnView of the wedding barn and surrounding meadows at the Granary Fawsley Northamptonshire wedding reception with motorbike themeMotorbike themed wedding at the Granary FawsleyWedding Barn at the Granary Fawsley set out with motorbike themed wedding reception

Groom and best man at the Granary FawsleyGroom and best man pose with inflatable magnum of champagne Buttoning up brides dressBrides dress is buttoned up while she gets ready at the Granary Fawsley

Bride Groom and Best Man at the start of the wedding ceremonyBride and GroomJo and Bryan see each other for the first time on their wedding day in the ceremony room at the Granary Fawsley Bride and groom kiss in the foreground with friends and family in the backgroundJo and BryanJo and Bryan share a kiss at the end of an emotional wedding ceremony. Confetti thrown by friends and familyJo and Bryan are showed by confetti by friends and family on the lawn at the Granary Fawsley Northamptonshire Bride and groom hold hands as they walk away from the camera surrounded by Northamptonshire meadowBride and Groom in MeadowJo and Bryan walk through the wild flower meadow at the Granary Fawsley after their wedding ceremony. Bride and groom on hillside with wild flowersJo and Bryan overlooking the GranaryJo and Bryan overlook the Granary from the hill side meadow above the venue The wedding barn at the granary Jo and Bryan cut the cakeBride and groom cut the cake on the dance floor of the Granary while surrounded by their friends and family Bride and groom in sunset meadowBride and groom overlook Fawsley as the sun setsBride and groom embrace as the sun sets over the Granary Fawsley

Rachel and Lawrence's Spring Wedding at Crockwell Farm, Northamptonshire

May 25, 2017

 We originally photographed Rachel and Lawrence during their engagement shoot back in the winter. We had a great time on the day and knew they were going to be great to work with when the big day came round in April.

Bride and groom to be on their engagement shoot.Rachel and Lawrence on their engagement photo shootRachel and Lawrence in the grounds of Delapre Abby, Northampton during their pre wedding photography session. When the big day finally arrived Rachel and Lawrence had planed a rural Scottish themed wedding at Crockwell Farm which provided a suitably rustic back drop to the day.

Rachel and her three bridesmaids got ready at Crockwell while the Lawrence and the 2 Best Men spent the morning laying out hay bails and before getting ready away from the farm.

Everybody came together in the marquee hall chosen over the usual barn ceremony space due to the number of guests. The arrival of Rachel and the wedding party was announced by one of the guests who played the bagpipes as they walked down the aisle.

After the ceremony we managed to get outside in the sun for some great group shots in Crockwell's walled garden and some stunning couple shots out in the orchard.

For us the day finished late with a romantic night shot below the illuminated tree in front of the Crockwell farm house. We had a great time with Rachel and Lawrence and we were really pleased with their review on our facebook page.

"If only I could rate you guys 20 *s... Andrew and Zoe, thank you so much for becoming part of our day on the 15th April 2017. We could not have asked anything more from wedding photographers and you listened to what we wanted to the Nth degree! You made us feel so comfortable with the camera straight away and what a result! We can't thank you enough. Only the highest recommendations for these guys. What a team. All the best, Rachel and Lawrence Brown"  

Groom sets out hay bails at Crockwell Farm

Bride with bridesmaid buttoning the back of the wedding dress.Rachel the Bride gets ready at CrockwellThe bride and bridesmaids get ready in the cottage at Crockwell Farm in Northamptonshire. The Marquee Hall at Crockwell FarmThe Marquee room at Crockwell farm set out for a wedding service. Rachel Throwing the bouquetRachel throwing the bouquet to the bridesmaids Bride and groom in orchard surrounded by daffodilsRachel and Lawrence in the orchard at Crockwell Farm after the Ceremony Rachel and Lawrence under the large tree at Crockwell Farm

The Granary Hotel Wedding Fair, 23rd April 2017

April 06, 2017

We will be at the spring Wedding Fair at the Granary Hotel Fawsley on the 23rd April 2017. It's a great venue and we always enjoy working there.

The Granary Hotel Fawsley, Daventry NN11 3BU

You can see more details here http://www.granary-hotel.com/more/events/


The Granary Hotel, FawsleyThe Granary sign with the Northamptonshire countryside in the background.

Julie and Matt's Spring Wedding at Dodford Manor

April 05, 2017

Here's a few photos for Julie and Matt's spring wedding at Dodford Manor. Julie and the girls chose to spend the morning in the relaxed surroundings of the Staverton Hotel while the guys went for a 5km run around Daventry.

Everyone met up for an amazing ceremony and reception at Dodford Manor and we even managed to get some great shots of Julie and Matt with the spring lambs.

Here's Julie and Matt's feedback on the day,

"Zoe and Andrew have done such an amazing job at photographing our Wedding and we highly recommend them to anyone getting married. They work really well together and having two of them is such an advantage as they were able to capture us both getting ready in the morning and they could photograph from different angles throughout the day. They listened carefully to what we wanted from our photos and we are extremely pleased with the outcome. We are very grateful for the support that Zoe and Andrew gave us in the run up to our Wedding and on the day itself.

Thank you both so much!

Julie and Matt"

  Bride has makeup applied by makeup artistJulie the bride having her makeup doneJulie the bride getting here make up done at the Staverton Hotel prior to the wedding at Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire Bride having hair dressedJulie the bride having her hair doneJulie the bride having her hair done at the Staverton Hotel before her marriage to Matt at Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire Best man affixes button hole flower to grooms lapelGroom receives button holeMatt the groom has his button hole fixed by the best man Bridesmaids button up brides dressBridesmaids button up Julie's dressThe bridesmaids put the final touches to Julie's amazing dress before her marriage to Matt at Dodford Manor Bride walks down the aisle towards groom surround by friends and family at Dodford ManorJulie walks down the aisle with her FatherJulie walks down the aisle on the arm of her farther while Matt the groom looks on. Bride and Groom hold hands during their wedding ceremonyJulie and Matt during the ceremonyJulie and Matt are watched by their friends and family during the ceremony at Dodford Manor Groom places wedding ring on brides fingerMatt places the wedding ring on Julie's finger Julie and Matt are applauded by their familiesJulie and Matt are applauded by their friends and family at the end of the wedding ceremony at Dodford Manor Bride and groom embrace with spring lambs in the backgroundJulie and Matt and spring lambsJulie and Matt embrace surrounded by the spring lambs at Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire Spring lamb in foreground with bride and groom in backgroundSpring lamb at Dodford ManorSpring lamb at Dorford Manor with Julie and Matt in the background. Bride and Groom embrace while brides veil blows in the wind.Julie's veil blowing in the windJulie and Matt embrace as Julie's veil blows in the wind with the Northamptonshire countryside in the background. Groom laughs at best man's speechBest man's speech Julie and Matt during the best man's speech at Dodford Manor Bride and groom cut wedding cake in front of friends and familyJulie and Matt cut their wedding cakeJulie and Matt cut their amazing wedding cake surrounded by their friends and family at Dodford Manor Bride and groom share their first dance if front of friends and familyJulie and Matt's first danceJulie and Matt share their first dance as a married couple in front of their friends and family at Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire.

Sunset wedding photos at Dodford Manor Northamptonshire

February 18, 2017

Wedding photographer against sunset sky light with off camera flash Zoe setting up for sunset wedding photographs at Dodford ManorZoe setting up the off camera flash for sunset couple shots at Dodford Manor.

It was good to be back at Dodford Manor for the first time this year. It has great rural views and we were lucky enough to get a good sunset this time, here's a shot of Zoe setting up the lights before we coax the Bride and Groom out of the warm for some epic sunset shots.

Dodford Manor

Jane and Richard at Crockwell Farm

May 26, 2016

Rather than us tell you about Jane and Richards amazing day at Crockwell Farm we thought you might want to read Jane and Richards review instead.


"We can't recommend Vivid Art enough to any couple looking for a wedding photographer. They organised meetings beforehand to made sure that they knew exactly the shots we wanted.

During the day, they blended in with our guests taking the photos discussed, but also impromptu photos which captured the essence of the day. The images before the wedding were fantastic, even those on the muddy dog walk and in the pub! Zoe went beyond to call of duty to help sort out bridal problems which had arisen on the day. Nothing was too much trouble! They both only went home once they were happy that all possible images had been taken.

We were delighted with all 500 images; there was so much variety and people are continuing to comment about how good the pictures were. We particularly loved the night shots and those in light writing.

Thank you so much Vivid Art for capturing our day perfectly!"

Richard the Groom shares a cup of tea with Indie the dog Jane the Bride opens the Champagne with her dad. Richard and Indie out for a ride before getting ready. Richard getting readyRichard gets his new bespoke Donegal tweed suit on. Richards new shoes Richard at the pub on the way to Crockwell Farm. Jane getting ready at Crockwell Farm The Rings Jane getting ready at Crockwell Farm Jane and Richard come together for the ceremony at Crockwell Farm Exchange of rings It's official nowJane shows of their new marriage certificate Jane and Richard take a walk around the grounds of Crockwell Farm Jane and Richard's first dance Light painting in the evening

John & Laura's wedding on the Guides for Brides Website

May 09, 2016

Following on from Laura and John's engagement shoot below we were please to see our photos of their amazing day at Dodmoor House featured on the Guides for Brides website. http://www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/real-weddings/laura-and-john-floral-daydream/ 

Laura and John kiss during their ceremony at Dodmoor House Laura and John take a walk in the grounds of Dodmoor House following their Ceremony.


Erin & Mikes Spring Wedding at the Grannary Fawsley

May 09, 2016

Here's a few shots from Erin and Mike's amazing wedding day at the Granary in Fawsley. The weather on the run up was the usual cold bleak February fair and the forecast for the day wasn't much better. On the day though the rain dried up and the sun came out briefly, it was really cold but we managed to warm Erin and Mike up with some fill flash and Orange filters to make it all look a bit more spring like. Erin and the bridesmaids look stunning and the guys looked pretty decent in their made to measure Savile Row suits. The Orange ties and bridesmaids bouquets really brought a pop of spring colour to the photos. 

Bride at Hairdressers in NorthamptonBride at the Hairdressers Photograph of the bride getting ready at the hairdressers before the wedding


Brides wedding dress hanging in windowBrides and Bridesmaids dressesPhotograph of the brides dress hanging with the bridesmaids dresses and shoes


Groom and best man putting on their Orange ties before the wedding.Groom and Best Man get readyPhoto of the Groom and Best Man putting on their orange ties


Best man hands groom a tissue as they wait for the bride to arrive.Groom and Best Man before the bride arrivesGroom and best man awaiting the arrival of the Bride at the Granary Fawsley


The bride and groom see each other for the first time on there wedding day surrounded by the Best Man and her FatherThe bride arrivesThe bride and her father arrive for the ceremony at the Granary Fawsley

Bride and Groom kiss during their wedding ceremony surrounded by their friends and family Bride and Groom KissThe bride and groom share a kiss during their ceremony at the Granary Fawsley

The bridge and groom signing the register with their witnessesBride and Groom sign the registerThe bride and groom sign the register during their ceremony at the Granary Fawsley

Bride and groom embrace on the Lakeside at FawsleyBride and GroomThe bride and groom embrace on the lakeside watched by the swans.


Bride and Groom in front of their vintage wedding car in Northamptonshire Bride and Groom embrace in front of their vintage Rolls RoyceThe Bride and Groom share an embrace in front of their vintage Rolls Royce of their ceremony at the Granary Fawsley These shots were taken a couple of miles from thee Granary easy to get to, especially if you have vintage Rolls Royce at your disposal. 


Cutting the wedding cakeBride and Groom cut the cake at their wedding in Fawsley Northamptonshire

Bride and groom have their first dance Black and WhiteBride and Groom first DanceThe Bride and Groom share their first dance together as a married couple after their ceremony and wedding breakfast at the Granary Fawsley.


Have you thought about an engagement photo shoot

January 03, 2016

We are really conscious that some couples can be nervous about the thought of being photographed during their weddings. One of the reasons we like to photograph our couples getting ready on the day of the ceremony is so they get used to being photographed, then as they day develops they become more relaxed about being photographed, often to the point where they forget we are there. This always helps us to get the great natural relaxed photos we like.

Another way to reduce any photography nerves is to have an engagement photo shoot, by having a pre-wedding shoot you will get good feel for the way we work and what it will be like on the day. These sessions also help us as it gives us a chance to see you as a couple, see how we can get you to relax and what type of angles and lighting will work best for you on the big day.

A pre-wedding shoot normally last a couple of hours and can be at a location that means something to you or a location we think will work for the style of photography you want.

Here's a few shots from Laura and John's recent shoot in Northampton.

Black and white engagement shot of couple kissingEngagement Shoot in NorthamptonPhotography of the wedding couple in an urban setting during their engagement shoot in Northampton Engaged Couple photographed in front of stable door in NorthamptonshireEngagement photo of Laura and John in Northamptonshire Pre wedding shot of couple in front of stable door taken in Northamptonshire Groom on bended Knee prosing to his partnerPre wedding photo shoot in NorthamptonshirePhoto of the groom proposing to the bride to be in Northampton.

Laura and John are a fantastic couple to work with and we all had a great time at the photo shoot. We are really looking forward to seeing them again at there wedding in February.



What Northamptonshire Wedding Venues do we work at

October 07, 2015

We're often asked which of Northamptonshire's main wedding venues we've worked at, so we've had a quick think and tried to remember all of the fantastic stately homes and country house hotels we have worked at over the past couple of years and have come up with the following list,

Barton Hall, Kettering

Brampton Grange, Chapel Brampton

Canons Ashby, Daventry

The Church Restaurant, Northampton

Collingtree Golf Club

Crockwell Farm

Dodmoor House

Fawsley Hall

The Granery, Fawsley

Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel, Daventry

Highgate House

Holdenby House

Hothorpe Hall

The Hunsbury Hill Center, Northampton

Kelmarsh Hall

Kettering Park Hotel

Lamport Hall

Newton Park Farm, Newton Blosomville

The Marriott Hotel, Northampton

Plum Park, Towcester

Rushton Hall

Sywell Grange

The Swan Hotel, Bedford

Whately Hall, Banbury

Whittlebury Park 

We've worked at most off these a few times photographing both wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions and this list is constantly growing. We understand that most couples normally start their plans for there big day by booking a wedding venue and working from there. If we can help with that decision, we're always happy to give our own opinions about any of these venues. Don't forget when you are booking a venue that some are good all year round but some more seasonal venues. Obviously the majority of our feedback will be based on how good the venue is a photographic location and how well we've worked with the staff. We don't tend to have much to say about the food as we don't normally get time to eat, although we do have fairly strong opinions on the quality of their Cappuccino's.

Cappuccino on dark wood table at wedding venueCappuccino from a Northamptonshire Wedding Venue Photograph of a nice Cappuccino captured during a break in photography at a Northamptonshire wedding venue  


The Orangery at Barton Hall in Northamptonshire

June 29, 2015

One of our first weddings this year was at Barton Hall in Kettering. We love working at Barton Hall as it’s such a great venue for photography. The grounds are well kept with a variety of  locations for group and couple shots that work all though the day to the all important romantic sunset shots.

The space used for the wedding breakfasts is well lit with a nice high ceiling allowing us to create great images of the speeches first dance and cake cutting. Although one of the best bits of the venue is without doubt the Orangery, used for the wedding ceremony. The Orangery is Grade 1 listed and was constructed in the late 18th Century and features French doors on three sides and the amazing glazed domes to the roof. All that glazing gives the ceremony room an amazing light. Whatever the weather or time of day your shots of the wedding ceremony will always be beautifully lit.

Nobody likes talk about the possibility of bad weather on their wedding day but as professionals we have to have a backup plan for that just in case and the Orangery makes a really effective location for those bad weather group and couple shots.

Here are few photos from Sarah and Andy’s wedding at Barton Hall in Northamptonshire so you can see how the Orangery can feature.

View of the Orangery at Barton Hal Northamptonshire bathed in spring sunshine before Sarah and Andys wedding. The Orangery at Barton Hall, NorthamptonshireThe Orangery at Barton Hall bathed in sunlight before the Wedding of Sarah and Andy
Black and white image showing the fantastic natural light in the Orangery at Barton HallThe Groom and Best Man wait for the Bride to arrive.The Groom and Best Man await the arrival of the Bride at their wedding in the Orangery at Barton Hall.
View down the isle of the Orangery Barton Hall as the Flower Girls arrive.The Flower Girls ArriveThe wedding Party turns to see the arrival of the wedding party at the Orangery, Barton Hall
Wedding couple in spring sunshine in front of the Orangery Barton HallThe wedding couple in front of the Orangery, Barton Hall.Image of the Bride and Groom bathed in spring sunshine as the walk in front the Orangery at Barton Hall.
Confetti ShotThe bride and groom are showered by confetti by guests on the steps of Barton Hall, Northamptonshire
Classic Black and White couple photography of the bride and groom in front of the Orangery Barton HallBride and groom in front of the OrangeryThe bride and groom pose for this black and white photograph in front of the Orangery Barton hall
Function room at Barton Hall set out for a wedding breakfast.Wedding Breakfast room at Barton Hall.The nicely lit interior space of wedding breakfast room at Barton Hall, Barton Seagrave, Northamptonshire.
First dance following the ceremony at Barton HallCouples first DanceThe Bride and Groom enjoy their first dance as a married couple following their ceremony at Barton Hall


Zoe and Andrew photograph a Northamtonshire wedding with less than 48hrs notice

March 26, 2014

We had an emergency call on Wednesday last week asking if we could photograph a couple’s ceremony because their booked photographer had broken his arm and had to pull out 2 days before the wedding. We hate the thought of someone not having great photos of their special day so we managed to reschedule some jobs and met up with the couple in Northampton to see how we could help.

All went well and we photographed their wedding the following day and the happy couple got the great photos they wanted.

We do get a few calls like this every year which really highlight one of the problems with employing a single photographer, through no fault of their own they may have to cancel at very short notice. Sometimes we can help but often we can’t because of the commitments we already have.  

When you engage us as your photographers things are slightly different because each one could cover for the other if something like this happened and you wouldn’t be left in the position of being without a photographer 2 days before your big day.



Zoe gets her MA in Fine Art Photography

November 18, 2013

Congratulations to Zoe on the recent award of her Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Fine Art Photography and Design. Zoe studied the 2 year course following on from her Degree in Photographic Practice. 

As well as working as a freelance photographer Zoe now teaches Photography to students on the Media studies & Journalism BA(Hons) and works as a Research Co-ordinator in the School of the Arts at The University of Northampton.

Laura and Steve's Wedding in Buckinghamshire

November 05, 2013

Here's a few photos from Laura and Steve's wedding in  in Buckinghamshire.  The Church ceremony was followed by trip in a vintage VW camper for the Bride and Groom and a short walk across the fields and over the hill for the guests. The reception was held in their fantastic marque in the grounds of a country house. Drinks were served to the music of a steel band while the kids played games in the grounds of the house.

We finished the day with a fantastic sunset shoot at on top of a hill overlooking Buckinghamshire followed by a mad photo booth session with Laura and Steve' props.

To tie in with Laura's vintage theme we also processed our photographs with some vintage colours and themes.

There was so much to fit into the day that time for group photographs was limited, we wanted to get the most out of the great setting and weather though. So as I photographed Laura and Steve in front of the Church Zoe accompanied the guests back to the reception to get ready for the Group shots.

By working as a team our approach allowed Laura and Steve's day to run smoothly and Zoe grabbed some great shots of the guests and scenery on the way.

The first dance in front of their family and friends.
 The start of a fairly outrageous photo booth session for all Laura and Steve's guests.


A Great day was followed by some great feedback from Laura and Steve

Andrew and Zoe,

A huge thank you to you both! We absolutely adore all the photos and can’t wait to share them all with our friends and family, who I know will be keen to have copies from you. You were both extremely helpful and friendly and many of our guests commented on how professional yet easy going you were. Zoe, thank you for all your help the morning of the wedding as well- your duties extended further than a photographer! There are so many amazing photos, I can’t stop looking at them, the backdrops you selected work so well and really show off the beautiful venue and all its uniqueness.

We are also really looking forward to receiving the photo book that you will design for us, as we love the style of your photographs and the way you are able to incorporate all the special moments.

I have already and will continue to recommend you both to anyone friends or family looking for a photographer. 

Many thanks

Laura and Stephen, Milton Keynes.