Here are a few shots from Jenny and Dan's big day at the Kettering Park Hotel, Kettering.
Jenny started getting ready at her parents house and they were really excited, Jenny's mum had even gone to the trouble of decorating the house for the big day. Jenny, her sisters, mum and step dad, had some great laughs as they spent time decorating the car for the trip to the venue.
The guy's started the day with a trip to Frankie and Bennys for large fry ups before heading over to the Kettering Park Hotel to get ready. I love these breakfast shoots the staff and customers normally think we are on some sort of celebrity shoot and they spend all their time trying to work out who the guys are. After breakfast we headed back to the hotel to get ready.
Kettering Park Hotel looked great and Jenny and Dan had taken the brave decision of going for an outdoor ceremony. The dry weather just held on and they had a magical ceremony before some great confetti shots and traditional group shots in the grounds of the hotel.
We brought Jenny and Dan out in the afternoon for a walk round the hotel grounds and the chance to have a few quiet moments and capture some romantic couple shots.
The wedding breakfast was followed up with some great speeches by the Father of the Bride and Best Man. We then asked Jenny and Dan to pose for a couple of shots on the stair at Kettering Park. This spot looks great but we always have to spend time rolling up carpets and moving furniture to get the best effect, furniture moving is a regular part of being a wedding photographer.
Here are a few photos from Suzanne and David's amazing day at Crockwell Farm in Northamptonshire.
David and the stag party started of the morning with a session of tank driving and a tour of the armoury at Tanks a Lot located a few miles from Crockwell Farm it was a great place to spend the morning. The guys were really absorbed by the muck and bullets and it turned out to be a great way of reducing nerves and allowing a bit of unwinding before the day ahead. Suzanne and the girls had a much more traditional morning getting ready in the cottage at Crockwell Farm leaving them with a short walk to the ceremony.
Suzanne looked amazing as she walked down the aisle, the beautiful ceremony finished with a couple of emotional readings that left hardly a dry eye amongst the guests.
After the ceremony we took Suzanne and David out for some relaxed shots in the grounds. We always like working at Crockwell Farm as it has loads of different locations and views of the surrounding countryside.
The wedding breakfast was held in the Barn Marquee followed by some hilarious speeches. After the toasts Erin, Amelia and other members of their matching band entertained guest with a couple of numbers.
As the evening went on guest amused themselves with lawn games in front of the farm house as we finished off with the fast dance and some night shots of Suzanne and David under the fairy light at the front of the farm.
Megan and Dave work all over the world and Dave was so difficult to track down that we only met him for the first time on the day of the wedding.
Dave and Adam spent all night blowing up the massive balloon stacks which, combined with a huge illuminated heart, the fairy lights and up lighters made the ceremony room at the Northampton Marriott look amazing. Megan and Dave both got ready in the hotel and we carefully shepherded them around to make sure they didn’t meet before the ceremony. Megan and Dave had matching outfits and amazing shoes. Megan went with traditional white with the non traditional coloured butterflies while Dave went with the non traditional Saturday Night Fever inspired tailor maid white suit.
After the ceremony we managed to capture a few group shots under an amazing black sky before the heavens opened and we all had to run for cover. When the rain had stopped the same angry sky made for some stunning couple shots of Megan and Dave. After the first dance the party went on long into the night.
Here are a few shots from Leanne and Ross's magical day at the Hunsburry Hill Centre. They had a beautify ceremony finished of by some heartfelt words by Leanne's Nan.
The weather was perfect allowing people to make good use of the lawn games before the wedding breakfast. The room looked amazing showing of all Leanne's hard work and attention to detail. The wedding breakfast finished of with a riotous Best Man's speech by Kier.
This great day finished off with some vivid sunset overlooking the valley.
Here are a few shots from Nicola, Philip and Matha's special day at he Granary Hotel in Fawsley.
The girls started the day with hair and make up, while the guys had a more relaxed start with a traditional fry up at Bartella’s in Northampton. Philip and his best men where then ready, suited and at the Cathedral in good time to meet the guests. Nicola was wafted to the ceremony in a vintage Silver Rolls Royce, and arrived fashionably late as expected. Following the beautiful ceremony at Saint Thomas the wedding party moved on to the Granary in Fawsley, the good weather allowed everyone to put the new converted horsebox Prosecco bar to good use.
The picturesque landscape around the Granary is an amazing photography location with long views in all directions and after a short walk up the hillside we captured some great shots of Nicola and Philip. One of our favourites' shows Nicola's epic veil setting off across the field on its own, before being chased down by Zoe.
The guests then settled down to the Wedding Breakfast and speeches finishing off with a double act by Oliver and Tom. The day finished off with some rowdy bouquet catching and some relaxed sunset shots on the hillside over looking the Granary.
Here are a few photographs from Sophie and Scott’s amazing summer wedding at Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire. We got to know Sophie and Scott after photographing some of their friends weddings in the past, and it was great to catch up with Kerry and Lee and Davinia and James again.
After an emotional ceremony we had group shots on the lawn as people enjoyed a drink in the summer sunshine. While we captured the groups, guests were entertained with lawn games and an excellent Caricaturist.
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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.
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.
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.
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 photograph
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/
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"
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.
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!"
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/