Leanne and Ross at Hunsburry Hill

September 08, 2017

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.


Nicola and Philip at the Granary Hotel, Fawsley

August 21, 2017

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sophie and Scott at Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire

August 08, 2017

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.

We made use of the great light that afternoon and took Sophie and Scott for a walk along the canal for some stunning couple shots.

The wedding breakfast was followed by a riotous best mans speech all at Scott’s expense.

The day finished with one of the best ever stag shots as the guys threw Scott high into the air only just manageing to catch him on the way back down.  

Bride and Bridesmaids get ready in the morning

Groom fits best man's cufflinks Groom and Best Men fit their cravats

Bridesmaid and makeup artist Bride opens the champagne Bridesmaids are ready for the ceremony at Dodmoor House The ceremony room at Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire

The bride just before the ceremony Bride and farther of the bride as they enter the ceremony room at Dodmoor House The wedding rings

The Bride and Groom are showered with confetti at Dodmoor House The group shots at Dodmoor House The Groom carried by the bridesmaids Bride and Groom walk along the canal tow path at Dodmoor House Bride and Groom take their first dance together at Dodmoor House The Hen Party sat on the courtyard steps at Dodmoor House Groom thrown into the air by the Stags


Wedding Day Winners BBC Game Show

July 27, 2017

married couple

Are you engaged?

Would you and your friends and family be up for fun challenges to give you the wedding day of your dreams?

Wedding Day Winners (working title) is a brand new Saturday night entertainment show. Each show will see two couples take part on their wedding day. Before they say "I do" their friends and family must compete in a series of games to win prizes on their behalf. Each couple then go head-to-head for a chance to win a luxurious honeymoon. Once the games have finished it’s time for each couple to celebrate at their own wedding reception.

We're looking for engaged couples who are interested in taking part.

Wedding Day Winners (working title) is produced for the BBC by Panda Television

To apply

Age Limit : Applicants must be 18 years of age and over.

To apply please complete the online application form below or email us for more information.

Application Online

Fill in the online application form.

Email address: couples@pandatv.co.uk

Closing date : Monday 31st July


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.

 

Ladies

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.

 

Gentlemen

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