Gorcott Hall ~ Helen & Lee (part 1)

On the 31st March I made my way to Gorcott Hall

to photograph the wedding of Helen & Lee

I’d met Helen through Louis Howard, who had previously photographed Helen & Lee’s dog, Paddy. Louis is a dear friend of mine and photographer of bumps, babies, doggies and Fine art portraiture, you can see more of her work here

Louis had recommended me to Helen & Lee as a wedding photographer and I suggested she join me as second photographer on the day.

We met early and took around the venue to get an idea of the best areas for couple portraits etc. We were given a very much needed cup of tea and we had a catch up and gossip before we went to find Helen to capture her Bride prep.

Make-up by Claire Bache

Whilst Helen had her hair and make-up done, Louis and I photographed THAT DRESS and a few details…

 

Helen had her friends and family around her on her wedding morning…including her baby dog, Paddy the Schnauzer!

The time ran away with us and it was time for Helen to get into her beautiful wedding dress…

I adore this picture, Helen’s flower girl… looking at her adoringly ‘when I grow up…’

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Helen’s Mum helped to fasten the dress whilst Claire added the finishing touches to Helen’s make-up

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Time to head downstairs to see Dad, and to wait for the registra…

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Meanwhile Lee was having a giggle with his best man…

part 2 coming soon….

The Mill Barns, Alvery ~ Emma & John (part 2)

 

The doors swung open and Dylan and Joel ran up the isle towards their Dad, John. Each carrying a balloon. They looked so happy and excited to see their parents were about to marry.

Emma looked simply stunning, led down the isle by her proud Dad,

 

As Mum and Dad made their vows in-front of close friends and family, Dylan and Joel played, unfazed by it all…

 

The Mill Barns is a perfect venue come rain, shine or SNOW! Just as the I do’s were being said, it began to fall, heavily. In-front of the most beautiful floral arch supplied by Lilberts Event Hire, Emma & John were married.

 

In the words of Emma from the day, its was time for ‘the party’!

 

The details were beautiful,  impeccable styling….THAT CAKE!

 

Time to take their seats for the speeches, including a touching Bridesmaids speech by Emma’s best friends. Followed by a quirky serve yourself carvery wedding breakfast, with chef hats and aprons for a man of each table!

 

A few shots of the awesome carvery and then I went on my break, leaving the men hard at work, carving!

 

Time for some shoots of this gorgeous couple…

 

Let’s cut that amazing cake….

 

Time for my favourite part… the First Dance… I am always an emotional wreck at this point!

 

Party time!

 

Finally, reception time when everyone can let their hair down! The end of a totally perfect day. Thank you to Emma & John for letting me be a part of it. I wish them all the best for their life together xxx

 

The Mill Barns, Alverly ~ Emma & John (part 1)

On a very cold and Wintery Saturday 17th March, I made my way to Alverly and to The Mill Barns

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Emma & John were due to marry, expecting maybe a Spring like wedding when booked for March, it had in-fact been snowing! Therefore we spent the majority of the day (quite sensibly) inside. Thankfully Mill Barns is one of the newest and most beautiful venues I have ever photographed. So much beautiful light floods the main ceremony room and again in the reception room. I was totally spoilt light wise.

First on the agenda was of course Bride prep with Make-up by Chloe McCall  with Emma her Mum, Carol and her wonderful friends who all made for a very enjoyable morning full of laughs.

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But first I have to tell you that Carol Gregory, Emma’s Mum actually made all the dresses including of course, the AMAZING wedding gown and the waistcoats for John and their two adorable boys…. find more of her work on Instagram here

 

 

 

Lets not forget about John, Joel and Dylan!

 

 

The morning went so fast..it was time to get the dress on, final make-up touch ups before Dad arrives…

 

 

Time to go… one flight of stairs, which showed off Emma’s gorgeous handmade dress…

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(part 2 coming soon…)

City Wedding – Laura & Gav (part 2)

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It has been a few months since my last blog – the first part of Laura & Gav’s day. I thought it was about time I got stuck into sharing some images again.

Following the beautiful and emotional ceremony at St Peter’s Church in Harborne, the party was about to start…with non other than a trip through Birmingham on a Midland Red bus!

Hanging on on for dear life I managed to capture a bit of the fun of frolics…and the singing!

We made our way into Birmingham to ‘BANK’ where a cool glass of prosecco was greatly appreciated by Laura & Gav on such a bright and beautiful day. Whilst their guests made their way to their private balcony venue area I managed to steal the couple away,  glasses in hand…along the Canal tow path for some couple shots.

back at BANK (Brindley Place, Birmingham) the drinks reception was in full swing,

Mojitos were going down a storm in the sunshine and I even broke my golden rule of never drinking anything but water whilst working…they did insist! (and I did only have one!)

Laura & Gav were announced and welcomed into their wedding breakfast, after speeches I left them to enjoy their meal.

It wasn’t long before we were piled onto the bus once again and heading towards Snobs the nightclub where Gav is the resident DJ…

what followed was one of the most fun reception parties I have ever had the pleasure of attending…a school disco vibe, smoke machines, confetti canons, fun and dancing. A perfect end to a perfect day….

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City Wedding – Laura & Gav (part1)

July seems so long ago now, back when the weather was nice, the sun was shining and wedding photographers run around all day wishing they had an IV drip of Pimms!

In July I was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of Laura & Gav. One of the most chilled out couples I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I had photographed them (and their amazing dog Percy) prior to the wedding on a couple shoot which I do for all of my couples. They chose one of the most interesting backdrops for their images which also gives you some insight into the ‘cool couple’ impression I always get from them! The Custard Factory Birmingham.

I have known Laura and Gavin for  couple of years as they live just around the corner from me in Bearwood, Birmingham. They have been customers at our family shop (gift & gardening) since moving to the area. As soon as I was introduced to Percy the sausage dog I was smitten… and realised they were, like me ‘dog parents’.

 

So when they approached me to photograph their wedding I was over the moon!

Bride prep for Laura was with Make-up and hair by Gemma at Salon G in Bearwood, just a stones throw from her house, family and friends filled the Salon, getting ready, the prosecco was flowing, bacon sarnies were provided by the salon owner, Gemma…and were a God send!

Gifts were cooed over and cried on by Laura who by this point, had realised it was her wedding day and the love from all her closest friends was obvious for us all to see.

Laura’s make-up was beautifully applied by MUA, Gemma Howard-Masters, eye lashes secured – then it was across the road and back home to see Percy before heading to  church in Harborne.

Beautiful Bride Laura arrived in my favourite car, a fabulous Morris Minor!

The service was held at St Peter’s Church, a very impressive Grade 2 listed Victorian building.

part two of Laura & Gav’s wedding coming soon….

Dudley Register Office Wedding – Mandy & Craig

A very sunny day back in June, I had the absolute pleasure of capturing the wedding ceremony of Mandy & Craig at Dudley Register Office.

 

Mandy & Craig are simply made for each other, so warm and fun loving…and both with a passion for all things Jack Daniels!

 

Surrounded by family and friends they were married in front of a beautiful window casting perfect light over both of them.

Once outside, the sun beamed down for the photographs. I captured a few images of family and friends,

 

Group shots are a must on every wedding and Mandy & Craig’s family made it run really smoothly!

 

Lastly on my list for the day were some images for the couple before they headed off to join their guests at their reception…we turned to the Priory Ruins and Priory Garden for the shots.

It was a pleasure to photograph Mandy & Craig’s ceremony for them and since the wedding they have become friends of mine. Love’em to bits! Sam x

Warley Woods, perfect studio…

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When I decided to launch my photography business I had no idea what my niche would or could be. I knew I loved to photograph people after spending so much time learning about photography and taking part in photoshoots at Fotofilia Studios in Birmingham.

I knew I had to do something different to ‘studio based model photoshoots’ not having a studio of my own or the very expensive lighting equipment at the time. I began to use my local woods, Warley Woods to photograph product or for my various ‘fun shoots’ with local collaborators Make-up and Hair by Gemma and Hannah belle Hair Accessories.

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Collette Waudby Jewellery Shoot. MUA Make-up and Hair by Gemma. Model Hannah Davis.

Warley Woods is a stunning open space, meadow, woodland, wilderness, originally designed by Humphry Repton, opened to the public in 1906 Warley Woods is the very heart of Bearwood (Smethwick) life. Maintained by a board of Trustees and supported through charitable donations, the area would be at a loss without it.

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One of my favourite images from my Family portrait sessions.

Purely by accident I stumbled upon my niche… after posting some images I had taken in the Woods from various fun shoots, I was asked to photograph a family, using the Woods as the studio. It was fantastic! Once the family kindly shared the images, Facebook did its thang… and boom ‘Rose and Rainbow Warley Woods Family Photoshoots’ were the mainstay of my new little business.

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All sorts of interesting trees means that no two shoots are the same…

From Spring until Autumn I could often be seen stalking the woods with my camera with parents and children..coaxing with bribes such as ‘one more photo then we will be at the play equipment’ (always works that one)

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Natural light is timeless.

I decided to donate £10 from every Family shoot taken in Warley Woods, as mentioned they rely on Charitable donations to keep the Woods looking as good as they do. My families all love the Woods, which is why they choose to have their portraits taken there. I think part of the reason I get booked is because I recognise that its only right that if the Woods is helping me make a living, it should get a donation.

So its with a great big thank you to Warley Woods for being so beautiful and just up the road from me and for giving me my ‘niche’. With a diary full of bookings for Spring 2017, I can’t wait to get started!

If you are interested in booking a shoot with me please email me at roseandrainbow@yahoo.co.uk or DM me at my Facebook Page Rose and Rainbow Photography