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Geoff Kirby Photography

Some of Geoff’s favourite images from the past year.

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Liz and Stu’s Doddington Hall Real Wedding | Chris Snowden Photography

Liz And Stu’s Doddington Hall Real Wedding | Chris Snowden Photography

A love of Lego and the most beautiful of flowers

Doddington Hall was the perfect backdrop to the wedding of Liz and Stu photographed by Chris Snowden Photography.

How did you meet – tell us a little about yourselves?

We knew each other through mutual friends for a few years before we started dating. Eventually, after some not-so-subtle matchmaking, we finally got together – and thanks to our friend for locking us out of the house and leaving us in the garden until we finally kissed!

How did Stu propose?

Stu surprised me for my birthday with a trip to London. I had no idea where we were going until we were in the car heading South. He’d booked a meal and tickets to see the Lion King. The next morning, during a romantic walk in Kensington Gardens, he got down on one knee and presented me with the most beautiful engagement ring. I’d said yes before he finished asking the question!

How did you find the wedding planning process?

I’ve been lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for four of my friends – who all ended up being my bridesmaids too! This had given me a good idea of what was involved in planning a wedding. As a groom, Stu was very involved as well and we made all the decisions together. Luckily we have similar tastes so we didn’t really disagree on anything – although he did have to stop me going over the top on numerous occasions! It’s very easy to get carried away. I’m a project manager so I had lots of spreadsheets and was quite organised. 

What was the inspiration for your style?

We chose an autumnal theme for our wedding as we both like the time of year and the colours. We started with a colour scheme of deep reds and oranges and we talked this through with our florist, the lovely Rachel from Catkin Flowers. She is based in the gardens at Doddington Hall (our wedding venue) and all the flowers she used were blooms that were growing in the garden at the time of year. We let her decide which flowers to use, so the bouquets were a complete surprise until the day before the wedding. They were more beautiful than we could have imagined and they really worked to tie everything together.

Aside from the flowers the venue itself didn’t need much decoration as it already looked beautiful and was perfect for a traditional country house/garden style wedding. We chose to add some extra touches to show our personalities a little bit. Stu is a big fan of Lego, so we made the place card holders out of Lego bricks, had Lego pieces as table confetti and a Lego themed wedding cake! We also had M&Ms made with a picture of us printed on them – a selfie that we took the night before our engagement.

What made you decide on your venue?

My dad is in a care home and we wanted to be somewhere near enough so that he could attend. It was also nice to go back to my home town for the wedding. We decided early on that we wanted a venue that did everything in one place to keep things simple, and we also needed somewhere that could cater for our 120 guests.

We started looking at hotels but struggled to find somewhere that could accommodate our numbers. In the end, we decided to take a look at Doddington Hall. When we met Justine (the wedding coordinator) she showed us around and we fell in love with the place. It was unique and a real bonus that we were able to have the ceremony in the hall itself, followed by the reception in the Coach House next door. Justine dealt with everything at the venue from the catering to the DJ and left us with nothing to worry about.

There were also cottages on-site so the wedding party and our families could stay for the whole weekend without having to worry about booking hotels.

We couldn’t be happier with the venue and the staff were fantastic the whole weekend. We had the advantage of being able to work with them to set the dining room up the day before the wedding, so I had the reassurance that it was exactly as we wanted it.

What food and drink did you choose?

We had a traditional three-course wedding breakfast and offered our guests a choice of two meals. The Beef was reared at Doddington Hall and most of the ingredients were locally sourced.

We offered prosecco as the welcome drink and provided bottles of wine on the tables to make sure everyone was suitably merry.

In the evening we served a selection of spiced meats.

Our wedding cake was made by a family friend. It consisted of layers of fruit cake, Madeira, Victoria sponge and lemon drizzle. She put dots on the icing and made flowers from icing to look like Lego flowers, all to tie in with the Lego bride and groom on the top of the cake. It was displayed on a keepsake log engraved with our names and the wedding date, provided by Take a Seat.

Most memorable part of the day?

The whole day was memorable to us. It went really quickly but we loved every minute of it. I’d been dreading the first dance as I really am two left feet, but when it came to it I loved it and didn’t want it to end. Looking into my new Husband’s eyes as he led me around the dancefloor was the best feeling.

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Black and White Wedding Photography with Paul Massey

Black And White Wedding Photography With Paul Massey

“Rich skin tones and deep blacks, great for portrait work”

I feel that black and white is particularly strong for wedding photography. It has a timeless element to it and for me will never go out of fashion. It is a real strength of mine as a photographer and I have always enjoyed working in black and white. In fact my first job in the photography industry was nearly 30 years ago in a black and white darkroom in East London. It was here that I developed my love for photography and in particular black and white work. I would process films for some of the biggest fashion photographers in the world such as Albert Watson and Nick Knight.

I know immediately with some images I shoot that they will work in black and white and there are two styles of processing my work that I really like.

If I am shooting in low light situation such as a church during the ceremony I will make these images very contrasty and grainy. These images do not have a lot of mid tone and the grainy nature of them gives a real documentary feel to the images. I also like this look when I am shooting the first dance or my signature shot of the boys smoking cigars.

The other style I love has really rich skin tones and deep blacks, great for portrait work. When I find an area that has gorgeous light coming through it I know that it is here I will be able to produce stunning portraits for my clients. When this is the case I will position my subjects in the light and just study how the light falls on them. I asses my best position and the best position for them so that I can shoot incredible work for them. These are the portraits that really stand out and for me I feel this is some of the best work I produce.

When looking at a photographer’s work really take a good look at the quality of the black and white work. Is there a full range of tones? Is there pure white and deep black in every image? If the blacks are not deep, rich images can look flat and muddy and have poor impact. This can tell you a lot about a photographers experience and technical knowledge.

 

Chris Snowden Photography, Nottinghamshire

Chris Snowden Photography, Nottinghamshire

CHRIS SNOWDEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire

CHRIS SNOWDEN PHOTOGRAPHY

About Me

Unique, natural and unobtrusive – That’s how my clients describe my work. How I capture a wedding is by letting those natural moments happen, going with the flow of the day and letting my experience capture those once in a lifetime memories. I’ll never stage or repeat moments or put you in any uncomfortable poses. With my experience and ability to see natural moments unravelling, it allows me to capture those special images unobtrusively and in return makes you  feel comfortable throughout the whole day.

With my style of photography there’s no disappearing for long periods allowing you more time with your guests laughing, joking, drinking, eating and giving you memories that will be captured and relived forever

I’m Chris Snowden and I would love to tell your wedding story.

Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire

Calverton, Nottinghamshire
07914432110

Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire
Chris Snowden Photography - Nottinghamshire

Hector Photography Leicestershire

Hector Photography Leicestershire

HECTOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Hector Photography

HECTOR PHOTOGRAPHY

About Me

I believe that the natural look is always best when it comes to your special day. Therefore, every wedding that is covered by Hector Photography is done so in a way that reflects its client’s character and produces imagery that reflects the true emotion of your wedding day. I am Leicester based, however, I will travel around the UK to any venue to be able to cover your wedding day and deliver my services with the utmost professionalism and quality. Get in touch to organise a FREE consultation so we may meet and discuss your wedding day and your imagery requirements.
Wedding Packages starting from at little as £475 and don’t hesitate to ask about building your own wedding package to fit your specific needs.

High St, Earl Shilton, Leicester, LE9 
07949 915577

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