There is no other way to describe this wedding in one word: ECLECTIC. How else do you pull together a 1930s art deco building peppered gently with exquisite oriental floral arrangements and throw in some Grecian goddess slash bohemian-esque styling that still allows the character of the entire venue to shine through? But best of all, this wedding was stoked with immense love, laughter and affection as (hopefully) the pictures reveal AND it also happens that the majestic Sun Pavilion stands in one of my favourite childhood places – Valley Gardens. Massive thumbs up to Harrogate Council for the beautiful upkeep of this fine public space.

Happy days x

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  • Arline Passerello - LOVELY WEDDING PICTURES, EVERYONE LOOKED BEAUTIFUL AND HANDSOME.ReplyCancel

  • Sun Pavilion Harrogate - It was a fantastic day, such a lovely couple.ReplyCancel

I thoroughly recommend marquee weddings (how pretty is the styling?!).

I also recommend inviting your grandma – especially if she is a cute lady all the way from South Africa like Michelle’s Ouma!

In every sense, a beautiful day.

Massive thanks and congratulations to Ashley and Michelle! x

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When I first saw Charlie and Jack,  I couldn’t help but notice the sweet chemistry bubbling away between the two of them. That was last year at another wedding I had shot so you can imagine how chuffed I was when they gave me the privilege of photographing their big day this summer.

The day started out with the rain maker gate crashing the party by working flat out - one word for it: torrential! However, as unwelcome as this start may have been, I think it turned out to be a good thing (maybe it was something to do with the mystical wishing tree?!) No ‘-zilla’-buttons were flipped and the lovely people at Yoghurt Rooms showed their compassion by helping out beyond their duty as much as possible to turn plan A into plan Brilliant.

As you’ll see, the day turned out not just brilliant but I think it was also a blast! As the outsider, if I was touched by the heartfelt vows Charlie and Jack had penned for each other, had fun having wellies thrown in my direction and charmed by Pedro the three-legged family dog, I am pretty sure everyone else had even more delight at such a beautiful and intimate day. I was pretty impressed by Charlie’s mum’s amazing catering efforts too (and she took on the cake!) – “I’m very proud of my wife” Charlie’s dad told me. Ahh…Bisto!

A huge congratulations and thank you to Charlie and Jack for sharing their day and especially to their mums and dads for being so warm and welcoming!

This gorgeous wedding is also published on UK wedding blog Boho Weddings here.

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  • Becky Kelly - wonderful photos liz! some gorgeous moments captured and the bride looks so beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Lynn Puxty Woodrow - I have known Charlie since the day she was born and her wonderful parents for even longer . Thank you for sharing your amazing photos that capture not only a beautiful wedding but also the essence for these amazing people.ReplyCancel

A church blessing + glad rags + party food + presents + friends and family + lots of love and laughter + cute baby = we have a christening!

A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful honour of capturing the christening of beautiful baby Belle for very good friends of mine. What a wonderful tradition their family have of passing on the same christening gown to each child and hand-embroidering their names and christening date on it?!

Massive thanks to Didde and Alex for sharing such a beautiful day in their little family xxx

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  • Didde Bjerglund-Martin - Liz is an amazing photographer who has captured a couple of precious moments at various occasions for us. She did a brilliant job, making sure I had given some thought to what pictures I wanted as well as coming up with her own ideas. She has an excellent way with children, was very professional and produced the photos very quickly! So grateful to have such lovely memories to keep for the rest of our lives. DxReplyCancel

There are many reasons to love photographing weddings. Cool venues (like this one!) is up on the list but I think one of the greatest rewards is being able to bring out the beauty of people’s relationships with each other on camera on such a momentous occasion in their lives (especially when they seemed so shy at first!). Not only was it wonderful to witness and capture the subtle grins of happiness and adoration Kim and James had for each other throughout the day, but also to see which characters Kim and James also had great affection for. Can you find them in the pictures too?!

Huge congratulations to Kim and James! To wild times and roaring happiness throughout their marriage.

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When you find yourself enjoying a back and forth email conversation with your client in the run up to a wedding – you know this wedding is going to be special! I mean, all weddings are special aren’t they?! but this one in particular made my eyes sparkle not just because it was an Arabic wedding which I have never come across before (YES!) but because it was clear to me that this client had a generous appetite and appreciation for photography (YES! YES!) and also came from an especially loving and warm family (YES! YES! YES!). We were on the same page in terms of capturing moments and I enjoyed hearing the excitement in Mariam’s voice when she said that she wanted to see lots of emotion in her pictures. Catching the magic between people who have a great relationship between them is really what drives my style behind what I try to achieve in wedding photography. And as the day turned out, there was certainly no disappointment! There was so much joy, laughter and celebration in the air it was incredibly difficult not to find it infectious! Another reason why I love photographing weddings! Oh, and if you’re lucky to ever attend an Arabic wedding in the future, these people really know how to work a dance floor!

A huge thank you to Ma’an and Mariam for sharing their big day with so much warmth and being so welcoming! Happy days.

Rock on Arabic weddings!

 

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If you were walking, wandering or wheeling it by the Church of St. Deny’s on the morning of the 27th last month, you could be forgiven for thinking you were passing some mini celebrity/royal affair….what an IMPRESSIVE turnout! School kids came out with their parents (our bride Amanda is a primary school teacher) waiting eagerly to congratulate the happy couple, guests were wedged into any available feet space possible and some even had to come back out of the church to unblock the entrance and main aisle!

I’ve never smiled so much inside a church.

When I asked Amanda how she visioned her wedding photographs, I got two key messages: friends and family having fun and the church. This church has a very special place in Amanda’s heart and her face would light up whenever she mentioned getting it ready the day before with a few ‘special ladies’. So we had to capture the preparations! The church is often filled with children from Amanda’s school, you get a real welcoming sense of warmth and community in there – clearly a lot of good work has been happening behind the scenes. I love finding out what’s special to bride and grooms!

The reception took place at Andy’s local – the very charming Bustard Inn (how cool is the personalised beer tap?!). The owners are clearly jazz fans and are also rather dedicated to serving up good food and beverage. Check it out if you ever swing by.

Love, love, loved this wedding!

A huge thank you and congratulations to Andy and Amanda!

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  • Bridget Warren - Super photos Liz, they bring back lovely memories of 2 special days. XReplyCancel

  • Joseph Quartson - Wonderful & enchanting images of an amazing couple…ReplyCancel

  • Julie Haycraft - Excellent! And what a fabulous time we had – Amanda you looked stunning, Andy- you scrub up pretty well yourself. xxxReplyCancel

  • Rachel Martin - The informal ones are the best. Fabulous photos x.ReplyCancel

  • Joseph Yarrow - Wonderful pictures Liz. Massive congratulations to Andy and Amanda, looks like they had the best day.ReplyCancel

If this wedding was something from the sky, it would definitely be a giant rainbow with glitter clouds in company…followed by golden pots of freshly churned out churros (ah if only the sky did rain churros!) and molten dipping chocolate at each end of the rainbow.

Pure happiness.

I had been up since 6 that morning, drove myself from London to Lewes, worked through until midnight and still left on a high. So much that I sang out loud to myself in the car all the way home from this wedding (might have been the caffeine-charged Mountain Dew though…). I was sad it was over the following morning!

I remember leaving Dan and Candy’s place after meeting for the very first time with a skip in my step – they had completely impressed me with their equal enthusiasm and bubbly chatter about this turquoise tin shed, their love of photography (YES!), food (even more YES!), sparklers, a giant champagne bottle the size of a small child (amazing wedding present idea by the way), a fire pit, a craft station and her musician dad’s top hat etc. etc. Plus – I was greeted with home made chocolate brownies baked by Dan (tip for blokes: girls LOVE a man who can bake!) and an exceptionally handsome ginger cat called Hemingway (so cute that Dan and Candy’s friends made little pin badges of Hemingway for them as he couldn’t make the wedding!).

So I knew this wedding was going to be epic. I just didn’t realise it was going to be even more epic than I had imagined. See for yourself!

But just one last note, only banging on about how cute the wedding decor was and how fashionable they were doesn’t really do this wedding justice.  I mean, I loved all their creative DIY and hard work but it wasn’t really all about how cool of all of those things were. I really hope that people who don’t know Dan and Candy can see in these pictures what I saw in them as human beings. As the only outsider at this wedding (and what a privilege it was!) I witnessed something remarkably genuine and special about these two people. Their immense warmth and good nature was clearly reflected by the amount of love and affections poured over them by their friends and family – and also by just how much they really got stuck in and helped out in the run up, on the day and no doubt the day after! Candy’s best friend had made the photo wall montage and served up a massively heart-felt best-girl speech, Dan’s friends turned themselves into sweat buckets muscling the barbecue on an extremely hot day for England and Dan’s sister roped in a pair of very brave friends to take on the catering for about 100 people! There were heaps more people in the background who I knew had stayed up late the night before to prepare the venue…I was so impressed by the team effort.

A big dinosaur-sized thank you to Dan and Candy for sharing their big day with me and also to all their friends and family who made me feel so, so welcome!

I wish them a massive magic carpet ride through their journey together, heavily sprinkled with love, laughter and merry bonfire night-sparkle (their romance began on bonfire night – aaaaaw!).

xxx

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  • Philip Parfitt - It wonderfully sums up the moment, and captures a little of the magic that was in the air that day.ReplyCancel