A Rockin’ Arabic Wedding | The Old Swan Hotel | Harrogate

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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A Quaint Village Pub Wedding | The Bustard Inn | Lincolnshire

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. X

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

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

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

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

A Whimsical Wedding | Tin Tabernacle | Lewes

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.

An Italian Job Wedding | Letojanni | Sicily

You know your wedding is a pretty big deal when:

a.) Traffic gets stopped by a police officer for your wedding party

b.) the town mayor attends in official dress (even if he shows up late!)

and

c.) …when the the local press decide to write a feature on it (yes, they really did!)

I think I only had about 3 hours kip on the night of this ‘can-only-be-described-as-epic’ wedding, before I was woken up by some loud banging and chatter in manly Italian at 6am on a Saturday morning.

But I was not peeved.

Instead, I had a lovely warm feeling in my belly that I had just woken up from one of the best weddings I have ever been to. I highly recommend a destination wedding in Sicily, by the turquoise sea, rugged mountain back drop with ‘make-your-eyes-melt’ villages and colourful little streets. And the food…………………..I’m craving the fresh fish, Arancini and roasted pistachio gelato as I type!

You may remember Sarah from an earlier post when I documented her part 1 hen do in Berlin (part 2 took place in another capital city!) – looking rather not-dashing in a pair of jumble sale grandad shorts and spectacularly-80s shell suit top. I am pleased to say she looked the complete opposite of how she was styled (if you can call it styling!) on her hen do compared to her wedding day – elegant, lady-like and Hepburn-mighty-gorgeous.

One thing I usually take to heart greatly as a wedding photographer is whether I successfully deliver an album of pictures that reflect the vision inside my client’s minds. Not everyone’s vision is the same when it comes to wedding photography, sometimes it can’t be clearly articulated, sometimes they don’t even know what they want – or they turn around and tell you they hate their photos being taken. Well, John and Sarah told me exactly that. But they did know their vision (one that would get me very shutter-happy):

(Two weeks prior to the wedding)

John: You won’t make the pictures look too pretty will you?

Me: (super-puzzled look) what do you mean?

John: Well the reason why we chose the location is that we love the fact you could be admiring a gorgeous view and then you turn around and there’s a rubbish heap on the street…(I can’t remember if these were the exact words but it’s how I remember the conversation starting…)

I knew from this point that apart from avoiding making them pose for their photos (in the end they did do some off their own accord!), a street photography approach was the way to go and make sure that the charm of the various locations were captured – oh and making sure there were plenty of natural shots, mostly people seen enjoying themselves (which is just what I love capturing – it’s what a wedding party is about, right?!). This earlier conversation explains why a big bin and not-very-wedding-y shots feature in the following storyboard.

Sarah and John tied the knot (in Italian verse) at the town hall of Letojanni in local style (late – but not late by them, rather the town mayor who decided it was ok to delay the ceremony by about 40 minutes!).

Over hearing Sarah mention that it was rubbish that she would miss out on seeing John for the first time as she gets walked down the aisle by her papa (because they had to follow some admin procedure together at the office minutes before the ceremony), I jumped at the chance to offer them a ‘first-look’ shoot where bride and groom would be escorted with their eyes shut to a meeting point and make an event out of seeing each other for the first time before anything else happened. I’m SO glad they agreed – just check out what happened in the pictures! I’m not sure if they loved it more or if I did!

The day was nicely spread out starting with the formal town hall ceremony. An impressive local Italian nibbles and bubbly spread catered by the friendly staff at Niny Bar  (if you ever come across this place, you must take a peep inside the grand church directly opposite in the square for it’s impressive decor) came after, followed by a lovely long siesta which allowed guests to have a snooze, play in the sea and freshen up from the sweaty temperature. It also allowed me some time to explore and get on with some street photography!

The evening do started with a little walk to the coach point ( I love walking pictures) which hauled us up some curly wurly mountain roads into the charming village of Forza d’Agrò, one of the film locations for the classic mafia trilogy ‘The Godfather’!

I. fell. in. love with the place, I can’t recommend it highly enough for a little walking adventure!

Finally, a MASSIVE thank you to Sarah and John for allowing me the honour of photographing their awesome big day and welcoming me as a guest.

I wish them a lifetime of happiness together, peppered with glorious food, sunshine and adventure.

Liz x

 

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Sarah Turnbull - Beautiful! Thank you Liz for being there and capturing the moments, locals, laughter and scenery just in the way (no, even better than that) we hoped you would! Great memories of a wonderful day. Thank you! xx

Katie Goodwin - Amazing natural pictures of my sister’s Sicilian wedding!

Cha Mundi - Tolle Bilder!
Alles Gute!

Katie Goodwin - Amazing natural pictures of my sister & john’s Sicilian wedding! fabulous day!

Shruti Barton - Great pictures @[782120124:2048:Katie Goodwin], wow! Congratulations Sarah!

Julia Thornton - Fabulous! so sad I couldn’t make it. looks like a really special day. x

Anke Raich - Just awesome piictures to an awesome day!

Beatriz Argudo Perez - Wawwwwwww! Amazing pictures!

HoneysuckleandCastle Draycott - loved everything about this blog and wedding Liz! Beautiful x

Mary Tozer - So wonderful to feel the atmosphere of sheer exuberance and joy. An amazing album.

Nabiha Ahmed - Congratsss Sarah and John! I had a HUGE smile while going through your pictures. You guys looked absolutely stunning and most importantly looks like you had an amazing AMAZING time.

King Matt Turner - Really good photos! (yes I’ve finally got round to looking at them…) Can I steal some of the ones of me for my hat collection album?

Nino Pino - Excellent Great / Foto/