I am looking forward, with optimism and a fresh-eye, to shooting the new season of weddings in 2021, and I know that wedding couples everywhere are looking for a style that is crisp and refreshing, especially after the year that we’ve had.
For me, Lifestyle Wedding Photography is the way forward.
Rather that be bound by any one look, the creativity I want to develop will be based on the couple themselves, and their choices, the landscape they find themselves in, the light and weather of the wedding day and my instinct kicking in, to capture a series of images that create a certain vibe.
Of course, there will always be a place for tradition and romance- that goes without saying, but I’m interested in taking my photography to the next level and moving away from what the latest vogue tries to dictate.
Let me show you what I mean:
Emma and Paul- August 2021:
On a beautiful day in late summer, Emma and Paul were married at The Cragwood Country House Hotel, and I was lucky enough to photograph their elopement-style wedding. The couple had travelled from Sherbourne in Dorset, and combined their wedding with a three-day break in the iconic Lake District. Once the ceremony was over, the couple decided to get back to the heart of who they were: they swapped their wedding outfits for shorts, tees and flip-flops and enjoyed a chilled-out picnic in a shady area of Cragwood’s stunning woodland.
Leasil and Nish- August 2020:
Leasil and Nish took the opportunity to get married in the bride’s local area, where there is an abundance of beautiful northern countryside and coastline. It was high summer and busy Saturday morning. Leasil’s style was elegant, understated and she was full of fun on the day. Nish looked relaxed and cool. I was getting a Californian vibe (the sunglasses helped!). I think this is reflected in the photographs.
Lisa and Craig- December 2019:
Craig and Lisa’s wedding day made me think of high glamour. Lisa was a vision in vivid white satin and sparky veil, and Craig and his groomsmen wore black tie. The couple are very down-to-earth and practical, so this glamourous winter wedding was a fairy-tale for them.
Joe and Keiran- September 2019:
Joe and Kieran’s wedding was personal for me; Joe is my cousin. They are a romantic couple, and very much wanted their wedding to reflect their local landscape. They strolled through the town centre, looking sharp-suited and ultra-modern, and many locals joined in the fun. It felt like a Saturday afternoon in Manchester.
Melanie and Adam- December 2018:
I felt that Melanie’s style- both hair, and the dress itself- had a timeless quality. Art Deco, or something like that. Monochromatic photography worked so well with this, and Adam had the quiet and formal look of a nineteen-twenties bridegroom.
Holly and David’s wedding- 2019:
Holly and David’s wedding typifies summer in the Lakes. Holly’s soft ivory dress and David’s slate-grey waistcoat blended perfectly with the soft sunshine and the muted colours of the Lakeland landscape. So romantic.
Christina and Karl’s wedding- 2018:
With Christina’s elegant A-line wedding dress, and the Edwardian styling of Cragwood in the Lakes, there was a timeless quality to this wedding, which worked well with the rainy day, water glistening off the slate of the building and smudgy grey skies. Perfect for monochromatic photography too.
Laura and Ross-June 2021
It was raining lightly at Cote How on the day of the wedding. But that just added to the atmosphere of the place. Ross, Laura and their three dogs enjoyed a stroll around Cote How’s grounds after the actual ceremony- they’d packed their umbrellas and wellies for exactly that reason- and the muted light gave a stunning twist.