April 8, 2016

PRE-WEDDING SHOOT – AFTERNOON IN AN ORCHARD

A drive out to a part of the world we've never visited and a journey into Alex and Rich's past. We loved meeting these two nutters and their cute shih zhu puppy dogs. Rich and Emily are getting married at the lovely Dunedin Country House which is one of our favourite wedding venues in Hull,  so it was really nice of Rich to invite us to the wedding after the engagement shoot and booking us! 1 We love how impulsive these guys are, Rich had made the booking, making the executive decision before Emily had even seen the pictures! After convincing him to show Emily our photos, the booking was confirmed and we were then introduced to their snoring puppies over the phone, then serenaded by Rich. If anyone can beat that for a random telephone conversation, we'd love to hear it! 5 For the shoot they took us to a "secret" orchard they know of and proceeded to educate us city dwellers all about different fruit trees, it was all a bit of a mish mash to be honest as 80% of the time was spent making sure the puppies "Mitzie moonshine" and "Peppa poo poo face" didn't decide to go for a swim or eat too many fallen apples. 9 Alex and Rich quickly realised that they knew each other from their pasts in the local alternative music scene in Hull; Tuesdays at Helter Skelter, Wednesdays in Room, Thursdays at Shiver, probably Piper on a Friday and then of course Spiders on a Saturday (back when it was actually good) Neither could really remember how they funded their chaotic lifestyles but insist it was good times! 13 The sweetest part of the story for these two is being told that the romance blossomed when a drunk Rich told Emily that she was sat in his seat (she wasn't) Emily pretty much told him to sod off and somehow between then and now they've ended up engaged to be married... yeah we're not sure either but getting to know them it becomes more easily understood :) 17 So, with all these good vibes and with wedding season in full swing, we're going to leave you with this picture of a puppy trying to get a feather off it's nose. Enjoy! 21  
March 31, 2016

YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK – ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

If you've spoken to us over the past couple of weeks, you'll know that we've been really busy which means we haven't had the chance to blog in a while. We have loads of news for you over the coming weeks, catching up on what's been going on in the land of weddings. We're starting off with these fabulous people; Steve and Qian, who got married at Cave Castle. You may have already seen a couple of their wedding photos on our Facebook page, but here's the moment we first met them at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for their engagement shoot. 25 As you may have noticed, we do love visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park but this visit was a particularly sunny spring day and very busy too. We chatted to the couple about music, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age got a thumbs up from Steve so we knew this was a good start and as we walked around, Jenni taught us all a little bit about the artwork around the park. 29 If you've not seen the Kaws exhibition, it's rather impressive and the sheer scale of the figures is crazy. It's at this point we got to see a little more of Steve and Qian's personalities as they started to copy the Kaws poses. 33 Next on the agenda was pointing and laughing at very noisy ducks. 37 And after a leisurely walk, the pair were playing hide and seek around the trees and running across stepping stones, which was rather cute. 41 It's been great getting to know Steve and Qian over the past couple of weeks, their wedding was beautiful and full of surprises but we'll show you the photos and tell you about that another time on our blog :)
February 19, 2016

OUR FAVOURITE PHOTOS – SEWING

This photo is from a number of years ago at TIckton Grange near Beverley. This couple ended up being such good friends with us that they came to our wedding in Prague. So what's it all about eh? 45 Well it's a bit of a random photo by itself, as are a lot of our photos and this is because we tell stories. Sometimes there's a full narrative in a single image which is great and these photos are the "award winning" images that you will tend to see. However, this photo needs a bit more explanation, Lloyd is in the RAF and is quite handy with a needle and thread, moments before setting off to the church in Bilton someone noticed they didn't have a button and it had fallen off. Most groomsmen at this point would look at each other and probably call their mothers but Lloyd grabbed a sewing kit (actually knew where it was) and calmly sewed the button back on (with a hangover) and probably better than it had been before. 2 minutes in total I'd say, almost an insignificant part of the day, but here it is, a photo of that moment and something that gets talked about whenever we meet up with these guys. Is this a "wedding photo"? Traditionally maybe not, but for us and our brides and grooms, definitely.
February 12, 2016

OUR FAVOURITE PHOTOS – THE FLOWER GIRL

One thing we love about taking photos of people at weddings is you capture some of the funniest expressions, this possibly one of our favourite funny expression we've ever taken.

This is an image from Lisa and John's wedding on a rainy day in October at Cave Castle near Hull.

During bridal prep, flower girls sometimes need a lot of entertaining and distractions while everyone is getting ready but this little lady was spending most of her time practicing her walk down the aisle with a single petal until she got it just right. The rest of the time was spent patiently waiting with a look of absolute admiration for Lisa as she got ready. 49 We can't exactly remember the conversation, but as Lisa was being fastened into her dress, she must have said she was struggling to breathe or had pulled a face, because the reaction in this photo is amazing as it is hilarious and cute. As documentary wedding photographers, we are always looking out for moments like this. It's these photos people talk about years later. We met with a couple this week to catch up before their wedding that's happening in a few months, they were reminding us of a photo we took of their daughter at another wedding. It brought back so many memories of that day for them, which is what a good photograph always does.