Mike Brown: Blog https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog en-us (C) 2011-21 Mike Brown Photographic, Northamptonshire NN18 8FG info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u561906275-o603148013-50.jpg Mike Brown: Blog https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog 120 120 Mike and Caroline's wedding at Highgate House, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/3/mike-and-carolines-wedding-at-highgate-house-northamptonshire Mike and Caroline made the most of the gorgeous medieval hall and beautiful gardens at this lovely Northamptonshire venue.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/3/mike-and-carolines-wedding-at-highgate-house-northamptonshire Sat, 14 Mar 2020 17:00:00 GMT
Andrew and Paige's wedding in Lincoln and Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/2/andrew-and-paiges-wedding-in-lincoln-and-stoke-rochford-hall-grantham Andrew and Paige had many personal touches to their wedding day, including a hand-crafted wedding ring case, harvest decorations in the church, a set of three Minis as wedding cars, and a piper to lead them down the drive to Stoke Rochford Hall and then pipe them into the wedding breakfast!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) grantham wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/2/andrew-and-paiges-wedding-in-lincoln-and-stoke-rochford-hall-grantham Sat, 29 Feb 2020 16:45:00 GMT
Chris and Emma's Wedding Reception at Great Doddington Club https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/2/chris-and-emmas-wedding-reception-at-great-doddington-club Chris and Emma told their guests that they were invited to a birthday party, only to find on arrival that Chris and Emma had tied the knot privately, and this was their wedding reception!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/2/chris-and-emmas-wedding-reception-at-great-doddington-club Sat, 15 Feb 2020 16:45:00 GMT
Steve and Laura at Elstow Abbey and Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/2/steve-and-laura-at-elstow-abbey-and-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford Steve and Laura's special day was very family oriented, including a bouncy castle and a magician - for the kids, but...

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/2/steve-and-laura-at-elstow-abbey-and-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford Sat, 01 Feb 2020 16:45:00 GMT
James and Sherry at Dodmoor House https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/1/james-and-sherry-at-dodmoor-house Celebrating James and Sherry's first anniversary - a look back at their wedding day. They were very creative, incorporating several games into their wedding reception. These included pinata, and "Mr and Mrs", which they took part in with great gusto!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2020/1/james-and-sherry-at-dodmoor-house Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:15:00 GMT
Andy and Michelle at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/12/andy-and-michelle-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Andy and Michelle knew the hotel, and Ciro its manager, so this was a natural choice for their wedding. They coped with the windiest wedding day I've ever known and still had a great time! Andy and Michelle's wedding at the Sharnbrook Hotel, BedfordshireAndy and Michelle's wedding at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/12/andy-and-michelle-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:45:00 GMT
Kettering Amateur Swimming Club 2019 event https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/11/kettering-amateur-swimming-club-2019-event KASC eventKASC event

All the photos from swims 2 (Wellingborough) and 3 (Corby) are now up on my website at 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) event https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/11/kettering-amateur-swimming-club-2019-event Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:15:15 GMT
In their own words: Darren and Liz in Thrapston and Islip https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/11/in-their-own-words-darren-and-liz-in-thrapston-and-islip 2019-09-13 Darren and Liz 12019-09-13 Darren and Liz 1

How we first met:

We had known each other since school, life happens and we went our separate ways once we left, although we have a lot of mutual friends so would bump into each other occasionally.  Then Facebook happened (this is when social media and technology are good) and we friended each other on FB and spoke to one another over the next couple of years.  At the time I was working in New Zealand and had a short trip planned to visit the UK in November 2017. I arrived back and was running around all over the country catching up with friends and family and Darren was away in Corfu on holiday with his son so I thought that we would never get to meet up. I only had a few days left before I flew back to NZ when he contacted me and we arranged to meet up and I'm glad to say that we did as it turned out to be the best night of my life.  Everything changed on that night. 

He picked me up from my parents house and drove into Northampton.  We went for a meal where we just talked and laughed, talked and laughed A LOT.  Then we went on to a club where we danced and had lots of fun.  I don't know exactly what happened in the club but our eyes met (I know it sound's cheesy but it really did happen) and that's when Cupid fired his arrow at both of us.  We then left the club and spent hours in McDonalds talking before I got a taxi back home.

The proposal:

It was like a scene from a movie. Darren was away for a couple of days after we had been out and I thought that I wouldn't see him again.  But to my utter happiness and amazement he had followed me to the airport (without my knowledge) and helped me out of the taxi and into the airport with my bags, (after my shock of seeing him there).  After I had dropped off my bags we went and had a coffee, then it was time for me to depart.  I really didn't want to go, I just wanted to be with him.  Then just as I was about to walk through security, he asked me to marry him and I said 'Yes', obviously.

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When I knew he/she was the one:

We both knew that we were the one(s) at the Club.  In fact I was meeting up with a friend the following day and she remarked how happy and 'sparkly' I looked.  I was definitely happier than I had been in a long time.

The one thing we love most about each other:

We understand each other.

You may not know, but…:

He's very silly but then so am I

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:

Originally we were going to get married at Kelmarsh Hall and had it all booked, but then decided that a smaller more intimate venue would be better as I don't have a large family and wanted to keep the wedding small and 'cosy'.

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What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:

Facebook!!

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:

Singing / skipping down the aisle at the end of the wedding

People papping their horns when we walked over the bridge to get photos done

The whole day was magical.

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How we felt about how the photography went:

It was awesome.  Mike was great and we hardly knew he was there at all.  He took some great pictures

Our honeymoon:

We went on a minimoon to Portugal for 4 days and are planning our proper honeymoon for next year.

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:

Make a list of everything so that you can keep track of things.  It's very easy to get distracted with lots of different ideas, but once you know what you want, stick to it.

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Ceremony venue: St James Church, Thrapston

Reception venue: The Woolpack Inn, Islip

Flowers: Chilli peppers, Market Harborough

Catering: The Woolpack Inn.

Hair and make-up: The Butterfly Room, Ampthill

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/11/in-their-own-words-darren-and-liz-in-thrapston-and-islip Sun, 03 Nov 2019 10:55:53 GMT
Shaun and Katie at Rockingham Best Western https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/10/shaun-and-katie-at-rockingham-best-western It's already hard to remember the heat of the summer - Shaun and Katie's wedding day was wall to wall sunshine as they made the most of this outdoor wedding venue.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/10/shaun-and-katie-at-rockingham-best-western Sat, 12 Oct 2019 15:30:00 GMT
Kev and Verity at Staverton Park, Daventry https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/9/kev-and-verity-at-staverton-park-daventry Kev and Verity's joyful wedding day at this super hotel with its own golf course near Daventry.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/9/kev-and-verity-at-staverton-park-daventry Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:30:00 GMT
Chris and Emma at Great Doddington Club https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/chris-and-emma-at-great-doddington-club Chris and Emma at Great Doddington ClubChris and Emma at Great Doddington Club

Congratulations to Chris and Emma, who today celebrated their recent secret wedding with a "birthday party" at Great Doddington Club - much to the surprise of many of their guests!

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/chris-and-emma-at-great-doddington-club Sat, 31 Aug 2019 21:30:00 GMT
Jordan and Tilly's military wedding at Brampton Heath Golf Centre https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/jordan-and-tillys-military-wedding-at-brampton-heath-golf-centre Jordan and Tilly's military wedding at Brampton Heath Golf CentreJordan and Tilly's military wedding at Brampton Heath Golf Centre

How very beautiful! A gorgeous dress for a lovely bride, and a smart uniform for the groom. Tilly and Jordan got married today at Brampton Heath Golf Centre, with its lovely lake. Everyone survived the heat and had a relaxed day together as family and friends. Many congratulations!
 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/jordan-and-tillys-military-wedding-at-brampton-heath-golf-centre Sat, 24 Aug 2019 22:30:00 GMT
Steve and Laura at Elstow Abbey and Woodland Manor Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/steve-and-laura-at-elstow-abbey-and-woodland-manor-hotel Steve and Laura at Woodland Manor HotelSteve and Laura at Woodland Manor Hotel

Steve and Laura with their lovely girls after their super wedding today at Elstow Abbey and then Woodland Manor Hotel in Clapham, Bedford. Congratulations!
 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/steve-and-laura-at-elstow-abbey-and-woodland-manor-hotel Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:30:00 GMT
Andy and Michelle at The Sharnbrook Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/andy-and-michelle-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel Andy and Michelle in Felmersham, BedfordshireAndy and Michelle in Felmersham, Bedfordshire

Congrats to Andy and Michelle on their lovely wedding today. Lots of family fun at The Sharnbrook Hotel & VesuviO Restaurant, complete with Lamborghini! We just had to take it for a drive down to Felmersham 🙂 Very best wishes to you both
 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/8/andy-and-michelle-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:45:00 GMT
Shaun and Katie at Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/6/shaun-and-katie-at-best-western-rockingham-forest-hotel Shaun and Katie at the Best Western Rockingham Forest HotelShaun and Katie at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel

Many congrats to Shaun and Katie, married today in the gardens of the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel in the glorious sunshine
 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/6/shaun-and-katie-at-best-western-rockingham-forest-hotel Fri, 28 Jun 2019 21:45:00 GMT
Kev and Verity at Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/6/kev-and-verity-at-staverton-park-hotel-daventry Kev and Verity at Staverton Park Hotel, DaventryKev and Verity at Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry

Congratulations to Kev and Verity on their beautiful wedding today at Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry. A day with lots of laughter, loving families and good friends. And eventually some sunshine, too! It was a privilege to be there with you. My very best wishes for your future together.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/6/kev-and-verity-at-staverton-park-hotel-daventry Sat, 08 Jun 2019 21:45:00 GMT
Pre-wedding engagement shoot try before you buy https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/2/pre-wedding-engagement-shoot-try-before-you-buy Pre-wedding portrait shoot and wedding photosEngagement shoot and wedding photographyPre-wedding portrait shoot and wedding photos This is a great way to find out how we get along, and for you to get some lovely photos of the two of you. In fact, I think it's so important that I offer a free portrait shoot to any couples planning their wedding, if they haven't yet booked their photographer, and I'm available for the wedding date you have in mind.

 


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Each of these couples came for a pre-wedding portrait shoot, and I also photographed their weddings.

 

 

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So that's a completely free try before you buy, with no obligation to book me for your wedding afterwards.

 

 

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Not only that, but you'll get one complimentary 6"x4" print to keep.

 

 

 

 

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Most couples want more than that, of course, and I'm only too happy to make all my usual prints, canvases etc available to you as well. Just to give you a feel for that, prices start at £50 for three 8"x6" prints. Most couples seem to spend around £100-£200 on prints and canvases.

 

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Just contact me, and we'll find a time to talk. Or let's connect on Facebook.

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/2/pre-wedding-engagement-shoot-try-before-you-buy Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:25:11 GMT
Kettering Park Hotel wedding venue review https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/2/kettering-park-hotel-wedding-venue-review If you are looking at venues around north Northamptonshire, Kettering Park Hotel is definitely one to consider. Take a look at my video review to see what your wedding photos and video could look like at this venue.

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If you are looking for a wedding photographer - and possibly videographer at the same time - in the area, I'd be delighted if you got in touch for a chat about your plans. Just contact me, and we'll find a time to talk. Or let's connect on Facebook.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) venue wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/2/kettering-park-hotel-wedding-venue-review Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:11:14 GMT
James and Sherry at Dodmoor House https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/1/james-and-sherry-at-dodmoor-house James and Sherry at Dodmoor HouseJames and Sherry at Dodmoor House

Congratulations James and Sherry on your fun and friendly wedding at Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire. You really made the day your own! Can't wait to show you all the photos
 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/1/james-and-sherry-at-dodmoor-house Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:00:00 GMT
Snowy engagement shoots https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/1/snowy-engagement-shoots Like the idea of an engagement shoot in the snow, but without getting cold? These couples recently took up my offer of a studio shoot with my winter woodland scene to capture these seasonal and fun photos. 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/1/snowy-engagement-shoots Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:48:44 GMT
Engagement shoot: Sherry and James at Rushden Hall https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/1/engagement-shoot-sherry-and-james-at-rushden-hall Not long now till Sherry and James's wedding! So I thought it was about time I blogged their engagement shoot from late summer 2018. We had a lovely walk round Rushden Hall Park in Northamptonshire, along with their gorgeous poodle Mister. Looking forward to seeing you again next week :-)

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2019/1/engagement-shoot-sherry-and-james-at-rushden-hall Tue, 08 Jan 2019 14:47:41 GMT
Collette's family Christmas portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/12/collettes-family-christmas-portrait This Christmas family portrait really celebrates the closeness and warmth of Collette's family

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) family portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/12/collettes-family-christmas-portrait Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:54:05 GMT
Maggie's family Christmas portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/12/maggies-family-christmas-portrait Maggie brought her whole family in for a Christmas photo shoot, and went away with this lovely photo to treasure:

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) family portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/12/maggies-family-christmas-portrait Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:48:27 GMT
Snow in Corby? https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/12/christmas-portrait-snow-in-corby Here's the first of my recent Christmassy family portraits. Did you know it had snowed in Corby? Well, sort of :-)

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) family portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/12/christmas-portrait-snow-in-corby Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:03:21 GMT
Mayor's Parlour Kettering and The Grampian Corby wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/11/mayors-parlour-kettering-and-the-grampian-corby-wedding Jo and Katie were married at The Mayor's Parlour in Kettering, then held their reception at The Grampian in Corby.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/11/mayors-parlour-kettering-and-the-grampian-corby-wedding Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:41:00 GMT
Rockingham Forest Best Western wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/11/rockingham-forest-best-western-wedding David and Joanne got married at the Rockingham Forest Best Western on the edge of Corby.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/11/rockingham-forest-best-western-wedding Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:41:00 GMT
Stylish wedding at Bedford's Woodland Manor Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/11/stylish-wedding-at-bedfords-woodland-manor-hotel Lisa and Barry tied the knot in style at the recently renovated Woodland Manor Hotel on the outskirts of Bedford. It was a joyful day with their little baby only 3 months old.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/11/stylish-wedding-at-bedfords-woodland-manor-hotel Sat, 03 Nov 2018 13:41:00 GMT
Fun transport for this Rothwell Northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/fun-transport-for-this-rothwell-northamptonshire-wedding Barry and Nicola had both organised the souped-up VW camper van as their wedding-day transport, but the "Only Fools and Horses" Reliant Robin was a complete surprise to Barry! They had a super day at Holy Trinity church and The Old Barns in Rothwell, Northamptonshire.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/fun-transport-for-this-rothwell-northamptonshire-wedding Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:41:00 GMT
Family Fun Sharnbrook Hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/family-fun-sharnbrook-hotel-wedding Paula and Dave's wedding at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire, was family-oriented and full of fun, as you can tell from these photos!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/family-fun-sharnbrook-hotel-wedding Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:41:00 GMT
Strictly Corby 2018 winner - Gez Lyons https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/strictly-corby-2018-winner---gez-lyons Huge congrats to the winners of this year's Strictly Corby 2018 fundraiser for Lakelands Hospice - Gez Lyons (centre) with his MaSh Dance partner Stacey Fotheringham (left) and Lakelands Fundraising Manager Paul Marlow (right)

You can find all the photos from the evening here: http://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/strictly2018

  Stacey Fotheringham (l), winner Gez Lyon (centre) and Lakelands Hospice Fundraising Manager Paul Marlow (r)Strictly Corby 2018 winnerStacey Fotheringham (l), winner Gez Lyon (centre) and Lakelands Hospice Fundraising Manager Paul Marlow (r)

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) event https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/strictly-corby-2018-winner---gez-lyons Fri, 12 Oct 2018 23:44:57 GMT
Gt Oakley church wedding with Peterborough United theme https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/gt-oakley-church-wedding-with-peterborough-united-theme Karl and Samantha got married this summer at St Michael's church in Great Oakley, then went on to the Corby-Kettering Holiday Inn for their reception. They are both Peterborough United supporters, something which was reflected in their choice of colour scheme, and also in the messages stuck to Karl's shoes!

Here is their story in their own words...
 

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How we first met:
We first met while out in Stamford with friends. We first spoke in The London Inn pub.

When I knew she was the one:
When I kicked a football as sweet as I ever could and as straight as I could and it hit Sam straight in the face and she didn’t even flinch.

The one thing we love most about each other:
The love we show for our daughters and how we have watched each other grow into parents.

Karl and Samantha at St Michael's Gt Oakley and Corby-Kettering Holiday InnKarl and Samantha at St Michael's Gt Oakley and Corby-Kettering Holiday InnOutside St Michael's in Great Oakley
You may not know, but:
He likes to joke and thinks he’s funny however...

The proposal:
Karl proposed at Danny and Claire’s (best man/bridesmaid) Christmas Day 2014. He asked Jack, Karl’s godson, our ring bearer, to pass Sam a box while he got down on one knee.

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Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:
We attend St Michaels, we love Fr Anthony’s services and our daughters were both christened there . The Holiday Inn was lovely inside, right next to our home so we can drive past it every day and it was available on the day we wanted it.

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:
We liked the work we could see and the different approach of using a slideshow

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Some of the most memorable moments in the day:
Karl -
At breakfast, Trisha said, “I’m sure you’ll hear this lots, are you nervous lots”
Standing in the church with Danny and Rob.
Seeing Annie & Sam walking down the aisle 
Going to shake Sam’s Dad’s hand and Sam saying, ‘He’s passing you my hand’

Sam -
Anastasia throwing the blue petals at my dress
The girls sleeping A LOT 

Both -
The best man laughing as he clocked onto our first dance song being a slow version of Reach for the Stars.

How we felt about how the photography went:
Perfect!

Our honeymoon:
We had a family holiday to Cornwall which was lovely and relaxing.

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:
A wedding is JUST a one day celebration... Don’t stress. A marriage is for life, spend your time, money and effort on making the memories last forever.

Karl and Samantha at St Michael's Gt Oakley and Corby-Kettering Holiday InnKarl and Samantha at St Michael's Gt Oakley and Corby-Kettering Holiday InnDance with Dad and Mum - The happy Bride and Groom Shout outs:

Ceremony venue: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/16600/

Reception venue: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/corby/cbmuk/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-HI-_-GB-_-CBMUK

Flowers: https://m.facebook.com/BellaFioriFloristKettering/community/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0

Transport: http://corbylimohire.co.uk And https://m.facebook.com/OfficialExclusiveCarsUk/?locale2=en_GBAnd

Hair and make-up: https://m.facebook.com/salonista.corby/

Any other vendors: Dave Andrews Entertainments


 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/gt-oakley-church-wedding-with-peterborough-united-theme Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:29:14 GMT
Odell and Sharnbrook Bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/odell-and-sharnbrook-bedfordshire-wedding Karen and Mark's wedding had a distinct country farming strand to it, with the family farm being almost next door to the church in Odell, Bedfordshire. They celebrated this with some photos on the farm after the ceremony, and a tractor theme in the reception decorations at the wonderful Sharnbrook Hotel afterwards.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/odell-and-sharnbrook-bedfordshire-wedding Sat, 06 Oct 2018 12:41:00 GMT
Fun pre-wedding portrait session for Tilly and Jordan https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/fun-pre-wedding-portrait-session-for-tilly-and-jordan My wedding packages include a free pre-wedding portrait session. This is great for getting to know each other, getting used to having your photo taken, and to get some lovely photos of the two of you! Tilly and Jordan went away with a big canvas of the first of these shots. Looking forward to the wedding next August :-)

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/fun-pre-wedding-portrait-session-for-tilly-and-jordan Sat, 06 Oct 2018 10:15:00 GMT
Beautiful country house engagement portraits https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/beautiful-country-house-engagement-portraits Andrew and Paige are going to get married at the gorgeous Stoke Rochford Hall, just south of  Grantham. We met up there for their engagement shoot and had a great time exploring the house and grounds. 

And I'm really pleased to say I'll be going back not only to photograph but also video their wedding next year.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/10/beautiful-country-house-engagement-portraits Fri, 05 Oct 2018 23:15:00 GMT
Speedy Suffolk wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/9/speedy-suffolk-wedding How long does it take to plan a wedding? Could you do it in six months? With four frail grandparents, Lisa and Paul were in a big hurry after the proposal to try and make it possible for as many of the grandparents as possible to be there. They arranged their wedding in just six weeks!! 

They got married in August at St Andrews, Rushmere (near Ipswich) and then afterwards went to All Manor of Events, in the nearby village of Henley. Here is more about them in their own words...

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How we first met:

We attended the same church.

When I knew he/she was the one:

Lisa: Paul made me feel special from the off. We had some tricky patches in our first year but overcame them together, and here we are!
Paul: It was very early days when I knew that Lis was the one I wanted to grow old with.

The one thing we love most about each other:

Paul: Lisa is the most loving and caring person i have ever met. She always puts everyone else before her. 
Lisa: Paul is a real gentleman, through and through. He's so caring, and even after eleven years together he still opens doors for me.

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You may not know, but...:

Paul was hilarious at our wedding when he started singing all the words to Hot Stepper..."yeah man!"

The proposal:

Our first day out together was the beach at Frinton on sea. Paul took me there one gorgeous day in June this year...and got down on one knee on the beach. Paul had thoughtfully arranged for Mike to photograph the proposal from a distance! We were married six weeks later.

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:

We chose to get married at St Andrew's because it's where Paul's mum and dad got married in the 70s. It was our way of remembering Paul's Dad on our special day (we also married on his birthday). 
We chose All Manor of Events for our reception venue because we've enjoyed attending several lovely events there over the last few years. It has beautiful grounds and delicious food so we loved it.

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What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:

Well aside from the fact that Mike is a truly talented photographer, I'm very proud to say that he is my Uncle...and I can't imagine anyone else looking after us or this very important aspect of our day.

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:

Paul getting dressed in the car on the way to the church as he spent so long in the barbers!
Our little four year old niece telling her uncle Paul to do his hair before the speeches because he looked "a state".
My 90 year old Grandad being able to say Grace before our wedding breakfast.
Paul: My most memorable part of the day was seeing the most beautiful woman walk up the aisle, knowing I was going to marry her.

How we felt about how the photography went:

Mike did a wonderful job! He was so organised but very calm and friendly with it. 
We felt very relaxed and not at all uncomfortable in front of the camera.

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Our honeymoon:

We spent a couple of nights near to where we got engaged but hope to have a honeymoon next year.

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:

We did it in six weeks...no problem! Go with your first instinct...if you like it book it/buy it. We didn't have time to deliberate or keep changing our minds about things, and everyone I've spoken to says they think it worked out for the best.

Our vendors:

Ceremony venue: http://www.allmanorofevents.co.uk

Dress: http://justadaybridal.co.uk

Cake: http://www.rac

Transport: http://www.brooksvintagecarhire.co.uk

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What could I do better, do you think?:

We were so pleased with everything. We genuinely can't think of anything you could have done more.

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) suffolk wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/9/speedy-suffolk-wedding Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:41:00 GMT
Jo and Katie at The Mayor's Parlour Kettering and The Grampian Corby https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/9/jo-and-katie-at-the-mayors-parlour-kettering-and-the-grampian-corby Congrats today to Jo and Katie at The Mayor's Parlour in Kettering and The Grampian, Corby - what a lovely day for a lovely couple!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/9/jo-and-katie-at-the-mayors-parlour-kettering-and-the-grampian-corby Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:00:00 GMT
David and Joanne at The Rockingham Forest Best Western, Corby https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/9/david-and-joanne-at-the-rockingham-forest-best-western-corby Congratulations David and Joanne on your wedding today at the Rockingham Forest Best Western!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/9/david-and-joanne-at-the-rockingham-forest-best-western-corby Sat, 08 Sep 2018 22:00:00 GMT
Barry and Lisa at The Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barry-and-lisa-at-the-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford How lovely! Congratulations to Barry and Lisa at your beautiful wedding at the Woodland Manor Hotel near Bedford.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barry-and-lisa-at-the-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford Sun, 26 Aug 2018 22:00:00 GMT
Stephen and Heather at Great Oakley and Corby Conservative Club https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/stephen-and-heather-at-great-oakley-and-corby-conservative-club Congratulations to Stephen and Heather - what a lovely day yesterday at St Michael's in Great Oakley and Corby Conservative Club.


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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/stephen-and-heather-at-great-oakley-and-corby-conservative-club Sat, 25 Aug 2018 22:00:00 GMT
Karl and Samantha at Great Oakley and Corby Holiday Inn https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/karl-and-samantha-at-great-oakley-and-corby-holiday-inn Congrats to Karl and Samantha, married today at St Michael's, Gt Oakley and on to the Holiday Inn Corby-Kettering. You looked fantastic. And what a great family-friendly day - lots of fun!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/karl-and-samantha-at-great-oakley-and-corby-holiday-inn Sat, 11 Aug 2018 13:30:00 GMT
Barry and Nicola in Rothwell, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barry-and-nicola-in-rothwell-northamptonshire Congrats Barry and Nicola on your wedding today at Holy Trinity, Rothwell and then round the corner to The Old Barns in Bridge Street. A super, relaxed and friendly day, featuring this lovely vintage VW camper van along the way.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barry-and-nicola-in-rothwell-northamptonshire Sat, 04 Aug 2018 13:30:00 GMT
Lisa and Paul's rural Suffolk wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/lisa-and-pauls-rural-suffolk-wedding Huge congrats to Lisa and Paul on their wedding yesterday at St Andrew's, Rushmere. Delighted to be part of your very happy and beautiful occasion.
 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) suffolk wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/8/lisa-and-pauls-rural-suffolk-wedding Fri, 03 Aug 2018 22:00:00 GMT
Wedding album: Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/6/wedding-album-andy-and-jackie-at-woodland-manor Happy first anniversary recently to Andy and Jackie! To celebrate, here's a link to their online album:

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/6/wedding-album-andy-and-jackie-at-woodland-manor Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:18:17 GMT
Dave and Paula at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/6/dave-and-paula-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Congratulations to Dave and Paula on your beautiful and fun wedding today at the Sharnbrook Hotel!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/6/dave-and-paula-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Sat, 02 Jun 2018 22:00:00 GMT
Wedding: Mark and Karen at Odell and The Sharnbrook Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-mark-and-karen-at-odell-and-the-sharnbrook-hotel Many congratulations to Mark and Karen, married today at Odell, then on to their reception at The Sharnbrook Hotel

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-mark-and-karen-at-odell-and-the-sharnbrook-hotel Fri, 25 May 2018 21:26:32 GMT
Romantic outdoor engagement shoot https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/romantic-outdoor-engagement-shoot Darren and Lizzie celebrated their engagement with an outdoor shoot at East Carlton Park, and don't they look happy together! 

We got on really well, and I'm delighted to say they have booked me to be their wedding photographer next year :-)

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/romantic-outdoor-engagement-shoot Sun, 06 May 2018 23:00:00 GMT
Wedding album: Stylish modern wedding with beautiful gardens - Daniel and Jennifer https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-album-stylish-modern-wedding-with-beautiful-gardens---daniel-and-jennifer Kettering Park Hotel wedding

Happy first anniversary to Daniel and Jennifer! To celebrate, here is a link to the beautiful wedding album online.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-album-stylish-modern-wedding-with-beautiful-gardens---daniel-and-jennifer Sun, 06 May 2018 10:11:43 GMT
Family portrait with an African flavour https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/family-portrait-with-an-african-flavour Florence brought her whole family, and some dramatic outfits for their portrait session!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) family portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/5/family-portrait-with-an-african-flavour Sat, 05 May 2018 10:45:00 GMT
Engagement studio portrait: Vanessa and Shane https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/engagement-studio-portrait-vanessa-and-shane Engagement shoot: Vanessa and ShaneEngagement shoot: Vanessa and Shane
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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/engagement-studio-portrait-vanessa-and-shane Sat, 28 Apr 2018 10:45:00 GMT
Pet portrait: Mane the Cocker Spaniel puppy https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/pet-portrait-mane-the-cocker-spaniel-puppy How lovely is Mané, the Cocker Spaniel pup?! Cuteness from whiskers to wagging tail. It was so much fun getting these photos which catch him at this playful stage.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dog pet portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/pet-portrait-mane-the-cocker-spaniel-puppy Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:25:57 GMT
3 Dogs and a Wedding: Phil and Vivienne's dog-friendly wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/3-dogs-and-a-wedding-phil-and-viviennes-dog-friendly-wedding After my recent run of dog blogs, I thought I should combine the themes of dogs and weddings. Here's a look back at Phil and Vivienne's dog-friendly wedding. They had their dogs brought along to the open air venue after the ceremony and they had a great run around. I'm afraid the big plastic football didn't last long, though!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dogs pets wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/3-dogs-and-a-wedding-phil-and-viviennes-dog-friendly-wedding Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:01:17 GMT
Prom Portrait: Ella-Mae https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/prom-portrait-ella-mae Ella-Mae came for a pre-Prom portrait, and we created these lovely images for her :-)

If you have a Prom coming up, you can book a portrait session for just £25. Just contact me for more info.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) portrait prom https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/prom-portrait-ella-mae Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT
Pet portrait: Husky puppies Bruce and Biscuit https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/pet-portrait-husky-puppies-bruce-and-biscuit Actually, Husky/Malamute cross puppies (and yes, I had to look that one up :-) Bruce and Biscuit were happy companions, and such beautiful dogs already. I love the one where it looks like Biscuit is laughing!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dog pet portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/pet-portrait-husky-puppies-bruce-and-biscuit Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:06:14 GMT
Wedding Album: Fun village hall wedding at Bodicote House and Kings Sutton https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/wedding-album-fun-village-hall-wedding-at-bodicote-house-and-kings-sutton Happy first anniversary to Faye and James! To celebrate, here's a link to their online album:

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/4/wedding-album-fun-village-hall-wedding-at-bodicote-house-and-kings-sutton Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:30:00 GMT
Pet portrait: Best of friends - Dolly and Lily https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portrait-best-of-friends---dolly-and-lily If you are doing something new, it can help to have a best friend with you. And that definitely seemed to help when mother and daughter's dogs Dolly (the Yorkie) and Lily (the Westie) both came for a studio pet portrait.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dog pets portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portrait-best-of-friends---dolly-and-lily Sat, 31 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT
Pet portrait: Super cute Bichon Frise Belle with the family https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portrait-super-cute-bichon-frise-belle-with-the-family How cute is this! Here is Belle, the Bichon Frise puppy, with her family in a recent studio shoot.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dog pets portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portrait-super-cute-bichon-frise-belle-with-the-family Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:30:00 GMT
Sunny but cool wedding at Woodland Manor Hotel in Bedford – Andy and Jackie https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/sunny-but-cool-wedding-at-woodland-manor-hotel-in-bedford-andy-and-jackie Andy and Jackie planned for hot weather last June, and got it!

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Andy and Jackie got married last summer at the lovely Woodland Manor Hotel, which is an old house on the outskirts of Bedford.
 

Getting ready

Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Jackie got ready in the Bridal Suite with all her family, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. 

Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and the groomsmen took the rather unconventional line of jeans and no jacket. They not only looked great, but on such a scorching hot day it was exactly the right choice.

Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford

I love shooting weddings at Woodland Manor Hotel, because the grounds are so pretty and the building is so lovely. The combination of the grand oak staircase indoors, and the rose garden in full bloom was a real winner.

The ceremony

Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford The wedding itself was in the beautiful main room in the house. Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford During the ceremony they had a special reading - from Winnie the Pooh! It was just inspired.

After the ceremony

Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford The reception was at the same venue and they walked around the gardens for some special photos in the afternoon.

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Jackie surprised everyone by standing up to give a speech, too. A very brave lady. Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford

The human pyramid created by all the youngsters is apparently a family tradition since all the cousins were tiny - impressive! 

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They had a disco in the evening. Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/sunny-but-cool-wedding-at-woodland-manor-hotel-in-bedford-andy-and-jackie Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:01:36 GMT
Pet portraits: Charlie the rescue Collie https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portraits-charlie-the-rescue-collie Charlie the Collie was brought in by Heather for his photos. He is lively and super attentive, and is settling into home life after being handed in to a centre and adopted by Heather. 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dog pet portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portraits-charlie-the-rescue-collie Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:17:55 GMT
Family portraits: Mum and Dad with teenagers https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/family-portraits-mum-and-dad-with-teenagers Emanuel brought his whole family into the studio a while back for these lovely portraits. I always say that for a full session, people are welcome to bring a change of clothes with them, but this family really went to town. Aren't they just stunning!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/family-portraits-mum-and-dad-with-teenagers Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:41:26 GMT
Pet portrait: Dave the rescue cat https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portrait-dave-the-rescue-cat Lucy brought Dave in to the studio for some pet portrait photos. She told me that Dave was a rescue cat. He is in much better condition now than when they got him only a few weeks ago. But it was apparent that he was quite wary of everything, so we took things very gently. With just a little patience, we managed to get these gorgeous memories of him for her.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) cat pet portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/pet-portrait-dave-the-rescue-cat Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:12:17 GMT
Wedding album: Bedfordshire village church wedding - Bruce and Aili https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/wedding-album-bedfordshire-village-church-wedding---bruce-and-aili It seems hard to believe that it's already a year since Bruce and Aili's wedding at St Mary's, Felmersham in Bedfordshire. To celebrate, here's a link to their online wedding album.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/wedding-album-bedfordshire-village-church-wedding---bruce-and-aili Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:32:28 GMT
Gorgeous King Charles Spaniel - Molly https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/gorgeous-king-charles-spaniel---molly Karen brought in her gorgeous King Charles Spaniel for photos the other day. Here are a few of the lovely photos we created together:

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dog pet portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/gorgeous-king-charles-spaniel---molly Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:27:19 GMT
Stylish hotel wedding at Kettering Park Hotel in Kettering – Daniel and Jennifer https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/stylish-hotel-wedding-at-kettering-park-hotel-in-kettering-daniel-and-jennifer Daniel and Jennifer's wedding combined great looks with a lovely venue

Daniel and Jennifer got married last spring at the fab Kettering Park Hotel. It was a stylish wedding, which delighted the eye. I love shooting weddings at Kettering Park Hotel, because the photo opportunities are brilliant and the grounds are so pretty.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/stylish-hotel-wedding-at-kettering-park-hotel-in-kettering-daniel-and-jennifer Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:15:36 GMT
Corby Carnival Crowning 2018 https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/corby-carnival-crowning-2018 A great evening at the Corby Carnival Crowning for 2018! Some moving speeches, and very difficult choices for the adjudicators, but congratulations to everyone involved. Here are the photos sold on the night. You can find lots more photos at http://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/crowning2018

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) event https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/corby-carnival-crowning-2018 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:32:39 GMT
Lesley's 60th birthday party https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/lesleys-60th-birthday-party Congrats to Lesley on your 60th birthday! What a lovely party with family and friends last weekend. Here are some favourite photos from the party:

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) event party https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2018/3/lesleys-60th-birthday-party Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:54:53 GMT
Wedding album: Gary and Gemma in Syston and Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicestershire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/11/wedding-album-gaz-and-gemma-in-syston-and-quorn-grange-hotel-leicestershire Happy first anniversary to Gary and Gemma! To celebrate your Bonfire Night wedding last year, here's a link to your online album, complete with sparkler pictures :-)

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/11/wedding-album-gaz-and-gemma-in-syston-and-quorn-grange-hotel-leicestershire Sun, 05 Nov 2017 16:45:00 GMT
Wedding album: Luke and Vicky in Clapham, Bedford, and the Sharnbrook Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/10/wedding-album-luke-and-vicky-in-clapham-bedford-and-the-sharnbrook-hotel Happy first anniversary to Luke and Vicky, on their wedding blessing in Clapham, Bedford, and The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire. To celebrate, here is a link to their online album:
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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/10/wedding-album-luke-and-vicky-in-clapham-bedford-and-the-sharnbrook-hotel Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT
1-min wedding: Tim and Natalie at Leicester Guildhall and The Bakers Arms, Blaby https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/10/1-min-wedding-tim-and-natalie-at-leicester-guildhall-and-the-bakers-arms-blaby Tim and Natalie got married at Leicester Guildhall, then laid on a coach back to Blaby and The Bakers Arms.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute blaby leicester leicester guildhall leicestershire the bakers arms blaby wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/10/1-min-wedding-tim-and-natalie-at-leicester-guildhall-and-the-bakers-arms-blaby Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Fraser and Helen at Brampton Grange https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/fraser-and-helen-at-brampton-grange Congratulations to Fraser and Helen, who were married today at Brampton Grange, Northamptonshire. A beautiful couple, and a wonderful day to remember!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/fraser-and-helen-at-brampton-grange Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:38:44 GMT
Wedding album: Gavin and Lisa at the Peterborough Marriott https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-gavin-and-lisa-at-the-peterborough-marriott Happy first anniversary to Gavin and Lisa, who got married at the Peterborough Marriott. To celebrate, here is a link to their online album:

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-gavin-and-lisa-at-the-peterborough-marriott Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:58:00 GMT
Wedding Album: Julian and Trisha at Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-julian-and-trisha-at-rushton-hall-northamptonshire Happy first anniversary to Julian and Trisha, who got married at Rushton Hall. To celebrate, here is a link to their online album:

Julian and Trisha's wedding album at Rushton Hall

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-julian-and-trisha-at-rushton-hall-northamptonshire Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:39:43 GMT
1-min wedding: Michael and Charlotte in Rushden and John White Golf Club https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/1-min-wedding-michael-and-charlotte-in-rushden-and-john-white-golf-club Michael and Charlotte got married at Rushden Salvation Army. We then went for photos in Rushden Hall Park before going on to the wedding breakfast and reception at the John White Golf Club.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute john white golf club rushden rushden hall wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/1-min-wedding-michael-and-charlotte-in-rushden-and-john-white-golf-club Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Wedding venues: Kettering Park Hotel, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-venues-kettering-park-hotel-northamptonshire The Kettering Park Hotel is situated just off junction 9 of the A14, on the edge of Kettering, Northamptonshire. There is a large car park, and a dramatic large covered entrance which affords lots of opportunities for arrival and other photos in all weathers. The entrance hall is well appointed, with a pretty staircase and fireplace nook off the stairwell.

The Rutland Suite, on the ground floor, is the larger one, with a central divider which can be opened up. This often closed for the ceremony, and opened up for the wedding breakfast and reception. It is accessed through its own bar area, which is also quite spacious. 

The Rockingham suite is upstairs, and more initimate, and is suitable for smaller wedding parties. It has its own small bar, and there is an outdoor terrace leading off the corridor, too.

Both suites have built in projectors and screens - ideal for my same-day slideshows!

Going through the restaurant, you arrive at spacious gardens, with a pond, lawns, and a permanent gazebo which can be used for wedding ceremonies in good weather. There are lots of opportunities there for beautiful, relaxed wedding photos, either of groups or just the two of you.

See one of my unique Same-Day Slideshows for a Kettering Park Hotel wedding!

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The covered entrance over the driveway at Kettering Park Hotel makes a good location for some photos with your wedding car

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelA bedroom suite

One of the smart bedroom suites at the hotel

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelRutland suite set out for the ceremony

The Rutland Suite set out for the ceremony. Note the jaunty angle pointing towards a corner of the room - quite unusual.

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelLarge group photos are possible in the gardens

The large lawns in the garden have plenty of room for large group photos

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelThe permanent gazebo can be used for ceremonies in good weather

The permanent gazebo can be used for outdoor weddings in good weather. It makes a good location even when the weather is less kind.

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelThe pond and restaurant entrance

Looking back towards the restaurant entrance, with the health spa on the right of picture

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelComposite of bride and groom photos round the varied gardens

Looking out from the restaurant exit across the gardens. This is a composite photo, showing how many different locations are possible for bride and groom photos in these gardens!

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelThe stairwell in the entrance is a good meeting point for guests

The stairwell in the entrance hallway is a convenient meeting point for guests. There is a public bar just beyond this area, on the way to the restaurant.

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelThe stairs also present some lovely photo opportunities

The stairs make a good spot for some pictures of the happy couple.

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelAs does the fireplace nook off the stairwell

And the fireplace nook is also very pretty.

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelThe bar off the Rutland Suite is quite spacious

The Rutland Suite has its own bar area, with room for lots of guests to relax.

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The Rutalnd Suite opened up and set up for the wedding breakfast

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelBoth suites have build in projectors, great for my same-day slideshows!

Both suites have built in projectors and screens.

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The Rutland Suite set out for the evening reception

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The Rockingham Suite set out for the wedding breakfast

Kettering Park HotelKettering Park HotelThere is an open-air terrace off the Rockingham Suite

This terrace is on the first floor, just off the Rockingham Suite

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The Rockingham Suite set out for the evening reception. There is a small dance floor off to the right of this picture.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) kettering park hotel venue wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-venues-kettering-park-hotel-northamptonshire Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Your Wedding Day: The Groom getting ready https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/your-wedding-day-the-groom-getting-ready We often focus on the Bride getting ready. And quite rightly so. But here is a collection of photos of the Groom before the ceremony. It's a time to chill, if you can. Sometimes on your own, often with the Best Man or more of your groomsmen to support you right up to the point when you are waiting for your beautiful Bride to walk up the aisle...

1. One last check for messages on the phone before putting on the jacket and tie for Julian at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire

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2. Michael's Best Man makes sure his button hole is properly attached in this photo at The Haycock in Wansford, near Peterborough Your Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyYour Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyMichael's Best Man makes sure his button hole is properly attached

3. Cravats are not something you wear every day. Fortunately for Chris, Ciro at The Sharnbrook Hotel has helped lots of Grooms before to get it looking good. Your Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyYour Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyCravats are not something you wear every day

4. Hanging out with the Best Man, Andrew (on the right) looks well chilled at his February wedding in Ashby Magnum, Leicestershire. Your Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyYour Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyHanging out with the Best Man

5. Mark with Best Man and groomsmen by the lovely pond at Whaplode Manor, Spalding Your Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyYour Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyMark with Best Man and groomsmen

6. Feeling nervous? Are they trying to drop a hint by leaving the stocks out at Leicester Guildhall? Tim doesn't seem too worried, though. Your Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyYour Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyAre they trying to drop a hint by leaving the stocks out at Leicester Guildhall?

7. And finally the moment comes for Gavin at the Peterborough Marriott. Deep breath... Your Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyYour Wedding Day: The Groom getting readyAnd finally the moment comes. Deep breath...

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/your-wedding-day-the-groom-getting-ready Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Wedding album: Christine and Victoria at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby Masonic https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-christine-and-victoria-at-barton-hall-hotel-and-corby-masonic Happy first anniversary to christine and Victoria, married one year ago at Barton Hall Hotel, just outside Kettering, Northamptonshire, then on to their reception at the Corby Masonic Complex. The day had a New York theme, with the yellow taxi, and even a giant model of the Statue of Liberty! To celebrate, here is their online wedding album:

Wedding album: Christine and Victoria at Barton Hall Hotel and corby Masonic

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album barton hall hotel corby corby masonic complex kettering northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-christine-and-victoria-at-barton-hall-hotel-and-corby-masonic Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 GMT
1-min wedding: Robert and Sarah at Oundle and Brigstock barn https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/1-min-wedding-robert-and-sarah-at-oundle-and-brigstock-barn Robert and Sarah got married at Fletton House, Oundle Registration Office, then went on to an aunt's wonderfully transformed barn in Brigstock, Northamptonshire.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute brigstock northamptonshire oundle wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/1-min-wedding-robert-and-sarah-at-oundle-and-brigstock-barn Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Wedding venues: Barton Hall Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-venues-barton-hall-hotel Barton Hall Hotel must be one of the loveliest wedding settings in the north of Northamptonshire. It is situated in Barton Seagrave, just outside Kettering. Though it is lies close to the main road, it is well protected from traffic by a stone wall and tall trees. The main house is Grade II listed, and the Orangery is Grade II listed. First built in 1550, the hall became the home of Charles Wicksteed, the founder of Wicksteed Park in 1904. After his death, it went through various uses, until it finally became the current hotel and wedding venue.

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The main entrance leads into the Reception, as well as the bar and restaurant.

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Outside the bar and restaurant, guests can wait with a drink on the terrace until it is time for the ceremony.

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Meanwhile, the Bride can get ready in one of the beautiful and spacious rooms in the hotel.

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The terrace slopes down to wide lawns with scattered mature trees. The grassy bank and stone stairs are a prime location for photos.

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And there are further photo opportunities among the trees in the beautiful parkland.

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Inside the main house, there are two staircases. This one is old and very picturesque.

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To get from the rooms to the Orangery, the Bridal party is usually led through the restaurant area. This keeps them out of sight from everyone in the Orangery until the last moment.

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The Orangery is a beautiful old building, flooded with light through its large French doors, and even more through its highly unusual glass domes. the central dome is simply huge.

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There are numerous opportunities for photos in and around the Orangery

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Another good way to use the slope down from the terrace to capture a large group photo

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The archway into the Orangery is often decorated with garlands

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On a sunny day, it is a wonderful sight to see the clear blue sky through the dome

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There are broad vistas of the lawn and parkland from the Orangery

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For the wedding breakfast and evening reception, there is a modern extension providing room for lots of guests, with its own terrace beyond

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The hall set up ready for the wedding breakfast

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And from the opposite direction, taken from the dance floor, set up for the evening reception.

All in all, this is a highly recommended wedding venue. There are numerous opportunities for your wedding photographer to capture great photos of your day.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) barton hall hotel barton seagrave kettering northamptonshire venue wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-venues-barton-hall-hotel Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:12:44 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Wedding Rings https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/your-wedding-day-wedding-rings This week's look at your wedding day options takes in that vital reminder which is usually so central to the ceremony - the wedding rings. 

I'm no jeweller, so forgive me if the captions are not technically correct. But perhaps they might give you some idea of what is available if you haven't got yours ready yet!

1. Classic yellow gold bands

Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsClassic yellow gold bands 2. Simple bands with custom engravings on the inside. On this occasion it's the wedding date, but I've also seen matching halves of love hearts engraved like this

Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsSimple bands with custom engravings on the inside

3. Yellow gold bands, with a few extra diamonds in the Bride's ring Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYellow gold bands, with a few extra diamonds in the Bride's ring

4. Rather more diamonds in the Bride's ring, and this one looks more like white gold, too. Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsRather more diamonds in the Bride's ring, and this one looks more like white gold, too.

5. Some patterns engraved into the Groom's ring, and a dainty jewelled bow design for the Bride Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsSome patterns engraved into the Groom's ring, and a dainty jewelled bow design for the Bride 6. Matching rings of white and yellow gold bands

Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsMatching rings of white and yellow gold bands 7. The patterned yellow gold runs round the centre of this Groom's ring, whilst the Bride has white gold and diamonds

Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsThe patterned yellow gold runs round the centre of this Groom's ring, whilst the Bride has white gold and diamonds 8. A distinctive black ring with yellow gold stripe for this Groom, and yellow gold with diamonds for the Bride

Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding RingsA distinctive black ring with yellow gold stripe for this Groom, and yellow gold with diamonds for the Bride

9. And finally, matching rings with beautiful engraved motifs Your Wedding Day: Wedding RingsYour Wedding Day: Wedding Rings

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/your-wedding-day-wedding-rings Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:45:00 GMT
Michael and Emma's wedding album at The Haycock, Wansford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/michael-and-emmas-wedding-album-at-the-haycock-wansford Happy 1st anniversary to Michael and Emma, who got married at The Haycock, Wansford, near Peterborough. To celebrate, here is a link to their beautiful album online:
The Haycock, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album peterborough the haycock wansford wansford wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/michael-and-emmas-wedding-album-at-the-haycock-wansford Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:14:52 GMT
I Don't Want to Take Photos of your Wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/i-dont-want-to-take-photos-of-your-wedding

If you would like to know more, please contact me today

It may sound strange, but I don’t want to take photos of your wedding.

I don’t want to turn up for a few hours, take the standard snaps, and send you the digital files.

No, I want to celebrate what is unique about you. I want to laugh with you, and cry with you. I want to explore, find the special places, notice all the happens, catch the moment. I want to fade into the background, and just let you be wonderful you.

And maybe make a video at the same time. 

I want you and your guests to see a same-day slideshow of some of your beautiful photos at the start of the Reception. And I want to design a gorgeous album for you. 

  I don't want to take photos of your wedding. 

I want to create memories you will treasure for ever.

If you would like to know more, please contact me today

If you would like to know more, please contact me today

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/i-dont-want-to-take-photos-of-your-wedding Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:16:08 GMT
In Their Own Words: James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings Sutton https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/in-their-own-words-james-and-faye-at-bodicote-and-kings-sutton James tells us about their wedding...

How we first met:

In a museum in Oxford James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonJames teaches guitar, so the best place to hang the dress was between two of them :-)

When I knew he/she was the one:

Within the first few months. James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonThe Registry Office at Bodicote is in beautiful surroundings, especially in Spring.

The one thing we love most about each other:

We make each other roar with laughter. James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonThe Bridal party ready for the grand entrance. We did a posed shot as well, be we all preferred this more spontaneous moment.

The proposal:

Christmas Day, down on one knee. Proper job. James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonFirst look between the Bride and Groom.

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:

We didn't want a church wedding and we needed to have quite a few people at the reception, so a nice registry office and then hiring a village hall was the way to go. James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonExchanging rings

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:

Seeing Mike's stuff online made us want to reach out and contact him for more info. But it was when we went to meet him we decided he was the guy. Mike is very professional but also very friendly and makes you feel right at home straight away. Plus of course the complimentary liquorice allsorts. James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonA quiet moment for the Bride and Groom after the ceremony out in the garden

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:

Seeing my wife walk down the aisle. When they announced we were married. Getting to the reception and seeing everyone. Mike's video.

James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonThe Bride and Groom stroll among the daffodils

How we felt about how the photography went:

We felt that the photography could not have been more suited to what we wanted from the day. Mike did a superb job in every aspect and the slide show was a reel highlight (pun intended). People are still talking about it now months later. It was only once we were back from honeymoon and went to see Mike that we realised just how much he had done. There were shots that we just had no idea about and and it was such a wonderful surprise to see how much stuff we had to choose from! James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonIt helps to have a relative in the executive car business if you need a Rolls for the day!

Our honeymoon:

Was a lesson in doing very little in gorgeous Mexico. James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonBooks and music are a shared love, so Shakespeare played DJ as they let their playlist roll.

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:

Work out what is most important to you. For us it was that everyone was well fed and watered and had a good time, and that we got photographs that will last us a lifetime. We achieved both. James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonBeing well fed meant proper Fish and Chips!

Ceremony venue: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/banbury-ceremony-room James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonA lovely relaxed moment when we went for a short walk outside the reception venue and came across this gorgeous magnolia in full bloom. The smiles say it all.

Reception venue: http://www.kingssuttonhall.co.uk/ James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonThe Bride and Groom didn't even know I was still taking photos as they walked back to the reception hall.

Catering: http://fishandchipcatering.co.uk/about_us.php James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonThe brand new rings on fingers

Hair and make-up: http://katieshairlounge.co.uk/ James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonThe whole family loved the same-day slideshow of some of the ceremony photos at the start of the evening reception.

Ice-cream stall: http://www.mattbenecciicecreamco.co.uk/ James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonJames uses his Ninja powers to cut the cake right the way through...

Bar: http://www.elliottgeorgebars.co.uk/ James and Faye at Bodicote and Kings SuttonFirst dance rounds off the start of the evening celebrations

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bodicote registration office kings sutton northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/in-their-own-words-james-and-faye-at-bodicote-and-kings-sutton Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Wedding Cars https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/your-wedding-day-wedding-cars Either to arrive at the ceremony, or to take you from the ceremony venue to the wedding breakfast and reception venue, many couples hire transport. Here are some of the options my couples have booked for their special day.

1. Stretch limo Range Rover. Many stretch limos are based on cars from the US. But this is a truly British version of the multi-MPV. Gavin used this one to get all the guys to the Peterborough Marriott together.

Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsStretch limo Range Rover 2. How about a Rolls? Charlotte didn't know what Michael had booked for their wedding day in Rushden, and imagine her surprise when a chauffeur pulled up in the Rolls Royce. Of course, it had to feature in lots of the wedding photos...

Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsHow about a Rolls? 3. This looks like another Rolls, but is in fact a Beauford, parked outside Leicester Guildhall and cathedral for Tim and Natalie.

Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsThis looks like another Rolls, but is in fact a Beauford

4. We have a British theme going on here, with a vintage Jaguar to get James and Nicola from Leicester Guildhall to Swithland for the wedding breakfast. Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsA vintage Jaguar 5. James and Ruth went for a Bond car - an Aston Martin. And they actually got to drive it themselves, from Oadby church to Ullesthorpe Best Western.

Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsA Bond car - an Aston Martin

6. Much loved and full of character, how about a VW camper. Jules arrived at Kelmarsh Hall in this one, and it stayed on for some photos after the ceremony, too. Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsMuch loved and full of character, how about a VW camper 7. Take a taxi - a big yellow New York taxi! Christine and Victoria so much wanted a yellow taxi to get them from Barton Hall Hotel to Corby Masonic Complex that this one was driven half way across the country for them. It certainly got lots of attention! Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsTake a taxi - a big yellow New York taxi

 

8. Take a taxi. Literally. For Ruth, the vintage car they had booked broke down on the way to collect her. Fortunately, their neighbour runs a cab and was on hand to rescue her!

Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsTake a taxi. Literally

9. Or a double-decker bus, perhaps. This one took Jan, Sharon and all their guests from the Nothampton Marriott into The Church restaurant in the centre of Northampton. Hold tight please. Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding CarsOr a double-decker bus, perhaps

10. Or for a country wedding like this one in Gretton, Northamptonshire, a coach and horses is just the thing. Thomas and Amy took this one for a ride twice round the village before stopping at the community hall.  Your Wedding Day: Wedding CarsYour Wedding Day: Wedding Cars

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/your-wedding-day-wedding-cars Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Wedding Album: Andrew and Aida on the Suffolk Coast https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-andrew-and-aida-on-the-suffolk-coast Happy first anniversary to Andrew and Aida! To celebrate, here is their gorgeous album, including photos by the sea at Nacton Shores.

 

Andrew and Aida's wedding on the Suffolk coast

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/9/wedding-album-andrew-and-aida-on-the-suffolk-coast Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:29:50 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Father of the Bride https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/your-wedding-day-father-of-the-bride Last week, I shared some photos of the emotional day for the Mother of the Bride (or Groom). This week, it's the turn of the Father of the Bride. Dads are well known for several things - bad jokes, bad dancing, and being particularly soppy about their lovely daughters. Here are some photos which illustrate how the day might go for the Father of the Bride:

1. Dad's first look at his beautiful daughter in her wedding dress. At The Peterborough Marriott, Lisa's Dad wells up, shows he thinks she looks fantastic, and tops it off with a big hug.

Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideDad's first look at his beautiful daughter in her wedding dress Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideDad's first look at his beautiful daughter in her wedding dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The drive to the ceremony - a special moment alone together. Jenny and her Dad arrive arm in arm at The Sharnbrook Hotel

Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideThe drive to the ceremony - a special moment alone together 3. A kiss for the Bride. Dulcie's Dad gives her one last kiss before going into the Kettering Park Hotel for her wedding ceremony

Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideA kiss for the Bride

4. And a kiss from the Groom! Gavin shows how much he loves his soon-to-be Father-in-law :-) Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideAnd a kiss from the Groom!

5. Walking up the aisle. Perhaps the proudest moment. All eyes are on her, but you are there for her. Christina's Dad gives her hand a reassuring squeeze as they make their way up the aisle at Elstow Abbey, Bedford Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideWalking up the aisle

6. Who gives this woman to be married? Dad says "I do", and so hands over his daughter to the Groom. I must say Dulcie's Dad seems a little _too_ pleased to be handing over all responsibilities to Adam! Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideWho gives this woman to be married?

7. And the Father of the Bride wore pink. Socks, that is. Jules' Dad was game to join in the colour scheme. Mind you, none of them knew the wedding dress would also be the same shade of pink for her wedding at Kelmarsh Hall. Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideAnd the Father of the Bride wore pink

8. Tense relations? Groom and new Father-in-law either get on very badly or very well! Ross assured me it was definitely the latter. Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideTense relations?

9. The Father of the Bride usually gives the first speech. To tease or not to tease? Dad jokes can more often get a groan than a laugh, but Robin's Dad has obviously hit the mark in his speech at South Farm, Royston. Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideThe Father of the Bride usually gives the first speech

10. Dads will be Dads... Vicky's Dad insists on wearing a "special" hat for part of his speech, at the Sharnbrook Hotel Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideDads will be Dads

11. ...but we still love them. Katherine gives her Dad a hug, even after he had made her perform her childhood favourite song, "Barbie Girl". Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the Bride...but we still love them

12. After the First Dance, it's the Father's Dance. No Dad dancing here, Christine and Victoria both enjoy a gentle dance with their fathers to live music at Corby Masonic Complex. Your Wedding Day: Father of the BrideYour Wedding Day: Father of the BrideAfter the First Dance, it's the Father's Dance

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/your-wedding-day-father-of-the-bride Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:30:00 GMT
Wedding Album: Ray and Danielle at The Stanwick Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/wedding-album-ray-and-danielle-at-the-stanwick-hotel Happy first anniversary to Ray and Danielle! I'm celebrating with a link to their gorgeous album online. 

They had a wonderful day, starting with a chilled time for the Bride and her bridal party in the cottage. We had fun with the spiral staircase there to show off the dresses and shoes. On a day of sunshine and showers, we had time for some photos separately in the sun, before heading to the ceremony under umbrellas.

There was a live duet during the ceremony - very brave girls! Then out into the courtyard for more photos. These were broken up into multiple short sessions as the showers passed over, giving the happy couple time to mix and chat as well as pose.

During the wedding breakfast I put their slideshow together for later, then it was time to explore the grounds together for some special photos of the two of them. We loved the little fountain in the cottage garden, and went back to the spiral staircase for the photos you see here. 

The slideshow of photos from the ceremony kicked off the evening, and went down a storm. It was then time for first dance with the live band. What a special day!

Ray and Danielle at The Stanwick HotelClick to see the whole album

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album northamptonshire stanwick hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/wedding-album-ray-and-danielle-at-the-stanwick-hotel Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Peter and Lesley's wedding day in Corby https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/peter-and-lesleys-wedding-day-in-corby Congratulations to Peter and Lesley on getting married today. What a lovely wedding at the Corby Cube. We then popped into the park at West Glebe for this happy photo in the late evening sun, before going on the reception at the Ex-Servicemen's Club. Very best wishes to you both.

Wedding Photographer, Corby NorthamptonshirePeter and Lesley's Corby weddingEvening sun in West Glebe Park, Corby

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) corby northamptonshire wedding west glebe park https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/peter-and-lesleys-wedding-day-in-corby Sat, 26 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMT
In Their Own Words: Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/in-their-own-words-andrew-and-katie-at-catworth-and-the-stanwick-hotel  

Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

How we first met:

Through Young Farmers which is essentially a charitable youth club for people in the country, and also through mutual friends. Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

 

When I knew he/she was the one:

We think we realised when Katie was looking at buying a flat on her own - we'd only been together 4 months, but we knew we wanted to buy a house together - a big step! Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

The one thing we love most about each other:

The thing Katie loves most about Andrew is how he always looks after her and puts her before himself. 
The thing Andrew loves most about Katie is that she wants to spend time with me and do things together. Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

The proposal:

I didn't see it coming, but we had discussed we would like to get married one day. We'd been moved into our house for 6 months and had our gorgeous dog Rosie for 5 months. He asked my Dad for a drink on a Wednesday evening (not something they normally do) and my Mum went along too, he asked for their blessing, which they gave. The following day Andy acted really weird and said we were going for dinner - not something we normally do on a Thursday. He was odd all through dinner, and then when we got home (I was feeling very full and a little tipsy) he made me come and see him in the hallway, and there he was, on one knee, with Rosie going a little crazy next to him, and he proposed. Simple and private, it was perfect. Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:

I was never the type of girl to plan my wedding when I was little - it just wasn't something that interested me. However, as soon as I gave it any thought, I knew I wanted to get married at St. Leonard's church in Catworth - the village where I grew up. It was where I went as a little girl, and I like the tradition of it. To me, marriage is a religious act, and that was what felt right.  Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel
To be honest, we only went to one wedding venue - The Courtyard in Stanwick. We didn't need to see anywhere else - it was  perfect and had everything we needed. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the actual building ticked all the boxes we wanted - simple, relaxed, yet a bit pretty, lovely gardens, and rooms for family.

Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography and videography:

We saw a few photographers at wedding fairs but we met Mike at Vesuvio in Sharnbrooke, and he stood out due to the slideshow he does at the end of the day for the Bride and Groom - we thought it was a beautifully special touch and booked him soon afterwards. Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:

We both believe that me walking down the aisle was a big moment - I was incredibly nervous as I don't really like everyone looking at me, but once I saw Andrew and focused on him, it was all ok.
Our first dance was also a big moment - we had done a routine, and were both nervous. We hadn't told anyone so it was a big surprise, but it went well and people seemed to enjoy it! Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

How we felt about how the photography went:

We were both very happy with the photography - we got all the photos we wanted, and didn't feel like taking them took away from the day. Also, the photos that were not staged were done very discreetly, and Mike was very good at 'fading into the crowd' if that makes sense, and sometimes I forgot he was there (I realise that sounds awful and horrible, but its a good thing in an event photographer - promise!)
We also got our photos super duper quickly which pleased and surprised me! Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

Our honeymoon:

We aren't really 'sit on a beach' people - there is too much of the world to explore! We decided to go inter-railing around Europe. We went on the Monday after the wedding on the Saturday, so were still quite tired, but got up at 5am and got the Eurostar to Paris, after a few days went to Zurich, Switzerland, then to Vienna, Austria, then Bled, Slovenia and finally to Croatia where we visited Split and Dubrovnik before flying home for a few days at home before going back to work. It was very tiring, but incredible and so much fun! Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:

Don't stress. Easy to say I know, but if you get your ceremony, venue and photography (we recommend Mike!) booked early, the rest of it kinda just slots into place. I took on doing most of the wedding planning, and I'm quite a calm person and tend to only worry when things need worrying about, but when I did find myself beginning to panic, Andrew always calmed me down. You're doing this as a partnership and that needs to be remembered.
In that vein also, remember why you're doing it - it's for you and your partner - not your family, not your Instagram, not to impress other people. If you want to, or don't want to, do something - that's your decision. Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

 

Ceremony venue: St Leonard's Church, Catworth

Reception venue: The Stanwick Hotel, https://www.thestanwickhotel.co.uk/

Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

Dress: 'Collins' by Maggie Sottero http://serendipitybrides.co.uk/collections/maggie-sottero/

Flowers: A friend in the village

Cake: Waitrose, and decorated by the Bride

Catering: https://www.thestanwickhotel.co.uk/

Transport: A gift from the Bride's Godfather/Uncle

Hair and make-up: http://www.claire-warden.co.uk/ Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

Menswear - Warwicks in Wellingborough
Photobooth - Quality Photobooths
Bridesmaids dresses - ASOS Andrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick HotelAndrew and Katie at Catworth and The Stanwick Hotel

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) cambridgeshire catworth northamptonshire stanwick hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/in-their-own-words-andrew-and-katie-at-catworth-and-the-stanwick-hotel Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Mother of the Bride https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/your-wedding-day-mother-of-the-bride Second only to the Bride for nerves and excitement on your wedding day is often the Mother of the Bride. It's a proud and emotional day for her. An occasion to celebrate, buy a new dress and hat, and wonder where the years went since her little cutie grew into this beautiful woman. Here are some photos of Mums, illustrating just some of the emotions of the day for them:
 

1. Keeping an eye on progress - Jennifer's Mum checking how the hair and make-up are progressing at Kettering Park Hotel

Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideKeeping an eye on progress - Jennifer's Mum checking how the hair and make-up are progressing 2. Ruth's Mum gets some help from a bridesmaid to put on her shoes at home in Oadby, Leicester

Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideMum gets some help from a bridesmaid to put on her shoes

3. Mum buttons up the wedding dress for Laura at Dodmoor House Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideMum buttons up the wedding dress for Laura

4. This one is cheating a little, as it is the mother of the Groom :-) Tom's Mum makes sure his tie looks just right, outside the church at Biddenham, Bedford Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideTom's Mum makes sure his tie looks just right.

5. Rachel's Mum waiting at the door of the church at Felmersham, Bedfordshire, to make sure the Bride arrives safely. She wasn't all that late! Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideRachel's Mum waiting at the door to make sure the Bride arrives safely.

6. Tears during the ceremony are the order of the day. Shelley's Mum needs a tissue at this outdoor ceremony at Sedgebrook House. Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideTears during the ceremony are the order of the day.

7. A warm hug from Kate's proud Mum at Stamford Register Office Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideA warm hug from Kate's proud Mum

8. Aili shows off her new wedding ring to her Mum during the signing of the register at Felmersham Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideAili shows off her new wedding ring to her Mum

9. It sometimes works out that Mum is the best person to give a speech on behalf of the Bride. A tender moment between Emma and her Mum during the speeches at The Haycock, Wansford. Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideA tender moment between Emma and her Mum during the speeches.

10. And if your Mum sings in a band, then at the reception, you might find her up on stage! This is mother of the Groom, Luke, singing front and centre at her wedding reception at The Sharnbrook Hotel. Your wedding day: Mother of the BrideYour wedding day: Mother of the BrideLuke's Mum singing at his wedding reception

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/your-wedding-day-mother-of-the-bride Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Wedding album: Peter and Kate in Stamford and Peterborough https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/wedding-album-peter-and-kate-in-stamford-and-peterborough On their first anniversary, here's a reminder of Peter and Kate's lovely wedding album:

Wedding album: Peter and Kate in Stamford and PeterboroughWedding album: Peter and Kate in Stamford and Peterborough

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album hampton community centre lincolnshire peterborough stamford the george stamford wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/wedding-album-peter-and-kate-in-stamford-and-peterborough Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:57:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: A moonlit goodnight at the Sharnbrook Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/i-love-this-photo-a-moonlit-goodnight Luke and Vicky's reception at the Sharnbrook Hotel near Bedford finished off with this gorgeous scene. The full moon was just above the horizon, and it was lighting up some fluffy nighttime clouds. A little flash lighting on the bride and groom, and here is the result - atmospheric and romantic.

A very challenging, but very satisfying shot! To be honest, it took quite a bit of trial and error. I came outside shortly before I was due to leave at the end of the evening to see if there might be a good spot for a final portrait. I saw the moon on the clouds, and took several trial shots to get the settings about right for the sky. This had to be a compromise. The moon was so much brighter than the clouds that I had to lose all detail on the moon. And I didn't have a tripod with me, so the whole thing had to be hand held, and 1/50th sec is about my safe limit.

I then asked Luke and Vicky if they would like to come outside for a final portrait photo, at which point I could work out the necessary flash setting to go with the pre-defined background exposure. 

Technical Info:

1/50th sec at f/4.0 and ISO 6400, with flash on 1/32 power, using Canon 5DSR and Canon EF24-105 f/4L IS at 24mm. The choice of wide angle was deliberate, in order to get as much depth of field as possible, given I was having to use such a wide aperture. There was also considerable post-processing in Lightroom to control digital noise, to bring out the detail in the clouds, and darken the bushes in the background.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire i love sharnbrook hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/i-love-this-photo-a-moonlit-goodnight Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:35:45 GMT
Wedding Album: Phil and Vivienne's outdoor wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/wedding-album-phil-and-viviennes-outdoor-wedding Happy (recent) anniversary to Phil and Vivienne! I just loved their wedding, outdoors at Clophill, near Bedford. It was great fun to go up to the old St Mary's church ruins and get some atmospheric photos there. Here is a link to their album online. Enjoy! http://onlinealbumproofing.com/…/in…/10071185_1474397809/756

Wedding album: Phil and Vivenne at Clophill, BedfordshireWedding album: Phil and Vivenne at Clophill, Bedfordshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album bedford bedfordshire clophill wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/wedding-album-phil-and-viviennes-outdoor-wedding Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:10:16 GMT
Tim and Natalie at Leicester Guildhall and Blaby https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/tim-and-natalie-at-leicester-guildhall-and-blaby Congratulations Tim and Natalie! A happy group of guests, and a very happy couple. Beautiful settings, both at Leicester Guildhall and The Bakers Arms, Blaby. It was fun on the bus, too!

Wedding photography: Tim and Natalie at The Guildhall, LeicesterTim and Natalie at The Guildhall, Leicester

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) blaby leicester leicester guildhall leicestershire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/tim-and-natalie-at-leicester-guildhall-and-blaby Sat, 12 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMT
Michael and Charlotte in Rushden, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/michael-and-charlotte-in-rushden-bedfordshire Congratulations to Michael and Charlotte on your wedding today at Rushden Salvation Army, followed by photos in the park and a reception at the John White Golf Club. Charlotte looked so beautiful, Michael so happy, and the Rolls Royce was pretty special, too! My very best wishes now and for your future.

Wedding photography: Michael and Charlotte with wedding car at Rushden Hall ParkMichael and Charlotte in Rushden Hall Park

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire rushden rushden hall wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/michael-and-charlotte-in-rushden-bedfordshire Sat, 05 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Andy and Jackie at the Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/1-minute-wedding-andy-and-jackie-at-the-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford Andy and Jackie got married recently at the Woodland Manor Hotel on the outskirts of Bedford. It was a lovely sunny day. and they made the most of the gardens there to relax with family and friends, and also for their wedding photos, which also took in the impressive staircase there.

Here is a 1-minute highlight video of their wedding photos, including a family tradition of all 10 cousins forming a human pyramid!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedford bedfordshire clapham wedding woodland manor hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/8/1-minute-wedding-andy-and-jackie-at-the-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:47:53 GMT
Robert and Sara's barn wedding at Oundle and Brigstock https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/7/robert-and-saras-barn-wedding-at-oundle-and-brigstock Many congrats to Robert and Sarah on their barn wedding today at Brigstock. What a beautiful bride Sarah was, and the barn was totally transformed for the occasion. Brilliant!

Robert and Sara's barn wedding photography at Oundle and BrigstockRobert and Sara's barn wedding at Oundle and Brigstock

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) brigstock northamptonshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/7/robert-and-saras-barn-wedding-at-oundle-and-brigstock Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:30:00 GMT
Jonathan and Sara's wedding at St Mary's, Rushden and the Kettering Park Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/6/jonathan-and-saras-wedding-at-st-mary-s-rushden-and-the-kettering-park-hotel Many congratulations to Jonathan and Sara. They got married today at St Marys, Rushden, then on to the Kettering Park Hotel & Spa. And what a radiant bride she was! My very best wishes for your future together.

Jonathan and Sara's wedding photography at St Mary's, Rushden and the Kettering Park HotelJonathan and Sara's wedding at St Mary's, Rushden and the Kettering Park Hotel

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire rushden st mary's rushden wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/6/jonathan-and-saras-wedding-at-st-mary-s-rushden-and-the-kettering-park-hotel Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:30:00 GMT
Andy and Jackie's wedding at The Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/6/andy-and-jackies-wedding-at-the-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford What a beautiful day for a wedding! And what a lovely wedding it was for Andy and Jackie at Woodland Manor Hotel, near Bedford. Jackie looked stunning, and Andy rocked his denim and waistcoat combo.

Andy and Jackie's wedding photography at The Woodland Manor Hotel, BedfordAndy and Jackie's wedding at The Woodland Manor Hotel, Bedford

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedford bedfordshire clapham wedding wedding day woodland manor hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/6/andy-and-jackies-wedding-at-the-woodland-manor-hotel-bedford Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:30:00 GMT
Daniel and Jennifer's 2-minute wedding video at Kettering Park Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/daniel-and-jennifers-2-minute-wedding-video-at-kettering-park-hotel Daniel and Jennifer tied the knot at Kettering Park Hotel. They added a wedding video to their photography package, and this is the highlights reel. Enjoy!

Daniel and Jennifer's 2-minute wedding video

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/daniel-and-jennifers-2-minute-wedding-video-at-kettering-park-hotel Mon, 29 May 2017 16:15:00 GMT
Bruce and Aili's wedding in Felmersham, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/bruce-and-ailis-wedding-in-felmersham-bedfordshire Bruce and Aili got married at the start of the year at St Mary's, Felmersham, just north of Bedford. For me, it was a bit of a reunion, as Aili had been a bridesmaid for Rachel when she married James Mellor in the same church over two years previously. 

The day was bright, and relatively mild for February. With Aili looking beautiful, and Bruce so proud, it was a lovely service. Many of Bruce's family had made it over from South Africa for the event, and his Mum had even arranged the flowers at the church.

 

Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireBruce and Aili's rings and order of service Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireThe bridal party arrive on foot Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireThe bride and groom - first look down the aisle Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireThe bride showing off the ring to her Mum Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireThe bride does a twirl coming down the aisle at the end of the ceremony Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireThe happy bride and groom pose for photos Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireAll the guests outside the church Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireConfetti time! Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireA short walk down to the riverside. Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireThe bride and groom with St Mary's Felmersham in the background Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireA kind friend of the family allowed us onto her river frontage for this lovely photo near the bridge Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireThe bride and groom showing off their brand new rings Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireIt was snowdrop time! Considering it was a February wedding, they were very lucky with the weather. Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireLate afternoon sunshine lights up the bridge at Felmersham, Bedfordshire Bruce and Aili's wedding photography in Felmersham, BedfordshireMy favourite photo of the day - the bride and groom on the bridge, with St Mary's church in the background

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire felmersham st mary's felmersham wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/bruce-and-ailis-wedding-in-felmersham-bedfordshire Mon, 22 May 2017 16:00:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Peter and Kate at The George, Stamford and Hampton, Peterborough https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/1-minute-wedding-peter-and-kate-at-the-george-stamford-and-hampton-peterborough Peter and Kate love The George Hotel in Stamford, so they used it as a base for their wedding at the Stamford register office. Then in the evening, they were at the Hampton Community Centre in Peterborough.

Peter and Kate at The George, Stamford and Hampton, PeterboroughPeter and Kate at The George, Stamford and Hampton, Peterborough

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute hampton hampton community centre peterborough stamford stamford registration office the george stamford wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/1-minute-wedding-peter-and-kate-at-the-george-stamford-and-hampton-peterborough Mon, 15 May 2017 16:15:00 GMT
Daniel and Jennifer's wedding at Kettering Park Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/daniel-and-jennifers-wedding-at-kettering-park-hotel Congratulations to Daniel and Jennifer, married today at Kettering Park Hotel & Spa. Jennifer looked stunning, Daniel owned the dance floor, and the warmth shared by your two families was obvious. My very best wishes for your honeymoon and your future together.

Daniel and Jennifer's wedding photography at the Kettering Park HotelDaniel and Jennifer at the Kettering Park Hotel

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/5/daniel-and-jennifers-wedding-at-kettering-park-hotel Sat, 06 May 2017 14:15:00 GMT
Andrew and Katie's 2-minute wedding video https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/andrew-and-katies-wedding-video Here are some of the highlights of Andrew and Katie's day, capturing some beautiful scenes at St Leonards in Catworth, and The Stanwick Hotel.

You can now add a professional wedding video to your package really easily. No second cameraman, no extra distractions. Find out more here: http://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/wedding-videography

Andrew and Katie's wedding video highlightsAndrew and Katie's wedding video highlights

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute cambridgeshire catworth northamptonshire stanwick hotel video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/andrew-and-katies-wedding-video Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT
James and Faye's wedding video highlights https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/james-and-fayes-wedding-video-highlights I'm super-excited to present James and Faye's wedding video highlights.

Here are some of the highlights of their day, capturing some beautiful scenes and emotional moments.

You can now add a professional wedding video to your package really easily. No second cameraman, no extra distractions. Find out more here: http://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/wedding-videography

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bodicote kings sutton northamptonshire oxfordshire video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/james-and-fayes-wedding-video-highlights Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:15:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel, Spalding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel-spalding Mark and Julie made full use of the beautiful courtyard and gardens here at the Whaplode Manor Hotel.

Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel, SpaldingMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel, Spalding

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute lincolnshire spalding wedding whaplode whaplode manor hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel-spalding Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:15:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel-northamptonshire Adam and Dulcie loved the staircase and cosy fireplace setting at Kettering Park Hotel, as well as doing a tour of the beautiful gardens.

Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel, NorthamptonshireAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel, Northamptonshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel-northamptonshire Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:15:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Phil and Vivienne at Clophill, Bedfordshire and old St Marys ruins https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-phil-and-vivienne-at-clophill-bedfordshire-and-old-st-marys-ruins Phil and Vivienne had an open-air wedding in a field at Clophill, Bedfordshire. We then went for some creative photos at the nearby ruined St Mary's church.

Phil and Vivienne at Clophill, Bedfordshire and old St Marys ruinsPhil and Vivienne at Clophill, Bedfordshire and old St Marys ruins

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedford bedfordshire clophill old st mary's wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-phil-and-vivienne-at-clophill-bedfordshire-and-old-st-marys-ruins Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:15:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: James and Faye's wedding video in Banbury and Kings Sutton, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-james-and-fayes-wedding-video-in-banbury-and-kings-sutton-bedfordshire James and Faye got married at Bodicote Register Office, near Banbury. They then went back to Kings Sutton village hall for their reception, making the most of the lovely village green there. Here are highlights from their wedding video.

James and Faye wedding video at Banbury and Kings SuttonJames and Faye wedding video at Banbury and Kings Sutton

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bodicote kings sutton northamptonshire oxfordshire video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/4/1-minute-wedding-james-and-fayes-wedding-video-in-banbury-and-kings-sutton-bedfordshire Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:45:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Paul and Shelley at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-paul-and-shelley-at-sedgebrook-hall-northamptonshire 1-minute wedding: Paul and Shelley at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire

Paul and Shelly made the most of this gorgeous location at Sedgebrook Hall in the Northamptonshire countryside, with an outdoor ceremony and a walk round the lovely gardens.

Paul and Shelley at Sedgebrook Hall, NorthamptonshirePaul and Shelley at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute northamptonshire sedgebrook hall wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-paul-and-shelley-at-sedgebrook-hall-northamptonshire Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:00:00 GMT
Gary and Gemma's Bonfire Night wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/gary-and-gemmas-bonfire-night-wedding Last Bonfire Night, Gary and Gemma got married at St Peter and St Paul's, Syston in Leicestershire, then went on to Quorn Grange Hotel for their wedding breakfast and reception. They were blessed with a bright, dry day, which allowed us to explore the gardens for some lovely photo opportunities. And the evening was rounded off with sparklers all round.

Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireBridal preparations with the bridesmaids and the father of the bride - cheers! Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireBridal preparations: Bridal portrait of Gemma, taken just outside her house Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireThe bride arriving at the pretty church of St Peter and St Paul in Syston, Leicestershire Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photo - you may kiss the bride Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: portrait of the bride and groom in the church after the ceremony Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: Beautiful winter sunshine in the gardens at Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicestershire Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: The bride and groom by the pretty pond in the gardens at Quorn Grange Hotel Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireBridal portrait: Pretty silver wedding shoes beautifully complement Gemma's tasteful tattoos Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: A new pair of trousers, delivered very promptly, to rescue the groom from considerable embarrassment! Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: The Best Man's speech, filling the bride in on some of the groom's stag escapades (allegedly) Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: First dance, when the DJ has a technical hitch - OK, let's pretend to juggle! Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: Sparkler art from the bride and groom on Bonfire Night Wedding photography: Gary and Gemma's bonfire night wedding at Syston & Quorn Grange Hotel, LeicestershireWedding photography: A final portrait of the bride and groom at the end of the evening

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) leicestershire quorn quorn grange hotel st peter and st paul syston syston wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/gary-and-gemmas-bonfire-night-wedding Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Dan and Carla at The Marriott Hotel, Northampton https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-dan-and-carla-at-the-marriott-hotel-northampton A fun-filled family wedding for Dan and Carla at the Northampton Marriott, including a trip down to the adjacent lake for some super photos.

Dan and Carla at The Marriott Hotel, NorthamptonDan and Carla at The Marriott Hotel, Northampton

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute marriott hotel northampton northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-dan-and-carla-at-the-marriott-hotel-northampton Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: James and Ruth at Oadby, Leicester and Ullesthorpe Best Western https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-james-and-ruth-at-oadby-leicester-and-ullesthorpe-best-western James and Ruth got married at the pretty church of St Peter's in Oadby, near Leicester. They then hired an Aston Martin to drive themselves to their reception at the Ullesthorpe Best Western, near Lutterworth. It certainly caused quite a stir!

James and Ruth at Oadby and Ullesthorpe Best WesternJames and Ruth at Oadby and Ullesthorpe Best Western

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute leicester leicestershire lutterworth oadby ullesthorpe best western wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-james-and-ruth-at-oadby-leicester-and-ullesthorpe-best-western Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Luke and Vicky and Clapham, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-luke-and-vicky-and-clapham-bedfordshire Luke and Vicky's wedding blessing service was at the church of St Thomas a Beckett in Clapham, just outside Bedford. They then proceeded to The Sharnbrook Hotel for their reception, making the most of the grounds for some lovely outdoor photos.

Luke and Vicky at Clapham, Bedford and The Sharnbrook HotelLuke and Vicky at Clapham, Bedford and The Sharnbrook Hotel

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedford bedfordshire clapham sharnbrook hotel st thomas a beckett clapham wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/3/1-minute-wedding-luke-and-vicky-and-clapham-bedfordshire Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:45:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Gavin and Lisa at the Marriott Hotel, Peterborough https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/gavin-and-lisa-at-the-marriott-hotel-peterborough Gavin and Lisa's wedding was a fun, family affair at the Marriott Hotel in Peterborough.

Gavin and Lisa at The Marriott Hotel, PeterboroughGavin and Lisa at The Marriott Hotel, Peterborough

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute peterborough peterborough marriott wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/gavin-and-lisa-at-the-marriott-hotel-peterborough Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:30:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Bruce and Aili at Felmersham, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-wedding-bruce-and-aili-at-felmersham-bedfordshire Bruce and Aili chose to get married at the picturesque village church in Felmersham, Bedfordshire, which is a short stroll away from the beautiful bridge over the river there. Here are hightlights from their wedding video.

Bruce and Aili at Felmersham, BedfordshireBruce and Aili at Felmersham, Bedfordshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedfordshire felmersham st mary's felmersham video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-wedding-bruce-and-aili-at-felmersham-bedfordshire Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:45:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Julian and Trisha at Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-wedding-julian-and-trisha-at-rushton-hall-northamptonshire Rushton Hall is a historic building with a courtyard, fountains, and manicured lawns sloping down to the lake. Julian and Trish enjoyed a relaxed day there with family and friends.

Julian and Trisha at Rushton Hall, NorthamptonshireJulian and Trisha at Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute northamptonshire rushton hall wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-wedding-julian-and-trisha-at-rushton-hall-northamptonshire Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:30:00 GMT
1-minute video: Christine and Victoria at Barton Hall and Corby Masonic https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-video-christine-and-victoria-at-barton-hall-and-corby-masonic Barton Hall Hotel's orangery is a dream location for a wedding - so light and airy, opening out onto extensive lawns. Christine and Victoria brought an American theme to their day, with a yellow taxi to take them to the Corby Masonic Complex, and model of the Statue of Liberty when they got there! And what a beautiful couple they are, too.

Christine and Victoria at Barton Hall and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria at Barton Hall and Corby Masonic

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute barton hall hotel barton seagrave corby corby masonic complex kettering northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-video-christine-and-victoria-at-barton-hall-and-corby-masonic Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:30:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Michael and Emma at The Haycock, Wansford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-wedding-michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-wansford The Haycock in Wansford, near Peterborough, is full of history and character, with beautiful gardens and access to the river. Michael and Emma made full use of this lovely location on their wedding day.

Michael and Emma at The Haycock, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock, Wansford

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute cambridgeshire peterborough the haycock wansford wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/2/1-minute-wedding-michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-wansford Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:30:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Andrew and Aida on the Suffolk coast https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-andrew-and-aida-on-the-suffolk-coast Andrew and Aida got married in Ipswich, just a few minutes from the beautiful Suffolk coast.

Andrew and Aida on the Suffolk coastAndrew and Aida on the Suffolk coast

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute ipswich suffolk wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-andrew-and-aida-on-the-suffolk-coast Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:15:00 GMT
1-minute-wedding: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire A fun, family wedding with an Italian flavour at this beautiful hotel venue just north of Bedford.

Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel, BedfordshireChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedfordshire sharnbrook hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:15:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Tom and Katherine in Biddenham, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-tom-and-katherine-in-biddenham-bedfordshire Tom and Katherine featured a traditional English tea at their wedding in the beautiful village of Biddenham, just outside Bedford.

Tom and Katherine in Biddenham, BedfordTom and Katherine in Biddenham, Bedford

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedford bedfordshire biddenham wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-tom-and-katherine-in-biddenham-bedfordshire Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:15:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Ray and Danielle at The Stanwick Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-ray-and-danielle-at-the-stanwick-hotel 1-minute wedding: Ray and Danielle at The Stanwick Hotel

Ray and Danielle's pretty summer wedding was a true delight in the pretty setting of The Stanwick Hotel, Bedfordshire. They dodged the summer showers last August and kept smiling all the way.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute northamptonshire stanwick stanwick hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2017/1/1-minute-wedding-ray-and-danielle-at-the-stanwick-hotel Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:15:00 GMT
1-minute wedding: Gaz and Gemma's Bonfire Night wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/gaz-and-gemmas-bonfire-night-wedding Gaz and Gemma braved a 5th of November wedding, outdoor photos and all - and it went beautifully. they started at St Peter and St Paul's in Syston, Leicestershire, and then moved on to the Quorn Grange Hotel. Sparklers for everyone was a great way to mark the occasion.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) syston 1-minute leicester leicestershire quorn quorn grange hotel st peter and st paul's wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/gaz-and-gemmas-bonfire-night-wedding Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:15:00 GMT
In Their Own Words: Luke and Vicky's wedding blessing in Bedford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/in-their-own-words-luke-and-vickys-wedding-blessing-in-bedford How we first met:
We first met when I transferred to the Bedford Sainsburys store. We worked in the same department. One evening, the dishwasher broke and Luke asked for help. I went to help him and we started chatting.

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When I knew he/she was the one:
I knew reasonably soon after we met. Luke took a little longer. Bedford Wedding PhotographerThe groom's first look at his beautiful bride Bedford Wedding Photographer: The groom's first look at his beautiful bride

The one thing we love most about each other:
Luke: Kindness
Vicky: He is caring, loving

Bedford Wedding Photographer: St Thomas a Beckett church in Clapham has a rather high balcony!St Thomas a Beckett church in Clapham has a rather high balcony!Bedford Wedding Photographer

The proposal:
Luke proposed after 4.5 years in Paris on 21/8/14. We were on our way to the Arc de Triomphe. We walked up the Champs Elysees and Luke stopped outside H&M and said will you marry me. I said yes, we then went up the Arc de Triomphe, then went and had a burger, and cocktails at the bar next to the hotel.
This is why Paris was our theme for the reception.

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Bride and groom in the archway leaving the churchBride and groom in the archway leaving the churchBedford Wedding Photographer

Why we chose our wedding blessing ceremony and reception venues:
We chose the church because we liked it and  we felt at home there and it has now become our regular church. Sharnbrook is home to our favourite restaurant. It also has a fantastic space for the reception, rooms for our guests, and Ciro couldn't have been more helpful. Reasonably priced, too. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Relaxed bride and groom portraitRelaxed bride and groom portraitBedford Wedding Photographer

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:
We met Mike at a wedding fair at the Sharnbrook. He was recommended by the hotel and offered nice packages at reasonable prices. When looking at his photos we really liked his style of photography, which is very relaxed. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Confetti timeConfetti timeBedford Wedding Photographer

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:
Spending time with our family and friends. Getting to celebrate how far we had come over the past 18 months. Finally getting to have the day we had worked hard for.
Luke: Seeing Vicky walk down the aisle. And Mike's preview slide show really captured the day, which was a bit of a blur. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Bride and groom going for a little walkBride and groom going for a little walkBedford Wedding Photographer

How we felt about how the photography went:
The photography was  brilliant, relaxed and discreet in the church and flexible at the reception. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Champagne on arrival at The Sharnbrook HotelChampagne on arrival at The Sharnbrook HotelBedford Wedding Photographer

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:
Spend time looking around. Speak to lots of vendors , go to lots of wedding fairs to get ideas and often lots of discounts for booking with them. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Time to unwind in the grounds of The Sharnbrook HotelTime to unwind in the grounds of The Sharnbrook HotelBedford Wedding Photographer

Our wedding vendors:

Reception venue (if different): http://www.thesharnbrookhotel.com/

Wedding planner: me  although  Zulika Wightman at www.facebook.com/GoldenPoppyEvents/  is fantastic Bedford Wedding Photographer: Bride and groom portrait in the gardens at the Sharnbrook HotelBride and groom portrait in the gardens at the Sharnbrook HotelBedford Wedding Photographer

Flowers: www.fleurette-florist.co.uk

Cake: https://www.facebook.com/Cakes-by-Kirsty-B-205211506182792/

Hair and make-up: Hair  : Demi at Images, Bedford. Make up Kate Ashpole Bedford Wedding Photographer: The Sharnbrook "classic" photo!The Sharnbrook "classic" photo!Bedford Wedding Photographer

 

Any other vendors: Menswear by Moss Bros.
Chair covers and lights from Quality Chair Covers . Bedford Wedding Photographer: Moonlit night time portrait of the bride and groomMoonlit night time portrait of the bride and groomBedford Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) clapham bedford bedfordshire sharnbrook hotel st thomas a beckett wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/in-their-own-words-luke-and-vickys-wedding-blessing-in-bedford Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
Headshot portrait: Renato the DJ https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/headshot-portrait-renato-the-dj Headshot portrait: Renato the DJ

Renato is an upcoming DJ. He had a big gig lined up in London, and wanted some headshots for publicity ahead of that. We had great fun trying out different looks, and he was spoilt for choice at the end of the day.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) headshot portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/headshot-portrait-renato-the-dj Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Welling up https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/i-love-this-photo-welling-up Getting to the front at the ceremony at Barton Hall Hotel's Orangery, with his daughter all dressed up, looking gorgeous, and about to commit herself to a loving relationship. Definitely a challenging moment for even the stiffest upper lip on the toughest guy, and it's perfectly appropriate for a tear to be shed at that point. Adding to that, Victoria's dad was relieved and over-joyed just to be able to be at her big day, after some difficulties earlier in the year. A touching moment of father-daughter closeness.

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) barton hall hotel barton seagrave i love kettering northamamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/12/i-love-this-photo-welling-up Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:13:03 GMT
Their Wedding Day: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/their-wedding-day-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel Earlier this year, Chris and Emily celebrated their wedding at The Sharnbrook Hotel, near Bedford. These photos tell some of the stories of that lovely day.

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

Look - Nanny gave me some chocolate! Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

How do you tie a cravat? Ciro is sure to know... 

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

It's time. Is everyone here? This photo shows off Emily's lovely pastel colour scheme for the bouquet and bridesmaids. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

First kiss, on a red carpet strewn with rose petals. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

Mummy and Daddy are now Mr & Mrs! Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

A short ride down to the really pretty neighbouring village of Felmersham gave Chris and Emily some time to chill out together, as well as some great photo opportunities.

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

A short walk across the bridge...

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

...to find some spring blossom

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

These marble floors are perfect for sliding around on. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

A little something to help the nerves before the speeches turned out to be strong stuff. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

Confetti time in front of the Amalfi Suite.

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

Chris and Emily used photos from their free pre-wedding portrait session to order one of my signing books to pass round at the reception.

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

We made the most of "Golden Hour" to get some more lovely photos of the Bride and Groom in the grounds of The Sharnbrook.

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

Time to cut the cake. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

First dance Italian style seems to involve enough streamers to tie the couple together on the dance floor!

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook HotelChris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel

Still going at 9pm - a little star from first till last.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire sharnbrook hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/their-wedding-day-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:39:13 GMT
I Love This Photo: Where's the Bride? https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/i-love-this-photo-wheres-the-bride This photo appears in the sample slideshow I often show to couples wondering about wedding photography, and it tends to get one of the biggest giggles. Was Rachel late arriving at Felmersham church? Not particularly. But it was fun to catch the vicar checking his watch, and Rachel's Mum looking sheepishly back towards the gate.

 

Tech info:

1/160 sec at f/8 and ISO 200 - pretty standard settings for outdoors on a bright day. Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF24-105 f/4L IS at 105mm. 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire felmersham i love wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/i-love-this-photo-wheres-the-bride Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:43:50 GMT
Wedding Day Your Way: 7 more beautiful wedding dresses to inspire you https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-day-your-way-7-more-beautiful-wedding-dresses-to-inspire-you After our last look at gorgeous wedding dresses, another treat for you. These beautiful brides and their lovely dresses may spark further ideas for you

1. Vicky has a beautiful strapless wedding dress with a full train and long veil

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2. Gemma's strapless wedding dress with flouncy skirt

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3. The net layer transforms the skirt of Helen's fitted dress

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4. Dawn wows us with a very full dress, with striking diagonal at the bust

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5. A little more unusual, this medieval-inspired design with the built-in sash worked perfectly for Rachel at the ancient Leicester Guildhall

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6. Kate chose a tea length wedding dress in subtle blue-grey, from the Fairy Goth Mother

Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Peter and Kate's wedding at StamfordPeter and Kate's wedding at StamfordPeterborough Wedding Photographer

7. And finally, the stunning Jules demonstrates an eye-catchingly unconventional colour choice!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire kelmarsh hall leicester leicester guildhall leicestershire northamptonshire sharnbrook hotel stamford registration office wedding wedding day wedding dresses https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-day-your-way-7-more-beautiful-wedding-dresses-to-inspire-you Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:13:30 GMT
Wedding Day Your Way: 9 beautiful wedding dresses to inspire you https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-day-your-way-9-beautiful-wedding-dresses-to-inspire-you What style wedding dress would you prefer? Enjoy these superlative looks as these beautiful brides enjoy their stunning dresses...

1. Dulcie chose this classic look - lace over the shoulders and buttons down the back, with a round train

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2. Carla's look - slightly less-covered shoulders, and a bow detail in the small of the back

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3. Christine's dress has shoulders more covered, and a peep-hole back

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4. Ashlee has a plunging lace back, and a more fitted dress, flaring at the knees

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5. Christina in a halter neck and long train

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6. Katherine's cross-over back with lace cap-sleeves

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7. Emily in an off-the shoulder lace, combined with long, flowing veil Sharnbrook wedding photographer: Off-the shoulder lace wedding dressOff-the shoulder lace wedding dressBedford wedding photographer

8. Victoria chose cut-away shoulders, with lace to the collar

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9. Laura has very thin lace neck line, and full lace dress

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire dodmoor house fawsley hall felmersham kettering park hotel leicestershire northamptonshire wedding wedding day wedding dresses https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-day-your-way-9-beautiful-wedding-dresses-to-inspire-you Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:13:19 GMT
Wedding Album Design: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel Mark and Julie's album really shows off the great converted barn and stables at Whaplode Manor Hotel, near Spalding. Not only that, but the enclosed courtyard provided numerous opportunities for beautiful photos of both the couple, and bigger groups. With a large pond and picturesque bridge, and raised beds full of flowers in full bloom, they were spoilt for choice.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album lincolnshire spalding wedding whaplode whaplode manor hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:27:36 GMT
Wedding Album Design: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel Wedding Album Design: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel

Adam and Dulcie really enjoyed their vintage Beauford Open Tourer wedding car, so naturally ir features in quite a few of their album picks. They also made the most of both the outdoor and indoor opportunities for photos at the Kettering Park Hotel.

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:21:15 GMT
Wedding Album Design: Dan and Carla at Northampton Marriott https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-dan-and-carla-at-northampton-marriott Dan and Carla's album features their relaxed, family-friendly day at the Northampton Marriott. The day starts with some bridal portraits at her parents' house, followed by a ride a stretch limo to the hotel. After the ceremony, there were ice-creams for everyone (remember summer??), then we went for a short ride down to the lake for the bride and groom to chill, and catch some stunning photos on the jetty.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album northampton northampton marriott northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-dan-and-carla-at-northampton-marriott Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:15:14 GMT
Wedding Album Design: Paul and Shelley's outdoor ceremony at Sedgebrook House https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-paul-and-shelleys-outdoor-ceremony-at-sedgebrook-house Paul and Shelley's album features the beautiful outdoor ceremony at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire. Another notable spread is of the "sabrage", where the Groom removes the cork from a champagne bottle using a sabre. They also made good use of the lawns and gardens around the house for their photos.

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Wedding Album Design: Paul and Shelley at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley at Sedgebrook HallWedding Album Design

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album northamptonshire sedgebrook hall wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-paul-and-shelleys-outdoor-ceremony-at-sedgebrook-house Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:08:04 GMT
In their own words: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/in-their-own-words-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Some encouragement from the chief BridesmaidSpalding Wedding Photographer How we first met:
We met at work, just started talking to each other Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: A song and a dance getting readySpalding Wedding Photographer

When I knew he/she was the one:
We have so much in common, can tell each other anything and always want to be together Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Groom and groomsmen chilling by the pondSpalding Wedding Photographer

The one thing we love most about each other:
We always make each other laugh Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Here comes the bride - careful on those stairs!Spalding Wedding Photographer

The proposal:
Completely out of the blue. Mark asked me to marry him just before we went to Florida. It was the best feeling ever. Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Bride and groomSpalding Wedding Photographer

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:
Very private venue, close to home and easy for family to get to. Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Signing the registerSpalding Wedding Photographer

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:
We looked online once we had chose the date and venue and researched photographers, we liked his web page and the packages he offered. Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Confetti timeSpalding Wedding Photographer

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:
Walking down the stairs and seeing mark waiting there. The exchanging of our vows, slide show and first dance. Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: On the bridge over the lily pondSpalding Wedding Photographer

How we felt about how the photography went:
It was relaxing and pleasurable, very professional. Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: A relaxed walk round the gardensSpalding Wedding Photographer

Our honeymoon:
We went to Venice for three nights. Rode in a gondola which was amazing and we had a coffee in st marks square, very romantic. On returning we spent the evening at the ritz and went for a meal at the London steak house in Chelsea. The most amazing time. Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Bride and groom with bees buzzing in the lavender Spalding Wedding Photographer

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:
It's all in the planning. Never to early to start planning. Make sure you get all vendors booked early. We was very well organised and it was so relaxing has we had finished everything a few weeks prior to the big day. Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Composite of photos of the bride and groom in the courtyard and gardensSpalding Wedding Photographer

Ceremony venue: Whaplode manor

Dress: Love and lace sleaford

Flowers: The flower basket, holbeach

Cake: Cakes by Adele

Catering: Whaplode manor

Transport: Our own

Hair and make-up: Jemma,personal friend

Any other vendors: Fairytale finishing touches who decorated the wedding venue Spalding Wedding Photographer: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor HotelMark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel: Sunset portrait of the bride and groomSpalding Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) lincolnshire spalding wedding whaplode whaplode manor hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/in-their-own-words-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:41:00 GMT
In their own words: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/in-their-own-words-michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-hotel-wansford How we first met:
Emma was a neighbour of one of my best friends, who I used to knock on the door for every morning. When playing out with him we would  call for his neighbour Emma and we used to go round and we got closer and closer. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: Wedding ringsPeterborough Wedding Photographer

When I knew he/she was the one:
Michael (Groom): I knew Emma was the one when we embraced my passion for gaming when we used to play on the playstation together, mainly the dance mat.
Also the love and comfort from her when we used to relax on watch films together. Our love might have taken a pause however when our lives crossed again the same love was there from the first meeting.
Emma(Bride): I knew Michael was the one when we use to relax and watch tv/films together and that he was able to put up with my moodiness.
I love how honest and caring Michael is towards me. I am so glad that we have come back into each others life as i love him so much and could not imagine my life without him.

Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: Bridal portraitPeterborough Wedding Photographer

The one thing we love most about each other:
Michael (Groom): The way Emma pretends something doesn't bother her but I know deep down it does because she thinks that she has to play it cool.
Emma(Bride):The way he annoys the hell out of me but always manages to make me smile. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: Flower girl scattering petalsPeterborough Wedding Photographer

You may not know, but ...:
Michael (Groom): When Emma doesn't like doing something but she does well at it. Surprise she pulls a funny/silly face and breaks into a smile that she was trying to hold back.
Emma(Bride): How he just makes a joke out of anything even if its serious. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: First kissPeterborough Wedding Photographer

The proposal:
Michael (Groom): We went to a hotel for a meal and to stop over. On the way we got stuck behind a wedding car and Emma moaned the hold journey about weddings. However over dinner I proposed to Emma with a lot of nerves. There was a quite but excited yes and a geeky smile from me.
Emma(Bride): To be truthful yes i did see it coming as the whole car journey Michael was very shifty and nervous but when he did propose i was slightly speechless and very excited all at the same time. Michael was also very emotional during this time. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: Married!Peterborough Wedding Photographer

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:
We chose the Haycock in Wansford to the wedding ceremony and reception venue as it was great for our size of wedding. Also we planned for rain so it had great photo opportunities with the interior and exterior, as it was an old building with great stone internal walls. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: Wedding ringsPeterborough Wedding Photographer

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:
Mike was at the East of England wedding fair and came across very friendly and not forcing his ideas upon us. Also Mike did a great slideshow with is different from other photographers.

Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: At the entrance to The HaycockPeterborough Wedding Photographer

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:
Michael (Groom): Crying in the Grooms speech but making others cry with happiness.
Emma(Bride): Saying our vows, high fiving khian on the way out of the ceremony, being surrounded by friends and family. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: Group photo from upstairsPeterborough Wedding Photographer

How we felt about how the photography went:
Great the group photo didn't work well but it captured the day well.
Mike took his time with us to get the right shots. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: The bride and groom in the courtyardPeterborough Wedding Photographer

Our honeymoon:
We went to Crete for 7 nights. It was beautiful and so relaxing.
All the staff at our hotel were so nice and helpful, even giving Emma and birthday cake and a bottle of wine. The hotel staff were so caring making the honeymoon amazing.
We had a swimming up room, so no need for racing to pool. We could just relax, take our time and do what we want. Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: The bride and groom on the bridge in WansfordPeterborough Wedding Photographer

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:
Plan early, list everything you want and put a budget down. Stick to the budget and do not settle.
Planning early should allow for you to shop around.

Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: The bride and groom on the bridge in Wansford, with the hotel in the backgroundPeterborough Wedding Photographer

Ceremony venue: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/the-haycock-hotel/

Dress: www.bridaldreamsuk.com/

Flowers: www.helpstonflowerhouse.com/

Cake: www.crowlandcakecreations.co.uk/

Hair and make-up: www.beaux-amis.co.uk/

Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Michael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, WansfordMichael and Emma at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford: First dancePeterborough Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) peterborough the haycock wansford wansford wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/in-their-own-words-michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-hotel-wansford Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:58:08 GMT
1-minute Wedding Video: Tom and Katherine at Biddenham, nr Bedford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-tom-and-katherine-at-biddenham-nr-bedford Tom and Katherine at Biddenham, nr Bedford

Tom and Katherine enjoyed their special day at St James parish church, and Biddenham Village Hall, on the outskirts of Bedford. 

Tom and Katherine's wedding at Biddenham, nr BedfordBedford Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedford bedfordshire biddenham video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-tom-and-katherine-at-biddenham-nr-bedford Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:25:42 GMT
1-minute Wedding Video: Michael and Emma at The Haycock, Wansford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-wansford Michael and Emma got married at The Haycock, Wansford, near Peterborough. On a showery day, this was a lovely place to be - plenty of light, and in the dry! And when the skies cleared later in the day, we still got some super photos in the courtyard, the gardens, and on the ancient bridge.

Michael and Emma's wedding at The Haycock, WansfordPeterborough Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute peterborough the haycock wansford video wansford wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-wansford Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:25:28 GMT
In their own words: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/in-their-own-words-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel How we first met:
Adam and I first met at the school where I worked. I was a class teacher and he was a sports coach who ran clubs at the school a couple of times a week. We got chatting and eventually went on our first date. 6 years later and we're now married and working at a different school together! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: Bridal portraitNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

When I knew he/she was the one:
We both knew very quickly that we wanted to be together, probably within only a couple of weeks. Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel; First lookNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

The one thing we love most about each other:
Whatever the situation, good or bad, we always manage to make each other laugh! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: Signing the registerNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

The proposal:
We booked to go to Bournemouth for a couple of nights in August 2015. I had an inkling that Adam might propose as we'd talked about it months before but what I didn't know was that he'd had the ring in his top drawer for about 6 weeks! On the first evening, we went out for a lovely dinner and then walked back to the hotel. When we got back to the room, Adam went into the bathroom and came out holding a ring. I then immediately started crying hysterically! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I continued to cry hysterically but eventually managed to say yes. Adam then froze until I prompted him to put the ring on my finger and afterwards we rang all of our family whilst drinking prosecco. The next day, we went to Monkey World which was the perfect way to spend our first day as a newly engaged couple! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: With the wedding car outside the hotelNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:
We chose Kettering Park Hotel for our wedding ceremony and reception as it's in a great location for us and our families. I had also been to a wedding there several years ago and thought the venue looked stunning. I'd heard great reviews about the food too! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: In the vintage wedding carNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:
We chose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography because, after extensive research on the internet and at wedding shows, it looked the most reasonably priced and had good reviews.

Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: A relaxed walk in the gardensNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:
It's so hard to choose just a few memorable moments as the whole day was incredible but the part that I probably enjoyed the most was walking down the aisle. I loved seeing everyone smiling as I walked towards them and then seeing Adam for the first time. Some other amazing moments were driving to the venue with my dad in a beautiful Beauford Open Tourer, listening to the speeches after the wedding breakfast, seeing the photographer's slideshow as the evening guests arrived and watching all of our family and friends having so much fun on the dance floor! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: The bride and groom in the gardensNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

How we felt about how the photography went:
Mike was fantastic! From the very first meeting, he made us feel comfortable. He helped us to work out what was important to us and what we wanted as an end result. During the meeting at the venue before the big day, Mike talked us through everything and made sure we knew exactly what to expect. On the wedding day, he was very thorough and made sure we had all of the photo opportunities that we had requested. One of the highlights of the day was watching a preview of the slideshow. So many guests commented on what a lovely touch it was and it had quite a few of us in tears!
Since the wedding, we, and all four sets of parents, have purchased a copy of the slideshow (which now has double the number of photos in it) and we couldn't be more thrilled. The quality of the photo album that Mike produced for us is also excellent and we are able to re-live our day every time we look through it! 

We would definitely recommend Mike Brown Photographic to other couples. Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: Composite photo of the relaxed walk round the gardens with the bride and groomNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

Our honeymoon:
We went to the Maritim Resort & Spa in Mauritius for our honeymoon. It was an all inclusive, 5 star hotel and we loved every minute! There was so much to do in the resort that we didn't ever venture outside the grounds - sun bathing on the beach or by the pool, a wide range of water sports, spa treatments, visiting & feeding giant tortoises, walking through the tropical gardens, golf, mini golf, tennis, archery, horse riding (although we didn't attempt all of these), etc. The people were so friendly and couldn't do enough for us and the food in the 5 restaurants was amazing! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: live streaming the speechesNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:
Be prepared that it can be very stressful at times and there is way more to do than you initially expect but it's so worth it in the end! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: The Best Man proposes a toast - lolNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

Ceremony venue: http://www.thwaites.co.uk/hotels-and-inns/hotels/kettering-park-hotel/

Dress: http://www.bridesofwellingborough.co.uk/

Flowers: http://www.bellafiorifloristkettering.epageuk.com/ Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: Indoor shot of the bride and groom on the lovely staircaseNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

Cake: https://www.facebook.com/jackiescreateacake/

Transport: http://www.warktonweddingcars.co.uk/

Hair and make-up: http://www.kingsandqueenshairdressing.co.uk/ and http://www.leanne-brown.com/

Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelAdam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel: First danceNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/in-their-own-words-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:24:39 GMT
1-minute Wedding Video: Andrew and Aida's Suffolk seaside wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-andrew-and-aidas-suffolk-seaside-wedding A sunny day at Ipswich Holiday Inn and Nacton Shores blessed Andrew and Aida's Suffolk wedding.

Andrew and Aida's Suffolk seaside weddingSuffolk Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute ipswich suffolk video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-andrew-and-aidas-suffolk-seaside-wedding Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Wedding album design: James and Ruth in Oadby and Ullesthorpe Best Western https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-james-and-ruth-in-oadby-and-ullesthorpe-best-western What a gorgeous setting at St Peter's, Oadby, then over to the Aston Martin to take them to Ullesthorpe, with its lovely countryside. Ever seen a wedding cake in the shape of a racing car? Or a matching balloon sculpture??

Wedding album design: James and Ruth at Oadby and UllesthorpeJames and Ruth at Oadby and UllesthorpeWedding album design

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album leicester leicestershire lutterworth oadby ullesthorpe best western wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-james-and-ruth-in-oadby-and-ullesthorpe-best-western Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
1-minute Wedding Video: Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel, nr Spalding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel-nr-spalding Mark and Julie celebrated their wedding day at Whaplode Manor Hotel, near Spalding, Lincolnshire. Their photos made full use of the beautiful sheltered courtyard, with its pond, bridge, and secret pathways.

Mark and Julie at Whaplode Manor Hotel, nr SpaldingLincolnshire Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute lincolnshire spalding video wedding whaplode whaplode manor hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-mark-and-julie-at-whaplode-manor-hotel-nr-spalding Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
In their own words: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby Masonic https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/christine-and-victorias-wedding-at-barton-hall-hotel-and-corby-masonic Christine and Victoria's American themed wedding featured red white and blue decorations, a yellow taxi, and a Statue of Liberty!

Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

How we first met:
We first met eight years ago through some mutual friends. We were never really close friends. Then in 2011 we stumbled across each other on a night out and conversation flowed with several drinks, and this is where we had our first kiss. After several dates we were soon inseparable. Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

When I knew she was the one:
After some tough times we decided to go on a little date and have 'us time' and trying to reconnect with each other, this was back in 2012 and it was a snowy evening. After much conversation and many laughs, I just knew then no matter what we would pull through anything together.  Victoria has always had the ability to make me smile through anything and that alone is something I feel any couple needs in life. Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

The one thing we love most about each other:
Christine: I love Victoria's kindness, she will never judge anyone or anything in life and because of this we are together today.
Victoria: I love that Christine always puts me first, no matter what I'm needing in life she is always there one step ahead making it happen. Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

The proposal:
We were in London for the day as a birthday present for me (Christine). We had a fantastic day and finished it off with a lovely meal. After dinner we were at St Pancras station, stood outside with no one around and Victoria then asked me to marry her, so overwhelmed by it all I cried a lot! But it's worth it all. Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:
We chose our wedding venues on gut instinct, I guess kind of like meeting the 'one' when you know you just know. Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:
We had seen Mike's work and were very impressed with the quality of it and the variety of options there were to offer. At our meeting with Mike was when we made our decision to choose him. He is incredibly kind and professional, and we both instantly felt comfortable in his company.

Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:
This is such a hard one.... the whole day is one big moment that we loved! Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

How we felt about how the photography went:
We are both very happy with the wedding photos from our big day, all of them really capture such special moments and you can feel the emotion in them all.

Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

Our honeymoon... 
was incredible, having some time to relax after all the planning! We were both ready for some down time in the shape of a sun lounger. Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:
Don't ever worry about making cuts on the guest list or decorations! It's your day so do it your way. Definitely plan for a honeymoon, after all the planning and organising you need some time out to spend with your other half. Corby-Kettering Wedding Photographer: Christine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicChristine and Victoria's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby MasonicCorby-Kettering Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) barton hall hotel barton seagrave corby corby masonic complex kettering northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/christine-and-victorias-wedding-at-barton-hall-hotel-and-corby-masonic Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:30:00 GMT
Gaz and Gemma at St Peter and St Paul's Syston and Quorn Grange Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/gaz-and-gemma-at-st-peter-and-st-pauls-syston-and-quorn-grange-hotel A beautiful autumnal wedding today for Gaz and Gemma at St Peter and St Paul's, Syston, and Quorn Grange Hotel, near Leicester. Congratulations to you both, and very best wishes for your future together.

Leicester wedding photographer: A beautiful autumnal wedding for Gaz and Gemma at Quorn Grange HotelA beautiful autumnal wedding for Gaz and Gemma at Quorn Grange HotelLeicester wedding photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) leicestershire quorn quorn grange hotel st peter and st paul's syston syston wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/gaz-and-gemma-at-st-peter-and-st-pauls-syston-and-quorn-grange-hotel Sat, 05 Nov 2016 23:54:43 GMT
Wedding album design: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel, nr Bedford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-nr-bedford Here is Chris and Emily's lovely album from their wedding earlier this year at The Sharnbrook Hotel, near Bedford. Some lovely ones here of the emotional ceremony, and of the beautiful scene around the bridge at Felmersham, just a short drive down the road. Then there were the Golden Hour outdoor portraits as the sun was setting, and the huge amounts of streamers tying them together during first dance. 

Wedding Album Design: Chris and Emily at The SharnbrookChris and Emily at The SharnbrookWedding Album Design

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album bedfordshire sharnbrook hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/wedding-album-design-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-nr-bedford Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
1-minute wedding video: Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel Adam and Dulcie enjoyed their beautiful wedding car and the great setting of Kettering Park Hotel for their photos. We also explored the lovely gardens together to get some special photos of the two of them.

Adam and Dulcie at Kettering Park HotelKettering Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-adam-and-dulcie-at-kettering-park-hotel Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:45:00 GMT
Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook Hall https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/paul-and-shelleys-outdoor-wedding-at-sedgebrook-hall Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

How we first met:
We met on match.com and had our first date at the Priory restaurant. My friend drove me over as I was so nervous and Paul was waiting at the door for me. Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

When I knew he was the one:
I knew straight away. He was kind, honest  (sometimes painfully so), funny, and we had a lot in common. We could talk for hours and hours at a time. I lived in Kent at the time, and he would drive all the way to see me after 12-16 hour shifts. Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

The one thing we love most about each other:
We always make each other laugh. Just over little things. And that's the most important thing to us. We try to make each other happy every day.  Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

The proposal:
Paul proposed to me 10 months after we met at the same place we had our first date. I had no idea, and it was perfect. He thought no-one had seen but then people in the car park started clapping!  Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:
I visited it on a spur of the moment decision when another wedding fair I'd been to had been a big disappointment. Just fell in love with it straight away, the grounds and the combination of old and new were perfect. I took Paul the following week and he loved it too. Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:
We met Mike at a wedding fair and he was very chatty and talked us through some previous weddings he had done. Afterwards I emailed a couple of questions and he always replied really quickly so it set a good precedent for the service we received. Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:
The whole day was perfect but a couple of my favourite moments were when Paul did the sabrage with a bottle of champagne...  Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer and also Mike's slideshow of our photos when the evening guests arrived. There were a few tears all round.

Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

How we felt about how the photography went:
We were really happy with the photography, nothing was too much trouble and we appreciated that we didn't have to do lots of forced posed photos as that really isn't our thing.  Our day was captured perfectly, and our friends and family commented on how great the photos were. Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

Our honeymoon:
We had our honeymoon 3 months before the wedding as we found out we were expecting our baby girl and I was nearly 7 months pregnant when the wedding came around.  We went on a cruise around the Canaries and it was really lovely. Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:
Our advice would certainly be not to stress about the little details. Make sure you have booked the main things nice and early..venue, photographer, flowers, cake etc and then just enjoy picking out the small things and seeing your day come together. Northampton Wedding Photographer: Paul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallPaul and Shelley's outdoor wedding at Sedgebrook HallNorthampton Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire sedgebrook hall wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/paul-and-shelleys-outdoor-wedding-at-sedgebrook-hall Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:19:39 GMT
Gavin and Lisa at Peterborough Marriott https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/gavin-and-lisa-at-peterborough-marriott Congratulations to Gavin and Lisa, married today at Peterborough Marriott

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) peterborough peterborough marriott wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/gavin-and-lisa-at-peterborough-marriott Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:57:42 GMT
Julian and Trisha at Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/julian-and-trisha-at-rushton-hall-northamptonshire Congratulations to Julian and Trisha, married today at Rushton Hall. 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire rushton hall wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/julian-and-trisha-at-rushton-hall-northamptonshire Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:44:39 GMT
1-minute wedding video: James and Ruth's sports car at Oadby and Ullesthorpe https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-james-and-ruths-sports-car-at-oadby-and-ullesthorpe Today's 1-minute wedding takes us back to Spring this year, when James and Ruth got married at St Peter's, Oadby, then drove themselves in style, in an Aston Martin no less, to their reception at Ullesthorpe Court Hotel, in the heart of rural Leicestershire.

James and Ruth at Oadby, Leicester, and UllesthorpeLeicestershire Wedding Photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute leicester leicestershire oadby ullesthorpe best western video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/11/1-minute-wedding-video-james-and-ruths-sports-car-at-oadby-and-ullesthorpe Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:45:00 GMT
Christine and Victoria at Barton Hall Hotel and Corby Masonic Complex https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/christine-and-victoria-at-barton-hall-hotel-and-corby-masonic-complex Many congratulations to today's wedding couple, Christine and Victoria, who got married in the beautiful orangery at Barton Hall Hotel, Kettering. Their wedding had a colourful New York theme, complete with big yellow taxi, and even a 2m-tall Statue of Liberty at the reception at the Corby Masonic Complex.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) barton hall hotel barton searave corby corby masonic complex kettering northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/christine-and-victoria-at-barton-hall-hotel-and-corby-masonic-complex Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:46:12 GMT
Michael and Emma at The Haycock, Wansford https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-wansford Congratulations to Michael and Emma, married today at The Haycock, Wansford, near Peterborough. A day to celebrate your happiness, combined with remembering some special people in such a lovely way. Wishing you a wonderful marriage.

Peterborough wedding photographer: Michael and Emma's wedding at the Haycock, WansfordMichael and Emma's wedding at the Haycock, WansfordPeterborough wedding photographer

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) peterborough the haycock wansford wansford wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/michael-and-emma-at-the-haycock-wansford Sat, 10 Sep 2016 19:45:00 GMT
Andrew and Aida's Suffolk seaside wedding at Ipswich Holiday Inn https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/andrew-and-aidas-suffolk-seaside-wedding-at-ipswich-holiday-inn Congratulations to Andrew and Aida, married today at Ipswich Holiday Inn, then a seaside photo shoot at Nacton Shores.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) ipswich suffolk wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/andrew-and-aidas-suffolk-seaside-wedding-at-ipswich-holiday-inn Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:45:00 GMT
Ray and Danielle's wedding at Stanwick Couryard Hotel, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/ray-and-danielles-wedding-at-stanwick-couryard-hotel-northamptonshire Congratulations to Ray and Danielle, married today at Stanwick Couryard Hotel, Northamptonshire.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire stanwick hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/ray-and-danielles-wedding-at-stanwick-couryard-hotel-northamptonshire Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:45:00 GMT
One-minute wedding: Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/8/one-minute-wedding-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire One-minute Wedding: Chris and Emily

Highlights of Chris and Emily at The Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) 1-minute bedfordshire sharnbrook hotel video wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/8/one-minute-wedding-chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:51:37 GMT
Peter and Kate's wedding in Stamford and Peterborough https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/peter-and-kates-wedding-in-stamford-and-peterborough Congratulations to Peter and Kate, married today. They set off from The George Hotel in Stamford to the Stamford Register Office. The evening reception was in Peterborough.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) hampton hampton community centre peterborough stamford stamford registration office wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/peter-and-kates-wedding-in-stamford-and-peterborough Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:45:00 GMT
Bride and Groom Composite: Philip and Vivienne all over Old St Mary's https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/8/bride-and-groom-composite-philip-and-vivienne-all-over-old-st-marys Philip and Vivienne were keen to get some creative portraits at this local beauty spot after their outdoor wedding in Clophill, Bedfordshire. When we came to have a look around a few weeks before the wedding, I could immediately envisage lots of photo opportunities around the newly-restored site. It then occurred to me that I could combine some of those into one composite photo. It all went really well on the day, and the final image came together just as I had pictured it:

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Can you spot the extra "Philip" in the photo?

Philip and Vivienne loved their special photo, and I'm planning to do more of these for future couples.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire clophill composite old st mary's clophill wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/8/bride-and-groom-composite-philip-and-vivienne-all-over-old-st-marys Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:08:30 GMT
Mark and Julie's wedding at Whaplode Manor Hotel, Lincolnshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/mark-and-julies-wedding-at-whaplode-manor-hotel-lincolnshire Congratulations to Mark and Julie, married today at Whaplode Manor Hotel, Lincolnshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) lincolnshire spalding wedding whaplode whaplode manor hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/mark-and-julies-wedding-at-whaplode-manor-hotel-lincolnshire Sat, 13 Aug 2016 16:45:00 GMT
Adam and Dulcie's wedding at Kettering Park Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/adam-and-dulcies-wedding-at-kettering-park-hotel Congratulations to Adam and Dulcie, married today at Kettering Park Hotel

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) kettering kettering park hotel northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/adam-and-dulcies-wedding-at-kettering-park-hotel Sun, 07 Aug 2016 16:30:00 GMT
Phil and Vivienne's wedding at Clophill, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/phil-and-viviennes-wedding-at-clophill-bedfordshire Congratulations to Phil and Vivienne, married today at Clophill, Bedfordshire, with a photoshoot at Old St Mary's ruined church.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire clophill old st mary's clophill wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/phil-and-viviennes-wedding-at-clophill-bedfordshire Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:30:00 GMT
Dan and Carla's wedding at The Marriott, Northampton https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/dan-and-carlas-wedding-at-the-marriott-northampton Congratulations to Dan and Carla, married today at The Marriott Hotel, Northampton

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northampton northampton marriott northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/dan-and-carlas-wedding-at-the-marriott-northampton Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:00:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: The Best Man Makes A Point https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-the-best-man-makes-a-point The Best Man Makes A Point

Everyone is happy for you on your wedding day, right? Well… Neal’s Best Man was obviously feeling a teensy bit left out and put out by the new arrangement.

Not to worry – he’s a bit of a joker, and it was all in good part. I do seem to remember that this was followed by one of the more, shall we say, frank Best Man speeches, as well!  

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) i love kettering kettering registration office northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-the-best-man-makes-a-point Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:30:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Little Bridesmaids Find The Fun https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-little-bridesmaids-find-the-fun I Love This Photo: Little Bridesmaids Find The Fun

A cold December day, the bridesmaids safely delivered to the church. But then the car gets delayed going back for the Bride. The grown-ups huddle in a doorway. What do the bridesmaids do? Dance, of course!

My wife has a saying with our grandsons – “Let’s find the fun!” Kids have a way of being in the moment that frees them from the worries that can weigh us older ones down. Not just a life lesson, but a photo opportunity. And a good reason to get photos of little ones early in the day, before all the fun “rearranges” their special outfits.

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Technical info:

1/160 sec at f/4 and ISO 200. I was actually set up ready to get a photo of the Bride arriving in the car, or I would have increased the f-stop to make sure both girls were fully in focus. But sometimes it’s more important to catch the moment than fiddle with settings.

Canon 5DS R with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60mm 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedford bedfordshire elstow abbey i love wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-little-bridesmaids-find-the-fun Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Your Wedding Day: First Dance with David and Daniella at the Northampton Marriott https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/your-wedding-day-first-dance-with-david-and-daniella-at-the-northampton-marriott Your Wedding Day: First Dance with David and Daniella at the Northampton Marriott

It's time to kick off the dancing - the final public landmark event of most couples' wedding day plans.

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Everyone has their favourite to dance to, and some couples add their own touches here as well as the rest of the day. Daniella has an Italian heritage, and it is their custom to wrap the bride and groom up with streamers, party poppers and garlands during the first dance. Great fun!

Technical info:

1/80 sec at f/4 and ISO 5000, with fill-in flash - I wanted to include some background detail to put the couple in their context, so this is quite a long exposure, wide open, at high ISO. The fill-in flash then freezes the close-up action, with the party popper streamers and confetti flying through the air onto the happy couple!

Canon 5D MkIII and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60mm

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northampton northampton marriott northamptonshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/your-wedding-day-first-dance-with-david-and-daniella-at-the-northampton-marriott Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Bedford Wedding Photographer: An Inspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/bedford-wedding-photographer-an-inspirational-wedding---against-all-the-odds To say Tom and Katherine have had a hard time of it would hardly scratch the surface of all they face each day. But with a combination of determination, resourcefulness and the power of their love for each other, they went ahead and planned their wedding. They didn't even know if they would both be fit to go through with it until the day itself. But I'm so pleased to say that go ahead it did, and it was a privilege to be there to capture their excitement, joy and happiness.

They weren't originally going to be able to afford having a professional photographer there, but they spotted my Facebook ad offering a free shoot to an engaged couple facing illness or disability. This was something I ran when I reviewed what had actually been my favourite wedding moments of last year, and realised that Lee and Louise definitely came top! It was time to give a little back to people who are coping with disabilities or health problems. I am so glad I did this, and I'll definitely be doing it again :-)

Katherine is good with words, so I'll leave you with some of her stories behind her wedding day, and some of my favourite photos:

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How we first met:

We first met in 2003 whilst in our first year at Sharnbrook Upper School, during a geography lesson. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

When I knew he/she was the one:

After almost a decade of friendship our feelings started to grow and one summer it became clear that we were both thinking of each other as more than friends however having both just come out of relationships the timing wasn't right so we carried on being close friends. Then came November 2013, whilst at a small birthday party my other best friend had held for me I started to realise that my feelings towards Tom were growing again. We had grown even closer when I moved away to a different town for work and this party kind of made me realise how things had been gradually changing for me. He had to go to his brothers birthday too but despite this he stayed as long as he possibly could and as corny as it sounds our eyes kept meeting across the room in an intense way that seemed to express all the emotions we were both feeling.

When he left and I went outside to say goodbye I realised that I wanted him to kiss me, which as the perfect gent he didn't. I spoke with my friend and she dismissed it, not quite getting her head around the idea.

Then I had surgery a month later in London and Tom drove to pick me up afterwards. We got back to my flat and relaxed on the sofa watching movies. I lay in his arms and it was so natural and just so perfect. Again he had plans with his friends which he blew off to stay with me and we just stayed like that. When he left I just couldn't wait to be on the sofa like that again together.

Then slowly over the next two months our romance developed and grew. We were both quite shy and I was anxious about ruining our friendship if something went wrong but the feelings were incredibly strong from the start and I knew almost immediately that we were soul mates as we just fit together so perfectly in so many ways and had such a strong foundation of friendship beneath us. I had never felt this way about someone before so I knew. To be honest I probably knew in my heart long before my head caught up! Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

The one thing we love most about each other:

I think finding one thing we love most about each other is quite hard. Together I know that we love about each other is how completely and utterly we trust one another. After both being in relationships without this before we both knew how important this was. I think we also love how much we are still best friends and can talk about anything and everything all night long, usually having silly debates with each other about history and politics.

Finally we are both very loyal people who both want the same things out of life, who even without negotiation or compromise we want to raise our children in a certain way, have similar moral standing and both have a good work ethic, want to have a certain standard of living etc. We love everything about each other even the less attractive qualities, we have always said that we are perfectly imperfect to one another and even as friends our motto was 'through thick and thin'.

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You may not know, but:

To be honest I don't think either of us are particularly silly but do both have our quirks and we can be quite different. 

Tom is highly logical and sometimes this infuriates me as sometimes I nag him saying that not everything can be looked at this way and sometimes a more emotional response is needed. However it sometimes means that we are the perfect balance when we decide something together. Tom is also quite a neat freak about certain things and gets quite frustrated with the crumbs I make in bed. Then I get frustrated with him when he has to wipe out the crumbs so excessively! He hates that I leave tops of jars and bottles not quite screwed on and that I open new things like bread, soap, grapes etc when there are bits left in the previous packets. 

I am an excessive worrier and do sometimes panic get quite upright whereas Tom tends to be the pokar opposite and is so laid back he may as well be horizontal. 

I think most people don't know that Tom is probably a lot more soppy than I am or that he is mad about his computer and playing games on it. He is a big geek and I often compare his traits to the characters in the big band theory, a programme we live to watch together! Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

The proposal:

It was Christmas eve 2014 and we were up late sorting out everything and putting out Dylan's presents. When we got into bed he said he wanted to give me an early Christmas present. I don't usually like to open presents early so told Tom I would prefer to wait and he said ok although I could tell he was disappointed. We didn't end up going to sleep and instead stayed up talking about last Christmas and the last year and everything that had happened for us as a couple. It was really romantic and we were both feeling quite loved up.

Tom brought up the present he wanted to give me early again and I could tell this was important to him so I said he could give it to me. I had thought in the back of my mind that it might have been related to him proposing. When he bought out this rather large rectangular shaped box I thought it wasn't going to be a proposal and instead thought perhaps he had got me the curlers I had asked for for my birthday the month before. I opened the box and inside was another box and then another. Then a small box I opened it, still not thinking it would be a ring as it was slightly larger than a ring box. Then inside this was a final box- a ring box.

I then thought oh my God he is proposing and I was over the moon.

Then as I opened it, I saw a ring that I had previously seen and wanted. However then Tom, who clearly was nervous, started rambling about how this wasn't a ring ring so I wasn't sure whether he was proposing or not or whether it was just a ring I had seen and liked that he got for me. It turned out after some more rambling that it was a proposal but the rings was just something to put on ceremoniously so that I could chose the official engagement ring. When I realised what he was doing I laughed at him and said yes immediately. We were both over the moon and after some excited chatting, smiling and laughing I went to go get a mini bottle of champagne we had and we poured it into two mugs and toasted our engagement!

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Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues:

We wanted to get married in a church, for me this had always been how I had dreamed of getting married and was important to me. Tom also liked the traditional aspect of it. When it came to choosing the church it would be Tom didn't mind as didn't have a close relationship to any of the possible churches. However for me Biddenham church has always been very dear to me and I had always hoped to get married there. I had gone to lower school in Biddenham and as a school we often visited the church and I even did a duet in there. Furthermore my youngest brothers was christened there and I had chosen to get my son christened there too. Now my grandma lives down the road from it and attends weekly services. So it is a church that is important to the whole family and as well as that it is a beautiful place to get married. 

Choosing the reception venue was more difficult as we weren't sure exactly what we would do for it. Neither of us wanted to have an evening do as with our health conditions and pain, dancing all night isn't something we could do and not something we would enjoy, I get very tired very easily and we didn't really fancy a big posh dinner. So it kind of came down to having an afternoon reception and we thought about a posh BBQ at a nice pub, as we only wanted to have a small wedding with immediate family and closest friends.

Then as I was researching wedding ideas and planning with one of my best friends she suggested the afternoon tea idea and had heard about this lady who did amazing afternoon tea services. After seeing the Facebook page for this particular woman I was sold on the idea and luckily Tom was very easy going and thought it was great. So then knowing that was what the catering was, my friend suggested the village hall in Biddenham. We looked at the website and fortunately one of the photographs was all laid out for a wedding and it looked great and not as shabby as I pictured a village hall reception being. It wouldn't require much travel between venues and was the right size for the number of people we had hoped would come, as well as also being very pretty. I also had some history with this village hall as for my eigth birthday I had a disco there so it seemed even more perfect!

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What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography:

Because of budget restraints we decided early on that we would find a way to manage without a professional photographer. We had asked members of our family to take photographs as well as relying on the large amount of people with decent camera phones. However one night only a few weeks away from the wedding I came across Mike's competition for an Inspirational Couple to win having Mike at their wedding for six hours and a disc with photos on. I thought it was worth a try as for once the competition looked like something we could win given how much we have had to battle with our health.

So I filled in the form and heard back from Mike almost immediately. I was overwhelmed that we had a chance to win as well as stunned at Mike's generosity to offer us a secondary offer in case we didn't win the competition prize. I was a bit dubious at first as it seemed too good to be true. When I looked at Mike's website I relaxed and started to look at his work and was very impressed. I read his reviews which were excellent and allowed myself to get really excited about the prospect of having Mike photograph our day. I couldn't believe how lucky we were when we won!

Mike's talent along with his kind and compassionate nature made him the perfect person for us to have photograph our day! Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

Some of the most memorable moments in the day:

For me the most amazing part of the day was being in the church and actually getting married. I remember the excited looks we gave each other and the magical moment she said you can now kiss the bride. The readings were very special as well. The vicar was amazing and I loved when she spoke about Tom and I and our history, it was so relaxed and lighthearted it was not what I expected. 

I was starting to get ready in the spare room at my Grandma's with the French doors opening to the garden, the church bells started going and I felt all these crazy bubbles of excitement in my stomach and a sense of complete happiness. I was sitting at the dressing table and my mum was doing my hair, it was just the two of us at this point and it was a really touching moment, almost like the end if my childhood, like the last time she would do my hair if that makes sense. I could see how happy she was for me and what an important day it was for her too and it was a wonderful moment, without any of the usual morning of the wedding stress and nerves that I had anticipated.

Walking to the church with my dad was just unbelievable, the sun shining down on us, and all the neighbours came out to the bottom of their drives to watch, congratulating me, saying how beautiful I looked. My bridesmaids were waiting at the end and Mike was taking photos. I was so excited that before I knew it we were at the church entrance. 

Tom and I had a lovely moment in the car before arriving at the reception, we wanted some time together to catch up and we drove somewhere and parked up and both were like "we did it, we are husband and wife!" 

The speeches were very special and I was unbelievably embarrassed when my dad got me up to dance to Barbie Girl, however didn't refuse as thought it was a fun twist on his speech. The kind words that Tom, my Dad and the best man said were very touching and I kept print outs of all the speeches to read again later. 

I loved throwing the bouquets, although didn't want to throw mine so threw a couple from around the room and it felt like something out of a film watching all these women gather around and dart up and down trying to grab the flowers. 
When we left I went out to the car where Tom was already waiting for me and loads of our guests were out in the car park, people I thought had gone home. The car was decorated with cans, L plates, a banner and Mr and Mrs Proctor written on our windows etc. It looked amazing and saying goodbye to everyone and driving off with Tom us waving to everyone as the cans made a huge racket I just couldn't believe we had done it and the day had been so perfect and gone without a hitch. 

Then finally turning up to the hotel and checking into the hotel as Mr and Mrs Proctor, just an incredibly surreal but ecstatic moment! Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

How we felt about how the photography went:

The photography went brilliantly, the photographs are stunning. I was so relieved that we ended up with Mike as previously I had convinced myself that we could get just as nice photos from our friends and family....how wrong I was!

Anyway Mike did a fantastic job, got shots from all sorts of angles that I hadn't even realised he was in. He had changed the colours on some or the photos and they came out very striking. One of my favourite is black and white but there is just a touch of colour and it works really well.

I am over the moon that we have such incredible photos to keep and look back on. Plus having the DVD is almost like having a wedding video, it is just perfectly put together and the combination of the photos and music chosen, the order etc it is just perfect. Mike is clearly very talented and obviously puts a lot of care into his work and you can see it in the finished product. 

On the day Mike was professional, discreet, understood our physical restrictions and didn't pressure us to do anything we couldn't do or didn't want to do. He managed to take photos of things I hadn't expected, like me walking down the road to the church and most of the ceremony itself. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

Our honeymoon:

We unfortunately have delayed our honeymoon as we needed to rest after the physical strain of the wedding and we wanted to make sure we could enjoy our honeymoon and make the most of it which wouldn't have happened if we had gone straight away. We hoped to go at the end of May but unfortunately my health was still particularly bad and we also had the added complication of finding somewhere to live. Therefore delaying it until we are more settled seemed like the best way forward. However we did spend the wedding night at our favourite hotel The Barns and stayed in a beautiful suite, overlooking the river, with a four poster bed and ended up spending the next day there eating wonderful food and enjoying referring to one another as my wife and my husband! It was the perfect way to end the weekend. Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding:

1. Start early, you have nothing to lose by being prepared and it will lessen the stress later. 
2. Don't let anyone else pressure you into making decisions you are not comfortable with. Whether it be about your dress, certain guests that you should or shouldn't invite etc. It doesn't matter of people get annoyed at you it is your wedding so hold your ground. 
3. Work together, women don't assume your men don't want to be involved as secretly they probably want to be, men don't leave all the hard work to your wife to be. 
4. Realise it is a stressful thing to do and make sure you are there for each other. 
5. Don't get all caught up in the wedding, remember the marriage is the most important thing.
6. Make a plan for after the wedding as it may be a bit of a shock when the wedding and honeymoon are done and you find that all that time and energy you dedicated to wedding planning is no longer necessary. It is normal to feel a bit blue and the best way to combat that is to keep busy and start a new project! 
7. Remember to enjoy every second, go to wedding fares, taste cakes, visit venues, try on dresses and suits etc as you won't be doing it again (hopefully!).

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Thank you to our other vendors:

Ceremony venue: http://www.stjamesbiddenham.com

Reception venue (if different): http://biddenhamvillagehall.org.uk

Dress: http://www.tiffanyrose.com

Flowers: http://www.balloonlady.co.uk

Cake: http://www.gardnersbakery.co.uk

Catering: http://www.amysvintageteas.co.uk

Furniture for the reception: http://www.jaspershire.co.uk Bedford Wedding Photographer: Inspirational Wedding - Against All The OddsBedford Wedding PhotographerInspirational Wedding - Against All The Odds

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedford bedfordshire biddenham inspirational wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/bedford-wedding-photographer-an-inspirational-wedding---against-all-the-odds Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:14:42 GMT
I Love This Photo: Wedding Shoes With A Difference https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-wedding-shoes-with-a-difference The bride opened up her shoebox and took out her beautiful, pristine wedding shoes for me to photograph. But to my surprise, she then turned them upside down. Why?

Some grooms send a card to their bride-to-be. But James decided to send Rachel a message she could take with her down the aisle, written on the soles of her wedding shoes.

They say “Dear Rachel, hurry up the aisle in your new shoes, I want to marry you! x” and “Dear Shoe, you’re carrying Rachel tomorrow. Please look after her, I love her very much”

There’s a verse in the Bible that says “Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news”. Quite literally in this case, I would say.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedforshire felmersham i love wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-wedding-shoes-with-a-difference Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Northamptonshire Portrait Photographer: David and Naome Headshots galore https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/northamptonshire-portrait-photographer-david-and-naome-headshots-galore Northamptonshire Portrait Photographer: David and Naome -Headshots Galore

David heads up the Living Faith Temple church in Corby, Northamtonshire. He and his wife Naome wanted to refresh their stock of photos to go on publicity materials, so rather than the usual one or two changes of outfits, they had an extra-long session plus another mini session and no less than eight different outfits! By the time we had used different backgrounds for their photos, they ended up with a huge selection of different looks to choose from. Here are just a few of them...

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) headshot portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/northamptonshire-portrait-photographer-david-and-naome-headshots-galore Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Engagement Shoot: Seaside Stroll and Scramble at Nacton Shores, Ipswich https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-seaside-stroll-and-scramble-at-nacton-shores-ipswich Engagement Shoot: Seaside Stroll and Scramble at Nacton Shores, Ipswich

Idyllic, that's the word for it. This secluded spot is Nacton Shores, near Ipswich, Suffolk. It's only five minutes from where Andrew and Aida are getting married in September. So all being well, we'll be back later this year all dressed to the nines.

But perhaps we won't do the bit where we were climbing up the old gnarled trees on the shoreline.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement ipswich portrait suffolk https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-seaside-stroll-and-scramble-at-nacton-shores-ipswich Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Same-day Slideshow https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/your-wedding-day-same-day-slideshow How long would you like to wait before you see some of your wedding photos? Why wait? I can put on a slideshow at the start of the evening Reception! 

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This is a great way to start your evening Reception. Not only do you get to relive some of the most special parts of your day, but anyone who was not at the ceremony really can see what happened earlier, and really feels part of things. It's also great for getting mums (and even dads) welling up again!

I spend your Wedding Breakfast time putting the slideshow together, and set up my own projector and screen next to the dance floor. It's then a five-minute show, complete with backing track, for everyone to see at once. It is quickly cleared away ready for your First Dance. 

I also do a fully-polished version of the slideshow which covers your whole day, and that is available on DVD as an extra after the wedding. A lovely way to share some of your best wedding photos with family and friends.

Technical info:

1/40 sec at f/4.0 and ISO 6400 - a tricky shot in very low light, except for the screen. Hand-held, 1/40 sec is about as slow as I can go and remain sharp enough, even with image stabilisation in the lens. This photo needed the RAW file to recover detail from both the shadows and highlights.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55mm

For making the slideshows, there are lots options, many of which require an internet connection. I use ProShow, which installs locally onto my PC, so I can be sure of being able to put the show together regardless of the facilities at the venue. 


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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northampton northampton marriott northamptonshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/your-wedding-day-same-day-slideshow Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Paul and Shelley's wedding at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/paul-and-shelleys-wedding-at-sedgebrook-hall-northamptonshire Congratulations to Paul and Shelley, married today at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) northamptonshire sedgebrook hall wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/paul-and-shelleys-wedding-at-sedgebrook-hall-northamptonshire Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Crazy Stag Do group photo https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-crazy-stag-do-group-photo I Love This Photo: Crazy Stag Do group photo

"Everyone from the stag do." A normal group photo, then "Strike a pose..." and this is what appeared in front of me. The biggest challenge in getting this shot was to hold the camera still while I was laughing.

One, I'm glad for the guy at the front that it hadn't been raining. Two, I'm guessing it was a heck of a stag do :-)

Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer: I Love This Photo: Crazy Stag Do group photoBedfordshire Wedding PhotographerI Love This Photo: Crazy Stag Do group photo

Technical info:

1/125 sec at f/10 and ISO 320. On a pretty bright day outdoors, the main thing is to control depth of field (how much appears in focus front to back), hence f/10

Canon 5DS R with Canon EF 24-70mm L at 24mm 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire i love sharnbrook hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/i-love-this-photo-crazy-stag-do-group-photo Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
A Bond Car and hot moves at James and Ruth's Leicester Wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/a-bond-car-and-hot-moves-at-james-and-ruths-wedding A Bond Car and hot moves at James and Ruth's Leicester Wedding 

James and Ruth both love car racing. Their table settings were named after race tracks. Their wedding cake was in the shape of a racing car, and the kids' entertainer made them a balloon racing car. But the star of the day was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster they hired as their wedding car. Self drive, of course. They drove it from the church in Oadby, Leicester, to the reception in Ullesthorpe (and is that the reason the reception was so far from the church, eh?). And there I was, foot to the floor in my trusty Prius trying to get to the reception ahead of them to catch them arriving!

Then at the start of the Reception, they wowed everyone by showing off their moves with a choreographed First Dance which started deceptively slow, before breaking into funky moves.

Here are some of my favourite photos from the day, plus James and Ruth's own story...

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How we first met

James and I met on match.com, 4 years ago. Both of us were sceptical about on line dating but it certainly paid off for us! Leicester Wedding Photographer: James and Ruth at OadbyLeicestershire wedding photographer James and Ruth at Oadby

When I knew he/she was the one

On our first date James had brought me my favourite flowers (at that time he didn't know they were my favourites). We spent the first two hours of our first date talking and didn't even notice the time. We felt a bit like teenagers all over again! 
Both of us knew we were looking for a serious relationship and quite quickly realised we had so much in common and when we became best friends and soul mates.

Leicestershire wedding photographer:James and Ruth at OadbyLeicestershire wedding photographer James and Ruth at Oadby

The one thing we love most about each other

James makes me laugh and will often come home from work with a present be it a book flowers or chocolate! 
Ruth can have fits of giggles which can be infectious!

Leicestershire wedding photographer: James and Ruth at OadbyLeicestershire wedding photographer James and Ruth at Oadby

The proposal

We had talked about getting married so it was not a total surprise. Despite several attempts hampered by weather James proposed at home on my birthday with breakfast in bed and an engagement ring.

Leicestershire wedding photographer: James and Ruth at Oadby with the Aston MartinLeicestershire wedding photographer James and Ruth at Oadby with the Aston Martin

Why we chose our wedding ceremony and reception venues

We chose the church as it was the church in our parish and I had always wanted to get married there. 
James was sold on the venue the first time we went to look around it it had everything we wanted and was big enough to accommodate everything we wanted with great weekend facilities. It had a pretty location in the countryside.

Leicestershire wedding photographer: James and Ruth at Oadby with the Aston MartinLeicestershire wedding photographer James and Ruth at Oadby with the Aston Martin

What led us to choose Mike Brown Photographic for our photography

I googled wedding photographers in the area and Mike came up. Mike was so attentive from the very first phone call to arrange a meeting from all the follow up sessions when picking our photos. 
Mike put us totally at ease and offered others things (wedding slide show for evening guests) that other photographers didn't offer.  We felt that photography is more than a job to Mike it is his passion and this is evident in the quality of his work.

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Some of the most memorable moments in the day

Having an amazing day with all our friends and family. 
The weather
Driving to the venue in the Aston Martin 
Dancing the night away, 
Two A&E trips!!

Leicestershire wedding photographer: James and Ruth cut the racing car cakeLeicestershire wedding photographer James and Ruth cut the racing car cake

How we felt about how the photography went

Stunning! Totally at ease Mike was in control, very patient and tolerant of people milling around. 
Couldn't have wished for better.

Our honeymoon

TBC!!

Our advice for couples starting to plan their wedding

Remember it is your day  make it your own! don't try and please everyone, and make sure you get a few minutes together to take it all in.

Leicestershire wedding photographer: James and Ruth cut some shapes on the dance floor at UllesthorpeLeicestershire wedding photographer James and Ruth cut some shapes on the dance floor at Ullesthorpe

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) leicester leicestershire oadby ullesthorpe best western wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/a-bond-car-and-hot-moves-at-james-and-ruths-wedding Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Engagement Shoot: Walking the dog in the meadow https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-walking-the-dog-in-the-meadow Engagement Shoot: Walking the dog in the meadow

How do you feel about having a camera pointed at you? Smile, or freeze?

It's really not uncommon to feel quite uncomfortable about it. And if you're feeling uncomfortable, you certainly won't look your best in the photos. Andrew and Katie knew they didn't want posed shots looking at the camera, so taking Rosie for a walk in the meadows near their house was the perfect scenario. When we did stop on the bridge or under a tree, they could look at each other, or Rosie. And their favourite shot of all was of them walking away from camera towards a huge oak tree.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) burton latimer engagement northamptonshire portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-walking-the-dog-in-the-meadow Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:31:22 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Cutting the Cake - Andy and Emma at Coombe Abbey https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/your-wedding-day-cutting-the-cake---andy-and-emma-at-coombe-abbey Traditionally one of the first things a newly married couple would do together was to cut the cake, to share with each other and with their guests. There are now many ways of building this into your wedding day...

Your Wedding Day: Cutting the Cake: Andy and Emma at Coombe AbbeyEast Midlands Wedding PhotographerYour Wedding Day: Cutting the Cake: Andy and Emma at Coombe Abbey

Andy and Emma posed for this "mock" cutting of the cake before their Wedding Breakfast, so it really was one of the first things they did together. They then brought the cake out much later at the start of their evening Reception to cut it for real. 

Technical info:

With this being a posed photos early in the day, I could use natural window light. This avoided the harsh bright reflections you can get from taking flash photos, with a white cake, a white tablecloth, and a white dress!

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) coombe abbey warwickshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/your-wedding-day-cutting-the-cake---andy-and-emma-at-coombe-abbey Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:29:52 GMT
Your Wedding Day: The Speeches at Stevie and Christina's Wedding at Bedford Rugby Club https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/your-wedding-day-the-speeches-at-stevie-and-christinas-wedding-at-bedford-rugby-club What are you going to say? Everyone is looking at you - will you fluff your lines. But everyone is on your side and willing you through it. And when it gets to the Groom telling his Bride what is truly in his heart, there isn't a dry eye in the house...

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Stevie and Christina had strong connections with Bedford Rugby Club, and chose to use the huge marquee there for their reception. On a hot summer's afternoon, it was definitely down to the shirt sleeve look by this time! But the more significant look is the one between the two of them as Stevie told Christina of his love and commitment towards her. A moment not to be missed, and captured forever in their wedding album.

Techincal info:

1/160 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 1600 A high key shot - strongly backlit, so I had to be careful with the exposure of this one. If I'd accepted the camera's suggestion, the curtain behind them would have been mid-grey, and the bride and groom would have been near silhouettes. Not the shot I was going for! So this nearly two stops "over exposed".

Canon 5DS R and Canon 70-200mm at 70mm

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedford bedford blues rugby club bedfordshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/your-wedding-day-the-speeches-at-stevie-and-christinas-wedding-at-bedford-rugby-club Mon, 16 May 2016 16:30:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Hot wheels at Lee and Louise's wedding in Corby, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/i-love-this-photo-hot-wheels-at-lee-and-louises-wedding-in-corby-northamptonshire You might think of two people largely confined to wheelchairs as "disabled". But that is certainly not how Lee and Louise think of themselves.

Wedding photographer in Northamptonshire: I Love This Photo: Hot wheels at Lee and Louise's wedding in Corby, NorthamptonshireWedding photographer in Northamptonshire I Love This Photo: Hot wheels at Lee and Louise's wedding in Corby, Northamptonshire

To help him get about independently, Lee has a rather snazzy wheelchair. It detects when he is pushing on the wheel, and an electric motor in the wheel hub adds its power. It's a good job Lee had warned me that he and Louise were planning to make a dramatic exit from the St John's church grounds, or I could easily have missed this! Louise grabbed hold with a hand and a foot, and off they went, to great applause from everyone watching.

Technical info:

1/60 sec at f/10 and ISO 640. I could have selected a shorter exposure to completely freeze the action, but I actually wanted a bit of motion blur to portray that they were going at quite a lick!

Canon 5DS R and Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 L USM at 24mm

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) corby i love northamptonshire st john the baptist corby wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/i-love-this-photo-hot-wheels-at-lee-and-louises-wedding-in-corby-northamptonshire Fri, 13 May 2016 16:45:00 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Kevin and Robin's Wedding Breakfast at South Farm, Royston https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/your-wedding-day-kevin-and-robins-wedding-breakfast-at-south-farm-royston Your Wedding Day: Kevin and Robin's Wedding Breakfast at South Farm, Royston

It's time to take the weight off your feet, have a chat with your nearest and dearest, and enjoy the meal you've been so looking forward to!

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Kevin and Robin chose the beautiful barn at South Farm, Royston for their wedding breakfast. With protected walkways across the farm yard (complete with chickens and piglets), this made for a rustic but luxurious setting. They also chose the interesting option of a round table for the top table group - it was nice for the family to be able to see each other and join in across the table. 

At this point, I usually leave you in peace to enjoy your food while I go off and prepare your same-day slideshow for the start of the Reception... More on that to come!

Technical info:

1/60 sec at f/4 and ISO 2000. I wanted to avoid flash for this shot, as the lighting wasn't too bad, and I knew that flash would really light up the white table cloth more than the people around the table. I could get away with the wide aperture because of the wide angle of the lens.

Canon 5DS R with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM at 24mm

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) elstow abbey south farm royston wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/your-wedding-day-kevin-and-robins-wedding-breakfast-at-south-farm-royston Mon, 09 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Best friends at Gary and Claire's wedding in Corby, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/i-love-this-photo-best-friends-at-gary-and-claries-wedding-in-corby-northamptonshire I Love This Photo: Best friends at Gary and Claire's wedding in Corby, Northamptonshire

A real "Ahh!" moment at the reception for Gary and Claire's wedding in Corby, Northamptonshire.  

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These two guys had been playing chase, then making some great moves on the dance floor, and eventually walked off together to look for more adventures.

Technical info:

1/60 sec at f/6.3 and ISO 1250 - quite a long exposure and high ISO to include ambient light, but still needed fill-in flash

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM at 60mm

 

#NorthamptonshireWeddingPhotographer #WeddingPhotographer #ILoveThisPhoto #WeddingReception

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) corby corby conservative club i love northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/i-love-this-photo-best-friends-at-gary-and-claries-wedding-in-corby-northamptonshire Fri, 06 May 2016 16:30:00 GMT
Your wedding day: Bride and Groom portraits - Ashley and Cara at Flore in Northants https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/your-wedding-day-bride-and-groom-portraits---ashley-and-cara-at-flore-in-northants Your wedding day: Bride and Groom portraits - Ashley and Cara at Flore in Northants

It's time to breathe a sigh of relief. You've survived the preparation, the ceremony, the group photos. Now you can chill out and enjoy the feeling of finally being married, just the two of you. Well, it would be just the two of you if the photographer wasn't there still! But I do my very best to make this time a relaxed one for you.

Wedding photographer in East Midlands: Your wedding day: Bride and Groom portraits - Ashley and Cara at Flore in NorthantsWedding photographer in East Midlands Your wedding day: Bride and Groom portraits - Ashley and Cara at Flore in Northants Here's where zoom lenses come into their own. I can give you some space, even some privacy, as I can't hear every whispered word from ten or twenty yards away. We'll go for a walk (somewhere close by but nice - I'll have it all planned out ahead of time). And you can be yourselves. 

Ashley and Cara took a moment to take in that they were both now wearing wedding rings, and this shot captured the moment for ever.

Technical info

1/100 sec at f/4 and ISO 400

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM at 200mm

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bride and groom flore northamptonshire rings wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/5/your-wedding-day-bride-and-groom-portraits---ashley-and-cara-at-flore-in-northants Mon, 02 May 2016 15:45:00 GMT
Chris and Emily at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Congratulations to Chris and Emily, married today at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire sharnbrook hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/chris-and-emily-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:00:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Carl and Jenny in the sunset at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/i-love-this-photo-carl-and-jenny-in-the-sunset-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire I Love This Photo: Carl and Jenny in the sunset at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire

I had just finished for the day at Carl and Jenny's lovely wedding at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire, and I was taking some of my gear back the car. But when I got outside, I quickly turned around and went to find the bride and groom as quickly as possible, because what I saw was the sky lit up flaming orange with the last rays of the sun.

Bedfordshire wedding photographer: I Love This Photo: Carl and Jenny in the sunset at the Sharnbrook HotelBedfordshire wedding photographer I Love This Photo: Carl and Jenny in the sunset at the Sharnbrook Hotel

They gladly cam outside, and we had just a couple of minutes to capture this image before the whole thing faded and was gone. I needed fill-in flash, or all you would have seen was a silhouette, and I wanted the bride and groom to be visible, too. 

A beautiful end to a beautiful day :-)

Technical info:

1/200 sec at f/13 and ISO 640. The exposure was set to capture the sky as I wanted it - bright, but with strong colours. This meant stopping the lens down quite a bit. And hence the need for the fill-in flash to light the couple.

Canon 5DS R with Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM at 63mm. 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire i love sharnbrook hotel wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/i-love-this-photo-carl-and-jenny-in-the-sunset-at-the-sharnbrook-hotel-bedfordshire Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:45:00 GMT
Your Wedding Day: Confetti at Ross and Victoria's wedding in Leicester https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-photos-confetti You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to get a good confetti photo. But this one of Ross and Victoria outside St Mary de Castro church in Leicester really catches the joy and fun of the moment for them.

There's so much to think about when lining up the confetti opportunity. Where did the vicar say we were allowed to be? What's the light like? Which way is the wind blowing? Where can we get everyone standing within reach of the couple, armed with their confetti? 

And there there are things beyond my control. Mainly, will the first lot of confetti go straight in the bride's eyes, so all the photos will be of her defending herself from it?? Let's face it, how many people laugh and smile when you throw things at them?

Well, on this occasion it all came together, and we came away with one of the best images of their day.

Technical info:

1/100 sec at f/8 and ISO 200. A bright day with plenty of light. 1/100 sec is enough to just about freeze the action but still have some motion blur to show the action.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8 L USM at 24mm. Fully wide, as they were walking towards me, and I pretty much had a well behind me!

 

#NorthamptonshireWeddingPhotographer #confetti #WeddingInspiration #BrideandGroom #Bride #Groom #WeddingDay #WeddingPhotographer #WeddingPhotography 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) confetti leicester leicestershire st mary de castro leicester wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-photos-confetti Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Ben and Laura at Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/i-love-this-photo-ben-and-laura-at-dodmoor-house-northamptonshire Ben and Laura were brave enough to go for a walk around Dodmoor House in the cool spring afternoon of their wedding day. And they were rewarded with some beautiful, iconic images of them in the gardens, and here on the bridge over the Union Canal, which flows along the side of Dodmoor House.

Northamptonshire wedding photographer: Ben and Laura at Dodmoor House, NorthamptonshireNorthamptonshire wedding photographer Ben and Laura at Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire

It's funny how some images just work better in black and white. It was a day of sunshine and showers, with another shower just starting.  The sun was backlighting some thick clouds, creating strong patterns in the sky. The rustic bricks of the bridge wall contrast with the elegant bride and groom. And meanwhile, a canal boat chugs along oblivious to it all.

Technical info:

1/80 sec at f/22 and ISO 640 - narrow aperture to get the whole scene in focus, and plenty of light to play with, so the ISO is nice and low. Having said that, this image is very contrasty, looking into the sun, so I had to do quite a bit of work on the RAW file to balance things out. I recovered detail in the clouds, which started off as plain white, and boosted the exposure of the bride and groom.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon 24-105 f/4L IS USM at 24mm - wide angle, as the bridge is not very wide itself, and I wanted to take the whole scene in.

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) dodmoor house i love northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/i-love-this-photo-ben-and-laura-at-dodmoor-house-northamptonshire Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:30:00 GMT
Wedding photos: Group photos https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-photos-group-photos Brides and grooms very a great deal in how many group photos they request after the ceremony. But almost everyone wants a photo of everyone in one shot. This can pose a bit of a challenge - fitting up to 100 people into a photo so they all look good is not easy. When I visit your venues ahead of the wedding day, I'm always on the look out for the best spot to compose a shot for the largest group (and not just outdoors, in case it rains all day!). Sometimes you can get a good viewpoint from a first floor window. Failing that, I bring a step ladder with me to improve the angles. 

East Midlands wedding photographer: Andy and Emma at Coombe AbbeyEast Midlands wedding photographerAndy and Emma at Coombe Abbey

Emma and Andy got married at Coombe Abbey. They had reserved several bedrooms for the bridal party, and happily, one of them was right above the terrace and path down to the lake. Also luckily for all concerned, the March sunshine backlit everyone beautifully.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) coombe abbey groups photos warwickshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-photos-group-photos Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:30:00 GMT
Portrait gift session: Azaria https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/portrait-gift-session-azaria Portrait gift session: Azaria

Azaria was given a voucher for one of my portrait sessions, including four prints of her favourite photo.

She and her mum loved the photos so much that they went away with extra prints and a canvas to hang on the wall as well.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/portrait-gift-session-azaria Sat, 16 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Family portrait: Ray and Danielle https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/family-portrait-ray-and-danielle Family portrait: Ray and Danielle

Ray and Danielle loved so many of their portrait photos that they decided not only to go large with a massive canvas, but also to make it a collage.

And here is Ray collecting it :-)

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) family portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/family-portrait-ray-and-danielle Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Family portrait: Gavin and Lisa https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/family-portrait-gavin-and-lisa Family portrait: Gavin and Lisa

Gavin and Lisa came in for a family portrait with their two gorgeous kids, and we had so much fun playing with different ideas. 

They loved the one of the four of them together so much that they ordered that as a huge canvas - that is going to look fantastic on their wall!

I'm now really looking forward to their wedding in September.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) family portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/family-portrait-gavin-and-lisa Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:45:00 GMT
Wedding ceremony: Signing the register https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-ceremony-signing-the-register The last legal requirement of the wedding ceremony is the signing of the register. This is a key moment for a photo - but you're not supposed to take photos of the actual signing (I think it's for data protection reasons - there are other people's details on the same page you are signing). So the Registrar will then set up a blank page for you to pretend to sign for the photos.

Leicestershire wedding photographer: James and Nicola sign the register at Leicester GuildhallLeicestershire wedding photographerJames and Nicola sign the register at Leicester Guildhall

Signing the register is often a fairly serious moment. But James and Nicola saw the funny side when they both tried to sit down on the one "throne" armchair at Leicester Guildhall. A beautiful, natural moment.

Technical info:

1/125 at f/4, ISO 4000 - a candid moment, so a reasonably fast shutter speed to reduce motion blur. This required a wide aperture, to keep the ISO as low as possible.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM at 35mm

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) leicester leicester guildhall leicestershire register wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-ceremony-signing-the-register Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:30:00 GMT
Engagement shoot: Daniel and Jennifer https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/engagement-shoot-daniel-and-jennifer Engagement shoot: Daniel and Jennifer in Great Oakley

Daniel and Jennifer explored a new location with me, and together we created some lovely images to celebrate their engagement.

The parkland around St Michael's church in Great Oakley is a pretty setting. This time of year, the trees are bursting into life, and there are lambs in the fields just across the stream. We had a relaxed walk, and I tried out my new camera option - a GoPro on a tall stand, which let me get the unusual angle looking back towards them on the bridge.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/engagement-shoot-daniel-and-jennifer Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:38:45 GMT
I Love This Photo: Big hug from a little bridesmaid https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/i-love-this-photo-big-hug-from-a-little-bridesmaid One little girl couldn't wait to congratulate her Mum and Dad at the end of their wedding ceremony. I had gone to the back of the room, ready for Ashley and Cara to walk back down the aisle together, so I had to be sharp to catch the unexpected moment. This turned out to be one of those really special shots that summed up their day. 

Northamptonshire wedding photographer: I Love This Photo: Big hug from a little bridesmaidNorthamptonshire wedding photographer I Love This Photo: Big hug from a little bridesmaid

Technical info:

1/60 sec at f/4, ISO 800 - pretty good amount of light available, so a wide aperture allowed the ISO to drop for good colour saturation. 1/60 sec is a bit slow for a shutter speed, but the scene was static enough to get away with it :-)

Canon 5D mkIII with Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens at 52mm - taken before I settled on the 24-105mm as my favourite lens. The 24-70mm can let more light in, but the mk1 lens has no image stabilisation, so you should actually be selecting faster shutter speeds.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) flore i love northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/i-love-this-photo-big-hug-from-a-little-bridesmaid Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:30:00 GMT
Chris and Danielle's Engagement Shoot https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/chris-and-danielles-engagement-shoot Chris and Danielle's Fun Engagement Shoot at Barnwell Country Park, Oundle

Spoilt for choice! A great couple, a great location and a great time meant it was really hard to pick photos from this engagement shoot. 

Chris and Danielle relaxed into their session, and when I put some of their favourite music on, they were quick to join in and show off some of their moves. I'm not sure what the swans thought, but we had fun!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement outdoors portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/chris-and-danielles-engagement-shoot Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:02:17 GMT
Wedding ceremony: First kiss https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-ceremony-first-kiss Wedding ceremony: First kiss

"You may kiss the Bride!" You've said the vows, you've exchanged rings, now it's your first kiss as a married couple. This is another moment which can be over in a flash, and is very hard to catch with a good photo. I try to time it so I catch just before the kiss, if I can. You can often see the smile in the couple's eyes.

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Jamie and Jules got married at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire. I think this photo shows their tenderness towards each other really nicely.

Technical info:

1/125 sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250 - plenty of light coming in from the large picture windows at Kelmarsh Hall, but I wanted to keep the focus on Jamie and Jules only, and throw the faces in the background out of focus, so I kept the aperture wide. Some colour corrections in post-processing to blend the bluish light from the windows with the warmer light from the candelabra above.

Canon 5DS R with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 35mm - fairly wide angle to get the half-length shot from only a few feet away.

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) kelmarsh hall kiss northamptonshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-ceremony-first-kiss Mon, 04 Apr 2016 10:30:00 GMT
Ruth and James at Oadby and Ullesthorpe, Lutterworth https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/ruth-and-james-at-oadby-and-ullesthorpe-lutterworth Congratulations to Ruth and James, married today at St Peter's, Oadby, Leicestershire, then on to the Ullesthorpe Best Western, near Lutterworth.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) leicestershire ullesthorpe best western wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/9/ruth-and-james-at-oadby-and-ullesthorpe-lutterworth Sat, 02 Apr 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Engagement Shoot: Nathan and Lucy https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/engagement-shoot-nathan-and-lucy Engagement Shoot: Nathan and Lucy

Rain may have forced us into the studio, but rain definitely did not stop play for Nathan and Lucy's engagement shoot. In fact, this was the first studio shoot to feature dancing!

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We had so much fun, I'll definitely be doing that again :-)

We also got some great photos of them with their beautiful spaniel Buddy, but you'll have to wait for a later post to see those...

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/engagement-shoot-nathan-and-lucy Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:13:23 GMT
Engagement shoot: Adam and Rebecca https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/engagement-shoot-adam-and-rebecca Big thanks to Adam and Rebecca for such a lively engagement shoot! And for braving the cold wind and muddy ground in the woods. But what beautiful photos we got from your session.

Northamptonshire wedding photographer: Engagement shoot: Adam and RebeccaNorthamptonshire wedding photographer Engagement shoot: Adam and Rebecca

OK, so at one point I said to Adam, "Can you pick her up?", thinking he might lift Rebecca gently off the ground. Rebecca grinned, took four steps back and ran to Adam. At the last moment, she leapt up into his arms. She had told me she had trained as a dancer, but I didn't know they had this move in their repertoire!

Engagement shoot: Adam and Rebecca

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/engagement-shoot-adam-and-rebecca Sun, 27 Mar 2016 19:51:26 GMT
Engagement Shoot: Charlie and Hayley at East Carlton Park, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-charlie-and-hayley-at-east-carlton-park-northamptonshire Engagement Shoot: Charlie and Hayley at East Carlton Park, Northamptonshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-charlie-and-hayley-at-east-carlton-park-northamptonshire Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:30:00 GMT
Wedding ceremony: The rings https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-ceremony-the-rings Wedding ceremony: The rings

Exchanging rings is usually at the centre of the wedding ceremony, along with making your vows. At an Anglican church wedding ceremony, the vicar usually gets the Best Man to place the rings on the vicar's service book, before praying a blessing and prompting the couple. This can be a nice moment to catch, and could even remind you of some of the words that were spoken.

Leicestershre wedding photographer: Wedding Ceremony: The RingsLeicestershire Wedding PhotographerWedding Ceremony: The Rings

Andrew and Jo got married at St Mary's church at the pretty little village of Ashby Magna, north of Lutterworth. Fortunately, the vicar was happy for me to take some photos from the choir stalls, which meant I could get this view over his shoulder of the the rings and the vows together on his service book.

Technical info:
1/160 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1250 - it was quite a bright day, considering it was a February wedding. That meant I could use a faster shutter speed, to avoid motion blur, and stop down a little to get more in focus. Depth of field is still very shallow, as I am at full zoom.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 105mm - and cropped quite small, as I was some distance away.

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) ashby magna leicestershire rings wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-ceremony-the-rings Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:15:00 GMT
Engagement Shoot: Lewis and Arrianne at East Carlton Park, Northamptonshire https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-lewis-and-arrianne-at-east-carlton-park-northamptonshire Engagement Shoot: Lewis and Arrianne at East Carlton Park, Northamptonshire

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/6/engagement-shoot-lewis-and-arrianne-at-east-carlton-park-northamptonshire Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:30:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: James and Rachel and the Rainbow https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/i-love-this-photo-james-and-rachel-and-the-rainbow I Love This Photo: James and Rachel and the Rainbow

Bedfordshire wedding photographer: James and Rachel and the RainbowBedfordshire wedding photographer James and Rachel and the Rainbow

I would say this photo has drawn more comments than any other I've displayed at wedding fairs. The first question is usually, "Was the rainbow really there, or did you Photoshop it in?" Yes, it was really there. Yes, it was a double rainbow, and it only lasted about 2 minutes. 

It was a "bad news, good news" day, as far as the weather was concerned. Felmersham in Bedfordshire is a beautiful little village, with a small river running through it. The church is near the river, and I had arranged with a friend of the family to take group photos in her garden on the river bank. But it tipped it down during the ceremony, and we had to abandon that plan. 

By the time we got to the village hall for the wedding breakfast, the weather was starting to clear. I set up in a side room to prepare their same-day slideshow for later. And it was lucky I was in the side room, because the main hall had no view out to where the rainbow suddenly appeared. So I dashed in to the hall and grabbed James and Rachel. We had time to take maybe a dozen shots before it faded and was gone, but not before we had this beautiful scene in the bag.

Technical info:

1/320 sec at f/20, ISO 1600 - narrow aperture, to get both the couple and the rainbow in focus, plus this is wide angle, helping with depth of focus.

Canon 5D Mk III with Canon EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM at 24mm - wide, to take in the whole rainbow! 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedfordshire felmersham i love wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/i-love-this-photo-james-and-rachel-and-the-rainbow Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:30:00 GMT
Wedding ceremony: First look https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-ceremony-first-look And then the Groom sees his Bride, and his face lights up. Joy, relief, wonder, love. 

Bedfordshire wedding photographer: Wedding ceremony: First LookBedfordshire wedding photographerWedding ceremony: First Look

This moment can be really hard to catch. Sometimes the bridesmaids are still in the aisle, between me and the bride and groom. But for Stevie and Christina (at Elstow Abbey in Bedford), I got a clear view and this lovely shot of Stevie's first long look at his beautiful bride. And there's no hiding how happy he is!

Technical info:

1/50 sec at f/4.0, ISO 3200 - again, low light, so wide open and high ISO

Canon 5DS R with Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 105mm - this time at full telephoto, as I am some way behind the action, trying to stay out of the limelight. In fact, I couldn't zoom in as much as I wanted, and this is a crop from the centre of the image. This is one way the 5DSR excels - with its 50Mpx images, you can crop an image down and it is still plenty large enough for canvases and the album.

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedford bedfordshire elstow abbey wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-ceremony-first-look Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:30:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Bridesmaids by the River Cam https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/i-love-this-photo-bridesmaids-by-the-river-cam Cambridgeshire wedding photographer: I Love This Photo: Bridesmaids by the River CamCambridgeshire wedding photographer I Love This Photo: Bridesmaids by the River Cam

Always keep an eye on the kids. As a parent, to keep them safe. As a photographer, because they do the cutest things!

At Taz and Abi's wedding reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in the middle of Cambridge, the four little bridesmaids enjoyed exploring the gardens and playing by the river together. What you can't see is a mum standing anxiously just out of shot on the left. What you can see is a special moment that caught the carefree moment from the girls' perspective.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) cambridge cambridgeshire i love wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/i-love-this-photo-bridesmaids-by-the-river-cam Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:30:00 GMT
Wedding ceremony: Walking up the aisle https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/wedding-ceremony-walking-up-the-aisle It's time. It's a mixture of nerves and excitement. The bride arrives at the ceremony and all eyes are on you. If you're lucky, you'll have a steady arm to lean on to help get you those last few yards to the front. Meanwhile, family and friends crane necks to catch a first glimpse of you, and break into broad smiles at how wonderful you look.

Bedfordshire wedding photographer: Wedding ceremony: Walking up the aisleBedfordshire wedding photographer Wedding ceremony: Walking up the aisle

Christina walks up the aisle at Elstow Abbey in Bedford, accompanied by her father. You can tell by her expression that she has already spotted Stevie at the front. I love the excitement in the faces of the children in the pews as well. What a moment!

Technical info:

1/80 sec at f/4.0, ISO 3200 - this can be a tricky moment for photos, coming in from the bright light outside into the relative darkness of the church or hall. I could turn the flash on, but that would mean that only the foreground was lit. Here, I wanted to capture the lovely historic setting of the church building, too. I was still on the move, so the exposure time needed to stay quite short. That meant a wide aperture and a high ISO, plus quite a lot of post-processing the RAW file to get a good balance of light and colour temperatures across the image. But the work was well worth it to create a memorable image of this key moment.

Canon EOS 5DS R with Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 24mm - I'm bobbing down next to a pew, so I need the wide angle to get a full-length shot.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedford bedfordshire bride elstow abbey wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/wedding-ceremony-walking-up-the-aisle Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:15:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: Andrew and Jo at Brownsover Hall https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/i-love-this-photo-andrew-and-jo-at-brownsover-hall East Midlands wedding photographer: I Love This Photo: Andrew and Jo at Brownsover HallEast Midlands wedding photographer I Love This Photo: Andrew and Jo at Brownsover Hall

My tag line is "Beautiful, natural photography". But how do you go about getting natural-looking photos when taking special photos of the couple after the wedding? Well, here's one time it worked really well...

We were taking some special photos of just Andrew and Jo shortly after arriving at Brownsover Hall for their wedding breakfast and reception. There are lawns, with trees behind, and I'd been framing them under the little archway in the background. I'd got all I wanted there, so they thought we had finished. Jo wrapped her arms round Andrew, still holding her bouquet, of course, and glanced over my shoulder, smiling at family and friends who were watching through the windows. Did Andrew blink, or was he smelling the beautiful roses? I must ask him sometime.

So the moral is, keep your eyes open, keep your camera ready, catch the moment!

Technical info:

1/400 sec at f/9, ISO 200 - lots of light, a middling aperture to get them in focus but not the background, and saturated colours at a low ISO. These were actually my settings for the previous shots. There was no time to change anything, but it worked just fine for this shot, too!

Canon 5D Mk III with Canon EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM at 80mm - some zoom, so I can stand further away to help them relax.

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) brownsover hall i love warwickshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/i-love-this-photo-andrew-and-jo-at-brownsover-hall Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:00:00 GMT
Wedding Album Design: 2016 Portfolio Album https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/wedding-album-design-2016-portfolio-album Wedding Album Design: 2016 Portfolio Album

Here's a link to view my entire portfolio album online. Some great examples of the kind of thing I could do for you :-)

And the physical album is definitely worth seeing. It's a Loxley Bellissimo luxury album, with an acrylic cover upgrade - quite stunning. Loxley albums use real photographic paper bonded to heavy card, and the pages lie flat in the centre, allowing you to spread the design across the whole page - nothing disappears into the spine! 

If you are planning to get married soon, find out more about my wedding photography packages

Or if you have your wedding photos on disc, but never got round to creating an album, do take a look at how I can help design an album for you.

Do arrange to pop round to see the album, and for a chat about your plans.

07850 666283 | mike@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/3/wedding-album-design-2016-portfolio-album Wed, 02 Mar 2016 10:52:56 GMT
Wedding preparations: The Bridal party arrives https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-preparations-the-bridal-party-arrives The next key moment in the bride's day is arriving at the ceremony venue and meeting up with the whole bridal party. 

Northamptonshire wedding photographer: Wedding ceremony: The bride arrives, Ashlee at Fawsley HallNorthamptonshire wedding photographerWedding ceremony: The bride arrives, Ashlee at Fawsley Hall

Ashley only had to walk across the courtyard at Fawsley Hall, near Daventry, to get to The Stables for the ceremony. But on a breezy day, and with a full complement of bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys, it was a dramatic walk!

Technical info:

1/200 sec at f/4, ISO 200 - a fast shutter speed was needed to freeze the billowing dresses and veil.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 24mm, cropped square so the bridal party fill the frame 

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bridal party bride fawsley hall northamptonshire wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-preparations-the-bridal-party-arrives Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT
I Love This Photo: David and Daniella at Northampton Marriott https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/i-love-this-photo-david-and-daniella-at-northampton-marriott I Love This Photo: David and Daniella at Northampton Marriott

Kicking off a new series of blogs, one of my most popular photos ever - David and Daniella near Northampton Marriott Hotel

Northamptonshire wedding photographer: I Love This Photo: David and Daniella at Northampton MarriottNorthamptonshire wedding photographer I Love This Photo: David and Daniella at Northampton Marriott

This was a winter wedding, but we were really lucky with the weather - cold, but bright and not too windy. I'd been for a recce prior to the wedding, and noticed that there was a little road down the side of the hotel which led to a fishing lake. The scenery down there was lovely, and only a couple of minutes' walk from the hotel. David and Daniella were game, so we went for a stroll in the last light of the afternoon sun.

We created several super images around the lake and trees in just a short time, but this one stands out for how they are looking at each other - happiness and love just glow out from their faces. They loved this photo so much, they had it blown up huge on a canvas, and it now graces the front page of this year's brochures as well.

Technical info:

1/100 sec at f/8, ISO 200 - plenty of light, so stopped down enough to get the whole foreground sharp, but letting the background go out of focus

Canon 5D mkIII with Canon EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM at 70mm - a bit of zoom mostly to give them some room

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) i love northampton northampton marriott northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/i-love-this-photo-david-and-daniella-at-northampton-marriott Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:46:49 GMT
Pre-wedding portrait: Paul and Shelley https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/pre-wedding-portrait-paul-and-shelley Pre-wedding portrait: Paul and Shelley

Paul and Shelley are getting married in June at Sedgebrook Hall.

Northamptonshire wedding photographer: Pre-wedding portrait: Paul and ShelleyNorthamptonshire wedding photographerPre-wedding portrait: Paul and Shelley

Most of my wedding packages include a free portrait sitting. Couples get some lovely photos from these sessions. As they are often studio-based, the conditions are more controlled than during the hurly-burly of the wedding day. We can take our time, to let you get used to being in front of the camera - relaxed photos look so much more natural. I can give a few tips on how to look your best. And we get to know each other better. It all adds up to less to worry about on your wedding day, and you can get lovely canvases and prints into the bargain.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) portrait pre-wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/2/pre-wedding-portrait-paul-and-shelley Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:08:59 GMT
Wedding preparations: The rings https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-preparations-the-rings Here's a fun variation on getting a photo of the rings before the ceremony.

Leicestershre wedding photographer: Wedding preparations: The Rings - Andrew at Ashby MagnaLeicestershre wedding photographerWedding preparations: The Rings - Andrew at Ashby Magna

Andrew is resplendent in his kilt, standing outside the church at Ashby Magnum in Leicestershire. But the focus of this shot is on his face, framed by the ring which will soon be on his finger. 

Technical info:

1/60 sec at f20, ISO 500 - I wanted to get as much as possible in focus for this shot. so it is stopped down really small. Happily, the sunny conditions meant that there was still plenty of light.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 60mm

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) groom preparations rings wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-preparations-the-rings Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT
Wedding preparations: Groom and Groomsmen pt2 https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-preparations-groom-and-groomsmen-1 I love this photo of Andy (in the pale waistcoat), his best man and ushers, striding out at Coombe Abbey. 

East Midlands wedding photographer: Wedding preparations: Andy and his groomsmen at Coombe AbbeyEast Midlands wedding photographer Wedding preparations: Andy and his groomsmen at Coombe Abbey

When the bride and groom get ready at the same location, that gives me time to make a feature of the groom and groomsmen, as well. Guys tend to get a bit self-conscious standing around for photos, so getting them moving helps them to relax. It's also an opportunity to take in some of the surroundings at your venue.
 

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) groom groomsmen wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-preparations-groom-and-groomsmen-1 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT
Wedding preparations: Groom and Groomsmen https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-preparations-groom-and-groomsmen If the bride and groom both get ready at the same hotel, I can get preparation shots for both of you. To make sure you don't bump into each other, you are usually at opposite ends of the building, which all helps with my keep fit programme. 

Technical info:

1/80 sec at f6.3, ISO 1600, with fill-in flash - I wanted good depth of focus to take in the whole group, so had to narrow the aperture to f6.3. But I also wanted the room to look as natural as possible, making use of available light, so I had to use a fairly long shutter speed and high ISO. On this occasion, the flash was necessary to stop it turning into a silhouette against the bright window light.

Canon 5D MkIII with Canon EF24-105mm f4L IS USM, at 24mm - wide angle, to get the whole group into the frame.

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) groom groomsmen northampton marriott northamptonshire preparations wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-preparations-groom-and-groomsmen Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT
Bridal preparation: Portraits of the bride - outdoors https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-portraits-of-the-bride---outdoors Bridal preparation: Portraits of the bride - outdoors

Sometimes, it's possible to go outside for a portrait of the bride.  Bedfordshire wedding photographer: Bridal portraits: ChristinaBedfordshire wedding photographer Bridal portraits: Christina

And sometimes, as here, the family magically gets the garden looking absolutely lovely just for this shot! Fortunately, the weather on the day co-operated, and we could get the benefit of Christina's mum's green fingers. The bedding plants are in full bloom, the hanging baskets are in full bloom, and the bride is in full bloom! 

Technical info:

1/160 sec at f11, for sharp focus throughout the image

ISO 640 - plenty of light, but still needing to increase the ISO a little to permit stopping the aperture down so much

EF24-105 f4/L USM at 24mm on Canon 5DS R - wide open due the lawn actually being quite narrow at this point

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bridal prep bride dress wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-portraits-of-the-bride---outdoors Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:00:00 GMT
Bridal preparation: Portraits of the bride - indoors https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-portraits-of-the-bride---indoors Bridal preparation: Portraits of the bride - indoors

Once the bride is into her dress, it's time to create some special portraits of just her.

The amount of time available for this is often very short. I may plan to have ten minutes with her, but it's funny how the time just vanishes as you get close to setting off! So I'm always thinking ahead, from the time I arrive with the bride, and even sooner if I've had an opportunity to visit the location beforehand. Where would be a good location for a photo? Where is the light good, and the background not too distracting? Do I need to move bags and furniture around, and who should I ask for permission to do that? So then if the time gets squeezed, I'll be able to line up a selection of shots in no time at all.

Leicestershre wedding photographer: Bridal Portrait: VictoriaLeicestershre wedding photographerBridal Portrait: Victoria

Ross and Victoria's flat had lovely big windows which let in plenty of daylight - very flattering on a wedding dress compared to the flat light you can get using on-camera flash. I had to clear some clothes off the armchair in the background, but otherwise the area around the fireplace was beautifully set up with candles, cards, flowers and presents. Something I particularly liked about this location was that Ross and Victoria had chosen to display my pre-wedding portrait framed photo of them next to the mirror - there it is in the background!

But most of all, it is an elegant portrait of Victoria, including the detailing on her dress and her hair, catching a peaceful moment at home before heading off to the church.

Technical info:

1/125 sec at f11 - aiming for sharpness throughout the image

ISO 6400 - this is as high as I like to go for ISO, so there was some controlling of digital noise required in post-processing

Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L/USM at 24mm on Canon 5DMkIII - wide angle, due to the limited width of the room

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bridal prep dress wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-portraits-of-the-bride---indoors Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:00:00 GMT
Wedding album design: Jamie and Jules at Kelmarsh Hall https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-album-design-jamie-and-jules-at-kelmarsh-hall Here's another beautiful album layout, this time for Jamie and Jules at Kelmarsh Hall. 

They loved their photos so much that they doubled the number of pages in their album. All my packages include a 30-page album, with room for 60 photos. But Jamie and Jules wanted 120 of their photos in the album, and why not when they are so lovely.!

Link to the album online

Wedding Album Design: Jamie and Jules at Kelmarsh Hall

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album kelmarsh hall northamptonshire wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-album-design-jamie-and-jules-at-kelmarsh-hall Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:09:18 GMT
Bridal preparation: Buttoning up the dress https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-buttoning-up-the-dress Buttoning up the dress

Another special moment during bridal preparation time is buttoning up the dress. By this point, the bride has had her hair and make-up done, and the dress brings everything together. It's often an emotional moment for the bride, and for her family and friends who are with her - a special moment I do my very best to capture.

This photo is from Ian and Fran's wedding at Barton Hall Hotel in Kettering. Fran had a suite there to get ready, and the room provided both good light and a nice neutral background.  By focusing on the beautiful lace on Fran's shoulder, her face went into gentle, soft focus, whilst still capturing something of her excitement about being in her dress and ready for the day.

Bridal preparation: Buttoning up the dress Technical details:

1/80 sec - no stabilisation on this lens, so needed a very steady hand

f2.8 - wide open, very shallow focus

ISO 800 - medium setting, allowing the front of the dress to over-expose a bit, whilst exposing the hands doing the button up enough

Canon EF24-70mm f2.8L USM at 67mm on Canon 5DMkIII

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bridal prep dress wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-buttoning-up-the-dress Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Mother and Daughter Double Engagement session: Leah and Chris, Kia and Dylan https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/mother-and-daughter-double-engagement-session-leah-and-chris-kia-and-dylan Mother and Daughter Double Engagement session: Leah and Chris, Kia and Dylan

What a delight - both Mum (Leah) and daughter (Kia) are engaged at the same time, and both couples volunteered for my January special offer of an engagement shoot.  Mother and Daughter double engagement shoot: Leah and Chris

I love the spontaneity of this moment, Leah and Chris - it really shows in your faces.

It usually takes a little while for people to relax a little in front of the camera - that's only natural. I do all I can to put people at their ease and having fun. 

Mother and Daughter double engagement shoot: Kia and Dylan

This is perhaps a more "classic" engagement photo of Kia and Dylan, one they'll treasure for years to come. A beautiful couple, proud of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) engagement portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/mother-and-daughter-double-engagement-session-leah-and-chris-kia-and-dylan Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:00:00 GMT
Bedford Wedding: Kevin and Robin at Elstow Abbey and South Farm https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bedford-wedding-kevin-and-robin-at-elstow-abbey-and-south-farm Kevin and Robin at Elstow Abbey and South Farm, Royston

Kevin and Robin live in Bedford, and chose their local church for their wedding ceremony - a local church that just happens to be the beautiful Elstow Abbey. This was just a week before Christmas, but with one of the mildest Decembers on record, we had no trouble going outside for photos both there and later at South Farm. 

Kevin and Robin: Elstow Abbey and South Farm

How we first met    
Kevin and I met at university. We both worked nights at the student union bar, and would pass the time by hiding outside in the smoking area chatting away!

When I knew he/she was the one    
There was no real defining moment. We just knew, when our two separate lives so naturally became one. Kevin and Robin: Elstow Abbey and South Farm

The proposal    
Kevin proposed to me on Christmas morning whilst in bed at my mum and dads house. He very sneakily got me my perfect ring that I had pointed out to him months before, thinking that I had no chance of ever owning it! He thinks that it was a big surprise, but I had an inkling...

The one thing we love most about each other    
Kevin - Robin is so kind and caring and a natural mother to our daughter Esmé.
Robin - Kevin makes me laugh more than anyone I know, and we make a great team. Kevin and Robin: Elstow Abbey and South Farm

You may not know, but...   
Kevin - Robin is really bad at staying in a mood, she tries so hard not to laugh!
Robin - Kevin likes to think he's a master chef and his secret ingredient in every meal is paprika...

Why did you choose your wedding ceremony and reception venues?    
Our wedding ceremony is the church just around the corner to where we live. I have always been a lover of big, old churches, and this one was just perfect for our special day. We fell in love with South Farm the moment we first arrived to look around. It was beautiful, we loved the working farm, the fact that everything was home grown and the cosy, laid back vibe that it gave. Kevin and Robin: Elstow Abbey and South Farm

What led you to choose Mike Brown Photographic for your photography?    
We met Mike at a wedding fayre and loved his photo albums!

How did the photography go for you?    
Mike's photography on the day was brilliant. So non-invasive and natural. Guests commented that they're not sure how he got so many great photos as they didn't even know he was there!

Kevin and Robin: Elstow Abbey and South Farm

Tell us about a memorable moment in the day    
Robin - The speeches! It's great hearing so many lovely things about yourself from 3 different people!
Kevin - As clichéd as it sounds, seeing Robin and our daughter Esmé walking down the aisle.

Can you tell us a little about your honeymoon?    
We haven't been yet! Hoping to go away in the summer.

What advice would you share with couples starting to plan their wedding?    
Make a budget and stick to it, or things can spiral out if control. And hire professionals, they make your day run smoothly. Kevin and Robin: Elstow Abbey and South Farm

Our wedding vendors:
Photography: Mike Brown Photographic
Ceremony venue    http://www.elstow-abbey.org.uk/index.html
Reception venue    http://www.south-farm.co.uk
Dress    http://www.bridalshopltd.co.uk

Kevin and Robin: Elstow Abbey and South Farm

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bedford bedfordshire cambridgeshire elstow abbey south farm royston wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bedford-wedding-kevin-and-robin-at-elstow-abbey-and-south-farm Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:53:26 GMT
Bridal preparation: The dress and shoes https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-the-dress-and-shoes The dress and shoes Bridal preparations: Dress and shoes

 

This is one of my favourite wedding photos when I arrive where the bride is getting ready. Bridal preparation time is really special. The bride is getting her hair and make-up done, along with her bridesmaids, and often with her parents, too. It's a good idea to allow enough time for your photographer to get there before you get into your dress. You can then create a memory like this one, from Ben and Laura's wedding at Dodmoor House, Weedon, Northamptonshire.

 

It's also important to think where would be a good place to take a photo like this - something any good photographer will be more than happy to help you with. The Bridal Suite at Dodmoor House is beautiful, but just out of shot in this photo there were carrier bags, coats, make-up bags - all sorts of stuff you have to have with you, but you don't want in the shot! I got the bride's permission to rearrange the furniture slightly, making the most of the wavy mirrors and fairy lights in the background as well as the smart side table for the shoes.

 

I chose to focus on the shoes. The near hem of the dress is also in focus, but I allowed the background to go out of focus. This keeps the eye coming back to the shoes, the central point of the composition. When processing this photo, I had to balance the daylight coming from the windows on the left with the indoor lights to the right, to keep the dress looking a consistent colour.

 

Technical info:

 

1/60 sec: This is hand held, so I had to brace the camera very carefully, even with image stabilisation in the lens 

 

f4: Wide open for this lens. Keep the depth of focus shallow 

 

ISO 200: Plenty of light, so keep the noise low and the colours saturated

 

Canon EF24-105mm L IS USM lens at 45mm 

 

Canon 5DMkIII - my "go to" camera until the 5DS R arrived!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) bridal prep dress shoes wedding wedding day https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/bridal-preparation-the-dress-and-shoes Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Wedding album design: Cliff and Jacqui https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-album-cliff-and-jacqui This is a new feature I can offer - your wedding photo album online as well as in print! You will now be able to proof you album design online, including sending me comments on any pages you would like modified. Then once the album has been printed, you can have a copy of the whole album online - ideal for showing off to family and friends who may not get to see your printed album for a while.

Cliff and Jacqui were delighted with their wedding album. The "lie-flat" pages allowed the design to spread across the centre of the album, allowing for more creative layouts, and making the most of the wide-angle shots in and around the lovely church at Risely, Bedfordshire, and the Millhouse Hotel in Sharnbrook.

Link to online album

Online wedding albumCliff & Jacqui's album

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album bedfordshire millhouse hotel sharnbrook sharnbrook wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/wedding-album-cliff-and-jacqui Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:35:54 GMT
Family portraits: Dave, Carol, kids and grandkids https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/family-portraits-dave-carol-kids-and-grandkids Carol said she'd waited 30 years to get such good family photos, and she and Dave were delighted with their session. We managed to fit thirteen people into their one-hour portrait session, and get good photos of all of them.

They'd had a go at doing it for themselves, but they'd found out how difficult it is to get lighting and backgrounds just right. Not to mention everyone looking great!

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) family portrait https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2016/1/family-portraits-dave-carol-kids-and-grandkids Sat, 02 Jan 2016 18:08:12 GMT
Pre-wedding portraits: James and Ruth https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/12/pre-wedding-portraits-james-and-ruth James and Ruth are getting married in April, and loved their pre-wedding portrait session. They quickly relaxed and we got some great photos to choose from. Here are just a few of the best ones. Which is your favourite?

Pre-wedding portraits: James and Ruth Pre-wedding portraits: James and Ruth

Pre-wedding portraits: James and Ruth Pre-wedding portraits: James and Ruth Pre-wedding portraits: James and Ruth

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) portrait wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/12/pre-wedding-portraits-james-and-ruth Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:17:34 GMT
Wedding Album Designer: Custom album for Andrew and Fiona https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/12/wedding-album-designer-custom-album-for-andrew-and-fiona I had an interesting opportunity this month to create a wedding album for a couple, Andrew and Fiona. What was unusual was that I hadn't been their photographer - they had got a friend, Phil Walker, to take photos for them, and he gave them the digital photos. Fiona was planning to design an album herself, but found it trickier than expected.

Then she saw the album I had created for Lee and Louise, and got in touch to ask if I could help them out. They brought the photos round to show me, and I showed them their options for different kinds of albums. There was quite a bit more to do than just lay out a design. Phil had done a pretty good job taking the photos, but there were some issues with exposure, contrast, colour balance, and even focus. But I love bringing out the very best in images, especially when they have captured something of the joy of the day and the special people and places chosen by the couple, and I have the tools to fix quite a lot of problems quickly.

I was doubly delighted when Andrew and Fiona decided to go ahead, and with the top of the range Loxley album, just like Lee and Louise's. After polishing up the photos, I sent them a digital file of draft design, and after a couple of tweaks it was ready to send off for printing. They collected the finished product from me yesterday and were really pleased with the results.

So if you know anyone else in the same situation, do point them my way. They don't even need to live close by, as this is the kind of thing that could even be done remotely.

To give you an idea of the album layout, here are a few sample pages:

Custom Wedding Album design for Andrew and FionaCustom Wedding Album design for Andrew and Fiona In the photo on the left, I managed to salvage a bit of detail out of the window, whilst boosting the exposure to light up the dress. I had to be careful to smooth out digital "noise" in the shadow areas, too. The photo of the three bridesmaids in the mirror needed levelling up, whilst the lovely photos of the bride needed a bit of "refocusing" to make both the veil and the bride's face as clear as possible. 

Custom Wedding Album design for Andrew and FionaCustom Wedding Album design for Andrew and Fiona More exposure challenges on this spread. Cameras struggle to pick the right exposure when you have a bright window behind the subject. We also played with different grid layouts of this page, as we had a variety of crop dimensions - 3:2, 4:3 and square - all on the same page. 

Custom Wedding Album design for Andrew and FionaCustom Wedding Album design for Andrew and Fiona This is my personal favourite spread. Andrew and Fiona are relaxed and happy, and the sunlight is catching them nicely. Having said that, it did create some deep shadows, which I lifted a bit. In the left-hand photo, there was a bit of a bike in the background, and a broken bike lock on the railings. I Photoshopped those out so your eye isn't distracted by them. In the right-hand photo, there was again an opportunity to refocus the image and bring out the detail not only on the bride and groom, but in the doors behind them, full of character and history!

 

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info@mikebrownphotographic.co.uk (Mike Brown) album wedding https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/12/wedding-album-designer-custom-album-for-andrew-and-fiona Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:56:56 GMT
Favourite wedding moments of 2015 https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/12/favourite-wedding-moments-of-2015 Looking through this year's weddings, photos kept reminding me of touching or fun moments, ones which I probably hadn't even mentioned in my posts about those weddings. So I thought I'd put together a countdown of some of my favourite moments.

11 A tender moment

Peterborough Wedding Photographer: Stuart and DawnPeterborough Wedding Photographer: Stuart and Dawn

At number 11, we have a not-to-be-missed moment with Stuart and Dawn at The Fennes, down in Essex. Dawn was finding it a bit tricky on soft grass in heels, and I love how Stuart reached out to steady her. What a gent.

10 Fran's guide to posing Kettering Wedding photographer: Ian and FranKettering Wedding photographer: Ian and Fran If can be hard for brides and grooms to relax and be themselves, but not Fran and Ian - especially Fran! I'd love to say that I coached her into this fun pose during our stroll across the lawns at Barton Hall Hotel, but this is just Fran being joyfully Fran :-)

9 Slideshow thumbs up

Bedford Wedding Photographer: Stevie and ChristinaBedford Wedding Photographer: Stevie and Christina

 

I usually put on a "sneak peek" slideshow at the start of the reception - which for Stevie and Christina was the Bedford Blues Rugby Club. I always hope the couple will like what they see, and it's not unusual for the bride to suddenly need a tissue. But when she puts her tissue down momentarily to give me a thumbs up, I know I must have done a decent job.

8 Happy to see you. No, really! Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Jamie and JulesNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Jamie and Jules Isn't it strange how joy can look like sadness? I had several candidates for a special "first look" photo, but I picked this photo of Jules getting to the front of the ceremony room at Kelmarsh Hall and shedding a tear. It's almost as if she can't believe her dreams are coming true, right here, right now. I love how reassuring Jamie is looking, too. 

7 Join us for the First Dance

Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: James and AshleeNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer: James and Ashlee It seems James and Ashlee have a very close set of best friends. It can sometimes be hard to get folk to join you on the dance floor, but their friends formed a circle close round them as they danced at Fawsley Hall, and it all ended in a group hug and round of applause. Should bode well for their future together.

6 I'll follow you...
Leicester Wedding Photographer: Ross and VictoriaLeicester Wedding Photographer: Ross and Victoria ...and I might well take a few photos on the way. This one caught a relaxed moment when the ceremony was over and Ross and Victoria were free for some special photos making the most of St Mary de Castro in Leicester. They liked this one so much that they had it blown up big. Really big!

5 Hello, little man

Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer: Carl and JennyBedfordshire Wedding Photographer: Carl and Jenny The celebrants (registrars or vicars) set the tone for the ceremony, and when children go walkabout, it can be very distracting for them. So I think it's particularly lovely when they don't frown or tut, but welcome the more adventurous members of the congregation with a smile. Carl and Jenny's little Tom made a new friend at their Sharnbrook Hotel wedding.

4 Lock him up!

Leicestershire Wedding Photographer: James and NicolaLeicestershire Wedding Photographer: James and Nicola In at number four are James and Nicola at Leicester Guildhall. They knew there were old cells in the building, so they set this shot up themselves. No sooner wed than in the dog house. Poor James!

3 A message delivered in song Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer: Cliff and JacquiBedfordshire Wedding Photographer: Cliff and Jacqui

Jacqui wanted to give Cliff a heartfelt message at the end of the speeches at their Millhouse Hotel reception in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. But instead of making a speech, she persuaded her brave friend to sing him a beautiful ballad for her - Songbird, by Eva Cassidy [Thanks for reminding me of the title, Jacqui!]. Cliff was welling up, and I don't think he was the only one.
2 Is this the Guiness World Record number of bouquet tosses?
Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer: Cliff and JacquiNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Daniel and Helen
Daniel and Helen went down onto the lawns below Brampton Halt to toss the bouquet to Helen's friends. Sounds straightforward. But her friends were not particularly keen to catch it, for some reason. All except one liberated bloke. Can you spot him, back centre behind the lady carrying a little one? He caught it. So Helen did it again. And he caught it. Three times in a row, he caught it! On the fourth attempt, the somewhat bedraggled bouquet finally went to the lady on the left. All the guests were absolutely creased up with laughter.
 
1 Dancing in the aisle Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Lee and LouiseNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Lee and Louise My number one favourite moment from this year has to be Lee and Louise pausing as they processed out of St John the Baptist church in Corby Old Village after their wedding, to do a dance in their wheelchairs. They surely have many challenges in life, but their love for each other and their sheer joy at now being married was plain for all to see. What an inspiration. 
 

 

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Kevin and Robin came for their pre-wedding portrait session, along with baby and dog :-) We had a fun time, picking our moments to catch a happy little one.

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Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer: Jamie and Jules at Kelmarsh Hall https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/10/northamptonshire-wedding-photographer-jamie-and-jules  

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1) How we first met

At Taekwon-Do - Things can get a bit 'tasty' when we spar !

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2) When I knew he/she was the one

Jamie: There wasn't one defining moment, it just felt right.
Jules: I just knew - very early on in our relationship.

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3) The proposal

We do most things together and this was no exception! It was a mutual decision. Jamie isn't in to big 'drama'. We went to Brighton to see a company about getting the ring made and then had a weekend away to get engaged on our 2yr anniversary. This little lad loved the VW camper van for the wedding at Kelmarsh HallNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer The beautiful VW Camper Van for the wedding at Kelmarsh HallNorthamptonshire Wedding Photographer


4) The one thing we love most about each other

Jamie: Her smile! And the way she seems to know what I'm thinking, and what I'm about to do!
Jules: His sense of humour! Even if he wakes up like the living dead, his sense of humour will still kick in....!
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5) You may not know, but... 

Jamie: She has a lovely sexy tattoo at the base of her back.
Jules: He makes awesome caramelised apple pancakes !
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6) We wish we had known earlier about planning a wedding that...

If we had gone with our original plan to go off and get married on our own - we would have had an amazing time in New York on this budget !!
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Our Wedding Vendors 

Photography: Mike Brown Photographic
Ceremony Location: Kelmarsh Hall 
Kelmarsh Hall Wedding Planner: Jules & Emma Cordery at Kelmarsh
Dress: Wed2B  
Florist: Nicola @ Eve Lily   
Cake: Judy - Special Cakes  
Catering: Lemon Zes
Transport: Mark  - Gerrys Split Screen Weddings 
Hair & make up by Donna at Beauty Angels

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Northamptonshire Headshot Photographer: Helen https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/11/northamptonshire-headshot-photographer-helen Helen needed a headshot to use in publicity she was planning, so she came in for a headshot portrait session. We spent about 20 minutes getting everything set up just right for her, and trying a variety of looks. She could see the photos immediately, and that helped her know what she wanted to do differently for the next shot. We ended up with this take, which she was delighted with!

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Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer: Cliff and Jacqui at Riseley and the Sharnbrook Millhouse Hotel https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/10/bedfordshire-wedding-photographer-cliff-and-jacqui Cliff and Jacqui got married at All Saints, Risely in Bedfordshire, then had their reception at the Millhouse Hotel, in Sharnbrook

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Cliff & Jacqui | Our Story 

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1) How we first met 
On Christian Connection.

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2) When I knew he/she was the one 
After 3 weeks!

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3) The proposal 
Cliff asked Jacqui to keep the 14th February free, 6 months in advance (that was after 3 weeks) but she didn’t know why. Jacqui knew that the proposal was coming 4 months later when Cliff started talking about ring shopping. We felt amazing! Beautiful countryside around All Saints Church, RiseleyBedford Wedding Photographer

4) The one thing we love most about each other 
Cliff loves Jacqui’s compassion, and Jacqui loves Cliff’s thoughtfulness.

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5) You may not know, but... 
He loves the Muppets and she is full of fun with the family.

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6) We wish we had known earlier about planning a wedding that... 
It is always wise to look at consumer reviews!

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Our Wedding Vendors 
Photography: Mike Brown Photographic 
Ceremony Location: All Saints Church, Riseley
Reception Location:  Millhouse Hotel, Sharnbrook
Wedding Planner: Jennie Bayliss, Officewings
Dress:  Stars Bridal Outlet, Astwood
Florist: Pick-a-Lily, Sharnbrook
Cake: Homemade
Transport: Sapphire, Sharnbrook
Band: Rhys Jiang & Co

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Bedford Wedding Photographer: Stevie and Christina at Elstow Abbey and Bedford Blues https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/10/bedford-wedding-photographer-stevie-and-christina Stevie and Christina got married at Elstow Abbey in Kempston, Bedford. Then after some special photos on the Embankment, on to the reception at Bedford Blues rugby club marquee. 

Stevie and Christina | Our Story

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1) How we first met 

 

On a night out in Bedford. I was waiting at the bar and Stevie came over and started talking to me and bought me a drink. I then took his number and left to go to another bar. The next thing Stevie was in the bar as well and we spent the rest of the night talking.
The following day I agreed to meet up with him, but I bottled out and didn’t go. We then arranged a date the following week. I agreed to pick him up but he had just moved house and I wasn’t sure where it was so I pulled up near to what I thought was the address and text him to say I was waiting outside. Turns out I was parked about a 10 minute walk away from the address and Stevie thought when he was walking to meet me that I wasn’t going to be there and his mates were setting him up.
Our first date was a trip to the cinema in the Xscape at Milton Keynes where we went to watch an awful film, which was my choice and to this day Stevie still reminds me what a rubbish film it was. We didn’t hang around to see the end instead opted for the pub. 
That was our one and only date and pretty much after that we were inseparable. The rest as they say is history.

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2) When I knew he/she was the one 
Bride about the Groom – There was no significant point in our relationship that made me think Stevie was the one more like a number of things. Since the moment I met Stevie he has always been there for me. He will do almost anything for me and I love being with him and around him. I think the birth of our son was what really cemented it for me. I believe having a child with someone is just as big a commitment as tying the knot!!

 

Groom about the Bride – The more time I spent with Christina the more I knew she was the one. She is always there for me and I can rely on her no matter what. 

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3) The proposal 
We were going on holiday to Tenerife with my parents and our 20 month old son Archie. The night before we were due to fly we stayed in a hotel near to the airport.
The day before we were going to the hotel I was moaning at Stevie as he was acting very strange and I didn’t know why. All became clear when we were sitting down having dinner at the hotel. Stevie turned to me and stated ‘’you know I have been acting strange well’’ and then he got down on one knee and mumbled will you marry me?
It turns out a week before Stevie had asked my parents permission and my mum had the ring in her handbag. He was going to wait till we were on holiday to ask me but my mum panicked that I would spot the ring. 
When Stevie first popped the question I just kept saying ‘’how have you managed this without me knowing, I know everything you do’’. I had no idea what he was planning but of course I said yes!

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4) The one thing we love most about each other

 

Bride about the Groom – His caring thoughtful nature

 

Groom about the Bride – Her sense of humour

Bride and Groom in the VW camper van at Elstow AbbeyBedford Wedding Photographer

5) You may not know, but... 

 

Bride about the Groom – Silly he has me stitches half the town with his clowning around. 

 

Groom about the Bride – Funny some of things she comes out with. 

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6) We wish we had known earlier about planning a wedding that...

 

How very time consuming it can be, you need to be organised. Plan your budget and stick to it as things can easily spiral out of control.
I made a lot of things myself for the wedding which saved a lot of money. It took time but I’m glad I was able to put a bit of personal touch to our big day. 

Bride and Groom at the bandstand, The Embankment, Bedford Bedford Wedding Photographer The Bride and Groom walk along the Embankment, BedfordBedford Wedding Photographer

Our Wedding Vendors 

 

Photography: Mike Brown Photographic
Ceremony Location: Elstow Abbey in Bedford
Reception Location: The Marquee Bedford Rugby Club 
Dress: Celebration Services Kempston Bedford 
Florist: Deana L’Erario Springfield Flowers
Catering: Doreen Lambert of Bedford
Transport: Campers 4 Weddings
DJ: Eddie L’Erario Sonikwaves
Photobooth: Timeless Entertainment
Venue Décor: Dolly’s Vintage Tea Rooms 
Table Décor: Dress it yourself 
Chair Covers: Tony Milloti

Fun at the reception, the marquee, Bedford Blues rugby clubBedford Wedding Photographer


Bride and Groom cutting the cake, at the marquee, Bedford Blues rugby clubBedford Wedding Photographer
 
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Northampton Wedding Photographer: Daniel and Helen at Weston Favell and Brampton Halt https://www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk/blog/2015/8/northampton-wedding-photographer-daniel-and-helen Helen and Daniel got married at St Peters, Weston Favell in Northampton, then on to the Brampton Halt in Chapel Brampton.

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Helen & Daniel | Our Story


1) How we first met
Daniel & Helen: We lived within a few minutes of each other growing up, but only eventually met through mutual friends after we’d both moved.
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2) When I knew he/she was the one
Daniel:I guess after we’d been together for 6 months and our love was growing each and every day.
 
Helen: It’s hard to put a time on it but I guess when I realised I was truly in love for the first time.
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3) The proposal
Daniel: I had planned the moment a few months before, we had our first holiday alone as a couple planned and I planned to go for a walk to a nice spot to see the sunset and propose. It didn’t go perfectly to plan as the sun had nearly completely set by the time we got there, but it was still a lovely moment and was relieved she said yes!
 
Helen: I had an inkling that he would be proposing before the year was out but I wasn’t sure. I didn’t know what he was doing, I told him to get up! When I realised I felt like my heart stopped momentarily, I was overwhelmed and burst into tears! 
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4) The one thing we love most about each other
Daniel:Helen’s one of the kindest, most caring people I’ve met, and love when she looks at me with her cheeky grin.
 
Helen: He’s always there when I need him the most and he’ll always look after me when I’m poorly even if he’s poorly himself, love his smile and the kindness in his eyes. 
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5) You may not know, but he/she is so funny/silly/quirky
Daniel & Helen: We are both unbelievably accident prone, in Dan’s case resulting in trips to A&E! 
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6) We wish we had known earlier about planning a wedding that...
Daniel: Every time you think you’ve got everything planned there’s always more to be planned!

Helen: No matter how early you start planning there is always something last minute to do! Time to relax at The Brampton Halt lake - Northampton Wedding PhotographerTime to relax at The Brampton Halt lakeMike Brown Photographic - Northampton Wedding Photographer   View back across the lake to the Bride and Groom and The Brampton Halt - Northampton Wedding PhotographerView back across the lake to the Bride and Groom, and The Brampton HaltMike Brown Photographic - Northampton Wedding Photographer Our Wedding Vendors 
Photography: Mike Brown Photographic 
Ceremony Location: St Peters Church, Weston Favell, Northampton
Reception Location:  The Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton 
Wedding Planner: Helen!
Dress:  Aura Belle, Oakley, Bedford
Florist: Homelands Florists, Kingsthorpe, Northampton 
Cake: Rachel’s Fancy Fondants, Earls Barton, Northampton
Catering: The Brampton Halt
Transport: Knightley Cars, Daventry 
DJ:  Organised by the Brampton Halt 
Other Details/Vendors: 
Videographer: Spettro Studios, Northampton
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