“Dani you’re amazing. You totally got it. I can’t believe how many great photos there are in the preview!!! Thank you to you and Nikki so much. We loved having you with us. Huge hugs xxxx“
This text from Charlie made me well up! I’m on the cusp of my 10th year in business as a wedding photographer in the Midlands (mostly in Birmingham) and ‘getting it’ is just what I’m about. I want to understand what YOU want to get from your wedding and specifically from your wedding photography, and do the things within my control to help that happen.
“Natural, relaxed, candid and capturing us enjoying ourselves”
This is what Charlie and Trev told me they wanted from the photos of their industrial setting but family oriented wedding. As part of the getting to know you process of working together, they told me about their first date that involved a tequila shot and the date when Trev knew Charlie was a keeper when she charmed his gigging musician friends (he used to play drums too!). So I knew the music would be important, that the tequila shots with desert would be a highlight, that the social dining and guests dishing up the shared food platters needed to be documented.
I found out all about how much Charlie and Trev adore their families but especially their nieces and nephews. I’ll be honest, a list of littles that long often makes me nervous, but no need with this loved up clan.
I expected tartan and greenery and thistles: styling to compliment the working farm setting and not distract from the incredible features of the twinkle light adorned ceremony barn and the epic grain store reception space.
I was delighted that my regular partner in creativity second shooter Nikki Cooper was free for me to book on this absolute peak date (I could have booked this one 5 times over). A huge thank you to Nikki for shooting amazing images and bringing the same approach as I do to weddings – helpful, kind & supportive to the couple and their guests (and each other!), creative and hard working and generally a joy to be around.
Now, where I’d normally high five and shout out my other industry supplier pals instead for this wedding I have to praise the couple’s friends and family. They helped with such a lot with different elements of their day:
- Ceremony Officiant – Groom’s Dad
- Dress (yes she made the actual dress!), flowers and all the venue florals – all by the Bride’s Mum (rockstar!)
- Rings – made by Bride’s Sister
- Signs – made by Bride’s Dad
- Table favours – made by Groom’s Mum
- Cake – made by a family friend
- Hairdresser – friend of the Bride
- Bands – many friends
That said, one of the best choices the couple made was to book with Bryony and the team at The Barns at Lodge Farm. This was my second visit to photograph a wedding at the farm and it was just as joyful as the first! When a wedding venue runs as smoothly as this, when the staff embody a customer service ethos and work as a team, when you arrive as a supplier but are looked after all day like you’re part of the family… all these things free up a photographer’s headspace for spotting moments and creativity. I have no doubt that this is one of my favourite wedding previews with one of my favourite couples at my new favourite venue.
Now if only I could pick the whole place up and transport it to the Midlands!