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Botanical, Black Tie Wedding at Rivington Hall Barn

Have you ever seen a wedding reception looking so magical? The beautiful botanical floristry mixed with luxe black tie attire, acrylic candelabras, and ghost chair decor at Rivington Hall Barn really is pin-tastic! Especially with the abundance of candle lights and fairy lights making everything glisten. Bride Kate looks radiant in her Caroline Castigliano gown too. That sweeping train and button back detail is exquisite. And just perfect for the setting.

If you like your weddings full of light and love like this one, you should definitely check out our lighting post for more twinkling ideas. But first lets savour all the amazing captures of Kate and Jons wedding day by Lawson Photography.

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Rebecca & Jamie

Not only are Rebecca and Jamie ridiculously beautiful, but you can just see from the emotional filled pictures captured by Lawson Photography that they are head over heels in love too.

From start to finish this classic country wedding looks perfect in every way. Tears, laughter, magicians, bands, and flowers and fashion that will make your heart skip a beat.

I simply adore the portrait of Rebecca entering the church under that floral arch of dreams, wearing her fabulous ruffled Ian Stuart Pracatan gown. And by her side beautiful maids in rosewater twobirds gowns which inspired the feminine colour palette of this beautiful celebration.

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Sarah & Darren

You know when you just love everything detail of something, well that is exactly how I feel about this enchanting fall wedding. Autumn hues are undoubtedly some of our favourite colours, combining the dark and sumptuous with the crisp and vivid making one heady combination. And Sarah and Darren’s vintage wedding at Rivington Hall Barn seems to have an abundance of it.

The Bridesmaids look gorgeous in rich oxblood dresses, with the Groomsmen opting for mis-match cosy tweed, and then there’s the rustic barn…. Styled with an absolutely fabulous and eclectic selection of vintage finds. Tasselled lampshades – Beaut. Tea canister centrepieces – Adorable. And did I hear sloe gin favours – Ooh yes please.

The pièce de résistance has to be Bride Sarah though, who looks truly stunning in an ivory Jenny Packham Eden gown, adorable Juliet cap veil and handmade flower crown. The makeup junkie in me would also like to know the shade of her luscious lipstick please; such a pretty lady.

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A Sentimental Bride And Her Boy In Blue.


Joanna and Craig’s wedding is a lovely way to round off the week. From Joanna’s gorgeous silk flower crown, to the floral archway, to the antique key table-plan, to the white wooden swing – it’s a wedding day just brimming with pretty details.

I think Joanna has some of the most perfect voluminous curls I’ve ever seen and her and Craig make a very elegant couple. We do love it when a Groom goes for an electric blue suit!!

Joanna and Craig had a very difficult moment in the run up to their wedding day, which meant they had to postpone their date…but thanks to their wonderful suppliers and the support of their friends and family they still had the day they had dreamed of.

Have a great weekend everyone and I’ll hand you over to Joanna to tell her and Craig’s story…

Elegant Wedding At Thornton Manor With Bride In A Bespoke Lace Gown And Jimmy Choo Heels With A Vintage Lace Veil And Bridesmaids In Baby Pink With Groom In Electric Blue Suit From Reiss 1

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We Kissed Like We Invented It.

Andy and Steph married in March at The West Tower in Aughton, Lancashire. Steph wore an incredible striped dress from Ian Stuart and Andy didn’t let the side down with a really cool super slim three piece from Topman.

Today’s title is one of my favourite lyrics from one of my favourite songs… And it just so happened to be Andy and Steph’s choice of first dance. Great choice guys!

Photography today is by dynamic duo and Love Lust List members Lawson Photography.

A Unique Stripe

The dress was an Ian Stuart Libertine from the Revolution Rocks collection and was purchased from Gypsophila in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. I always knew I wanted an Ian Stuart dress because of their unique styling.

I tried on a couple of styles from the Revolution Rocks collection and then whilst in one of the bridal shops I saw the Libertine in a grey stripe.

We’d already decided on a colour scheme of grey and yellow so I knew it would suit the wedding and then when I tried it on had the ‘this is the one’ moment! I loved the uniqueness of the stripe and that it was a traditional bridal shape, but with a cool twist. It made me feel like myself–but in a wedding dress!

Grey Pearls

Finding accessories was a bit tricky because all of the traditional bridal jewellery I looked for was in white or Ivory and just wouldn’t match the dress. I liked the idea of having pearls and eventually I found a light grey pearl choker from Catherine Mee in the mother of the bride section.

I contacted Catherine who makes the jewellery and she was happy to make a matching bracelet. I did try some veils, but it I felt the dress was enough of a statement without the addition of a veil.
I did want something in my hair though and found a dark grey flower hair clip with white feathers from Tessakim.com which I thought would be perfect.

A shorter Heel

I’ve never been able to walk in skyscraper heels so I looked around for a shorter heeled bridal shoe. Again, because the dress was grey the traditional bridal shoes didn’t match. I bought some shoes I loved from LK Bennett, but then they didn’t look right when I tried them with the dress.

Eventually I found some silvery grey shoes with small bows on them from Roland Cartier and they were much better suited. I have to confess though, I did swap them for some grey Toms in the evening–there was too much dancing to be done for heels!

A Simple Style

I don’t wear a lot of make up normally and I wanted to look and feel like myself on the day, but a little more glam!

A friend recommended Kathryn Wilkes and I had a trial done and was really pleased with the results. My hair and make up was fairly simple in style, but provided me with the exact look i was aiming for.

Grey And Yellow

Although the colour scheme was grey and yellow, we wanted the yellow to be a subtle highlight so the bridal bouquet was predominantly white with some yellow and we differentiated the bridesmaids bouquets with a touch more yellow. We chose greenery that was a dusty grey shade and it all fit together perfectly.

For the buttonholes, we wanted to feature ‘billy buttons’ (craspedia) as we thought they looked modern and a bit different. The flowers were done by a company called Floral Fusion They really embraced our slightly different request and we were pleased with the results. We thought they got the colour balance spot on.

  • Bridal bouquet: Akito Roses, White Ranunculus, Cymbidium Mini Orchids, Lavender, Craspedia, Dianthus White Liberty and Brunnia.
  • Bridesmaids: Sefer Roses, White Ranunculus, Cymbidium Mini Orchids, Lavender, Craspedia, Dianthus St Columbian and Brunnia.
  • Tablecentres: a mixture of all the above.
  • Buttonholes: Craspedia and Tanacetum Baya.

Grey And Charcoal

The whole wedding was contemporary and modern and initially we struggled to find grey suits that weren’t the traditional tails. We considered buying some suits, but then found a standard suit style from Swarbricks in Manchester so we hired them from there.

The two bridesmaids dresses were full length in a charcoal colour and were Alfred Angelo. We bought those from Alison Burgess in Stockport.

Slim Fitted

Andy likes slim fit suits so all of the hire options that would match the other groomsmen didn’t suit him. We decided to buy him a suit first and then find similar suits for the groomsmen afterwards.
We searched a variety of designer suits and then in the end the best 3 piece suit we found was from Topman which was great for the budget!

The suit was slim fit, dark grey and we had it altered by a tailor so it was an absolute perfect fit. Andy had a white cravat and pocketsquare whilst the groomsmen had light grey. He wore his suit with some black shoes from Ted Baker.

Enhanced Memories

The photographs were really important to us as they enhance our memories of the day for many years to come.

We looked online at various photographers galleries and found Lawson Photography. We looked through some of the weddings they had done and loved the way in which they seemed to capture the atmosphere of the day, but in a very natural way.

What we didn’t want was to be asked to leave our guests for hours, posing for dozens of photographs that we would never choose to display. Pete and Laura’s style was the exact opposite of that.
It was also nice that they got married at the West Tower themselves, so they knew the venue well. Although we didn’t want any posed shots, we did ask them to get photographs of all the details we’d worked so hard on and put thought into like the favours, guest book, table plan etc.

We’re really pleased with the results and looking through all the pictures now, really is like re-living the day from start to finish.

Lemon Stripe

We had our cake made and designed by Sue at Champagne Cakes, we had a consultation and got try some lovely cake samples! We decided on a lemon sponge and the cake design itself was a simple grey and white stripe that reflected the dress. We added cake topper models from Bespoke Toppers of ourselves which are made of clay so we can keep them.

Indie Diso

We thought about having a band, but then thought it might take over the room a bit too much so decided on a DJ from djs4weddings.co.uk. We chose them because you can specify the music you’d like, so we provided a list of motown/soul funk and then switched to a bit of an indie disco when the drinks had been flowing!


We chose Mirrorball by Elbow for our first dance. Elbow are one of our favourite bands and we’d had some great memories of watching them live in the sunshine at Glastonbury.
We love the sentiment of the lyrics and thought the lines: ‘I was looking for someone to complete me. Not anymore dear. Everything has changed’ were perfect for our wedding day.

Love Icon

For our favours again, we wanted something a bit different. Something that people would really want to take with them.

We ordered dozens of cute little glass jars with white lids and filled them with grey and yellow M&Ms, both of which we found online. We finished them off with a love icon sticker on the lid, inspired by Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture in New York.

A Blank Canvas

The grey and yellow colour scheme was used throughout the decor, we had grey chair sashes with yellow flowers and these also decorated bannisters. The great thing about the West Tower is that it’s a blank canvas because it’s so neutral – there aren’t any colours to clash with.

Aside from the grey and yellow colour scheme, we chose to bring a touch of New York to our wedding day because it has special meaning to us as it was where we got engaged. Our tables were named after districts of New York and we had an American mail box for guests to put cards into.

Heart And Soul

We both poured our hearts and souls into the wedding planning and did a lot of the work ourselves. We wanted to bring our personalities and creativity through and I think we achieved that with some of the quirkier elements to the wedding.

We were so glad that so many of our friends and family could be with us to share our day and we really wanted them to enjoy themselves and we think they did.
Everyone will tell you this before the wedding day, but it really is true – the day will fly by, so make sure you really do take some time together to soak it all in.

Photography – Lawson Photography

Dress – Ian Stuart

Boutique- Gypsophila

Shoes – Roland Cartier

Groom – Topman

Florist – Floral Fusion

Cake – Champagne Cakes

Maids – Alison Burgess

Entertainment – djs4weddings.co.uk

I love the clean design from the table plan to the favours to the table names… and that stripy dress is something else.

Thanks to Andy and Steph for sharing their big day with us.


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Christmas Has Come Early.

I recently got a bit dissed on Facebook for listening to Chistmas songs in March (I didn’t realise that Facebook was monitoring my soundwaves to be honest… bit Scary), but If I want to get into a jolly festive mood a mere three months into the year then surely that is my perogative!

So, today I have decided that we will all share a bit of early holiday spirit. Please reach for your first mince pie of 2012 and perhaps a glass of mulled wine if the mood takes you (what do you mean it’s too early?). Now sit back, relax and indulge in Michelle and Pip’s Christmas feast, with all the trimmings…

Michelle and Pip married on 23rd December 2011 at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough – North Yorkshire.

All the imagery today is the unmistakable work of that flawless photographic husband and wife duo Lawson photography.

A Winter wedding

We chose Allerton Castle as we fell in love with it as soon as we walked through the door. We decided to get married at Christmas as we had so many summer weddings to attend and we did not want to step on anyone else’s toes. The castle was so perfect for a winter wedding and we felt that with the log fires and gothic interior it would feel dramatic but cosy on a cold winter’s day. It also helped us to decide a theme as we chose to go down the silver and white colour scheme that looks so wonderful at Christmas time. The events company Dine assisted us with the planning of the day.

Vintage Glamour

My dress was Bardot by Caroline Castigliano. I knew that I wanted a vintage style and I love a little bit of glamour (what girl doesn’t!). I was quite adamant that I did not want a “meringue” and when I first started looking I also was quite certain that I did not want strapless. My best friend, and one of my four bridesmaids, Romina and I decided quite early on to have an afternoon searching as we both agreed that I could be quite fussy and deciding on a gown could be quite tricky. I only tried two shops; in the first I was trying lots of one shouldered column style gowns. Although many of them looked very nice, they did not have the correct look that I wanted. I also got a little fed up of the ladies in the shop not listening to what I wanted and trying to get me to put on all kinds of dresses!

When I went into Caroline Castigliano it was completely different. The stylist sat me down and talked me through the look I wanted to go for and explained the style of the dresses. The place had such a relaxed, quiet atmosphere and it was lovely to be able to see all the dresses looked after with such care and attention. I only had to try on two dresses before I found “the one”. As soon as I put on Bardot (even from the name I knew it was for me!), I felt cheeky, flirty and above all glamour personified. Romina had a huge smile on her face and I could not stop swishing my way around the shop. I did not want to take it off which meant, to me, that it must be a winner! Even when I realised I had chosen a strapless gown, I was not swayed, and it’s a bride’s prerogative to change her mind.

Accessorised To The Max

As I now had the dress I had the wonderful job of finding accessories. I love dressing up an outfit and this wedding dress was going to be accessorised to the MAX. I wanted to stay within the realms of Vintage Hollywood glamour to bring out the style of the dress. Etsy is the best place on earth for vintage accessories and this is where I found the bow headdress and marabou feather wrap. I did have a slight wobble with the wrap as at one point I thought it might have been one step too far but I am so glad I persevered with it. I always thought I wanted a birdcage veil but when I chose the dress I also fell in love with the Onassis veil that they gave me to try. I also managed to wear it right to the end of the evening do. The final touches were the elbow length gloves from Debenhams and studded pearl and crystal earrings from Glitzy Secrets. I swapped my earrings to some more elaborate drops (also from Glitzy Secrets) at night.

For The Love Of Shoes

I do love shoes and I had my eye on some gorgeous crystal Alexander McQueen stilettos. However as my dress was over budget I had to save some money somewhere so that my fiancé could sleep at night. I have always loved Vivienne Westwood and her Melissa shoes in pearl and red just complemented my dress perfectly, not too high, not too low, comfortable and smelt amazing.

Last Minute Changes

My usual hairdresser, Joanne, did mine and my bridesmaid’s hair. I am surprised she did not strangle me as I kept changing my mind even up to a few days before. I grew it really long so that I would have plenty of options. As the head piece and veil were quite dramatic I knew my hair had to be quite simple. I eventually went for a simple bun but with a fun quiff at the front for a little bit of that vintage feel. I am so glad I wore it off my face as I did not have to worry about it through the day, I am a terrible fidgeter and would have constantly been messing with it otherwise! My friend Becki, who used to work for MAC, did my make-up. I love smoky eyes and nude lips so this is what we went for; we made it dramatic with some amazing Shu Uemura fake eyelashes. It all stayed perfectly in place even when I shed a few tears in the ceremony!

Winter Florals

Fiona from Firenze did the flowers. As we were getting married so close to Christmas we wanted everything to have a wintery feel. I know absolutely nothing about flowers and Pip knew even less so were a little bit clueless with names and seasons. Fiona was absolutely fantastic in interpreting our ideas and basically reading our minds! We wanted plenty of whites, sliver and grey with some green foliage. I also wanted the glamour theme running through with a little bit of sparkle in my bouquet and Pip’s buttonhole. For the centrepieces I knew from the beginning that I wanted silver candelabras as they tied in so well with the feel of the castle. They looked fantastic with the mirrors and tea-lights; I was blown away when I walked into the ballroom for the wedding breakfast. It all looked so magical and I don’t know how she managed to extract from our heads exactly what we wanted. I think she may be a genius.

Classic Black

I had four bridesmaids, my two best friends Romina and Alex, and my older sisters, Emma and Sarah, who are twins. I wanted to stay within the vintage theme for their dresses and I knew exactly the style of dress that I wanted them in, ¾ sleeves, full skirts and fitted bodices. The only thing that I could not decide on was the colour. As we did not have a particular colour theme running through the day I could have chosen anything. However, one afternoon, reading Heat magazine I spotted these dresses from theprettydresscompany.com. It was exactly the style that I had imagined. They only did it in black or aubergine and so after chatting with the girls we decided to go for the classic black. Boy am I glad I did as Romina had some exciting news that she was pregnant and would be 8 months gone by the wedding. It was a lot easier to find a black maternity dress that matched than an aubergine one!

We accessorised them up with black hair bows to match mine, again from Etsy, black gloves from Cornelia James and each girl wore slightly different black shoes to make each bridesmaid unique. We finished it off with seemed stockings and pearls. They looked so amazing and like they had stepped out of an Audrey Hepburn film. As we were near Christmas with lots of parties Pip and I decided to make our wedding a black tie affair. I wanted everyone to feel special; it’s not every day that people get to dress like this! We hired the ushers and best man’s dinner suits from Frank Bird in Wakefield. They added braces (I think so they could snap them on each other), they all looked so smart and complimented the bridesmaids really well. Our two nephews looked so handsome in their mini-tuxes. Casper was so sweet as he refused to take his jacket off as “he wanted to look smart all day”. We bought these from Roco Clothing. Our niece Imogen looked so cute in her dress and shrug from Monsoon.

A Snug suit

Pip wanted to feel extra special so we bought his suit from Ted Baker. It was the classic black slim-fit suit. He worked away for two weeks before the wedding and dined out each evening so it was a little snug with one week to go. I have never seen a man so determined in that last week, running, eating salad and refusing beer and wine! However it was totally worth it. The suit fit like a dream on the day and I have never seen him look so smart and handsome as when I walked down that aisle towards him.

Strutting Our Stuff

As soon as we started planning the wedding I was certain on one thing. We HAD to have Lawson photography. Laura and Pete had photographed Romina’s wedding where I was bridesmaid. I have never seen photos so beautiful and they manage to capture the essence of the day so perfectly. They make such an effort to make you feel comfortable on your day, as it is not easy having every moment snapped away. They fit in without being intrusive and Pete made me giggle so many times during the day. I am a bit of a poser but Pip is quite uncomfortable having his photo taken but even he was strutting his stuff for them like a professional model. Cue lots of hysterical laughter from me.

Glitter And Snowflakes

For the cake, we were not that interested in being particularly traditional. I have a massive sweet tooth and love cupcakes. My sister’s friend, who had made a few wedding cakes, was set the task and we were happy to let her have creative control over it. We had lemon, chocolate and carrot cupcakes finished off with a fruit top tier so we had something to cut. Leila created it with the same winter feel as everything else, lots of silver, glitter and snowflakes. They were delicious!

A Full dancefloor

Event Music provided our band and evening DJ. We really wanted live music in the ceremony as we thought it would be that little bit more special. Trio Vivo excel in traditional and contemporary music. We opted to have more contemporary songs. I walked down the aisle to Paul Weller’s “You do Something to Me”, it was beautiful. During the reception I even heard them play a Lady Gaga megamix! The pianist stayed through to play during the wedding breakfast. In the evening the DJ was bombarded with requests (usually from my sisters) and he played everything from Kate Bush to Bon Jovi. The dance floor was never empty and Pip’s uncle even managed to damage his Achilles with a rather vigorous Irish jig to the Pogues!

The Routine

As I am a dance teacher I think expectations were high for our first dance. Teaching Pip to dance has been the hardest job of my career to date! We chose Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” as we are both children of the 80’s and neither of us is particularly serious. It went down a storm and Pip managed to remember the whole routine, even throwing in a few extra moves.

Stressful Favours

The only part of the planning that was stressful was the favours. We had some personalised envelopes and we put lottery tickets in them. However, even though we were very organised and ordered them well in advance the company let us down and only just shipped them to us in time, the day before, and they did not send enough. It meant we could not put them on every place setting and had to get the best man to hand them out instead. Only a little problem in the grand scheme of things and by the day before I had gone past the point of caring as the company had let us down so much. We just thought if that was the only thing that was going to go wrong then it’s not too bad.

King Of The Christmas Castle

The castle is the most beautiful building and the way it has been preserved speaks for itself. I wanted people to be able to see the décor and the grand elements of the venue without hiding it behind mountains of decoration. I chose to accentuate the dark, gothic look through the use of hundreds of candles and tea lights. The florist helped with this by adding in fairy lights down the staircase and glass baubles dangling from the candelabras. All of the place cards and menus were created in white and silver (courtesy of my Mum) and my table seating plan was a wire Christmas tree from Ikea that was also decorated with lots of silver and white accessories.

The table names were the nine reindeer. Pip and I posed as reindeer in the theme of each one (quite difficult for some of them!), and we placed these in silver photo frames. We also had lots of fun decorating the Christmas tree the day before the wedding. We had hundreds of baubles in the same white/silver theme to complement everything. I had a sweetie table in the same theme with big LOVE letters that Pip sprayed silver. We bought these letters second hand from friends who had married the year before. I tried to stick with the colour theme through the sweets as well.

Relaxed And Merry

The wedding was just such a wonderful day full of glamour, sparkle, laughter and buzz. Think about the kind of atmosphere that you want to create and work from that. We wanted a Christmas, magical theme supported by the classic beauty of the castle. Above all we wanted our guests to feel relaxed and merry. Pick a venue that you love and don’t try and hide it but accentuate all the wonderful things that drew you to it in the first place.

My wedding felt special to me as Pip and I had shared the whole planning experience together. We made every (well most) decisions together and we enjoyed being creative and pulling together a particular “look”. We never felt the need to get stressed or worry about whether things would work as we were just confident that if we loved it, well that’s all that would matter. I would say get your groom really involved and ask their opinion about everything. I let Pip have lead over certain aspects and he was so engaged when he came up with an idea or a solution to a problem. Your wedding (and not just the day, but the whole preparation) should be a wonderful and joyful experience and you should do it together as you are making a commitment to doing things together for the rest of your life!

Venue Allerton Castle

Dress Caroline Castigliano

Accessories Etsy

Suit Hire Frank Bird

Florist Firenze

Photography Lawson photography

Entertainment Event Music

Grooms Suit Ted Baker

Such a beautiful winter wedding, and such beautiful imagery.

Thanks to Michelle and Pip for sharing, and thanks also to Lawson photography for yet another ridiculously demonstration of camera based genius.

I defy anyone who won’t agree that Christmas has come ever so early this year…


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Summer Loving At The Lakes… Part 2.

Smiling is good for you FACT. It’s not just an old wives tale, there’s loads of boring science to back it up and everything.

I don’t really know why they bothered spending tons of money on research though, they may as well have just have had a flick through Charlotte and John’s wedding album. If these images don’t make you feel an extra 10% ‘good’ you should probably check your pulse.

Charlotte and John celebrated their big day with big smiles in June in Aldingham, an area in the Lake District. The whole affair was documented by Lawson Photography.

3 Tiers.

Our wedding cake was made by my Auntie, it was a 3 tier fruit cake and it was designed by John and I.

On The Dancefloor.

Our DJ for the evening was Andy Fell. He got everyone up and dancing for the whole night.

Your Song

Our first Dance was to Ellie Goulding’s cover version of Elton John – ‘Your Song’. We learnt a dance routine by Kaye at Dance 180. The song means a lot to us both.

Charitable Favours.

For favours we decided to give everyone wooden pink hearts on brown string for place names, cancer research pins and a donation to cancer research and strawberry and vanilla cupcakes from M&S in a pink cupcake case. We also had two pink chocolate hearts in each wine glass and personalised coffee chocolates.

For The Kids.

All of the children had a party bag with a gift and toys to keep them all amused during the speeches and meal.

An Eclectic Mix.

We decorated our reception room with flowers table centers, tea cups and saucers with tea light candles and glass framed table names made from a map of all the places that mean something to us. Our table plan was backed with Cath Kidston paper and luggage tags. We had scatter crystals on the tables, bunting at the church and venue and we had balloons for the evening do.

Plan It Together.

Our wedding was on a beautiful sunny day in Cumbria and the Lake District, it’s a gorgeous setting. The day was perfect and just how we wanted to celebrate it with all of our family and friends. It took two years to plan by both myself and equally my husband but everything was perfect. Advice I would give to future brides and grooms would be to plan it together and ensure it’s about the both of you, don’t forget all the little things that make it special, also to take time and research to make sure you get an amazing photographer!

Photography – Lawson Photography

Venue – The Swan Hotel

Boutique – Marrime

Dress – Pronovias

Accessories – Rosie Willetts

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Hair & Make-up – Hair lounge

Blooms – Efflorencence

I hope this has set you lovely peeps up for a beaming grin of a weekend.

Also, it seems like such a simple bit of advice but I think one of the most important things is to plan it together. I know times-they-are-a-changing and guys are getting much more involved, but we are still playing catch-up! Get invloved from day 1 chaps.

Take care folks,


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A Photographers Engagement Shoot…

Every once in a while we get to share something truly special on the blog and today is one of those days. Because one of the reasons for starting Rock My Wedding (and I feel fairly confident to share this on Charlotte’s behalf,) wasn’t just to share amazing weddings, but to showcase brilliant photography and banish the mug-shot-line-up from the pages of UK wedding albums.

This afternoon, cast aside your preconceptions about Engagement Shoots and just feel the L-O-V-E, as I defy anyone not to be moved by these images and the oodles of love on display between this recently engaged couple, who also happen to be Photographers themselves… Tobiah Tayo and his fiance, Laura.

And as I like to think everyone who reads this blog has a burgeoning interest in superb photography or at least a passing interest, sit back and just take in the quality of these shots by Pete and Laura Lawson of Lawson Photography .

The Light. Oh the light… *sigh*

Let’s hear a little more about the shoot from Lawson Photography“>Laura Lawson…

This shoot was part of a little get together with lots of our photographer friends from around the country. Tobiah and Laura volunteered themselves as models and we spent a day wandering around some pretty woods in Staffordshire. They we AMAZING subjects, and we feel so darned lucky that we get to shoot their wedding next year!

Taking pictures for fellow photographers is a bit different to taking pictures of a regular client. For a start it is much more terrifying, and they will laugh at you if you leave your lens cap on. On a more positive note, they tend to be more trusting of your vision and (certainly in Tobiah and Laura’s case) willing to walk for miles through the freezing cold woods to find the ‘good light’!

The key thing that made this shoot a dream was that Laura and Tobiah were relaxed and totally at ease in front of the camera. As always (apart from choosing pretty locations with fabulous light) most of the direction we gave them was shouting things like “LOVE EACH OTHER!” every now and again. This means every hug, every look between them is real, and hopefully these pictures will reflect who they are and how they feel about each other.

They brought a car boot full of outfit changes which was brilliant. If you’re going to have a portrait shoot I recommend you do the same – you end up with lots of totally different pictures which you can have all over your house without it getting boring. I was particularly in love with Laura’s cute baker boy cap and that gorgeous All Saints maxi dress. Oh and Tobiah’s hair of course 🙂

I love the shots with the old sofa (which was carried around by fellow snappers Cris Matthews and Ian Olsson who were also getting in on the picture taking fun), I wish I could take one everywhere I go!

And what did Tobiah have to say about it?

We were delighted with the photos and how they had captured us perfectly! The Lawson’s ROCK!

I’m inclined to agree! I have to also say how immensely honoured we are that Laura and Pete chose to share these images with us that I know they are so very proud of themselves (and rightly so.) They are truly stunning guys.

Yours Truly,