LAURAOPHOTOGRAPHY ♥: Blog http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog en-us (C) LAURAOPHOTOGRAPHY ♥ (LAURAOPHOTOGRAPHY ♥) Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:46:00 GMT Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:46:00 GMT http://www.lauraophotography.com/img/s/v-5/u49981954-o337881858-50.jpg LAURAOPHOTOGRAPHY ♥: Blog http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog 120 79 Louise and Stuart http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/7/louise-and-stuart Oh I do love a good wedding! I was at the beautiful town of Buckingham for Louise and Stuart's fairytale wedding. I arrived to find a very calm Louise getting ready, and the boys having a drink as the day started to hot up! I was so surprised to bump into a lot of familiar friendly faces, which always makes the day feel even more special!

We were taking some photos outside the amazing Old Town Hall, and stumbled across an old leather couch. Well, was I excited?! I was jumping up and down as I asked the boys to carry it to the front of the steps for us, and immediately got Louise to sit across it, with her stunning Caroline Castigliano dress draping all down the side. I felt like I was on a photoshoot for a bridal magazine, it was so much fun! We then had a giggle trying to get as many of the bridesmaids and groomsmen to also squeeze onto the little two seater.

After the speeches and food, we pootled off to the river gardens down the road and Louise squished into my little dinky car with her amazing dress filling every space, I wish I had a photo of that moment! But it was so hot and I think she would have melted while I faffed about with that idea! Instead we carried on to the river and spent a few minutes there which was amazing, before heading back to the party and some dancing !

A lovely day and I am so happy for these two who have found each are and are just wonderful for each other. There was so much love and happiness there, it was a wonderful union of two families coming together to celebrate these two soulmates. A lot of love for these two, a happy day indeed xx

 

 

 

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Thanks to:

Venue: Villiers Hotel Buckingham

Cake: Personalised by close friend

Bride's Dress: Caroline Castigliano

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaids Dresses: Dorothy Perkins

Florist: Cerus Designs

Groom's attire: Next

 

 

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Blair and Ross http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/7/blair-and-ross Ahh another happy wonderful wedding!! I feel so blessed to be part of such a special moment in someone's life. Seeing Blair and Ross celebrate their amazing day with all their wonderful family and friends was a joy. Everyone was just so kind and happy, it makes the day fly by in a blink. We had a beautiful summer's day with blue skies and sunshine. The boys were playing games outside on the lawn while the girls were upstairs getting ready! Ross's mum was a star and running around making sure everything was where it should be!

I was thrilled to see my favourite florist Georgianna who is always so happy and just amazing at what she does, totally transforming an already beautiful room into something quite special.

Matthew was on hand to keep everyone on schedule, but was just the nicest toastmaster I have ever worked with and I highly recommend him if you are thinking of having one to make your wedding day run smoothly.

A beautiful venue for a fun, beautiful couple. It really was the best day, and Ross and Blair were brilliant at humouring me on our photo sesh. They deserve all the happiness the world has to offer. Enjoy looking through all the love ❤︎

 

 

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Thanks to:

Hair: Bow & Co Hairdressing

Makeup: Hannah Joy MUA

Dress: Bride and Joy

Cake: Lilibet Bakes

Florist: Jade Flower Boutique by Georgianna ❤︎

Venue: Barton Hall

Groomswear hire: Fogarty

Band: Synergy

Bouncy Castle: Bouncy Kings

Decorations: Paige's Elegant Occasions

Toastmaster: Matthew Biggin

 

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Stacey and Graham http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/7/stacey-and-graham I was so looking forward to Stacey and Graham's wedding after a laughter-filled engagement session with them and their two gorgeous little children!! They are just the most relaxed, happiest couple and are such a joy to work with!

Stacey was so calm on the day and happy for me to go wandering outside with her wedding dress to find the perfect hanging spot. Her bridesmaid Sarah was on hand to help me and she was a star as she teetered on a wobbly chair to reach the top of the archway for me!

The day went without a hitch, with everyone outside on the lawn and that lovely golden glow from the sun while drinks were sipped and everyone laughed. The cake was absolutely brilliant, and summed up the fun of the day.

A wonderful pair, and I wish them so much happiness xx

 

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Thanks to:

Venue: Woughton House

Hair and Makeup: Kayleigh Day

Cake: Karrin Simpson Cake Artist

Dress: Bride and Joy

Shoes: Quiz

Groom's attire: Suitors Buckingham

Silk Flowers: Ruth's Florist Wolverton

 

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(LAURAOPHOTOGRAPHY ♥) bride and joy buckinghamshire wedding lauraophotography milton keynes wedding woughton woughton-on-the-green http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/7/stacey-and-graham Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:21:27 GMT
Ashleigh-May & James at Notley Abbey http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/6/ashleigh-may-james-at-notley-abbey Oh the pure gorgeousness of it all! My eyes weren't big enough to take in every single detail of beauty, it was just overwhelming. I arrived for the first time at Notley Abbey, and as I was driving there it was like driving back in the past, as my old house was about 10 minutes away. I hadn't been to this part of the countryside for years, and felt all nostalgic and happy.

There was so much to see and I just didn't know where to start first in my excitement. The staff at Notley Abbey were so wonderful and helpful, and I was thrilled to see Georgianna again along with Rebecca, one of my beautiful brides from last year, setting up the flower arrangements. I probably spent too much time chatting away in my excitement and quickly went back to see the girls getting ready!

There was so much going on and everyone was excited with music playing and bubbles flowing. Ashleigh's aunties were on hand to help, and Ashleigh looked breathtaking in her dress. She had created so much of the details with so much care and love, the venue looked stunning.

The ceremony was beautiful and the decorating and styling was like something from a bridal magazine! After being promised rain, we stepped outside to the most glorious sunshine and everyone soaked up the sun with drinks and yummy little canapes!

With speeches during every course, Ashleigh and James were amazing at dashing outside for 10 minute intervals to catch some moments before the evening rain came. Again, the rain didn't come and later everyone spilled outside to enjoy their drinks in the gorgeous summer evening air.

The day went beautifully, and it was wonderful working with Alex and Becky from Tie the Knot films who are so incredibly talented and down to earth. A wonderful day for a most wonderful couple xx

 

 

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Thanks to:

Flowers: Jade Flower Boutique by Georgianna

Dress: Once in a Lifetime Bridal, Stony Stratford

Floral Crown: love from becky

Groom's attire: Fogarty, Leighton Buzzard

Venue: Notley Abbey

Venue Stylist: Ambience Venue Styling

Band: The Distractions Band

Cake: Lillebet Bakes

Videographers- Tie the Knot Films

Bridesmaids dresses: Verona Couture, Olney

Hair: Belles Beauty

MUA: Sophie Duffy

Fairy Light Canopy: Party Lights

Starlit Dance Floor: KOTC Event Hire

Floral Love Letters and Post Box: Forevermore events

 

 

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(LAURAOPHOTOGRAPHY ♥) bohemian bride buckinghamshire fairy lights flower fogarty forevermore events jade flower boutique lilbet cakes notely abbey once in a lifetime bridal party lights sophie duffy stony stratford tie the know films verona couture olney viel http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/6/ashleigh-may-james-at-notley-abbey Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:20:25 GMT
Isabelle's inner Lion http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/5/isabelles-inner-lion Out of all my children, I would say Isabelle has always been the most easy-going. She has a personality to please, a go-with-the-flow air about her. She gets over things easily, she flicks her way through dramas and life as if it's all a dream cloud. Sometimes a little too quiet, not speaking up, or not showing interest when deep down it's been there somewhere. Her gift for most things she touches hasn't waned over the last year, taking up piano and within a few weeks playing with both hands, hearing a song and mastering it a few hours later, learning to write with her left hand she found a challenge for perhaps a day, then mastering it and having better writing than me! Naturally being gifted at sports. It must annoy the hell out of Eloise! She will be one of those lucky kids who finds everything easy. 

This last year she faced her biggest challenge in her life, one that involved solely her, something that only she could deal with and make right. That one evening when I raced to get to gymnastics, to watch her proudly from the stairs, her dreams and goals in front of my eyes. And in that split second, that wrong move high in the air. That fall, that bad landing. When everything else in the world just disappeared and my heart felt like it was trying to rip out of my chest. I couldn't think, I couldn't see, but I could hear her. My tiny little mouse, who I was always constantly telling to speak up, found her inner lion and she roared. Her eyes searching for mine, she made it clear this was not OK. She was not going to be passive in this, she was going to be heard. She found this inner strength, she didn't put up with any shit, she made it clear what was OK and what was not. She called the shots, and she let everyone know it. 

After it all, and as the days, weeks, months went by, I noticed her quieter, passive self being more at the front again, but she hadn't lost her inner lion that she found that night. She had us all in awe as just days after, she was up, wanting to be at gym, wanting to see her friends, needing to move, to write, to feel free. It was a hard time for her, but she didn't ever grumble. I am so amazed by her strength and courage, her ability to get on with everything, without moaning, without ever asking, why me? Instead, she will take the good from everything that has happened. Look mum, I can do all this stuff with my left hand now. Mum I can show you how to get dressed really quickly with one arm. Mum I did the most amazing end skills today at gymnastics (rewind... what?! are you supposed to be doing that?).

She continues to be the energy source of the house. We have noticed that when she wasn't at gym (all of a few days over the last 5 months), she just had too much energy to be sat at home. She went a little crazy. So we had to send her back in. When no one is looking she is doing things she shouldn't be, but I know she knows her limits, and deep down I'm SO proud she wants to be there, I'm happy she has found a love and a passion for something. I could write forever about her gymnastics, as I am one of those 'gym mums' who sacrifices a lot for what she does, and I ask others to make sacrifices too.

I look at my girl who is 10, I have become so immensely close to her over these last few months as we traveled this journey together, her leading the way, but keeping me close in the wings. I want to just hug her all the time, cherish her, be with her. She has such a beauty about her, so delicate and small and fragile, but I know inside she is fierce and courageous and strong. These last few months have shaped her into a powerful young lady, she has taken the best out of a crappy situation and made it her own. She has done what others said she couldn't, competing this year for a spot at British Championships only a few months after her last operation, despite the doctors and surgeons telling her she wouldn't. She pushed through both mental and physical boundaries, showing others she can achieve what her heart desires. And I admire her immensely for that. If everything else went away, I would still think so highly of her and her attitude towards life. She is my inspiration, and my hero.  Happy 10th to my funny, goofy, crazy-talented utterly amazing girl. xx

 

 

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Sarah and Andy at Furtho http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/3/sarah-and-andy-at-furtho Sarah and Andy. What a wedding. Totally unconventional, completely relaxed, homely, and just simply amazing. I met Sarah 'over the phone' as she excitedly told me about her and Andy's wedding in just a few week's time, how it was low key, totally relaxed, and at one of my favourite venues, Furtho! I instantly liked her and looked forward to their wedding! Being early March, and a late evening wedding I was a bit worried about timings for photos after, so Sarah happily said she and Andy would meet beforehand for some photos. I was beside myself with glee!!

I arrived super early at Furtho to snoop around and discover what new additions Robin and Linda had added to the barn. I wasn't disappointed to see a gazebo was being erected on the lake for future weddings!! (Oh my days.. note to future brides if you haven't booked a venue yet, scope this place out). It's such an amazing space with so many possibilities.

Andy arrived, straight from work! So he rushed off to get ready, and not long after Sarah arrived, excited and nervous and so happy! She looked beautiful, expecting their first baby in 4 months time, she was radiant.  With her mum and sister guiding her (eyes closed!), to Andy who had his back turned, it was so emotional having them turn to face each other and see each other before anyone else had seen them. With big rain clouds looming ahead we quickly went to take some photos, though we were missing some cufflinks but didn't have time to sort that out! It was all a go go go operation!

Guests started to arrive, curious to see Sarah and Andy having some photos taken, but also beaming with smiles and just accepting it was part of their unusual amazing day. The ceremony took place for the first time ever in the barn which has just been licensed for weddings, and it was soo nice to be in the warm! Brilliant moment when the best man forgot Andy's ring... which resulted in eruptions of laughter from everyone and a very calm and in control registrar who simply changed the words around so there was no need to panic!

By 6pm we were losing the light fast so spilled outside to catch the amazing sun setting and a few quick group photos, and some final ones of Sarah and Andy, with the rings(!), before heading in. Fish and chips were served on the lawn, and an amazing sparkler arch to finish the night off.

It was such a fun evening to be a part of, with all the hiccups and doing things a bit back to front, I absolutely loved it. Everyone embraced the perfectly imperfect. Sarah and Andy are just the loveliest, most accommodating people I know, and I am so happy to have met them and been a part of their fantastic day! xox

 

 

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Thanks to:

Venue: Furtho Manor Farm

Fish & Chips: Howe & Co Fish and Chips

Flowers: Friend Mariah

Cake: Mum made

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The E with all the questions... http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/3/the-e-with-all-the-questions Oh my E... and her intense thirst for knowledge of any kind. To know everything. I know kids ask a lot of questions. A lot a lot of questions. Eloise has always been relentless with her questioning. And I KNOW that's actually a really great thing, and something I should be patient with and embrace, but a lot of the time I simply find it exhausting. I think half the time it's because she isn't actually listening to the conversation, so is playing catch up. My brain just exploded.

She is obsessed over word searches, doing them at every available minute, her colossal 365 page book her muse. She takes it to bed and secretly continues her search after lights out. Her constant maths times tables or arithmetic games, mummy whats 34 x 276? um..... (as if she knows...!). 

I do feel guilty a lot of the time, I think being the middle child must sometimes suck. I'll glance up from my emails, or from cooking, or just whatever unimportant thing I am doing, and I'll suddenly see her there. Trying to get someone's attention. Being that little bit louder than the others, being a bit naughty, being a pain in the bum. And she does it because she needs to feel that love, that connection with another being. She has always been so connected to everyone around her, needing to be in their space, needing to be seen and heard and loved. (We all hear her... there's no denying that). 

I talk to my grandma a lot about all my children, but we always circle back to Eloise. I think because she's stubborn and sharp, like my Grandpa, and mischievous and passionate, like my mother. My grandma is so taken with her, and fondly tells me she can't wait to see what path Eloise will take. We agree that she can do anything she wants to in life, she has that mental ability, that persistence, that grit that you need to survive. She has the foresight and the determination to achieve anything she wants, the key being if she wants it. If it's something she doesn't want to do, then you have a fight on your hands. 

My little magpie who still gasps at anything sparkly, her eyes turning into wide orbs as she stretches her arms out to touch and hold it. Her poetry book and little box of mish-mashed trinkets being the most important things in the wold alongside her people (and word search book...).

She has continued to show how incredibly caring and thoughtful she is, running to anyone's aide if they call out. Wondering if everyone is OK. Comforting those that look sad, including the dog. 'Mummy, why does Alro always look so sad?' 'Hon that's just his face, he's OK really.' 'I'll just go and give him a hug', poor dog's eyes popping out of his head. I know I need to nurture these feelings she has, so she doesn't ever lose her love for love. 

She simply is a shimmering, sparkling, loud, giggling, cloud of happiness racing at a hundred miles an hour, engulfing everyone and everything in her path. Shrieking with glee along the way. Ungracefully leaping into the air, landing with a loud thud and an explosion of laughter. Eloise continues to light up the place when she arrives, 'Ta-Da!' making sure no one has missed her entrance. Gigantic ocean eyes quickly darting from one person to the next, clocking you in, making sure you are paying attention, marking your attendance at this most special performance of Eloise's Life. Always shine bright little one xoxo

I love you like xo

 

 

 

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Steff and Karl's winter wedding http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/2/steff-and-karls-winter-wedding You know when it's going to be a good day. When I met Steff and Karl on their engagement shoot, with their big smiles and twinkly warm eyes, I just knew their wedding day was going to be brilliant. 

I arrived at the hotel full of my good vibes and was warmly greeted by Steff and Sarah getting pampered for the day ahead and recognised two familiar faces doing the hair and make up. I love how in this industry I get to meet amazing, talented people and working with them time and time again is such a privilege and such joy. The girls were so relaxed and just enjoying the morning and discussing how incredibly lucky the weather was, especially after a week of some weird snow/rain/wet precipitation and horrid winds. Yeah today was a beamer. 

After rearranging the room (as I do!), I bounced off to meet Karl and the guys getting ready over at Dodmoor. I just love being in this venue, I have worked here several times now and count myself super lucky to say that. It's just utterly gorgeous. The setting, the buildings, the staff, it's just all top notch. The newly refurbed bridal suite had me giddy with glee and I got a bit snap happy as I photographed the guys desperately trying to get their pocket tissues folded just so (I wasn't much help by adding pressure to their folding skills!). They all looked really amazing in their Marc Darcy attire, I really love that look and it just fit so perfectly with the setting and atmosphere of the day. 

We jumped outside into the warm sun and floated around the grounds for some pics, with Jeffery the mascot of the venue keeping tabs on us, and even partaking in a few photos. Guests started to arrive and everyone was doing little dances to keep warm outside as it was rather chilly!

Steff then arrived in the most beautiful Beauford Tourer which was a surprise for her and Karl from her parents. She just beamed, her smile said it all. 

The ceremony was brilliant, with giggles and jokes and even the registrar had to stop to compose herself as we were all laughing so much. This set the tone for the day, and everyone was on super high spirits. Afternoon tea was served (I was in awe, I love afternoon tea, and to have it at a wedding I think is just the bees knees), with witty cracking speeches to follow. Hot chocolate and little beautiful cakes were served in the evening, displayed against the most unusual magnificent cake masterpiece that Karl and his dad had crafted, with their little gorgeous cupcakes surrounding.

The evening was topped up with a cigar bar (seriously how cool are these two?!), followed by a spectacular sparkler arch (honestly, no one does it better than Dodmoor...), followed by a heartwarming first dance with Steff and her dad, and then her new Mr White for their first dance as Mr and Mrs. 

It was, all in all, the best start to the wedding season for me. It was beyond my expectations, I am so thrilled and feel so blessed to have been there. Just the coolest. Wedding. Ever. You guys rock, and I wish you bucket loads of happiness and joy xx

 

 

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Thanks to:

Venue: Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire

Cake: (Stand made by Karl and his dad!) Gardner's Bakery

Wedding dress: The Tailors Cat

Shoes: ASOS

Hair: Elizabeth Jane Wedding Hair

Makeup: Sarah Evans Makeup

Groom's attire: Marc Darcy

Flowers: Green Room Flowers

Car: Spirit Wedding Carriages

 

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Sonny http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2018/1/sonny I remember super clearly about a year ago, before Sonny turned 5. We were walking home from school with a friend and her kids, and her little boy, Sonny's age, turned to her and said, 'I love you SO much Mummy, you're the best mummy ever!'. And inside I wept a little, because I couldn't even imagine Sonny saying that to me, not on his own accord.

3 months ago, and I wrote it down so I wouldn't forget, Sonny and I were sat in the kitchen, him across from me. He looked up at me, all serious, with his massive eyes fixed on mine, and said, 'Mummy, this is important...(pause) You are the best mummy in the world.' And that moment was just like, wow. It was a slow exhale. I mean, my heart swells up now even reminiscing over it. As his language has flourished the last year, we have seen how big his heart is, how loving and caring he is. And my god, how funny he is! He's such a gorgeous, beautiful, loving boy. I am so touched when others come up to tell me how wonderful he is, how fascinating he is, how enamored they are with him. He has this effect on a lot of people. Sonny attracts those that are kind, and see the beauty in life. To be with him, and to see a glimmer into his world is fascinating. To just sit and watch him, to be invited by him to interact on some level into his world is just such a gift. He is such a beautiful soul, with the best intentions at heart. And as with all little boys, his interests have moved on from Dinosaurs to planets and the solar system, reciting off the planets and their moons, and he has even started to draw them now which I can't even begin to say what a huge leap forward that is. The planets are waning slightly with the newest fascination of snakes that has taken hold. And what they eat.... (gross....). What snake is this? And this? what do they eat? what does he eat? Then answering his own questions. Making up new snakes.. this is a coconut snake... What does it eat? Making snakes with blue tack (this is Pinky, made from pink tack...), curling it beautifully, precisely, and so realistically it's insane- perhaps a future skill in there? His entire face lighting up when we go to the pet shop to look at the snakes (and anything else that might be there). Sitting for hours in the museum across from the preserved snakes and just watching them, wondering where they are from, what they did, how they moved, and of course, what they ate. Scribbling squiggly lines that represent snakes, lots and lots of snakes, so many lines. Over and over. Looking almost like something from 'Stranger Things' or some parallel universe that is trying to communicate through Sonny. Telling me affectionately that mummy, you are a snake. A cuddly lovely snake. There's a compliment in there somewhere I just know it. 

My husband aptly has called this past year for Sonny, 'The Year of the Shorts'. Meaning simply that. He has worn nothing but his most favourite pair of (too small) shorts and breezy summer t-shirt pretty much every day for a year. That's a lot of nights washing and drying to make sure it's A-OK for the morning (is it 'cleam' mummy?! yes Sonny, it will be clean...). Anything else is a massive NO GO ZONE!! We are talking a red, brick wall of anger, the red mist, the just 'don't even go there' zone. It's cold, raining, snowing (Oh I couldn't even watch), winds howling, yep... there we are in the shorts and t shirt. And here come the stares, the looks of disapproval from onlookers. My god what a terrible parent. Well there we are. We have managed on occasion to convince (bribe) him that perhaps a cardi (erm, SpiderMan only), or a jacket might be in his best interests as he is turning blue and *sometimes* this is OK. Until we enter a building or similar then it has to come off. Along with the socks and shoes. Adding more time to the already busy schedule of getting somewhere on time. 

As our children grow, our lives are ever changing as we all adapt to each other. Sonny is no different to this, and I am learning that we have to find our own rhythm to make our lives work, not someone else's. Sonny keeps us on our toes, keeps us guessing what's next. We have no idea. We can make plans and dreams, but right now we are so focused on all our children being happy, seeing them thrive is such joy. It's exhausting at times, I hold my head in my hands and cry, I reach out to my girls for help when it's us four bustling about during the weekdays and Sonny refuses point blank to wear his uniform or decides to take it all off as we are literally walking out the door, and I take respite when the weekend comes and I can just take myself away for 5 blissful minutes. But I know I will look back on these times fondly, as they are my moments with them all and no moment will ever repeat itself. I learn from every hug, every tantrum, every meal time, every whisper. It's all part of the puzzle I am piecing together. I wonder if one day we will be able to see fully what and how Sonny sees this world, if he will be able to convey that to us, but for now I just love him being so affectionate and gorgeous and innocent, and to see so much happiness in his little cheeky face. To watch him as he thinks about something, as he sounds it out, feeling the words and visualising them. To search his eyes when he is so deeply in thought... It really makes me feel like I'm part of something special, something awesome.

The year of the shorts... I wonder what this next year will bring!

 

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And I just have to add this last photo my friend has sent to me on this birthday which I think sums up so much right now. Love this x

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Rebecca and John-Paul at Fawlsey Hall http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/12/rebecca-and-john-paul Rebecca and John-Paul's wedding was like a fairy tale. Everything was enchantingly beautiful, from the venue, to the decor, to the bridesmaids, and to Rebecca, who looked utterly perfect on her wedding day. I arrived on a misty morning to the room full of laughter, with makeup in one corner and hair in the other. Krispy Kreme doughnuts, champagne, Jimmy Choos, it was all fabulous. I had been so looking forward to this final wedding of the year, Rebecca and John are just the nicest, most sincere couple and I knew their day was going to be brilliant. I finally got to meet the amazingly talented Georgianna whose work I have been following for some time as she creates stunning floral masterpieces for a lot of the weddings I have photographed for, so to meet her in person was so wonderful. 

Everyone seemed super relaxed and chilled out, there was no flapping around or rushing, it was all calm and breezy. I went with Rebecca's cousin Michaela to deliver Rebecca's surprise present for John-Paul, a beautiful TAG watch which was so emotional to watch as he unwrapped the unexpected gift. He handed over two beautiful little parcels in return. Rebecca was a delight to watch as she first unwrapped a pair of gorgeous Tiffany pearl stud earrings, followed by her dream pair of Jimmy Choo Shoes. The dilemma was which Jimmy's to wear on the day?! One for the day, and the other saved for the evening. Perfect. With her maid of honour flown in from Dubai on hand to help, Rebecca looked like a princess as the final touches were in place before she went down to the ceremony room.

It was a gorgeous ceremony. I was blown away with how amazing everyone was, the room was just buzzing with laughter and love. I knew I was going to be in for an incredibly special day. And I was right. Despite the unexpected rain, and the bitter cold, we managed to get some photos outside, before quickly heading in for the wedding breakfast. The tables were decorated beautifully, and the room was lit with gorgeous chandeliers. The speeches were just the best this year, hilariously funny, incredibly moving, and extremely witty. I was laughing, crying, and just beaming with happiness for the perfect pair. 

The evening ended with the most spectacular fireworks display. I had been worrying about this for weeks as it was out of my comfort zone, and went away feeling like I hadn't captured the shot, but was delighted to find that with the help of fireworks specialist and also wedding photographer Mark, I had actually finished my shoot with the perfect ending. 

Rebecca and John, I can't think you enough for making me feel so welcome, for being so patient with me, and for asking me to photograph your incredibly special day. You two are just wonderful and I couldn't be happier for you xx

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Thanks to:

Venue: Fawsley Hall (thanks Stevie!)

Dress: Augusta Jones
Cake: Made by bridesmaid Sarah's mum

Flowers by the amazing Georgianna at Jade's Flower Boutique

Grooms attire: Hugo Boss

Bridesmaid's dresses: Biba

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

 

 

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Natalie and Ray at Dodmoor House http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/12/natalie-and-ray-at-dodmoor-house Natalie and Ray's wedding day was so beautiful and so perfect for a winter's day in November. It was so cold, but the sunshine was just beautiful and I was really surprised and delighted when everyone chose to be outside in the sunshine to celebrate such a gorgeous day. I had completely lost my voice, so things were a little tricky with rallying up the guests, but thankfully everyone was really understanding (and patient!) as I flapped my arms this way and that. 

Natalie and Ray are just the loveliest people. They have shared so many journeys in life, and it was wonderful to see them and their friends and family come together to celebrate in style. There was a lot of love, a lot of laughs, and so much kindness it was a joy to have been witness to their marriage. The day ended perfectly with some sparklers which were just amazing!

I'm super happy for them both, and very thankful to have been there to share the day with them. Some of my faves xx

 

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Thanks to:

Venue: Dodmoor House

Dress: To Have and To Hold, Kidderminster

Cake: Made by super talented mum!

Bridesmaids dresses: Stacees

Florist: Jack Haddon

DJ: Apex Sands DJ

 

 

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Faye and Matthew http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/11/faye-and-matthew How on Earth do you plan a wedding in 6 weeks time, especially when you had in your head two years?! Faye and Matthew did the most amazing job bringing together friends and family for their special day, without a detail being missed. I met up with the pair only 6 weeks ago and was astounded when they told me when their wedding was taking place. With so much to do, alongside being full time primary school teachers, their friends and family rallied around to help them achieve the day of their dreams. Even the school got involved to ensure they could have the day they wanted.

When I arrived at Whittlebury, I was blown away with the thought and effort that went into every single detail, honestly it looked like this wedding had indeed been planned for years rather than a few weeks.

I always enjoy coming to The Orangery, the staff are amazing at keeping the day running smoothly, and with Lincoln the incredible toastmaster on board to keep everyone on their toes, the day just flew by in a whirl of happiness, love, smiles, and emotions.

Before I knew it, the moon was high in the sky and I was excited to go out and have a play with some camera work, with videographer Matthew on hand to bounce ideas off of, we had a really great time with sparklers, torches, and lots of running around! My favourite part was definitely the sparkler shot we did at the end of the evening, everyone was so excited, bouncing about as it was really cold out! ! I left everyone on such a high, and I am certain the rest of the evening was a corker!

These two were amazing on the day- I was honoured to have been there. x

 

 

 

Thanks to:

Venue: The Orangery Whittlebury Hall, thanks to Jonathan for making the day run so smoothly

Master of Ceremony and Pianist: Lincoln Noel

Videographer: Matthew at FizzyJelly Films

Hair: Laura

Cake: Hockely's Cakes

Florist: Secret garden

Magician: James Docherty

Ice Cream Cart: Elsie's Ice

 

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Michelle and Nigel http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/10/michelle-and-nigel So I got this email from Michelle saying they wanted to book me for a few hours for their wedding at Eynsham Hall. I was delighted, but also a little confused! Finally the penny dropped that I had done their family photoshoot years ago and they wanted me to be there for their special day! I was overjoyed! It's always the most amazing feeling when someone asks you to come back to take more photos, and for a wedding, especially amazing. 

Eynsham Hall is stunning. I rocked up a little earlier than scheduled just so I could check out the amazing gardens and grand rooms. The fire was lit and it was just a stunning day for a wedding. 

Michelle kept everything simple and sophisticated. She was calm and collected, and the boys were all laughs getting ready down the hall. 

The ceremony was emotional and beautiful, and everyone happily spilled outside to bask in the autumnal sunshine while we wandered off for some photos.

I left them to enjoy their meal in the gorgeous library, and I knew they were in for a brilliant evening. 

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Emma and Stuart http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/9/emma-and-stuart My first time at Dodford Manor. I arrived to a grand sweeping long drive, with beautiful countryside surrounding me. It was very quiet when I pulled up outside the stone barns and I wasn't sure if there was anyone around! But then I found the girls, drinking bubbles and getting beautified for an amazing day.

Emma was amazingly calm, and optimistic on the weather. Not long after, the skies opened and it just poured and poured. And then... sunshine. Glorious warm sunshine just in time for the arrival for the first guests!

The ceremony was beautiful, full of big smiles, laughs, and twinkly eyes. We quickly darted outside to make the most of the weather as the clouds were so dark and ominous, such a gorgeous backdrop. The temperature plummeted quickly, but it wasn't long before we were back inside and then time for some glorious hot food.

Dancing later was amazing, and the Ceilidh band got everyone involved for some hilarious moments.

It was a super day, I was so thankful to have been a part of it. Dodford is simply stunning, and the perfect choice for such a wonderful couple.

xx

❤︎

Thanks to:

Venue: Dodford Manor

Cake: Emma's super talented Aunty Barbara and friend Sharon

Dress: Burr Bridal, Cambridge. "Sophia Tolli design"

Bridesmaids dresses: Burr Bridal, Cambridge

Flowers: Jade Flower Boutique

Band: Mango Acoustic (ceremony), Ceilidh band (evening)

MakeUp: Beauty by Roxanne

Hair: Haywardlane Salon

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Kate and Lee http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/9/kate-and-lee I instantly liked Kate and Lee. Kate was bursting with excitement as she told me the details of her wedding, and I fell in love as I listened. I got the thumbs up from their little pooch Buzz, and loved how Kate was always in touch sending me little messages and photos leading up to their big day. I felt such a connection with them, and knew their wedding day was going to be super special, not just from a photography view, but I felt we had developed a friendship over the months and I really felt a part of it all.

On the day, the sun was out though we had had SO much rain recently that it was a bit soggy out. Kate's love of the outdoors and her woodland theme meant that no rain or wet was going to stop us from utilising the outdoors as much as possible, including hanging that dress outside. With her lovely bridesmaid on hand to help, I teetered on my little ladder to find the perfect tree that wasn't too wet. Kate had packed her wellies so there was nothing that was going to stop us later on. And just as well, as it actually poured with rain during the church ceremony! There was even thunder! But timing is everything, and when the doors opened, beautiful sunshine streamed in.

There was so much thought and planning into all the little details. Kate and Lee had done a lot themselves, and everything fit together perfectly. The colours tied in like a dream; feathers, delicate water colour table settings, exquisite blooms, fairy lights, rustic doors, it was all magic.

Kate and Lee were just immensely relaxed about their day. Their love for all their guests shone brightly for the duration. I felt so at home with everyone there, and had just the most loveliest day ever. Being back at Plum Park was wonderful, the staff are just the nicest bunch ever.

I know Kate and Lee have been having an amazing honeymoon (I've been getting all the pics!), and I can't wait to hear about the next stage in their lives together. A beautiful day for such a beautiful, caring, fun couple. You both are amazing. xx

 

With thanks to:

Venue: Plum Park

Dress: 'Amelie' Ronald Fayre, Ivory and Lace Bridal

Florist: Lee's talented sister, Faye

Cake: Jamie Bakes Cakes

Hair: Lauren Heyfield

Makeup: Hannah Rafferty

Band: Soul Front Band

Toastmaster: Richard Heywood

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Videographer: Danny Reed

 

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Alex and Daz http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/9/alex-and-daz I first met Alex and Daz two years ago at her sister Justine's wedding. It was a wonderful day to be a part of and their family were so lovely.  I was overjoyed when Alex got in touch last year and excitedly told me about their upcoming wedding at Dodmoor House this year! I did a little clap of the hands, oh yes. 

Arriving super early to create a tower of sticky, sugary, finger lickin' good Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the girls arrived hair all done up, wearing super cute matching dressing gowns. I had the biggest hug from Justine followed by Alex, and I was just immensely excited to be there. 

Working with Molly again was wonderful, and seeing the family was so welcoming, I felt so at ease and enjoyed the day so much, I felt very much a part of the excitement as the day unfolded. The emotions ran high throughout the day starting with Alex's dad seeing her in her beautiful lace gown. Then Daz not being able to keep it together when he saw Alex walking down the aisle towards him. We all got misty eyed watching the two hold hands and declare their love for each other in front of us all. 

Being a converse lover, I was in awe of the custom made bridal shoes by converse, and loved that the bridesmaids had a pair too. Justine's little one had the same ones I did! (though mine were slightly larger...!). There were some torrential showers, but we caught some magical sun in the evening. 

Armed with some Krispy Kreme doughnuts I happily drove home thinking about what an amazing day it had been, how we had caught some amazing moments in the evening sun, and about the holiday I would be getting up for in just 5 hours! A super end to the start of my summer holidays! Thanks for an amazing day xx

With thanks to:

Venue: Dodmoor House

Bride's shoes: Converse

Bridesmaid's dresses: Little Mistress

Bride's dress: A Bride's World, Northampton

Videographer: Molly Lewis

Florist: Green Room Flowers

Cake: Krispy Kreme

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Amber and Joe http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/8/amber-and-joe The laughter did not stop on Amber and Joe's wedding. I arrived at one of my fave venues to find preparations in full swing. I could hear the girls giggling and music playing as I walked up the beautiful staircase to the bridal prep room. All my girls were having such a ball chatting, laughing, eating, drinking. Amber was in her element and absolutely loving every single moment of her most amazing day. I was delighted to see two other familiar faces there, Chloe doing all the girls make up, and her sister Jen, one of Amber's bridesmaids. I photographed their mum's wedding a few years ago! All the girls looked absolutely stunning and it was an 'aaahhhhh' moment when they put their minty green bridesmaids dresses on. 

Amber's mum arrived overjoyed to see both her daughters looking so gorgeous, and got misty eyed seeing Amber in her dress, which I completely adored. I also had a La Sposa gown for my wedding! Good taste ;) Her sister Clarissa was so excited and watching the two girls together was really sweet as they joked, laughed, and cried (Amber kept telling her off as she didn't want her makeup smudged). Joe had delivered the most unusual gift I have ever seen for his bride to be, and sent everyone into and emotional spin as Amber unwrapped a beautiful, hand picked rose that had been preserved in platinum! I mean, wow! (She found a keeper there...!). 

Half of Amber's family are from Italy, so it was just brilliant being a fly on the wall and listening to them all catch up and chatter in their home tongue. Joe even did a speech in Italian which must have been moving as they all shed a tear. 

The day was just perfect. I know I always say it, but it's so true. I loved it all. The staff as usual were brilliant at Plum Park, and there was nothing too big an ask for any of us to make the day go smoothly. Everyone was just non stop laughing, smiling, hugging, it was just such a happy day to be a part of. Amber and Joe are so well suited together, they are perfect. It was a proud day for both families to be united together. 

I wish these two, and all their loved ones, such happy times ahead. Thank you for having me capture some special memories. Some of my faves xx

 

❤︎

 

With thanks to:

Dress: George James Bridal, Bedford. La Sposa Gown

Bridesmaid's dresses: Little Mistress

Venue: Plum Park, Towcester

Cake: Hockleys

Florist: Lorraine Allison

Make up: Chloe Machon

Hair: Samantha Winkel

 

 

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Rebecca and Mike http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/8/rebecca-and-mike Rebecca and Mike's wedding day was just full of excitement at the Orangery in Whittlebury Hall.  Their gorgeous daughters were buzzing around like little fairies, their eldest, Seren, kept asking, is it time? Is it time?! She just couldn't wait a moment longer to watch her beautiful mummy walk down the aisle looking absolutely stunning. Rebecca was amazingly calm for the majority of the morning! Nerves started to kick in moments before the ceremony, and everyone downstairs was desperately trying to get a sneak peak of Rebecca as she walked down the stairs before reaching the aisle. The day was bursting with bright sunshine and after the ceremony everyone was overjoyed to be soaking up the rays and having some drinks.  

Becky told me before the wedding they had hired secret singing waiters to entertain after the main course. No one else knew anything about this. So after meeting the two waiters earlier on, I couldn't help but smile when I saw them serving canapés to the unknowing guests. The day flew by in a blur and speeches were upon us, always one of my favourite moments of a wedding. They were very moving, paying tribute to those loved ones who couldn't be there but were thought of. Mike's best man Danny gave a brilliant hilarious speech that had everyone crying with laughter and holding their sides with bellyache! 

Shortly after food was eaten, one of the secret waiters came in carrying a platter. He then went flying (all part of the act), and everyone's eyes grew wide as they gasped looking at this poor guy sprawled on the floor! He quickly jumped up to apologise, grabbed the mike, and then.... started singing! On the chairs, on the tables, grabbing guests up to dance. It was so entertaining and the first time I had ever seen a performance like it. At one point everyone was up in two conga lines, snaking their way out of the dining room, outside, on the dance floor, and back in again. The finale was perfect with the guests all swinging their napkins high in the air before throwing them up to the ceiling.

The evening continued to be amazing, with confetti canisters, and an excellent live set performed by the happy couples friend and his band called Bandsubstance.

A gorgeous, fun day to be a part of. I was so thankful to have been there to witness it all! It was incredibly hard choosing just a few favourites to share... xx

 

With thanks to:

Hair: Coppers Hair, Newport Pagnell

Makeup: Sarah Evans Makeup

Dress: The Ivory Wardrobe, Woburn

Grooms attire:  Suitors, Buckingham

Venue: The Orangery, Whittlebury

Cake: Hockleys Cakes

Florist: The Secret Garden, East Hunsbury

Singing Waiters: Secret Silver Service

Band: bandsubstance

 

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Michele and Michael http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/8/michele-and-michael I love it when two families come together. Michele and Michael's wedding was wonderful to witness, seeing two people so completely in love is something to treasure. Michele walked down the aisle followed by her two gorgeous daughters, all so full of happiness. 

The clouds gathered overhead and the rain came just after the ceremony. But inside, everyone was just bursting with joy! The rain ceased towards the end of the wedding breakfast so I gleefully grabbed the happy couple for some photos outside. Michele's dress was absolutely stunning and elegant, and I suggested she changed her shoes as I had spied a little woods which was really super muddy, but so worth the squelching. It was wonderful being able to make the most of being outside with all the beautiful vibrant foliage. 

I know Michele and Michael will have a lifetime of happiness together. It was clear to see by the way they looked at each other how very much in love they are, they have found their soulmate in each other. x

Thanks to:

Venue: Pavenham Park Golf Club

Cake: Trudy Arden Cakes

Dress: Michael Bailey

Bridesmaids dresses: Boom Boom The Label

Groom's attire: Calvin Klein

Flowers: Greycoult Florists, Kempston

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Helen and Steve http://www.lauraophotography.com/blog/2017/7/helen-and-steve What could be more perfect than a beautiful wedding? A family wedding! I have been counting down the days until David's cousin Helen got married to Steve. I knew it was going to be a fabulous day, spending time with the people I love, doing the job that I love, seeing everyone so happy. It was just perfect. Helen and Steve had a quiet marriage ceremony the day before, and the next day had their blessing at their family church. When Helen was getting ready she said she felt so nervous even though they were married! It was a big day for them both, and for all their friends and family to witness the vows they had made for each other.

I was an emotional wreck when I saw Helen's dress, it was gorgeous. And I have always admired David's Aunties garden so I was just itching to get outside with the dress and all the other little bits. Just in time before the rain too, which was unexpected and persisted! I was just happy to see such smiling faces as I arrived at the church, and Steve was beaming at everyone as they entered. 

It was so strange seeing my little ones there, all giddy and squealing with glee when they saw me. And I cried when I saw my beautiful niece as she arrived looking about 10 years older. I seriously couldn't keep myself together! The church was magnificent inside, and Helen's beautiful angelic, but strong, voice filled the room as we sang the hymns. It was a wonderful service. We didn't spend long outside as it was still raining, but thankfully by the time we got to Boston Park for the photos the sun had come back out again! Shooting here was magic, it's just opposite the house so we have often gone across here with the kids and enjoyed lazy days. It was the perfect place for photos.

The reception was at the George IV pub, which was actually pretty amazing! We were bowled over with the eccentric function room which didn't need anything adding to it as it was so beautiful and full of character. Helen's friend made the most amazing cake, and then made a surprise RD2D cake for Steve. Helen whipped out personalised converse trainers for her bridal party, including little pageboy Finlay. 

It was a beautiful, emotional day. I was so happy to be able to share it and take photos too, I couldn't put the camera down. I just wanted to capture it all for Helen and Steve. I did eventually put it down and enjoyed some moves on the dance floor, and silly faces in the photobooth!

Helen and Steve, I love you guys and hope you love the photos xx

 

 

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Thanks to:

Flowers: http://lilyfleurs.co.uk/

Cake: Averil Sweeny

Venue: George IV 

Aimee's dress: Monsoon

Personalised Converse: kokoart.co.uk

Photobooth: Krazy Photobooths

Band: Brendan Cleary

Car: Eros Wedding Cars

Make up: Karen Muttitt (Karenmuttitt@hotmail.com)

Hair: Harmony & Beauty

DJ: John Timms, JJ Entertainments

 

 

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