Worcestershire Wedding Photography Arley Arboretum

A beautiful summers day wedding at the amazing Arley Arboretum, Arley, Worcestershire.

This past weekend I was “working”  for “The photographer next door” aka Alex Sharp, from Alex Sharp Photography.    Alex had a wedding at Arley Arboretum and as I had a weekend off, when she happened to mention she needed someone to cover a couple of hours of ‘second shooting’ I jumped at the chance.

Wedding photography is a passion as well as a job, and as the lead photographer you sometimes miss out on the fun side of the job, I love stalking the guests and trying to capture fun candid shots while the wedding couple are off having their wedding formals taken.  Normally its me taking the group shots and my assistant / second shooter gets to do the mingling and stalking, so it was a great break.  I will often second shoot for other photographers if I don’t have a wedding on a weekend, as it trains the mind and the eye to see the things that can often be missed if your too busy concentrating on the ‘bigger picture’

When I say the wedding photographer next door, I literally mean next door, Alex and I share studio adjoining walls, we often have a coffee and chat about things, help each other out with any little projects, help at weddings and so on, its a huge benefit to both of us.  Some photographers see every other photographer as competition but Alex and I have a great collaboration philosophy and love nothing more than sharing a coffee and packet of biscuits.

Anyway back to the amazing wedding at Arley Arboretum, and I have to say the couple were blessed by amazing weather, I used my time ‘second shooting’ to try new things out and shoot unusual detail shots and candids that I normally have my assistant / second shoot capture and I have to say its great fun.

Arley Arboretum is a relatively new wedding venue in Worcestershire however after talking with Dave the estate manager, its obvious that they have big plans, with weddings booked for 2015, 2016 and 2017 I can easily see this becoming one of the more boutique wedding photography venues in Worcestershire.

If your planning on getting married at Arley Arboretum your in for a great treat, its simply magnificent, here are a few shots from my day stalking guests, looking for cool details and just enjoying being out in the sun with my camera and not feeling too much of the pressure of photographing the most important day of a couple life !

I hope you enjoy.



My first photo of the day, the amazing marque at Arley Arboretum – the weather was just perfect

beautiful marquee at arley Arboretum wedding

The flowers were beautiful, very natural very beautiful and very fragrant

wedding flowers at arley Arboretum

I love the simplicity of the table settings, I love the attention to details that the cut on the cork is along the printed line

wedding place setting detail photo

Being a cake fiend, I drooled at the site of this beautiful cake, the butter cream smelled delicious

wedding cake detail shot

Looking for unusual shots while Alex made sure everyone knew what they were doing, here I saw a couple of hand fulls of confetti

getting ready for a confetti shot at arley church worcestershire

and a trick I normally do, have my second shooter behind the couple, you get some amazing shots, so I wanted try one from behind

black and white confetti shot at Arley Church

Love this ‘hatinator’  I learned a new word this week !

wedding guests at arley Arboretum

This is the kind of thing I love, just shots of people enjoying the wedding day, oblivious of the camera

guests enjoying the italian gardens at arley Arboretum

One of my favorite shots from the wedding, the guest was screening the sun not me, I just love this

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Someone congratulating the bride following her wedding at Arley Church – Location: Italian Gardens Arley Arboretum

candid wedding photography Arley

More congratulations, this time for the groom

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Looks like the nighttime is going to be a lot of fun.

funny photo booth at arley Arboretum

I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek at some more relaxed, candid, reportage and fun detail shots from this fabulous wedding.  Many thanks to Alex for inviting me to join her on what was a very pleasant day, congratulations to the happy couple.


worcestershire wedding photography – Bridal portraits

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer received Award

As a Worcestershire based wedding photographer, one of the things I love most is the country side, a few weeks back were photographed the beautiful Milly for a bridal portrait photo shoot.

The photo shoot took place at our studio located in the heart of Worcestershire in the village of Hartlebury.

Milly wanted some beautiful wedding bridal photos to show off the amazing wedding dress, we used the grounds around the studio.

Yesterday we were notified that the head shot photo was give the prestigious Front Page Award for Purple Portrait and was featured on the front page of the website.

We often shoot bridal portraits after wedding for brides, and also shoot couples portrait days after the wedding, when the couple fancy dressing up again in their wedding clothes and just spend a fabulous day just enjoying each others company without the pressures of the wedding day.

We have access to amazing makeup artists at the studio so if the bride wants a full make over again before putting on her wedding dress, we can arrange that for you.

Milly had one of our fabulous make up artists – Gaby do her make up for her shoot

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Spring Grove House Wedding Photography – Amy and Chris

Hello there,  We have been very quite for a very long time and for that we apologize,  we are so busy that keeping up with the blog is just taking a bit of a back seat.

This past weekend saw us attend an amazing wedding, it was a wedding at Spring Grove House, located in the grounds of The West Midlands Safari Park in Worcestershire.

When Amy and Chris first contacted me 18 months ago I knew this would be a wedding to be looking forward to and I was not wrong.

The weather was horrible until around 4pm but that did nothing to dampen or dishearten the over 100 guests who attended the wedding.

This is only a sneak peek, as I am still offloading the photos, it was a very long day, and me and my team worked really hard so yesterday, I just crashed.  But it was all worth it, the photos (if I say so myself) really capture the love, feeling and enjoyment of the big day.

I will be posting much more later but since I popped a few photos on my facebook page, I wanted to share a few on the blog also.

Enjoy !!



One of our Unique options is that we can print lab quality beautiful, large prints, have them framed and gift wrapped and ready to hand out to parents, best men etc at the end of your meal, Amy and Chris  wanted to give their parents a special memory of the day so visited the studio 2 weeks prior to the wedding to choose frames for the parents, best mans and chief bridesmaids photos.

Here the bride and groom are looking thru a specially produced album that we presented them at the same time,  its a keepsake for them to take away with them so when they say they are on honeymoon they have a little album full of photos to show people !


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great pictures of the big day the first shots are amazing i love the venue what a perfect place for A wedding

Great news, we are back !


In October last year, the server our site was on was upgraded, however during that upgrade something went wrong and images stopped showing up, slideshows didn’t work and we couldn’t update the site.  Well with Christmas and the new year rush we had no time to move the website to a whole new server, however about a week ago we recreated the whole website on our new servers.  For the past week it has been under a load test and I am happy to report that at LONG LAST we can up date the website again.

Over the next week or so, they may be a little interruption as the site is migrated lock stock and barrel to our new servers, this is something to do with what they call DNS servers and Name servers.  With these updating all over the world, it can take up to a week and can cause intermittent outages, but once that week is complete, we are hoping for another 10 years of uninterrupted service.

So hello world, its great to be back !

And here are a few photos from weddings you have not yet seen just to wet the appetite

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Keep an eye on the site for news and info coming soon…….



Stratford on Avon Wedding Photography – Photo of the week

The wedding of Charlotte and Neil – Sneak peek !

Just a few photos here to tease you with today,  On Saturday I was in Stratford on Avon with Oliver  (my assistant) photographing the wedding of Charlotte and Neil.  The day was SIMPLY AMAZING and what topped it off was the email I received this morning from Charlotte.

The Couple were getting married at The Stratford on Avon Town hall – What a beautiful room to get married in, its a photographers dream – I opted to stay out of the room and shoot it from the back due to the limits the Warwickshire registrars place on photographers, from the back I could get the best views and the splendors of the whole room.

getting married at stratford on avon town hall

One of the things I love about being at the back of the room is capturing what I like to call “The Look of Love”  this is the look the groom has the very first time he see’s his bride on their wedding day. – this one is actually the photo of the week !

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After the wedding, Charlotte and Neil waited for their guests to leave the hall and to get ready for their confetti shot, stealing a moment together……

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The wedding reception was at the stunning Mercure Shakespeare Hotel Stratford on Avon (photo shortly) – (and I would personally like to thank the staff for the amazing way they looked after me) and the couple requested a few formals but shot in a more casual way, followed by some couple shots which were shot just down the road in one of the Shakespeare gardens.

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so remember the hotel ?

wedding venue stratford on avon - Shakespeare hotel

one of the things I like about this time of year is the light fades early which give you the chance of some truly beautiful night time photography, the couple were totally up for spending 5 minutes outside after their sit down meal to capture a little bit of the Stratford on Avon Street Atmosphere.

newly married couple outside Shakespeare hotel Stratford

Many many thanks to Charlotte and Neil for choosing us to be a part of their wedding day.  – I know I say this every week but this truly was one of my favorite weddings of the year.

ciao for now