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Kirsty and Martin

The last time I visited Cockliffe Country House Hotel it was in deep mid winter, so it was a joy to return in the height of the summer. It’s always great to see the changing face of a venue during the different seasons. Cockliffe is a real gem. Reminiscent of a French Chateaux, this 17th Century former farmhouse sits in secluded splendour, at the end of a shady, wooded lane, far away from the hustle and bustle of life! A perfect choice for Kirsty and Martin’s relaxed summer wedding.wedding-nottingham-robertsail-8

The eve of the wedding was a late finish for me, forty white roses were suspended from the beams in the old barn ready for the following day’s celebrations.  These had been a last minute request from Kirsty, to give her wedding a unique look. They certainly did, as these photos show! I must admit I was thrilled to see Robert from Robert Sale Photography when I arrived early on the morning of the wedding…I just knew I would get some fantastic images from him to share with you. (We have worked together on a number of weddings and he never fails to impress).

wedding-nottingham-robertsail-3 wedding-nottingham-robertsail-4 Kirsty and her mum had meticulously scoured, vintage fairs and antique markets, in the months running up to the wedding, to find the perfect vintage glassware to dress the tables in the marquee. All that was needed to complete the look were a few perfect white blooms.wedding-nottingham-robertsail-1 (1)A large and flowing centrepiece took centre stage on the ceremony table for the duration of the wedding service, before being moved to take pride of place on the top table for the wedding breakfast.wedding-nottingham-robertsail-13

Kirsty wore a beautiful Maggie Sottero beaded gown, and carried a mix of beautiful summer blooms. Perfect, blowsy and scented ‘Alabaster’ garden Roses, Astrantia, Astilbe and Scabiosa were teamed with the ‘flower of the moment’..Dahlia.

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Roz and Jamie

Wow! I’ve been dying to share these fabulous images with you.

Jo at soar photo has really captured the fun loving, happy, spirit of this great couple.

Roz and Jamie were married at The Nottingham Council House back in May. Roz looked amazing in her 1950’s inspired dress, (I’m loving the blue corset)! Jamie looked very dapper in a navy blue suit and floral cravat. They look as if they’ve just stepped out of an old movie! Beautiful.

Bright Orange Gerbera,  paired with beautiful red roses made for an eye catching bridal bouquet.

After the ceremony and a photo call in the Arboretum, the happy couple and their guests boarded a big red ‘vintage’ bus to travel to The Brit club for a ‘rave of a celebration!!

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Katie and Tiff

It was a fabulous, sunny day for a return trip to Mansfield Manor for the wedding of Katie and Tiff. Two beautiful brides whose personalities shone through in their choice of flowers and dresses. Katie carried a perfect, scented bouquet of Peonies, Roses, and Astilbe  to complement her beautiful full length, lacy gown.12773382_10153310824376363_149329289_oTiff requested lots of foliage and small, pretty flowers to add her own fun style to match her 1950’s inspired dress and amazing pink shoes!  To bring the two styles together delicate spray roses were used in both bouquets, and a trio of roses were pinned into Tiff’s casual ‘up-do’.

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Jugs, jars and birdcages full of pretty pastel coloured blooms and Gypsophila,  added a real touch of vintage romance inside the Manor. Tiff’s mum had added her own hand crocheted covers to each jar, so pretty!12789736_10153310824446363_665303748_o‘Lilly’ the vintage VW camper van, not only gave the guests a memorable trip to the venue, she also added a classic backdrop for some fabulous, fun filled photos. (Loving the one above).  Mark Walker,  Katie and Tiff’s wedding photographer loved using ‘Lilly’ as a great prop, he likened it to ‘positioning a toy’ to give a great photo opportunity. Not that Mansfield Manor is short of it’s own superb spaces for that perfect picture.12767981_10153310826036363_622948309_o (1)

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Thank you to Mark for his kind permission to share these lovely photos. If you’d like to view more beautiful images of Katie and Tiff’s wedding and see for yourself the talented work of Mark click here.

Wedding Photography

I have come across many talented photographer’s over the years, who have kindly let me share their amazing images with you.

Rob Sail is but one of them, talented, and a highly recommended, Nottinghamshire based wedding photographer. Rob photographed Lucy and Rob’s wedding at The Carriage Hall back in October. Today, he has kindly sent over some ‘top tips’ to  share with you, on questions  to consider when choosing your photographer, for the big day.

Thank you Rob.


5 top tips for getting the most out of your wedding photography

Decide on the approach you want your photographer to have.

Wedding photography has changed dramatically in the last decade, gone are the days of only just photographing the ceremony and endless family group shots after at the church. Most wedding photographers now photograph weddings through a mixture of approaches from posed photographs to candid natural shots.

Some wedding photographers now only shoot unposed photographs throughout at booking a wedding photographer, it is worth asking them how many of the photographs on the day are posed.

Neither approach is better or worse than the other, but it is always a good idea to ask your photographer which approach they use, so you know what to expect on the day.


Running late on the day!

Over the years, quite a few of the weddings I have photographed have run late. It happens, cars break down, guests get lost, it is just one of those things. If the ceremony runs late, it can eat into the time you had planned for the family photos and the drinks reception. If that happens it may be worth talking to your wedding photographer and venue co-ordinator seeing if it is possible to push back the time of your wedding breakfast. Allowing you to still get all the photographs you want and still have time to relax and enjoy your drinks reception with your friends and family.


The dreaded family group photos

Often when I meet couples, they tell me the story of how their friends wedding photographer was terrible, they bossed all the guests around and they spent ages doing all the family photographs. With this in mind I would recommend talking to your photographer about how they shoot and manage the family photos. If you want over 40 family photographs, it’s going to take a bit of time. Where as if you only want 6 -12 family formals these can normally be done in 15 to 20 minutes depending on the location and lighting. I would also recommend calling upon your ushers or grooms men to help round up all the family members for the photos, which can help speed up the process dramatically.

Weather & lighting considerations

Sadly with the UK weather being what it is, it can still rain in July & August. You just never really know what you are going to get. I would recommend making back up plans in case the worst should happen on your day if it does rain heavily.

It may also be worth speaking to your photographer about when the sunset is on your wedding day. Could be a great idea to grabbing a few quick photographs with them in the ‘magic hour’, if you want that particular style of photograph.

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Doing your own prints and albums

Many wedding photographers now provide the couple high resolutions copies of all the final wedding photos on a USB or digital download. Which can be great for the couple, as they are free to make as many prints as they want. However many couples do not get their photos printed from a professional lab, so don’t always look as great as they could, or quite as the photographer intended. I would recommend having a chat with your photographer and seeing if they can recommend any labs or, can they do the prints for you.

I am a wedding photographer in Nottingham  www.robertsail.co.uk, feel free to contact me if you have any more questions. I hope you have found these top tips useful. The images above show flowers by Jacqui at Akito Floral Design. Images below are to give a taste of my work and any flowers shown are by other wedding florists’.

Thank You Rob for sharing your tips, I’m sure they’ll be a great help to any couples planning their wedding!

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What can I say? A really beautiful couple! A real pleasure and joy to meet and work alongside Lucy and Rob…. for their wedding at The Carriage Hall  back in October. Thank you so much, just loved working on your theme stunningly simple, elegant and full of gorgeousness!! Autumn doesn’t have to always be about orange and red!! (although it makes for a fab backdrop).Thanks to Robert Sail for these fabulous photos.

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To see more of Robert’s fabulous wedding photography click here.