Lizzie & Craig first found me nearly a year ago. They had searched for a relaxed photographer in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire and Google hit the jackpot and gave them my name. After a brief chat, I knew that their wedding was going to be magical and that they were most definitely my kind of people!
A month before the wedding we met up and had some fun doing a pre-wedding session. It was clear to see that these two were going to have a blast on their wedding day. We had a really good giggle. JCB Rocester proved to be a great location for a half hour wander around and chat.
Fast forward to bridal prep at the lovely home they have made together ...... and well, it was the height of calm. Tunes were playing, Bucks Fizz was being sipped and the Pink Ladies as I nicknamed them (awesome matching p.j's Lizzie!) were enjoying a chilled out morning of preparations and giggles. It was then that it hit me, my brides are definitely "more chilla and less zilla." Lizzie was the epitome of the chilla bride. She positively floated around the house, soaking in the atmosphere and love.
After a quick bite to eat, it was action stations as bridesmaid Megan worked her magic on Lizzie. Applying a light make up that was perfect for her. Time was ticking away and in no time at all Sophie Bentley was plaiting and curling Lizzie's hair into a gorgeous soft, tumbling down 'do' that would look stunning with her Pronovias dress. The bridesmaids were to wear Multiway dresses from Victoria Lou Bridal which complimented their skin tones beautifully.
Getting into THE dress and looking in the mirror was quite an emotional moment and one that Mum Katrina and sister Amy were close by to share with Lizzie. It was a moment that gave me goosebumps.
Lizzie had mentioned that she would love to do a reveal photo. Her dress had been kept under wraps from her Dad and bridesmaids, their reactions were priceless. See the pictures!
Lizzie & Craig had booked their tipi from Peak Tipis and had it sited on a friends field for their wedding. With stunning views of rolling fields it really was quite breathtaking. Craig and best man Stuart were already there looking the part when I arrived, wearing green Harris Tweed waistcoats from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop at Trentham and buttonholes made from baby's breath they looked dapper AND at home with the Tipi setting.
It really had been a family effort creating the dream wedding that Craig & Lizzie had envisaged. Craig and Lizzie had done lots of prep, wrapping bails in hessian, putting out framed pictures and place cards and providing flip flops and blankets for their tired guests. Craig's Dad had created a beautiful arch for the couple to marry beneath and Craig's Mum had weaved flowers into it as well as creating a stunning floral chandelier for the tipi.
In no time at all the bridesmaids and bride arrived and we were ready to go. I think it was fair to say that Lizzie was smiling from ear to ear.
Their outdoor ceremony was possibly one of the most personal and heartfelt I have photographed. Their celebrant talked about how the couple had met whilst working at Argos, how their friends had played a big part matchmaking & how the couple have gone on to support each other in their chosen careers. She then went on to perform the Rose Ceremony followed by a Handfasting, a first for me.
After group photos the guests all retired to the tipi for a gorgeous buffet and later on some epic shape throwing on the dancefloor.
Thank you for picking me Lizzie and Craig! Also a big thank you to all your fabulous family and friends for making me feel so welcome and letting me hit the dancefloor with you. I loved having a boogie with you all.
Check out their wedding slideshow here ............
Wedding dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaids dresses: Victoria Lou Bridal.
Hair: Hair by Sophie Bentley.
Groom & Bestman: Waistcoats Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
Tipi: Peak Tipis.
Wedding rings: Mitchel & Co, Jewellery Quarter Birmingham.
Photography: Claire Meldrum Photography