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Family wedding at Renew Church & chilled out after party at Bear Coffee.


Family wedding at Renew Church & chilled out after party at Bear Coffee.

Terran & Angharad planned the most amazing day for themselves, their gorgeous girls, their closest friends and much loved immediate family. Read on for the low down.

Just a few weeks before the wedding I got together with them and captured some gorgeous images of the two of them with their girls, taking it easy at the local park. This was a great opportunity to talk through their plans and meet their girls and have a giggle with them.

Fast forward to the day of the wedding and it was a little on the damp side!! Friends and family were met in the foyer by the Groom Terran and his Best Man Craig before taking their seats ready for the ceremony to commence. Many of the guests know the family through their links with the Church that they attend.

Before long it was time for the bridal party to arrive.

2018-09-20_0135.jpg Renew Church bride arrives

Zoe arrived first with the children, then shortly after Angharad arrived with her brothers Dom and Will. She had chosen her Crystal dress from the Bridal Factory in Burton and Hannah Hughes created a stunning up-do with the bride's hair. Angharad did her own make-up and one of her best friends Lesley Dunn made the wedding flowers. A proper team effort!

bride at Renew Church Uttoxeter

Renew Church in Uttoxeter has a fantastic husband and wife team at its helm! Matt conducted the ceremony whilst Becky helped with the official aspects of signing the register. It was clear to see that Matt & Becky were incredibly happy to perform this ceremony for their friends Angharad and Terran.

Wedding ceremony Renew Church Uttoxeter

Tea, cake and photographs followed and before long we were off to Bear Coffee for the after party. Before this though Caroline (my lovely second shooter for the day) and I ventured upstairs into the old cinema part of the building to scout out the perfect location for something a bit wow. I love it when a couple are up for a crazy idea or two!

Old cinema, renew church Uttoxeter. Claire Meldrum Photography

Bear was the perfect setting for this couples after party, with it’s chilled out vibe, cosy seating areas and central location.

Uttoxeter High Street wedding photo Claire Meldrum Photography

Terran had catered for the after party and when I say catered that does it a serious injustice!! The food was amazeballs!! Teach me your ways Terran, I need to know how to recreate that watermelon and feta dish.

I have two words for you ………. BREAD WALL!! You’re welcome.

Bread Wall, Bear Coffee, Claire Meldrum Photography
Bear Coffee Uttoxeter Claire Meldrum Photography
Dancing shoes Claire Meldrum Photography

Friends from Church provided a fantastic selection of tunes to keep people dancing, taking requests as they went along. It truly was a day filled with love and laughter.

Bride and groom dancing at Bear Coffee, Claire Meldrum Photography

Wishing the Hamilton family heaps of love ……… please invite me to your next party!!

Claire x



Tipi Wedding Staffordshire

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.

Bridal Prep.

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!

Tipi Tastic.

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!

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