Wedding Photography, Offley Place, Hitchin
Here is a little first look at Laura and James’s wedding photography at Offley Place, at one of my all time favourite venues!
Now, James made it very clear to me on his first email that his bride to be was ‘extremely camera shy’. Thats ok I thought, a lot of my clients say the same. When I met them both for the first time I realised, what James actually meant is that Laura HATED (with an impressive passion!) having her photo taken.
So no engagement shoot for this couple, the thought alone made Laura shake with horror. And Laura was adamant that she didn’t want any photos of her getting ready and even though I cried a little inside, (Offley Place’s bridal suite is stunning with the most perfect light!!), I knew it was the right decision for her. So it’s fair to say I was expecting a little challenge on the day. But you know what, Laura was a superstar! I honestly had so much fun with these two. The weather was amazing, there were lawn games, little bat boys, a wonderful mix of family and friends and an awesome band to finish of the night.
I still think Laura will tell you she HATES having her photo taken, but I really enjoyed taking her pic!
Congratulations guys x
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Here is a little first look at Jade and Cyrus’s big day. It was such a fab day, full of fun, love and the coming together of different cultures. I love being part of peoples wedding days, they are all so unique and special, and this one really lived up to that, bringing elements of both their heritage into their wedding day.
I’ve been really excited to share these photos for so many different reasons. When I first heard Mark and Rachael’s wedding plans I knew it was going to be a good one! They chose to get married in my lovely home town of Hitchin, at the one and only St Marys Church. If you know Hitchin, then you will know this is basically the heart of the town. I’ve lived in Hitchin for 5 years now and had been waiting for the day I would get to shoot in St Marys, so when their enquiry came in I had all my fingers and toes crossed they would pick me. Luckily for me they did, as their day had so many touching and special moments.
Rachael’s dad not only had the honour of giving her away, but he actually got to marry her as well. Can you imagine how special that would feel!! They held the reception at The Priory Barn, little Wymondley. As we were blessed with beautiful sun for most of the day, the grounds gave us so many little nooks to shoot in.
I have to say when I was editing these photos I found myself smiling so much. I think a smile is a little bit like a yawn, when you see someone with a huge smile across their face, it’s hard not to copy it. And that sums this day up, not only did Mark and Rachael have smiles on their faces the whole day, but their guests did too. It was impossible to miss and I hope these photos capture what a special day it was.
A little shout out to the awesome wedding band ‘The Nameless Three’ they were amazing!
Mark and Racheal’s pre wedding shot was local too
Holy smokes, this wedding was amazing! Catherine and Mike pulled off the ultimate chilled out, outdoor, stunning, summer wedding. IN APRIL! Everything about their day was just beautiful. They tied the knot at one of my favourite local venues, The Farmhouse at Redcoats and when the weather looked like it was set to be a record breaking scorcher they decided to get married outside.The venue looked so beautiful and I kid you not, Catherine looked like an actual film star, perfectly paired with her handsome beau. One of my favourite moments of the day was when her friends gifted her and Mike a Cat (yes a cat!). It was a fab moment to capture. Mike is the kind of guy that you can’t help but smile around and he had his guests roaring with laughter throughout his speech. When I received these lovely words from them shortly after the wedding, I did my little happy dance.
“What can we say ?!
I have never seen anyone work as hard as you did on Saturday !!
Thank you for being so accommodating and adaptable to our different requests. We are sorry it got chaotic at some points, but you handled it so we well, and we really do appreciate it. Thank you for being so aware of us, and sensing when we needed a moment to ourselves to take it all in. One of our highlights of the day was the 30minutes we spent with you in the Garden capturing the emotion of what we had just been through….We hope our paths cross again soon and would not hesitate to recommend you to any of our Family & Friends. All the best Mike & Catherine
March, the perfect time for a spring wedding. Daisies, lush green fields, and SNOW! Yes that’s right, Snow. Jennifer and Dean had their spring wedding perfectly planned, but the weather had it’s own day install for them.
The service was held at St Michael’s Church in St Albans, while the reception was at Coltsfoot Country Retreat. Jen looked absolutely stunning and her and Dean were amazing. They didn’t let the cold weather stop them getting some amazing shots and even when our hands and fingers couldn’t feel anything they were still smiling!
“Erica helped us through the entire process and went out of her way to get to know us as individuals, and to understand our photographic needs. She was keen to meet our requirements, and advised us when we were not making good choices. The wedding day was very difficult, -1c with a wind chill of -8c. Despite difficult conditions Erica captured some magical moments outdoors, and improvised when needed to ensure guests were all kept comfortable. We were amazed with the results!!”
Here is a little highlights video showing their day in all its wonderful glory!
So this was my last wedding of 2018 and it was such a great way to end the year. Jo and Joe got married at the beautiful venue Lanwades Hall. A HUGE congratulations to one of the loviest couples, Jo and Joe!! I’ll keep my waffle to a minimum as Christmas has officially started in the Hawkins house and I have at least two bottles of Baileys to get stuck into. Happy Christmas Mr and Mrs Nettleton, enjoy your first one married.
My First wedding at The Farmhouse at Redcoats in Hitchin.
I feel very lucky to live in Hitchin, we have some wonderful wedding venues close to my beautiful little town, but when The Farmhouse at Redcoats had a little make over last year, I was very excited! Not only is Redcoats less than 10 minutes away from me, it literally oozes style and makes the perfect wedding venue for some quirky and alternative couples on their big day.
I got to shoot my first wedding this year there and the venue certainly lived up to my exceptions. The barn looked stunning, and even though it was the beginning of the year and the amount of natural light was, lets say, a little limiting, the venue stood it’s own! I was also able to use my Nikon D850 is all its’ powerful glory, ensuring I didn’t need to flash around the venue, and could continue to discreetly capture the day.
“Thank you so much for those first look pics, they are AMAZING!! We both had a look at them earlier and every single one of them is amazing, what a lovely way to relive the day!!”
Here are a few photos from the day.
What an absolute blast Lauren and Marks wedding was! It was set in the beautiful Hexton Manor near Hitchin and we were spoilt with beautiful weather and glorious surroundings. Lauren and Mark are the kind of of couple that are a true pleasure to photograph, they laugh so much with each other which is infectious and beautiful to capture. Here are a few from the day.
Erica has high emotional intelligence and great sense of humour which enabled her to capture the genuine moments of our day. We loved our photos so much and I always enjoy looking at all the other weddings she shoots on her excellent Facebook and Instagram pages. She is the queen of the candid shot which makes every photo shoot unique. – Lauren and Mark
Here is a quick look at some of the shots from Faye and Charlie’s super cool wedding at Hitchin Lavender Fields in June. I literally loved every second of it. So much hard work was put into pulling off this amazing day, and they did it with pure style! This wedding was so up my street, festival weddings are one of my favourite types to weddings to shoot. Maybe it takes me back to my Glastonbury days, who knows, Im just a sucker for Hay Bales and festoon lights!
Erica is a fantastic photographer. Beautifully creative shots, all thought through with care and imagination, so that the end result were pictures that really suited us, our personalities and the wedding vibe we were trying to create. A very calming presence in the run up to the day, super enthusiastic and not intrusive at all on our actual wedding day. Erica produced shots that showed everyone having such a great time, in a really natural setting. We’re very lucky to have found her! – Faye and Charlie