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Lake District Elopement

Esther and Rod - Lake District Elopement

Lakes District Elopement - Esther and Rod

Lake District Elopement

Any opportunity to return to the North gives me great joy. Even more so when I get to shoot with wonderful people in exquisite surroundings. Them people, fellow wedding photographer Esther Wild and her wonderful family. Those surroundings, The Lake District. This stunning Elopement of sorts was the perfect getaway into the hills. A really special day for Esther, Rod and their beautiful family.

I say elopement of sorts as Esther and Rod are already married. They were celebrating 10 years married and so, with their children along for the ride they decided to Elope/renew their vows/celebrate their anniversary all in one. Esther brought along some Norfolk Talent in the form of flowers by the incredible Swaffham Florist and a gorgeous cake from the wonderful Amber from Love Wedding Cakes.

I love the Mountains

I arrived and got settled into my home from home. This place always settles me, makes me feel again and after a packed summer, seeing my mountains again made me happy. I love the Mountains. I made myself a brew and then I checked in with Esther and Rod at their Cottage. We made plans for the following day and I returned to my place. The following morning I was met with the usual Lakeland weather and with a smile, I set off to meet Esther and co. We travelled in convoy to the shores of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England and one of my favourite swim spots!

Wastwater, the perfect swim spot.

Today was not a day for swimming though, it was quite cold. Today was a day for love, laughter, family and happiness. We walked, we laughed and skimmed stones. You have to skim stones when you’re at the lake right? The kids played on the shore and Esther and Rod watched on with love in their hearts. It was a beautiful start to the day. We made our way further down the lakeside toward the wonderfully quaint Wasdale Head Inn. Grabbing a quick bite to eat and a pint we chatted all about life and what not, you know, pub talk. What Esther and Rod didn’t know is that me and the kids were making up some vows for them to read by the lake on the way back.

We finished up and slowly strolled back toward the lake. As we were driving back we noticed a stream leading into the Lake and decided to stop. After a minute of umming and arrring, I decided to drag Esther and Rod into the middle of the stream onto some rocks. You know, anything for the shot right?! A short walk later and we were on some headland leading into the lake. The kids gave their Mum and Dad the vows me made and we held a mini-ceremony. Esther had made some petal confetti so the kids chucked that with all their might then it was time for champagne!

Herdy the Herdwick

This is where the day ended, on a real loving high. As Esther and her family made their way off the headland, the cloud had started to swirl around the mountain tops. This made for an awesome black and white shot packed to the rafter with atmosphere. An incredible end to a super cute day. There was even time for a little visit from the local Herdwicks on the way back to the car.

Anyway, this place and this shoot is just too beautiful for my amateurishsh ramblings. I’m gonna let the photos talk now. Let me know what you think in the comments! Xx

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Amy and James - Beeston Manor Wedding

Beeston Manor Wedding - Amy and James

Those who know, know. Your boy Josh was born in the beautiful North of England. I have many fond memories of my childhood in Lancashire and I have kept up to date with some ace old friends. One of which is the wonderful Amy-Lou who got in touch about me shooting her wedding. Safe to say I was chuffed to bits that she wanted me there!

A trip up North

I made my way up to Bolton and dropped in on my dad for a quick visit prior to shooting. It turned out Amy’s hubs-to-be lived about 200 yards from my dad’s so easy peasy groom prep right! I met James and he and his groomsmen got ready. They were all dressed in their army get up and we all had a good laugh. Beers and bacon butties ate, I said my ‘see-ya-laters’ and made my way to Amy’s parents to get some bridal prep.

It was lovely catching up with Amy’s parents, I hadn’t seen them in years so after a quick chat about how much I had grown I got to work. I was shooting alongside Lee, a bloody ace video dude and a great guy to boot. We had a really good morning with Amy and Co and before we knew it the transport rolled in and it was time to be off.

Beautiful Beeston Manor Wedding

I made my way to the gorgeous Beeston Manor in Preston. As is the norm in the North it began to rain, typical. Now when I say rain I mean RAIN! No bother at all as Beeston Manor is a beautiful place come rain or shine. To be fair, when good people get together in good places, good stuff always happens. It never really matter what the weather does. It’s fun regardless!

The ceremony room was beautifully decorated and as I made my way to the front there was an air of nervousness and excitement. The ceremony began and it was a stunner I was a little nervous as with the weather playing up the confetti could have been difficult. My nerves were well misplaced as after the ceremony the room was made available for the confetti throw. James’ groomsmen lined the aisle to form a guard of honour and the rest of Amy and James’ family filled the gaps. Everyone was ready and so Amy and James set off. They walked through thrown confetti, raised swords and a confetti canon or two. What a way to start the party.

Beeston Manor Wedding Photography

The day was filled with laughter and happiness. As everyone mingled and told their tales and drank their drinks Amy, James and I went for a little drive. We managed to get a small gap in the rain on the driveway and had some fun in the light rain. Making our way back inside to find cover we were called in for some food! As the wedding party ate, Lee and I went to the bar. We ate and had a good chat over a beer and before long it was time to head back upstairs for some speeches and some magic.

Zander magic worked the tables and wowed the guests until it was time to dance! The party kicked into high gear and with photobooth hats on the wedding party showed everyone how to do it! Backflips, sword fights, some of the best and worst dancing I’ve seen in all my time as a wedding photographer. A great night and a fantastic wedding. Congrats you two! Xx

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Daisy and Paul's Festival Wedding

Amazing Seaside + Festival Wedding

Oh my days! Daisy and Paul, what can I say? You two made my life with this wedding extravaganza. So firstly there was Mini Golf by the seaside and then a HUGE festival wedding party in the woods. No really, like a huge rave in the middle of the woods, it was intense!! So grab a drink, sit back and have a bit of this!

I met Daisy and Paul in a pub after they decided to book me. We had a drink and a good chat and that was that. Time flew and so we caught up again in the same pub but this time we got some food. Now, I don’t know if its because I used to be a chef but I think that there is no better way to get to know someone than when you eat with them. I guess the old sayings are the best; Break bread with someone and well, something good comes of it, or something like that. Whatever, it’s true. People who eat together get on and we did! We ate and talked and drank and talked and before you know it the night was upon us and it was time to go.

Mini Golf and a Norfolk Wedding

I arrived at the seaside on a stunner of a day, sun beaming and deep blue blanketed the sky. Daisy and Paul had got married with their close family by their side and now it was time for some fun. I met them as the men were getting the ice-creams in. After the iced treats had been demolished we made our way to Pirates Cove in Great Yarmouth. The BEST mini golf around! Daisy and Paul insisted that I play and who was I to say no to minigolf. Also, the dude at the counter wouldn’t let non-players around the course so it made sense too! We all made our way around the course and let me tell you now, a minigolf course makes for a killer background when shooting a post-wedding jolly!

It was all going swimmingly, everyone was having fun and we were coming to the end of the round. On the last hole, the hardest hole, Daisy’s mum throws down an outlandish hole in one to finish the day on a high. We all made our way to the pub for a pint and to tally the final scores. Guess who won? ME! Yea,h that’s right, play to win every time! Daisy and Paul’s family had another drink whilst we all went to the beach for a walk on the sand, what a day.

Bradmoor Woods Wedding

The second day in Daisy and Pauls mega wedding was to be held at Bradmoor Woods. This absolute gem of a place is near North Norfolk and if you ever go, it’ll knock your socks off, it did mine! I turned up on the morning of their second day and the woods were fresh. Dew lay fresh on every blade of grass and the trees were alive with the sound of all kinds of creatures waking up. This included a hut full of people prepping for the day ahead.

I met with Paul and he sorted me a drink. I then took my tea and wandered through the trees to get to grips with the location. My initial thoughts were that I had chosen the wrong footwear entirely. I had opted for my nice suede wedding shoes when in fact I would have been better in my usual summer choice; my feet! The ground was wet with dew but that didn’t matter. The dappled morning light flickered through the trees and as I wandered I knew this was going to be an incredible day.

The entire place is a huge campsite and Daisy and Paul had managed to put up a huge Morrocan tent. This thing was beautiful, it was styled in the most gorgeous way too! The area was buzzing with activity, people running here and there doing little jobs to help the whole thing come together. Some people were in huts getting ready, some people were cooking and an open fire blazed under the warm autumnal sunshine. Daisy and Paul had chosen separate huts to get ready in and I flitted between catching all sorts of little moments.

Beautiful Late Summer Wedding

After a while, the time came for Daisy and Paul to head to their ceremony. It was to be held under a beautiful flower arch in an opening full of their closest friends and family. Children ran among the trees and ferns and people chatted but when daisy stepped out with her bridesmaids the woods were still. A beautiful ceremony was held and as it came to an end Daisy and Paul turned and walked through a cloud of confetti and the joyous cheers of all their guests.

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People mingled, people drank and stories were told. Once everyone had enjoyed a couple of drinks and had a good chin wag they were called to the tent to be fed. Now, this part of the day will stay with me for a long time. This is because I have NEVER had short ribs like these before! These things were INCREDIBLE. They fell from the bone and were tender as anything I’ve ever had but the best bit was the rub. GOOD GOD, they were tasty. It took me a little while to get back to reality after just being sat in front of a fire eating these ribs like some daft ginger caveman. Amazing times!

Anyway with food eaten and speeches spoke it was time for a good old knees up. The music played, the smoke machine smoked and the lasers danced through the tent and I had a blast. Daisy and Paul you absolute legends, HUGE love and thanks for having me. P.s Brides and Grooms if you ever want some kick-ass Vietnamese food at your wedding give these two a tinkle. Their food is something else!

 

PEACE!! Xx

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Norfolk Garden Wedding

Ash and Lexi - Norfolk Garden Wedding

Ash and Lexi - Norfolk Garden Wedding

Ash and Lexi held an amazing Norfolk Garden Wedding at their family home. What can I tell you about these two? Well, one thing’s for sure; they know how to throw one hell of a party! Bar dancing, champagne swigging, wakeboard waving, pole dancing AWESOMENESS! It didn’t all start like that, well not entirely, It began with, champagne and lots of laughs!

I arrived at Ash and Lexi’s home, to begin a little bridal prep. The main venue, where Ash was getting ready was only up the road so I’d head there later. The girls were all in good spirits and the party vibe was apparent! A good start to a fab day! I met all the family (including the most beautiful doggos!) and started shooting. Gary from Thompson Granger Films arrived a short time into bridal prep, It’s always nice to work alongside awesome videographers. If you’re reading this and looking for a wedding film, give them a shout. The incredible Amanda Steed was also there to take care of Make-up and Hair. A short time later and after plenty of fun. I made my way to meet with Ash and his groomsmen for a quick blast of groom prep before heading back to the girls. More champagne and more laughs ensued and before we knew it, it was time to head to the church.

Norfolk Garden Wedding

The plan was for the Bridesmaids to walk the dogs up the aisle, back round to the back, drop the doggos off and then walk up the aisle again before Lexi made her way up. Well, you know what they say about working with children and animals. The vicar was probably one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside. He forgot his books, and read names wrong but by god did he pull it off with some style. He eventually found the right reading material on a website that god put together for this exact predicament. The ceremony was a stunner and ended with some kick-ass gospel music and then it was off to the pub for a quick pint.

Party Time!

After the pub, we took off to a secluded country lane, drank some golden champagne and messed about in a field. You know, the usual wedding afternoon stuff. This break in the day allowed for guests to get back to the garden so Ash and Lexi could arrive in style together! They arrived, people cheered and then it was time to drink, chat and eat until the band arrived! This Norfolk Garden wedding was about to really get going. There were some killer speeches and then we all ate! The band set up and played some of the best tunes I’ve heard played at a wedding! Like seriously, these lot were incredible and they managed to keep the dancefloor packed which is a photographers dream! They are called the Flyaways, Go check them out!! There’s no better way to finish off a wedding than with a dancefloor full of nutters showing off their moves! It also helps if there’s a great big marquee pole in the middle of it! You’ll see why!!

Ash and Lexi, thanks heaps for having me you absolute legends!! Reading this and want to book your big day? Fill in the contact form and get in touch! Xx

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Woodhall Manor Wedding

Kayoon and James - Woodhall Manor Wedding

Kayoon and James - Woodhall Manor Wedding

This gorgeous, intimate Woodhall Manor wedding was an absolute delight to shoot. Not only are Kayoon and James wonderful people but their kindness and joyful enthusiasm show in everything they do. They lift every room and fill it with happiness and their intimate wedding is just what love is all about. They also had a badminton net up in the gardens so that’s ace too!

Woodhall Manor Wedding Photography

The day started in a calm manner and the build-up to the ceremony was a gentle one. Kayoon and James got ready quietly and without fanfare in the beautiful surroundings of Woodhall Manor. I spoke to them prior to the wedding and we discussed portraits in the gardens before the ceremony. This worked perfectly with the feel of the day. James waited in the gardens with me and Kayoon walked out with her family to meet James before the ceremony. A tranquil first look and the beginning of a gorgeous day. I might add that Kayoon’s dress was incredible! Not only a stunning gown but it had pockets!! Brides, get yourselves some pockets they’re great for a swish!!

The ceremony was a beautiful one with a kind vicar who allowed free reign to myself as there was a little side door I could sneak out of to move as I like, front and back. Conifers lined the path and as Kayoon and James left the church, confetti flew and smiles were all over the show! We all made our way back to the Manor for garden games and some food and drink. Everyone had a lovely time, although the croquet got a little competitive with hammers and balls and drinks taking over the garden. We wandered through the grounds and danced on tree lined driveways. This wonderful pair of humans really made my day. Kayoon and James, thank you! You’re ace!

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Woodland Barn Wedding

Amy and Lee - Woodland Barn Wedding

Amy and Lee - Woodland Barn Wedding

Where should I start with this amazing Woodlands Barn Wedding? Perhaps I should give you some backstory. Amy and I grew up in the same village and we went to primary school together and then on to the same high school. We have been friends for years and so, I was over the moon when she asked me to be the photographer for her big day.

She lives ages away now, so when she made a trip back to Norfolk we met to talk weddings. It was lovely to catch up and after hearing her plans I was excited to shoot her day.

Beautiful Norfolk Wedding

Amy’s wedding day arrived and her and Lee were to get ready next door to each other. Amy in her childhood home and Lee at the neighbours. I was told prior to the day that there was a school photo of mine and Amy’s class on her hallway wall. As I walked into her home I was met with the morning guests, many of them greeting me with; ‘Ahhh, so you must be Josh, the one on the wall’. See, I was a bit of a mischievous young boy and so I had something of a reputation to shake. Side note, I am still a little mischevious, I find it helps with the photos you see. On with the wedding!

As the morning went on Amy and her bridesmaids got ready in the conservatory with Ellie and Michelle taking care of hair and Make-up on behalf of Amanda Steed. I moved between the Bridesmaids and the groomsmen acting as photographer and spy. Keeping an eye on timings and drinks and gifts. It was really lovely to see Amy getting ready to marry the love of her life. In her childhood home with her best pals and family all around her. Everyone was ready to go and Amy, looking beautiful walked out into the lounge to the smiling faces of her friends and her mum and dad looking on with pride.

Woodlands Barn Wedding

On to the church, a secluded little village church on the river ant. The family church and the perfect place for this wedding. All Amy and Lee’s family and friends were gathered and we were ready to go. Confetti followed what was a beautiful ceremony full of warmth and love and then Amy, Lee and I went for a ride on a boat. A pretty awesome boat too. I usually get on the river in my trusty kayak but it’s always nice to enjoy a bit of luxury!

I sped off to the venue once we moored. As I arrived at Woodlands Barn all the wedding guests were enjoying drinks and nibbles in the beautiful gardens. There was something of a harry potter theme going on too and the barn looked wonderful. I love these weddings you know! Loadsa people all happy in each others company eating great food and having a drink together. A nice chilled day this one! Well, it was until the music started.

Paul Allen started things going, there was a beautiful first dance and then it was time for a party. The bridal party followed me to the fields for some portraits before it really kicked into dance time. When we got back everyone was on the dancefloor. What a great night. Even better to see a very good friend get married and have the best time ever! Check this day out and show Amy and Lee some love in the comments! Xx

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2018 Highlights

2018 Highlights

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? I can hardly believe that the year is done. I am more than excited for a bit of R+R. So, while my son sits with his sheep (best cuddly toy ever) and recovers from his 409th cold this year (thanks nursery) I thought I’d let you guys and gals into my 2018. A year filled with amazing people, super suppliers and awesome wedding photography.

This year for me personally has been tough but rewarding. Our son Hoops (a nickname that has stuck, firmly) has enjoyed a year full of colds, viruses, sniffles, snots and more thanks to his arrival at the nursery. He has, however, made friends and is developing quite the character so I can live with the 409 colds. Anyway, Despite his persistent snotface, his unending cheek and his terrible two tantrums, I am so very proud of him. My wonderful wife and I faced challenges with IVF and despite more heartache. We remain, with Hoops and Willow (the stupid Labrador) a happy little family and are very much looking forward to a happy Christmas. Now, onto the weddings!! Take a look at this little video round up and if you want to see all my favourite photos just keep strolling!!

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What a year!

This year I have had the pleasure of shooting 20+ fun filled weddings all over the country. Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Cumbria and Dorset. I have had my fair share of luck with the weather, not too many rainy days at all which for a wedding photographer is a wonderful treat. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain but nothing quite beats a beautiful Norfolk Sunset! I’ve made some really good pals and seen some old friends head into the next part of their lives. It has as always been an absolute privilege.

2018 has thrown some incredible moments my way. Swimming (almost) naked in the sea with Becky and Tommy and the skinny dipping groomsmen. I have run into the sea with Lorna and Martin as the sun fell off the horizon on the longest of summer days. I have climbed mountains, crossed rushing rivers, been introduced to a father of the groom naked (him not me). Pissed about with a giant kite that nearly dragged me into the north sea, been the target for many bean bag games, ate fish and chips by the seaside, played in the arcades and won a round of mini golf. Eaten my weight in beef ribs, drank a fair amount of Tequila and had a LOT of fun.

Brilliant Weddings, good pals and great food

I have been lucky enough to have worked alongside some really cool wedding industry legends. Incredibly talented Makeup artists and Hairstylists make my early mornings bridal prep a dream. Always up for a laugh and always on top of their game. Caterers hold a special place in my heart. As an ex-chef I always find myself checking out what’s going on in the kitchens. A part of me will always miss that buzz of service but the photography has me hooked. Watching such awesome chefs kicking ass on the wedding scene is a treat and I have met some of the best this year! Check out my supplier page, some of the best in Norfolk on there for sure!!

I have worked with some cool as Photographers and Videographers this year too. Second Shooting for Louise Manning is always ace. An extremely talented woman and funny as fudge too! Running around a bride, groom and a landrover with two smoke bombs in my hand is a fond memory! Drinking some of the most expensive champagne (this northern monkey with ever get his hands on) in a random field with one half of Thompson and Granger films and Ash and Lexi was a definite treat. Also, James Powell running around looking like Dora the Explorer on the hottest day of the year is up there as one of the oddest things I have seen. Tom Brown was there doing his thing and the three of us had a good laugh! To be fair that entire day was ace! Working with other creative people is always a blast.

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Amazing florists, super cool venues, a couple of magicians, some pretty sweet rides and some of the best bands and DJ’s I’ve seen have made 2018 hard to beat. The best way to end a wedding is with a band or DJ getting everyone on the dancefloor for mad antics! Aunt June kicking out some shapes with Uncle Derek doing the worm and everyone going crackers when the bride and groom end up on the bar dancing and drinking out of a Jeroboam of champers! I do love a good party!

Looking to 2019

I think that’s what sums up this year’s weddings. They have, for the most part, had a hell of a party atmosphere. Focused more on happiness and love and allowing the day to flow. This makes my job something I am really, really thankful for. I have the chance to see the very best of people and it’s great! So, to sum it up. I’ve had another incredible year with the best people and as I look toward 2019 I feel the excitement bubble up at the prospect of 25+ weddings with all manner of wonderful humans!

Brides and Grooms, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME! Honestly, you’re all ace and you’ve given me such a lot to be thankful for. You legends! Listen, I’ve rambled on enough. Whatever you end up doing this Christmas and into next year, do it with all of your heart. I mean really go out and kick some ass! Have fun, love each other and stay in touch! Tell me all about your favourite moment of 2018 in the comments below!

If you received something shiny this festive season then CONGRATULATIONS!! If you’re are struggling to know where to start then check out this awesome article from Junebug! 

Then give us a shout for some awesome photography! x

 

Love Josh x

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Godwick Great Barn

Lorna and Martin - Stunning Godwick Wedding

Lorna and Martin - Stunning Godwick Wedding

Can you believe it? Another awesome blog to show you. Now the weddings have stopped for winter I am typing away and getting stuff done! You all remember that incredible shoot I had with Lorna and Martin at Brancaster right? If not, you don’t know what you missed, get a look-see HERE!

Now you’ve caught up let’s begin. Lorna and Martin and a proper couple of cool dudes! Snowboards, Kites, bikes, Arty stuff and all-round awesome humans. They were getting married at Godwick Great Barn (one of my fave venues for sure) and I couldn’t wait to get going. First I nipped over to see the boys and spend some time with them while they got ready. We all then headed to Godwick via a mill. This place was special to them both and so it made sense to grab some shots there before getting to the barn.

Godwick Great Barn

I arrived and as Martin and the lads sorted some last bits and bobs out I went to meet Lorna. She was getting ready in the main house and wow that place is something else! A gorgeous property with heaps of rooms and a pool too. You know for them hot summer wedding days! Lorna had her make up done by the awesome Kirstie Barton and her hair was sorted by her pal Laura Hughes who is a hell of a hair stylist! With everyone sorted I headed to gather the girls at the bottom of the stairs so they could all get to see their pal looking 100 on her wedding day!

Lorna’s dad waited patiently in the front room for his daughter to come and say ‘hey’ before heading to get married. Ahhhh, I love a wedding ya know! We set off in proper Norfolk Country style. The wedding party and I hopped into a tractor-trailer, driven my Lorna’s brother. While Lorna hitched a lift on the back of her dad’s stunner of a motorcycle. What an Entrance!

Beautiful Godwick Wedding

The weather was perfect for the outdoor ceremony and Lorna and Martin and fam had done an ace job making Godwick look incredible. I waited in the gardens, next to a gorgeous geometric floral stand with Martin and his best man. The sun shone, Lorna and her dad walked the aisle and after a warm and joyful ceremony, Lorna and Martin were married. Confetti was thrown, cool beers were sunk and everyone enjoyed a stunner of a day.

Everyone went inside when it was time for some food. There were some ace speeches and then it was Tractor time once again. We all jumped onto the back of the tractor and went speeding off up into the sunset filled fields. Champers in hand, Lorna and Martin enjoyed some chilled time together. We took some pictures, we drank some bubbles and enjoyed a stunning sunset before heading back to the barn to party!

Dancing, Dancing and more Dancing!

I love a good party and this one did not disappoint! The band kicked in, and Lorna’s brother set the pace. If you know farmers then you’ll know what I mean. This guy had the moves for sure! Everybody followed suit and so with props, booze and happiness this night was FIRE!

Thanks for having me you gorgeous things!! Xx

 

Super suppliers

Dress – Brides by Solo

Food – Carway-Roe

Flowers – Arranged my Bride Blooms from Bramble Flowers

Band – Version One

Video – Apetr

Make-up – Kirstie Barton

Hair – Laura Hughes and Lucy Furguson