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A Unique Wedding at Lord Leycester Hospital

So this was my first chance to be a Lord Leycester Hospital photographer! Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick is about historic as it gets. It’s actually not a hospital at all, but a collection of stunning medieval buildings on Warwick High Street – if you know the area you have probably driven past it many a time. These days it is used as a place of retirement for ex-soldiers but it is steeped in military history and banquets for kings and queens once took place in the Guild Hall. As such, it was the obvious choice for military man James and his beautiful bride Helen.

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Stunning Ashton Lodge Wedding

I absolutely loved shooting this beautiful  Ashton Lodge wedding in Stretton under Fosse.

The first time I met Emma, she showed me the video of her fiancé, Sam surprising her by turning up out of the blue at their home (on leave from his job in the forces) AND then getting down on one knee. There was much shrieking (Emma’s) and many tears (from both of them) – that’s a pretty decent proposal! I knew straight away that I would love working with this awesome pair. And I was right, from their mutual obsession with their cats to their fun-loving nature, these were my kind of people and it was a total pleasure to share their wedding day with them.

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Incredible Jephson Gardens Wedding

Jephson Gardens is a pretty awesome wedding venue so when Tori & Darcy told me they were getting married there I was really excited. I first met this lovely pair at their good friends’ wedding back in 2014, when Tori was a bridesmaid and it was amazing to get to know them better in the run up to their beautiful wedding in April this year…

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Wootton Park – a very special place to get married

I’ve been lucky enough to work at Wootton Park in Wootton Wawen a few times now and not only is it a fantastic venue in a stunning setting, but every time I visit I am amazed at the new additions on offer for couples getting married there. If you want to whisk your bride off for a surprise helicopter ride post-ceremony you can, if you fancy doing a dove release just after you’ve signed the register, it’s an option, have a drone film your celebration from the sky, they’re on it. A chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, lawn games, relaxed afternoon tea, three legged races, bouncy castles, awesome barbecues and mouthwatering hog roasts are all regular occurrences at what is fast becoming one of the most popular wedding venues in Warwickshire and it’s not hard to see why…

..But Wootton Park is more than just an extraordinary venue with tons on offer for the bride and groom-to-be, what really makes it stand out for me is the personal service of the family that runs it. Having been worked as a farm for generations before now, Mark & Jo and Melanie & IanRoy have really transformed it over the last few years into a truly bespoke wedding venue. Although the weddings are now numerous, they work together tirelessly (with smiles on their faces!) to make each one special and individual for every bride and groom that comes through their doors. This is not always the case with popular wedding venues I’m afraid to say, and it really makes this place stand apart. (I honestly don’t think IanRoy is ever happier than when he’s chauffeuring brides in that vintage Rolls Royce!)

So if you fancy something a little bit different and a wedding day that you can really put your own stamp on, definitely give Wootton Park a look. It’s all kinds of wonderful.

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Family shoot in Dorridge Park

At just 8 months old Erin is clearly ruling the roost in the Slater household, mainly because of those gorgeous eyes and her infectious laugh – she’s a heart-melter make no mistake!

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