In October 2016, I had the privilege of photographing one of the first weddings to take place at the stunning new Donington Hall wedding venue. The day began at the Priest House, which is Donington Hall’s sister venue. With it’s beautiful river side location, the Priest House is the perfect place for couples to enjoy a relaxing stay before and after the wedding. It was also an ideal location for my wonderful couple to start their day! With just a very short drive along the tree-lined lane in this quiet corner of Leicestershire, we arrived at the stunning 18th century Hall. As I entered through the grand doorway, I paused to read the historic scriptures above, which detail the history of this grand building. The calm ambiance inside resonated throughout the grand rooms, with high ceilings and many original features. Our bride made her arrival and was able to make her way to the chapel along the south-facing frontage of the house, giving me some epic shots! Inside the chapel, the sun was streaming in through the colourful stained-glass windows. The guests took their seats as the groom waited patiently (nervously!) for his beautiful bride’s grand entrance. The light streaming into the stunning chapel made for superb photographs and also gave the civil ceremony a church-like feel. Following the ceremony, our happy couple exited the chapel into the glorious sunshine that bathed the front of the house. Whilst guests mingled in the bar area, we made use of the stunning scenery as a backdrop for family photos. We also made good use of the time before food was served to create many dramatic, epic shots and fully utilised the fabulous surroundings!
Situated in 26 acres of beautiful, scenic grounds is the stunning new Donington Hall wedding venue
Ever wondered what Derby wedding suppliers get up to in the winter?
The winter months tend to be fairly quiet for us Derby wedding suppliers, but a perfect time to work on our skills ready for the coming season. Early in March, I teamed up with the wonderful Sarah from SJG Professional Make-up artistry, who I have worked with on numerous occasions and who’s wedding I had the pleasure of covering last season. We found ourselves a couple of willing models and armed with make-up and cameras, headed off to the stunning Elvaston Castle for a cold and windy shoot in their fabulous grounds. Despite the chill in the air it was a great opportunity for Sarah to test out the latest looks, and for me to trial some new lighting gear in a fun and relaxed environment…
A massive thanks to our models Faye & Andre, my assistant Max who made the journey down from Rotherham…and of course to Sarah, who’s organisational skills made it all possible!
What is your best wedding photography from 2015?
Ask me this question and I completely clam up. Possibly the most difficult question for me to answer. I simply do not know. I don’t have a favourite! What I will say is that 2015 was definitely one to remember! Packed with so much emotion, fun and laughter. Thanks to all the wonderful people I had the pleasure of working with! There are many reasons for choosing each of the images below to showcase my season. My reason for choosing some may be obvious, and some maybe not so. Ask me to do the same tomorrow, and I would probably choose a completely different set but please enjoy what is, for now – my best wedding photography 2015.
best wedding photography 2015 | Paul Eyre Images
Back in August 2015 I had the pleasure of covering Tom & Amanda’s amazing Swinfen Hall Wedding. The weather was a typically warm, bright, but over-cast day which made for some lovely images. The ceremony took place at the Parish Church of St Mary in the sleepy Derbyshire village of Marston On Dove. What made this wedding extra special was that Amanda’s Aunty Julie had travelled a great distance to conduct the ceremony, adding a wonderful atmosphere to the intimate gathering of family and friends. From there we travelled over to Staffordshire, to the exquisite venue that is Swinfen Hall. This breath-taking Georgian Manor House is set in 100 acres of parkland, and provided us with the perfect backdrop for a such an elegant reception. The Enigma String Quartet greeted us upon arrival that created a relaxed atmosphere, reminiscent of the house in days gone by. Drinks were taken in the beautifully presented gardens whilst Tom, Amanda and I were able to slip away and create some fantastic images in gardens that left me spoilt for choice! Here are some of those images, along with a few kind words!
A look back at Tom & Amanda’s elegant Swinfen Hall Wedding…
‘Paul was beyond amazing for our wedding. He was there, but we didn’t know he was! My Aunty was our vicar and she said he was the best photographer she had experienced in a church setting. He was super friendly and the images speak for themselves!’Credit to Jarah Hair for the fantastic hair & make up for the girls, and special thanks to Amanda for nominating me for the Wedding Industry Awards 2015!
The West Mill Wedding Venue in Derby was an awesome setting for the delightful Simon & Amy’s unique wedding.
The early 1800’s former mill is spread over four floors. Packed full of original features, it created an ambience that really did have the wow factor and provided us with a perfect backdrop for a wedding that was equally unique. Natural light spilled in from all sides creating dramatic, rich shadows. In contrast with the venue’s contemporary lighting, this made for a simply delightful set of images that were a pleasure to produce. Amy’s preparation was carried out in The Dressing Room with it’s vintage charm and character, while Simon relaxed (if that is the right word!) with family and friends in The Gallery. The ceremony itself took place on the top floor in The Cotton Quarter, with it’s stunning views across the river. By the time drinks were being taken in the Gallery, the rain had started to pour and dictated that the photographs would be taken indoors… which really was a good thing (Albeit after some minor furniture re-arrangements!). With four floors at our disposal, we slipped away for some exclusive portraits using the character, lighting and textures to our advantage (this is where the advantages of an engagement shoot definitely kicked in!) When the daylight finally left us, the warmth of the house lights really came into their own, and using a subtle mix of off-camera flash and available light I was really able capture the ambience and character of the stunning West Mill Wedding Venue in all it’s new-found glory! Enjoy this small selection of images from this wonderful couple’s big day!
West Mill Wedding by Paul Eyre Images
Pre-wedding shoots, Engagement shoots, E-shoots, call them what you will…let me take away some of the mystery behind the concept!Engagement shoots are certainly not a new thing, just something that has gained popularity in recent years. Sarah and myself had one of these shoots some years ago…OK, 17 years ago to be exact! (wouldn’t want to be accused of being ‘vague’ there!) Back then, it was a very formal affair in a studio setting, with rustic furnishings, a mottled shadowy backdrop…and more cheesy poses than I care to remember! …But I DO remember, and this is why I ensure I take a very different approach.
So what is the benefit of an Eshoot? I get asked this quite regularly, so let me explain…For many people, their wedding day is potentially the first time they have been professionally photographed, and this may be a daunting task for many. It is understandable that some may feel intimidated by this, especially being photographed by a complete stranger. I do not want my couples seeing me as a stranger, but as a trusted friend who knows how they bond as a couple. An ideal Eshoot for me is when the couple can relax and realise that it’s certainly not all about saying ‘cheese’ for camera! My style of wedding photography is to document your wedding as a story, and an Eshoot gives a perfect starting point to your story, not just your wedding day. Using the great outdoors as a backdrop, most couples will choose a venue that is special or meaningful to them. This may be where they first met, where they have strolled hand in hand and shared memories together…or even as simple as where they walk the dog in the evening! It may also include shared interests that they have, and when these images are placed alongside those from their wedding day, only then is their story complete – or should I say ‘started from the beginning’ As with wedding photography, it may be a long time from the initial meeting with your wedding photographer to the wedding day itself, so this is a perfect opportunity to touch base, discuss plans for the big day and generally have fun…which is what it always ends up being!
Almost every couple who have had an Eshoot with me said that they are so glad they did, and find it a much more of a fun & enjoyable experience than they first anticipated!Hopefully this has given a better insight into my Engagement shoots, and took away some of the pre-conceptions that surround them… Paul Eyre – Wedding Photographer Nottingham
Choosing a wedding photographer can be a daunting task for anyone, and I hear so many disappointment stories that I would like to help make your decision the right one…‘When the dress is packed away, the champagne bottle is empty and the guests have gone home – what is left of possibly the most significant day of your life?’ The first step in the process is normally to scour Google for a photographer in your area. Check out the portfolio page! A good photographer will have a certain style that is evident in most, if not all of the images. Take note of how many different weddings are displayed to give an indication of experience. Take a look to see if they are part of a professional body or wedding supplier’s network. Read reviews from their past clients. Insurance is a must-have for any true professional – this covers not only mis-haps or accidents involving the photographer on the day, but also covers you for poor workmanship – however, this is no substitute for adequate wedding insurance provided by the couple.
When the dress is packed away, the champagne bottle is empty and the guests have gone home – what is left of the most important day of your life?When it comes to budget, the photographer can often appear near the bottom of the list – way below the chocolate fountains, the entertainment, the balloons, the fireworks, the Arrabian belly-dancers and so on. The photographs are yours for a lifetime. An investment that will gain value over the years to come – prioritise and invest wisely. So…from what you have seen, all the boxes are ticked and you are keen to know more – time to arrange a meeting! An initial consultation with the photographer will give you chance to find out what they are like as a person – after all, they will be by your side every step of the way! Ask to see some printed material such as albums and large prints. Check that all their equipment is of a professional standard and that EVERYTHING is backed up in the event of technology letting us down. Also, ask to see examples of images taken under difficult lighting conditions to ensure they are able to light any situation properly. Of course you will have your own list of questions, and as the helpful bunch of people us wedding photographers are, we will always be happy to answer them!
Taking stock of the season so far by Nottingham Wedding Photographer, Paul Eyre…
As we go into a summer break where I will be heading off to sunny France for a well-earned rest, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you the season so far. January seems such a long time ago, starting off on a cold, windy day with the lovely Tom & Hayley at Donington Park Farmhouse.May brought the wedding of a good friend, Sarah – a local make-up artist who I have had the pleasure of working with on numerous occasions finally got her opportunity to be in the limelight and enjoy the star treatment that her clients get! …and here we are in the summer months, and enjoying every moment of these superb couple’s big days! To see more from your Nottingham wedding photographer, find us on Facebook! Paul Eyre Images – Nottingham Wedding Photographer
The 1920’s house and walled garden were the ideal setting for Laura & Lee’s Clumber Park Wedding. Upon arrival at the modest and beautifully placed National Trust property, I was immediately taken back in time to the post-war era of rural England. From the rich array of plants and flowers growing in the immaculately maintained garden to the indoors, where tea was being served in china cups, and the sound of old gramophone records drifted down the beautiful wooden staircase. I met with Lee and his family relaxing downstairs before heading up to see Laura putting the finishing touches to her stunning 50’s look in her custom made dress by Oh My Honey of Brighton. From such an emotional ceremony to the relaxed ambience of afternoon tea, this wonderful couple’s relaxed wedding day was full of so much joy and laughter. Reminiscent of days gone by, and an insight into their future lives together.
A glorious English summer’s day – the ideal setting for Laura & Lee’s 1950’s themed Clumber Park wedding