A closer look at Sam & Josh’s fabulous Kelham Hall wedding…
Back in December 2019, I had the pleasure of shooting Sam & Josh’s elegant wedding at the delightful Kelham Hall near Newark, Nottinghamshire.
As Kelham Hall was a first for me, I took the opportunity to visit the venue with Sam & Josh in autumn. We had a good hour looking around the venue, checking out the best photo spots. It also gave us chance to go over final details, so we all knew how the day would hopefully pan out.
When we arrived on the day, we were greeted with glorious sunshine so everyone was upbeat! I really enjoyed the bridal prep, in a large room with high ceilings and lots of sunlight. The ceremony room gave us lots of opportunity for various angles, even from above. So after the group photos, we managed to head off into the grounds for some creative shots. With assistance from my second shooter, we made the most of it with some creative lighting. The speeches were really heart-felt, therefore providing us with those natural emotions that we crave. More emotion during the first dance and great to see everyone up on the dancefloor!
From start to finish, their day ran really smoothly and everyone had amazing day. So let me share with you the story of their day in a slideshow…
Finally, huge thanks to my fabulous couple and all those who made their wedding day a one to remember!
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2019 was yet another interesting and varied year for your Nottingham wedding photographer, Paul Eyre Images. Begining with Shani & Joe’s awesome Rock & Roll wedding back in March, then off to Hertfordshire for Nealesh & Reshma’s Hindu wedding in April and Michelle & Leigh’s Viking-themed wedding at the family farm.
There has been blistering sunshine, torrential rain, hail, fog, gailforce winds, you name it…but we survived and made memories from it!
In November, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had been nominated for The English Wedding Awards ‘Wedding Photographer Of The Year’. Imagine my delight at winning the East Midlands category, with some very formidable competiton. Therefore I would like to thank all the awesome suppliers and clients who voted for me and made this happen.
From the thousands of images captured last year, here are few that really captured the essence of an awesome wedding! Click on the image below and enjoy 2019 from behind the lens…
It has been great to meet many more talented suppliers, all with the common goal of giving our couples the very best. Finally, thanks to my fantastic second shooters for 2019…Christian, Ian and Ania – you guys rocked!
If you would like Paul Eyre images to be YOUR Nottingham wedding photographer, please get in touch! Of course, I don’t only cover Nottingham, but the whole of the East Midlands and beyond. I am more than happy to travel to your neck of the woods and enjoy new venues across the UK. As bookings are now being taken for 2021, act fast to avoid dissapointment!
Long Eaton wedding photographer Paul Eyre takes a look back over some awesome 2018 weddings in the East Midlands
Here we are at the begining of what promises to be a fantastic year of wedding photography for Long Eaton wedding photographer, Paul Eyre Images. As always, it has been a long, almost painful process of trying to compress the experience of 2018 into a relatively tiny space but here goes!
2018 was another exciting year for me and not only with weddings. With home improvements and the completion of my little camper van project, life has certainly kept me on my toes! Many of the weddings have been ‘new to me’ venues. Venues such as Staunton Harold Hall, Brooksby Hall and Prestwold Hall. It is always a great experience to work at a new venue. It really challenges my creativity which in turn opens up new ideas and concepts. The couples that I have worked with certainly have been amazing and as passionate about their wedding photography as I am. It is always a pleasure and an honour to share a wedding day with such fantastic people.
‘On our first meeting with Paul he was polite in welcoming us into his home to show his amazing portfolio of work. It didn’t take us long to decide that Paul was the photographer for us!’
‘Not being the most photogenic of people we chose to have the pre-wedding shoot so we could be more at ease on the big day. With Paul this is not a problem as straight away he makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera…’
‘Paul is a genius at getting every emotional aspect from your wedding on camera. Emotional speech reactions, laughter and sentimental family moments. Paul and his team really do go above and beyond to get the perfect photograph. We cannot speak of him highly enough’
A super-elegant, Anglo-Italian wedding at the magnificent Prestwold Hall wedding venue by Paul Eyre Images
Here we are at the start of an exciting 2019, yet only now have I had chance to look back and take stock of the previous season. Twenty-eighteen was a wonderful year for being a Nottingham wedding photographer and this was one of the many awesome weddings I had the pleasure of photographing. Enjoy a Prestwold Hall wedding through my eyes!
Sam & Joe’s fairytale wedding day began at the rather impressive Cathedral of St. Barnabas in Nottingham on a wet Saturday in early april. Arriving in style, Sam was full of laughter right from the off and not letting the conditions dampen her spirits. Following a beautiful ceremony, we headed off on a 30 minute drive into the Leicestershire contryside and to the stunning Prestwold Hall wedding venue. With it’s distinct Italian design work inside, this made a very fitting venue for these guys and their guests. The day ran faultlessly, thanks to the attentive nature of the Prestwold Hall wedding venue’s staff. I absolutely loved the traditional ‘tarantella’ dance at the end of the evening!
Anyhow, enough from me, so I’ll let the pictures tell you the story!
Thanks for taking time to check out my blog! If you are planning your big day at Prestwold Hall wedding venue, then get in touch…I would simply love to share your big day with you!
Let me tell you a little bit about Tom & Helen’s fabulous Irnham Hall wedding!
Irnham Hall Wedding
The sleepy village of Irnham is nestled deep in a picturesque corner of rural Lincolnshire. It’s focal point is the stunning Irnham Hall wedding venue, which is home to the Benton-Jones family and host to my wonderful couple’s big day.
The sense of excitement and anticipation was immediately evident as I arrived at the bridal preparation cottages, situated just a short walk from the majestic St. Andrew’s church, where Tom & Helen would exchange their vows.
After the ceremony, a short stroll through the grounds led us to Irnham Hall itself. We were greeted by a huge sense of open space, which suits my style of photography perfectly! The vast grounds made for some fantastic group photos in the walled garden. Also we managed to steal away from the crowd in order to create some epic images in idylic settings. The wedding breakfast was served in the orangery, where the natural light poured in from all angles and as a result made for simply the best reception shots!
Jamie and his team really could not do enough to make both guests and suppliers welcome, therefore enabling us to work as a team to provide this wonderful couple with their truly perfect Irnham Hall wedding!
Situated in 26 acres of beautiful, scenic grounds is the stunning new Donington Hall wedding venue
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!
Enjoy this wonderful collection of real wedding images from the stunning 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!
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.
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A look back at Tom & Amanda’s elegant Swinfen Hall Wedding…
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!
‘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!
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