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’
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!
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!
A glorious English summer’s day – the ideal setting for Laura & Lee’s 1950’s themed Clumber Park wedding
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.
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