I’m a sucker for styled shoots. They’re a fantastic way to flex those creative muscles (which can get a little stiff in the colder months, when there aren’t so many weddings to keep them totally buff), go to new venues, try new techniques to get a certain effect, and make awesome friends. When the opportunity came up to shoot at The Pumping House wedding venue in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, I was there with bells on.
I took this opportunity to create a fusion film – one where I’m taking video snippets while I continue to shoot photos. Modern cameras are clever little beasts, and as I’ve just switched over to a new system I thought this would be a great opportunity to road test it properly. You can watch the finished video below, and if you’re considering having me as your wedding photographer then you’re more than welcome to add one of these to your package.
This part of the world has a place in my heart. This rural location, where the letter H is a myth, where the pigs live in cute little pigloos in the nearby fields, where swathes of forest dot the landscape…it’s my home. I grew up here. Driving out there on a cold January morning filled me with excitement and nostalgia. I could’ve been headed to a real wedding, such was my sheer glee. I know it sounds unbelievable, but I rarely pop back that way now and I was keen to see what this venue was all about.
It was built in 1905, and has lots of ye olde artistic touches. If you’re looking for a venue with a lot of space, character and a bit of woodland, this is the place for you. Plus, have you seen those windows?!
The jewellery, the cake, the florals, ribbons, stationery – I could go on. Here are some of the photos I took of the details during the shoot. The full list of suppliers is at the bottom of this page.
Amy and Jay were our awesome couple for this styled wedding shoot. They’re a real couple, and not professional models at all – brilliant for shooting practice. A huge part of what I do is capturing the connection in a way that feels natural and fun for the people I’m photographing, and I think these guys totally nailed it.The shoot was organised by two superb ladies who go by the name of The Alternatives. You can also check them out on Instagram.
Bridal Model – Amy Horner
Flowers – All Bunched Up
Ribbons – Bertie & Fred
Wedding Dress – Coop Couture
Cake – Storey Book Cakes
Hairpiece – The Lucky 6 Pence
Stationery – Chloe Ainsley Creative
Venue –The Pumping House
HMUA – Kelly Warner
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Grooms suit – Grooms own
Metal name tags – Raspberry Toast
Cheese and biscuit display – Fig and Ginger