I have recently decided that most wedding photography blogs are actually quite monotonous.  (Certainly my earlier ones are!)

” So and so got married at wherever – the sun shone – the speeches were funny – blah blah blah.” Yawn !

So Ive been asking my couples to tell me a bit about their back story – the bit before the wedding – and hoping the blogs  have a little bit more interest for you.

Josie and Andy recently got married at The Manners Arms Knipton.  I was so desperate to hear their back story.  They are the most down to earth, warm hearted couple you could ever hope to meet.  Josie isn’t a “girly girl” – she is much more comfortable in a pair of jeans with her head either inside a clapped out Landrover, or riding her beloved horses.  But of course on her wedding day she wasn’t allowed to get away with that (although we found a way round that with a Rock the Frock shoot- read on !)

When I asked for the details for their back story Josie and Andy surprised me again by actually writing the blog for me.  So rather than pull out bits I have given you the whole story – in their own words.  Enjoy!

Josie & Andy’s Story – as told by them!

“We met off the internet back in 2009 – my friends all encouraged me to try online dating as I had been quite unlucky in love…. so I put together a profile, and I also added a ‘shopping list’ as to what I wanted in a man.
He had to be Tall, Outdoorsy, good with his hands, likes animals, and didn’t mind a big bum!

My profile outlined me as, keen horse rider, can be often found under the bonnet of a landrover, at the time a young farmer too, so enjoyed a pint…. Then… occupation Engineer – enjoyed my job in the cement industry. Not a girly girl but easy to please with 10mm sockets or beer!

So, after about a month, up pops Andy’s profile: 6ft 8 ( I thought WOW) enjoyed rebuilding his landrovers, enjoys the outdoors …… Prefers a lady with curves  (likes a fat arse!)  I thought YES!!! Winner !! This could be the man for me !  So I dropped a few messages and after a few weeks we met up. He opened the door and before me stood this man mountain …… I thought to myself bloody hell Jos’ Jack pot! Do not cock this up – be cool…. and then …. he spoke……

I was expecting a really deep gravelly manly voice – he looked handsome he was such a man mountain…… what actually happened was, Andy squeaked a hello at me and I died laughing because I wasn’t expecting him to have such a high pitched voice – I immediately tried to curb my inner chimp but it was too late, and I think he appreciated my brutal honesty!

And thus our relationship began or so I thought!

We started to date and a few weeks before the big agricultural show ‘The Royal Welsh’ Andy dumped me saying I was a bunny boiler ….A BUNNY BOILER! How rude!

I thought to myself, w hat did I say to make him think that, so I scrolled through all of my drunk text’s to ensure I hadn’t dropped the ‘Love’Bomb… which I hadn’t, I had merely said, I miss you…. #Bam! Bunny Boiler material right there …………anyway, I had promised him and his family tickets to the Royal W elsh so I honoured that promise and gave him the tickets despite him dumping me for being a nut job!

In true young farmer tradition we attended the show and at the Royal Welsh I was on the 100 pint beer challenge and was doing rather well with my other competitors!

Andy arrived at the show and had the bloody nerve to disrupted my beer attempt on day 4 and made me meet his mum in the morning – bearing in mind It was Thursday – I was well oiled and had just brushed my teeth with a tin of cider. But I can assure you, I made a great impression ( I think) and his mum was lovely! During that day he then decided he did want me after all and we began our relationship – properly…. And we had a very happy year dating in Wales.

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When Andy decided I wasnt a bunny boiler

After about a year when I was offered an amazing opportunity to work as a Safety & Environmental Manager in Nottingham, so we moved to the Vale Of Belvoir to start chapter 2!

You’d usually find us both hunkered under a Range Rover in the garden and quite often accompanied by the horses tied to the side of the house at the weekends when they’d come and visit the house for a pamper session. We always enjoy each others company – him bossing me about trying to find a tool in his shed which was right next to his foot. Me, directing him when it comes to stacking hay in the summer – it’s a fine art and it has to be Juuuuust right !!

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Josie under the rangey changing the exhaust pipe

 

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The horses on our  drive

We’d been together for quite a few years and in 2015 we made the decision to book a holiday as we haven’t been away on holiday together before. So we booked a little villa in Gozo just off the Island of Malta in the October.

It was beautiful, the sun was shining and we were adopted by the local ‘little old ladies’ swimming group next to where they harvest sea salt – it was very charming and we felt like we made another new family! Seeing as neither of us had seen the Mediterranean before and me being the daughter of captain Pugwash [many years of canal boating under my belt] we decided to  hire a small private boat so we could explore the island on our own.
As we got around to a secluded part of the island I was all ready to put my flippers on and dive in for a snorkel session when Andy looked all sweaty and nervous?! I thought, oh bugger he’s not sea sick is he! I really didn’t want to clean that mess up or swim near it!  YUK!To my utter shock and surprise he took my hand and steady as a rock he got down on one knee and proposed.

Well, Bugger me! One and Only time I’ve been speechless, it was perfect, crystal blue water, beautiful fish swimming past, gorgeous sunshine, and my man making my dreams come true. That moment in time, will forever be the most perfect moment, a split second.

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The day we got engaged

When you get to know myself and Andy you will appreciate that we have to remember these split seconds purely because they don’t last long before it all goes Pe-tong!

So, I got my beautiful engagement ring.  I then dived into the water for a paddle and then I decide to climb back into the boat so Andy could have a paddle….. As it turns out the ladder wasn’t very long and I couldn’t get back into the boat.  So as graceful as a dancing Hippo, Andy grabs my backside and flips me into the boat where, I somehow manage to cut my knee open and proceed to bleed over everything LOL

Yes – this was a perfect moment shortly followed by normal Morrissy/Shereston service!

So by now I hope from what you have read, you get the impression we’re not your A typical couple, or maybe we are but just a bit more honest about it? – we don’t take things too seriously and we certainly don’t like being in the limelight.

So our wedding…..crap yes, we forgot about that bit! Andy, in his mind had planned for a 10-20 maybe even a 30 year engagement!  Me – I had 1 year in mind and a compromise of 3 – so we went with 3!!

Andy and I both hate being in photos, he looks awkward being 6ft 8 and I am a chunkie monkey and have never worn a dress in my life! Well getting married seemed like the right thing to do, !!! What were we thinking?

So, we started looking for photographers, EVERYONE wanted to sell us an engagement shoot as part of the package.
Yeah but we don’t want that really?
Its standard, we could take you both to a park, and you could hold hands under a big tree and kiss and they look lovely…
What?! We’ve never gone walking like that its very false, and anyway who’s looking at those photos? Could you maybe if we had to, take photos of us in our natural environment messing with Landrovers and the horses?
Oh Yes, we can take photos of you galloping down the beach hand in hand blah blah….
Forget it – this isn’t for us, we’re usually on our drive in bright orange overalls on with a few nags tied up somewhere drinking copious amounts of tea!

So we got quite frustrated, until we met the wonderful Sharon at Symply Photography who I might add does offer this service, however she offers so much more, i.e. if you don’t want it, you don’t have to have it!
It was a revelation for us and we immediately knew Sharon was going to understand our ridiculous needs and expectations.

So job 1, Done….

Next the dress…..

IM NOT WEARING A DRESS, IM WEARING A TROUSER SUIT!!!!
Is my standard stock answer to everyone – Never worn a dress in my life.
So I found a lovely shop that specialises for people like me, and I walked in to this shop and I am faced with dresses…. Everywhere……
….Hello, what’s your name, (me) …. I’m…. errr Jo
What’s your fiance’s name? (me)….. I can’t remember

I literally froze and panicked could remember the date of the wedding my name, Andy’s name .I was utterly useless ! Within about 15 mins of ice breaking I was in the dresses and feeling like a million dollars and I did find my perfect dress and it was very elegant.

The Venue – this was easy – we needed a nice venue that was not show-boaty, we wanted an intimate setting that felt classy and relaxed and had headroom and no low beams for Andy’s head! So we picked the Manners Arms Knipton – it is a beautiful venue  and the team who work there are first class!

We enjoyed the fun bits in between – Andy designed the cake with the Lovely Sue in Grantham, and I found the amazing Susan in Harby who did our flowers.

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Now, I love tea – anyone who knows me will tell you a few things,
1) Im easy going and laid back
2) I love my Horses and Cats more than people
3) I drink Tea like I breath air!

So Andy suggested a tea theme for the wedding – See…. This is why I love him!  So I quickly got some plans in place and I emailed Yorkshire Tea – and sure enough they provided me a bulk load of tea bags and I had another company make some bespoke messages for the packaging !

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Bespoke Yorkshire tea bags!

So Fast Forward July 2018!

So the wedding day… due to being practical I reluctantly left my horses out of the big day and I’m glad I did…it would have been a logistical nightmare …. The day was amazing as you can all imagine….The Manners Arms Knipton looked beautiful in the sunshine,  birds were tweeting….and on the hottest day of the year, we were in a conservatory with no aircon sweating our…. You get the idea …..well, on the next drama because there is never just one!

Andy and I were so nervous and it was so hot – we couldn’t concentrate on our lines, despite the registrar reading slowly none of us could get our lines right – Andy fluffed his lines first though so that was brilliant – which was beautifully captured by Sharon frame by frame as we lost the plot – I then joined in and uttered the phrase soddomly and holy – so we did have to start over a few times- but Andy and I won as we did finally break the registrar and she gave in and married us… Thank goodness as I was feeling faint as so was our best man – he looked like he was going to keel over! The-Manners-Arms-Knipton-wedding-photography

 

Hurray…. So we had a great party,  speeches were amazing and the day was awesome…..

So a few weeks later we had arranged our rock the frock shoot… shamefully this was the photo shoot I was looking forward to the most. Having all three of my special boys and my toys around me!
We had an idea to have our photos doing what we do best…causing chaos with our range rovers and horses…. I’m sure Sharon though horses + bride = galloping down the field….. the reality was somewhat different!!
We were on our little estate tucked away in a village in the least likely scenario you expect to find horses!

Knowing we wanted some fun shots – and now knowing a thing or two about how to frame a picture – Andy did some minor tree surgery on the day and we cut a few branches off a tree to disguise the dog poo bin that would of been right in the centre of all the photos!!!!

So we had a scene set up – horses all clean and beautiful as were our gorgeous Range Rovers! The-Manners-Arms-Knipton-wedding-photography

So we start our shoot – now one of my horses is a natural poser and LOVES the camera – which happens to be Andy’s horse – My old horse has a snaggle tooth and love nothing more than snarling at the camera. But he did put on a good show and he tried his hardest to play ball and we got some beautiful shots of us all! These wont interest any of our family members but these mean everything to us! The-Manners-Arms-Knipton-wedding-photography

So that brings us now to the present day – we’ve been married a new months now – our albums are beautiful the dress is still covered in horse snot grass stains and pimms – Andy is now happily growing his face fuzz again and all the animals are fit and well! The-Manners-Arms-Knipton-wedding-photography

Our next life adventure will most likely involve a 10mm socket a welder a cuppa tea and lots of laughs kisses and cuddles and maybe a trip to A&E knowing us!!

Hope you have enjoyed our story, there is far more we could go into but those stories are better told in a pub around a nice log fire -here are a few of our favourite photos from our wedding day”

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I’d first met Rachel & Liam a few years ago at Rachel sisters’ wedding.  It is always lovely when a couple have seen me in action and then go on to book me for their own wedding!

Rachel and Liam themselves met as children when they were both living in South Kyme.  Rachel used to play football with his sisters down the fen! Eventually both Liam and Rachel went to Boston College and struck up a friendship on the bus. Rachel took the initiative by inviting Liam to a party and telling him she liked him!  On 20th April 2009 they started going out with each other.

Five years later – September 2014 Liam finally proposed to Rachel – they were in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales complete with valleys and steam railways.  A very romantic location for a proposal!

The wedding planning started in earnest two and half years later.  South Kyme church was chosen simply because it is the family church.    Both Rachel and her sister got christened there, and it is where Sam had held her own wedding a few years earlier.  It is wild and remote and very very beautiful with a long winding path – perfect for those romantic hand in hand photos walking away from the church.  It was lovely to see so many of the villagers come out and stand by the gate to get a glimpse of the bride and her ever so slightly self conscious dad!

Rachel chose her dress from the Ivory Room in Woodhall Spa.  The very first shop she looked at. The dress was hanging in the entrance and immediately caught her eye.  However, as is  the prerogative of the bride she tried on eight different dresses before finally deciding on The One!

The wedding reception was held at The Bentley Hotel in North Hykeham in Lincoln.  A beautiful vintage car sedately transported the new Mr and Mrs Trafford to The Bentley Hotel where all the guests were waiting to celebrate fully.

Here are a few of the many photos I took. Thank you to the new Mr and Mrs Trafford for inviting me to be part of their day , and for allowing me to share their story.  Enjoy x

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Bentley Hotel Wedding Photographer

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What will your story say?  If you are planning a wedding and want to chat about your photography contact me here 

 

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I feel I have got to know Caroline and Andrew quite well over the last few years.  I first met them in 2013 at Caroline’s daughter’s wedding.  Caroline walked Rhianna down the aisle with the biggest smile on her face.  She was a very proud mum. Bride walking down aise with mum - Lincoln wedding Photography  Fast forward to 2017 and this time it was Andrew’s daughter Ann Marie who was getting married.  He also walked his daughter down the aisle also with the biggest smile on his face.

dad walking daughter down the aisle - lincolnshire wedding photographyCaroline and Andrew had both lost their previous partners to cancer within a short time of each other.  Caroline was the family hairdresser, and was also a customer at Andrews garage.   After some time Andrew plucked up the courage to ask Caroline out for a drink and so their  relationship began, and they both proudly watched their respective daughters marry.

Almost 14 years later  whilst in Jamaica  relaxing by the pool with cocktail in hand Andrew spontaneously  went down on one knee and asked Caroline  to marry him!   She accepted , with conditions, the main one being that the marriage was to take place as soon as possible. Another condition (honestly!!) was that I had to be the photographer as I  had photographed both their  daughter’s weddings and they  knew and loved my work. They have subsequently told me they view me as a family friend. Caroline said if I hadn’t been available on their chosen date they would have changed the date.  How cool is that!!  Also – I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to get THAT photo!  The one of Caroline and Andrew, and Rhianna and Ann Marie all together so I could say ” Ive  photographed all their weddings!”

The wedding was subsequently arranged very quickly for Augusy 2018  and the chosen venue was the Finch Hatton Arms in Ewerby. The Finch Hatton Arms was  previously used as a hunting lodge by Denys Finch Hatton. His love affair with Baroness Karen Blixen was portrayed by Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in the 1985 Oscar winning film ‘Out of Africa’.

The wedding day was held on a beautiful sunny day in August.  It was to be a small intimate wedding and it was very clear that Andrew was incredibly nervous.  His “best woman” was – naturally – his daughter who straightened his tie and pinned his buttonhole and kept him calm.  Caroline’s daughter was returning the favour.  This time she was walking her mum down the aisle.  The rest of the day passed in a whirl of emotions – happy tears and lots of laughter.  The joy on this couples face as they finally exchanged rings was wonderful to watch. Here are a few of the many photos I took – including of course THAT photo. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Quincy for allowing me to be part of their day (again), and for allowing me to share this wonderful story.  Enjoy x

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

 

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

 

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

 

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

Finch Hatton Arms wedding photographer capturing the exchange of rings

 

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Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

 

 

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in Ewerby

Lincoln wedding photographer at the Fincha Hatton Arms in EwerbyWhat will your story say?  If you are planning a wedding and want to chat about your photography contact me here 

 

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If you choose Doddington Hall to be your wedding venue then you have a LOT of options for your wedding photography!  As a Lincoln Wedding Photographer I always enjoy being invited to take photos here. Georgina & Scott held their wedding at Doddington Hall on what was forecasted to be a gorgeous sunny day in June.  Well, the great British weather had other ideas.  So it decided to throw everything at us!  The day started cold and breezy.  As the ceremony got closer the sun came out and it was beautiful.  Everyone mingled happily in the sunshine – some even commenting on how gorgeous the weather was.

As always I started taking the group photos first.  We were using the grand  entrance of Doddington Hall – and then – out of no where – came the torrential rain! No one had spotted the storm clouds brewing on the horizon. Thankfully I only had a few group photos left to take.  Oh- and the photos of the couple who had hoped to take advantage of the spectacular gardens that Doddington Hall is known for.

The remaining group photos were hastily rearranged to take place inside the magnificent reception hall.  We were even given permission to take Georgina and Scott  into the Red Sitting Room which is very rare.  I’m so thrilled to be honest.  It’s a gorgeous room for very regal looking wedding photographs.  Lots of my fellow photographers didn’t even know that was an option!

Eventually the rain stopped, the sun came out again and we even had a few minutes before the reception started to take some photos in the gardens.  All in all it meant that this couple were able to get a varied set of photos for their album!  As far as weddings at Doddington Hall go I’m sure you will agree this couple have got something quite special – here are a few images from their day – I hope you like them!

If you are looking for a photographer for your Doddington Hall wedding – do please call to and have a chat.  You can contact me on 01529 241633 or contact me by email here 

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I’m always very excited when I’m asked to do a wedding with two grooms, or two brides.  The weddings are usually incredibly emotional as there is always a back story involving the difficulties the couple have had.  So when we get to the wedding day itself – its joyous , its fun and it’s a privilege to be part of it.

Ian and Dayle were a delight to work with.  Ian was your proverbial kid in a candy store – he was SO excited about his wedding day.  Partner Dayle was much more relaxed and unassuming – but you could still tell how much the day meant to him.

We started the groom prep photos – well for Ian anyway.  He wanted every moment capturing.  From the giggling bridesmaids sipping champagne to nervously adjusting his tie we caught everything on camera.   The viewpoint from the bedroom window meant we could spy on Dayle pacing around the courtyard below!

The wedding ceremony itself was held in the beautiful orangery at Charlotte House.  A simple, meaningful service – with a few tears along the way.  Group photos were taken outside the hotel with the smaller more intimate photos taken in the “secret garden” at the back.  It was lovely to spring that on to the grooms as they had no idea it was there.

Sadly the golf buggy Charlotte House is known for had broken down so we had to take quick walk through the Castle grounds.  From there we took some photos around Steep Hill where the boys had spent much of their time when they lived in Lincoln.

After the formal photos it was time to just capture the guests enjoying themselves, enjoying the banter and good humour that always accompanies a wedding.  There’s a selection of the photos from the wedding below.  Hopefully you will see why I said “when two grooms are better than one!”

 

 

If you are getting married at Charlotte House Hotel – do give me a call. I’d love to have a chat about your day, and have some beautiful (and different!) albums to show you featuring Charlotte House!

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