Whittington Castle Wedding Shropshire

Well here we go, I was asked to photograph the small intimate wedding of Donna and Garry at Whittington Castle set in a small rural village in the north west of Shropshire.

I arrived at Donna's home just after midday to grab a few shots of her leaving in her super chariot for the day (an amazing blue Ford Capri).  As Donna was finishing off getting ready, I was able to get a picture of her Bouquet, rings etc. Donna's Grandfather and Father while waiting were both discussing the fact that neither of them knew how to tie their ties. Donna was ready and came downstairs looking beautiful in her cream dress and we got a lovely picture of her in the window before heading to the castle which is 15 minutes away.

We arrived at the castle before Donna and got some shots of her with dad before entering the castle. The ceremony was held in the small but perfectly formed Lady Eleanor Function Room in the south tower.

After a few pictures around the castle grounds it was time to move on to the reception which was held at The Dining Rooms (formally known as The Walls) in the centre of Oswestry which is a lovely intimate old school venue. After the wedding breakfast we then headed outside into the dark to grab a couple of pictures with just the bride and groom in the park before saying goodbye.

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Hi and welcome to my first blog. I've been told that I need to write 300 word as this is what Google likes!!

So I thought I give you a little run through of my day at this years Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham http://www.photographyshow.com/

I decided to go with a good friend of mine Mike Griffiths, who by the way is a great portrait photographer. Mike picked me up on Sunday morning at 7.40am (show starts at 10am) the journey is 1.5hrs from the studio my Studio in Oswestry and we arrive early as we're both keen to make the most of the day. When we entered the building after showing our trade passes we were ushered into a large holding room where to my surprise was already half full. Above the entrance to the main hall was a large screen with a live stream from this years presenters at the show to keep us all occupied while we wait. Eventually we get the big countdown to the grand opening 10..9..8....  we're off, there's a surge as people are eager to get there hands on this years must haves and those elusive bits of kit reserved for those with money trees in there gardens.

Well we entered the main hall all starry eyed and excited. My goal for the day was to see what printing vendors had to offer and decide what products I'd like to use in the studio. I wasn't to be disappointed as there where lots of vendors offering an overwhelming amount of prints with more finishes than one can imagine. I was drawn to the stand of Loxley Colour https://www.loxleycolour.com/ who's staff were very accommodating talking me through everything I asked them. There were some stalls with "fine art prints" well to be honest to me they looked a bit grainy and out of focus, perhaps I'm just not educated enough to appreciate it just yet!!!

Time for a demo on the Bowens stand with Jake Hicks http://bowensdirect.com/teambowens/jake-hicks/ Jakes demo was very easy to follow and some techniques I'll be trying in the studio, not sure if I'll produce the same results as his model was incredible. We managed to get a free cup of coffee in the Bowens lounge and had the opportunity for free alcoholic drinks between 5-6pm but Mike was driving and I'm not a big fan of drinking alone.

So after walking round the show I finally find a newborn  trader and I start looking for bits and bobs to feed my prop habit, this particular trader had a few nice things but were charging double the price of online retailers, so I moved on. 5 minutes later another newborn stall caught my eye, this was Baby Prop Shop who I've used before http://babypropshop.co.uk/ now they had some great show deals on. I managed to purchase a lovely lavender burp cloth as I had a newborn shoot the next day and mum had chosen the lavender blanket and purple tutu, so this would be a perfect little addition to my set.

Well I hope that's about 300 words, thanks for reading if you've managed to stick with me this far and I promise I will only get better.