October 26, 2011

Introducing... Art Deco Weddings {Lancashire Wedding Photographer}

I have another new Lancaster & Morecambe based wedding supplier to introduce to you today. Last Sunday I was at the Midland Hotel Wedding Fayre, helping the Itsy bitsy Vintage girls to set up their oh-so-lovely vintage china hire stand. It was a great event and nice to see lots of other familiar faces too: Philip White Weddings, Tall Order Photography, Flowers by Catherine, Dotty's Vintage, Madam Chocolat, David Lancaster and a chance to meet a few new ones too like Martin Crombie and Anthony and Steph the couple behind Art Deco Weddings, a rather wonderful company offering some fab vintage style for all you wedding couples planning a vintage wedding. I'll hand over to Anthony now to let him tell you all about ...

Charleston Dancing And Art Deco Weddings

When we think of weddings there are many traditional features from the 1920’s (the cars, the dresses, the suits) and so what better way to celebrate the big occasion than with some vintage glamour and dancing from that era?

Morecambe and Preston based dance teachers Anthony Padgett and Stephanie Sturges have decided to bring back the oldest, newest dance craze – the Charleston. It’s the perfect wedding dance for both bride and groom and guests as it’s easy and fun. Whether you are 8 or 80 it can be done solo, with a partner, or in a group. The dance is associated with Flappers, Gangsters and Hollywood Glamour of the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930’s. This era is evoked in films such as “The Great Gatsby”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Bugsy Malone” and in TV programs like “Jeeves and Wooster”. People look at this era with affection and you can create a great party atmosphere where people dress in smart and stylish clothes.

The couple offer Wedding Dance tuition, Fun Party Charleston Dance lesson for guests and Hen Parties at affordable rates. Their DVD "How To Charleston" sells around the world and they have recently been filmed for Sky TV’s Got To Dance.

The Jazz Age was a great period of Art Deco design and to make the day complete they offer Chauffeur Driven car hire of 1929 Aston Martin International and 1930's Morgan replicas. And because these cars are smaller than the standard wedding cars they offer them at half the price - with twice the fun.

Stephanie has also had her wedding cakes in a number of national magazines and can create bespoke art deco and classical designs for the big day.

And if you want to continue the vintage theme through the afternoon until the reception Anthony & Stephanie can also teach your guests how to play the vintage game of Croquet.

The couple are happy to help with recommending venues, jazz bands, clothing, cocktails, invites etc. There favourite venue is the Art Deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe where they have taught Charleston and which also stocks Anthony’s novella "Murder At The Midland Hotel" (a Charleston Murder Mystery).

Anthony and Stephanie are based in the North West (Lake District, Lancashire, Manchester) but can also travel to major events. Please e-mail or phone them to discuss your wedding plans. For more details visit or contact Anthony on 0790 2342448

October 21, 2011

Sneak Peak {family portraiture}

Earlier this week, on a day off from the busy demands of the day job, I popped over to see some old clients and shoot new family member Ellie. Now as beautiful as she is, Ellie didn't exactly warm to the experience of her first photoshoot, but I just had to share this one pic which leapt out at me when I flicked through the files yesterday. You can see the full set here (password required)

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October 17, 2011

Rachel & Barry's vintage Inskip/Wrea Green wedding {Lancashire wedding photography}

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Rachel and Barry are such a lovely, unassuming couple, and their big day was a perfect reflection of their personalities that it was impossible not to come away feeling more than a little touched by their tenderness. The rain that followed me from Lancaster gave way as I pulled into Inskip where the day started for me at Rachel's parental home, little more than a stones throw away from the charming St. Peter's Church.

I went next to find Barry, best man and groomsmen welcoming the guests without a speck of  nerves on show.

Rachel and bridesmaids arrived in style, in a beautiful, vintage Morris Minor.

After the service we all moved on to The Villa in Wrea Green, such a lovely venue for a Lancashire country wedding.

I loved the relaxed fireside feel to the speeches, and Rachel's tables had some really pretty details going on.

 Lovely day guys, best wishes to you both X

Dress: Halo & Ellis
Flowers: Flower Design and the good ladies of St. Peter's Church Inskip
Photography: Jonathan Bean