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I recently had the incredible opportunity to photograph the wedding of Laura and Tom at the stunning River Mill in Derby. From the moment I arrived, I knew I was in a special place. Nestled just off the River Derwent, this venue was the perfect setting for an early summer wedding.



The Venue

Inside the River Mill, the ambiance was bright and welcoming. The interior, renovated just a few years ago, still retained its fresh, modern charm. The River Mill is part of a trio of exceptional wedding venues in the area, with the West Mill and Darley Abbey Mills located just a stone's throw away. Each venue adds its unique character to the picturesque surroundings.



Timeless Beauty

One of the most captivating aspects of the River Mill is the Victorian cobbled roads just outside the venue. With the sun shining down, these cobblestones provided a timeless backdrop for photos. Laura and Tom, familiar with the area from their time living nearby, guided me to some of the best spots across the river for their couple portraits. Their local knowledge allowed us to capture stunning images that truly reflected their connection to this beautiful place.





A Night to Remember

As the celebration continued into the early hours, I was able to capture some unforgettable moments on the dance floor. The competitive dance floor games added an extra layer of fun and excitement, making for some fantastic action shots.





Gratitude

Thank you, Laura and Tom, for giving me the honor of photographing your special day and for the chance to shoot at such an extraordinary venue. Your wedding was a beautiful celebration of love, and I am grateful to have been a part of it.


Congratulations, Laura and Tom!

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Last weekend, I had the immense pleasure of photographing the wedding of Claire and Jack at the stunning Shustoke Barn in Coleshill, Birmingham. It was an enchanting day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments, all set against the backdrop of this incredible venue.


Shustoke barn wedding photography

A Picture-Perfect Venue


Shustoke Barn is a photographer’s dream. Nestled in the heart of Coleshill, it combines rustic charm with modern elegance, creating the perfect setting for a wedding. The barn’s exposed brickwork, high ceilings, and large windows allowed natural light to flood the space, highlighting the couple and their guests beautifully. The surrounding grounds offered picturesque views and serene spots for those intimate couple shots.


Shustoke barn rustic wedding venue

The Love Story


Claire and Jack’s love story is one for the books. From their heartfelt vows to the loving glances shared throughout the day, it was clear that their connection is something special. Claire’s radiant smile and Jack’s beaming pride as she walked down the aisle were moments that perfectly encapsulated the joy of the day.


Cake at Shustoke barn wedding

Post-Ceremony Celebrations


After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the charming courtyard. The weather was perfect, allowing everyone to soak in the beauty of the barn’s outdoor spaces. I took this opportunity to capture candid moments of joy and celebration among the guests, while also stealing the newlyweds away for some private photos amidst the lush greenery and rustic features of the venue.


Couple photographs  candid at Shushtoke barn

The Reception


The barn was transformed for the reception, with elegantly decorated tables and a dance floor that beckoned guests to celebrate. The speeches were a highlight, filled with heartfelt words and humorous anecdotes that showcased the deep bonds Claire and Jack share with their loved ones. The evening was capped off with a lively dance party, where the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away under the barn’s enchanting lights.


Table lay out at wedding Shustoke Barn

Final Thoughts

Photographing Claire and Jack’s wedding was an absolute honor. The love they share, the joy of their guests, and the breathtaking venue

made for an unforgettable day. Shustoke Barn provided the perfect canvas to capture these precious moments, and I am grateful to have been a part of their special day.


Congratulations, Claire and Jack! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness and love.


Confetti shot at Shustoke barn wedding
Walking around the grounds at Shustoke barn wedding
Black and white newly weds at Shustoke barn wedding

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At the heart of every wedding lies a multitude of unforgettable moments waiting to be captured. As a seasoned wedding photographer, I understand the importance of preserving these precious memories from every angle. That’s where the invaluable role of a second photographer comes into play.


Camera and printed out Photo Booth image on table at wedding

One of the primary advantages of incorporating a second professional photographer into your wedding package is the ability to capture alternate angles of every moment. While I pride myself on delivering exceptional service and ensuring no moment is missed, the reality is, I can’t be in two places at once. Having a second shooter allows us to diversify compositions throughout the day, ensuring a comprehensive collection of images that truly reflect the essence of your special day.


Closeup of rings from a second photographers angle

Imagine this scenario: you and your partner are getting ready at two separate locations. Who will document the preparations at each site? By having a second photographer on board, I can focus entirely on creating stunning images at one location while my trusted second shooter captures every detail at the other. This seamless coordination ensures that no aspect of your wedding day goes undocumented.


Photo of main photographer from second photographers point of view

With the second shooter add-on I offer, the process couldn’t be simpler. The second photographer will join us on the day, effortlessly blending into the background to capture candid moments as they unfold. After the event, I personally oversee the curation and editing process to ensure a cohesive final gallery that reflects your unique style and preferences.


Another alt angle from the second photographer

Adding a second photographer to your package is an investment in peace of mind and the assurance that every aspect of your wedding day will be beautifully preserved. For just an additional £250, you can elevate your photography experience and create lasting memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

second shooter angle of bride and groom

If you’re considering this option and haven’t yet booked with me, I encourage you to reach out to check availability for your wedding day. Together, we can ensure that your special day is captured with the attention to detail and artistry it deserves by Enhancing wedding photography with a second shooter.


Dan x



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