AnnaJoy Photography: Blog http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) AnnaJoy Photography hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:11:00 GMT Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:11:00 GMT http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u1035038350-o739526892-50.jpg AnnaJoy Photography: Blog http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog 80 120 Simon & Lisa - Dundee and Kilconquhar Castle Estate wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/simon-lisa---dundee-photographer---kilconquhar-castle-estate-wedding Simon and Lisa, married in Dundee and reception at Kilconquhar castle estate in Fife, ScotlandSimon and Lisa, married in Dundee and reception at Kilconquhar castle estate in Fife, Scotland

"We got our photos today - thank you! We spent ages looking through and laughing a lot at them! We can't thank you enough for capturing everything so well - we couldn't be happier. Our wedding photos are stunning." - Lisa

 

Man alive. This wedding was so beautiful, I could hardly believe it.

Simon and Lisa got married one gorgeous day in May. Lisa got ready at a friend's house which was just perfect. She chose a gorgeously simple yet elegant dress which had delicate flowy edges which I really enjoyed capturing as she moved and danced.

They got married in a wonderful emotional ceremony at Central Baptist Church in Dundee. They were surrounded by loving and supportive friends and family - a favourite moment for me was hearing a couple of their friends pray for them during their service - they were specific and encouraging prayers uplifting them each as individuals and their marriage. What a blessing!

After some time greeting their guests, catching up with old friends, and having confetti thrown at them from a height, Simon and Lisa directed me to Magdalen Green, which is close to where Lisa lived when she was in Dundee. Perfect time of year for this gorgeous little place - the cherry trees were blossoming. They enjoyed some prosecco and haribo sweets courtesy of their driver and we skilfully avoided the crowds of people around the bandstand while still getting the photos we wanted there. Then we drove to their reception at Kilconquhar Castle Estate in Fife - I'd never been there, but it's not too far from a more familiar St Andrews.

There was a large Scottish element to the wedding (Simon is Scottish and they met in Dundee) with the men wearing kilts and the evening celebrations consisting of a ceilidh led by Jiggered. There were also gorgeous cars, gorgeous dresses, gorgeous flowers provided by Flowers at Dawn, 5 to 6 speeches, a three tier cake, each tier made by a guest and assembled on arrival, and a lovely relaxed atmosphere with lawn games and a marquee to hold the evening events.

A highlight of the day was their first dance - you'll see in the pictures that they just had a really good time dancing together. It encompassed the day really - fun, relaxed and full of love.

I struggled to choose which photos to share - I hope these show what an amazing wedding day Simon and Lisa had!

Blue, white and red bouquet for a wedding in Dundee, ScotlandBlue, white and red bouquet for a wedding in Dundee, Scotland Wedding dress with close up of bow detailWedding dress with close up of bow detail Detail shot of a blackboard in the getting ready home saying "Guess what? Simon and Lisa are getting married!"Detail shot of a blackboard in the getting ready home saying "Guess what? Simon and Lisa are getting married!" View through the window of the bride getting her make up doneView through the window of the bride getting her make up done Detail shot of the bride's hair as it's been freshly curled.Detail shot of the bride's hair as it's been freshly curled. Cute photo of the brides eyes as she gets her hair done.Cute photo of the brides eyes as she gets her hair done. Detail shot of the bride's engagement ring on the morning of her wedding in DundeeDetail shot of the bride's engagement ring on the morning of her wedding in Dundee Detail shot of a note left with croissants about breakfast.Detail shot of a note left with croissants about breakfast. Photograph of a bridesmaid enjoying a bowl of breakfast berriesPhotograph of a bridesmaid enjoying a bowl of breakfast berries Fixing the flower crown of fresh white roses and gyp into the bride's hair ready for her wedding in DundeeFixing the flower crown of fresh white roses and gyp into the bride's hair ready for her wedding in Dundee Last minute bridesmaid lipstick touch upsLast minute bridesmaid lipstick touch ups The bride surrounded by her MUA and hairdresser as clips are fitted in her hair.The bride surrounded by her MUA and hairdresser as clips are fitted in her hair. Last minute zip adjustments to a bridesmaid's dress before she leaves for the weddingLast minute zip adjustments to a bridesmaid's dress before she leaves for the wedding Central Baptist Church in Dundee minutes before the wedding party arrives.Central Baptist Church in Dundee minutes before the wedding party arrives. Bridesmaids and their baby blue WV camper van outside Central Baptist Church in DundeeBridesmaids and their baby blue WV camper van outside Central Baptist Church in Dundee Last minute bridesmaids dress adjustments outside Central Baptist Church in Dundee while a woman waits for the bride to arrive.Last minute bridesmaids dress adjustments outside Central Baptist Church in Dundee while a woman waits for the bride to arrive. Bride arriving in a burgundy classic carBride arriving in a burgundy classic car Groom waiting for his bride inside Central Baptist Church in DundeeGroom waiting for his bride inside Central Baptist Church in Dundee Bride entering Central Baptist Church with her father walking her down the aisleBride entering Central Baptist Church with her father walking her down the aisle Bride and groom in the ceremony of their wedding at central baptist church in dundeeBride and groom in the ceremony of their wedding at central baptist church in dundee Wedding ceremony with CBC band at Central Baptist Church in DundeeWedding ceremony with CBC band at Central Baptist Church in Dundee Exchanging rings in a christian ceremony in Central Baptist church in DundeeExchanging rings in a christian ceremony in Central Baptist church in Dundee Exchanging rings in a Christian wedding ceremonyExchanging rings in a Christian wedding ceremony Mother of the bride emotional during wedding ceremony in ScotlandMother of the bride emotional during wedding ceremony in Scotland Listening to the address during wedding ceremonyListening to the address during wedding ceremony CBC band playingCBC band playing Emotional moment during wedding ceremony between bride and groomEmotional moment during wedding ceremony between bride and groom Emotional moment between bride and groom during wedding ceremonyEmotional moment between bride and groom during wedding ceremony Just married! 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Bride and groom exiting central baptist church in dundee during the recessional wee boy in a kiltwee boy in a kilt funny faces during a wedding selfie welfie with the groom in Scotlandfunny faces during a wedding selfie welfie with the groom in Scotland Guests waiting up high to throw confetti on the coupleGuests waiting up high to throw confetti on the couple hands full of confetti bright and colourfulhands full of confetti bright and colourful bride and groom being showered in confetti at CBCbride and groom being showered in confetti at CBC Bride and groom being showered in confetti after their wedding at central baptist church in dundeeBride and groom being showered in confetti after their wedding at central baptist church in dundee Bride and groom in their wedding carBride and groom in their wedding car Bride and groom walking through cherry blossom trees at Magdalen Green in DundeeBride and groom walking through cherry blossom trees at Magdalen Green in Dundee Bride and groom kissing under cherry blossom trees in Magdalen Green, DundeeBride and groom kissing under cherry blossom trees in Magdalen Green, Dundee Bride and groom kissing under cherry blossom trees in Magdalen Green, DundeeBride and groom kissing under cherry blossom trees in Magdalen Green, Dundee Bride and groom in front of tay bridge in Magdalen Green in DundeeBride and groom in front of tay bridge in Magdalen Green in Dundee Bride and groom with champagneBride and groom with champagne Bride and groom with champagneBride and groom with champagne Bride and groom in front of bandstand in magdalen Green in Dundee - wedding photos - just marriedBride and groom in front of bandstand in magdalen Green in Dundee - wedding photos - just married Bridal portraits couple shoot in Magdalen Green in DundeeBridal portraits couple shoot in Magdalen Green in Dundee Bride and groom walking through Magdalen GreenBride and groom walking through Magdalen Green Bride and Groom in front of Kilconquhar Castle Estate in Fife with their wedding carsBride and Groom in front of Kilconquhar Castle Estate in Fife with their wedding cars Wedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in FifeWedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in Fife Silly Wedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in FifeSilly Wedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in Fife Silly Wedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in FifeSilly Wedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in Fife Silly groomsmen Wedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in FifeSilly groomsmen Wedding party photograph in Kilconquhar Castle Estate with bluebells in Fife Bride and father portrait - father looking lovingly at his daughterBride and father portrait - father looking lovingly at his daughter Floaty wedding dress as the bride walks through Kilconquhar Castle EstateFloaty wedding dress as the bride walks through Kilconquhar Castle Estate Playing Croquet and putting in wedding clothes at Kilconquhar Castle EstatePlaying Croquet and putting in wedding clothes at Kilconquhar Castle Estate Group shot carrying the bride Kilconquhar Castle Estate maze in FifeGroup shot carrying the bride Kilconquhar Castle Estate maze in Fife Women checking out the bride's ringWomen checking out the bride's ring Bride and groom couple shots at Kilconquhar castle estate in golden hour sunlightBride and groom couple shots at Kilconquhar castle estate in golden hour sunlight Bride and groom couple shots at Kilconquhar castle estate in golden hour sunlightBride and groom couple shots at Kilconquhar castle estate in golden hour sunlight Bride and groom playing lawn games at their weddingBride and groom playing lawn games at their wedding Bride and groom arriving at their wedding reception - a marquee in kilconquhar castle estateBride and groom arriving at their wedding reception - a marquee in kilconquhar castle estate Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Wedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in FifeWedding speeches have everyone in hysterics at a marquee wedding in Fife Bride and groom kiss at the end of the wedding speechesBride and groom kiss at the end of the wedding speeches Three tier simple wedding cake - white icing with green foliage around the edges - tree topperThree tier simple wedding cake - white icing with green foliage around the edges - tree topper Cutting the wedding cake while a boy almost pulls the table cloth off the tableCutting the wedding cake while a boy almost pulls the table cloth off the table Bride and groom begin their first dance as a married coupleBride and groom begin their first dance as a married couple Bride and groom dancing their first danceBride and groom dancing their first dance Floaty wedding dress during the bride and groom's first dance with the groom's kiltFloaty wedding dress during the bride and groom's first dance with the groom's kilt Bride and groom enjoying their first danceBride and groom enjoying their first dance Bride and groom dancing amongst their guests with mirror reflection effectBride and groom dancing amongst their guests with mirror reflection effect Guests dancing during the ceilidh at kilconquhar castle estate marquee weddingGuests dancing during the ceilidh at kilconquhar castle estate marquee wedding Guests dancing during the ceilidh at kilconquhar castle estate marquee weddingGuests dancing during the ceilidh at kilconquhar castle estate marquee wedding Get in touch if you're getting married next year (or even 2020!) and would like to chat photography - 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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) Dundee Kilconquhar Castle Estate Scotland Wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/simon-lisa---dundee-photographer---kilconquhar-castle-estate-wedding Wed, 04 Jul 2018 07:30:00 GMT
Alison & Alex - Venachar Lochside Wedding, Callander, Scotland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/alison-alex---venachar-lochside-wedding-callander-scotland Alison & Alex are keen hillwalkers and outdoorsy people, which was seen in their church and venue decor, as well as in their choice of location for their wedding. Alison is from Callander so it was an obvious choice from that point of view, but it is also surrounded by hills, lochs and fields. 

Alison's sister made all the bouquets, buttonholes and flower decorations, they had a lovely and friendly local hairdresser (Hair by Joolz) do their hair, and Alison had a lovely hair piece from the Artisan Dried Flower Company. They did their own make up, and the whole morning was lovely and relaxed with a good dose of fun thrown in.

They married at Trossachs Church of Scotland Church, we drove to take some photographs in a muddy field beside a loch (a lot prettier than it sounds, and worth the effort) then they had thier reception at Venachar Lochside. They had loads of time to just chat and relax with their friends and family, which was really lovely. After dinner and speeches, they cut their cake and danced their first dance. Then began the ceilidh. With mostly Scots in attendance, The Ian Milligan Trio on the music and the Hillwalking Club from Edinburgh Uni as a large core of guests on the dancefloor, this rocked!

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) Callander scotland Venachar Lochside wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/alison-alex---venachar-lochside-wedding-callander-scotland Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:20:08 GMT
The Scaife Family - North East England family photographer http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/the-scaife-family---north-east-england-family-photographer I met this lovely little family earlier this year after they were given a voucher for a family photoshoot. They had a great time on the beach near their home and I just got to photograph what they do on a regular basis. It was completely relaxed and plain old good fun! It was also really nice to watch other people's children get completely soaked and sandy - I had all the fun and none of the cleaning up to do. 

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) england family north east http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/the-scaife-family---north-east-england-family-photographer Fri, 08 Jun 2018 19:10:50 GMT
Tom & Laura - St Andrews Engagement Photographer http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/tom-laura---st-andrews-engangement-photographer Laura and Tom are getting married in St Andrews in the summer. They met at University there and have since moved down South together. They had a trip planned to organise a few wedding things last month though, so I got a train up to meet them one fine April Saturday. They are so warm and friendly and barely stopped giggling for the whole session. We had a lovely time getting to know each other and getting some fun photographs. Here's hoping their wedding day is as balmy as their engagement shoot. Enjoy a few of my favourites. Engagement photographs on the beach at St Andrews Sands couple looking at each other longinglyEngagement photographs on the beach at St Andrews Sands couple looking at each other longingly West Sands engagement photograph showing the ring on the groom - both smiling at each otherWest Sands engagement photograph showing the ring on the groom - both smiling at each other St Andrews skyline in the background in focus with engaged couple out of focus in the foregroundSt Andrews skyline in the background in focus with engaged couple out of focus in the foreground Engaged couple in St Andrews holding hands on the beachEngaged couple in St Andrews holding hands on the beach Engagement photographs of the couple dancing on the beach in St Andrews ScotlandEngagement photographs of the couple dancing on the beach in St Andrews Scotland Bride to be laughing in to her fiancĂ© during their engagement shoot at the beach in St AndrewsBride to be laughing in to her fiancé during their engagement shoot at the beach in St Andrews Engagement photographs at the beach in St Andrews West SandsEngagement photographs at the beach in St Andrews West Sands Groom to be holding his fiancees hair back from the wind in her faceGroom to be holding his fiancees hair back from the wind in her face Bride and groom to be kiss during their engagement shoot in St AndrewsBride and groom to be kiss during their engagement shoot in St Andrews Engagement photograph in the sand dune grasses of the beach at St AndrewsEngagement photograph in the sand dune grasses of the beach at St Andrews Close up of the engaged couple snuggling in the grasses of the sand dunes in St AndrewsClose up of the engaged couple snuggling in the grasses of the sand dunes in St Andrews

I travel to St Andrews a lot, but photograph weddings all over Scotland and the North of England (sometimes the South too!). If you're planning a 2019 wedding and would like to chat photography, get in touch!

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) engagement scotland st andrews http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/tom-laura---st-andrews-engangement-photographer Fri, 11 May 2018 09:44:15 GMT
Lisa & Simon - Newcastle Upon Tyne Engagement Photography http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/lisa-simon---newcastle-upon-tyne-engagement-photography Last month, I met Simon & Lisa at Tynemouth on a wet Spring day for their engagement shoot. Unfortunately, due to high winds the pier was closed, but we found some lovely spots anyway, and made good use of the umbrellas they'd packed, as you'll see. Thankfully, I think they actually add to the photographs - and hopefully a wet engagement shoot means a nice dry wedding day!

I loved this shoot, and I'm so looking forward to heading up to Dundee for their wedding later this month. It's looking to be a great day!

If you're getting married next year and would like to chat photography, do get in touch - I'd love to hear from you.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) engagement england newcastle-upon-tyne north east northumberland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/lisa-simon---newcastle-upon-tyne-engagement-photography Fri, 04 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Sarah & Steven - Northumberland Engagement Photographer http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/sarah-steven---northumberland-engagement-photographer Last month, I met up with Sarah and Steven at Druridge Bay in Northumberland on what must have been the wettest, windiest, coldest day of Spring. Suitably dressed for the weather, we walked around the lake, then went down on to the blustery beach. There weren't many other people around, which was a bonus - everyone else must have stayed in and kept cosy for their Easter Monday. However, it was worth it for some lovely engagement pictures. These guys are full of fun and up for anything - practicing their first dance on the beach, jumping off boulders and even taking their hats off in the coldest wind! 

What stars!

I'm now taking bookings for 2019 weddings if you're getting married, are adventurous and would like to get in touch about photographs!

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) engagement england north east northumberland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/sarah-steven---northumberland-engagement-photographer Tue, 01 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Baby Joshua - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newborn Photographer http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/baby-joshua Thanks to an easy birth and a quick recovery, I had the strength necessary to take a few newborn photographs of my own baby when he was 10 days old. Now that he is two months old, I've had a chance to edit them and wanted to share some with you all. I am absolutely smitten, and I think we can all agree that is just the cutest baby there ever has been! ;)

If you're due to have a baby in or after the summer and would like some photographs like these (and even cuter ones with you in them too - I just love newborn pictures that include the whole family!) do get in touch! I'd love to be able to document such a special and unique time. If you're unsure about whether to get newborn photographs taken, I cannot urge to do it enough. They really don't stay little for long.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) england family newborn newcastle-upon-tyne north east http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/baby-joshua Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:30:00 GMT
Matt & Danie - Remembrance Day wedding at Ellingham Hall, Northumberland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/matt-danie--wedding-ellingham-hall-northumberland Matt and Danie got married in the Chapel at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland on Remembrance Day last year. It was a freezing cold day, but an absolutely gorgeous one. They and some of their guests stayed over for a few days around the wedding, making it a memorable break as well as a gorgeous location to tie the knot. Thanks to technology, Danie's brother was also able to "attend" via Skype from the other side of the world.

With everyone getting ready in the same place, it was great to be able to split my time between men and women in the morning, capturing both Matt and his men (and James, their little boy) and Danie and her ladies all getting ready. It's so fun to be able to get both sides of the story and capture the morning from the men's point of view as well as the ladies.

Danie is a Makeup Artist and part of the "wedding industry" herself. She knew exactly what she wanted her and Matt's wedding day to look like. Danie did all the flowers and made the table decorations herself. The colours were peach and grey, and everything looked fabulous. They included so many little fun things in their day and timed it all to perfection - it was a jam-packed day but felt so relaxed and in no way rushed. Planned to perfection!

Cathedral veil and wedding bouquet details in a turret Remembrance Day wedding bouquet with a poppy pin and white silk flowers Bride getting ready with beautiful hair and dressing gown on Bridesmaid in a gorgeous dressing gown getting ready at Ellingham Hall Bridal Suite with hairdressers at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland Creative reflection shot in the bridal suite at Ellingham Hall Men getting ready sorting button holes at Ellinghall Hall Groom dressing his son for the wedding Tender moment between father and son on the father's wedding day Brandy toast outside on the roof at Ellingham Hall Groom ready with his son outside at Ellingham Hall Men sharing a joke before heading downstairs to get married Bride having her makeup done - alternative creative wedding photography at Ellingham Hall Bridesmaid make up all done - gorgeous smoky eye and curled hair. Bridesmaids getting dressed Bridesmaids getting ready in the bridal suite at Elligham Hall - grey flowy dresses - lovely unposed photo The Bride is ready and comes out to see her bridesmaids Father's first look at his daughter the bride - emotional moment! The bride in her wedding dress seeing her father for the first time Epic light as the bride fixes her dad's buttonhole Bride kissing her son and bridesmaids looking on lovingly Bridesmaids walking down the aisle in the chapel at Elligham Hall Guests watching the bride walk down the aisle in the chapel at Ellingham Hall The bride and her father walk down the aisle in the chapel at Ellingham Hall The bride and groom at the front of the chapel at ellingham hall - the ceremony The bride and groom at the front of the chapel at ellingham hall - the ceremony The bride and groom at the front of the chapel at ellingham hall - the ceremony The bride and groom at the front of the chapel at ellingham hall - the ceremony The bride and groom at the front of the chapel at ellingham hall - the ceremony The bride and groom at the front of the chapel at ellingham hall - signing the register Awesome dog portrait at Ellingham Hall above the champagne glass fountain and canapés being served Guests after the wedding ceremony at Ellingham Hall Guests after the ceremony at Ellingham Hall Guests looking at the newly married groom's ring Group shot of the bride and her maids in gorgeous grey outside in the cold at Ellingham hall winter wedding The groom and his men outside Ellingham Hall group shot All the bridal party inside Ellingham hall posed shot. Confetti throw outside Ellingham Hall Confetti throw outside Ellingham Hall Funny photo of a young boy throwing confetti on the newlyweds intimate moment between the bride and groom after the confetti throw at Ellingham hall Couple shot between leaves in the ground of Ellingham Hall Bride and groom couple photographs in the green grounds of Ellingham Hall Bride and groom on a swing seat outside Ellingham Hall in Northumberland Bride in front of a gorgeous window upstairs in Ellingham Hall's chapel Bride and groom shot under the veil in front of a gorgeous window upstairs in Ellingham Hall's chapel Bride and groom in front of a gorgeous window upstairs in Ellingham Hall's chapel Wedding guests enjoying themselves at Ellingham Hall Wedding guests at Ellingham Hall Wedding guests in the grand opulent room of Ellingham Hall Guests at a wedding at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland Table plan and table decorations Favours and the bride and groom arriving for the wedding breakfast Father of the bride speech at Ellingham Hall - top table in the chapel Bride's reaction to the speech Groom's speech Reactions to the groom's speech - gorgeous Bellingham hall chapel Best man speech at a wedding Cutting the wedding cake Cutting the cake with an awesome handwritten topper at Ellingham Hall elegant wedding Action shot of the wedding bouquet being thrown and caught Bride hugging her best friend who caught her wedding bouquet Sparklers outside Ellingham hall for a remembrance day wedding finale Sparklers in the dark outside Ellingham hall in Northumberland Sparklers in the dark outside Ellingham hall in Northumberland Sparklers in the dark outside Ellingham hall in Northumberland Sparklers in the dark outside Ellingham hall in Northumberland Sparklers in the dark outside Ellingham hall in Northumberland First dance at Ellingham Hall in the chapel Amazing first dance at a wedding in Ellingham Hall in Northumberland Bride and groom first dance with disco lights on the dance floor Amazing first dance in the chapel at Ellingham hall with disco lights Wedding disco reception at Ellingham Hall back lit Guests dancing at the wedding reception in Ellingham Hall's chapel Guests dancing at a wedding in Northumberland

Hats off to: 

Abigail Grace Videography

Hair Creations North West

Dominique Laws MUA

Make Up by Georg

Ellingham Hall

 

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) ellingham hall england north east northumberland wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/matt-danie--wedding-ellingham-hall-northumberland Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:04:50 GMT
The Nicholson family - North-East England photographer http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/the-nicholson-family---north-east-england-photographer The first time I met this family was over five years ago. At the time, their youngest was still a bump. It was an absolute joy to see them again and meet their youngest daughter outside the womb! This was a lovely natural photoshoot we did back in the Autumn last year and just down the road from where they live, at a new favourite place of theirs.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) family scotland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/the-nicholson-family---north-east-england-photographer Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:00:10 GMT
The Bone family - Newcastle Gosforth photographer http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/the-bone-family---newcastle-gosforth-photographer Just before Christmas, I met this lovely little family in their home to take a few pictures with their latest addition. Very relaxed, very sweet. I think Rhys deserves the "Best big brother" award, too! Enjoy a few of my favourites!

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) england family newcastle-upon-tyne north east northumberland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/the-bone-family---newcastle-gosforth-photographer Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:54:29 GMT
Paul & Megan - St Salvator's & Upper & Lower Hall wedding, St Andrews http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/paul-megan---st-salvators-wedding-st-andrews "We received our photos today! They are all absolutely beautiful, we are so happy with them. You were just so discrete, I don't think I noticed you photographing at all, yet you caught every moment and everyone looks so happy and natural! Thank you so much for being such a great photographer and for all the extra touches like the chocolates and password cards; we will definitely recommend you to anyone we know getting married."

Paul and Megan got married last summer at St Salvator's Chapel, with their reception being held in the Upper and Lower College Halls.

Megan wore a button up dress from Marylise, and paired it with a gorgeous belt and cathedral length veil (which, of course, got blown off in the St Andrews wind!!) - so simple, elegant and BEAUTIFUL! Her bridesmaids wore navy dresses that they wrapped and tied in different ways, making them all a little bit unique. They all had a few simple flowers in their hair, matching their white, yellow and gold bouquets.

With a mix of Dutch and Scottish heritage, their wedding was lovely and heartfelt, with friends and family traveling a long way to get to it. Megan made a speech in Dutch, and Paul wore tartan trews. They had readings in both Dutch and English during their ceremony, making it a perfect mix of their cultures.

We snuck off briefly to get some photographs on the beach, where there is the most incredible view back over St Andrews. Their wedding cake, made by 3D Cakes was one of the best I've tasted. A beautiful day to capture. 

I still have availability from August 2018 onwards if you're planning your wedding and would like to enquire about my wedding photography services - I'd love to hear from you!

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) scotland st andrews st salvator's chapel wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/paul-megan---st-salvators-wedding-st-andrews Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Ben & Becky - Magdalene College Wedding, Cambridge http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/ben-becky--magdalene-college-wedding-cambridge

Excitingly, I travelled quite far South for Ben & Becky's wedding this summer. I'm usually further North, but this time, I got more warmth, more daylight and a gorgeous, bright, wedding with a thunderstorm at the end of their outdoor ceremony for some added drama. Ben & Becky chose to get married in the Magdalene College of Cambridge University - a stunning location, surrounded by family and close friends. Larkspur Floral Design did a magnificent job with the bouquets, as well as with the hall decorations for the reception, and even found a couple of peonies right at the very end of the season. 

Ben & Becky's day was so relaxed. They had an early ceremony, and two confetti throws (the first included rain) with rose petals and lavender buds dried over the previous months by a family member. Their wedding breakfast was a late lunch, which was followed by some emotional speeches. Then there was nothing specific planned until late afternoon, so some people went punting on the river Cam, while others played lawn games and chatted in the sun, before we all reunited for an evening of dancing, cake cutting (a four-tier thing of beauty with a little nod to Ben and Becky's love of cycling), chips and pick & mix eating. The day included a lot of laughs, and it was an absolute joy to witness and be a part of.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) cambridge england wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/ben-becky--magdalene-college-wedding-cambridge Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:19:16 GMT
John & Kathie - Northumberland Couple Photographer http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/john-kathie---gosforth-couple-photographer A few weeks ago, I took some pictures of my mum and dad in their local park. 34 years married, 4 children raised, I have no idea how many house moves - but some overseas, trusting God and His direction for their lives, still in love, still having fun together. 

I'm so glad I feel that these photographs are full of their personalities and show them as they are - especially that last one :D Taking photographs of people you know is in some ways easier but in many ways harder - there's a lot more pressure there to get what you know of them across in the photographs. I hope you enjoy these few!

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) england family north east http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/john-kathie---gosforth-couple-photographer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:16:36 GMT
Josh & Shona - Maryculter House Hotel Wedding, Aberdeen http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/josh-shona---maryculter-house-hotel-wedding-in-aberdeen Josh and Shona's wedding was one of the most emotional and beautiful days I've had the honour of being a part of. They are so in love and respect and cherish each other with such a passion, it was hard to keep from shedding a tear or two myself.

They got married at the church Shona attended in Aberdeen, Hebron Evangelical Church, which has an incredible window and the perfect aisle, it turns out, to practice the first dance down. Their reception was at Maryculter House Hotel, a lovely place with incredible grounds overlooking the river Dee.

With bright, beautiful florals in both the bouquets and the decorations, smart groomsmen and groom in kilts and bowties, bridesmaids in beautiful flowy lacy navy blue dresses with intricate headbands, and a bride with gorgeous hair mostly loose and a gown to die for, this wedding had everything of a Scottish fairytale!

Joshua and Shona were also adventurous enough to go a second couple shoot while the ceilidh was still going on, not only to cool down from all the dancing but also to capture a few more intimate moments by the river, which included some steep bank climbing - these moments at the end of the day are some of my favourites.

I still have limited availability for weddings in 2018 and am taking bookings for 2019, so drop me a line if you're interested in having me as your wedding photographer!

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) aberdeen scotland wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/josh-shona---maryculter-house-hotel-wedding-in-aberdeen Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:28:15 GMT
James & Kim - St Salvator's & Hotel du Vin Wedding, St Andrews http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/james-kim---st-salvators-hotel-du-vin-wedding-in-st-andrews James & Kim got married a couple of months ago in the gorgeous town of St Andrews at one of my favourite venues - the university's St Salvator's Chapel. Their reception was at the Hotel du Vin just along the road with photographs on the beach and at the bandstand in between.

There is so much I could say about this wedding, but I'll keep it brief, and let the photographs speak for themselves. I will say this though - I was genuinely impressed with how organised they were and how well the day ran even while including their One-year-old daughter in as much as they could. Having small children myself, I know this was no mean feat.

I was delighted to start the day off with the guys, getting a few photographs with them around St Andrews. The three men later shared the best man speech slot, and had people in tears of laughter. A great bunch. Then on to spend the rest of the morning with the women - what a wonderful team of bridesmaids Kim had - always ready to help out, encourage, reassure and support in any way they could.

With red and blush colours in their flowers and bridal party attire, James & Kim also had a Chinese New Year theme running through their reception - table flowers in dim sum baskets? Genius!

Their wedding was such a happy day - as I'm sure you'll see. If these images don't convince you, their first dance was to Paulo Nutini's Pencil Full Of Lead. Says it all.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) saint andrews scotland st salvator's chapel wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/james-kim---st-salvators-hotel-du-vin-wedding-in-st-andrews Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:51:38 GMT
The Duncan Family - Northumberland Family Photography http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/duncans---northumberland-family-photography At the very end of the Summer, I met up with this family three years after their first family photographs as a family of four. Lily is now a feisty toddler and her older sister, who was in her position last time I saw them, is now in school. We went to Newton-by-the-Sea, where they spend a lot of their time.  It's somewhere very special to them, and the obvious choice when I asked where they wanted to have their portrait session. It was a beautiful day, quiet on the beach, with many a sandcastle built and many a shell collected and shared.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) beach england family north east northumberland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/duncans---northumberland-family-photography Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:30:26 GMT
Rebekah & Will - Northside Farm Wedding, Northumberland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/rebekah-will---northside-farm-wedding-northumberland It was a real treat to drive a full six minutes to Will and Bee's new home in Gosforth for the bridal preparations. I'm usually on the road early, or even the night before.

As fits their style, everything was very relaxed, but organised. They have some gem friends, too, as most of their wedding decorations, including bouquets and button holes, were made by Anne; one of the bridesmaids was the in-house makeup artist, a colleague of Bee's made their cake, which was not only stunning but also absolutely delicious, and the whole wedding had the feeling of everybody joining in to help out. Their ceremony was a testimony of God's love and faithfulness, which is always a privilege to be a part of.

Their wedding day was one of the hottest of the summer, and perfect for photographs in Corbridge (respect to Bee for walking all that way in her heels) and a reception at Northside Farms - complete with outdoor games and a flying fox, which the bride and her grandma both went on. It was also perfect that Will does not wear trousers, ever, so altered his suit trousers to be shorts - he was one of the only men who was not completely sweltering all day!

As part of their reception, Will and Bee had a swing dance lesson, before swing dancing through the evening. As the sun began to set, we took a few minutes to pop outside and get a few more couple shots in the gorgeous golden light. Some of my favourites.

What a day!

I'm taking bookings for 2018, and have availability for March onwards, with only a few dates taken over the summer - get in touch if you're getting married next year and would be interested in me being your photographer.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) england north east northumberland wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/rebekah-will---northside-farm-wedding-northumberland Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:10:29 GMT
Paul & Megan - North Berwick Beach Engagement http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/paul-megan---north-berwick-beach-engagement It is always fun for me to come back to places I used to go to as a student living in Edinburgh. North Berwick is synonymous to CU evenings with a BBQ on the beach to me. Or daytrips on a train with a friend commenting on how the green moss on the rocks feels like a wet dog or Bass Rock is maybe Puffin Island.

This time, I went there to meet Paul and Megan, who will be getting married in St Andrews in a couple of weeks. It was lovely to spend time with them and hopefully enable them to feel a little more at ease in front of my camera for their wedding day. I loved the colour combo Megan chose for her outfit, and how she matched so well with the surrounding sea. Although she ended up barefoot, as her shoes got very wet - hopefully not beyond repair! I'm looknig forward to seeing them again soon for their big day.

If you're getting married next year and would like to enquire about my wedding package, please do get in touch - I have 4 spots left for 2018, and am available a lot of weekends (and weekdays!) from March onwards.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) beach engagement north berwick scotland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/paul-megan---north-berwick-beach-engagement Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:30:00 GMT
James & Kim - Edinburgh Botanics Engagement Photography http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/james-kim---edinburgh-botanics-engagement-photography A week before their wedding, I met Kim and James in Inverleith Park and the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh for their engagement shoot, which turned out to also be a family shoot, as they wanted to include their One-year-old daughter Sophie in it too. We were incredibly fortunate, because, as you will see, it had rained a lot the few days before the shoot, but it was a beautiful warm, sunny July morning that we chose to have the shoot. It was lovely to finally meet this lovely little family, and I'm now enjoying editing their beautiful wedding that happened in St Andrews a couple of weeks ago too.

If you're getting married in 2018 or beyond and would like to have a chat about my wedding photography services, please get in touch - I still have a few spots available from March 2018 onwards.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) edinburgh engagement family royal botanical gardens scotland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/james-kim---edinburgh-botanics-engagement-photography Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:42:47 GMT
Mike & Sophie - Cuddystone Hall Wedding, College Valley, Northumberland http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/mike-sophie---cuddystone-hall-wedding Back in April, I was at Cuddystone again. This time for the awesome wedding of Sophie and Mike. These guys have style and great taste. They chose this location to get married as it has a lot of meaning to Sophie's family. Amongst many other things, her family owns a scouts hut, and they got engaged here. It was an obvious choice, and one that took a lot of their southern friends as far North as they'd ever been and to countryside they didn't dream existed in the UK.

In keeping with the wild surroundings, they had some incredible flowers in the venues, in their bouquets and Sophie also had a flower crown. Wildflower, a company located in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle provided these and teamed up with Festoon Lighting, to make some effective and impressive decorations for their hall and marquee.

Sophie wore an Eliza Jane Howell gown, full of wonderful detail, and a cathedral length veil. Her bridesmaids all wore the same tops and had pastel coloured skirts to go with them. They all looked incredible, were comfortable, and it was a very clever way to accommodate for the maid of honour who was breastfeeding her son. The men wore tweed jackets and chinos for a stylish but relaxed look, which also fitted the location well.

The ceremony was simple, and had everyone laughing as the celebrant called Sophie the wrong name, instead calling her the name of one of their guests! Instead of confetti they came out of the church to people waving bells and ribbons, a unique touch. 

They chose a great time to get married as the gorse was out in full bloom, giving an extra pep of colour to their couple photographs. One of Sophie's bridesmaids made the wedding cake - a naked cake decorated with flowers, and their guestbook was a globe for people to sign.

After a delicious three course meal and four speeches that had guests in stitches, Sophie and Mike had their first dance - what better choice than Paulo Nutini's Pencil Full of Lead. Then everyone took to the dancefloor!

Enjoy a few of my favourite photographs!

If you'd like to enquire about my wedding packages, contact me! I have availability throughout most of 2018 and into 2019.

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hello@annajoyphotography.co.uk (AnnaJoy Photography) cuddystone hall england north east northumberland wedding http://www.annajoyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/mike-sophie---cuddystone-hall-wedding Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:00:00 GMT