First of the year! A Sheffield Town Hall Wedding

I admire people who opt for Winter weddings! Let’s face it, we can’t rely on dry, warm weather in the Summer in Blighty so at least in Winter we can expect the worst and anything else is a bonus! Michelle and Paul had a real bonus day last week: a crisp, dry and mostly sunny January day for their lovely wedding at Sheffield Town Hall.

After a whopping 14 years of engagement, they finally got around to tying the knot! It was a lovely small and intimate wedding with just their closest family and friends. Even this was bigger than they originally wanted. Wedding plans have a habit of snowballing, don’t they, no matter what scale you are planning!

Michelle rocked up to the town hall in a gorgeous vintage motor from Cupid Carriages looking absolutely stunning in a beautiful red overcoat, vintage-look headpiece and heels, showing off her legs to die for! She later revealed a stylish and flattering knee-length lace number from Viola Unique, Cairns, under the coat which was an inspired choice for their day!

The ceremony was the perfect balance of laughs and emotion. At the end, the guests spontaneously burst into a Sheffield United version of Annie’s Song! Football plays an important part in Michelle and Paul’s life (as you’ll see from their cake!). A highlight, and first for me, was that the ceremony was being transmitted live by video phone to Michelle’s Mum and Dad over in Australia! It must have been a late night for them!

Following the ceremony, we took a few group shots on the walk round to the reception venue. Paul had seen and liked some of my more ‘kooky’ group shot examples in my portfolio and was keen to capture his guests looking ‘goofy’! Fine by me - you know I don’t want people to look or feel too stiff in their shots!

The reception was held at Ego Restaurant which made the perfect, relaxed choice for a fun, low-key wedding with the people most special to them. Speeches first then it was on to drinking, eating and enjoying. I love the speeches part of the day! It is such an honour to be there and I always feel like I get to know the couples really well through the lovely, funny things people say about them. Michelle said Paul had been preparing quite nervously for his speech but he needn’t have worried about it - he was a natural and a funny guy!

Thank you, Michelle and Paul, it was so wonderful to be with you on your wedding day - you are obviously a special couple. 14 years was definitely worth the wait! Wishing you many more years of happiness together.

Amy X

Flowers by Petals Polly Flowers

Jacket TK Maxx

Fascinator Myers Department Store, Cairns

Happy New Year - York Wedding Photographer

2018 was an amazing year! I’m still crazy about my lifestyle newborn shoots but I’ve taken my business in a new loved-up direction as well. Thank you to all my lovely, laid-back couples who made it so much fun! Also thanks to some of the U.K.’s biggest and best wedding blogs who chose to publish some of the brilliant weddings I have been lucky enough to shoot: Brides Up North, Boho Weddings and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. This has helped give me the confidence to keep pushing forwards in pursuing my dreams. Yay!

I’ve had a much-needed break over Christmas and New Year with lots of family time, lots of food and (too many) drinks. My baby even let me have a few good nights sleep, hurrah! So I’m feeling recharged and excited about the year ahead and all the fabulous weddings (and babies) to come!

I love Christmas but I’m always ready to get back to normal life and making fresh plans by this time of year. Hope you’ve had a good one too!

Amy X

I love all the little story-telling details of a wedding that make each day unique and that so much thought has gone into: the flowers, the clothes, the sinage, the food and cake, the jewellery, the entertainment. I don’t always share those shots so I thought I’d share a few faves from last year here to give you a bit of a flavour. Hope you enjoy!

A couple of vendors to mention: Silverholme Manor, Tipi Unique

York Newborn Photographer: A Year in Babies!

It’s been quite a year of babies! I started 2018 with a little baby of my own; he’s now a storming toddler! Thinking back to that got me remembering all the other treasures I’ve been lucky to photograph this year. I’ve written a little ditty to remember some of my favourites.

You know the tune: sing it!


On the first month of the year, my camera brought to me -

My own little Soren, so sweeeet

On the second month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the third month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the fourth month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the fifth month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the sixth month of the year, my camera brought to me -

William, Arthur, Thomas

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the seventh month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Sebastian, Charles and Libby

William, Arthur, Thomas

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the eighth month of the year, my camera brought to me

Travis and Charlotta

Sebastian, Charles and Libby

William, Arthur, Thomas

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the ninth month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Constance and cute Taymour

Travis and Charlotta

Sebastian, Charles and Libby

William, Arthur, Thomas

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the tenth month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Clementine, she’s sleeping

Constance and cute Taymour

Travis and Charlotta

Sebastian, Charles and Libby

William, Arthur, Thomas

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the eleventh month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Kurt - he likes feeding

Clementine, she’s sleeping

Constance and cute Taymour

Travis and Charlotta

Sebastian, Charles and Libby

William, Arthur, Thomas

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

On the twelfth month of the year, my camera brought to me -

Athena - she’s a sister

Kurt - he likes feeding

Clementine, she’s sleeping

Constance and cute Taymour

Travis and Charlotta

Sebastian, Charles and Libby

William, Arthur, Thomas

Gorgeouuuus Nancyyyyyyyyyyyy

Joshua and Harris

Sadie, Laura’s baby

Iva, Ada, Orry

And my own little Soren, so sweeet

Well done if you made it to the end! Thank you to all the lovely new parents I have met this year; you are all doing a fantastic job!

And good luck everyone with babies on the way in 2019 - I’d love to meet them!

A Super-Stylish Shoot at the York Pavillion Hotel

The best way to learn is always to push yourself out of your comfort zone, isn’t it? Even though it’s not always easy. We all have more to learn no matter what our stage and skill set.

As a natural light obsessive, I’m always eager to take on extra training opportunities when it comes to flash as it can be a crucial part of your wedding day depending on the time of year/your venue and of course one of the best parts of the day, the par-tay!

So last week I attended an awesome workshop at the York Pavillion Hotel with a focus on different flash set-ups and I’m now happy to have a few more tricks in my armoury! It was also brilliant to meet a few more photographers from around York and ‘The North’.

The Pavillion is a really interesting venue with so much more to it than you can see from the frontage. Beautiful gardens, spiral staircases, dramatic corridors and themed rooms made for some spectacular couple and bridal portraits.

Take a look at the incredible hair and makeup from Alison Martin. Just wow!

Thank you very much to the talented Becki McPhillips and Matthew Kitchen for leading this great day of learning and sharing! Here are a few faves from the day:

York Wedding Photographer - Featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings!

Ya-hoo! Today the beautiful tipi wedding of George and Jess has been featured on the wedding mega-blog Whimsical Wonderland Weddings: very happy news!

To summarise their wedding:

“Relaxed, fun, romantic were the words Jessica and George used to describe their day, which all really shines through in these gorgeous captures by Amy Jordison Photography. There is just so much joy and happiness all round. I love that they continued the celebrations into the next day with a big BBQ brunch, it’s the perfect way to catch up post wedding.”

Time for a bit of shameless self-bragging but it’s always lovely to hear kind words from happy customers. Here’s a snippet of what they had to say:

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

“Amy Jordison. She was absolutely fab from start to finish. She was recommended by my now sister in law, Daisy. Based in York, she thankfully agreed to travel all the way to Staffordshire for our day. We’d looked around quite a bit, but felt like most sites we looked at were either really cheesy, or staged, or just the quality didn’t look great for our budget. As soon as we saw Amy’s images we knew she was for us. They were natural, relaxed, and rich in colour and depth. She was so lovely on the day, neither of us had met her before (only on Facetime!) but it felt like we’d known her ages.”

Thanks, guys!

Like the look of the stunning tipi? It came from the fabulous Tipi Unique.

To read the full article, go to:

https://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/tipi-back-garden-wedding/

A Midlands Tipi Wedding at Home - George and Jess

The Autumn leaves are now well and truly falling so thinking back to this wonderful day at the end of Summer seems like a long time ago! I was so lucky that my lovely friend Daisy put me in touch with her brother, George, and his wife-to-be, Jess, when they were planning their wedding. You’ll see why when you see the pics! This couple were childhood sweethearts and have lived in Sydney for several years so it was an extra special occasion for them to be reunited with their UK family and friends, as well as some of their Aussie ‘family’ who came over for the event.

Jess’s parents live in a beautiful cottage in the Midlands with a garden big enough to hold a fabulous tipi and catering tent, so that’s what they did! Preparations took place at home with a gaggle of gorgeous bridesmaids and plenty of prosecco! I had spoken with Jess and George over Facetime and it was great to finally meet them face to face - they were just as friendly and welcoming as I’d expected.

The ceremony was held in their local church, which had been decorated in stunning style with candles and flower arrangements made by Jess. Her design skills shone throughout the day! There were plenty of moving moments!

Then it was back to the tipi to get the party started! The good old British weather kept us on our toes with a fair bit of drizzle and a sprinkling of chill thrown in but it wasn’t going to dampen anyone’s spirits and the sun did come out at points so guests could enjoy the garden with an Aperol spritz or 5! These two know a thing or two about a party seeing as George has made it as a successful bar owner over in Oz. I loved the ‘Minnie’ bar, named after their beautiful baby girl. The cocktails definitely got a hammering later on!

There were some brilliant speeches after dinner and in a break with tradition, George and his second best man Sonny, who had come over from Sydney, took to the stage later on, mid-dance party. Now I’m definitely getting soft with age because this best man’s speech had me laughing my head off one minute and properly choked the next! Most of the audience were sobbing like babies too! These three are clearly like family to each other in Australia..

As the light went down, the tipi and garden were absolutely beautiful, sparkling from the rafters with fairy lights and flames: stunning!

There was a really relaxed vibe to this wedding which I loved: great friends and family, delicious homely food, drinks flowing, lots of chat, pumping tunes and plenty of fun on the dance floor! There was so much love in the room.

Finally, a special shout out to ‘Del Boy’, Jess’s favourite horse. Oh yes, there just happened to be some pretty stables at the bottom of the garden where we shot some portraits including Del. Thankfully, George managed to avoid an allergy attack. Didn’t know about that until after we got the ring shot. Phew!

George and Jess, I loved meeting you, Minnie and all your lovely family and friends. Wishing you a lifetime of marital happiness. I’m sure it’s tough over there in the Sydney sunshine!

Thank you!

Amy XX

Now head over to the fabulous ‘Boho Weddings’ blog to see my pictures featured from the country barn wedding of Josh and Fe!

Find me on Boho Weddings!

York Wedding Photographer - Find me in The Little Book!

Greetings! I’ve not had much time for blogging lately what with all the editing but I’m getting on top of it now so there will be more coming soon! For now, just a shout to say I made it into the Little Book directory of the much-respected Love That Dress blog representing some of the best UK wedding suppliers. I’m right chuffed!







A Country, Handmade, Barn Wedding in Essex- Josh and Fe

Take your partner by the hand and...get married! Country was the order of the day for Josh and Fe's incredible barn wedding in Essex at the start of August. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is an established wedding venue when you see the pics but in fact the reception was held in Fe's family friends' 'garden' and they lent them their barn and field for the day. That's one hec of a friend and neighbour!

Fe looked just beautiful in her flea market-sourced dress and handmade hair piece. Josh didn't scrub up too badly either and he even managed to find an elf-sized shirt which fitted (his words)!

The ceremony itself was held in Radwinter Church, a very special place for Fe who has been attending since childhood. Of course, being these two, there was some amazing live music which had the congregation bopping and applauding! And a highlight for everyone was a reading written by Fe for Josh and read (at the last minute) by Josh's brother. I honestly don't think I have ever heard such confident, eloquent readings as there were in this service - very impressive!

There were so many handmade, creative touches that made this day exceptionally personal and special. Fe, Josh and many of their family and friends are talented musicians and artists. Their inventiveness shone through all day from Fe's illustrations on the order of service booklet and the brilliant stop watch timetable for the day, to the pretty individual candle and flower holders, the abundant bunting, the sinage, the cake labels... I could go on!

Food, food, food! Meat lovers were in heaven with the succulent hog roast and 'posh' bubble and squeak prepared by a long-known local producer. Veggies didn't go without either.  I loved the simplicity of the 3 separate cakes and the cake toppers were just perfect for this pair of fantasy fans! There was such a relaxed vibe with guests sitting where they pleased inside and out.

This continued during the speeches when guests sat around on the floor of the immense barn while the speakers took the mic. at the front. The speeches were funny and told the perfect story of this unique pair who really are made for each other; I felt the warmth for them flowing through the (giant) room. Fe is the second bride I've seen recently to make a cracking speech herself and show the guys how it's done! Loved it. 

An absolutely brilliant day was rounded off in perfect style with a beyond-lively, hilarious ceilidh dance with fantastic live music which the guests through themselves into full throttle! Focusing on those fast movers certainly put me to the test! I didn't stick around late enough to see the fire pit (if the rain held off) or the guests' camping adventures but I can be sure a lot of fun was had by all! 

As most of you know, I love working with couples who aren't too hung up on tradition. Thank you so much, Josh and Fe, I loved loved loved your day - you are just SUCH lovely people! I left with a full heart (and belly!) and you truly did it YOUR way. I hope your musical, artistic adventures continue for many decades to come. Well you're so sickeningly young, you're in with a fighting chance ;). 

Amy XX

 

 

A Summertime Lake District Wedding - Tom and Zoe

Hasn't it been a cracking Summer so far?! Beautiful weather, BBQs galore and even a good football result! These two totally nailed their choice of time and place to become Mr and Mrs back in June. Choosing a largely outdoor location in the Lake District comes with a heavy risk of rain-as anyone who knows the area will tell you-but not this year! And you'd be pushed to find a more spectacular place in the sunshine than this!

Zoe and Tom, with their close family and friends, made a complete wedding weekend of it, hiring out the stunning Silverholme Manor next to Lake Windermere from Friday to Monday so that they could extend the festivities and make the most of the incredible location. Boy did they choose a good weekend for it!

The wedding day itself was just perfect and I loved working with these two. They are so happy together, up for a laugh, laid-back and happen to be easy on the eye too: a photographer's dream! Oh and Zoe was also willing to trudge through fields for me in her amazing dress - another plus point! 

Bridal preparations involved the usual fun-time mix of prosecco, makeup, hairspray, dress adjustments and laughs. You think you have all the time in the world then suddenly it's walk-down-the-isle-time!

The ceremony room itself was filled with lovely light and you could feel the love in the air for this couple.

Following the big "I do"s, we had some great fun with the group shots. My style is relaxed and my couples know that I don't want formal group shots to dominate the day as I want you to be having fun with your guests. But I know it's important for you to commemorate having your loved ones together too. I do love it when guests are prepared to be a little bit silly at this point as it makes for some memorable moments!

We then made the most of the lakeside location for some beautiful shots of the newlyweds. This half an hour together is a great opportunity for any couple to take a little breather away from the crowds for the first time (me and my camera aside!).

What I particularly loved about this day was the totally relaxed vibes. Guests could mooch about in the sunshine on the lawns overlooking the lake and they had everything they needed for a great time right on hand in the house or at the bar. The food was hearty and local: huge, succulent pork pies and slabs of cheese to start, the tastiest bangers and mash as the main event and a cake and cookie table to die for! Prosecco and beer flowed and a great time was had by all!

I love it when couples break with tradition and Zoe showed some real 'Girl Power' by showing the blokes how to do it with a speech which was both funny and moving, and not an ounce of nerves. I was really impressed!

I'm so pleased that Zoe and Tom chose me to photograph their spectacular, pretty, happy, fun and relaxed wedding; it's one that I certainly won't forget! Looking forward to hearing about their next adventures as they navigate this wonderful world together. 

Amy xx

 

York Newborn Photographer - Baby William

It's been a super-busy month with 4 beautiful newborns, 2 family shoots and a wedding starting with this scrumptious then-two week old, his two lovely Mums and his proud big brother.

The light in this house was sooo lush, especially in the master bedroom, which is where I usually kick off a newborn shoot. Plus they are a very tidy bunch! All = a very happy me! 

It was a coincidence that this shoot was on the day of York Pride but it felt just perfect and it was great to be able to share one of the images on that day. William is a very special, very loved baby, not least by his handsome and caring big bro: such a friendly and charming young man! I loved sneaking a few portraits of him in his gaming den too (oh, and we couldn't leave out the cat)!

William wanted lots of feeds and cuddles on the day, as two week olds do! All completely fine by me - I love the opportunity to shoot those in-between moments and have a good natter with the new parents about the pregnancy, birth and all things baby!            

It was a pleasure to meet this lovely family. They should be really proud of what they have achieved and I'm sure they have many adventures ahead!

Here are a few of many highlights!

Amy xx