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Alternative Wedding Photography & Filmmaking

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I’m an alternative wedding photographer and alternative wedding videographer. I live in Birmingham in the West Midlands and I film and photograph weddings across the Midlands and UK.

I believe in keeping things simple and I believe in focusing on people, emotions, relationships and individuality above all else. I don’t follow a template, as I love to make films that are as individual and interesting as the couples I have the pleasure of filming for. I love to capture all of the details and emotions that make each wedding so special without any of the cheese associated with traditional 90s wedding photography & videography.

I love weddings, and I love alternative, fun, colourful, non-traditional weddings most of all. My own wedding to my husband Ed (who often films weddings alongside me) back in 2010 was distinctly non-traditional, so I understand where you’re coming from if you’re planning to get married but do things differently.

Non-traditional Wedding Photography & Wedding Videography

There are so many ways to get married and celebrate with family and friends that differ from the traditional template of a wedding and I embrace them all. From big weddings to small celebrations, whether you’re planning to wear white (or any other colour), be given away (or not), elope, design your own ceremony, or pick and choose the traditions that mean the most to you and leave out all the rest, I would love to hear about your plans and join you on your wedding day to help you remember how much fun it all was.

Alongside my photography and filmmaking collections I offer a hybrid alternative wedding photography and alternative wedding videography package that combines the two.

If you’re after a fun, upbeat, music video style wedding film to sit alongside a full collection of photos but don’t care for having your speeches and ceremony recorded in full, then that’s something I can do! Simply ask about my ‘Music Video’ collection when you get in touch about your wedding day.

Get in touch to find out more!

Where to get Wedding Photos Printed

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Birmingham Wedding Photographer | Where to get Wedding Photos Printed in the UK

Where to get your Wedding Photos Printed in the UK

Today’s post is just a short one with a few recommendations on where to get your wedding photos printed in the UK. There are so many options, from printing them at home on your own printer or photo printer, to going to the high street and using one of the print machines in Boots or Jessops (these services are also offered online e.g. Snappy Snaps), or sending your wedding photos away to be printed by a professional lab. Each has its own merits, but I would strongly encourage you to opt for professional printing at a specialist lab. Read on to find out why.Read more…

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | Tim & Ellie

Monday 29th October 2018

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | A Coddington Vineyard Wedding

Coddington Vineyard is a working vineyard and a new to the scene wedding and events venue tucked away in the Malverns on the Worcestershire and Herefordshire border. It’s really quite special, with the vineyard and beautiful gardens creating a perfect backdrop for either a lakeside ceremony or outdoor drinks reception. For the evening meal and dancing, there’s a barn with many original features, and space to set up a marquee or tent too. Tim and Ellie chose to get married at Coddington Vineyard in mid-October, and thankfully the worst of Storm Callum held off long enough for both their ceremony and drinks reception to be held outside as planned.

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | Coddington Vineyard Wedding | Lakeside Wedding Ceremony

The lakeside ceremony tent. Marriage laws in England require that a few lines and the register itself be said and signed under a permanent structure. Many wedding venues achieve this by having a little pagoda or folly registered for ceremonies. Tim and Ellie’s registrar was happy for the main ceremony to be held outdoors under the tent pictured above, and then for Tim, Ellie and their witnesses to step inside the barn to complete the formalities before returning for the close of the ceremony. It worked perfectly.

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | Coddington Vineyard Wedding | Apples on a tree

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | Coddington Vineyard Wedding | Instax Wedding Photos

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | Coddington Vineyard Wedding | The barn all set for a wedding

The barn all set up on the morning of the wedding. I really loved how atmospheric it was in there with the wind blowing outside and all the lights making it feel extra cosy and inviting.

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | Coddington Vineyard Wedding | The bridal cottage

The bridal cottage on site at Coddington Vineyards. Ellie and her sisters got ready at the cottage on the morning of the wedding while Tim and his family stayed up the road in a B&B.

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer | Coddington Vineyard Wedding | Wedding dress by French Connection

Ellie’s beautiful wedding dress was from the French Connection bridal collection. It suited both Ellie and the venue perfectly.Read more…

Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding | Bryony & Craig

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Today I’m sharing the wedding videography highlights and some still frames from Craig and Bryony’s Shustoke Farm Barns wedding which took place in late March on a bright spring day. Bryony and Craig’s wedding including their highlights film has also been featured on British wedding blog Love My Dress in September 2018.

After what felt like a very long, cold and snow filled winter (there was snow on the ground the weekend before their wedding!) I was so glad the weather held for them and they could enjoy the grounds and courtyard in the early afternoon sunshine.

A Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding in Spring

Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding Photographer & Wedding Videographer | Shustoke Barn Coleshill

Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding Photographer & Wedding Videographer | Blush lace wedding dress with three quarter sleeves

Shustoke Farm Barns in Coleshill has been purpose converted for use as an exclusive use wedding venue by family-run Cripps & Co who also own and run wedding venues in the Cotswolds and Northumberland. Shustoke Farm Barns features high vaulted ceilings, large glass doors on both sides flooding the ceremony and reception area with natural light, and one of my favourite features as a wedding videographer; glass covered diamond shaped brickwork at the back. The bokeh is amazing and it makes for a really special backdrop for the ceremony! If you ever catch me pointing my lens at the ceiling or floor, it’s because I’m a magpie for pretty light to use as b-roll (the detail shots that act like glue to piece wedding films together). Shustoke Farm Barns did not disappoint!Read more…

Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer | Emilia & Tom

Saturday 5th August 2017

Today I’m sharing some photos from Emilia and Tom’s wedding which took place at the end of July in Stroud in Gloucestershire. Emilia and Tom wanted to keep things really simple and for their wedding photos to be relaxed, natural and documentary. We took a few group shots immediately after their ceremony and I took them for a little walk down the lane to capture some portraits of the two of them alone together, but the rest of the day’s photography was super relaxed and spontaneous. If you’re getting married in Stroud or the Cotswolds and are looking for a Gloucestershire wedding photographer, do get in touch.

Gloucestershire Wedding Photography | Alternative Wedding Photographer | Wild flowers

Wild flowers gathered from the garden and nearby fields adorned the tables.

Gloucestershire Wedding Photography | Alternative Wedding Photographer | Disposable cameras

Together with disposable cameras!

Gloucestershire Wedding Photography | Alternative Wedding Photographer | Bisley Marquee Hire

The marquee was from Stroud wedding marquee hire company Bisley Marquees.Read more…

Sutton Bonington Hall Wedding | Adam & Jordan

Friday 28th July 2017

Sutton Bonington Hall Wedding | Midlands Wedding Videography

Today I’m sharing the wedding videography highlights and feature films from a Sutton Bonington Hall wedding which took place in early July. Adam and Jordan chose my ‘Feature Collection’ which includes a full day of cinematic wedding videography coverage and the production of three videos; a 3-5 minute cinematic highlights film, a 20 minute chronological storytelling feature film, and a separate video featuring their vows and speeches in full. If you’re getting married in the Midlands or are planning a Sutton Bonington Hall wedding in particular, get in touch! I would love to film for you. The following photos are stills from their wedding films; read on to watch their 20 minute storytelling feature film.

Sutton Bonington Hall Wedding | DIY Dreamcatchers in Trees

Sutton Bonington Hall Wedding | Ivy Filled Balloons

Adam and Jordan got married back at the start of July at the wonderful Sutton Bonington Hall on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Sutton Bonington Hall is an exclusive use country house wedding venue tucked away in the countryside, but just a stone’s throw from both Loughborough and Nottingham.

Sutton Bonington Hall Wedding | Bride doing her Makeup

Sutton Bonington Hall Wedding | Mother of the Bride

The house is a Queen Anne period property with features that include a large air-conditioned orangery with vines growing up the back wall, a traditional drawing room for the ceremony and evening entertainment, a wide, sweeping staircase, and a bridal suite flooded with natural light. The landscaped grounds feature follies and plenty of space to set up lawn games and relax with friends and family. It’s a really beautiful venue, and was the perfect backdrop to their celebrations.

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