Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory of the Royal Navy over the combination of both the French and Spanish fleets during the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805.
The Battle of Trafalgar by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield
Every year, close to the date, the Sea Cadets hold their Trafalgar Day Parade. My little Cadet missed it last year, so was quite excited to do this for the first time - especially since he's now got his new uniform!
We took the little monkey along, who got bored, frustrated and excited in the first 20 minutes - as only a 3 year old can do! But, he watched his big bro and walked his little legs off alongside the parade.
I had a proper proud dad moment watching my lad as he marched through the streets. To be honest, I was proud of everyone that was there and took part. They all looked amazing.
As usual, I took far too many photos. Here are my snaps from the day.
The Sea Cadets offer brilliant opportunities for kids. Check them out HERE.
Last week we had a few days away having a bit of a road trip round the Scottish border areas.
We stayed in Lower Burnmouth and had a little adventure round the area, calling into the little seaside ports and villages, and also popping back down into England to drive over the causeway onto Holy Island off the Northumberland coast.
Luckily, our little Freddie Bear wasn't in a sling this time, so he enjoyed climbing the rocks and throwing stones with his big bros!
We visited Castles, Priories, Beaches, Parks, Ports and Marinas. We ate Ice Cream, Pizzas, Teas and Cakes. We watched Seals, Gulls and lots of other wildlife.
We also did our usual favourite thing - we walked our local beach every evening until the sun went down before heading back to our house to warm back up by the fire.
A lovely bit of family time.
Here's a few (too many) snaps.
As usual, we booked our holiday house through Airbnb. If you've not used it before, click HERE.
I've not thrown up a blog post for a while, so here's a little something from the other day.
We took advantage of the bit of sunshine and went down to feed the ducks.
We got ambushed!
Here's some snaps.
One of my favourite things, when I'm shooting a wedding, is watching the antics of the little guests.
Kids are awesome. And tiring. And then awesome again.
I've got 3 of my own, so I know how they can go from the cutest things on the planet one minute, to making you want to pull your hair out the next. There's a reason that people invented alcohol - and I'd wager a bet that a screaming 2 year old was behind it!
I love the little moments at a wedding - the ones that the Bride and Groom very rarely see until they get their photos back. That's what I like to do. I like to capture these little moments forever. Photos that can be shown in 10 years time when they think they're all grown up!
I love these moments - bridal prep where two sisters are like little Princesses getting ready for the Ball. Sneaking little selfies on their phones. Ceremonies where the kids are that bored that they haven't realised the hymn book is upside down. Outside the church where confetti wars are the best thing on the Earth for 5 minutes. At the reception where they can't manage any more food, but demolish the sweetie cart in half an hour flat. Sneaky fingers going for the wedding cake. Bubbles and balloons - these are two of the greatest inventions to keep a kid busy that have ever been made! The quiet moments, when two 10 year olds can sit in conversation like a couple of 50s housewives and two 15 year olds can chase each other around like they're 9 again. The dancefloor, where they let loose like the adults daren't, when sliding is still the best thing in the world and swirly dresses make awesome twirls like they see on TV.
They all catch me eventually, and I get the goofy grin or the embarrassed smile or the covered face or the squeal of laughter. Sometimes I even get a pose!
These are precious moments. Moments which can, and will, be cherished forever.
There's one thing that kids can teach us - and that's how to live. Now. In the moment. Live every second without a care about what's next. Cry out your frustrations for a few minutes, but then carry on being the King or Queen of your world.
We all need to live like kids sometimes.
But, don't worry if you don't have kids, or there's no kids at your wedding. After a few drinks down our necks, us adults soon shed the worry of adulting and start acting like kids again anyway...
Here are a few of those moments.
At the end of October last year, I had the pleasure of shooting the lovely wedding of Claire and Ben.
It was lovely to see everyone again at this wedding - I photographed Claire's sister's wedding earlier in the year, so it made a change to see familiar faces at a wedding!
The day started with bridal prep at Claire's mum's house, before heading up the road to Bilton House Register Office, then on to Harrogate Town FC for the reception.
Bridal prep is always fun - even more so when you have '3 sisters Vs Mum' for entertainment!
The time flew by and everyone was soon ready to load up and head to Bilton House.
Ben was patiently waiting, looking rather dapper. Nerves were being held well as he waited for his Bride-to-be to come walking down the aisle. I'm pretty sure he liked what he saw - judging by the smile on his face!
The vows were soon done, kisses were had and the lovely couple stepped out as man and wife into the beautiful Autumn sunshine.
We headed over the road for a few snaps on the Stray before loading up once again and heading for the footy ground.
Drinks were soon flowing and then food was served kerbside from a fish and chip van. Yep, that was pretty awesome.
Speeches were said, dances were danced and plenty of kisses were had.
We even went out on the pitch for a little while.
Oh, one more thing - The Gentle Wedding could possibly be the best wedding name ever!
Thanks for having me guys - you were awesome.
Here are a few snaps from their day.
We thought we'd make the New Year a little different this year, so we headed up to the Lakes for a few days.
We booked a little log cabin through Airbnb and used it as a base to have a little travel around the area. We stayed at Lowick Green, just 5 minutes away from Coniston Water, so we spent most of our time exploring around the lake.
The weather was a bit grey and cold, so we had to restrict the walks a little bit due to the little monster. He's usually a good little rambler, but the cold was going straight through to his bones.
Our nights were spent chilling out in the cabin. We played poker and Pictionary, watched Rom-Coms and scary movies, cooked microwave TV dinners, ate lots of snacks and chocolate and drank a bit of booze. (Well, we did - the kids just got hyper on hot chocolate and fizzy pop!)
It was a perfect way to welcome in the New Year. It was also nice to have some time off work and get in some special family time.
Happy New Year folks, here's a few snaps from our trip.
P.S. If you want a bit of money off an Airbnb booking, just clicky HERE.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of shooting the lovely wedding of Mel and Aiden.
It was a lovely little local wedding in Ackworth, near Pontefract. (Well, it's actually in Wakefield, but we get weird with postcodes round here!)
There was no bridal prep needed on this one, so it was a quick blast to the church and then on to the pub!
The ceremony was held in the beautiful St. Cuthbert's church. The sun was shining as Aiden pulled up in a pretty cool Aston Martin, looking all James Bond. This lad was cool as a cucumber - no nerves at all, just smiles all day. He was running late though - the bridesmaids had arrived 15 minutes before him, so everyone quickly bustled into the church before the bride arrived.
The lovely old Austin Vanden Plas Princess that had previously delivered the bridesmaids soon turned the corner once again. Mel, looking radiant, stepped out. All Brides should be transported to a wedding in an Austin Princess - it's a 'Princess in a Princess' pun just waiting to happen!
The ceremony was full of laughs and smiles, a proper joyous occasion. Mel was a little nervous coming down the aisle, but soon got swept up in the swing of it all.
Songs were sung, vows were said, laughs were had and kisses were kissed.
Time for the pub!
The reception was held at The Rustic Arms, a beautiful little country pub tucked out of the way, surrounded by lush greenery. They do some pretty awesome food too!
We were welcomed into the Arms (another pun waiting to happen) to the beautiful sound of Sondelle. It was lovely - I'd not heard a wedding singer in ages!
In between being forced inside for little things like the wedding breakfast and the speeches / first dance, the majority of the day was spent in the beautiful gardens.
Us British do make the most of the sunshine when we get some!
There were plenty of laughs, plenty of drinks and plenty of astonished faces when the magic tricks started being performed by one of the Groom's family members.
There was also a pretty awesome 'Bride sliding/falling down the kid's slide' moment. That was definitely your idea Mel! ;-)
An awesome wedding. Thanks for having me guys.
Here are a few images from their day.
I spent my birthday this year photographing the wedding of Laura and Chris, in a pretty cool little converted chapel restaurant in the middle of Derby.
We started the day with some bridal prep at the couple's home in Ashbourne before moving on down to Masa Restaurant in Derby centre for the vows and evening do.
Bridal prep was a complete laugh - a house full of women drinking Prosecco. With willy straws. Need I say more!
Pretty soon the Limo turned up for the girls, so it was a fight through traffic to get down and parked up at the restaurant. In typical fashion, the car park I had planned to use had been roped off for work, but a stroke of luck got me the very last on-street parking spot!
The restaurant itself is a pretty cool place. A converted Chapel that dates back to the 1800s. For more info on Masa, click HERE.
Chris was waiting patiently inside and pretty soon the Bridal Party made their entrance. One of the Bridesmaid's first jobs raised a few laughs - the placing of a phone book at the end of the aisle for Laura to stand on. Probably the best use of a phonebook in years - I have no idea where they managed to find one!
Pretty soon the vows were done, kisses were kissed and confetti was thrown. The room was soon converted back to normal, drinks were flowing and food was served.
The wedding had a pretty cool travel-theme. Paper planes made out of maps were soon zooming around - mostly over the balcony into the lower bar area!
After the speeches had been said, the DJ kicked the beats up and the party got underway. The Bride and Groom get extra points from me for doing the dance from Pulp Fiction as their first dance. One of my favourite movies.
It was a pretty awesome day.
Did I mention it was my birthday? Well so did the Groom. In his speech. And the Bride. And the Bridesmaids. And the DJ...
Thanks for having me guys - it was a blast.
Here are a few images from their day.
(Make up by Peach Berry Hair and Make Up.)
A few weeks ago I had the lovely pleasure of photographing the wedding of Dawn and Callum down in Chesterfield.
The day started with a little bridal prep at the lovely Ringwood Hall Hotel, followed by a quick drive back into Yorkshire to Christ Church in Hackenthorpe for the vows, then back to Ringwood Hall for the wedding breakfast and evening do.
The day was blue-sky beautiful with the sun blazing down. The bridal prep was a laugh as usual, with plenty of kids running round to keep everyone on their toes. Balancing a chair on the bed to hang the wedding dress wasn't the best idea I've ever had, but I survived the wobbly deal unscathed!
After the prep, it was on to the church.
Callum was patiently waiting for his Bride-to-be. He was also looking a tad nervous!
The vows were fun, with plenty of laughs thrown in. Also plenty of tears from both the bride and the groom!
Pretty soon the vows were done, songs were sung and confetti was thrown. And kisses were had - lots of kisses.
Back to the Hall!
We arrived back and chilled in the gardens while finishing touches were made to the room.
I whisked Dawn and Callum away for a few photos round the grounds, then it was back to inspect the room. When Callum saw the memorial place setting for his father at the top table, the emotions ran very high. It was an absolutely beautiful, touching moment. I had a bit of a lump in my throat too!
Food was served, toasts were had, cakes were cut and dances were danced.
And lots more kissing too.
A beautiful, emotional day that I was privileged to be a part of.
Thanks for having me guys - you rocked.
Here's a few images from their day.
A few weeks ago I had the lovely pleasure of photographing the wedding of Kandi and Viv.
I met the couple at their hotel in the heart of Doncaster before we moved on up to the register office.
After the vows, we were unceremoniously rushed out of the wedding room after about 3 minutes worth of photos, so we went down in to Elmfield Park to shoot some group shots and a few portraits.
After that - it was time to get on board the Wyre Lady!
The Wyre Lady is a riverboat that runs functions and parties round the Doncaster/Sprotbrough area. For more info, click HERE.
The boat was soon comically nicknamed 'The Lesboat', but we really should have nicknamed it 'The Partyboat'. Because that's what this wedding was - a party from start to finish.
A special mention has got to be made about the duelling speeches - one a poem and the other a song. It was proper comedy genius.
And I'm not even gonna mention the cake cutting speech...
When I got home from the wedding at the end of the night, my face was still hurting from laughing!
Thanks for having me guys - it was awesome!
Here's a few pictures from their day.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.