Lizzie Churchill | Fashion & Wedding phototgrapher

Sam & Martin

“If you’d told me when I was 10 years old that I would be the photographer for my sisters best friends Wedding, I wouldn’t believe you.”

Yet, there I was.

It was such a special and emotional wedding for many reasons but when your sister is the Bridesmaid to someone you grew up with, you know it’s going to be a pretty lush one!

My morning was spent chatting away with the Bridal party while they sipped on bubbly, had their hair and make-up done and checked final arrangements for the day ahead. It’s always so lovely being a part of this process as it can be quite a personal and intimate time for the Bride and her family. And this time it was no different. A Unit of people, I was lucky enough to know, that welcomed me in, like family. 

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Mylor Church, sat tucked away on the River Fal just above the harbour where Sam and Martin finally got to say “I do”!

After some obligatory harbour shots and a stroll to gather ALLLLL the wedding guests for a mass group shot by the boats I followed the Bride and Groom around to Falmouth sea front were we jumped out to get some gorgeous couple shots on Castle Beach; the weather was on our side, the sea was glistening and we got some impromptu bubble shots thanks to the participation from a curious girl who had been watching us. It’s random acts of kindness like that which make my day all the more enjoyable; complete strangers wishing health and happiness, by standers taking snaps and children that gasp and wave like they’ve seen royalty — something i’ll never tire of!

Upon Sam & Martins arrival at Merchants Manor, they were greeted with canapés, Pimms and friends & family who all gathered on the lawn before sitting for their delicious meals and beautiful (and hilarious) speeches.

The nautical theme continued with boats from the harbour being featured as table names alongside white roses and hand made rope favours. Every last detail was covered and it made for a beautifully clean, elegant and classical room.

As the sun began to set and they drank the bar dry (naming no names), Sam & Martin took to the floor for their first dance shortly followed by almost all their guests who then partied into the night. Pretty successful day i’d say.

Another massive thank you must be said to the new Mr & Mrs Rule for having me on their day; it’s truly appreciated and I wish you all the health and happiness in the world as you start your next special chapter.

Jade & Mic

What a way to end 2015. Sat in the cliffs of Torpoint in the most amazing fort with two of the most lovely families ever; partying away into the New Year whist celebrating the biggest wedding of the year for everyone there. The long awaited wedding of Jade & Mic - the childhood sweethearts, finally marrying after 16 years together.

Arriving along the most stunning stretch of Cornish coast to the fort I headed across the bridge to the roof of Polhawn then down the spiral staircase, directly into the hall where the service was held. Jade, all her bridesmaids and family were arranging flowers, tables, candles, fairly lights and bunting before they went to their rooms down the corridor and along the floor below to start prepping for the big day. There was such a relaxed atmosphere around the whole fort as everyone popped in and out of each others rooms helping each other with hair and make up; plus keeping an eye on one of the flower girls who may or may not have got hold of one of the girls lipsticks. ;)

As the guests started arriving the fort filled with excitement and nerves as the Bride and her Bridesmaids finished their prep just two rooms away! Once everyone was seated and the Groom and his best men were in place all that remained was for the beautiful bride to walk down through the stunning red-brick arched roof building filled with fairly-lights, candles and their eagerly awaiting guests and family. The most cosy, romantic and atmospheric aisle I’ve seen yet!

Not a dry eye remained after their exchange of vows and placement of rings and so with their first kiss and official document signing the proud and relieved couple then turned toward their packed-out ‘hall’ and headed back down the aisle as the new Mr & Mrs Peel.

From here on in the wedding party mingled and caught up inside and out (between horrendous winds and showers!) while the room was transformed to seat the 100+ guests for their evening meal and drinks. I couldn’t get over how magical the building was; I was convinced by the end of the day that I needed a fairly-light tree in my house along with constantly lit candles…everywhere. Certainly makes me realise how much effort goes into decorating such a vast space for a wedding, and everyone involved really did themselves proud!

After some brilliant, rather emotional and even a surprise speech from Jade and Mics niece (I almost cried too!), it was obvious how much love these two families have for each other. Their involvement in each others lives, respect and gratitude was heartwarming and this extended way beyond blood, to everyone else in the room. It’s moments like this that remind me how lucky I am to be welcomed in on these special days to not only witness, but capture exactly how I see it.

Evening celebrations were then well on their way as the tables were cleared for the first dance after more guests arrived to celebrate and party into the new year with them. After joining everyone for a couple of hours I then popped back to my room to grab my camera one last time on this day to capture the moment we hit midnight. Sitting on the spiral staircase, I looked down at the room as they counted down before a huge cheer of “Happy New Year’ chimed and everyone embraced in a mass of hugs and kisses. It was the most adorable site to witness and I couldn’t help but sit and smile.

Thanks again so much to Jade, Mic, the Cracknell & Peel family AND friends for having me. Here’s to a super happy and healthy future together. X

Location - Polhawn Fort

Dresses - Lavender Rose

Suits - Ted Baker at Moss Bros

Flowers - Emma at Jackie Phillips Flowers

Frances & Ben

After booking this wedding only a month before the big day, I was of course, more than excited to be heading over to beautiful St Ives & Zennor to capture their special day!

I joined Frances and her bridesmaids at her parents house just above Porthmeor with the most incredible view looking across the bay; the house was full of excitement as finishing touches were being made to the cake in Sharrons’ gorgeous pottery studio; upstairs the girls dressed, sipped champagne and gathered in awe over Frances’ hand embroidered dress before her fathers ‘first look’. I can still picture his face now as he and the girls beamed with pride!

Heading to Zennor church I witnessed a mass of guests arriving in the most adorable village where the tipi reception could be seen just peeping over the top of the hedgerows ahead. The sun was shining and everyone was in such great spirits as they waited for the all important arrival of the Bride, her Father and bridal party.

After the service I was able to go for a short stroll with Frances and Ben to get some shots of them alone before we walked back through the village and out the other side to their gorgeous tipi reception. Moss, succulents, terracotta pots and apples lined the tables that ran the length of the tipi and in each place a handmade ceramic favour by the very talented and creative potter Sharron. The most beautiful origami bird curtain hung high above the dance floor at one end while fairy lights left a gentle glow throughout. The craft and design theme -  inspired by the Cornish countryside - was incredible; congratulations and well done to everyone involved!

Thanks again to Frances & Ben for having me on their gorgeous and memorable day. I wish you both the happiest and healthiest future together.

Dress - Alice Archer X Rebecca Street

Suit - Cad and the Dandy 

Bridesmaid dresses - & Other Stories

Flowers and head dress - Jen at Twigs and Greens

Cake - Carmen Kabel X Marco Carboni

Tipi - World Inspired Tents

Wedding Co-ordination on the day - Charlotte Lodey from Eve Wedding Design

Ceramics - Sharron Page Stocks

Victoria & Luke

I had the absolute pleeaaaasssure of heading up to Wiltshire for the weekend to capture and celebrate Victoria and Luke’s drop-dead-GORGEOUS wedding at the end of August. After having a quick google of the location when I was contacted only 4 weeks before their big day, I was filled with excitement when I saw the beautiful buildings, landscape, surrounding gardens and park.

Priston Mill complimented the English groom & French bride perfectly; sat in the colourful and blooming gardens deep within the English countryside with a nod to Victorias french influence throughout. Carefully chosen flowers decorated the aisle and pastel pom-poms hung above the guest book tabled adorned with a polaroid camera, and suitcase for cards.

It wasn’t long before the guests flooded in and sat to await the bride, who by the way, looked incredible. With french lace, a beautiful bouquet, flowers to line Victorias hair-up and two bridesmaids in classic french breton striped dresses, they were all set to walk the aisle.

After the all important ‘I do’s’ surrounded by their family and friends, the wedding party gathered outside for Pimms, champagne and ice creams on the lawn where we shot a few group shots and images of the couple before they all sat for their meal and I headed back to Cornwall.

I’m incredibly grateful to have been asked to photograph such a gorgeous wedding and to have met such lovely people! My french wasn’t the best but it didn’t stop me chatting to the family and friends who were all so easy to talk to (and patient with me! ha)!

Thanks again to Victoria and Luke for having me; here’s to the rest of your happy and healthy lives together! :)

Location - Priston Mill

Hair - Louise Alway

Dress - Yolan Cris

Suit - Ted Baker at Suit Supply

Flowers - Eden

Cathy & Anthony

After marrying in New York nearly four years ago, it was an absolute pleasure to be asked to photograph Cathy & Anthony’s blessing back on her home soil surrounded by both their families.

Arriving in a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, it was lovely to greet both the Bride & Groom together before they walked down the aisle as a couple. The ceremony was intimate, relaxed and full of laughter with readings from both Cathy and Anthony’s mothers. 

We made the most of the sun and gorgeous surrounds of Budock church and the incredible view across Falmouth before heading over to Chycara where the reception would carry them all through to the evening. Set in beautiful grounds with a variety of ponds, bridges, lawns, tennis courts and a pool we weren’t short of anywhere to take photos that’s for sure! 

Lanterns, bunting and candle light filled the marquee and path keeping a fluent and cohesive pastel colouring throughout with fresh flowers and lemonade on each table with some adorable miniature jam jar favours!

I knew I would love photographing this wedding from the moment I was asked (one of my closest and eldest friend is Cathys sister, so I grew up with the family!) but when the day came and I was there to witness everyone coming together to celebrate after a long time apart with the couple living in America. It reminded me how distance really means nothing when friends and family mean that much to you; and that’s what weddings are about - the joining of friends and family to celebrate not only the Bride & Groom becoming one, but the love and relationships of those around you too.

Thank you again Cathy & Anthony, I wish you the best future together in both America and back here in the UK! :)

Location - Chycara

Make-up - Chrissie at Ultimate Beauty

Hair - Alice Jane

Flowers arranged by the Bride!

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