Lizzie Churchill | Fashion & Wedding phototgrapher

Sophie & Ben

What a day this was; not only did I get to spend the entire day with such lovely friends and family I happened to grow up with but we were all blessed with the most amazing weather in our beautiful home town of Falmouth!

I arrived at St Michaels Hotel in the morning to capture the lovely bridal party who began their day with breakfast (cereal for Kate!), rotating between the make up and hair chairs whilst chatting, laughing and generally enjoying the company of each other as the tight group & family they obviously are.

As I watched the finishing touches to hair and make up, Sophie changed into her dress as we hid her Dad in the bathroom so he could then get his official ‘first look’…and my gosh was it something to witness; I don’t think he could have oozed more love and pride if he tried! It’s moments like this that remind me how lucky I am to spend such a special, intimate day surrounded by such lovely families that welcome me in as they do their own.

Arriving at Mawnan Smith I was then met by the lovely Ben and his Best Man Tom where they waited patiently for the arrival of the Bridesmaids and Bride in - another - beautiful vintage VW Campervan through the towering trees that line the drive down to this quaint church on the Helford.

Following on from a beautiful ceremony we all headed back into Falmouth where I borrowed the Bride & Groom briefly for some shots along the sea front with their VW. It also allowed them a moment to themselves to pop their champagne and take in the day a bit!

Princess pavilions housed us all for the rest of the afternoon and evening in their incredibly beautiful gardens and grounds alongside Falmouths’ infamous and historic sea-front.

Garden games, group shots, polaroid pictures, sweets from the cart, incredible speeches, food and a lot of laughs later the Wedding cake was cut and the Bride & Groom then took to the dance floor for their first dance before I left them to it as the sun set behind them.

Another amazing day that I can’t thank Sophie & Ben enough for as they truly welcomed me in that day. I wish you both the best future together with adorable little Charlie and look forward to toasting to your first year together!

Location - Princess Pavilion

Make-up - Sally Orchard

Hair - Krissy Drennan

Dress - Maggie Sottero from Amanda K Bridal

Suit - Ted Baker from Moss Bros, Falmouth

Flowers - Fuller blooms & Garden Nurseries

VW Campervan - Strawberry Leisure

BEST first look reaction, ever!

Katy & Wella

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. One of the most memorable, fun, loving and intimate weddings i’ve ever done; and one I certainly won’t be forgetting.

Katy & Wella, the couple who didn’t want to be introduced to their room of guests because they ‘think everyone knows us well enough’, and this was so true! Such a close knit of friends and family which was obvious from the second I arrived in the morning. “Do you want a bacon sandwich?” was one of the first things that was said to me as I walked upstairs into the beautiful barn at Nancarrow. Katy and her bridesmaids were all sat having their hair and make-up prepped while Wella and his friends and family enjoyed breakfast and supplied cups of tea to everyone who passed in and out. Perfect start to the day in my opinion and it was so nice to see such a relaxed and happy room were the Bride AND Groom both shared the start of their day.

Their service was held at Mawnan Smith Church where there was laughter, tears and the all important “I do“‘s before the celebrations started. Morris dancers welcomed Katy & Wella out of the church under an arch of various sticks and forks before offering further entertainment with a number of traditional routines, dance and cheer at the front of the church. The atmosphere and liveliness was definitely a sign of things to come.

Portreath was our next stop for family photos and shots of the VW’s on the beach in Wellas home town before we headed back to Nancarrow for the afternoon and evening. 

Nancarrow was another reason why this day felt so special because celebrating at a rather large house/barn felt intimate and isolated with the added bonus of beautiful farmland, barns, pond, orchard and plants surrounding us. The guests were welcomed with tea cups of Pimms and the smell of smoked pork coming from the outdoor cooker which had been started in the morning for a full 10 hours of smoked perfection.

Speeches were made on the veranda before we all sat down for a delicious meal where guests sat on benches around the bright and airy barn decorated subtly with garden tools and flowers that portrayed Wellas career and interest in gardening. The cake was hand made and decorated by one of their close friends which sat in the corner of the room ready for the evening opposite a sweet table and station for presents, cards and their ‘guest book’ of polaroid snaps hung along a string.

I peeled the happy couple away for a few more shots making use of the most amazing old barn and surrounding landscape. Thanks also need to be said here to Ed Jose for second shooting with me for the day and brining along one of his smoke bombs that helped create one of my all time favourite wedding shots! …and from here on in, it was a case of reporting the rest of the evening, chatting to guests, observing the relationships and love for one an other as well as witnessing one of the best first dance/conga/country dancing i’ve seen!

Thank you both again for having me capture this special day; I wish you both the happiest and healthiest future together.

Location - Nancarrow Farm

Make-up - Aline Kaloudi

Hair - Jessie & Chloe at JJ’s Hair Design

Dress - Naomi Neoh ‘Clementine’

Suit - Ted Baker

Flowers - Anna Sawle

VW Campervan - VW Dream Weddings

Ready for the cutest first look ever……

Serious first, then after 3, do what you want…

one, two…

Lucie Rose Donlan for Protest & Cooler

At the beginning of June I had the absolute pleasure of shooting Protest’s new Mix & Match bikini line modelled by their team rider Lucie Rose Donlan; this was to then be featured alongside Lucie’s interview with Cooler Magazine.

Because we all love a coffee and a chat I arranged to meet the lovely Lucie, her sister Emily and Mum Celly in Newquay so we could discuss plans for the day, outfits and location choice. It’s fair to say we ended up talking about all of the above and more. These guys all felt like lifelong friends and I knew from this meeting this wasn’t the only time I was going to be seeing/working/having coffee with them all! (my next coffee date is actually tomorrow!)

Working around all of our busy schedules we managed to fix a date that fell on one of the most beautiful days we’ve had this year! Loading ourselves up with copious amounts of outfits and bikinis, two surfboards, blankets and scarfs we headed down to Watergate bay and set up at the end of the beach to shoot. Lucie did an incredible job and didn’t stop smiling throughout; her friendly and fun loving energy was evident and I feel the confidence and ambition she has translates well through her interview which you can check out below.

Teenage Kicks Cooler interview with Lucie Donlan 

After a super fun shoot with Lucie and Celly we ended our day in style with yet another coffee and the most incredible view of half of Newquay from the balcony up in Watergate Bay Hotel while the sun began to fall. (I’m not even making this up…standard evenings on the North coast of Cornwall!)

Keep an eye and ear out for this one, she’s a talented and driven young lady and I’m sure we’ll be working together soon, along with her long-boarding sister Emily!

Thank you also to Nina and Marta for their help and asking me to be part of such a great collaboration. 

Lizzie. x

…and a behind the scenes montage, for good measure. :)

The Gentleman’s Club

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Back in November I had the absolute PLEASURE of working alongside the lovely Charlotte Lodey off of EVE Wedding Design on a shoot that would demonstrate her creative design skills ready for the launch of her business. Our first meeting was held over coffee at Gylly beach café were we discussed ideas and themes for the shoot. Before long, we’d decided that something along the lines of a smoking room, leather chairs, cigars, tattoos and 1920s style suits would be an incredible way to put the groom in the lime light, focusing on an alternative approach to dressing on the day with a nod to an era of finer style and discerning gentlemen. At this point our excitement was almost non-containable as we got to work and planned for ‘shoot day’. From arranging suits for the models, deciding locations, prop collecting and colour pallets to art direction on the day, Charlotte’s professional event planning experience was obvious.

I think it’s fair to say that ‘shoot day’ at the beautiful Alverton Hotel in Truro was a day that we’ll all remember. The day was everything Charlotte and I imagined it would be and more! The atmosphere was very relaxed and Charlottes friendly and approachable charisma made her a pleasure to be around, lifting everyones spirits. We all laughed so hard I genuinely had jaw ache by the end of the day as I left with a huge smile on my face.

Thank you SO much to models Treve Stevens, Lance Ashton, Kyle Richardson and Jay Wilson for all your hard work and brilliant sense of humour, you all made the shoot so enjoyable.

Thanks also to Moss Bros Falmouth for all their help arranging and fitting the guys suits.

If you, or ANYONE you know is getting married in the near future, I cannot recommend EVE Wedding Design enough! From the moment you meet Charlotte, you’ll realise what capable hands your special day will be in. So why wait any longer. Go check out her page for all your wedding planning and co-ordination needs!

“Our quirky creative process gives everyone a unique and tailored experience. We understand the importance of creating an individual and memorable day and offer a range of services to suit your needs. We design the wedding package around you which can include anything from full planning and on the day co-ordination to artistic direction and inspiration workshops.” - EVE

Vanessa & Dan

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Save the last dance - Michael Bublé

I’d been looking forward to photographing this wedding from the moment I met ‘Ness and Dan at the beautiful Lanyon Holiday Cottages. This place was incredible. We sat down to discuss the plans for the day, locations, particular group shots etc, and I just knew that Ness had the whole thing under control down to every. last. detail. I wasn’t wrong. Her hard work really paid off.

The light, space, gardens and secluded location left a sense of luxury that filled Lanyon. Family members prepped and perfected their appearance under one roof, sharing coffee in the kitchen or passing between cottages (Manors) for pre-wedding excitement sharing. And I was part of it. I love my job.

After spending the morning with the most lovely of ladies, I then headed over to Illogan Church to meet the guys. Again, the service was full of loving family and friends; all who had a sense of humour and fun throughout. I could tell I was in for a good day.

Back at Lanyon the guest were greeted with champagne, canapés and copious amounts of lawn games including, croquet, giant jenga and volleyball on the lawns. The concoction of beer that had been brewing in the morning was now being served by tap in the kitchen and the celebrations continued!

Spending the whole afternoon and evening at Lanyon made me fall for the place and people even more. I felt like i’d known them all for years; and to be in such a beautiful part of the world with the sun beating down topped it all off.

‘Ness’s creativity and attention to detail was, again, evident as we entered the marquee for the evening. Bunting stretched across the beams and surrounded the perimeter; and each table was named with a photo frame of a significant location that Dan and Ness had visited together or grew up in. These were duplicated in postcard format so that each guest could then write a comment and add to the large suitcase (also hand decorated) on another table for the couple to look back on. Hand made gin was the favour of choice at each place setting - I highly approved - and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, a table full of hand made cakes, biscuits and muffins stood ready to be picked at when it was time for dessert. Every detail had been thought of and was so unique to the couple. As was the speech. One of the most entertaining I’ve ever heard. All I could do was try and hold in the laugher (not very well) while continuing to snap away.

When everyone was stuffed to the brim and now slightly intoxicated a magician then meandered through the crowd performing a variety of tricks while football and volleyball continued on the lawn.

The sun went down, the lights went on, the music went up, and the bar ran dry (just kidding, ish) and so it was time for me to part with the amazing couple, their family and friends. The day was incredible, the sense of fun and humour, everyones love for one another, the location we shared…I could go on…

Being a part of this day was something i’ll forever be grateful for as I loved every second. Did I tell you I love my job?

Anyway, all that’s left for me to say is, scroll through and enjoy….

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