Monique & Matt’s Pre Shoot

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

So its been a little while since Monique & Matt’s Pre Shoot back in May but as I was backing up some jobs and had another look through, I just had to share some more with you.

This lovely couple will be getting married in September and I can’t wait to get back to the church in Great Bowden to take more photos. We should by then also have some autumnal colours on the trees which will only add to the photos even more (I have mentioned this a few times before BUT Autumn is my favourite time of the year!).

After their ceremony on the day it will be on to Foxton Locks for the celebrations with their guests, which means even more photo opportunities…in between canapés and bubbles that is!

Booking a Pre Shoot in before your wedding day is always a good idea as it gives us the opportunity to get to know each other a bit, to talk through your plans of the day and to try out some of the photo ideas before the day itself. Pre Shoots are always relaxed and fun! Chatting and laughing our way through was definitely something we did for this session.

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A pre shoot at Keythorpe Manor

Friday, May 26th, 2017

I can’t wait to be back at Keythorpe Manor tomorrow with our lovely bride & groom to be, Katherine and Ed!

We met up for their pre shoot at the start of the month, which gave us a great chance to explore the grounds as it was my first time at Keythorpe Manor. As soon as your enter the grounds you are spoilt for choice on where to take photos. The beautiful manor itself provides a lovely backdrop, or the many winding paths through the grounds, and all of this is surrounded by countryside.

Elmo also joined us for some photos, and all though he was a little excited as it was also his first time at Keythorpe, he was amazing in front of the camera!

So tomorrow we will be recreating some of these photos of the newlyweds and I can’t wait to see how the photos on the swing turn out with the bride and groom in a gown and suit!


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Amy & Jakes Pre Wedding Shoot

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I recently got to meet up with Amy & Jake again as it was time for their pre wedding shoot, with their wedding only a few weeks away! So off we headed to the beautiful Bassmead Manor Barns to take at look around their chosen venue, discuss last minute details ahead of their big day and to take some photos around the grounds to show the type of photos we could get on the day itself.

We were spoilt for choice for photo opportunities with the tree lined drive leading to the venue, the surrounding landscape of fields as far as the eye could see, and the barn yards surrounded by the stream.

On top of all these options for the photos, we also had the sun shining to finish it all off. I can’t wait to get back to the barns and to recreate some of these with soon to be newlyweds. Here are my favourites for you to take a look through….

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Vanessa & Nick’s Pre Shoot

Friday, December 16th, 2016

It turned out to be the most foggy day of the year so far, but actually I like it! Here are my favourites from Vanessa & Nick’s Pre Shoot.

I have been lucky enough to photograph weddings at Barton Hall on a few occasions now, and loved the difference the fog made to the grounds during the pre wedding shoot!

It was important to capture Vanessa and Nick looking comfortable on camera, especially as they had mentioned how much they don’t like having their photo taken! And that didn’t take long at all as they are so relaxed as a couple so we chatted and joked all the way through. Take a look at their pre shoot photos to see for yourself…

I’m already looking forward to being back at Barton Hall in March to photograph their Wedding Day!

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The Mclaren Wedding

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

After an amazing pre shoot, I couldn’t wait to get back to Grendon Lakes to photograph the Mclaren Wedding. All though the sunflowers had past, and the getty had been taken in for the winter, the lake still make a perfect backdrop for their wedding photos.

It was a calm morning with the bridal party capturing the girls getting ready and the details of the outfits, Jaime getting in to her stunning gown and the reactions as her bridesmaids saw her in the dress for the first time. Then it was time for the short car journey to the venue.

Conor and his groomsmen were already greeting guests in to the room at this point so it was a case of candid photos to capture the happy family and friends arriving, and of course the nerves building!

The very cute Lorcan walked his mummy down the isle and did such an amazing job! After the ceremony it was back out on to the lawn area for the drinks reception whilst the formal photos took place. I also made the most of the beautiful willow tree for some photos of the bride and groom…Jaime knew I was going to suggest this so she had obviously got used to me being on the look out for nice trees on the pre shoot!

The marquee looked stunning so I was in my element getting detailed photos of it all (Jaime you did an amazing job). I always think you can never have too many detailed photos, after all this is where all the time is spent before the day planning!

I then finished the day by capturing candids of guests as they waited to greet the new Mr & Mrs in to the room and enjoy their first meal as a married couple.

Jaime & Conor, thank you for having me to photograph your wedding day! x

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Ben & Lauren’s Wedding Day

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

In October Ben & Lauren tied the knot at Kettering Park Hotel and chose two photographers to capture the day. Right from the morning prep through to the guests dancing the night away, we were made to feel so welcome by their lovely family and guests.

Here are my favourites of the day, and all though its hard to narrow down, I think this shows a nice selection of all those little details, Lauren looking stunning in her gown before entering the ceremony room, the happy couple beaming their way through the vows, and the fun had by family and friends through the day.

We headed out in to the gardens for some photos of the bride and groom (which also gives them a bit of time to themselves), and made the most of the Autumnal colours which added to the photos nicely. All though as a couple they both say they feel nervous in front of the camera, it’s never shown in the photos when I have worked with them and I am sure you will agree they both look very relaxed and so happy to have just become Mr and Mrs.

Thank you again Ben & Lauren, I have loved working with you both! x


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Inspiring ideas for your perfect wedding cake

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Today we are bringing you a very tasty blog with a show of some of our favourite wedding cakes from this years weddings. With these various styles of fabulous wedding cakes photographed so far throughout 2016, you can undoubtably grab yourself new and inspiring ideas for your perfect wedding cake.

Dirty Iced Cakes

Dirty-iced (also known as crumb coating/naked cakes or half dressed cakes) have definitely been so trendy the past few years. A dirty iced cake is essentially a thin layer of icing that traps in all the cake crumbs before frosting.

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A dirty iced cake is left bare with no frosting on top but simply decorated with some florals or a cake topper.

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Cheese Cake

The cheese wedding cake is now well established and if you love cheese more than fruit cake then why not chose this and make a visual statement with your cheese course. Decorate a cheese celebration cake well and it’ll be stunning and certainly the centre of attention.

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Traditional Iced Cake

The traditional iced wedding cake is a statement piece of its own and is made up of a stack of fruit or sponge cake, dressed in icing or marzipan and then decorated traditionally with flowers/cake toppers or both. Keeping the detail on these cakes to a minimum gives a simple yet elegant statement on your wedding day.

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Quirky Cakes

Quirky wedding cakes are becoming more popular as couples are putting a twist on the traditional cakes and creating something that is personal to them. It might be a quirky cake that links to the theme of the table settings, something sentimental to you as a couple or something to represent an event that is yet to happen.

Cake Blog-5Whatever your style of wedding cake, here at Lindsey Arber Photography we believe every aspect of your masterpiece should be considered. When you’ve spent so much time planning your wedding day and the detail on your cake you want to be sure that the final “cutting the cake” shot is perfect so we have some points to consider when deciding on an area to place your wedding cake:

  • Making sure the lighting around the cake is nice and bright is really important, so try not to leave the cake stood over in the corner of the room where no-one can see it, after all you’ve put far too much effort into it to not show it off. Placing your cake next to a window can make a nice background as the natural light will highlight the details nicely.
  • Think about the background behind your wedding cake, is there a nice space for you to stand to be able to get that perfect shot? is the wall behind you nicely lit? Even consider bringing your cake away from the wall to include more of the room set up in the photos.
  • Consider the surroundings, make sure you are happy with every detail thats surrounding your wedding cake, so that when you have your final images through, everything is just as perfect as you planned. For example if there is a fire exit sign that might be distracting then maybe this isn’t the right place for your cake.

To discuss your photography requirements or if you have any questions please contact us here at Lindsey Arber Photography and we will be happy to assist you.

Sheridan & Matthew’s Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

On Saturday it was Sheridan & Matthew’s Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot at Barton Hall Hotel, Kettering Northamptonshire.

This year I am lucky enough to have three weddings I will be photographing at Barton Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire which will all be unique in their own way. This Grade two listed building is well known for the striking orangery to the rear of the hall which is where most people hold their ceremony and drinks reception.

This was a great chance to talk through some of the details of the couples big day and how they will be making the most of the venue for their wedding photography.

Sheridan & Matthew's Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot, Barton Hall, Kettering, Northants

Sheridan & Matthew’s Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot, Barton Hall, Kettering, Northants

Sheridan and Matthew shared that they prefer more natural photos rather than anything too staged, so it was my job to get them relaxed in front of the camera so I could capture them look comfortable and happy together.

The most important thing for me when shooting multiple weddings at the same venue is to make sure the photography is individual to each couple, especially during the pre-shoots before the couple have put their stamp on the venue. So all though a few of the same areas around the hall are used, its all about adding new ideas to keep the photography fresh.

Sheridan & Matthew's Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot, Barton Hall Hotel, Kettering Northamptonshire.

Sheridan & Matthew’s Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot, Barton Hall Hotel, Kettering Northamptonshire.

Pre-Wedding Shoots are a great way to run through any photo ideas ahead of your big day. It is also a chance for me to see how you are in front of the camera, what your comfortable with and what comes naturally to you. If you or your partner are feeling nervous at the thought of having your photo taken it will help with nerves as you will see I work in a relaxed way.

Pre-Wedding Shoots are included in all of my Wedding Photography packages but are still optional.


Rob & Hannah’s Spring Pre-Wedding Shoot

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Rob & Hannah’s Spring Pre-Wedding Shoot took place on Easter Sunday at the stunning venue of Brownsover Hall Hotel, Old Brownsover, Rugby.

This was a new venue for me and from what I had seen on the website, I couldn’t wait to look around. Located on the edge of Rugby, the Grade II Victorian Gothic mansion is surrounded by 7 acres of woodland and gardens which keep the hall a hidden gem.

As you turn off the country road and in to the entrance of the hall you are greeted with a canopy of trees leading you towards the entrance. With walled gardens to cobbled courtyards and forest walks there are so many photo opportunities. After a wonder around the grounds it was time to meet Rob and Hannah to discuss timings and plans for their wedding day. With a log fire crackling in the background it made the hall very inviting and cosy despite the high ceilings and victorian gothic features.

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Once we had talked everything through it was back out side to take some photos of the couple. It was a bit chilly but this was nothing to complain about as the forecast leading to the day had warned of rain all day! Luckily the sun made an appearance and stayed for the duration! It really does add to the shots, highlighting areas of the building and shining through sections of the trees.

 Shooting with a mixture of the Canon 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses I wanted to show the beautiful surrounds but also get some shots focusing closer on the couple.

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I am now really looking forward to Rob and Hannah’s big day where we will get to recreate some of these photo’s with the groom suited and booted and the bride in her beautiful wedding gown.

Pre-Wedding Shoots are a great way to run through any photo ideas ahead of your big day. It is also a chance for me to see how you are in front of the camera, what your comfortable with and what comes naturally to you. If you or your partner are feeling nervous at the thought of having your photo taken it will help with nerves as you will see I work in a relaxed way.

Pre-Wedding Shoots are included in all of my Wedding Photography packages but are still optional.

The Wedding Photographs You Must Have Taken on Your Big Day

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

When it comes to putting together a list of wedding photographs you want taken on your big day, the chances are the list is looooong!

In this blog post I’ve put together 10 wedding photographs that you must make sure are taken! These are the snaps that will capture some of those super-special moments from your big day so you can look back and reminisce in the months and years following your wedding.

1. Bridal Prep – This wedding photo will capture the excitement, nerves and emotional build up before the ceremony.

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2. Groom and his Groomsmen (pre ceremony) – The bride in particular will love to look back on this one. These photos capture the bond between the groom and his groomsmen and will show the nerves, anticipation and excitement building.

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3. The Finer Details – Make sure some photos of the more intricate parts of your wedding day are taken. These snaps might be of your table decorations, the detail on your dress or even your wedding shoes.

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4. Your wedding flowers or bouquets – Ideally these photos will be taken before the wedding ceremony starts or before your bouquet makes its way down the aisle, this way the flowers will be in pristine condition when the photos are taken.

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5. Your wedding rings – The way this wedding photo can be taken can vary. Personally, I like to take a photo of the rings when they’re being held by the best man.

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6. Walking down the aisle – The way this wedding photo can be taken can also vary. You can have the photos taken from behind, capturing a stunning gown, or your photos can capture your guests looking on in awe or even of the groom and the look on his face as he sees his bride coming down the aisle.

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7. Your first kiss as husband wife – This is an absolute classic wedding photo! Not only will it capture your first moment as husband and wife, it will also capture all the joy, relief and excitement of finally becoming husband and wife!

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8. The Group Wedding Photo – This is a nice quick one that captures the whole wedding party. You can make this one fun too!


9. Your room set-up – Make sure you capture all the hard work and detail that went into making your room look stunning. Piccies of the table decorations and favours are ones not to forget, don’t forget to get piccies of your cake too!

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10. The First Dance – This is often one of the most emotional parts of a wedding, so make sure it’s captured in your wedding photos. Your guests will be looking on, probably teary eyed, and the bride and her groom will be looking blissfully happy!

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There are tons more pictures to have taken on your big day! For more ideas get in touch with me.

I’m a friendly and experienced wedding photographer based in Desborough who covers Northamptonshire weddings. If you’d like more info, just contact me, I would love to be a part of your big day.