Lee Hawley

Priors Court Barn – Hannah & Joe

Priors Court Barn – Hannah & Joe

Priors Court Barn - Hannah & Joe

Priors Court Barn Wedding Photographer

Priors Court Barn Wedding Photographer

Priors Court Barn is a gorgeous Cotswold barn wedding venue, with the added bonus of being part of Brockworth Court that has the most beautiful gardens for a wedding reception and photo opportunities. I’m a fan!

I’m also a fan of Hannah & Joe! With a relaxed, fun and happy wedding planned, they trusted me to mix in and do my thing. The ceremony was at St Pauls Church in in Cheltenham, and as always I’m looking for a unique perspective. I spotted the fairy lights hanging across from the balcony immediately so asked one of the team their if I could get access? They were very keen to oblige, which gave me the opportunity to get the shot below! This is an example of where I have a vision in my mind, and it turns out even better! Shots like this are so exciting for me, and one of the big kicks I get out of doing this job.

It was so much fund spending the day with them both, and once I have that buy-in from my couples it can really pay off with some of the photos. One example is during our pre wedding consultation, Hannah had mentioned she really wanted a photo with Chosen Hill in the background, but sadly due to building work nearby the hill was blocked from view from the venue. So on the way back from the ceremony I double checked a little layby a km up the road I’d scoped out earlier in the week, and found it was mostly dry. So I swung back round to catch Hannah & Joe as they arrived from the church, and knowing they’d probably trust my judgment, they were up for heading over there! It was well worth the ten mins it took, and we got Hannah her Chosen Hill photo!

The Brockworth Court gardens played host to a beautiful sunny Spring reception, and Hey Pesto did a great job of the canapes, and the wedding breakfast itself.

You’ll see from the photos below, that the barn looked mega and was a great back drop to the speeches.

Enjoy the highlights gallery below!

this guy needs to be shouted about!

We asked to give a review, because this guy needs to be shouted about! From our first meeting it was very clear Lee wanted to get to know us as a couple and ensure he gave us exactly what we were after. On our special day, he blended into the background allowing us to feel very relaxed and comfortable from start to finish. The photos he has taken are beyond what we asked for and he even managed to arrange a photograph in a location we thought wasn’t possible! He captured moments we didn’t see on the day and we cannot stop looking at our photos! We highly recommend him for your special day, as he captured ours perfectly.

Hannah & Joe

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Make up - Lovebird Make Up
Hair - Evissa Hair
Dress - Linda Gray Bridal
Catering - Hey Pesto

 

If you have enjoyed this blog, you can read more here and to see my latest work you can see loads on my galleries page

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This is not formal wedding photography

I tell your wedding story naturally and creatively. No awkward poses, no saying cheese. My goal is for you to feel like you have a friend as your photographer, and by doing that I capture you at your most you.

I truly invest in my couples, spending time to understand what makes you tick. Even if you don’t really know what you want, in a brief chat over coffee I will understand how best to approach your day, resulting in you being relaxed and able to enjoy your wedding and resulting in a set of images tailored to you.

​To receive my latest brochure and full price list, please complete the simple form . I’d also love to hear a bit about your day! Packages start from £695.

This is not a wedding production line, you will not be added to any mailing lists and I will reply to you in person

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Cripps Barn – Amy & Kieren

Cripps Barn – Amy & Kieren

Cripps Barn - Amy & Kieren

Cripps Barn Wedding Photographer

Set in the middle of beautiful rolling countryside, Cripps Barn is one of the venues everyone in the Industry knows and loves. Focused purely on delivering special tailor made weddings, and a photographers dream!

As for Amy & Kieren, they couldn’t have made my job easier! As well as being friendly, welcoming and wanting my relaxed approach to wedding photography, they were an absolute joy to be around. Amy’s cheeks by the end of the day must have ached from smiling so much, which made every photo with her in shine!

We had a beautiful spring day, that at times resembled peak summer, and Cripps Barn was able to show off its gorgeous outdoor ceremony space. I love shooting outdoor ceremonies. They can be a risk/reward decision, as when weather is suspect (that’ll be always then) it can cause a late change of plan. But when they pay off, they’re amazing!

Our couples portraits were a blast. With a rapeseed field on the door step it seemed a crime not to use it, resulting in one of the days many memorable moments.

And with an amazing clear sunset, I captured some lovely moments as Amy & Kieren spent a few minutes away from it all taking stock! Including using the sun for an an epic “ring of fire” pic, which is one of my favourite little “tricks” I have in my kit bag!

With the day not quite over, there was plenty of dancing and fun still to be had, and I left with yet another highlight of the year already!

Check out the highlights gallery below.

Thanks for having me guys!

having you there was like enjoying our day with another special guest

cripps barn wedding photography

We don’t even need to wait for all of our wedding photos to be ready to say that Lee is incredible at his job! What we’ve already seen (from our pre-wedding shoot to our sneak peak of our wedding day) has made two newlyweds smile from ear to ear. He clearly loves what he does, captures the most amazing moments in a photograph and is a wonderful person too.

As my brother said, “When did you manage to sneak off to have photographs taken in the fields!?” Lee seizes the moment so easily that you’re never away from your beloved guests for too long.

Thank you so much – we can’t wait to see the rest! ??

On completion on photos – These are absolutely incredible – thank you SO much! We loved every minute and having you there was like enjoying our day with another special guest. Everyone’s commented on how great you were – thank you, thank you, thank you!

Amy & Kieren

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Venue - Cripps Barn

Hair & Make up - Face Perfect by Jodie Croft

Wedding car - Satin & Lace

Dress - A-Z Wedding Services

Suits - Ted Baker from Moss Bross

DJ - Oxygen Discos

Wedding Favour - British Heart Foundation pins

Cake - Nanny Teri!

If you have enjoyed this blog, you can read more here and to see my latest work you can see loads on my galleries page

Request  Brochure & Price List

This is not formal wedding photography

I tell your wedding story naturally and creatively. No awkward poses, no saying cheese. My goal is for you to feel like you have a friend as your photographer, and by doing that I capture you at your most you.

I truly invest in my couples, spending time to understand what makes you tick. Even if you don’t really know what you want, in a brief chat over coffee I will understand how best to approach your day, resulting in you being relaxed and able to enjoy your wedding and resulting in a set of images tailored to you.

​To receive my latest brochure and full price list, please complete the simple form . I’d also love to hear a bit about your day! Packages start from £695.

This is not a wedding production line, you will not be added to any mailing lists and I will reply to you in person

Posted by Lee Hawley
Manor House Hotel Moreton in Marsh Double Header

Manor House Hotel Moreton in Marsh Double Header

Manor House Hotel Wedding Photography Double Header

This winter I have been a Manor House Hotel wedding photographer twice. A true test of a venue is how well they work when the days are short, cold and the weather is unreliable. I would also say this is the ultimate test for a wedding photographer! Its all well and good taking nice photos on a beautiful dry, warm and sunny day with 16 hours of daylight to play with, but what about when the temperature is hovering around zero, it is dark by 4pm and a good chance of rain? That’s when a photographers efficiency, improvisation and ability is really tested!

It of course helps having great couples to work with, and Abi & Simon, and Tracey & Alexis were exactly that! Iv said it a million times, but I’m very fortunate in that because I market myself completely transparently, I nearly always get booked by people who “get me” and want what I do, and these guys are perfect examples of how that method works so well, and why I am happy to lose a booking to the wrong couple.

It results in days like these two. Beautiful, happy, friendly and relaxed weddings, where I spend the day as a guest with a camera rather than a contractor doing a job.

Manor House Hotel in Moreton in Marsh is the perfect venue for it too. Enjoy!

Another happy coincidence is that by virtue of both brides being NHS nurses, both weddings benefited from my NHS nurses discount. You can read more about why here.

Abi & Simon

First up back in November was Abi & Simon. They had the full day, including ceremony at the Manor House Hotel, and it was the perfect fun family day. The ceremony room is ideal, often at similar venues the space for the ceremony can be a bit compromised, but not so here, and being a separate space to the wedding breakfast room and reception area, there’s no awkward moving around of furniture!

Being November, we weren’t going to be outside for the reception, which is no problem as the reception space is great. Despite that lack of daylight, we still managed to get a perfect window for some portraits using the beautiful low winter sun!

A highlight was the singing waiters! After the food one of the guys who had been serving, picked up a mic and announced that it was his last day working as he was off to be on Britain’s got Talent, and burst into song! For half the first song the guests were in complete bemusement with no idea what was going on, which was hilarious for me as I had been briefed what was happening. When the penny finally dropped a full on mid-afternoon napkin waving gig commenced!

After dark we had some fun with a shot under the garden archway, then it was into the dancing and doughnut eating of course!

A big thanks to Abi, Simon and their friends and families for making me so welcome!

The photos were sensational

Lee Hawley Photography - Manor Hotel Moreton In Marsh - Abi & Simon-1

Wow… where to start. From the moment we met Lee he made both me and more importantly my wife so relaxed it was easy. We had a pre-shoot a few weeks before the big day and had such a laugh doing this with our son too and have some beautiful photos to cherish. The big day was so relaxing, we didn’t even realise Lee was there. We asked for more casual photos and he certainly delivered on that front, but his innovative ideas must be inspiring for young photographers. The photos were sensational, and I would highly recommend Lee to anyone, we will always be grateful for all his memories he has provided us with

Abi & Simon

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