Sometimes when writing these blogs words flow abundantly, others, it’s difficult to move past a few words. Not because there’s nothing to say, but because a handful of simple words or phrases encapsulate the couple and their day so perfectly.
Three things resonated at Daniel & Zoe’s wedding day on 1st November, 2018 at The Barns Hotel in Cannock - love, laughter and happy-ever-after. This was reflected in all manor of things from little looks captured between the bride and groom, to the Disney-themed table decorations (Zoe is even now Mrs Potts!), and the roars of laughter that could be heard throughout the day.
Mr Twig and I are both creative beings and, let’s be honest, as creatives we seek validation for our art wherever it may be found. Sometimes this may be via a comment on a blog or social media post, through reviews left by clients or a thoughtfully written thank you note.
When Alex and Samantha planned their outdoor tipi wedding at the beautiful Wroxeter Hotel, near Shrewsbury, they hadn’t accounted for Callum. Callum was an obnoxious beast, causing havoc and mayhem in the 24 hours preceding this awesome couple’s dream day.
Callum was the epitome of ‘the uninvited wedding guest’ and, worst of all, he was full of wind.
No, we’re not talking about some distant relative with flatulence, we’re talking Storm Callum. With wind speeds of up to 80mph, and amidst fears of the tipis taking off in Dorothy ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto’ style, the decision was made to move Alex & Sam’s wedding indoors at the last minute.
Here at The Branch we are known for shaking things up, we’ve built our brand on being different and pushing boundaries. We are the unconventional conventionalists, the square pegs in rounds holes, we are lime to tequila- we bring the zing.
So when we heard about Lensbaby’s Project Disrupt campaign, we wanted in.
If you’ve been following us for a while you will know that we have broken ground with our unique boudoir photography, creating a style that is the perfect combination of timeless elegance and playful seduction. Our boudoir sessions are not overtly sexual, tacky or titillating, they are a representation of you, your body and your story, told through a celebration of femininity.
Clients were coming to us more and more for a boudoir shoot as a pre-wedding gift for their partner so we thought why not make these sessions even more special by offering a full bridal boudoir package - our classic boudoir experience, re-envisoned for the bride-to-be.
🎶 Raindrops keep falling on my head..., ba da da dah-da, da dum... 🎶
This is what Mrs Twig had to listen to almost the entire time Mr Twig was editing these gorgeous images from Jack & Natalie's wedding day. You see, raindrops did indeed keep a' fallin' on this mid-summer's day but no-one was going to let a downpour washout this awesome wedding.
Many of you who follow The Branch on social media will have noticed that over the last year or so more and more images taken with vintage film lenses have been creeping into your news feed.
Vintage film lenses are pre-digital, they are all manual focus and have manual aperture setting rings. But, enough with the techie stuff, basically, we’ve grown to love the very distinct look these lenses create as it fits perfectly with our retro vintage vibe.
🎶 Look at this, isn’t it neat, wouldn’t it make your photo collection complete…. 🎶
Calling all merbabes! We’re making waves with our Limited Edition mermaid photo shoots.
If you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like under the sea the now is your chance to embrace your inner Ariel.
It was a tale as old as time as Jessica & Jake embarked upon a whole new world as Mr & Mrs.
The pair were married at Llanmynech Church, followed by a marquee reception on the Shropshire/Welsh border on 16th June, 2018. From the Disney styling, Birds of Prey display and even a musical best man's speech, the day was jam packed with as much magic and wonder as any fairytale.
Marmite. No I’m not peckish and fancying a bit of toast, but this is probably the best way to describe people’s feelings towards our in-house style here at The Branch - you either love it or hate it. We hope you love it, totes obvs, but if someone feels we’re not the best fit for them then that’s also fine as there are lots of photographers out there to suit different tastes.
For those of you who love what we do, you may have wondered where our unique (and some would say iconic… I’ll get brownie points for getting that in from the marketing guru that is Mrs Twig) style comes from. Well, sit down, take the load off and let’s have coffee and a chat (mine’s a latte).
The wedding of Sam & Jay has felt like such a long time coming as they booked us way back before Mrs Twig even joined the business full time. And boy, was it worth the wait!
The pair were wed at the stunning St Michael's Church in Madeley, followed by a reception at The Park House Hotel in Shifnal on 27th May, 2018.
You might think that shooting weddings for a living can become a repetitive montage of ceremonies, cakes and speeches but, for us, that's just not the case. We love getting to know our clients and finding out just what makes them tick and, in doing so, each and every wedding becomes its own tale to tell.
Some are fairytales, some are romantic comedies and some, like Gavin & Lucy's wedding day, are straight up Hollywood blockbusters. High speed, monster truck motorway scene - check (okay, maybe more mediocre speed and dual carriageway, but you get the idea), romance - check, emotional reveal scene - check.
What do you do when a Royal Wedding is planned for the same day as your own impending nuptials? You make your day as personal and unique to you as possible - and that's just what Julian & Holly did at their beautiful Shropshire vintage wedding, held at the picturesque Wilderhope Manor, on 19th May, 2018.
Politics and weddings probably aren’t two topics you’d expect to see coupled together in the same sentence (unless you are considering the fallout from sitting Auntie Jean next to cousin Frank at the reception when they haven’t spoken for 15 years). However, since becoming wedding suppliers ourselves, Mr Twig and I have realised that this industry is all about politics, cliques and inner circles that are more difficult than those little single serve sauce sachets to break into (I mean, seriously, could restaurants make it more obvious they don’t want you to use the condiments?!).
But, what does this mean for you, the client? Well, ultimately, you are in danger of being hoodwinked.
Now I bet, even without reading any further than the title, you’ve guessed that guiding you through this blog is non other than your hero, Mr Twig.
I wanted to put a quick post together to talk about love. Specifically, how much I love a Love Shoot. See, the title makes sense now (and, coincidentally, is linked to my all time favourite band. EVER).
Love Shoots are our version of pre-wedding shoots. We just like to be different. The selection of images you see here are of the awesome Sam & Jay, set against the backdrop of the historical town of Shifnal.
Last week I had the opportunity to photograph up-coming female duo, Rews, at their sold out Birmingham show. If you’ve not yet had the absolute pleasure of the aural, pop-rock assault that is Rews then you need to a) finish reading this blog and b) click here.
On the night of the gig, Rews were absolutely phenomenal. I was blown away by the fullness of sound made by just two people on stage, and how close the live track versions sound to the album. But, hey, this is not a gig review, you came here for the photography right?
Photographing any wedding is a huge honour, being a part of such a momentous occasion in a couple's life is a unique privilege and each day stands out for different reasons.
The wedding of Andy & Rebecca on 5th November, 2017 at the stunningly beautiful National Trust property, Greyfriars, in Worcester was extra-special for several reasons, particularly as Mr Twig had a personal connection having known the bride for several years.
The day was filled with a sprinkling of Disney magic, you could see and feel it everywhere, in the golden pumpkin-lined aisle, the bride's shoes and the flower girl's sparkling wands, but no more so than between the couple themselves.
When James & Danielle's original photographer didn't work out we were thrilled that they came to us for their Shropshire vintage wedding photography.
The wedding took place on Friday 13th October at the Park House Hotel in Shifnal and the day certainly lived up to its superstitious hype with a number of ill-fated events!
But, despite the hitches in getting hitched, it was an amazing day and, as you can see, James and Danielle's devotion to each other was written all over their faces.
We love to blog at The Branch but, lately, we’ve been so busy creating our iconic vintage photography that we just haven’t had time to sit down and write something new.
So we’ve had a ponder and we’ve come up with some pretty nifty ideas, if we do say so ourselves!
It struck us that our most popular social media posts by far are our ‘sneaky peek’ images so, going forward, we’ll not only be treating you to more sneaky peeks than ever before via the blog, but also highlight reels, behind-the-scenes images and other bits and pieces from the majority of our shoots (subject to client consent, of course). This way you get to see more of the things you love and we can make regular blog posts with ready-made content. It’s a bit like having your cake and eating it (mmm cake).
The venue is booked, flowers chosen, photographer selected and you’ve found ‘the one’ wedding dress. As the final wedding preparations draw closer there’s not long to wait until you say those two important words, ‘I Do.’ Two important little words that can mean the start of something beautiful, you’re in love, you cannot be prised apart, you want to be together forever… Yup, there’s no denying it, for a bride some of the most important I Do’s and I Don’ts of a wedding are related to the contents of her (or her makeup artist’s) cosmetics bag. It’s a relationship that you’ve dreamed of, one that guarantees longevity, has no imperfections and maintains a radiant appeal.
Whether you choose to go it alone or employ the services of a professional artist for your big day, get it right and you’ll be making a commitment for life to your beauty regime.