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  • Hello!

    Welcome to my blog about all things in my photography bubble, plus the odd bit about who this 'girl behind the camera is'...

    I'm an international fine art wedding & lifestyle photographer, based in the Midlands.
    I have a massive passion for photographing you & your memories in the most sensitive way possible. I capture true moments on location, by creating a fun experience & keeping 'natural memories' in mind... I love to hear your thoughts so feel free to drop me a line :)

{Wedding} Rachel & Aaron, Somerford Hall

Rachel used to live around the corner from me when were were little – she was my Brownie buddy, Girl Guide buddy & sledging buddy to name a few! So to be asked if I could photograph her wedding at the incredible Somerford Hall all these years later, was a real honour!

Rachel & Aaron’s wedding day was filled with love and laughter within the Palladian mansion and it’s grounds. From great elegance and lots of joyful children, to funky bridal shoes, rubber ducks and football anthems sung with gusto, their day was a perfect reflection of their awesome personalities:)

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{Wedding} Kerry & Daniel – Homme House, Herefordshire

With cat & dragon wedding cakes and plenty of rubber ducks, I knew Kerry & Dan’s fabulous personalities had been injected into their gorgeous British summer wedding!

They had an intimate ceremony at Homme House, one of my favourite venues in Herefordshire (you can probably see why!). Beautiful weather meant that the gardens were in full use afterwards, with drinks and lawn games galore – just look at that sky! The speeches included a bit of an art lesson from the Father of the Bride, (a former art teacher) which resulted in a hilarious collection of portraits of the couple! Then the evening celebrations kicked off with a ceilidh which had all the guests on the dance floor well into the night. It was a brilliant day for a very lovely couple, and it was an honour to be there to capture it all for them :)

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{Wedding} Maria & Rob – Magnetic Island, Australia

As some of you may know, last year (2015) I had the amazing opportunity to fly out to Australia from the UK to photograph the lovely Maz & Rob’s wedding day!

A few months before I flew out, I had a Skype meeting with Maz to learn about how the final plans were coming together… It would be a beach wedding on Magnetic Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region. The Celebrant’s nickname was “Crusty“. The evening meal and celebrations would be at Bungalow Bay Koala Village, meaning there would indeed be koalas present, plus the odd snake and crocodile of course! Then after everyone had finished at Koala Village, we would head down to the beach for a relaxed bonfire with compulsory melted marshmallows!

Once again after ending the chat with Maz, my head was well and truly in the clouds!! Surely this was all a dream?! Nope, this was going to be another wedding that I would never forget…:)

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(If you missed it, check out Maz & Rob’s pre wedding shoot on Magnetic Island here)

{Pre Wedding} Maz & Rob – Magnetic Island, Australia

As I type this here in the UK, it’s currently cold and drizzly outside. So I thought my next blog should be that of Maria & Rob all the way down under, in sunny Australia!

This was an incredible dream come true for me; to be booked to shoot a wedding in Australia, the absolute top country to visit on my extensive list. But it was actually even more special – the bride and I were pretty much born next to each other just days apart. Our Mum’s became buddies and Maz soon became one of my very first friends!

Our lives went in different directions as we grew up, quite literally to the other side of the world… So when I heard from Maz one morning, now living in Sydney enquiring about wedding photography – more specifically, if I would be interested in going to Australia to photograph hers… my jaw dropped, my head spun & I didn’t achieve anything else useful for the rest of the day! After many emails of working things out, it soon became apparent that it was time to book my flights!!

A few months later I arrived on the stunning Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville. It was complete paradise. My arms didn’t appreciate the amount of pinches I gave myself to make sure it was all real. The next day, I met with Maz and her hubby to be, Rob, and we shot their pre-wedding photos on Horseshoe Bay…

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Keep your eyes on this blog over the next couple of days to see how their beautiful beach wedding went down…:)

11/01/2016 - 5:46 pm

{Wedding} Maria & Rob – Magnetic Island, Australia » Rachel Lilly Photography - […] (If you missed it, check out Maz & Rob’s pre wedding shoot on Magnetic Island here) […]

{Wedding} Alannah & Andy – Birtsmorton Court

Alannah & Andy’s wedding – wow! The couple with their amazing energy, the stunning venue, the vintage books and donuts, the children dancing together outdoors to absolutely no music, the button hole badges, the flowers, that dress… !! There was so much to capture on this special day, I think my cameras appreciated a good couple of days rest before their next adventure 😉

Alannah & Andy were married at St Thomas of Canterbury with St Peter & St Paul Church, which is literally a hop, skip and a jump away from their reception venue, Birtsmorton Court. Alannah got ready at Birtsmorton Court in the morning, before joining up with her new husband at the church. As you will see below, what a venue. And what a wedding! Enjoy…

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