So where do we start with these two little love birds. Lydia and Ross met when they was just young teenagers and have been together for 15 years already! I mean WOAH, how crazy is that?! True love or what?!
In a magical world of finding your soul mate I think these two should win the award. Through good times and bad, years of education, long distance relationship (remembering from Ross’ speech), starting a business (shoutout to Lydia’s hair salon Precision which is based in Rayleigh), buying their very first home just over a year ago and now getting married. Oh, and not to forget the untold amounts of Rossi’s ice-cream these two must have consumed by now. I’ll get to that later…
Lydia got in contact with me way back in August last year to enquire about her wedding at Little Channels at The Channels Estate in Chelmsford. The Channels Estate is made up on two wedding venues with Little Channels being a more intimate venue.
Lydia asked to meet before booking which is something I always offer, you really do have to shop around and meeting a photographer before booking is always a good idea. I always say to potential clients ‘when you know, you know’. We met up one week day afternoon at a local costa close to where Lydia lives. With papers and plans in place we spoke about some of her requirements for her wedding day and had a good old’ coffee and chinwag.
It was so lovely to meet up with Lydia early on because that meant from the minute she booked her wedding with me their was a sense of comfort from her behalf. As always I offer a very approachable service throughout and that is exactly what I offered to Lydia. The whole way up until weeks before her wedding day our whats app chat was a mood-board of wedding ideas and photographs. If I see something I thought would be perfect I would send it over and if something caught her eye she did the same. It was great! It really helped to build a foundation of trust and comfort because lets face it, I’m going to be spending a whole day with you guys!
A few weeks before Lydia and Ross were set to wed I went to their beautiful home to meet Ross for the first time. Ross didn’t come along to our first meet and I always meet clients weeks before their big day so was important to meet Ross too! Again, I was greeted by a groom to be who wasn’t to keen on having he’s photo taken. Its not the first and won’t be the last, I’m sure! But that is definitely no problem at all. I ensured Ross as I do all my clients my photographic process throughout their day and how I will handle all situations from arrival and ceremony to their bride and groom portraits which are a must!
The last thing I would ever want is for someone to feel uncomfortable, especially on their wedding day. With that in mind I do anything I need to to ensure my couples are their most happiest and most content during their photographs. With my approach to photography being obstructive with only a tiny bit of structure I think we worked it quite well! I give a lot of time to my clients as I did Lydia and Ross to make sure they were totally happy with my plan of action for their day.
I spent my morning bright and early with Lydia and her bridal party at her parents home before heading off to the wedding venue where I was greeted by Ross and the arriving guests. Little Channels was the perfect venue for Lydia and Ross’s intimate wedding with a total of 40 guests being close family members only. I loved the way they worked around their wedding having the ceremony very close knit and intimate with friends coming later in the day for the evening reception.
Let’s talk about weather, it really wasn’t the best but ended up being the most perfect set out for the day! Leading up to their wedding day I think everyone was on weather watch. Although we had rain during the morning, post ceremony was a clear sky giving us enough time to get them beautiful couple portraits we wanted. We had planned a golden hour which unfortunately couldn’t take place as their was so sun set whats so ever but the dancing on the dance floor later on made up for that!
With a small intimate ceremony Lydia walked in behind her maid of honour and bridesmaid with her Father on her arm. She wore the most beautiful and elegant dress from the Stella York collection at The Wedding Shop, Colchester. The detail of Lydia’s dress was exactly what she wanted with the perfect touch of lace. A mesh and lace upper body detail with a button back that run down the entire dress finishing off with a matching lace trim all around the edge. It was breathtakingly beautiful. She matched a simple veil and partnered it with the cutest hair jewellery piece from Debenhams. The three pieces fit together so perfectly and looked absolutely amazing on her. It even brought her Father to tears.
All the flowers were made by Sues Flower Studio and they were picture perfect. During Lydia and Ross’s couples photographs the flowers made debut to some of the portraits after Lydia got some inspiration from Pinterest. Lydia’s bouquet also held a special place in her heart with beautiful double photo charm attached just under bouquet with pictures of her Grandparents. Both Lydia and her bridal party bouquets were a match and were filled with the most beautiful mix of flowers.
Lydia shoes were from Rainbow Club and had a tiny blue gem on the bottom to be her ‘something blue’ for the day which I thought was a lovely touch. Lydia’s hair was done by Precision Hair & Beauty Salon. Go check them out guys, credit to the bride! And make up by Melanie Brown at Elite Bridal Makeup. Ross and the other groomsmen wore suits from Oliver’s formal wear in Eastwood and Ross teamed his suit with a pair of shoes from Oliver’s formal wear too. The bridesmaid dresses were beautiful floor length gowns with a sequin detailed top in a lovely green shade from Next.
Little Channels was set out with the most beautiful decor. Lydia had created the most beautiful personal touches including a beauty and the beast quote to go with their ceremony song, a little jar for people to write messages for them to read on their 1 year anniversary and a photo garland made from little pocket prints and wooden crate boxes. The tables were set with giant wooden logs, small jars with flowers, candles and wooden table numbers. It was absolutely beautiful and so elegant. A wooden touch throughout even with the wooden DJ deck, credit to Aurora Pearl there. A wooden sweetcart and 4ft rustic love letters from Sweet Delight Hire and flower wall set the room for evening entertainment too which was amazing!
The grounds surrounding Little Channels are small yet perfect. To the right of the building by the entrance path is a small arch walk way with slabs scattered on the ground amongst high trees. This was the perfect place away from the guests we could get some couple portraits and take time out to reflect. The front of the venue set a perfect backdrop for a all guest portrait whilst the rain was ever so light. We then took the other side of the venue with pebbles on the floor and a flower bed for photos of Lydia with her bridesmaids against the traditional brick wall. This was the perfect place for the confetti shot too which was the most beautiful butterfly effect confetti from Dollz Confetti.
After the ceremony and photos were over it was time for food and speeches. Little Channels provided the most delicious 3 course wedding breakfast with a choice of chicken or duck main. I opted for the chicken, it was delicious! Following with the speeches from both Lydia’s Father and Ross finishing with a trio of deserts. After the meal when reception guests began to arrive they had The Sax Walker playing in the courtyard of the venue. He was amazing entertainment and the children thoroughly enjoyed joining him with inflatable Saxophones which was a great image!
A prosecco wall was going down a treat and garden games put in the back room away from the rain was a blast with the children. Evening BBQ was put out from the venue catering and then The Official Rossi’s Ice-cream for a late evening snack. I mean come on, who doesn’t want ice-cream at a wedding reception?
Well let me tell you about Rossi and why they made an appearance on Lydia and Ross’s special day. The whole day was made of magical memorable moments for the most perfect couple and Rossi plays a big part in their most beautiful life. When Lydia and Ross met as youngsters they often visited Rossi’s at Southend for an ice-cream, lets call it their little ‘go to’. When it come to the proposal Lydia and Ross has planned a trip away, it was at that point that everyone thought Ross was going to pop the question. Of course he didn’t! Why not? Because that’s not Ross.
Lydia said when telling me about the proposal, Ross isn’t obvious. He doesn’t like to plan ahead and from meeting Ross myself he has a very chilled out persona. So how did Ross propose? It was one mid-day evening after work and Ross and Lydia took a little trip to Southend sea front, they got an ice cream at Rossi’s because that was something they would always do. It was there that Ross proposed to Lydia and for that reason Rossi was mentioned throughout their day and even made an appearance.
That wasn’t the only personal touch to their wedding day, it flowed throughout. Even down to the cake! Lydia and Ross’s wedding cake was made by Lydia’s brother who in fact isn’t a baker but does love to make a cake so I hear! I was absolutely stunned when I see their wedding cake, it was absolutely beautiful! Decorated with flowers that matched the bouquets and the cutest wooden topper silhouette of a bride, groom and 3 cats. The 3 cats of course representing Lydia and Ross’s pets, another personal touch.
The day was completely fulfilled with the most amazing entertainment and details. Lydia and Ross thought of everyone when planing their day and made it so perfect. The venue, the couple and everything in between was absolutely beautiful. The evening finished with their first dance and a disco. The rain kept everyone inside which was fab and the dance floor was full of smiles, happiness and Lydia singing until her heart was content.
It was an absolute honour to be a part of their special day after so many years of love already. I am honoured to be chosen and trusted to capture the most memorable moments for you to cherish forever and beyond.
You both really do have enough love to last a life time.
Dress: The Wedding Shop | Suits: Oliver’s Formal Wear | Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow Club | Groom’s Shoes: Oliver’s Formal Wear | Flowers: Sue’s Flower Studio | Hair: Precision Hair & Beauty Salon | MUA: Elite Bridal Make Up | Bridesmaid Dresses: Next | DJ: Aurora Pearl | Decor: Sweet Delight Hire Services | Entertainment: The Sax Walker | Ice-Cream: Rossi, Southend | Invites: Vista Print | Cake: Lydia’s Brother | Confetti: Dollz Confetti | Photographer: Shianne Mercer Photography | Venue: Little Channels
WORDS FROM LYDIA AND ROSS
I came across Shianne’s website when looking for a photographer for my wedding and immediately loved her style, such natural beautiful pictures! As soon as I spoke to her I felt happy with how organised she is and loved her attention to detail. We kept in contact in the lead up to our wedding day and she was so excited sending me amazing ideas and taking on board my ideas too! Whilst remaining professional and being busy taking photos she interacted with the guests (they all loved her) and blended in taking gorgeous photos! She even went out of her way to make us a mini video which we absolutely love! Her photos are so beautiful and she captures every little detail. I love all her Instagram stories and posts which just makes it even more special! Can’t wait to get all of our pictures the ones so far are amazing! Thank you so much!