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PHILIPPA AND JOHN O’BRIEN | THE PERFECT SUMMER FAIRY-TALE WEDDING | LANGTON’S HOUSE | SHIANNE MERCER PHOTOGRAPHY.

Welcome to this most magical perfect wedding, and I feel like I have to welcome you all because it really is completely breathtaking and beautiful.

Philippa got in contact with me only a few months prior to her wedding date on a hunt for a photographer. I always appreciate enquiries so much and even more so when someone adores my work so much that they want me as their wedding photographer. I am always distinctive with my style and my approach to photographing weddings being so candid, natural and informative. I believe this is what caught Philippa’s eye.

Not only did she enquire via email, but even dropped me a little message via my Facebook page too. This I am entirely grateful for because had she not I wouldn’t have known my emails were playing up which is why I hadn’t seen her first enquiry! For this, I am thank very very thankful!

On the first enquiry it was noted that John wasn’t too keen around a camera, I hear this a lot! I strongly believe this is why I get clients like Philippa and John, because I can ensure they will be fine and I always do my best to make them feel as comfortable as possible because lets face it, its their wedding day after all.

I met with Philippa, John and their beautiful little boy a month or so before the wedding date over a cup of tea and delicious lemon cake that Pip had on offer, of course I didn’t say no! What girl doesn’t love cake? During my visit to their family home John was working in the garden building a bar which was going to be in use for the wedding day.

Philippa and John got married at Langton’s House Registry Office which is a beautiful grade II listed building in the heart of Hornchurch in Havering. It is the most beautiful Registry Office I have ever been too and one of my favourites to photograph. It has a total of 4 ceremony places to choose from and beautiful bespoke gardens and over looks a amazing duck pond too! For their evening the reception was being held at their home in a marquee being set up in their garden.

I was already excited about this wedding before it even began because Pip and John had it all planned and it sounded amazing. Caterers, entertainment the whole sha-bang! With fine little details of their wedding plans I decided this wedding was going to be described as a little rustic fairy-tale.

Philippa and John booked my full day package and I also went along to their home to do a little bridal prep which I am so glad I did. Bridal prep is the most beautiful part to start the day and really sets the story for their wedding journey. During the bridal prep with Philippa, her bridesmaids, mum and hair stylist I had tons of fun. Not only did I see the marquee which… WOW. Looked absolutely unreal. I also met Shauna Douglass the hair stylist and family friend who is just the kindest, most talented person who I highly recommend! For me it is so important to meet other suppliers, after all were all in this crazy business together and support goes such a long way. Philippa’s hair was loose waves and styled with the cutest hair jewellery from Mila Hair Accessories.

Their wedding took place during the day and a beautiful summers day it was. The sun was beaming and meant that the choice of their wedding ceremony fit in perfectly. Philippa and John chose to marry outside in the Orangery which is situated on the grounds of Langton’s house and sets the most picturesque backdrop.

Emotions run high, there was lots of tears and the photographs tell the perfect tale. Philippa looked like a real life fairy and her bridesmaids too! Pip wore a wedding dress she had her eyes set on for a while, she happened to find the dress from a Second Hand Pre-Loved wedding dress company, how amazing is that! It was a lace top with a subtle flow at the bottom with a pink under layer. She paired her dress with a beautiful flower on the ribboned waist band and a pair of open toe shoes which she got for a bargain too! Her two bridesmaids, both her sister Luice and cousin Ella wore blush/pastel pink tutu skirts from The Tutu Shop that Philippa found on a stall during a trip to Belgium and a glitter open back top from Asos. They totally complimented one another! John and their little one always wore slight pink details to match. It was picture perfect.

The ceremony itself was emotional and full of such love, a small intimate ceremony with just family and the closes friends. We kept formal portraits very standard and classic followed by some time with Philippa and her bridesmaids. During the bridal prep, bridesmaid Lucie has spoke about how her dress made her want to twiddle around. Of course I remembered and set it as one of their photographs together. I said afterwards, you all look like little fairies! So yes, thats where the fairy thing comes from.

Having a little wander over to the flower display in the grounds of Langton’s, the girls spotted Lavender. Lavender played a big part in the wedding, the bridesmaids had a small amount of lavender placed in their hair as a memorabilia to their late grandmother. It was such an ironic moment and whilst smelling the freshly grown lavender it made the perfect picture!

For more intimate photographs with Philippa and John I wanted to ensure that they were completely comfortable. As the other guests began to set away I said and I quote “we are just going for a little wander, do your thing and spend some time the three of you” Their little boy came along too. It is so important to me that couples feel at ease and their complete selves. Whatever photograph we take are them and nothing is ever false.

Their little boy loved seeing the ducks so that was the first stop, then a little walk through the gardens and a couple of smiles for the camera and we was done. I’ll let them photographs do the talking.

Philippa came to the ceremony in a beautiful vintage red car which waited to take them back to the venue, here I took one of my favourite shots of the newly married couple!

On arriving at the evening to the most incredible home reception I have ever seen we had music playing from Sunny Steel Band and canapés being served by Absolute Catering Services. The sit down meal was the best form with bbq food and salads served by the amazing catering company followed by delicious deserts. With music, entertainment including children face painting and so much love the evening was the best too! Children during the evening ceremony had so much fun dancing and playing. I actually felt for a moment throughout the reception that I was a guest and not working. It was totally welcoming and surrounded by so many loving people. I got asked several times If I was a friend of Philippa’s and even spent some of my evening sitting at the top table having a right little chin’wag with Laura, Philippa’s mum. Who may I say is the absolute best!

Philippa’s cake was made by a friend Laura who did an absolutely incredible job and I was shocked that it wasn’t what she did as a job, she must! Her naked triple tier cake was topped with the cutest rustic bunting, floral details and blush macaroons. The flowers complimented their colour scheme as well as the interior of the marquee which was so elegantly dressed. Laura has been toying with the idea for years now and has finally decided its now time to start up a new business with her delicious bakes. How amazing is that? Its incredible when peoples dreams become a reality like mine and I cannot wait to see whats in store for her!

I have to say the biggest thank you to Philippa and John for choosing me to be your wedding photographer and also to Philippa and John’s families for complimenting my kindness and my work the entire day and evening. It really means the absolute world and I thoroughly enjoyed myself too. Thank you for having me and thank you for the experience. You are all the kindest most incredible people and I hope to see you again in the future!

The most incredible, memorable fairy-tale wedding full of such emotion and love.


Dress: Second Hand Pre-Loved | Hair: Hair by Shauna Douglass | Hair Jewellery: Mila Hair Accessories | MUA: Abbie M Makeup | Bridesmaid Skirt: The Tutu Shop | Bridesmaid Top: Asos | Florist: Elm Park Florist | Decor: Sweet Treats & Events and Elf Occasions | Cake: Laura White | Catering: Absolute Catering Services | Venue: Langton’s House | Photographer: Shianne Mercer Photography


WORDS FROM PHILIP AND JOHN

We booked our wedding about a year in advance and after months of looking for a suitable photographer I’d all but given up hope until I came across Shianne’s page on Facebook. As soon as I read her page I knew she was the one for us. I contacted Shianne and thankfully she was available for our wedding day. She suggested we meet beforehand to get to know each other a bit and have a chat about how our day was going to go. This was a great idea as my husband isn’t a fan of photos but once he’d met Shianne and we spoke about her style and what we were looking for, he soon felt more relaxed about it all.
We booked Shianne for the whole day and she even came a little early to our reception venue to take some photos of how it all looked before everyone came later.
Shianne is so friendly, our wedding guests thought she was one of our friends doing the photos for the wedding. She blended in so well and we both said we didn’t even really notice her taking the photos! She was a real pleasure to have at our wedding and was guiding us and helping along the way to make sure we got the shots that we had spoken about at our first meeting. It was such a chilled experience, my husband was happy to be in front of the camera for once!
Shianne’s communication from start to finish was brilliant. Before she had finished editing all of the photos she sent us a few taster shots a few days after the wedding which was amazing! Then just a few days after that she said that the photos were ready and she delivered them to us in a beautifully packaged box. I was so surprised at how quickly we got everything back! My husband and I are so pleased with the photos. Shianne captured the day so perfectly and the photos we have are beautiful.
Our guests at the wedding were all saying how lovey Shianne was on the day and have all commented at how amazing the photos are and we certainly agree.
I’d love to have Shianne back to be our photographer at our next special event and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fantastic photographer. Thank you and we hope to see you again x


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A LIFETIME OF LOVE WITH LYDIA AND ROSS | INTIMATE WEDDING AT LITTLE CHANNELS, CHANNELS ESTATE | SHIANNE MERCER PHOTOGRAPHY

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!