Lizzie Churchill | Fashion Photographer

Lydia & Jamie

Be prepared to meet the cutest couple EVER. I love all my wedding couples and spending the day with two people who are so head over the heels for each other obviously isn’t new, but my gosh, these two couldn’t even look at each other without smiling ear to ear - and it was a pleasure to see. True, honest and infectious.

Lydia & Jamie’s forever journey started at Budock Church where their friends and family gathered while awaiting the arrival of the beautiful Bride, her father, brother and bridesmaids. Lydia was then walked down the aisle arm in arm with her Dad who then had the all important job of handing over his daughter to Mr Day; her best friend, her soul mate, her support and her world. They made their vows and signed the official papers then left the church to be greeted by a surprise guest…..and I’m not sure about you, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a visit from our family pooch! Best exit ever; and the surprise on Lydias’ face said it all.

Obligatory Falmouth sea front photos were up next and we were actually super lucky to not be greeted with a crazy busy beach! It’s always so nice to let the couple have a little moment together aside from their manic day to actually enjoy each others company alone for a bit; so that’s exactly what we did and I LOVE what we captured. A simple stroll through the beach and gardens with little instruction from me got them some great portraits before they headed up to meet their guests back at St Michaels Hotel.

After speeches and food in a beautifully decorated coastal themed room, the wedding party were then able to gather outside on the lawn; with sea views, live music, prosecco flowing and the sun setting behind the gardens, they really couldn’t have asked for more. 

All that was left was to capture their gorgeous first dance in front of their amazing bulb lit initials surrounded by friends and family and let them carry on partying into the evening.

These two could not have been a more perfect match and i’m so honoured to have been a part of their special day. Their strength, love and support was on another level, and I know how proud their parents were of them, especially the two who were looking down on them that day. 

Mr & Mrs Day, thank you for having me, I wish you a life of health and happiness as you carve your new path, together, forever. x

Emma & Matt

I first met Emma & Matt when they brought their gorgeous boy Albie to my house for a Newborn shoot and we instantly got on. Fast forward to Albie’s first Birthday and we met again for another family shoot. After a fun but windswept shoot we said our goodbyes and Emma turned to Matt to say “have you asked Lizzie about London?”; with my ears pricked up I was let into their MASSIVE surprise and was asked if I would shoot their London elopement - I OBVIOUSLY said yes!

Jumping forward almost another year I popped on the train first thing Wed morning from little ol’ Falmouth and headed off to the big smoke to meet Emma, Matt and now a nearly 2 year old Albie! The weather was glorious so once I’d found them in Piccadilly we then went for an evening stroll to Buckingham palace and back through St James Park. I know, the biggest tourist…but I was in my element!

The next day we all met at Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall were they made their vows witnessed by two Chelsea pensioners. With an exchange of their rings and official papers signed…that was it! The most short, sweet and to the point ceremony - and it was all they could have ever wanted. So with that they made an epic exit from the most gorgeous building where crowds stopped to cheer and take photos before we all set off for breakfast together!

Before I had to hop back on the train, we then spent the rest of the day sightseeing, chatting, laughing and capturing photos when and were possible. I’ve been to London a handful of times, but never had I seen the places we visited and ALL in just 24 hours! I honestly had the best time waltzing around with a family that have become friends for life. They completely welcomed me in from the word go, and were more than happy to have me join them for the whole of their unique and special wedding day in London. What also made me so happy about this elopement was the fact that they didn’t let the pressure of a ‘big wedding’ get to them. The focus was on them, Albie, and officially becoming a family. And that was all that mattered.

It’s fair to say this was a few days I’ll never forget.

I’m eternally grateful and thankful for meeting this adorable family.

Sam & Martin

“If you’d told me when I was 10 years old that I would be the photographer for my sisters best friends Wedding, I wouldn’t believe you.”

Yet, there I was.

It was such a special and emotional wedding for many reasons but when your sister is the Bridesmaid to someone you grew up with, you know it’s going to be a pretty lush one!

My morning was spent chatting away with the Bridal party while they sipped on bubbly, had their hair and make-up done and checked final arrangements for the day ahead. It’s always so lovely being a part of this process as it can be quite a personal and intimate time for the Bride and her family. And this time it was no different. A Unit of people, I was lucky enough to know, that welcomed me in, like family. 

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Mylor Church, sat tucked away on the River Fal just above the harbour where Sam and Martin finally got to say “I do”!

After some obligatory harbour shots and a stroll to gather ALLLLL the wedding guests for a mass group shot by the boats I followed the Bride and Groom around to Falmouth sea front were we jumped out to get some gorgeous couple shots on Castle Beach; the weather was on our side, the sea was glistening and we got some impromptu bubble shots thanks to the participation from a curious girl who had been watching us. It’s random acts of kindness like that which make my day all the more enjoyable; complete strangers wishing health and happiness, by standers taking snaps and children that gasp and wave like they’ve seen royalty — something i’ll never tire of!

Upon Sam & Martins arrival at Merchants Manor, they were greeted with canapés, Pimms and friends & family who all gathered on the lawn before sitting for their delicious meals and beautiful (and hilarious) speeches.

The nautical theme continued with boats from the harbour being featured as table names alongside white roses and hand made rope favours. Every last detail was covered and it made for a beautifully clean, elegant and classical room.

As the sun began to set and they drank the bar dry (naming no names), Sam & Martin took to the floor for their first dance shortly followed by almost all their guests who then partied into the night. Pretty successful day i’d say.

Another massive thank you must be said to the new Mr & Mrs Rule for having me on their day; it’s truly appreciated and I wish you all the health and happiness in the world as you start your next special chapter.

Jade & Mic

What a way to end 2015. Sat in the cliffs of Torpoint in the most amazing fort with two of the most lovely families ever; partying away into the New Year whist celebrating the biggest wedding of the year for everyone there. The long awaited wedding of Jade & Mic - the childhood sweethearts, finally marrying after 16 years together.

Arriving along the most stunning stretch of Cornish coast to the fort I headed across the bridge to the roof of Polhawn then down the spiral staircase, directly into the hall where the service was held. Jade, all her bridesmaids and family were arranging flowers, tables, candles, fairly lights and bunting before they went to their rooms down the corridor and along the floor below to start prepping for the big day. There was such a relaxed atmosphere around the whole fort as everyone popped in and out of each others rooms helping each other with hair and make up; plus keeping an eye on one of the flower girls who may or may not have got hold of one of the girls lipsticks. ;)

As the guests started arriving the fort filled with excitement and nerves as the Bride and her Bridesmaids finished their prep just two rooms away! Once everyone was seated and the Groom and his best men were in place all that remained was for the beautiful bride to walk down through the stunning red-brick arched roof building filled with fairly-lights, candles and their eagerly awaiting guests and family. The most cosy, romantic and atmospheric aisle I’ve seen yet!

Not a dry eye remained after their exchange of vows and placement of rings and so with their first kiss and official document signing the proud and relieved couple then turned toward their packed-out ‘hall’ and headed back down the aisle as the new Mr & Mrs Peel.

From here on in the wedding party mingled and caught up inside and out (between horrendous winds and showers!) while the room was transformed to seat the 100+ guests for their evening meal and drinks. I couldn’t get over how magical the building was; I was convinced by the end of the day that I needed a fairly-light tree in my house along with constantly lit candles…everywhere. Certainly makes me realise how much effort goes into decorating such a vast space for a wedding, and everyone involved really did themselves proud!

After some brilliant, rather emotional and even a surprise speech from Jade and Mics niece (I almost cried too!), it was obvious how much love these two families have for each other. Their involvement in each others lives, respect and gratitude was heartwarming and this extended way beyond blood, to everyone else in the room. It’s moments like this that remind me how lucky I am to be welcomed in on these special days to not only witness, but capture exactly how I see it.

Evening celebrations were then well on their way as the tables were cleared for the first dance after more guests arrived to celebrate and party into the new year with them. After joining everyone for a couple of hours I then popped back to my room to grab my camera one last time on this day to capture the moment we hit midnight. Sitting on the spiral staircase, I looked down at the room as they counted down before a huge cheer of “Happy New Year’ chimed and everyone embraced in a mass of hugs and kisses. It was the most adorable site to witness and I couldn’t help but sit and smile.

Thanks again so much to Jade, Mic, the Cracknell & Peel family AND friends for having me. Here’s to a super happy and healthy future together. X

Location - Polhawn Fort

Dresses - Lavender Rose

Suits - Ted Baker at Moss Bros

Flowers - Emma at Jackie Phillips Flowers

Frances & Ben

After booking this wedding only a month before the big day, I was of course, more than excited to be heading over to beautiful St Ives & Zennor to capture their special day!

I joined Frances and her bridesmaids at her parents house just above Porthmeor with the most incredible view looking across the bay; the house was full of excitement as finishing touches were being made to the cake in Sharrons’ gorgeous pottery studio; upstairs the girls dressed, sipped champagne and gathered in awe over Frances’ hand embroidered dress before her fathers ‘first look’. I can still picture his face now as he and the girls beamed with pride!

Heading to Zennor church I witnessed a mass of guests arriving in the most adorable village where the tipi reception could be seen just peeping over the top of the hedgerows ahead. The sun was shining and everyone was in such great spirits as they waited for the all important arrival of the Bride, her Father and bridal party.

After the service I was able to go for a short stroll with Frances and Ben to get some shots of them alone before we walked back through the village and out the other side to their gorgeous tipi reception. Moss, succulents, terracotta pots and apples lined the tables that ran the length of the tipi and in each place a handmade ceramic favour by the very talented and creative potter Sharron. The most beautiful origami bird curtain hung high above the dance floor at one end while fairy lights left a gentle glow throughout. The craft and design theme -  inspired by the Cornish countryside - was incredible; congratulations and well done to everyone involved!

Thanks again to Frances & Ben for having me on their gorgeous and memorable day. I wish you both the happiest and healthiest future together.

Dress - Alice Archer X Rebecca Street

Suit - Cad and the Dandy 

Bridesmaid dresses - & Other Stories

Flowers and head dress - Jen at Twigs and Greens

Cake - Carmen Kabel X Marco Carboni

Tipi - World Inspired Tents

Wedding Co-ordination on the day - Charlotte Lodey from Eve Wedding Design

Ceramics - Sharron Page Stocks

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