Lizzie Churchill | Fashion Photographer

Victoria & Luke

I had the absolute pleeaaaasssure of heading up to Wiltshire for the weekend to capture and celebrate Victoria and Luke’s drop-dead-GORGEOUS wedding at the end of August. After having a quick google of the location when I was contacted only 4 weeks before their big day, I was filled with excitement when I saw the beautiful buildings, landscape, surrounding gardens and park.

Priston Mill complimented the English groom & French bride perfectly; sat in the colourful and blooming gardens deep within the English countryside with a nod to Victorias french influence throughout. Carefully chosen flowers decorated the aisle and pastel pom-poms hung above the guest book tabled adorned with a polaroid camera, and suitcase for cards.

It wasn’t long before the guests flooded in and sat to await the bride, who by the way, looked incredible. With french lace, a beautiful bouquet, flowers to line Victorias hair-up and two bridesmaids in classic french breton striped dresses, they were all set to walk the aisle.

After the all important ‘I do’s’ surrounded by their family and friends, the wedding party gathered outside for Pimms, champagne and ice creams on the lawn where we shot a few group shots and images of the couple before they all sat for their meal and I headed back to Cornwall.

I’m incredibly grateful to have been asked to photograph such a gorgeous wedding and to have met such lovely people! My french wasn’t the best but it didn’t stop me chatting to the family and friends who were all so easy to talk to (and patient with me! ha)!

Thanks again to Victoria and Luke for having me; here’s to the rest of your happy and healthy lives together! :)

Location - Priston Mill

Hair - Louise Alway

Dress - Yolan Cris

Suit - Ted Baker at Suit Supply

Flowers - Eden

Cathy & Anthony

After marrying in New York nearly four years ago, it was an absolute pleasure to be asked to photograph Cathy & Anthony’s blessing back on her home soil surrounded by both their families.

Arriving in a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, it was lovely to greet both the Bride & Groom together before they walked down the aisle as a couple. The ceremony was intimate, relaxed and full of laughter with readings from both Cathy and Anthony’s mothers. 

We made the most of the sun and gorgeous surrounds of Budock church and the incredible view across Falmouth before heading over to Chycara where the reception would carry them all through to the evening. Set in beautiful grounds with a variety of ponds, bridges, lawns, tennis courts and a pool we weren’t short of anywhere to take photos that’s for sure! 

Lanterns, bunting and candle light filled the marquee and path keeping a fluent and cohesive pastel colouring throughout with fresh flowers and lemonade on each table with some adorable miniature jam jar favours!

I knew I would love photographing this wedding from the moment I was asked (one of my closest and eldest friend is Cathys sister, so I grew up with the family!) but when the day came and I was there to witness everyone coming together to celebrate after a long time apart with the couple living in America. It reminded me how distance really means nothing when friends and family mean that much to you; and that’s what weddings are about - the joining of friends and family to celebrate not only the Bride & Groom becoming one, but the love and relationships of those around you too.

Thank you again Cathy & Anthony, I wish you the best future together in both America and back here in the UK! :)

Location - Chycara

Make-up - Chrissie at Ultimate Beauty

Hair - Alice Jane

Flowers arranged by the Bride!

Sophie & Ben

What a day this was; not only did I get to spend the entire day with such lovely friends and family I happened to grow up with but we were all blessed with the most amazing weather in our beautiful home town of Falmouth!

I arrived at St Michaels Hotel in the morning to capture the lovely bridal party who began their day with breakfast (cereal for Kate!), rotating between the make up and hair chairs whilst chatting, laughing and generally enjoying the company of each other as the tight group & family they obviously are.

As I watched the finishing touches to hair and make up, Sophie changed into her dress as we hid her Dad in the bathroom so he could then get his official ‘first look’…and my gosh was it something to witness; I don’t think he could have oozed more love and pride if he tried! It’s moments like this that remind me how lucky I am to spend such a special, intimate day surrounded by such lovely families that welcome me in as they do their own.

Arriving at Mawnan Smith I was then met by the lovely Ben and his Best Man Tom where they waited patiently for the arrival of the Bridesmaids and Bride in - another - beautiful vintage VW Campervan through the towering trees that line the drive down to this quaint church on the Helford.

Following on from a beautiful ceremony we all headed back into Falmouth where I borrowed the Bride & Groom briefly for some shots along the sea front with their VW. It also allowed them a moment to themselves to pop their champagne and take in the day a bit!

Princess pavilions housed us all for the rest of the afternoon and evening in their incredibly beautiful gardens and grounds alongside Falmouths’ infamous and historic sea-front.

Garden games, group shots, polaroid pictures, sweets from the cart, incredible speeches, food and a lot of laughs later the Wedding cake was cut and the Bride & Groom then took to the dance floor for their first dance before I left them to it as the sun set behind them.

Another amazing day that I can’t thank Sophie & Ben enough for as they truly welcomed me in that day. I wish you both the best future together with adorable little Charlie and look forward to toasting to your first year together!

Location - Princess Pavilion

Make-up - Sally Orchard

Hair - Krissy Drennan

Dress - Maggie Sottero from Amanda K Bridal

Suit - Ted Baker from Moss Bros, Falmouth

Flowers - Fuller blooms & Garden Nurseries

VW Campervan - Strawberry Leisure

BEST first look reaction, ever!

Katy & Wella

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. One of the most memorable, fun, loving and intimate weddings i’ve ever done; and one I certainly won’t be forgetting.

Katy & Wella, the couple who didn’t want to be introduced to their room of guests because they ‘think everyone knows us well enough’, and this was so true! Such a close knit of friends and family which was obvious from the second I arrived in the morning. “Do you want a bacon sandwich?” was one of the first things that was said to me as I walked upstairs into the beautiful barn at Nancarrow. Katy and her bridesmaids were all sat having their hair and make-up prepped while Wella and his friends and family enjoyed breakfast and supplied cups of tea to everyone who passed in and out. Perfect start to the day in my opinion and it was so nice to see such a relaxed and happy room were the Bride AND Groom both shared the start of their day.

Their service was held at Mawnan Smith Church where there was laughter, tears and the all important “I do“‘s before the celebrations started. Morris dancers welcomed Katy & Wella out of the church under an arch of various sticks and forks before offering further entertainment with a number of traditional routines, dance and cheer at the front of the church. The atmosphere and liveliness was definitely a sign of things to come.

Portreath was our next stop for family photos and shots of the VW’s on the beach in Wellas home town before we headed back to Nancarrow for the afternoon and evening. 

Nancarrow was another reason why this day felt so special because celebrating at a rather large house/barn felt intimate and isolated with the added bonus of beautiful farmland, barns, pond, orchard and plants surrounding us. The guests were welcomed with tea cups of Pimms and the smell of smoked pork coming from the outdoor cooker which had been started in the morning for a full 10 hours of smoked perfection.

Speeches were made on the veranda before we all sat down for a delicious meal where guests sat on benches around the bright and airy barn decorated subtly with garden tools and flowers that portrayed Wellas career and interest in gardening. The cake was hand made and decorated by one of their close friends which sat in the corner of the room ready for the evening opposite a sweet table and station for presents, cards and their ‘guest book’ of polaroid snaps hung along a string.

I peeled the happy couple away for a few more shots making use of the most amazing old barn and surrounding landscape. Thanks also need to be said here to Ed Jose for second shooting with me for the day and brining along one of his smoke bombs that helped create one of my all time favourite wedding shots! …and from here on in, it was a case of reporting the rest of the evening, chatting to guests, observing the relationships and love for one an other as well as witnessing one of the best first dance/conga/country dancing i’ve seen!

Thank you both again for having me capture this special day; I wish you both the happiest and healthiest future together.

Location - Nancarrow Farm

Make-up - Aline Kaloudi

Hair - Jessie & Chloe at JJ’s Hair Design

Dress - Naomi Neoh ‘Clementine’

Suit - Ted Baker

Flowers - Anna Sawle

VW Campervan - VW Dream Weddings

Ready for the cutest first look ever……

Serious first, then after 3, do what you want…

one, two…

Lucie Rose Donlan for Protest & Cooler

At the beginning of June I had the absolute pleasure of shooting Protest’s new Mix & Match bikini line modelled by their team rider Lucie Rose Donlan; this was to then be featured alongside Lucie’s interview with Cooler Magazine.

Because we all love a coffee and a chat I arranged to meet the lovely Lucie, her sister Emily and Mum Celly in Newquay so we could discuss plans for the day, outfits and location choice. It’s fair to say we ended up talking about all of the above and more. These guys all felt like lifelong friends and I knew from this meeting this wasn’t the only time I was going to be seeing/working/having coffee with them all! (my next coffee date is actually tomorrow!)

Working around all of our busy schedules we managed to fix a date that fell on one of the most beautiful days we’ve had this year! Loading ourselves up with copious amounts of outfits and bikinis, two surfboards, blankets and scarfs we headed down to Watergate bay and set up at the end of the beach to shoot. Lucie did an incredible job and didn’t stop smiling throughout; her friendly and fun loving energy was evident and I feel the confidence and ambition she has translates well through her interview which you can check out below.

Teenage Kicks Cooler interview with Lucie Donlan 

After a super fun shoot with Lucie and Celly we ended our day in style with yet another coffee and the most incredible view of half of Newquay from the balcony up in Watergate Bay Hotel while the sun began to fall. (I’m not even making this up…standard evenings on the North coast of Cornwall!)

Keep an eye and ear out for this one, she’s a talented and driven young lady and I’m sure we’ll be working together soon, along with her long-boarding sister Emily!

Thank you also to Nina and Marta for their help and asking me to be part of such a great collaboration. 

Lizzie. x

…and a behind the scenes montage, for good measure. :)

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