Category Archives: Wedding Planning

Beautiful Wedding Dresses at Thornbury Castle

Introducing the amazing wedding designs of Abigail Westrup. Abigail is based in Nailsea, just outside Bristol and is a brilliant dress designer, creating wedding gowns that strike the perfect balance between traditional (lots of beautiful whites / off whites / lace) but fresh contemporary designs and cuts. These are a small sample from a shoot we did earlier in the year (for more pictures click on the ‘continue reading’ button below… Continue reading »

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FREE Engagement Shoot at Kilver Court



The Kilver Court Wedding Show is rapidly approaching and this year, we are offering a very special free engagement shoot and photograph for all those couples attending the show. To qualify simply visit The Andrew Jackson Photography stand and we’ll whisk you away for a quick photo shoot. We’ll show you how we can capture a beautiful image of you and keep you smiling! For more information visit our stand…

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Kilver Court Wedding Show: Next Sunday

Well, I’ve spent the weekend planning our new look stand for next weekend’s wedding show at Kilver Court in Somerset. It really is a beautiful venue and – as mentioned previously – far better than average show! At ‘Andrew Jackson Photography’ we tend to see the shows as an opportunity to meet real life brides, find out what their planning and generally keep a finger on the pulse of wedding trends. If you like our work and would like to book so much the better.

On Sunday, I’m one of the guest speakers at The Kilver Court show, with a “Top Ten List” of great ideas to help your day run more smoothly – so look out for the times – I think its one session in the morning and once after lunch.

An experienced wedding photographer (I’ve been commissioned for weddings since the late 90’s) will know how to manage your day even better than a wedding planner – controversial I know but who else is with you from hair & make up right through to the first dance? We see the whole day and having captured hundreds of weddings, we can add value in so many places. Which is why it is important a) to book specialist suppliers (check out their credentials & ask a few awkward questions!) and b) make friends with them! Invest the time to talk about your day and benefit from their experience. Do come along on Sunday – we’ll look forward to saying hello!

And if you need me to check availability for your day ahead of the show, just send me an email.

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Kilver Court Wedding Show, Somerset

As you know, I’m not a big fan of wedding fairs. Controversial, I know, but that’s just how it is – which is odd, because they should be brilliant. After all, researching suppliers on the web is helpful and can speed up the decision making no end, but there is nothing better than talking face to face with someone about your big day. You’ll know in an instant whether you enjoy sharing time with them in the build up and – even more importantly – will they help you relax and enjoy the big day? So wedding fairs should be really useful. Sadly, though, too often its bizarre mix of ill-matched suppliers, all desperately trying to sell, sell, sell – its all a bit of an undignified bun fight.

So the solution? Join us at the Kilver Court Wedding Show, in Shepton Mallet, Somerset on Sunday 27th October 2013, 11-4. Why? Because Kilver Kilver Court offers the most beautiful gardens & setting for your wedding: Why? Because they have hand-picked the suppliers to introduce only the best to their couples. Why? Because not only do you get a great venue, great suppliers, lots of helpful advice and inspiration, you can also visit the Designer Clothes Village and talk over all your wedding choices with the best coffee and cake for miles around! Honestly, what’s not to like? The most chilled out show, with a great focus on quality.

We’ve got a few special surprises planned and I shall be offering advice and top tips at two Q&A sessions – we look forward to seeing you there.

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Andrew Jackson Photography & Twitter

Just a quick reminder that we will be using Twitter to promote competitions, wedding tips, portrait ideas and generally “stuff” about Andrew Jackson Photography. Please follow us at AJP_photo. We’ve quite a few wedding shows coming up, plus some new training workshops so sign up and we’ll promise not to be dull. Or tweet too often. Or tweet about dinner plans. Unless they are very exciting dinner plans. Thank you.

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Andrew Jackson Photography & Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol

This weekend, we’ll be attending the Ashton Court “Classic Weddings” Open Day, with doors open from 11-6pm. We’re big fans of Ashton Court. The main music room (above) is a stunning space, ideal for ceremonies and / or for the wedding breakfast, and with separate bar space and room to greet guests, this is an ideal venue whatever the weather. If you can use the parkland outside the front door there are so many great photo opportunities that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Continue reading »

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Congratulations On Your Christmas Engagement

Big congratulations to all the couples who announced engagements over Christmas! It is a lovely time to get engaged as it also starts a year (or more!) of planning. At times it will feel as though you have a jobs list as long as your arm, but we really do recommend that you aim enjoy every moment of the build up. When you look back on your day, all the planning and preparation will be part of the memories, so enjoy the venue visits, the cake sampling, the dress fittings, the pre-wed photo shoots, etc – its all part of your amazing day! Do give us a call to talk about photography; its good to have a conversation before your plans are too set in stone as we have lots of experience that can help your planning & decision making. We are are available for wedding photography commissions across the UK, as well as Bath, Bristol and the Cotswolds – call us now to start the conversation!

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Andrew Jackson Photography: Christmas Opening Hours

Just thought it might be useful for those of you taking advantage of the Christmas season to arrange wedding meetings or portrait shoots to advise of our working hours over the break:

– Business closes 5pm, Friday 21 December. Closed 22/23/24/25/26.

– Open Thurs 27 & Friday 28 (usual hours)

– Closed 29/30/331/1/2 and re-opens on Thursday 3 January 2013.

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Capturing the Moment: Wedding Photography

Lots of our couples focus on the spontaneous, fun shots and these are lovely. But we also recommend a few minutes away from the maddening crowd to capture some intimate, more thoughtful images. Sometimes, a moment of stillness can make the most delightful pictures, especially when in a beautiful setting. The perfect wedding album has to blend the formality with informality, movement and stillness, reportage with posed family groups. This picture is almost a trademark shot for me: I love the reflection and thought in the picture, love the lines and the way the building frames the image – and lovely light too. I do love black & white but for me, this has to be in colour, even though the colour palette is quite muted.

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Andrew Jackson Photography & Fireworks

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I know Nov 5th is rapidly becoming a distant memory, but before it fades completely, here is a quick slide show. I’m often asked to take firework pictures at weddings and it’s always makes me slightly nervous. The weather is critical – too much breeze and the crisp lines of the bursts will be lost. Also, before the show its impossible to know whether most of the fireworks will be on the ground – Roman Candles for examples – or a big aerial display. And with long exposures (up to 30 seconds for each firework shot) there isn’t too much opportunity to get it wrong. So far, I’ve never failed to capture a great set of pictures but it is always a massive relief to check the back of the camera and find all is well. In the days of film, when I started, it would have been a week of waiting to know the shot had worked! Hope you enjoy these…

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