Lauren & Ben – Back after lockdown

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I felt privileged this weekend to capture the gorgeous O’Malley Wedding at the beautiful Dillington House in Whitelackington Somerset.  A venue that has always been an aspiration of mine to work at since becoming a Wedding photographer, so I was really excited for it.  It’s everything that you hope for from a venue as a photographer – organised, easy to work with, accommodating,  professional, I could go on.  Emily and her team were amazing and I know that the couple share that sentiment too.

It was AMAZING to be back shooting.

I met Ben and Lauren a couple of years ago when their daughter Amelia was born and they came to me for new born photos.  Having met such a lovely couple and helped them make some amazing memories of a very small Amelia it was a true honour and privilege to be selected as the photographer for their Wedding day and be given the opportunity to continue to tell their story.

These guys were my most organised couple to date, booking their Wedding 2 years in advance, almost as if they’d seen the global Pandemic coming to get married the other side of it. Impeccable planning!  Dillington House is stunning where ever you are on the grounds and are able to accommodate indoor or outdoor ceremonies and events.  This meant that with current restrictions in place Lauren and Ben were able to have a beautiful, intimate outdoor ceremony with 30 guests without masks denying them from their guests smiles laughter and emotion.


There’s something different about restricted Weddings.  Somehow, with less people than you be used to seeing at a typical Wedding, you feel a greater sense of love in the air. Maybe it’s a side effect of people being kept apart for so long? Who know.  This couple had decided that the most important thing to them is that they get married – regardless of guest numbers and all that goes with it.  The single most important thing to them was that they tied the knot, and there’s something about that that just hits you right in the feels!  

One of the highlights for me is always the people that you get to meet. 

(The couple’s daughter, Amelia (Right) stole the show as her parents exchanged vows)

The bridal party and families  made me feel so welcome and were good fun when shooting which always makes my job enjoyable and much easier – so I thank them all for that.  Although, there might be a young bridesmaid who pulled a few faces during the group shots that might make them slightly harder to edit 😉 

And last but not least I made some great new connections with  some true masters of their craft and were able to share some amusing anecdotes of our COVID and lockdown journeys.

Amy Elizabeth

@amyemakeup

Mary Beth Trigwell

@marybethtrigwellhairandmua

Kieran Clark

@kieranclarkeents

Amy Elizabeth (@amyemakeup) was on Make Up duty and Marybeth Trigwell (@Marybethtrigwellhairandmua) was the hair squad and both were incredibly accommodating of me and also put themselves in the running to become future Photographers Assistants with excellent styling tips and advice, and movement of props and equipment – If every Bride prep team were like those guys I’d be loving life!  these guys are absolute professionals, look them up if you’re looking for hair and make up for sure.


Sadly I missed the opportunity to bump into Dahlia florists (@dahlia_florists) , but they provided some truly exquisite arrangements that you’ll see pictured.

And saving the best for last because he needs no introduction – Kieran Clarke Entertainments (@kieranclarkents).   A top guy with years and years in the industry provide all manner of event offerings from DJing to inflatable fair games and horse races.  If you’ve been to a Wedding or an event in the south west the chances are that he’s been there.  Highly recommended and knows Weddings and venues in the South West like no one else out there.

Flowers by Dahlia Florists

@dahlia_florists

Thanks again to Ben, Lauren, their families, friends and everyone who made the day so perfect.  I’ve shared a lovely preview gallery with the couple and have lots more to come.  

As I left the venue I couldn’t help but feel sad that the day was over, but I can’t wait to deliver the images so that they can relive the day.

24 Replies to “Lauren & Ben – Back after lockdown”

  1. Well what can we say?! From booking you to meeting you at Dillington House for a walk round it’s been an easy, relaxing and enjoyable journey! For a couple who are not comfortable in front of a camera, you wouldn’t believe that with the photos we have seen so far! You are more than just our photographer on our wedding day, it was like having a friend, who made us feel comfortable and you are the most genuine guy! A thank you wouldn’t be enough from us! Would highly recommend you to absolutely anyone who would listen!

    1. The pleasure was absolutely all mine. I’m over the moon that you like what you’ve seen so far and cannot wait to get the rest to you!

    2. Thanks everyone for bringing comments to my blog and helping Ben and Lauren toward a free 8×10 Print.

      I’ve just set up Google Business and I don’t currently have any reviews. If any of you have a few spare minutes and can google ‘J Warr Photography’ and click ‘write a review’ in the google ad I’ll be eternally grateful and give Ben and Lauren an additional 7×5 print print for every review. (Yes that is technically bribery, and yes I’m all for it!)

      Thanks!

  2. Absolutely beautiful wedding, and stunning couple and of course beautiful Amelia. Can not wait to see all the pictures. ❤
    Congratulations Mr and Mrs o’malley x

    1. Thanks everyone for bringing comments to my blog and helping Ben and Lauren toward a free 8×10 Print.

      I’ve just set up Google Business and I don’t currently have any reviews. If any of you have a few spare minutes and can google ‘J Warr Photography’ and click ‘write a review’ in the google ad I’ll be eternally grateful and give Ben and Lauren an additional 7×5 print print for every review. (Yes that is technically bribery, and yes I’m all for it!)

      Thanks!

  3. For a first time job, I think you did alright!! 😜 Very professional but with a sense of humour too! The previews are gorgeous and cannot wait to see more of the wonderful day captured through your lens!

    1. Ha! Yea, not bad for my first day on the job eh! (It’s not really for anyone else reading, inside joke from bridal prep)

    2. Thanks everyone for bringing comments to my blog and helping Ben and Lauren toward a free 8×10 Print.

      I’ve just set up Google Business and I don’t currently have any reviews. If any of you have a few spare minutes and can google ‘J Warr Photography’ and click ‘write a review’ in the google ad I’ll be eternally grateful and give Ben and Lauren an additional 7×5 print print for every review. (Yes that is technically bribery, and yes I’m all for it!)

      Thanks!

  4. So impressed that you remembered so many names so quickly! Everything was so relaxed and you were very patient. I can’t wait to see the finished photos.

    1. It’s a Wedding Photographer Superpower remembering names so quickly. Hair and Make Up made it hard having 2 names each, but we managed. 😉

    2. Thanks everyone for bringing comments to my blog and helping Ben and Lauren toward a free 8×10 Print.

      I’ve just set up Google Business and I don’t currently have any reviews. If any of you have a few spare minutes and can google ‘J Warr Photography’ and click ‘write a review’ in the google ad I’ll be eternally grateful and give Ben and Lauren an additional 7×5 print print for every review. (Yes that is technically bribery, and yes I’m all for it!)

      Thanks!

  5. I can only echo Lauren and Ben’s comments!
    You were amazing on the day, putting everyone at their ease, helping them feel completely relaxed and even the most camera shy came out of their shells!
    The early previews look fantastic and I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos.
    A huge thank you in advance from the mother and father of the bride for giving us such a fabulous visual memory of Lauren & Ben’s very special day to look back on in years to come.
    I too would highly recommend you to anyone who wants a photographer for any special occasion!

    1. Thank you so much Sharon. Always pleasing to have pleased the Bride’s family. I hope you and Pete enjoy the final images!

      It’s always a real come down after a wedding day after meeting so many lovely folks and know that the journey with them is nearing it’s end.

    2. Thanks everyone for bringing comments to my blog and helping Ben and Lauren toward a free 8×10 Print.

      I’ve just set up Google Business and I don’t currently have any reviews. If any of you have a few spare minutes and can google ‘J Warr Photography’ and click ‘write a review’ in the google ad I’ll be eternally grateful and give Ben and Lauren an additional 7×5 print print for every review. (Yes that is technically bribery, and yes I’m all for it!)

      Thanks!

  6. What a great Blog that you captured so brilliantly. Thank you so much for the mention. I will be recommending Jwarr photography to all my brides seaking a photographer now.
    Your witty, fun yet professional personality and approachability is exactly what brides need on their wedding mornings when they are nervous etc. You were so much fun to be around! To top it off your talent is INCREDIBLE!! 🤩
    You have captured how beautiful Lauren is and their love perfectly.
    Really enjoyed meeting you and hope we can work together on many more weddings to come. Photographer apprentice & hairstylist – I got you covered haha 😄👍
    What a great day it was !!

    1. Thanks Marybeth, you’re really too kind. I too will be recommending you to any photographers seeking an assistant…. more importantly though to any brides seeking a stylist! 😀

    2. Thanks everyone for bringing comments to my blog and helping Ben and Lauren toward a free 8×10 Print.

      I’ve just set up Google Business and I don’t currently have any reviews. If any of you have a few spare minutes and can google ‘J Warr Photography’ and click ‘write a review’ in the google ad I’ll be eternally grateful and give Ben and Lauren an additional 7×5 print print for every review. (Yes that is technically bribery, and yes I’m all for it!)

      Thanks!

  7. It’s not the first time that I have seen your excellent work you are truly amazing and it was so lovely to meet you again it was lovely to have such a lovely and humerus photographer and his wobbly assistant on the stool on the lawn that was rather funny keep up your fantastic work I would recommend you to anyone that need your expertise x

  8. What a fantastic day for this beautiful couple, it’s been a privilege and joy to help them organise their special day. Also I think us as suppliers were equally all over the moon to be back at work, doing we we do best, and making sure these lovely people had the best day possible. It was great working with you all and we look forward to welcoming the new and extended O’Malley family back to us again soon! Lot’s of love for the future, Emily and the whole Dillington Team.

    1. Amen to that Emily! Absolutely amazing to be back!! I had the post wedding day blues big time on the Sunday. Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. Amazing setting and Amazing staff . Beautiful couple and a very emotional day . 😢 . From the pics I’ve seen u have captured it well and can’t wait to see them all. X

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