Spotlight ~ Potter Group

We’ve known Matt Potter for years and can say with absolute confidence that if you’re looking for an event solutions team that think outside the box and offer a sophisticated, high quality service Potter Group are definitely worth a call. Whether your event is a lavish affair or something more intimate, this talented team of lighting designers, marquee experts, DJs, entertainment managers and event hosts will work tirelessly to ensure your event is unique and totally yours ♥

Becki and Bill ~ Pre-wedding shoot

The wonderful Becki and Bill marry later this year at Dodmoor House. For their pre-wedding shoot Tim headed out of town to a place that meant something special to them. Here’s a handful of shots of this truly lovely pair ♥

Little Emmie

One of the perks of our job is being asked to photograph our friends little ones. There’s honestly nothing we love more than being able to capture these moments for the special people in our lives. We’ve known Emmie’s parents for years and it was incredible to photograph their new arrival as they embark upon this new chapter ♥

Kerrie and Nick ~ Anstey Firth House

This was officially our smallest wedding to date with only four people present (including the Bride and Groom!) but despite the small number of bodies at Anstey Firth House it was a wonderful day to be part of. The registrars did a brilliant job with the ceremony and the whole day had a beautifully intimate feel about it. Kerrie and Nick you were truly wonderful and it was an absolute pleasure to capture these moments for you ♥

Chantelle and Connor ~ Dodmoor House

The fabulous Chantelle and Connor married last month at Dodmoor House. The winter sun shone all day and honestly this couple deserved nothing more. A pretty teal colour scheme, a beautiful set of reveal photographs and nailing the infamous sparkler shot - this is a wedding certainly worth a peek ♥

Spotlight ~ Burnt Lemon Catering

Burnt Lemon is owned by the lovely James Peck - a super talented chef with over ten years experience heading up a number of award winning restaurants across Northamptonshire and London. He now caters for dinner parties and weddings and can also be found at various pop up supper clubs in venues across the county.

Wedding wise, when it comes to catering for your special day Burnt Lemon like to keep their values simple,

‘On your wedding day, our professional waiting staff will serve you amazing food created by our award-winning chefs using only the best, freshest and highest quality ingredients from local producers. In the run-up to your wedding, we will work with you to make sure every detail is in place - this includes cooking your chosen menu beforehand for you to try. We’ll work in partnership with you to create an incredible and unique dining experience to remember for years to come.’ 

If you’re still undecided on the catering for your big day (or are simply looking for a knight in shining armour within your own kitchen!) Burnt Lemon are definitely worth a look. Their food tastes as good as it looks and James really is as equally lovely as he is talented ♥

{Menu photographed above}

Canapés

Smoked salmon, beetroot and caviar

Chicken parfait, pear and red onion

Ox tongue, horseradish and parmesan

Starter ~

Textures of beetroot and smoked goats cheese mousse

Main ~

48 hour braised short-rib, carrot and carraway mash, braised red cabbage and beef dripping potato

Dessert ~

Chocolate tart, whipped caramel tart and lemon meringue

Chocolates ~

by Explore Chocolate

Beetroot caramel, butter caramel and bakewell

Spotlight ~ Green Room flowers

We’ve known Sofia from Green Room Flowers for years and she really is as equally lovely as she is talented. We’ve worked together at many venues throughout the county and are always pleased to see Sofia’s name on any of our planning sheets. She’s super local to us and as we’re always happy to support local peeps take a look below at a handful of images from the last wedding we worked at together ♥

Lauren and Tom ~ Dodmoor House

We’ve known Lauren for years, right back from when she used to work at Dodmoor House. We always feel super honoured to be asked to photograph one of the Dodmoor ladies weddings and Lauren and Tom’s big day was no exception. The day couldn’t of been more autumnal and Dodmoor House really was showing off with it’s backdrop of beautiful autumn colours! Pair this with a gorgeous dress and some seriously lovely details, this really was a perfect day (pretty blooms created by the talented Julie-Anna flowers and rather brilliant evening entertainment by 1Entertainments) ♥

Nathaniel and Emma ~ Dodford Manor

Awww where to start with this couple! The reference #couplegoals doesn’t even seem adequate. Despite the fact I’ve never met them personally, I know from our communication over the years that they’re my kind of people. Their love for one another radiates off every single image. Such a beautiful couple, surrounded by equally beautiful families, this really is one of those weddings I’ll remember forever. Take a peek at their special day at Dodford Manor below ♥

Words of wisdom #1 ~ Budget

With the aim of making this Blog a hub of information, we’re going to be periodically opening up this space to our past couples who may have some words of wisdom, ideas, recommendations or advice that might be of interest to any recently engaged couples. The wedding industry is a complex one with many, many variables. We hope that these guest spots on the Blog will give couples some practical advice that they may be able to implement in the lead up to their own big day.

Our first couple to contribute had the following words of wisdom to share …

~ Set yourself a realistic budget, weddings cost money but they are definitely worth it. If something is cheap, there’s a reason.

~ Our biggest tip (and this is why we went with Tim Hill Photography) is if you see somebody and their work and get a good feeling, go with it, don’t shop around. Shopping around is the most stressful bit and will achieve nothing. Trust your gut instinct.

~ Finally, work out what part of your wedding means the most to you and expect it to go over the allocated budget. Don’t compromise on your top three. It worked for us and 1. We have fantastic pictures that we will look at for the rest of our lives 2. We had the perfect venue and 3. We had delicious food.

What truly great advice!

To feed, or not to feed? That is the question ...

Weddings can be long days for many of your suppliers, but particularly for your photographer who may well be with you from early morning right through until late evening. I know first hand that Tim's productivity is far higher when fuelled on a decent meal (as oppose to a sweaty sandwich and over ripe banana that's been sat on the front seat of the car all day!) A well fed photographer is undoubtedly a happy one! Caterers are usually pretty good at looking after photographers, so have a chat with them and discuss the options they offer for the day (I promise your photographer really will thank you for it!)

Here's what one of our Groom’s had to say on the subject ... 'Providing food for Tim was really important to us, he arrived early and left late … Wedding days are long enough WITH food and drink, let alone on an empty stomach!'

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{Beautiful plate of food by the super lovely Lemon Zest}

The Wedding Industry Awards ~ Regional Finalist!

When an email lands in your inbox from The Wedding Industry Awards letting you know one of your lovely Brides has nominated you for an award, you know instantly it’s going to be a rather fabulous day! Her beautifully kind words (you know who you are!) made the decision for us and this year we decided to enter …. and my word are we glad we did as we’ve only gone and made Regional Finalist! A huge Thank you to all our couples who took the time to vote for us, it’s a lovely feeling receiving such positive comments from you all and of course gaining this recognition amongst our peers in the wedding industry ♥

Hemisha and Liam ~ Dodmoor House

The lovely Hemisha and Liam married this summer on what was initially a rather wet day. Before long the weather lifted and they were graced with weather typical of our wonderful British summertime. Hemisha wore two wedding dresses representing two equally beautiful looks during her wedding day at Dodmoor House and I for one think she looked truly stunning. A day centred very much on family (including their two beloved dogs!) this wedding was a real pleasure to be part of. The couples wedding breakfast included amazing food by Lilu Fine Dining with super impressive attention to detail (and it really did taste as good as it looked!) Here’s a little look at that their day ♥

Jeni and Ryan ~ Dodmoor House

Awwww where to start with this beautiful couple …. it’s always a pleasure to be asked to photograph one of the Dodmoor House ladies wedding days and Jeni’s was no exception. They nailed the relaxed vibe completely and as a result ended up with a gallery that reflected that perfectly. Think a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ stand, cake cutting and first dance in the courtyard and a beautifully relaxed afternoon tea! As always it was great to work with Julie-Anna flowers again. I can spot this talented lady’s work a mile away, she really is that good! Below is a little look at Jeni and Ryan’s day ♥

Katherine and Gary ~ Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor is a unique heritage venue set in a beautiful conservation area on the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border. This stunning venue is a Tudor and Georgian house built by direct ancestors of George Washington and really does provide the most wonderful backdrop for your wedding day.

Katherine and Gary were wonderful to work with, both in the lead up to and on the day itself. Originally guests at another of our weddings, it was an absolute pleasure to be asked to photograph their day too. Katherine’s dress had a wonderfully classic feel and the pretty pink colour scheme used throughout their day in their flowers, bridesmaids dresses and room decor really did compliment the venue’s beautiful gardens and barns perfectly. Take a peek at their day ♥

Harriett and Jamie ~ Sedgebrook Hall

The beautiful Harriett and Jamie married this summer, saying ‘I do’ at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Bugbrooke and then going on to celebrate with friends and family at Sedgebrook Hall. Harriett’s dress was the ‘Electra’ by Ronald Joyce and was from A Brides World in Northampton. To say it was perfect would be an understatement! The long sleeved beaded bodice, full skirt and pretty veil created a beautifully glamorous feel and Harriett really did look beyond stunning. As for the Groom, they don’t come more dapper than Jamie! His suit was by Hugo Boss, which complimented the Groomsmen’s French Connection suits perfectly. Other suppliers on the day included … hair by the lovely Nicole Peet Hair, make-up by the equally lovely Sophie Duffy and the reception room at Sedgebrook Hall was styled by the talented Stingray Events (including supplying a baby grand piano for the Bride to play ‘Fly me to the Moon’ to her Dad) Take a peek at their rather special day below ♥

Cake Smash sessions ~ Little Carter

Our first birthday shoots are a perfect way to mark this key milestone in your little ones childhood. The sessions take place in Northamptonshire in our purpose built studio and provide the opportunity to have a mini portrait shoot before we move on to the cake smash element of the session.

Our first birthday shoots include a studio session, a beautifully decorated cake from The Creative Cupcake Company, a styled backdrop, use of our props and accessories, all edited images as high resolution files, your favourite two images as 8x6 prints and use of our password protected Client Area for friends and family.

We recommend our cake smash sessions are booked when baby is between 11 and 13 months old ♥

Sara and Michael ~ Crockwell Farm

We've loved getting to know Sara and Michael in the lead up to their wedding day. They've been great fun and really do have the loveliest of families. Crockwell Farm was a new wedding venue for us. A truly beautiful Northamptonshire venue, close to both the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire borders, the oak beamed barns really do create a truly beautiful backdrop for any couple looking for a blank canvas for their big day (they have a pretty amazing Honeymoon cottage too!) Here's a sneaky peek ♥

Spotlight ~ Taylormade Duo & Wedding Band

We've known Carley and Matt for years. If you're looking for an acoustic duo for your big day these two really are at the top of their game. Not only are they both talented musicians, they're also dedicated to providing an exceptional experience on your wedding day. Here's what they have to say .... 'Taylormade Acoustic Duo/Trio will add a stunning soundtrack to your day with beautiful acoustic covers. The perfect addition to your Ceremony, Drinks reception, Wedding breakfast or for a breathtaking live performance of your First Dance. With a set list full of gorgeous tracks and a mix of traditional, classic and modern day songs - from Eva Cassidy to John Legend, Snow Patrol to Ed Sheeran, The Beatles to Rhianna - Taylormade Acoustic Duo have something for everyone.'  

A rather fabulous promo video for Taylormade Acoustic Duo is available here

If however you're looking for a live band for your wedding day Taylormade 4/5 piece Live Band are most definitely worth a look. As Carley says, 'our live band have been filling dance floors since 2008, bringing their fun and infectious style to a mix of Pop, Rock, Indie, Motown and Soul hits. Expect floor filling classics and the latest chart hits to keep you and your guests on the dance floor until the end of the night!' They also offer a DJ add on until 12.00am for anyone looking for entertainment through until the end of the day ♥

Meet the Tim Hill Photography team

Meet the 'team' ... pfft who am I kidding! The 'team' consists of Tim and I (well and the occasional 2 year old office assistant, but her contribution of late has been seriously questionable)

So ... Tim and I have worked alongside each other for a very long time. We share an office space and although his photographic paraphernalia continually spills out on to my side of the office (we've not quite reached the masking tape line down the centre of the room yet, but we have been close on several occasions!) our working environment and relationship works.

We're very different in that Tim's patient, technical and very methodical, where as I'm a little bit more of an impatient creative (in that I have a super busy mind with lots of ideas, an unhealthy addiction to stationery and still very much like using coloured Post-it notes to organise my life)

Tim trades in the currency of chocolate, mainly Dairy Milk (but by no means exclusively) and thanks to a shelf of photography props in the office can often be found (under a certain 2 year olds insistence) editing your wedding photographs in a top hat! He's also partial to a slice of wedding cake and with photographing so many weddings over the years I have to say he's become quite the connoisseur! I however favour Galaxy (always) and have a love of pretty shoes and fedora hats.

We have clear defined roles for both the wedding and newborn sides of the business, which have gradually been carved out over the years. Tim is the man behind the business name and the one who holds the camera. He primarily shoots weddings alone and works super hard to achieve the best results for our couples. He's conscientious and forever committed to professional development, always looking to improve, grow and master his craft. Anything behind the scenes is my role, so all correspondence, social media, album design and looking after our website. I also pose and style all of your beautiful little bundles in our newborn shoots.

At the centre of everything we do is our commitment to our couples and the babies and children we photograph. Together our differences really do compliment one another and when combined (even if I do say so myself!) we make a pretty magnificent team ♥