When Sian got in touch to enquire about me photographing her wedding I was made up! I take my girls to the park in which Haden Hill House is situated all the time and they absolutely love it! Running through the woods and landscaped gardens and walking across the stone walls, often roaming around the house (which is also a museum) and feeding the ducks and squirrels.
On the big day itself Sian impressively did her own hair and make up and arrived in style in a vintage car. After entering the ceremony room to the star wars theme (can you spot the ring bearers??) with her beautiful ball gown dress just squeezing into the room which cosily holds 35 guests, Sian and Adam became Mr and Mrs Jones in front of close family and friends!
Inside the house itself, during the drinks reception we we’re able to make the most of the huge wooden staircase and windows and the many rooms for some bridal portraits and candid photos too.
Unfortunately on the day we couldn’t make it around a lot of the beautiful park due to the weather, or should i say torrential rain, but luckily we got outside for an hour or so which was long enough to capture some great shots of the new Mr and Mrs Jones and their nearest and dearest. And look at those beautiful autumn colours!
They continued the party at the Wilson Hall in Colley gate and what a party it was!
Here’s a peak at some of their gallery…
On 21/10/18 in an oak gazebo next to a picture perfect lake, Jenna and Paul tied the knot! To book for an outdoor wedding in mid October is brave but turned out perfectly! Right up until the wedding breakfast the weather held off and the morning even had a brilliant blue sky! Moddershall Oaks Spa, Staffordshire is a luxury spa retreat and wedding venue with amazing facilities and is a stunning wedding backdrop.
The flowers, candles, memories and details were all beautifully placed and with a acoustic guitarist playing, the ceremony was really romantic.
After relaxed, natural couples portraits round the lake and the usual drinks and speeches they threw in a game of Mr and Mrs hosted by one of the bridesmaids too. Just a little bit amusing!!
With face painting and balloon animals to keep the little ones (and some big ones) quiet, the day was a huge success.
Was a pleasure to photograph your day, here’s a snippet of what was captured…
13/10/18 was the day Sian and John got married in this amazingly quirky venue, and I got to photograph the venue me and my better half will be getting married in next May!
And it proved to me that I’ve definitely booked the right place for us! The Hundred House, Norton which is between Bridgnorth and Telford is a delight from the renovated barn where the wedding takes place, to the secret gardens you can explore which are the perfect photo backdrop, this place is full of character and with the bedrooms having swings in them well that’s just the icing on the cake!!
The day before Sian and John tied the knot storm callum had sent rain sideways across much of the country but amazingly they had no rain after their ceremony and we could make full use of the venues gardens for their photos. To say John doesn’t like having his picture taken we managed 15 minutes of couples photos which was more than enough to keep the mrs happy and get some beautiful portraits.
Chasing the children round the garden giving them there own personal photoshoot and capturing the evening party getting going into full swing while waiting for the groom to brave the first dance was so much fun.
Thanks for having me, I’m a little in love with your photos….
candid shot, documentary photography
To ensure the story of your big day is captured perfectly from start to finish with all the little details in between, everything is carefully checked, re-checked and passed under my beady eye to ensure all goes smoothly.
And i’m not just talking about the equipment (although that is quite essential!) but going through the booking forms and notes from meetings with brides and grooms who want those perfect shots to remember their big day, and creating a timeline as to put myself in exactly the right place at the right time to capture all those beautiful and crazy fun moments as they unfold.
Its the real love, the real laughs, the real cries and those downright crazy dance moves that we need to remember when were old and grey showing the great grandkids that we were young hip and cool once that we don’t want to miss!
Getting to know each client a little helps me to understand what is important to each one, whether that be the decor details they’ve spent days on or someones relatives who they don’t get to see too often, jewellery that been passed down or just wanting me to document each moment informally in the background as they are a little camera shy the list is endless but each thing is equally important to each person.
You need to be confident that your photographer knows you well enough to give you what you want from your photos and that includes giving them all the big and small details alike to ensure nothing is missed.
All that said none of that can be done without the right gear, and lots of it! I need to be ready for every eventuality which requires a lot of carriage, but essential with the British weather and dark churches to contend with! Spending hours charging and checking all equipment in the days before making sure all is battle ready for the big day ahead… I seriously need to invest in a trolley for the sake of my back as this isn’t all i lug around ha!
To all those just engaged, happy wedding planning, enjoy every minute it’ll be over in a flash….
So on sunday 5th august i had the pleasure of photographing this lovely couples wedding! The venue Park House Hotel Shifnal was beautiful, a mixture of buildings joined together to form the stunning venue you see now, with its maze of rooms upstairs and wonderfully kept gardens there were endless photo opportunities throughout!
With the blazing sunshine and heat to contend with the wedding party and guests took it all in their stride to celebrate Michelle and Chads big day, enjoying letting off confetti canons before and after the confetti shots (so funny), helping a certain little man track dragons, and scrambling over the bouquet at the end of the evening to name a few but the love between michelle and chad says it all and it shows through in there images wonderfully.
Thank you for fully welcoming me into the family to capture one of life’s biggest events for you guys!
Heres a snippet of Michelle and Chads big day for you to enjoy…
Make up by zoe bywater