I met Jenny at the National Wedding Show held at the Birmingham NEC in October. Jenny was also called Jenny Rose and had to do a double take when she saw her name above my stand! We got chatting and realised that there were lots of odd little coincidences..we went to the same high school, Jen taught at my old primary school, we had the same name… basically we just had to work together!
Jenny and Stephen got married at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Hednesford, Staffordshire. The church is grand both inside and out. The beautiful architecture and interiors were a dream to capture romantic portraits after the ceremony. During the wedding pre-consult Stephen showed me his Grandmothers treasured wedding album… which was just beautiful! Jen mentioned that she would love a full group shot on the church steps, reminiscent of the traditional style. I love modern, natural style wedding photography but I will always take time to capture a few well curated group shots…these are the pictures that in years to come future generations look at wondering and asking who all the people were. As a guest at a wedding I once photographed put it so perfectly - ‘a wedding album is like a window into a another time’.
Jen and Ste held their wedding reception at The Moat House, Acton Trussell. The Moat House is such a great venue with stunning backdrops at every turn, be it the canal that runs at the back or the pools and tudor building.
So this was a special wedding. I used to work with a guy called Giles back in the day at Jessops…remember Jessops!? Back then you would find every aspiring photography student working part-time there lol! anyway way Giles became a good friend and Beth is his little Sister - so it was a wedding to look forward too! I know the family and they are awesome!
Beth and Luke got married at St Mary the Virgin Chuch, Colton near Rugeley, Staffordshire and it really was a quintessential English Summer wedding. The reception was held at the stunning Weston Hall, Stafford. Weston Hall is just beautiful with Elizabethan features like lattice windows, stone fireplaces and oak beams. We were lucky to have a gorgeous weather and a magnificent sunset but I can imagine that cosy winter weddings would be just as delightful there.
Wendy & David’s Summer Wedding at The Heath House
It was a warm summery night that I first met Wendy and David at St Mary’s and All Saint’s Church in Checkley, Staffordshire. As we wandered around discussing arrangements and ideas we hoped that the weather would be just as gorgeous on the day…and omg! it certainly was! In fact this wedding had the most beautiful natural light to work with from beginning to end (which made me one very happy photographer!).
Directly opposite the church is a little county pub called The Red Lion, David explained that they would be opening the pub especially for the wedding - it was a lovely idea and when I arrived at the church everyone was having a great time catching up with a quick drink before the ceremony. During the wedding ceremony a beam of light came through one of the little church windows and shone directly onto Wendy..no one else..just Wendy! Later on David asked if I’d seen it and we both thought it looked super magical! obviously I had to capture it on camera…weddings are all about those unexpected little moments that make the day unique to each and every couple.
The wedding reception was held at The Heath House which is one of my favourite local venues. Not only is it a stunning building with beautiful interiors and orangery but Sophie and Justin work hard to ensure every detail is perfect on the day. I went for a little wander after the wedding wedding breakfast to capture some natural pics of guests playing lawn games and enjoying the evening entertainment when I noticed that the Sun was setting over a field full of buttercups at the back of the Heath House, it literally looked like a field of gold - we stood in awe of it for a moment before getting a beautiful portrait of the happy couple.