3/7/2016 0 Comments
Now I know what you're thinking, a Rowton Castle wedding the day before Christmas Eve, it's going to be a magical Christmas wedding right? Wrong! The wedding was magical certainly, but it definitely wasn't festive themed. The date and time of year was almost completely irrelevant, all that mattered to this couple was having their awesome family and friends gathered in one place to get down and party, the fact that there were more than a few baubles and decorated trees dotted around was simply an added bonus. They chose a pretty understated colour scheme of pale green with matching floral stationary and home made sweetie jar favors and lace, letting the grandeur of the hotel surroundings do the talking and letting the couples relaxed style shine through. Even Charlotte's amazing dress, relaxed loose hair and stunning jeweled headpiece was something you would expect to see at a boho beach wedding rather than an English castle, but to this bride (and anyone who knows her) it made absolute perfect sense. Anything more traditional would have looked out of place!
With the ceremony being so late on a Winters day, there wasn't much opportunity to venture outdoors into Rowton's beautiful grounds for photographs, but that didn't matter. It just meant I had to use my imagination a bit more when it came to some romantic couple shots. Charlotte and James didn't give me a huge amount of information about what kind of pictures they wanted, but one thing they did know was that they didn't want anything to mushy or posey. We kept things quick, light and simple in order to create images that showed their love for each other without being staged, and it really worked. The photographs concentrated on what meant the most to the couple which was their family and friends having a great time, and they really did! They dined on a hearty candlelit dinner of fish and chips with bread and butter, and enjoyed some wonderful heartfelt speeches before a super cute first dance to Lenachka's 'Go Slow'.
Charlotte and James did everything on their wedding day exactly the way they wanted to, and didn't settle for anything less than a celebration that represented what makes them such an awesome team together. A party full of fun, family, love and laughter and a little bit of Summer in the Winter time. Thank you so much guys for having me be the one to capture such a unique occasion!
Want to know which suppliers Charlotte and James used to make their wedding so awesome? Look no further!
Venue: Rowton Castle Hotel and Restaurant
Makeup: Natalie Ravenscroft
Flowers: Lulu's Flowers
Grooms Suit: Marc Darcy
Groomsmen suits and Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS
Flower girl dresses: Next
Seat covers: Julie Nicholas Florist
Dress: Jasmine dress from Grace Loves Lace
Shoes: Jenny Packham
Hair piece: HairFloaters
Music: Paul Parker and All the Right Friends, and Gregory S Davies
I always say that the best weddings are the ones where a couple are completely un-afraid to be themselves, and that's absolutely what I said about the wedding of Mr and Mrs Hinton in January. I knew the second I met them at their reception venue last year that I wanted to be their photographer, and luckily they felt the same! This easygoing, slightly quirky, music loving pair knew exactly what they wanted from their wedding photographs and I was delighted to fit the bill. A couple after my own heart, they chose a venue and setting that meant everything to them and their lives together. An area steeped in heritage and history as well as outstanding beauty (and dare I say it, METAL!), as well as tonnes of wonderful local suppliers, Ironbridge was the only place Alison and Danny would have considered tying the knot.
The day started off with Alison and her maids getting ready at the rather fabulous Penthouse Suite at the Malthouse which is a sight to behold. Oodles of zebra print, Marylin Monroe glamour and postbox red walls, plus a wonderful spiral staircase which was just perfect for hanging that gorgeous gown.
The ceremony took place at the Enginuity Museum of Iron in the beautiful Boardroom, where guests gathered from far and wide. Danny's three best men did a great job keeping him calm and collected before the moment of truth, and the room just lit up with smiles as Alison walked down the aisle on the arm of her best friend (and driver for the day!). The ceremony was a beautiful informal affair full of humor, Shakespeare, a smattering of tears, and probably the longest first smooch I've ever seen! They were showered with confetti as they made their way out onto the courtyard, and we just about managed to squeeze in a few photographs on the Iron Bridge where Danny proposed just before the Winter sun disappeared for the day, and a few cheeky shots of the mad wedding party of course who did a sterling job posing in sub zero temperatures!
The Hinton's guests enjoyed a brilliantly fun candle and fairy-lit reception at The Malthouse, a venue the couple frequent regularly to watch local bands, and they dined on a delicious hot buffet which included the cutest tiny little brioche bun burgers and chips, which warmed everyone up from the freezing cold. They were subject to some really naughty but hilarious speeches, way too many tequila shots, and finally dancing the night away to the sounds of the band.
Such a fantastic wedding to have captured in every way, and more proof that you don't need all the big fancy frills and glorious sunshine to throw one heck of a party to celebrate marrying the one you love. As long as your doing it your way it will be perfect!
Big thanks to Mr and Mrs Hinton for having me capture your special day!
Want to know which awesome suppliers Alison and Danny used to make their wedding dreams come true? Look no further!
Dress: Wedding World
Hair: Jodie at Funky Barnetts, Oakengates 01952 617537
Make Up: Brides own, plus Lash Extensions by House Of Beauty, Shifnal
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Cupcakes: Queenie's Cupcakery
Band: Last Orders
Ceremony Venue: Enginuity Museum of Iron
Reception Venue: The Malthouse