11/27/2016 0 Comments
I truly love every wedding I shoot, and I'm not just saying that. But some weddings really are something very unique and special, and they stick with you for a long time. Laura and Adam's wedding was definitely one of those days I shall never forget.
My journey with Laura and Adam started back in December 2015 when we met for the first time in Rugby train station. They come from Coventry and I just so happened to be passing through Rugby, so we were able to meet up to talk about their plans. We got on swimmingly, and were just about to wrap up the meeting when all of a sudden we were hurriedly evacuated out the building into the wind and rain because of what we think was a bomb scare! Thankfully our next meeting at Plaish Park Farm in the Summer was a much more relaxed time, strolling around this incredible venue and planning how the day would work and their ideas for photographs. I was blown away by the place and I could see exactly why they would bring all of their family and friends from Coventry to get married in beautiful Shropshire.
The farm itself is a complex of holiday cottages, along with plenty of gardens, incredible views, and grounds for a huge marquee or two. Both Laura and Adam got ready in neighboring cottages with their families and friends. Laura's impeccable organisation skills meant that everything went as smoothly as it possibly could, and everyone had the time to relax and just enjoy the whole day instead of being in any kind of a rush. She even had time to lounge around in her dressing gown with a glass of fizz!
Laura's dress was one of the most perfectly chosen I have ever seen, and almost everyone commented that it was exactly the kind of thing they would have picked out for her. Elegant, graceful and beautiful, just like the lady herself.
The vintage bus and wedding car took Laura and a select number of close friends and family just a short trip down the road to Wilderhope Manor, a National Trust owned youth hostel which is licensed for marriages. Apparently it was a choice between that or Telford Registry Office. I think they made the right choice! The intimate ceremony room, decorated with simple bunting and jugs of flowers, filled with the beautiful sounds of a harpist, felt much more like a special occasion than just the official legal part of the day.
The weather was a little, shall we say, in-decisive! Glorious burning sun one minute, torrential rain and thunder the next. But it didn't hinder proceedings at all, in fact it just seemed to add to it. The day had character and colour just like the wedding itself.
While we waited for the second lot of guests to arrive for the blessing back at the farm, we had some time to take a few pictures of just the two of them before things got too crazy and they had to do any mingling. There was even time for them to sit and have a cuppa before they made their grand entrance! Laura's Uncle conducted the unofficial ceremony, but it was what they considered their 'real' wedding. This was also where they exchanged rings and lit candles.
I found it absolutely adorable that they named their tables after Shropshire hills when they have no connection to Shropshire. The marquee looked truley stunning, and Adam had even gone to the trouble of organizing a surprise personalized drink from local Shropshire brewery, Woods, 'Laura's Pale Ale', to be served at the bar! Pretty cool! Everyone just had the most fantastic time, I didnt see a single frown the whole day and all the guests clearly loved Adam and Laura very deeply. It was such a lovely, genuine and happy thing to be a part of.
My favourite part of most weddings I shoot is the golden hour. That magical time of the evening when the light does all kinds of magical beautiful things that is just perfect for those romantic photographs. This day was no exception, and brought probably the most dramatic sky I've ever worked with with hues of purple and orange as the sun went down over the countryside. We ventured a little further afield in the farmers Land Rover to the private lake where swans and signets were nesting, and they even swam out for a photo much to my utter-disbelief! It was brilliant!
Enourmous thank you's to Adam and Laura for having me be the one to photograph such an amazing event! I'm so very happy that I was the lucky one to be your photographer. A very tough act to follow indeed.