An amazing Winter Wedding at Red House Barn, Stoke Prior Bromsgrove.
A few months ago I posted up an image from what I called my secret engagement session. The reason it was secret is the engagement session for Vanessa and Chris was so we could create a guest signing book – since it was going to be a surprise, I didn’t blog those pictures – and in a strange twist I will blog them after the wedding sometime early next year.
Anyway back to the wedding of Vanessa and Chris. From the second they walked into my studio I knew this was going to be an amazing wedding. The couple told me they were planning on getting married at St. Peters Church in Astley and were having the wedding reception at Red House Barn in Stoke Prior. Both of which I have photographed weddings at before and both of which are amazing wedding venues.
Over the past year I have heard little snippets about the wedding so when I woke up yesterday I was very excited. I had arranged for a friend, called Simon Revill to help me out, Simon is a Sheffield Wedding Photographer so had to travel some way, but he was free and said he fancies seeing how us boys down south do it….. You can visit Simons Site at http://www.simonrevill.co.uk
So I started the day off at Vanessa’s mums house and was looking forward to the wedding dress shot, Vanessa had popped into the studio a week ago and told me all about the dress and the shoes, I couldn’t wait. The dress was just breath taking
and the other bits and bobs that make up the day, the perfume, garter, shoes etc.
Did I mention the shoes were Swarovski Crystal Wedding Shoes ? – they were literately encrusted with hundreds of Swarovski crystals
and a close up !!!!
and while taking about closeup’s here is a shot of Vanessa’s garter (which we will see later) and her engagement ring.
so while I was shooting all the detail shots, Vanessa was having her hair and makeup done, Vanessa’s mum has a thing for mirrors which proved to be fantastic for me, there were so many shots I could take in different mirrors that I had a field day.
and while the tearier was going on I spotted a couple of little bridesmaids peeking thru the door.
Then it was downstairs to get dress, but before getting dresses a few presents were passed around including this one
then it was time to put on that amazing dress
and that was a lucky capture, I was just about to take the shot when Vanessa’s mum pulled in the ties on the back of the dress
Then it was off to the very pretty St Peters Church in Astley just outside of Stourport on Severn
I had actually visited the church on Friday and met Vanessa’s mum there while she was doing all the flowers which were amazing. Including the archway over the door.
Inside the church was a very special guest – Monkey – you will hear more about Monkey when I post up the engagement session photos.
Like all guests Monkey was waiting for Vanessa to arrive
Then before long the bride came along and entered the church from the side entrance so she could walk straight down the isle.
A very happy Chris looking at his bride
and a proud dad
and the wedding
After the wedding was the signing, I took a candid and more formal shot of this
Then it was down the isle and out side for a confetti shot
Then we quickly shot some formals outside the church
and while the guests left to go to Redhouse Barn we took the couple back inside the church for a couple of creative lighting portraits
From there it was in the cars and off to Redhouse Barn for the wedding reception, Here Vanessa and Chris had just got out the car, I was still parking up but Simon grabbed some amazing candids.
All the guests
The cake was something to be seen !!!!!
An artistic cutting of the cake
The official cutting of the cake
and a shot at sunset
Then it was time to party the night away
with two photographers there, we managed to pull off two totally different looks, Simon concentrated on the Silhouette shot while I got the more ambient looking shot with all the guests
and the amazing dance floor (saturday night fever style) at Redhouse Barn
then there was just time for a couple of special shots,
Chris and his sister
and last but not least the all important garter shot – we tried to come up with something creative so used Chris’s car, it was a bit of a squeeze due to the size of the dress but I think we pulled it off well !!!
It just leave me to say a HUGE congratulations to Vanessa and Chris on what was an amazing day.
hope you like the sneak peek !
I should also give a huge shout out to Andy and all the staff at Red House Barn who made us feel so special, I can honestly say I have never been so well looked after, and if thats how they take care of the photographers then I can only imagine that the bride and groom felt like royalty for the day.