Wedding Locations: Family Home. St Nicolas Church in Kings Norton. Grafton Manor, Bromsgrove.
Wedding Photography Coverage: 9 hours.
A warm day in late June was the date for Tim & Lizzy’s beautiful summer wedding. As usual, the day began with the bridal preps where Lizzy was getting ready at the family home with her sister, who was also her bridesmaid. This was a lovely, relaxed morning of pre wedding `getting ready` fun and excitement. I love days that start like this!
Once the bride preps were covered I quickly made my way over to the church in Kings Norton, Birmingham to grab some shots of Tim and his family before Lizzy‘s arrival! This was a church I’d never worked at before. The vicar was fantastic, very welcoming, allowing me to work unrestrained. Although I'm pretty sure attending the rehearsal the day before went along way into achieving this.
The Church at the heart of Kings Norton Green is neighboured by the medieval Saracens Head which, together with the old Grammar School, has been lovingly restored to its former grandeur. The Church dates back to the 13th century. It's extremely popular for weddings with one after the other on a busy Saturday! Following the ceremony I had time to snatch some relaxed shots of some of their guests mingling, a few fun formals and the customary confetti shot before the next wedding party arrived!
Afterwards, guests slowly made their way to their reception which was arranged nearby at Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove. It was built in 1567 by the Earl of Shrewsbury. This magnificent building and accompanying landscaped gardens are complimented by great staff organisation who always keep weddings running smoothly. It’s been a while since I've photographed a wedding at this venue. The marquee for the wedding breakfast was set up beautifully, as is always the case at Grafton Manor.
Once people had settled into the drinks reception the fun and celebrations started. Tim & Lizzy organised some old fashioned country garden games and Caribbean Limbo for guests to make fools of themselves! Following the toasts and speeches, I took the opportunity to take them round the grounds of Grafton Manor again into the late evening light for some fun romantic portraits before the first dance kicked off their evening celebrations under the marquee!
"Hiya. Just to let you know that we've received the photos and finally had chance to view them (back to the grindstone working non-stop again!) We love the photos, they're brilliant, thank you so much! You've captured the mood of the day and people's reactions perfectly! We enjoyed having you there as part of our wedding day and hope you had a nice day too (really sorry about the confusion over the food too by the way). Thanks again. Best wishes T & L:)"