St Matthews Church Walsall + Packington Moor | Crissi + Roger

A fabulous Easter wedding at St Matthews Church at the top of Walsall and reception at the truly stunning Packington Moor in Lichfield. A wedding that was a true pleasure to be part of and to capture from start to end...

St Matthews Church + Packington Moor Lichfield Wedding

Walsall Wedding Photographer 

The old saying ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ is a motto I believe in…and it certainly rang true with Crissi + Roger’s wedding too, as if it were not for us standing at a bridal fayre in Walsall – for the first and probably only time at that fayre! – and Crissi and her mom coming to find us, our paths would never have crossed… It was also quite strange when it turned out very close friends of the family recommended another photographer who had captured their day quite a few years ago…my father, Barry James! Such an incredibly small world!! And to say the match was perfect…well I think the photos say it all…

Crissi + Roger’s day was a truly quite perfect with amazing April weather blessing the day!

I loved how the tone was set for the day from my arrival…greeted by Crissi in a rugby jersey, eating a bacon sandwich! Brilliant!

Crissi along with her Bridesmaids Alix and Sam were being looked after by Tracy incharge of makeup, but it has to be said, the show was stolen completely with the arrival of Caleb – Crissi + Roger’s little boy! 
The piano serenade was a particular highlight!

The whole preparations at home had such a relaxed feeling…could not have asked for more…

Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Relaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony

With Crissi, her sister Alix, Mother of the Bride Sara and the two flower girls Pippa and Bella it was always going to be a female dominated house…little wonder that Father of the Bride Garry took refuge in the lounge and left them to it…

Finishing touches to the big speech for the Father of the BrideRelaxed photographs of the wedding morning as the finishing touches were applied before the wedding ceremony Capturing the bridal makeup, in a totally relaxed style Details that tell a story...all part of the wedding story when brought together Details that tell a story...all part of the wedding story when brought together Capturing the bridal makeup, in a totally relaxed style Capturing the bridal makeup, in a totally relaxed style Capturing the bridal makeup, in a totally relaxed style Such a cutie! Details that tell a story...all part of the wedding story when brought together

With a wedding with so many ties to Rugby, it was a shame to not include a few details throughout the morning…I was only slightly jealous of some of the games Liam had been to!

Candid photographs of the wedding morning capturing the dress in all it's glory Candid photographs of the wedding morning capturing the dress in all it's glory Candid photographs of the wedding morning capturing the dress in all it's glory Such a gorgeous relaxed photograph of our beautiful Bride

After the finishing touches with Sam upstairs, it was time for the grand reveal…
Time for the grand reveal as Crissi came down the stairs to her waiting dad Time for the grand reveal as Crissi came down the stairs to her waiting dad
I think Gary’s expression says it all…

Capturing the reaction to beautiful gifts Time for a toast! Cheers! Time for a toast! Cheers!

Leaving the girls to enjoy their bubbles, it was time to head to St Matthews Church to catch up with the boys, suited and booted by the fabulous Duncan James Menswear.

I was also really glad to see that Roger hadn’t ended up scarred from the game of rugby the day before the wedding either!!

Creative wedding photographs by Walsall Wedding Photographer Relaxed portraits of the Groomsmen at the church ahead of the ceremony at St Matthews Church Relaxed portraits of the Groomsmen at the church ahead of the ceremony at St Matthews Church Documenting the arrival of the guests, and the tension building for the groom Documenting the arrival of the guests, and the tension building for the groom Documenting the arrival of the guests, and the tension building for the groom

It was great to be working alongside Special Day Services on the day, and it has to be said, the cars were truly gleaming in the afternoon spring sunlight.

Capturing the arrival of the beautiful bride for the ceremony at St Matthews Church Capturing the arrival of the beautiful bride for the ceremony at St Matthews Church Capturing the arrival of the beautiful bride for the ceremony at St Matthews Church Capturing the arrival of the beautiful bride for the ceremony at St Matthews Church Capturing the arrival of the beautiful bride for the ceremony at St Matthews ChurchDocumenting the arrival of the guests, and the tension building for the groom Capturing the arrival of the beautiful bride for the ceremony at St Matthews Church

Time for the ceremony, and having complete understanding from the vicar allowed me to capture all of the photographs I could have wanted during the ceremony, capturing each natural moment, with the expressions that really told the story of the moment.

Fabulous reportage photographs of the first look as Crissi arrived at the altar to Roger Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding Beautiful photographs captured completely unobtrusively during the ceremony, telling the story of the wedding

Such fabulous expressions as Crissi and Roger took their first steps as Husband and Wife

Capturing the fabulous procession as husband and wife take their first steps together Capturing the fabulous procession as husband and wife take their first steps togetherCandid photographs as the congratulations poured out for the newly married Mr & Mrs Weston Candid photographs as the congratulations poured out for the newly married Mr & Mrs Weston Candid photographs as the congratulations poured out for the newly married Mr & Mrs Weston

I think it’s safe to say, the shoes were a hit!

Candid photographs as the congratulations poured out for the newly married Mr & Mrs Weston Who doesn't love a confetti run!

A confetti exit to the waiting cars to take the bride and groom to the reception at the stunning Packington Moor.

Who doesn't love a confetti run! Who doesn't love a confetti run! Who doesn't love a confetti run! Stunning transport for the wedding day from Special Day Services Stunning transport for the wedding day from Special Day Services

Packington Moor has long been one of my favourite venues to capture weddings at and I will certainly enjoy every chance I get to visit there this year…and just hope, the plans for the future change in time to safe the stunning setting…

Arriving in style at the stunning Packington Moor Arriving in style at the stunning Packington Moor Stunning transport for the wedding day from Special Day Services

Making the most of the stunning weather, it was off into the fabulous gardens with the Bride and Groom for a relaxed portrait session ahead of getting the celebrations well and truly underway!

Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Capturing elegant and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom around the stunning grounds at Packington Moor Creative wedding photographs by Lichfield Wedding Photographer

And although it seemed a little too much for one little man…everyone else had a fabulous time enjoying the drinks in the courtyard with the beautiful sun beating down…

Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor Candid photographs as the guests enjoyed the fabulous drinks reception in the courtyard at Packington Moor

I always love to see the individuality each and every couple bring to the styling of their wedding, and I loved the colours and simplicity that Crissi brought to the Oat Barn for their wedding breakfast…

I love the individuality each couple bring to the styling of their wedding, and Crissi + Roger's finishing touches to the barn set the scene for a stunning wedding breakfast I love the individuality each couple bring to the styling of their wedding, and Crissi + Roger's finishing touches to the barn set the scene for a stunning wedding breakfast I love the individuality each couple bring to the styling of their wedding, and Crissi + Roger's finishing touches to the barn set the scene for a stunning wedding breakfast I love the individuality each couple bring to the styling of their wedding, and Crissi + Roger's finishing touches to the barn set the scene for a stunning wedding breakfast I love the individuality each couple bring to the styling of their wedding, and Crissi + Roger's finishing touches to the barn set the scene for a stunning wedding breakfast I love the individuality each couple bring to the styling of their wedding, and Crissi + Roger's finishing touches to the barn set the scene for a stunning wedding breakfast

With a predominant rugby crowd, the wedding was always going to get underway quickly, but with all those characters to capture, I was certainly not complaining!

Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor Capturing the guests enjoying the fabulous reception at Packington Moor

After the fabulous meal – I do love a wedding with Galloping Gourmet – it was time for the speeches, which were always going to be entertaining…

When we were on the pre-wedding shoot leading up to the day, I got to know a little about the story of Crissi + Roger, and also Gary’s involvement too…as without him asking Roger to come back and play his rugby at Walsall after university, things may never have happened how they did.

Also, as Roger’s old PE teacher…there were surely a few stories that could have come out of the closet…

Time to capture the reaction to the speeches, starting with the fabulous Father of the Bride's speech Time to capture the reaction to the speeches, starting with the fabulous Father of the Bride's speech Time to capture the reaction to the speeches, starting with the fabulous Father of the Bride's speech Time to capture the reaction to the speeches, starting with the fabulous Father of the Bride's speech Time to capture the reaction to the speeches, starting with the fabulous Father of the Bride's speech Time to capture the reaction to the speeches, starting with the fabulous Father of the Bride's speech Time to capture the reaction to the speeches, starting with the fabulous Father of the Bride's speech

Following Gary to the floor, came the man of the day, our groom Roger, who took everyone on a journey from laughter, to emotional, and pretty much everything in between…great job sir!

Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time Reportage photographs of the speeches that capture the emotion, the laughter, the joy and the tears, frozen forever in time

And last but not least, a fabulous though short speech from our Best Man, Danny!

Creative wedding photographs by Lichfield Wedding Photographer Creative wedding photographs by Lichfield Wedding Photographer

From the formalities of the afternoon, it was time to cut the cake – which looked absolutely stunning from Oh Sugar! Cakes of Walsall – and get the party started with the fabulous Four on the Floor Wedding Band!

Great cake cutting reaction from Roger Beautiful first dance to the live band in the barn Beautiful first dance to the live band in the barn Beautiful first dance to the live band in the barn Beautiful first dance to the live band in the barn Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor Capturing the fun of the party at Packington Moor

And to conclude the story, it was time to bring the couple outside from the quite fabulous party, and get the flashes out for a little creative portraiture…

Creative portraits to conclude the wedding story at Packington Creative portraits to conclude the wedding story at Packington Creative portraits to conclude the wedding story at Packington

And that brings the story to a close…

It’s a pity I wasn’t there for the “Ties around the head” shots, or indeed the rugby chants that concluded the night after the band had finished and the lights came up, but for the time I was there, Crissi + Roger, I had a truly fabulous time!

Thank you for entrusting the capturing of your day to me, and I am delighted you’re as happy with the story as I am :)

 

To discuss your St Matthews Church Wedding Photographs, or me being your Walsall Wedding Photographer, please do get in touch!

 

Contact Walsall Wedding Photographer Stuart James : [email protected] : 0800 331 7741 : 07834 978905

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