Christmas Wedding at The Chase Cannock
When you’ve had the opportunity to get to know a family over a few years, it makes a wedding that bit more special to share and to capture!
Since John + Kate’s Moat House Wedding in 2010, the whole family have become friends of mine and Beki’s – whether it’s been supporting The Hibbs Lupus Trust, or Beki using Viki’s salon – they’re such a beautiful group of people and I couldn’t wait to capture the wedding!!
Viki + Lee’s day didn’t rush in arriving however, they planned well in advance which allowed them to have the exact day they wanted!
And what a day it was!!
Blessed with beautiful winter weather just two days before Christmas, the theme of the day was carried off to perfection – and the tequila shots went down a storm, and certainly got the party started.
I have to say though, it’s the first time I’ve had a bride and groom leave their wedding guests and go to the pub…what an ace idea!!
Here’s a look at the story of their Penkridge Christmas Wedding.
With Kaytee on hair duty and Helen Pearson on makeup duty, the ladies were all looking absolutely stunning.
There was such a buzz of excitement around the house all morning, and it was great to capture the little touches that meant so much – from the glass for Lee’s mom, to the decorations on the Christmas tree – sometimes it’s the little bits as part o the narrative that mean so much!
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With hair and makeup complete, there was only one thing left to do – get into that beautiful gown from Wedding Belles of Stone!
I always love capturing the juxtaposition of the Father of the Bride at the bridal house ahead of the grand reveal – here Steve is just sitting back with a glass of prosecco and giving the speech the final once over. A man rarely to show his emotions, but I knew this day meant a lot!!
Christmas Wedding at Penkridge Church
Leaving the ladies to the final preparations is was down to St Michael’s Church in Penkridge to see how Lee’s nerves were holding up!
Having arrived in fabulous style in the Mustang arranged by Viki as a surprise, the boys looked great in their suits from Dapper Dan in Cannock.
I loved Lee’s idea too – straight into the Littleton Arms for a drink, brilliant!!
Winter Wedding Photographs at Penkridge Church
There is no better company in the area for wedding transport than Platinum Cars, and with the personal service from Paul and John the girls arrived in wonderful fashion ready for the ceremony.
With the sun coming out and sparkling off the ladies stunning gowns, it was time for the arrival of our beautiful bride!
Viki looked absolutely incredible in her gown, and I just knew Lee would be blown away when he saw her!
Wedding Photographs at St Michaels Church
St Michael’s church is such a fabulous setting, and thankfully always full of beautiful light!
The ceremony actually also had a really special connection for Viki and Lee too – as they know the vicar really well. They all play hockey for a local team!! Awesome!!
Signed, sealed and delivered, it was time to lead the guests outside and get the celebrations started!
This has to be one of my favourite moments to capture – and I remember being slightly shocked when we had our final meeting: Viki and Lee walked off and left their guests getting into their cars at the church, and headed into the pub for a quiet drink!
What a way to toast the new chapter ahead for the couple! Just awesome!
Wedding Photographs at The Chase
After the short journey and a few minutes with the guests, it was time to steal a few minutes with the couple to make the most of the beautiful weather.
Blessed with some of the best weather I’ve enjoyed in December, it was great to capture some of these natural portraits with our beautiful couple!
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I have long loved winter weddings – there’s always that chance that the weather will be against you, but when it’s on your side…wow!! Just incredible! This lighting was some of the nicest I had all year!!
Christmas Wedding at The Chase – Wedding Reception in the Atrium
The Atrium at The Chase is such a fabulous space, and it really comes to life with the lights! (The first wedding with the lights on the ceiling I actually photographed a few years ago – take a look!
Viki + Lee brought their theme together perfectly, and with the winter theme carried throughout, interspersed with Budapest – the setting for the engagement – it really looked stunning!
With the guests all seated, and the first shots downed, it was time for one of my favourite parts of the wedding – the speeches!
It’s safe to say Lee suffered throughout – amazing!!
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With the formalities done, it was time to kick back, relax and enjoy the reception. With the guests embracing the party from the off, it was such a great evening to capture. Especially when the hockey crowd brought out an impromptu game of beer pong!!
Krispy Kremes FTW – What a fantastic wedding ‘cake’!
Wedding Reception at The Chase
I loved Viki + Lee’s choice of early entertainment to get the party started!
Britpop United were brilliant and really got the crowd going – highly recommended!
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With the bouquet tossed, and the DJ ready to open the dancefloor for the first dance, it was alas time for the conclusion of my coverage, but what a wedding!
Viki + Lee it was an honour to share your day – I loved every second!
Contact Chase Cannock Wedding Photographer Stuart James : [email protected] : 0800 331 7741 : 07834 978905