Shropshire Wedding Photographer
Documentary Style Wedding Photography for Weston Park Wedding
When Val + Richard first came and spoke to me about their wedding at the stunning Weston Park I knew the day was going to have a pretty special feel about it, and from the class and elegance brought to the day from the couple, the most stunning of venues, and the nicest group of guests, I couldn’t have asked for much more…sure, it would have helped if the April showers had altered their timings slightly, but with a stunning venue to work inside, I really shouldn’t complain too much!
My coverage of Val + Richard’s day started early afternoon capturing the finishing preparations before the ceremony in the stunning Dining Room.
The relaxed atmosphere in the bridal suite really was a pleasure to be part of, and only added to when capturing the preparations of Richard and his son David. The grandchildren of Val + Richard’s sons truly became little stars of the day, and looked stunning in their matching outfits for the day.
One of the most important things for me when photographing a wedding is telling the story…whether it be capturing the scene and the preparations, the emotion and anticipation so often shown on the face of the waiting groom, and Richard and even more so his son David, certainly didn’t disappoint.
Having an understanding with the registrars that allows us to capture the moments during the ceremony really is a blessing and one I always feel privileged to have, as being right at the front and being a witness to such a momentous occasion, and capturing the nuances as the vows and rings are exchanged, really is an honour…and who can resist smiling during the first kiss and that moment of congratulations proceeding.
I’ve always loved live music at weddings, and the style and grace of the day was only heightened by the string quartet Conspirito.
Following the ceremony I always like to let my wedding guests relax and enjoy the drinks reception, normally in the gardens, however, with the April showers blighting the day, it was back to the marble hallway for the drinks reception ahead of the family group photographs in the Dining Room.
Usually, poor weather can really affect the potential photographs that you can capture…however, with Weston, it simply shifts the parameters, and you get to explore and enjoy the wonderful house that little bit more!
The Orangery was set beautifully for the wedding breakfast, with stunning candelabras decorated by Lynne of Fine Flowers setting the room off perfectly.
Capturing the speeches, with the theatrics of the speaker, the reactions of the bride and groom and the guests, and capturing all those storytelling moments, has always been one of my favourite sections to photograph of a wedding, and Johnathon, David and Richard didn’t disappoint!
With a late afternoon wedding, Val + Richard’s day flowed through into the evening with the same guests, and with Dave Dee Discos on hand, the night soon got fabulously underway!
From the partying it was time to bring things back to a little class and elegance to finish…and time to make the most of the dry weather, returning to the front of the house with the Bride and Groom for a creative flashlit silhouette portrait…
Thank you for entrusting the documenting of your wedding day to me Val + Richard, it truly was an honour and I loved every second of the day with you all!
If you would like to see more from Shropshire Wedding Photographer Stuart James, to discuss the Documentary Style Wedding Photography of your day or indeed your Weston Park Wedding, please do get in touch!