St James' Church + Oak Farm Hotel | Leanne + Ben

When photographing the wedding of an old friend, there is an extra connection to the day. This was the case for Leanne + Ben's wedding at St James' Church + Oak Farm Hotel. In blistering sunshine of August, the day could not have flowed more perfectly from start to end.

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Leanne + Ben’s Summer Wedding by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

From photographing the wedding of Mel + Rob at Chelsea Registry Office, it was to another friends’ wedding the following day. A little closer to home this time though, with preparations starting just minutes from my house!

I’ve known Leanne for almost as long as I’ve been together with Beki, so as soon as she started planning her wedding to Ben, it was great to be part of things with them!

The wedding day started at a local hairdresser, before the ceremony at St James Church in Brownhills

Creative reportage photographs of the and bridal party ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photography as the bride and bridesmaids have the finishing touches applied to the wedding hair ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photography as the bride and bridesmaids have the finishing touches applied to the wedding hair ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative reportage photographs of the and bridal party ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photography as the bride and bridesmaids have the finishing touches applied to the wedding hair ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative reportage photographs of the and bridal party ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photography as the bride and bridesmaids have the finishing touches applied to the wedding hair ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative reportage photographs of the and bridal party ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photography as the bride and bridesmaids have the finishing touches applied to the wedding hair ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Leaving Leanne with the bridesmaids to finish their preparations, I headed down to see how Ben was shaping up for the day ahead!

Capturing the morning preparations of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative reportage photographs of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the morning preparations of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative reportage photographs of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the morning preparations of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative reportage photographs of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the morning preparations of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative reportage photographs of the groom and best man ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the grooms preparations ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

It turns out – the man was very relaxed indeed!! And looking very sharp in his suit too!

Brownhills Wedding Photographer

Back down to the Bride’s parents house, Leanne was safely in the hands of the makeup artist whilst there was mild chaos all around. When the little bridesmaid decided to do her own makeup I couldn’t help but smile!!

Finishing touches to the bridal makeup as the wedding drawers near at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the family at the bridal home ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Finishing touches to the bridal makeup as the wedding drawers near at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the family at the bridal home ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Finishing touches to the bridal makeup as the wedding drawers near at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the family at the bridal home ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Finishing touches to the bridal makeup as the wedding drawers near at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the family at the bridal home ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

This particular image makes me smile! You’d never guess the brother of the bride lives in Australia, would you?!

Finishing touches to the bridal makeup as the wedding drawers near at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the family at the bridal home ahead of the wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Finishing touches to the bridal makeup as the wedding drawers near at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the nervous moments as the anticipation builds for the Father of the Bride at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the nervous moments as the anticipation builds for the Father of the Bride at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Leaving a rather nervous Father of the Bride, it was time to see how the dress preparations were coming together upstairs!

The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The moment it all comes together, as the bride dresses in her gorgeous gown for her wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The beautiful grand reveal to the excited Father of the Bride at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The beautiful grand reveal to the excited Father of the Bride at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

From the beautiful moment for Steve, the Father of the Bride, it was off to the church for the ceremony at St James.

Capturing the arrivals for the ceremony at St James Church Brownhills before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrivals for the ceremony at St James Church Brownhills before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrivals for the ceremony at St James Church Brownhills before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrivals for the ceremony at St James Church Brownhills before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrivals for the ceremony at St James Church Brownhills before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrivals for the ceremony at St James Church Brownhills before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Love this expression between Leanne and her dad Steve – can’t remember what was said, but how great to be smiling and laughing together rather than letting the nerves take hold!!

Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

The New, Mr & Mrs Owen!!

Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Documenting the wedding ceremony at St James Church before the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Cannock Chase Wedding Photographs

From the ceremony, it was into the family group photographs in the scorching August sun, before we headed to one of my favourite spots on Shoal Hill for a few minutes with the couple.

Creative timeless portraits in the beautiful surroundings of Shoal Hill before heading to the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative timeless portraits in the beautiful surroundings of Shoal Hill before heading to the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creating relaxed, elegant portraits of the bride and groom ahead of the wedding reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

I’ve always loved using this area of Cannock Chase and it’s easy to see why. Especially with the dappled light through the trees, it really adds to the atmosphere for the shoot.

Creative timeless portraits in the beautiful surroundings of Shoal Hill before heading to the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creating relaxed, elegant portraits of the bride and groom ahead of the wedding reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative timeless portraits in the beautiful surroundings of Shoal Hill before heading to the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creating relaxed, elegant portraits of the bride and groom ahead of the wedding reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative timeless portraits in the beautiful surroundings of Shoal Hill before heading to the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creating relaxed, elegant portraits of the bride and groom ahead of the wedding reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative timeless portraits in the beautiful surroundings of Shoal Hill before heading to the reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James The stunning wedding transport for Leanne + Ben's wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

From our few minutes on Cannock Chase, it was straight into the waiting Beauford and the short drive to Oak Farm Hotel.

The stunning wedding transport for Leanne + Ben's wedding at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed family photographs in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed family photographs in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

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From the family photographs on the lawns, including this one with the cutie that is Leanne + Ben’s daughter, it was time to head inside for the wedding breakfast. The styling of the room was absolutely perfect and tied the colours of the day together in style.

Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Beautiful styling for the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs of the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs of the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs of the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs of the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs of the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs of the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs of the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Cannock Documentary Wedding Photographer

From the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast, it was down to the speeches. 
I always love photographing speeches, and they have long been a highlight of the wedding day for me. With stories and displays of emotion, there is so much to capture from guest reactions to the character of the speaker. 

Steve, the father of the bride, became all too emotional during his speech, with Lynne taking over from the prepared notes.

Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative documentary photographs that show true emotion as the Father of the Bride gets emotional during the speeches at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

From the Father of the Bride, it was over to the Best Man, who skirted with the character defamation of the groom!

Capturing the best man's speech and the guest reactions at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the best man's speech and the guest reactions at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the best man's speech and the guest reactions at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the best man's speech and the guest reactions at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the best man's speech and the guest reactions at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the best man's speech and the guest reactions at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

It was then down to the man of the day, our Groom Ben. 

Creative and unobtrusive photographs capturing the wonderful speech by the Groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and unobtrusive photographs capturing the wonderful speech by the Groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and unobtrusive photographs capturing the wonderful speech by the Groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and unobtrusive photographs capturing the wonderful speech by the Groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and unobtrusive photographs capturing the wonderful speech by the Groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Relaxed Summer Wedding Photographs at Oak Farm Hotel

With so many children at the wedding, and with weather well and truly on our side, it was fabulous to see the bouncy castle go down so well!

Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Relaxed candid photographs capturing the guests enjoying the wedding reception in the gardens at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Creative Evening Portraits by Cannock Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Elegant sunset portraits of the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Elegant sunset portraits of the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Elegant sunset portraits of the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart JamesChocolate fountain fun with the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Chocolate fountain fun with the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Chocolate fountain fun with the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the guests enjoying the evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Creative Evening Photography for your Oak Farm Wedding

As the sun set, it was time to get the evening celebrations underway, with a special dance for Leanne and Steve, ahead of the First Dance.

Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Such a beautiful moment as the bride and her father take to the dance floor for a special dance at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James First dance for the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James First dance for the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James First dance for the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James First dance for the bride and groom at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs that capture the start of the fabulous evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs that capture the start of the fabulous evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs that capture the start of the fabulous evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs that capture the start of the fabulous evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs that capture the start of the fabulous evening reception at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Signature Night Wedding Portraits

Alas, as the party started, my coverage came to a conclusion, with only time for a few signature portraits to conclude the wedding story.

Creative signature portraits of the Bride and Groom to complete the wedding story at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative signature portraits of the Bride and Groom to complete the wedding story at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative signature portraits of the Bride and Groom to complete the wedding story at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative signature portraits of the Bride and Groom to complete the wedding story at Oak Farm in Cannock by Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Leanne + Ben, can I just once again say such a huge congratulations to you both!
I loved everything about your wedding, with how relaxed it all was from start to end! 

 

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