Wesley Methodist + Lyttleton Arms | Helen + Steve

Each and every wedding is truly special to be part of but when the bride and groom are old friends, it really adds something extra to the day...

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Wesley Methodist Church West Bromwich + Lyttleton Arms Wedding Photographs

I’ve known Helen + Steve for many years after spending countless hours rehearsing in the good old Langley Band room, performing in concerts and at contests throughout the country, and of course, have enjoyed one or two light refreshments with them afterwards… Oh the good old days of brass banding!!

Towards the latter part of last year, I had a call come through from Helen and had the first discussion about their wedding plans, and I was truly delighted I was available to share and capture their very special and intimate day. 
With plans for a small and very personal wedding with the ceremony at their church, the Wesley Methodist in West Bromwich, before an intimate reception at the Lyttleton Arms in Hagley, the coverage though short was going to be very special…

My day started in the early afternoon capturing the excited couple coming out of their home to the fabulous awaiting camper – what a treat that was! Put my modern camper to shame…

Before the ceremony, and with the time of year and the short amount of January light, I headed with Helen + Steve, and Steve’s daughter Charlotte, to the Sandwell Valley Country Park for a few relaxed portraits with the couple ahead of the ceremony. Unfortunately the shining sun from the day before wasn’t with us, however, the location was still beautiful for photographs!

Here is a look at the start of their wedding story…such a pleasure to capture!

Creative storytelling wedding photography of the beautiful winter wedding at West Bromwich and Lyttleton Arms by West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative and natural portraits of the Bride and Groom at Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative relaxed wedding portraits around Sandwell Valley by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James

From exploring Sandwell Valley it was in to the pleasantly warm waiting campervan for the short journey to Wesley Methodist Church for the wedding ceremony…with just a few more than the initially intended close family in attendance.

Capturing the arrival of the Bride and Groom to Wesley Methodist Church by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrival of the Bride and Groom to Wesley Methodist Church by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James

For a couple whose lives are so entwined with singing and the church, this seemed like such a poignant image as they arrived…

Capturing the arrival of the Bride and Groom to Wesley Methodist Church by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrival of the Bride and Groom to Wesley Methodist Church by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Capturing the arrival of the Bride and Groom to Wesley Methodist Church by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart JamesUnobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James

A ceremony full of emotion, from the laughter brought with the familiarity of Helen + Steve with the minister, to the wonderful display of emotion to see on Charlotte’s face during the ring and vow exchange…

Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Another little storytelling detail shot I couldn’t resist…

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And if there’s no other option…why not grab a quick group shot :)

Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James

From the ceremony, it was only a very short journey for the ‘drinks reception’ of tea and coffee, prepared in the entrance foyer of the church.

Unobtrusive natural photographs telling the story of the wedding ceremony at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James

From the church, it was back in to the awaiting campervan – I think Steve wanted this as his wedding present!! – and a lovely drive to Hagley for the intimate reception at the Lyttleton Arms.

Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Candid photographs of the tea and coffee reception at Wesley Methodist by West Bromwich West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James Creative photographs of the wedding reception at the Lyttleton Arms by Dudley Wedding Photographer Stuart James

To finish the story, I just had to bring Helen + Steve back to a spot I’d noticed on arrival…

Beautiful evening portraits of the the bride and groom on their Lyttleton Arms Wedding Beautiful evening portraits of the the bride and groom on their Lyttleton Arms Wedding

Helen + Steve, thank you for inviting me to share your special day and to capture your story. As such wonderful friends, to be there to document your day really was quite precious, and I am so happy that you love the story we’ve brought together as much as I do!

 

Contact West Bromwich Wedding Photographer Stuart James : [email protected]photo.co.uk : 0800 331 7741 : 07834 978905

 

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