There was a touch of de ja vu as our 2017 wedding season got underway in late February for Dani & Pete’s wedding day.
Firstly we returned to the amazing All Saints Church, in Alrewas, a beautiful church we last photographed at in 2015 for Anna & Josh’s wedding day – more on that later.
Secondly we were returning to Moxhull Hall, wedding venue, where we shot our first wedding of the 2016 season – and which is one of our favourites. A Victorian mansion located on the outskirts of Sutton Coldfield it is set in 8 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The venue offers an abundance of opportunities both inside and out for wedding photography. The original grandeur alongside modern, contemporary design gives Moxhull Hall a personality all of its own, a great place to work and get married at.
After a morning of candid preparation and as the excitement steadily built we were soon back at All Saints Church, now if Carlsberg made vicars then this is your man the Rev John W Allan. This guy is a cracker – so relaxed, helpful and welcoming even greeting all guests and photographers at the door in person whilst handing out mint imperials.
Soon Dani accompanied by her Dad and bridesmaids were making their way into church for what was a lovely service including a reading from Dani’s step Dad, Alan.
Arriving at Moxhull the clouds began to build and the sky darkened. We knew what was coming next, after a whole season last year without a drop of heavy rain today we weren’t going to escape it. Never fear with the help of Gary (The Wedding & Events Manager) at Moxhull who’s flexibility and willingness to help made it an easy task to clear an entire room of tables and chairs and to set up lights to take a handful of small family group shots.
With the couples pre wedding shoot just a few weeks previous, and an early season wedding, we had planned for some changeable British weather and had locations that were suitable in such a circumstance already in mind. As guests began to be seated in the marquee we took advantage of the now empty house to spend some time on portraits with the couple.
Now at this point we have to mention the lamb shank, it was truly sensational and just what we needed. Just as we finished our meal the rain eased and we were able to spend another few minutes with Dani and Pete outside to get a further few portrait as the light began to fade.
As the last of the guests finished dessert it was on to the speeches lead by by Dani’s dad, then Pete and his double act of best men – Chaz and Dave, with their game of true or false. As darkness fell evening guests arrived as Pete and Dani took to the dance floor to celebrate with friends and family.
Dani & Pete what an brilliant day you are such a genuinely warm couple. Thank you to you and your families for making us feel so welcome, you chose a fantastic venue and its been great to get to know you both, it was a real pleasure to photograph your wedding day.