Last weekend, Saturday 4th June, we were back again at the wonderful Packington Moor in Staffordshire – this time for Lucy & Sean’s wedding day.
As always it was a pleasure to work alongside the team from both the venue and Galloping Gourmet. The barn wedding venue set on a working farm near Lichfield oozes character, providing us so many brilliant backdrops and locations for wedding photography. Its that good in every way that Lucy and Sean chose this as their wedding venue even though they live over 70 miles away.
Shortly after 8am Lucy joined by her mum and bridesmaids headed over to Packington from the nearby Netherstowe House were family and friends had decamped the day previous to begin wedding celebrations.
With a 2pm service in the Oat Barn, the morning was a constant buzz of activity with hair by Kira from Bridal Hair Specialist, make up by Sarah Gray – The Makeup Studio, whilst Carrie Lucas Flowers decorated both the Oat Barn and Malt Barn with stunning floral displays and bouquets. Special mention to Lucy’s mum Sharon who made a great photographers assistance helping safely hang Lucy’s Justin Alexander wedding dress at various locations around the venue.
In the meantime as the morning progressed Chris headed to meet Sean and the boys back at Netherstone Hall, who were enjoying breakfast before heading on to Packington to get ready and head off with Chris for some relaxed informal portraits around the venue.
As the morning cloud gave way to glorious blue skies, Lucy accompanied by her Dad Mick and bridesmaids made their way from Walters Cottage into the Oat Barn, for a short service which included reading from Sean’s dad Paul and bridesmaid Claire. The new Mr and Mrs Beck then headed back outside to enjoy drinks and canopies in the afternoon sunshine.
After quality time with family and friends we headed outside the courtyard for handful of small group shots followed by confetti. We then spent time together with the couple in the stunning gardens now in full bloom, capturing relaxed portraits amongst the cool wisteria tunnel, locations planned during the couples pre wedding shoot a few weeks earlier.
Returning with the couple as guests made their way into the malt barn to enjoy a three course wedding breakfast followed by speeches by Lucy parents, Sean and finally Sean’s brother who enlightened guests about his love of the back street boys and the poetry he had wrote for Lucy when they first met 12 years ago.
As the Malt Barn was cleared ahead of the evening reception, guests headed into both the Oat Barn and out into the courtyard, whilst we headed away with Lucy and Sean with chief bridesmaid Claire in tow , who was a excellent dress flapper, to explore the more rustic farm features of the venue. The rest of the bridal party then joined us for group pictures outside the maize barn door, which is one of our current favourite features of the venue.
As further guests arrived the evening celebrations got underway, with Lucy & Sean’s first dance before guests were treated to live music by ‘All Night Long’ and Galloping Gourmet’s fantastic pizza oven.
Lucy & Sean, what a day, what a couple. Massive congratulations from both of us, it was a pleasure to photograph your wedding day and to get to know you both and your families. We wish you all the best for the future.
Alex & Chris
And one final thing if you had forgot GOLD!!!!!