I was heading into a busy weekend with one on the Saturday and another on the Sunday, not a big deal if the weddings were back to back in the same town – these two however were around 100 miles apart and the first was a hundred miles from my home in North London.
I arrived in the village of Wethele in the Midlands having made the early morning journey from Enfield. It was a pleasant autumn morning and the sun was shining.
Rafa & Olivia were getting married at All Saint’s Church in Leek Wootton, where the Harvest Festival had been held back by a week to coincide with the wedding.
The reception was to be held a short time afterwards at the Wethele Manor and Hotel.
The manor in Wetherley is gorgeous, and has potential for so much more, which with the ambition of it’s owners it will achieve there is no doubt about that.
So having not shot a wedding at the Manor House before as usual I arrived early to scout out some locations for later in the day. After meeting the owner and finding out about the local disdain for the name of the manor I made my way to the church to capture some shots of the stunningly decorated church.
Again I’d never shot at the church previously and unfortunately the vicar would only permit a handful of shots during the service. He was a really nice guy and I did try my best to get more but he was pretty adamant.
There were some amazing flowers and scattered all around the church and in the doorways were displays of fruit and wheat. Some cheeky squirrels had made the most of some of the fruit displays in the outer doorways, which was a shame for the pictures.
The inside of the church looked fantastic though and I’m gutted I couldn’t shoot during the ceremony.
The weather turned a little for the worse as the guests arrived at the church on the route master bus. It was a great twist to the wedding, which as you may have guessed was between a Spanish Groom and English Bride. The bus had transported the guests up from London that morning.
With the guests all seated the heavens opened and the umbrellas were put up in anticipation of the brides, Olivia’s, arrival. Fortunately it wasn’t too far to walk from the car to the church and even the weather couldn’t spoil the occasion.
By the time the service had finished the rain had stopped and we managed to setup a confetti shot just outside the church. There wasn’t much room outside the church so I wanted to limit the shots here and cover the rest of the list at Wethele Manor.
It’s always fun to capture the confetti shot, you always get the grooms mates trying to launch confetti at him. I always try to make sure the lines are not too far away from the couple, and ask the guests to ensure the confetti (and rice) go up in the air. It’s important to be mindful of the wind also as it’s really easy to see the confetti simply going back over the guests heads and going nowhere near the couple.
Getting back to the Manor there was plenty of space to work with and the guests were all really accommodating considering how breezy it was. The driver of the bus repositioned it so we could get some shots of the couple and the guests in front of it.
I tried to get some shots of the couple in a field full of sheep, however the sheep seemed a little too curious so decided to leave it. I wasn’t too happy with the shots of the bride precariously balanced on the gate either but it’s important to experiment with new ideas as it keeps things fresh.
A lot of the guests were starting to get cold and decided to move inside and under the heaters. The venue was absolutely packed, but at least people were keeping warm as the bride, groom and myself made our way around the grounds capturing some more shots.
After capturing everything I needed, the Rafa and Olivia went to spend some time with their new friends and families. I quickly captured some shots of the interior of the marquee, and in particular the seating plan.
I loved the fact it had been done on a mirror, something I’d never seen before but a great idea.
After the meal had been polished off and the cake had been cut, the speeches began. It was great to see the groom present Olivia’s father, Alan, with a Spain football shirt. The best man came in for a fair amount of banter and his nickname (Clooney – He looked unbelievably like GC) was soon being yelled all around the marquee as he delivered his speech.
They were entertaining, they were well delivered and given the fact they were given in both English and Spanish they were also very easy to follow.
It was a fantastic evening reception, and as soon as the DJ had setup the new Mr. & Mrs. Pérez-Echevarría were invited for their first dance.
Overall it was a fantastic day, there were showers and it wasn’t quite as structured as I’m perhaps used to but this was definitely something that I’ve already learned to adapt to.
- Thats all for now.
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