For every wedding I attend there are always particular things that stick in my mind. For Emma and Ross’ it will be Porter, Pork Pie and Planking!
On saturday morning I made the long drive down from Birmingham to Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel which is located in the tiny hamlet of Redcoats Green near Hitchin in Hertfordshire. It’s a wonderful rural location with delightful gardens and is surrounded by lush farmland and rolling countryside. It’s also got a lot of history too as parts of the building date back to 1480. The one thing that really stood out for me though was that it’s still a family run venue which meant that there was a lovely personal feel to the proceedings throughout the day.
The wedding ceremony was held in the large conservatory of the farmhouse. Emma wore a white knee length dress from Fairy Goth Mother whilst the groomsmen wore charcoal suits from Slaters Menswear. There were quite a lot of familiar faces at the ceremony as I’d previously photographed Ross’ Brother’s wedding two years ago at the lovely Middleton Hall near Tamworth in Staffordshire. It’s always really nice when different members of the same family come back to you.
With the legalities completed everyone moved out into the garden for the drinks reception whist the conservatory was prepared for the wedding breakfast. Some of the guests also made use of the crazy croquet course which had been set up on the lawn and I have to point out that it did get a little competitive at a few points throughout the afternoon!
Ross’ brother Matt, who was best man, provided favours for the wedding breakfast in the shape of his special homebrewed porter which featured Emma and Ross on the label. And instead of a traditional wedding cake the bride and groom had a massive three tier pork pie which was from Nelson’s Butchers. As the evening drew in Big Steve’s Disco kept the dance floor moving with a selection of hits. That is until the dancing had to stop so that several members of the wedding party could have a plank-off (it’s a tradition!!).
Here’s a few photos from Emma and Ross’ big day . . .