What a way to start my 2020 year of weddings! A few weeks ago I had the huge pleasure to photograph Elaine and Richard’s fun filled wedding at Nuthurst Grange at Hockley Heath in Solihull. It’s not very often that you can say that you’ve sampled the groom’s stunning sausage prior to shooting a wedding, read on to find out more . . .
I met with Elaine and her bridesmaids in the Hen House at Nuthurst Grange on the morning of the wedding for the bridal preparations. Ruth Hancox from Makeup By Ruth was busy on hair and makeup duties. It was great to catch up with Ruth after previously working with her at Gabriella and Matt’s wonderful wedding at the stunning Hampton Manor last year. With the ceremony time approaching the wedding guests started to arrive so Elaine donned her Oleg Cassini wedding dress which was from David’s Bridal of Birmingham.
With a couple of swift drinks downed to calm the nerves Richard waited patiently at the Nuthurst Grange chapel for the arrival of his bride. The ceremony was a wonderful affair with lots of love, a bit of laughter and a few tears for good measure too. Unfortunately, just as the ceremony was finishing the weather took a turn for the worse as the heavens opened up confining the wedding party to the bar (there’s worse places to be stuck!).
With the first break in the weather we dashed out for group shots, family formals and a few portraits of the bride and groom before heading back inside for the wedding breakfast. The Stable Barn had been lovingly decorated, featuring a musical themed table plan and spicy wedding favours from Birmingham chili champions Pip’s Hot Sauce. With the stunning food service dished up from the AA two rosette kitchen it was then time for the best men, Julian and Matt, to entertain the wedding party.
With the speeches completed everyone then headed back into the bar area in preparation for the evening reception where The Peas Duo got the dance floor rocking. The Peas smashed out an evening of 80’s and 90’s hits on the guitar, double bass, foot drum and kazoo reworked in folk, bluegrass style. It was great fun and kept everyone jumping and singing along to the early hours.
To finish this wedding day story lets now talk about how I came to be so familiar with the groom’s sausage. Well Richard is the head honcho of Birmingham street food sensation Fat Snags. Fat Snags, regulars at the infamous Digbeth Dining Club, serve Birmingham’s best bangers (hell no, the UK’s most superb sausage) in a beautiful brioche bun, topped with Rich’s tasty toppings. I’ve regularly noshed on Richard’s sausage at street food events across the West Midlands. For the evening meal Rich had bought along the Fat Snags horse box to serve his sausage creations to the wedding party.
Before I sign off I’d like to say a massive thanks to Elaine and Richard for having me along to capture their wonderful day as their Nuthurst Grange wedding photographer. It was a real pleasure to have been part of such a fun filled, love filled, sausage filled day! Here’s a few images from their wonderful wedding . . .