Due to how insanely busy I’ve been since the COVID pandemic, I’ve got lots of weddings from the last couple of years that I’ve not had time to write about. So, for today’s blog post we’re going to jump into the DeLorean, set the controls back to the summer of 2021 and visit the crazy wedding of Fiona and Zac which was held at Swallows Nest Barn in the Warwickshire countryside.
On the morning of the wedding, I headed over to Fiona’s house in Hall Green to meet with the bridal party as they were preparing for the day ahead. As the fizz flowed hair was teased by Zoe from The Collective Hair & Beauty and makeup applied by Amy from Pretty Faces by Amy. It was a wonderfully relaxed morning with all the girls enjoying the atmosphere and build up to the big wedding. As the ceremony time approached Fiona headed upstairs to ease into her stunning Suzanne Neville wedding dress which was from The Wedding Club in Birmingham. After the grand reveal to her dad, they then jumped into an open top VW Beetle to make their way to the ceremony with the bridesmaids following closely behind in a classic VW camper van. Both vehicles were from The Campervan Wedding Company.
The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Yardley Wood on the outskirts of Birmingham. The church itself is fairly new (as far as churches go!) and was only opened in 1966, replacing the original church on the site which dated from the 1930’s. Waiting eagerly at the front of the church, flanked by his best men, Zac looked incredibly dapper in his three piece suit and dickie bow which was from Moss Bros. With the arrival of our beautiful bride, we then had everything in place for the ceremony to begin. The ceremony was a wonderful affair held in front of a church packed to the rafters with the happy couple’s friends and family The catholic ceremony was conducted by the Very Reverend Canon Sean Grady, who has been the parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes for the last 20 years. There was hearty singing, lots of laughter, plenty of love on display and even a personal message from The Pope! With the vows completed, rings exchanged, and wedding register signed, the happy couple exited the church into the dazzling summer sunshine.
The wedding party and their guests then headed off into the Warwickshire countryside as they made their way to the wedding reception at the stunning Swallows Nest Barn. The family owned and run wedding venue consists of a beautifully restored 19th century rustic barn and annex surrounded by a delightful walled courtyard. Upon arrival everyone was treated to a drinks reception before the newlyweds made their grand entrance through a tunnel of confetti. Once the drinks were quaffed and the canapes scoffed the wedding party headed into the main barn, which had been beautifully decorated by the florists from Green & Wild Flowers, for a stupendous three course wedding breakfast which was created by the kitchen wizards from Lemon Zest.
For the evening reception Blue Lion Band took to the annex and threw down two banging sets of pop hits. Rug was cut, pants were swung and the odd drink may have been split as the dancefloor remained jammed until closing time. Great fun was had by all as they danced into the small hours.
Before I sign off, I must say a huge thank you to Fiona and Zac for having me along as their Swallows Nest Barn wedding photographer. It was a huge pleasure to have been able to spend the day capturing all the excitement and fun of your amazing wedding day. I also need to say a massive thanks to the lovely Eva from Eva Murko Photography who did a sterling job second shooting with me. It was also a huge pleasure to work alongside Leanne from Wild Heart Films who was on video duties. Here’s 50 images to give you a look inside this super fun wedding day at Swallows Nest Barn . . .