Two weekends ago I had the huge pleasure to spend the day with Emma and Lawrence as I photographed their stunning Staffordshire wedding. Thanks to the odd global pandemic it had been exactly 301 days since I last photographed a wedding, and this was such an amazing way to restart things.
On the morning of the big day I met with the bridal party at Emma’s Mom’s house where it was all systems go. It was lovely to meet up with my favourite vegan, cat loving makeup artist Harper, owner of quite possibly Birmingham’s best wedding makeup business, Makeup By Harper. Whilst Harper was was busy with the brushes hair was being coiffured by the lovely Emma Shuttleworth from Makeup by Design who also did a stunning job. As the ceremony approached Emma donned her beautifully elegant Diane Harbridge Bridal Couture wedding dress, which was from Ethereal Brides of Penkridge before making the short journey around the corner to the local family church of St Lawrence’s.
Waiting patiently at the alter was Lawrence, looking incredibly dapper in his Ted Baker three piece suit. Max the dog lead the processional prior to the arrival of Emma and her Father (there should definitely be more dogs in church!). The service, which was a wonderful affair, was conducted by the recently retired Rev Kathryn Hammond, who came out of retirement especially for the day to marry our happy couple. Due to the government COVID restrictions there was no singing allowed during the ceremony but everyone still felt part of the proceedings. With the vows completed and rings exchanged everyone made their way outside for a few photos by the church before the bride and groom departed in a shower of confetti.
The wedding reception was held at The Orangery Ingestre, who where hosting only their second ever wedding. You’d never know that though as the day ran incredibly smoothly thanks to the amazing Lynsey Claire. Lynsey and her team made sure everything looked stunning and the timing all went to plan. Upon arrival the guests were treated to a drinks reception in the Staffordshire sunshine with canapes provided by The Lazy Pig Company. Once drinks were quaffed everyone headed into The Orangery for the wedding breakfast, which was also provided by the culinary wizards from The Lazy Pig Co.
To kick off the evening reception Emma and Lawrence maintained the tradition of cutting the wedding cake, which was from Laura Jane Cake Design of Pelasll, before doing their first dance. Evening entertainment was provided by Resident Heroes who played a mix of contemporary and classic hits on the guitar and cajon. Before I leave you with a few images from their wedding day I just want to say a massive thank you to Emma, Lawrence, their friends and families for being so welcoming and having me along to shoot their special day . . .
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