Where do I start with Charlotte and Tom’s epic wedding? It was chocked full of fun, laughter and emotion, it really was such a wonderful day. It was my first time photographing a wedding at Walton Hall, a Georgian era mansion which has a long and illustrious history. The current building dates from the 1850’s and was designed by the prolific English Gothic revival architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Over the years the property has been used as a family home, a farm, an army training camp, a girls boarding school and now a hotel. Rather bizarrely the conversion to a hotel was overseen by the 1970’s singer, entertainer and female impersonator Danny LaRue.
I met with Charlotte and her bridesmaids at Walton Hall on the morning of the wedding. It was a hive of activity with Sophie Sheridan being kept busy with hair and makeup duties whilst Charlotte’s adorable flower girls kept everyone else on their toes! As the ceremony time crept closer Charlotte donned her stunning, vintage inspired, True Bride wedding dress from Georgina Scott Bridal, before making her way to church in a 1930 Style Beauford Wedding Car which was from Limousine Group Birmingham.
The ceremony took place at St Mary’s Church in Temple Balsall. Patiently waiting at the altar was Tom, who looked very dapper in his dark three piece morning suit which was Peter Posh Formal Suit Hire. The ceremony, which was conducted by the Rev’d Kathy Lloyd Roberts, was a lovely affair and featured lots of wonderful personal touches throughout. None more so than when the newly married couple exited the church to find many of the children from Charlotte’s class, which is at the school adjoining St Mary’s, waiting outside to greet them. I’m not sure if it was the hayfever but there was definitely something in my eyes.
With the confetti thrown the congregation then made their way back to Walton Hall for a stunning three course wedding breakfast which was served in the Moncrieffe Room. With the speeches completed I took Charlotte and Tom out into the hotel grounds for some portraits as the last of the spring sunshine ducked below the horizon before heading back inside for the first dance. For the evening reception the rather brilliant Apollo Soul got the party rocking and the dance floor jamming with a selection of pop, funk, soul and disco hits. Some very impressive shapes were thrown by the guests!
Before I sign off I must again say a massive thank you to Charlotte and Tom for having me along to photograph their fun filled wedding, it was a real pleasure to have been involved in such a special day . . .
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