A couple of weeks ago I was at Highbury Hall in Moseley for Patricia and Darren’s wonderful wedding. Although it took place in the heart of the West Midlands it was a wedding with a truly international feel. With Patricia being originally from Romania there was a large Balkan contingent present as well as guests who travelled from Italy and Spain to join the celebrations.
I met with Patricia and her bridesmaids at her house in Halesowen for bridal preparations early on the morning of the wedding. Bridal hair was by Natalie Morgan and Patricia’s makeup was by Makeup by Harper. It was great to work with Harper again whom I’d last seen two weeks previous at Jo and Andrew’s wedding at Mythe Barn. With her hair and makeup completed Patricia donned her Enzoani wedding dress, which was from The Dressing Rooms Bridal, before heading downstairs for an emotional reveal to her dad.
The ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church in Selly Oak. It’s a venue that I know well as I shot Tasha and Peter’s wedding there last year (Jim the vicar is Tasha’s dad!). With the wedding formalities completed and confetti thrown, Patricia and Darren jumped into their stunning Rolls Royce Phantom V, which was from W G Wheatley Wedding Cars in Dudley, and made their way to Highbury Hall for their wedding reception.
Highbury Hall in Moseley is one of the West Midlands top wedding venues and has an illustrious history. The Grade II listed Victorian Gothic mansion was built in 1879 as a family home for the famous Birmingham statesman Joseph Chamberlain. It remained the Chamberlain’s family home until the outbreak of the First World War when it was converted into a hospital and subsequently an old people’s home. It’s been used as a wedding and events venue since the mid 1980’s and is one of my favourite West Midlands wedding venues to photograph at. The building interiors have been lovingly kept in the arts and crafts style and the grounds, which form Highbury Park, provide a great backdrop for bridal portraits.
Upon arrival at Highbury Hall the guests were treated to a drinks reception before heading in the main hall for a three-course wedding breakfast. This was followed by speeches, some of which were conducted in both Romanian and English. For the evening reception the guests headed into the Drawing Room where the bride and groom had their first dance before Justin from JP Entertainments got the dancefloor moving. He even threw in a bit of Romanian folk music, which got everyone clapping and dancing along with some synchronised moves. Here’s 50 photos from Patricia and Darren’s wonderful West Midlands Wedding at Highbury Hall . . .