Can’t tell you how excited we were to photograph the wedding of the stunning Rachael & Jamie at The Mill Barns, an Exclusive Use Waterfront Barn Wedding Venue.
The wedding was just before Christmas, it was magical ~ the grand Christmas tree took centre stage in the entrance of Mill Barns.
Beautiful floral creations by the amazing Jo from Floral Secrets fitted perfectly with Rachael & Jamie’s festive wedding plans.
We photograph lots of weddings, and this wedding was definitely ‘all about the family’, a big wonderful gathering of all their loved ones. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Rachael walked down the aisle.
The ceremony was in The Mill Wheel Barn, a timber beamed room overlooking The Mill Pond. The weather was kind enough for us to have photo’s on the terrace & gardens whilst guests enjoyed drinks reception with mince pies & chocolate dipped strawberries ..mmm.
The ‘host a roast’ was hilarious with funny slogan aprons for all the guest carvers ~ if you were lucky enough to be on top table, Rachael’s Dad cut 2inch thick steaks for all.
Sparklers outside looked amazing against the backdrop of the beautiful oak framed entrance.
We ran a Fun Booth while the party celebrations were underway, entertained by a live band & danced till the clocked ticked into Christmas Eve….
Here’s a few images of their big day ;
Hagley Hall is an iconic stately home, we’ve had the pleasure of working there many times.
When we met Stacey & Will at Hagley Hall’s wedding showcase day, we loved all their ideas for their perfect wedding.
Their intimate festive wedding within the backdrop of this 18th century Palladian house, with its rich Rococo decoration surrounded by picturesque parkland is everything they wanted for their December wedding.
The morning was spent getting ready at home, we loved Stacey’s art deco dress & accessories, the bejewelled bouquet, the red silk cape.. I want one! I had cape envy! A beautiful vintage car by Finishing Touch Cars collected Stacey & her Father as they made their journey to Hagley.
Will was already gathering nerves waiting in the splendid sunshine coloured ‘Saloon Room’ where the wedding ceremony takes place. As you enter Hagley Hall into the White Hall with Italian sculptures & carved stone chimneypiece your eyes are drawn to the beautifully decorated Christmas tree which takes pride of place next to the piano.
Stacey arrives, she walks through the archway into the ceremony room, Will takes a deep breath & the moment they have been waiting for is here.
The vows taken are heard by all & lots of cheers & happiness continue as the procession of happy well wishers are met by the attentive staff serving reception drinks in the White Hall. The very talented Synergy, a live band that playing Mediterranean music & popular music from around the world evoked memories of Staceys’s time living in Spain.
We braved the December weather outside for some photo’s, it was a misty day & made for a beautiful backdrop.
An impressive large tapestry surrounded by paintings & mirrors made this the the original dining room of this Grade 1 listed family home a perfect room to eat, drink & be merry into the evening.
A scrumptious looking cake made by Will’s Aunty was ceremoniously cut & devoured by the now increased wedding party as evening guests were arriving & greeting the happy couple.
Whilst Midland Wedding Magicians wowed the crowd with his magic tricks, there was a brief photo opportunity for some photo’s of the bride & groom in the magnificent library before everyone moved downstairs for the evening entertainment to the disco, the room is like a luxurious secluded nightclub with Synergy entertaining some more captivating tunes.
The lounge area, a chilled cosy area where an evening buffet was served & guests took a break from dancing, a place where friends & family can chat & relax in a snug inviting atmosphere.
The night was finished with an amazing firework display from Solihull Fireworks, that topped off the evening with a bang.
We have some amazing wedding venues in the West Midlands. When Kim & Jason decided to have their wedding at Spring Grove House we knew it was going to be rather fabulous!
Spring Grove House is a beautiful Georgian Manor House set in the grounds of West Midlands Safari Park, in the heart of the rolling Worcestershire Countryside.
When we first met Jason & Kim & there adorable son Jack we felt like we had known them for years, so when the big day arrived it was a relaxed, family affair with lots of fun & laughter.
The church ceremony round the corner from the venue was emotional only to be briefly upstaged by the super cute paigeboys running up & down the aisle shhh-ing everyone, I tried my best not to giggle! The male voice choir in the church was a beautiful finale to the ceremony.
A horse drawn carriage led the happy couple to the entrance to Spring Grove House, toastmaster, drinks & canapés followed with a steel band entertaining, while we headed to the theme park for a spot of hook a duck & merry go round rides!
With the day flowing beautifully, it was now time to walk to the elegantly decorated reception room, the food looked amazing!
Speeches were interrupted by an very talented ‘DelBoy’ impersonator which had the crowds in stitches!
After dinner, children & adults were delighted to see an array of cute & not so cute animals in a meet the animal experience that had plenty of ooohs & ahhs.
Fun booth, dancing, throw the bouquet & sparklers completed the evening at this truly stunning venue.
It was an absolute pleasure to be part of Kim & Jason’s day & here are a few images from the day.
You’ve got your tickets, you’ve got your best buddies in tow, Lets get to the wedding show & find that champagne bar I hear you say!
Beyond the rising hubbub of excited folk planning their dream day, take a moment.. remember that day they asked you those four little words ‘will you marry me’, that feeling you had.
Bottle it, times it by a hundred & imagine you’re about to walk down the aisle.. In that dress you spent a million hours trying to find, the shoes, the SHOES you tried on, but these are the awesome ones. The ‘oh so pretty’ flowers that you hoped would look as gorgeous as you imagined..and they do.
Your dutiful bridesmaids, have been with you every step of the way are behind you in a bubble of anticipation, they look beautiful, the hair, make up & morning of girlie prep began calmly, you’re glad you choose your dearest friend as bridesmaid, she knows just when to top your glass of prosecco & change that tune playing to stop the overwhelming feeling that this day is here, what a journey.
You’re nearly at the altar, in a few seconds you’ll be saying ‘I do’… they look round & see you as a bride for the first time, tears are falling as your betrothed takes your hand & whispers ‘my wife to be, you look absolutely stunning’.
You stumbled & giggled your way through the vows, & walked down the aisle united together forever. We did it, how amazing! You see all the smiling faces looking at you both…many congratulations, hugs, kisses & chats fill the next hour.
The nervous bestman has rehearsed his speech he can’t wait for his time to come & go, so he can down that next pint. The venue looks like all the pages you’ve ever pinned on pinterest, like silent worker bees the venue staff, caterers, waitresses seamlessly scurrying round all day ensuring your day is just perfect. The food, yum.. who knew a roast beef dinner could look like a work of art and the pudding, oh my wordy you have to make room for the pudding. Aunty Marg has had a bit too much pimms & Grandad is nodding off in the corner already.
The cake, it’s a shame to cut this masterpiece it should be raised on a plinth & be admired forever.
The evening is here, your looney workmates have arrived, now lets get this party started.
The first dance is upon you, why did we think a strictly routine was a good idea?!
In a haze of euphoric tipsiness you dance the night away with all your loved ones.
This was the best day ever ….
Everything above are moments we’ve witnessed & captured throughout our time being wedding photographers, and we would love to do the same for you.
We love weddings & if you like what you’ve read then i’m sure you’ll like us..we’d love to meet you. We’re Eve & Jason, husband & wife team at Shepherd Photography ..stand G73
The NEC, National Wedding Show, 29th Sept- 1st October 2017.