“Conscious you guys are on your anniversary break too but we had to email from Mauritius to say….
WOW!!! The preview is totally amazing and we really could not be happier. So many of the photos encapsulate our memories and this is just wanted we wanted. Thank you so much. Have a lovely break. “
Now we come to the last of our September 2012 weddings. Katherine and Paddy booked us over last winter and their chosen church was one we were already familiar with – St Mary The Virgin – otherwise known as Hanbury Church.
Before I go into detail about their wedding, let me just explain that we posted this preview (privately) for the couple just before we went away on our own first-anniversary break. We didn’t expect a reply from them until they returned from their honeymoon, but a few days later the following message was in my inbox:
I think they liked them 🙂
For the couple, this was very much a local wedding. Paddy got ready at the Holiday Inn in Bromsgrove – a ‘getting ready’ venue we see a lot of. Katherine got ready at her parents home nearby. The reception was planned for a field just a short distance away, in a fabulous marquee.
The church of St Mary The Virgin – Hanbury Church to the locals, is an impressive old building with a commanding view above the Worcestershire countryside. We’ve worked here before and it was lovely to be back on this fine September day. The vicar was very welcoming and happy for us to work unimpeded as long as we kept to the usual allowed areas.
For me, this meant keeping to the area near where the choir would normally sing, peering through an iron grate. With a careful choice of lenses, this presented no issues and offered a unique view that nobody else in the church could have got and it also kept me inconspicuous. Also, with Sarah at the rear of the church up on the balcony, it meant we had two angles from which to cover the service.
Following the service, we got the formal groups photographed before all the guests made their way to the reception. We kept Katherine and Paddy back for a few minutes to get some photos of them alone around the church. The marquee for their reception was a real beauty and literally was in the middle of a field, on top of a hill and had a clear view back towards the church. The catering was provided by Rococo Catering.
After Katherine and Paddy arrived, there followed quite a long drinks reception. With the formal photos already ‘in the bag’, the couple had ample time to mingle with their guests and for us, it gave us plenty of opportunity for candid photos and also to capture images of the table details.
Shortly after the wedding breakfast, we took the opportunity to take the couple out into the evening light for a few more photos of them alone. Very often the ‘golden hour’ light doesn’t get used as it often clashes time-wise with the speeches, but in this case the timing was perfect and it was great to get the couple out into this lovely part of the day.
Once the speeches were complete, everyone was asked to go outside into the cold evening air for Paddy’s surprise firework display. A live band provided the evening entertainment and following a (very) quick first dance, guests were invited up to attempt karaoke along with the band.
This is just a small selection of images from Katherine and Paddy’s day. A big thank-you to the couple of keeping us fed and watered!
Worcestershire home & village wedding photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie, husband-and-wife wedding team based in Worcestershire, near Birmingham.
Working together as a pair, we create beautiful and natural wedding photographs with natural, candid images and relaxed portraiture.