Bride and groom piggyback at Delbury Hall

“I had the most incredible memories from my wedding day, seeing my granddad gleaming with pride when he saw me for the first time in my dress, watching the expressions on the faces of my flower girls as I was getting ready, seeing the look on Mike’s face as I walked into church, memories that I knew would be locked in my head for a lifetime. What astounded me, when I saw my wedding photos for the first time, was how those memories had been so powerfully and perfectly brought to life. Those intimate, exclusive moments had been captured for us to share with whoever we wanted, it was a truly remarkable experience seeing them, leaving me in tears, for all the right reasons.”

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Wow. Just wow 🙂

Sarah and Mike booked us only a few months prior to their date and had come to us as a referral from Paula and Sean, who’s brilliant wedding we photographed the previous year.

Referral weddings are always great because people are basing their decision on work done for people they know well. In Sarah and Mike’s case, they were also guests at Paula and Sean’s wedding so had already seen how we work and interact during the course of the day. In addition to this, they had chosen a venue completely new to us – Delbury Hall in Shropshire.

Delbury is a large Georgian mansion in the village of Diddlebury – one of the five Corvedale parishes in the heart of the Shopshire countryside. They have been hosting weddings for a few years now in their refurbished Coach House buildings adjacent to the main manor house.

Mike, his best man and ushers got ready at the couple’s home while Sarah, her mum and bridesmaids had stayed at Delbury the night before so used the Coach House rooms. Makeup duties were handled by Vanessa of Exclusive Brides, who we’ve met several times over the years and is always relaxed and easy to work alongside.

Sarah and Mike’s wedding service was held in St Peter’s church. Just a few yards walk from the Delbury manor house and situated in the heart of the village, St Peter’s is a really lovely little church with a beautiful lychgate. Rev John Beesley conducted the service with warmth and humour and we were given no silly restrictions to work with. 😉  One of the best vicars we’ve come across this year.

The venue decorations were by Lauradana Day or Wedding Creations UK and the floral arrangements by Sarah Jane Midwood . The Coach House looked fantastic and an already lovely space had really been brought to life by the details and flowers.  Every single guest had a small photo of themselves on their table which must have taken the couple ages to gather up and reproduce.  The tables themselves were all named after the places where Sarah and Mike walk their dog, Murphy.  Unfortunately it wasn’t possible for Murphy to be at the wedding, but he was at least present during the men’s morning preps 🙂

After the (superb) meal and speeches which were best described as ’emotional’, we began Sarah and Mike’s evening photo session. As soon as we started we knew we were in for a treat. The weather conditions were perfect. Just perfect. Still bright and sunny but not harsh and with enough warmth in the light to make the images really ‘pop’.

This was a really amazing day. Everything just fell into place properly – the weather, the venue, the atmosphere, the timings, the wedding party and of course Sarah and Mike themselves, who were an absolute joy to work with all day. The Delbury Hall grounds are a treasure-trove of photo opportunities and it’s a venue which is run well without being overbearing. We very much look forward to Delbury in the future.

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Delbury Hall wedding photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie, husband and wife photographers based in the Midlands.

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