Groom holds bride as they share a quiet moment during garden wedding, with beautiful red tree in background

Garden Wedding Photography

Ellen & Ben

St Leonard’s Church Beoley
Outdoor reception at home

Photographed by Robin

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“They are so amazing I cant stop looking at the little video you put together! I honestly cant thank you enough Rob it was such a special day and I get to relive it every time I look back at the photo’s. Thank you so much! “

All of the weddings we had booked in from March 2021 onwards have been affected by Covid.  Whether the effect has been diminished numbers of guests, limitations on what can take place or has resulted is the wedding being delayed for up to two years, the pandemic has affected every single couple we work with.  And while some have understandably abandoned the idea of a 2021 wedding entirely, others have forged a new path and have reimagined their wedding from the ground up.  One such couple was Ellen and Ben.

When they first booked, Ellen and Ben’s day included 100+ guests,  but as restrictions continued into 2021 they decided they “just wanted to get married” and pared down their plans into something altogether more cosy and intimate.  Their ceremony took place at St Leonard’s church in Beoley  – a lovely little church we’d not worked at for about 10 years.  The reception was hosted at Ellen’s parents home in Redditch, with fewer than 30 guests in total and embracing the restrictions by holding everything outside in the garden.  This was also where Ellen started her day and where Robin met up her and her family.

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Wedding Ceremony at St Leonard’s Church Beoley

Beoley church is situated on the north side of Redditch and dates from the 12th century.  It’s s beautiful old building, tucked away from the road and surrounded by lush trees, making for gorgeous setting for a wedding.  Here Robin met up with Ben and guests shortly before the service was due to begin.

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Outdoor Garden Wedding Reception

The home of Ellen’s parents provided the beautiful setting for the reception.  A small open-sided marquee had been set up and the tool shed converted into a makeshift bar (complete with hand sanitising station).  The fabulous food was provided by our friend Colin from local company Complete Caterers.  We’ve worked alongside Colin and his team many times over the years and they provided the catering for our own wedding back in 2011.

Although some couple photos has been done at the church, the garden provided even more opportunities so Robin was able to sneak the couple away for a few minutes at a time at various points during the afternoon.

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Home-Made Pudding, Speeches & Goodbyes

Although the caterers handled the main meal, Ellen’s mum made the wedding cake and puddings.  An experienced chef herself, Wendy’s creations went down a treat with the guests and were served by Ellen and Ben.  How lovely is that?

A gorgeous day with lovely people.  A huge than you to Ellen and Ben.  Enjoy the photos…

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Suppliers for this wedding:

Ellen’s dress: The Dressing Rooms Halesowen
Ben’s suit: Moss Bros
Florals: Flowers of Elegance Droitwich
Catering: Colin at Complete Caterers
Cake & Puddings: Ellen’s Mum, Wendy!
Hair: Creation Hair Redditch
Singer: Hayley Jones

Home and garden wedding photography by Robin & Sarah Gillespie, wedding photographers in the Midlands.

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