“We can’t stop looking at the photos, they’re absolutely fantastic. We really love them!”
One of our very favourite things at weddings is live music. It adds a certain ‘something’ to the day in the way that recorded music cannot. Nowadays, we see a lot more live acts than in previous years but in August we photographed a wedding which took that to a new level. I don’t think we’ve experienced such a varied and eclectic mix of sounds as we did at the wedding of Laura and Jason, at Packington Moor.
Having previously only worked at Packington on autumn or winter weddings, it was nice to see the venue and surrounding areas with a bit more colour, with crops in the field and with a light evening! The venue itself looked gorgeous, with the many floral arrangements from Passion For Flowers, who’s work we’ve enjoyed photographing for years.
We started the day as usual with both the bride and groom preparations. Laura and her bridesmaids were at St John’s House in the centre of Lichfield, with its stylish rooms, plenty of space and some great interior light. Jason, his best man and friends and family used one of the on-site cottages at Packington.
Music though, was the basis of Laura and Jason’s day, which is perhaps not surprising considering they are both professionals in world of music.
No less than five musical acts playing during the course of the day. Steel drummers played outside in the courtyard before and after the ceremony. A marimba provided the musical backup inside the Oat Barn as the guests took their seats and as Laura and her bridesmaids made their entrance, accompanied by violin. During the service itself, bridesmaid Kate accompanied by guitar sang as the register was signed. As the guests took their seats for the wedding breakfast, the sounds of Indian tabla drums were heard in the Malt Barn and later into the evening cover-band House Of Chords got everyone on the dancefloor. It was a real pleasure to see and hear the different musical styles provide the backdrop to Laura and Jason’s day.
Makeup: Katy Bird
Hair: Natalie B
Flowers: Passion For Flowers
Steel Drums: Clive Scot’s Caribbean Steel Pans
Marimba: Eva Abraham and Tim Palmer from Maraca2
Violin: Carly Sephton
Vocals: Kate O’Malley from The Atlantic Players
Acoustic Guitar: Mike McLeish from House Of Chords
Tabla Drums: Mohinder Singh
Evening band: House Of Chords
Barn wedding photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie, husband and wife photographers in the Midlands