“We’ve received the USB today and OMG I love the presentation box and pictures, so beautiful thank you!”
Nicola and Sean’s wedding in early November was a superb day, filled to the brim with laughter and love – and some of the most gorgeous light we’ve seen all year. But for us, this was a slightly bitter-sweet day as Nicola and Sean’s wedding would be our very final one at Packington Moor. So, for this blog post we’ll be talking about Packington in the past tense, but more on that later.
Nicola and her bridesmaids started their day at home. The first part of their ‘preps’ had overrun a little, so by the time they arrived at the venue it was all hands on deck to be ready on time – and they managed it perfectly. They even saved enough time to give Nicola’s dad a proper ‘reveal’ of her in her wedding dress, 🙂
With the ceremony complete and couple duly married, everyone made their way outside for drinks. A day that had started off a bit grey was rapidly turning much more pleasant and the sun made a welcome appearance as everyone congratulated the couple in the main courtyard. We always love this part of the day as all the hugs, laughs and happy-tears make for such great candid pictures. This atmosphere was present through the entirety of Nicola and Sean’s wedding – even in the ceremony – with all the bridesmaids giving Sean a hug as they made their entrance in the Oat Barn. The hugs and kisses continued all the way through the day, into the evening and onto the dancefloor for the evening party. Just a really lovely atmosphere and a great crowd of people.
Being an autumn wedding, we had a quite a short day in terms of light. The ‘couple’ photos were really important to Nicola and Sean so we had arranged to have a good chunk of time with them alone before the meal. The Packington grounds were always some of our favourites in which to create the couple photos – the rustic buildings, the garden of the main house and of course all the surrounding arable land . Almost endless photo opportunities that changed through the course of the year. What made the images work so well at Packington, was that it was a home and working farm, not a wedding venue that had been ‘designed’. It all felt very organic and real. On this particular day we had some really lovely light to work with too. The final hour of daylight is often known as ‘Golden Hour’ or ‘Magic hour’, as the light can be so dramatic and beautiful if the conditions are right. We often seemed to get fantastic ‘golden hour’ light at Packington and today was no exception.
A really big thank you to Nicola and Sean for asking us to photograph their wedding – and also for keeping us fed and watered. We really enjoyed your day. Oh – and just how GOOD were those Scotch Eggs? 🙂
So why are we talking about Packington Moor in the past tense? Sadly, the venue closed its doors for the final time just before Christmas 2017. Not by choice, but because it will eventually have to make way for the HS2 railway. Although we’ve only photographed five weddings there, Packington always felt so familiar. We knew the buildings, the grounds – and of course the lovely farm shop! Sarah grew up in Lichfield and often visited Packington as a child so it feels strange that we’ll not be able to return again. We wish the owners and staff all the very best in their future endeavours.
Thank you to Nicola and Sean, your wedding was a cracker! And, thank you Packington – we’re going to miss you.
You can see our other weddings and our ‘Farewell Packington Moor’ photofilm here: https://robandsarahgillespie.co.uk/packingtonmoor/