In 2012, Nuthurst Grange quickly became one of our top venues. Since shooting our first weddings there, we’ve got to know the place well and have taken on many more bookings.
Paul and Victoria booked us last year and right from the start it was obvious that they were going to do things a little differently. With a 4pm service, they wanted do some photos of the two of them at some point before the wedding. We’ve never seen this before so we were excited to get the opportunity to do something different. They didn’t really know where or how, but just that it was to be away from the venue.
We had a think about this and came up with the idea of using Dorridge Park, which is only a few minutes drive from Nuthurst. Although we planned out the timings and the rough idea of how we were going to shoot this unusual “first look”, it was important to keep the moment as natural as we could. We’d be doing this once, no re-takes, no staging. And while we had to orchestrate things to a certain degree, it was still very much a real moment for the couple. Once Paul turned around to see Victoria in her ‘Ian Stuart’ dress, we just caught what happened. This had to be about *them*.
After we finished in the park, we made our way back to Nuthurst so the couple could prepare for their wedding service. Despite meeting in the park, they still wanted to do a traditional civil service, so Victoria walked down the aisle with her dad and they got to do a first look all over again 🙂
Following a short drinks reception and group photos on the lawns, the guests made their way into the main house for the wedding breakfast. We absolutely loved the table names. Paul and Victoria are both scientists and Paul works in microbiology. Each table was named after a microbe or cell, so we had (in no particular order) – Brain cell, Toxoplasma, Erythrocte, Nerve cell, Stem cell, Trypanosome, Plasmodium, Giardia, Leishmania. Each table even had a fluffy toy version of it’s namesake. This theme even extended to Paul’s cufflinks!
For the evening party, there was to be no DJ or band. The couple instead chose a casino for their guests to enjoy.
We loved working on this wedding. Victoria and Paul, we hope you love your pictures.