“We just had a look at the photos and we love them! Thank you so much :)”
In June, we photographed our first wedding at a venue that has been on our ‘wish list’ for some time. Wethele Manor, located near Leamington Spa in rural Warwickshire is independently owned and run by a great team of dedicated staff. It’s a venue which has really made a name for itself over the last couple of years so we were absolutely chuffed when Yasmin and Oliver booked us for their wedding about a year prior.
Wethele Manor consists of a 16th century house and outbuildings and marquee, set within a 250 acre estate. It’s an exclusive-only venue, so there’s only ever one wedding taking place per day and as this is a working farm, it’s common to see livestock (including alpacas!) in the fields.
With a wet start to the day, we started our coverage as usual with the bride and groom morning preparations. Yasmin and her bridesmaids chose a local B&B at which to get ready while Oliver and his ushers had a relaxed morning at his parents’ home in Warwick.
The wedding took place inside the conservatory room. Although Yasmin and Oliver had hoped for an outdoor service under Wethele’s beautiful Orchard Bothy, the inclement weather forced a last-minute change of plan. The conservatory room itself is a really lovely setting, with plenty of natural light under the huge oak beams.
Thankfully the rain didn’t stick around too long and as we went through the drinks reception and speeches the conditions started to improve considerably. By the time it came to Yasmin and Oliver’s evening ‘couple’ shoot we had gorgeous soft light to play with as we used the various parts of Wethele’s estate. Later on the weather improved even more so we got the couple out for a few last portraits before the sun went down.
We really enjoyed our first wedding at Wethele Manor. We were impressed by how well the events manager Duncan and his team ran the day. Friendly, professional and efficient. What a good wedding venue should be, really.
Shortly after we had finished the editing work on Yasmin and Oliver’s pictures, we got a really lovely thank-you card from Yasmin’s mum, Leigh:
“Dear Rob and Sarah,
Thank you. I am so please that Yasmin and Olly chose you to do the photography on their wedding day, we could not have asked for better photographers. You were professional, took the most stunning photos from every angle possible and captured amazing shots. I can’t make my mind up which ones I like the best, they are all fantastic. Not only that, but you are both nice people too. Thank you once again, Leigh”.
Just lovely to receive a message like that! 🙂
And with that, we’ll leave you with Yasmin and Oliver’s wedding pictures. Hope you enjoy them.
Wethele Manor wedding photography by Rob & Sarah Gillespie, husband and wife wedding photographers based in the Midlands.