Intimate wedding at Brockencote Hall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Small wedding, Big hearts
I knew from the start that this intimate small wedding is going to be just perfect and so it was. The couple, the venue, the family, the weather, sunflowers, bees, laughter and happy tears.
True friends are those who support and believe in you throughout your life. I’m lucky enough to have this with Abi, a friend who has always believed in my journey.
I first worked with Abi and her now-husband, Matt, for an engagement shoot around a year ago at Clent Hills near Birmingham. A wonderfully picturesque location set in stunning countryside. My sidekick dog Sunny came along for the walk and helped the couple to relax during the shoot. (Thanks, Sunny!)
Unfortunately for Abi and Matt and thousands of other couples across the country, their wedding originally planned for May had to be postponed due to the impact of COVID-19.
There has been such uncertainty this year. We didn’t know from one day to the next whether the wedding could go ahead with social gathering guidelines regularly changing.
They did it!
Thankfully, the couple managed to rearrange the big day for August, hosting their intimate wedding at the gorgeous Brockencote Hall, Worcestershire. The hall’s first wedding after the lockdown.
Brockencote Hall were excellent at implementing all of the necessary safety measures to ensure that all of the 23 guests felt comfortable. All government social distancing guidelines were followed. Brockencote Hall has everything you need for a small, intimate wedding. And with social distancing measures in place including masks worn by all guests (including myself), it managed to still be the perfect venue.
Prior to the wedding, I took a walk around the venue to spy out some of the best spots to shoot the happy couple later in the day. Brockencote Hall Kidderminster in Worcestershire is such a beautiful wedding venue. A Victorian country manor house and hotel set amongst seventy acres of lush grassland.
Since the venue is complete with its own land and lake, I seized a pre-wedding moment to shoot the surrounding flowers and grazing sheep. Little did I know that Abi and Matt were watching me from behind their curtains in their room- having a giggle at me!
Abi was doing her own hair and make up for the wedding in her gorgeous room. Where I joined her to capture moments of her getting ready. We both were so relaxed and pumped up about the day. The bride’s mum and sister later joined to help with the preparations. It’s always great to see the excited faces of family members prior to a wedding ceremony.
My favourite part of photographing weddings is capturing “The first look”. The moment when a groom sees his bride for the first time while approaching the aisle. Matt was excitedly awaiting his soon-to-be wife on the showstopping staircase in Brokencote Hall. Watching him and Abi look at each other for the first time was truly special.
During the ceremony, the ceiling-tall windows allowed the light to flood in. This made it perfect for capturing the newly married couple smiling away.
Thankfully, after the ceremony had finished, the sun was still shining. All of the guests headed outside to throw confetti in true traditional wedding style. Allowing me to get some great shots of the family with the wonderful hall as a backdrop.
During the last few shots of the day, the rain prevailed what made Abi so happy as she wore cute yellow wellies. Those photos are the best and the couple couldn’t have had a happier day.
Congratulations Abi and Matt!