Sarah & Simon’s wedding at Moddershall Oaks
Where do I start? Ok first of all, I’m a big believer that for the way in which I capture weddings, it really helps to have a strong connection with the bride and groom. I often become good friends with the couples that book me to photograph their wedding and we often stay in touch afterwards. This helps to capture moments that I would have otherwise not been able to as my presence would have been too unfamiliar. Does that make sense? Essentially if I’m not seen as a foreign entity, then people let their guard down and more natural and sincere moments happen as a consequence.
Anyway Sarah and Simon were no exception to this and I totally fell in love with them from the moment we first met at my studio to talk about their upcoming wedding.
Feel free to skip ahead to see a selection of images from their wedding or hang tight to hear about what happened on the day…
So we start the day with bridal prep at Sarah and Simon’s beautiful house in Rugely, Staffordshire. I was warmly greeted at the door by Sarah and her stunning and super friendly bridesmaids. We had a great time while the finishing touches were done to hair and makeup. Many a Prosecco was drank and many a pastry was consumed.
Once the ladies and the father of the bride were ready, I shot off to St. Augustine’s church in Rugley, which if you’ve not been before is a stunning and surprisingly big church. I said hi to Simon who was greeting guests at the door, nervous excitement obvious in his expression. I introduced myself to the vicar who gave me nearly full access to the church for the photographing of the ceremony. Winner!
The ceremony was lovely and Simon’s reaction to seeing Sarah for the first time was priceless. Once the ceremony was completed it was hugs all around and off to the beautiful Moddershall Oaks for the reception. The guests were being transported by an old, red double decker bus, which was a great touch. I grabbed an opportunity to jump up to grab a few shots of the wedding guests tucking into to ‘bus beers’ on the top deck. At this point the bus decides to embark with me still on it with my car still being parked at the church. I kid you not, I actually had to jump off the back of the bus as it was moving. Thankfully I kept my feet and my dignity.
Moddershall Oaks was beautifully decorated and the weather was kind to us on the day, enabling the wedding party to spill into the lovely outdoor wedding space. The wedding breakfast followed with some incredibly sincere and emotional speeches. There was barely a dry eye in the room.
Finally, the dance floor was packed all night with some serious movers and shakers who were more than happy to indulge me with some epic dance moves. What a treat to end a totally gorgeous wedding.
To summarise, beautiful couple, stunning bridesmaids, epic church & venue and some of the nicest and most welcoming wedding guests that I have had the pleasure of meeting.
Here’s a small selection of images from Simon and Sarah’s wedding day…