When I first met Ali and Mick in December last year to discuss their wedding, their wish was for an informal, relaxed, dry and sunny day.
On the 9th of July I turned up at Dunsley Hall, Kinver for the wedding of Ali and Mick. It is a beautiful location and I was keen to ensure that the photographs captured the beauty of this location as a backdrop for Ali and Mick, in addition to the usual wedding photographs.
It was a full day of photography, capturing the pre service preparation, the service itself, the speeches as well as the post service socialising.
As you can see from the photographs, the pre wedding was a relaxed affair and I was able to capture Ali’s silhouette in the window that was allowing the strong summer sunlight to come through.
With the groom, Best Man and Usher photos taken it was onto the ‘main event’ and the wedding of Ali and Mick.
In a wood panelled room, Ali was played in by Mick’s son Josh playing his acoustic guitar and so began the emotional roller coaster. After the service some formal group shots were taken on the steps and then onto a specific request given to me by Ali. The ‘Heart Shaped’ group shot. This particular shot took quite a bit of planning, and then encouraging the guests to get into position. However the end shot (as you can see in http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/ali-and-micks-wedding-july-2015/) was exactly how Ali and Mick wanted. It’s very important for me to capture photographs that people especially request, and I was pleased to be able capture this one.
It was then onto the formal group and couple shots in the magnificent surroundings of the hall, with the speech shots being taken after ‘Afternoon Tea’. As well as the usual speeches, special mention was made of absent relatives, who were represented in the room by having their photographs attached to the bottom of balloons. It was very poignant indeed, when Ali was surprised with a special little ceremony organised for her by her family to release these balloons into the early evening summer sky. I don’t think there was dry eye in the house at this point.
Onto the evening and it was time to do the first dance, and then some shots of the couple with the hall providing the backdrop as dusk fell.
As you can see from the photographs the day was informal, relaxed, dry and sunny…..exactly how Ali and Mick wished for back in December.