I was recommended to Liz and Andy by the fiancé of the bride’s brother from a wedding I shot last year… if I’m remembering correctly. It’s always nice to have people coming to me on personal recommendations and it was lovely to meet Liz and Andy and discuss their plans for their wedding at The Welcombe hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.
They really wanted to enjoy their day without standing around posing for photos all day which is why they chose me to document their wedding as it happened in a natural way.
As much as I love traveling for weddings, I’m lucky enough to get the majority of my wedding photography bookings within the Midlands, more specifically, in Warwickshire. Liz and Andy’s wedding was one of these and started off in Leamington Spa where Liz was getting ready at their house in Lillington. The one challenge Liz set me for the morning was to get a photo of their cat Echo (also known as Pigdog!) As you can imagine, cats aren’t particularly cooperative in having their photos taken but I love a challenge and managed to get a few before Echo had had enough and disappeared outside.
The ceremony was conveniently held just around the corner at the lovely St Mary Magdalene’s Church where they stayed for tea and cake afterwards – sheltering under the trees from the baking hot sunshine. Then it was onto their reception at The Welcombe hotel. On a sunny summer’s day like this wedding guests can wonder around the beautiful gardens around the back of the hotel which are also great for photos of the bride and groom too!
After their wedding breakfast and some great speeches, guests went back outside to enjoy the rest of this incredible summer weather we’ve been having before it was time for the first dance. We stayed to capture friends and family joining them on the dance floor to a fantastic set by the band, Something Like Olivia, before grabbing a final evening shot of Liz and Andy. Such a lovely wedding!