The word joy summed up the order of the day for Stephen and Belinda. A beautiful country church wedding in Ashton by Stone – although we did think it was Dibley when we arrived as the soloist was singing “The Lord’s my shepherd” most exquisitely. Five beautiful bridesmaids and that included Daisy the dog, virtually inseparable from Belinda.
The months of preparation paid off with beautiful details, the grooms suit was chosen to match the cars and perfectly complemented the creams and blue of the bride and bridesmaids. A reception followed at the beautiful venue of Sandon Hall, Staffordshire, the gardens resplendent with autumn colours. Favours of Wedgewood china tea cups filled with roses typified the quintessential English country wedding they desired.
Steve and Belinda’s cake was also a marvel of detail – the cake topper was made in their likeness with Dr Steven checking her heart with his stethoscope, his little girl with Daisy dog, even Belinda’s cat was not missed out. We love to capture these detail shots, so much time and thought goes into them its good to be reminded of them in years to come. It was a real pleasure to share their joy on this wonderful occasion and we wish them even more happiness to come, they deserve it. We hope we have captured the emotions for them with the many pictures we took.
Venue: St Saviours Ashton by Stone and Sandon Hall
Autumnal colours and white parasols where the order for the day for Stephen and Belinda’s joyous wedding at Aston by Stone Church followed by a reception at the stunning venue of Sandon Hall. Couple of pics here whilst sorting the many others.
Next wedding coming up is at Sandon Hal in Staffordshire. We had the opportunity to visit this ancestral home of the Earls of Harrowby at the weekend when the the weather was clear and bright A beautiful stately house, the drive up through fields with grazing cattle and pheasants running all over the place like roadrunners was delightfull, especially with the golden autumn colours. Hope it stays that way for our bridal couple! Whatever the weather, there are features a plenty inside for the photographs. Plenty of long windows let the light in and afford grand views out to the extensive gardens. Wooden staircase and arches lead into a room suitable for about 85 -100 guests. Small parties can be accommodated in a more intimate dining room. Upstairs are period dressed rooms , loved the pheasant wallpaper, obviously a feature for the estate, and a balcony is available for overhead shots, ideal for those group pictures. Weddings ceremonies can take place in the estate church if resident in the area, whilst civil ceremonies take place in the library, a beautiful room looking out onto the gardens. The library can also be used for indoor photos after a ceremony too if weather is inclement. Always helpful to have a plan B!. An ornate conservatory with bar area provides a perfect place for drinks afterwards and for some cool bridal shots. Our thanks to Jon Guard the manager for showing us around this gorgeous stately home, can hardly wait to be back and taking the wedding shoot here.
On the way out we spoke to a couple who were visiting venues for their daughter who was currently in Australia – hope these pictures taken will give an understanding of how beautiful this venue is which somehow mixes grandeur with cosiness.