It's blog time! On this dreary Friday morning (one of those days where just just want to draw the curtains shut again and go back to bed) I figured it would be a good time to share Emily and Tom's gorgeous sunny wedding day at The Mill Barns in Alveley. This venue is still relatively new, only in it's second year of operation, and with it being only a ten minute drive from my house I have been looking forward to getting an opportunity to shoot there since it opened!
The 26th March gave me this opportunity and, after the 4-week-previous venue visit with the bride, I couldn't wait to get started on some of the ideas that were spinning around in my head. Emily and her bridal party got ready in The Mill's beautifully decorated 'bridal prep' room - as a photographer, when I see a room with lots of mirrors and props I do a little internal happy dance (yep - we are all a little mad like that!) as I know it's going to be a great location to get some creative shots. I love how The Mill's architecture is a combination of rustic barn feel and exposed pipework and geometric design...it's quirky, and it really works!
So then onto the ceremony...I met Tom (who was just a little nervous I think it's fair to say) and his groomsmen in the beautiful waterside ceremony room and awaited the arrival of the bride, figuring out during this time a few ways to get some creative yet unintrusive angles while Emily and Tom say their vows. As Emily entered the room and they became husband and wife, there was hardly a dry eye in the house! Cue some make up retouching before the group photographs (and that was just the groomsmen...)
I had a few ideas for shots inside the Mill's fantastic downstairs 'chill area' using the really cool architecture in case the weather was less than ideal, however seeing as there wasn't a cloud in the sky Emily and Tom decided to make the most of the sunshine and we got some lovely images around the gardens and the water, before heading inside to finish off with some very emotional speeches!
I absolutely loved being a part of Emily and Tom's day - it was beautiful in every way; the people, the venue, the weather and all of the little personal touches that make each couple's wedding day perfect and personal to them. I can't wait to get back to The Mill Barns in May this year, but in the meantime here's a little overview of Emily and Tom's day in pictures...