Returning to Wootton Park to shoot a wedding almost feels like going home...it's the venue I spend most of my 'wedding photography time' at, being linked with the Warwickshire Wedding Collective that I am a member of (visit www.warwickshireweddingcollective.com to see all of the wonderful suppliers in the group). This doesn't mean to say however that I shoot the same angles, ideas etc whenever I'm there. The venue has so many hidden gems where photography is concerned, it's easy to shoot ten weddings there in a year and them all be totally different. The thing I love about this venue is that they allow the brides and grooms to put their own stamp on things, and this is what Becki and Oli did with their slightly vintage themed wedding - making use of old pallets and wooden plinths for their venue decor. The farm buildings made a great backdrop for some of their couple shots to sit nicely with this rustic feel.
Back to the beginning though and it was a fab morning at Becki's home complete with parents, bridesmaids, flower girl, pageboy and their adorable little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - he had to feature in some photos of course! The gorgeous sunny morning allowed me to get creative in the garden with some of the details!
Arriving at Wootton Park, the sun still shone for some shots with Oli and his groomsmen and then throughout their beautiful lakeside ceremony which finished with the release of two of Wootton Park's white doves. Becki and Oli did not stop grinning all the way through their vows - something that clearly had an effect on the guests as everyone was so much fun and great to work with. After some chill time in the grounds - garden games, drinks, a few family photos - I managed to enjoy a nice hour in the sunshine whilst the wedding party dived into their afternoon tea (so yummy!) before the party fun began!
I think Oli was quite happy to enjoy a few beers at this point, however I did prise him away for an extra ten minutes of evening shots as we had the most amazing sunset...something that Wootton Park is awesome for! Definitely worth a few shots...amazingly one of the images I took of Becki got me a Highly Commended award from the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (see first image below). Super chuffed!
Here's an overview of their amazing day...