“Where on Earth do I begin? You have bestowed unto us the greatest possible gift, our memories captured into something we can physically hold in our hands. To think that in hundreds of years time long after you or I have graced the Earth, some distant relation may stumble across our wedding photographs and experience a glimpse of such a monumental day in our life story makes my soul sing!”
Vez and Ste got in touch with me about a year before their wedding at Goldstone Hall in Market Drayton. They told me they were planning a really chilled out day with no evening reception so they asked for slightly reduced coverage of 6 hours. I do reduced coverage every so often, I love being able to tailor packages to what each couple needs, as Vez and Ste weren’t having an evening reception and their ceremony was at 2pm, 8 hours would have been too long for me to be there. Vez also decided that she didn’t want prep covering as she just wanted everything to be as chilled as possible. I headed straight to St Michael’s Church in Lilleshall to capture Vez arriving and to photograph their church ceremony. It was a really lovely service, they’d decorated the church in greenery to tie in with Vez’s bouquet, it looked amazing!
After their ceremony we all made our way to Goldstone Hall, which is a beautiful hotel in Market Drayton. I’d shot at Goldstone Hall before but it was quite a few years ago now, so it was really lovely to go back! The gardens at Goldstone Hall are absolutely stunning, they’re the perfect backdrop for photographs, we used them for both Vez and Ste’s family photographs and for their couple portraits! They opted to have afternoon tea for their wedding breakfast as they just wanted something really relaxed where their guests could eat exactly as much as they liked. Afternoon tea is always really deceptive, it never seems like a lot of food to begin with, but there’s always some left on the table at the end!
After their meal, instead of having a band or DJ they had lots of garden games for their guests to play. Including sack racing, twister, limbo and croquet. This worked really well, Vez and Ste told me that neither of them really enjoy dancing so the idea of having a first dance seemed awful to them, so it made complete sense for them to get rid of that part of a traditional wedding day! I always recommend that my couples do exactly what they want on their day, Vez even got changed into an equally beautiful blue dress after their meal, meaning it was easier for her to join in on the sack racing and limbo!
I absolutely loved photographing at Goldstone Hall and would love to go back there again soon. If you’re planning a wedding at Goldstone Hall, please feel free to get in touch, I would love to hear from you!