Daniel and Diana had a beautiful winter blessing back in January at High Ercall Church in Shropshire and had the reception back at Daniel’s parents home. There were only around 15 guests, there was no formal sit down meal, just a ceremony, a toast, some cake and lots of love!
Blessing at High Ercall Church
Diana and Daniel had actually been married for quite a few years already. They tied the knot abroad where they live and they said they just nipped to the local city hall and signed the paperwork. They didn’t have professional photographs or many family members there to celebrate with them, so they decided to nip back over to the UK a few years later to have a blessing in Daniel’s local church with some really close friends and family present. Photographing couples who are just getting married is always really lovely but there’s something just as wonderful in photographing couples that have been together for a long time. I’ve photographed a few vow renewals now and it’s always wonderful to see people reaffirming their love to each other after being together for many years.
Diana and Daniel chose to have their blessing at High Ercall Church as this is the church that is right next to Daniel’s old family home. It also happened to be just down the road from me too, I LOVE where I live so I always love getting to photograph at different areas around there. As Diana and Daniel were already married they both turned up to church together which meant we had a bit of time before their ceremony to take a few photos of the two of them around the church grounds. It’s not very often that this happens and I really love how laid back it was.
Wedding Reception in the living room
I love an at home wedding. There’s always something really relaxed about them and Diana and Daniel’s wedding was no different! After their ceremony we made our way back to Daniel’s family home where everyone crowded into the living room for champagne and wedding cake. The whole feel of this was really nostalgic to me, it reminded me of what my parents wedding day was probably like, especially being so close to home. They had a few informal speeches and lots of little nibbles, with their wedding being in January and it still being quite cold outside it had such a cosy feel to it. I really do think winter months are so well suited to at home weddings and I’d love to shoot more of them! Diana and Daniel had tied in their blessing with coming over for Christmas which was a really great idea, they’re currently living in the US so it’s quite a way for them to travel.
After champagne and cake we ventured back outside for a few more photographs of the two of them. The house just happens to be surrounded by fields which is perfect for portraits. We made great use of the surrounding fields and roads. Due to how intimate their blessing was they only needed a couple of hours coverage so while we were shooting their final few portraits I asked what they were going to be doing for the rest of the day and it was mainly packing because they were heading home to the US the very next day! I rarely offer reduced coverage in Summer as I’m normally really busy shooting full day weddings, however in Winter when I shoot fewer weddings I always love taking on a handful of shorter days. If this sounds like something you would be interested in then please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s Diana and Daniel’s amazing intimate winter wedding!