Pendrell Hall is a gorgeous wedding venue on the outskirts of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Beth and Sam chose to get married here back in February, it was my first wedding of 2018 and I’m so please I kicked it off with these two! Pendrell Hall is a great choice for a wedding venue at any time of the year, but it’s especially brilliant for a winter wedding like Beth and Sam’s. When I arrived at the venue, as is typical in Britain in winter (or any time of year for that matter), it was rainy and pretty dull outside, however from the inside of Pendrell Hall you wouldn’t be able to tell. Not only is the inside lovely and bright, with big windows everywhere you look (which is very important for photographers!), the atmosphere was also so full of joy! Beth was practically radiating happiness during bridal prep, with a few happy tears thrown in there for good measure, especially when she saw her Grandad after getting into her wedding dress.
The rain was very on and off for much of Beth and Sam’s day, this meant we had to keep nipping in and out between showers! We did manage to get their confetti shot done outside which I was really pleased about, I love confetti and it’s always a shame if it gets rained off so I was really determined to do one! The rain held off long enough for us to get some couple portraits outside too. The grounds of Pendrell Hall are beautiful, there’s so much to explore, I think I could shoot her 50 times and still not use every area they have to offer! These two were really lovely together during their couple portraits, I already knew they would be having done an engagement shoot with them back in Autumn. Doing the engagement shoot meant they were already really relaxed around me and knew what to expect when I started shooting them.
I got a bit out of my comfort zone for a couple of outdoor shots after dark. I generally don’t shoot much in the dark as I’m not a fan of off camera flash, it doesn’t really suit my style of photography. I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could get a couple portrait outside after dark with only the use of available light. Having a wander around Pendrell Hall’s grounds I came across an outdoor lamp that was surrounded by trees. I’m always really honest with my couples when I get an idea for a shot that I think may or may not work, I just tell them, this might look terrible, but we’ll try it! This is often how I get some of my favourite images! I was really pleased with how this image turned out and I’m going to try challenging myself more this year with shooting after dark, especially with my autumn and winter weddings I have later this year!