“Lisa is a phenomenal photographer. I was lucky enough to have her capture my wedding day and it was the best decision I have ever made. Her photos are so beautiful and I can’t quite express how wonderful that is. I am not a particularly confident person and neither is my husband. In fact because of a spinal operation I had 10 years ago, I tend to hate full length photographs. All of that was forgotten with Lisa. I completely forgot she was even there at times. I didn’t have to pose or take time out of my day, she was just there capturing the happiness. More than that, Lisa went above and beyond. From the moment she stepped into our lives she felt like a friend and to stay an extra 2 hours past her time to capture our day until the end was the kindest gesture. I would never hesitate to recommend Lisa to anyone for any occasion- she is a gem.”
Chloe and Kieran got married this May at the spectacular Citadel, which is a stunning country house in Weston Under Redcastle, Shrewsbury. It was one of the most fun weddings I’ve shot and even the weather played ball!
Chloe got ready at The Citadel with her bridesmaids, flower girls and her mum, and the atmosphere was so calm. There was one point during bridal prep, after Chloe got her dress on, that she started drinking Prosecco from the bottle. That right there is a bride after my own heart. She then walked the short distance to get to the ceremony. Just as Chloe and her bridesmaids started making their way out of The Citadel, Kieran and his groomsmen were just around the corner, so we had to get the girls to pause to let Kieran dash to where their ceremony was being held. Kieran got ready at Hawkstone Park Hotel with his brother who was also his Best Man and his family.
THE SERIOUS PART
The ceremony was a humanist service in a walled garden. Chloe & Kieran had even gone to the effort to make a backdrop of gorgeous origami cranes, which was then set against the stunning wisteria. Chloe didn’t have anyone “give her away”, she walked halfway by herself and the other half, up the aisle, with Kieran. I really loved this, walking halfway alone symbolises how independant Chloe is, and walking the rest of the distance with her soon to be husband is quite symbolic of how their journey is about to begin. During the ceremony they had all the guests pass their rings around to warm them. It was a beautiful way of involving everyone in the ceremony and so unique. Humanist ceremony’s are always the best, you can write your own vows, you can have it wherever you like and anyone can be your celebrant, even your best mate! One of my favourite moments of Chloe and Kieran’s ceremony was when they walked down the aisle together on the way out getting absolutely showered with confetti.
The reception was in a marquee at the venue. They chose Citadel because it has so many options and they could totally personalise it. It was a flamingo themed wedding, which was just absolutely amazing. I loved shooting at The Citadel because the grounds are brilliant. There is SO much to use there and they obviously take great care of their flowers. The Citadel only host a handful of weddings there each year, which makes it super special, you can tell they really put their all into each and every wedding.
They had lawn games in the afternoon, and a live band in the evening. One of my favourite activities they had set up for their guests was a tent where they could make their own flower crowns, it was pretty busy in there. They decorated the venue with flamingos and they chose this, because flamingos have a significant meaning for them. I’ve never been to a flamingo themed wedding before so this was definitely a first for me, I’m hoping it won’t be my last though!
For dinner they had afternoon tea, which was such a great idea. Afternoon tea is a great way of having a laid back wedding breakfast, and it’s also delicious! The first dance was a wonderful indie number, which involved Chloe jumping on Kieran at the end, and they finished off the evening with a sparkler exit. Sparkler exit’s are always pretty hectic, especially when they’re done right at the end of the night! Getting drunk guests in order and literally handing them fire is always interesting but it was so so worth it for the shots we got.
The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony, because it was so romantic and personal. Chloe also made a video for Kieran, a mash up of the many times they’d spent together during the speeches – it was so personal!
Chloe wore a goreous Grace Loves Lace dress and Kieran wore a brilliant checked suit from Asos and they looked so incredible. Chloe’s flowers were stunning, and her flower crown just suited her down to the ground.
Chloe and Kieran’s wedding had such a chilled vibe and was so much fun. Here’s their awesome wedding!
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