A Gorgeous Intimate Wedding at The Mill Barns, Alverley
Amanda and Ashley first booked me for their wedding back in early 2019, when Covid-19 wasn't even heard of and weddings of 150+ people were the norm. Little did any of us know while we were shooting their engagement session in the confetti fields in August 2019 that their originally planned date of July 2020 sadly wouldn't be going ahead.
Times have been super tough this year but one thing I have learned from some of my 2020 couples is that, if you are determined and you really want something to happen, you'll make it happen.
I've had couples move their weddings to next year and beyond in the hope that numbers will be back up by then. I've had couples bring their wedding forward to avoid lockdown, I've even had weddings rearranged with less than 24 hours notice! It's been an absolute whirlwind of a year, nothing like the one I (or any of us) expected.
I count myself very lucky that I've still been able to photograph some incredible weddings, made all the more special by the sheer determination and resilience of the people who made them happen.
These guys were one of those couples who decided to bring their wedding forwards, after initially postponing to November (a VERY good call in hindsight!). This meant that there wasn't much time to get all the plans into place, and that some of their suppliers were unable to make it. Amazingly, The Wedding House stepped in to transform this already beautiful venue into Amanda and Ashley's vision. And what a vision it was! I know a lot of couples worry that with smaller numbers their venue will look empty, or it won't feel as special or impressive, but trust, me, it will look every bit as magical as you envisage if you have the right team behind you. Here's proof right here.
Mr & Mrs Smith...
Amanda and Ashley had a beautiful intimate ceremony with their 15 guests against the floor to ceiling windows finished by a gorgeous flower arch courtesy of The Wedding House, and with wonderful music from the ladies from Capriccio Quartet. Yes, face masks were worn, but it didn't take away anything from the day or the photographs - it's all part of their wedding story and embracing these things rather than fighting them is definitely the right way to go. We even had a "face mask photo" outside afterwards, to mark the occasion!
I could write pages on this wedding, not only because it was so beautiful in itself, but because it was the first time in a good while that I have felt like me again. Remembering why I love what I do so much.
Doing what I love, getting creative, being surrounded by positive people. It's what life is all about.
I'm going to leave you with some of my favourites from this day. Proof that, no matter how small in numbers your wedding may have to be, it will be enormous in love and happiness. Don't let Covid get you down! As the saying goes that has been spread around social media this year, "Love is not Cancelled".
Venue Decor - The Wedding House
Cake - Laura Jane Cake Design
Stationery - Weddings by Kathy B
Dress - The Bridal Boutique
Videography - Through The Lens by Marvin Marius
Music - The Capriccio Quartet