Just over 2 weeks ago we were lucky enough to be a part of Katie and Liam’s big day over at Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. February is always an interesting time of the year for wedding photography because you’re never quite sure what the weather is going to throw at you, and this wedding was no exception to that rule!
We started at 11:00 with myself meeting up with Katie and her bridesmaid for some bridal preparation shots, meanwhile Mike met with Liam and the other groomsmen. With the ceremony starting at 13:00 we had a good amount of time to get what we needed. Generally we’re looking for details at this point of the day and any of the emotion of the event starting to shine through the nerves. After Katie was ready I had just a little time for some more photographs of her before she headed off for the pre-wedding interview.
After the ceremony, we had a brief section of capturing the guests mingling before getting everyone outside on the grass for a whole group photo. Everyone was just about in position and having fired off 2 or 3 shots the rain came down and pushed us back inside. Fortunately we had a brief dry spell after this shower and went back out for some of the smaller group shots, confetti and for a collection of pictures with just Katie and Liam. The grounds at Moor Hall Hotel are really fantastic with one of the notable areas being their sunken garden. Unfortunately the ground was pretty boggy around here and Katie was in danger of having her heals sinking even further into the already very sunken garden that by this point was living up to it’s name given the combination of snow, sleet and rain that had already graced us with it’s presence. Even so, there was a reasonable patch just on the edge of the garden that we were able to use without fear of wrecking Katie’s dress.
We headed back inside for the wedding breakfast and after a short break came back for the speeches. Hearing the best man’s account of Liam’s stag-do was priceless and made for some great reactions in the pictures! With the father of the bride, best man and Liam all breathing a sigh of relief having finished the speeches the guests had a bit more time in the bar area while the room was set up for the evening reception and we were then on to the first dance.
We’ve both thoroughly enjoyed working with Liam and Katie and wish them many congratulations and the best of luck for the future. There’s a small collection of photographs below from the day. In the next week or so we’ll take a look at Verity and Chris’ wedding (which we photographed on Friday down in Bristol) before we’re off the Royal George for part 2 of Laura and Ryan’s story.