Moat Shed Wedding Photography, Shropshire | Astrid & Mark
When Astrid & Mark first asked me about photographing their wedding at the Moat Shed near Wem in North Shropshire I really wasn't sure what to expect. On the site is a visitor centre, where the wedding breakfast was to be served, as well as a double moat that was scheduled in 1974 under the ancient monument and archaeological areas act by English Heritage. This was definitely going to be a first for me!!
The Wedding itself was at the beautiful St Mary Magdalene Church in Hadnall, a few minutes from the childhood home of Astrid, which is where the Bridal prep was taking place. Transport had been laid on for the Bridal party to the Church and then for all the guests to The Moat Shed, but this was also transport with a difference, an old London Routemaster double-decker bus! Not the fastest of vehicles there was a queue of traffic stretching half way across Shropshire by the time they arrived at the reception venue! No one knew about the bus other than the Bride & Groom and her parents so it was quite a surprise to the bridesmaids when it arrived in the quiet cul-de-sac where her parents live. Check out the bus stop sign which her Dad had sneakily erected that morning and no one had noticed!!
Drinks and canapes were served in the centre of the moat followed by the speeches which were given standing on top of an old cable drum, another first for me! They were lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy their afternoon in the centre of the moat before moving indoors for the evening reception.
I stayed for some of the dancing and was treated to a memorable group dance to "Proud Mary" just before I left
A wonderful wedding with many firsts