Bringewood Shropshire Wedding Photography | Hannah & Matt

An outdoor wedding in the Ludlow Hills with views down the valley into Wales

Silhouette of Bride & Groom at sunset at Wethele Manor wedding

Weather forecasts, you really can't rely on them

We have a national obsession with the weather, everyone knows that

When you're a wedding photographer that obsession can sometimes get ramped up even more as you wonder about sun and shade, rain and shine, all those things that determine where the wedding guests are likely to spend their time

Add into the mix an outdoor wedding ceremony and tipi reception in a field in the Shropshire/Herefordshire countryside and the BBC weather app becomes an obsession

But what do weather forecasters know hey?!!

This wedding was on the late May Bank Holiday and for the week leading up to it the forecast kept changing, alternating between Mediterranean-esque heaven and impending meteorological doom. So driving across Shropshire on the day of the wedding I really didn't know what to expect, but I knew that the Bride really wanted an outdoor ceremony, I mean REALLY wanted an outdoor ceremony

Two days before there'd been torrential rain at the venue, absolute bucket loads had fallen, hopefully not an omen

As I got closer and drove through Ludlow the weather app on my phone was telling me that there wasn't a cloud in the sky and it was 25 degrees

It was wrong

Very wrong

The auto-sensor on my car windscreen would appear to be a better judge of the actual weather than my weather app as it realised that whirring into life is the appropriate response when rain is falling..... hmmm, good job I'd packed my waterproof and wellies, as well as a hat and sunscreen

Still, us Brits don't let a bit of rain dampen the spirits and as my climbed up the hills out of Ludlow the rain stopped, giving hope that the outdoor wedding would be on as planned

Sami Tipi in a field at The Bringewood Wedding venue


I'm gonna to be with you when the stars fall

I'm gonna kiss away your midnight tears

Take you higher, Hhgher than here

We should be standing in the sunlight

I’m gonna to take you where the dark skies clear

Somewhere higher, higher than here

Chilled-out Shropshire Wedding Photography

I've shot a few weddings where both the Bride & Groom got ready at the venue and it adds a great dual purpose to the morning. Being able to follow both threads of the story that builds up to them meeting for the 'I dos' is wonderful and that's exactly what The Bringewood offers

It's upmarket self catering accommodation, but you can hire the whole site for your wedding and get the place to yourselves. With Ludlow only about 6 miles there's lots more choice of places to stay for the rest of your guests, just make sure you pre-book the taxi back after the party!!

With the weather still looking unsure about what to do I arrived and roamed around, capturing the build up to the wedding

Wedding guests getting ready at The Bringewood in Herefordshire
Silhouette of bride getting ready at The Bringewood

documentary wedding photography in Shropshire
Herefordshire bridal prep photography

Groom getting ready at The Bringewood

Guests carrying chairs from the tipi at Ludlow wedding

The Bringewood wedding photography

Finally, under grey skies, the time had come for main event and we were go, go, go for an outdoor ceremony!!

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Shropshire wedding venue

Bride & Groom during outdoor wedding ceremony near Ludlow

Outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking Welsh hills

Bride & groom kiss in the rain at Shropshire outdoor wedding

If you look closely at the picture above, as the Bride & Groom kiss, you can see the rain. What started as a few spots half way through, then became drizzle before turning to proper rain

Did it make any difference of effect the ceremony? HELL NO!!

We're talking one super chilled out couple here and, with a view down the valley to Wales in front of them, they had the outdoor wedding they wanted so much. AMAZING!!!

Something that will always stick with me about this wedding is chairs! It's the perfect venue for couples that want a DIY wedding as you hire the location, but nothing else. There's no event planner or wedding coordinator to take charge of things like moving furniture around, nut when you've got lots of willing friends and family that's no problem. As the ceremony ended and the rain eased a little everyone grab hold of a chair and carried them down to the tipi, ready for the wedding breakfast later on

There's a public right of way that passes past the venue so as everyone lined up for confetti some hikers wandered past in the background, looking a little bemused at the festivities in the middle of the country

Sami tipi wedding reception venue

Hikers walking past wedding guests at The Bringewood

guests getting ready to throw confetti at Herefordshire wedding

Bride & groom getting confetti thrown on them after their outdoor Ludlow wedding

wedding guests in the rain at The Bringewood

canapes at Ludlow wedding reception

Then guess what happened?

The rain stopped, the clouds started to clear and we saw the sun. The afternoon was gloriously sunny, tucked away in this little corner on the England/Wales border

Relaxed wedding photograph as bride & groom walk down the lane at Ludlow wedding

laughing bride and groom with sami tipi behind them at The Bringewood

tipi wedding speeches at Herefordshire wedding

candid wedding photography at The Bringewood
Mother of the Bride laughing during speeches at Ludlow tipi wedding

documentary wedding photography during speeches in a tipi

looking down the hill at wedding tipi at The Bringewood

It's nice to name check some of the fab suppliers so here goes:-

Dress from The Bridal Boutique, Warwickshire and designed by Essence of Australia

Suits from Moss Bros

Hair by Abbie Hadley

Makeup by Rachael Davies

Flowers by Bride & Bloom, Worcester

Food by Thomas the Caterer

Bar and evening food by Hammonds Catering Service

Music by The Blue Lion Band

Of course, if you'd like to have a chat about your wedding photography then please get in touch!!

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