An outdoor wedding in the Ludlow Hills with views down the valley into Wales
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
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
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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
Finally, under grey skies, the time had come for main event and we were go, go, go for an outdoor ceremony!!
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
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
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!!