As I walked down into the open wedding ceremony space, AKA Calliope’s garden, it was hard to believe this was to be a Birmingham wedding I was photographing on this day. Arriving early, the quiet eight acres of grounds at Moxhull Hall in Sutton Coldfield was starting to fill with sunshine. The last time I was here was for Gemma & Ian’s engagement shoot it was raining hard and with little Milo their much loved dog joining us for the shoot, we explored and photographed the grounds of Moxhull in the heavy rain with umbrella’s. Gemma and Ian were hoping this was to be a sign, that the rain was here at this time but the sun was saving itself for their wedding day. I’m so happy that they got their wish as the weather was hotting up, preparations were made by the venue staff to start to decorate the Calliope Garden for their ceremony.
As I enjoy the quiet of the grounds, like you do on an early morning sunrise on a deserted beach, I hear two cars pull up in front of the hall, the next moment the only sound I hear is numerous versions of ‘Oh My God!’. Gemma and her bridesmaid arrive from the hair dressers and as it should be the bridesmaids are very excited to see the venue for Gem’s wedding in all its sunshine glory. So Gemma check’s in, everyone starts to enjoy the strawberries and champagne, then to hear a further ‘Oh My God’ Gemma and I peek in the bathroom to find two bridesmaid’s sitting in the bath.
After an excited yet really well timed final preparations everyone was ready. Dad came to Gemma’s room and from there they walked through the gorgeous Victorian building and out in to the gardens for the ceremony. I loved photographing it all in the outdoors, it felt good to be in England and have the opportunity!
Once Ian (with his ever lasting smile) and Gemma walked down the aisle as the new Mr & Mrs Bond they enjoyed canapes and drinks with their guests accompanied by live music. The wedding reception took place in Moxhull Halls elegant marquee, suitably fitted with relaxed areas and the extra touch of Gemm’a sweet table.
As the day slipped away the evening guests began to arrive, and it was time to cut the cake, compliments of Ian’s sister and then take to the dance floor. Guests also took to the Sweet jars armed with small silver scoops and prety pic n mix bags, I think everyone enjoy a bon bon at some stage.
Ian and Gemma I feel like we’ve been along the wedding journey together, from the day we met at your Save The Date shoot I’ve loved hearing about how your wedding plans are going, Gemma’s countdown, Ian’s bike rides, the dress fittings, Ian’s bike rides, and of course the amazing honeymoon plans. I’m going to miss them, but I’m sure they’ll be new adventures and I really hope that I get to hear them too. I know you’re going to be really happy together, but I will wish you all the happiness there is to have, may your journey’s continue to be special one’s. Becky & Neil xx
With special thanks to our associate photographer Wayne Robinson, a pleasure to work with as always.
This is the first glimpse Gemma got of Ian from her room window ….
…. and out pops a page boy from under the table
The signature board from a fun and wet engagement shoot ….
Thanks for reading and to family & friends of Gemma & Ian, thank you for being fabulous wedding guests!