I was really happy to be booked by Janet and Nick as their wedding photographer. Their wedding took place in June at The Ashes Wedding Venue in Endon, Staffordshire, and would kick start my wedding season for 2015.  On the morning of their wedding Janet was getting ready at The Retreat in Leek, accompanied by her bridal party.  After greeting everyone and explaining the mark on my forehead from banging it that very morning (ha ha, was sore too) I set about taking some relaxed pictures of Janet having her hair done under the gaze of her mum.  I made my way upstairs to one of the treatment rooms where the rest of the bridal party were being made up. As soon as I entered there was a deadly silence – the photographer’s here…………

It wasn’t long before everyone had relaxed and I could capture the candid images that really tell the story behind a wedding.  Janet was soon brought up to have her make-up applied. She was positioned in front of some large windows that made for some great silhouettes and surreal reflections using some of the artwork hanging to my left side.

I said farewell to everyone and headed over to The Roebuck in Leek, where Nick and the boys were getting ready and sampling some of the fine ales.  When I entered they were all around Nick helping him with his tie – this went on for some time and was entertaining to watch, it wasn’t long before the mobile came out with instructions to follow. This made for some great pics, to see them (and Google) helping each other out while having a joke at the same time.  I knew that time was moving along quickly and took some posed shots of the guys out the back of the pub before making my way to The Ashes.

As I approached The Ashes down the long drive I glanced up to see patches of blue sky and my windscreen dotted with specks of rain. I was optimistic……  By now Janet and her party were all getting dressed and enjoying a drink in ‘The Old Dairy’. As the ceremony drew ever closer, I got the detail pictures out the way, so dress, shoes, flowers etc and then concentrated on the ceremony room and all the other details surrounding the venue.  Janet and Nick had some lovely ideas, they clearly had spent a long time planning their wedding – one of the ideas I really liked was the use of Polaroid cameras and a large board for pegging the guests’ photos on, it looked great.  As I was in the ceremony barn I could see Nick arrive by taxi, the rustic barn windows gave me the perfect frame.  Guests were now arriving and the atmosphere in The Old Diary was becoming a little more frantic. Janet was now in her dress, she looked beautiful holding a stunning bouquet that complimented her outfit. I seized the moment for a quick portrait, placing her by a window that was full of good light.  The registrars spent a few moments chatting with Janet and her dad, I was now taking my position outside in the courtyard to cover the procession making its way into the ceremony barn.  Janet and Nick shared a first look that is one of my favourites ever captured, they looked so happy, anyone who witnessed that moment could see how in love they were.  The ceremony was perfectly conducted and was brought to a close as Mr and Mrs Finney took those first steps towards the rear courtyard which was now bathed in sunlight with rich blue skies overhead.

After spending some time with Janet and Nick for their portraits fastforward to the cake cutting and first dance.  On the dance floor they looked connected and free with Nick twirling Janet, expressing laughter and happiness.  This was the perfect end to my coverage. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with everyone working at The Ashes alongside Blossoms Florist, The Cheshire Cat Cake Company and DJ Bart, a great wedding!!!

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