"These are amazing! We didn't expect anything less. Amazing from start to finish ; Phil and Toby are so on the ball all day long and ready to capture every little detail. They make you feel so comfortable and you don't even know you're being photographed most of the time. Love these guys" - Teresa and Neil
At the end of our wedding blogs we try to credit as many of the other people who helped make the day happen as we can. In the case of Teresa and Neil’s day, though, it’s going to be quite a short list, because Teresa did almost everything herself!
This includes, it seems, arranging great weather. Our Ironbridge pre-shoot took place on one of the warmest days this summer, and the wedding day itself was bathed in bright sunshine, too. I discussed with Teresa and Neil the idea of booking the two of them to attend all of the weddings Phil and I photograph, for those who wish to guarantee clear skies.
Bridal prep was at a lovely house in a Shropshire village belonging to friends of Teresa and Neil, with all the essentials, including two lovely and friendly golden labradors. After I’d dropped Phil off there to do his thing, I had time to swing by Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, where the celebrations were to be held. This gave me the chance to see and photograph all the decorations and other fantastic touches Teresa had put in place to surprise and delight her guests.
I knew I’d get carried away with this, so I set an alarm on my watch to remind me when it was time to make the short drive in to the centre of Shrewsbury to be at the Register Office. I arrived there just before Neil himself, and then took the opportunity to get some street photography-style shots as he met up with his and Teresa’s ceremony guests.
Neil was ushered inside by the lovely and welcoming Shropshire registrars for his pre-ceremony interview. It’s a legal requirement that the registrars check the identities of each party to a marriage beforehand, and that they know what they’re about to do!
While this was happening, the ceremony guests were seated in the Paul Ainscough Room for the ceremony, just as Teresa was arriving outside. My overriding memory of this moment was catching a glimpse of her gorgeous, colourful, and daringly high-heeled shoes! Teresa had her pre-ceremony check with the registrars while her three bridesmaids waited just outside, and I caught one of them having a shoe-malfunction quickly seen to. Such teamwork!
After a simple but truly lovely ceremony Phil quickly bagged the obligatory signing photos, before all driving over to Bayston Hill to start the celebrations!
Here’s the true theme of the day for us: how Teresa and Neil did their wedding their own way. No sit-down meal, no speeches, and no portraits! It was all about having fun and spending time with family and friends. Even their two beloved little dogs popped in for a quick visit too.
The hall itself had been brilliantly decorated by Teresa. Pink, grey, and white crepe paper pom-poms adorned the walls and windows. Tables were brightened with home-grown sweet pea flowers, and all the excellent food was home-made. There were cupcakes everywhere!
During our pre-wedding meet up with them Teresa had the brilliant idea of doing a DIY photo booth and asked us if we could spare some time to be the photographers for this. She was providing an excellent backdrop, loads of props, while The Dignums were providing the lighting and camera! Unfortunately the position of Teresa’s backdrop wasn’t ideal as there wasn’t enough space for us to do our work. So Phil quickly and brilliantly built another in a side room, using loads of left-over decorations and our own studio gear! The photo booth was GO, and I had great fun helping the guests with their fancy dress and getting into some serious posing!
Music in the main hall was provided by the truly awesome Monstaball band. In the afternoon they played as a fantastic duo, with more band members joining for the evening’s dancing. It was great, energetic, and really well played music and singing - I couldn’t resist joining in! Outside in the cool evening air there was a wood-fired pizza oven housed in a converted horse box. Purely for blogging research purposes, I had a slice, and am happy to report it was delicious!
Towards the end of the evening Phil and I were chatting with Neil, and it was clear how proud he was of his now-wife, and all the work she’d put in to arranging such a wonderful, colourful, tasty, and fun wedding day. It was agreed that she could quite easily make a lucrative job of being a wedding planner and decorator par excellence!
So, Teresa and Neil; it’s high fives and fist bumps from the Dignum boys! Here’s a selection from your awesome photos!
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Ceremony venue: Shropshire Register Office - https://www.shropshire.gov.uk
Reception venue: Bayston Hill Memorial Hall - http://www.baystonhillmemorialhall.com/
Entertainment: Monstaball - https://www.monsta-ball.co.uk
Bar: Black Tie Bartenders - http://blacktiebartenders.co.uk/
Shropshire Register Office wedding photography