Dade Freeman
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Sue & Lee's wedding

Wedding in Shifnal

The weather of late has been unpredictable at best, so before we went to sleep we put our order in for good weather. We awoke in the morning to be blessed with blue skies and a little bit of cloud cover which would help diffuse the light.This was a great start for us today as we were photographing the wedding of friends Lee and Sue. We arrived early at the Park House Hotel in Shifnal, as Sue had agreed to allow us to get those all important getting ready shots - which really help tell the story of the day. Normally upon entering the bride’s preparation room, we are greeted with a mass of people, manically running around in an attempt to put the final touches in place, usually coupled with a worried-looking bride trying her utmost to stay calm, completely understandable given the importance of the day.

But in Sue’s case none of this was really evident. I think this has more to do with Sue’s temperament than anything else, as she always seems to be smiling and has a very outgoing personality.

We started taking the detail shots while the bride and bridesmaids got their make-up and hair done, turning our attentions to the bridal party once they felt they were ready. I was eager to use a location I had seen and decided that a well-lit corridor nearby would make for a nice frame given the natural light pouring through the hall. All I needed was an ornate chair, something that was easily procured given that this is a hotel with stylish character. We got our shots and moved on as time was ticking and the ceremony was fast approaching.

Hussian made his way to the reception hall while I got the final shots of Sue and her party en-route to the ceremony. Upon arriving in the wedding hall, Hussian found that Lee mirrored Sue’s cool calm exterior. There was some slight confusion over the bride and grooms side and Lee had to get all the guests to swap seats as they were on the wrong sides. This was met with laughter and good humour from all present and helped relax the atmosphere.

As for the ceremony, it proved to be an emotional roller coaster, with lots of tears (not from the usual suspects either), smiles and a sincere feeling of joy, all the essential ingredients for a great wedding.

The day was very enjoyable and we would like to wish the happy couple the very best for the future. May you have a long and rewarding life together.


Dade Freeman is a Brighton photographer producing portraits and headshots for actors, musicians, corporate business and other professional industries.