Jess & Mike's wedding
It's the most important day of their lives, a moment that will change things forever. Jess was nervous, excited, a mixture of emotions. Mike was, well, Mike - relaxed and making everyone smile with his humour and nature. Maybe this is what makes them perfect for each other.
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Shropshire countryside is Hawkstone Park, the setting for Jess & Mike's glorious wedding.
Hussian and I teamed up again for this wedding - I took the lead, whilst Hussian concentrated on the candids and detail shots. It had been a while since we'd seen Jess and Mike - in fact the last time was at their engagement shoot, but that didn't stop Jess' mum from greeting us with open arms, warm hugs and offers of champagne - it's fair to say she was happy to see us again.
The weather was as unpredictable as ever, with dark clouds looming, the heavens threatening to open at any moment. However, Jess & Mike were well prepared - with their wellies! The weather would not dampen their spirits on this, their day.
Jess wobbled a few times - first upon seeing her beautiful bouquet when it arrived, then when her dad entered the room in his full Army uniform, and then at the altar upon seeing Mike. Mike, however, held it together until the wedding breakfast when tears of joy and laughter followed as the speeches were made.
The wedding ceremony was delightful and was topped off by Jess' brother and father raising their military swords to create an arch for the newlyweds to walk under as they left the red carpet and the room. A Land Rover then whisked us away to the Follies which is an 18th century romantic garden centred around Red Castle and Grotto Hill. Its one hundred acres comprise of intricate pathways, ravines, arches, bridges, towering cliffs, caves and woodland, all with stunning views across the Shropshire and Cheshire plains.
This location was divine and I could have easily stolen the bride and groom away for hours here. Unfortunately, we only had thirty minutes. The caves were very dark and my camera struggled in the pitch black conditions but we successfully took some shots. Once back in the light we made our way to the cliff face to admire the beautiful vistas. Should you want to visit The Follies, go to www.hawkstone.co.uk for more details.
Back at the hotel, we took the group, speech and cake-cutting shots, before leaving the party behind with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts. The happy couple are honeymooning in Tenerife - enjoy it and your lives together.