Yesterday saw us cover the wedding of Lyndzey & Michael at Stretton Sugwas church followed by a relaxed and fun wedding reception at Lyde Court in Hereford. We have covered a few weddings at Lyde court, but every time it just gets better and better. The attention to detail is some of the best there is, but it still looks so rustic and charming, you cant help but get sucked in by the romance and emotion that this venue brings.
The bride and groom booked us for an all day wedding photographer package, and added a second photographer to really help capture there wedding day from another angle. Simon was tasked with groom prep whilst Matt went to the bridal prep (taking place next to the SAS camp in hereford!) and i think its fair to say we both had fun shooting the prep. A huge thanks to sparkle magic MUA, based in our home town of Ledbury, for the amazing makeup and allowing us such great access as she worked. Your makeup is simply amazing and we will be highly recommending you in future. We also had chance to work with Bamboo florists, also based in Ledbury. 100% the best florist in Herefordshire! once again thanks for the amazing flowers!
the bride decided to arrive in style with there wedding cars… via classic VW camper vans, supplied by heart to heart classic VW in Kidderminster. the vans were amazing. the attention they got from everyone who saw them showed how well they have been looked after and how beautiful they are.
The service took place at Stretton Sugwas: St Mary Magdalene. The church dates back to the 12th century and although a little “cosy” in places i cant think of a better place to get married. It reminded me very much of my old church in Eastnor, another beautiful church in Herefordshire. Lyndzey really did take Michaels breath away as she walked in through those big church doors. The dress she had chosen via Isabelle’s bride and groom, really was perfect for her. The style and design was spot on. Michael had a huge smile on his face when he saw his bride for the first time, but then again, so did everyone else in the whole church!
after the beautiful service, all the wedding guests lined up either side of the church path to cover the bride and groom in natural petal confetti. it was lots of fun and really set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. We managed to get some fantastic shots of the bride and groom with the VW camper van on the drive of Lyde court. Although the sun wasn’t shining, our off camera flash techniques created a lovely dramatic sky to add a bit more to the images. I love the fact that Lyndzey kept saying she had booked a welsh wedding photographer just incase it rained…as we know how to handle it!
Once we had done the large group shots, it was time for some food and the speeches. we cover a lot of weddings…the food and the speeches were some of the best we have seen (and tasted!) in a long time and really set the bar high for the rest of the year. the song that one of the best men wrote for the bride and groom was incredible and it was a pleasure to capture the reactions from all around the room. At one point i was laughing so hard i had to put the camera down to gather myself! the phrase “dam it” will live long in the memory and only one “F bomb” throughout the whole time!
we managed to get back outside for the rest of the formal shots after, and we were also blessed with a stunning sunset to get some bonus images of the bride and groom in a field. we love it when the bride (and grooms!) trust us enough to walk through a field of oilseed rape just for a few images…but it was worth it.
Thank you so much to the bride and groom for letting us be part of your special day. You made us feel so welcome and we even got a mention in the speeches (Matt was going to teach the groom the valleys waltz!). You are made for each other, and the way your personalities compliment each other is just perfect. We hope you enjoy reading this blog and us showing off the images from your day.
All the best for the future
Matt & the team