Gemma & David were married on the 3rd June 2017.
I flew back from Canada after four months of travel to kick off the wedding season with Gemma & David, and what a wedding it was!
It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day, the venue was set in the countryside of Leamington Spa and was called Wethele Manor. Wethele Manor was built in the 16th Century and was previously a farm house, but has since been upgraded as a Georgian residence, and stands as a real beauty in the Midlands landscape.
Gemma was getting ready close to the main house in a cabin that overlooked a small lake. It was really beautiful. The room was a little hectic when I arrived, bridesmaids having hair and make-up done, Gemma getting her hair done, kids running around frantically whilst parents tried to keep them clean, Mum was sitting on the sofa enjoying the prosecco and more and more people were arriving and trying to see Gemma.
BUT, Gemma was as calm as they come, smiling away and so genuinely happy. Gemma was picking the kids up and having them on her lap keeping them entertained, she was happy with hair and make-up and wasn’t asking for things to be any different, she knew her schedule for the day and wasn’t rushing or getting stressed, all in all, a very relaxed and excited bride. It was great to see her manage the morning so well!
I headed over to the main house to see David and the guys. I like to try and get some shots of the groom getting ready, even though he isn’t having his hair and make-up done, you can still get some great shots, and wow I really enjoyed what I was able to capture. Dave, his Groomsmen and Dad were all crammed into his Dad’s room, which had such beautiful light. Dave was a little quiet and I felt he was quite nervous, which was sweet, and normal. It’s always the groom that gets the real nerves on the day!
Moving on to the Ceremony, this was set at the back of the house outside, and was beautifully done. The cream chairs with hearts hanging from them, the wooden gazebo wrapped in pink and white flowers, the luxuriously green gardens surrounding the ceremonial area with a small wood and a swing for the kids (and adults), and finally the sweeping yellow and green landscape, all made for a pretty special place to get married.
As the guests sat, and David and his Best-man gathered themselves, I could see right away how nervous David was, as soon as the music started he began to get emotional, but when he saw Gemma he soon calmed down.
The ceremony went perfectly and was followed by some delicious fruit cocktails, prosecco and canapes. I love photographing this part of the day, it’s all genuine happy feels, and everyone is like an overly excited child. The hard bits over, and you can relax with a drink and enjoy the day without any more nerves.
Soon after we went for the group shots to the top of the gardens, and then off for a mini couples shoot with Gemma and David. Really, this is a time to get them away from everyone and have some time to themselves as Mr & Mrs. I love to capture very natural images here of the couple just walking around and having a chat about everything that has happened so far.
The reception was set in a marquee of the side of the house. It was full of pinks and whites, beautiful flowers and a small pink glittery alcoholic drink for each guest to enjoy, not a bad favour at all.
As the night went on it moved onto the dance floor, which was an old outhouse, with high beams and brick walls. David’s sister sang their first dance and then the band really kicked it off with some wedding classics.
Later on when the sun had set, a few close friends and family came with me to the gardens where we had an exciting shoot planned, the sparkler shot. I gathered everybody into two lines and once everyone’s sparklers were lit the couple made their way through (unhurt) and together we made some absolutely stunning photos.
A very successful kick off to the wedding season, and Gemma & David have had nothing but great comments on the photos.
Here is the one I loved most:
“I cannot express how wonderful our wedding photos are. I love getting our installments of different parts of the day. Kim Burrows you’re one talented lady, you’ve captured the heart and soul of our most intimate moments and I’ll be forever grateful.”
Enjoy a snippet of their photos below and see more here in my portfolio: