Best of 2016 Wedding Photographers West Midlands
Highlights from 2016 | Weddings Photographers West Midlands
The start of 2016 was absolutely fantastic for us, with the year continuing in wonderful style from August onwards.
Working at venues we’ve been to many times, and others that we hadn’t had the pleasure of for some time, the year really did flow wonderfully!
It’s always quite bizarre seeing patterns from over the years, and one that always makes us smile is how you can wait years to return to a venue…only to be there almost immediately afterwards…admittedly, it’s not normally the very next day! That was how things were for us however with Hannah + Nathan and Shelley + Alan’s weddings at Moor Hall.
All weddings are special to us but sometimes they come with a little bit of personal pleasure, as was today’s wedding of Hannah & Nathan. The reason? They were to be married by a great personal friend of both themselves and me – Father Carl Ramsay of St. Michaels Pelsall. The reception at Moor Hall saw us all party together.
Following on from Hannah + Nathan’s wedding, it was back to Moor Hall for the wedding of Shelley and Alan who had completely transformed the ceremony room into their own fairytale dream – absolutely beautiful.
Our day started with their preparations, Stephen joining Shelley and her MUA Katy Bird, whilst I joined Alan & the guys as they donned their outfits from Dapper Dan. The ceremony room had been transformed into a fairytale dream by Divine Décor and Marguerites Florist, the strings of Enigma completed the scene.
The Wedding Industry is massive but also has many small close knit circles where our colleagues in various trades from florists to cars to dresses are also our friends. This friendship becomes very special when one of them asks you to provide your services for their own family wedding. It was my immense pleasure to photograph the wedding of Gemma and Will in August at Lichfield Register Office. Lynne of Fine Flowers is Gemma’s Mom.
The next weekend saw a double-header for us at Barry James, with myself and Stephen both independently covering weddings!
My wedding took us to one of my favourite combinations St Chads Church in Lichfield and Hawkesyard Estate for Helen + Robert’s wedding, so many opportunities for fine photography. My biggest memory of the day will be how cool, calm and collected the bride Helen and her five bridesmaids were during the mornings preparations…well done girls!
Meanwhile, Stephen was at the stunning Calderfields in Walsall for the wedding of Lucy + Ant…and I think it’s safe to say they had a fabulous time!
From the double-header three days before, my next date took me to The Moat House in Acton Trussell for the wedding of Mary + Terry…a stunning intimate wedding in the beautiful Colin Lewis Suite.
For the second time in a week for me on a midweek wedding at the fabulous Moat House, and what a glorious day for the marriage of Amy & Craig. All of the couples plan came to fruition on this Thursday afternoon.
From two weddings at The Moat House, it was back closer to home for us for Connie & Chris’ wedding.
Heavy rain showers were forecast for the whole of the day, and they arrived, timings however worked in our favour for the wedding of Connie & Chris at St Marks Shelfield and Fairlawns. Every planned outdoor shot was completed – needed to say a few thank yous in our prayers that night!
Always seems unfair when we have been enjoying glorious weather and then a front moves in to try to attempt to spoil a couples big day as it did today for the wedding of Jemma and Derren at St Lukes Cannock and The Moat House. Happy to say the rain didn’t dampen their spirits and they were thoroughly determined to enjoy their special day.
To conclude the crazy month of August, and after a really horrible day weather wise on Saturday, I was relieved to see that today’s wedding of Natalie & Andrew at Oak Farm was not going to suffer. As it was the threatened light showers did not arrive allowing everyone to enjoy the private grounds at this lovely venue in warm sunshine.
Every wedding is special to us but when we have known either the bride or groom since they were at school it just becomes that little bit more special. That’s how it was for our first wedding of September at the beautiful Alrewas Hayes, for the wedding of Felicity & Rich……..and what a wonderful wedding it was too.
A wedding that was one of those surreal moments when some of the people in front of the camera I have known for a long time, in fact my own son Stephen and his wife Emma who have been friends with the bride Felicity since school days were guests at the wedding with Emma being Matron of Honour – so no pressure on me then!
Lorraine & Jonny live in London but their wedding was to be at the beautiful Shropshire venue, Albright Hussey Manor Hotel. They found us via a google search and fell in love with our images taken at this lovely venue. Having photographed the couple here a few months ago for their pre wedding shoot I was really looking forward to being part of their special day.
Looking back through the year, it’s clear Calderfields, Oak Farm and of course The Moat House were very popular venues for us yet again, with our next two weddings taking us to two of those venues…
Carol & Trevor’s wedding was held at St Margarets Chapel Lane before the reception at Calderfields.
September concluded for us at Oak Farm, with Katie + Joe holding their ceremony at Christ Church Gentleshaw.
A truly gorgeous day, with the late afternoon timings giving gorgeous golden light to their photographs…
October continued as a fabulously busy month for us, taking us from The Priory at Dudley, to Calderfields, to Walton-0n-the-Hill, back to The Moat House and to West Park in Wolverhampton. Here’s a little look at what we got upto…
And so the year came to a close back where it started…The Moat House.
Andrea & James’ Twixmas wedding at St James’ Church and The Moat House was the perfect conclusion to a fabulous 28th year in this wonderful industry!
So that was 2016! What a year!
All I can say now is “thank you” to all of the couples who invited myself, Stephen and Stuart in to capture your memories…we certainly had a fabulous time with you all.
Let’s see what 2017 has in store!
Contact Wedding Photographers West Midlands Barry James to discuss your wedding photography : firstname.lastname@example.org : 01922 691528 : 07803 503526