This was our first wedding at Highbury Hall and we were very excited to be asked to be Lou & Billy’s photographers on their big day. Located only 3 miles from Birmingham city centre it’s hard to believe that this tranquil setting is in the middle of a big city.
The rooms were already laid out when we arrived, with every little detail finished perfectly. This hands on bride & groom had been busy on the eve of their wedding making the picturesque manor home their own.
The rich pink colour scheme complemented the traditional décor of the venue well and the combination of crazy teapots, petals and Lou’s handmade name places gave the breakfast tables a quirky but romantic feel.
One of the first things I fell in love with at Highbury Hall was the bridal suite, I’ve never seen a more magnificent room to get dressed in, big windows, four poster bed, enough room for the whole wedding party not to mention the chaise area, this venue is overflowing with photo opps!
I was a bit worried about the ceremony room, although it is stunningly designed with the 3 arches and the fleur wallpaper makes for an elegant backdrop, it’s very dark in there and I feared that without the use of flash the pictures would be too grainy, even on our amazing cameras.
However the back lighting created a lovely effect and allowed me to work at lower speeds than I had anticipated, I’m really pleased with the ceremony shots.
Lou and Billy wanted to make sure their guests had fun once all the formalities were completed and the outside of Highbury Hall was transformed into a sophisticated playground with lawn games, space hoppers and a bouncy castle to boot. Everyone had a great time and there was none of that awkward waiting around whilst we stole the couple away for their romantic couple shots.
After all the excitement, the couple snuck off for 10 minutes solitude before the wedding breakfast. This is a great idea for any couples planning their wedding, so many of our brides say to me that they didn’t get a chance to speak to their other half on their big day… there’s just so much going on, planning that little bit of alone time may be the only way you get to see each other!
The speeches were emotional and had everyone rolling in tears and laughter, we used a bit of off camera flash to light the cake cutting as it was getting pretty dark inside by then.
And once we’d got that flash out there was no stopping us! We quickly took over the dance floor before the first dance to grab a shot under those gorgeous archways.
After the first dance the happy couple relaxed with a stint on the bouncy castle whilst their guests partied long into the night.
We hung around for some more dancing and the very late throwing of the bouquet before grabbing a signature venue shot and a hog roast for the way home.