Spontaneous Shropshire Wedding

Spontaneous Shropshire Wedding


Old Rectory Wem Shropshire Wedding


When I first heard from Jessica in May earlier this year, her and her fiancé Robert had decided only a month prior they wanted a wedding before the year was out! And they did it, a very successful spontaneous wedding took place at the weekend!

Jessica was a self-confessed “relaxed bride” much to her mum’s annoyance, and planned to have a very relaxed day with the couple’s main priority being to bring all their family together. This was especially important as Robert and Jessica live in Berlin.

Family and friends would be travelling from Germany and all over the UK, so they settled on the beautiful exclusive use Old Rectory in Wem, nestled in the Shropshire countryside to bring them all together. It was the first venue they looked at and they knew immediately it was the venue for them!

I had been really looking forward to photographing this wedding, Jessica has an infectious smile and aura of happiness surrounding her and I knew the day would be a really happy wedding. I had been booked for short coverage; from ceremony to before dinner. Robert didn’t want a wedding photographer but it was important to Jessica a photographer was there to capture the main parts of the day. I am so pleased they compromised and trusted me to capture their special day.

In a nod to Robert’s German roots, his mum read in German during the service and after the civil ceremony all guests were treated to tea and German cake. They added a personal touch with their beautiful rings, engraved with something they both say to one another which make them laugh.

Below are some of my favourite images from the day! Wishing Jessica and Robert a lovely time on the honeymoon travelling Europe.

Laura xx

Here’s some wedding advice from my lovely bride, Jessica…

Share your wedding inspiration/theme for the day: To create a relaxed, happy atmosphere to bring two families together for the first time.

What advice would you share with future couples planning their big day? Make decisions together – sometimes it slows the process down, but you will (hopefully) end up with a day which is just right for you both. Try not to get too hooked up on small details – just take it in your stride and enjoy it.

What was your favourite part of the planning process? Probably choosing the venue – we revisited the next day and just sat there with a cup of tea saying ‘we’re going to be getting married here!’

What were your worries, if any, about the day? Making sure that everybody, including us, is happy and that there’s a good atmosphere.

What are you both most looking forward to on the day? I’m most excited (and nervous) about walking down the aisle towards Robert – and to finally get to see what he has chosen to wear 😉 I think Robert is looking forward to the downtime after the ceremony… and a large whiskey.

Have you booked a honeymoon? If so, where and why did you pick that place? We weren’t going to, but we spontaneously booked ourselves two interrail passes, so we’ll be spending two weeks train-hopping and travelling around Europe. With only one month to go, we still have no idea where yet, but we’ll be together on an adventure and that’s all that counts!

Wedding Suppliers:

Florist: Katie’s Florist, Wem

Hair: Hair by Coral, Welshpool

Make-up: Helena Restall

Cake: Kings Cake House. Made to look beautiful by Jessica and Robert’s friend, Tracy.




  1. Emily

    Oh wow, what stunning photos! You’ve captured the day perfectly x

    • lauramay

      Thank you Emily!

  2. Julie

    What beautiful photos to remember they’re day! You’re right, she does have an infectious smile!

    • lauramay

      Thanks Julie! She totally does.

  3. Nikki

    These are such wonderful yet fun images Laura! You’ve captured the occasion perfectly!

    • lauramay

      Thank you Julie – it was such a pleasure to photograph this wedding! x

  4. Amanda Haddow

    What an incredible day & gorgeous bride & groom! Congratulations!!

    • lauramay

      Thank you Amanda, it was great – such a fab couple. Feel honoured to have captured their wedding for them! x


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