Walcot Hall Shropshire Wedding Photographer
Walcot Hall Shropshire Wedding
I know I talk about loving this and loving that quite a lot in my blog posts, but seriously. THIS wedding I adore. I cannot thank Charlotte from Indie Love Photography enough for inviting me to assist and second photograph for her. Firstly, because I am totally in love with Walcot Hall Shropshire Wedding and secondly because we are now the two founding (and only) members of the ‘Merv and Cynthia Fan Club’.
First off…the wedding venue, in their own words Walcot Hall Shropshire is “…considered as one of the top wedding venues in Shropshire. With its turquoise freestanding ballroom, characterful accommodation and eclectic furnishings, it really is a feast for the eyes and perfect for unique wedding ideas. The 30 acres of grounds, including one of the finest arboretums in Britain, offer a wide variety of panoramas, floral displays and garden features including the extensive lake, walled courtyard, unusual statues and a fountain…Set in splendour, this grand country estate was formerly residence to Lord Clive of India and overlooks parkland, an extensive lake and the rolling Shropshire countryside with beautiful private landscaped gardens to the rear. The Parish family have been at Walcot since 1957 and they have always shared their family home with the outside world – it would be a shame not to with all it has to offer…” I don’t think I can add anything more. I took A LOT of venue photographs, you can see them all below.
I had the absolute pleasure of hanging out with the groom, Merv, and his friends in one of the cottages on the grounds of Walcott Hall Shropshire before the ceremony. Merv told me how neither him nor his bride-to-be were from Shropshire but as family and friends were travelling from across the world for this wedding they wanted something special, that could fit everyone and also make it feel like a proper English countryside wedding. Merv and Cynthia both now live in East London it was most definitely a departure from that part of the world especially in the cold November winter weather. As the groom and his friends tucked into cheese on toast and opened a bottle of whiskey everyone started getting ready and once ready gathered again in the kitchen to sing and dance and celebrate what was to come!
Charlotte, as the booked photographer, was with the bride all this time and we met outside the ceremony venue as the groom had taken his place and the bride walked with her friends and met her Dad who had travelled over with other family, and Cynthia’s work colleagues from Los Angeles.
The ceremony room was packed full, with guests stood anywhere there was a space. The ceremony was a fusion wedding of Jewish and Chinese traditions; the wedding took place under a chuppah a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together, open on all sides but in red as a nod to Cynthia’s Chinese heritage; red symbolizes happiness, prosperity and good luck. They both circled one another, parents from both sides lit candles and then they had their friends lead the ceremony with readings too. After the exchange of rings, they stamped on a glass and lit the remaining candles together.
The drinks reception was held in the amazing bar area of Walcot Hall Shropshire while Charlotte photographed the groups, I took candids of the guests. I then assisted Charlotte on the portrait images and took different angels to her – the couple were amazing and you wouldn’t think it was one of the coldest days in November!
The wedding breakfast was a relaxed affair of BBQ meats in the centre of the tables, the speeches were emotional and very funny and then it was on to the first dance where wedding guests formed a band and started playing – all taking place in the amazing turquoise main hall. In a nod to Merv’s Jewish roots his friends lifted him and Cynthia for the Jewish wedding hora chair dance, and then Merv onto a table cloth and tossed him in the air. Everyone was singing and dancing and moving around in circles hugging…it was AMAZING. What a party. Happy couple and happy guests = yep, Happy Wedding Photographer!
Who wants to join the fan club?!
Walcot Hall Wedding Shropshire | Wedding Photographer
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