Last July I had the privilege of doing wedding photography at Moxhull Hall, a venue I have returned to time and time again. This Victorian country house and hotel in Sutton Coldfield, just on my doorstep, is one of the most welcoming and beautiful wedding venues I’ve ever had the honour of photographing. Doing wedding photography at Moxhull Hall for Sam and Rebecca proved both refreshing and vibrant, the colours of summer coming to life around them.
I first joined the bride at her home, surrounded by friends and family as she opened the wedding gifts from her husband-to-be and enjoyed glasses of Friexenet, a sparkling Spanish vintage. Rebecca’s bridal gown looked stunning as it hung ready on the door frame, delicate lace cascading down to meet sparkling heels, perfectly accompanied by rouge bridesmaid dresses.
I then made my way to Holy Trinity RC Church in Sutton Coldfield and joined Sam and the lads as they greeted their guests. This was of course the perfect opportunity to capture those behind the scenes selfies and personal wedding details, such as the bunches of flowers tied to the pew ends. Sam stood at the front as Rebecca arrived in a classic vintage car, soon joining the groom as she proceeded up the wedding aisle – it was a very emotional moment. As the ceremony continued, the couple smiled as they sang hymns together, happily made their vows and exchanged rings. I then snapped some lovely shots of the newlyweds signing the registry book, and the pastor joined in too! The exterior of the Church, with red brick walls, a white stone archway and beautifully carved wooden doors, provided a romantic backdrop for taking a few portraits of Sam and Rebecca. They then enjoyed a glass of celebratory champagne in the back of the classic car before making their way to the reception venue.
Having done wedding photography at Moxhull Hall before I knew where all the best locations for photographs were, but watching a couple explore the venue for the first time and see where they’d like to pose is always exciting. We first did the group photos, the luscious green lawns and manicured gardens creating the perfect contrast to the vivid colours of the wedding outfits. The grounds provide so many fantastic settings for wedding photography at Moxhull Hall: from the Victorian walkway and steps, water fountains and landscaped gardens, to woodland canopies overlooking fields of hay. Sometimes outdoor photos can be risky – especially when considering the weather! – but thankfully the afternoon was brilliantly bright with spells of intermittent sunshine. Sam & Rebecca were very relaxed throughout, and even bought their dog Max with them to join in!
The couple then joined their guests in the marquee for a classic wedding breakfast accompanied by Mariquita Merlot wine. The team at Moxhull Hall had done a stunning job with the design – chic minimalism with a natural touch. On the tables were individually labelled jars of sweets which soon led me to the gorgeous 4-tier cake adorned with an array of graceful flowers – I snapped a hilarious shot of Rebecca feeding Sam a very large piece! Afterwards came the traditional speeches, and the groom’s was perhaps one of the most memorable moments of my day doing wedding photography at Moxhull Hall.
Later on the newlyweds danced under the star-like marquee lights, and everyone soon joined in, dancing the night away to a fantastic live band and having lots of fun with the photo booth props. There were quite a few sombreros out there! Thank you to Sam and Rebecca for inviting me to capture your special day. I had a wonderful time doing your wedding photography at Moxhull Hall, and I wish you both a happy future together.