As a busy Birmingham wedding photographer I love a unique wedding venue so returning to shoot wedding photography at The Bond Company is always a treat. Sarah and Joe chose the perfect venue for their summer wedding.
Just a short walk from the City Centre, and steeped in Birmingham’s rich canal heritage, The Bond Company has a majestic front and traditionally cobbled entrance. The venue is surrounded by Victorian buildings and planted courtyards that front the Grand Union Canal in the Warwick Bar Conservation Area.
On the day I arrived at the nearby Clayton Hotel so I could catch up with Sarah and her bridal party who were getting ready. Everybody was in good spirits and well catered for with fruit, snacks, juice and prosecco on hand!
Sarah looked amazing in her dress. I loved her flowered garland and the bridesmaids’ dresses in navy. Flowers were mostly sunflowers with splashes of blue. Sarah and Joe’s colour scheme worked so well with the venue.
A quick mention of the wedding transport. A stunning vintage BMW. I loved it! (It’s not often a wedding car warrants six images!)
The ceremony was held in The Waterside Room. Fantastic space with exposed beams on the ceiling, cast-iron pillars in the centre of the room that were adorned with fairy lights and floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall that overlooks an open directly out to the Grand Union Canal.
After the ceremony Sarah and Joe came out to a wonderful streamer confetti moment (Take a look at my image!) and everybody enjoyed a drinks and canapes reception on The Bond Company’s canal-side cobbled courtyard and I took the chance to get some fantastic images of Sarah, Joe and their guests set against this iconic background.
The wedding reception was held in The Gatehouse, a double-height interior with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooks the private wharf. One of the many things I love about shooting wedding photography at The Bond Company is the light. You would think a Victorian building would be dark but the white brick walls, the globe lighting and ceiling to floor windows give me lots of natural light to work with. (We Birmingham wedding photographers are total geeks when it comes to talking about light!)
After some very well received speeches including a lovely speech by Sarah, everybody enjoyed a delicious wedding meal. Now I love the little quirks at weddings as they tell me something about my clients’ personalities. So what could be better than having an ice cream van at your wedding? Well, I’ll tell you! Having the bride and groom on-board the van serving ice cream to their wedding guests.
Evening celebrations started with the cutting of the wedding cake that was made entirely of cheeses and looked amazing. So after the cutting of the cake, there were crackers to eat it with. And if the ice-cream van wasn’t enough there was also a Mexican street food cart parked up so guests could enjoy burritos and nachos in-between cutting shapes on the dancefloor. Sarah and Joe had left nothing to chance.
Dancing started with Sarah and Joe enjoying the first dance to musical accompaniment from a live band. And it was the image of Sarah and Joe embraced on the dancefloor with all of their loved ones looking on that felt like the perfect image to close the story of their lovely wedding day.
I loved shooting Sarah and Joe’s wedding and I always love returning to shoot wedding photography at The Bond Company. Congratulations to Sarah and Joe for getting married and creating such a wonderful day for yourselves and your family and friends to remember. I hope my images will allow you to relive it again and again for many years to come.