In August 2015 I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of of Stuart and Lydia at Aston Parish Church and Stonebridge Golf Club.
Aston Parish church has a confusing name, as it’s also know as Ss Peter and Paul Church, Aston-juxta-Birmingham. The complicated name comes from 100 years of dispute from when Aston fought against being taken over by Birmingham. In 1911 Aston was eventually absorbed by Birmingham.
As a Baggies fan I also don’t mind mentioning that there’s the very impressive Villa Park just down the road, home of Aston Villa Football Club.
The church tower, which was built in 1480, and the large Victorian church structure make for an imposing and impressive sight, and would have reflected the wealth of the area until the Holte estate was divided up and sold off in 1817. Until 200 years ago, Aston was a more important place than Birmingham.
The traditional setting of this big church made for some great wedding service photos, and the light outside was just right for some portrait shots after the service.
The driver of the lovely Rolls Royce seemed a bit grumpy, but none-the-less he chauffeured Stuart and Lydia over to the awaiting Stonebridge Golf Club, where they celebrated the rest of their special day with their friends and family.
It was great to see that they had booked alternative disco DJ Matt Witnall, who I had met a few weddings back, so that made for a great wedding soundtrack of indie and northern soul tunes.
Here’s some of my favourite photos from the wedding of of Stuart and Lydia at Aston Parish Church and Stonebridge Golf Club.