The last day in April saw the wedding of Katie & Darren Franks at the historical Albright Hussey Manor Hotel near Shrewsbury. Katie & Darren came to see me just after Christmas after being let down by a previous photographer, it’s sad but it happens so much. After the meeting Katie emailed me to say how lucky they both felt that they had found me and actually that everything happens for a reason.
The day itself started out beautifully with a bit of cloud but not too much. However as the morning went on the dark clouds began to arrive over shrewsbury and I could tell how gutted Katie was that there was a chance they wouldn’t be able to have the outdoor wedding ceremony they always wanted. I told Katie not to stress and if she want to go for the outdoor ceremony she should, and go for it they did. The guests armed with plenty of umbrellas to the garden ceremony at one of Shrewsbury’s premier wedding venues and the wedding got underway.
Just a couple of minutes into the ceremony the heavens opened and umbrellas went up but nobody moaned or ran for cover, instead they watched on as this wonderful couple exchanged their vows. With the first kiss came the sunshine once more and the afternoons festivities began with drinks and photographs on the lawn outside the impressive tudor manor.
Katie, Darren and their guests took the April showers in their stride occasionally dodging the odd rain storm for formal groups and the bride and groom themselves let nothing get in the way of the couples photographs. In actual fact the rain helped, the fields surrounding the Albright Hussey were bathed in glorious sunshine as the afternoon went on and it made them look even more green and lush. Even lying in a dirty rain puddle just to get one of my favourite shots of the year so far was not enough to bring me down.
As the party rolled on through the afternoon, into the wedding breakfast and speeches, the guests and bride and groom were clearly having a great time. Before the evening guests arrived we even managed to get out to enjoy some of the most beautiful spring evening light and get some more bride and groom photographs. Before we new it it was first dance time and an opportunity for Katie, Darren and all their guests to hit the dance floor and hit it they did.
This was an amazing wedding to be a part of and if it wasn’t for them being let down i never would’ve been, so who ever the photographer was thanks! The day itself was topped off by the news that the new Mr & Mrs Franks were going to be joined by a little baby Franks later this year! A massive congratulations and you know where to come for the newborn photographs ;-D