For this chilly shoot we got our first chance to be a Birmingham wedding photographer. Donna and Matt chose The Bond Company for both their ceremony and reception, a venue steeped in Birmingham’s rich canal heritage with a cobbled courtyard entrance surrounded by red brick Victorian buildings, a real urban oasis.
We met our bride-to-be in the morning at the gorgeous cottage she shares with husband-to-be, Matt, and their six beautiful and inquisitive felines. We were introduced to how fabulously colour co-ordinated the day would be, beginning with Donna’s pale blue robe and their daughter’s beautiful flower girl get up. This self-proclaimed ‘crazy cat lady’ wore a stunning white gown by Julie Dutton. The intricate lace bodice had the most delicate sparkling straps that swept down into a deep V at the back, the perfect frame for the bride’s beautiful blonde hair, styled by Zara Willets.
Soon after this we realised that there were few more comparisons that could be made to a traditional wedding! There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen, no speeches, cake, flowers or even a first dance! This couple threw out the rule book and wove their own fairy tale, in their classically decorated venue. Hints of their rich teal wedding colour were spotted on nearly every wedding guest which added such a well thought out flash of colour in the absence of bridesmaids and flowers. Our quirky pair then requested some fun photos with just the two of them and we found some amazing spots near the canal that you can see on this blog. The Graffiti was an excellent backdrop for their antics creating quite a playful contrast between the urban colours and their crisp wedding garments. It is incredible how you can find so many pops of colour in what initially appears to be a neutral cityscape.
After the ceremony, there was afternoon tea and drinks before the guests all boarded a vintage ruby-red route master bus for a wild ride around Birmingham before the evening reception. Donna and Matt had a special surprise for their guests, hiring a drag queen for entertainment during the bus ride! Amused guests were then whisked back to The Bond Company for again an untraditional wedding breakfast from a burger van, curry van and an ice-cream truck! As evening drew in, a clown appeared to entertain the children, a magician for the adults and a DJ for everyone in-between. Wild disco shapes started to appear on the dancefloor, signalling that it was nearly the end of our day in Birmingham. We just managed to catch a few final snaps of Donna being held aloft to reveal her stunning teal shoes. Colour co-ordinated from start to finish.
What a fantastic day, and it hopefully won’t be the last as a Birmingham wedding photographer. Thank you for choosing us Donna and Matt!