“You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy
They share a look; it is subtle and undemanding, yet conveys such deep, meaningful love. She softly smiles, one side of the mouth curving slightly more than the other and his eyes twinkle their response. Theirs is a beautiful, natural, unconditional love based on friendship and grown from childhood moments...
...and we were given the privilege of documenting their promises of forever love. <3
Tim and Naomi had chosen to marry at Stoke Prior Church and then celebrate their wedding at Hill House Manor, an exclusive wedding venue between Bromsgrove and Droitwich. We knew that this natural couple would plan a tasteful and classic day and, even so, were surprised with just how beautiful the details were. The tables in the marquee were topped with a selection of quirky teapot 'vases' that the couple had enjoyed collecting over the months, the cake design echoed the country flowers, the signing books, pom-poms and bunting all complimented each other perfectly. Pure understated elegance came together to make a big impact (not unlike the couple)!
We joined Naomi at Hill House for bridal preparation. The staff were ensuring that Naomi and her bridesmaids had everything that they needed [and looked after us extremely well too, thank you!]. The ladies had a large, fresh and modern bedroom at their disposal. There was an air of calm, helped by cups of tea, as we joined them for their hair and make-up.
To continue the theme, the ladies had beautiful, peach dresses; two floral and one un-patterned. Naomi had chosen shorter 'tea length' dresses and we were beginning to realise that tea had a sneaky part in this wedding! The bridesmaids were Naomi's sister and two friends. The room was filled with chatter, laughing and tranquillity; if there wasn't a beautiful wedding dress hanging in the room, it could have almost been mistaken for a spa retreat! Manor Hill House pride themselves on looking after all aspects of the day, including providing a light lunch before the nuptials.
After checking out her make-up in the very beautifully appointed bathroom it was time for the beautiful maids to get dressed. As they helped one another into their outfits; anticipation started to grow and the aroma of hairspray was replaced by the magnificent scent from the flowers that had arrived.
Naomi's mum also joined us, looking very elegant in her outfit, as it was time to get Naomi into her astonishing Pronovias dress. We all gasped as the ladies stood back for the reveal!
Naomi and her ladies looked breath-taking -cheers to that!
We led dad in, with his eyes closed, for his first look of his daughter. It wasn't just Tim that was going to melt that day.
Speaking of our groom; he met with Stuart ahead of the service at Stoke Prior Church. Tim flashed his gorgeous cufflinks with their initials engraved on and ensured buttons were done up to standard! The groomsmen were attired in very dapper blue suits with delicate pink ties.
At this point the excitement was palpable; Tim simply couldn't wait for the proceedings to begin and it was up to his Best Man to keep him calm... ...although a sneaky hug from a nephew helped too!
At last it was 'kick off' for our football loving couple. Naomi and her father arrived at the church much to the relief of the groom...
...and we got a first peek of the beautiful bride before she made her entrance.
Theirs was to be a very personal and emotional ceremony, with all eyes on them as they exchanged vows...
...well almost all eyes! ;-) At last they were pronounced man and wife and sealed it with a kiss.
As the couple and their witnesses signed the wedding register, the most beautiful light kissed the alter. You couldn't help think that this marriage had received a true blessing.
And just when you thought that this wedding couldn't get any more beautiful, the vicar revealed that the church had organised a lovely surprise for Naomi's parents and grandparents to celebrate the fact that all three generations had got married in Stoke Prior Church.
We thought it important to capture a special portrait of the couple as the church has such a significance in their wedding.
The couple were showered with love and confetti as they left the church through the lych gate and stepped into their wedding car which whisked them back to Manor Hill House.
The couple had chosen a sumptuous three course meal, including beef for the main course. The venue have a quirky twist to service at this point and the Tim was dressed accordingly. The food and service was simply excellent. This is a venue that knows how to get it right!
After speeches, which included favourite toys and a signed card from Naomi's beloved Aston Villa (much to the groom's disgust) and a lesson in tea making (oh yes we told you that tea is significant)...
...we had just a few minutes of the last light to capture some photographs of the new Mr and Mrs Hough.
And then they lived happily ever after.... <3
To find out more about this love story (involving fish and chips, family outings and not telling the parents ;-) ), go their pre-wedding session here.
Venue: Manor Hill House www.manorhillhouse.co.uk
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