A Family Orientated Wedding | Gemma & James
Gemma & James got in touch in 2017 looking for a wedding photographer to capture their family orientated wedding at the beautiful Heath House in Tean, Stoke-on-Trent. The Heath House is a Gothic revival family home open for weddings. Ran by husband and wife team Sophie and Justin you can’t help but feel right at home when you enter this grand manor.
Before you get down to the nitty gritty of colour scenes and button holes you get a divide in weddings. You get those with children and those without. Personally I don’t have a preference as each brings a completely different kind of day. I knew from our first meeting over coffee with Gemma and James that their day was going to be a family orientated wedding. I’m super close with mine and my partners family so it’s always easy to understand the close knit bond of another. I love family orientated weddings as the focus is often shifted from the couple and towards the children. It’s a strong metaphor for why we’re doing all of this in the first place. I also love them as I can capture two days. The normal day which is predominantly focused on the couple and their day and then there’s the alternative day of the children. They live their own version of your day being their usual care free and energetic selves. This makes for some fantastic photographs.
Straight from the off I felt so at home with the venue and the guests at this wedding. It was almost as though we’d known each other for years. It turns out many of the guests had known me for a while as they worked at the vets where my sausage dog often visits when she decides to defy gravity and reach her beloved chocolate in the most hard to reach places.
Before I photographed Gemma & James’ wedding they mentioned they’d like a family shoot and a wander around the grounds. We had a great time exploring the grounds on a beautiful spring day. Although Gemma & James were nervous about their photographs we could overcome this for the wedding day. However the time spent with their two girls during this shoot was invaluable to the photographs I took on the day. On the day they knew who I was straight away and it took them no time at all to warm to me.
I photograph weddings all over the UK. So wherever you are, give me a shout.