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Wedding Photography at The Upper House | Dexi & Tom
You know the line “You had me at hello”? Well Tom of the super couple, Dexi (yes her real name) and Tom had me at homemade retro video games. They got in touch in 2018 following a recommendation looking for a photographer for their 2019 Upper House, Barlaston wedding day.
Over a coffee we talked about their relationship which sounded beautifully real. Along with this Tom happened to mention he makes retro video game emulators with custom cases, anyone who knows me knows I’m a true nerd at heart so I couldn’t wait to see how they incorporated their nerd love into their day.
Multiple Weddings at The Upper House, Barlaston
Living just 10 minutes drive from The Upper House in Barlaston means I’m a favourite when couples are searching for a local wedding photographer. These usually contemporary smaller wedding days fit my personality down to a tee. Dexi & Tom’s day is just one of many I’ve photographed at this stunning classic luxury venue. I’m always looking to return and put a new stamp on this lovely place
My style of wedding photography is built on a great relationship with my couples. All of my weddings are different and unique; even those at the same venue like The Upper House. Time on your wedding day is really important to me as I’m sure it is to you too? So if I can help it I don’t really want you to miss a thing and would love you to remember as much as possible. This caring and relaxed approach to my wedding photography is the reason why so many couples recommend me. They always say it feels like a friend is taking their photographs and not a photographer.
An Upper House Wedding Day Slideshow
This Upper House Couple’s Kind Words
“His focus is much less on the traditional smile-at-the-camera photos, but on creating a storybook of candid photos as the day progresses.”
Classic Contemporary Wedding Venue in Staffordshire
Heading through Barlaston village and then turning off of Station Road you make your way up the long sweeping driveway which brings you to this stunning period build standing tall in the Staffordshire countryside.
Steeped in local history this country house was built in 1845 for Francis Wedgwood the grandson of the great Josiah Wedgwood. Josiah was a world renowned pottery entrepreneur and local public figure to Stoke-on-Trent. A true architect of the pottery boom which saw Stoke-on-Trent be appropriately given the nickname of The Potteries. Now sat as a defining character to history of Barlaston and Stoke-on-Trent over 200 years later.
Much like the opulent pottery Josiah crafted this house is a huge show of wealth with most of it’s original period decoration still in good health bringing the traditional character of The Upper House into the modern day.
The huge stone staircase which hugs the outer walls of the mahogany atrium is definitely a striking feature which makes your walk to your wedding ceremony even more special.
Privately owned this classic luxury local wedding venue has continued to find a contemporary edge which gives you the perfect concoction of history meets modern.
With acres of gloriously maintained characterful gardens and woodland The Upper House really is one of Staffordshires premier outdoor wedding venues with a long stone aisle leading to a traditional metal framed pavilion.
How a Wedding Unfolds at The Upper House
The Upper House delivers small to medium sized weddings with a meticulous attention to detail throughout the whole process. The attentive staff keep their focus by delivering only 1 wondrous wedding per day making sure their attention is with nothing but their brides and grooms.
Hosting up to 100 guests for your wedding service in The Novello Room you can then move your whole party to The Woodland Suite for your wedding breakfast but not before enjoying delicious canapés and bubbly on the outdoor terrace. My favourite layout for The Upper House though is to have just 60 guests and then convert the wonderful Novello Room into your wedding breakfast space whilst enjoying your drinks reception. Then in the evening you can head into The Woodland Suite with your extra guests and enjoy a dance to a DJ set and a hog roast on the covered terrace.
The whole of The Upper House’s communal space for your wedding is designed with a soft touch which gives it’s couples the best blank canvas to add their person touch to the day. If you don’t want to add much then the rooms stand proud on their own or you could get an external decorator like Elegant Affair couple with a local florist to convert your wedding into your dream.
Once the day is over you and your guests can retire to the 24 beautifully individually classically styled rooms. These luxury rooms come in a range of sizes including suites and a honeymoon/bridal suite with a balcony. Should you need more rooms then there is a Premier Inn nearby at Trentham Gardens.
Should you want to explore the local area following your wedding then you can dive straight into the adjoining history of the Upper House by visiting the amazing World of Wedgwood. Should you want to grab some food then there is the super tasty Plume of Feathers down the road or you can grab an extended break at Moddershall Oaks Country Spa for your honeymoon. Alternatively you can stay at the Upper House and eat the beautiful food their executive chef prepares daily in their segregated dining room.
Various Photography Gems at this Country House
Being an Upper House wedding photographer is a real great experience. This venue never ceases to produce amazing photographs for me and my brides and grooms. It brings interesting light and colour into all of my work with it’s artistic architectural design shining through every time.
With either a neutral blank canvas luxury decor or a highly contrasting period feature backdrop I love to shoot weddings here. Photographing the contrast of the bride in her white wedding dress walking down the dark stone staircase lit very softly by the skylight is one of my favourite things to do. Then contrasting against this setup wedding ceremonies in The Novello Room are always brightly lit with light streaming through the roof lanterns. Giving me ease to capture such vital moments as my couples exchange their vows, rings and a “first kiss”.
Making our way outdoors we could spend years getting lost amongst the local landscape of large fields or keep it close to The Upper House and photograph colourful photographs whilst using the beautiful flora and foliage for backdrops. With characterful period features and sculptures also bringing interesting icons to my photos.
In the evening The Woodland Suite is transformed into a great atmosphere for capturing dancing photographs. The colour changing lights provide a great colourful backdrop to my dance floor portraits.
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