Hampton Manor Wedding – Chrissie & Guy

Hampton Manor is a lovely venue, just on the outskirts of Birmingham, and I have always enjoyed photographing weddings there.  Chrissie and Guy had decided to get married in Hampton Church, which is a five minute stroll from Hampton Manor itself, and makes it such an enjoyable place for the couple and the guests to celebrate the wedding.  I had arrived, as I normally do, for the bridal preparations.  Chrissie and her bridesmaids were in the lodge area – a self contained suite which is perfect for a bride and her entourage to get ready.

As a venue, Hampton Manor is a joy to photograph at – it has interesting and quirky features all over, and has a really nice feel to it.  The staff always look after everything perfectly – everything is just as it should be, but they make sure it is all really relaxed, and it all goes to create a lovely atmosphere.

Chrissie and Guy’s wedding was one of secrets for me.  In the run up to any wedding I spend time getting to know the set up of the day, the timings, what is important to the couple etc, and I am often let in on any particular surprises, so that I am in the right place to capture them.  At this wedding both Chrissie and Guy had mentioned particular things that were important, and Guy had really put a lot of thought and effort into some gifts for Chrissie, including a photograph of their dogs and a few other gifts in the morning, but also in the evening had surprised her with something she had always wanted – an old Land Rover, which he had restored and hidden for her until the wedding.  It took her about ten minutes of asking ‘is it for me? is it mine??’ before it really sunk in.  It is these moments that make weddings really special for me – the times when the bride, the groom, or sometimes both of them together, are given a gift, or someone says something special, that has really really been thought about; these are the most personal and treasured moments, and these are the ones that I love to photograph.

Here are some wedding photographs from Chrissie and Guy’s lovely wedding.

Wedding shoes photographed stylishly on a vaseWedding dress hanging on a wedding day in a window with bold coloursBride sharing a glass of champagne with bridesmaid at Hampton ManorBride getting ready reflected in a mirrorGroom at Hampton Church before getting marriedGroom and bestman waiting in church before getting married at Hampton ChurchFather of the Bride walking the bride into Hampton Church, West MidlandsChrissie and Guy getting married in Hampton in ArdenLighting the wedding candleBride and Groom kissBride and groom hold each other lightlyWedding cake icing detailsRelaxed wedding day photograph laughing during the mealWedding day speech photographThe groom's speechHampton Manor wedding venue photographyHampton Manor - Stylish wedding venueNatural wedding photograph of bride and groomChrissie's wedding day presentHappy wedding day presentEvening wedding entertainmentA wedding at Hampton Manor, West MidlandsPhotograph of the first dance at Chrissie and Guy's wedding





Written by James Crockford

James Crockford

As a photographer, I genuinely enjoy the process of taking photos – the interaction, creativity and happy clients keep me enthusiastic and innovative. Many people find it awkward having their photograph taken – I use my experience to put people at ease so that I can get the most out of them, often in a short period of time.

Over the years I have been a professional photograph, I have won both regional and national awards, and I have been awarded an LMPA from the Master Photographers Association.

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