Shropshire wedding photography | Citadel | 12th September 2015
The Citadel and the wedding of Emma and Hew in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.
On a drizzly morning in September I drove through the narrow country lanes around Shropshire to join Emma and Hew to photograph their wedding day. Arriving in Cheswardine, a quaint village where our lovely bride comes from, blue sky started to appear so I happily skipped up to Mount Pleasant Farm just around the corner from the church where Emma was about to say I do to her husband to be Hew. Cheswardine is where Emma grew up at the family farm and this is where the day begins.
As I knocked on the door I was greeted by the three smiley faces of Emma’s nieces who instantly recognised me from when we photographed the wedding of their Auntie Laura two years ago. The tempting smell of scrambled egg and bacon tickled my nose soon as the door swung open YUM.
Excitement filled the air and the sound of laughter drifted through the house. How stunning do these girls look during their preparations!
St. Swithun Church is where Emma and Hew chose to tie the knot, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the farm.
Hew’s family come from Scotland so to tie this in to the big day, Hew, his best man and all of the ushers decided to rock the kilts and sporrans for the big day.
After a beautiful ceremony administered by the local vicar, together with Hew’s father who is also a reverend in Scotland, we headed off to The Citadel in Shropshire where the wedding reception was being held.
Emma and Hew loved the journey to The Citadel, with bright sunshine and stunning views overlooking the Shropshire countryside, what a perfect backdrop for a romantic drive!
The Citadel is a luxury wedding venue, as well as being a family home it has been offering bed and breakfast in Shrewsbury for more than 25 years. It is only available for a handful of bespoke wedding receptions each year, so make sure you get in quick if you want to book! This luxury venue stands in a spectacular position overlooking Hawkstone Park and it offers a sophisticated marquee reception venue set in it’s extensive gorgeous gardens. A perfect location for some Shropshire wedding photography.
Interested to find out more about The Citadel? Visit their website for more information here!
I left Emma, Hew and their guests enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Watching Emma, Hew and their family and friends trying to master Scottish traditional dancing reminded me of what weddings are really about, two people joining their lives together and sharing the love they have for each other, with a load of fun and laughter chucked in too, with their nearest and dearest because as the saying goes – Love is all we need.
I watched the sun set with a smile on my face as I made my way back to Staffordshire.
Love Karienne and Elizabeth