Highbury Hall in Birmingham is a great old home formerly a residence of Joseph Chamberlain but nowadays a function venue.
Back in early May, we were there to photograph Dawn and Ian’s wedding day.
The unusual appearance of the sun made for some challenging lighting conditions during the course of the day but it made a great opportunity for guests to make use of the extensive garden.
Whilst Andy went to see the grooms party, the first thing to greet Kev when he went to do the bridal preparation was a cardboard cut out of Idris Elba. I have no idea how tall he is in real life but this one was about 6’2″ tall. Apparently, the story is that he accompanied the hen party on their travels and so was invited to join them for the wedding.
The room that the bride gets ready in is huge which given that the bridal party had quite a few members was quite useful. Care was needed if the door to the suite was opened however as the guys were at the other end of the same floor.
Ian did demonstrate a remarkable urge to reach the ceremony room whilst the groom preparation pictures were being done by aiming to fly from the first floor.
As we had a bit of room and a few minutes before Dawn’s stepfather came to escort her to the ceremony we had a little fun with the bridal party and turned them into the South Birmingham Paparazzi.
The girls plus mom then lined the staircase as Keith escorted Dawn to the ceremony.
The actual ceremony room was a distinct challenge. The registrar’s table was in front of a full-width window/emergency exit so the curtains have to stay open and the midday sun was merrily shining straight through. Dawn didn’t mention it but it must have been dazzling. Ian and Dawn left the ceremony with a few little dance steps to the old Morecambe and Wise classic, “Bring Me Sunshine”
The good weather made for a pleasant session of formals plus the chance for the bride and groom to catch up with people over a swift glass of bubbly.
Later in the evening, we had a chance to take Dawn and Ian out into the grounds before the first dance.
Florist: Barlows Blooms Redditch Road
Dress Supplier: Wed2b, Shirley
DJ: Chris Cassidy
CHAIR COVERS. CANDY CART. POST BOX: Tilly’s Treats.
Thanks to all of the Highbury Hall staff for their help during the day.