Abbie and Luke's Weston Hall Wedding Photographs
In Britain, it's impossible to predict the weather, so it was a pleasant surprise that we had such an unseasonably warm and bright day for Abbie and Luke's autumn wedding at Weston Hall, near Stafford.
I've been to Weston Hall as a wedding photographer a few times now, in summer and winter as well, but I think this beautiful building probably looks its best in the autumn, when the changing colours of the falling leaves compliment the honey-coloured stone of Weston Hall itself.
Abbie and Luke had also chosen autumn wedding colours for the bridesmaids' dresses, Luke and his best man's suits, and in the décor of the Westminster room.
They added a playful touch too, as this was a Halloween wedding, of naming the tables after classic horror films - with a modification or two.
Back outside, and Luke and his brother had arrived, resplendent in their tweed suits. As well as pictures of the two of them, I took the opportunity to take a traditional wedding photograph - a close-up picture of the wedding rings, and if you look closely, you'll see Luke and his brother reflected in the rings' polished surface.
As often happens, the speeches following the wedding breakfast were entertaining and provided lots of opportunities for informal wedding photographs.
As well as Abbie's Dad offering the couple marital advice through the medium of Ladybird books, Luke's best man had the guests in stitches with his version of Family Fortunes, where the options mostly related to mishaps that had befallen Luke throughout his life.
And no, I don't understand what the hats were about!
As there was a little bit of time between the end of the wedding breakfast and the beginning of the evening reception, Abbie, Luke and I headed outside to get some more portrait photographs, with the backdrop of Weston Hall in the dark.
Then it was time for Abbie and Luke to head back inside to greet their evening guests, cut their wedding cake, and have their first dance as a married couple, before partying well into the night with friends and family.