Claire and Ashley's Wistanstow Wedding

One of the wedding fairs I attend every year is held at the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., the Molineux stadium. It was there that Claire and Ashley found me and subsequently asked me to be their Wistanstow wedding photographer.

If you've never heard of Wistanstow, you're not alone. It's a tiny village in the Shropshire countryside, not far from Church Stretton. In fact it's so small, Claire and her team of bridesmaids and flower girls had to get ready down the road in Ludlow!

With preparations complete, it was time to head for the village and meet with Ashley and his entourage at the picturesque Holy Trinity Church that mostly dates from the end of the 12th century.

Then, once Ashley and the guests were safely ensconced inside the church, it was time for the arrival of the bridal party.

The tiny church was packed with friends and family, to the point where it was almost standing room only. While the register was signed, some of those friends and family sang for the remaining guests, one of the reasons this was such a unique wedding to photograph.

With Claire and Ashley married and the ceremony complete, it was time to head out into the church grounds for some traditional pictures and some more informal wedding photography, as requested by the couple.

The entire wedding party then made the short walk to Wistanstow's stunning mock-Tudor village hall, that the couple and their friends had decorated inside in a rustic theme, for more entertainment in the shape of a 1940s style singing group, excerpts from Disney's Beauty and the Beast from the master of ceremonies and a series of speeches in which a few embarrassing stories came to light.

Before the evening reception, Claire, Ashley and I walked back to the village for a few more pictures as the sun began to set.

The evening reception included the couple's first dance, to a song sung by Claire's daughter, and then yet more music and a conga line! The evening ended with the couple and some of their guests retiring to their tents pitched on the village hall's back lawn.


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