Richard and Stacey had previously been guests at a former wedding that I had photographed at Waterton Park in Wakefield a couple of years ago and made their wedding booking with me via email and telephone. Their wedding venue, the Ashes in Staffordshire was a new venue to me that provided numerous exciting challenges and so following a morning exploring every aspect of the buildings and grounds I met up with Stacey for photographs of the bridal preparations taking place in the Old Dairy. Just after lunch time Richard and his groomsmen arrived ready for their groom preparation photographs before the wedding ceremony. With a strong cold wind to contend with we used the shelter afforded by the West and East barns that would later be used respectively for the wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast. The old stone making an ideal backdrop for some rugged textured photographs.
With the ceremony time looming, I rejoined the ladies as Stacey was finishing off dressing for some final photographs before we made the short walk from the dairy to the West Barn for the wedding ceremony. The high ceiling, big windows and bright walls made photography during the ceremony a lot easier. The Ashes is still a private residence and during the wedding day we were allowed access to the front lawn of the house and adjoining lake. The latter making a superb backdrop and location for a number of wedding photographs of Richard and Stacey before the wedding breakfast.