Tony and Sarah - The Cowshed
My mom always told me “We meet people for a reason, either they're a blessing or a lesson.”Ive said this before and I’ll say it again. Sarah and Tony are blessings and anyone lucky enough to meet them will agree! In October last year I was recommended by a friend to Sarah and Tony to photograph their wedding. Now I’m sometimes hesitant about accepting last minute bookings as I don’t have chance to get to know the couple and I worry about not having that connection that is built up over a period of time. This was never going to be the case with Sarah, we arranged to meet in Costa one evening with her wedding coordination AKA her daughter Kate and her beautiful granddaughter Harper. The minute we hugged and introduced ourselves I knew this was the start of something special. We sat and chatted about the wedding, what they had planned all with Harper sat on my lap, I’d definitely made a friend there.
The day of the wedding I was so excited. The venue was The Cowshed at Woodall Farm in Codsall. The 18thcentury cowshed is a blank canvas, which is perfect for any couple to stamp their personality on. This was the reason they fell in love with it the minute they walked through the door and I could totally understand why. They had the chance to make this venue their own!
The morning started off at The Mount Hotel in Wolverhampton where the atmosphere was perfect. Music playing and Harper keeping me entertained whilst Tara made all the girls hair perfect. The attention to detail is clear to see in the photos.
Sarah’s dress was a beautiful gift from her sister in law Adele who previously owned Adele Louise Bridal in Wolverhampton. This was also where one of the bridesmaids dresses was from along with Shropshire Brides and Monsoon. And lets take a moment to appreciate Sarahs amazing Kurt Geiger heels!
Once I arrived at the venue I was greeted by the groomsmen who were all suited and booted in blue suits with tweed waistcoats from Peter Posh. The suits matched perfectly with the flowers for the day that were supplied by “Jackie by design”. A charm was included on Sarah’s bouquet of her late father. A beautiful way to have loved ones who are no longer with us close to us on the most special of days.
The venue was lit perfectly with hundreds of fairy lights and as the bridal party made their entrance I found myself straddling a cart filled with hay bales! Well there is a first time for everything!
The ceremony was perfect, filled with love and friends and family from far and wide to celebrate the day. I was made to feel like one of the family all day, laughing and joking with them as if i'd known them all years!
What followed was quite possibly THE BEST wedding meal I have ever had. The wedding cake was something else, made by the extremely talented Sam Standord it was a work of art! There was also pork pies involved during the evening but I missed out on this. A regret I have till this very day!
The perfect surprise during the day was when during the speeches Tony’s daughter and Sarah’s brother performed an acoustic version of Adele’s “Make you feel my love” Not a dry eye in the house. It was a perfect performance filled with so much love.
Sarah and Tony met through Sarah’s charity work for Motor Neurone Disease which is the illness her late husband had. Tony contacted Sarah as he was doing his first Solent swim and they became friends through that, and the rest as they say is history. Their first dance was to “We’ve only just begun” by The Carpenters. Which they picked as if just felt right for their new beginning.
So all I am left wondering is if Tony has finally taken Sarah out on their first date, as im pretty sure a trip to Brighton was promised. No pressure Tony!
Sarahs tip to couples due to get married is “laugh every day, even on the tough days because laughter is such a wonderful medicine. And Love love love”
I know these two have a lifetime of love and happiness ahead of them together. And I will always be grateful I got to meet them and capture their special day.