Hampton manor in Birmingham wedding / Lucy + Kulvinder
Take two and the second wedding celebration for Lucy and Kulvinder. With the Sikh ceremony already blogged we turned up in Birmingham to photograph a ceremony in a hidden gem of a Catholic Church and a reception at a classy Country House.
As we arrived at Hampton Manor, bride and groom were getting ready in rooms (almost) next to each other. This always adds a bit of a excitement for everyone! Lucy was getting ready in a beautiful room flooded with daylight and it was great fun listening to bride and sister talking through their make up plans.
Kulvinder surrounded by a sizeable groom's party readied himself in equally grand surroundings paying great attention to hair, ties and cuff links. These boys really polished up well. The rooms being close to each other made it easy for bride and groom to swap messages in the form of tiny notes. Once ready the boys were free to roam the grounds get some shots done and prepare for departure across Birmingham to the Church.
As Lucy exited the Manor she was in for another of Kulvinder's surprises in the form of her transport; a pristine and full on kitsch Indian Ambassador car, Kushi Cars. So onto the wedding Mass held in the Oratory Church of St Philip Neri. Hagley Rd in Brum isn't renowned for its high culture or classic architecture (no offence intended . . .) but this Church straight off the Hagley Rd is a real treasure. High vaulted ceilings and dripping in purples and gold. The beautiful solo rendition of Ave Maria accompanied by a string quartet matched the surroundings. Beautiful.
So back to the Manor for canapés and drinks a little mingling time and making most of the weather we took advantage of the newly weds and their amazing Indian Ambassador car. Dinner and speeches followed and clear by the content that there was tons of love in the room for both Lucy and Kulvinder. To start the evening, Lucy transformed herself by adorning a delicate red Vietnamese dress and Kulvinder not missing out had already switched to a James Bond themed black tie affair. They both looked the part as they visited and toasted guests at each table. A final change into a flamboyant white cocktail dress led Lucy ("looking delicious") into full party mode as she joined her husband and guests to enjoy the rest of the night.
You both looked fantastically happy from start to finish surrounded by loving family and friends. A truly beautiful couple, I have really enjoyed spending my two weekends with you, if we'd gone for a third weekend in a row I could have joined you in Bali!!
We wish you every bit of happiness for your married life together. xx
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