West Midlands wedding photography review of 2021

Jan 19, 2022

2021 was a funny old year wasn’t it? After a year of what felt like endless lockdowns, restrictions and no weddings in 2020, I was hopeful that 2021 would be better. It was a slow starter but boy did it deliver! It felt like an explosion of joy! With ongoing restrictions, my first wedding of the year wasn’t until May but as the numbers of guests allowed at weddings increased. More of my couples went ahead with their weddings, some had been postponed, two, sometimes three times. It was a crazy busy year, which saw me shooting a full year’s worth of weddings crammed into the last 6 months of the year.

I photographed weddings all over the West Midlands, on roasting hot days, in torrential rain, with just 8 guests and with 130 guests. I worked at some beautiful venues that were new to me, such as Davenport House, Thorpe Garden and Foxtail Barns and some of my regular favourites – Alrewas Hayes, Iscoyd Park and Shustoke Barn. There were marquee’s in fields and at family homes, tipi’s and intimate restaurants, I loved them all! It would be way too long a post to show every single wedding, so I’ve just chosen some of my favourite images from the year.

Confetti photo of Bride and Groom leaving church after their wedding in BirminghamNuthurst Grange wedding photography; Bride and Groom during their classic civil ceremonyElford Hall Gardens wedding photography; couple portrait in the gardens of their Staffordshire weddingStaffordshire wedding photographer; farmers wedding with cowsThorpe Garden wedding photography; Bride in a boho style wedding dress with country flower bouquet

Golden hour couple portraits

I love taking some romantic couple portraits just before sunset, know as ‘golden hour’. This magical light, happens during the hour before sunset and despite the name, only lasts for about 15-20 minutes, so I’ll often ask you to give me just 15 minutes of your time, after the meal or before your first dance (depending on what time of year it is) so we can capture some photos in beautiful light. It’s always worth it!

Curradine Barns wedding photography; Bride and Groom kissing at sunset in cornfields Boho Bride and Groom wedding portrait at sunset in a cornfield in Warwickshirewedding photographer Alrewas Hayes; Couple holding hands walking at sunsetStaffordshire wedding photographer; Bride and Groom couple portrait in the gardens at Elford HallDavenport House wedding photography; Father of the Bride seeing his Daughter before the wedding ceremonyBridesmaids seeing Brides dress for the first time in Iscoyd Park Bridal SuiteIscoyd Park wedding photography; Couple walking down the aisle after their civil ceremonyThorpe Garden wedding photography

Fun Bridal Party group photos

Photo’s with your Bridal party, don’t have to be boring! These are usually your favourite people, so as well as taking the classic group photos with your squad, I always like to mix in some more creative shots like the next few below.

Bridal party group photo at young farmers wedding
Fun wedding group photo on tractor Bridesmaids walking with bottles of bubblyDavenport House wedding photography; Bride getting ready in the Bridal Suite, helped by her Mumconfetti photo of Bride and Groom leaving Holy Trinity Church

Groom getting ready photos

Let’s not forget the boys! If you’re getting ready at the same venue on the morning of your wedding and the timings work, I like to pop and see the boys near the final stages of getting ready to get a few photos of the Groom.

Groom portrait at Iscoyd ParkSutton Coldfield wedding photography; Happy couple outside Holy Trinity Church Thorpe Garden wedding photography; Bride and Groom portrait with sparklersStaffordshire wedding photographer; confetti outside church near Elford

Spring wedding at Alrewas Hayes

Iscoyd Park wedding photography; portrait of Bride in the hallway with classic ivory bouquetNuthurst Grange wedding photography; bride in lace low back dressWest Midlands wedding photography;2021 bride getting readyMilitary wedding photography Midlands; Army Groom picks up his brideFoxtail Barns wedding photography; Bride and Groom walking in the rain with umbrella Bride and Groom laughing during speeches at their Alrewas Hayes wedding confetti photo after civil ceremony at Alrewas HayesSwallows Nest Barn wedding photography; couple portrait of Bride and Groom walking Thorpe Garden wedding photographer; natural photo of Bride and Groom laughing together with colourful flower bedsBride and Groom walking through long grass meadow at Sunset Bride walking with Bridesmaids at Combermere Abbeycouple portrait during golden hour at Davenport House

If you’re currently planning your wedding and are looking for a wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch using my contact form here and we can have a chat

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Jo Hastings is a Birmingham Wedding Photographer, offering creative, relaxed, natural wedding photography in the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cotswolds and throughout the UK. She is also sought after for her natural, colourful family photography.

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