The Belfry Wedding Photography

On Saturday 15th June, we had the pleasure of capturing Katie and Luke’s wedding day. The ceremony was held at the beautiful St Chad’s Church in Hopwas, followed by reception at The Belfry in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

Vicky joined the Bride at her parent’s home to capture the preparations, whilst Phil joined the (very nervous) Groom at home. Following laughter and tears (all happy) of getting ready, everyone made their way to the Church. The ceremony was beautiful, surrounded by their family and friends. After the ceremony, with the weather looking rather ropey, we all kept our fingers crossed for the rain to pass us by, and cracked on with the group shots and confetti throw. Just as we finished the groups, the rain made it’s appearance!

The rain did not ease at all on the way to The Belfry. The Bride and Groom stayed in the car, a stunning Rolls Royce, enjoying a glass a of fizz. Just as we were ready to brave the elements, the rain stopped. It couldn’t have been timed better to get shots with the car. Whilst the guests were enjoying drinks and canapés , we hopped on the golf buggy to visit all the excellent places The Belfry has to offer for stunning Bridal portraits. Including the bridge, fountain, trellis etc… Below are just a few of our favourite images from their day.

If you would like more information on our wedding photography service, please give us a call on 01827 215 707 or click here.

Bridal Preparations

St Chad’s Church, Hopwas

Groomsmen walking to church
Bride and Dad in car on way to church
Silohette of bride and father in church doorway
Wedding ceremony
Full photo of church
Bride and groom walking up the aisle
confetti throw

The Belfry, Sutton Colfield

Bride and Groom in car drinking champagne
Bride and Groom with Rolls Royce car
Bride and Groom on bridge with fountain behind
Bride and groom portrait
Bride and Groom under trellis
Bride and groom kissing
Bride and Groom portrait
Bride and Groom in reception of The Belfry
Bride and groom's first dance
Bride and groom's first dance

Do We Need Two Photographers at our Wedding

Two Wedding Photographers Vs One Wedding Photographer

As a husband and wife team, we are often asked by Brides and Grooms if both of us will be there on their wedding day, and if they do in fact need two photographers.

Not all weddings require more than one photographer. Here is our guide for determining if your wedding would benefit two photographers, or if one is plenty:

  • Are you having bridal preps and groom preps? You will definitely need two photographers, one with the Bride and one with the Groom.
  • Are the Bridal preps a distance from the ceremony? A second photographer would be an advantage. As the first photographer will be with the Bride, there would be very little time to travel to the venue to meet the Groom for pre-ceremony shots. The second photographer can be at the venue to meet with the Groom and Groomsmen to capture the pre-ceremony nerves.
  • Do you have more than 80 guests during the day? Two photographers would certainly help with the organisation of group shots, especially of the entire wedding party. Also a great opportunity to capture candid shots whilst the first photographer is taking group and bridal shots.

The other benefit to having a second photographer is during the ceremony. With one positioned at the front and one at the back, you will receive two view points of the most important part of your day.

Ceremony at St Chad’s Church, Hopwas

Ceremony at The Waterfront, Barton Marina

As mentioned earlier, for many weddings one photographer is plenty. If you are having a small, intimate wedding with your closest family and friends, having two cameras pointing at them could make your guests feel a little uncomfortable. More so if you are having a videographer too.

With our years of experience, knowledge, and passion for wedding photography, we are always happy to offer guidance and advice to couples. If you have any questions about your wedding photography, do not hesitate to contact us. To see more of our work, click here to visit our webpage.



Wedding Photography at Shustoke Farm Barns

Rebecca and Andrew’s Special Day at Shustoke Farm Barns

On 12th April 2018, we had the pleasure of capturing Rebecca and Andrew’s wedding day at St Cuthberts Parish Church, followed by Reception at the stunning Shustoke Farm Barns.

The wedding was a lovely mix of English and Scottish traditions. The Groom is from central Scotland, so of course the traditional Kilt in Blackwatch tartan was a must, worn by all of the Groomsmen. As a surprise for the Bride, a piper was at the church ready to pipe the guests and Bride in to church. The ceremony was lovely with lots of personal touches including readings, blessings, and a guitarist. With both Phil and Vicky photographing the day, we captured shots from both the front and rear of the church.

Following the ‘I do’s’ we all went just a couple minutes down the road to the stunning Shustoke Farm Barns. Such an elegant wedding venue with so many backdrops for portraits, we were spoilt for choice. With numerous external and internal features, unique doorways and courtyard we could have shot there for hours. Following the meal, speeches, and cutting of the cake, the guests kick started the evening celebrations with a ceilidh (traditional Scottish dance) which was certainly full of energy and laughter.

We would like to thank Rebecca and Andrew for choosing us to record your special day and wish you all the best as Mr and Mrs Gardner. Here are just a few images from their day.

If you would like to talk to Phil and Vicky about your wedding photography, please call us on 01827 215 707 or click here.

St Cuthberts Parish Church, Shustoke


Shustoke Farm Barns

Cars by Celebration Wedding Cars


Philip Charles Photography