Ellie and Matt first got in contact with me back in July last year. They found me via a friend and we met up to discuss their plans.

Skip forward a year and the weather was on our side for their pre wedding photoshoot. This was a brilliant opportunity to get together sort out last minute alterations and for Ellie and Matt to feel more confident in front of the camera.

Natural wedding photography Staffordshire. Claire Meldrum Photography.
Staffordshire Wedding Photographer. Natural, candid images. Claire Meldrum Photography.
Pre wedding photoshoot Staffordshire. Claire Meldrum Photography.

September 2017 - Ellie and Matt chose Park Hall Farm at Leigh for their wedding ceremony and reception but lets start with the bridal prep. I met Ellie at her parents house, Kate McLaughlin of Salon14 Hair & Beauty was already on hand doing everyones hair and Leigh-ann of Be-Spruced-Up was armed and ready to start makeup. 

Wedding hair photography Staffordshire. Claire Meldrum Photography
Wedding makeup photography Uttoxeter. Claire Meldrum Photography.

In no time at all every one was arriving. The bridal party were joined by Ellie's sister in law and soon to be sister in law, plus friend Sarah Wood who helped Ellie with her dress. At one point we had two Sarah's and two Ellie's. Crazy right!

Candid photography Uttoxeter. Claire Meldrum Photography

Ellie had kept her dress under wraps and her Dad Pete was in the dark about the style and colour that daughter Ellie had chosen. I had to send him to his room so he didn't see me taking these images ......... sorry Pete!! 

Wedding dress Staffordshire. Claire Meldrum Photographer

Queue the BIG reveal ...... I had tears in my eyes let alone Mr C.

Uttoxeter wedding photographer.

I quickly photographed the bouquets created by Gemma at Petals Scent before making a mad dash to go and find the guys at Park Hall Farm, Leigh.

Bridal flowers Uttoxeter. Claire Meldrum Photography

On arrival the guys were relaxing with a bottle of beer. Matt, his Best Men & Ushers all wore suits from Debenhams. Very smart they looked too! 

Staffordshire wedding relaxed photography. Debenhams suits. Harris tweed.
Claire Meldrum Photography. Groomsmen Uttoxeter Staffordshire

Once Ellie arrived, things sped up dramatically.

Bride arrival. Park Hall Farm Leigh. Claire Meldrum Photographer

The ceremony was lovely and literally all I could see was smiley faces everywhere.

Park Hall Farm Leigh. Staffordshire photographer Claire Meldrum Photography
Claire Meldrum Photography
Park Hall Farm wedding Leigh. Claire Meldrum Photography

After the ceremony, group shots and speeches their guests were treated to the most gorgeous ice cream. Mrs B's Luxury Ice Cream is a must have!

Mrs B's Luxury Ice Cream, Uttoxeter Staffordshire

Want to see more? Check out their wedding slideshow here. Just click play on the image.

The wedding of Matt & Ellie Shaw at Park Hall Farm Leigh 02.09.17