It was lovely to meet up again with Leanne & Rob as Leanne had been a bridesmaid at Natalie & Steven’s wedding which I had photographed previously. It was also lovely to see Natalie & Steven again as this time around Natalie was one of Leanne’s bridesmaids 🙂
The first part of Leanne and Rob’s wedding day started off a little closer to home for me, catching up with Leanne in Northfield, at Stage 23 hairdressers. Leanne and her bridesmaids were having a really enjoyable and relaxed time, having final touches to their hair and make up applied. As Leanne and the bridal party left the hairdressers to head over to her Mum’s house for final stages of bridal prep I joined them for a short while before heading off to meet up with Rob & the guests.
Leanne and Rob’s wedding ceremony took place at St Francis of Assisi, Bournville Parish Church. This church stands in the heart of Bournville Village. Bournville is around 4 miles from Birmingham City Centre and is the home to George Cadbury’s chocolate factory! Rob and his Best man Luke made an interesting arrival at church in the ‘Only fools and horses, Trotters Independant Trading Co’ Reliant Robin! Meanwhile, Leanne and her father arrived in a somewhat more up market Bentley 🙂
Inside the beautiful St Francis church, Reverand Babington conducted a lovely wedding ceremony for Leanne, Rob and their guests. After the ceremony and some confetti throwing outside the church everyone headed over to Billesley Manor.
Billesley Manor really is a stunning wedding venue. This 16th century Elizabethan Manor House is steeped in history with 11 acres of parkland. On arrival family photos were taken inside the manor due to the heavy rain, but later we all headed outside into blazing sunshine! Leanne and Rob had their portrait photos taken in the ornate topiary garden. The garden was planted around 100 years ago to represent a chess board! Afterwards Leanne and Rob were joined by their two gorgeous little daughters for a stroll round the grounds and some family shots.
Leanne, Rob and their guests then headed into the warmth of the Topiary Suite for their wedding breakfast and speeches. Leanne and Rob had decorated the suite beautifully to reflect their autumnal wedding complete with pumpkins!
The Topiary Suite was later turned around ready for the evening’s partying which kicked off with Leanne and Rob taking to the dance floor for their first dance.