• Steph Butt

Leigh & Daz. A story of childhood sweet hearts

I'm steph, A little Birmingham wedding photographer with a fun wedding photography style. If you're looking for relaxed wedding photography, get in touch and lets chat.

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Today's blog is a belter! It's all about a beautiful couple, Darren & Leigh.

I have known Darren & Leigh for many years now. I was in the same year as Leigh in high school (I know, I sound so American saying that). Darren & Leigh also met at this school and have been together ever since (15 years to be precise).

They chose the most beautiful Cotswolds wedding venue. In Shipston-On-Sour you will find the gorgeous Blackwell Grange. A mix of contemporary and a barn wedding venue.

Leigh and her bridal squad got ready at the venue. They were given a The Potting Shed, the cutest space for a bride to relax and get ready. The girls were fantastic at helping Leigh keep calm and enjoy every moment of her morning.

Darren and his groomsmen arrived after popping into a local suit shop to seek help in doing their ties perfectly. How adorable is that?!?

Leigh had an amazing hairdresser and MUA who helped her look absolutely stunning. Her dress... what can I say. Elegance at it's finest! And every bride should have a pop of colour and can you beat a pair of blue Manolo Blahnik's!

The Thatch Barn was the perfect setting for this elegant, rustic wedding. The bridal party were introduced with Leigh and Darren's gorgeous daughter as a flower girl, followed be Leigh's nearest and dearest ladies. Leigh walked down the aisle with her son Owyn and boy did he make mom and dad proud! The ceremony was filled with so much love, everyone was so happy to see Darren and Leigh tie the knot.

Everyone knows I'm a sucker for confetti and this was the most epic confetti line I have had the joy to photograph! Everyone put their back into showering the newlyweds in beautiful, flower petal confetti.

Darren & Leigh wanted candid wedding photography to capture their day. They wanted to look back at all the natural moments of their day and remember and see how much fun everyone had celebrating with them. The guests really did make it easy for me to showcase some fun wedding photography, more specifically, Leigh's sister!

We had some fun on the group shots, the girls really did show how it's done! This shows you don't have to stand there straight faced, let's have fun!

Then it came to Darren & Leigh having some time out and create some gorgeous couple photos. We wondered back over the to the gardens of the Thatch Barn. There were so many gorgeous spots for Darren & Leigh to relax and have a giggle. We spent most of the time chatting and laughing, there's no posing for hours when I'm your wedding photographer!

We headed back over to the wedding party and it was time to head over to their wedding breakfast in the stunning Orchard Barn. Leigh chose such a beautiful, clean and natural wedding decor. Flowers were the theme, greens and whites. They filled the room beautifully and Leigh chose such an amazing local florist.

The speeches were some of the best I have witnessed! Leigh's mom (yes, that's Leigh's mom, isn't she bloody beautiful!) started off the show and brought a tear to many of us with how proud she was of Leigh and Darren.

Then it was Darrens turn to bring the house down and he did!

Then Darren's best man Matt brought the fun, literally, bringing back one of the stag do games!

Darren had a surprise up his sleeve by playing their engagement film. Darren created an epic engagement for Leigh by recording a video of the proposal and having it played at their local cinema whilst they were about to watch a film, how amazing is that?!?

Darren and Leigh hired a magician to keep the guests entertained on the patio whilst the fantastic Blackwell Grange staff got the Orchard Barn ready for all the guests to boogy!

We also decided to wonder off for a few more couple shots as the golden light was beautiful!

Darren and Leigh had THE BEST cake cutting! They had a beautiful, marble effect wedding cake that once they sliced through, Leigh decided the cake would look better with Darren's face planted in it! I was howling as I photographed this moment. The laughs didn't end, as their son Owyn didn't want to miss out and decided to smash his face in the cake too!

Darren and Leigh headed over to the dance floor for their first dance. They had a moment together but knew they wanted to dance as a family! Such a beautiful moment to watch.

The family and guests all joined in and everyone filled the dance floor.

This wedding was such a special wedding for me to capture. When I get the honour of being asked to capture the wedding day of people I know, it really does make me feel proud and love every second of being a wedding photographer.

So enough of my waffling on about this spectacular Cotswolds wedding and here's a few more from Darren and Leigh's Blackwell Grange wedding!

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