Mount Hotel Wolverhampton and one glamorous 1920s Gatsby Wedding.
I had the pleasure of first meeting Sally and Dean at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham. When I began chatting with the couple, it was clear that they had such a calm and relaxed approach to their wedding, but this didn’t hold them back in their shared passion for creating a 1920s glamour theme! Sally and Dean were a wonderful and inspiring couple to know and work with and, after months of planning, I felt so privileged to see their theme brought to life with such spectacular styling; their guests couldn’t help but relax right into their vibrant, vintage party! If you’re also thinking of a 1920s Gatsby style wedding, why not take a look at the couple’s photos below for a little inspiration?
Sally and Dean chose the grandeur of the Mount Hotel’s stately manor in Wolverhampton as the perfect venue to showcase their 1920s Gatsby wedding style in all its glitz and glory. As my first wedding here I had done my research, but I can honestly say that the pictures I saw on internet just did not do it justice; the hotel’s four acres of immaculate parklands transported the couple and their guests to an idyllic countryside haven, despite being only minutes from Wolverhampton city! I was particularly wowed by ‘The Grand Hall’ library which has been beautifully maintained from its 19th century beginnings, and I loved capturing its romantic, renaissance style as the backdrop to so many of Sally and Dean’s photographs.
The venue also provided a wedding manager and toastmaster who organised every detail on the day, from directing guests to communicating with caterers and suppliers as they arrived. As a photographer and guest at so many weddings, I have really noticed the benefit of having someone on hand to organise these things on the day, meaning that you as a couple can really relax and enjoy every moment. I also can’t go without mentioning the hotel’s locally sourced, 28 day aged steak which literally melts in your mouth…try and resist putting this on your wedding breakfast menu!
For Sally and Dean’s photography I wanted to capture the true sparkle of their theme which was perfectly offset within the venue. As with most period buildings, light can be limited due to features such as small inset windows or stained glass, posing the challenge of balancing light in dark rooms without over exposure – of course, this is a challenge that can be skillfully overcome with an experienced photographer and the right equipment! As the night progressed, I was also able to capture an amazing ‘dance-off’ between the couple’s guests and used radio-triggered external flashes in the room to control the balance of light whilst also capturing dancing couples with dramatic action shots! I also used this technique to create some beautiful sunset shots of Sally and Dean in the manor’s stunning gardens.