Beautiful winter wedding photos at The Moat House in Acton Trussell Staffordshire
I have to say I was waiting to photograph this wedding at the Moat House for at least 7 years. Just before I became a full-time wedding photographer I worked for a Footwear testing company where I met Tom – the groom. I was already shooting weddings at that time but only part-time. Tom is one of the kindest guys I have met and from the first time he saw my wedding photography he said “one day when I get married you will be my wedding photographer”
Tom moved out to Staffordshire and I became a full-time wedding photographer. Many years later I was overjoyed to be contacted by Tom asking me to be his wedding photographer.
I was literally buzzing and I couldn’t wait until the day arrived. I’ve googled the Moat House wedding photos done by other photographers and from what I’ve seen I instantly feel in love with this place. Tom’s wife to be Jesse was one of the most laid-back brides I had the pleasure to work with. Jesse gave me full creative photography freedom. She particularly loved my nighttime dramatic portraits. Having a wedding during the winter means very limited daylight and very early sunsets. We had to get out at the right time to get that lovely dark blue ‘after sunset skies’. I was determined to create something unique for my dearest friend Tom and his amazing wife Jesse. To capture the full beauty of the barn incorporating the lake as well I decided to shoot from the other side of the lake. Due to distance communication wasn’t possible so I just left Tom and Jess to enjoy some time out on their own whilst I captured a few dramatic night sky shots.
At dawn, I always look for unusual framing, when I spotted an abandoned fire escape stairs leading to the roof of the Moat House I knew it was the perfect place to create something striking.
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Florist | Heavenly Bridal, Dress Designer | Dress designed by and purchased from David’s Bridal, Make up/ Victoria Forrester, Hair/ Jenny Bucknell at Mango Hair by Jen Jen, DJ/ Midlands Pro DJ, Venue styling / Design Elegance, Videography/ James Taylor Films, Toms Suit/ ASOS
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The Story of our Wedding at The Moat House
1) Tell us how you first met?
Jesse: We met at a house party of a mutual friend in our first term attending Keele Uni. I had already been told by the mutual friend that Tom was a nice looking guy and I saw him at the party and knew it must have been him straight away!
Tom: We both attended a house party at university. Jesse walked into the kitchen where I was and asked if I was Tom, and said she’d heard about me. I said oh great. She said don’t worry…
2) When did you know he/she was the one?
Jesse: It became very clear very quickly that Tom was different to previous boyfriends. But after being separated for the first time, only a few weeks after we had met for the Christmas holidays, I realised quickly I couldn’t live without him!
Tom: After our first Christmas Jesse came to visit and told me she loved me. It made me cry and I realised then.
3) Tell us about the proposal.
Jesse: After being together a few years we planned a trip to Venice. It rained the whole day but once we had made it through the flood in St Marks Square we found a park for a walk, where Tom knelt down into a puddle and proposed! I cried the whole day afterwards, turns out I was the only person who didn’t see it coming.
Tom: We had a holiday to Venice booked and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Asking her mum for permission was almost scarier than asking Jesse, I managed to stammer out the question to her mum and she said yes. Then I kept the ring on me all through Venice until we found a nice quiet park to propose in, as Jesse had told me she wanted her proposal to be in a park as a picnic (sorry no picnic) and no onlookers. Just as I was about to do it some people walked past so I had to wait a bit longer! Jesse thought there was something wrong with me I think. But I got down on one knee and waited ages for her to say yes which was a relief. Then she was more worried about my wet knee than anything else.
4) Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
Jesse: It’s tough to pick just one thing! But his honesty and loyalty are some of his best qualities
Tom: One thing?! She’s the most caring and considerate person I know.
5) If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.
Jesse: Tom, along with his family love to sing (most of the time it’s in the right pitch). Breaking out in song in the middle of restaurants, on buses or basically anywhere very public was a little uncomfortable for me at first, but I have slowly gotten used to it!
Tom: When she eats things, she separates them out into their individual components, it’s pretty cute.
6) Why have you chosen to get married at The Moat House?
The Moat House was somewhere we ended up looking at on a last-minute decision. But once we went there we knew we loved it. A special song for us came on the radio just after our visit on the drive home, which seemed like fate. After a second visit, it cemented our decision and we had finally picked out the venue. It was the perfect place for all our family and friend to gather from near and far as the hotel had so many rooms to offer in a beautiful setting.
6) What inspired your wedding décor or theme at the Moat House?
Our theme at the Moat House wedding was pink cherry blossoms and grey. The grey was a nice modern colour we both like, we painted our living room grey as soon as we could! But the cherry blossoms had more meaning behind them, we both love cherry blossom trees which often bloom around our birthdays. Once we knew we could incorporate it into our decor it was a no brainer.
7) What was the best part of your wedding?
Jesse: I have two moments, walking down the isle and seeing Tom’s face! & the speeches, I loved hearing what our nearest and dearest had to say, it was very emotional but something I still think about regularly.
Tom: Jesse walking down the aisle and after the ceremony we went into a side room and she gave me a present with maps of where we met, got engaged and then married. It was really nice to see her after not seeing her for a night and be able to talk to her straight after the ceremony.
8) What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?
Stressing about RSVPs, the people who really matter will come on the day no matter what.
9) Could you give 1 or 2 most important pieces of advice for all the couples who are planning their wedding?
Cherish every second, it will be over in a flash
Also take 5 minutes to your selves straight after the ceremony. We made the decision to do this fairly last minute, and we are both so glad we did, it gave us time to share the experience alone for a just a moment and compose ourselves a little too!
10/ What was the most important factor in choosing your wedding photographer and why have you chosen Latzo?
It is really important to get a photographer who’s style you love, and will help the day run smoothly, but blend into the scenes almost like another guest. Tom knew of Latzo in his early photography career as they worked together a little before he took the leap to full time photography. But once we looked at the photos and saw his dramatic scenes we knew we HAD to book him, and it was the best decision!