Bride and walking walking into the sunset at Grafton Manor as captured by Grafton Manor wedding photographer Clive Blair Photography

Sherie and Darrly’s kind words sent to thank me for being their Grafton Manor wedding photographer:

“These are just absolutely stunning, we couldn’t have asked for more. We love all the moments you’ve captured throughout the day, thank you so much for your hard work, it’s been such a joy to look through them all”


Why I Love Being a Grafton Manor Wedding Photographer

When Sherie and Darryl booked me as their Grafton Manor wedding photographer I was excited for 2 reasons: First, they’re such a fun-living couple and I knew I was in for a treat photographing them enjoying themselves with their family and friends. But also, as I’d not been to Grafton Manor for a while, it was great to be back to this lovely 16th-century Elizabethan manor house in rural Worcestershire.

Grafton Manor is now a listed building and contains a hotel and restaurant. As an added treat, the adjacent St. Michael’s chapel for wedding ceremonies allows you to have everything in one convenient place.

Sherie and Darrly made good use of all the facilities as they both got ready there, had their ceremony in the chapel and hosted their wedding breakfast in the adjoining marquee where they also partied the night away.

Brief Summary of Their Grafton Manor Wedding

Emotions were certainly running high during this wedding. It varied from from jubilation to tears. For example, you’ll see how happy Sherie, Darryl and their guests were through out the day. You’ll also see at one point Sherie’s father was overcome with emotion and had to walk away to recompose himself. Then while giving her speech, one of the maids was overcome with tears.

I love weddings like this! Real emotions, real stories, real memories to look back on.

You know how unobtrusive and relaxed I am about the photography, hating to get in the way and being the centre of attention? I had the pleasure of working with a videographer who works in the same way. If you’re looking for a relaxed videographer check out Agne Zubyte of Agnes Wedding Films.

Towards the end of the day we both were in for another treat when there was a glorious sunset as Sherie and Darryl walked about together in the sumptuous manor grounds during the beautiful golden-hour. Our cameras where given a beautiful gift to record that evening!

I could waffle on, instead I’ll let their images do the talking. Then you can read their comments about their journey which lead to me being their Grafton Manor wedding photographer.

Their Grafton Manor Wedding Story in Their Words

BEFORE THE WEDDING

How You Meet: We met at work and got together in 2014

How He Proposed: Darryl proposed in 2015 in Turkey on a Juliet balcony over dinner as the sun was setting and went down on one knee.

WEDDING

The Bride wore: Kenneth Winston design 1584, the sleeves & collar was added. Purchased from Designs on You in Sutton Coldfield.

The Groom wore: A navy 3 piece-suit from Slaters in Birmingham

Jewellery: Debenhams bridal section

Hair: By Signature Hairdressers in Redditch

Flowers: The Nursery Shop in Redditch

Invitations: Handmade by me, designed by Lisa Jay (artist)

Ceremony: Chapel at Grafton Manor

Theme: “Romantic”

RECEPTION

Reception: Grafton Manor

First dance: The Delphonics – La- La means I love you

Cake: The Cake Emporium – Redditch (vanilla, chocolate, red velvet & carrot cake)

Decor/unique Details: Lace, pearls, candles, petals, bubbles, crystals, 4ft light up “love” letters by dance floor, photo booth for evening, personalised menus – printed by Grafton Manor with a picture of us just after we were married positioned on all tables prior to guests entering the marquee.

Videographer: Agnes wedding films, 10 minute film telling the story of the day.

Memorable moment for Bride: seeing my husbands face as I walked down the isle, the excitement was immense!

Memorable moment for Groom: Saying the vows to Sherie

Honeymoon: Barbados

Wedding advice: Relax and just enjoy the day, it goes so quickly! Take time to speak to everyone but give yourself a cut off point and then let guests come to you, spend time with your new husband/wife on the dance floor amongst everybody and soak up every precious moment. Get everyone to take as many photos and videos as possible! There will be moments you will miss and forget, cause there’s so much to take in! Revisiting your memories is a wonderful way to take you back to that magical day, it will be the best day of your life. Enjoy!


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