Anna & Lewis Wedding at Rowton Castle
We share the gorgeous wedding of Anna & Lewis at Rowton Castle captured by J S Coates Wedding Photography.
About the couple
Anna & Lewis were a real Joy to photograph and I had so much fun spending time with them. From the moment they booked until the delivery of their photographs, they were a pleasure to work with.
The whole wedding day took place at Rowton Castle in Shrewsbury, very close to the Welsh Border. As you would expect from a castle, it was a grand setting and very picturesque. It was obvious that a lot of planning and personal touches had gone in to the day, however it never felt stiff and flowed really nicely. The ceremony and cocktail hour was all outside, which is always a bonus with our UK weather. The evening reception had a real party vibe to it and you could tell everyone in the room had an amazing time.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m a Midlands based wedding photographer but very lucky to capture weddings throughout the whole of the UK and occasionally further afield. Ive been shooting weddings full time for around 6 years now and absolutely love what I do.
How would you describe your photography style?
I like to keep things super relaxed and natural for most of the wedding day. I think the natural documentary shots are what makes each wedding unique and that’s what I prioritise. I get in close, without being intrusive and try and capture moments from within. The only posed shots are the family formals and couples portraits.
When It comes to the portraits, I love to spend two short 10 minute sessions with my couples and try and create some beautiful pictures of them together. My pictures are bold, colourful and aim to make couples relive the day.
What did you love about the day?
The outdoor ceremony was a highlight and something I wished happened more. The dance floor went crazy and thats always the sign of a good wedding in my book.
Finally, Anna & Lewis attitude towards the posed pictures was fantastic. I only do a two short sessions of couples portraits, as I want my couples to spend as much time with their guests as possible. Anna & Lewis were open to any suggestions I had and smiled all the way through.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
My main bit of advice would be to plan the wedding you really want and not what you think you should have. Skip traditions if they don’t resonate with you and make sure every part of the day brings a smile to you.
Finally, when the day arrives, I would say relax and go with the flow. What’s the point of stressing about small things. Sometimes button holes get lost and sometimes it rains…It’s still your wedding day and it can still be awesome.
Words From Anna
“When we were planning our dream wedding we knew we were going to step away from the ‘expected’ in certain areas, so it was important to us to find a photographer who we felt confident with and could capture both sides to our wedding.
We always knew we wanted a string quartet in the day and then once we chose Rowton Castle for our ceremony it just seemed a perfect fit.
We also knew we wanted the evening to be a big party, and show a part of our early years in our relationship of going to festivals together, so after our traditional ceremony and cherry blossom filled wedding breakfast (inspired by getting engaged in Japan during cherry blossom season) having some drum and base in the evening and a saxophonist join was the perfect twist for us. The change in vibe and energy was captured so perfectly by Jonathan!
We had the portraits taken which were great and actually fun to do without taking hours but the way he captured the candid moments of us and our guests really made our day when we looked through the images. So many moments we would have missed with our guests if it wasn’t for the photos seeing our wedding day through the eyes our guests really is an amazing thing. Thank you Jonathan!”