Sharon and Martyn were married at the stunning Rowton Castle situated just outside Shrewsbury back in June 2011. It was our first time filming at Rowton Castle and we enjoyed every minute. Lots and lots of things to film – a truly stunning venue, with Rowton Castle recognised as being one of the finest wedding venues in the UK. Licenced to conduct civil and partnership ceremonies, Rowton Castle does get booked up very quickly!
When we met up with Sharon and Martyn a month before the wedding just to chat about the wedding day in greater detail, I asked Martyn when he proposed to Sharon. He told me that he had planned everything for when they were holidaying in Miami. This particular day, I think it was a short time after they arrived in Miami. The sun was just rising and it was 4.00am having been awake a long, long time and Martyn took Sharon on a romantic walk down to the beach. This was it the moment that Martyn had been waiting for to propose to Sharon – with the time of day and the the sun rising, Martyn seized the opportunity asking Sharon to marry him. Luckily for Martyn, Sharon of course said yes!
The day itself started with me filming the bridal preparations with Barry filming the scenery before meeting up with Martyn. Filming the bridal preparations is one of my favourite parts of the day – don’t get me wrong I love everything about weddings and filming them but with the preparations, some of my brides do rely on my experience with things when they’re getting ready. I’ve laced up dresses, done up suspender hooks, I become more than just a videographer! Working with Sharon, Gaynor and Sharon’s daughter, Charlotte, I had a great time filming in the massive bridal suite decorated with fine oak, ornate ceilings and marble.
The theme of the day was 50’s vintage classic elegance, with Sharon adopting a Grace Kelly look and I have to say she looked amazing. Sharon had chosen to wear “Fabiano” by dress designer Sophia Tolli. The dress had a taffeta and lace jacket with buttons down the back and lace appliqués on the ball gown skirt. The dress also had a wonderful appliqued cathedral train. Sharon complimented her vintage look with a classic 50’s up do and a fine silk 50’s style veil and headdress, that she had purchased from the USA. The two bridesmaids looked wonderful in their 50’s style prom dresses in light blue again with hair classically styled complimented with little cream rosebuds and cornflowers. The little flowergirl, Amelia, wore a white tulle and satin dress with matching blue accessories.
Martyn and his groomsmen all wore traditional grey tails with Martyn wearing a blue cravat with the other groomsmen all wearing silver ones. The 4 page boys all wore grey tails and indeed looked very smart in their attire.
All in all a wonderful day was had. Photographer on the day was John Poole of John Poole Photographer based in Shropshire. He covers photography at Rowton Castle on many occasions. For the evening’s dancing, Sharon had purchased another wedding dress for which was much lighter and no huge train to make it so much easier to move around in and again she looked amazing.