This has to be one of the all-time photographs I have taken over the many years of photographing weddings. Taken in October 2015 the wedding was blessed with beautiful sunshine throughout the day. Although a little chilly with it being late October its something you soon get used to, especially when you see the wedding photographs on the back of my camera for the first time during the formal portraits.
Whilst the wedding breakfast was taking place I went for a little wonder to search out some locations. When I came across this old doorway leading into another part of the garden I knew instantly the type of photograph I would take and how amazing the newlyweds would look!
Placing Simeon next to the wall with a relaxed pose and have him holding his wife close to him it all just fell into place beautifully for them. The rich autumn colours were stunning and just made this photograph as beautiful as it is.
For this photograph, I used a long fixed 200mm f2 prime lens. The compression this lens gives just make the out of focus areas super smooth and draws your eyes into the newlyweds as the centre of attention.
More about Grafton Manor
Grafton Manor was established before the Norman Conquest. Grafton means "settlement at or near the wood" and may indicate a role in woodland management within a larger estate, for instance.
For a time, in the reign of Henry II to Edward I, it was subject to forest law as part of the Forest of Feckenham.
The Lords of the Manor were influential figures in mediaeval and early modern Worcestershire, with a number becoming High Sheriffs or Members of Parliament for Worcestershire. A few were also national figures, especially the Talbots and Earls of Shrewsbury. Grafton was connected with Catholic worship in the County after the Reformation.
The house is now a listed building in the modern Civil parish of Dodford with Grafton in the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire.
The current L-shaped building dates to the early 1500s and was extensively altered around 1567. A fire in 1710 destroyed parts and restoration work took place in 1860 by David Brandon and the later 20th century.
Above the parlour window, there is an inscription:
The adjacent Chapel, originally annexed to the Parish of Bromsgrove, was granted by the Bishop of Worcester, William of Blois to the sacrist of St. Mary's, Worcester, who had to burn a taper before King John's tomb in the Cathedral. Disputes are recorded over the inheritance of the revenues (advowson) and the costs of maintenance took place between John de Grafton family and the sacrist of St Mary’s. Eventually, the advowson was in the hands of the Stafford family at Grafton and was passed to the Talbot family.
The chapel was the “headquarters of a Roman Catholic mission” and there is a small burial ground next to it. It was disused and ruined by the end of the 1700s.