A New Years Shropshire Wedding with a 1920s theme and handcrafted details

Today I am thrilled to share this New Years Shropshire Wedding with a 1920s theme and handcrafted details at Mills Barns.

Images were captured by Kate Hollingsworth Photography.

Kate is a Wedding and family photographer based in Sutton Coldfield and Solva, Pembrokeshire

She enjoys photographing families in the familiar surroundings of their own homes.

She also photographs special occasions from weddings to parties, trying to use only natural light in creating pictures to treasure.


Kate said of the couple and their Shropshire Wedding day…


I met Jen and Dan through my sister in law who used to teach with Jennifer many years ago when we went to see Jen in one of her plays (she was awesome).

When they were engaged years later Jen remembered I was a photographer and asked if I’d go and show them some of my work and talk about their plans.

As soon as I met them I knew it was a wedding I wanted to shoot.

They are a fabulous couple, very creative and wanted a photographer who would be fit into their day.

I am not a wallflower, but know when to slip into the background and get those photos nobody knows you are taking. I think we knew that we would be a perfect fit!

My having directed TV for the BBC for many years helped too – I think they saw a kindred creative and fellow spirit.

The whole day was gorgeous and the staging was just perfect with so many nods to the 1920’s.

Mill Barns is a fabulous spot – with lots of different areas and great outside space. It was perfect for me to catch those really candid documentary photos of people having a fabulous time.

One of my favourite parts of the day is always taking couples off for a little photo shoot and some portraits as Mr and Mrs, and I had such a giggle with Jen and Dan.

Being the end of December we didn’t have daylight for long and it was such a beautiful warm light – fabulous for photos.

We then grabbed some dramatic ones later on using flash and lights with a spare bottle of or two of prosecco – always a fun way to round a night off!

Music is a big part of their lives so they had three live acts; the first a Jazz band, then after the ceremony a fabulous vintage singer Jayne Darling and lastly the super The Trip Band to finish off the evening.

I also loved the flash mob Charleston dance – seriously good planning and secrecy! I’d never manage to pull something like that off with my friends!


I hand over to beautiful Bride Jen…


How did you meet?

We met at a local amateur theatre company. I was directing a play and had put a call out in the local paper for male cast members to get involved. Daniel answered the advertisement and joined the cast.

Things got off to a slightly rocky start when Dan failed to turn up to quite a few rehearsals but the show went on regardless.

I didn’t cast him in my next production (and forgot to let him know he hadn’t made the cast list) but over the years we  went on to do many more shows together.

Tell us about the Proposal…

Dan planned a sequence of surprises around a trip to see a comedy show in Birmingham.

Each surprise was sent by email to tell me know what I needed to do next and involved – Afternoon Tea, an upgraded hotel room with a suite overlooking the city skyline, theatre, dinner and then finally a private proposal with a ring Dan had chosen himself.

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

We actually found (and booked!) our wedding venue about 8 months before we officially got engaged!

Trying to get through the sleepless nights with our newborn daughter, we took to looking at possible venues online in the small hours of the morning.

We went to visit the Mill Barns on a whim, fell in love with it and booked a date within the same week.

We then had to keep it a secret from most of our friends and family until we officially announced the engagement!

Any special touches/DIY?

Pretty much every part of the décor was made by us or sourced second-hand.

We wanted to give it that personal touch.

The centrepieces were sourced during the Christmas sales the year before and we just sourced and created bits and pieces as we went along.

As the wedding was in the winter we opted against fresh flowers. Instead we sourced lots of second hand fake wildflower garlands via social media and created our own floral arrangements.

Other items were provided by friends and family – dried wildflower bouquets and buttonholes from a work colleague and a photo selfie wall created by our brother-in-law.

What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?

We got married at New Year as we entered the new 20s decade, so we went for a 1920s wedding theme, mixing metallic colours and wildflowers for our daytime ceremony/reception, with feathers, beads and fairy lights for the evening party.

Our guests had the option of dressing in a 20s theme if they wanted to and many did – especially for the evening.

What was the best bit of your day?

Following on from the ‘Surprises’ theme of the proposal, I secretly organised a flash mob Charleston to surprise Daniel after the first dance.

A secret choreography video was circulated to guests via Facebook and they rehearsed in their kitchens ahead of the big day!

As soon as the first dance ended, our Charleston music kicked in and before long the whole room was filled with dancing guests.

The look on Daniel’s face was priceless and it really helped get the party started! The dance floor was never empty from that point on.

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

Everyone tells you the day goes by so quickly and it does.

We agreed before the wedding that we would go through everything side by side, so that we met people as a couple and saw the day unravel from the same point of view.

We didn’t want the only time spent together to be the time in the ceremony.

We also took a few moments at different points of the day to step away from the crowd and just watch people enjoying themselves.

Just to see the people we invited having a great time was amazing.

This would definitely be my advice for any other couples – stand together and look at what you have put together.


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Photographer – Kate Hollingsworth Photography

Venue – Mill Barns

Wedding Dress –  “Gracelyn” by Pure Bridal at Cindy Belles Bridal Boutique – Brownhills

Cape – Vintage from Jen’s Great Aunt

Shoes – Joe Browns

Bridesmaid Gowns – Bridesmaid was purchased online. Flower Girl from TK Maxx

Suit – Peter Posh Menswear

Cake Maker/ Dessert Table – The Reading Rooms café in Pelsall

Florist – Friend of the family

Rings – Bride – Grandmother’s wedding band / Groom – H.Samuel

Stationery – Invitations from Hobbycraft / All other signage and décor designed by couple

Make up – Lauren Danielle MUA

Hair stylist  – Hair By Kerri

Entertainment – Jazz band / Post ceremony – fabulous vintage singer Jayne Darling / Evening – The Trip Band 


To Contact Kate Hollingsworth Photography

Website – https://www.khollingsworth.co.uk/

Email – katholly@hotmail.co.uk

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