Bride and Groom: Jenny and Peter Hughes.
Wedding Style: Traditional Country House Wedding.
When: December 2015.
Dress: Ivory & Co
Hair: Yan Hair
I’ve known Jenny for about 10 years, she’s my best friends sister. He dropped me a text about a year ago and since he has the texting skills of your Nana it simply said “Are kid, wedding, getting married.” Reading between the lines this could only mean “Jenny is getting married and will probably want a wedding photographer, give her a message?”. So I dropped her a quick Facebook message and 9 months later we were all at the very impressive Prestwold Hall near Loughborough.
As a wedding photographer you get asked to do friends and families weddings all the time, in some ways it makes the “work” a lot easier but also it adds a lot of pressure. These are people you know… let me put that in context, can you imagine your friends coming to your place of work to watch what you do? There is always that trepidation that you might mess up in some way no matter how many times you’ve done it before. However Jennies mum, Irene, came and gave me a massive hug as soon as she saw me and said “thanks for doing the photos” which settled my nerves and set me up for the day.
A big thank you has to go to the staff at Prestwold Hall. They made all the difference on the day and their professionalism shone through. Straight away I could tell they appreciated I was there to do a job and were very much used to dealing with wedding photographers. The wedding organiser took time out of rushing around to give me a tour of the house and to show me where the expresso machine was. She told me I could have as much coffee and cola as I needed, I think she could tell from the bags under my eyes that I’d had a very long journey down from Liverpool and would a quick pick me up at various points through out the day. Im not ashamed to say I took full advantage of that Nespresso machine.
Prestwold Hall is the perfect venue for a wedding – they provide rooms for both the bride and the groom to get ready, we love venues like this as it means we can take more photos of the preparations and capture the day in full. I managed to grab some amazing photos of the bride and groom prep as I could run between the two rooms when something was going on. Both rooms where a hive of activity…. the boys were drinking beers and practicing speeches, while the girls did hair, make up and ate sandwiches with tea. A highlight in the photos is Jenny opening her presents from the brides maids.
This led to me moving around the room in a tippy toe fashion during the wedding ceremony… I got a few funny looks from the guests.
The ceremony was beautiful and for a rainy winters day the clouds broke just at the right time and the sun shone through the huge window at the back of the room. It played havoc with the camera settings, but none the less it was beautiful. During my briefing with the registrar, before the ceremony, she’d asked if I’d not move about to much as the floor boards in the ball room where old and creaky. This led to me moving around the room in a tippy toe fashion during the wedding ceremony… I got a few funny looks from the guests.
After the reception, speeches and wedding breakfast the party kicked off with a live band. They were exceptional and did 3 whole sets over the space of 4 hours. They kept the party in full swing, and me clicking away, right through until midnight at which point a very weary photographer made his exit back to a small dingy hotel on the side of a motorway – it’s not all glamour and country houses you know.
Below you’ll find a selection of photos from the day. If you’d like to make a booking please head on over to my contact page.