A fun summer wedding in Northamptonshire – Rachael & Fahad

If you’re getting married at Holdenby House, you’ll love this wedding for inspiration.

Rachael and Fahad had me at the words ‘Holdenby House’ when they first emailed me. It’s one of my favourite venues. Plus, they were planning a laid-back wedding with a civil ceremony and outdoor drinks reception in the beautiful gardens. That’s the makings of a great day, right there!

And then we met. 

One of my first questions? “So what are you looking for from your wedding photography?” To which Rachael replied:  “I’m not sure if this is reassuring or slightly alarming?!” as she pulled her wedding planning notebok out of her bag. 

I haven’t seen such a pretty notebook since I was in Madame Moss’ french class doodling food illustrations in my floral wallpaper-covered exercise book so I could remember how to ask for a ham and cheese baguette should I ever find myself in France. 

And Rachael’s had perfectly placed post-its, annotated magazine cuttings and colour coded highlighting. I loved that they had given this such serious thought – not to mention the fastidious attention to detail.  

I knew we’d get on and have a brilliant time. And that we did.

The excitement before the wedding

My day started in The White Room, where the girls were getting ready together. While my second photographer captured Fahad’s preparations at Highgate House. Laughter and gratitude filled the air at both locations.

The ceremony

The ceremony took place in the Dining Room. They exchanged personal vows they’d written themselves – which made the ceremony particularly romantic and meaningful. After walking down the aisle together, they took a few moments for just the two of them, while all the guests helped themselves to drinks. 

The reception

A confetti storm showered Fahad and Rachael as they emerged from the house into the gardens ready to start celebrating. 

It was the most glorious sunny day to enjoy drinks on the lawn. Especially when those drinks are gin and elderflower served in vintage tea cups. Yep, that went down a storm!

For the wedding breakfast, they had a roast dinner, which was gobbled down in seconds by everyone. Afterwards, there were a few speeches – including one from Rachael. Go, Rach!

The evening

After dinner, there was time for a cuppa on the sunken lawn. Where the mirrored sculptures provided contrast to the historic house – and warped mirror photos. 

Then as everyone made their way back into the house, Fahad, Rachael and I ventured into the Elizabethan Garden to take some portraits as the sun went down. Golden hour photos are always worth doing if your timeline allows. Check out the gorgeous light (and sunny yellow flowers) in the photos below.  

Oh, and big ups to Rachael for making her own wedding cake!

Lovely words giving me goosebumps

“Thank you so so so much for our beautiful photos and the amazing care and attention to detail you put into covering our wedding. We’re amazed and very appreciative of your enthusiasm right from the start.”

And huge thanks to you, Rachael and Fahad, for having me and letting me share your photos.  

Planning a wedding at Holdenby House? 

Here are some other fab Holdenby House weddings for inspiration! And if you’d like a fab wedding photographer to go with it, I’m over here.