Danny & Zoe’s summer wedding at Rushton Hall

January 26, 2016

Danny and Zoe’s wedding at Rushton Hall was a highlight of the year. So much fun and a super sweet friendly couple, an amazing venue, a stellar team of suppliers *and* the weather gods on our side.

About Danny & Zoe

Danny and Zoe picked some of my favourite suppliers and everyone said the same thing: what a lovely couple. It made my heart sing to work with two such sweet people who are so obviously in love, open-minded but decisive, discerning but laid-back, kind, engaging and as excited to get married as they were for their wedding. They’re the kind of couple you want to do your best for.

Danny proposed to Zoe in the Lake District. Zoe knew nothing about it so when they took a wrong turn and ended up walking alongside the motorway Zoe couldn’t understand why Danny was so annoyed! Not quite the romantic location he had in mind! But Zoe just wants to be with Danny and I think she would have been perfectly happy to be proposed to on the motorway itself (safety issues aside!).

I met Danny and Zoe at one of Rushton Hall’s wedding open days. They had me at ‘hello’. I could sense their excitement and open minds straight away. Then when we met for a coffee to talk things through it just felt right. I always bang on about the importance of rapport but a strong connection really does make a difference to the wedding and to the photos.

Danny and Zoe soaked up every bit of advice from all their suppliers to help make decisions and plan a fabulous wedding. They wanted their wedding to be smart with a certain amount of tradition but effortlessly relaxed. Pretty much the same thing went for their wedding photography. We covered their day in a natural, behind the scenes style with just a little bit of formality. 

It’s been so much fun getting to know Danny and Zoe a little. I’ve loved spending time with them; laughing and talking about weddings.  As I type this I realise I have post-wedding blues!

Danny & Zoe’s wedding style

Danny and Zoe styled their wedding with a clean and simple glamorous look. Everything was classic, elegant and very much their own modern chic style.

The navy and blush colour scheme was smart and striking but pretty and romantic too.

All the little things were carefully thought-through…

They had gorgeous subtle flowers, macaron favours, activity boxes for the kids, a glam mirror table plan and a beautifully displayed cake. The window where their cake was displayed in Rushton’s Great Hall is imposing and dramatic but adding jars of sweet treats, fresh flower heads and pretty petals helped the cake command as much attention.

Stationery was a big part of the décor; it was all based on the beautifully designed pale pink and ivory invitations. And they used the same design to make the more practical pieces luxurious; like individual place-card menus, table names with old photos, personalised confetti cones and flags on the straws for the Pimms drinks reception.

Danny & Zoe’s wedding video

We did Danny and Zoe’s wedding video as well as their photography. There are lots of benefits to using one company for both. Top of the list for me is consistency of style; in the way we work and in the finished look. And we have lots of fun as a team which makes it a really great experience for you.

Danny & Zoe’s wedding photography

Danny and Zoe booked two photographers so that they could have photos of both of them getting ready without missing anything.

Zoe got ready in the Oak Suite which has rich wood panelling, lots of space and lots of natural light from big bay windows. It’s a great space for photography.

Danny and his Best Men got ready in a suite on the other side of the Hall so that he and Zoe didn’t bump into each other. Ties and pocket squares caused a lot of debate and laughter! I think they were all glad of a short walk to the pub once they were ready!

Danny and Zoe had a civil ceremony in the Drawing Room. They were both nervous, their voices a bit wobbly but they held hands tightly to say ‘I’m here’ and had a good giggle as they tried to fit the rings on.

The wind was getting up and the temperature dropped a bit as the drinks reception started. Rain was forecast and we could feel it blowing in so with Toastmaster Alan’s help we got on with the group photos and portraits quite quickly. The weather gods seemed to be on our side because the rain held out for all the formal bits, just drizzling as we made our way back to the Hall from the lake and then, as soon as we walked through the door to the library to rejoin the guests who were now inside, it became torrential!

Dinner was in the Great Hall followed by the speeches and cake cutting. Toastmaster Alan Hodge made sure they were well organised and done in style. The cake cutting is a significant part of the day but it can often fall flat because no-one is sure what to do; Alan made sure it was fun and memorable but totally their moment. Danny and Zoe were all for the fun; Zoe tossed her bouquet and they had the modern must-have: a photo booth in a phone box! After Danny and Zoe’s first dance, the party got straight into full swing with some serious moves!

Tips for couples planning a similar wedding

  1. Choose bright, spacious rooms to get ready in. Ones that have room for everyone and all their stuff. Ones with big windows that provide the natural light so important to hair stylists, make-up artists and photographers.
  2. Be open to advice and suggestions from your suppliers is important. They’re there to help you get the best out of your day.
  3. Book a good Toastmaster. A lot of their work goes unnoticed and you may not even know on the day or afterwards the things that they’ve done for you. They’re there to make sure you relax and enjoy your day.
  4. When you’re choosing colours, outfits, flowers and things like that; go with your gut instinct and pick things you’d normally choose. Be yourselves, work with your venue’s decor, and everything will look and feel right.
  5. Keep the formal photos short and sweet. This will allow time for the fun to unfold. Group photos and portraits are important but it’s the natural, documentary wedding photography that will bring back the memories and feelings afterwards.

Are you getting married at Rushton Hall?

What a great choice! It really is one of the best wedding venues in the UK and it’s such a pleasure to work there.

If you’d like to know more, check out this page to find out why I rate Rushton Hall so highly as a wedding photographer.

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