Hugo & Laura’s cocktail themed wedding at Holdenby House

Any wedding where the guests stamp tunes on the floor when a power cut stops the disco is a good wedding in my books!

About Hugo & Laura

I couldn’t imagine a sweeter couple than Hugo & Laura. They have a beautiful bond and every time we met it was lovely to see them so genuinely happy together. We shared some lovely cuppas, giggles and overflowing conversation. I couldn’t have picked more endearing clients.

I always say that you should pick a wedding photographer you can imagine being friends with. Rapport is such an important part of getting great photos. That’s why it’s important for me to have the right clients too. And that’s just how it felt right from the start. Relaxed and all perfectly normal.

Hugo and Laura wanted a romantic, elegant summer wedding in the Northamptonshire countryside. They chose the little village church of St Mary’s in East Haddon for their ceremony and Holdenby House, a short drive away, for their reception. Both are the quintessential country venues that you would imagine and the perfect setting for their day.

My brief for the photography was a mix of the posed and the unposed, the big moments and the little details. It was a full on day logistically; with several locations involved and a lot of guests. Not wanting to miss out on anything being photographed they chose to have a second photographer to be in the places that one photographer alone couldn’t.

Hugo & Laura’s wedding style

Hugo and Laura chose smart morning suits, summery roses, pretty pastels and cocktaaaaails!

Hugo & Laura’s wedding photography

Laura stayed the night before at Sedgebrook Hall and started getting ready there. She and her bridesmaids had their hair and make-up done and then drove to Holdenby House for finishing touches and to get dressed.

The backgrounds at Sedgebrook Hall were cluttered with clothes rails and meeting room paraphernalia so we kept the hair and make-up pictures as simple, close-up black & whites. The White Room at Holdenby House has some rather fabulous bright blue peacock wallpaper and is a lovely airy space to get ready so we allowed more of the location into the photos there.

Hugo stayed in one of the cottages at The Red Lion in East Haddon so had time for a cheeky drink and to meet some of the guests at the bar before walking to church.

The day started with blue skies and bright sunshine. I’m sure all the ladies were grateful for their hats to keep the sun off and it was fun to see everyone using their order of service as a fan to cool off.

Wedding photography is restricted to the entrance, exit and hymns at East Haddon church. As soon as the Organist starts we’re on it until the very last note to get as much as we can! Hugo and Laura obliged with some sweet and emotional moments during the first hymn and even through the singing there were lots of smiles, so there was still plenty to capture and tell the story.

As we came out of church the blazing sun had gone but the air was still incredibly warm. And filled with excitement too. I love photographing all the reactions as everyone comes out of church with hugs and kisses and smiles and congratulations. It really is a time worth savouring.

After spending a little time soaking up the atmosphere and revelling in the excitement at church, everyone headed off to Holdenby House for bubbles, canapes and music from the lovely Ariella Strings.

The speeches and a wow factor thunderstorm started at pretty much the same time. Both were impressive!

The thunderstorm continued well into the evening. Holdenby was the perfect place to cosy up and have a jolly good party though. A cocktail hour to start the evening off was really fun and by the time the thunderstorm caused a power cut, cutting out the music, everyone just stamped their feet on the dancefloor to make their own tunes. How fun!

Have you booked Holdenby House for your wedding?

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Now that I know what great taste you have, I think you might enjoy this page about why I think Holdenby House is so great for wedding photography. You’ll find links to some other Holdenby weddings I’ve captured on there too :)