James & Kerry’s September wedding at Kelmarsh Hall

Now that I’ve photographed and delivered the photos from my last wedding of the year, it’s time to get back on the blogging train. Like many train timetables, blogging at SVP doesn’t stick to the schedule!

I’m definitely an over-thinker when it comes to choosing photos and writing words. So it’s not something I can quickly squeeze in during peak wedding season. I’m looking forward to lots of cosy Earl Grey-fuelled writing sessions, over the winter though!

Kicking things off are James and Kerry. They had an autumn wedding at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire; with both their ceremony and reception held there. The thing that struck me most when looking back at their photos, is how much in love they look and how happy they were to simply be together. Their eyes had an extra sparkle in them that day. It fills me up to be able to capture my couples looking totally relaxed and wearing their hearts on their sleeves with such pride #allthehearteyes #frommeandthem

The flowers lit my face up too! Oh my days, such beautiful flowers. Tracey at Once Upon A Time created the most perfect bouquets, button-holes and arrangements with the same cultivated but unconstrained feeling that Kelmarsh Hall’s gardens have. Packed with foliage, lots of flower varieties and colour, they were quite the talking point on the day and I’m still lusting after them now. The litmus test of how perfect they were is the way Kerry’s bouquet looks as though it was freshly picked from the gardens that day – it all blended beautifully.

James’ day started with drinks at The Tollemache Arms pub, which my second photographer covered. Meanwhile, I captured Kerry getting ready at Church Farm Lodge. Then it was off to Kelmarsh Hall for the rest of the day. With the exception of a few group photos and some pictures of James and Kerry in the gardens, we photographed the day in our usual documentary style and relaxed, hands-off manner.

I’m a sucker for details too and it was a delight to capture everything that James and Kerry had chosen to personalise their day. I especially loved how their included their shared passion for wildlife through their animal table names and packets of flower seeds for favours. And the little bear who took his seat for dinner (and ended up drunk on whisky chasers) – so cute!

James and Kerry’s only request was for some pictures of the two of them in the walled garden. But as the day drew near and we checked the forecast daily, rain looked certain. So imagine our delight when the rain stopped literally just long enough to get some portraits amongst the dahlias! We had to make a run for cover afterwards though!

In James & Kerry’s words…

“We knew we wanted Sarah to be our wedding photographer before we even found our venue. Her pictures are stunning.

“She took some amazing candid pictures of our guests and of us. She really put us at ease. Both of us were nervous when it came to our pre-wedding shoot but once it started all our fears went and when we saw the pictures we knew straight away we had made the right decision and we knew we wouldn’t worry about the pictures on the big day.

“Sarah also made us an album, she talked us through it and always kept in contact to check little details and what we thought.

“We love everything Sarah has done and we are so grateful to her for capturing our wedding and we can’t recommend her highly enough.”

Are you planning a wedding at Kelmarsh Hall?

High five, if you are! You made a great choice!

You might like to check out some of the other weddings I’ve photographed at Kelmarsh Hall. And if you like what you see, I’d love to hear from you! You can message me here.


Venue: Kelmarsh Hall

Bride Prep: Church Farm Lodge

Pub: The Tollemache Arms

Florals: Once Upon A Time