James & Kerry’s 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 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 very much looking forward to getting my hygge on with 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 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 how 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 covered 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 held off literally just long enough to get some portraits amongst the dahlias! We had to make a run for cover afterwards though!
Are you planning a wedding at Kelmarsh Hall?
High five, if you are! You made a great choice!
Venue: Kelmarsh Hall
Bride Prep: Church Farm Lodge
Pub: The Tollemache Arms
Florals: Once Upon A Time