Paul & Michelle’s April wedding at Rushton Hall

May 10, 2013

Paul & Michelle had their wedding at Rushton Hall. Am I sounding like a broken record yet with all these weddings at Rushton Hall?

Paul is the Manager of the spa at Rushton Hall so he and Michelle made light work of choosing their suppliers. Top team!

The weather wasn’t up to expectation in the morning but as soon as the clock struck 1.30pm for the ceremony the sun came out, and continued to do so for the rest of the afternoon, only starting again once everyone had sat down for dinner. Jammy or what?

About Paul & Michelle

Paul and Michelle are all about the fun in life and they made me laugh such a lot. They’re good for my soul these two and I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity to work with them.

They were both nervous about getting married but their playful humour carried them through making a really relaxed and personal ceremony. It was clear to see how much they enjoy each other’s company and how excited they were to be together.

From my first meeting with Paul and Michelle I could sense that organising the wedding, whilst exciting, was very much a means to an end and the most important thing was to get married and enjoy the party.

So come the day it was little surprise that they left the worrying and the work to the team around them and just enjoyed themselves. I so love it when a couple completely let go, be themselves and relax. They made my job a breeze with all the happiness and love flying around.

Paul & Michelle’s wedding style

Outfits and all the little details were coordinated with a pretty pink and smart navy colour scheme. It was a gorgeous colour combination, sweet without being overly so; and the classic look suited Rushton Hall’s formal setting perfectly. Even the Hall itself was lit up in blue in the evening!

Paul & Michelle’s wedding photography

My day started with Michelle getting ready in the Duke suite at Rushton Hall. This suite has oodles of space, striking backgrounds and lots of lovely window light which makes it great for wedding photography.  Michelle, her Mum and bridesmaids were super chilled out when I arrived. They’d allowed more than enough time to get ready so the entire morning preparations were leisurely and relaxed.

Meanwhile my second photographer Georgi photographed Paul and his Best Man Colin getting ready at home. Then it was on to The Thornhill Arms pub in Rushton village to meet the Ushers and a few wedding guests for a cheeky beer.

When working through wedding schedules with my couples we often joke about how much easier it is for guys to get ready. But then I look through the series of photos of the boys trying to figure out how to tie cravats or pin on buttonholes and realise that’s not quite true!

I was downstairs having photographed Michelle being laced into her dress well ahead of time which gave me plenty of time to get some photos of the guests taking their seats for the ceremony. Good work Michelle!

It was raining heavily as the guests arrived at Rushton Hall. Georgi drew the short straw of being out in it but filled her boots with pictures of umbrellas, puddles and laughter while I caught the Ushers ushering.

As always the time leading up to the ceremony as everyone finds their seats was full of great moments and expressions. The sun came out as if on cue with the start of the ceremony – it hadn’t looked likely at all so I couldn’t believe our luck!

Civil ceremonies have a wonderfully easy-going feel to them which suited Paul & Michelle perfectly. They were nervous of course, but shared love and laughter all the way through.

After all the rain in the morning the grass courtyard where the drinks reception would normally be held was a bit wet underfoot so we headed to the front entrance where there was plenty of space for guests to mingle and throw confetti before heading back inside.

The wedding breakfast was in the Great Hall. My favourite part of this room is the fireplace which made a spectacular backdrop for the speeches.

The Pavillion at Rushton Hall isn’t an obviously photogenic space but it’s amazing what some coloured lights and the right camera/flash settings can do. It springs into life. Pink and blue of course to match the colour scheme!

Tips for couples planning a similar wedding

  1. Go for a wedding style and colour scheme that complements the style and decor of your venue. A cohesive coordinated look will photograph brilliantly.
  2. Photography is all about the light, so when choosing rooms, pick the ones with big windows.
  3. Be flexible on timings and locations for your group photos and couple portraits. Working with the weather will make sure you still get great photos.
  4. Let your suppliers take the strain so you can enjoy your day and look relaxed in your pictures.
  5. Let go & show your feelings. Leave your photographer to worry about making you look good.

Are you getting married at Rushton Hall?

That’s a fine choice! You might enjoy this page where you can read what makes Rushton Hall so amazing for wedding photography You can check out some more of my weddings at Rushton on that page too :)


  1. Amanda Caroline on May 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    You nail it every time Sarah, fantastic photos. ACx

  2. Sarah Vivienne on May 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    ah thanks Amanda, that’s very sweet of you to say. Hope you’re really well x

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