Chris & Charlotte’s August wedding at Rushton Hall
Chris and Charlotte were one of the first couples to book me for 2011, so I’d been looking forward to their wedding for some time. And what a fun day it was, so full of smiles.
Charlotte got ready in The Oak suite at Rushton Hall which is to die-for; the size of a house with gorgeous oak panelling and lots of lovely natural light! It doesn’t get much better for a wedding photographer but there was still plenty of clutter that I had to avoid! Meanwhile my second photographer, David, was with Chris and the boys getting ready. The highlight of their morning was the surprise arrival of a Camper van to take them to church (via the pub!).
The ceremony was at St Mary the Virgin church in Higham Ferrers. I photographed there earlier this year on the Royal Wedding day but a different Vicar led the ceremony this time and he lifted the photography restrictions that are normally in place at this church. So we were able to get shots throughout the ceremony; from the front, back and up high on the balcony; and even the actual signing of the register, which is very rare but a moment I much prefer to capture as it happens rather than having to stage it afterwards. The service was full of fun and smiles so it was lovely to be able to capture all those moments for Chris and Charlotte.
After being engulfed in a confetti storm, Chris and Charlotte left in a beautiful vintage car for their reception at Rushton Hall. It’s no secret that I photograph here a lot! And it still feels different every time as there are so many great spots for photos.
The guests enjoyed Pimms in the courtyard and were treated to the sound of Ariella Strings, which David captured. And once the formalities of group photos were out of the way, I took a walk around the Hall and grounds with Chris and Charlotte to create their photographs.
Then it was into the Pavillion for dinner which had been dressed in a purple colour scheme. A fairy-lit voile was draped behind the top table to disguise the air con and distractions on the wall, which looked great for the photos. Another thing which was great from my point of view was the low level framed table names. Those higher metal ones always end up in front of someone’s face in speech photos! And Charlotte made the cute wooden heart favours. So impressed! It must have taken ages but it was really lovely that they were all personalised and doubled as the placenames.
We headed back outside after the cake cutting and first dance to do a few twilight photos. And what a sky we were blessed with!
♥ Ceremony: St Mary the Virgin Church, Higham Ferrers
♥ Reception: Rushton Hall
♥ Charlotte’s dress: ‘Melita’ by Alan Hannah at Once in a Lifetime
♥ Bridesmaids’ dresses: Once in a Lifetime
♥ Suit hire: Warwicks
♥ Flowers: Secret Garden
♥ Cake: Hockleys Cakes
♥ Make-Up: Toni Creative
♥ Hair: Julie at Simply Hair
♥ Transport: Wedding-Car.co.uk
♥ Stationery: Wedding Paraphernalia
♥ Drinks reception entertainment: Ariella Strings
♥ Evening band: Two Gentlemen Play the Pops
Are you planning a wedding at Rushton Hall?
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