My first wedding of a hectic August Bank Holiday weekend was at Headlam Hall, shooting for Jodie and Michael.
Jodie and Michael enjoyed the perfect weather conditions for a wedding, warm with a layer of cloud and just the right temperature to enjoy the grounds of the beautiful venue.
The bridal party had stayed over the evening before as the preparations, ceremony and reception were all happening at Headlam. It was great to arrive a couple of hours before the ceremony to a seriously calm atmosphere. Professional MUA Heather Francesca had just about completed the make up and the girls were looking great! We got straight into a handful of portraits with our bridesmaids Jade and Stacey. The only person not playing ball was little Chloe, the Flowergirl, who was having more fun hiding from the camera! I took my opportunity to shoot natural pics of her trying to hide from me, knowing that by the end of the day she’d be acting up to the camera at every chance.
Michael and the boys were enjoying a drink (or two) downstairs in the bar and the anticipation of a great day ahead was building rapidly. Michael’s Best Man, another Michael, was trying to keep his cool about his upcoming speech! I photographed his wedding 4 years ago so it was great to catch up with him and his wife Suzanne.
Just before the ceremony, I made my way back up to the bridal suite to capture the moment that Jodies Dad, Jimmy, seen his daughter in her wedding dress. It’s always an emotional moment and a great opportunity to record a tear or two.
The ceremony room at Headlam Hall is beautiful, and an absolute dream from a photographers lighting point of view. A huge glass window running across the entire ceiling allows a wonderful sunlight to illuminate the room. It's a brilliant venue for photography.
Little Chloe became a little overawed as she was about to make her entrance on the aisle and had to be carried in by proud Granddad Jimmy. After a little kiss from Mam and Dad, she was absolutely fine and enjoyed watching the ceremony unfold with a huge smile on her face.
A short but sweet ceremony ensued as Jodie and Michael became Mr and Mrs Meggison to rapturous applause from over 100 guests.
After the ceremony, the venue staff generally hand over to the photographer to take care of things up until the wedding breakfast, so we decided to capture portraits of the Bride and Groom immediately after the ceremony, leaving guests to enjoy a drink on the terrace, while listening to the saxophonist. Magician Luke Howells was also on hand, providing his cheeky brand of magical entertainment to the delight of the guests.
Headlam Hall is a brilliant venue for portraits, especially during Sumer and especially with a cloudy sky. We used the weather conditions to our advantage and captured portraits on the lawn and around the gardens, before arranging a group photograph of all of the guests.
The cloudy sky and favourable temperature also allowed us to easily shoot family portraits, running through a pre prepared list, quickly and with ease. Job done!
Once these shots are safely in the bag, I can concentrate my time on capturing natural moments of the guest enjoying themselves. I noticed the children playing together on the lawn so decided to head over to see if we could shoot some nice portraits. Imagine my surprise when a little hedgehog came walking along just at the right moment! It was certainly a unique photo opportunity and one that will probably never happen again.
In a break from tradition, the speeches came before the food was served, allowing Best Man Michael to relax once his duties were complete. He did a great job of entertaining the guests....by disappearing off to the little boys room right on cue! It was a very funny moment and I'm sure it helped to ease him into his speech.
The evening consisted of plenty of drinking, lots of dancing and a party atmosphere with everyone in great spirits. An emotional Jodie took to the dance floor with her Father after her first dance with her new husband.
This was a lovely day at Headlam Hall and it was a pleasure to work with such an easy going couple. I'm sure they have everything that you could possibly need for a long, happy marriage. Congratulations to you both! xx