Their big day was going to be held at Hothorpe Halls’ country house, The Woodlands. The venue is perfect mixture of a timeless rural wedding setting, with a thoroughly modern twist. What I like the most about wedding photography at The Woodlands is that it is entirely exclusive, and not only do you get the venue, but also some surrounding accommodation too. Including a rather impressive treetop bridal suite!
I started my day by photographing Amy as she got ready for her big day. Amy decided that she wanted to have her make up and hair completed in the comfort of her own Leicester home, and once I saw how busy it was with people getting ready and plenty of hands to help, I realised that perhaps this was going to be a good idea. I stayed with Amy for 1 hour, taking as many photographs as possible. After I headed off to take some shots of the lads as they waited at the The Woodlands.
The atmosphere at The Woodlands, rather unsurprisingly was much more chilled. Groom and groomsmen were taking it easy and it only took around 20 minutes for them to get ready. They decide to spend some time hanging lanterns around the setting, which made for some great photographs. Once Amy had finished some of her initial wedding preparations, she headed to the Bridal Tree House to finish getting ready. The bridesmaids were quick to close the blinds, just in case somebody from outside was trying to get a sneaky peek of bride to be.
It was at this time that I really found myself in awe of this stunning venue. Being surrounded by nature, particularly for the ceremony, gave it a truly magical feel, as well as making sure that it was relaxed too. Just like most grooms before the big moment approaches, I found Bill looking more than just a little bit nervous. After the ceremony he told me that the 15 minutes that it took for Amy to appear felt like a lifetime for him.
Plenty of couples feel a little overwhelmed after the ceremony, which is why it is a great idea to use this time to capture some pictures of them together. Amy and Bill were certainly feeling this way, which meant that I used it as an opportunity to take them into the woodland area just a few minutes away from the venue and capture some natural portrait shots. They were quick to agree, grabbing each a drink and using the time to walk and talk, enjoying the sunshine as I made myself busy capturing some relaxed images. We even took the opportunity to use a beautiful mustard field that was in bloom, just as a background for some shots. Weather was on our side for all day, warm and plenty of sunshine – unusual for April! Their guests all said what a beautiful, relaxed and enjoyable day it was. Just as a wedding should be!
My style of wedding photography is completely natural. I let my couples to celebrate their big day without posing or interrupting them. I aim to create set of photos that captures spirit and atmosphere of the day. Have a look at some of my favourites bellow.
I wish Bill and Amy all the happiness in the world, and I hope to be able to complete more The Woodland Wedding Photography again soon!