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Now, we’ve got that out of the way, back to Louise and Neil’s wonderful indian summer wedding! Click on any image to see a larger version.
The venue was Nunsmere Hall Hotel and it couldn’t have looked more beautiful on this sunny afternoon in early September.
The fair weather meant that the wedding party could mingle on the terrace and in the gardens and also that the ceremony could take place outside in the stunning grounds of the hotel. It was great to be able to take photographs in lovely natural light – any wedding photographer’s dream!
The groom and best man were welcoming guests on the terrace and I took them away to the quiet of an avenue of trees to get some shots of all the men in their suits. This area overlooks the lake and is very shady and peaceful apart from the occasional motor boat! It’s a favourite spot of mine for wedding images as the light is beautiful and the line of trees makes for an impressive back drop.
Meanwhile the bride had finished getting ready in the bridal suite upstairs and her extremely proud father accompanied her down the stairs, through the hotel and into the garden, where the guests and groom were eagerly awaiting her arrival! She looked stunning and I particularly like these shots in black and white as they look so classic and timeless.
If I were to ever get married again (don’t tell my husband I said that!) I would want the ceremony to be outside – it was a beautiful setting with the late afternoon sunshine starting to cast long shadows across the lawn.
Drinks and canapes were served on the lawn afterwards and it was a great time to get relaxed, candid shots of everyone congratulating Louise and Neil and enjoying themselves.
I always feel guilty prising the bride and groom away from this post ceremony period but it’s a good time to get some shots of them together before all the group shots and the wedding breakfast. And the newly wed couple are always very relaxed and super happy so it’s easy to get candid, fun pictures of them – as shown by these of Louise and Neil.
The newly weds and their guests danced the night away but didn’t require me to stay so I sneaked off to spend a lovely first weekend in our caravan. But I was itching to get to my computer to start editing the photos and start the all important album. They opted for a coffee table style photo book that could be left out and looked at, rather than being hidden away in a box. It’s a really special moment when you first present the couple with their finished album and Louise and Neil both said it took them right back to that very special day. This is what it’s all about, as far as I’m concerned, knowing that I’ve given them memories that they can re-visit and share time and again.
And so we come to the end of this blog about a picture perfect wedding in an idyllic setting, but at the considerable risk of sounding cheesy, this not the end but just the beginning of married life together for Louise and Neil!!
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