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From the first time that we met Jade and James we knew that it was going to be a wonderful experience. Not only are this couple completely in love, but they value people. :-)
Their wedding venue was the beautiful Dunchurch Park Hotel near Rugby; a manor house set in acres of stunning gardens. We instantly knew why they had chosen it for their day. The weather forecast was dismal and it did, indeed, pour down for most of the day, but this was never going dampen this couple's party!
As we entered the bridal preparation room, there was joyous, fun mayhem. Jade was having her hair done, whilst her two gorgeous girls played excitedly... ...and that was before the other gorgeous girls, children and parents arrived. There was such a lovely atmosphere as everyone helped each other, but we did rather fill the room!
We snuck out with Jade's incredible dress; a ruched bodice with a lace, overlaid skirt, all finished off with a diamonte set. She was going to look stunning.
Jade was a perfect picture of calm and when asked simply answered that she was excited rather than nervous. Although a gift and a card with heartfelt words from James almost tested her mascara.
Speaking of the man himself, our groom was getting ready. We loved the blue suits with aqua details.
Once again it was a room full laughter, support and lots of banter...
... though a little less active than the bride's room! Jade's daughters are very much loved by both of them and it was important to our groom that the girls felt as special as possible on the wedding day; so he arranged for the girls to meet him so that he could give them presents (even Jade didn't know)!
The hour before the service always disappears the fastest. The boys were ready in good time, the girls were a little more pushed, but perfection takes time and wasn't it worth it?!
We stole a few moments to capture some bridal portraits with Jade who looked simply exquisite.
We also managed to keep Jade's dad Keith out of of the room so that he could have a first look at his beautiful daughter. He managed to blink them back, but we did catch him welling up ;-)
So the proud parents gave their respective children a last squeeze before the ceremony.
It was time and as James turned to see his bride, the look said it all...
...he was getting married to the love of his life...
After the ceremony and welcome drinks, we stole the couple away for some couple portraits, bringing the outside into them as much as we could...
...and capturing the closeness of this fabulous couple.
In the meantime the girls were given the task of watching the weather and telling us if there was a break in the wind and rain!
Despite the air being damp and the ground wet and muddy, Jade and James were determined to get outside into the grounds for a few photographs. As Jade said, "I am never going to wear this dress again, but our photographs will be forever." We could not have said it better and were determined to do them proud.
From the ornate door canopy and steps of the house...
...we took a gentle stroll along rain soaked paths to the main harden staircase. Although we had been unable to take the group photographs there, Jade was determined to have a veil shot.
... and deserved to have an iconic photograph by the lake.
After a sumptuous meal in the beautiful Great Hall, followed by lively speeches there was a lovely lull when guests could relax, chat and refresh. Our game couple were happy to have more photographs; determined to create some lifetime memories...
...before partying equally as hard with their wonderful friends and family. Everyone had been such a joy to work with and we thank them wholeheartedly.
We left to the sound of much laughter and merriment, knowing that the newly married couple had the images they had been so trusting to get. Not many couples will risk getting wet because their photographers have told them that backlit rain at the gates will look like stars. Thank you both - you were amazing. <3
What wonderful fun! Hannah was a beautiful bride and Daynar the original cheeky chappy groom! For highlights of Hannah and Daynar's stylish wedding at Glan-yr-afon, Usk, click here:
“Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles and leaps fences to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
Quite apt for a couple who met at Cheltenham Racecourse! Richard and Rachel are perfectly matched to go the full course. They know what they want and work together to achieve it. This is the couple who threw a house move into the same period as their wedding!!!
The couple chose the exquisite Greenway Hotel and Spa in Cheltenham as their venue, an award winning, luxury hotel in Gloucestershire.
Richard arrived in style and was soon dressed in style to match. The purple ties gave a clue to the colour theme of the day, and were set off perfectly by cream jacquard waistcoats and grey suits.
The men arrived in plenty of time for some formal and less formal group photographs... ...the boys not needing any encouragement to head to the bar!
Meanwhile upstairs in one of the suites the girls were getting prepared. The bride had the company of both mothers, Richard's twin sisters, her four bridesmaids and Poppy their dog. It was a hive of busy laughter and fun. The ladies opted for similar hairstyles, which were beautifully created in a mist of hairspray!
The views from The Greenway are stunning. Unfortunately it had started to rain, so the twins opted to watch out for the florist's arrival.
The beautiful Rachel's hair was topped with a veil and, after a moment of contemplation, it was time to get her into her dress.
Rachel had chosen a slim fit gown with lace top; elegant and fitted, but with an amazing train. It looked absolutely beautiful...
...and she looked radiant...
...and very classical.
Her lovely maids had gathered outside and they, and then her father, had a first look. The reactions said it all. <3
The lovely ladies were given gifts from Rachel, each card had a personal message from her and resulted in more tears! They all have a special place in each other's hearts.
Rachel had chosen two shades of purple for the bridesmaids dresses and they looked perfect.
A knock at the door meant that it was time for Rachel to meet the celebrants. Downstairs Richard and his parents took their places in the ceremony room...
There may have been a serious look on Richard's thoughtful face as he waited, but there was still a sense of fun at the foot end!
Rachel made her walk to her groom and, after a heartfelt shake of hands between Richard and Rachel's father, the couple could look into each other's eyes as they said their promises...
As if it were meant to be there was a short gap in the rain, just long enough to get the group photographs taken. We couldn't resist capturing the rings in a few drops though.
Back inside the hotel, we got our first peek at the room all ready to welcome the guests to the wedding breakfast. Each guest had a wee dram as a thank you favour, whilst the tables were elegantly dressed in purples. The cake provided the perfect centre-piece...
...and even the champagne came in two different colours for the ladies and gents!
Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Coley!
After a gorgeous three course meal worthy of The Greenway's reputation, we stole a few moments in the rain; first with the boys and the celebration cigar...
...and then with the couple themselves.
Before it was time to simply party!
We wish them every happiness together.
“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”
Emily and Kyle have that balance... Emily likes things 'just right'. She loves lists and loves ticking things off them even more. She doesn't stop until things are 'perfect'. Sometimes, however, you need to stop, draw breath and spend time relishing what you have achieved. This is where Kyle comes in. She shoots him 'that look' with that says 'it hasn't been done properly' and he replies with a cheeky, boyish grin that makes her giggle. He will shake his head and give her a hug. They tease each other, laugh lots and somewhere in that all, the list gets ticked. She is the pina to his colada.
Their love story began ten years ago. We are sure that when a teenage Kyle admitted to his brother and best mate that he fancied one of the girls, that neither of them expected to be get suited up ready for Emily and Kyle's wedding day!
Our beautiful bride was getting ready at her parent's house. We were given a warm welcome and made to feel immediately 'at home'. The house was full of people, clothes and equipment, but mostly excitement and love.
Emily's hair was softly put up in a work of art of curls, whilst her make-up was soft and natural and received the seal of approval.
The service was a morning one, so before we knew it it was time to get Emily into her dress. As her mum buttoned her up there were looks of approval from her bridesmaids. This was a perfect choice for her slim frame.
Emily looked radiant!
Mum and Dad could not look prouder!
So as Emily got into the car to leave for the church...
...a certain groom was nervously waiting for her arrival with his parents looking on.
And as Emily and her father arrived, Kyle's best men left him to pace alone (mean, but funny boys)!!
After the service, the new Mr and Mrs exited the church to a shower of confetti...
...before taking their first journey together as husband and wife to their chosen venue, The Stone Mill in Monmouth.
As predicted, this was a perfectly co-ordinated wedding with something for everyone, from lawn games to rugs to keep the evening chill away, from a photo wall to coloured decorations. As for the cake, it was a triumph, with a reference to Kyle's strong Welsh roots (cariad meaning love) and the delicacy of hand painted flowers.
Although we managed a few photographs of the guests in the sun, the clouds were rolling in...
...and as we slipped away with Emily and Kyle for photographs of them together, the rain started to fall and wasn't going to let up for a few hours.
The speeches were a perfect mix of emotion, history and laughter. We were reminded about how important family are to this couple and how much their inner circle of friends mean to them. There was no mistaking how much humour features in their lives.
Their wedding rings were another example of their balanced relationship. Whilst Emily's sense of order would have seen both rings in the same metal, she knew that Kyle had to have his beloved Welsh gold. Cariad! So as the couple cut into their cake...
...we had another display of this couple's sense of humour and playfulness.
As evening drew in...
...we watched this couple take to the floor for their first dance before much partying began.
...and they started their married life in balance.
We wish them every happiness.
Video: Gemini Wedding Films (we can't recommend these guys enough - creative and professional!!)
Hair and Make-up artists:
“You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy
They share a look; it is subtle and undemanding, yet conveys such deep, meaningful love. She softly smiles, one side of the mouth curving slightly more than the other and his eyes twinkle their response. Theirs is a beautiful, natural, unconditional love based on friendship and grown from childhood moments...
...and we were given the privilege of documenting their promises of forever love. <3
Tim and Naomi had chosen to marry at Stoke Prior Church and then celebrate their wedding at Hill House Manor, an exclusive wedding venue between Bromsgrove and Droitwich. We knew that this natural couple would plan a tasteful and classic day and, even so, were surprised with just how beautiful the details were. The tables in the marquee were topped with a selection of quirky teapot 'vases' that the couple had enjoyed collecting over the months, the cake design echoed the country flowers, the signing books, pom-poms and bunting all complimented each other perfectly. Pure understated elegance came together to make a big impact (not unlike the couple)!
We joined Naomi at Hill House for bridal preparation. The staff were ensuring that Naomi and her bridesmaids had everything that they needed [and looked after us extremely well too, thank you!]. The ladies had a large, fresh and modern bedroom at their disposal. There was an air of calm, helped by cups of tea, as we joined them for their hair and make-up.
To continue the theme, the ladies had beautiful, peach dresses; two floral and one un-patterned. Naomi had chosen shorter 'tea length' dresses and we were beginning to realise that tea had a sneaky part in this wedding! The bridesmaids were Naomi's sister and two friends. The room was filled with chatter, laughing and tranquillity; if there wasn't a beautiful wedding dress hanging in the room, it could have almost been mistaken for a spa retreat! Manor Hill House pride themselves on looking after all aspects of the day, including providing a light lunch before the nuptials.
After checking out her make-up in the very beautifully appointed bathroom it was time for the beautiful maids to get dressed. As they helped one another into their outfits; anticipation started to grow and the aroma of hairspray was replaced by the magnificent scent from the flowers that had arrived.
Naomi's mum also joined us, looking very elegant in her outfit, as it was time to get Naomi into her astonishing Pronovias dress. We all gasped as the ladies stood back for the reveal!
Naomi and her ladies looked breath-taking -cheers to that!
We led dad in, with his eyes closed, for his first look of his daughter. It wasn't just Tim that was going to melt that day.
Speaking of our groom; he met with Stuart ahead of the service at Stoke Prior Church. Tim flashed his gorgeous cufflinks with their initials engraved on and ensured buttons were done up to standard! The groomsmen were attired in very dapper blue suits with delicate pink ties.
At this point the excitement was palpable; Tim simply couldn't wait for the proceedings to begin and it was up to his Best Man to keep him calm... ...although a sneaky hug from a nephew helped too!
At last it was 'kick off' for our football loving couple. Naomi and her father arrived at the church much to the relief of the groom...
...and we got a first peek of the beautiful bride before she made her entrance.
Theirs was to be a very personal and emotional ceremony, with all eyes on them as they exchanged vows...
...well almost all eyes! ;-) At last they were pronounced man and wife and sealed it with a kiss.
As the couple and their witnesses signed the wedding register, the most beautiful light kissed the alter. You couldn't help think that this marriage had received a true blessing.
And just when you thought that this wedding couldn't get any more beautiful, the vicar revealed that the church had organised a lovely surprise for Naomi's parents and grandparents to celebrate the fact that all three generations had got married in Stoke Prior Church.
We thought it important to capture a special portrait of the couple as the church has such a significance in their wedding.
The couple were showered with love and confetti as they left the church through the lych gate and stepped into their wedding car which whisked them back to Manor Hill House.
The couple had chosen a sumptuous three course meal, including beef for the main course. The venue have a quirky twist to service at this point and the Tim was dressed accordingly. The food and service was simply excellent. This is a venue that knows how to get it right!
After speeches, which included favourite toys and a signed card from Naomi's beloved Aston Villa (much to the groom's disgust) and a lesson in tea making (oh yes we told you that tea is significant)...
...we had just a few minutes of the last light to capture some photographs of the new Mr and Mrs Hough.
And then they lived happily ever after.... <3
To find out more about this love story (involving fish and chips, family outings and not telling the parents ;-) ), go their pre-wedding session here.
Venue: Manor Hill House www.manorhillhouse.co.uk
Make-up and hair:
When Lisa and Stephen look into each other’s eyes you are left in no doubt that this is a very special love. A few moments in their company and you realise that they are two very generous and lovely people.
Their life hasn’t always been plain sailing; quite the opposite, but the challenges they have faced have just brought them closer together. In these moments they realised that they would never be alone again. Getting married was the formality.
The couple invited their closest family and friends to celebrate their wedding. The legal ceremony was at Brecon Registry Office with the festivities at the couple’s home.
When we arrived Lisa was having her make-up expertly applied by the talented Jess Mac of Braid and Blush (www.facebook.com/braidandblush/ ). We love it when Jess makes up our brides as she enhances their beauty naturally.
Lisa had chosen a beautiful tea length dress in a floral cut out fabric; a simple dress with an intricate design from John Lewis. Her mum, Carol, helped her into it. Lisa finished her look with a pair of diamond earrings and a simple necklace. We knew that Stephen was going to melt when he saw her!
Meanwhile Stephen was fighting for space in a crowded house in order to get ready himself! A very proud Welshman, He had chosen a very dapper outfit; a Welsh kilt, shirt and bow tie. His cufflinks were Welsh dragons. This man knows how to dress to impress!
Lisa continued to have a stream of visitors; some wanting things (the downside of having a wedding at home), together with some special visitors including her father, Michael, and her lovely nephew and ring bearer, Jacob.
As the boys left for the registry office, we took the opportunity to get a few portraits of our beautiful bride. Lisa had butterflies at this point and just wanted to be with her Stephen.
At last it was the moment that Lisa and Stephen had been waiting months for; the moment they could make their lifelong promises to each other. The room was full of love as the couple exchanged their vows...
...and finally rings before signing the register.
Back at home the rain and wind was replaced with glorious sunshine and the garden party fit for royalty got underway. Lisa and Stephen had made sure that there was something for the guests of all ages. The children had a play corner and sweet trolley, whilst the grown ups had a selection of drinks from tea to bubbly (and some had both)!!
The children had been bridesmaids and paige boys and all had a special place in the day.
It was time to cut the cake that had been made by Lisa and her, now, mother-in-law Shelagh. This was to be dessert after the delicious hog roast and buffet.
There were two photographs that Lisa really wanted; a confetti shot...
...and a heart shot with all her guests.
At this point the weather does what it does best in Brecon; change!! The grey clouds rolled in and the Heavens opened and we mean opened! We sneaked our lovely newlyweds upstairs to the only quiet spot in the house for some photographs on their own.
Now this is a couple in love...
We wish them every happiness together. <3
Hair: Ship Shape, Brecon https://www.facebook.com/shipshape36/
Wedding dress: John Lewis
Groom's suit/kilt: Glasgow Kilt Company https://www.facebook.com/glasgowkilts/
Sam and Rich met at University through Sam's love of dancing and Rich's love of American Football, which led them to cross paths at an event. Much texting took place over the Christmas holidays and friends and family knew something special was happening.
They are a very much in love and the little gifts, words and looks that were exchanged throughout the day leaves you in no doubt that they have found their soulmate in each other.
The couple had chosen Hyde Barn, Stow on the Wold as their wedding venue. This a purpose built wedding venue next to The Fosse Manor Hotel so provides accommodation as well as beautiful countryside vistas. The staff are incredibly helpful too!
Sam and her girlfriends had use of the bridal room, which is lovely and light and offers space for hair and make-up as well as a chilling zone on the plump sofas.
Whilst Sam was having her hair and make up done, her bridesmaids presented her with a box filled with cards from special people in her life. Each one was filled with loving words and it was fair to say that most of the eyes in the room were filled with tears!
Sam was amazingly relaxed; although someone who loves details and organisation she had done what she could and was determined to enjoy her day. She described herself as excited more than nervous. Her gorgeous bridesmaids helped her into her dress before her stepdad was brought into the room with his eyes closed for his first look. After which another make-up refresh was required!!
We wanted to capture the beautiful bride looking serene in the natural light from the windows. She looked simply stunning.
Meanwhile in the hotel next door Richard was getting prepped, a dab hand with a cut throat razor... ...and a steady hand. The groomsmen wore tweed waistcoats, yellow ties (Rich's was blue) and black trousers.
At last it was nearly time for the ceremony and both parties were ready; the gents and Rich's parents looking very dapper (and elegant!)...
... whilst the girls looked gorgeous in their dresses in various shades of blue. All of the flowers were created with love by Sam's grandma.
Even though the rain and wind had moved in, which meant that they could not have the ceremony outside, nothing could dampen their spirits. There were audible gasps as Sam entered a very full and warm ceremony room. The look between them as they saw each other for the first time was heart melting.
After a civil service, including two readings (and some one liners from Richard!), the couple were pronounced married. Just in time the rain stopped and the guests were able to spill outside into the gardens. The couple had decided to cut their cake straight after the ceremony which was a lovely touch and gave guests a nibble whilst the group photographs got underway...
...including a request shot which had us all laughing. :-)
We just about managed some couple shots before it was time for the meal... ...hopefully capturing the mixed nature of the weather - sun, cloud, sun, wind...
The guests entered a beautifully decorated room with lots of tasteful details. For anyone who knows Sam and her love of Pintrest this was no surprise! Name badges, lucky coins, quizzes and so much more could be found on the tables. After the speeches the guests were served a sumptuous three course meal.
The evening entertainment included a bouncy castle, outdoor games, live music (including friends), photo frames and a disco. There was much fun and laughter as everyone got into the spirit of the day. These guys know how the party... ...and make use of a balcony!
As the sun set we enjoyed taking a few last photographs in the dying light and the sky, at last, obliged us with some colour for our bride and groom.
We wish Sam and Richard the most wonderful life together. Sealed with a kiss.
To see their engagement photographs, click here.
To see their celebration video with more photographs included, click here.
What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! We are so lucky to love what we do and when we get to work with amazing couples too, we know that we are very lucky!
Naomi and Tim's love story was always meant to be. They have always know each other as their parents are good friends. It wasn't until Naomi was at university that this beautiful duo started to date.
Naomi and Tim are a very natural couple in every way; natural with each other and they share of a love of the natural, simple things in life. Their first date was fish and chips on the bench by the river. So we just had to re-visit the spot!
The couple were living and working apart and Tewkesbury was the halfway point. They know it well.
A year later a very nervous Tim took Naomi to their bench and proposed!
So it was with great joy to photograph their pre- wedding session in Tewkesbury, with Tewkesbury Abbey and the river as a backdrop. The first date saw torrential rain, but we were gifted wonderful sunshine on the second try. Even the sun couldn't outshine these two.
Naomi is going to be a truly stunning bride.
We met the lovely Sam and Rich at Batsford Aboretum for their engagement shoot. We had a wonderful time getting to know them a bit more, hearing about their wedding plans at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds and learning about how they express their feelings with each other.
These two are really fun. They are obviously in love and are not afraid to show it. We know that they are going to be a fabulous bride and groom.
Roll on the wedding day!!
Well it may have been St George's Day, but this wedding brought together the Scots and the Welsh. Emily's Scottish and Sarah's Welsh roots were cleverly celebrated with little touches throughout the day; a tasteful intertwining of two .
The setting for this beautiful day was none other than the stunning Caer Llan, perched on the hill overlooking the fabulous rolling hills of Monmouthshire. Not only does its location take your breath away, but Jake and Vicky make sure that couples are looked after in every way; a very special experience.
Jessica (a part of the Jess Mac Creative Team) styled the hair of all the bridesmaids and Sarah, whilst Emily tamed her own locks. The ladies wanted fresh, natural looking make-up and Jess did a wonderful job.
The ladies both chose fitted wedding dresses. Emily's had lace aplique, a train and a very clever heart design on the shoulders, whilst Sarah's had a fitted rouched top and was set off beautifully with beads. We knew that they were going to be completely wowed when they saw each other...
...but we tested this theory out on Emily's father first!
At last it was time to gather people before the ceremony; Emily and her bridesmaids and siblings...
...and Sarah with hers.
Sarah entered the room first, followed by Emily. The look says it all. :-)
At last it was time for our gorgeous brides to make their vows to each other and get married...
And so after the formalities (framed by the most amazing views), the ladies could walk into the Welsh sunshine together as one to their favourite Take That song.
The cake was made by Emily's sister and decorated to reflect this Scottish-Welsh union.
We managed to sneak our newlyweds into the gardens for a little while.
On a day like this, even the camera shyness disappeared... (!) They looked simply radiant as the love shone through.
It seems fitting that their rings be placed in the eternity symbol. We wish them eternal love and happiness.
Hair and make-up: www.jessmac.co.uk
If you are very lucky in life then you will get to meet Amy and Jon. This couple are simply wonderful. So it is no surprise that their day was one surrounded by lovely people; both family and friends.
Amy was getting ready at her parent’s house. Ken and Annette made us feel very welcome. We were strong and turned down the bacon sandwiches, in favour of capturing the moments… …but there is photographing evidence that Ken is the king of sandwiches! Instead we started capturing the details of the day.
Amy had already had her hair put up and was having her make-up expertly applied. Both her hair and make-up would look amazing twelve hours later.
The sneaky groom sent over a card with beautiful words in the verse (a man of few words himself ;-) ) and then 'broke the rules' with a gift. He adores his bride.
Amy had five adult bridesmaids and two flower girls; no surprise that they were all very close including friends, family and god children. The ladies looked after Amy completely and really were fabulous maids to the bride.
At last she was ready for the reveal to her parents, who then gave her the missing blue item to her ensemble!
In the meantime Jon was with his best mates and family, creating havoc on the roads before entering the church!
Finally it was time for the beautiful bride to make her entrance and to marry her amazing man. The gasps were audible as she made her way down the aisle.
They left the church in style in a vintage car and bus for the bridesmaids...
...their destination being Miskin Manor, not only a fairtytale setting for a reception, but a venue that worked incredibly hard to make the couple's day as perfect as possible.
The colour scheme was light greens and pinks; shown here in the bridesmaid's dresses. Amy's bouquet was a stunning, hand tied one, whilst the girls had simple, but eye catching gypsophilia. A lovely Spring combination.
The room setting was as tastefully decorated as you would expect and the cake was a triumph!
Amy and Jon were fabulous and made photographing them easy; and the results speak for themselves. We even managed some sunset photography.
The evening included a first dance, father-bride dance and tossing of the bouquet (just look at the faces of the ladies!!).
Our regular blog readers may have spotted that there are fewer images than usual in our blog. Well we just couldn't resist making something special for Amy and Jon. So to see the story of their wedding in a video, click on the video (it has sound).
We wish them a lifetime of happiness!
Thank you for choosing us to be your Miskin Manor wedding photographers; what a privilege!
A small sample of the wedding photographs taken at The Greenway Hotel, Cheltenham by Unique as You Wedding Photography. We had a wonderful day with Andy and Heather and their lovely family. Even though the rain stopped us from going outside, the warmth and smiles warmed the day.
From the moment we were invited into the home of Heather and Andy we knew that this was going to be a very special and personal wedding. They met five years ago and, although we could make a joke about how alcohol was involved, their love is unquestionable. We joined them to discuss their wedding plans and also capture some engagement and family photographs. We left feeling very touched by the joy, fun and love of this family whose shared values are obvious.
Heather and Andy chose the magnificent Greenway Hotel and Spa in Cheltenham to host their amazing wedding day. We joined Heather in the Oak room. She had chosen a beautiful slimline dress decorated with beads and lace which had a matching shrug.
Andy's girls were bridesmaids and really enjoyed having their hair and make-up done. When it was time for their dresses to go on, there was an audible gasp, followed by, "I look like a princess!" Like all princesses they were gifted special jewellery for the occasion.
Even William, the family dog, was involved and looked wooftastic in his doggy corsage.
Her friend and hairdresser, Beverley, had convinced our bride to put her hair up as she always has it down. It was the perfect choice with the dress - she looked absolutely stunning. Andy was one very lucky man!
Once dressed, Heather's 'boys' arrived; looking very dashing we think! Mum's look got enthusiastic approval.
In the meantime our debonair groom was getting dressed with his wingman, Gareth. We loved the ice blue waistcoats and white cravats.
One last check up in the mirror and it was time to check the speech notes.... ...again.... just in case....
...but Gareth soon used champagne as a distraction!
At just before 2pm Andy joined his parents in the ceremony room and the bridal party made their way down the main staircase.
This was a couple that was just desperate to get married and Heather almost jogged down the aisle; they needed to be together! The ceremony was lovely and had moments or love and laughter.
Finally they could leave the room as husband and wife and share their first toast together.
Many countries believe that rain on a wedding day brings good luck; in which case Heather and Andy will enjoy a lifetime of luck. This did mean that, sadly, we could not use the beautiful grounds for the formal photographs. So after a little furniture moving, we returned to the ceremony room. The guests were fabulous at working with us even though it got a little cosy at times. William was ready to pose once more.
The wedding breakfast room was tastefully dressed in large floral centre pieces. The centrepiece was the amazing 'naked' cake which was placed on a gorgeous slice of wood.
We just had to photograph the wedding rings on one of the thistles from the arrangements.