There are so many elements that make up a wedding, and brides and grooms spend a lot of time and effort into making sure everything looks and feels just how it should do on the day. There are always special little touches at weddings, but Hannah and Mark had almost too many little touches to mention – they had just put in so much thought into the day.
It started in the morning at their flat in Kenilworth, with James from Shotgun Finish working on Hannah and the bridesmaid’s hair, and where it was beautifully relaxed and calm. I also got to see Karen from Passion for Flowers when she dropped of the stunning bouquets (Passion for Flowers also did the lovely table displays too). Hannah had two sets of footwear on hand… if that’s not a oxymoron… depending on the weather – a lovely pair of Rachel Simpson Shoes – Mimi’s – as well as something a little more substantial in case of inclement weather – Weddington Boots. As it turns out, the sun shone throughout the day, and Hannah mostly wore her shoes (with the addition of the fantastic Heel Stoppers) – having said that, the Weddington’s were invaluable when we did some off-road photography at the castle…
The ceremony was at the church over the road from where they lived, with a beautiful tree lined drive so they could arrive and leave in style, and immediately afterwards we made a slight detour to Kenilworth Castle for some photos, before heading over to Talton Lodge for the reception. Although I knew Talton Lodge (which is near Stratford), I had never photographed a wedding there. It really is a very special venue, and Hannah and Mark had made it their own for the day. There are several parts to the venue – Talton Lodge, Talton House and the Kitchen Garden, in which there is a large double tipi, as well as several yurts and tipi’s dotted around. It is a working small holding, so they grow a lot of their own fruit and vegetables, and there are chickens and guinea fowl (and Magic the lurcher) wandering around too. They are also very keen in pigs, and there was an excellent pig roast in the evening.
The whole venue had been lovingly decorated by Hannah & Mark – everywhere you looked there were more personal touches, all carefully thought through. The guests had some bubbly on arrival, then had afternoon tea and cakes, and spent the afternoon chatting enjoying the summer sun. In the evening they sat down to the pig roast, before the first dance – which was also excellent; they had choreographed it brilliantly, and then once it was dark a huge fire was lit to warm the celebration into the evening. Hannah even had a second outfit to change into for the evening which Mark had no idea about (and I really have to thank my wonderful assistant Hannah for her help with that 😉 … )
I have already posted some different photos on my facebook page, and will be putting plenty up in the Gallery Page too. Hannah and Mark really had such a special wedding day, and I hope you enjoy these preview wedding photographs.