The snowdrops had just started to bud in the stunning gardens at Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire. It was a fresh Saturday morning with a little light rain, and newly engaged couple Stephanie and Harry enjoyed walking in the gardens scattered with snowdrops and daffodils, showing that Spring is not far off. They have chosen Evenley Woods as the venue for their Wedding Ceremony and look forward to being joined by Friends and Family on the day. We ended our engagement photo session with a hot drink in the Open Air Cafe which has a roaring wood burner that warmed us through.
Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa is a historic venue nestled in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside near Daventry; it was built for entertaining royalty including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and other monarchs. It is easy to see why Sammie and Graham chose this luxury country house hotel for their magical winter wedding and I was delighted to return to this beautiful wedding location.
Arriving on a very cold November day, I was struck by the warmth of Knightley Court coupled with the delicate scent of flowers that Emma Remington had put together and beautifully displayed throughout the Valentine Room and Saunders Room.
Sammie had chosen to get ready in the stunning Louisa Mary Bowater Suite and this is where I met her on the day. The suite overlooks the stunning grounds of the hotel and on this crisp winters day, the sky was as blue as a summer’s day.
Hair and Make Up artist, Kerstie Ann did a fabulous job of Sammie’s hair and make up and, once she was finished a dresser from Lily Rose Bridal in Kenilworth helped Sammie into her beautiful Calista wedding dress.
Sammie and Graham were married in the Valentine Room and as Sammie entered her guests turned to watch her Dad bring her proudly down the isle, whilst her husband to be, was brimming the biggest smile waiting to meet his bride.
After the ceremony, which included numerous lovely personal touches, the couple had arranged a surprise for their guests in the Knightley Court, a covering of snow provided by Smooth Moves Events and a glass of champagne. Instead of confetti the bride and groom were showered in snow.
As the winter sun started to set rapidly over the horizon, I went outside with Sammie and Graham to capture the absolutely stunning sunset and do some couples photography; photographs they already treasure and I’m sure you can see why.
After the sunset, Sammie and Graham went back to re-join their guests where a feast of afternoon tea and an array of plates full of tempting cakes were being served. Having good cakes was important to Sammie as she is a specialist cake maker herself! Sammie is a lady of many talents and as the evening guests arrived, she together with her fellow singers, The Sasparillas, personally entertained the guests along with a live band in a room lit in Sammie’s favourite colour - pink!
At the end of the evening, I took the couple to the breathtaking Tudor Great Hall to photograph them next to the biggest indoor Christmas tree that I have ever seen.
It was so hard to select just a few images from Sammie and Graham’s beautiful winter wedding, I hope you enjoy looking through them.
Double congratulations to Matt and Marilena as they had 2 different wedding services to mark the start of their wedding life. Firstly, a Roman Orthodox service at the St Thomas the Martyr's Church in the heart of Oxford City Centre. Followed by a civil ceremony at Steventon House, Abingdon. Wishing you a very happy life together.
As we start September, the sunshine seems to have disappeared. I thought I would bring you the warmth of a August sunset from the Northamptonshire cornfields. I was delighted to take Charley and Tony there, to celebrate their recent engagement. Congratulations to you both.
Lizzie and Matt started their sunny August wedding day at the St Michael & All Angels Church of England in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire. It was filled with family, friends and sunflowers to witness them say, "I do".
The wedding reception was at Winchester House - The Venue in Brackley, Northamptonshire. Guests joined the Bride and Groom in the beautiful grounds of the 18th century building to enjoy a hog roast in the warmth of the evening sunshine.